With abundant attractions for both kids and grownups, the Riverfront is a destination for family fun. For 10-year-old Charlie Buckanavage of Hockessin and his friends, Stratosphere, the area’s first indoor trampoline park, is a popular venue for birthday parties.
“It’s always so much fun that I can’t wait to come back,” he says.
Charlie also has visited the Delaware Children’s Museum several times on school trips and outings with friends. The museum offers engaging exhibits in science, math and technology for children, from toddlers to preteens.
His dad, Steve, says the whole family visits the Riverfront regularly, often for a movie at the 3,000-seat, 14-screen Penn Cinema, the state’s only IMAX theater, and a bite to eat at Joe’s Crab Shack, one of a dozen options for dining. Or they go to a minor-league baseball game, cheering on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium, also home to the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall
After a summer of touring, the Kalmar Nyckel returns to the Riverfront in mid-September. The tall ship, an authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th-century Dutch Pinnace, serves as a floating classroom promoting Delaware’s maritime legacy.
There are activities for parents and grandparents, too, including the free Shipyard Summer Concert Series at Dravo Plaza and Family Night cruises on the River Taxi.
Buckanavage and his wife enjoy getting together with friends at Harry’s Seafood restaurant.
“The more we come to the Riverfront the more we like it,” he says.