FREE September Activities for Toledo Families

Looking for things to do in the 419 without breaking the bank? We put together a list of completely free things to enjoy this month!

THURSDAY, September 7

Hardy Herptiles at Friendship Park

Learn about the Hardy Herptiles (reptiles and amphibians) in our area with Nature’s Nursery ambassador animals in this free, open to the public event. Register online. 

FRIDAY, September 8

Art Loop: Dancin’ in the Streets

Multicultural dance groups around Toledo, interactive art and more at this Art Loop that kicks of the Momentum Festival. 

SATURDAY, September 9

Full STEAM Ahead 

In honor of Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s 50th anniversary, two of Toledo’s premier museums are offering FREE admission and water-based, green learning activities.

TMA Block Party

Featuring art-making activities, live performances, and more to celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop. The show will feature special guest DJ Spinderella, Grammy award-winning DJ, producer, rapper and writer.

Positively Portable Preschool

An imaginative, playful, engaging, learning, dancing, singing, moving, grooving – but not overwhelming – kind of time. Led by Teacher Denice, an amazing Early Childhood Teacher. All abilities are welcome. Click the dates below for details:

September 9

September 30

SUNDAY, September 10

Welcoming Week Picnic & Party

Welcome Toledo-Lucas County, Women of Toledo and Human Relations Commission Toledo will be hosting a picnic celebrating the many cultures and welcoming spirit of Toledo. Performances, activities, poetry, food and more.

MONDAY, September 11

Musically Me

Join your child in dancing, singing, clapping, and listening to music! Children and their caregivers can benefit from whole-body music activities. A caregiver is required to participate in this activity with babies and toddlers.

THURSDAY, September 14

The Ribbon Skate Party Series

The final skate party of the inaugural summer of The Ribbon. Rental skates are available for an additional fee.


SATURDAY, September 16

Glass City GLOW-tacular

Light up the night with glow skating, rock climbing, mountain biking, paddling and more at this family-friendly event. Metroparks outdoor skills experts will be on hand to guide you as you discover your next outdoor passion – regardless of ability.


SUNDAY, September 17

Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities Family Fun Day

Enjoy family fun at The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Activities include a kickball tournament, DJ, community art project, food trucks, sensory activities, and character meet and greets with Laurel’s Characters & Co.

MONDAY, September 18


Old-Fashioned Games with Heritage Sylvania

What did kids do before video games and cell phones? Heritage Sylvania will show us old fashioned games including hoop rolling, Games of Graces, and how to make a take home corn husk figure.

TUESDAY, September 19

Build-a-Bin with Toledo GROWs

Using the scientific method discover what worms eat, see and do all day long. Learn why worms are so important to Earth, humans, and gardening and how you can start your own worm composting system. Registration required.

SATURDAY, September 23


Family Fun Day

Experience a fun-filled afternoon with the whole family at this inclusive event. Bounce houses, bubbles, music, face painting, tree climbing, art activities, story time, snacks, a fire truck, and more will be at The Ability Center’s campus.



Theatre Puppet Workshop with Children’s Theatre Workshop

A great workshop for creative kids who love crafts and performance. Click the locations below for more information:

Reynold’s Corner


Mott Branch 

Point Place



StarLab with Challenger Learning Center

Prepare for an amazing journey among the stars. Inside the portable planetarium, kids can learn about the day and night sky, celestial navigation, constellations, moon phases and more. Click the following locations for more information:




Main Library




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