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9 Things YOU Must Do Before Back-To-School in Stark County

July 30, 2019 - Believe it or not…the big yellow bus will be turning the corner and the kids will be heading back to school! It seems like summer flew by so quickly, but don’t worry there is still plenty of time to get in those summer activities before the kids go back. Here are the 9 things you and your kids HAVE to do before summer is over!

1. Back to School Shopping

It’s every Dad’s least favorite word….shopping! This year you don’t have to spend a fortune on the kids back to school style! Shopping at Belden Village Mall, not only showcases the latest fashions, all at affordable prices. With all the kids favorite stores, Justice, American Eagle, Macy's, Children’s Place, Sears and so many more, you have one stop shopping! Make sure to check out all the boutiques in Stark County for all your unique back-to-school clothes, including Mainstream Boutique in North Canton, Best Bib and Tucker in Hartville, and Two E’s in a Pod in Hartville!

2. Go Swimming on a HOT day

It’s the last few weeks of summer, so head out to Clay’s Park Resort in North Lawrence to enjoy their adventure waterpark, Baylor Beach in Navarre, or if it is a rainy day, head to the Massillon Recreation Center for indoor swimming! All three have awesome waterslides and other activities available on location!

3. Enjoy your Pigskin's Pals Membership 

Do you have kids that are between the ages of 2-12? Get them signed up for the FREE Membership Program that grants free admission & goodies at 19 attractions throughout Stark County until September 2nd! Who doesn't love free summer fun & exploring new places with their kids? Learn more about the program and about the participating attractions. 

4. Have fun at outdoor attractions!

We don't want to wish the warm weather away anytime soon, so let's continue to play outside! Beech Creek Gardens, home to the interactive butterfly house, and the interactive Nature Playce perfect for all ages! Don't forget to head to Slugger & Putters for outdoor laser tag, go-karts, putt-putting and so much more. Do you like adventures? Make sure to complete the Cache4Coins Geo Tour that takes you throughout Stark County. 

5. Enjoy the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival

Days in the Park take place Wednesday, August 7th until Saturday, August 10th, which includes a spectacular fireworks display and Grand Parade on Saturday.

6. Visit the MAPS Air Museum

Make sure you get over to the MAPS Air Museum to see the “Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour,” August 9th through the 11th.  You do not want to miss these World War II planes and all the collection that the MAPS Air Museum has on campus.

7. Massillon Fun Fest

With over 60 kids activities, health screenings, make and take crafts, sports team mascots, local dance studio performances, this is one event your kids will not want to miss! Takes place August 10th from 10am until 2pm in Downtown Massillon. Best part, all activites are FREE or a minimal charge!

8. Go for a Bike Ride

Whether you have your own bike or need to rent one from Ernie’s, Stark County has so many trails you can ride on! Head over to the Wilderness Center in Wilmot, one of the many Stark Park trails, or catch the Ohio Erie & Towpath Trail in Canal Fulton. 

9. Stark County Fair

You do NOT want to miss one of the largest agricultural fairs in Ohio running from August 27th until September 2nd! With animals, rides, your favorite fair food, 4H projects, live entertainment, demolition derby, and admission price is only $7. On Friday, August 30th, all kids under 14 get in FREE with an adult, plus there are $10 discounted ride wristbands all day! You can see the full schedule of events and activities on the website. 

Allison Rowe


Allison Rowe is the Marketing Coordinator for Visit Canton.  She enjoys shopping, spending time with friends & family, going to concerts, and watching football!  Allison can be found trying new restaurants, exploring museums, and hanging out at Canton First Fridays.

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