The Lakewood Family Room
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The Lakewood Family Room offers family resources and support programs that serve parents raising young children, their children and families in a wide variety of programs and environments.

Beck Center for the Arts Theater School
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They produce a travelling show. Usually it's a humorous musical show, about 40 minutes long, and features student actors ranging in age from 7 to 12. Check with the Beck Center for more information.

The Lakewood Public Library storytimes and classes
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They are free. "Weekend Wonders" runs Fridays (10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m.), Saturdays (10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.) and Sundays (2 p.m.), with no pre-registration. The theme runs through each weekend with stories, songs, movements and a craft all relating to the theme. This program runs about half an hour. For the littlest listeners, the morning sessions are best because they'll be around others of similar ages.

Also, each season, the library offers pre-registration classes -- Just Baby n' Me (9 to 24 months), Toddler Treats (2 to 3-1/2 yrs), Storylore (3-1/2 yrs on up), Shake, Rattle and Roll (2 to 6 yrs), and Pajama Party (any age). The library has two branches: one on Detroit Avenue at Arthur, and the other on Madison Avenue at the west end of Madison Park. All of the storytime programs are offered at both branches.

Children's Museum of Cleveland
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Geared for kids ages one to eight, the museum's hands-on exhibits introduce children to science, technology, and cultural diversity.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
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The Cleveland Metropark Zoo is home to 84 endangered species and set upon 168 rolling acres. There is also a 2 acre rainforest exhibit where 10,000 live flowers, trees, and shrubs and more than 600 animals can be found. Every 12 minutes, a tropical rainstorm complete with rain, thunder, wind, and lightning, occurs. Zootrams offer free transportation throughout the zoo and stroller and wagon rentals are available at the Zoo’s gift shop. Picnic areas are available and there are many food concessions throughout the property. Parking is free and the MetroPark Zoo is open every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day. More information about this location can be obtained by calling (216) 661-6500.

Cleveland Metroparks - Rocky River Reservation
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The Rocky River Reservation is part of the Cleveland Metroparks System...an "Emerald Necklace" that surrounds the city with forests, parks, lakes, and meadows. Walking, biking, or rollerblading the multi purpose trail in the morning or at dusk, you are almost guaranteed to see White Tailed Deer, racoons or bats. There are 2 golf courses, a Nature Center, hiking trails, bridle trails, and fishing along the river...almost anything to suit your outdoor desires.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
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Get in touch with the natural world at this non-profit center in Bay Village that offers hands-on nature and science discovery, more than 100 live animals on exhibit, a planetarium and wildlife rehabilitation. Programs include parent & tot, preschool, after school enrichment, family, scouts and school field trips. Log on to www.lensc.org for the current program schedule, including star shows for all ages and free “Meet An Animal” wildlife encounters. Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed major holidays) Free admission; donor funded! Call 440-871-2900 or email info@lensc.org.

Lake Farmpark
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East of Cleveland in Lake County, gives kids the opportunity to visit a working farm, full of livestock, and see how honey, milk, butter, and other farm products are made.

Great Lakes Science Center
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Offers more than 340 interactive science exhibits, a six story tall Omnimax theater and “The Polymer Room” which is an indoor/outdoor toddler play room.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, located in Cleveland's University Circle area, is a treasure trove of over 4 million specimens. Exhibits include Dinosaur bones, natural gemstones and fossils, and a huge section on Ohio birds, plant life, insects, and archeology. A planetarium teaches kids and adults all about the moon, the stars, and the galaxy.

NASA Glenn Research Center
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The NASA Glenn Research Center is a vital part of the NASA space research system. Located near the airport on Brookpark Road, the visitors' center features 6000 square feet of exhibit space, with interactive exhibits on the center's namesake, John Glenn, as well as on the Apollo Era, space flight, and the space shuttles. The center is FREE and open every day.

Cleveland Indians Baseball at Progressive Field
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Nothing beats watching baseball on a sunny summer's day -- for kids and adults too. Jacob's Field offers a number of activities for kids in addition to baseball. There's the fun ballpark food and Kidsland, a special area that gives kids the opportunity to play with a variety of toys and visit with the team mascot, Slider. There's even a kid's concession and kid's team shop.

The Hershey Children's Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Garden
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The Botanical Garden's Children's Garden is a magical place. Located at University Circle, nestled behind the Rose Garden and down from the Woodland Garden, it is a variety of flower and vegetable gardens with kid-size signs, gates, and fences. Fun features include a wheelchair accessible tree house, a cave, worm bins, a watery bog, and a scrounger's garden. It's one of the few Children's Gardens in the United States.

Cedar Point - Sandusky Ohio
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Cedar Point, the second oldest amusement park in the country, sits at the end of a slender strip of land, at the edge of Lake Erie. Located about an hour and a half's drive from downtown Cleveland, the park boasts the largest number of roller coasters in the world, ranging from the venerable, wooden "Blue Streak" to the 420 foot tall "Top Thrill Dragster." New for 2007 will be the Maverick.



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