Ultimate List of Things to Do with Kids in Northeast Ohio

Ultimate List of Things to do with Kids in Northeast Ohio

If you’re looking for family friendly places to go and things to do with kids in Northeast Ohio, look no further.  Below you’ll find details on over 300 family friendly events, activities and local attractions.

Use this list as a resource to visit and discover the many great local attractions NE Ohio has to offer.  Most are open all year round, while some are seasonal activities.  I’ve even included many FREE things to do with kids in Northeast Ohio!

I hope you find it helpful as you as planning outings with your family and friends.  And if so, please share with anyone else that might find it beneficial too! 

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Amusement Parks, Indoor & Outdoor Fun Centers

Whether you are looking for laser tag, bummer cars, arcade games, mini golf, batting cages or the thrill of amusement park rides, each of the locations below offer fun options for the entire family.

Indoor Play Centers – Indoor fun centers are a great option anytime of the year. During the winter, kids can burn off extra energy when it’s too cold to play outside. And during the summer, you can beat the heat by running and playing in the comfort of an air conditioned room.

Outdoor Fun Centers – Enjoy some fresh air, fun and a little family friendly competition at these great outdoor spots.

  • Adventure Zone Family Fun Center (Ashtabula County – Geneva-on-the-lake)
  • Salem Fun Factory (Columbiana County – Salem)
  • Swings-N-Things (Cuyahoga County – Olmsted Township)
  • Memphis Kiddie Park (Cuyahoga County – Brooklyn)
  • IX Indoor Amusement Park (Cuyahoga County – Cleveland)
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park (Erie County – Sandusky)
  • Mohican Adventures Fun Center (Holmes County – Loudonville)
  • Lost Nation Sports Park (Lake County – Willoughby)
  • Roll Arena (Lorain County – Elyria)
  • All American Sports Center (Lorain County – North Ridgeville)
  • Sports World (Mahoning County – Boardman)
  • Skate Zone Fun Center (Mahoning County – Austintown)
  • Rockin’ Robin’s Amazone (Medina County – Medina)
  • Rinky Dink Family Fun Center – Get Coupons (Medina County – Medina)
  • Grand Slam USA McDuffer’s Park (Stark County – Canton)
  • Sluggers & Putters (Stark County – Canal Fulton)
  • Fun N Stuff (Summit County – Macedonia)
  • Downview Sports Center (Summit County – Cuyahoga Falls)
  • Tuscora Park (Tuscarawas County – New Philadelphia)
  • Acres of Fun (Wayne County – Wooster)
  • Putt N Stuff (Wayne County – Orrville)

Water Parks & Beaches

During the warm months, cool off at one of these water parks.  Each offer a variety of different amenities including, water slides, playgrounds, lakes, kiddie pools and more.

Fun on the Farm

There are many farms in Northeast Ohio that offer educational tours.  Get up close with farm animals, meet the farmers and learn about what it takes to be a farmer.  The farms below offer various tours and special events throughout the year.

Arts & Crafts

Let your kids express their creativity by painting, creating pottery, glass blowing, making handmade jewelry, building wooden projects and more.  The attractions below offer a variety of children & family classes, private instructions, demonstrations and more.

Festivals & Fairs

There are festivals held each month of the year with focuses ranging from seasonal celebrations, animals, foods, ethnic festivals and more.  Most offer FREE admission with a fee for various activities and foods.  Below is a list of some of our favorites festivals and fairs.  Be sure to visit OhioFestivals.net for all your festival needs.

Holiday Events & Activities

Many local attractions offer fun family friendly (and sometimes FREE) holiday activities throughout the year.  We’ll list details about all the fun events about a month before the holiday so you’ll have time to plan.  Don’t miss out, Sign up for our FREE Weekly Newletter and LIKE Northeast Ohio Family Fun on Facebook

Indoor Play Centers

Indoor Play Centers

Indoor Play Centers – Indoor playgrounds are a great option anytime of the year.  During the winter, kids can burn off extra energy when it’s too cold to play outside.  And during the summer, you can beat the heat by running and playing in the comfort of an air conditioned room.

