Northeast Ohio Parent Summer Fun Showcase

Northeast Ohio Parent Summer Fun Showcase

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The season is just beginning to heat up and there’s plenty to do — and time — to kick-off with some family-friendly adventures. Do a staycation by visiting your local zoo to heading on the nature trails, along with enjoying the museums and centers. This year, make it a priority to spend time enjoying all what the region has to offer.

Akron Zoo

When you visit your Akron Zoo you’ll get nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, including penguins, lemurs, tigers and more. Make sure you visit Journey to the Reef, before we have to say bon voyage in the fall.  This exhibit includes animals like lion fish, octopus, clown fish and more. Make sure to see the snow leopard cub triplets born recently before they are grown! Marvel at the Lehner Family Zoo Gardens with over 7,000 plants and flowers and enjoy the Grizzly Ridge exhibit, with river otters, red wolves, bald eagles and more. Make your trip complete with a ride on the carousel or train.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo connects people to wildlife and is home to more than 3,000 animals representing 600 species. Make sure and check out their newly renovated Seal & Sea Lion Exhibit with its improved viewing so even the littlest Zoo visitors can get a glimpse into the pool.  Be sure to see the Rosebrough Tiger Passage, a new, state-of-the-art home for its two Amur (Siberian) tigers.  It is five times the size of the old moated, grotto-style exhibits and features four different interconnected habitat areas for the tigers to roam in, with two of the connections being via trails that pass right over the heads of visitors on the ground.

Goldfish Swim School

Jump in and swim at Goldfish Swim School, where 90-degree water and exceptional instructors await. Goldfish Swim School is proud to offer state-of-the-art aquatic facilities dedicated entirely to swim classes and programs for children 4 months to 12 years of age. It offers perpetual swim lessons, summer Jump Start Clinics (five days of consecutive swim lessons), family swims, birthday parties, special events and more. For more information, visit, call 216-364-9090 or email [email protected]

Great Lakes Science Center

Plan a visit today — where science comes alive. Ignite your imagination and experiment with more than 100 fun, fascinating and interactive science exhibits and attractions. Explore the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, climb aboard the Steamship William G. Mather and immerse yourself in Northeast Ohio’s only six-story domed theater. Invent, design, tinker and experiment in the new Cleveland Creates Zone. The Polymer Funhouse is the perfect attraction for scientists ages 7 and younger. Run, jump, row and throw in the newest special exhibition, “Sports Arena,” open now through Sept. 5. Unleash your inner athlete and unlock the science of sports.

Great Wolf Lodge 

One fun family vacation and so many memories. Your Great Wolf Lodge resort adventure begins in the massive, 84-degree indoor water park packed with thrill rides, water slides and splashin’ fun for the little ones. When you’re ready to dry off, you’ll find attractions, games, activities and adventures along with plenty of family-friendly dining options, all under one roof.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium has one very important mission — to energize curiosity by passionately educating guests about aquatic life and conservation. It offers engaging and exciting guest experiences in a family-friendly setting. The mission is brought to life with captivating exhibits rich with aquatic biodiversity, with friendly personalities, familiar faces and a nationally recognized historical foundation. A variety of unique summer camp options are available for all ages, including: Marine Scientists in Training, Aquatic Adventures, Sharks, Under the Sea, and Come Sail Aboard the Schooner Appledore IV.

Holden Arboretum

The Holden Arboretum is an outdoor living museum in Kirtland that promotes the beauty and importance of trees and other woody plants to create sustainable and healthy communities in the Great Lakes region and beyond. No matter what time of the year you visit, the natural world is waiting for you at Holden. Explore the gardens and natural areas on your own or let one of their expert guides show you the way. Come experience the new Murch Canopy Walk, a 500-foot long elevated walkway built 65-feet above the forest floor that will give you a unique perspective on forests and the animals that inhabit them.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Explore and connect with the outdoors, enjoy the company of friends new and old, encounter local wildlife and discover the wonders of the sky with camps for students ages 1-18. Participants engage in hands-on, nature based activities that integrate science, math, literacy and the arts. June camp highlights include Log Cabin Kindercamps, Wildlife Rehab Investigation Camp, Rocket Camps and Nature Nuts. Detailed information and registration can be found at

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