Hanover, PA is a quaint little town bordering the Mason-Dixon Line in south central Pennsylvania. Named after Hanover, Germany, it is situated between two historical Civil War battle sites – Gettysburg and York.
Many young families move from Maryland to small towns like Hanover because taxes and the cost of living are lower than it is in Maryland. There are numerous well-maintained playgrounds located several blocks from each other. These offer your typical swing sets and jungle jim sets. One playground in particular, called Kids Kingdom, is located a little over one mile from the main road and provides wooden swings, wooden walkways for children to climb up and down to various sized slides or tree houses. There are traditional swing sets along with tire swings and horizontal ladders to encourage climbing. Kids Kingdom also has a pavilion, which can be reserved for parties, There is no admission fee for this playground geared towards the younger children and the playground is open year round.
Hanover also has a wonderful YMCA located at the northern part of town. It has an outdoor track, indoor swimming pool, game room for teens, basketball and volleyball courts, and workout rooms. The YMCA teaches classes for all types of sports activities at different levels of expertise. There are yearly fees for singles and families, plus additional charges for classes. They also offer a clean, safe, well-equipped daycare center onsite so parents can workout or swim while their babies are being well cared for.
There are two indoor playhouses in Hanover – one is Faloons, the other is Hickory Farms. They offer playrooms, climbing tunnels and game rooms. It’s a great way for children to use up their abundant energy. They also offer inexpensive refreshments in a dining area set apart from the game rooms. Both businesses offer outdoor miniature golf courses.
Several other inexpensive venues appeal to both parents and children in Hanover. There are two bowling alleys that can be found at each end of the town. Yet, it seems the only skating rink in Hanover, Magic Elm, draws the biggest crowds, almost all year round. Magic Elm offers skating lessons on Saturday mornings, free-skate sessions during the day, and then skating parties in the evenings. The hall can be rented out for birthday parties.
In the fall season, many parents and children rake leaves into a pile, then let the children jump into the leaves, only to have to re-rake them. But it’s fun for the little ones and good exercise outdoors for all. Children can also collect various leaves to use for indoor decoration projects.
Hanover also offers various sporting activities from football, basketball, hockey and soccer games over the weekends. These games are sponsored by various club associations and family participation is strongly encouraged.
If the weather is just too cold and raw to enjoy outdoor activities, many parents are starting indoor game days at home, using the Nintendo Wii fitness and sports games. The children love the competition and the chance to improve their game scores. It is so much fun the games could continue for hours.