101+ Places to go with Kids in Toledo


I have collated a list of fun kiddo and family friendly destinations in Toledo and the surrounding area, each has a brief description. Each destination has been linked to the website where you can retrieve more thorough information regarding hours of operation, rates, etc. Know of a fun Toledo destination that isn’t listed? Please feel free to share in the comment thread. Thank you!!

 

  1. Toledo Metroparks (Offers fun programs for kids and events for families)
  2. Olander Park (Swimming, fishing, playgrounds, etc. Sylvania, OH)
  3. Fort Imagination Playground (Enclosed playground for little kids & large playground for older kids-Woodlands Park, Perrysburg, OH)
  4. Carr Park (Fun playground for all ages-Bedford, MI)
  5. WGTE (Check events and be sure to attend family fun days) 
  6. Fossil Park (Bring small/medium paint brush to brush off fossils and baggy to take home fossils- Sylvania, OH)
  7. Toledo Lucas County Public Library (Check times and locations for Story Time and other amazing events for kids and families)
  8. Maumee Bay State Park (Swimming, biking, boardwalk, trails, nature center, cross-country skiing, sledding, etc. Oregon, OH)
  9. Toledo Museum of Art’s (Children can paint,make theme inspired craft, listen to a story in the gallery, and play at the Family Center)
  10. Gathering Volumes (Story Time –Sun. 1pm, Tues 6pm, & Thurs 10am – Always Check Calendar to confirm times)
  11. Barnes & Noble (Fun themed story times with awesome crafts! Fallen Timbers, Maumee, OH)
  12. Bass Pro Shops (Fun events for kids’ checkout their calendar- Rossford, OH)
  13. Toledo Firefighters’ Museum (Checkout the fire trucks, old equipment, kids learn about fire safety in Jed’s room where a fire is simulated, & more)
  14. Home Depot Kid Workshops (Kids get to use tools and make something to take home)
  15. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (Checkout the “Let’s Go Outside” Backpack at the visitors center. Each is filled with fun tools for exploring like binoculars, bug jars, magnifying lens, cloud guide, and more! Oak Harbor, OH)
  16. Fallen Timbers (Lil’ Timbers Kids Klub has fun activities throughout the year and there are great seasonal events like ice skating and carriage rides- Maumee, OH)
  17. Toledo Police Museum (Fingerprint Comparitor from the 80s designed to be accessible and appealing to kids. Downtown Toledo)
  18. Sylvania Heritage Museum & Railroad Depot (Genuine railroad depot building that served Sylvania residents for 98 years, from 1858 to 1956. It is the oldest train depot in existence in the State of Ohio. Downtown Sylvania, OH)
  19. Mazza Museum (Largest museum of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. The museum’s goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of children’s literature. Findlay, OH)
  20. Levis Commons (Fun seasonal activities for the kids and families like Sandtastic fun & breakfast with Santa!!- Perrysburg, OH)
  21. Imagination Kingdom Playground (Adorable playground for kiddos, pack a picnic and let their imaginations run wild while they burn off all that extra energy- Wauseon, OH)
  22.  Butterfly House (Watch a beautiful array of butterflies flutter around while listening to classical music play, try to locate and identify the various butterflies with the brochures provided. Also offers fun Autumn events like the corn maze! Whitehouse, OH)
  23. Gust Brothers Pumpkin Farm (It isn’t officially fall until you stop by the farm and see all the farm animals, cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and more! Enjoy a hayride and finally pick out the perfect pumpkin!! And other goodies in the store…fresh produce and squash!!-Ottawa Lake, MI)
