Kids Activities in Ohio

Visit for Two or Four or a One-Year Family or Patron Membership at Taft Museum of Art (Up to 55% Off)

Taft Museum of Art

Central Business District

World-class museum features collection of fine art including great European masterpieces and stunning rotating exhibitions

$20 $10

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Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rental and Soda for Two, Four, or Six at Bowlero Lanes (Up to 50% Off)

Bowlero Lanes

Toledo

In addition to 32 bowling lanes, the alley has an arcade, pool tables, and a full-service lounge that recently received new flatscreen TVs

$20.58 $11

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$25 for Two Hours of Bowling and Pizza for Up to Six at Eastgate Lanes (Up to $75.25 Value)

Eastgate Lanes

Ellet

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

$75.25 $25

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Roller-Skating Outing for Two or Four at Skateworld of Kettering (Up to 66% Off)

Skateworld of Kettering

Kettering

Families glide across the rink to Radio Disney, Top 40 hits, or disco during themed skating sessions

$74 $25

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Canton Classic Car Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Canton Classic Car Museum

Canton

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

$15 $7.50

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six or Family Membership at Arms Family Museum of Local History (Up to 50% Off)

Arms Family Museum of Local History

the Arms Family Museum of Local History

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

$12 $6

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Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Family Membership at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park (Up to 50% Off)

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Hamilton

335-acre park and outdoor museum invites guests to wander among 64 sculptures tucked into gardens and meadows and alongside lakes

$16 $8

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Three Games of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two or Four at Mahall's 20 Lanes (Up to 46% Off)

Mahall's 20 Lanes

Lakewood

Restored bowling alley maintains vintage touches, such as manual scoring, alongside live music and two bars

$28 $16

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Punch Card for 10, 20, or 50 Games of Bowling at Legend Lanes (Up to 60% Off)

Legend Lanes

Cuyahoga Falls

Multiple people, such as families and bowling leagues, can use the game punch cards over multiple visits

$37.50 $17

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Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four, or Eight Weeks of Lessons at C.E. Orr Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

C.E. Orr Ice Arena

Euclid

High school regulation-sized rink hosts open skating sessions throughout the week as well as lessons for inexperienced skaters

$15 $7.50

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Holiday Museum Tour for Two, Four, or Six from the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society (Up to 65% Off)

Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society

Mansfield

Follow a tour guide through the rooms where “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed, or explore the 19th-century building at your own pace

$28 $11

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Two Games of Bowling with Shoes for Two, Four, or Six at Ernst Lanes (Up to 52% Off)

Ernst Lanes

Chardon

Bowling alley combines traditional fun with modern updates such as automatic scoring and bumpers

$30 $15

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Three Games of Bowling for Two or Two-Hour Lane Rental Package for Up to Six at Game of Garfield (Up to 76% Off)

Game of Fairfield

Fairfield

Multi-faceted facility hosts bowling parties with packages that include shoe rentals

$31 $12

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$16 for Two Rounds of 18-Hole Mini Golf at Ables Golf on Avery ($32 Value)

Ables Golf On Avery

South Dublin

Play two rounds with up to four friends or family members on a colorful, family-friendly mini golf course dotted with trees and shrubs

$32 $16

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Admission for Two, Four, Six, or Up to 20 to the National Packard Museum in Warren (Up to 54% Off)

National Packard Museum

Warren

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

$32 $15

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Tree Top Zipline Tour for Two or Four at Valley Zipline Tours (Up to 50% Off)

Valley Zipline Tours

Berne

A course speeds danglers through the air for more than 1 mi. along a series of ziplines, three of which stretch nearly 1,000 ft.

$160 $85

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$20 for an All-Day Game Pass for One to GameWorks ($45 Value)

GameWorks

Newport

Full day of unlimited access to more than 150 interactive games

$45 $20

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Bowling for Two or Six at Cloverleaf Lanes (Up to 63% Off). Three Options Available.

Cloverleaf Lanes

Independence

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

$27 $10

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Family-Fun-Center Pass and Concessions for One or Two at Rinky Dink Family Fun Center (Up to 50% Off)

Rinky Dink Family Fun Center

Medina

Unlimited Blacklight Pirates Vs. Aliens game, Inflatable Bouncer Maze, and playground visits fueled by chips, sodas, and hot dogs

$22 $11

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Laser Tag, Children's Play-Zone Admission, or Roller Skating at Acres of Fun & Wooster Skateland (47% Off)

Acres of Fun & Wooster Skateland

Wooster

Age-appropriate family fun includes laser tag and roller skating for all ages; a massive play zone entertains kids ages 3–11

$30 $16

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African Safari Wildlife Park Visit for One or Four (Up to 75% Off). Three Options Available.

