PENNY PINCHING—FAMILY FUN ON A BUDGET

. May 31, 2019.
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Warmer weather guarantees a more active season. Everyone wants to be outside, on the go and having fun. While raising a family is quite and it may be hard to find extra room in the budget for summer fun, there are plenty of things to do in and around Toledo without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas for family activities high on fun but low on cost.

Spend a day down on the Farm

Kids of all ages will enjoy spending time at Rosenbloom’s Farm, a “quaint farm close to home.” Soak up the sun, stroll through the pasture, stop to smell the seasonal flowers in the garden, get up close with horses, llamas and donkeys, and even get creative in the craft room— all without venturing too far. Rosenbloom’s also offers a variety of summer camps for kids.

2738 Shetland, Toledo | 419-841-3320

Adventure Awaits!

You’ll find plenty to do at one of the many parks in the Wood County Park District this summer. Hit the pond for free paddle experience (with certified instructors) from 4-7:30pm on Mondays this summer at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Take the plunge and rappel down a cliff at Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve. From archery to fishing, family geocaching adventures, and hands-on learning programs offered at various parks, you’re sure to find something for everyone.

419-353-1897 | wcparks.org

Free Family Movie Nights

Back again is ProMedica’s Free Family Movie Nights, a summer-long outdoor movie series presented by Paramount Advantage. The events kicks off on Saturday, June 15 with Mary Poppins Returns. There will also be additional entertainment including interactive water features, face painting, food trucks and more. Seating is first come, first serve, so grab your blankets and get there early. Entertainment starts at 6pm and the movie begins at 7:30pm. For list of upcoming movies, see online.

Promenade Park, 400 Water Street, Toledo | promedica.org

Science in the Summer

Your family may love Imagination Station, but it might be hard to spend a full day exploring this awesome downtown Toledo museum.Plan to visit on on the third Thursday of the month (during the Art Loop) to enjoy extended hours (the science center will stay open until 8pm) reduced admission prices ($5 per person).

1 Discovery Way, Toledo
419-244-2674 | imagainationstationtoledo.org

Explore a Cave

Caves are cool – literally! About an hour drive from Toledo is Seneca Caverns in Bellevue. One of Ohio’s largest underground caverns, the attraction features natural stone steps and the Ole’ Mist’ry River, a crystal-clear underground stream. Tours depart every 30 minutes. Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted, so this activity is better suited for older children. ($18 adults 13-61; $9 children 5-12; children under 5 are free).

15248 E Township Rd 178, Bellevue, MI
419-483-6711 | senecacavernsohio.com