  24. The Canal Experience at Providence (Go back in time and ride the Volunteer, a reproduction of a mule drawn canal boat, visit the Mill, enjoy characters dressed in period attire-Grand Rapids, OH)
  25. Erie Orchard (You pick…blueberries, apples, pumpkins, and more! But the real fun starts in the fall…enjoy corn maze, hayrides, bounce house, music, and more…check their calendar for events! Erie, MI) 
  26. Fort Meigs State Memorial (Fort Meigs State Memorial honors the site of the largest wooden-walled fortress in North America, built during the War of 1812. Take self-guided tours, view weapons demonstrations, and learn the history of the fort. Perrysburg, OH)
  27. The Toledo Symphony (Music under the Stars-FREE concert in the summer)
  28. Valentine Theatre (Check calendar of events…offers great classic film series!! Downtown Toledo)
  29. Ohio Skate (Roller skating!! 2 locations, Maumee, OH and Toledo, OH)
  30. Copper Moon Studios (Fun art classes for kids! Walk-ins welcomed! Holland, OH)
  31. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center ( Memorial to the 19th President of the United States it contains a treasure trove of information for history buffs. The Center includes the Hayes Mansion, Presidential Library, Museum, and the tomb of the former president- Fremont, OH)
  32. 577 Foundation (Offers an array of classes for all ages and encourages ecologically responsible living- Perrysburg, OH)
  33. Art Supply Depot (Offers art classes, paint pottery, and more! Downtown Toledo)
  34. SS. Col. James M. Schoonmaker/National Museum of the Great Lakes (Kids will have a blast when they step foot on a real Ship-Downtown Toledo)
  35. Bowlero ( Bowling alley, awesome arcade where kiddos can win prizes, bowling, food, & fun!)
  36. MacQueens Apple Orchard (Fall destination!! Their apple butter fest is amazing!! Fall events are fun, fun, fun! Check calendar for avtivites and events-Holland, OH)
  37. Interstate Bowling (They participate in the kids bowl for FREE program-Rossford, OH)
  38. Sundance Kid Drive-in (Oregon, OH)
  39. Q-Zar (Laser tag & Arcade- Sylvania, OH)
  40. Ritter Planetarium (Located on the campus of University of Toledo)
  41. Super Suppers (family day…kids help make meals)
  42. Toledo Speedway (there are free kids nights)
  43. Toledo Mud Hens (baseball) 
  44. Toledo Rockets (football/basketball)
  45. Toledo Walleye (hockey) 
  46. Bowling Green Falcons (football, hockey, basketball, etc.))
  47. Sylvania Playland (Bounce Houses, indoor play sets, and miniature golf-Sylvania, OH)
  48. Par 2 Golf (Go-karts, bumper cars, putt putt,  arcade games, & ice cream Toledo, OH)
  49. Toledo Gymnastics Academy (call for open gym time)
  50. Sunrise Gymnastics (call for open gym time)
  51. Sky Zone Toledo (Indoor Trampoline Park- Holland, OH)
  52. Hero’s (Bounce Houses, carnival games, and snacks…open play times available -Perrysburg, OH)
  53. Imagination Station (Hands-on science Museum- Downtown Toledo) 
  54. Toledo Zoo (Be sure to checkout the new penguin exhibit and Aquarium!!)
  55. Indian Creek Petting Zoo (walk thru this unique petting zoo…see camels, Zebra, peacocks, bunnies, alligator, and more!! Lambertville, MI)
  56. Uncork the Artist (Instructor guided classes, kiddos leave with an awesome masterpiece!)
  57. BG Bounce (Giant Indoor Sand Box, Toddler Room, Art Room, Science Center, Party Rooms,Nerf Wars, Paint Ball Arena, Dodge Ball, Game Arena Rooms, Food & Fun!)
