I have yet to come across a family that has endless disposable income. In fact the majority of the families I know are on a budget. And while a budget seems to work fine during the school year summer is an entirely different story. Summer break on a budget stinks! Between all the cool movies that come out, the festivals, fairs, and more you can blow your entire budgeted summer break fund in a week!
Thankfully Toledo has some awesome kid friendly activities that are free. Yep, I said FREE!!
I have collated a list of the activities in an effort to make it really simple for moms to reference. Let me know if you know of any activities I should add to the list or may need to alter.
Fossil Park June1st- June30th, Closed July 1-5th, July 6th-July 31st (8:30am-8:30pm everyday) August 1-24th (8:30am-7:30am)
Travel back in time 375-million-years ago when Northwest Ohio was a great sea teeming with life. Bring a brush to assist in cleaning your fossils, as well as something in which to carry your buried treasures home with you.
For more information click here….. http://www.olanderpark.com/pages/Fossil.htm
Summer Reading Club (SRC) at the Lucas county public libraries (June 10th- August 10th)
SRC is a free reading program of fun activities and great prizes from June 10 through August 10. What better way to dig books of all topics in warm weather sun! Lucas County residents of all ages will be able to participate. Four categories of reading levels have been established to encourage infants to adults to participate. SRC grand prizes will range from an iPad 2 for kids (preschool to 5th grade), or an iPad mini or Kindle for teens (6th to 12th grade) and adults.
For the 13th straight year, TARTA has offered free transportation to Preschool through 12th grade SRC participants, who need only show their SRC hang tag for free transportation to and from their favorite library in Lucas County.
A pending special Web page for SRC will be available the week of June 10th. Stay tuned to the Library’s Web site as we roll out more information on SRC!
Toledo –Lucas country public library….. http://www.toledolibrary.org/pageselector.aspx?24010#SRCDig
Noon Tunes on the Lawn at Wildwood Metro Park (June 28th, July 12th, July 26th, August 9th, August 23rd)
Looking for a fun and uplifting way to spend lunch? Grab a lawn chair and meet at the Gazebo on the Manor House lawn. Bring a lunch, find a piece of shade and listen to the sounds of a guest musician.
For a list of musicians playing view the wildwood calendar by clicking here….. http://reservations.metroparkstoledo.com/programs/index.shtml?category=120
The 2013 Brown Bag Summer Concert Series is a FREE eight-week music event that runs from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., on Wednesdays from June 5 through July 24 on the North Lawn of Main Library, 325 Michigan St., in downtown Toledo.
The 2013 Brown Bag Summer Concert Series schedule:
June 5 Jeff Stewart…(Rock n Roll/Folk)
June 12 Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas…(Latin)
June 19 Captain Sweet Shoes…(Alternative/Acoustic)
June 26 Just Kiddin’ Around with Elisa and Chuck Hage…(Children’s)
July 3 Jeff Tucker and On the Beach…(Adult Alternative)
July 10 Rodney Parker and Liberty Beach…(Country)
July 17 Raq the Casbah…(Arabic/Middle Eastern and Pop World music)
July 24 Electric Troubadours…(Rockabilly/Americana)
Toledo Museum of Art Family Center
Free, fun, and open to everyone! The TMA Family Center, located in the education wing near the Plough entrance, is the perfect place for our youngest Museum visitors to make and take memories with their parents and caregivers. Drop in for themed activities that enliven the world of art for kids ages 1-10 (and even grown-ups!). Check the calendar on this page for upcoming projects. Calendars can be customized and printed by clicking on the Google Calendar icon at the bottom of the calendar listing.
Family Center Hours
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fridays 3:30–8 p.m.
Sundays noon–5:30 p.m.
Click here to view a calendar that indicates the themes for each week….. http://www.toledomuseum.org/calendar/
YMCA SPLASH FREE Water Safety & Basic Swimming Instruction
Registration begins May 6th, 2013
For children 6 months – 12 years
•30 minutes each day
•Basic swimming skills instruction
•Water safety education
•8 area locations
•Tips for parents
•Character development activities
For registration information, visit ymcatoledo.org….. http://www.toledo.com/area-directory/microsite/microsite-ymca-jcc-of-greater-toledo/
Kids Bowl for FREE at Interstate Lanes in Rossford (May 1st- September 30th)
Registered kids receive 2 Free games of bowling per day all summer long! A value of over $500!
