Spring Activity Guide for Kids and Families

Families are always looking for fun things to do, so we’ve created a Spring Activity Guide for Kids and Families. This guide is a collection of some of the great activities available here in Northeast Ohio in the coming weeks and months.

Know of something that should be added? Contact us! We’d love to share anything that is family-friend, inclusive and fun for all of our friends in the community.

Holiday & Seasonal

Candy Scramble (Free)

This event through Twinsburg Parks and Recreation gives kids the chance to meet the Easter Bunny, take photos, and gather up as much candy as possible! Be sure to bring a basket and arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time. See the link above for event details.

Contact: 330-963-8722
Saturday, March 26th; 11:30 a.m.
10260 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg, OH

Caring Easter Bunny (Free)

On Sunday March 6, for two hours prior to the mall opening, 100 Simon Malls across the country will begin offering the Caring Bunny Program! Register today to schedule an appointment with the Easter Bunny in a fun and sensory-friendly environment at this private event just for families with special needs.

Contact: 330-867-6997
Summit Mall – 3265 West Market Street, Akron, OH

Easter Bunny Arrival & Magic Show at Chapel Hill Mall (Free)

Welcome the Easter Bunny with a parade at 11 am. Have your child’s photo taken with the Easter Bunny near the Food Court (March 5-26). A Magic Show takes place after the Easter Bunny Parade, from 11:30am-12:30pm.

Contact: 330-633-7100
Saturday, March 5, 2016; 11am-12:30pm
2000 Brittain Rd., Akron, OH

Salamander & Frog Festival (Free)

The annual fest returns with games, a coloring contest, and more. A Summit Metro Parks naturalist is expected to bring along an amphibian friend as well! Best enjoyed by children up to 4th grade but even adults can find info about our slimy friends extremely interesting and some have been known to take part in the games and crafts too!

Contact: 330-425-7161
Saturday, March 5th; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Twinsburg Community Center, Twinsburg, OH

Indoor Ideas

Akron Art Museum

When the museum first opened its doors on February 1, 1922 as the Akron Art Institute, it was located in two borrowed rooms in the basement of the public library. They hoped that in addition to offering art instruction and exhibitions, the institute would eventually possess a permanent home and a collection of historical and modern international art. Today, the museum has more than tripled in size with the opening of the new John S. and James L. Knight Building, which adjoins the 1899 building. Spanning three centuries, like the museum’s collection, together they symbolize the museum’s dual role as preserver of the past and herald of the future.

Admission prices ranges from free for members or children 17 and under to $7.00 for non-member adults. Free Thursdays: everyone receives free gallery admission.

Contact: 330- 376-9185
mail@AkronArtMuseum.org
1 South High St., Akron, OH

Akron Fossils and Science Center

The Akron Fossils and Science Center features hands-on guided tours and science activities. They house exhibits and display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. The onsite museum is 4,500 square feet and the 2 1/2 acre outdoor adventure park called Truassic Park.

The Akron Fossils and Science Center has a number of programs available to kids and families including, day camps, overnighters, private classes, clubs and more!

Contact: 330-665-DINO (3466)
2080 South Cleveland-Massillon Rd., Copley, OH

Cafe O’ Play

Cafe O’ Play is for children of all abilities and their parents/caregivers who desire an imaginative, challenging, and fun indoor environment in which to exercise, play, and explore. Great for any season, kids can enjoy 5,000 square feet of play area, while parents can take advantage of the café with windows that give full access to watch your little ones. Perfect for families with kids 12 and under.

Admission prices ranges from $5.00 during “happy hour” to $10.50 for weekend admission. Children under one and those over the age of 16 are free. See their events calendar for upcoming special events.

Contact: 330-400-2089
john@cafeoplay.com OR carolyn@cafeoplay.com
911 Graham Rd., Suite 27, Stow OH

Home Depot Kids Workshop (Free)

Join Home Depot for a Saturday hands-on workshop and build one of their monthly projects. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). To register or for more information on times and locations, contact Home Depot.

Contact: 800-466-3337
Workshop Registration

Lowe’s Build and Grow  (Free)

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics are free classes for kids where they can build a different project every month and take it home for free. Children will receive a free apron, goggles and project kit. Over the course of an hour, the child will be helped to complete the project (usually a fun game or toy). Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics are usually take place every other Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and last approximately an hour. Visit Lowe’s website for upcoming clinics.

Contact: 800-466-3337
Workshop Registration

Outdoor Ideas

Akron Zoo

The Akron Zoo is Summit County’s number one attended attraction with over 367,000 visitors. Get nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, marvel at the Lehner Family Zoo Gardens with over 7,000 plants and flowers, and visit Journey to the Reef, which includes animals that live on or near the reef like lion fish, octopus, clown fish, and more!  The zoo participate in over 60 conservation programs and conducts almost 900 education programs per year.

Contact: 330-375-2550
info@akronzoo.org
500 Edgewood Ave., Akron, OH

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens has abundant stories to share, all of which are part of the Seiberling family legacy.  Using its 100-year history and extensive resources, the Estate focuses significant attention to impacting the lives of our youngest and most impressionable guests. With programs like Meet the Staff, which focuses on immigration and staff members’ real life stories, to Quests and Geocaching which allow you to dig deeper into the natural science, architecture, landscape design and history of Stan Hywet, there is much to do during your visit.

Contact: 330-836-5533
info@stanhywet.org
714 North Portage Path Akron OH

Summit County MetroParks

Today, the park district manages 14,100 acres, including 16 developed parks, several conservation areas and more than 125 miles of trails, with 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Annual attendance averages 5.2 million visitors. Programs and activities include, hikes, nature stories for kids 18 months to 3 years, Kinderealm for kiddos 3 to 6, monthly activities for kids 9 to 12 and teens 13 to 17 and much more. Be sure to check out their website for a full listing of programs and activities.

