Spring Break Staycation: A 2021 Guide for Close-to-Home Fun

Looking for things to do with your children during your spring break staycation? We’ve put together some ideas for short road trips, Toledo attractions, and options for stay-at-home fun that should give you plenty to do during your break. 

Hit the Road

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN
260-427-6800
kidszoo.org
Considered one of the top ten zoos in the country, Fort Wayne’s Children’s Zoo makes for a jam-packed educational experience for a two-hour day trip. The whole family will love the African Journey, Australian Adventure, and Indonesian Rainforest exhibits, in addition to the canoe and zipline excursions. There’s a little something for every age group!

The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI
313-982-6001
thehenryford.org
From the enlightening factory tour to the expansive Greenfield Village that takes you back to a simpler time filled with American ingenuity, The Henry Ford is worth the one-hour drive. Both you and your children will delight in the interactive historical exhibits, which vary in scope from STEM-related themes to lessons on the civil rights movement. 

Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI
248-541-5717
detroitzoo.org
Though many of the attractions at the Detroit Zoo are on hold during the pandemic, you can still explore their 125-acres using Zoo Treks, the interactive mobile app available to all visitors. Your family will be fascinated by exhibits like the Butterfly Garden, Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness, and the Arctic Ring of Life, just to name a few. Make sure you and the kiddos over five years old bring a mask.

Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2, Archbold
1-800-590-9755
saudervillage.org
Since its founding decades ago, Sauder Village has expanded to create villages with time periods spanning hundreds of years, ending with a 1920s experience that will please history lovers, along with anyone who enjoys sweet treats and comfort food. The exhibits, from Native Newcomers to an authentic turn-of-the century soda shop and theater, provide an exciting take on local history.

Mazza Museum
1000 N. Main St., Findlay
419-434-5521
mazzamuseum.org
If you want to share some imaginative artwork and instill in your children a love of reading, head out to the Mazza Museum on the campus of the University of Findlay. The Mazza is one of the world’s most celebrated collections of original artwork by children’s book illustrators, with more than 300 pictures on display at any given time, as well as new exhibits and events featuring authors.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN
317-334-4000
childrensmuseum.org
For nearly a century the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has thrilled and educated kids from around the country with incredible, immersive exhibits. From ancient life to outer space, modern science to the power of pop culture, the Museum prides itself on inspiring children with the power of learning. SUE, one of the world’s most famous T-Rex skeletons, is currently on display for spring and summer. Now open daily.

Virtual Fun

Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way
419-244-2674
imaginationstationtoledo.org
If you are looking for something for the kids to do virtually, Imagination Station offers excellent pandemic-safe options. Your family can benefit from all the programming you’ve come to expect —Girl Power and Just Tinkering for example— all from the safety of your home. It’s a great way to keep those little minds at work while also having a fun time.

Closer to Home

Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St.
419-255-8000
toledomuseum.org
Whether you opt for a self-guided tour of the TMA’s well-curated collections or you take your children for an educational class, a visit to the Museum is the perfect addition to your staycation here in Toledo. The Family Center’s Art Club is an especially nice way to engage in creativity with your children, and it’s free!

Copper Moon Studio
8007 Airport Hwy., Holland
419-867-0683
coppermoonstudio.com
For children who love artistic pursuits, Copper Moon Studio’s classes are the ideal pastime while you’re staying close to home. They offer fused glass classes that are appropriate from ages four to adult, resulting in beautiful pieces you can put on display to remember this bonding experience with the kids. Art-kits-to-go are also available upon request.

National Museum of the Great Lakes
1701 Front St.
419-214-5000
nmgl.org
Instill in your children just how important the Great Lakes are to our economy and history with a trip to this comprehensive museum. Their goal is to “educate and entertain,” with appeal for all maritime enthusiasts in your family.