1. OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science & Technology, is a welcoming place where children and adults can explore and play in an environment that fosters learning skills and knowledge through HANDS-ON interactive exhibits rooted in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
There are 11 galleries (or WOW! Zones) and more than sixty hands-on, interactive opportunities, or exhibits, linked to the educational content standards of Ohio and. OH WOW!’s permanent exhibit collections promotes understanding of the Scientific Process of Inquiry, encouraging visitors to make observations, draw conclusions from those observations, and adjust or modify their experiments (or actions) to get a different (or better) result.
Located at 11 West Federal St. in Youngstown. Hourschange seasonally; call 330-744-5914 for current information, or visit the website at http://ohwowkids.org/calendar/
2. The Ward Beecher Planetarium, located on the campus of Youngstown State University, provides a variety of interesting astronomy programs for the public January through May and September through December.
A new, full-dome projection system was unveiled September 21 at Youngstown State University’s Ward Beecher Planetarium which makes its capabilities “nothing short of breathtaking,” said Pat Durrell, professor of astronomy and director of the planetarium.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the planetarium. In 2005, it became one of the first in Ohio to embrace the new full-dome video technology, which allowed these shows to become an integral part of YSU’s introductory astronomy courses and general public programs. The new equipment also allows for rapid access to updated content to keep up with the discoveries made in astronomy, such as flying over planetary landscapes, moving through the Milky Way, or viewing the universe on the largest scales. Tiffany Wolbrecht, planetarium lecturer said, “This means we can use the dome to travel anywhere in the universe in a matter of seconds.”
For current information call 330-941-1370 or check the website for the public program schedule at http://www.wbplanetarium.org/programs.html
3. Spend a Day exploring the treasures of the Butler Institute of American Art. Known worldwide as “America’s Museum,” The Butler is the first museum dedicated to housing works created solely by American artists. Constructed of Georgian marble in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, the original museum structure is considered an architectural masterpiece, and is listed as a landmark on the National Registry of Historic Places. Their ever-expanding collection now exceeds 20,000 works of art, spanning a full three centuries. In 2000, Beecher Center, one of the first structures in America built for the display of digital and electronic art, was dedicated. In 2002, the Andrews Pavilion was added and includes a sculpture atrium and an expanded Museum Gift Shop. More than 100,000 people visit the Butler each year. Admission is free to The Butler, located at 524 Wick Avenue in Youngstown. For more information call 330-743-1107 or visit www.butlerart.com.
4. The National Packard Museum's mission is to preserve the Packard Legacy and recognize Packard's influence in transportation and industrial history through interaction with the community and outreach programs. This includes a world-class museum that collects, preserves, and exhibits a collection of automobiles, artifacts, and documents and hosts educational programs and special events that ensure the Packard Legacy endures. The museum also hosts a number of special exhibits throughout the year, including the annual antique motorcycle and its Packard Car Show in July.
Located at 1899 Mahoning Avenue NW in Warren, call 330-304-1899 for more information or visit the website at http://www.packardmuseum.org/
5. The Mahoning Valley is home to a growing number of wineries. Mastropietro Winery is located in Berlin Center. Established in 2005, Mastropiétro Winery was the first winery in Mahoning County and has an on-site vineyard that produces grapes for harvest. At Mastropiétro, guests can enjoy wine and snacks in their Tuscan-themed tasting room or outside on the scenic patio. Events can be held in the 48-person banquet room or on the property’s beautiful 14 acres of land. Local bands regularly provide live music and special events are held throughout the year.
Halliday’s Winery is located in Lake Milton. Nestled between Lake Milton and Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course, Halliday’s Winery is a great place to enjoy food, wine and company. Their menu includes appetizers, flatbread pizzas, paninis and sandwiches, paired with a variety of specialty wines. With their winery building, outdoor space and association with Olde Dutch Mill, Halliday’s Winery can accommodate groups of more than 250 guests for any type of event. Wine tastings and live music are also available for enjoyment.
Also in Lake Milton is Lil Paws Winery. Inspired by their K-9 kids, Lil Paws Winery serves homemade wines and beers, all made on-site and named after the owners’ past or present dogs. Lil Paws does not offer food, but encourages you to bring your own and enjoy it with their wine. Visit on Thursdays for an Essential Oil Yoga Class or enjoy occasional live music performances on weekends.
The Vineyards at Pine Lake is located in Columbiana. The 42-acre Vineyards at Pine Lake is a beautiful lakefront property complete with a banquet hall and tasting room. With its large event center and scenic outdoor space, The Vineyards at Pine Lake is a popular location for weddings and other events. Cooking Club classes, Craft and Sip sessions and an Adult Easter Egg Hunt are also available to visitors.
In Lowellville is L’uva Bella Winery and Bistro. L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro is Youngstown’s first and only California-style winery, with grapes and juices sourced from Italy, Chile, California and Ohio. This winery and bistro also offers a variety of fine dining eats, from steak and seafood to homemade, wood-fired oven pizzas.
Another Lake Milton-area winery is Myrddin Winery. Tucked away on the shore of Lake Milton is Myrddin Winery. Open Thursday-Sunday, this intimate winery offers an extensive selection of food including cheese boards, homemade chips, pizzas, sandwiches and build-your-own desserts. But, what really makes this winery unique is its unbeatable view of Lake Milton! Visitors can sip wine indoors in the Tasting Room or outside on the porch or patio, overlooking the lake.
In Canfield is Diletto Winery. Located across the street from White House Fruit Farm, Diletto Winery offers specialty fruit wines, select appetizers and a plethora of fun activities. Sip n’ Paint Classes are offered several times a month for $36 per person (includes materials, instruction and a glass of wine) and the winery’s many Escape Rooms are always available for booking. Diletto Winery also hosts Murder Mystery Dinners that include a four-course meal, wine and storyline with you as the suspect.
For more information on any of these wineries, visit http://youngstownlive.com/valley-wineries-101/