Picture Perfect Playdates Around NEO

It’s officially summer and, as is typical of any Northeast Ohio resident, I want to be outside as much as possible during these all-too-brief beautiful months. So, I thought I’d share some of our favorite outdoor play date options for sunshine fun with your little ones.

Memphis Kiddie Park 

Memphis Kiddie Park

Hours: Weekdays 10am-6pm, Weekends 10am-9pm. Click here for hours on specific dates.

Cost: $2.25 per ticket for rides or you can buy a book of 10 tickets for $20 or a book of 25 tickets plus coupons for $33.

What Jeffrey loves: All the rides that are just his size!

What I love: Memphis Kiddie Park is just the right size for kids, it’s affordable, and the people who run the rides are so sweet. Plus, I remember going there as a kid (and my mom remembers going there when she was a kid, too)!

Preston’s H.O.P.E. Playground Park 


Hours: Daily, 8am-9pm

Cost: Free! But you can and should make a donation to help maintain the park here.

What Jeffrey loves: The swings! The slides! The sandbox! The train! The dinosaurs!

What I love: It’s a gorgeous, well-maintained playground with a ton of fun options. Plus, the mission of making a playground that is accessible to all children, including those with disabilities, is great.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm

Cost: Adults, $11; Children 3-12, $6; Children under 3, Free

What Jeffrey loves: The Hershey Children’s Garden

What I love: The Cleveland Botanical Garden is great any time of year! The outdoor gardens are lovely and offer a totally different experience than what we love about the indoor gardens.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 


Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm

Cost: Adults, $14.25; Senior (age 62+), $12.25; Juniors (ages 2-11), $10.25; Under 2 years, Free

What Jeffrey loves: All the animals, but particularly the elephants (check out one of the daily Elephant Crossings if you can) and the chance to feed the giraffes at the Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter

What I love: There’s always something new and fun to discover at the Zoo!

The Holden Arboretum


Hours: Daily, 9am-5pm

Cost: Adults, $10; Seniors on Tuesdays, $5; Youth ages 6-18, $4; Children under 5, Free

What Jeffrey loves: The Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower

What I love: The workout I get climbing the Emergent Tower!

Cedar Point

Cedar Point

Hours: Dependent on date. Click here for details.

Cost: There all sorts of different packages and options. Click here for details. Generally, $47.99 for adults.

What Jeffrey loves: All the rides, Dinosaurs Alive, and the petting zoo

What I love: There is so much to do! We are season pass holders, so we can go up for part of a day and not feel the pressure to do everything in one day.

Cleveland Public Square Fountains

Public Square Fountains 

Hours: 6am-12am

Cost: Free!

What Jeffrey loves: Any chance to be in the water.

What I love: The views. The people watching. The downtown vibe.

Festivals and Fairs


Hours: Dependent on event.

Cost: Dependent on event.

What Jeffrey loves: Animals. Rides. Fried food.

What I love: See above.

Lake Erie Beaches


Hours: Dependent on location.

Cost: Dependent on location.

What Jeffrey loves: The water. Chasing seagulls. Playing in the sand.

What I love: Any chance to be by the water!

Whatever your adventure this summer, get out and enjoy this beautiful season!

Jen Rome
Jen Rome

Jen Rome is the author of Why CLE?, a lifestyle blog that is continually providing readers with new answers to why living in Cleveland is so wonderful.

Jen is a born and raise Clevelander who has lived in Washington, DC and Denver, Colorado, but always come back home by choice, not by chance.