The kids are out of school for winter break, and mom and dad may soon be ready for a break themselves! We’ve compiled some fun, kid-friendly activities to occupy the whole family over the holidays.
1. Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland 44114; 216.696.4576
The Great Lakes Science Center always makes for an exciting day out with kids, from hands-on exhibits to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and the Cleveland Creates Zone, but there’s even more to do over the holidays. On December 30, New Year’s Eve Ever, the Science Center will host a celebration, during which kids will have the opportunity to dance in the snow, play indoor winter games and join in on a countdown to the balloon drop. The event starts at 2:19pm. And, Winter Wonder Days are December 26 through December 30, including special programming like the Fortnite: Snow Battle and carpet skating. Visit greatscience.com for more information.
2. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland 44109; 216.661.6500
The zoo and rainforest are open all year long, with the exclusion of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Otherwise, bundle up, or take advantage of an unseasonably warm day, and experience the zoo without the summer crowds. Be sure to visit the Wilderness Trek exhibit and meet cold-climate animals like reindeer, sea lions and five species of bears, among other animals. And don’t miss out on Noon Year’s Eve, a celebration from 10am-1pm on December 31. Music, dancing, crafts and more will be available, as well as a ball drop at noon. Visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo for more information.
3. Stadium Park Light Display
1200-2500 Stadium Park Drive NW, Canton 44707; 330.456.4521
Stay warm while getting the kids out of the house—for free!—at the Stadium Park Light Display. This park features more than 36 light displays.
4. Sky Zone
4381 Whipple Avene NW, Canton 44718; 330.538.8300
From trampolines and foam pits to dodgeball games and basketball courts, Sky Zone is a surefire way to keep the kids entertained and burn off excess energy from winter days spent at home. And, from December 26 to December 28, Sky Zone at Belden Village in Canton is hosting SkyCamp, which allows parents to drop their kids off for instructor-led activities and age-appropriate exercise. Visit skyzone.com for more information.
5. High Voltage Indoor Karting
333 Foundry Street, Medina 44256; 330.333.9000
A change in weather never has to stop the fun—enjoy indoor entertainment and a rush of adrenaline on an indoor go-kart track complete with monitors throughout that allow racers to check their standings against the competition. Kids and adults alike will love the thrill. Visit highvoltagekarting.com for more information.