Kids Activities in Ohio

"Masters of Illusion" at The Agora Theater on October 21 at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 49% Off)

"Masters of Illusion"

The Agora Theater

$23.43 $12

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Performers from CW's Masters of Illusion share mind-boggling sets of magic

Full-Day Visit for One, Two, or Four at CoCo Key Water Resort (Up to 59% Off) 

CoCo Key Water Resort

Sharonville

$30 $15

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

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

Bowlero Lanes

Toledo

$20.58 $11

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

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$16 for Two Laser-Tag Games and One Laser-Maze Round for Two at Laser Web Dayton ($34 Value)

Laser Web Dayton

Centerville

$34 $16

Laser beams target opponents in the laser tag arena, and darting players in the laser maze

Mini Golf and Bumper Cars for Two or Four at Sluggers & Putters (Up to 50% Off)

Sluggers & Putters

Canal Fulton

$22 $12

Play on the old-fashioned 18-hole mini-golf course before crashing into friends in bumper cars

Unlimited Mini-Golf for 2, 4, or 6, or Two-Hour Party for 30 at Parto's Golf Learning Center (Up to 54% Off)

Parto's Golf Learning Center

Coitsville

$14 $7

Unlimited rounds of mini-golf on a nine-hole course plus a snack or drink

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

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Hamilton

$16 $8

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

Admission for Two or Four to the Maze of Insanity at Horror Acres Haunted House (45% Off)

Horror Acres Haunted House

Green

$20 $11

Brave souls wind their way through stalks of corn, encountering unspeakable horrors as they frantically search for the exit

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

$28 $16

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

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

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

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

$15 $7.50

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

Soccer-Skills Session with Mark Mallon at The Soccer Institute (Up to 57% Off)

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

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

$31 $12

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

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

Ables Golf On Avery

South Dublin

$32 $16

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

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

National Packard Museum

Warren

$32 $15

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

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

Valley Zipline Tours

Berne

$160 $85

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.

Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at La Ru Lanes (Up to 52% Off)

La Ru Lanes

Highland Heights

$20 $11

Bowlers slip into rental shoes before taking to the lanes for two full games, where automatic scorers make for fun, smooth games

Four Hours of Open-Play Rope Courses for One, Two, or Four at Summit Vision (Up to 57% Off)

Summit Vision

Blendon

$40 $19

Highly trained instructors supervise guests as they clamber across a rope course during an open-play session

One Round of Mini Golf for Two or Four with Batting Cage Tokens at Putt N Play Family Fun Center (Up to 48% Off)

Putt N Play Family Fun Center

Grove City

$14.50 $8

The 18-hole miniature-golf course challenges players to navigate shrunken boulders and take aim at the bottom of the cup.

Kids and Adults Six-Week Swim Programs at YMCA (Up to 58% Off). Three Options Available.

YMCA

Davis Family YMCA

$54 $25

Kids and adults learn basic water safety while getting exercise and building their endurance

Bowling Outing for Two or Up to Six with Shoe Rental at Buckeye Lanes (Up to 62% Off)

Buckeye Lanes

North Olmsted

$29.40 $15

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

Two Groupons, Each Good for One Inflatable Open-Play Pass for One or Two Kids at Run Jump-n-Play (Up to 53% Off)

Run Jump-n-Play

Deerfield

$10 $5.50

Kids can climb and bounce on extraterrestrial obstacle courses, kraken-wrapped pirate ships, and ball-equipped stadiums

One-Day Play Pass, Teen Dance Night Entry, Summer Pass, or VIP Party at The Jump Yard (Up to 50% Off)

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

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

Cloverleaf Lanes

Independence

$27 $10

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

African Safari Wildlife Park Visit for One or Four (Up to 64% Off). Three Options Available.

African Safari Wildlife Park

Danbury

$21.95 $8

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

Four or Eight 30- or 60-Minute Private Music Lessons, or Guitar Restringing at Sound City Music (Up to 56% Off)

Sound City Music

Troy

$176 $79

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

$20 for Two Season Passes to The Maize at Little Darby Creek ($40 Value)

The Maize at Little Darby Creek

The Maize at Little Darby Creek

$40 $20

Seven weekends of unlimited access to a 9-acre corn maze, dodgeball, miniature train, outdoor laser tag, and other family activities

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

$31.50 $12

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

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

Fusion Violin Studio

Perrysburg

$20 $10

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

Four or Six Corn-Maze Trips and Hayrides at Fleitz Pumpkin Farm (Up to 50% Off)

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm

Oregon

$12 $6

5-acre corn maze peppered with fall facts; tractor hayrides travel through cornfields and pumpkin patches

Admission Pass for Two or Four or 12-Month Individual or Single-Household Membership to Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (50% Off)

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

Maysville

$20 $10

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

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

Batter's Advantage

Lebanon

$7 $4

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

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

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.

