What to Do in Akron During the Heart of Winter

Akron doesn't have to be boring in the middle of winter. Whether you want to stay warm indoors or brave the weather, there are many ways to stay active and enjoy family time in Akron this January and February.
  • 01 of 09

    Ride Sleds at the Summit County Metro Parks

    Goodyear Heights Metro Park
    Goodyear Heights Metro Park

    To some, the best part of Ohio's winters is sled riding. Akron is fortunate to have many great sledding hills within its metro parks. One of the most popular is at the Goodyear Heights Metro Park where you can find hundreds of sledders flying down the large hills. Amenities include heated restrooms, lighted hill, fire pit, and plenty of parking. Other parks with sledding hills include Firestone Metro Park, Furnace Run Metro Park, Munroe Falls Metro Park, Sand Run Metro Park, and Cascade Valley Metro Park.

  • 02 of 09

    Ice-Skate at Lock 3

    Lock 3
    Lock 3

    Experience the thrill of ice skating in downtown Akron at Lock 3. Admission is $4 with a rental or $2 with your own skates. Hours start at 11 a.m. daily through February 19, 2018. Check the park's schedule for special skating times for preschoolers, to book at private party, or attend various special events.

    Lock 3 Park
    200 South Main St.
    Akron, OH
    330 375-2871

  • 03 of 09

    Attend Kinderealm and Movies at Seiberling Nature Realm

    Seiberling Nature Realm
    Seiberling Nature Realm

    Kinderealm is a special program that runs several times each month for children ages 3-5. This November, children learn about wild turkeys, in December about animals' adaptations to survive, and in January about different animals' tails. A naturalist teaches children on a fun, age appropriate level.

    F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
    1828 Smith Road
    Akron, OH 44313
    330 865-8065 or 330 865-8060

  • 04 of 09
    View of Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Ohio
    Getty Images/Kryssia Campos

    Have fun in the snow at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are several programs for kids in the winter. December 2, 2017 is the Man in the Moon program where Junior Rangers can hear stories about the moon, go for a hike, and search for December's Long Night Moon. On December 9, 2017, Junior Rangers can learn about the survival skills of the winter residents of the park. January 13, 2018 is a guided snowshoe hike through the forest.

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  • 05 of 09
    Weathervane Playhouse
    Weathervane Playhouse

    The Weathervane Playhouse offers many acting and musical theater classes for kids from February 24 to May 5, 2018. Toddlers learn theatrical fundamentals by using their imaginations during craft time, dramatic play, and storytelling activities. Acting classes are available for ages 5-8, 8-11, 11-14, and 13-18 with each class increasing work on theatrical fundamentals and processes, while enhancing their skills. The musical theater programs are for ages 5-8 and 9-13; this program focuses on acting, singing, and choreographed movement.

    Weathervane Playhouse
    1301 Weathervane Lane
    Akron, OH
    330 836-2626

  • 06 of 09

    Join the Local Community Center

    It doesn't matter where you live in Akron, there is a community center nearby with a variety of activities for your kids and family to enjoy. Many activities are free or are very inexpensive. Just a few of the activities offered are basketball, tiny tot programs, soccer clinic, martial arts, ceramics classes, Chinese martial arts, art classes, dance, drama and theater, billiards, kids craft time, story time, kids cooking classes, and movies.

  • 07 of 09
    Medina Ice Festival
    Medina Ice Festival

    All ages delight in the spectacular ice carving sculptures at the Medina Square Ice Festival held in February. Amateur and professionals participate in this competition, with many live demonstrations. This free event takes place in the middle of Medina's historic public square. You will want to allow time to visit the many unique shops and restaurants on the square.

  • 08 of 09

    Join an Art Class at the Akron Art Museum

    Akron Art Museum
    Akron Art Museum

    The Akron Art Museum offers enriching programs for kids and families. 2018's classes are yet to be released.

    Akron Art Museum
    One South High St.
    Akron, OH
    330 376-9185

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  • 09 of 09
    Cuyahoga Valley National Park Railroad
    Getty Images/Douglas Sacha

    When the snow blankets the hills of the Cuyahoga Valley, it is a sight to behold. Take a train ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad during the winter months. You'll enjoy the comforts of a warm train while enjoying the beauty of a winter wonderland. The Scenic Limited package offers an affordable package of 1-3/4 hours which is just the perfect amount of time for kids. The train departs from Rockside Station in Valley View. Call 330 657-2000 for reservations and information.