Here are some ideas for taking advantage of the newfound freedom that summer brings, whether you're looking for a weekend escape or just an evening of fun.

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No more pencils, no more books. That's right, kids and parents, school will soon be out for the summer.

So it's time to celebrate. Here are some ideas for taking advantage of the newfound freedom that summer brings, whether you're looking for a weekend escape or just an evening of fun.

Catch a movie

Haar's Drive-In, in Carroll Township, is open for the season. Forget about bedtime and take in a double feature! Check the website, http://visitpaparks.comwww.haars.com, for the latest on the schedule.

Or, you can soon catch a free flick. York City's seven-week Summer Movie Series will be held at Kiwanis Lake on Wednesday evenings starting June 15. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and settle in for a different movie, rated G or PG. They start at dusk, usually around 8:30 p.m.

Make a splash

The beach at Gifford Pinchot State Park opens in late May. Codorus park pool will open the weekend of May 28 and be open weekends only through June 11, after which time the pool will be open daily. For details including hours and pool admission, go to visitpaparks.com.

Take a trip

See the lions and tigers or keep it more low key with the goats and llamas at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park. The park has a scavenger hunt for children set for June 18. Learn more at laketobias.com. The park, in Halifax, is about an hour or so from York.

Or, you can be at Knoebels amusement park in around two hours. Admission is free, and you pay for the rides. Plan your trip at knoebels.com.

Get a treat

Your celebration doesn't have to be an all-day affair or a long drive out of town. Grab a donut at Glazin in York or Fractured Prune in Shrewsbury. Prefer a cool treat? York County has tons of ice cream shops to celebrate with frosty goodness. Try Jim Mack's Ice Cream in Hellam and take in a round of mini-golf or visit the petting zoo.

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Catch the circus

The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus comes to town June 4 — just in time for some early summer fun.

Performances will be held at 2 and 5 p.m. at the Marge Goodfellow Park in New Freedom. Tickets are $6 for children or $12 for adults in advance at Sauble's Market in Shrewsbury and Stewartstown, Wetzel's Market in Glen Rock and the Whistle Stop Bike Shop in New Freedom. They can also be purchased at www.kellymillercircus.com. Tickets at the door are $8 for children and $16 for adults.

Don't want to watch the show? You can just watch the Big Top tent rise starting around 9 a.m.

Why should kids have all the fun?

Parents in Evening Sun news director Elizabeth Jones' neighborhood have created a fun — and wet — tradition for the last day of school.

They gather on the last day of school, hide in the bushes and bombard their kids with water balloons and silly string as they exit the school bus that final time. Some good-natured chaos ensues. 

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For years, the Colonial Crossings neighborhood in North Codorus Township has celebrated the last day of school with a water balloon fight. Do you do anything creative or unique when school lets out? Email ejones@eveningsun.com. Lyzz Jones

See video of the mayhem at flipsidepa.com.

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