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

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

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

$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

Bowling for Six with or Without Pizza and Soda at Rule 3 (55% Off)

Rule 3

Pickerington

$66 $30

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Fourteen bowling lanes sit at the center of an entertainment complex with arcade games, a full kitchen, and outdoor activities

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

Edison Birthplace Museum

Milan

$14 $8

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

Visits for Two or Four to Sauder Village in Archbold (Up to 50% Off)

Sauder Village

Archbold

$32 $16

Costumed reenactors, hands-on exhibits, & master craftspeople guide guests of all ages through travails & daily life of 19th-century Ohio

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

The Jump Palace

Streetsboro

$30 $15

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

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

Price Music Studio

Vandalia

$70 $35

Students learn to play the flute or piano during private lessons

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

Stylie Studio

Old Worthington

$72 $35

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

$32 for One Month of Parent-Child Classes at Gymboree Play & Music ($95 Value)

Gymboree Play & Music

Multiple Locations

$95 $32

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

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

$21.50 $11

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

One Hour of Bowling on One Lane or Three or Six Private Lanes at Whirlyball (Up to 52% Off)

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

Bowling Outing for Two or Six at Wickliffe Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Wickliffe Lanes

Wickliffe

$24 $12

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

Two or Four All-Day Passes for Corn Maze and Hay Rides at Blooms and Berries Farm Market (Up to 48% Off)

Blooms and Berries Farm Market

Loveland

$20 $11

Guests meander through seven-acre corn maze, take 30-minute hayride, and pet the goats at this family-friendly farm

$14 for an Orchard Day for Four at Hillcrest Orchard ($28 Value)

Hillcrest Orchards

Amherst

$28 $14

Jonagold, Honeycrisp, and Stayman Winesap apples in a 90-acre orchard with a straw tunnel, hayride, apple-crate maze, and corn maze

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

$47 $19

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

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

Southern Lanes Sports Center

Alexandria

$55 $25

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

All-Day Water-Park Passes for Two, Four, or Six at Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark (Up to 65% Off)

Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark

Columbus, OH

$79.90 $35

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A 40-ft. tower with four dizzying slides, a 40-foot play structure with a water cannon, and an adult-only hot tub inside an 84-degree park.

Two Open Jump Passes or a 5 or 10 Visit Open Jump Punchcard at Pump It Up (Up to 50% Off)

Pump It Up

Middleburg Heights

$80 $40

Inflatable playground of bounce houses, tall slides, and obstacle courses; open jump sessions held throughout the week

BYOB Jewelry Class for Two or Four Adults, Kids' Birthday Party, or Craft Class at Craftologies (Up to 56% Off)

Craftologies

Cincinnati

$90 $45

Adults create jewelry and go home with four personalized pieces; party for up to 18 kids with games and two crafts of your choice

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

Trapped Toledo

Trapped Toledo

$50 $25

Interactive theater experiences lock 10 participants in a room to solve thrilling challenges such as disarming a bomb

$35 for Bowling for Up to Six with Shoe Rental and Pizza at Stonehedge Family Fun Center (Up to $76 Value)

Stonehedge Family Fun Center

North Hill

$76 $35

Share games of bowling among friends fueled by a large one-topping pizza

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

Skateworld of Kettering

Kettering

$74 $25

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

Canton Classic Car Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 60% Off)

Canton Classic Car Museum

Canton

$15 $6

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

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

$12 $6

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

Paint-Your-Own Pottery for One, Two, or Four at Over the Moon Studio (Up to 50% Off)

Over the Moon Studio

Lakewood

$15 $7.50

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

Ice Skating with Rentals and Hot Chocolate for Two or Four at The Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink (Half Off)

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

$13 for Four Rounds of Mini Golf and Six Batting-Cage Tokens at Westerville Mini Golf ($29 Value)

Westerville Mini Golf

Westerville

$29 $13

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Guests steer orbs across two 18-hole mini-golf courses lined by waterfalls & flowers before smashing pitches in one of eight batting cages

Outing for One, Two, or Four at Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark (Up to 63% Off)

Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark

Perkins

$39.95 $19

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

36 Holes of Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Cincinnati Golf Center (Up to 55% Off)

Cincinnati Golf Center

Deerfield

$20 $10

Waterfalls, running streams, rocky outcroppings, and tricky hole layouts all add to the fun of playing two 18-hole mini-golf courses

$214 for $475 Groupon — Strike Zone Sports Training

Strike Zone Sports Training, Llc

Northwood

$475 $214

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

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

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

South Columbus

$20 $10

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

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

Putt-Putt Fun Center

Noble

$20 $12

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

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

The Schwartz School of Music

Worthington

$25 $13

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

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

The Kelton House Museum & Garden

Downtown Columbus

$12 $7

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

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

$20 $10

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

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

Eastgate Lanes

Ellet

$75.25 $25

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

$19 for One Year of Online Guitar Lessons from Center Stage Guitar Academy ($108 Value)

Center Stage Guitar Academy

Online Deal

$108 $19

Bryan Billhimer leads lessons organized by skill level, covering technique and song learning in high-quality videos shot from many angles

One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar or Bass Lessons from Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off)

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

$134.55 $18

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

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

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

$15 for a Two-Hour Bowling Package for Up to Five at Penny Jo’s Eastern Lanes ($39.95 Value)

Penny Jo's Eastern Lanes

Northwood

$39.95 $15

Up to five bowlers occupy a lane for two hours while noshing on pizza and sipping a pitcher of soda

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

HPL Bowling Center

North Linden

$39.25 $17

Folks bowl two games while enjoying pizza and soda

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

Northland Ice Center

Evendale

$16 $8

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

$5 for a One-Month Online Guitar-Lesson Membership from JamPlay, LLC ($19.95 Value)

JamPlay, LLC

Online Deal

$19.95 $5

Burgeoning rock stars learn to play guitar in the comfort of their own home by using JamPlay, LLC's library of online videos

One or Four 30-Minute Guitar, Bass, or Drum Lessons at Fairfield Music Academy (Up to 52% Off)

Fairfield Music Academy

Fairfield Music Academy

$25 $12

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

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

$16 $8

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

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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,
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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 W 11th St
Cleveland,
OH
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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

After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.

But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.

5639 Benore Road
Toledo,
Ohio
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
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