Fun Kids' Places for the Day in Cleveland, Ohio

by Althea Thompson

Whether visiting Cleveland for a day or planning a long vacation, parents can find attractions that children will enjoy. This city in northeastern Ohio is rich with cultural and educational attractions, including museums, park and theaters. Activities for children help them explore the history of Cleveland. Experiencing these activities as family helps build strong bonds and memories for a lifetime.

Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center ( is an educational, yet fun environment for children. Families can settle in and enjoy a film on the Omnimax Theater screen. The day will be packed with visits to some of the 400 exhibits, restaurant and science store. Children can experience an indoor tornado exhibit, a funhouse and the NASA Glenn Research Center. Families can visit alone, or schools may organize one-day field trips to the science center.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo ( offers children the chance to get up close with animals and plants. This zoo has the largest collection of primate species in North America. There are 3,000 animals living in the botanical garden zoo. Children spend a day at the zoo learning about 600 variations of species and the environment they thrive in. The zoo is closed just two days out of the year, so families and schools can plan a day of learning and adventure anytime.

Children's Museum of Cleveland

Children's Museum of Cleveland ( features exhibits for children and parents to enjoy. Blast Off! is an exhibit collaboration with NASA's Glenn Research Center. Young children have the chance to pretend to explore space in a makeshift rocket. The exhibit encourages skills in math, science and language literacy. Other exhibits promote safety for children on bikes and as pedestrians. Parents and children learn valuable safety habits together at this museum.

Memphis Kiddie Park

Memphis Kiddie Park (, in Brooklyn, Ohio, has entertained families in the Cleveland area since 1952. This amusement park offers an intimate family setting with a small number of rides for children and adults. Children ride about 11 rides and a small Ferris wheel; a train can take families for a ride. Memphis Kiddie Park also features the oldest operating steel rollercoaster in North America.

About the Author

Althea Thompson began writing professionally in 2002, and her work has appeared on CBN News and in the award-winning "Focus Magazine." She holds a Master of Arts in journalism from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts in communication and writing from Houghton College.