Winter Fun Ideas for Outdoor or Indoor Adventures

Winter Fun Ideas for Outdoor or Indoor Adventures

Winter brings a whole new season of outdoor and indoor adventures in the greater Cleveland/Akron area. Find some family-friendly fun at the following places in the region.

Beck Center for the Arts
Beck Center offers classes at the Lakewood campus, as well as online, in dance, theater, visual arts, and private music lessons. Students of all ages and abilities learn as they create unique works of art, discover hidden talents and have fun. They have something for every interest and every skill level. Looking for entertainment? Beck Center is streaming virtual productions. 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 216-521-2540, ex. 10,

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is pleased to offer a mix of virtual programming presented by museum scientists, researchers and educators and in-person attractions. Visitors will enjoy the new wildly interactive traveling exhibit, Wildlife Rescue: Miracles in Conservation, and the new permanent gallery, Current Science. 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland 216-231-4600,

Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Observe an octopus. Meditate with moon jellies. Peer at poison dart frogs. Wonder over weedy seadragons. Stroke stingrays and stand under a sandtiger shark. Get up-close views of amazing animals (but not other guests) at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Limited capacity; advance tickets. Interactive online family tours & programs also available. 216-862-8803,

Lakewood Music Collective
The Lakewood Music Collective is proud to provide music lessons and services to the community. LMC’s premier staff excels at teaching music. Each lesson is tailored to fit students’ specific needs and goals. Whether you’re preparing for music school or dabbling with music for the first time, LMC’s instructors will make sure you leave knowing music, living music and loving music. LMC accommodates students of all abilities and in all styles in person, virtually and in ensembles. 16426 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-227-2886,

Lorain County Metro Parks
The Lorain County Metro Parks is the place to be this winter. Hide from the stress of the world and escape to the outdoors to explore the sights of the season. With sledding hills, snowshoe rentals, miles of trails and a chance to see wildlife in winter — there’s something for everyone. Come enjoy nature nearby. For more information on programs, events, opportunities for take-home crafts and virtual programming, visit or follow on Facebook.

The Rink at Wade Oval
10820 East Blvd., Cleveland,216-791-3900,

Pinstripes is a unique dining and entertainment venue with exceptional Italian/American cuisine and indoor bowling and bocce. Pinstripes offers indoor/outdoor patio space and spacious private meeting and event spaces. Enjoy weekend brunch, lunch or dinner specials and our contactless curbside takeout. They look forward to welcoming you to Pinstripes soon. 111 Park Ave., Beachwood 216-415-8010,

Winter Fun at Parks

From skiing, snowshoeing, sled riding, winter hikes and programming, find fun that fits your family!

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About the author

Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her articles and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and taking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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