Most parents look for ways to keep their children entertained but educated. With the way the economy is nowadays, most are looking for an inexpensive way to do this. Here are five of places that you can take your little ones that won’t break the bank.
1. Cleveland Zoo
Most children love animals, so why not head over to the Cleveland Zoo and Rain Forest? Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109. The zoo and rain forest are open all year. There is plenty to eat there, but there are picnic areas set up so you can bring in your own food.
The zoo is separated into different parts so whatever animal your child is fond of there is a place just for them. Make sure you check out the lion exhibit and head over for the afternoon elephant walk. And take a walk through the butterfly house. These are just a few things your child will surely not forget.
2. Memphis Kiddie Park
Most amusement parks cost a fortune and your little ones are not tall enough to ride them. If you find this to be the case with you then you and your family will most likely enjoy Memphis Kiddie Park, located 10340 Memphis Ave Brooklyn, OH 44144 . They have tons of rides for all the little ones. From merry-go-rounds to an actual roller coaster.
Here you pay as you go, and the tickets never expire! You can purchase a ticket book for less than $30 and there are bonus coupons that can be used towards food or mini golf. There is no charge for parking or getting into the park. So if they day takes a turn for the worst you won’t be out of any money you can always come back and start where you left off.
3. Kalahari Treetop Play Area
When you here the name Kalahari Water Park you never think of FREE. However tucked away in the corner of the downstairs of the resort, is a wonderful play are for the kids. It is open all year round and there is absolutely no charge.
The play area is a jungle themed maze full of tunnels and tubes to climb through. It is soft and safe for the little ones to play. All they need are a pair of socks and energy. If your little one is a bit short then you will need socks and energy to chase after them.
4. Cleveland Childrens Museum
Kids love pretend play. At the Cleveland Childrens Museum located in the University circle at 10730 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106 they can explore and pretend all they want. With rotating exhibits the museum keeps things fresh and exciting. But they do keep a few exhibits the same such as the “Splish! Splash!” water exhibit or the “House and Hospital Exhibit” and much more.
They are open almost every day from 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m and the cost is just $7.00 per person (Adults & Children). If your little one is under the age of one then they are FREE!
5. Local Library
If all else fails you can always visit your local library. With over 40 different libraries in the Cleveland area you have plenty to choose from. Each library has free activities and programs geared towards children.
There are toddler story times as well as young explorer groups. This is an awesome way for your child to get to know other children there age as well as learning to love books.
No matter where you go always put your children first and make it fun for them!