African Safari Wildlife Park

Danbury

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

$84.95 $43

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Four or Eight 30- or 60-Minute Private Music Lessons, or Guitar Restringing at Sound City Music (Up to 64% Off)

Sound City Music

Troy

Students improve their musical skills under the tutelage of experienced instructors; guitar restringing gets instruments back in top shape

$176 $71

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Three or Six Half-Hour Private Guitar Lessons at James Flood Guitar Lessons (Up to 77% Off)

James Flood Guitar Lessons

Multiple Locations

Instructor with 24 years experience teaches students basic chords or more complex techniques in classical, acoustic, or popular styles

$75 $19

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Three Games of Bowling for Two or Six with Shoe Rentals and Option for Soda at Yorktown Lanes (Up to 75% Off)

Yorktown Lanes

Parma Heights

Expansive facility with 40 lanes, automated scoring, and a full-service bar

$31.50 $12

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$10 for $20 Worth of Music Lessons — Fusion Violin Studio

Fusion Violin Studio

Perrysburg

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

$20 $10

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$214 for $475 Groupon — Strike Zone Sports Training

Strike Zone Sports Training, Llc

Northwood

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

$475 $214

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Admission Pass for Two or Four or 12-Month Individual or Single-Household Membership to Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (60% Off)

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

Maysville

A trio of museums offers a miniature collection of homes, people, and artwork; a research library; and more than 4,000 artifacts

$20 $8

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$4 for $7 Worth of Batting Practice — Batter's Advantage

Batter's Advantage

Lebanon

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

$7 $4

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Two Go-Kart Races or Go-Kart Driving School with Rental Gear at Whiteland Raceway Park (Up to 50% Off)

Whiteland Raceway Park

Whiteland

Birel N 35-X karts whip riders around the track; the driving school offers basic training and track time

$24 $13

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$53 for $88 Worth of Music Lessons — Great Lakes School of Music

Great Lakes School Of Music

Mayfield Heights

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

$88 $53

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Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar or Ukulele Lessons at Songdog Music (Up to 51% Off)

Songdog Music

Berea

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

$50 $25

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Dalton Lee: Magic + Illusion at Frank Sarris Public Library or On-Location Birthday Magic Show (Up to 50% Off)

Dalton Lee: Magic + Illusion

Frank Sarris Public Library

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

$420 $220

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Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

South Columbus

Memorabilia and ephemera from the history of motorcycling, plus themed exhibits and programs

$20 $10

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Edison Birthplace Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Edison Birthplace Museum

Milan

Opened as a museum by his wife and daughter, Edison’s birthplace has been restored and refurnished to appear as it did in 1847

$14 $8

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Entertainment Center Package for Two or Four or Birthday Party at Putt-Putt Fun Center (Up to 50% Off)

Putt-Putt Fun Center

Noble

One round of mini golf, go-kart ride, and batting-cage rounds; birthday party packages for up to 10, including mini golf for each kid

$20 $12

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Five Visits for One or Two Kids Under or Over 36" at The Jump Palace (Up to 56% Off)

The Jump Palace

Streetsboro

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

$30 $15

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$39 for Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Lifetime Guitar Lessons ($80 Value)

Lifetime Guitar Lessons

Multiple Locations

Guitar instructor with more than four decades of experience teaches students of all ability levels

$80 $39

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Three or Six Flute or Piano Lessons at Price Music Studio (Up to 54% Off)

Price Music Studio

Vandalia

Students learn to play the flute or piano during private lessons

$70 $35

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Admission for Two or Four to Campus Martius Museum (Up to 46% Off)

Campus Martius Museum

Marietta

Three floors of exhibits focused on Northwest Territory and its first settlement, Marietta; guided tour of General Putnam’s house

$14 $8

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Visits to Indoor Playground and Arcade at SuperGames (Up to 54% Off). Three Options Available.

SuperGames

Worthington Village North

Kids play arcade games and leap on eight inflatables within an air-conditioned facility

$31 $15

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$39.99 for One Month of Parent-Child Classes at Gymboree Play & Music ($95 Value)

Gymboree Play & Music

Multiple Locations

Innovative play environment hosts development-based classes focused on creativity and physical activity

$95 $39.99

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Two Games of Bowling for Two or Four at Super Bowl Family Fun Centers (Up to 51% Off)

Super Bowl Family Fun Centers

Multiple Locations

As each member of your party rolls their ball, the automatic scoring system keeps track of points

$21.50 $11

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Zipline Adventure with Photos at Markin Farms Zipline Adventures (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Markin Farms Zipline Adventures

Liberty

Fast-paced zips weave through forests, over ponds, and past rivers, with a double-zip setup at the finish. Perfect gift for adrenaline fans!

