Indoor Things To Do With Toddlers & Preschoolers - The Cleveland Moms

I think we all know how unpredictable any season can be so I’ve put together this handy guide when you’re looking for things to do that are indoors with your little ones. Enjoy!
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1. GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER – tap for more info – Downtown Cleveland

Get your science on at the Great Lakes Science Center. There are special exhibits just for little ones including the Polymer House which is only for kids ages 7 & under!

2. WESTERN RESERVE FIRE MUSEUM – tap for more info – Downtown Cleveland

This fire department themed museum has a newly decorated play area just for kids!

3. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S AIR & SPACE MUSEUM – tap for more info – Downtown Cleveland

Always free admission for their exhibits – a wonderful place for any plane loving toddler – Tap to watch an IG reel on this!

4. CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY – MAIN BRANCH – tap for more info – Downtown Cleveland

Visit the main branch & see the beautiful view from the 10th floor observation deck.

5. GREATER CLEVELAND AQUARIUM – tap for more info – The Flats

Touch some stingrays at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium & explore all there is do at the aquarium!

6. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF CLEVELAND – tap for more info – Midtown Cleveland

What better place to spend time indoors with your toddlers than the Children’s Museum of Cleveland?!

7. CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY – tap for more info – University Circle

Lots to do & see here with toddlers! *some exhibits are closed due to the renovation*

8. CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN – tap for more info – University Circle

The beautiful gardens are open year round – rain or shine! A wonderful indoor place to explore with a new kids area to play in.

9. THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART – tap for more info– University Circle

The art museum is FREE & has a beautiful atrium for little ones to toddle around. The Artlens Gallery has a bunch of interactive components to enjoy as well!

10. CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO RAINFOREST – tap for more info – Old Brooklyn

Visit the newly renovated rainforest at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Toddlers will love exploring this beautiful place on a rainy or chilly day.

11. B.A. SWEETIES – tap for more info – Old Brooklyn

Visit the largest candy store in North America. Kids will have fun pushing little carts made for their shopping extravaganza!

12. MAKE BELIEVE FAMILY FUN CENTER – tap for more info – Parma

With specific packages just for toddlers, Make Believe Family Fun Center is a great place to get your little ones’ energy out!

13. VISIT A FUN LIBRARY PLAY SPACE – tap for locations

There are plenty of libraries with fun indoor play spaces for kiddos. Tap the link above for a list!

14. FAIRVIEW PARK REC DEPARTMENT AT THE GEMINI CENTER – tap for more info – Fairview Park

Toddler Tumble Time during the fall/winter at the Gemini Center! Mondays & Fridays from 9:30-11:30am. Ages 6 months – 5 years.

15. VISIT A NATURE CENTER – tap for more info – multiple locations

With over 10 nature centers around Cleveland, there’s plenty to explore at these fun play spaces.

16. GREAT NORTHERN MALL – tap for more info – North Olmsted

The play area at Great Northern Mall is super cute. There is even a height requirement so you can rest assure your toddlers will be safe here. The mall also has a very nice family lounge by the restrooms.

17. NORTH OLMSTED GYMNASTICS – tap for more info – North Olmsted

North Olmsted Gymnastics holds an open gym for children 6 & under typically every Thursday & Friday. Call for current day/times.

18. JOHN KNOX PRESBYTERIAN – tap for more info – North Olmsted

On Thursdays from 10-11 am, visit their free toddler playgroup for littles & caregivers. From babies in arms through pre-school age, this program focuses on playing, basic circle time, crafts, & caregiver community. Everyone is welcome!

19. ABOVE THE BARRE – tap for more info – Berea

Above The Barre Dance & Gymnastics holds an open gym for children ages 5 & under every Friday.

20. GET AIR TODDLER TIME – tap for more info – Middleburg Heights

Get Air Trampoline Park in Middleburg Heights has Toddler Time just for little kids (under 46″) Tuesday, Thursday, & Sundays.

21. SHOP N PLAY – tap for more info – Strongsville

Drop the kids off while you shop at SouthPark Mall or stay & play at this indoor locations for little ones!

22. LAKE ERIE NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER – tap for more info – Bay Village

Always free – check out the great selection of animals & interactive kids activities located in Bay Village. They also have a planetarium with shows for $5 per person. For additional nature centers, tap here.

23. SKY ZONE – tap for more info – Westlake

Get out some energy at Sky Zone trampoline park in Westlake with their toddler times!

24. URBAN AIR – tap for more info – Westlake

Jumperoo is a special time where the park is open only for children 5 & under! They open up the park just for the little ones and their parents to jump, bounce and crawl around safely!

25. MILLER NATURE PRESERVE – tap here for more info – Avon

Visit the 5000 square foot conservatory & see multiple displays of beautiful plant specimens from all over the world in Avon.


Designed for children ages 18 months through five years, this is an open gym program for preschoolers. They offer an assortment of balls, blocks, mats, parachutes and much more! Open Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays

27. NORTH RIDGEVILLE PARKS & REC GYM & STORY TIME – tap for more info – North Ridgeville

View the flyer below for more info & details to register! Call for current days/times.

28. MIDWAY MALL – tap for more info – Elyria

Here’s a notable mention for you – an abandoned mall play space! Okay, it’s not totally abandoned but they do have a pretty cute play space if you find yourself in Elyria. Just bring the hand wipes!

29. PLAY DAY CAFE – tap for more info – Solon

Play Day Café is an indoor playground for kids ages infant through 12 years with a café and party center with a unique style that parents will also enjoy!

30. TREEHOUSE TOYS + PLAY tap for more info – Aurora

Little ones under 1 years old get in for FREE. This toy store + play area is perfect for toddlers & preschoolers!

31. KIDDIE JUNGLE – tap for more info – Lyndhurst, Mentor, Parma

With three different locations, to explore Kiddie Jungle is a wonderful indoor activity for the little ones. Under 1 AND adults are FREE!

32. RECESS ROOM – tap for more info – Cleveland East Side

recessROOM is 12,000 sq ft kid & adult play space featuring ride-ons, bounce houses, soft play, & more. While you’d have to use your own discretion if you think this is toddler friendly, preschoolers would definitely have a great time here!

33. AKRON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM – tap for more info – Akron

Akron Children’s Museum has hands-on, interactive exhibits to engage kids and encourage learning through play.


Looking for Toddler/Preschooler Friendly Playgrounds? Tap HERE for the list!

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