Spring break is just around the corner and for those not headed for warmer weather, probably means you and the kids are in the house for the week. That can often brings on the "I am bored."
If you don't want those active kids to get bored, here are some places around the area to visit during the break:
Close by in Mansfield, those seeking the last of the snow can find skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and cross country skiing as well as some seasonal hiking. Mansfield's Snow Trails Ski Resort, offers a great place for skiing, snowboarding and the longest tubing lanes in Ohio at 1,100 feet. Snow Trails Ski Resort offers special events throughout the season including late night and glow tubing weekends, the popular mid-season party, a big air competition and the ski carnival, to name a few. Visit www.snowtrails.com for slope conditions, hours and pricing. Visit www.mansfieldtourism.com for the 411 on places that offer cross country skiing and the many other things to do in Mansfield.
If the kids are of the age that they are learning Ohio history or, have already done so, check out some of these places:
- The James A. Garfield National Historic Site, home of the Ohio-born 20th president of the U.S. Garfield was known for his front porch politics and visitors can walk in his footsteps through his Mentor home and the famed front porch. Tours are offered Friday through Sunday's until May and then daily afterward. Visitors will learn what it was like to live in the 1880s and facts about Garfield, his family and what took place after his assassination. Check out the website for hours, prices and tour details, www.nps.gov/jaga/index.htm or call 440-255-8722. The home is at 8095 Mentor Avenue in Mentor.
- The Ohio History Center is a fun and informative museum located in Columbus (formerly the Ohio Historical Society). It is a great place for kids, parents and grandparents to learn more about our state's history. It is the museum's mission to "spark discovery of Ohio's stories. For more information on programs and events, visit ohiohistory.org. The museum is at 800 E. 17th Avenue.
- Make it an overnighter and visit COSI, the Center for Science and Industry, while in Columbus. COSI offers many adventures and hands on things to do for the young and young at heart. Exhibits are plentiful and there is a giant screen theater and planetarium. The museum is located at 333 West Broad Street. Visit www.cosi.org for hours and prices.
- Explore Hale Farm and Village for a great family day out. It is located at 2686 Oak Hill Road in Bath. The working farm offers historic buildings, blacksmithing, pottery, candle making, glassblowing, spinning and weaving. Plan to have a farm fresh lunch or snack in the café. The kids will love the animals and parents and grandparents will like shopping at the marketplace and taking home a piece of history. Visit www.wrhs.org or call 330-668-3711 for hours and pricing. Before May the farm and village are open by appointment only.
- Check out the history of marbles and toys of early Akron at the Akron Marble and Toy Museum. Marbles were first made in Akron and, at one time, the city was known for its toy industry. Here visitors will find the history, learn how to play marbles and get a look at toys from earlier years. We are not talking about Pong, but hands-on toys. The museum is at Lock 3 Park in Akron. For more information, call 330-396-1670 or visit www.americantoymarbles.com.
Visit the Animals
- The Akron Zoo is holding a program for students in grades 5 through 12 called Zoorific Career Days. The program offers students a chance to be a zoo professional. For those in grades 5-8, programs will be held March 25 and 28 and April 6,15 and 22. For high school students, the program runs March 29, April 1,7 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The kids will enjoy spending time with zoo keepers, animal trainers and the education staff to see just what it is like to work at a zoo. To participate, registration is required and the dates fill up quickly. Visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550 ext. 723. The zoo is at 500 Edgewood Ave.
- The Spicy Lamb Farm offers a variety of things to do around the spring break time. The farm is located in Peninsula. The family raise sheep, ducks and grow apples, pears, plums, spicy herbs and vegetables. They are also known for their wool blankets, yams, roving and fiber crafts which are sold during special events. Lambing Days and Shearing Days are a great time to take the kids for a visit. This year the farm is offering an egg hunt breakfast April 8. Visitors can enjoy a brunch on the farm followed by egg hunting for the children among the flock. Reservations are open for this event and tickets include the admission to sheep shearing. Dress for the farm - wear your boots and bring your own basket to gather the eggs. If you just want to attend the sheep shearing, it is from noon to 4 p.m. and tickets are available for $10 for adults and $5 for children. Lambing Day is being held April 15. See the newborn lambs, ducklings and bunnies. For more information on these and other events, visit www.thespicylamb.com or call 330-657-2012. The farm is at 6560 Akron Peninsula Road. All farm events are rain or shine.