Let’s plan a “Staycation” in Northeast Ohio!
Maybe a vacation isn’t in the cards this summer. Or maybe you’re looking for something to do with the kids this summer while they’re off school. I’m so excited to share this resource with you! Here are a bunch of activities to do with your family this summer. Many of them are free, and many more are frugal. For the ones that are a little more expensive, I tried to add a few tips about how to save.
No matter what you do, planning your summer fun close to home will save on gas and lodging. You can also pack your own food so you don’t pay big bucks at an attraction or restaurant. A good mixture of educational, active, and just plain fun activities will fight off the summer blahs.
Did I miss one of your favorite activities? Please leave a comment for us, and I’ll update the list! I hope you find this to be a useful planning resource as we head into summer. Let us know your favorites!
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: Non-holiday Mondays are FREE for residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. Regular admission is $12.25 for ages 12+ and $8.25 for ages 3-11.
Greater Cleveland Aquarium: Located in the historic First Energy Powerhouse, this aquarium is home to many native Ohio species, as well as sea creatures from around the world. Admission: $19.95, Children $13.95, Seniors $17.75. Military discount saves $2 for adults & children.
Cleveland Botanical Garden: FREE Daily Activities in the Hershey Children’s Garden with paid admission to the Garden. Regular admission for Adults is $9.50, Children (ages 3-12) is $4 and FREE for under 3.
Tuscora Park: Family Fun at a Great Price. All Rides 75¢ each, Book of 10 Ride Tickets $7, Miniature Golf $1.50 per person, Batting Cages $1 for 20 balls, All-Day Pool Pass $4 Adult and $2 Student. FREE Bocce Courts, Tennis Courts, Community Walking Track, Baseball Field and Evening Summer Showcase of Musical Entertainment.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: The Bike Aboard! program offers $2 train rides back to your starting point to cyclists along the Towpath Trail–just flag down the train. All day train rides through the Cuyhahoga Valley National Park with the option to hop off and explore Akron or Peninsula: Regular price $12 for all ages. Watch for special deals from trains departing from the Canton Lincoln Highway station in June, July and August.
Beeck Creek Gardens: (Near Alliance) FREE Admission to Visitor Center, Amazing Garden with educational displays and model train, and hiking trails. Admission to Butterfly House $2 per person (ages 3+). Butterfly Garden opens June 24, other exhibits open year-round. One of our family’s favorite places to go!
Canton Palace Theatre Summer Kids’ Movies: Mondays at 1:00 starting June 17, $1 admission per person. G and PG-rated family films.
Italian American Festival: Stark County Fairgrounds, Canton, June 28-30. $5 per person (Over 62 and Under 3 – FREE). Admission includes ALL entertainment, amusement rides and parking.
Massilon Recreation Center June 5 – August 29 – $3 Day Passes on Saturdays and Sundays. Aquatics area features include water slide, children’s water play are, lap pool and lazy river.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festivities: FREE activities include the Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks (July 19-21 at KSU Stark/Stark State Campuses), Concert and Fireworks Downtown July 27, Community Parade July 28, Ribs Burnoff July 31-August 1, First Play 2013 August 1, and the Grand Parade August 3.
Pro Football Hall of Fame: New Expansion and Renovation opens June 1. Admission $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, $16 ages 6-12, FREE for ages 5 & under
Geauga Lake Wildwater Kingdom: Look for coupons, or check on discount tickets at AAA. Admission $26.40 (online) over 48″, $16.24 under 48″ or over age 62, 2 & under FREE. Groups of 15+, $21.50 over 48″, $15.99 under 48″ or over age 62.
Akron Fossils & Science Center: See fossils and other natural wonders, along with a fun kids’ play area. Admission includes a guided tour of the museum, one zip line ride, and one round of mini golf. Adults $9, Children $7, 2 & under FREE, Max. family admission $35. Pastors and Teachers get in FREE every Friday
William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum: Climb the steps of the monument for FREE, enjoy science and history exhibits and a planetarium show inside the museum at a reasonable price. Look for B1G1 Free coupons in the Entertainment book, Admission $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children 3-18.
National First Ladies’ Library: Take a walk through history with artifacts telling the stories of our country’s first ladies. Guided tours are available Tuesdays-Saturdays. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children under 18.
Other Great Ideas for Free and Frugal Summer Fun:
- Local Libraries: Check out summer reading programs for kids. Tons of activities, incentives for reading, special story times, and more. One of my absolute favorite FREE summer fun activities!
- Local Park Systems: The Cleveland Metroparks, Summit Metroparks, Stark Parks, The Wilderness Center, and many other smaller nature areas offer hiking trails, educational programs, special kids’ activities, and more, and most activities are FREE. There are so many great places in Northeast Ohio to enjoy the great outdoors, and have fun learning something while you’re at it!
- Local Farms: Sara and I both love picking fruits and veggies at local Pick-Your-Own farms. You can usually get a great bargain on produce, and it couldn’t be more fresh. Kids love seeing where their food comes from, and they’re more likely to eat something they’ve helped pick. Always a fun family outing!
- Daily Deal Sites: Keep an eye on Groupon, Living Social, Canton Rep Daily Deals, Eversave, and Amazon Local to get discount vouchers for local activities.
- Feed the kids for FREE: Don’t forget to check out our Kids Eat FREE post for a handy schedule of when restaurants will feed your kiddos for no charge!
What are your best “Stay-cation” ideas for frugal or free family fun in Northeast Ohio? We’d love to hear about them and share them with the rest of the Sister and Mister community, so let us know in the comments or on Facebook!
If you’re not a local Sister or Mister, don’t forget to check out our Nationwide Staycation List, with similar resources from bloggers around the country!
Check out even more Northeast Ohio Family Fun in the links at Hall of Fame Moms!