Eclipse Viewing and Eclipse Home Activities: Where to go, what to do in the 419


The last time a total eclipse was visible from the U.S was in August of 2017, and the last Ohio one was 1809! The next U.S Total Eclipse will not take place until 2044. Ohio’s next will be 2099!

This truly will be a once in a lifetime for some of us.

NW Ohio is lucky enough to be included in the line of this Astrological Phenominon and we have some ideas for you. From where the events will be, to how you can prep your kids for an experience you’ll all remember, check below because we have you covered!

Pre Eclipse Celebrations

April 6th: Total Eclipse the Burg, Community Festival.

12-6pm. Activies will take place in downtown Perrysburg between Louisiana, E. Indiana and E. Fifth St.

Food Trucks: Rusty’s Road Trip, Susie Lynne’s Lemonade, Detroit Mini Donut.

On Commodore School Yard:

Obstacle Course (12-4pm)*

Kid Dash (2pm)*

Kid Inflatables (12-4pm)

*registration required

Big Tent Activities:

Kids Art and Crafts (12-4pm)

Vital Vibes Yoga (12:30-1pm)

Magic with Eli (1pm & 2pm)

Glo-Vation Circus (1:30pm & 2:30pm)

Live Music

Nothing Bundt Cakes & Erie Cotton Candy.

Way Public Libray: Eclipse Movies (9am-10pm) and a Video Game Marathon (9am-7pm)

Downtown Shops: Glow Walk ( 7pm-9pm)


April 7th: Eclipse of the Towpath- Maumee

This family fun day takes place in the White Street parking lot along the banks of the Maumee River, near the towpath. Visitors can learn about the eclipse, grab eclipse viewing glasses and try free yoga. Vendors, live music and children’s activities will also be available.

This event is pet-friendly.  Learn more about it here.

Total Brewclipse at Imagination Station

This one is for the adults. April 6th you can take over Imagination Station in Downtown Toledo and celebrate without the kids. 17 BRAND NEW solar eclipse themed beers from breweries across NWO will be featured.

Check out all the activities included with tickets, and purchase all in this link 

Eclipse Viewing- April 8th

 Imagination Station. This is FREE and open to the public. Enjoy food trucks, fun games and science activities and demonstrations to stay entertained.

Toledo Zoo Ampitheatre. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will host a variety of special programming, before holding an eclipse watch party in the amphitheater. Admission is free for Lucas County residents who arrive at the zoo between 10 a.m. and noon.  Admission is standard for non-Lucas County residents. Special eclipse viewing glasses will be available while supplies last.

BGSU will hold its free solar eclipse watch party at the Doyt Perry Stadium from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will feature interdisciplinary events and activities. Some BGSU students will serve as eclipse ambassadors for the event.

Click here to learn more.

Franklin Park Mall 1-4pm. Head to the top of the parking garage for live music, food and drinks.

Whitehouse Viewing Party. The village is hosting a viewing party at Whitehouse Village Hall and Blue Creek Metropark. Enjoy food trucks and bring lawn chairs during the event from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Glasses will be available in limited quantities. Parking will be available at Village Hall, along Providence Street and at Blue Creek Metropark.

Blackout on the Bay- Oregon.The city of Oregon will host a solar eclipse viewing party at the Oregon Rec Soccer Fields. The free event is open to the public and solar eclipse viewing glasses will be provided by the city. For more information, click here.

Springfield Twnship. Enjoy daylong festivities and activities at Homecoming Park the day of the eclipse.

Other Places with Watch Spots in Downtown Toledo:

Glass City Metropark, Promenade Park, Hensville, The Heights & Maumee Bay Brewing Co.

Home Activities

Home Crafts/Activities:

Imagination Station has some great ideas for you to do at home with your kids like viewers & UV bracelets along with PDF and printable activity sheets. Check them out here. 

You can also do a simple painting/coloring Eclipse art craft like this paper plate one.

Make Space Themed Snacks:

Marshmellow Constellations

Puppy Chow “moon rocks” 

Life Savers, Moon Pies, Donut Holes, Starbursts and Capri Suns are all great quick grab treats.

Make an Eclipse Paylist

Here are some songs to get you started:

Total Eclipse of the Heart- Bonnie Tyler

Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles

Waiting for the Sun- The Doors

Black Hole Sun- Soundgarden

Steal My Sunshine-LEN

Man on the Moon- R.E.M

We hope you enjoy this once in a lifetime moment, and also be aware of the fact that MANY people will be traveling in and out of the area this upcoming weekend for the event. Plan extra time, plan a back up plan and plan patience when necessary.


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