FREE Kid-Friendly Summer of 2017 Activities in Toledo

(FYI- If you are looking for fun year round activities you will want to click, 101 Places to go with Kids in Toledo! And yes, some of those are FREE!! The following activities are seasonal…be sure to check back before school ends so you can plan your summer break in style!)

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 parents to reference.  Let me know if you know of any activities I should add to the list or may need to alter.

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Fossil hunting pit is opens for the Season!!

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 hours and more information click here



buildabetterworld2. Summer Reading Club (SRC) at the Lucas County Public libraries (June- August)

SRC is a free reading program full of fun activities and great prizes. What better way to Build a Better World! than with books of all topics in warm weather sun! Lucas County residents of all ages are eligible to participate. Four categories of reading levels have been established to encourage infants to adults to participate.

Babies- 5th Grade PRIZES

  • Registration Prize – Coloring Poster, Crayons, and (optional) TARTA pass (for children under 3 – there are alternative prizes)
  • 200 Points – Chipotle coupon, Pen/Stylus
  • 500 Points – Book
  • 1000 Points – Book or Book Bag (Tote)
  • Each additional 500 Points – Pick a prize from the Treasure Box


  • Branches – 1 Winner per Branch
    • $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble (1)
    • $25 gift cards from ToysRUs (1)
  • Entire System
    • Samsung Kids Galaxy Tab Elite (4 winners) (Provided by bibliotecha!)

Complete the program (1000 points) to be eligible for the grand prize drawing.

6th-12th Grade PRIZES

  • Registration Prize – Memo Book and (optional) TARTA pass
  • 200 Points – Chipotle coupon, Pen/Stylus
  • 500 Points – Book
  • 1000 Points – Book or Book Bag (Tote)


  • Branches – 1 Winner per Branch
    • $10 McDonalds gift card (2)
    • $25 movie gift card (1)
  • Entire System
    • Fire HD 8 (1–provided by Buckeye Broadband)
    • Echo Dot (1–provided by Buckeye Broadband)
    • $50 Tony Packo’s Gift Card (1–provided by Buckeye Broadband)
    • $25 Star Bucks Gift Card (1–provided by Buckeye Broadband)

Complete the program (1000 points) to be eligible for the grand prize drawing.

Click on link above to see what the library has in store for the adult prizes and to preregister today!  

Preregistration begins May 15.



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3. Noon Tunes on the Lawn at Wildwood Metro Park

(June 16th, July 21st, August 18th)

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




4. The 2017 Brown Bag Summer Concert Series  is a FREE  eight-week music event that runs from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., on Wednesdays starting June 7th on the North Lawn of Main Library, 325 Michigan St., in downtown Toledo. (FYI-Meter parking is FREE 11am-2pm downtown) Also be sure to stop in the library after the concert for fun kid friendly activities/events, most begin at 1:30pm. 

The 2017 Brown Bag Summer Concert Series schedule:

Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. – FREE

(In the event of bad weather, the concert will be held inside in the Wintergarden). 

Concerts in this series:

June 7 – Jeff Williams Group – Blues
June 14 – Xplosivo – Tejano
June 21 – Mojoflo – Neo funk/soul
June 28 – Fu5ion – R & B/Hip Hop/ Rock
July 5 – The Zac Kreuz Band featuring Michelle Shelton – Jazz
July 12 – Just Kiddin’Around with Chuck and Elisa Hage – Children’s
June 19 – Oehlers – Oldies/Acoustic Americana
July 26 – Rodney Parker and Liberty Beach – Country

Food and refreshment vendors will be on hand for those who don’t bring a brown bag lunch, and you can also buy a lunch in the Library Café, located on the lower level of Main Library. The Brown Bag Concert Series is a family-friendly event.


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5. 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 your youngest Museum visitors to make and take memories. Drop in for themed activities that enliven the world of art for kids ages 1-10 (and even grown-ups!). Check the calendar for upcoming project themes.

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.





6. YMCA SPLASH FREE Water Safety & Basic Swimming Instruction

JUNE 12-15 2017

For children 3 – 12 years* 

• Four-day program

• 30 minutes each day

• Basic swimming skills instruction

• Water safety education

• 6 area locations

*Children ages 3 – 5 years must be accompanied in the water by parent or guardian. Children who are not potty trained must wear swim diapers. Children must be at least 3 years old to participate. 

