Best Places To Make Friends With New Parents In Cleveland

May 27, 2011 9:05 PM

With a life-changing event like becoming a parent, it’s always good to surround yourself with others going through the same thing. Find new parents in Cleveland at these popular spots. – Tonya Vinas

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 661-6500

New parents find that a visit to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is an excellent family outing for an infant or pre-toddler because nearly every area is stroller-friendly and has exciting colors and movement to attract a baby’s attention. Meeting new friends is also easy because the zoo’s miles of paved walkways encourage a slow and easy pace. A particularly fun way to meet new parents is to attend Boo at the Zoo, which takes place every October and is a “non-scary” way to celebrate Halloween by showing off your bundle of joy in his or her first costume The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except Jan. 1 and Dec. 25. Children under 2 are free, and on Mondays, all Cleveland residents are free. Admission fees range from $5 to $11 depending up age of visitor and time of year.

Tower City Center

230 West Huron Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 623-4750

You’re a new parent in Cleveland, and it’s the dead of winter. The baby is crying, and everyone needs to get out of the house. Where do you go to brighten the mood? Head to Tower City Center, the indoor shopping and dining center on Public Square. You’ll be among many new parents battling cabin fever with a fun family outing. Tower City’s shops sell fashions, sweet treats, electronics, cosmetics, books, music, home décor and many other items. A super-big food court and popular restaurants such as the Hard Rock Café are on every floor, in case you need a food-fix fast.

As a bonus, Tower City’s managers regularly book entertainment such as musicians and other performers, and of course, the main fountain area is known for its “dancing fountain shows” set to music. Finally, people from all over the city come to see Tower City’s Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving and to kick-start their holiday shopping. Tower City is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

University Hospital’s MacDonald Women’s Hospital

11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 844-3911

A great way for expectant moms and dads to meet new friends is by taking a parenting or childbirth class at MacDonald Women’s Hospital. Classes include Boot Camp for Dads, Breastfeeding and Prepared Childbirth. The hospital even offers a class for grandparents. Classes are held both at the hospital and other locations in the suburbs. The schedule varies, so call or check the website, and pregnant mothers should consult with their doctors on which classes to choose.