It’s January in Akron, which is synonymous with cloudy, snowy and cold days. This year do something different besides hunkering down and putting on 10 pounds. There’s a lot to do in the area, below are just a few of the things going on in January.
Akron Zoo (akronzoo.org) – The zoo is open and winter is a good time to go. In addition to the regular attractions every Saturday in January has the “Cabin Fever Reliever”. This program is free with admission and has crafts, activities, hot chocolate, story time and an animal handler available for questions.
Another benefit to the cold weather is you can buy fish and feed the Humboldt penguins. This is fun for all ages and January is a great time to go. You might have the penguins all to yourself.
Akron Art Museum (akronartmuseum.org) – The museum has free admission every Thursday. During the rest of the month they have events for children and adults. Some of the January offerings include: an art making demonstration, classes, a film, a kid’s studio (art making) class, a “Creative Play Date” and “Story Time in the Galleries”. Most are free or have a nominal fee.
Although not usually open on Mondays the museum will be open for a free Family Drop-In event on Martin Luther King Day. The “Museum on the Mountaintop” program will have art marking activities, music, a film, tours and performances.
Akron-Summit County Library (akronlibrary.org) – Summit County has an excellent library system with a variety of free programs. The programs include something for everyone – babies, toddlers, children, teens, adults and families.
Some of the offerings include: book clubs, story time for babies/toddlers, computer classes, movies, genealogy classes, writing contests for K-12, resume writing classes, crafts/art activities and much more. If your child struggles with reading look into their Paws for Reading program.
These are wonderful resources and a great way to get out of the house. January doesn’t have to be spent in-doors waiting for spring to arrive. Get out and do something fun. “Do something fun” – wouldn’t that make a great New Year’s Resolution!?
Nicole Abbott – writer, educator and psycho-therapist