summer-activities-in-northern-ohioAre you looking for fun summer activities for your family, but don’t want to break the bank? Here are four free or low-cost summer activities in northern Ohio just right for you.

Beating the Heat

One of the best ways to cool down during a hot summer day is a dip in a refreshing pool, but sometimes your young ones can’t swim yet. Fortunately, there is a fun and often free or low-cost solution: spraygrounds! In a sprayground, water is sprayed out of fountains to allow your child to put on a swimsuit and safely play in the cool water.

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Although these spraygrounds are much safer than swimming in a pool or lake, it’s crucial that a responsible adult supervises a child at all times.

Benefits abound for young children engaged in water play. Here is just one way that’s true for toddlers: “Toddlers are very tactile. They like to explore with all their senses and they enjoy all kinds of sensory activities — water play is one of these. It’s a combination of learning and enjoyment.”

Musical Moments

Even the youngest (and oldest) among us enjoys moving to the beat of music, so outdoor summer concerts can be an ideal form of summer fun for the entire family.

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Listening to music is beneficial for people of all ages, including young children. According to, music literally makes you happier, as your brain releases a “feel-good” substance while you listen to music you enjoy. This can make you feel “happiness, excitement and joy.” Listening to music can help people sleep better afterward and aids in improving both learning and memory.

Bring a Blanket and Popcorn

Outdoor movie nights abound!

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This is a simple and fun way to enjoy warm summer evenings. You’ll want to ensure your family has comfortable seating, whether a blanket or folding chairs, and be sure to bring bug spray and snacks. Then, you’re all set!

Children’s Garden

The Canton Garden Center regularly holds children’s garden events for children ages 3 through 8. You can see the summer schedule here and register your child online. You need to preregister on Mondays by noon for the Wednesday program, held from 10 to 11 a.m. Children may be assigned to activity groups based on age (Seeds: 3 to 5; Sprouts: 6-8).

July programs include:

July 5My Ohio: How are Buckeyes & Ladybugs just like you?

July 19Art in the Garden: Mother Nature is an Artist! How about you?

The theme on August 9 is It's the Berries! What will you discover about berries?

You can find many more free or low-cost summer activities for your family at Northeast Ohio Family Fun. Have a fun and safe summer season!

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