  58. Peace Love & Pottery (Paint Pottery Sylvania, OH)
  59. Funagins (Paint Ball, Bounce Houses, Arcade, & More!)
  60. Sandpiper (100 passenger cruise vessel located on the Maumee River -Downtown Toledo)
  61. Calder’s Dairy & Farm (Watch them milk the cows, visit the animals on the farm, check out the goat scape, enjoy some yummy ice cream treats, and more! Carleton, MI)
  62. The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farm (Visit all the animals down on the farm, enjoy a hayride, pony rides, and more! Ann Arbor, MI)
  63. Planet Rock (All things climbing…rock wall- Ann Arbor, MI)
  64. Funtastic Play Center (Indoor playground with 2 main areas of play for children under 8 and 2 storey padded play structure with 14 different obstacles including a zip line, rock wall, and 3 slides! Checkout their Facebook page for Open Play times Canton, MI)
  65. Jungle Java (Fun indoor climbing and play area for kids…food available too! Canton, MI)
  66. Hands on Museum (Hands on science museum for kids! Ann Arbor, MI)
  67. The Creature Conservancy (See a wide variety of domestic and exotic animals. You may buy food cones to feed to the barnyard animals. Ann Arbor, MI)
  68. Gallop Canoe Livery (Canoeing as a family is so much fun! This park offers canoe, two-person kayak, one-person kayak, paddleboat, and rowboat rentals, river-themed programs and a coffee shop, score!! Ann Arbor, MI) 
  69. Jungle Junction  (Largest Indoor Play Area in Ohio-Six levels of adventure with over 60 play features including slides, air cannons, obstacle courses, interactive game panels, toddler zone, & more! Only $6 for ALL day play!!)
  70. Michigan Science Center (With live stage shows, an IMAX® Dome Theatre, a Planetarium, 250+ hands-on exhibits, lab activities, special exhibits and more, there are approximately two dozen ways to customize your MiSci visit. There’s more than you can see and do in a week!)
  71. Monsoon Lagoon Water Park (Splash adventures and games! The park features water playgrounds, slides, Go-Karts, bumper boats and mini-golf. -Port Clinton, OH)
  72. The Scrap Box (kiddos will get a kick out of all the recycled scrapes! Great for arts & craft projects! Ann Arbor, MI)
  73. Rolling Hills Water Park (Ypsilanti, MI)
  74. Bowling Green Water Park (Bolwing Green, OH)
  75. The Old Road Dinner Train (Fun events like Grandparents day, Dad & Daughter Day, Kids Halloween Express, and more! Blissfield, MI)
  76. Snook’s Dream Cars (travel in the past lane…see old cars, parts, etc. Bowling Green, OH)
  77. Ohio Maple Syrup Events (Maple syrup tours, watch it being made, enjoy pancake breakfast, and more…click on link under central ohio for all the maple syrup listings-Central, OH)
  78. Henry Ford Museum (9 acres to explore Americas past and future- Dearborn, MI)
  79. Greenfield Village  (Step back in an 80 acre time machine, see Noah Webster’s house, ride and original model ‘T’, train ride, and more! Dearborn, MI)
  80. Liberty Aviation Museum (Determined to showcase the aircraft of Worl War II, the Liberty Aviation Museum was established in 1991. Museum houses dozens of vintage aircrafts, vehicles, and multimedia exhibits Port Clinton, OH)        
  81. I-MAX Theater (The ultimate film experience!!! Special projectors, giant screens, 2D & 3D! Dearborn, MI)
  82. Marblehead Lighthouse (Built in 1821, Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes! Marblehead, OH)
  83. Jiffy Mix Plant Tours (Educational and informative walk through of the plant and refreshments provided Chelsea, MI)
