Kid-friendly Things to do in Mayfield Village, Ohio

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Entertaining kids is no easy feat, but you can save yourself from getting stressed out with a little planning. This guide offers some cost-effective options when it comes to local kid-friendly attractions:

Parks and Outdoor Fun

North Chagrin Reservation combines outdoor recreation with wildlife sanctuaries. The reservation is the perfect place for kids, with a nature center and nature education building, as well as several trails, picnic areas and play areas. Visitors can also observe wildlife at Sanctuary Marsh and Sunset Pond.

North Chagrin’s better half, the South Chagrin Reservation, features an arboretum and Look About Lodge, a log cabin where the Cleveland Natural Science Club offers year-round outdoor educational programs for all ages. There are trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, and areas for play and picnicking. The Chagrin River, a designated scenic river, flows through the eastern portion of the reservation.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is also a short drive away, but it’s well worth it. The park is located near metro areas but feels like it’s worlds away. The park is home to countless trails and routes, including the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the major trail that runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There is also special programming for kids, like the Get Up, Get Out & Go! free outdoor recreational program for kids ages 11 to 14. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad operates regular excursions year-round, as well. Visitors can walk or bike the Towpath Trail in one direction and then hop on the train for a scenic ride back to the car.

If you don’t mind a short car ride, consider visiting the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Their exhibits include animals from all around the world, and their educational programming features overnight stays at the zoo, day camps, and behind-the-scenes tours that are perfect for kids of any age.

Indoor Entertainment

Sometimes rain or colder temperatures can throw a wrench into your plans for outdoor fun, but there are still plenty of things to do inside. Fr example, you may want to visit The Children’s Museum of Cleveland. The museum has five permanent interactive exhibits and one rotating exhibit. The museum is an advocate for family learning and offers programs like Terrific Tuesdays, held on the second Tuesday evening of the month, where admission is free and visitors are welcome to explore the museum’s hands-on exhibits.

Fun ’n’ Stuff Amusement Park is in nearby Macedonia and has something for every kid. Play laser tag in the 4,000 square foot arena, go rollerskating, climb the rock wall, or flip around on the Eurobungy, one of Fun ’n’ Stuff’s most popular attractions. The indoor attractions are available year-round, but they also have outdoor, seasonal fun, like go-karting, human hamster balls, mini golf and batting cages. Buy an all-day unlimited wristband or pay per activity.

Pull your kids away from the TV and get them moving. Cleveland is right next door and offers so many things to do, from tours of the city, to professional sports games, to parks and recreation.