If you have children 8 years old and under, one of the best places to take them in Cleveland is The Children’s Museum of Cleveland in University Circle.
The Children’s Museum is literally a museum for children. Exhibits are interactive and meant to be touched, and are child-sized. Activities are meant to catch a child’s attention and give them the opportunity to freely explore the museum and learn. Over the past two decades, the Children’s Museum has become the only cultural and educational resource completely dedicated to young children in the Cleveland area.
The Children’s Museum is dedicated to the overall development of children, ages birth to eight years, through family learning. Now In its 30th year of operation, the Children’s Museum continues to provide exhibits and programs that enhance child development by providing a place where young children can discover the world and learn through play.
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland Exhibits
This water exhibit is a lot of fun for children, but make sure you take extra clothes or a towel. The exhibit teaches children about water transportation, weather, and the earth’s water systems. It features a two-story climbing structure that is designed to teach the basic principles of the water cycle.
Bridges to Our Community
The Bridges to our Community exhibit features multiple areas that teach children all about Cleveland’s rich diversity. Children can start and end their day in our community at the 2-story house. Children will enjoy pushing their own shopping cart and checking out groceries in the store after completing their banking at the teller counter, complete with play money. They can continue their journey as they drive a real RTA bus, check-in at the airline ticket counter, or pump their own gas at the gas station before driving home in the “Safe Ride for All Kids” car. In addition, children can learn about a visit to the doctors or about welcoming an addition to the family in the replica Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
Big Red Barn
Inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved children’s classic of the same name, Big Red Barn is designed specifically for children ages birth-4 yrs. It is comprised of several distinct areas, all with hands-on activities that encourage play. There is a two-story barn, working silo, and apple orchard.
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland is one museum that your children will want to return to over and over. Not a place to miss! For more information about the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, call 216-791-7114.