Snowshoeing at the park

Want to try snowshoeing? The Summit Metro Parks is loaning out snowshoes for free to be used in the Liberty Park Nature Center area, 9999 Liberty Road in Twinsburg. Take the family on an adventure on Bluebird Trail. Snow shoes must be returned by 4:45 p.m., so allow plenty of time for snow fun. Park hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Call ahead at 330-487-0493 for availability and inventory of sizes. 

Ice skating dates

For those who want to ice skate, the city of Cuyahoga Falls will have a limited number of ice skates available to borrow at no cost at Gorge Metro Park, 1160 Front St., from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 30, Jan. 1 and Feb. 10, weather permitting. For more information, call 330-865-8060.

Celebrate New Year's

Akron’s First Night New Year's Eve celebration will feature the region’s best in music, dance, theater, interactive and visual arts from 6 p.m.to midnight on Dec. 31 at Lock 3 downtown. There are more than 40 events to take in. Buttons are $10, with children 9 and under admitted free with a button-wearing adult. Buttons are on sale at Acme Fresh Market, Huntington Bank, Akron Art Museum and Akron Civic Theatre. Visit www.downtownakron.com/explore/first-night-akron for complete details.