Celebrate family fun month in August by spending time in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes. While there are plenty of activities for the whole family to do from visiting museums to exploring the great outdoors, check out these 5 activities that the whole family will enjoy.

1. The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass

You can't bring the family to Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes without a visit into the Corning Museum of Glass. Kids and parents will be wowed by fascinating art, captivated by hot-glass shows, and blown away by the size of the glass market. While you're there pay a visit to The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass for a make-your-own glass project. Kids will love sandblasting, crafting a glass flower, or making the seasonal glass art project. Parents can get in on the fun too and make it an activity for the whole family.

CMOG family

2. The Rockwell Museum

Just down the road from the Corning Museum of Glass is the Rockwell Museum. This Smithsonian Museum is a hidden treasure for family fun. Venturing into the rest of the museum there is traditional art that depicts the American experience, and there is the more eccentric. An Art Hunt gets young visitors excited to be out exploring the galleries by matching small snippets of images of the collection to the actual paintings and objects on display. Just around the corner on Market Street The new KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab is an interactive family studio with activity stations inspired by the artwork and architecture of The Rockwell. The Art Lab is a chance for families to enjoy authentic, unplugged play together.

Kids Rockwell Art Lab
Kids Rockwell Art Lab courtesy of The Rockwell Museum

One of the best parts about The Corning Museum of Glass and The Rockwell Museum? Kids and teens 17 and under are always free! (The Studio at CMOG is not included and requires additional fees. The KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab is included in museum admission.)

3. Keuka Watersports

So, you have explored the wonders that are indoors, it's time to get outside! What better way to enjoy the Finger Lakes than to get out on the lake. Keuka Watersports makes family fun on the lake easy and enjoyable. Rent a boat for a day, or the whole week. Sit and relax or hop on a tube and go! Grab a few kayaks and venture out for an afternoon.

keuka watersports

4. Park Avenue Sports Center

Park Avenue Sports Center is the complete package when it comes to family fun. Families will enjoy activities like mini-golf, water wars, and combat zone laser tag. After running around an engaging in friendly combat and competition cool down with an ice cream treat.

Park Avenue Sports

5. The 200th Steuben County Fair

The Steuben County Fair is the longest continuously running fair in the US since opening in 1819. This year it celebrates its 200th year! Families go to enjoy the carnival rides and food, harness races, traditional fair contests and shows, and concerts. You can catch the fair this year at the Steuben County Fair Grounds from Tuesday August 13th through Sunday August 18th.

Steuben County Fair

Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes has activities the whole family will love whether you like outdoor adventures or museum discoveries. Spend quality time together this August during Family Fun Month!

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