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Summer Family Fun & Kid-Friendly Ideas in Akron, Ohio

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Summer is my favorite season – warm days for Ohioans to luxuriate in, cocktails on patios with friends, Akron City FC games, lush forests and parks. However, when an Everyday Akron follower reached out for ideas related to kids’ activities for the summer, I drew a blank. So, I turned to my greatest source of inspiration – the @everydayakron Instagram community.

Everyone had amazing ideas to enjoy the summer break with your family. From outdoor activities and programs to get the kiddos moving, to educational outings and creative camps, there’s something on this list for everyone to enjoy.

Free options are denoted with a “FREE” emoji. However be sure to check on possible pricing for special events and such.

And, if you’re still not convinced by the end of all the fun to be had in Akron, follow the local bloggers, content creators, and resources listed in this post for even more ideas.

Happy Summer, Akron!

Jump to: Outdoor Activities, Parks & Zoos | Camps & Classes | Artistic Fun | Learning | Events & Festivals | Beyond the Akron Area | Bloggers & Resources

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Outdoor Activities, Parks & Zoos

Akron City FC Games

Have a budding soccer superstar in your family? Watch an Akron City FC game at Green Street Stadium at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Be sure to buy tickets using the Everyday Akron affiliate link.

Summit Metro Parks — 🆓

This beloved park system spreads throughout Akron and the Greater Akron area. They host a variety of events and activities geared towards kids and the entire family. If you’re not up for a park or trail, visit Summit Lake Nature Center or FA Seiberling Nature Realm. (Be sure to pop into the latter and ask how you can hand-feed birds!)

Each year, SMP hosts the Fall Hiking Spree and Spree for All. After hiking a specific number of designated trails, you’ll earn fun prizes. And, did you know that some of the parks offer fishing? Take the kids out for a reel-y fun day!

Bike or Hike the Towpath — 🆓

Ohio and Erie Canalway has miles and miles of flat trail for biking, hiking, running, bird watching and more. Start out a trailhead in Summit Metro Parks or Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Akron Recreation and Parks — 🆓

Not only can you find a variety of playgrounds, basketball courts, pools, and more run by Akron Recreation and Parks, but you can also attend one of their events, like their Summer Concert Series.

Akron Zoo

Full of wild animals, a carousel, a train, the Learning Lab, Wild World Animal Show, and so much more, you can spend a whole day at the Akron Zoo. Check out the Akron Zoo’s events calendar for even more fun!

Splash Pads & Wading Pools — 🆓

Cuyahoga Falls is home to a few fun watering holes, like their Downtown Splash Pad.

Float the River

Round up the whole family, rent some tubes from Float the River and enjoy a relaxing trip down the Cuyahoga River.

Water Works Family Aquatic Center

Water Works in Cuyahoga Falls features a lazy river, slides, poolside cabanas and more.

Lock 3 — 🆓

Lock 3 in Downtown Akron has a full slate of summer events that will entertain the whole family. Most Lock 3 events are free, including concerts, Sunday Cinema, and the popular Rib, White and Blue Festival.

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Camps & Classes

Camp JCC

Camp JCC by Shaw JCC of Akron allows kids to explore their favorite interests and discover new hobbies with a camp model that can fit even the busiest family’s schedule.

Summer Theatre Academy

Each year, Weathervane Playhouse hosts the Summer Theatre Academy with a variety of camps that allow kids to explore acting, storytelling, dance, and more.

eSports Summer Camp

The University of Akron hosts the eSports Summer Camp for kids interested in learning about professions in the eSports and gaining practical IT-related skills.

Dance Classes

Sheena’s Platinum Movements, a non-competitive dance studio in Wadsworth, offers a variety of dance classes, including tap, ballet, modern dance, and musical theater for kids of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Jr. Jazzercise

Jazzercise Wadsworth Fitness Center hosts Jr. Jazzercise every Thursday for K-8 kids.

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Artistic Fun

Mural Scavenger Hunt — 🆓

Create your own scavenger hunt by visiting a few murals painted by Art Bomb Brigade throughout the city.

Public Art Critic — 🆓

Show your kids some of the colorful, intriguing, thought-provoking public art around Akron. Ask them what they think the pieces are, what they could mean, and how the art makes them feel.

Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum is free every Thursday. They host a variety of kid-friendly events and programs, such as Family Days and Open Studio, which gives artists of all ages a space to expand their creativity and play.

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Akron Summit County Public Library — 🆓

Akron’s library branches host a wide variety of kid-friendly and teen programs, such as Movies@Main and Paws for Reading, in which kids can read aloud to a certified therapy dog. Be sure to sign up the whole family for ASCPL’s Mind, Body & Sole summer reading program.

Akron Children’s Museum

Located in Downtown Akron next to Lock 3, Akron Children’s Museum features a variety of exhibits with names like “Healthy Little Monsters” and “Quake, Rattle & Roll” that inspire exploration, discovery, and problem solving through play.

Kids Workshops — 🆓

Local Lowe’s and Home Depots host workshops for kids so they can learn new skills while flexing their creativity. And, they’ll have a completed project to take home when they’re done!

Family Game Night

NoHi Restaurant & Cafe hosts a family game night every second Saturday. And be sure to keep your eyes peeled for board games and lawn games at restaurants and breweries around town. For example, Akronym Brewing has a giant Connect Four game and cornhole boards on their patio.

Stan Hywet Hall & Garden

Learn about Akron’s history by taking a tour of Stan Hywet or check out their events calendar and other unique activities like Butterflies of North America and geocaching.

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Events & Festivals

Akron’s summer is filled with unique events that are fun for the whole family. (These are just a few!) Which one will you be going to?

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Bonus Fun (A Short Drive out of Akron)

Drive-In Movies

Pack the car with snacks and blankets and see the latest feature films at Magic City Drive-In Theatre in Barberton or Midway Twin Drive-In Theatre in Ravenna.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park — 🆓

We’ve mentioned CVNP already, but they too have incredible parks and trails and host events and activities throughout the year.

Liberty Park — 🆓

Part of Summit Metro Parks, Liberty Park in Twinsburg features trails throughout the Twinsburg Ledges Area and an interactive Nature Center.

Tuscora Park

Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia features family fun and entertainment like swimming, amusement rides, concerts, and mini golf.

Discovery Park

Discovery Park in Seville was deemed “pretty awesome” by an Everyday Akron follower. Considered an unstructured playground, it has age-related areas that feature “water/mud fun, musical play, quiet spots, a maker-space and more.”

Cleveland Zoo

Similar to Akron Zoo, Cleveland Zoo is filled with wildlife and hosts family-friendly events throughout the year.

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Bloggers to Follow & Resources to Check Out

This is just a handful of bloggers and content creators in the Akron area that you should be following to keep up with family fun opportunities.

Similarly, here are a few local resources and calendars to keep an eye on for even more ways to quality spend time with your kiddos.