Kids Activities in Downtown Akron

58% Off Auto Storage at Imperial Auto Castle

Imperial Auto Castle

Cuyahoga Falls

$359 $150

The climate-controlled garage houses vehicles; techs detail cars, wash them monthly, and ply them with discounted maintenance and repairs

44% Off Music Lessons

Falls Rock Shop

Cuyahoga Falls

$80 $45

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 67% Off Bowling and Pizza at Eastgate Lanes

Eastgate Lanes

Ellet

$75.25 $25

Groups bowl for two hours and share pizza at storied alley with full bar and dance floor

Up to 78% Off Two Hours of Bowling

The Fast Lane Bowling and Party Center

Magic City Plaza

$57 $15

Groups of up to 10 can play as many games as they desire with two hours of bowling with included shoe rental

Up to 49% Off Cavaliers Basketball Camp

The National Basketball Academy

Multiple Locations

$150 $79

Kids get motivational, expert basketball instruction, learning drills and honing skills, and a ticket to a Cavs' home game at camp's end

Military Aviation Preservation Society Air Museum – 50% Off

Military Aviation Preservation Society Air Museum

Green

$16 $8

(25)

Nonprofit museum educates visitors with aviation artifacts, World War II memorabilia, and collection of military aircraft

50% Off Play Sessions at Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Hartville

$24 $12

Kids careen down a giant 20-foot slide, soar inside bounce houses, and tumble around obstacle courses during open-play sessions

Up to 56% Off at The Jump Palace

The Jump Palace

Streetsboro

$30 $15

Inflatable bounce houses, chalkboard rooms, and arcade games comprise The Jump Palace's indoor playground for kids

50% Off Fun-Center Visit

Amazone Family Entertainment Center

Medina

$15 $7.50

(15)

Trees, leaves, and slides fill jungle-themed playground, and black lights illuminate players within laser-tag arena

Up to 56% Off Swimming Passes at Peak Performance Center

Peak Performance Center

Broadview Heights

$25 $15

Keep cool this summer splashing around in the facility's five-lane pool

Canton Classic Car Museum – Up to 50% Off Visit

Canton Classic Car Museum

Canton

$15 $7.50

Inside decade-themed rooms, vintage treasures from Canton’s yesteryear complement old-school BMWs, Studebakers, and Cadillacs

Up to 50% Off Youth Activities at The Jump Yard

The Jump Yard

North Royalton

$14 $7

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Toddlers through teens let loose at this play area with bounce houses, games, and teen dances as well as wi-fi and TVs for parents

Up to 52% Off Bowling

Whirlyball

Bedford Heights

$50 $25

Groups compete on lanes outfitted with optional bumpers, cosmic bowling, and automatic scoring; 3- and 6-lane options are private

Up to 63% Off Bowling at Cloverleaf Lanes

Cloverleaf Lanes

Independence

$27 $10

Pairs enjoy three games of bowling, while groups of six bowl for two hours with the option for food

Up to 58% Off Children's Art Classes or Camp

Imagination Studio

Warrensville Heights

$40 $17

Children learn to express themselves through movement and art during weekly 45-minute classes or five days of creative camp

Up to 50% Off Carriage Ride for Two or Four

Ladybug Ranch LLC

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Pristine white carriage is pulled by Ribbon, an ivory-colored steed with a silver mane

Half Off Ice Skating

The Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink

Auburn

$24 $12

Steaming cups of hot chocolate provide warm refreshment after guests glide across smooth ice during public-skating sessions

Up to 51% Off Guitar or Ukulele Lessons

Songdog Music

Berea

$50 $25

Experienced instructors teach techniques and skills based around the kinds of music students want to play and enjoy listening to

40% Off Music Lessons

Great Lakes School Of Music

Mayfield Heights

$88 $53

Instructors with university degrees teach beginner or advanced students the art of singing and playing an instrument.

