11 things to do while your kids are off school on Presidents Day

February brings another opportunity for winter fun — and a long weekend smack in the middle of the month! Presidents Day is Feb. 19, and whether you have to work all day or are just plain out of ideas, we’ve got you covered. 

Here are 11 things to do while your kids are off school on Presidents Day:

Presidents Day Maple Camp

Feb 19 from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM at California Woods Nature Preserve
Watch experts make maple syrup from tree sap with drills, buckets, fire, and careful supervision at California Woods. There will be games, exploring in the woods, and making cool things. In honor of Abe Lincoln, there will also be stories and jokes. Dress for the weather—maple magic only happens this time of year when it’s often cold and muddy!

Presidents Day Skate

1-5 pm on Feb. 19 at Beechmont Rollarena
Open special hours on President’s Day — 1-5 pm — with $7 admission. Skate rental extra.

Taft Museum of Art

Open Feb. 19 from 10 am – 5 pm
Head over to the Taft Museum of Art for FREE admission!

Magic Land Cafe Open Play

Various times on Feb. 19
Play the day away at Magic Land Play Cafe. For just $12, get three hours of fun for your little ones aged 0-7.

Newport Aquarium

Open Feb. 19 from 9 am to 7 pm
If you’re just over the cold, enjoy a day indoors at Newport Aquarium! Right now, you can participate in an Underwater Scavenger Hunt that will be sure to keep the little ones busy for hours!

Penguin Parade

Feb. 19 at 11 am at the Cincinnati Zoo
Haven’t seen the cutest parade in America yet? This is the perfect time to do so during this special President’s Day parade. Plus, Zoo admission is half-off as part of Penguin Days! Reminder this is the last year to see the penguins march before their retirement!

The Shape of Nature

Open Feb 19. from 3 PM – 8 PM at Krohn Conservatory 
Step into a world where wonder and science meet. Discover the patterns that surround us in nature. Interact with the giant crystals of Oscillation that come alive through movement and spark community activity and social interaction through play. Don’t miss this extraordinary fusion of live art and nature at Krohn Conservatory.

Everything Thomas

Open Feb. 19 from 10 am to 6 pm at Entertrainment Junction
Thomas & Friends are in every direction! Thomas play tables, Thomas crafts and coloring, a Thomas scavenger hunt, and you’ll even see some of Thomas and his friends running around the modern city in the World’s Largest Indoor Train display!


Open Feb. 19 from 10 am to 5 pm
Check out COSI’s current exhibit: Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence.

The Cincinnati Museum Center

Science Interactives Gallery

Open Feb. 19 from 10am – 5pm
From the Science Interactives Gallery and the Dinosaur Hall to the OMNIMAX and the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, you can’t go wrong at Cincinnati Museum Center. Make sure to check out their newest exhibit: POMPEII: The Exhibition

Ice Skating + Bumper Cars ($6 special)

Feb 19th from 12 pm – 8 pm at Fountain Square
The UC Health Ice Rink, presented by Fifth Third Bank is an outdoor ice arena that takes over Fountain Square with 600 pairs of rental skates, the WGU Ohio Warming Tent, a full-service concessions tent with hot and cold snacks, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

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