Freezing temperatures often force us to stay indoors. But if you’ve played all the board games you own, watched too many movies and just need to get out of the house, here are
some ideas to help cure your cabin fever.
110 Cabelas Blvd. E,
I know, I know— shopping with little ones can definitely be a chore, but if you decide to take that shopping trip to Cabela’s, the children will surely be entertained by the lifelike taxidermy exhibits throughout the store and a walk-through aquarium of local fish. And it doesn’t always have to be a shopping trip— it can just be a free outing! The Dundee location also offers a restaurant and a fudge shop for a quick bite to eat.
1 Discovery Way, Toledo
Prices: Adults $12/Seniors $11/Kids (3-10) $10/Kids (2 and under) Free
Imagination Station brings science fun to the Toledo area. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics become easy to understand with hundreds of interactive exhibits. Special programs and classes are offered throughout the year. February weekends will feature Light Stitch, a workshop where kids can sew LED lights into something wearable, allowing kids’ creativity to shine while teaching the workings of circuits.
Toledo Lucas County
325 Michigan St., Toledo
Toledo Lucas County Public Library is an incredible, and free, way to spend a day and, with branches across the area, it is easy to find a location near you. A visit to the library is a great way to bring the joy of reading to kids of all ages. And there are a number of fun events that occur each week at all branches of the library. For a look at upcoming events, check out toledolibrary.org/events.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St.
If you haven’t been to the Family Center at the Toledo Museum of Art, this winter is the perfect time to check out this gem. The center offers a variety of free activities for children ages 10 and under and their families. (Children must be accompanied by an adult). This month you can check out programs like Kings and Queens!, Beads and Baubles, Glass Inspired Art and more. Check the schedule and find the center’s hours online.
Peace Love & Pottery Studio
6750 W Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
Prices depend on the pottery piece selected for the artist in the family, Peace Love & Pottery is the perfect way to spend a cold winter day. The studio offers a paint your own pottery space where visitors can choose a piece of pottery from a large selection. While the designing and painting all takes place during the visit, the glaze and fire requires pottery to be left at the studio for one week. Walk-in visitors are welcome, as well as parties.
FUN & PLAY
1600 Albon Rd. Holland, OH
Price: 1 hour – $15/1.5 hours –
$19/2 hours – $22
Jump into fun at Sky Zone! This trampoline park offers a great time for the whole family. Attractions include Freestyle Jump rooms which are lined with dozens of trampolines, a basketball trampoline area called Skyslam, and Foam Zone, a safe area for trying out trampoline tricks. Ultimate Dodgeball is also available where kids and adults can dodge, dip, dive, duck and jump. Sky Zone is the place to be for a day of fun and a great workout!
1246 Conant St. Maumee, OH
A great way to spend some family fun is at Timbers Bowling. In operation since 1939, this bowling alley now has state-of-the-art technology. In addition to 20 lanes for bowling, the center also has a bar and grill, pool table and arcade room. On Friday and Saturday nights the center offers glow bowling. This is the perfect place for a party or for a night out!
3620 Centennial Rd. Sylvania, OH
It can be a bit chilly to go to the park and play on the playground during the winter, but luckily Sylvania Playland offers an indoor playground and bounce house. Sylvania Playland is perfect for helping kids expend some energy with five inflatables, four swing sets and a toddler area. Playland also offers glow-in-the-dark mini golf and an arcade for older children. And of course all that playing would leave anyone hungry, so make sure to visit the concession stand for some Toft’s ice cream.
100 Whitetail Dr. Dundee, MI
Price: 1 hour – $15/1.5 hours –
$19/2 hours – $22
Typically driving north means even colder weather, but hidden away in Dundee, Michigan is a little tropical paradise. Splash Universe is an indoor water park with over 100,000 gallons of water fun. The year-round resort has something for everyone. Water slides and the Water Adventure Tree House are great for thrill seekers. For those who want to enjoy some relaxation, the River Raison lazy river is the perfect option. An adult-only hot tub is also great for parents. Splash Universe also has a great snack shack, arcade and gift shop.
130 New Towne Square Dr., Toledo
Price: Vary depending on games
Playzone Toledo is an indoor attraction that provides certain family fun with a little bit of everything for kids of all ages. Attractions include bumper cars, laser tag, an arcade and a virtual reality room, a computer-generated simulation that kids can interact with by using special electronic equipment. For the youngsters, a Jungle Children Area has slides, a ball pit and more!