The State Museum of Pennsylvania is located in Harrisburg, just across the street from the Capitol Complex. On weekends, holidays and after 5pm until 8am, street parking is free . On Sunday, the museum is open from noon to 5pm and is only $5 for anyone 13-59 and $4 for anyone 1-12 or 60 and over. It has exhibits for adults such as the military history exhibit and it has several exhibits for children. Children can enjoy the planetarium or learn how people prepare fossils for display in an interactive display. Holiday hours for the museum may vary so be sure to call ahead.
A great tradition to start with your family is a Sunday trip to the library. The East Shore Area Library , located near the Colonial Park Mall, is open on Sundays from noon to 5pm. A library membership is free, as is checking out most books. There may be a small fee for checking out non-educational videos. The library may have a story time or another activity that the children would like. Regular trips to the library could be very beneficial as it would reduce the costs of purchasing books and it would encourage reading.
A fun place to go, that is unfortunately not as cheap, is the Whitaker Center located near Strawberry Square. The combo price for a visit to the science center and an I-Max documentary is $17.75 for adults and $15.75 for kids 1-12. There are also stage productions with variable prices. For instance, a Sunday matinee performance of the Nutcracker has pricing starting at $17 a seat. The science center is great for all kids, and even has a special area for very young children. The exhibits generally have a hands on or interactive element for the older children to enjoy.
Starting in April and continuing through August, twice a month there will be home Sunday games played by the Harrisburg Senators . The Harrisburg Senators are the local minor league baseball team whose home field is located on City Island in down town Harrisburg. The games are reasonably priced and start at $5 a seat. There are typically giveaways or free offers of some sort at the games. There will be a charge for parking on City Island, but if you really want to avoid that traffic and charge, you can park for free on the street and use the pedestrian bridge to walk to the island.
Harrisburg has a lot to offer families looking for things to do on a Sunday. Even if you are on a budget you can find something to do.