Wait... in case you're wondering...Yes. I am still pregnant. And hot. And .... I don't want to talk about that anymore. Instead let's talk about something wild that happened to me that inspired this post. I took my kids to the Rocky River Splash Park and was recognized from this blog. That has never in many years of blogging happened to me before at a non-blogger event. It was crazy! But apparently this post from last year has been posted on some local parenting forums. I had an nice chat with the ladies who knew me and they told me to keep posting. Which I haven't done in awhile. So here we are.
Things To Do with Little Kids in Cleveland in the Summer.First of all my kids are 4 and 2. So I've been solidly in the toddler / preschool age group. I know there are a ton of other things for bigger kids (drive in's! pools! summer camps!) but this list is pretty skewed to the smaller age group. Second of all I do show a bit of a westside bias here... Meh. I live in West Park. Can't be helped.
6.) Splash Parks: So there's the Rocky River Splash Park which is awesome:
Morton Splash Park:
|this picture is so incredibly old and yet still makes me so happy|
For a bunch of other Spraygrounds in Northeast Ohio I found this post which has a full list.
5.) Memphis Kiddie Park (here's their website): Last summer was the first time I took my kids. Here's my post on it - Memphis Kiddie Park.
They had so much fun! My then 3.5 year old rode everything but the roller coaster.
This year I think I'll really be in a sweet spot age wise where both my older kids will be into all of the rides (the newborn probably not so much). I think once you hit kindergarten it starts to lose it's shine, though. As far as expense this isn't a once a week place - more like a once or twice a summer place. But absolutely worth it.
4.) Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (here's their website): This is a great beat the heat place to go. They have a planetarium that is ridiculously air conditioned. They even have star shows specifically tailored to the toddler age group (Twinkle Tots every Thurs at 11 and Sat at 12). There's also a small area with some local animals that you can see. It's small enough that even on a 100+ degree day you won't overheat - or can get back into the AC right quick. Perfect for when your kids want to see animals but you aren't up for the entirety of the zoo.
|Another extremely old picture that makes me extremely happy.|
3.) Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (their website): No list of anything kid related in Cleveland is complete with out the zoo. I love the zoo. My kids love the zoo.
2.) Metro Parks the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (here's their website): Pretty much wherever you live in the Cleveland Area there's a spot you can take your kids out and get into the woods.
|It's hard to see but there's a huge blue heron in the background. We watched it fly down river - I think it was more annoyed with us than scared!|
And also as muddy as possible. Funtimes.
1.) Rocky River Park / Beach (here's the location): This is not the biggest beach in Cleveland. It's not the best place for catching waves or enjoying all of fun of Lake Erie. For that try Huntington or Edgewater. But it is absolutely the best beach in the area for taking little kids.
There's a breakwall so the waves never get too big:
We went last night just to get some fresh air:
|belly at the beach|
|overlooking the lake, watching the waves|
So that's my list! What have I missed? What are your favorite places for kids in Cleveland? What's on your summer bucket list? I'd love to hear what else is out there!