FREE things to do with kids Summer 2022 in Toledo

Grab your calendars & tag your friends, mommas! Here’s this year’s list of fun, free, kid-friendly activities going on this Summer in Toledo & surrounding area!

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The fossil hunting pit is open 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


Summer Reading Club is a free reading program full of fun activities and great prizes. Lucas County residents of all ages are eligible to participate.

Summer Read

June 6 – Aug. 1

Open to all ages!

It’s time for Summer Read! Simply read 30 days between June 6 and August 1. Complete the challenge to be entered into grand prize drawings for Nintendo Switch Lites, Kindles, Cricuts, Fitbit trackers, gift cards to local businesses, and more.
Complete a paper tracker and turn it in at any location OR track your reading through Beanstack, or with the Beanstack Tracker App on Google Play or Apple. Paper trackers are available at all locations or can be downloaded here.
Visit any location to get a sticker for your card for every 6 days of reading. (You’ll get a digital sticker by using the app or logging online.)
Need a little extra inspiration? Visit any location for a special sign-up reward (snazzy totes for adults, youth choose a Summer Read title to keep from our special selection.)

Register for Summer Read at any Toledo Library location.



Bring your lunch and a chair or blanket and relax with great music!

Wednesdays in June and July from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Main Library on the north lawn

In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the Atrium inside the Library.

The Good, the Bad and The Blues
(W) June 01: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Enjoy blues/rock music.

The Katch
(W) June 08: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Enjoy a mix of pop, R&B, jazz, dance, blues, and rock music.

Cake Walkin’ Jass Band
(W) June 15: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of jazz music.

Laurie Swyers and New Moon
(W) June 22: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of folk, blues, and original music.

Lady K and Intuition
(W) June 29: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of Motown, oldies, pop, and soft rock music.

Glass City Steel
(W) July 06: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of steel drum music.

Los Aztecas
(W) July 13: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of Tejano/Latino music.

Nikki D and the Browns
(W) July 20: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of gospel and steel guitar.

(W) July 27: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of R&B, hip hop, and rock music.


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Toledo Museum of Family Art Club

Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 11AM-5PM

FREE fun & open to everyone, just need to register! Family Art Club is designed for young children and their grown-ups to explore art together. Each workshop session includes all the supplies needed to create a unique work of art inspired by the art and artists in TMA’s collections and special exhibitions. No experience is necessary, just come for the fun!



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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 Music Under the Stars Concert Series

JULY 3 — AUGUST 14, 2022

Enjoy summer evenings, sitting in the historic Amphitheatre, listening to live music while surrounded by family, friends and…the entire animal kingdom!

We are excited to highlight the many musical talents found in community bands throughout our region and for this long-standing Toledo tradition to return!

Join us for these fantastic FREE concerts beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the following Sundays:

July 3 – North Coast Concert Band
July 10 – Maumee Community Band 
July 17 – Polish American Concert Band
July 24 – 56Daze, and enjoy a performance with DC Taylor-Acoustic Duo in our Main Plaza, from 6-7:30 p.m., as part of our Christmas in July weekend
July 31 – Cakewalkin’ Jass Band
Aug 7 – Genoa American Legion Band
Aug 14 – Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra

Food and beverage offerings will be available for purchase.
Gates open at 6 p.m., and the Amphitheatre will open at 6:30 p.m.
Zoo parking rates and policies apply. Zoo admission does not apply, as concerts happen after Zoo hours.




Space Jam: A New Legacy



Promenade Park
Family Events at 6:30 p.m.
Movie Begins at 8:30 p.m.

Free Fun For the Whole Family!

Join us on the lawn before the movie for lawn games, corn hole and Jenga! Get your face painted and test your hoop skills with a basketball clinic with our movie night sponsor, The University of Toledo Men’s Basketball program.

Spider-Man: No Way Home



Promenade Park
Family Events at 6:30 p.m.
Movie Begins at 8:30 p.m.

Free Fun For the Whole Family!

Join us on the lawn before the movie for lawn games, corn hole and Jenga! Get your face painted and put your Spidey senses to work at our climbing wall!

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Promenade Park
Family Events at 6:30 p.m.
Movie Begins at 8:30 p.m.

Free Fun For the Whole Family!

Join us on the lawn before the movie for lawn games, corn hole and Jenga! Fly through the sky on a zipline over Promenade Park.

Concessions Available for Purchase

A movie wouldn’t be complete without snacks! Plan on getting your fill of soft-serve ice cream, shakes, old-fashioned malts and an assortment of flavorful popcorn and candy.

Know Before You Go

Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please feel free to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Food is permitted; alcohol is not.
All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
All movie nights are weather dependent. 

Summer Movie Clubhouse at Cinemark Franklin Park Toledo (almost FREE, $1.50)

  Jun 15, 2022 – Aug 3, 2022



Summer Movie Clubhouse is back at Cinemark with 8 weeks of kid-approved movies! Enjoy safe and exciting big-screen entertainment for just $1.50* per ticket for each movie. Save even more with $1 OFF deals on kids’ snack packs or any size popcorn and drink combo during Summer Movie Clubhouse showtimes.

