Oil Region National Heritage Area | The Valley that Changed the World

Just for Kids

Sights, sounds and fun for kids of all ages

The Oil Region has sights, sounds and opportunities for fun for kids of all ages. In addition to our parks and playgrounds listed below, read on for details about special events and programming for young people.

Benson Memorial Library in Titusville has lots of events and activities regularly. Get the details on the library’s website or the site strictly for youth programs. Below is a description of three of their on-going programs.

  • Baby and Toddler Storytime is a special storytime held at Benson Memorial Library in Titusville that is designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers! Together we’ll sit in a circle, share stories, sing songs, and do lap bounces for a fifteen minutes period, followed by a fifteen-minute playtime where the children can play, and the adults can chat together.
  • Book Buddies is a storytime geared for children ages 3-5 at Benson Memorial Library in Titusville! During Book Buddies, we read three books out loud, sing with shakey eggs, and have fun sharing our love for books. This storytime lasts for about 25 minutes and is followed by an optional craft activity during the school year.
  • On Wednesdays during the school year, children ages 7-12 can stop by for one of Benson Memorial Library’s regular After-School Clubs at 3:30 in Titusville! The After-School Clubs we host rotate on a weekly basis and can be anything from LEGO Club, where we build unique creations with LEGO bricks, to our popular Gamer Club where we play board games and take turns using the library’s Nintendo Switch!

Drake Well Museum and Park

“Uncovering the Past; Inspiring the Future!”

Drake Well Museum and Park hosts “Discovery Days!” for children ages 8 through 12 to learn about history, nature, archaeology, geology and more.

Four one-day sessions were offered throughout Summer 2019, held on Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each session was filled with engaging presentations by a wide variety of professionals, hands-on activities and outdoor exploration.

Registration includes all daily activities, programs, handouts, crafts, Discovery Days t-shirt, reusable shopping bag and more. Space is limited.

Registration Fees:

  • Friends of Drake Well, Inc. Members*
    $20.00 per child per day or
    $75.00 per child for 4 days
  • Non-Members
    $30.00 per child per day or
    $100.00 per child for 4 days

Find out about upcoming events here.

Drake Well Museum and Park alternates an oil boom era circus on even years with Drake Day: Let’s Rock on odd years. The event is held on the Saturday closest to August 27, the day Edwin Drake struck oil. Both event themes have lots for kids to see and do. Find out all about it here.

The Oil Region Coalition of Artists

The Oil Region Coalition of Artists hosts an annual summer art camp for kids. The camp consists of two hour sessions on three consecutive days. Sessions are divided by age group. Those age 5-8 go from 10 a.m. to noon. Those ages 9-12 go from 2-4 p.m. The camp is hosted at Savory Studio (111 W. Central Ave., Titusville.) The cost is $20 per child.

Titusville Council on the Arts

Titusville Council on the Arts holds Youth Theater, a musical production staged each summer at Colestock Auditorium in the Titusville High School. Children ages 8 through 15 may audition and be prepared to sing a song. Kids age 12 and older are eligible to help backstage. Auditions are usually in May with performances in June. Get details here.

Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry

Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry holds various events for kids throughout the year in addition to many kid-friendly exhibits that are part of their regular collection.

July 2019 was a Dinosaur Day Camp for ages 10-13 one day and ages 7-10 on another. Camp ran 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost was $20 per child or $30 for two children from the same household. Find out what Venango Museum has in store next by clicking here.

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