Winter Activity Guide 2017

Families are always looking for fun things to do to celebrate the season! So we’ve created a Winter Activity Guide full of fun, inclusive activities for kids and families of all abilities. It has a collection of some of the great family-friendly activities available here in Northeast Ohio in the coming weeks and months.

Holiday & Seasonal

Caring Santa & Holiday Festival

  • Holiday Tree Festival (presented by the Volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital):Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Sunday, Nov. 19 | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Monday, Nov. 20 | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Thursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving) | 2 – 6 p.m.
    Friday, Nov. 24 | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 25 | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Sunday, Nov. 26 | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    (FREE and open to the public)
  • Breakfast with Santa:
    Saturday, Nov. 18: Breakfast with Santa and Ribbon Cutting
    Saturday, Nov. 25: Breakfast with Santa
    (Tickets and reservations required for this event)
  • Summit Mall Caring Santa: Nov. 19, & Dec. 3, 2017 |  8:00-10:30 a.m.
    (FREE – Registration Required)
  • Summit DD Sensory-Friendly WinterFest Activities: Saturday, December 2 |  9:00-10:00 a.m.
    (FREE with wristband – RSVP required)

A Christmas Carol

  • Sensory Friendly “Carol.” A sensory-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol, Wednesday, November 29 |  11 a.m.
    (Tickets must be purchased for this event)

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Akron Zoo

  • Akron Zoo Wild Lights: Nov. 24, 25, 26 & Dec. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2017 |  6:00-9:00 p.m.
    (Tickets must be purchased for this event)
  • Akron Zoo Snack with Santa: Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2017 | 3:00–5 p.m.
    (Paid admission required)
  • Akron Zoo Trunk Show: Holiday shopping event. Dec. 7, 2017 |  4:00-7:30 p.m.
    (No admission information available)

Lock 3

  • Summit DD Sensory-Friendly WinterFest Activities: Saturday, December 2 |  9:00-10:00 a.m.
    (FREE with wristband – RSVP required)
  • First Night Akron: Dec. 31, 2017 |  6:00 p.m.-midnight
    (Admission $10)
  • Winter Fest: Family fun with something for everyone – ice rink, Reindeer Run, tree lighting ceremony, polar putt-putt, breakfast with Santa and more!) Nov. 24, 2017-February 19, 2018 |  Times vary
    (Some activities require paid admission. See website for details)
  • Holiday Fest:

Hale Farm and Village:

  • Thanksgiving Dinner with Abraham Lincoln: Nov. 18, 2017 |  6:00 p.m.
    (Tickets and reservations required for this event)
  • Holiday Market on the Farm: Dec. 1, 2017 |  4:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Holiday Lantern Tour: Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, & 23, 2017 |  5:40 p.m.
    (Reservation and paid admission required)

Indoor Ideas

Akron Art Museum

Akron’s Children’s Museum: Tuesdays –Sundays 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
(Paid admission required)

Akron-Summit Public Libraries: Varying programs (play groups, craft clubs, movies, game nights and more) available. For dates and times, please see the Akron-Summit Library website.

Outdoor Ideas

Akron Zoo

  • Election Day: Nov. 7, 2017 |  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    (FREE) Enjoy free admission for all guests! Parking is $3.
  • Zoothing Hour: Nov. 18, 2017 |  10:00 a.m.
    (Regular admission rates apply)

Summit County MetroParks (FREE)

  • 54th annual Fall Hiking Spree: Runs through November 30th
    (FREE)

Know of something that should be added? Contact us! We’d love to share anything that is family-friendly, inclusive and fun for all of our friends in the community. Don’t forget to check out our calendar of events – full of community expos, trainings, and other important information.

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