100 Awesome Things to do this Summer in Southwest Ohio

Hey there, summer – nice to see ya! June means the start of summer fun – and this year we are more ready than ever to get out and enjoy all that Southwest Ohio has to explore.

Today we’re sharing our epic list of 100 Awesome Things to do this Summer in Southwest Ohio we guarantee you won’t hear one “I’m bored!” from your kids this summer!

Please note all FREE activities are designated with an asterisk**.

All summer long…

1. Visit Cincinnati Museum Center’s  Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery.
2. Find Mr. Redlegs around Cincy!**
3Kids explore free at the Red’s Museum and Hall of Fame
4. Book a summer staycation at Great Wolf Lodge.
5. Let the kids loose at an indoor playground.
6. Go for a whirl around Carol Ann’s Carousel (or any of the carousels on our Carousel Bucket List!)
7. Visit a new-to-you playground.**
8. Enroll in your local library’s Summer Reading Program.**
9. Go to a Reds Family Day game on a Sunday.
10. Play in the mud at the Summit Park Nature PlayScape.**
11. Refresh your kids’ wardrobes (and sell their outgrown clothes!) at Once Upon a Child.**
12. Go underground and explore the Ohio Caverns.
13. Stand in a tornado vortex at the CMC’s Science Interactives Gallery.
14. Peruse the American Sign Museum.** (Free with the Library Discovery Pass!)
15. Touch a truck!**
16. All aboard at the Entertrainment Junction.
17. Go medieval at the Loveland Castle’s Castle Days.
18. Say hi to the new penguins at the Zoo.
19. Road trip to Indy to visit the World’s Largest Children’s Museum.
20. Order an at-home glass making kit from Brazee Studios.
21. Indulge your little locomotive lovers with a ride on LM&M Railroad.
22. Go creek stomping!**
23. Get your adrenaline pumping at Kings Island!
24. Sail down the Mighty Ohio on one of BB Riverboats’s kid-friendly cruises.
25. Splurge on the French Quarter Bonanza at Aglamesis Bros.
26. Explore a new Great Park on a Free Entry Day!**
27. Fly through the skies of Warren County at Ozone Zipline Adventures.
28. Cheer on Cincinnati’s very own soccer team at an FC Cincinnati game!
29. Visit the Midwest’s own Jurassic Park – Dinosaur World in Cave City, KY!
30. Check out the Cincinnati Observatory – tours are kid-friendly!
31. Wonder at the sculptures at Pyramid Hill.
32. Go waterpark wild at Soundwaves – a new resort in Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
33. Sign your kids up for a week (or two!) of summer camp.
34. Grow something fun with a Kids Garden Kit from Blooms & Berries!
35. See what the Cincinnati Play Library is all about.**
36. Travel back in time and explore the kids village at Jane’s Saddlebag.
37. Check out Scallywag Laser Tag Tuesday-Thursday for unbelievable specials.
38. Try glow bowling at Main Event Entertainment.
39. Visit the Goebel Goats in Covington.**
40. Win something silly at a summer festival.
41. See a $2 kids movie at Regal Theatres.
42. Try a water sport at Winton Woods.
43. Ride a classic ride at Coney Island.
44. Watch airplanes at the CVG Airport Playground.**
45. Wander around Jungle Jim’s.**
46. Bowl for free!**
47. Enroll your kids in swim lessons!
48. Cool off at a local splash park!**
49. Walk the Ohio River Trail.**
50. Go for a bike ride on the Loveland Bike Trail.**
51. Explore under the sea at Newport Aquarium.
52. Sign up for a kids’ program at Parky’s Farm.
53. Fill up the car and take a one-tank trip!
54. Visit one of these only-in-Ohio landmarks.**
55. Get up close with raptors at one of Raptor Inc.’s free Open House events!**
56. Play a round of mini golf with the fam.
57. Go for an underground adventure at CMC’s Caves.
58. Climb high at Mosiac Climbing!
59. Create something cool at the Main Library MakerSpace.**
60. Put the “fun” in virtual Sunday Funday with the Taft Museum.**
61. Visit a Cincy attraction for FREE with the Library Discovery Pass.**
62. Indulge your little LEGO lovers at LEGOland Discovery Center in Columbus.
63. Check out the Rosenthal Education Center on a rainy day.**
64. Order a farm-fresh scoop of ice cream at Young’s Dairy.
65. Try all 9 creamy whip (or is it whippy dip?) favorites on our Creamy Whip Bucket List.
66. Go on a fun factory tour.**
67. Have a day on the farm at Gorman Heritage Farm.
68. Make a one-of-a-kind toy at Happen’s Toy Lab.
69. Let your littles play too at one of these Top Tot Lots.**
70. Take an art class at Baker Hunt.
71. Hone your kids’ ninja skills at USA Ninja Challenge.
72. Take the kids to Smale Family Days (June 2, July 7, August 4).**
73. Enjoy Shakespeare in the Park — for free! (2022 season runs June-August)**
74. Check out a FREE family-friendly outdoor movie!**
75. Tour your local fire house.**
76. Check out what’s happening at COSI.

77. Go dino crazy at these must-visit attractions for Cincy kids with dinosaur fever.

77. Jam out to free concerts all summer long.

Only in June…

78. Check out the KidSPACE June events at the CMC (June 4, 11, 18, 25, and 30)
79. Try new food, listen to live music, and play in bouncy houses at the Annual Italian Fest with their free admission (June 9-12)!
80. See world-class theatre at Broadway in Cincinnati’s Hairspray(June 28-July 3)
81. Explore Deerfield Towne Center – FREE fun happens June 8, 15, 22 & 29!**
82. Marvel at beautiful blooms and butterflies from the Nile at Krohn Conservatory (through June 19)
83. Find your zen at the free Kids Yoga Series (Saturdays June 4-July 9)
84. Check out free story times offered at at participating Cincy parks through June 15. 
85. Go berry picking at Blooms and Berries. 

Only in July…

86. See hot air balloons light up Coney Island’s 20th anniversary LaRosa’s Balloon Glow (July 3)
87. Celebrate the 4th of July with your family at a local festival.**
88. Commemorate National Ice Cream Month with a double dip of your favorite local ice cream.
89. Check out Families Create!: Playful Puppets! – and let your little ones’ creativity shine! (July 13)
90. Get into the Zoo for $1 for Macy’s Kids, Cultures & Crafts Festival (July 17)**
91. Enjoy a free tour of the CAM with Family ARTventures (Sundays July 3-31)
92. Venture to Columbus for the Ohio State Fair (July 27-Aug. 7)

Only in August…

93. Go to Family Day at Stricker’s Grove {first Sunday in August}

94. Shop Tax Free for back-to-school supplies during Ohio’s Tax Free Weekend. (Aug. 5-7)
95. Play games, watch movies, or make crafts at Pyramid Hill’s Family Fun on the Hill nights. ( June 24, July 17, July 22, Aug 12, Sept 16). Free with park admission.
96. Try great seafood and enjoy free admission to the Great Inland Seafood Festival! (Aug 22-14)
97. Enjoy a round of tennis at the Western & Southern Open. (Aug. 13-21)
98. Come see why Goetta is so popular at the Goettafest with family games, fireworks, and tons of creative food. Free admission. (July 28-31 & Aug 4-7)
99. Peruse the Kids Market at The City Flea {Aug. 20th}

Only in September…

100. End the summer with free firework show at the annual WEBN Firework show at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove

Let’s make it the most spectacular summer ever, Cincinnati Parents!

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