Wintertime Fun Guide – 100+ Things to Do

100 Things to Do Winter Ohio

Winter in Northeast Ohio can be rough, but don’t let the cold temperature and snow keep you from having fun this season. If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for family friendly wintertime fun in Northeast Ohio, this list is for you!

100 Things to Do in Northeast Ohio this Winter

I’d love your input too!  Are there events on the list that you’ve been to before?  Any other recommendations?  Please leave a comment below or submit the details here. That way we all know about the best places to be and things to do this winter.

Holiday Fun

Holiday Fun in Northeast Ohio

Here are some great ways to celebrate the winter holidays.

Note:  Holiday event listings are updated yearly with current information available about a month prior to the holiday

Christmas Events – Comprehensive list of Christmas Events & Activities in Northeast Ohio

Take the Family out to choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree. There are many farms in Northeast Ohio that offer this activity and more.

Drive around and see the Amazing Christmas LightsFrom community light displays to the neighborhood houses with thousands of choreographed Christmas lights set to Music.  And many are FREE!

Ring in the New Year with this Kid Friendly New Years Eve Events

Find a way to remember Martin Luther King Junior Day and celebrate the day off from school

Check out the fun events happening while the kids are off school on President’s Day

Find a fun way to celebrate Valentines Day and let your kids know how special they are.

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}

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 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 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.

See historical airplanes and more at MAPS Air Museum 

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.

FREE Chocolate Factory Tours Canton Ohio

Take a tour of Harry London’s Chocolate Factory, learn how chocolate is made and get some free samples too

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.

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.

Enjoy a free kid’s meal at one of the restaurants that offer Kid’s Eat Free

Swimming outdoors may not be possible, but you can always enjoy water park fun at one of the Indoor Waterparks like Great Wolf Lodge, Castaway Bay and Splash Harbor (great for young children)

Outdoor Fun

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 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.

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 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.

Try your hand at Snowshoeing at Penitentiary Glen Reservation

Or maybe cross country skiing sparks your interest. There are trails at Summit MetroparksMill Creek Metroparks and The Holden Arboretum

Zoos Aquariums Exotic Animals in Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio Zoos & Aquariums – You’ll have to wait until summer to feed animals from your car, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy animals during the winter. In fact, during the colder months the animals are often more active in their enclosures.

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

Many Thanks to Kristian from for providing us with the inside scoop on some of the Unique Festivals Happening this Winter – Note: Monthly Festival details are update at the beginning of each month

Grab your smart phone, download the free geocaching app and head out on a Geocaching scavenger hunt

So how about you?  Are there any locations on the list that you’ve been to before?  Attractions you’re hearing about for the first time?  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 didn’t make the list.

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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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