Enjoy the frosty season with these 10 family-friendly winter activities.
Cold weather blues? Whether you love the winter months or despise them, any of these activities below are perfect options to keep you occupied during the cold weather. There's something for everyone with kid-friendly adventures, adult date night ideas, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
610 South Oak Street | Oxford, Ohio
Photo Credit : Goggin Ice Center
Celebrate the season with classic winter-time fun! Located on the beautiful Miami University campus, Goggin Ice Center is home to public ice skating for all ages— here you can find open public skating, ice skating events, lessons, hockey games, and synchronized skating. Public skating is open on certain times every weekend until April for $9.25/person and they offer skate rentals, skate aid, and locker rentals as well.
7689 Warehouse Row | Liberty Township, Ohio
Dreams of flight can become reality at this indoor skydiving facility. Flyers between the ages of 3 to 103 (and at least 40" tall) can experience flight simulation in the iFly wind tunnel. All flyers will take a training course and be accompanied by a guide. Book your flight online and get ready to suit up.
119 Main Street | Hamilton, Ohio
Escape the cold temperatures at this charming, cozy candle shop. At Petals & Wicks, you can shop their handcrafted candles or pour your own! Visit their scent bar to choose your own combination; you'll get to pour the fragrance, mix the wax, and create your own custom label for your candle. Make your reservation online, or look into booking a scent party bar for friends and family.
7379 Squire Court | West Chester, Ohio
A visit to the world's largest indoor train journey is a great activity for the whole family, especially for the little ones. EnterTRAINment Junction offers variety of fun attractions including a 25,000 square foot train display with panoramic views, the world's largest marble display, A-Maze-N Funhouse, and Imagination Junction. January 3 through January 31 you can get the Winter Escape special with 20% off the Do-It-All tickets and pass holders can bring a friend for free.
1050 Central Avenue | Middletown, Ohio
Create your own fused glass creations with the help of Haute Fusion Studio. Owner and world-renowned artist John Ferrando teaches different workshops that are suitable for all ages. Make your own mosaics, dreamcatchers, jewelry, ornaments and more with no experience necessary. Check out the workshop schedule to choose your class and go get creative.
5440 Dixie Highway | Fairfield, Ohio
It's easy to spend hours inside of Jungle Jim's exploring this 6+ acre foodie paradise. The store is chock full of animation, themed aisles, and over 180,000 products from all over the world. For example, to buy bananas you get inside a cage with a big stuffed gorilla, the frozen food features fake penguins, and the honey aisle has giant real hornet's nests. On your journey, here are seven things to keep an eye out for.
6 North Beech Street | Oxford, Ohio
Get creative with paint and pottery at You're Fired! Studio. Choose from a large variety of pottery pieces or sign up for one of their themed classes. Walk ins are always welcome, but reservations are recommended to avoid wait time— call to book your spot.
113 North 3rd Street | Hamilton, Ohio
Eat, drink and play pinball! The Pinball Garage has the vibe of a sports bar— offering food and a full bar— with the addition of 30 pinball machines that are among the 50 top-rated pinball games of all time. The Pinball Garage features all mechanical pinball machines; some of which were newly made by VPCabs, while others date back to the 90s. It's a great idea for a date night, day out with friends, or family game night.
Butler County is full of local breweries, each with their own unique story and flair. Try 100% gluten free beer at Rolling Mill Brewing Company— the only dedicated gluten free brewery in Ohio; try the fun winter ales at Swine City Brewing; or relax and watch a football game at Grainworks. There are 12 amazing breweries to discover... which one will be your favorite?
Completing the Butler County Donut Trail is a great winter activity, especially because donuts are delicious any time of the year. Grab your passport, visit our 13 local mom-and-pop donut shops, receive a stamp at each shop, and finally turn your passport in to get a free Donut Trail T-shirt. It's a sweet adventure for all ages!