  84. Sauder Village (Offers experiences rich in history and fun…kids will enjoy the train, store, helping make butter, candles, ice cream,etc. Be sure to stop in the bakery for homemade treats! Archbold, OH)
  85. The Chelsea Tree House (Indoor playground/climbing equipment for kids…and offers snacking options)
  86. Erie Spirit Sailing Adventures (Enjoy a family friendly day out on the waters of Lake Erie. Choose from standard tour packages or work out a custom plan with the Captain and let your adventure begin. Marblehead, OH)        
  87. COSI (Columbus Ohio Science Institute…amazing exhibits, phenomenal kids area, I-MAX theater, great scientific demonstrations and more!! Get in for FREE with an Imagination Station membership- Columbus, OH)
  88. Boonshoft Museum (This is another awesome hands-on science museum with some added fun, a playground/indoor 3 story slide, fun critters, planetarium, and more!! Get in for FRE with zoo membership-Dayton, OH)
  89. National Museum of the U. S. Air Force (Educational experience to say the least…children will be amazed by the huge air crafts, NASA room, enjoy fun demonstrations, learn about history, tour a real air plane, and more!! Dayton, OH)
  90. Spangler Factory/Dum Dum tours (Enjoy a trolley ride through the factory where you will learn the history behind the Spangler Factory and see how the various candies are made…and enjoy samples!!-Bryan, OH)
  91. Splash Universe (Fun indoor water park!! Dundee, MI)
  92. Great Wolf Lodge (Zero depth outdoor pool and more…indoor lazy river, slides, etc. Sandusky, OH)
  93. African Safari Wildlife Park (Must see experience!! Better than Animal Kingdom at Disney World!! Drive through and view & feed animals!! Walk around, pet animals, and watch animal demonstrations…and ice cream, yum! Port Clinton, OH)
  94. Merry-go-Round Museum (Enjoy a fun and relaxed atmosphere while you tour the Merry-Go-Round Museum and learn about the history and art of the carousel. And enjoy a ride of course! Sandusky, OH)
  95. Kalahari (Zero depth indoor pool/young children play area, wave pool, slides, and more! Sandusky, OH)
  96. Train-o-rama (Featuring Ohio’s largest, multi-gauge model, public railroad display-Marblehead, OH)
  97. Cedar Point (Roller Coaster Capital & Amusement Park…amazing kids Planet Snoopy area, Dinosaurs Live, and more ! Sandusky, OH)
  98. Ghostly Manor Thrill Center (The Travel Channel has featured Ghostly Manor Thrill Center among the best place to visit in a lifetime. Virtual rollercoaster, bounce houses, and more! Sandusky, OH)        
  99. Kelley’s Island (Check out the Glacier grooves, neat fossils, bike as a family, see what Kid Stage is up to and more! Kelley’s Island, OH)
  100. Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve (Daily tours into the herd…children can see buffalo up close, horseback riding trails, stay the night in a Tipi or Safari Tent!!Fremont, Indiana)
  101. Pokagon State Park (Swimming, fishing, horseback riding, sledding, tobogganing, skiing, pack a picnic and enjoy the day or spend the night camp or lodge- Angola, Indiana)
  102. Country Tree Lane Farm (Milk a real, live cow, hold baby ducks, chicks and bunnies, feed all the large Farm animals, go thru a straw maze, ride a barrel train, get a pony ride & more. Fun seasonal activities including Easter Bunny Hay Rides, U-Pick pumpkins, & more!)
  103. Clayful Art  (Kids Night-Your child will explore their imagination while learning a variety of hand building techniques.  They offer complimentary snacks-1 project offered once a month Friday nights from 6-8p.m.)

