Wintertime Fun

100 Things Winter Ohio - Featured

If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for family friendly wintertime fun in Northeast Ohio, this list is for you!  Below you’ll find details on 100 things to do with kids in Ohio this winter!

Are there events on the list that you’ve been to before?  Any other recommendations?  Please leave a comment below and let us know.

Holiday Fun

Here are some great ways to celebrate the winter holidays.

Christmas Events – Comprehensive list of Christmas Events & Activities in Northeast Ohio
Christmas Trees – Northeast Ohio Tree Farms where you can cut your own Christmas Tree
Christmas Lights – Must See Holiday Light Displays Across Northeast Ohio
New Years Eve Events – Family friendly events to ring in the New Year
Martin Luther King Junior Day – Ways to remember Martin Luther King and celebrate the day off from school
President’s Day Fun – Ways to celebrate the holiday and day off from school
Valentines Day – Special events to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Kids

Stay Warm with these Fun Indoor Activities

Because the weather is so unpredictable in Northeast Ohio, finding a great indoor spot during the cold winter months is often a necessity.  Below are some great options that will keep you out of the cold this season!

Indoor Play Centers

Indoor Play Centers

Indoor Play Centers in Northeast Ohio – Did you know that there are over 20 locations to choose from? During the winter when it’s too cold outside to play, these locations provide kids (and adults) the ability to jump, play and burn off extra energy.  View the complete list of Indoor Play Centers


Museums: Specials Events & FREE Admission

Northeast Ohio Museums - Featured

Northeast Ohio Museums & Science Centers – Ranging from Dinosaurs to Classic Cars and everything in between.  There are options the whole family will enjoy. {Find Out More}

In addition, the following museums offer special events and free admission during select days and times.


Musical and Theatre Events

Northeast Ohio Musical & Theatre Venues {Coming Soon}

In addition, the following special events are held during the winter months.

  • Children’s Theater Series at Playhouse Square - Each year Playhouse Square offers 3-4 theater performances geared toward families with young children.  You can purchase tickets to the individual events or get a discount by purchasing a pass to all of the shows.
  • FREE Open House at Severance Hall - Severance Hall joins the city-wide celebration of Dr. King’s life with an open house including a free day of music featuring performances by community musical ensembles and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.
  • FREE Concerts by the Akron Youth Symphony – Each year, the Akron Youth Orchestras present multiple free concerts.  There is typically at least one free concert per season.


The Great Outdoors

Most kids love the snow and for some reason the cold never seems to bother them.  Grab your coats and boots, channel your inner child and head out to enjoy the fun outdoor winter activities.  Just be sure to have the Hot Chocolate waiting for your return!

Sled Riding

Sled Riding in Northeast Ohio

Best Sled Riding Hills in Northeast Ohio – With over 60 locations to choose from, there is sure to be a hill near you.  {Find Out More}

Tobogganing at The Chalet at the Mill Stream Run Reservation

Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Rinks – Northeast Ohio is home to a handful of seasonal outdoor rinks.  Admission is typically inexpensive (and sometimes FREE) and there is a small fee to rent ice skates (assuming you don’t have a pair of your own).

Skating in the Summit Metroparks

Skiing, Snowboarding & More

Skiing and Snowboarding Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio Ski Resorts – Ready to hit the slopes?  Whether for skiing, snowboarding or tubing Northeast Ohio has a number of ski resorts to meet your needs.  All have trails ranging from beginner to expert and offer classes for various skill levels.  {Find Out More}


Cross Country Skiing



Animals & Nature

Zoos & Aquariums

Akron ZooOur Top Ten Reasons to Visit the Akron Zoo

December Days at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (Dec 17th – 30th)
Cabin Fever Reliever at the Akron Zoo (Saturdays in Jan)
Cleveland Aquarium Winter Waterland (Nov 29 – Jan 5, 2014)

Festivals, Fairs

Sports & Recreation

Cleveland Browns Football – Sign up for the Jr. Backers Kids Club

Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball – Sign up for the Cavaliers Kid’s Club

Canton Charge Basketball

Lake Erie Monsters Ice HockeySign up for the Kids Club

Youngstown Phantoms Ice HockeySign up for the Kids Club

Harlem Globetrotters at the Canton Civic Center (Jan 30, 2014)


Unique Excursions

Northeast Ohio has lots of fun family friendly winter activities!  I’d love for you to leave a comment about the places on the list you’d recommend or if there are any places you know of that weren’t mentioned.  

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100 Things to do in Northeast Ohio this Winter

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