10 Kid Approved Things to Look Forward to this May in Toledo


April showers bring May flowers and lots of fun family-friendly festivities in Toledo!! The weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer, and everything is blooming!! It is officially that time of year when everything comes back to life, including your family’s social life. Though, let’s be honest, May should come with a warning, before you know it its summer, and then you blink and school is already starting back…so don’t blink!!  Don’t delay; call up your playgroup peeps, neighborhood friends, family, etc. coordinate schedules and get these awesome festivities on the calendar today!

Here is a list of 10 Kid Approved Things to Look Forward to this May in Toledo:Ribbet collage_Maypic

1-Butterfly House at Wheeler Farm

MayBlogThis is one of my Favorites!! Between the classical music playing, watching the delicate fluttering of the gorgeous butterflies, and the general warm embrace of the atmosphere my blood pressure lowers instantly….and kiddos absolutely adore visiting. They look forward to every May 1st because that’s the day the Butterfly House Opens!!! FYI-the land is gorgeous and there is a picnic table available so pack lunches and make an afternoon of it!!

“The Butterfly House contains over 1,000 butterflies with many different species from North & South America and Asia. The facility was built with the idea of developing beautiful gardens in a controlled environment to exhibit butterflies to the general public. An opportunity to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and how to promote a healthy environment for these special insects will be provided as well. The average life span of the butterfly is 2 to 3 weeks, so each week we introduce new species. Throughout the season we will have over 100 different species, so multiple visits can be rewarding. Our experienced staff are available to answer your questions. We hope you enjoy your visit.” — Duke Wheeler

Hours: May – August: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm and Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Phone Number: 419.877.2733

Address: 11455 Obee Road in Whitehouse, Ohio

Website: http://www.wheelerfarms.com/

Admission: Adults (12-64)$9, Seniors (65+) $8, Kids (4-11) $7, and 3 & Under are Free

 

2-Book Your Sandpiper Cruise!

Mayblog2The Sandpiper is a 100-passenger cruise vessel located on the Maumee River. The boat is available for private and public rides from May through October. There are a variety of cruise options throughout the summer but our favorite is FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY CRUISE Bring the whole family for a fun 2-hour cruise on the Maumee and enjoy the dusk views of Downtown Toledo, area wildlife, and stately homes. Bring a picnic or order Marco’s Pizza to be delivered to the boat before departure: (419) 698-1511, (don’t forget to let them know you’ll be on The Sandpiper! Note: All public cruises are BYOB)

Hours: Varies (May-October)

Phone Number: (419) 537-1212

Address: The Sandpiper is docked at Water Street and Jefferson Avenue in Downtown Toledo. GPS directions to the dock:  1 Jefferson Avenue Toledo, Ohio (Street and lot parking is available nearby).

Website: https://www.sandpiperboat.com/

Admission: Friday Family Cruise-Adults $17 / $9 Ages under 12.

 

3-Col. James M. Schoonmaker (May-October) at The National Maumee of The Great Lakes

schoonmaker“The Schoonmaker was unsurpassed in both size and elegance. On her maiden trip, she carried 12,650 net tons of coal from Toledo, Ohio to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The ship held the title of “Queen of the Lakes” as the largest ship operating on the Great Lakes until April 14, 1914”. And you and your kiddos can step aboard!! Tour this magnificent ship and get awesome, pics aboard (I may have dressed my kiddos in sailor suit inspired outfits and taken pics-still my favorites!) and of the Toledo Skyline! FYI-This one is totally worth the membership!!

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Phone: (419) 214-5000

Website: http://www.inlandseas.org/

Address: 1701 Front Street Toledo, Ohio 43605

Admission: Adult – Museum and Schoonmaker – $15.00 Senior (65+), AAA, Military – Museum and Schoonmaker – $14.00 Youth (6-17) – Museum and Schoonmaker – $12.00 & Children 5 and under – Free

 

4-Aerial Adventure Course at the Toledo Zoo (This one is for the older kiddos 12+)

This Aerial Adventure has a menu of options sure to meet everyone’s quest for adventure!! I know it met mine (I rented a GoPro to commemorate my adventure last summer-that’s me in the video!!) My two favorites-Challenge: Test your stamina as you traverse across the Africa exhibit. Tackle a series of obstacles designed to challenge guests both mentally and physically, including rope bridges, swinging log crossings, horizontal climbing walls and much more. And, Zip line: In this exhilarating and unique experience, guests will start off 80 feet above the Africa exhibit and coast over 760 feet across giraffe, watusi cattle, wildebeest and more. Click on Website link below to read about the Sky Bridge, Flight line, Quick Jump, & package options.

Hours: The Zoo opens daily at 10 am. Last admission is at 4 pm with Zoo closing at 5 pm.

