You’re going to need things to do with your kids on winter break. Here are some suggestions in Cleveland

Free things to do at the top of our list

You’re going to need things to do with your kids on winter break. Here are some suggestions in Cleveland
The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse is warm year round and is also free. (Source: Facebook: City of Cleveland)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -For the next couple of weeks your kids will be home and running out of things to do.

You’re going to need things to do with your kids on winter break. Here are some suggestions

The following are ideas to keep them occupied and engaged in more than just their phones.

Because of a gift from KeyBank, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame continues to be free for Cleveland residents.

With an ID that has a Cleveland address, a parent can bring up to five children in the Rock Hall for free.

Sorry suburbanites, full price for you.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Not all kids are into art but this museum has something for everyone from Monet, to medieval knights in armor, to a mummy’s sarcophagus.

On top of all of that, the Cleveland Museum of Art is always free.

Yes, it’s winter but inside the rain forest is always warm at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The zoo and rain forest are free every Monday for residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township with ID.

Think warm and floral with seasonal displays. The City of Cleveland runs this beautiful greenhouse year round with one of the biggest cactus in Northeast Ohio.

Again, always free.

Great Lakes Science Center Day Camps

Not free, but there are several winter break programs and all day camps.

This year’s camps include:

Chemical Concoctions – Wednesday, December 26

Movers & Makers – Thursday, December 27

Enviro Lab – Friday, December 28

Future Engineer – Wednesday, January 2

Robo Studio – Thursday, January 3

Go for Launch – Friday, January 4

Winter break camps are $55 per day ($50 for Science Center members) and run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

University Circle Winter Break opportunities:

The Rink at Wade Oval

Open through February 18

$2 admission ($1 students)

$3 skate rentals ($2 students)

Lace up your skates and enjoy the fresh ice! Show your Rink wristband at Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland History Center, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and moCa Cleveland for special discounts and promotions.

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Free general admission daily (closed Mondays)

The Cleveland Museum of Art: Art Stories

Saturday, December 22 and December 29



Join in this weekly story time that combines children’s books, CMA artworks, and interactive fun. Explore a new topic each week. Designed for children and their favorite grown-up. Each session begins in the atrium and ends with a gallery walk.

Cleveland Botanical Garden: Glow

Now through January 5

Adults: $16, Children (3-12): $12, Children 2 and under: Free

Glow, one of Cleveland's most celebrated traditions, returns this holiday season with beloved favorites including hand-crafted gingerbread houses, meticulously decorated holiday trees, festive winter plants, and outdoor train rides. The winter spectacular will glow even brighter this year with greatly expanded outdoor lighting.

Cleveland Botanical Garden: Sensory and Mobility Friendly Day

December 30, 10am-Noon

Adults: $16, Children (3-12): $12, Children 2 and under: Free

Join in a morning dedicated to families of children with developmental disabilities. Explore Glow, visit the Evergreen Adventures, ride the Garden Express train, network with other families and participate in special sensory and adaptive activities. This event takes place while the Botanical Garden is closed to the public.

Cleveland History Center

Celebrations! Holiday Traditions in Cleveland

Now through January 6

Adults: $10, Children (ages 3-12): $5, Children 2 and under: Free

Kick off the holiday season with a visit to the Cleveland History Center. The halls are decked with seasonal vignettes, and weekly hands-on activities for the kids.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History: Andy Warhol: Endangered Species

December 22-March 10

Adult (19+): $17, Youth (3-18): $14, Children 2 and under: Free

Originally created and donated to the Museum in 1983, Warhol’s Endangered Species set of 10 silkscreens was created to provide a new perspective on critically endangered animals and the burgeoning conservation movement. This astonishing complete set owned by the Museum is rarely exhibited, and one of only 150 sets in existence throughout the world.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History: New Year’s at Noon

December 31

Adult (19+): $17, Youth (3-18): $14, Children 2 and under: Free

Can't stay up until midnight? Celebrate early at this family-friendly event. Roar in the new year with special giant dinosaur egg drops and see what surprises await inside!

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland: Alexis Rockman: Great Lakes Cycle

Now through January 27

Adults: $9.50, Visitors 18 and under: Free


Blending extensive research, diverse techniques, and site-specific materials like sand or soil, Rockman’s paintings document history while also imagining future environments.

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