  104. Paint Your Place (Kiddos have an educated art instructor to help guide them through each stroke till their masterpiece is complete)
  105. Children’s Museum of Findlay (They have so many exhibits for you to explore. To see more or to view the learning topics for each exhibit before your visit, click on the images under Exhibits on their website)
  106.  Outdoor Adventure Center  (Experience exciting outdoor adventures with hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators — walk behind and touch a waterfall, step into a fishing boat and reel in a big fish, hit the trail on a mountain bike or snowmobile, and much more.)

 

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23 Comments on “101+ Places to go with Kids in Toledo”

  1. Christine
    March 2, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

    cosi = center of science and industry. And discounted admission with imagination station membership, not free.

    • March 2, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

      Thanks for informing me Christine. They must have just changed that…we went to COSI in November 2014 and admission was FREE with our family membership to Imagination Station.

    • Megan
      April 12, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

      It matters how far you are located from COSI. I live in Bowling Green and it is free with our imagination station membership.

      • April 13, 2015 at 2:59 am #

        Okay, that makes sense…thanks for clearing that up Megan. 😉

  2. March 3, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    Hi just wanted to let you know about our farm – Country Lane Tree Farm!
    For over 20 yrs we have hosted schools from Pre-k thru 5th grades and families at our 5th generation animal farm. Milk a real, live cow, hold baby ducks, chicks and bunnies, feed all the large Farm animals, go thru a straw maze, ride a barrel train, get a pony ride & more. Peacocks show off their fancy feathers for you and you can get a kiss from one of our Kissing Llamas too! In the Spring, we celebrate Easter with Easter Bunny Hayride & Baby Animal Tour. (2015 DATE April 4 11 am to 4 pm) Summer time is for Pony Camps and Farmer Camps and Family Days. Fall brings Family Fun with our FREE Hayride out to our U-Pick Pumpkin Patch; Corn Maze Farm Animal Tour and on special Nights for older kids and adults: Panic in the Pines Haunted Hayride & Haunted Trail. We also have Birthday Party Packages and
    Scout/Group Packages as well!
    Our phone is 419 461 1298
    We are 20 min from Toledo. 3525 N. Bolander Road, Genoa, Ohio 43430
    Our goal is to let families make wonderful memories for a reasonable cost!
    Countrylanetreefarm.com

    • March 3, 2015 at 3:56 am #

      Thank you so much for sharing!! This is definitely something our family, playgroup, and/or Scouts would be interested in…Easter Bunny Hayride & baby animal tour!! Eeee!!! Spring can’t get here fast enough!! 😉

  3. March 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    Reblogged this on ghostlymanor and commented:
    This is great list! Thanks!
    Jayme from Ghostly Manor Thrill Center

  4. March 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    LOVE (and miss) Toledo! Thank you for visiting and liking http://www.tunedinparents.com. It lead me to your wonderful blog! -Elle C. Mayberry

    • March 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

      I can’t pull myself away from TiP!! Each post is more intriguing than the one before. Cheers!! And huge thank you for stopping by my little spot in the blogosphere 😉

  5. July 15, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    What an extensive list of activities. I’m sure glad I stumbled upon your blog because now I have added lots of fun things to do on our upcoming visit to Toledo. The free Fossil Park, Frog Museum and Firefighters Museum will be moved to the top of our list! Last year we visited the Toledo Zoo and loved it. We are excited to try that out again. If you are looking for fun ideas in Columbus check out my blog http://www.localbusybees.com. I’m a newbie mom blogger and am excited to add more. Thanks for all of the exciting activity suggestions in the Toledo area. It looks like it is going to be hard to narrow down what to do first. 🙂
    Amy

    • July 19, 2015 at 2:43 am #

      Thank you so much Local Busy Bee! Likewise, your blog is awesome!! I so enjoyed reading about your recent visit to Sesame Place. We took our kiddos a few years back and they still talk about it….it was by far one of our favorite family vacations. I am SO following you!! We visit Columbus at least 3 times a year…it is such a fun family friendly city & the capital of our favorite state!! Thank you so much for sharing! Cheers!! 😉

  6. mariehickman
    August 10, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

    Just want you to know Valpak has free, online printable coupons for attractions all over Northeast Ohio. Here are a few for African Wildlife Park in Clinton. Why not save money while entertaining the kids in the waning days of summer?
    https://www.valpak.com/coupons/printable/african-safari-wildlife-park/74231?serviceId=20175&offerId=1713786

  7. October 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Hi! I would like to add to the list- kids yoga and family yoga at It’s Yoga Toledo. Our certified instructors lead kids and families playfully and purposefully through yoga poses and other yoga related excersizes. Check out our website at itsyogatoledo.com for pricing and schedule. Namaste!

  8. Megan A.
    January 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    The Children’s Museum of Findlay (in the Findlay Mall) is a great place as well which constantly is bringing in programming. They are also doubling in size this month!

    • January 24, 2017 at 3:58 am #

      Thanks for sharing Megan! I plan on updating this in Feb. I will make certain I officially add it to the list. 😉

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