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Keeping kids active, especially in the winter months, can be a challenge. When society is geared toward electronics, video games, Facebook, and other social media, it is becoming an essential part of life to congenitally plan activities for kids. Creating a healthy lifestyle is essential. The Cleveland area offers a wide variety of methods to keep kids active while also having fun.

When it comes to children’s activities, Robin Crewick prides herself on developing a system that is not only exciting but also challenging for the young generation. Keeping kids active is her business. Being in the corporate world for over 18 years, she acknowledged a need for children’s activities in the area. In 2004, Crewick opened Amazone Family Entertainment Center. She has been providing services and planning activities for children, with the help of her sons, ever since. Crewick encourages parents to limit the time kids spend in front of the television. She urges parents to encourages kids to play games like Wii, which requires movement and dancing to keep the kids moving and heart pumping minds churning. Being active is not only the body in motion, but also the mind. Crewick encourages children to use imaginations to create possibilities that are beyond reality. Parents could always go to a fancy store and buy expensive toys and games, but sometimes the simplest things are just as enjoyable. Build a chair fort, build a snowman, dance to music, or enjoy a day of sledding. Other activities to keep your kids active is to take them to an indoor playground, laser tag, bowling, getting involved in sports, and ice skating.

Amazone Family Entertainment Center 
2789 Medina Road
Medina, OH 44256
(330) 764-4237

Crewick, the owner and developer, had a dream of creating a magnificent wonderland that was a safe haven for children. Amazone offers the largest three story playgrounds in the Northeast region of Ohio. Craw through the snake pit and glide over alligator swamp. Slide down the enchanting waterfalls and balance of the rickety bridges. Creep through the Amazon, while playing laser tag and defending the enemy. Amazone Family Entertainment Center is a great place for not only kids but a relaxing place for parents. It offers comfy couches with large screening  televisions and a full service concession bar offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Let the kids run, jump and exert bottled-up energy while also having fun.

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Corner Alley
402 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 298-4070

Bowling is a sport that is so enjoyable that we forget that it is exercise. Corner Alley surrounds its visitors with a plush and state-of-the art facility. Corner Alley is a great place for kids to hang out or for parents and kids to spend time together. With 16 lanes available and an elite scoring system, the alley is sure to bring out kids’ competitive streak. The games are unlimited and the fun is endless. Please note that the bowling alley does have a strict dress code that prohibits excessively baggy clothes or clothing with profanity. Check the website for a listing of all prohibited clothing items. After 9 p.m., only 21-years or older permitted.

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Soccer Sportsplex Excalibur Soccer Club
31515 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070
(440) 979-9997

Over the years, soccer has become a favorite sport with kids and it is a great way to stay in shape and fit. Soccer Sportsplex is a soccer complex offering everything involving soccer. From instructional classes to drop-in programs and special events, this year-round indoor soccer field  offers three fields and lush turf. Soccer isn’t the only sport available; the facility also offers indoor volleyball courts, basketball courts and an indoor Dek-hockey rink.  The menagerie of programs includes flag football leagues as well as other special events year around. See what challenges kids and what makes them strive for excellence.

The Pond
9999 E Washington St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
(440) 543-3884

Just outside Chagrin Falls, this family owned, indoor skating rink opened in 1998 and offers a friendly and safe arena for kids of all ages year around. Skating is not only fun, but also a great form of exercise and a great way to test abilities. Grab a stick and a puck, put on a face mask and enter into a league or programs to learn or play hockey. Tie on a pair of pearly white skates and feel the ice break away while figure skating. Be funny and silly during the public ice skating time, for all ages and skill levels. Classes and private lessons are available. Strap on some blades and glide gracefully around a frozen pad of cool smoothness.

Cedar Center Hardware 
1970 Warrensville Center Road
Cleveland, OH 44121
(216) 291-1111

Cedar Center Hardware offers everything you need for outdoor activities, from sleds to shovels to seeds and to dirt. Whether it is winter or spring, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep the kids active. As the snow falls and glistens on the ground, kids have an itch to run outdoors. Snow provides for some great physical activities, such as building snowmen, sledding, and snowboarding. Indoors, build a chair tent, imagine the unimaginable. Wintertime can be a time for a great amount of fun and excitement. Springtime rains produce a plethora of spring flowers and is a great time for planting. Teaching kids gardening skills is a great way to keep them active and teach them value lessons that can be carried out throughout life. Summertime is a great time to build tree houses, catch fireflies, play in sprinklers, and creative supplies. Cedar Center Hardware offers everything a kids needs to make fun even more fun.

Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.