Happy Travelers understand Pennsylvania’s excitement as we near February 2nd — Groundhog Day! A long-time tradition celebrated in Punxsutawney, many anxiously await to hear if we’re in store for an early spring or if we will spend a few more weeks cozied up in sweaters as we wait out winter. While traditionally Phil welcomes visitors to his home at Gobbler’s Knob, this year he invites you to enjoy in the Groundhog Day celebrations while staying safe and warm at home.
No matter the weather outcome, we’re sharing a few of our favorite crafts and recipes to try at home with the rest of the family leading up to the big day!
1. Groundhog Day Felt Playset
Recreate Punxsutawney and Gobbler’s Knob with a felt playset. This easy craft only requires three materials: felt, scissors, and googly eyes!
2. Groundhog Shadows
On a day where we anxiously await to find out if Phil sees his shadow, it’s only fitting to complete a craft that celebrates just that. Try out this groundhog shadow activity that lets kids decide Phil’s prediction.
3. Paper Heart Groundhog
If you heart Groundhog Day as much as we do, this craft is right up your alley! Using paper hearts, assemble your own groundhog and try to guess his prediction.
4. Peek-A-Boo Handprint Groundhog
Little ones looking to join in the crafting action will love seeing their handprint transformed into a groundhog. Once complete, set the stage and let them share Phil’s story!
5. Hot Dog Groundhogs
Bring your celebrations to the dinner table! These groundhog hot dogs are a clever meal to enjoy leading up to the day.
6. Groundhog Day Cupcake Push pops
Will it be an early spring or an extended winter? You get to choose with these cupcake push pops that let you decide Phil’s prediction.
7. Pop-Up Cookies
Sweeten up the holiday by adding pop-up cookies to your menu. The best part? No matter the outcome, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to enjoy.
8. Groundhog Day Desserts
Have a few helpers looking for a sweet treat? Help them make this dessert recipe that offers many ways to create and enjoy.
To find out more about our Groundhog Day celebrations, visit our Holi-Stay webpage. Don’t miss our Groundhog Day live stream to watch the virtual prognostication on Feb. 2 beginning at 6:30AM! Be sure to join in the conversation by using the hashtag #GHD2021 on your social channels and following along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.