FREE things to do with Kids Summer 2023 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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Fossil Park

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 4 – Aug. 5

Open to all ages!

It’s time for Summer Read! Simply read 30 days between June 4 and August 5. 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 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 (Main Library north lawn on Wednesdays from noon-1pm) or dinner (Maumee Library on Tuesdays) and a chair or blanket and relax with great music!

Lunchtime Concert | Kerry Patrick Clark & Robbie Clark

(W) June 7 | noon — 1 p.m. Main Library

Lunchtime Concert | Nikki D & The Sisters of Thunder

(W) June 14 | noon — 1 p.m. Main Library

Featuring the Maumee Community Band

(Tu) June 20 | 7 — 8 p.m. Maumee

Lunchtime Concert | Laurie Swyers & New Moon

(W) June 21 | noon — 1 p.m. Main Library

Lunchtime Concert | The Katch Band

(W) June 28 | noon — 1 p.m. Main Library

Lunchtime Concert | Ice Cream Militia

(W) July 5 | noon — 1 p.m. Main Library

Lunchtime Concert | Extra Stout

(W) July 12 | noon — 1 p.m. Main Library

Featuring the Maumee Community Band

(Tu) July 18 | 7 — 8 p.m. Maumee

Lunchtime Concert | Cake Walkin’ Jass Band

(W) July 19 | noon — 1 p.m. Main Library

Lunchtime Concert | Bliss

(W) July 26 | noon — 1 p.m. Main Library

Lunchtime Concert | Los Aztecas

(W) August 2 | noon — 1 p.m. Main Library

Jim Gill’s Sing-a-thon of Celebrated Songs

(W) August 2 | 1:30 — 2:30 p.m. Main Library

Jim Gill’s Sing-a-thon of Celebrated Songs!

(W) August 2 | 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. Main Library

Featuring the Maumee Community Band

(Tu) August 8 | 7 — 8 p.m. Maumee


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Toledo Museum of Family Art Club

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 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 your kiddos.

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 Music Under the Stars Concert Series


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 popular 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 2
122nd Army Band

July 9
Maumee Community Band

July 16
Polish American Concert Band

July 23
Velvet Jones, 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 30
Jeff McDonald’s Swingmania Orchestra

Aug 6
North Coast Concert Band

Aug 13
Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra

Food and beverage offerings will be available for purchase.
Gates open at 6 p.m., the Amphitheatre will open at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is free, but Zoo parking rates and policies apply.

Toledo Museum of Art Scavenger Hunt 

Have teenagers? Looking for something fun, free, and rich in cultural history to do as a family and/or with friends? Last week I surprised the kiddos with just that, and a little fun competition as well! Where? Well, it turns out that the Toledo Museum of Art is more than just the place you go to for Homecoming and Prom pictures, lol! 




ProMedica Live Family Movie Nights Presented by ProMedica Federal Credit Union will kick off on Saturday, June 24 at Promenade Park with Raya and the Last Dragon. Pre-event features will include movie concessions, activities from Imagination Station, music in the park, and special attractions.

Saturday, June 24, 2023 – Raya and the Last Dragon sponsored by Imagination Station

Family events start at 6

The movie starts at 8pm

Saturday, July 22, 2023 – DC League of Super-Pets sponsored by Lucas County Canine Care & Control

Family events start at 6pm

The movie starts at 8pm

Saturday, August 12, 2023 – Puss in Boots: The Last Wish sponsored by Toledo Historical Swordsmanship Society

The family events start at 6pm

The movie starts at 8pm

Concessions will be available for purchase. Activities and movies are free of charge. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The new clear bag policy does not apply to movie nights.

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)

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.



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.



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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Ottawa Park

 2023 Concert Series at Ottawa Park – All Free  (6 PM – 8 PM) TBA

Check back, we will update this as soon as the information becomes available.


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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 2023.
Hop in a canoe or kayak and have fun on the pond! Perfect for a family outing, comfort-builder for beginners, or relaxing exercise. An instructor will be available for introductory safety and skills education. All boats, life jackets, and paddles are provided. Canoes, kayaks, and gear on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact us ahead of time for special needs accommodations or groups. No registration is required. Click here for dates and times.



 Wauseon Homecoming Parade!

The 2023 Homecoming is 07/27, 28, & 29, 2023! Wauseon Homecoming Parade is to be held Saturday, July 29th 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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