$106 $55

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Six Playground Visits or a Two-Hour Birthday Party for Up to 15 Kids at Recreations Outlet (Up to 54% Off)

Recreations Outlet

Recreations Outlet

Playground-equipment show room allows little ones to unleash their energies on slides and swings and in playhouses

$48 $24.99

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Two Games of Bowling and Shoe Rentals for Two or Up to Six at J.D. Legends (Up to 60% Off)

J.D. Legends

Franklin

Friends and families topple pins at 24 lanes with electronic scoring surrounded by art-deco carpeting and citrus-hued decorations

$47 $19

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6 or 12 One-Hour Play Sessions with Discount on Food at Lattes and Lollipops (Up to 59% Off)

Lattes and Lollipops

Powell

Kids explore a supervised indoor play area while parents enjoy hot beverages and some quiet time

$60 $29

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Two Hours of Bowling for Up to Six People with Optional $10 Snack Voucher at Northwoods Lanes (Up to 63% Off)

Northwoods Lanes

Macedonia

Enjoy half a century of history at this vintage bowling alley, but featuring modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and a snack bar

$75 $32

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Bowling Package for Two or Four at Southern Lanes Sports Center (Up to 55% Off)

Southern Lanes Sports Center

Alexandria

Several games of bowling with shoe rental at an all-encompassing facility with sand volleyball courts, an arcade, and a covered outdoor bar

$55 $25

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to The Kelton House Museum & Garden (Up to 50% Off)

The Kelton House Museum & Garden

Downtown Columbus

Beautifully restored house and garden present a glimpse of Victorian life through the lens of a family that lived it

$12 $7

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Public Ice Skating and Skate Rental for Two or Four at Northland Ice Center (Up to 50% Off)

Northland Ice Center

Evendale

During public-skate hours, skaters of all ages slice across the same NHL-size rink where ECHL hockey team Cincinnati Cyclones practice

$16 $8

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Interactive Theater Experience for Two, Four, or Eight at Trapped Toledo (Up to 56% Off)

Trapped Toledo

Trapped Toledo

Interactive theater experiences lock 10 participants in a room to solve challenges such as finding a missing spy to foil a terrorist plot

$50 $25

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All-Day Bounce Pass for Two or Four Kids or Bounce Party for Ten Kids at Inflatable Insanity (Up to 50% Off)

Inflatable Insanity

Chapel Hill

Kids bounce, spring, and leap around colorful inflatables; parties include mini-golf

$10 $5

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One or Three Months of Private Music Lessons at Dayton and Northmont Music Lessons (Up to 62% Off)

Dayton and Northmont Music Lessons

Dayton

Students and instructors meet once a week for 30 minutes to learn instruments ranging from the piano and voice to the flute or single reeds

$100 $40

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Family Fun Saturday Visit for Two or Four or a Pizza Party for 12 Guests at Adventure Landings (Up to 50% Off)

Adventure Landings

Canton

Kids ages 5+ enjoy a full Saturday of inflatable playtime and rock-wall climbing; two-hour pizza party for 12 guests and a birthday child

$24 $12

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Paint-Your-Own Pottery for One, Two, or Four at Over the Moon Studio (Up to 57% Off)

Over the Moon Studio

Lakewood

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

$15 $6.50

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One- or Three-Month Auto-Storage Membership with Washing and Detailing at Imperial Auto Castle (58% Off)

Imperial Auto Castle

Cuyahoga Falls

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

$359 $150

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Soccer-Skills Session with Mark Mallon at The Soccer Institute (Up to 64% Off)

The Soccer Institute

Chardon Township Park

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

$100 $50

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Outing for One, Two, or Four at Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark (Up to 70% Off)

Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark

Perkins

Indoor, tropical-island themed waterpark with lazy rivers, vortex pools, a lagoon, a treehouse, and signature slides

$39.95 $15

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Four or Eight Weekly 30-Minute Guitar, Electric Bass, or Beginner Piano Lessons at Stylie Studio (Up to 55% Off)

Stylie Studio

Old Worthington

Seasoned performer and composer Matt Steidle teaches students the ins and outs of guitar, electric bass, or piano at weekly lessons

$72 $35

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A Private Music Lesson from Powell Academy of Music (44% Off)

