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
Friendlys-Gettysburg http://friendlys.com/
Appalachian Brewing Company http://abcbrew.com/
Pistarro’s http://pistarro.com/
Perkins- Gettysburg and Hanover http://www.perkinsrestaurants.com/
Montezuma’s- Gettysburg http://montezumamex.com/
Li’s Buffet- Gettysburg https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lis-Buffet/126629844082025
La Bella Italia- Gettysburg http://labellaitalia.org/
Tommy’s Pizza- Gettysburg http://tommyspizzainc.com/
Hoss’s – http://www.hosss.com/
Food 101 – https://www.food101bistro.com/

Brunch Restaurants

The Parrot https://theparrotgettysburg.com/
Mason Dixon Distillery http://www.masondixondistillery.com/
Family Meal in Frederick for Breakfast or brunch. http://www.voltfamilymeal.com/

Date night restaurants
Dobbin House Tavern- Gettysburg http://www.dobbinhouse.com/
Cashtown Inn- Ortanna/Cashtown- http://www.cashtowninn.com/
Garryowen Irish Pub- Gettysburg http://garryowenirishpub.net/
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 http://www.olivias.biz/
Fairfield Inn- Fairfield http://thefairfieldinn.com/
Ping’s (sushi)-Gettysburg (no website 717-334-2234)
Sydney at Willoughby Run- Gettysburg http://www.restaurantsidney.com/willoughby-run/
C&D grill in New Oxford http://cdbargrill.com/
Altland House in Abbotstown http://altlandhouse.com/
Le Parc http://www.leparcbistro.com/
Warehouse Gourmet in Hanover. http://warehousegourmet.net/  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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-Gs/169399403119826
Kilwins- Gettysburg https://www.kilwins.com/
Sweet Frog frozen yogurt in Hanover http://sweetfrogyogurt.com/
Apple Valley Creamery- East Berlin http://www.applevalleycreamery.com/home.php  can also pet the calves and see where milk comes from.
Half Pint Creamery – http://halfpintcreamery.com/

Hairstylist
Gettysburg Day Spa http://www.gettysburgdayspa.com/
Lyn Bishop in Bendersville
Holiday Hair- Gettysburg- Giant shopping center http://www.holidayhair.com/
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 http://www.designersedgesalon.com/  (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) – http://www.gracekellysalon.com/salon/
Sarah at the Sevens (kids cut) – https://www.facebook.com/TheSevensLLC/
Serenity Salon and Spa – http://www.serenityofgettysburg.com/
A2Z Design- Hanover https://www.facebook.com/A2Z-Design-763813170299781

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 http://scottssigns.net/
J. Decker Photography http://www.jdeckerphotography.com/
Picture This Portraits-717-337-0820 http://picturethisportraitstudio.com/index2.php#/home/
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 http://www.hockleyandodonnell.com/
Organized Minds (family, home, office organization) www.organized-minds.com

Landscapers
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 http://www.evergreenlawnsandlandscapes.com/

Preschools
The Growing Place at the Gettysburg College http://www.gettysburg.edu/about/offices/president/hr/daycare/GGP.dot
Gettysburg High School program for 3-4 year olds
Saint Francis Xavier http://www.sfxs.org/
Christ Lutheran Preschool http://www.christgettysburg.net/
Sonshine Preschool http://www.fbcgettysburg.net/preschool/
For 2s- Grace United Learning Center, Taneytown, MD http://www.graceunitedlc.com/
The Growing Patch Preschool https://www.facebook.com/The-Growing-Patch-LLC-Preschool-873294462734313/?hc_location=ufi
YWCA Jelly Beans program. http://www.ywcagettysburg.org/site/ – “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 http://www.landoflittlehorses.com/
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo-Thurmont, MD http://cwpzoo.com/
Gettysburg battlefield tour – http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm
Hollabaugh’s for fruit, the corn box, and summer story time- Biglerville http://www.hollabaughbros.com/
Library story times- various libraries in Adams County http://www.adamslibrary.org/
Ski Liberty- Fairfield http://www.libertymountainresort.com/
Pippenfest- Fairfield (last weekend in September) http://pippinfest.com/
National Apple Harvest Festival- Arendstville  http://www.appleharvest.com/
Explore-n-More Children’s Museum- Gettysburg http://www.exploreandmore.com/
The Round Barn- Biglerville http://www.roundbarngettysburg.com/
East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue- Fairfield  http://eastcoastrescue.org/

Other Recommendations
Schroeder Family Dentistry- Biglerville http://www.schroederfamilydentistry.com/
Apple Ridge Family Medicine- Gettysburg http://appleridgefamilymedicine.com/
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!) http://www.ywcagettysburg.org/site/

