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.
Uhrichsville Water Park: City-run water park in the town of Uhrichsville featuring two 2-story water slides, a heated pool, and a zero-depth entry kids’ play area. $6 for ages 3-17, $9 for over 17, $5 for seniors, FREE for ages 2 and under. Punch cards available with 13 passes for the price of 10.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festivities: FREE activities include the Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks (July 18-20 at KSU Stark/Stark State Campuses), Concert and Fireworks Downtown July 26, Community Parade July 27, Ribs Burnoff July 30-August 1, First Play 2014 July 31, and the Grand Parade August 2.
Pro Football Hall of Fame: New Expansion and Renovation opens June 1. Admission $23 for adults, $19 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 $25.99 (online) over 48?, $15.99 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!
- National Parks and Monuments: Let the kids earn a badge in the FREE Junior Ranger Program at most national parks, monuments, or historical sites. Learn more about visiting National Parks with Kids HERE.
- 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!