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Flannery's Pub

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Up to 50% Off Paint-Your-Own Pottery

Over the Moon Studio

Lakewood

$15 $7.50

Guests customize pieces such as jewelry boxes, decorative figures, or dishes

Up to 62% Off Bowling

Buckeye Lanes

North Olmsted

$29.40 $15

Bumpers & lightweight balls equip pintsize bowlers at alley with late-night Rockin’ Bowl & eight billiard tables

Up to 55% Off Bowling in Wickliffe

Wickliffe Lanes

Wickliffe

$24 $12

Award-winning alley entertains sphere-hurlers with 40 lanes, billiards, two bars & HDTV

Up to 57% Off at The Soccer Institute

The Soccer Institute

Chardon Township Park

$100 $55

Work with coach Mark Mallon–a former Yale and U. of California-Berkeley soccer coach–during a private skills session or 1-week soccer camp

National Packard Museum––Up to 54% Off Admission

National Packard Museum

Warren

$32 $15

(23)

The Packard Company's classic vehicles, catalogues, and photographs let visitors relive the company's heydey

Up to 50% Off Farms and Winery Tour

Erie Shores Farm Tour

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

Network of four farms entertains visitors with hayrides, corn mazes, facilities tours, complimentary food, and a raffle drawing for an iPad

Up to 91% Off Online Guitar or Bass Lessons 

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

$134.55 $18

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

Up to 50% Off at Arms Family Museum of Local History

Arms Family Museum of Local History

the Arms Family Museum of Local History

$12 $6

This historical home-turned-museum documents the history of the Mahoning Valley through various galleries and exhibits

50% Off Family Fun-Park Visit

Adventure Zone

Geneva-on-the-Lake

$78 $39

(10)

Friends and family enjoy attractions from bumper boats to go-karts and even a rock wall during a day of wholesome fun

Ohio Dreams – 40% Off Action Sports Summer Camp

Ohio Dreams

Butler

$950 $569

Kids 7–17 learn tricks and techniques from expert instructors during one-week, overnight scooter, skateboard, or BMX camps

Up to 63% Off Water-Park Visits

Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark

Perkins

$39.95 $19

(422)

Three waterslides twist and turn in indoor water park, ferrying guests at up to 45 m.p.h.; lazy river drifts along for a relaxing ride

Up to 54% Off at Sim's Bowling Lanes

Sim's Bowling Lanes

Beaver Falls

$23.50 $12

This all-ages bowling alley boasts 40 lanes, a full bar, and frequent visits from live bands and local Djs

50% Off Mini-Golf and Other Games at Stop N Sock

Stop N Sock

Daugherty

$20 $10

The golf park's family-friendly activities include mini-golf on an 18-hole course, pitch and putt, and swing practice on a driving range

61% Off One-Night Cabin Stay

Camp Sandusky

Sandusky

$75 $29

Campers savor the great outdoors and an included pancake breakfast from an Amish-built cabin for four

Up to 64% Off Safari-Park Visit for One or Four

African Safari Wildlife Park

Danbury

$21.95 $8

(327)

Visitors in cars can offer food to freely roaming African species such as bison, elk, zebra, giraffes, and camels

Up to 49% Off Go-Karts, Arcade, and Bowling

Adventure Bay

Put In Bay

$54 $30

Head to the arcade to play video and computer games, test your hand at skee ball, and enjoy competitive fun at the go-kart track

50% Off a Football Specialty Clinic with Football

Sports International Football Camps

Robert Morris University

$199.97 $99

Kids receive intensive position-specific training at a specialty clinic run by hand-selected football coaches

Fun Fore All – Up to 39% Off Two-Hour Pass

Fun Fore All

Cranberry

$22.95 $14

Attractions range from mini golf, bumper boats, and go-karts to many, many arcade games

Dalton Lee – Up to 50% Off Children's Magic

Dalton Lee: Magic + Illusion

Frank Sarris Public Library

$46 $23

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Parents and children alike will be amazed by sleight-of-hand and illusions at the library or their own home

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The Akron Art Museum's collection showcases art after 1850, allowing visitors to breathe freely and without fear of catching the plague from Medieval shrouds. Works by Ohio-affiliated artists such as Frank Duveneck are joined by renowned pieces by Andy Warhol, El Anatsui, and Doris Salcedo, as well as traveling exhibitions. The upcoming exhibit Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955 to the Present features 175 pictures by photographers including Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, and Annie Leibovitz.

