Not headed off to Florida to see that popular mouse? Or off to ski at some resort? No worries, Toledo, Ohio has more than enough to keep your kiddos and family occupied this spring break! Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, make a day of it, or even an overnight, Toledo and the surrounding area have you covered. In fact, the only problem you’re going to have is deciding where you want to go first, so plan accordingly, share this post with friends, and make reservations now (some do require reservations or timed tickets).Read more
Whether you’re looking for a fun mother/son date day, daddy/daughter afternoon, a fun activity for the entire fam, date night, or fun ways to spend quality time at home with the kiddos, this guide has you covered!!
Please note, we are 10 months into this pandemic, it should go without stating that masks and social distancing are required and all establishments are sanitizing, offering sanitizing stations, and some require a reservation for parties over 6. FYI-if you see an image of people without masks it is an older image.Read more
I will be honest, when I heard the kiddos break started on Friday Dec. 20th I got my calendar out and counted how many days until school resumed, in case you’re wondering, 18 days including weekends, 18! Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my kiddos but 18 days without a routine, scary! Thus in order to minimize the meltdowns here’s a guide of some fun ideas, day-trips, & places to take kiddos that’ll help make it a joy filled winter break! 😉
Toledo Museum of Art Presents, The Great Art Escape
Address: 2445 Monroe Street Toledo, OH 43620
Phone: (419) 255-8000
The Great Art Escape is a FREE holiday tradition at the Toledo Museum of Art, where a number of special programs are planned Dec. 26, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020. Bring your family and friends to this annual event for live performances, art activities and more. This year will include a series of live dance performances in the galleries and in the Peristyle. A variety of genres will be represented, including ballet, swing, Mexican folk, Irish and Indian dancing.
The 2020 Great Art Escape is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac and by members of the Museum. Here is a day-by-day schedule of events, all of which are mostly FREE!!! Click HERE for dates & times.
Address: 38525 Chester Rd, Avon, OH 44011
Phone: (440) 695-3565
Hours: Vary, click on website for schedule
If you’re looking for the place to mix fun and fitness, you’ve come to the right spot. Play: CLE has created a unique mix of attractions that will have kids and adults’ alike running, jumping, climbing and challenging themselves!
- Zip line
- Ropes course
- Climbing wall
- Ninja warrior course
- Parkour course
- Bouldering wall
- Dining area (The Biner)
- Kids’ area
Outdoor Adventure Center
Phone: 844-OAC-MDNR (844-622-6367)
Address: 1801 Atwater Street Detroit, MI 48207-4020
Hours: Varies during the holidays, see website for schedule
Cost: Children 2 & under are FREE, Children 3-12-$3, & Adults- $5
Experience exciting outdoor adventures with hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators — walk behind and touch a waterfall, step into a fishing boat and reel in a big fish, hit the trail on a mountain bike or snowmobile, and much more. At the OAC, you’ll learn about how the DNR manages state parks, forests, wildlife and fish as you climb the roots and explore the canopy of a massive bur oak tree, hop aboard a real airplane, and see what’s swimming in our aquarium.
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Address: Biological Sciences Building, 1105 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1085
Museum Hours: Monday-Sunday 9AM-5PM
Admission: Free (suggestion donation of $6)
Parking: Good luck, lol! Just kidding…there is a parking garage on Forest Ave. Cost us $6
You too can deny your child a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle and allow your inner child to come out and play at A Christmas Story House!!
A Christmas Story House Tour
Address: 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44109 in the Tremont neighborhood.
Phone: (216) 298-4919
Hours: Varies during the holidays, see website
Cost: Children 2 & under are FREE, Children 3-12- $10, Adults-$13
Harlem Globetrotters Pushing the Limits World Tour
This is more than a basketball game. It is more than a show. It is the one and only Harlem Globetrotters in an all-new, larger-than-life world tour! You’ll be on your feet, out of your seat, laughing until it hurts and loving every moment. The 5th Quarter – The game isn’t over after the final shot! Meet your favorite Globetrotter court-side after the game to get an autograph and photo. Don’t miss out – get your tickets today!! Take the fam, your local basketball team, scouts/troop, and/or any tween/teen
Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, OH 43604
Monday December 30th @ 2pm
Toledo Botanical Garden’s Hidden Treehouse
Address: 5403 Elmer Drive Toledo, Ohio 43615
Hours: Open 7 a.m. until dark every day
Amenities: Picnic area adjacent as well as restrooms
Copper Moon Studios
Address: 8007 Airport hwy Holland, oh 43528
Cost: Varies, depends on project
Hours: mon – sat (10-6) & sun (12-5)
My kiddos absolutely adore dropping in & making a Lil’Chips project! Deets in pic below.
Share, tag friends, & make plans to meetup at one of these awesome kiddo fave hot-spots today!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Picture it-Christmas tree lit, frosted window panes that give way to a winter wonderland view, Amy Grant’s Tender Tennessee Christmas on Pandora conjuring up a potpourri of childhood Christmas memories, retro Santa mug filled with fresh brewed coffee and children…children interrupting every other sip with random inquiries and requests….
“Mom, I’m hungry!”-and why shouldn’t they be it has been an entire 10 minutes since they last ate!
“Mom, can we sled down the stairs?”- Really!?! Boys!
“MOM…Mom…Toilet’s clogged!”- Fabulous!
“Mom, it was an accident…there’s blood!!”- And that will do it! End of peaceful Christmas moment. “Here I come….what size band-aide?”
Ahh…the first full day of Winter Break! lol!
How quickly one forget how beautiful and irritating Christmas Break can be, it’s kinda like childbirth, all you remember in the end is the beauty, the miracle, and magical moments. So much so that you can’t wait till the next one! And then it happens, day one of Christmas Break and just like that first contraction of the second birth, it all comes flooding back to memory. This time I am going to have a plan, and unlike my birth plan this is one I can guarantee will come to fruition.
I literally have my planner out right now and am planning at least one outing a day until Christmas. I figure after Christmas they will at least have new toys and games to play, books to read, memberships to venture out and use, etc. I should also stipulate that when planning these excursions I am keeping two things in mind, budget and the novelty of the experience. And that is where Santa at Stroh comes in…
Talk about a unique experience, when was the last time you attended a basketball game with your kiddos and got to see & get pictures with Santa for FREE before tip and/or during half time?
Here are the DEETS:
Game Dates & Times: Wednesday December 21st @ 7pm and Thursday, December 22nd @12pm
Location: 1535 E Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH 43403
Cost: $11-$13 (Kids 12 and under are FREE)
Purchase Tickets: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/bgsu
Win a family 4 pack to see Santa at Stroh (winner will determine which game).
How to enter:
- Share this post with a friend on Facebook (perhaps a friend you would like to take with you to the game? Why not make it a double (family) date! 😉
- Comment below stating what your favorite part of your kiddo’s Winter Break is (don’t let me fool you…even though I may repeat And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again! a dozen times or so, I secretly LOVE IT-ALL OF IT! )
Winner will be randomly selected Monday December 19th