Things To Do With Kids in Toledo Over Winter Break
The start of winter break is a celebratory moment for kids all across the country, as they anticipate weeks of sleeping in, eating cookies, and celebrating the magic of the holiday season. However, this can seem like a less-than-magical time for parents who have no plans and restless kids.
Avoid thumb-twiddling this year by packing your calendar with these fun and memorable activities in and around Toledo!
Go Ice Skating
Ice skating is a wonderful wintertime activity for all ages, especially during the holidays! The rinks are generally decorated with greenery and lights for the perfect evening family adventure. This winter break, take the kids to…
If you have an active bunch, consider a thrilling, snow-filled activity like sledding to enjoy the great outdoors this winter break! There are several Toledo Metroparks and other parks in the area perfect for sledding if we are graced with a dusting of snow this winter break:
Our winter guide for Toledo features tons of outdoor activities, such as snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, sledding and more!
See the Lights at the Toledo Zoo
The Toledo Zoo’s infamous Lights Before Christmas display is active through New Year’s Eve. It has been nominated for “Best Zoo Lights” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest, and was ranked second best in the country last year! Keep in mind that the zoo will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but you may see the lights any other day during winter break Sunday through Thursday from 3–8 p.m., or Friday and Saturday from 3–9 p.m.
Attend a Holiday Event
There are tons of fun family-friendly events happening throughout the holiday season in Toledo. Just to name a few…
The Toledo Jazz Orchestra is celebrating the season with exhilarating jazz at their upbeat concert at the Valentine Theater. Tap your toes to the “Swingin’ Nutcracker” music and holiday music from Stan Kenton, Rob McConnell, and more. There’s not much time left to get your tickets for this amazing performance!
December 18, 9:30 a.m. | The Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg
Sign the family up for one of the area’s most festive holiday 5Ks — Run Santa Run at Levis Commons in Perrysburg. On race day, participants will receive a vintage Santa shirt, Santa hat, hot chocolate and cookies — and for the adults, a Santa-themed pint glass and post-race beer. This fun family event will help your little ones release all of their energy at the start of winter break! Register online while there’s still time.
Noon Year’s Eve at the Toledo Zoo is one of the best ways to celebrate the new year with little ones who won’t have to stay up until midnight. At the stroke of noon, a ball will rise as you toast to 2017 with juice while singing “Auld Lang Syne.” Enjoy various activities, such as a ride down the Ice Slide in the amphitheatre, an ice carving demonstration, and awesome crafts in the African Lodge.
Sometimes one of the best places to be during the chilly days of winter is inside. But after a few days, your living room might prove to be quite uneventful for the kids! Consider a trip to one of these indoor places perfect for curious minds and busy bodies.
The Imagination Station is dedicated to making science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fun and accessible. Your kids may complain about having to do schoolwork during winter break, but they will forget that they are learning as soon as they step into this interactive emporium with lots of surprises in store. The Imagination Station is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. They are closed on Mondays, but open on Monday, December 26 and January 2. Keep in mind that the museum is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
This world-class art museum appeals to adult art admirers and creative kids alike, as they offer special guided tours for families on Sundays, in addition to non-stop fun at their Family Center throughout the week. The TMA Family Center offers themed activities that open up the world of art to kids ages 1–10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays from 3:30 to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.
Sylvania Playland is an indoor family fun center, which provides the perfect space for your kids to release their pent-up energy. They will have a blast on the five inflatables, four swing sets, toddler area, glow-in-the-dark golf course, arcade area, and much more! Sylvania Playland is open seven days a week for open play, on Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Keep in mind that they will be closed on Christmas Day.
What is winter break without a visit with Santa? While there are plenty of places Santa frequents in the Toledo area, one of the best is at Levis Commons in Perrysburg. Check out Santa’s schedule to plan your trip accordingly, then peruse the shops at Levis Commons to finish up your last-minute holiday shopping!
Likewise, the Christmas season isn’t quite complete without watching “The Nutcracker,” either on film or in person. See the Toledo Ballet’s 76th annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the Stranahan Theater — either on Saturday, December 17 at 2 or 7 p.m., or Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. This is the longest-running annual Nutcracker performance in the entire country!
See a Movie
Movie theaters are often buzzing with excitement this time of year, as families flock to see the biggest cinematic release of the season. There are several popular movies suitable for families that will be playing throughout winter break!
Moana — Disney Pixar’s Moana was a major box office success during its release on Thanksgiving weekend, as it took the top spot for the five-day holiday with $81.1 million. If your family has not yet seen this charming and fun animated film set in the South Pacific, now’s your chance to see it on the big screen!
Believe — Believe was released on December 2, and will play throughout the holiday season. It follows the heartwarming story of a small-town business owner who tries to save the local Christmas pageant against all odds. It’s rated PG and has a captivating Christmas theme, which makes it perfect for the whole family.
SING — SING is an animated musical starring some of the most famous voices in Hollywood, including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, and more! You’ll hear more than 85 classic songs from famous artists in this fun and lively movie that comes out on December 21 — just in time for Christmas.
Or keep things simple with a holiday movie on Netflix!
One of the most beneficial ways to spend your time, energy and resources during the holidays is by helping a local family in need. Consider volunteering your time as a family at a local organization, putting together a meal for someone, or dropping off some of your kids’ clothing at our clothing drive!
Every year, Danberry Realtors hosts a clothing drive collecting kids’ coats, hats and mittens. Starting November 1, these items can be dropped off at any Danberry location. Stay up-to-date about our clothing drive by liking us on Facebook!
The Harlem Globetrotters have been wowing audiences from the court for 91 years. Children and adults alike will love this basketball-themed performance at the Huntington Center on December 28! You’ll find ticket prices ranging from $27.50 to $125 and a variety of seating options in this enormous arena.
The excitement of the season does not have to die down after the presents are opened on Christmas Day. Go on a magical horse-drawn carriage ride as a family at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center from December 26 through December 31! You’ll ride through the grounds of Spiegel Grove in a winter scene straight from the past. The cost is just $3 per rider!
Happy Winter Break!
What activities do you enjoy as a family each year? We’d love to know your traditions!