Contact: 330-865-8060
975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron, OH

Parks

Fort Island/Griffiths Park (FREE)

Fort Island/Griffith’s Park is a combined multi-use park located along Trunko Road. The park has a shared area of approximately 60 acres with Schocalog Run, a small creek, running through it.

Griffith’s Park is home to the Learning Resource Center, along with a soft surface playground, four enclosed tennis courts, and two basketball courts. For more information about the Learning Resource Center, visit their website.

Contact: 330-668-9518
413 Trunko Road Fairlawn, OH

Edgewood Park and Sprayground (FREE)

The water spraying out of the fountains and interactive features provide an endless supply of fun for children.  And because there is typically little to no standing water, they are safe for young children who don’t know how to swim. Other Sprayground locations can be found on NortheastOhioFamilyFun.com.

Contact: 330-848-6739
1170 Liberty Ave Barberton, Ohio

SOAR Playground at Silver Springs Park (FREE)

SOAR Playground is fully accessible to all children, including those with physical or developmental disabilities, and provides an avenue for children of all abilities to play together. A special needs playground is an integrated play area that is specifically designed to insure that children of all abilities are able to play in a safe area created to meet their special needs. The playground includes a variety of stimulating opportunities for self-directed, challenging and independent play.

Contact:
5027 Stow Road, Stow, OH

Camps

Sky Zone (Boston Heights)

SPRING BREAK SKY CAMPS Join Sky Zone for a double dose of Sky Camp fun! March 23rd from 11am – 3pm and March 29th from 11am – 3pm. 2+ Hours of Jump, Crafts, Pizza/Drinks Included. Sign Up Early!  Space is Limited. Call 234-200-1496 to Sign Up. $25 by March 17th and $30 after. BONUS SPECIAL – Sign up for both dates for only $45!

SENSORY NIGHT Sky Zone will turn the music off and dial down the distractions for the comfort of jumpers with sensory sensitivities.  Children and adults with special needs are welcome along with their family and friends can jump for 60 min for $10.00 from 5pm – 7pm.  2016 dates: March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 22, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19. Dates subject to change. Please call Sky Zone for specific questions.

JUMPAPALOOZA For a special price, each jumper will get two slices of pizza, a drink and 120 minutes of jumping time with their friends.

TODDLER TIME Perfect for kiddos under 40”, this program is a great introduction for little ones into the world of fun they can find at Sky Zone.

SKYFITNESS Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour on our wall-to-wall trampolines!  SkyFitness is low-impact, healthy fun that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics. Any level of athlete will feel rejuvenated after this workout.

Contact: 234-249-3030
szbostonheights@skyzone.com
6217 Chittenden Road, Boston Heights, OH

YMCA Camps

CAMP NOAH From the Wacky Campfire to the closing Ceremony, camp is magical, exciting, and fun. Your camper will connect with nature and other kids as they have adventures they will remember the rest of their life

CAMP TIPPECANOE OVERNIGHT CAMPS Overnight Camp offers fun and independence in a safe, nature-filled environment. Campers learn to make decisions and grow in independence as they choose the activities they want to participate in throughout the week. Campers also create lasting bonds and memories in their cabin groups, all while learning valuable social and interpersonal skills.

Discover Adventure Mini-Adventure Camp Imagine as a child having access to a lush, safe haven full of adventure and limitless opportunities to grow; imagine as a parent seeing in your child a surge of compassion and responsibility. At Mini-Adventure camp, we have seen this happen in just 3 days and 3 nights.

Home on the Ranch Mini-Ranch Camp A great introduction for new and young campers who want to give camp a try but aren’t sure they can stay a full week. We do our best to fit a full week of excitement into 4 days and 3 nights.

Literary Camps With themes like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Star Wars and Ranger’s Apprentice these literary camps can be the perfect balance of fun, learning and the camper’s imagination!

Contact: 330) 376-1335
aso@akronymca.org
50 S. Main Street, Ste. LL 100, Akron, OH

Music

Firefly Music School

The staff at Firefly provide a friendly and relaxed environment for beginners and students wanting to build on their existing skills. We hold weekly one-on-one lessons, where kids, teens, and adults learn to play, read music, and sometimes even write some of their own. Lessons are booked on a monthly basis, so students can begin, stop, and resume the program easily.

Contact: 330-253-8852
information@fireflymusicschool.com
806 West Market Street Akron, OH

Kindermusik at Western Reserve (Hudson, Fairlawn and Cuyahoga Falls)

Young children thrive on music. They offer a music-and-movement program for children in early childhood. The Kindermusik program offers developmentally appropriate music and movement classes that stimulate a child’s growing mind and body. Find out more about their classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids on their website.

Contact: 330-655-8499
KindermusikwithKathleen@gmail.com
Hudson, Fairlawn and Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Music Together Summit

Music Together, is a music and movement program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and the grown-ups who love them. First offered almost 27 years ago, Music Together pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes adult involvement.

Contact: 330-608-0200
4341 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, OH

Noteworthy Music Studio

Noteworthy Music Studio specializes in training students of all ages in both the art and science of music. Noteworthy offers programs to help students grow in their musical potential like private piano instruction for students of all ages. It’s not just about learning how to read music or play an instrument — we strive to equip you with skills that are useful in all facets of life.

Contact: 330-592-0787
sharon@noteworthymusicstudio.com
470 Portage Lakes Drive, Suite 109 Akron, OH

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