Well, we have stopped in Bedford for the exact same reason. It's a nice little town with easy parking and a few shops. We went to the Green Harvest Restaurant (I think) and had a reasonably good lunch, although our youngest and pickiest eater was hard-pressed to find something that he liked. It worked and Bedford really has some lovely architecture; however, my kids were not really impressed by architecture and were glad to get back on the road.
I have not been there, but several people I work with have recommended LeTort Park in Carlisle as a fun place to go with kids:
It would be convenient to the Turnpike, although it is somewhat past the halfway point. Lots of places to eat in Carlisle. Although...you may be better off to just keep on driving and get to Hershey sooner. I was just there today on a field trip and it was awesome! :)
Thank you so much for your help!
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