Family Activities

In case you haven't heard, our venue, Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania, is home to the largest indoor waterpark in America. So, we'd expect that you'll want to bring your family since every room booked at the Kalahari comes with a total of four waterpark bands. But, there's more to TechBash for families to enjoy than 220,000 square feet of waterpark.

Find activities for you and your family:

At the Event

Thursday - Family Game Night

Looking to mingle with others from TechBash while playing your favorite games? Come to family game night on Thursday evening from 7pm-10pm. Adults will continue game night past 10pm until we're asked to leave.

Friday - Kids Day

In addition to all of the great technical sessions at Techbash we are also hosting a day of events for spouses and families on the last day of the conference. Bring the family out for a day of kid focused sessions on Friday October 5th.

Keep in mind that, depending on availability, you can extend your stay through the weekend using the Techbash discount. Mention the Techbash conference when making your reservation.

Admission to the kids sessions is free as long as at least one family member is registered to attend the main Techbash conference.

Please note that at unattended minors are not permitted in the conference area. The family sessions are not provided as a drop off option and a parent or guardian must be present with all children.

We have some awesome activities planned and the final schedule will be available during the conference.

Your kids can look forward to: Lego building sessions, engineering challenges, a Kalahari wide scavenger hunt, a self defense workshop, games and outdoor activities (weather permitting).

We will also be offering a web development workshop for older kids (11 and up) who are interested in learning more about how to build websites. In order to participate each child must have a laptop with a modern browser installed (Chrome, Firefox, Safari).

Also, anyone staying at the Kalahari has access to the kid friendly activities organized by the resort. Please check with the Kalahari for their activity schedule.

At the Kalahari

The Kalahari has plenty of kid friendly activities in their Arcade area. Be sure to check the activities board that connects the downstairs food court with the Big Game Room for specific activities occurring during your stay. You can also check their website . Remember, you can't participate in these activities unless you book your room at the Kalahari by calling 1-855-356-9208 and mentioning TechBash.

Here is the most current activity schedule from the Kalahari:

Tuesday (10/2), Wednesday (10/3) and Thursday (10/4)

9:00am-8:30pm
Decorate a Trick or Treat Bag (The Adventures Club)
10:00am-7:30pm
10:00am-7:30pm All Day Crafts (The Adventures Club)
10:00am-11:00am
Morning Family Hike (The Adventures Club)
11:30am-12:30am
Henna (The Adventures Club)
12:15pm-12:45pm
Paint a Pumpkin (The Adventures Club)
1:00pm-1:45pm
Make Your Own Putty (The Adventures Club)
2:00pm-2:30pm
Coloring Contest (The Adventures Club)
2:00pm-2:30pm
Fill a Friend (The Adventures Club)
3:00pm-4:00pm
Cookie Time (Café Mirage)
5:00pm-5:45pm
Tie Dye a Kalahari T-Shirt (The Adventures Club)
6:15pm-6:30pm
Photo Time with a Kalahari Friend (The Main Lobby)
7:00pm-7:30pm
Cupcake Wars (The Adventures Club)

Friday (10/5)

9:00am-8:30pm
Decorate a Trick or Treat Bag (The Adventures Club)
9:00am-10:00am
Morning Family Hike (The Adventures Club)
10:00am-7:30pm
All Day Crafts (The Adventures Club)
10:30am-11:00am
Paint a Pumpkin (The Adventures Club)
11:00am-12:30am
Henna (The Adventures Club)
1:00pm-1:45pm
Make Your Own Putty (The Adventures Club)
2:00pm-2:30pm
Coloring Contest (The Adventures Club)
3:00pm-4:00pm
Cookie Time (Café Mirage)
5:00pm-5:45pm
Tie Dye a Kalahari T-Shirt (The Adventures Club)
6:00pm-6:45pm
Photo Scavenger Hunt (The Adventures Club)
7:15pm-7:30pm
Photo Time with a Kalahari Friend (The Main Lobby)
8:00pm-8:30pm
Cupcake Wars (The Adventures Club)
9:00pm-9:30pm
Family Game Night (The Adventures Club)

