Cabin Fever – Beating the Winter Blues

. February 1, 2016.
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Wondering where to go and what to do? We’ve got ideas for how to keep kiddos entertained during the winter months. Turn the months of “blah” into months of “fun!”

Get Creative: The Toledo Art Museum’s Family Center

2445 Monroe St. 
419-255-8000 | www.toledomuseum.org

Offering free and fun themed activities for children ages 1-10pm, the family center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-3pm, Fridays from 3:30-8pm, and Sundays from noon-5pm.  Monthly Toddler Time Tours are also held for toddlers to experience docent-led gallery tours designed just for them (signup is required and a caregiver must attend).

 

Experience Nature: Windows on Wildlife 

Toledo-Area Metroparks
419-407-9701 | www.metroparkstoledo.com

Try to spot your favorite birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat from the comfort of the indoor viewing rooms. The Metropark Windows on Wildlife locations are Wildwood Preserve, Sidecut, Swan Creek Preserve, and Oak Openings Preserve. And while you are there, bundle up and walk the trails!

 

Speed On Over: Snook’s Dream Cars Museum

13920 County Home Rd., Bowling Green
419-353-8338 | www.snooksdreamcars.com

Kids of all ages are sure to love the recreated 1940s Texaco gas station with a showroom of automobile memorabilia and a working car collection presented within period scenes ranging from the 1930s to 1960s. Open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm and weekends              by appointment.

 

Open Your Mind: Imagination Station

1 Discovery Way
419-244-2674 | www.imaginationstationtoledo.org

Visit the six varied Learning Worlds at Toledo’s Science center, each celebrating a different area of science.  Little Kidspace for children five and under has a wet lab with water tables and toys, a tree-house with climbing tunnels, and daily interactive storytelling.  Lucas County kids age 12 and younger are free on Saturdays when accompanied by a paying adult. Closed Mondays.

 

Feel the Heat: Toledo Firefighters Museum

918 W. Sylvania Ave. 
419-478-3473 | www.toledofiremuseum.com

Located in the “Old Number 18” firehouse, this museum is sure to be a hit.  There are thousands of items on display, including large pieces of vintage equipment, and “Neptune,” Toledo’s first fire pumper. Kids can role play an actual fire/smoke situation and even slide down the fire pole in “Fireman Freddy’s Fire Station.” Open Saturdays from noon-4pm. Free

 

Take a Dip:  Wildwood Athletic Club’s Water Babies and Kids Swim Team

2865 N. Reynolds Rd. 
419-539-0235 | www.wildwoodathleticclub.com

Water babies, a course for babies six months- two years, is a perfect introduction to water in a heated indoor pool.  Kids swim team meets on Tuesdays for children who can freestyle one length of the pool, emphasizing stroke technique, fitness and leadership skills.  Both are available to nonmembers; contact the club for session information.

 

Relax and Unwind: It’s Yoga Classes for Kids and Toddlers

4324 W. Central Ave.
419-531-0006 | www.itsyogatoledo.com

Weekly toddler classes including introductory poses, creative stories, and interactive games are held Tuesdays at 10:30am (18 months- three years).  Kids ages 4-7 can come in on Wednesdays at 4pm to practice their poses and breathing techniques; a Rocket Kids class for ages 8-13 is held at 3:30pm on Fridays.

 

Get Ready to Tumble: Sunrise Gymnastics Academy

3640 N. Holland Sylvania Rd.
419-841-2902 | www.sunrisegymnastics.com

Nonmembers are able to bring in little ones (one year through Kindergarten) to burn off some steam during open play on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays at noon. Tumble Tots classes are offered for ages 1-3, along with multiple class options for older kids. Classes promote early development, enhance coordination, encourage flexibility and build strength.

 

Support Local Artisans: Toledo Farmer’s Market

525 Market St.
419-255-6765 | www.toledofarmersmarket.com

Come down to the heated and enclosed location across from the Libbey Glass Outlet every Saturday from 9am-1pm.  The whole family will enjoy choosing among a multitude of goods from local farmers, bakers, and artisans.  Over forty vendors are present each week, promoting their locally grown produce, eggs, pastries, bread, jewelry, candles, cider, coffee, salsa and more.

 

Sing and Dance: Musically Me Early Childhood Music Classes

Locations in Holland and Sylvania
419-250-3541 | www.musicallyme.com

Ms. Cheryl makes exploring music so much fun! Developmentally appropriate classes for ages from birth to 7 involve parents and help children explore rhythm and music through singing, dancing, and instrument exploration. Visit the website for class times and locations.