It’s *almost* Spring Break! Your kids are home for an entire week, but don’t fret! 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 25 Things to do in Cincinnati over Spring Break:
This hidden gem is tucked away in Covington’s Devou Park, just 15 minutes south of Downtown Cincinnati. The Behringer-Crawford museum is great for the school aged crowd, featuring four levels of interactive fun. Highlights include a prehistoric gallery, trains exhibit and giant riverboat. Once you’re finished inside, head outside to the playscape: a free and contained handicapped-accessible green space which includes kid-sized log cabins and caves, a wooden replica of a flatboat, a cruise line swing and several gardens.
Road trip to Butler County and hit the trails… the donut trails! Butler County’s Donut Trail features a dozen of the most delightful donut shops in the Midwest… all just a drive away! Pick up a Passport at any participating donut trail location, and enjoy a day (or two, if you want to pace yourself) on the most delicious trail in town.
Krohn’s Butterfly Show opens March 23 and runs daily through June 16 from 10am – 5pm. The 2019 Butterfly Show invites your family into Ecuador where thousands of bright, beautiful and colorful butterflies will be flying through the air, and possibly land on your shoulder.
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.
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.
Part physics playscape and part science class, the CMC’s newest exhibit is super-charged, STEM-powered fun. Kids control everything in the gallery, from rising rain clouds to larger-than-life levers to people-powered pulleys. The Science Interactives Gallery is an empowering experience for everyone. (Oh — and the Cave reopens March 22 and we are stoked!)
We love this Columbus gem for so many reasons, and the new Mythic Creatures exhibit is a must for all dragon-, mermaid- and unicorn-obsessed kiddos.
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.
Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs just opened at the CMC and is one of the most extraordinary exhibitions to ever come to Cincinnati. This exhibit has never been shown in the US, and is making its first stop in Cincinnati. Egypt is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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 escape! For ages 7+.
Located in Oregonia, OH, this National Historic Landmark boasts the largest and best-preserved manmade earthworks in the country. It’s 100 acres of beautiful mounds that were used for protection, ceremonies, functional and social purposes a long, long time ago. Fort Ancient is a living lesson in Ohio history that will definitely leave an impression on your kids.
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.
Great Parks of Hamilton County, the American Sign Museum… with your Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County library card, you can now get free admission to local attractions with the new
Discovery Pass! Details here.
This March, check out The Great Space Caper at several area venues! MadCap is puppet theatre at its best and most endearing.
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.
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. Check website for tours offered during spring break.
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.
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. Try the go-karts, laser tag, arcade, bounce inflatables, mini-golf and much, much more.
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!
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.
Recognized as the world’s largest children’s museum, this Indianapolis gem features fun, rotating exhibits and non-traditional learning experiences for children and families. (Got Paw Patrol fans? The Paw Patrol PlayScape just opened and is worth the trip alone!) This spring, be sure to visit the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience, 14 interactive zones that range from a recreated Indianapolis Motor Speedway where families can race pedal cars on the track to perfecting a hole-in-one on a Pete Dye-inspired golf course. A must for sports fans!
The Y is your spring break headquarters. The YMCA’s indoor pools are filled with lots of family-friendly activity during spring break.