Kalahari - Halloweekend

Halloweekend Friday and Saturday Activities

Cost: FREE to $20 per person
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Free Activities:

  • Pumpkin Bowling - Two pumpkin bowling lanes will be available
  • Corn Box - A sandbox filled with corn equipped with mini shovels and child toys to play with
  • Gorilla Grove Photo Cutouts
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Giant Jenga
  • Costume Contest 7-8PM
  • Halloween Trivia 8-9PM
  • Fire Pit & Entertainment 4-10PM

Nominal Fee Activities:

  • Face painting 6-10PM
  • Pumpkin Painting 6-10PM
  • Paint small pumpkins
  • Spooky Train - All Day
  • S’mores By The Fire 4-10PM
  • Night Ropes Course 6-10PM
  • Twilight Zip Line 6-10PM

Kalahari - America's Largest Indoor Waterpark

America's Largest Indoor Waterpark

Cost: FREE with your hotel room for TechBash
Call 1-855-356-9208 and mention TechBash

Experience America's Largest Indoor Waterpark at 220,000 sq. ft. featuring a retractable roof, stand-up surfing or body boarding on the FlowRider, the twists and turns of the Anaconda and Swahili Swirl waterslides, relaxing lazy river and indoor/outdoor family hot tub, ride the waves in the wave pool or experiences tons of activities for the little ones and much, much more!

Kalahari - Big Game Room

Big Game Room

Cost: Varies

No Kalahari safari is complete without escaping to the 30,000 square foot Big Game Room to enjoy some dry time fun!

The HUGE game room features loads of video games and contests, as well as Mini-Bowling where you can enjoy all the fun and fast paced excitement of a real bowling alley, a must for any expedition. Conquer your favorite games of skill and collect redemption tickets for exciting prizes! 

Step into Blacklight Mini-Golf as it reveals a super-bright rainbow of colors bordering the holes and throughout the course. As you navigate your way through the course, you'll meet a glowing octopus, shark, elephant and more. The golf balls seem to glow, and if you wear bright colors, (white works well) your clothing will glow too!

To complete your safari, don't miss the XD Dark Ride. Experience a whole new dimension of virtual reality at the NEW XD Dark Ride 5-D Theater.

Kalahari - The Arena

The Arena - The Ultimate Virtual Reality Experience

Cost: From $20
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Imagine a game that doesn’t feel like a game, and your body is the controller. The digital and real world meshed seamlessly together, to transport you inside the virtual world like never before.

We introduce The Arena, powered by Zero Latency, where you are transported into a digital realm. You take on a new identity, your surroundings are an ever-changing, computer generated landscape that will shock and amaze all your senses.

  • Free-roaming, warehouse-scale, multi-player, virtual reality gaming experience
  • 2nd location in the United States
  • Multi-player adventures allow up to 6 people to explore, conquer, and challenge one another for high-scores and skill evaluations, all tracking in real-time
  • Multiple games for participants to choose from

*Note, minimum age to play is 13

Kalahari - Wrath of Anubis

Wrath of Anubis - Escape Rooms

Cost: $15 per person, 6 people maximum

Long ago, Kings and Queens ruled the Land of the Nile and wielded a power not of this world. It has been said, that these Monarchs could become invisible, fly, and even cheat death. This power however, was bought with a great price. The God of Death demanded the souls of those whose wishes were granted. Those who refused to pay the toll would incur his wrath. In the days of European Expansion, many adventurers sought fame and fortune in the Land of the Nile. Some believe that the key to immortality could be found in its ancient pyramids and tombs. To this day, all who have sought the power over death have failed. The power once wielded by the Gods of Ancient Egypt, has been lost…until now. Are you clever enough to solve the riddles of the ancients? Are you cunning enough to avoid the obstacles and traps? Do you dare face the Wrath of Anubis?

