FREE Summer Fun in Northeast Ohio

FREE Summer Fun in Northeast Ohio

Thankfully it doesn’t have to cost at lot to have fun with your family this summer. That’s because Northeast Ohio is full or FREE (and low cost) family activities and events this summer. Check back often as more items will be added throughout the summer!

FREE Spray Parks, Spraygrounds and Swimming Pools

Spray parks in Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio Spray Parks – There are over 30 Spray Parks in Cleveland, Akron, Canton and beyond. These spray parks offer a fun interactive way for children to beat the heat during the summer. And what makes them even better is that they are often FREE or low cost. {Find Out More}

Never been to a Spray Park and wondering what to expect? View pictures of our trips to the following locations:


FREE Swimming Pools Cleveland Ohio

FREE Swimming Pools in Cleveland – The City of Cleveland offers residents free swimming opportunities at either the outdoor swimming pools (in the summer months) and the indoor pools at the recreation centers. Be prepared to show your ID upon arrival. {Find Out More}

Northeast Ohio Beaches

Beaches across Northeast Ohio – There are quite a few beaches located in Northeast Ohio and some even offer FREE Admission. {Find Out More}

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In addition, there are also a handful of select location that offer special deals and free admission on select dates. Click on the name of each event below to find out more:

Musical Theatre Performances

Musical & Theatre Performances

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FREE Outdoor Summer Concerts – Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and visit one or more of these outdoor summer concerts.  With options each night of the week, there is sure to be one that fits into your schedule.

FREE Theatre in Cleveland City Parks – Each summer the Cleveland Public Theatre’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) offers FREE performances in various parks across Cleveland. 2015 Show Information TBD

Tours of the Akron Civic Theatre – Once a month the Akron Civic Theatre offers free public tours.  The tours are approximately 15 minutes and you’ll learn about the history of the theatre.

Indoor and Outdoor Movies: FREE Show & Special Discounts

Summer Movie Programs for Kids

Summer Movie Theatre SpecialsMany local theaters offer discounted summer family-friendly movies. Some are less than a dollar per person.

FREE Outdoor Movies Northeast Ohio

FREE Outdoor Movies – Attend a FREE outdoor movie under the stars. Remember your lawn chairs and blankets!


Kids Workshops, Classes & Demonstrations

FREE Kids Workshops

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.


Sports & Recreation : Specials Events & FREE Admission

FREE Bowling for Kids

Kids Bowl FREE – Details on bowling alleys across Northeast Ohio that participate in the nationwide Kids Bowl FREE Program.  Note: Shoe Rental Fees may apply

Kids Skate Free

Kids Skate FREE – Details on roller rink across Northeast Ohio that participate in the nationwide Kids Skate FREE Program.  Note: Skate Rental Fees may apply

Kids Fishing Derbies Northeast Ohio

Youth Fishing Derbies – Fishing derbies start in early Spring and continue into the summer months.  These events offer children a unique opportunity to learn how to fish, enjoy a friendly competition and compete for prizes.  Note:  Pre-registration is often required.

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In addition, there are also a handful of select location that offer special deals and free admission on select dates.  Click on the name of each event below to find out more:

Grandparents Play FREE at Sluggers & Putters – Tuesdays throughout the Summer

FREE Water Ski Show at Emerald Lake – Wednesday nights June – August

Geocaching – Anytime

Frisbee Disc Golf – Anytime


Museums: Specials Events & FREE Admission

Cleveland Museum of Art – Admission is always FREE for the CMA.  The museum of open Tuesdays-Sundays (closed on Mondays)

Akron Art Museum – FREE admission every Thursday from 11am-9pm.

Trolley Museum Tours of Northern Ohio Railway Museum – The museum is open for walking tours on Saturdays from mid-May until the end of October.

Family Days at Cleveland Museum of Art – While admission to the CMA is always free, they also offer free family fun activities on the second Sunday of each month.  Themes and activities change monthly.

Family Fun at Massillon Museum – The activities are open to all age and incorporate a new theme each month.  No registration is required.  Just show up any time between noon-2pm.


Outdoor Gardens & Arboretums: FREE Admission

Family Fun at Secrest Arboretum Wooster Ohio

Secrest Arboretum & Gardens – Admission is always FREE at this Garden.  Located in Wooster (Wayne County) the garden also offers a variety of programs from kids and adults.

Children’s Garden at the Canton Garden Center – Located in Stadium park in Canton the Children’s Garden hosts a variety of education classes and programs for children.  Admission is FREE.

Fellows Riverside Gardens – Fellows Riverside Gardens is a free public garden located at the northern end of Mill Creek Park.  This twelve-acre display garden features a landscape of remarkable beauty with diverse and colorful plant displays.

Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse – Located just off of Martin Luther King Blvd near University Circle.  Admission is always FREE.

Schoepfle Garden & Children’s Garden – Part of the Lorain County Metroparks, the beautiful garden is free and open to the public. The carousel located in the Children’s Garden makes it even more memorable.

Local Parks & Playgrounds

Northeast Ohio Parks and Playgrounds

FREE Outdoor Parks & Playgrounds – Reviews & pictures of some of the best parks and playgrounds across NE Ohio.

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.

Zoos and Nature Preserves: Special Events & FREE Admission

Zoos Aquariums Exotic Animals in Northeast Ohio

Cleveland Zoo Free Admission for Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township – Each Monday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township get FREE zoo admission (Note:  Admission does not include the Rain Forest).

Akron Zoo Community Days – On specific days during the month of August/September the Akron Zoo will offer the residents of Summit County FREE zoo admission.

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary – Located in Mansfield and consists of 90 acres with hiking trails, live bird of prey displays, and a walk-through songbird aviary.

Local Farms: Special Events & FREE Admission

Northeast Ohio Farms

Malabar State FarmParkAdmission is always free. Enjoy hiking, the visitors center, animals and more.  Read about our trip to the Malabar State FarmPark Maple Sugar Festival.

Mill Creek Metroparks FarmLocated in Mahoning County and open seasonally.  The 402-acre working farm promotes agriculture through educational programming, tours, display areas, and a children’s playroom.  Free Admission

Stearns Homestead Farm – Located in Parma, this historical farm is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon until 4pm, May through October.  Free Admission

Know of any other FREE events or attractions?  Leave a comment below or email me and we’ll get it added.

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  1. Liana says

    This is fast becoming my favorite site. Wish this had been around when my kids were little. Can’t wait to take my grandkids out this summer….first trip is tomorrow….goin’ to the zoo!! Thanks for all the info!


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