Stay in town and visit the region’s attractions. Many have unique offerings and ongoing exhibits that provide opportunities for learning and family-friendly fun. Check out this list for what’s happening in the Cleveland/Akron area.
Through April 3, hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. To avoid overcrowding, tickets are available via time ticketing. Tickets are required to be purchased ahead of time. The Pride of Africa trains and Conservation Carousel, Akron Zoo play areas are currently closed. For complete details, visit akronzoo.org.
CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
Orchids Forever runs through April 11. Guests will be greeted with a stunning display of hundreds of Phalaenopsis orchids and a towering orchid sculpture “Orchids in Bloom” designed by copper, resin and steel artists. The experience leads to the Eppig Gallery for a visually striking timeline of orchid speciation and exploitation, as well as modern-day science and conservation. 11030 East Blvd., 216-721-1600, cbgarden.org
CLEVELAND METOPARKS ZOO
The RainForest at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has now reopened. Following recommended COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, building capacity will be reduced and guests will follow a one-way directional flow through the two-story habitat. Zoo hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
Visitors may explore favorite galleries, tour limited-time exhibitions, and see Peter Fischli and David Weiss’ Snowman in the Ames Family Atrium before it goes off view. Outside, stroll through the tree-lined walkways of the Fine Arts Garden. Tickets can be reserved online at cma.org, at the ticket center or by calling 216-421-7350.
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is throwing a birthday bash for Balto, the beloved sled dog. Also, look for Wildlife Rescue: Miracles in Conservation, which is traveling exhibition that explores the innovative ways wildlife rescuers capture, raise and release endangered species back to the wild and care for animals after natural disasters. 1 Wade Oval Drive, cmnh.org
CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Cleveland 20/20: A Photographic Exploration. A diverse range of local and teen photographers snapped photos throughout the city to ensure Cleveland was documented like never before. 325 Superior Ave., cpl.org
GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER
Youth Exhibits. Science is all around us and no one is too young to start exploring! Feed your young scientist’s curiosity with special youth exhibits like Polymer Funhouse, Port Polymer, early childhood workshops and a new infant area. 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, 216-694-2000, greatscience.com
GREATER CLEVELAND AQUARIUM
Shark Gallery & Sea Tube. With 230,000 gallons of water, this impressive space features three species of sharks, stingrays, eels and many other species of fish. Walk through the 175-foot underwater sea tube. 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-862-8803, greaterclevelandaquarium.com
GREAT WOLF LODGE SANDUSKY
Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky is helping families reestablish the spring break getaway with its annual Spring Breakout celebration. For details, visit greatwolf.com/sandusky.
Patrick Dougherty’s “Stickwork.” Twisting mazes, towering castles and hedges full of faces that have been featured in more than 300 locations around the world, including Scotland, Japan, Brussels and all over the U.S. 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenarb.org
LAKE ERIE NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER
Schuele Planetarium: Twinkle Tots, Stellar Stars, Family Adventures in Space, Sky Tonight and Full Dome Show. 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-871-2900, lensc.org
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Martin Creed: Work No. 3398 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT. One of his most iconic works, variations of the site-responsive neon continue to appear in different sizes and colors throughout the world. 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, mocacleveland.org
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME
Class of 2020 Inductees. Explore artifacts, instruments and a collaborative installation featuring items from each of the 2020 inductees, including Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and more. 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, 216-781-7625, rockhall.com
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these events are subject to change. Please check with venues before attending an event to ensure times and availability are valid and to understand health guidelines. Please follow state guidelines, including wearing face coverings, maintaining 6 feet apart from others and washing hands. Visit northeastohioparent.com for more upcoming events.