This fully interactive game will transport you to Ancient Egypt where you will use skill to navigate through 3 different “escape rooms.” Each room will have hints and interactive features on all four walls to assist you in your progression to the next room. You’ll rely on the interactive sounds, ambient lighting and voice of the spirit guardian to guide you in the right direction.

Kalahari - Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures

Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures

Cost: From $18 per person
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Ropes Course
Experience the beauty of our wooded setting while challenging yourself with physical activities that range from easy, with the children's courses close to the ground, to extremely difficult expert tree to tree challenges

Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures Ropes Course contains courses made of small platforms constructed at various levels in the trees that are connected by different types of bridges that represent obstacles. You can maneuver from platform to platform wearing double belay safety harnesses. These exciting courses consist of 87 elements that will challenge you with tightropes, swinging log steps, moving platforms, rope net climbs, tunnels, hanging posts and zip lines!

Zip Lines
Quad racing zip lines, now open, the only zip line attraction of its kind the region. Four at a time, race against family and friends to compete for the fastest time.

Do the Ropes Course or Zip Line individually or for the ultimate adventure, BOTH!

Kalahari - Lost Jungle Mini Golf Course

Legends of the Lost Jungle Mini-Golf

Cost: From $7 per person
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Adventure into the jungle for an exciting 36 holes at our thrilling Mini Golf course.

The Lost Jungle is an enigma in every sense of the word. A riddle wrapped inside of a mystery. Your quest is to solve the riddles along the journey to uncover the mystery of the Lost Jungle.

Along with your mission, as you will explore the deep Congo, the sights and sounds of the Lost Jungle and its primeval forest will surround you. You will traverse through native villages, abandoned marketplaces, you will encounter monolithic ancient shrines. You will uncover hidden clues that lead you safely along the labyrinth that is the Lost Jungle.

Tom Foolery and his family have explored the Lost Jungle many years ago and have left behind clues for you to assist in your quest. Use your guide-map to not only keep score but to also piece together the puzzles that you encounter along the way.

Kalahari - Gorilla Express

Gorilla Express

Cost: From $5 per person
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All aboard the Gorilla Express! This awesome train brings you to and from Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures. Now just sit back & enjoy the ride!

Short Drive Away

There are too many activities that are within a 60 minute drive from the venue. So, we've picked out the most popular locations during this time of the year. The activities are sorted by distance to travel.

Mount Airy Casino

Mount Airy Casino

5.3 miles away | 13 minute drive
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Slots, table games and 24/7 fun. At Mount Airy Casino Resort’s high-energy casino, every minute is a thrill. With over 70 table games, ranging from blackjack, craps, roulette and Baccarat and over 1,800 of the hottest slots in Northern Pennsylvania, you have several chances to try your luck and get lucky. With our ever changing promotions and tournaments, you can be sure to get your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing every time you come in.

The Crossings Premium Outlets

The Crossings Premium Outlets

7.5 miles away | 17 minute drive
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The Crossings Premium Outlets® is nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains region and features 100 brand name and designer outdoor outlet stores. Conveniently located off of Interstate 80, Exit 299, you will find everyday savings from Gap Factory Outlet, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, The North Face, Under Armour & more. Various dining options are available whether you grab and go in our food court or sit down at the Log Cabin Bar & Grill. Located just minutes away from Great Wolf Lodge, Mount Airy Casino Resort and Camelback Ski Mountain. So from the entire team at The Crossings Premium Outlets®, we hope that you will visit us soon.

Pocono Raceway

Stock Car Racing Experience and Pocono Raceway Tours

11.8 miles away | 30 minute drive
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Drive on NASCAR’s Famous Pocono Raceway. 877stockcar.com offers the premier driving experience at Pocono Raceway. All of the experiences are run so that just about anyone can participate! They provide all the necessary training and safety gear.

