20 Kid-Friendly Things You Can Always Do For Free in Cincinnati

Cincinnati offers lots of free family fun all year long. From world-class museums to awesome arts activities, always-open exhibits to park programs, Cincinnati has lots of affordable options for families, January through December. (Just another reason to love the Queen City, are we right?)

Here are 20 Kid-Friendly Things You Can Always Do For Free in Cincinnati:

*Events and locations are subject to change due to COVID-19. Please check the individual  location for more information.


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Cincinnati Art Museum

A world-class museum featuring famous works of art, the Cincinnati Art Museum also has family programs and a separate area just for kids to explore the arts.

Cincinnati Public Library programs

We just love the Cincinnati Public Library, and between weekly story times, special classes and even summer camps, you’ll always find something fun – and FREE – at your local branch! 

Contemporary Arts Center

Like the Art Museum, admission to the CAC is always free! Featuring three floors of changing exhibits including the kid-friendly UnMuseum, the Contemporary Arts Center is a fun way to explore the arts with your kids.

*Please note the UnMuseum is currently closed at this time due to COVID. Stay tuned for reopening information!

Everybody’s Treehouse

Dubbed “Everybody’s Treehouse,” Mt. Airy Treehouse is as charming, unique and accessible as the Queen City herself, and is worth a visit with your family.

Experience the Colors of Fall

Here in Cincinnati, fall is the most beautiful time of the year – and everyone needs to get outside and enjoy it. The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling, and it’s high time to get outside and explore. Check out some of the best places to see the changing colors.

Fire Station Tours

You don’t have to venture far to get a fire education — in most Greater Cincinnati suburbs, you can tour your local fire station, for free!

Liberty Center

From a free indoor playground with weekly story times to an epic outdoor train display, Liberty Center has lots of free things to keep Cincy kids busy.

Loveland Bike Trail

The Loveland Bike Trail is perfect for beginners: you start in Downtown Loveland near a fun playground/picnic area, and can literally make the ride as long as you’d like. We usually ride for 30 minutes in one direction, and then turn around and come back for an easy, hour-long excursion. The trail is flat and shady, but can get busy. Go during a weekday or weekend afternoon to beat the crowds.

Miami University museums

Miami University isn’t just for college students; the Main Campus boasts several museums that are free and open to all! The Art Museum & Sculpture Park, the Karl E. Limper Geology Museum and the Hefner Museum of Natural History.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the largest aviation museum in the world and one of Ohio’s most glorious hidden gems, and it makes for a perfect day trip from Cincinnati. The museum is divided into four massive buildings/hangers, each housing a different time period of the history of the Air Force, from WWI and WWII to the Cold War and even space travel.

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