Kids are expensive — but entertaining them doesn’t have to be. When your crew’s off school, you can enjoy lots of fun, family friendly things on a
dime dollar! From museums and parks to roller rinks and mini golf, it’s easy to enjoy Cincinnati on a budget — in fact, many of Cincinnati’s most iconic buildings and experiences are very affordable for families!
Here are 50 fun activities for $5 or less in Cincinnati:
1. Ride Carol Ann’s Carousel — twice! Ride tokens are just $2 each.
2. Take your kids out to eat at IKEA (Kids’ Meals are just $2.49 each, unless you go on a Tuesday, when they’re FREE!)
3. Ride bikes on the Loveland Bike Trail. Free!
4. Zip around the Beechmont Rollarena on Wednesday nights for a special deal: $3 admission and $2 skate rental.
5. Travel back to Medieval times at the Loveland Castle! $3 admission.
6. Enjoy the views from Cincinnati’s second tallest building: the Carew Tower! Admission is $2 for ages 6-11 and $4 for ages 12 and up.
8. Admire larger-than-life sculptures at Pyramid Hill. Admission is $3 for children 6-12.
9. Explore the Rosenthal Education Center at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Free! (While we’re at it, admission to the Art Museum is always free!)
10. Check out Third Sunday Funday at the Taft. Both admission and parking are free!
11. Explore Big Bone Lick State Park. Free.
12. Let your inner gamer loose at Arcade Legacy. $5 for an entire hour of fun!
13. Explore the American Sign Museum. Three children 12 and under are free with each paying adult.
14. Do an “activatee” at Blue Manatee. Check website for prices; some are free, most are under $5.
15. Take an art class at Happen, Inc. (Free!)
16. Learn about Ohio History at the Heritage Village Museum. There’s a $3 fee for guided tours and $1 fee for self-guided tours. (The fee for adults is $5 for a guided tour and $3 for self guided.)
17. Visit Krohn Conservatory for the Butterfly Show! $4 admission for kids 5-12. (Adult admission is $7.)
18. Walk across the Purple People Bridge! Free.
19. Check out the ArtWorks murals. Download a map and take a self-guided tour with your kids! Free.
20. Bowl for free! (Summers only; shoe rental not included.)
21. Visit the World’s Only Cardboard Boat Racing Museum. Free; donations accepted.
22. Check out the UnMuseum at the Contemporary Art Museum. Free.
23. Tour your local fire station. Free.
24. Fossil hunt at Trammel Fossil Park. Free — and you can keep any fossils you find! Free.
25. Give disc golf a shot at Embshoff Woods! $3 for a day pass.
27. Be a firefighter for the day at The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati. Kids 6 and under are free with a paying adult.
28. Ride the Cincinnati Bell Connector. Fare is all under $2/person.
29. Learn about nature at Highfield Discovery Garden. Classes are included in admission, which is $5.
30. Visit the animals at Gorman Heritage Farm. Admission for kids 3-17 is just $3.
31. Visit Mt. Airy Forest to play around on the giant tree house! Free.
31. Check out the Spring Grove Arboretum, famed for its scenery. Free.
34. Walk the Ohio River Trail. Free.
35. Spend a rainy morning playing indoors at Recreations Outlet. Their Charitable Hours Special lets kids play on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings for a $2/kid donation!
37. Enjoy story time at Joseph Beth Booksellers every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 am. Free!
39. Build away at the Kenwood Mall’s LEGO store. Free.
41. Take a tour of the Rumpke Recycling Plant. Free.
42. Check out the NaturePlay outdoor playscape at the Behringer-Crawford Museum. Free.
43. Admire old trains at The Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati. Suggested donation: $4/adult and $2/child.
44. Wander around the William Howard Taft Historical Site. Free.
46. Record a MP3, try 3D printing, create buttons and magnets and more at the Main Library MakerSpace. Free; certain activities require a nominal fee.
47. Explore a world of virtual reality at the Lane Community Technology Center in Hamilton. Free.
48. Wander around Jungle Jim’s. Free – except for that cart full of goodies you found.
49. Play a round of putt-putt golf at Putt-Putt Golf in Erlanger. Cost is $5/game/person and children under 5 are just $1!
50. Check out one (or more!) bakeries on the Butler County Donut Trail. A few dollars/donut… unless you visit multiple locations along the trail!
Please note: the prices listed are for kids’ admission; adult admission varies and is sometimes over $5. However, all of these activities are 100% fun for everyone!