Pack the van for family adventure dayBy Jen Jones Donatelli
Looking for a place to take the kiddos for the day? Look no further. They are sure to be tired out after an exciting day at any of these Cleveland-area attractions. And you'll have just as much fun as they do!
Thrills and Chills
Every year, Cedar Point seems to have a new jaw-dropping scream machine, and 2015 is no exception. Whether you're on Team Jacob or not, you'll definitely want to brave the park's new werewolf-themed thriller, Rougarou - a floorless coaster reaching heights of 145 feet and speeds of 60 mph. For milder (but still loads of fun) outdoor adventures, head to Olmsted Township's Swings-N-Things - home of all things amusing, from batting cages to bumper boats.
It's old-fashioned field trip time. Head to the Great Lakes Science Center for a dose of nerdy nostalgia with its new "Beyond Rubik's Cube" exhibit. Go spend a day at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History or go where the wild things are at Perkins Wildlife Center. Or just head to space at a once-a-month tour of NASA's Glenn Research Center (held from April through October), where you can get an exclusive peek behind the cosmos curtain.
Release the Beasts
Ready to find your wild side? The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a good start, offering an all-new "Penguins and Pajamas" overnight experience for families. You can also venture out to the Akron Zoo and see why it's broken its own attendance records two years in a row; the popular "Brew at the Zoo" beer tasting series may have had something to do with it. Then wash up to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium and check out the all-new electric eel exhibit.