The cold, gray days of winter can quickly lead to boredom. Thankfully, there’s plenty for you and yours to do around T-town to beat the blues and keep cabin fever at bay.
Experiment with Hands-On Fun: Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way | 419-244-2674 | imaginationstationtoledo.org
Kids of all ages can explore the wonderful, and sometimes wacky, world of science at the Imagination Station. This isn’t your average museum— instead of boring exhibits, the hands-on science center encourages running, jumping and playing. Discover the fun of science daily by exploring any of the exhibits, or pick a day to visit to enjoy one of the many special events. During February, look forward to National Engineering Week (February 20-26) or the Paper Tower Challenge by building a newspaper structure that holds up a baseball (February 25-26). Check out the full list of events and exhibits online.
Burn Some Energy: Fort Imagination at Woodlands Park
429 E Boundary St, Perrysburg | 419-872-8020 | visitperrysburg.com
Fort Imagination is a great family fun destination with a huge assortment of playground equipment, including a large fenced-in playground for children under five. Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean our kids should stay inside. Bundle ‘em up and go play in the great outdoors!
Free Fun for the Family: Family Center at Toledo
Musuem of Art
2445 Monroe St., Toledo | 419-225-8000
Drop in for free themed activities that enliven the world of art for kids up to age 10. The
Family Center is in the education wing near the Plough entrance. Tuesdays & Thursdays
10am-3pm, Fridays 3:30-8pm, weekends noon-5pm.
Adventure Awaits: BG Bounce LLC
1234 N Main St, Bowling Green | 419-494-9327
With a giant indoor sand box, toddler room, art room, science center, party rooms, nerf wars, paintball arena, dodge ball, arcade game rooms, and food, fun is in high supply at BG Bounce. The one of a kind 65,000 square foot palace of fun is the place to go for learning, fun and competition. An amazing experience awaits, so what are you waiting for?
Embrace the Arctic Chill:
The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
2700 Broadway St., Toledo | 419-385-4040
One of the world’s most complete zoos is right here in our back yard. Don’t let the cold weather keep you away; the zoo remains open daily until 5pm. While many of the zoo’s animals go indoors or transition to an enclosed facility, camels, polar bears, wolves, tigers, seals and red pandas all love cold temperatures. These arctic and cold-climate animals are thriving in winter, so go check them out! You can always check in with the reptiles or the aquarium to warm up.
Become a Woodworking
Master: Board and Brush
6725 Central Ave N, Toledo | 419-245-8516
Board and Brush in Sylvania is a DIY wooden sign workshop where you’ll use raw materials
to make your own decorative piece of art. You’ll use woodworking tools (drills, hammers,
mallets, nails, sand paper, paint, and oil based stains) to create your masterpiece, but don’t
worry- beginners are welcome. The studio will guide you along and teach you everything you need to know. Workshops last 3 hours and are better suited for older children and tweens.
Chill at the Stacks: The Toledo
Lucas County Public Library
3900 King Rd., Toledo | 419-259-5380
With a special children’s area, the new King Road branch of the public library is a perfect spot to bring wee ones. Free, weekly programs include Babytime (0-18 months), Toddler Storytime (18 months-3 years), and Family Storytime (Ages 2-5). For children (ages 2-5) who have difficulty sitting through the other story times due to sensory integration
challenges, Sensory Storytime incorporates music, movement, and play! Little learners (ages 2-5) is a program promoting reading, counting, sorting skills, and fine motor development. Or, check out Library Playdate and meet some new friends. Older kids (grades 9-12) can check out programs like the Young Filmmakers Club, a chance to explore different kinds of film making. Yoga classes are available on Saturday mornings. Check out the plethora of
fun and free programs available on the library’s website. Registration is required.