I have Friday off this week and am thinking about getting together with a friend and her 13-year-old daughter. Can anyone give me suggestions as what we can can do around town that doesn't cost a lot of money? What places would be open and of interest to a teenager? I don't know if there are outdoor activities that would be possible. I am at a complete loss for something other than watching a movie.
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Lights at the Zoo but that can be a little pricey.
Open skating at Ottawa Park Ice rink. $4 admission, $2 for skate rental. Great holiday atmosphere.
Thanks for the suggestions guys. I think ice skating would be a good idea. Of course, I would fall on my ass but that's all part of the fun.
Fallen Timbers just set up a skating rink as well.
synthetic ice is a poly-like product with a lubricant on it to "simulate" real ice. I have never tried it but it is rarely used as a full replacement for "real" ice. It has it's limitations. The biggest appeal to synthetic ice is that you don't have to have the big chillers to freeze the water for ice.
Hockeyfan I knew you would have the answer. One time in the late 80's my wife and I were in Toronto - Yorkville Village - and they had parts of the paths through the streets frozen for scaters to shop and scate. It was the coolest thing. There was a place where you could scate up and get a drink. Fun stuff.
The art museum. Any of the Metroparks. Wildwood and Pearson, in particular, seem to have a lot of people coming and going with friendly canines. A walk around the botanical garden is pretty nice, even in the dead of winter.
If you can go a little further, the Towpath Trail at Providence Metropark leads you to a high shelter house overlooking a bend in the Maumee River. It's a spectacular view. You can build a fire there, have a winter picnic.
If I were doing that, I'd stop by Fallen Timbers mall on the way home, just because they have really interesting public areas (fire pit, benches, nice decorations). Maybe grab a coffee or tea there.
You could also make a batch of Christmas cookies together. I have found that creative cookie-decorating is a good female bonding experience.
Free admission at the zoo (according to City Paper) for county residents on the 24th only. They're keeping very short hours -- like 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or something.
I also read that the shade garden area of the Botanical Garden is decorated with lights. The artists' cabins always look festive this time of year, too. TBG is free and open until 9 p.m. every night until 12/31.
I agree with much of the posts...the zoo, making cookies, ice skating, etc. Anything you do with family is a good thing! - Derran Reebel