It’s Spring Break! Your kids are home for an entire week, but don’t fret! Cincinnati Parent has 20 kid-friendly activities that will entertain your children and educate and physically challenge them. Get out of the house and explore Cincinnati’s most exciting locations that the whole family will love. You’ll all be having so much fun, you may even wish your kiddos were home for one more week!
Here are 20 Things to do in Cincinnati over Spring Break:
Enjoy the arts this spring! Broadway in Cincinnati presents The King and I at the Aronoff Center for the Arts from April 10-22nd. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. The entire family will love this classic musical. For more information or tickets, click here.
Krohn’s Butterfly Show is open daily from 10am – 5pm. The 2018 Butterfly Show invites your family into Madagascar’s remarkable rainforest ecosystem to experience walking around giant Boabab trees and through stone forests, plus meet some illustrious lemurs. And of course, thousands of bright, beautiful and colorful butterflies will be flying through the air, and possibly land on your shoulder. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for kids 5-17 and free for kids 4 and under.
With 1,600 acres of forests, fields, streams and ponds; 16 miles of hiking trails with beautiful and colorful seasonal foliage and a huge, interactive PlayScape, the Cincinnati Nature Center is a must in the spring! There are also a variety of programs recommended for children 12 and under with an adult. Members free, non-members pay daily admission.
The Zoo is a perfect spring break destination. Come in March and you’ll get a preview of Zoo Blooms –one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest! Dubbed “Tulip Mania,” Zoo Blooms also features more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs exploding with color. (Plus, if you need a date night, don’t miss Tunes & Blooms, FREE concerts in the garden, from 6-8:30 p.m every Thursday in April. Zoo admission after 5pm for these events is FREE. Parking is $10.)
Have you heard of DartRush? It’s Cincinnati’s only Nerf Arena. With a great variety of games setup as team vs team, it’s a new twist on fun combat. Bring your own Nerf blaster or they have many to rent. This is a great time for ages 6 and up.
An escape room for kids? Yes! Escape Room Junior is a safe way for kids to have a fun adventure and experience the importance of teamwork. Each adventure consists of two escape rooms (never locked), and kids have 30 minutes in each room to solve the mystery, crack the code and Go for the Gold. For ages 7+.
Highfield Discovery Garden is a 12-acre garden to inspire all ages. Guests are encouraged to explore the natural world in a fun and interactive environment. Along with the 25-foot Discovery Tree, there are seven smaller gardens to explore within Highfield Discovery Garden: Frog & Toads Garden, Wizards’s Garden, Trolley Garden, Vegetable Garden, Grandma’s Scent Garden, Morph Garden and Butterfly Garden.
Take a staycation! Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect place for a local spring break getaway. Book your stay-cation; and enjoy a fantastic and interactive indoor water park. Great Wolf Lodge, located in Mason, is 80,000 square feet of water fun for the entire family. The attractions are endless and include Alberta Falls water slide, Hydro Plunge water coaster, zero-depth wave pool, the lazy river and so much more. There is something for the entire family to have fun and relax during school break.
Let the kids go krazy this spring break! Lazer Kraze is an interactive and spacious indoor venue famous for its multilevel laser tag course, trampoline park and arcade. Plus, the whole family can participate in hours of fitness and competition. Lazer Kraze is family-friendly indoor excitement seven days a week. But to make your visit even more fun, call ahead of time to reserve your activities and limit wait time.
Located off I-75 and Union Centre, Main Event is known for its bowling facility which includes state-of-the-art lanes and lounge areas to play, relax and eat. Other activities include billiards, multi-level laser tag, arcade and gravity ropes. If you plan to bowl any time after Noon, reserve your lane online ahead of time. Bowling at Main Event is an experience with black lights, lasers, music and more. Main Event guarantees an amazing time for both kids and adults while being active and social. Plus, it’s a great place to enjoy spring break!
The Aquarium is the family-friendly place to have lots of fun and learn about the creatures that rule the Earth’s waters. Newport Aquarium presents Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus, an all-new immersive exhibit that highlights the mysterious creatures that make their home along The Ring of Fire – where towering volcanoes and deep ocean trenches line the Pacific Ocean rim. Your children will love learning about the Giant Pacific Octopus, Moon Jellyfish and Japanese Spider Crabs and their ever-changing ecosystem. Don’t miss our this spring break!
It’s amazing that underneath acres of farmland in eastern Ohio there’s an enchanted natural world that began forming millions of years ago. This is a great day adventure; and easily located on State Route 245 in West Liberty – about an hour and a half drive northwest from Cincinnati. During spring break, two tours are offered: The Historic Tour and The Natural Wonders (combined 2-hour tour for a discounted price). Note: The Historic, Natural Wonders and Winter tours have very steep steps into and out of the caves. Also, the caves are 54 degrees, bring a jacket.
Get excited for baseball season! The Reds Hall Of Fame & Museum is a 16,000 sq. ft. facility with exhibit galleries located on two floors. Enjoy a 45-60 minutes self-guided tour celebrating greatness, preserving history and providing inspiration. The Reds Hall of Fame is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Also, if your children on are spring break on Monday, April 2, come downtown for the Reds Opening Day Findlay Market Parade!
For an indoor option, Scene 75 is your spring break headquarter with 90,000 square feet of indoor attractions. The entertainment center has the perfect activity for each family member. Eat a meal at the full-service restaurant, then try the go-karts, laser tag, arcade, bounce inflatables, mini-golf and much, much more.
This April, be sure to mark your calendars for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Mary Poppins Junior on the MainStage at the Taft Theatre on April 7-8 and 13-15. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. For tickets or more information, click here.
ICYMI: The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati is also presenting Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at the Red Bank theatre now until March 25th! Our review is here; for tickets, click here.
Sightsee downtown! The streetcar is a 3.6-mile loop with 18 stations connecting major employment centers, arts, entertainment and businesses between The Banks, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. This is a fantastic way for your family to visit many Cincinnati gems like Findley Market, Smale Park, Washington Park and People’s Republic. And children can ride for $.50 or FREE depending on height.
The WEB is your one-stop entertainment destination for spring break. There friendly staff, on-site restaurant and a variety of activities will have your children wanting to come back for more. Whether you’re looking for high-octane racing action, exhilarating laser tag competition, a round of mini-golf or arcade fun, come play, game, and refuel at THE WEB! Plus, check out the new Escape from Space Station Alpha and CliffHanger rock climbing gaming for even more family fun.
Spring means golf — and Top Golf has all your spring break fun! Located at Highway 75 and Union Centre, Top Golf’s entertainment complex combines friendly sports competition with your favorite local fare. Bring the entire family (no golf experience necessary) to enjoy interactive point-scoring games with a 240-yard outfield with dartboard-like targets and micro-chipped golf balls. There are also lots of other great activities such as pool tables, interactive video games, giant Jenga and more. Plus, sign up (FREE) for the Kids Zone…and exclusive club for kids 12 and under to receive info about cool events for the entire family.
The Y is your spring break headquarters. The YMCA’s indoor pools are filled with lots of family-friendly activity during spring break. For the beginning swimmer, the Y offers swim lessons for children, adults and those with special needs taught by certified instructors. For the advanced swimmer, their competitive (youth and adult) teams take skills to the next level by competing locally, regionally and nationally. Plus, there’s a synchronized swimming team for your little dance/gymnastics lovers. However, if you are just looking for a fun swim or relax by the pool, enjoy the Y’s open swim times.