Located in Belmont County, St. Clairsville, Ohio, is a kid-friendly city with plenty of things for children to do. Whether your child enjoys racing, fishing or space exploration, there is something to keep them entertained. The next time you head to St. Clairsville with your children, stop by some of the kid-friendly attractions and put a smile on their faces.
Soap Box Derby
Children between the ages of 8 and 17 can live out their fantasy of driving a race car in the annual St. Clairsville Soap Box Derby Association's (stcsbd.org) soap box derby. The derby is broken into three brackets; the Stock bracket for 8 to13 year olds, the Super Stock bracket for 10 to 17 year olds and the Maters bracket for 10 to 17 year olds. Children build their own cars -- along with the help of their parents -- and race on the downhill track. Winners receive a trophy and are invited to participate in regional races.
Youth Fishing Tournament
The annual St. Clairsville youth fishing tournament invites children to participate in the sport of fishing. The ultimate goal is fun, but each child attempts to catch the biggest fish possible. Each fish the child catches is measured and added to the total length of fish caught for the day. The child who catches the largest fish in total length wins an award, while the other participants receive a plaque
Located in the Ohio Valley, Adventure Creek (ropetrekking.com) is a collection of outdoor obstacle courses that is fun for people of all ages. There are six total courses, each of which offers a different level of difficulty. The Bobcat, Coyote and Bear Club courses are for younger children. Spiderman's World is a zip-line course. The two most difficult courses are the Wolf and Grizzly, which are for more experienced adventurers. Some courses have zip lines that extend over trees and ponds, while others have plank bridges that stretch across creeks. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Challenger Learning Center
A little more than 11 miles away, in Wheeling, West Virginia, the Challenger Learning Center (challenger.org) educates children about space exploration through fun and games. Children are given the opportunity to take on the role of astronauts, scientists and engineers as they work hands on with replica space vessels and equipment. Simulation vehicles give children the experience of flying through space, looking down at Earth and passing through a comet's tail. The Challenger Learning Center is often attended by teachers and students, but walk-ins are welcome.