October 27, 2013 by Alicia
Well we’re back in Cleveland and it is now starting to be my least favorite time of year– winter. Bleh. On the bright side, I’m a SAHM now and don’t have obligations to get out of the house everyday in the wretched weather. Score! However, I don’t want my children to be hermits for 6 months out of the year so I have done LOTS of research and have found some fun things to do with little ones while it’s so-freaking-cold outside.
A few things to understand about my list – I have mostly highlighted what would be fun for toddlers and preschoolers. There are lots of other options out there if you have school-age children. Also, I really wanted cheap/free options so for my top 8, I aimed to get the price around $5 per person, or less. The last 2 are more expensive.
(Listed by increasing price)
1. Cleveland Children’s Museum – Free on the second Tuesday of every month, 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
-Exhibits designed specifically for infants and toddlers
-Exhibits where kids can do kid-version of grown up things (grocery shopping, pump gas, banking, driving, etc)
–Baby & Me – birth thru 18 months
-Toddler Time – 19 thru 35 months
-Preschool Time – 3 thru 5 years old
–Indoor Wildlife Exhibits: Free everyday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
*Twinkle Tots: $2 per person, Ages 0-3, 11 a.m. Weds & Thurs / 12 p.m. Sa & Su.
*Stellar Stars: $3 per person, Ages 3-7, 11:30 a.m. Weds & Thurs / 12:30 p.m. Sa & Su
–Adults, 12 & over -$5.25
-Kids 2-11, $3.25
-Kids under 2- Free
5. The Jump Yard – North Royalton – Half price Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (prices below ARE half price)
–6 months & under – Free (always)
-6 months up to 30″ tall – $2.50
-Children 30”-35” – $6
-Children 36” and over – $7
-Parents- Free! (always)
-Junior JumpYard area for toddler/preschoolers only
–Toddler playground, 2 & under- $4/each
-Larger playground, 3 & up- $8/each
-$1 off coupon available on their website
–Jumper Child 30″ Tall thru 6 years old – $10
-Tiny Tot Crawler up to 29″ Tall- $5 or FREE with a $10 admission child
*9:30-10:50 a.m. Inflatable playtime
*10:50-11 a.m. Gross Motor Skill Activity
*11-11:30 a.m. Circle Time
-Circle Time consists of:
*A story to fit the theme of the week
*Engaging group songs
*Letter/Number of the week
*Shape/color recognition activities
–Workshops are approximately 45 minutes long
-Additional child is $5/each
-Hands on activities are often messy (dress children accordingly)
-Must register ahead of time
-On weekdays and Saturdays
-Workshops include admission to Great Lakes Science Center and Polymer Funhouse (usually $14/adult, $12/2-12 year olds).
-Pay for parking if you park in their garage