1 S High St
Akron,
OH
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Commissioned by local industrialist John Henry Hower and designed by renowned Akron architect Jacob Snyder, the Hower House fills its 28 rooms with mementos from a storied past. The National Historic Landmark—built in 1871—is well preserved, from the 2.5-acre lawn to the mansard roof. Eleven months out of the year, the Victorian mansion hosts tours and programs, wherein visitors can examine treasures from the Howers' world travels.

60 Fir Hl
Akron,
OH
US

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is an accredited world conservation zoo situated on 50 acres and home to more than 700 animals. Explore this multi-faceted menagerie by visiting the zoo’s six unique zones. In Legends of the Wild, kids and adults alike can come face-to-snout with over 20 animal species, including snow leopards and jaguars, or opt for a staring contest with wide-eyed lemurs. The Akron Zoo houses Humboldt penguins as part of the Species Survival Plan in a cooperative effort with other zoos. African lions and red pandas roam through Tiger Valley and Asian Trail, while thick-billed parrots and burrowing owls coexist in the Wild Prairie. The ten aquariums located in Komodo Kingdom's Rhythm of the Blue allow you to marvel at the subaqueous adventures of seven species of jellyfish, who spend their time mining gold jelly from a jelly mine and hanging out with a much taller, pale-skinned jelly princess.

500 Edgewood Ave
Akron,
OH
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In 1880, the final fasteners and sleepers on the Valley Railway were tightened into place. It wouldn’t be long before a billowing cloud of steam announced the arrival of the first train running through the Cuyahoga Valley, a territory that had served as a passageway for foot traffic for thousands of years. Over the next century, the railway contributed to the growth of commerce between Akron and Cleveland, changing ownership multiple times, and transforming from a freight train, into a passenger train, back to a freight train, and finally into a UFO.

Now celebrating its 41st year of passenger-rail service, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad transports sightseers over the historic rails through 33,000 acres of land owned by the National Park Service. With a year-round roster of trips, including wine- and beer-tasting excursions, passengers can set forth on morning, afternoon, and evening journeys that sweep past meadowlands, pinery, and rivers and give glimpses of native wildlife, such as fox, deer, bobcat mascots, and owls.

27 Ridge Street
Akron,
OH
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The Perkins Stone Mansion was originally commissioned by Colonel Simon Perkins, the son of Akron's founder. Completed in 1837, but updated most recently in 2006, the sandstone building remains one of Ohio's most noteworthy pieces of Greek Revival architecture. It features numerous architectural highlights, including a two-story portico, elliptical frieze windows, and intricate interior woodwork. The historical site serves as a testament to Perkins' family history and the history of Akron and Summit County.

550 Copley Rd
Akron,
OH
US

Dustin Oliver has served as the choir and drama director at Akron North High School and the fine-arts director at Celebration Church, so he knows a thing or two about putting on a performance. Add to that nearly 15 years practicing the guitar, nearly 20 years honing his piano and voice skills, and at least a few minutes humming the theme to M.A.S.H., and it becomes obvious that this artist is a multi-talented whiz. An accomplished musician and composer with a Bachelor’s degree in music from Southeastern University, Dustin is earning his Master’s in theatre from the University of Akron, making him a veritable double threat and a valuable resource for aspiring musicians and actors. When not adding to his own skill set, he leads private and group music lessons in guitar, piano, bass, and voice for students ages 5 and older—as well as private and group acting lessions—following well-established curricula.

688 Dan Street
Akron,
OH
US