WNY Family Magazine October 2018 - Page 17

If you are traveling with younger children stop at the expanded Children’s Museum of Cleveland, housed since last November in a former “Millionaire’s Row” historic mansion. Its newest exhibit “Meadow,” designed for children from birth to age three, opened this month. Other exhibits include Adventure City, Wonder Lab, Arts & Parts, Making Miniatures, and next month Play List and Theater will open. Adventure City, the largest exhibit space, invites children to build, work, climb, and explore the bustling city that includes a market and a construction site. The Wonder Lab is an industrial science laboratory with water tables, whirlpools, jets and a magnetic wall that invites creative construction. Creating cascades of bubbles is popular for all. Arts & Parts is an art studio where children can work with various materials, tools and supplies to design, construct and experiment to create special objects to take home or add to a communal project. For children with special needs, the museum offers a sensory friendly room, call-ahead accommodations, noise canceling headphones, and other aides. Other popular family attractions include: • The Great Lakes Science Center, next door to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers, featuring hundreds of hands-on exhibits, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, OMNIMAX Theater, and the Steamship William G. Mather.  • The Greater Cleveland Aquarium opened in January 2012 in an 1892 building designed to provide electricity to streetcars. There are eight galleries and more than 50 exhibits. Highlights for many visitors are the daily stingray and tortoise encounters. There are also a variety of interactive programs from behind-the-scene tours to a diving with the sharks program. • The 183-acre Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers several truly thrilling close-up encounters with wild animals. Elephants are always popular and there are several opportunities for close ups.  The highlight of the African Savanna is surely the giraffes with their incredibly long necks and gentle nature. Lettuce leafs are for sale to feed the sweet faced giraffes during the warmer months.  Other highlights are the gorillas, monkeys, and several species of lemur, Siberian tigers, rare snow leopards, lions, and bears, as well as kangaroos with babies in their pouches, wallabies, and orangutans.    Travel Tip of the Month: For more information visit www. ThisisCleveland.com or call 800-321-1001. Deborah Williams is a veteran travel who lives in Holland, NY. Her work has appeared in national and international publications and she is the recipient of the Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Gold Travel Writing Award. October 2018 WNY Family 17