Area Recommendations

To see a list of area family events, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

The following is a list of member recommendations for the following categories:

(MSMAC is not responsible for services rendered by these establishments/tradesmen. These recommendations are based solely on the individual opinions of members and past experiences.)

Family friendly restaurants
Appalachian Brewing Company
Perkins- Gettysburg and Hanover
Montezuma’s- Gettysburg
Li’s Buffet- Gettysburg
La Bella Italia- Gettysburg
Tommy’s Pizza- Gettysburg
Hoss’s –
Food 101 –

Brunch Restaurants

The Parrot
Mason Dixon Distillery
Family Meal in Frederick for Breakfast or brunch.

Date night restaurants
Dobbin House Tavern- Gettysburg
Cashtown Inn- Ortanna/Cashtown-
Garryowen Irish Pub- Gettysburg
O’Rorke’s- Gettysburg great for a laid back date night if you enjoy sitting outside when the weather is nice (no web site- 717-334-2333)
Olivia’s Mediterranean- Gettysburg
Fairfield Inn- Fairfield
Ping’s (sushi)-Gettysburg (no website 717-334-2234)
Sydney at Willoughby Run- Gettysburg
C&D grill in New Oxford
Altland House in Abbotstown
Le Parc
Warehouse Gourmet in Hanover.  Though it costs a little more than a usual sandwich place, the food is good and the beer is brewed fresh. The bar sits upstairs, so families dine best downstairs.

Ice Cream
Mr.G’s- Gettysburg
Kilwins- Gettysburg
Sweet Frog frozen yogurt in Hanover
Apple Valley Creamery- East Berlin  can also pet the calves and see where milk comes from.
Half Pint Creamery –

Gettysburg Day Spa
Lyn Bishop in Bendersville
Holiday Hair- Gettysburg- Giant shopping center
Sundance Kid Hair Salon (Crystal)- Gettysburg 717-337-1184
Mane Tamers by Donna Swanger (Patty is great with kids!)- Gettysburg 717-334-6977
Designer’s Edge salon- Gettysburg  (Laura Majeczky) 717-334-3799  Salon chairs overlook the lake and she offers coffee/tea/wine/beer/non-alcoholic drinks during your appt!
Studio 16- Littlestown 717-359-4487 (Nikki Wetzel- good for kids and adults, but she’s especially good with kids!) (Sandy)
Kelly Kaiser at Grace Kelly Salon (adult cut/color) –
Sarah at the Sevens (kids cut) –
Serenity Salon and Spa –
A2Z Design- Hanover

Service Providers
Michael Stevens – Electrician, house remodels, general handyman 301-606-2189
Dennis Reever Plumbing 717-253-2575 Gettysburg
DMA Upholstery 410-857-4371 Westminster, MD
Ketterman Electric-717-677-0066  Gettysburg
Scott’s Signs & More-717-359-8272 Littlestown
J. Decker Photography
Picture This Portraits-717-337-0820
Mel and Me custom sewing –Melany LaRochelle (MSMAC member)- Gettysburg 717-495-7668
David Bancroft- contractor/builder/remodel 717-357-9925
Gettysburg Top Cleaners (dry cleaners) – 12 Springs Ave 717-334-4180
Hockley & O’Donnell Insurance (home, auto, life & business insurance) 717-334-6741
Organized Minds (family, home, office organization)

Auker’s Greenhouses- Gettysburg 717-337-2020
Beall’s Lawn and Garden- Taneytown, MD 443-375-8915
Corey Stiltner (a former member’s brother-in-law) 717-965-0934
Evergreen Lawn and Landscapes- Hanover 717-624-7900

The Growing Place at the Gettysburg College
Gettysburg High School program for 3-4 year olds
Saint Francis Xavier
Christ Lutheran Preschool
Sonshine Preschool
For 2s- Grace United Learning Center, Taneytown, MD
The Growing Patch Preschool
YWCA Jelly Beans program. – “a half day program that includes swimming on Tuesdays, always recess, focuses on Science themes and activities- good for socialization. However, I did not feel it was a Kindergarten prep program”.

