Popular children’s attraction Bee’s Backyard will reopen this week after temporarily closing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The indoor play area and party space inside the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, will reopen Friday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It will then close for Independence Day on Saturday, July 4, and open again Sunday, July 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bee’s Backyard’s summer hours will see it closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those entering Bee’s Backyard will need to follow safety protocols. Staff and adults must wear masks, and masks are recommended for children but not required. Only two adults per child are allowed inside to help the facility limit its capacity.

Ben Hillebrand turns the corner and finds himself staring down the barrel of a Nerf gun and shot by Maylee Moran during a 2019 dart night at Bee’s Backyard inside the Marketplace at Steamtown.


Bee’s Backyard also has added safety precautions, including doing daily temperature checks, adding sanitizer stations, putting employees through additional sanitizing and safety training, using disinfectant sprays daily to fight COVID-19 and doing more daytime cleaning at high-touch spots.

The spot is the latest inside the marketplace to reopen.

For more information, call 570-354-2901 or visit beesbackyard.com.