Click here to register you kiddos…. https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=3376
Story time at Barnes & Nobel @ Fallen Timbers (Thursdays @ 10am)
Click Here to see each week’s theme…. http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2298?cat=KAT&subtype=detailCalendar
Bass Pro Shops
Bugs in the Outdoors For KIDS!
June 11th and June 25th
Bring the little ones in 5-12yrs of age, to learn all about our native bugs. We will create bug attractant to watch and identify the bugs that visit our site. We have a great environment to find all sorts of butterflies, dragonflies, and many more on our nature hike. Kids will have a chance to create and take home their very own bug catcher! Class will go on either rain or shine. Please call the store for sign up spaces are limited! (419) 891-3900
Food for the Birds for KIDS!
July 16th and July 30th
Sign the kids up for our educational and hands on class about our native birds and their different appetites. We will create different treats to attract a vast variety of birds in your backyard while learning and identifying different species. Spaces are limited so please sign up. Contact our store at (419) 891-3900.
Imagination Station has FREE admission for Lucas County kids, 12 and under, with paid adult admission. Limit 2 children per adult. 10am-5pm (adult admission: $9.50)
Checkout their website for the latest activities, cool science demonstrations, and fun!
The Toledo Firefighter’s Museum
The museum’s million dollar display includes many large pieces of vintage firefighting equipment. The centerpiece of the museum is the 1837 “Neptune”, Toledo’s first fire pumper. That the kiddos will get a kick out…perfect photo op moms!
But what the children will be talking about years later is….
“Fireman Freddy’s Fire Station” which was constructed to allow children to actually role play situations they might encounter in their home. Under the trained supervision of the Fire Prevention Bureau, children are taught how to roll out of bed, keep low in case of smoke, and feel the door for heat with the back of their hand. Families are encouraged to plan escape routes from their homes, designate a common meeting place, and test smoke detectors regularly.
Also has great links and more info on what you will find at the museum…. http://www.toledofiremuseum.com/
First Saturday of every month (9am-12pm)
The Home Depot offers free workshops for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.
•Review the schedule of upcoming workshops and choose a specific workshop to attend.
•You’ll see a variety of workshops scheduled – please be sure to select the correct workshop you’d like to participate in.
Click here for more info
Make a day of it at Maumee Bay! (Open daily dawn-dusk)
Maumee Bay State Park
Pack a picnic lunch, grab some sunblock, pack your swimsuits, and head to Maumee Bay for the Day. Enjoy swimming, hiking, walking on the board walk, playing on the playground, etc. There is plenty to do at Maumee Bay, enjoy a fun filled family day or time with friends for FREE!
For a list of upcoming events click here
Saturdays (10am-3pm) and Sundays (1pm-5pm)
The Frogtown Froggy Museum of Toledo, OH
The museum has over 400 froggy related items on display, including singing frogs, clocks, telephones and more. There is one “lively” frog, Figaro, a barking tree frog from the Carolinas and one frog-loving fish, Freda. As a non-profit, there are no tickets to buy but a suggested donation of $1.00 per person or $2.00 per family would benefit us greatly.
For more info…. http://www.frogtownfroggymuseum.webs.com/
Fallen Timbers Summer Concert Series
Enjoy live entertainment every Saturday evening in the amphitheater located in the Lake District. All concerts are 6:00-8:00pm unless noted. Below, please find a schedule of the performances.
June 8: Mt Fuji and the Eruptions
June 15: Joe Woods
June 22: Dave Carpenter
June 29: Arctic Clam
July 6: Captain Sweet Shoes
July 13: The Eight Fifteens
July 20: Johnny Rocker & The Hitmen (playing until 9pm)
July 27: Luke James & The Thieves
August 3: Kerry Patrick Clark
August 10: Zak Ward
August 17: Kyle White
August 24: The Eight Fifteens
Drive-In Movies at Fallen Timbers
Enjoy a complimentary drive-in movie every Saturday during the month of September.
September 7: Cinderella
September 14: Wreck-It-Ralph
September 21: Brave
September 28: Mary Poppins
Please feel free to share any additional events you know of going on around town that are kid-friendly and FREE!