Birds chirping, sun shining and flowers blooming…the spring season is such a great time of year! If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for things to do this spring season, this list is for you!
There are many fun activities taking place outdoors so you can enjoy the mild spring weather. And because we know that spring can also bring rain, there are many fun indoor options as well. Enjoy!
100 Things to Do in Northeast Ohio this Spring
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Princess and Pirate Aquarium Adventure
Enjoy a magical evening at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium where families meet their favorite princess and pirate characters. Go on an adventure and meet the pirate king and his crew, Captain Hook, the Little Mermaid, the Island Princess, the Frog Princess and her prince, the Snow Sisters, Belle and more!
This after-hours event is packed with activities for the whole family! Fill your adventure bag giveaway with treasures from each character, visit magical photo opportunities for plenty of one-on- one time, stop at the Slime Station to create your own gooey ocean slime, and make a sand art craft!
When: Saturday, May 19, 2018; 6:30pm–9:30pm (4:30pm–6pm VIP Character Experience)
Where: Greater Cleveland Aquarium - 2000 Sycamore Street Cleveland, OH 44113
Head out to a Maple Syrup Festivals and learn how to tap a tree and sample some delicious maple syrup.
Learn how to fish, enjoy a friendly competition and compete for prizes in one of the local Youth Fishing Derbies. Note: The list of fishing derbies is updated in early April
Ride on a Canal Boat pulled by a Horse (Season Starts in April)
Pack a frisbee and play a game of Frisbee / Disc Golf. There are lots of local courses to choose from.
Sign up for the Cleveland Metroparks Kids Club
Head to the Holden Arboretum and check out the Tower and Canopy Walkway
Go down the HUGE slide at Secrest Arboretum or visit one of the many other Outdoor Gardens & Arboretums across Northeast Ohio
Take an educational field trip to explore the Outdoor Living History Museum at Hale Farm & Village.
During the spring the local waterfalls are often running nicely. Hike the trails to see area waterfalls like Brandywine Falls and Mill Creek Falls in Cleveland at The Gorge in Akron and Lanterman’s Falls at Lanterman’s Mill in Youngstown.
Go on a zip lining adventure. Many local ropes courses and treetop adventures open for the season during the spring.
Take your pup to a local Dog park.
Make a day trip or plan an overnight stay at a nearby Indoor Water Parks. Ohio has many different options to choose from and you can be sure there is one that is perfect for your family!
If you don’t want to go to a large indoor water park, check out our list of local indoor pools. Most offer swimming lessons and open swim times. You can also read about our experience taking swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School.
Take a tour of Harry London’s Chocolate Factory, learn how chocolate is made and get some free samples too! There are also other local factory tours available in person or online. Note: Reservations are required.
Sign your Kids up for a drop in Art Class or Paint Your Own Pottery
Take Music Lessons and learn to play an instrument or sing
Take your children to a musical or theater production geared toward children or acting classes and watch their imaginations soar.
Does your child have a birthday party during the summer months? Use the Birthday Party Planning Guide to help make planning a breeze.
Enjoy a free kid’s meal at one of the restaurants that offer Kid’s Eat Free
Admission is always FREE for the Cleveland Museum of Art and they offer various special touches to make it a family friendly destination including.
Learn to build at a Home Depot Kids Workshop
Get some great deals on gently used children’s clothing at an area Kid’s Spring/Summer Consignment Sale. Want to earn extra money on the items your kids have outgrown or no longer use? Check out our Top Tips for Selling at a Kids Consignment Sale
Think Laser Tag, Inflatables, Trampoline Parks, Roller Skating and more at one of the local Indoor Play Centers.
Head to Avon Lake Public Library's DiscoveryWorks a fun an unique indoor play area with one area designed for infants through age 7, and another Tweens area for age 8 and older.
And you can also head to the FREE Indoor Playland at First Christian Church, in North Canton. It's open the public during select days/hours during the week.
Head to the Great Lakes Science Center for some hands on Science Fun
Then try some simple science experiments at home
Watch a FREE Planetarium Show at the Ward Beecher Planetarium in Youngstown
Family Fun Across the US – Did you know there are websites similar to Northeast Ohio Family Fun for various cities all across the country? Whether your family is traveling across the country or just across the state, I hope this list of family friend websites helps your plan the best family road trip ever!
Interested in a road trip, but want to stay in the state of Ohio? Consider heading to Columbus, Warren County (Cincinnati Area) or Lake Erie Shores & Islands. We had a great time visited each of the locations.
Note: Holiday event listings are updated yearly with current information available about a month prior to the holiday
Attend a parade or other family-friendly St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Take the kids to one (or more) of the many Easter Egg Hunts or Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Events. Have fun at home too and decorate Rice Krispy Easter Eggs.
Attend one of the festivals or community events to celebrate Earth Day
Browse through the listing of Things to Do Over Spring Break and places where kids can attend a Spring Break Camp.
Make mom feel special by taking her to one of these Mother's Day Events across Northeast Ohio
Say good bring to spring and hello to summer at one of the fireworks shows being held to celebrate Memorial Day
And because we know we'll get plenty of April showers, there will be times when you'll need ideas on things to do at home in order to keep the kids from bouncing off the walls!
Have a family read aloud. Wondering where to start, check out our 6 Tips for Reading with your children.
Make a DIY bird feeder and watch the birds enjoy the delicious treat!
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.
You may also be interested in:
- Weekend Fun – Weekly picks for the upcoming weekend
- Ultimate List of Things to Do with Kids in Northeast Ohio
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