Things to do on President’s Day in Northeast Ohio

Things to do on President’s Day in Northeast Ohio

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Keep the kids entertained on their day off from school — and learn something new in the process — with these happenings in the greater Cleveland/Akron area.

FEBRUARY 16-19

Medina Ice Festival. Enjoy four days of frozen fun as one of Medina’s favorite events returns to the historic Medina Square. Events include a speed carving contest, individual and team competitions, Fire & Ice Tower, and carvings on display. Public Square, mainstreetmedina.com

FEBRUARY 18

History Hike: President’s Day & The Canal. Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus will lead you on a walk along the towpath and discuss its presidential connections along the way. 1-2:30 p.m., CanalWay Center, 4524 E. 49th St., Cuyahoga Hts., clevelandmetroparks.com

FEBRUARY 19


Parks

Afternoon of Fun. Spend the afternoon exploring nature through games, a hike, and other activities. 1-3 p.m. Brecksville Nature Center at Brecksville Reservation, 9000 Chippewa Creek Drive, clevelandmetroparks.com

Barn Movie Time. Enjoy President’s Day with a cozy movie at the Carriage Barn. Snacks will be provided. 1-2:30 p.m. Vermilion River Reservation Carriage Barn, 51211 N. Ridge Road., Vermilion, metroparks.cc

Birds & Cocoa. Stop in to learn about feeding winter birds, and make a simple bird feeder of your own. Then, try hand-feeding the birds along the trail with a naturalist. Hot cocoa will be available, while supplies last. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Firestone Metro Park, Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave., Akron, summitmetroparks.org

Farmer Monday. Bring the children to experience life on the farm making ice cream, meeting newborn animals and more. Children participate in hands-on activities and snowshoeing scheduled throughout the day in addition to the regular daily activities. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, lakemetroparks.com

February Fun Day Monday. Free indoor and outdoor activities with a Winter Olympic theme. Travel from station to station, both inside and outside, and record your speed and distance on the various events. As participants progress, they can compare their stats to common native Ohio wildlife. Enjoy scavenger hunts, a nature craft, s’mores, X-Plorer packs filled with seasonal hands-on activities, animal encounters from the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center and much more. Naturalists will be on hand to answer nature-related questions and to help guide you through the day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland Chardon Road, Willoughby, lakemetroparks.com

Great Backyard Bird Count. Join a naturalist at the bird window to become a citizen scientist. Identify our feathered neighbors, learn why they are important and enjoy coffee and hot cocoa, while supplies last. Please bring a mug. 10 a.m.-noon. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron, summitmetroparks.org

Magic Show. Fun for all on President’s Day. Enjoy the amazing tricks of Bill Gang. 1-2 p.m. Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road, Avon, metroparks.cc

President’s Day Hike. Did you know Ohio is sometimes called “The Mother of Presidents?” Eight have called this great state home. Did you also know that the West Branch Trail is located near President McKinley’s tomb? Join a walk along this trail to honor the presidents that have made this country great. 9-11 a.m. West Branch Trail; meet at Timken Gatehouse parking lot, starkparks.com

School’s Out Cookout & Nature Play. Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire; drinks and condiments will be provided. Enjoy the Nature Play area after eating your lunch. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, summitmetroparks.org

What Large Antlers You Have. Read the story “Imogene’s Antlers,” learn about deer antlers and make your own. 10-11 a.m., French Creek Reservation, 4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village, metroparks.cc

 

Museums & Attractions

Free Admission at Akron Zoo. Enjoy free admission all day long. Parking is $3. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 500 Edgewood Ave., akronzoo.org

“Kubo and the Two Strings.” School’s out, so bring the kids into the theatre for a family-friendly movie on Canton’s largest screen! 1-2:40 p.m. Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N, cantonpalacetheatre.org

Fairytales & Frogs. Come dressed as a prince, princess or frog and warm up in The RainForest where it’s always 80 degrees. Enjoy crafts in the Lily Pad Lounge with the Fairy Godmother, and get-close encounters with live frogs. Guests will have the opportunity to meet their fairy tale favorites and attend a dance party with one of the princesses. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo

Bird Scavenger Hunt. Find all of the pictures of birds hiding in Smead Discovery Center. Make a bird identification wheel to take home. 1-3 p.m. Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, cmnh.org

Family Snowshoe Hikes. Have you ever wondered how snowshoes work? Learn how to put them on, walk, turn and get back up once you fall down. Join to play some games and take a walk. 1:30-3 p.m. Holden Arboretum, 9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland, holdenarb.org

President’s Day Celebration. Free, family-friendly day at the museum. Participate in hands-on activities and crafts; plus, you’ll have the chance to hear from past presidents such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, and more. 1-5 p.m. Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, maltzmuseum.org

President’s Day Activities at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. Celebrate President’s Day with activities throughout the day, including McKinley Gallery focus tours celebrating Canton’s own President William McKinley, meet and greet President McKinley, and planetarium shorts running throughout the day. In Discover World, experience exciting animal and science shows. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton, mckinleymuseum.org

President’s Day Beach Party. Enjoy music and games, including the famous Big Kahuna Cannonball Classic. 12:30-3 p.m., Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., cityofwestlake.org

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