Powell Academy Of Music

Powell

From the merchant: 30-minute music lesson with our highly qualified staff

$27 $15

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Bowling Night for Two or Four with Pizza at HP Bowling Center (Up to 58% Off)

HPL Bowling Center

North Linden

Folks bowl two games while enjoying pizza and soda

$39.25 $17

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One or Four 30-Minute Guitar, Bass, or Drum Lessons at Fairfield Music Academy (Up to 62% Off)

Fairfield Music Academy

Fairfield Music Academy

Instructors with nearly 10 years of experience offer private lessons for students of all ages and skill levels, from beginner to pro

$25 $9.50

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$35 for Membership Plus Simulator and Theatre Tickets to the Air Force Museum Foundation ($62 Value)

Air Force Museum Foundation

Dayton

Visits to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force are enhanced by Foundation-operated flight simulators, 3D movies, and more

$62 $35

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Ice-Skating Packages at The Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

The Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink

Chagrin Falls

Guests glide across smooth ice during public-skating sessions; lessons help beginners get comfortable on the ice

$24 $12

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One or Three 60-Minute Harp Workshops at The Schwartz School of Music (48% Off)

The Schwartz School of Music

Worthington

A talented harpist teaches students the basics of coaxing music from taut strings

$25 $13

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Four Fitness Classes for One or Two Kids at The Little Gym of Polaris (Up to 50% Off)

The Little Gym of Polaris

Polaris

Instructors lead children aged 4 months to 12 years in gymnastics, dance, and sports development

$69 $35

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Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati Outing for Two or Four Adults or Two-Alarm Membership (Up to 53% Off)

Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati

West End

Historical firehouse-turned-museum hosts array of 19th-century firefighting artifacts & exhibits on fire safety

$16 $8

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$45 for $80 Worth of Music Lessons — Falls Rock Shop

Falls Rock Shop

Cuyahoga Falls

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

$80 $45

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$35 for a Two-Hour Sunday Lane Rental for Five with Pizza and Drinks at Capri Lanes ($80 Total Value)

Capri Lanes

Salem Village

Two-hour Sunday rentals with pizza and drinks at one of 24 polished lanes with automated scoring systems

$80 $35

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American Sign Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

American Sign Museum

Camp Washington

Nearly 4,000 signs, photos, and books celebrate roadside Americana and neon art

$30 $15

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American Sign Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

American Sign Museum

Camp Washington

Nearly 4,000 signs, photos, and books celebrate roadside Americana and neon art

$30 $15

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Day Passes, Annual Pass, or Birthday Party Package at CoCo Key Water Resort (Up to 58% Off)

CoCo Key Water Resort

Cincinnati

Indoor water park maintained at 84 degrees with four 40-foot slides, an adventure river, water basketball and an arcade

$22.99 $15

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Day Passes, Annual Pass, or Birthday Party Package at CoCo Key Water Resort (Up to 58% Off)

CoCo Key Water Resort

Cincinnati

Indoor water park maintained at 84 degrees with four 40-foot slides, an adventure river, water basketball and an arcade

$22.99 $15

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Pins have been toppling at Sequoia Pro Bowl since 1963, but in 2014, the Columbus hot spot has added a new dimension to the bowling game. Its cutting-edge BES X scoring system transforms simple matches into highly interactive experiences filled with fun cartoons and arcade games. Linked to a 42-inch, flat-screen television installed at each lane, the system is capable of tracking statistics such as ball speed and converted splits for more serious competitors. However, casual visitors can use the system's photo capabilities to snap selfie shots that come to life as on-screen animations as they bowl. The BES X technology also has the capability to transform a match into a five-frame, arcade-style experience by loading one of the available games, including Monster Factory, Battle on the Lanes, and Bowling Hood. With its social media connections, the system even allows visitors to check in on Facebook and send text messages directly to the screens of friends at nearby lanes.

Refueling between frames is possible thanks to Sequoia's hearty menu of filling pub-style fare. Guests can also visit the 7-10 Club Sports Bar, packed with ping-pong, cornhole,and karaoke singers reciting the Bowling National Anthem. Or patrons can try their hand at ticketed arcade games that can be turned in for prizes. During the summer months, an outdoor sports bar and 5 sand volleyball courts provide a new arena for friendly competition.