Indoor Play Centers in Northeast Ohio

  • The Jump Yard (Cuyahoga County – North Royalton)
  • Playground World (Geauga County – Chesterland) *FREE During Select Weekly Days/Times*
  • Pump it Up Avon (Lorain County – Avon)
  • DiscoveryWorks at Avon Lake Public Library (Lorain County – Avon) *FREE* 
  • Playground World (Lorain County – Avon) *FREE During Select Weekly Days/Times*
  • Austintown Bounce (Mahoning County – Austintown)
  • Skedaddles Indoor Playground (Mahoning County – Boardman)
  • Romp & Stomp Center (Medina County – Medina)
  • Rockin’ Robin’s Amazone (Medina County – Medina)
  • Indoor Playland at First Christian Church (Stark – North Canton) *FREE*
  • Adventure Landings (Stark County – Canton)
  • Pump it Up Hartville (Stark County – Hartville)
  • Pump it Up Stow (Summit County – Stow)

Museums & Science Centers

Northeast Ohio Museums and Science Centers

Museums & Science Centers – There are many many unique, educational and fun museums and science centers located in Northeast Ohio.  Plan a trip with your children to make education fun!

Museums & Science Centers in Northeast Ohio

  • Akron Art Museum (Summit County – Akron)
  • Akron Fossils & Science Center (Truassic Park) (Summit County – Akron)
  • Ashtabula Maritime Museum (Ashtabula County – Ashtabula)
  • Biblewalk Wax Museum (Richland County – Mansfield)
  • Butler Institute of American Art (Mahoning County – Youngstown)
  • Canton Classic Car Museum (Stark County – Canton)
  • Canton Museum of Art (Stark County – Canton)
  • A Christmas Story House and Museum (Cuyahoga County – Tremont)
  • The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (Cuyahoga County – University Circle)
  • Cleveland Museum of Art (Cuyahoga County – University Circle) *FREE*
  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Cuyahoga County – University Circle)
  • Cleveland’s Learning Center and Money Museum (Cuyahoga County – Cleveland)
  • Crawford Aviation/Automotive Museum (Cuyahoga County – Cleveland)
  • Dennison Railroad Depot Museum (Tuscarawas County – Dennison)
  • Great Lakes Science Center (Cuyahoga County – Cleveland)
  • Hale Farm & Village (Summit County – Peninsula)
  • Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (Cuyahoga County – Bay Village)
  • Little Buckeye Children’s Museum (Richland County – Mansfield)
  • Mansfield Fire Museum and Education Center (Richland County – Mansfield)
  • MAPS Air Museum (Stark County – North Canton)
  • Massillon Museum (Stark County – Massillon)
  • McDonough Museum of Art (Mahoning County – Youngstown)
  • McKinley Museum & Discovery World (Stark County – Canton)
  • Medina Toy and Train Museum (Medina County, Medina)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Cuyahoga County – University Circle)
  • OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science & Technology (Mahoning County – Youngstown)
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (Stark County – Canton)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (Cuyahoga County – Cleveland)
  • The Arms Family Museum (Mahoning County – Youngstown)
  • WRHS Kidzibits Family Education Center (Cuyahoga County – University Circle)

Zoos, Aquariums & Wildlife Preserves

This list is for all the animal lovers out there!  Enjoy feeding exotic animals from your car, various zoo programs throughout the year, underwater adventures and much more.

Day Trips, Tours & Unique Excursions

Northeast Ohio is home to make unique tourist attractions.  Visit any of the locations below and become a tourist in your hometown.

Parks & Playgrounds

Get outside and enjoy the many state, local and neighborhood parks across Northeast Ohio.  Let the kids run and play on the playgrounds, take a hike along the trails or bring along a Frisbee or ball and have a game of catch.  There’s no shortage of outdoor fun to be had!

Outdoor Gardens & Arboretums

Another way to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature is by visiting a local botanical garden.  There are many to choose from and most offer a variety of educational activities geared toward children.

Sports & Recreation

Whether you prefer watching others play or you like to get in the action yourself, there are plenty of sports options in Northeast Ohio.  From professional sports teams, sports complexes, athletic events and more.  Make it a point to get active and exercise with your children.  After all, the family that plays together, stays together!

Musical and Theater

Take your children to an musical or theater production geared toward children or enroll them in music or acting classes and watch their imaginations soar.

Wintertime Activities

Because of all the snow Northeast Ohio gets during the winter, there are plenty of things to do outdoors to enjoy the snow.  Cure your cabin fever by participating in any of the following activities.

Summertime Activities

With the kids out of school for summer break, you’ll likely be looking for things to do to keep them entertained.  Check out all of these fun family friendly summer programs for kids.

