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Cleveland Children's Museum question....

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Cleveland Children's Museum question....

I am thinking of travelling to Cleveland and will be traveling with two toddler girls and was wondering about the Children's museum....there seems to be quite a mixed bag of reviews for the Museum....Has anyone gone recently?? Is it Good for two year olds?? How does it compare to other Children Museums??? Please Advise! Thanks

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1. Re: Cleveland Children's Museum question....

I don't know how it compares to other children's museums, never been to any others. We took our son last year, he was 1 yr and 3months old. He liked the water table the best, and he liked this one area that was farm themed. He was a little young of course, but I wasn't impressed. Now that he's older he might have fun in some of the other areas, but last year he didn't do much.

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2. Re: Cleveland Children's Museum question....

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo or the Lake Metroparks Farmpark (in Kirtland, about 35 minutes east of downtown), generally are the most popular destinations for for families with toddlers or young children in Greater Cleveland.

lakemetroparks.com/select-park/farmpark.shtml

Very near the Lake Metroparks Farmpark also are Holden Arboretum (one of the largest and best in the U.S.) and the Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Nature Center. If your toddlers like flowers and some walking, Holden is a definitely a possibility.

lakemetroparks.com/select-park/penitentiaryg…

In the University Circle area, toddlers might most enjoy the Cleveland Museum of Natural History or the Cleveland Botanical Garden. The Cleveland Museum of Art has free admission even though it's one of the best in the U.S. So it's a great place to take toddlers as you can leave when they get bored without feeling that you've wasted any money.

Lake Metroparks Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park and Mentor Headlands Beach State Park also are fun destinations for toddlers. Lake Erie will be warming with each passing week, peaking at over 75 F. in August.

lakemetroparks.com/select-park/fairport.shtml

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Also check out Presque Isle State Park and Waldameer Park at its entrance, both just west of Erie, PA. The latter is one of the last U.S. trolley parks and has no admission fee. Visitors pay for rides individually and the park has many kiddie rides.

Good planning!

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3. Re: Cleveland Children's Museum question....

Thanks for the input!

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4. Re: Cleveland Children's Museum question....

Hi tdsuperstar! First, in the spirit of full-disclosure, I am the Guest Services Manager at The Children's Museum of Cleveland :) I did want to give you some current information, though. The museum is small, cozy we believe, compared to other children's museums. It is also very low-tech. The CMC is geared for children birth to 8 years old and it's focus is primarily hands-on, interactive, creative play. We've been in a renovated Howard Johnson's for 30 years and while we clean and disinfect throughout the day and paint and polish often, the building is old and looks it. While we work towards 'achieving' a new building, we are very focused on our daily programs and exhibits. This summer, Young Architects: Designing the Future is here. It's a new exhibit that we designed, built and debuted briefly last Fall. There are over 600 blocks of many different kinds encouraging kids to safely challenge themselves, explore their surroundings and learn. The exhibit has plenty of information for adults to absorb and relate to their children. It focuses on 6 famous architects and their distinct styles and inspirations. We hope that adults will build with their children and immerse themselves in their children's play. This Fall (2012,) our brand new Centuries of Childhood exhibit will open. All I can say is that it will be awesome! Our daily programs (2 in summer) are either free or have a $1 supply fee. They are open to all and give families a good extension to their museum visit. BTW, our staff is energetic, knowledgeable and present to play! I hope you come visit and give us a chance. Call with any questions - discount possibilities, program information, bringing in lunch, etc. Thanks! Kelley McClelland, Guest Services Mgr., The CMC 216-791-KIDS, ext. 14

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5. Re: Cleveland Children's Museum question....

It's great to hear that Improvements are being made....if we come to Cleveland we will be sure to stop by and give some feedback!

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