Central Pennsylvania Family Activities This Weekend


Celebrate your love of animals and share time as a family at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park in central Pennsylvania. If you’re looking for fun family activities this weekend, the park has seasonal events and regularly occurring programs to delight visitors of all ages.

Regular Operating Hours

At Lake Tobias Wildlife Park, our regular attractions open to the general public on May 1st on weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. After Memorial Day, the park opens daily at 9:30 a.m. through Labor Day. In the fall after Labor Day, we’re open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends through October and on Columbus Day. Lake Tobias Wildlife Park is closed from November through April.

During our regular operating hours, there’s plenty to do at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park. Our fully functioning zoo features animals from six continents, and our open-air safari gets you up close with creatures roaming free across over 150 acres of rolling hills. Regularly scheduled wildlife shows at the zoo introduce kids, parents, and grandparents to a variety of creatures, and you might even get to touch exotic creatures under the guidance of our animal educators. Learn what a snake feels like or reach out to touch a bison’s fur. Getting up close and personal with a variety of animals is part of the fun at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park. You can also plan a picnic at the park or spend some time enjoying catch-and-release fishing at our lake. Or visit our award-winning J. R. Tobias Museum & Education Center which also houses our 500-gallon aquarium with stingrays.

On most Sundays at 4 p.m., visit our alligator exhibit to see keepers during feeding-time.  However, if the gators aren’t hungry, they won’t eat.  Other feedings may occur at our Zoo Babies Exhibit, so check the schedule posted at that exhibit to see if any are planned for the day you are visiting.

Special Events

There are plenty of special events at the park throughout the months we are open. In late September, Lake Tobias Wildlife Park celebrates our Founder’s Day with free children’s activities, face painting, prize giveaways, and complimentary pork sandwiches for paid customers while they last.

Early October brings our Pioneer Festival, where families can participate in hayrides, pioneer crafts, and games. We also have an authentic primitive shelter on site for kids and grownups to learn more about pioneer days in central Pennsylvania.

At the end of October, Boo at the Zoo! transforms our park into a not-too-scary Halloween-themed space for kids to celebrate the holiday. Trick-or-treat candy stations for kids aged 12 and under let children collect their favorite sweets, while pumpkin decorating activities and a creepy crawly animal display add to the fun. Kids age 12 and younger and in costume get in free.

Our annual Scavenger Hunt brings families to Lake Tobias Wildlife Park to hunt for various items and animals throughout the park, and our Wild Days Weekend features carnival games, pony rides for kids, and opportunities to get your photo taken with baby animals.

For kids aged 9 to 13 who love wildlife, we also offer a yearly summer Safari Camp. This five-day camp teaches kids about ecology and animals through educational presentations, hands-on activities, and crafts.

Check Our Calendar For Family Activities This Weekend

We update our calendar regularly, so if you’re looking for fun family activities this weekend, that’s the best place to check. Feel free to call us or contact us through our online form if you have any questions about activities we have planned and how your family can join in the fun.