Pocono Wine Trail

Pocono Wine Trail

17.8 miles away | 32 minute drive
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Nestled throughout the Beautiful Pocono Mountains are seven, lovely family-owned Vineyards and Wineries. In the last decade, the Pocono Mountains have become a destination for wine lovers seeking unique and original tastes among the most beautiful settings.

Each Winery is conveniently located within a short drive of each other so you can enjoy a relaxing day on the Wine Trail.

Pocono Whitewater

Pocono Whitewater

26.2 miles away | 34 minute drive
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There’s something fun here at Pocono Whitewater for every level of adventurer! Choose your own pace with mild to wild dam release whitewater and family style whitewater rafting trips, over 30 miles of scenic, easy downhill rail-trail biking excursions and over 700 acres of world class paintball at Skirmish. Grab some friends and come for a half day, full day, or make it a mini vacation.

Boulder Field and Hickory Run State Park

Boulder Field and Hickory Run State Park

27.9 miles away | 40 minute drive
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The 15,990-acre Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County, lies in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. This large park has:

  • More than 40 miles of hiking trails
  • Three state park natural areas
  • Miles of trout streams
Boulder Field, a striking boulder-strewn area, is a National Natural Landmark.

Electric City Aquarium

Electric City Aquarium

32.2 miles away | 40 minute drive
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Take a moment and close your eyes. Imagine being in the deep surrounded by different species of fish, sharks, stingrays, octopus and other sea creatures. How does that make you feel? Are you excited? Scared?

There are so many facets of aquatic life that are both beautiful to some and terrifying to others. Often, people base their thoughts on what they see portrayed in movies and on television. We welcome you to visit the Electric City Aquarium and Reptile Den to see real life unfold before your eyes.

If you think High Definition is awesome, you’ll be astounded as you see the vibrant colors of the various species of fish swimming in crystal blue waters. You’ll be able to feel and feed stingrays and see how they interact amongst one another. As the sharks swim by, you’ll be able to appreciate their immense power, but come to know the important role they play in the ocean. And, to many, the octopus is one of the most interesting creatures in the sea. They are highly intelligent, can camouflage and defend themselves from predators better than most, and can crawl or swim.

Bushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls - The Niagara of Pennsylvania

29.9 miles away | 45 minute drive
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The "Niagara of Pennsylvania," Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State's most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest.

Claws 'N' Paws

Claws 'N' Paws

27.1 miles away | 47 minute drive
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Claws 'N' Paws is a wildlife adventure park in Hamlin, PA. Visitors can get up close to several animals. There are 300 animals representing a total of 120 species. The park is spread across 30 acres.

Roba Family Farms

Roba Family Farms

41.5 miles away | 48 minute drive
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Scenic Roba Family Farms is a premiere destination for outdoor family fun in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Our harvest season features pumpkins ripening under the September sun and continues through crisp fall evenings until the moon rises on Halloween. This year we are opening our doors on Friday, September 15 and will remain open until Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Mohegan Sun Pocono

38.1 miles away | 49 minute drive
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Owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, it is one of the largest and most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Since it was acquired in November 2005, Mohegan Sun Pocono has continued to evolve.

Mohegan Sun Pocono is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including more than 90 table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing.

Lackawanna County Coal Mine

Lackawanna County Coal Mine

36.5 miles away | 50 minute drive
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Go down in history - 300 feet beneath the surface of the earth in a once abandoned, but now restored hard coal mine. See where and how men and boys worked to heat a nation and fuel the conversion of our nation's economy from agriculture to industry. Open daily April 1 through November 30.

Dingman's Falls (Dingman's Ferry)

Dingman's Falls (Dingman's Ferry)

42.5 miles away | 70 minute drive
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The Delaware Water Gap has been a vacation destination for more than a century and visitors have spent many overnights close to nature. The park offers many recreational activities that range from hiking, boating, fishing, and camping, reliving the past through period celebrations, to the park's birth during the conservation and environmental movements of the 1960s and 1970s. There are many experiences on both sides of the Delaware River in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that provide glimpses into the rich history of this region.