Here’s the lineup



Lucas County Kids Get in FREE Every Saturday!

Discover new things. Create unique gadgets. Experience science like you never have before at Imagination Station. What could be better than that? How about FREE Saturday admission for Lucas county kids 12 and under?

This amazing opportunity is good for all Lucas County residents. Stop by and get hands-on with interactive STEM exhibits, explore math in new, exciting ways and immerse yourself in 3D science in the new KeyBank Discovery Theater.

Lucas County Residents

  • $2 admission discount
  • FREE Saturday admission* to the science center for Lucas County kids, 12 & under, with paid adult admission.

       *Limit 2 children per adult.


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” was constructed to allow children to actually role-play situations they might encounter in their homes. 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 hands. Families are encouraged to plan escape routes from their homes, designate a common meeting place, and test smoke detectors regularly.


Toledo Police Museum

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.


Museum of Natural History University of Michigan 

This prehistoric power couple features two unusually complete mastodon skeletons — a male and a female, both discovered and excavated with help from U-M scientists, within a few hours’ drive from Ann Arbor!

Only place in the world where you can see a male and female mastodon skeleton side-by-side



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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 boardwalk, playing on the playground, etc. There is plenty to do at Maumee Bay, enjoy a funfilled family day or time with friends for FREE!

Storybook trail click here

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Wednesdays and Saturdays this summer!

The Town Center at Levis Commons is proud to announce the return of its Summer Music Series sponsored by Taylor Hyundai of Perrysburg

Once again, you can enjoy live music from 11:30am to 1:30pm each Wednesday beginning June 8th through October 12th.

And new this year will be Saturday evening performances!  Join us from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on the following Saturdays:


  • June 8 – Lee Warren
  • June 15 – Ben DeLong Band 
  • June 22 – Jon Roth 
  • June 29 – Barile & May
  • July 6 – Abbigale Rose
  • July 13 – Swingmania 
  • July 20 – Frank May 
  • July 27 – Bob Stevens
  • Aug 3 – John Pickle
  • Aug 10 – Ben DeLong Band
  • Aug 17 – Ryan Dunlap 
  • Aug 24 – Jake Pilewski 
  • Aug 31 – Ashley Kohn 
  • Sep 7 – Distant Cousinz 
  • Sep 14 – Ben DeLong Band 
  • Sep 21 – Chloe & the Steel Strings
  • Sep 28 – Shane Piasecki 
  • Oct 5 – Hector Mendoza 
  • Oct 12 – Ben DeLong Band 


  • July 16 – Moths in the Attic 
  • July 30 – Buzz Anderson Project 
  • Aug 13 – EZ Pickenz 
  • Aug 27 – Jeff Tucker Band
  • Sep 10 – Skittlebots
  • Sep 24 – Hey Lonely Girl

Thank you to Taylor Hyundai of Perrysburg for sponsoring this event!

Ottawa Park

 2022 Concert Series at Ottawa Park – All Free  (6 PM – 8 PM)

Expanded 2022 Concert Series    –   All Free 6 PM – 8 PM
July  9     East River Drive (Las Vegas Show)
July 16    Madison Avenue Band (Lots of Favorites)
July 23    Distant Cousinz (Top 40)
July 30    The Grape Smugglers (The 70’s) 
June   4     The Good, The Bad & The Blues (Blues)
June 11     The Bradberries (Classic Rock)    
June 18     Dezire (MoTown)
June 25     Los Hermanos Villegas (Latin music)
July 20     East River Drive (Las Vegas Show Music)
July 27     Boffo (Classic Rock)
Aug 3       The Good, The Bad & The Blues (Blues)
Aug 10     DeZire  (MoTown)
Aug 17     Nu-Tones (British Invasion)
Aug 24    The 25’s (Classic 80’s Rock)
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Paddle on the Pond

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

*Paddle the Pond is back for 2022.
Join us on the 2nd and 4th Mondays in June, July, and August from 4:00 – 7:30 pm at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. This is a free drop-in program (no registration) with equipment and instruction provided.



 Wauseon Homecoming Parade!

The 2022 Homecoming is 07/28, 29, & 30, 2022! Wauseon Homecoming Parade to be held Saturday, July 30th in downtown Wauseon. The parade begins at 11:00 am.


Kunkle 4th of July Parade 

Kunkle is a very VERY small town out in the country, population, 246 people and is located approximately 65 miles from Toledo.  That little town holds a special place in my heart. I am a Kunkle….read on 



FREE Splash Pad in Defiance

Safe, Fun, & FREE! This Splash Pad checks all the boxes! Located at Bronson Park which is roughly 45-50 minutes away from Toledo, the Defiance Splash Pad is a mom’s dream comes true! You can bring in food, the equipment accommodates an entire family (baby-adult), and you can sunbathe or chill in the shade!


Promenade Park Splashpad Downtown Toledo

Address: 400 Water St, Toledo, OH 43604

Hours: Daily 10am-10pm 



Oregon Splashpad

Address: 5330 Seaman Rd, Oregon, OH 43616


Hours: 10am-9:30pm




Playgrounds in Toledo and Surrounding Area

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