5 Ohio Kid Friendly Holiday Break Activities

It’s Holiday break and the kids are home, what’s a mom or dad to do to keep them off the screens? Get out this year and make memories instead. I’ve seen blogs coming out with all the things that we normally do, Christmas lights at the zoo, the Nutcracker and seeing Santa but Ohio has more to offer you this time of year.

Malabar Farm State Park

Nestled in the hills of the Mohican Loudonville area you’ll find the beautiful Malabar Farm Historic State Park. During the Holiday season they offer the stunning candle light tours of the farm. The cool crisp air offers the welcoming scents of fresh cookies and hot cider as you come up the walk way. The farm is wonderful any time of the year but it’s particularly welcoming at the holidays

Candle Light Holiday Tours

November 30th, Dec. 1st, 7th & 8th

December 2nd & 9th 

Event Price:
$5 – Adult (ages 18+)
$3 – Child (ages 6-17)
Ages 5 and under FREE

Ohio Village: Dickens of a Christmas

If you have never been to the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village, Christmas is the time to come. You can capture the spirit of holidays past, where Charles Dickens’s festivities comes to life through jolly carols, decorations and traditions inspired by his masterfully spun tales. Meander through the village, buy some gifts from the emporium and make certain to take time for the history museum.

I love tricking my kids into learning while doing something fun, we have made some of our best memories in places we have not expected. The Ohio History Center has been one of those places.  The historical center has Ohio history laid out in a way that your family can enjoy and learn at the same time!

Dickens of a Christmas

Sat., Dec. 8 & 15 • 5:30-9 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 9 & 16 • Noon-5 p.m. 

Ohio History Connection Member Pricing: $9/Adult Member; $6/Youth Member (4–12); Free/Child (3 &under)*

General Admission:   $14/Adult; $11 Youth (4–12); Free/Child (3 &under) 

Photo Credit: Ohio History Connection

Christmas Train Rides

Who doesn’t love trains? The sights and sounds wake the heart of your inner child and they will certainly capture your children’s hearts too! Riding on a train filled with the spirit of the holidays and sound of music as you rumble on the tracks will create memories and experience unparalleled to anything else you can do during the holiday break.  There are many places in Ohio that offer these wonderful winter outings.

Dennison Railroad Depot

Cuyahoga Valley National Scenic Railway 

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

LM&M Railroad and the North Pole Express

Mad River and NKP Holiday Train

Photo Credit: Dennison Railroad Depot

Mott’s Military Museum

Want something other than holiday cheer centered around Christmas, Mott’s Military Museum is a wonderful place to adventure while on break. This little gem is located in Groveport, Ohio and is easily accessible. We love this museum and have spent hours there taking in everything that Mr. Mott has brought together. After your time here you can be reflective on everything that has taken us to this point in history. Give your kids the gift of military history knowledge this year!

Groupon offers a 48% off right now making this outing one of the most economical things you can do.

Hike at Alum Creek State Park and Butch Bando’s Holiday Fantasy of Lights and Santa’s House

Take a delightful hike through Alum Creek State Park prior to your drive through the lights. Winter hiking can provide you with a sense of wonder in the quiet woods and it can help keep the screen time down in your family while they are out of school. After your hike and before the lights you can grab some dinner at one of the local restaurants in the area. You can make it a full day outing before you head to the light show.

After dinner load the family into the car and enjoy Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campground from November 16 – January 1st.  The Drive-Thru Light Show features thousands of twinkling lights as you drive through the display, and before you head home stop at Santa’s House at Cross Creek Campground (3190 South Old State Rd.).  This event will certainly get your family into the holiday spirit.  If you are thinking, we did this LAST year, please note, all holiday lights have been upgraded to LED, you can expect a more brilliant and dazzling light show!


Monday-Thursday: $20
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: $30

Limos, Large Vans and Motorhomes: $40

No matter what you decide to do this holiday season, make sure to create family memories that will last longer than the wrapping paper on the packages. Try not to tear through the holiday with shopping on the mind, but thinking about how to savor the season with family and be present. 

Happy Holidays and Happy Adventures,


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