It’s officially summer and, as is typical of any Northeast Ohio resident, I want to be outside as much as possible during these all-too-brief beautiful months. So, I thought I’d share some of our favorite outdoor play date options for sunshine fun with your little ones.
Hours: Weekdays 10am-6pm, Weekends 10am-9pm. Click here for hours on specific dates.
Cost: $2.25 per ticket for rides or you can buy a book of 10 tickets for $20 or a book of 25 tickets plus coupons for $33.
What Jeffrey loves: All the rides that are just his size!
What I love: Memphis Kiddie Park is just the right size for kids, it’s affordable, and the people who run the rides are so sweet. Plus, I remember going there as a kid (and my mom remembers going there when she was a kid, too)!
Hours: Daily, 8am-9pm
Cost: Free! But you can and should make a donation to help maintain the park here.
What Jeffrey loves: The swings! The slides! The sandbox! The train! The dinosaurs!
What I love: It’s a gorgeous, well-maintained playground with a ton of fun options. Plus, the mission of making a playground that is accessible to all children, including those with disabilities, is great.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm
Cost: Adults, $11; Children 3-12, $6; Children under 3, Free
What Jeffrey loves: The Hershey Children’s Garden
What I love: The Cleveland Botanical Garden is great any time of year! The outdoor gardens are lovely and offer a totally different experience than what we love about the indoor gardens.
Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm
Cost: Adults, $14.25; Senior (age 62+), $12.25; Juniors (ages 2-11), $10.25; Under 2 years, Free
What Jeffrey loves: All the animals, but particularly the elephants (check out one of the daily Elephant Crossings if you can) and the chance to feed the giraffes at the Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter
What I love: There’s always something new and fun to discover at the Zoo!
Hours: Daily, 9am-5pm
Cost: Adults, $10; Seniors on Tuesdays, $5; Youth ages 6-18, $4; Children under 5, Free
What Jeffrey loves: The Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower
What I love: The workout I get climbing the Emergent Tower!
Hours: Dependent on date. Click here for details.
Cost: There all sorts of different packages and options. Click here for details. Generally, $47.99 for adults.
What Jeffrey loves: All the rides, Dinosaurs Alive, and the petting zoo
What I love: There is so much to do! We are season pass holders, so we can go up for part of a day and not feel the pressure to do everything in one day.
What Jeffrey loves: Any chance to be in the water.
What I love: The views. The people watching. The downtown vibe.
Hours: Dependent on event.
Cost: Dependent on event.
What Jeffrey loves: Animals. Rides. Fried food.
What I love: See above.
Hours: Dependent on location.
Cost: Dependent on location.
What Jeffrey loves: The water. Chasing seagulls. Playing in the sand.
What I love: Any chance to be by the water!