FREE Fall Family-Friendly Activities in Toledo (Oct. 4th-10th)


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Tuesday, October 4th

Toledo Museum of Art’s Family Center is open 10AM-3PM- kiddos can create, paint, & play (no admission or registration/reservation necessary, drop in & enjoy). 2PM- Glassblowing demonstrations in the Glass Pavilion.

Family Story Time @ Washington Branch 7PM-7:30PM : Children ages 2-5, along with their favorite grown-ups, are invited to talk, sing, read, write and play as we share stories, rhymes, music and movement.

Cybersecurity and Gadget Roundup @ Locke Branch Library 6:30PM-7:30PM: (Adults) Learn basic steps to protect your home network, and to protect yourself and your equipment in public. After that, we’ll show library apps that let you read e-books, e-magazines and e-comics, listen to audio books, and watch videos – all by using your library card.  Refreshments.  Door prizes.

Spooky Zumba for Teens @ Kent Branch Library 4PM-5PM: Teens, learn dances and play dance style games all to the sounds of spooky music, with ZUMBA Teacher, Elaina Hernandez. Be active! Come out and jam to your favorite Halloween hits!

Toledo Zoo Touch Tanks!! @ Mott Branch Library 6PM-8PM: Drop in and say hi to our friends from the Toledo Zoo and explore some of the aquarium’s amazing animals. Take some time to get hands-on with these remarkable creatures in the Zoo’s interactive touch tanks. Up-close fun for all ages!

Wednesday, October 5th

Toddler Story Time @ Washington Branch Library 10AM-10:30AM: Have fun at this interactive Storytime for children 18 months – 3 years old and their favorite grown-up. Talk, sing, read, write and play together as we share books, songs, rhymes and movement.

Plants on your Plate! @ Kent Branch Library 4PM-5PM: Toledo Grows will show us how plant-based foods come from all different parts of a plant. We will identify each plant and its function while tasting different parts of a plant. Discover a variety of fruits and vegetables and the health benefits of these on your plate

Thursday, October 6th

Family Storytime @ Heatherdowns Branch Library 10AM-10:30AM: Children ages 2-5, along with their favorite grown-ups, are invited to talk, sing, read, write and play as we share stories, rhymes, music and movement.

Toledo Museum of Art’s Family Center is open 10AM-3PM- kiddos can create, paint, & play (no admission or registration/reservation necessary, drop in & enjoy). 2PM- Glassblowing demonstrations in the Glass Pavilion.

Toledo Zoo Animal Ambassadors @ Birmingham Branch Library 3PM-5PM: Drop in and say hi to our friends from the Toledo Zoo and meet a few new animal friends. Will they be feathered, furry, scaled, or something else? You will have to join us to find out in this fun, interactive, and up-close look at some cool creatures. Fun for all ages!

Crazy Costume Night! @ Sanger 6:30PM-7:30PM: Debut your kids’ costumes at this special event featuring trick-or-treating, games, and crafts.

Friday, October 7th

Library Playdate @ Maumee Branch Library 9:30AM-2PM: Having fun leads to learning for the Library’s youngest users. Through a variety of interactive play activities young children and their favorite grown-up can experience the Library as an exciting, fun and (sometimes) messy place to play, while building early literacy skills at this drop-in program.

Frankenstein’s Ball @ West Toledo Branch Library 6:30PM-7:45PM: Join us for a frightful party in Frankenstein’s lab which is currently in the Library. Be prepared for ghoulish games, creepy crafts, monster tunes, and some delightfully dissected treats. Costumes welcome!

(DATE NIGHT!) It’s Friday! Music | Estar Cohen and Strings, “What We (Can’t) Know about Forever” 6:30pm – 9:00pm In the GlasSalon: Toledo native Estar Cohen performs “What We Can’t Know About Forever,” a collection of new original compositions written by her. The program will feature a string quartet along with Cohen’s jazz quintet, the Estar Cohen Project. In “What We Can’t Know About Forever,” Cohen continues her exploration in poetry and composition with a deep curiosity for the stories that define us.

Saturday, October 8th

Things That GO @ Levis Commons 11am – 5pm: Come out to Levis Commons and explore Things That GO! See, Touch and Hear……Farm Machinery, Emergency Vehicles, Commercial Equipment, Sport Utility and Off-Road Vehicles and More! And back by popular demand…the ProMedica Helicopter will be landing at the event!