Local Attractions
Land of Little Horses-Gettysburg
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo-Thurmont, MD
Gettysburg battlefield tour –
Hollabaugh’s for fruit, the corn box, and summer story time- Biglerville
Library story times- various libraries in Adams County
Ski Liberty- Fairfield
Pippenfest- Fairfield (last weekend in September)
National Apple Harvest Festival- Arendstville
Explore-n-More Children’s Museum- Gettysburg
The Round Barn- Biglerville
East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue- Fairfield

Other Recommendations
Schroeder Family Dentistry- Biglerville
Apple Ridge Family Medicine- Gettysburg
The YWCA has lots to offer families. It’s got childcare, preschool, swimming, a gym, fitness classes, and classes for children (even for kids as young as babies!)

Area Playgrounds/Parks:
Gettysburg Rec Park
Oakside Park in Biglerville
Lincoln Elementary playground
Norlo Park (on Rt. 30 towards Chambersburg – playground, walking trail, and real train cars to climb on)
Fairfield Park
Gettysburg Battlefield-  the Devils Den rocks are fun to explore just keep a close eye on the kids. During many summer weekends, there are usually living history encampments near the Pennsylvania Memorial. The kids also love to climb up the tower on the Memorial.
Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve- Fairfield  great for a hike and visiting the vernal pools at the quarry in spring to see frogs and salamanders.
Emmitsburg Community Park
Kid’s Kingdom- Hanover
Catoctin Mountain Park
Carroll Valley parks (both of them)  the one nearest Ski Liberty with stream and fishing pond… the other for lots of picnic/play fun!
Taneytown Memorial Park
Gettysburg Rec Park
Bonneauville Park
Littlestown Community Park
Fuller Lake at Pine Grove Furnace State Park-
Caledonia State Park-  a pool, a small playground, and some easier walking trails.
Codorus State Park-

Loy’s Station (south of Emmitsburg, MD)
Young’s Woods – Hanover

Area Family events arranged by season:

Gingerbread House competition & Display at Adams County Arts Council (sponsored by Gettysburg Festival)
Breakfast with Santa at Gettysburg Hotel
Christmas Lights in York
Christmas Lights in Hershey
Gettysburg Christmas Parade
Gettysburg New Years Eve Party on the Square
PA Farm Show
Maple Syrup program at Strawberry Hill
Maple Syrup Festival at Cunningham Falls State Park

Easter Egg Hunt at Harley Davidson in Gettysburg
Easter Egg Hunt at Hollabaugh Bros.
Easter Egg Hunt at St. Francis Xavier
Easter Egg hunt at Gettysburg Methodist Church
Peep Show in Westminster
Baby Horses at Hanover Shoe Farms
Animals At Apple Valley Creamery
Just Like New Kids Consignment Sale in Mt. Holly
Nearly New Sale at YWCA
Apple Blossom Festival

Pick Strawberries at Mount Joy Berry Farm
Gettysburg Festival – Children’s Day, free & fee concerts
Story Time program at Hollabaugh’s
Free Family concerts at Adams County Winery
Free Family concerts at Hauser Winery
Kids Summer camps at Strawberry Hill, YWCA, Adams County Arts Council
Pool at Caledonia State Park (also hiking, playground & stream you can wade in) –
Beach at Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Pool in Littlestown
Battle of Gettysburg Reenactment
Corn Bin & other things to play with at Hollabaugh Farm Market
Pick Raspberries & Blackberries & Blueberries at Yellow Hill Farm
Animals at Round Barn
Botanical Garden in Hershey – also have programs

Apple Picking tours at Hollabaugh’s
Apple Harvest Festival
Corn Maze at Fields of Adventure
Apples, Playground, pumpkin & Hayride at Catoctin Mountain Orchard
Just Like New Kids Consignment Sale in Mt. Holly
Nearly New Sale at YWCA
Gettysburg Halloween Parade
Remembrance Day Parade
Halloween Festival at Hollabaugh Bros.
Trick-or-Treat at Jubilee Grocery Store in Emmitsburg
Apple & Peach picking at Baughers – also have a Halloween event
Heritage Festival at Rec Park
Light The Night event at Bethel Assembly in Littlestown