Spring break is right around the corner and if you aren’t taking a family vacation, you can still enjoy the break with staycation activities. Stella Compiseno is a Cleveland mother of two and she has some great ideas on different activities to do with the kids during spring break. Stella says that Cleveland is a family-friendly city that has countless activities for kids of all ages. “The best part of my family’s time in Cleveland has been watching the city thrive and change in such a short period. It seems each month there is a new activity or experience to add to our must-do list,” Stella said.
Creator of the blog The Heart’s Delight
About a year and a half ago, Stella Compiseno created the blog, The Heart’s Delight. She started blogging shortly after giving birth to her daughter, relocating to Cleveland from the New York City area and quitting her full-time job in finance. As a stay-at-home mom, blogging became her outlet to express her creativity. “I really enjoy being able to immerse myself in subjects and things that bring me joy, regardless of how big or small. Essentially, I finally get to do and surround myself with what I love and hopefully it shows in the final product,” said Stella. Here are some of her ideas for spring break staycation activities for kids in Cleveland.
For The Foodie
“As a food lover, there is no better place to be than Cleveland. Get your kids excited about the nationally recognized Cleveland food scene by spending a day in Ohio City. Kick off your morning with a heaping plate of Jack Flaps’ (3900 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland) beyond-indulgent pancake or waffle combinations. After breakfast, take a short walk over to the Westside Market (1979 West 25th Street, Cleveland), Cleveland’s oldest public market, and stock up on a basket of ‘mystery ingredients’ for an at-home ‘Chopped’-inspired showdown. All of a sudden, cooking with the family becomes much more fun when there is competition involved. Of course, no visit to 25th Street would be complete without a pit stop at the new Ohio City location of Mitchell’s Ice Cream kitchen and shop (1867 West 25th Street, Cleveland). Give your kids an opportunity to see how their favorite flavors are made as they dig into their (organic and locally sourced) scoop of deliciousness.”
For The Nature Lover
“After three years of calling Cleveland home, I am a little embarrassed to say that I have yet to explore the Cleveland Botanical Garden with my family. Well, spring break may be the perfect time to schedule a visit when the Cleveland Botanical Garden (11030 East Blvd., Cleveland) hosts ‘Big Spring.’ Beginning Saturday, March 22 and running through Sunday, April 26, the Botanical Gardens transform into an imaginary and fantastical world of whimsy and color. The event features the Ladybug Labyrinth hedge maze, an enchanting larger-than-life garden, the Mad Hatter Tea Party and more!”
For The Thrill Seeker
“Downtown is not just for the workweek, 9-to-5ers anymore. Give your kids a unique perspective of your city and conquer any fear of heights with a trip to the 42nd floor observation deck of the Terminal Tower (50 Public Square, Cleveland). You’ll be rewarded with one of the best views of Cleveland. The deck is officially open to the public from April 6 to December 15. After the thrill of your high-rise adventure, get your thrills on the court. Head on over to The Q (1 Center Court, Cleveland) as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Miami Heat on Thursday, April 2nd. If basketball isn’t your thing, the 2014 American Conference AFL champions, Cleveland Gladiators, kick off their arena football season on March 27th vs. the Tampa Bay Storm.”
For The Scientist
“Are your kids always full of questions? Get your kids all of their answers at the Great Lakes Science Center (601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland). You can select one day or an entire week of science camp for your future Einstein. Camps and classes are open for children grades K-8 and cover a broad range of topics from candy making, to robot construction.”
For The Kid In Everyone
“The I-X Indoor Amusement Park (6200 Riverside Drive, Cleveland) returns March 21 through April 20th for its 25th anniversary celebration. This is a great opportunity to spend the day out of the house and wear the kids out with more than 100 rides and attractions, along with a special Kidsville children’s area that will entertain even the littlest family members. If wild rides are not your thing, no worries, because there will be food, performances and games galore. Either way, a trip with the kids to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park will make the entire family happy.”
Amanda Keeler is a freelance writer and Social Media Director, living in the Cleveland, Ohio area. She has a B.A. from The Ohio State University in Public Relations. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.