Phone: Tel: 419-385-5721

Website: https://www.toledozoo.org/aac

Address: Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609

Admission: Varies depending on what is selected from the menu & if you are a member or non-member (starting at $25)

 

5-Indian Creek Zoo

indiancreek 014FBBLOGIndian Creek Zoo is a unique place that offers camel rides and up-close viewing of exotic animals such as Zebras, Camels, Emus, Wallabies, Donkeys, Coatimundi, Alligators and Peacocks and many more! My kiddos have an absolute blast each time they visit!

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm & Sundays 12pm-5pm

Phone: 734-224-0390

Website: http://indiancreekzoo.com/

Address: 2744 Consear Road, in Lambertville Michigan (between Secor & Douglas) just 3 miles north of Toledo

Admission: Child (17 and under) $8, Adult $10, Senior $9, Children 2 and Under FREE

 

 

6-Mud Hens Games!!!

2017-toledo-mud-hens-season-scheduleTake me out to the ball game. Take me out to 5/3rd Field.  Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks.  I don’t care if I never get back. Let me root, root, root for the Mud Hens…and get my pic with Muddy and Madonna!! Get your tickets now and enjoy a fun filled family friendly America pastime.

Hours: Varies see home schedule on website

Phone: 419-725-4367

Website: http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t512

Address: 406 Washington St, Toledo, OH 43604

Admission: Tickets starting at just $12

 

7-Ohio Spring Fest 2017

OSF-Date-Announce-2017Ohio Spring Fest, located on the grounds of the Stranahan Theater in Toledo, Ohio returns in 2017 May 18-21. Come check out live music all day long, a large carnival midway, attractions the whole family can enjoy and more!

Hours: May 18-21 THURSDAY: 4-10pm FRIDAY: 4-11pm SATURDAY: Noon-11pm SUNDAY: Noon-10pm

Phone: 586.493.4344 (funfest) 419.381.8851 (stranahan)

Website: https://funfestevents.net/ohio-spring-fest/

Address: 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd Toledo, OH

Admission: Thursday FREE, Friday & Saturday, before 6PM $3 per person, after 6PM $5 per person, Sunday $3 per person All Day, *Kids 5 & Under FREE All Days*, & FREE ONSITE PARKING

 

8-Outdoor Adventure Expo at Metroparks

Mayblog12May 20th 10am-4pm @ Side Cut (Silver Lake Area)

“Outdoor adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. At the Expo you have the opportunity to try on adventure activities to see what fits. Try archery, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, biking and much more. The expo has something for all ages from the seasoned enthusiast to the beginner. They’ll have music, food trucks and outdoor industry exhibitors. May is Bike Month, at the expo you’ll meet area biking clubs and business’ and learn about Metroparks biking programs and trails”.

Hours: May 20th 10am-4pm

Phone: (419) 407-9700

Website: https://metroparkstoledo.com

Address: 1025 W River Rd, Maumee, OH 43537

Admission: FREE

 

9-Kayaking the Maumee River via River Lures Kayaking

 

Mayblog10“Enjoy the day paddling a kayak on the beautiful Maumee River. They have two locations for your convenience, and provide both single person kayaks, and tandem (two) person kayaks for rentals and sale. Their kayaks are the “sit-on-tops” kayaks, these are the safest boats. They DO  NOT  fill up with water even if you get tipped over. So get out in the sun and enjoy your local river! It’s all about quality of life in Grand Rapids and River Lures Kayaking is your one stop destination for fun and relaxation. Get on the Maumee this year and see what it’s about: fun, sun, kayaking, etc.”

Hours: Farnsworth Hours-Memorial Day – Labor Day 10am-7pm Fri, Sat, Sun & Grand Rapids Hours-Starting Memorial Day Weekend 8am – 8pm daily, closed on Wednesdays.

Phone: 419-832-0989

Website: http://www.riverlureskayaking.com/

Address: 24316 Front St Grand Rapids, Ohio (on the banks of the beautiful Maumee River) or Kayak concession at Farnsworth Metropark, 8405 River Rd. Waterville OH

Admission/Cost: Kayaks-Single $10hr, Tandem $15hr, Daily $25 and Electric Pedal Assist Genze Bicycles are $10hr

 

10-Schools Out for Summer!!!

Mayblog8Goodbye school days and hello pool days, summer camps, & road trips!!!

Is your family looking forward to something this May that didn’t make the list? Please feel free to share…

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You're off to great places! But do keep in touch!

In the words of Dr. Seuss, You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go. And when you get there take us with you!

2 Comments on “10 Kid Approved Things to Look Forward to this May in Toledo”

  1. April 26, 2017 at 2:54 am #

    And don’t forget to visit your Toledo Lucas County Public Library! We have tons of fun all year through!

    • April 26, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

      Truth! 😉 Spoiler Alert! My kiddos put the library down as one of their Top 10 Things that they are looking forward to in June….the Summer Reading Program rocks!!!

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