If you’ve been feeling cooped up after a long winter, you’re probably really looking forward to enjoying fun activities with your family in the spring. Here are just three of the many entertaining options, with plenty of them free or available at a low cost. Enjoy!spring-activities-northeast-ohio.jpg

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird

If you’re looking for an offbeat way to spend time with your family, consider the Oddmall Emporium of the Weird. Held on May 5 and 6 from noon to 10 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center at 77 East Mill St. in Akron, Ohio, it’s a craft show – and so much more. Here is how OhioTraveler.com describes this event.

“It’s a celebration of uniqueness, creativity, imagination, and wonder where artists, crafters, and like-minded sorts gather to offer their unusual creations for public consumption. It’s a forum for creative expression, a classroom for esoteric wisdom, a soapbox for wild ideas, a miraculous marketplace of the unconventional, a metaphorical Serengetian watering hole where the zebras and wildebeests of inspiration and artistry congregate amidst the snapping crocodiles and scorching sunbeams of originality and ingenuity. …umm yeah. Anyway, it’ll be fun. Trust me.”

You can find more information about this event at their website or by calling 330-374-7560.

OH WOW! 7th Birthday Bash!

On May 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., your family can celebrate the seventh anniversary of OH WOW! Children’s Center, a place that provides engaging STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) educational entertainment

This facility contains eleven galleries known as WOW! Zones with more than 60 hands-on exhibits or interactive opportunities, each enhancing educational content standards of Ohio and Pennsylvania in a fun way. Visitors can “make observations, draw conclusions from those observations, and adjust or modify their experiments (or actions) to get a different (or better) result.”

If you visit on the Birthday Bash dates, the entrance fee is $7 per person and includes great activities – plus birthday cake. This center is located at 11 W. Federal Street in Youngstown. You can find more information about this center and its activities from their website or by calling 330-744-5914.

Walleye Festival

If you don’t mind heading just a tad to the west – to Port Clinton – you can enjoy the 38th annual Walleye Festival, located on Main Street along Lake Erie. Activities include multiple free live concerts, carnival rides and games, a Grande Parade, the Kids Fishing Derby, educational activities, the Walleye 5K Run & Walk and food and drink from more than 130 vendors from around the United States. This event is held on Memorial Day weekend, from May 24-28, and you can find more information at their website.

Be sure to plan ahead if you’d like for your child to participate in the free fishing derby or if your family wants to participate in the Run & Walk. Early registration gets you a cheaper price to run or walk, and will speed up the process for the fishing derby so you can focus on having fun.

More Fun Spring Activities in Northeast Ohio

These are just three of the many activities going on in Northeast Ohio this spring. Find more at NorthernOhioTourism.com and OhioTraveler.com.