Fall is a beautiful time of year in Cleveland and a great time to spend some time with one’s family. Temperatures can start to get frigid and weather has been known to get snowy as early as Halloween, so finding activities for the family can be an outdoor wintry adventure or moved indoors. There are fun celebrations to kick off the holiday season, explorations of the arts in museums and more. Here are five of the best free fall activities for families in Cleveland, both indoors and out.
Second Sundays At The Cleveland Museum Of Art
11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7340

The Cleveland Museum of Art offers family fun every second Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are free activities for the whole family to enjoy like making art projects, exploring the museum, using movement in art and hearing stories. The last two of 2015 will be on November 8 and December 13 with themes “The Impressionist’s Eye” in November and “Build It Up!” in December. This brings families together to learn about art, culture and makes it fun for everyone.

Huntington Presents Winterfest
Playhouse Square
1501 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 241-6000

Held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Winterfest in Downtown Cleveland has become a family and Cleveland tradition. The event takes place all over downtown, including at the Cleveland Public Library, Tower City Center, The Hard Rock Cafe, Tri-C and more. There are free horse-drawn carriage rides around downtown, visits with Santa, free punk hairstyling at The Hard Rock Cafe, a tree lighting and even fireworks. The event lasts all day long, with refreshments at Tri-C after the fireworks. This event is a great time with family and friends, with something for everyone, and it’s a great way to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

Patterson Fruit Farm
11414 Caves Road
Chesterland, OH 44026
(440) 729-1964

Enjoy the scenery driving into Geauga County just about 40 minutes out of Cleveland. Stop in at Patterson Fruit Farm and enjoy the land and the farm. Patterson Fruit Farm is open year round and provides gorgeous views in the woods and along the orchards. There is even a peek at Lake Erie in the distance. This is a great way to get the family out in fresh air and appreciate the beauty of Ohio’s countryside.

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Super Saturdays At Beck
Beck Center For The Arts
17801 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 521-2540

This is a free, interactive learning experience for children in Lakewood, on the west side of Cleveland. Kids from 1-7 years old, plus friends or siblings up to 10 years old, are welcome to learn about different families of instruments on these special, Super Saturdays at the Beck Center for the Arts. These events take place in the morning, starting with a concert featuring the family of instruments featured that day at 9:30 a.m. and then continuing until 11:30 a.m. with visual arts and more musical experiences after the interactive concert, allowing the kids to delve deeper into their learning. Parents may also learn something about each musical family, plus it’s a great way to start of a weekend of family fun. The next Super Saturday will occur on December 5, 2015, featuring the string instruments family.

Lakeshore Learning
27500 Chagrin Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 378-9488

Lakeshore Learning offers free crafts for kids every Saturday of the year from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The kids learn how to make fun crafts like owls, scarecrows, different festive hats, crowns and many crafts geared towards themes for that particular time of year. Reservations are not necessary for these craft days. These events offer young children the opportunity to learn how to make different items along with their parents or siblings. It is a great way to keep the children’s creative juices flowing any time of the year.

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Marcia Hudgel is a writer, yoga teacher, wife, mother to her animals and aunt to 10 nieces and nephews living in Cleveland, OH. She writes about family, animals. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.