Click here to Choose Branch



7. Kids Bowl for FREE  (April – September)

 Registered kids receive 2 Free games of bowling per day all summer long! A value of over $500!

Click here to register you kiddos.

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8. Music Under the Stars Concert Series

Presented by the Toledo Symphony@ Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre. Music Under the Stars, the beloved summer tradition, returns to the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater in summer 2017.

Summer Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. Each show features a fun musical theme that your family is sure to enjoy, and admission is free! While admission gates for these free concerts open at 6:00 p.m., the Toledo Symphony requests that the Amphitheatre does not open for guests to begin seating until 6:30 p.m. Guests entering in the Broadway Entrance during that time are encouraged to visit the Concessions stands in the Main Plaza to grab some ice cream or a snack.

2017 Schedule

American Portraits

Sunday, July 9 – 7:30pm

Fun and Games

Sunday, July 16 – 7:30pm

Just Dance

Sunday, July 23 – 7:30pm

Broadway Showstoppers

Sunday, July 30 – 7:30pm




9. Story time at Barnes & Noble @ Fallen Timbers and Franklin Park

(Saturdays @ 11am)

Click Here  to see each week’s theme.



10. Bass Pro Family Summer Camp

2017 Summer Camp Schedule is coming soon! Click on link above to check back for more details or contact store at (419) 891-3900.




11. Downtown Sylvania Movie Night

Chamber-MOVIE-NIGHT-Logo2017 Movie Nights:

  • June Movie Night – Thursday, June 1st
    Location: Maplewood between Summit & Main
  • July Movie Night – Thursday, July 6th
    Location: Maplewood between Summit & Main
  • August Movie Night – Thursday, August 3rd
    Location: Maplewood between Summit & Main

Movies TBD




12. Maple & Main Art Fest

Saturday, June 3 11:00 am – 7:30 pm  & Sunday, June 4 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Main Stage Performance Saturday 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

It’s going to be bigger and better than ever! Join us for a free weekend of fine art, great music and delicious food in historic downtown Sylvania on Saturday June 3rd & Sunday June 4th. The streets will be filled with artist booths and musicians who will be taking part in the 6th Annual Maple & Main Street Art and Music Festival. Featured Performance by Slocan Ramblers Saturday 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm!

Artist booths will be filled with a variety of art, jewelry, pottery and more along with a great line up of musicians. Numerous local food vendors will be serving up a variety of dishes along with beer and wine sales. You’ll find the music lineup below, and the artist map will be posted soon.











*Keep your eyes peeled for the visiting street performers:  Tim Oehlers, Jake Pavlica & Vester Frey




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13. Saturdays at Imagination Station

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: $11)

Checkout their website for the latest activities, cool science demonstrations, and fun!



14. The Toledo Firefighter’s Museum

 Open Saturdays (12pm-4pm)

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.




15. Toledo Police Museum

Fridays & Saturdays 10am-4pm

Take a trip back in time when officers walked the beat in all kinds of weather to hit a call box or jumped on the riding boards of a passing car to hitch a ride to a robbery in progress.

Kiddos can get locked in jail and have their mug shot taken by the original TPD mug shot camera! The museum offers many interactive displays for all ages!

Your family will love it, click here for more info.




16. Home-Depot-Kids-Workshop

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


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17. 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

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18. The Town Center at Levis Commons SandPresentedbyProMedica

Image from Toledo Free Press

Sand-Tastic! 2017

June 23rd -June 24th Noon – 8pm

Back Again For Its 6th Year At Levis Commons

Watch As Four 8-Ton Sand Piles Are Sculpted Into Works Of Art.  Enjoy A 50 Foot Community Sandbox Fully Stocked With Castle Making Toys. Dance To Live Music, Play Corn Hole, And So Much More….All FREE!

Full Line-up of event TBD


Image from Toledo Free Press



19. Point Place Days

Point Place Days 2017

Point Place Days is an annual celebration of the Point Place and Shoreland community that takes place during the month of June. There are dozens of events throughout the month – something for everyone!

