The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 29, 2013

What to do with the rest of vacation?

Youth enjoying holiday break at local fun spots

By Meghan Keely
Herald Staff Writer

HERMITAGE — They have been extra careful and on their finest behavior, but now kids are letting loose at some local favorite spots.

The sounds of cheering and bowling balls rolling down the lanes filled the air of Ten Pin Alley, Hermitage, as dozens of children and their families enjoyed their frames of bowling.

Cousins Kennedy and Liam Giovanelli joined family and friends in an entertaining battle of knocking down the pins.

“We come and visit our family in Pennsylvania every year for Christmas,” Kennedy, 10, of Huntersville, N.C., said. “I really love Christmas vacation because I get to spend time with my family. We have gone to Daffin’s, Kraynak’s and now we are at the bowling alley. We are planning on going to the movies and hopefully playing outside in the snow.”

Her cousin, Liam, 8, of Hermitage, agreed with her, saying his favorite part about the holiday vacation was seeing his cousins.

“I want to spend as much time as I can with my family, and I am pretty excited about going to the movies,” Liam said.

Both children said they were happy to be out of school and able to do things, like bowling, with their families.

“I have been sled-riding too, but we want to build a snowman,” Kennedy said.

Across the street, at Olympic Fun Center, students of all ages were enjoying the various games and activities the center has to offer.

“We come here because there is a lot for my grandson, John, to do. I asked him where he wanted to go and he said here,” said Sue Perelman of New Castle.

Sue’s grandson, John Perelman, 7, of Seneca Valley, said he loves visiting his grandmother during Christmas vacation because he gets to play at the fun center.

“They have tons of fun things here,” John said. “I am glad not to be in school because I don’t really like it. I would rather play with my friends. Before I have to go back to school I am going to learn how to snowboard.”

Employee of Olympic Fun Center and avid roller-skater, Zach Zuppe, 15, of Transfer, said the center has been busy since the schools let out.

“We gave out coupons to all the elementary schools in Mercer County, and the students have been using them,” Zuppe said. “If the roads aren’t bad, we are busy.”

Zuppe, a 10th-grader at Reynolds High School, said he has spent his Christmas vacation either working or skating at the fun center.

“My friends come here, too, and hang out,” Zuppe said. “We’ve been here during the vacation, and it is just where we hang out. Plus, I got new skates for Christmas.”