5501 Sandalwood Blvd
Columbus,
OH
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Since 1983, families have spent their holidays around the television, watching A Christmas Story and joining in the triumphs and failures of 9-year-old Ralphie as he struggles to secure a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa's bag. Although the cult-classic film showed Ralphie living in Indiana, the house in which the movie took place rests in Cleveland?and is now a museum. When MSNBC interviewed lifelong fan and A Christmas Story House & Museum owner Brian Jones, they profiled the story of how he found the house on eBay and jumped at the chance to own it. Today, he?s turned it into a year-round place of pilgrimage for fans and the site of an occasionally-held convention for Ralphies.

Jones?s restoration has returned rooms to exactly how they were in the film, letting guests gaze at the tinsel-strewn tree with its star falling off and explore the bathroom where Ralphie?s mouth was washed out with soap?a time-tested method for cavity prevention. Visitors can even attempt to hide like little Randy in the cabinet under the sink. After seeing the backyard that still houses the original shed, where Ralphie defended his family against Black Bart, fans head across the street to the A Christmas Story House & Museum. Here, original props such as the toys from the Higbee?s department-store window, Randy?s snowsuit, and Miss Shields?s classroom chalkboard join other memorabilia and hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos. Before leaving, guests drop into the gift shop to pick up a leg lamp just like the one Ralphie's old man cherished so dearly.

3159 West 11th Street
Cleveland,
OH
US

Scallywag Tag's arena dazzles eyes with a black-lit, neon-tinged pirate ship and 18th-century Caribbean village, which provides a labyrinth of fluorescent walls for marauding swashbucklers. After being split into two competing crews, participants receive a vest, a phaser, and instructions to tally as many points as possible by tagging opponents, swarming the enemy's home base, or holding a referee hostage until he or she doctors the score. The score itself is broadcast on wide-screen LCD scoreboards, but those who are too busy taking out the adversary to look at them can take heart knowing that at the end of the game, the referees announce the winning team.

Outside the fast-paced laser-tag arena, Scallywag Tag encourages visitors to recharge with a drink or a slice of pizza from the snack bar. The arcade sections also distract patrons by featuring perennial classics such as air hockey as well as new favorites, including Time Crisis 3 and Find That W2 Form.

The West-side location additionally lures younger passersby with a pirate-themed jump house and a 35-foot-long slide in the family entertainment center. The West-side’s black-light miniature golf tests hand-eye coordination skills, leading guests through a gauntlet of 18 holes that similarly embrace the pirate theme.

5055 Glencrossing Way
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

2 Hippo Way
Toledo,
OH
US

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.

2912 Riverview Road
Akron,
OH
US

On October 5, 1905, years of invention and failure culminated into history as Wilbur Wright took to the sky in a craft that soared through the air for 24 miles. More than a century later, just a few miles from the field over which it first flew, the 1905 Wright Flyer III—now designated a National Historic Landmark—spreads its wings at Carillon Historical Park, inspiring visitors with its tale of innovation, persistence, and progress, and the aptly named "Wilbur Wright: A Life of Consequence" exhibit. Nearby, the park's Heritage Center features the year-round Carousel of Dayton Innovation, which contains 31 figures, a 38-foot hand-painted mural illustrating the turn of events in the Wright Brothers flying exhibits, and rides for $1.

As impressive as they are, the airplane and carousel are only a few of Carillon Historical Park’s myriad attractions. Named for the 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon, whose 57 bells have been pealing since 1942, the campus spreads across 65 acres. Just south of downtown, 30 historical buildings, including the 28,000 sq.ft. Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship, draw visitors into Dayton’s past and share in the park's devotion to history, heritage, and progress. Early settlement structures such as the Newcom Tavern—the oldest building still standing in Dayton—sit alongside other original buildings such as an 1815-era stone cottage. The park also includes replica buildings, such as the Deeds Barn and the Wright Cycle Shop, which recreate the birthplaces of the automobile self-starter and the airplane.

The park’s transportation theme continues with an 1835 B&O steam locomotive and an interactive 1/8 scale railroad available to ride on select days for an extra fee and whose train cars carry passengers more effectively than 1/8 scale feet would. Nearby, the first Chevy S-10 truck minted by GM’s Moraine Plant in 1988 mingles with a fleet of vintage and classic autos. After admiring their hulls, visitors can swing by Culp’s Café—named and modeled after the eatery where widow and mother of six Charlotte Gilbert Culp served pies in the '30s and '40s—and order burgers or soda-fountain creations off a '40s-style menu. Before leaving, guests can peruse Wright brothers paraphernalia and items from the park’s 1930s letterpress printing shop at the museum store or sign up for educational programming that teaches lost arts such as candle dipping and butter churning.

1000 Carillon Blvd
Dayton,
OH
US