And of course, their fantastic PARADE!

This year’s parade theme is Point Place and Shoreland Rewinds to the 70’s!

I love a parade!

Parade is on Saturday, June 3, at 12:00 noon.

They  have barbeques, car shows, Kids’ Day at Kroger, fireworks, concerts, bike contests, and much more! 


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20. 2017 Concert Series at Ottawa Park – All Free  (6 PM – 8 PM)

July 15     Madison Avenue Band (new to the Series)
July 22     Boffo (Classic Rock)
July 29     East River Drive (Las Vegas Show Music)
Aug 5       NuTones (British Invasion)
Aug 12     The Good, The Bad & The Blues (Blues)
Aug 19     Not Fast Enuff (Hi Energy Party Band-new)
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historic_village_map_0621. Historic Sauder Village

Free admission for children on Sunday! (ages 16 and under) with adult paid admission.

Sunday Hours (12-4pm)


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22. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551

44-acre preserve offers hiking trails and boardwalks through various natural areas including wetland, remnant swamp woods and native prairie. The pond offers family fishing opportunities. The Nature Center at the preserve offers various educational opportunities including a Lookout on Nature Area (LOONA), perfect for bird watching.  Click here for information

Paddle on the Pond at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve (ages 4 and up)

Last Monday evening of each month (4pm-7:30pm June 26th, July 24th, August 28th)

Take a float on the pond! Canoe, paddles, life preservers, & instruction are provided. There is no charge & they supply EVERYTHING you need. This is a FREE event…Canoes first-come, first serve basis. Starts at 4pm on and goes till 7:30pm. Participants arriving at 7:30pm may paddle until 8pm.



23. Old West End Festival

Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd and 4th!

Official events include House Tours, The King Wamba Parade, a Juried Art Fair, Entertainment, Children’s Activities, Food Vendors, OWE Stampede 5k run/walk, Beer Pavillion, Yard Sales, Antique Car Show, and Vendors Alley. The un-official events are front yard grill outs, brunches, porch musicians, street performers, face painting, parties, and curbside local artists to name a few. Come join us this year and enjoy the experience that’s been voted ‘Toledo’s Best Neighborhood’!

For a complete list of scheduled events and details, click here

Click here for a list of the house tours. (This is not free, tickets are required, but totally worth it! Calling all architecture fans!)



smc_lg_poster24. Summer Movie Clubhouse at Cinemark June- August (Not Free but a great deal, $1!!)


Movies Include:

  • The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)
  • Trolls (PG)
  • Shrek the Third (PG)
  • Goosebumps (PG)
  • The Iron Giant (PG)
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG)
  • Megamind (PG)
  • The Angry Birds Movie (PG)
  • Sing (PG)
  • The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

Wed. & Thursdays @ 10am at Franklin Park 16

Tues. @ 10am at Fallen Timbers

Mondays @ 10am Perrysburg Levis Commons Theater

A fun-filled summer at Cinemark is just around the corner!

Don’t miss the Summer Movie Clubhouse where kids enjoy 10 movies for only $5.00 TOTAL! 




25. Downtown Perrysburg Inc. 2017 summer schedule:

 Mark your calendar for these great 2017 events

  • June 2 – First Friday – The Heat is On – 4–7pm
  • June 17 – Rock the Docks, featuring the Bradberries
  • August 4 – First Friday – Come Down to Recycle Town – 4–7pm
  • September 1 – First Friday – Back to School – 4–7pm



26. Wauseon Homecoming Parade! Wauseon Homecoming Parade to be held Saturday July 29th in downtown Wauseon. The parade begins at 11:00 am.

Come for the parade and stay for all the Homecoming festivities! Wauseon Homecoming runs July 27,28 and 29th.

Click here to view pics from last years (it was a blast!).


parkith27. Park It for Family Fun!- Park It evenings consist of an Outdoor Concert, kid’s activities, sponsor giveaways, followed by a family-rated Movie under the stars.  

For 2017 Schedule CLICK HERE.




28. Heritage Farm Fest


Please feel free to share any additional events you know of going on around town that are kid-friendly and FREE!



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