The gray days of January are here, but cold temps shouldn’t keep you stuck at home — especially considering there are so many fun things to do in Southwest Ohio during the winter!
If you’re looking for something fun for the family to do on cold days, snow days or just any ol’ day, here are some of our favorite local things to do during the winter with kids.
Take a road trip to visit a new-to-you children’s museum. Cross state lines to visit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, or keep it in-state by visiting the Akron Children’s Museum or Little Buckeye Children’s Museum in Mansfield.
Have a family game night at the Play Library in Cincy, where you can choose from more than 1,00 games to play.
Take your little astronomers to the Cincinnati Observatory to tour the historic buildings and look through telescopes (weather permitting).
Heat up with a hot glass class. Neusole Glassworks in Forest Park offers a variety of classes for ages 5 years and older.
Lace up your skates and visit a local ice rink.
Play and read at your favorite local library.
Visit your favorite local museum and see what’s new. The Cincinnati Museum Center is always a good idea!
Work out your inner ninja by parkouring around an obstacle course at USA Ninja Challenge in Cincinnati.
Discover the wonders of an underwater world at Newport Aquarium.
Warm up with a cup of coffee and cuddles from adoptable kitties at Kitty Brew Cat Cafe in Mason.
Learn about the environment at the Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm.
Not afraid of the cold? Bundle up and visit your favorite outdoor playground. You might even get the playground to yourself if it’s cold enough!
Make tracks to Entertrainment Junction, home of the largest train display in the world.
Explore your neighborhood with your family by foot, or make it interesting by making it into a unique scavenger hunt around the city.
Winter is the perfect time to learn to knit. Find sewing, knitting or crocheting classes for your kids, and maybe they will make you something warm to wear!
Take a road trip to go snow tubing at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, located only 30 minutes from Cincy.
Get creative and make a wearable piece of art at Kaleidoscope Colors & Co. in Cincinnati.
Take a 3+ hour trip north to try your hand at snow tubing at Boston Mills & Brandywine Ski Resorts in Peninsula, Ohio.
Bundle up and enjoy a winter hike at your favorite local park.