Planning a summer road trip that will begin in NJ and cross through Cleveland en route to Chicago and various stops in between. We have but one day in Cleveland (I know, not enough time) - Sat., June 29. Kids aged 15, 13, 11, and 5. Will be driving in from Pittsburgh that morning and plan on arriving by 10 am. Was thinking of starting at Museum of Art for a couple of hours (I think it opens at 10 am) and then heading downtown to spend the afternoon between the Great Lakes Science Center and R&R HOF. I think the Science Center is open to 5 pm and on a Saturday the R&R HOF is open until 9 pm. I know its a lot to do in one day, but if we spend 2-3 hrs in each location, it might be doable. Is this just too ambitious?
Next is food...very important aspect to our travels. Two spots that are well suited for my family seem to be B-Spot and Melt. It looks like the waits at Melt could be problematic with my limited time. Might I be better shooting for lunch at Melt near the Art Museum (in Cleveland Heights?) or a late dinner on my way out of the city (in Lakewood?). I'm assuming the B Spot location I'd be most interested in is at the Horseshoe Casino? Any back-up suggestions to either choice?
There are many other sites I'd like to see, but the one that most stands out (for the kitsch factor) is the Christmas Story House. I don't think there is any way for us to squeeze it in (unless I swapped it for the Art Museum). Is it worth it just to drive by at night to see the glow of the leg lamp (assuming its even turned on once the "museum" is closed)?