Whether you live down the road or a few states away, the holiday season is the time many of us get to see our grandkids. It’s a chance to round up the kids, partake in favorite family traditions and celebrate the holidays with the ones who mean the most.
Of course, we love the classic traditions like baking cookies for Santa or building snowmen in the backyard, but when was the last time you and the grandkids ventured out for holiday activities? Attending a local event is a great way to build new family traditions for years to come, so get out of the house and expose your grandkids to the fun of Cleveland.
Read on for 5 holiday activities in Northeast Ohio to treat your grandkids to this year.
1. Toboggan Chutes, Strongsville
What sounds more exciting than flying down a 700-foot ice chute in a toboggan at the Metroparks? Your grandkids will thank you for this exhilarating adventure! It’s a great chance for you to snap a few photos as they come flying down the hill, or if you’re feeling adventurous, travel to the top and ride down with the kids.
Event details: The Toboggan Chutes are located on Valley Parkway in Strongsville, and are open until March 6. Daily times include Thursday from 6 – 10 p.m., Friday 6 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday noon – 10:30 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
2. Artist for a Day, North Olmstead
If your grandkids are interested in arts and crafts, treat them to an afternoon at Artist for a Day, the paint-you-own pottery experience. Artist for a Day is the perfect place for kids to create hand-painted gifts for mom and dad, plus there is a wide range of price options.
Event details: Artist for a Day is located at 28649 Lorain Road in North Olmstead. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
3. Santa Patrol, Fairview Park
Santa is hitting the streets of Fairview Park, and you can’t miss him in his big, red fire truck. Gather the kids as they anxiously await his arrival on Christmas Eve. They’ll know he’s close when they hear his fire truck siren blow!
Event details: Santa will be driving throughout the Fairview Park area on December 24. Listen for his siren between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4. Holiday at Finwood, Elyria
Show your grandkids the beauty of the Finwood Estates as they’re transformed into a winter wonderland. Engage in both indoor and outdoor activities, and don’t forget to see the light displays. Plus, we hear that Santa will make an appearance.
Event details: Finwood Estates is located at 799 North Abbe Road in Elyria. The estates will be decorated until January 2, and open to the public daily from 6 – 9 p.m.
5. Kris Kringle Cookie Mingle, Avon
Join the members of Hope Christian Church in Avon as they invite both adults and children to the annual cookie exchange. Start the day by baking cookies with the kids, and then bring them to the cookie exchange where they can sing, craft and snack for the afternoon.
Event details: Hope Christian Church is located at 32625 Detroit Road in Avon. The cookie exchange is on December 13 from 3 – 5 p.m.
To learn more about how to give your family peace of mind this and every holiday season, arrange to learn more about funeral preplanning.
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