While the interstates make it easy to travel around Northeast Ohio, the cityscapes in the east, south and west are uniquely different no matter where you go. The city of Beachwood is no exception to the rule. Its diverse, culturally rich places are perfect for families to explore.
So how do you spend the day in Beachwood?
Breakfast is a great way to start! Try The Nervous Dog Coffee Bar (La Place, 2101 Richmond Road, nervousdog.com). Settle in with the family in a cushy booth seat or grab a table. This is a quick spot that provides a more homey feel with fun cold or hot coffee blends and easy grab-and-go eats, vegetarian options and more. Get the kids a hot cocoa, made with dark chocolate, cocoa powder and steamed milk.
If you are looking for a historic place for breakfast, go to the first Yours Truly Restaurant (25300 Chagrin Blvd., ytr.com/beachwood) for a family sit-down meal. It has kids’ and gluten-free options. The restaurant doesn’t feel like a chain because of its quaint diner feel.
If you are looking for places to help kids get educated about the past, there are some interesting cultural sites in the city.
This summer is the 2020 Olympic games, which will be held in Toyko. The events and athletes will be celebrated on the world-stage; however, that wasn’t the case for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. A tragedy occurred in which 11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage in the Olympic Village by terrorists and then murdered. David Berger, a weightlifting competitor and a Shaker Heights native who emigrated to Israel, was one of those killed. You can visit the The David Berger Memorial at the Mandel Jewish Community Center (26001 S. Woodland mandeljcc.org).
While you are at Mandel JCC, if you want the kids to have some playtime, too, Preston’s H.O.P.E. Playground Park is right on the property. The all-abilities playground provides accessible, family-friendly equipment and is free to the public (prestonshope.com).
Not too far from the playground is Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2929 Richmond Road, maltzmuseum.org). In addition to its exhibits that help people understand Jewish history, the museum also has an extensive calendar of events for families. In the summer, it offers kids hands-on sensory experiences.
Families also like spending their time together shopping — and Beachwood Place (26300 Cedar Road, (beachwoodplace.com) provides offerings for both kids and their parents.
“Beachwood Place is a great place for families,” says Beachwood Place General Manager Heidi Yanok. “Not only do we offer hands-on learning opportunities for kids at retailers like Microsoft and The Lego Store, but we also host free, family-friendly events like movie nights and performances that are open to the entire community. Did we also mention that we have the only Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue in the region for moms?”
Also, coming soon to Beachwood Place is H&M Home, which offers modern interior design and decorations; Carters, a brand of children’s clothing, gifts and accessories; Journeys Kidz, a youth shoes, apparel and accessories brand from infant to tweens; and new food court option Baja Bistro Tex-Mex Grille, specializing in fresh Mexican and Southwestern food.
La Place at Beachwood Place (2101 Richmond Road, beachwoodplace.com/en/visit/la-place), which is a plaza right on the mall’s property, also offers unique shopping and dining, such as the only The Container Store in Northeast Ohio.
If you and your kids are getting hungry for lunch or dinner — or if you are planning a date night soon — La Place is a perfect spot for a sit-down meal or quick ice cream fix.
Bomba Taco + Bar has a kids’ menu and gluten-free offerings. You also can wake up late on Saturday and Sunday and from 11 a.m-3 p.m. order from the brunch menu — and maybe add a mimosa (the kids have their own brunch options, too). For dinner or lunch, craft your own guacamole or get a sharable. Also, your Picky eaters will have kids’ staples like chicken tenders, but the menu offers plenty of other options for them to try.
At La Place, there are other family-friendly eats and treats such as Lindey’s Lake House (lindeyslakehouse.com) and Mitchell’s Ice Cream (mitchellshomemade.com/shops)
If you are hoping to drop off the kids at a sitter to get some steak and/or seafood, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse (26300 Chagrin Blvd., hydeparkrestaurants.com) and Blu (3355 Richmond Road, blutherestaurant.com) are both easily accessible from Chagrin Boulevard & I-271.
Did you know there is a comedy club in Beachwood? Bogey’s Comedy Club at The Embassy Suites Hotel (3775 Park East Drive, bogeyscomedyclub.com) is a reasonably priced way to have some laughs from local and national comedians on a fun parents’ night out. Take in dinner and a show in one location by dining at Embassy Suites’ Park East Grill, which won a 2013 “Taste of Beachwood People’s Choice Award” from the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce.