By Emily Remaklus, Elizabeth Inman and Shannon Merryman
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 on a cold winter day.
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.
110 Cabelas Blvd. E, Dundee. 734-529-4700.
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.
1 Discovery Way, Toledo. 419-244-2674.
Prices: Adults $15/Seniors $14/Kids (3-12) $13/Kids (2 and under) Free
$2 discount on all ticket prices for Lucas County residents! All Lucas County kids get in FREE on Saturdays.
Toledo Lucas County Public Library
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 their event calendar!
325 Michigan St., Toledo. 419-259-5200.
Arts and crafts
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 Beads and Baubles, Glass Inspired Art and more. Check the schedule and find the center’s hours online.
2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.
Price: Free! Registration required.
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.
6750 W Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. 419-517-4414.
Fun and play
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!
1600 Albon Rd. Holland.419-491-1194.
Price: 1 hour – Kids 7+ $17/ 3-6 $13/ 2 and under FREE
1.5 hours – Kids 7+ $25/ 3-6 $19/ 2 and under FREE
2 hours – Kids 7+ $32/ 3-6 $24/ 2 and under FREE
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!
1246 Conant St. Maumee. 419-893-7631.
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.
3620 Centennial Rd. Sylvania. 419-517-9094.
Price: 1 hour for kids 1-3 $8/ Kids 6-12 $11
Unlimited price: Kids 1-3 $11/ 6-12 $15
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!
130 New Towne Square Dr., Toledo. 419-540-0000.
Price: Vary depending on games
Copper Moon Studio offers a full gallery of stained glass art for viewing and purchase! They also offer personalized designs for homes, weddings and memorials. Kids can tag along and participate in the Lil’ Chips classes for ages four and up. They will get the chance to make and take home their own stained glass artwork!
8007 Airport Hwy, Holland. 419-867-0683.
CTW offers day camps for young performers of all ages! Kids age 5-16 can find a camp suited for them and spend the day with improvisational theater, storytelling, and a fun group environment. CTW also has sing along movie nights for the whole family. Coco will be showing on February 13 and Into the Woods will be showing on March 13. Find out more about their upcoming summer season online!
2417 Collingwood Blvd. 419-244-5061.
Price: Varies by program