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Tek: The Modern Caveboy Storytime @ Barnes & Noble Fallen Timbers & Franklin Park 11AM: Tek is a caveboy in love with technology. His tablet, video games, phone and TV keep him deep in his cave, glued to his devices, day in and day out. He never sees his friends or family anymore – and his ability to communicate has devolved to just one word: “UGH”! Can anyone in the village convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world? Join us at Storytime to find out!

Hidden Gems of the Metropark Blue Creek: 10AM-2PM: Those lesser traveled locations of your Metroparks are true hidden gems, each with their own unique characteristics. The Hidden Gems Series of mini festivals highlights four amazing gems of your Metroparks: Pearson North, Westwinds, Providence Dam and Blue Creek. Learn about each location’s natural features, how to utilize these features for hours of outdoor enjoyment as well as why it’s important to preserve these areas. Meet Metroparks staff, Rangers and interpreters. There will be food trucks and entertainment. Experience these Hidden Gems of your Metroparks.

Holy 50 Years Batman! @ Sanger Branch Library 2PM-4:30PM: Join us for a celebration of one of Batman’s most beloved incarnations. This event will feature a special showing of 1966’s Batman: The Movie starring Adam West and Burt Ward with an introduction by local comic guru (and everyone’s favorite comic book store manager) Ed Katschke!  Dress up to defend Gotham if you like and be sure to stick around after the show and bring your camera for an opportunity to get your picture taken with Batman and some of his superhero friends.  We’ll provide the cake and popcorn as well as some super-powered giveaways! This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required.

Zooper Challenge @ the Main Library 2PM-3PM: Celebrate LaughFest with live animals and silly animal games with our friends at The Toledo Zoo! If you ever tried to waddle like a penguin, bark like a seal, or eat like an alligator, then you belong on stage with the Toledo Zoo’s Zooper Challenge. This all-ages show is sure to entertain as you learn about the amazing animals throughout the world and get a chance to put your skills to the test!

Sunday, October 9th

Swanton Public Safety Day @ Swanton Fire Station, 432 Church St. Swanton OH 43558 10AM-3PM: Swanton Public Safety Day is an annual event to bring the kids out to the station and see your Police and Fire personnel up close. There is events for the kids and adults to do. We will have Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog for the kids. Free Lunch during the event with some door prizes and free giveaways.

Spend the Day at TMA!! The Toledo Museum of Art’s Sunday FREE Family fun Day!

  • FREE Family Center at the Toledo Museum of Art- kiddos can create, paint, & play in the Family Center noon-5pm (drop in, no admission or reservations necessary….and kiddos can take their masterpieces home, so make room on the fridge ;))
  • FREE Glassblowing demonstrations at 1PM &2PM in the Glass Pavilion, Toledo Museum of Art
  • FREE Great Performance in the Great Gallery | Pablo Amoros, 3pm – 4pm: Spanish pianist Pablo Amoros returns to the Toledo Museum of Art with a program of music by 19th, 20th, and 21st century composers.

Storytime with Denise! 1PM @ Gathering Volumes 196 E. South Boundary Perrysburg, OH Gathering Volumes bookstore in Perrysburg will be hosting story time every Tuesday 6PM, Thursday 10AM, & Sunday 1PM.

Monday, October 10th

GRAND Opening of the New King Rd. Branch Library! 10AM-12PM: Join us on 10/10 at 10AM to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new King Road Branch Library.

Toledo Zoo Animal Ambassadors @ Reynolds Corner Branch Library 5PM-7PM: Drop in and say hi to our friends from the Toledo Zoo and meet a few new animal friends. Will they be feathered, furry, scaled, or something else? You will have to join us to find out in this fun, interactive, and up-close look at some cool creatures. Fun for all ages!

Mary Poppins @ Oregon Branch Library 6:30PM-7:30PM: Help us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Oregon Community Theater! Meet the director and cast members and see a preview of the musical Mary Poppins. Plus attendees will have a chance to win tickets to the show

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Community Bulletin Board: (not free)

Second Saturdays R 4 Kids: Saturday October, 8th @ Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Spiegel Grove Fremont, OH 43420An interactive educational series for children. There will be a scavenger hunt available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $1 for kids ages 1-12 and $7.50 for adults. (Cost includes admission to Second Saturdays AND to the Hayes Museum).

Northwood Fall Festival Saturday October 8th 11AM-10PM at Central Park – Northwood Fall Festival corner of Wales & Oram Roads Northwood, OH 43619: Parade, car show, vendors, crafts, corn hole tournament, kids inflatables, knockerball, petting zoo, live music by the 80’s band Square Pegz.

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