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

Holiday Fun in Northeast Ohio

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

Fun Things to Do During Winter Break

Free Things to Do During Winter Break in Northeast Ohio

FREE Winter Break Fun – Over 20 Things to do with the kids over winter break.  And the best part is that they are FREE! {Find Out More}

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

There are also a number of places where you can play for FREE:

  • Playland at First Christian Church – Indoor playground located at First Christian Church in North Canton. Very well kept and open to the public during select days/hours during the week. Also available to rent for birthday parties.
  • Playground World in Avon- Located in Lorain County and offers FREE play on select times throughout the week. Also available to rent for birthday parties.
  • Playground World in Chesterland – Located in Geauga County and offers FREE play on select days/times throughout the week. Also available to rent for birthday parties.
  • DiscoveryWorks – The amazing indoor play area at the Avon Lake Public Library. One area designed for infants through age 7, and another Tweens area for age 8 and older.

Glow in the Dark indoor Mini Golf

Glow in the Dark Mini Golf – As if putt-putt wasn’t fun enough, now you can enhance the fun by playing a round at one of these fun indoor glow in the dark locations.

FREE Indoor Minature Golf

Medina County Parks Indoor Mini Golf Course Ohio

FREE Indoor Mini Golf with Medina County Park District – Did you know that the Medina County Parks District is currently hosting a special event called Putt-ing Through the Ages?  It’s a FREE indoor miniature golf course located at Buffalo Creek Retreat in Seville.  They have done an amazing job with the quality and the unique aspects of the course.  Read our review and see pictures.

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.

Music Classes for Kids

Music Classes for Kids in Northeast Ohio

Music Classes for Kids – There are many great locations across Northeast Ohio that offer Music Lessons for Kids of all ages. From private to group lessons, learning to sing to playing an instrument, there are plenty of options.

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.

Arts & Crafts for Kids

Art Classes for Kids in Northeast Ohio

Arts & Crafts – Let your kids express their creativity by painting, creating pottery, glass blowing, making handmade jewelry, building wooden projects and more.  Various locations across the region offer a variety of children & family classes, private instructions, demonstrations and more.

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

  • Home Depot Kids Workshops – Home Depot stores across the country offer classes for children (ages 5-12) on the first Saturday of each month. During the classes each child will build a wooden craft to take home along with an official home depot apron and workshop pin.
  • Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics – During select Saturdays Lowe’s Home Improvement stores host a FREE Build and Grow Kids Clinic where kids can build their own wooden project. Project themes change each week. In addition to the building fun, each child receives a free apron, goggles, and project pin.
  • Michaels Kids Club – Michael’s stores offer an occasional Free Family Craft Time as well as a Kids Club on Saturdays.
  • Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Center – Each Saturday, Lakeshore Learning Centers offer a free Crafts for Kids program.
  • Family Open Studio Art House Inc – Create a family art project at Art House Inc for FREE. Each month has a different theme and Art House provides the materials.
  • FREE Glass Blowing Demonstrations at Canal Fulton Glassworks – Every Saturday you can stop into Canal Fulton Glassworks to watch Glass Blowing Demonstrations by the talented artists.

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}

Ice Skating

Ice Skating in Northeast Ohio


Indoor & 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).

Skiing, Snowboarding & More

Skiing 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

Zoos, Aquariums & Wildlife Preserves

Zoos Aquariums Exotic Animals in Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio Zoos, Aquariums & Exotic Animals – Feed exotic animals from your car, enjoy various zoo programs throughout the year, underwater adventures, drive thru safaris and much more.

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

Festivals, Fairs

Sports & Recreation

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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  1. Stef says

    Thank you for such a great list! I am always trying to think of fun things to do in the winter to rid us of our cabin fever!


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