Fall Activities

Now that the heat of Summer is behind us, be sure to get outside and enjoy the beautiful colors, sights and sounds of fall.

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

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Comments

    • says

      Jennifer,

      You must like to plan ahead too! :) I’ll have all the dates/times updated by the end of this month, I’ve got to get the Mother’s Day Events article finished first. :) If you check back near end of April the 2014 dates will be there. Hope that helps!

      Danielle

  1. sanjay yadav says

    Wow! Just moved here from LA and just wondering how I am going to engage my 7 yr and 3 yr old.
    So many places to visit, you made my life easier.

    thanks
    Sanjay

  2. says

    Great list! I’d also like to add Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna. We provide tours for the whole family from Spring through the end of October. Tour guests are given the opportunity to learn about and interact with rescued farm animals and then are treated to refreshments afterward.

  3. Mark says

    Thanks for the list. I have found multiple things to do (and have already done) when mommy is at work and dad has to find things to do with the kids age 9, 3, 2. I would like to throw out for any who make it to the comments that surprising to me, a look at geocaching, which is FREE!, has been one of the most fun and family team building opportunities I could have ever imagined. Please give it a try. Look over the how to get started, find an easy geocache to begin and have fun. The searching is a treasure hunt for young and old. I have a great time and my kids do too. Its been one day trying and I’ve already got 2 more planned for tomorrow and at least 6 more hunts ready for future dates. Yay!

    • says

      Mark,

      Thanks for the comment, and I couldn’t agree more. We love geocaching! It’s such a fun and inexpensive activity that both kids and adults will enjoy. We just found #94 today. Our goal is to reach 100 before the end of October. :)

      Happy Caching!

      Danielle

  4. says

    Hi! Great site! I’ve used it quite a bit this summer. I have a couple of must adds! Derthick’s Corn Maze and Farm Experience in Mantua (Portage County). I also like the kids playground Imagination Station in Bazetta Township (Trumbull County)! Self pick fruit farm in Mantua is Monroe’s (Portage County). Thanks for putting this together!!

    Shanelle

  5. sonal says

    wow…this list makes me feel so much happier than i was. We are moving from NY with a 4 yr old and i was worried about the not been able to find anything for her too do as compared to NYC. thank you so much for sharing this list.

    • says

      Sonal,

      So glad you found our site as well. There are so many fun things to do in Northeast Ohio you’ll definitely be able to find fun things to do with your 4 year old.

      I hope you’ll stick around as we are always posting fun things to do and area events.

      Have a save move and Welcome to Ohio!

      Danielle

    • Channon says

      Wow, this is great for me too! I also just moved here from NYC and I can’t wait to get my daughter involved in all of these fun things to do.

  6. Cyndi Kellem says

    Romp N Stomp at 900 Medina Road is also a fun place for kids. They have open plays, camps, family fun nights, toddler times and much more. You can also rent bounce houses from them or hold a birthday party there. Check out their website at http://www.rompnstompcenter.net

  7. Peter Kozup says

    Thank you for compiling this list, it will be useful for planning things to do with my grandkids this summer. However, let me correct one error that I found — under Zoos you have Wagon Trails listed as being in Clinton County, in the town of Vienna. Wagon Trails is, indeed, in Vienna township, but in Trumbull County between the cities of Warren and Youngstown. Just FYI.

    • Find Time for Fun says

      Hi Peter!

      Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll correct it now. Hope you have a great time with your grandchildren this summer!

      Take Care,

      Danielle

  8. CJ says

    Thank you, Thank you . Thank you. We are Grandparents new to the area. This list is such a blessing. You saved me days of searching. This is the best list I ever could have hoped to find. Amazing! I am so appreciative.

    • Find Time for Fun says

      CJ,

      Thanks for making me smile tonight! I’m glad you like the list and hope that you have a great time exploring Ohio!

      Danielle

    • Find Time for Fun says

      Thanks for letting me know about Kingwood Center, I just added it. Glad you found the list helpful.

      Danielle

  9. says

    What a wonderful and extensive list! I pride myself on knowing much about Ohio travel and you’ve managed to list several places I have never heard of! Can’t wait to check out some of the castles you included on your list. And thanks for mentioning Malabar Farm and including my link. :)

    • Find Time for Fun says

      Thanks for the kind words! And you’re most welcome for linking to your post. After reading your write up about the farm, I added it to our list of things to do this year. I know the kids would enjoy it.

      Danielle

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