My partner and I visited Youngstown for a weekend away, but we saw how much family fun can be had when the kids tag along, too. For something educational, take the kids to OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology or the Arms Family Museum. OH WOW! has plenty of exhibits and programs to shape – and entertain – young minds while the Arms Family Museum takes visitors back in time through the Mahoning Valley’s past.
Stopping at White House Fruit Farm in Canfield, Ohio, is a Mahoning County MUST, and there are plenty of things for you AND your kids to do. After walking through the farm market to snag their world-famous blueberry donuts, deli meats, fresh produce and homemade jams, be sure to take the kids around the lawn to feed the fish at the pond and play on the turkey house-turned playground. Before you go, you’ll want to head to their website to check out their seasonal festivals and special donuts! Depending on what’s in season, you can even pick your own fruits.
If the weather permits, Boardman Park is a green oasis in the middle of a busy township. Spanning 300 acres, the park has walking trails, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, frisbee golf and even outdoor concerts in the summer.
To connect even more with nature, take the drive to Berlin Center to visit Noah’s Lost Ark, a safe haven for exotic animals. See lions, tigers, cougars, wolves and more up close while learning about them and their natural habitats.
When traveling to Youngstown, be sure to check what’s happening at all the great performing arts venues in the area. I would definitely recommend scheduling your trip around what’s going on across the city to see a great show while you’re exploring!
There’s the Covelli Centre, a premier entertainment venue that hosts all kinds of events, from hockey games and Disney On Ice to big-name concerts and comedy shows; Stambaugh Auditorium, a historical landmark that surrounds live performances with beautiful 1920s architecture; DeYor Performing Arts Center, a dynamic and modern venue for concerts, theater productions and other captivating performances; and The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre, which brings in big names for unique outdoor concerts experiences. You can even stop by the Youngstown State University campus for theater performances in Bliss Hall or cheer on the Penguins in football, baseball, basketball and more in their sports facilities across the city.