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. We've even included many FREE things to do with kids in Northeast Ohio!
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Featured Things to Do
Make Believe Family Fun Center
Imagine a place where you can scale ninja walls, challenge your family members to laser tag, get a high score in mini bowling, battle in bumper cars, win a prize in the arcade, and then get a delicious bite to eat when you’re all done.
This place exists, and it’s right outside of Cleveland! At Make Believe Family Fun Center, you'll enjoy activities and games for all ages and everyone is encouraged to hop in and join the adventures.
- Laser Tag
- Ropes Course
- Mini Bowling
- Climbing Walls
- Bumper Cars
- Arcade Games
- Toddler Play Area
- Birthday Parties
There’s truly something for everyone here and, with so many things to do, you can have a new experience every time you visit.
Bring your family and your friends: excitement awaits!
Indoor Play Centers
Outdoor Play Centers
Outdoor Play Centers in Northeast Ohio – Spend a day with the family at one of these great outdoor locations. Whether you are looking for mini golf, batting cages or bumper cars each of the locations offer fun options for the entire family.
Museums & Science Centers
Museums & Science Centers in Northeast Ohio – 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!
Zoos, Aquariums & Wildlife Preserves
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.
Fun on the Farm
Farms Across Northeast Ohio – 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.
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Gardens & Arboretums
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.
Parks & Playgrounds
Parks & Playgrounds across Northeast Ohio – 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! Plus, read the reviews and see pictures of the local playgrounds we've visited.
Outdoor Water Parks
Outdoor Water Parks across Northeast Ohio – 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.
Indoor Water Parks
Best Indoor Water Parks in Ohio – Whether you are looking for a fun weekend getaway or just want to spend the day, indoor waterparks are always great for the whole family to enjoy. Ohio has many different options to choose from and you can be sure there is one that is perfect for your family!
Local Beaches – Even though we're miles from the ocean, there are still some nice beaches in Northeast Ohio. So pack up your towel and sunblock and head out to the beach this summer.
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!
Canoeing & Kayaking Adventures – Paddle sports can be a great way to get your kids outside this summer! It is great exercise and a lot of fun. Remember to bring along some sunscreen and enjoy the ride!
Fishing Derbies – There are quite a few fishing derbies taking place across Northeast Ohio during the spring and summer months. The events give children the opportunity to learn how to fish and join in a friendly competition for a chance to win prizes.
Frisbee/Disc Golf – Enjoy some friendly competition and an afternoon at the park playing frisbee golf with your family.
Horseback Riding – Locations that offer horseback riding lessons, trail rides, camps and more!
Roller Skating Rinks across Northeast Ohio – Enjoy a blast from the past and take your family to the skating rink! Strap on your skates and have some fun!
Rent Bicycles and go on a ride – There are many places you can rent bikes for your entry family
FREE Things to to in Northeast Ohio – Thankfully it doesn't have to cost at lot to have fun with your family. Northeast Ohio is full of FREE (and low cost) family activities and events taking place each day.
Kids Classes, Lessons & Extracurricular activities
Kids Classes & Clubs – Details on many classes, clubs and extracurricular activities you can sign your kids up for
Kids Clubs in Northeast Ohio – This clubs offer a great opportunity to get your children more involved in sports and activities they love. Most of them include some awesome swag and great discounts.
Theater & Performing Arts
Take your children to a musical or theater production geared toward children or acting classes and watch their imaginations soar.
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.
Comprehensive Schedule and Reviews of Ohio Festivals (Northeast Ohio and Beyond)
County Fairs (Northeast Ohio)
Holiday Events & Activities
Holiday Fun in Northeast Ohio – Many local attractions offer fun family friendly (and sometimes FREE) holiday activities throughout the year. From Martin Luther King Jr. Day to New Years Eve and every holiday in between.
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.
- Train ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (Akron, Canton, Cleveland stations)
- AC&J Scenic Train Rides (Ashtabula County – Jefferson)
- Monticello III Horse-Drawn Canal Boat Rides (Coshocton County – Coshocton)
- Historic Roscoe Village Tours (Coshocton County – Coshocton)
- Gospel Hill Lighthouse Tour (Coshocton County – Coshocton) *FREE*
- Lolly the Trolley Tours of Cleveland (Cuyahoga County – Cleveland)
- Explore Squires Castle (Cuyahoga County – North Chagrin Nature Center) *FREE*
- Tour the William G. Mather Steamship (Cuyahoga County – Cleveland)
- Visit the Lake Erie Shores & Islands (Erie County – Sandusky)
- Tour an Amish Home and take a ride on a Horse & Buddy (Holmes County – Millersburg)
- Tree Frog Canopy Tours (Holmes County – Glenmont)
- Ride on a Canal Boat pulled by a Horse (Stark County – Canal Fulton)
- Tour Glamorgan Castle (Stark County – Alliance)
- Harry London Chocolates Factory Tour (Stark County – North Canton)
- Friday Lunch Trolley Rides in Akron (Summit County – Akron) *FREE*
- Atwood Queen Cruise Boat Ride (Tuscarawas County – Mineral City)
- P. Graham Dunn Factory Tour (Wayne County – Dalton)
Winter Fun Guide – Because of all the snow Northeast Ohio gets during the winter, there are plenty of things to do outdoors to enjoy the snow.
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.