End the summer with a memorable trip to one of greater Northeast Ohio’s arts, culture and entertainment locales. Whether you’re looking for something little bit educational, a little bit adventurous, or just plain fun, these ideas for What 2 Do B4 Back2School in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Wooster and New Philadelphia won’t let you down.
No. 1 GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER
Get hands-on, minds-on family fun at Great Lakes Science Center! See and touch hundreds of hands-on exhibits, visit the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, immerse yourself in its six-story Cleveland Clinic OMNIMAX ® Theater, climb aboard a historic Great Lakes freighter and marvel at science demonstrations performed right before your eyes. Experience an amusement park for the mind! Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $14 general adult admission, $12 children younger than 12. 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland. greatscience.com.
No. 2 FISHING AT WILDWOOD MARINA
Wildwood Marina is Cleveland’s only, daily walk-on head boat fishing charter for individuals or small groups. Want to go walleye fishing? Wildwood Marina has everything you need, including bait, tackle, fishing licenses and rental rods. Fish cleaning service is also available when you return with your catch of the day. It also offers scuba diving and sightseeing tours! Open daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Charters start at $100 per person. 16975 Wildwood Dr., Cleveland. discoverydive.com.
No. 3 PLANETARIUM SHOW AT CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Astronomy experts present live shows that explain current celestial phenomena and include time for your astronomy-related questions. The current show, “Life: A Cosmic Story,” is narrated by two-time Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster and features events since the Big Bang. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Planetarium show tickets are $4 (with museum ticket). 1 Wade Oval Dr., University Circle, Cleveland. cmnh.org.
No. 4 AKRON RUBBERDUCKS GAME
Catch a game at Canal Park this summer and watch the Akron RubberDucks dominate. The RubberDucks are the Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Grab a ballpark frank from the Game Grill and check out a home game August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 7:05 p.m. and August 10 and 31 at 2:05 p.m. Tickets start at $5. Canal Park, 300 S. Main St., Akron. akronrubberducks.com.
No. 5 AKRON ZOO
Imagine looking a tiger in the eye, or getting nose-to-nose with a Komodo dragon! And meet Malaya and Makalu—the new baby snow leopard cubs on exhibit now! At the Akron Zoo, you’ll come within inches of 700 exotic animals from around the world. Only a pane of glass separates you from endangered species in state of the art exhibits. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for children younger than 14. 504 Euclid Ave., Akron. akronzoo.org.
No. 6 OH WOW! ROGER & GLORIA JONES CHILDREN’S CENTER FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The OH WOW! Center features learning exhibits and EDUtainment for learners of all ages in Avionics, Earth and Weather, Engineering, the River of Knowledge, Sound and Light, Energy and more. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8, and children younger than 2 get in free. 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown. ohwowkids.org.
No. 7 BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART
The Butler Institute is the first museum of American art. The museum’s mission is to preserve and collect works of art in all media created by citizens of our country. The institute’s holdings now exceed 20,000 individual works, and the Butler is known worldwide as “America’s Museum.” The current exhibit features works from the 78th annual national juried show. Open 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. butlerart.com.
No. 8 GO-KARTS AT ACRES OF FUN
Race your way around the flying curves of Acres of Fun Speedway and see who can be the first to the finish line! Other activities include laser tag, roller skating, batting cages and bumper boats, and combo packages are available. Drivers must be 56 inches tall to drive themselves. Guests over 40 inches tall may ride with a licensed driver. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday (check website for individual attraction times). $6.50 per kart. 3889 Friendsville Rd., Wooster. acresoffun.com.
No. 9 TRUMPET IN THE LAND OUTDOOR DRAMA AT SCHOENBRUNN AMPHITHEATER
Written by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paul Green, “Trumpet in the Land” is an unforgettable experience that brings to life the Ohio frontier during the Revolutionary War. Performed in the same hills from which this story is born, Trumpet is a thrilling and passionate story of a peaceful people’s influence on the war and the tragic events that encircled the founding of Ohio’s first settlement, Schoenbrunn. With professional actors, lighting effects, galloping horses and pyrotechnics, the show comes to life in the beautiful amphitheater. 1600 Trumpet Dr. NE, New Philadelphia. For upcoming show times and dates, visit trumpetintheland.com.