The kangaroo bounces again in Kennywood, rides by way of Elfburgh, and extra in ETC.

The kangaroo is recovering in Kennywood

The Kangaroo, a Kennywood classic that was retired in 2020, will return to the amusement park in 2022 … and you can have a say in its design.

Photo courtesy Kennywood.

The ride, which premiered 60 years ago, was the inspiration for Kennywood’s mascot. In collaboration with Premier Rides, one of the leading manufacturers and innovators in the amusement industry, the “flying roller coaster” is being completely renovated, including a new LED lighting package, vibrant colors and a state-of-the-art operating system.

From now until November 21 at 11:59 p.m., thrill seekers can vote online between a classic or vintage design.

Restored South Park Cascades are causing a sensation

The historic South Park Cascades have been restored.

Last week, Allegheny County officials and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation rededicated the man-made water feature, built in 1927 from stratified rock from the park. Paul B. Riis, the famous Swiss-born landscape architect who designed the north and south parks, created the network of waterfalls and paddling pools.

Until the mid-1970s, the site served as a summer destination for families.

In July 2018, the county embarked on a $ 1.2 million restoration project that included barrier-free access and a new well circulation system. After a year of construction, the Cascades are open to the public again. Although visitors can no longer wade in the stone pools, they can soak up the sights and sounds of the park’s natural heritage and immerse themselves in nature.

The wells are drained and winterized in the colder months, although the site remains open year round. Further landscape restoration work will be completed in spring 2022.

Elfburgh Christmas in Bethel Park

Hundred Acres Manor switches from terrifying to sparkling with Elfburgh, a drive-thru Christmas display.

The family-friendly event will take place on selected evenings from November 26th to December 23rd. The Elf Trail features more than 500,000 lights through a forest that leads to Santa’s ice castle. You can even pass your wish list on St. Nick without leaving your car.

Tickets, which cost $ 25 per vehicle, can be purchased online.

Get your Hilltop Christmas Shopping Passes

Celebrate Small Business Saturday November 27th in Allentown and Mt. Oliver

The two business districts – located primarily on E. Warrington Avenue and Brownsville Road – offer passes to encourage customers to venture out onto the Hilltop for their Christmas shopping.

The Allentown Passport offers 18 local businesses. When you spend $ 5 or more at participating facilities, a sticker will be placed on your passport. After collecting stickers from five different stores, you will be awarded a $ 25 gift card to a store of your choice in Allentown. Passports are available from participating companies and can be returned to the Dropbox at Dollar Bank (820 E. Warrington Ave.).

The Mt. Oliver Passport has 28 companies. You will get a stamp on your card after spending $ 10 in a store. Collect five stamps and receive a $ 25 gift certificate to a local retailer of your choice. Collect 20 stamps and take part in a grand prize drawing to win $ 500 in cash. Stamped passports can be returned in person at the Mt. Oliver Borough Building (150 Brownsville Rd.) During business hours or posted in the secure mailbox next to the door.

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