Akron Children’s Museum. Cabin Fever No More.

1017541_582065261846428_877869030_nHere in Ohio its winter. Well, I think? It’s currently 50 and raining, so not the normal -15 F and a snowstorm, but still pretty gross. My kids are bouncing off the walls lately and I have been searching for something new for them to do! I know not everyone is close to Akron, Ohio, but if you are or ever find yourself near here,  this place is the solution! Akron Children’s Museum is more like a huge discovery playhouse than a “museum”. Don’t let their name fool you.

IT’S AWESOME!! So much thought was put into this and they aren’t even done yet. Some of you might have seen me try and go live Thursday morning, but Facebook/Verizon was NOT cooperating. You can see the general lay-out though ,and get an idea of what it looks like, even though  Facebook kept cutting in and out a lot.

Akron Children’s Museum’s mission is to be a gathering place for children and families, where play inspires exploration, discovery, and problem solving. ACM envisions a community shaped by lifelong learners, who provide innovative leadership inspired by creativity and diverse perspectives.

Beyond the museums exhibits  they have a calendar of events and activities booked full of fun things to get involved in! Things like little kids yoga, theater games, art studio and much more.

Not only are there awesome and educational exhibits, but they really went above and beyond to think about parents and families. There is a whole area to park strollers and hang coats. If you are a nursing mom or have a child that needs some quiet time there is a quiet room that has dim lighting and a few comfy chairs! 

The museum is located at 216 S. Main St. in downtown Akron, Ohio next to Lock 3 Park.
You can park in the State Street Parking Deck located at 52 W. State St. (behind Barley House). Take the elevator to the ground level, take a right to go outside, and doors to the museum are straight ahead. Out of the elevators you will be right inside of Lock 3. There are plenty of signs showing you the way to the entrance.img_2622

Open Tuesdays- Sundays 10am-6pm

$5 for kids and adults (infants 12-months and under free)

Annual memberships start at just $55 and include free parking.

If you have a family of 4 all requiring admission, the annual membership would pay for itself in 2.5 visits! With the ever changing calendar of events and their additions and continuing to build, it would be well worth it!

My kids and I LOVED Akron Children’s Museum! We will be returning! The only suggestion I have is a little more security. I was very thankful to have someone with me, but if I was alone with two children I would have been very concerned. It is a very open layout and a child could run off or be misplaced fairly quickly. I would love to see a few staff people just walking the floor with the sole purpose of keeping an eye out. The staffers that were around were cleaning and then running back into closets and to the desk to fulfill other duties.  The museum is  wesome, and we were very excited to return, but definitely with daddy or a grandparent to help wrangle those quick toddlers!

Be sure to Check out their website here for more information and to follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on all the awesome things they are doing for the community!   ~Amanda

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Fun for the Family: Central Park in Northeast Ohio

If you’re looking for something new and fun (and most importantly free) to do this summer with the kids, you have to check out the new Central Park in Green, Ohio! Ideally located between Canton and Akron off of Steese Road, this beautiful 8 acre park has so much to offer the community! The park will keep your little ones busy for hours, between the playground, 3 ponds, walking path, open green grass to run around on and splash pad.

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Splash pad and shaded seating area

There is also a concession stand to grab snacks while playing. It’s also an ideal park to have a picnic at, as the scenery is gorgeous. There’s a ton of parking, so you shouldn’t have to worry about finding a parking spot, even on the busiest of days. There is also an area that will hold the Farmer’s Market Plaza which will be every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. starting July 12th and running through September 27th. Hours for the splash pad are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. To keep the fun going when summer is over, a spot near the Central Administration Building’s parking lot will be turned into an ice skating rink during the winter months. We went for a few hours on Saturday July 9th (opening day) and we had a fabulous time. I cannot wait take my daughters again and enjoy all of the awesome events that I’m sure will take place there over the years!

Park Amenities:

  • a mile-long paved walking path
  • 3 beautiful ponds
  • stunning landscape
  • a gorgeous rentable 1,110 S.F. community building that holds up to 99 people, complete with beautiful outside patio with table and chairs – perfect for meetings, birthday parties, small weddings, baby/wedding showers and get togethers (rentals begin July 11th, call 330-896-6621 for reservations)
  • a playground with rock climbing wall, slides, swings and so much more for all ages
  • an awesome splash pad (accommodates up to 100 children) with seats and shade for parents
  • Farmer’s Market every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m from July 12th to September 27th (click here for the application to become a vendor at the Farmer’s Market at Central Park)

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    Outdoor amphitheater 
  • plenty of park benches and several picnic tables near the concession stand
  • outdoor concession stand for refreshments and snacks
  • an outdoor amphitheater with concrete seating for up to 350 people and 150 people on the lawn area, perfect for outdoor concerts and performances
  • several family bathrooms in the same building as the concession stand
  • plenty of parking, there is a parking lot off of Steese Road near the Green Intermediate School and the parking lot next to the Central Administration Building; 4 handicap spaces
  • dogs are permitted in the park (except on splash pad, amphitheater and playground)
  • seasonal ice skating rink to accommodate up to 47 people
  • gorgeous scenery everywhere you look
  • drinking fountains near the community building

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The park’s address is 1795 Steese Road, Uniontown, OH 44685, which has a parking lot to park at and access to the park near the pond. The address of the Central Administration Building is 1755 Town Park Blvd, Uniontown, OH 44685, which also has a parking lot and access to the park near the community building. If decide to take your little ones, let us know what you think! I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time, I know we did!

– Casey