The Cleveland Foundation's December – and final – centennial gift to the community involves five gift partners – with free activities at 38 separate sites across six counties in Northeast Ohio on Dec. 30.
The activities start as early as 5:30 a.m. and end as late as 11 p.m.
No tickets are required at any of the sites, but each site has specific details to help visitors plan their visit on Dec. 30.
These details are also posted at www.clevelandfoundation.org/familyfun:
Free tobogganing at Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run in Strongsville – 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville)
First 2,000 visitors to check in before 6 p.m. will be guaranteed free tobogganing and hot chocolate. No sign-ups or advanced registration required.
Other fun activities will include ice-carving and snow-carving demonstrations, dog-sledding demonstrations and an ice-fishing display.
More details available at www.clevelandmetroparks.com.
Special trail hikes and giveaways at Cuyahoga Valley National Park – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1-mile Evergreen Forest Snow Shoe Hikes – Start at the Winter Sports Center in the Kendall Lake Shelter (Truxell/Kendall Park Rd.)
Hikes at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (*If there is at least 4 inches of snow; otherwise it will be a hike).
Reservations are required! Call 330-657-2752 to reserve a space.
1-mile Towpath Trail Beginner Hikes – Start at the Canal Exploration Center (7104 Canal Rd., Valley View. Click here for a map)
Hikes at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Reservations are not required for these hikes.
Free park exploration packets are available at Trail Mix Peninsula, a park store run by the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (1600 W. Mill St., Peninsula). There will also be family crafts and prize package drawings throughout the day.
Free ice-skating at The Rink at Wade Oval in University Circle – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Free ice-skating, free skate rentals and free hot chocolate – no sign-ups or advanced registration required.
After visitors are done skating, their rink wristbands will provide special discounts at the nearby Wade Oval museums:
Cleveland Botanical Garden - $2 off, includes access to GLOW exhibit
Cleveland Museum of Art – 10% off at Provenance Café (Admission is always free)
Cleveland Museum of Natural History - $2 off, includes access to Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age
Western Reserve Historical Society - $2 off, includes 2 free rides on the Euclid Beach Park Carousel
More details (including parking info) available at www.universitycircle.org.
Free ice-skating, roller-skating and extended hours at City of Cleveland recreation centers – 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Free ice-skating and free skate rentals at Halloran Park (3550 W. 17th St., Cleveland 44111)
Free roller-skating at Zelma George Recreation Center (3155 MLK Jr. Dr., Cleveland 44104)
No sign-ups or advanced registration required for the ice-skating or roller-skating.
Extended hours at all 20 city rec centers.
Free admission and special programs at all local branches of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland – 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Downtown branch closes at 9 p.m.)
Visitors can download a special guest pass that will work at all 12 branches on Dec. 30 and will expedite admission on Family Fun Day.
Highlights of the special programming include health screenings, CPR/first-aid demonstrations, and classes such as Tumble Time, Splash Junior (for ages 4-9), Family Dance and Broga (Yoga for men).
Full schedules for each of the 12 branches (in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Lorain and Erie counties) and the downloadable guess pass available at www.clevelandymca.org/day-of-family-fun.