Area Playgrounds/Parks:
Gettysburg Rec Park http://gettysburg-pa.gov/parks_recreation/pavilion_rentals.htm
Oakside Park in Biglerville
Lincoln Elementary playground
Norlo Park (on Rt. 30 towards Chambersburg – playground, walking trail, and real train cars to climb on)  http://www.franklincountyworks.com/living-here/parks-recreation/
Fairfield Park
Gettysburg Battlefield- http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm  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 http://strawberryhill.org/  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 http://www.penntwp.com/recreation.htm
Catoctin Mountain Park http://www.nps.gov/cato/index.htm
Carroll Valley parks (both of them) http://www.carrollvalley.org/Information/Parks/Default.aspx  the one nearest Ski Liberty with stream and fishing pond… the other for lots of picnic/play fun!
Taneytown Memorial Park http://www.taneytown.org/parks_recs_taneytown.asp
Gettysburg Rec Park http://gettysburg-pa.gov/parks_recreation/pavilion_rentals.htm
Bonneauville Park
Littlestown Community Park
Fuller Lake at Pine Grove Furnace State Park- http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/pinegrovefurnace/
Caledonia State Park- http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/caledonia/index.htm  a pool, a small playground, and some easier walking trails.
Codorus State Park- http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/codorus/index.htm

Loy’s Station (south of Emmitsburg, MD) https://recreater.com/234/Loys-Station-Park
Young’s Woods – Hanover https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youngs-Woods-Park/156380427784249

Area Family events arranged by season:

Winter: 
Gingerbread House competition & Display at Adams County Arts Council (sponsored by Gettysburg Festival)  http://www.gettysburgfestival.org/
Breakfast with Santa at Gettysburg Hotel
Christmas Lights in York http://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation/events/christmas-magic/christmas-magic.html
Christmas Lights in Hershey http://www.christmasinhershey.com/hershey_sweetlights.php
Gettysburg Christmas Parade
Gettysburg New Years Eve Party on the Square
PA Farm Show  http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us/
Maple Syrup program at Strawberry Hill  www.strawberryhill.org
Maple Syrup Festival at Cunningham Falls State Park  http://www.dnr.state.md.us/features/maple_syrup_events.asp

Spring
Easter Egg Hunt at Harley Davidson in Gettysburg http://www.battlefieldharley-davidson.com/default.asp
Easter Egg Hunt at Hollabaugh Bros.  http://www.hollabaughbros.com/
Easter Egg Hunt at St. Francis Xavier http://www.stfxcc.org/
Easter Egg hunt at Gettysburg Methodist Church http://gettysburgumc.org
Peep Show in Westminster  http://www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org/aa_peepshow.asp
Baby Horses at Hanover Shoe Farms  http://www.hanoverpa.com/
Animals At Apple Valley Creamery  http://www.applevalleycreamery.com/home.php
Just Like New Kids Consignment Sale in Mt. Holly   http://www.justlikenewkids.com/
Nearly New Sale at YWCA  http://www.ywcagettysburg.org/site/
Apple Blossom Festival http://www.appleblossomfestival.info/

Summer
Pick Strawberries at Mount Joy Berry Farm  http://www.mtjoyberryfarm.com/
Gettysburg Festival – Children’s Day, free & fee concerts   http://www.gettysburgfestival.org/
Story Time program at Hollabaugh’s  http://www.hollabaughbros.com/
Free Family concerts at Adams County Winery http://www.adamscountywinery.com/
Free Family concerts at Hauser Winery http://www.hauserestate.com/
Kids Summer camps at Strawberry Hill www.strawberryhill.org, YWCA http://www.ywcagettysburg.org/site/, Adams County Arts Councilhttp://adamsarts.org/
Pool at Caledonia State Park (also hiking, playground & stream you can wade in) –http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/caledonia/index.htm
Beach at Pine Grove Furnace State Park http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/pinegrovefurnace/
Pool in Littlestown
Battle of Gettysburg Reenactment http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com/
Corn Bin & other things to play with at Hollabaugh Farm Market  http://www.hollabaughbros.com/
Pick Raspberries & Blackberries & Blueberries at Yellow Hill Farm http://home.earthlink.net/~yellowhillfarm/
Animals at Round Barn http://www.roundbarngettysburg.com/
Botanical Garden in Hershey – also have programs http://www.hersheygardens.org/

Fall
Apple Picking tours at Hollabaugh’s  http://www.hollabaughbros.com/
Apple Harvest Festival http://www.appleharvest.com/
Corn Maze at Fields of Adventure http://fieldsofadventure.com/
Apples, Playground, pumpkin & Hayride at Catoctin Mountain Orchard http://www.catoctinmountainorchard.com/
Just Like New Kids Consignment Sale in Mt. Holly http://www.justlikenewkids.com/
Nearly New Sale at YWCA http://www.ywcagettysburg.org/site/
Gettysburg Halloween Parade
Remembrance Day Parade
Halloween Festival at Hollabaugh Bros.  http://www.hollabaughbros.com/
Trick-or-Treat at Jubilee Grocery Store in Emmitsburg  http://www.shopjubileefoods.com/circular.aspx
Apple & Peach picking at Baughers – also have a Halloween event  http://www.baughers.com/
Heritage Festival at Rec Park  http://www.icpj-gettysburg.org/festival.htm
Light The Night event at Bethel Assembly in Littlestown http://www.bethelag.com/index.html