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Cleveland Metroparks invites you to come out and play this holiday season

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Just because you are home for the holidays does not mean you have to stay in the home for the holidays. Once the Christmas gifts have been unwrapped and the Christmas ham stored in the Tupperware bundle up the family for some fun indoors and outdoors in the Cleveland Metroparks.

December Days at the Zoo
Through Monday, December 30, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Spend the day in shirtsleeves in 80º tropical setting at the Cleveland Metroparks RainForest or bundle up and hike the zoo trails to see the animals that thrive in this climate. December Days at the Zoo has something for everyone. There’s holiday crafts and live music at the Wolf Lodge as well as cookie decorating and more or take the heated tram to the Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building.

Winter admission to the Zoo is reduced to $8.25 for adults and $5.25 for children, ages 2 to 11. The Zoo is closed Christmas Day. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is located at 3900 Wildlife Way and is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call 216-661-6500.

Water's Extreme Journey Maze
Through Sunday, January 12
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays - Saturdays
Noon to 4:30
Sundays
Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Day
Watershed Stewardship Center
West Creek Reservation
FREE

Take a moment to think how convenient it is to have running water in each of our homes, then think what water goes through to reach that destination. Start out as a water drop entering a watershed and navigate a maze. Along the way, answer questions, complete puzzles and fly across a zip slide. Good choices lead you back to a clean ocean. Bad choices takes you for a trip down an urban storm drain. The Watershed Stewardship Center is located off the West Ridgewood Drive entrance to West Creek Reservation in Parma. For more information and hours, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-887-1968.

Hike and Play at Acacia
Friday, December 27, 2013
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
FREE

Clevelanders are not ones to stay cooped up inside during the winter months. Dress for winter hiking and join Naturalist Carly Martin for a short hike and some out door fun. The program will be cancelled in the event of rain. This program is for children, ages 3 to 6 with an adult. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-247-7075.

Kids' Day at CanalWay
Saturday, December 28, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
CanalWay Center
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

CanalWay has the perfect solution for filling your children’s day with indoor and outdoor activities. Hike, make crafts, play games or watch a movie. Bring a packed lunch, water bottle and dress for the great outdoors. This program is geared for children 8-12. Registration and $20 fee are required. CanalWay Center is located on Whittlesey Way, off the E. 49th Street entrance to Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga Heights. For more information and to register, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 216-206-1000.

Family Fun Night
Sunday, December 29, 2013
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Nature Center
Brecksville Reservation
FREE

After four days the new electronic toys seem to lose their fascination so why not bring the family for a day of games and crafts? This program is for children, 4 years and older with an adult. Space is limited, so register early. Brecksville Nature Center is located off Chippewa Creek Drive, off the Route 82 entrance of Brecksville Reservation in Brecksville. For more
information and to register, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-526-1012.

Noon Year's Eve
Tuesday, December 31
10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Looking for a place to celebrate the New Years that does not conflict with sleep time for the children? Bring the entire family to Noon Year’s Eve at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The family friendly event features live entertainment, crafts, music, an ice-carving demonstration as well as a special countdown to noon complete with a ball drop in the Welcome Plaza. All Noon Year's Eve activities are free with Zoo admission. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is located at 3900 Wildlife Way and is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call
216-661-6500.

Tobogganing
Cleveland Metroparks Chalet
Through March 9, 2014

What can be more fun than racing down a 70 foot drop at up to fifty miles an hour? Two refrigerated ice shoots await you for a fast heart pumping ride. The best part is the toboggan lift takes each 40 lb. toboggan to the top of the hill instead of you carrying it. The daily admission fee is only $10 for adults, and $8 for children, ages 11 and younger, which includes unlimited use of the toboggans for the day. One-time ride rickets are also available for $4.

The Chalet is open December 26 - 30 from noon to 10:30 p.m., December 31 from noon to 5 p.m., January 1 - 4 from noon to 10:30 p.m. and January 5 from noon to 5 p.m. The Chalet is closed on Christmas.

The Chalet Recreation Area is located at 16200 Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, between Routes 42 and 82 in Strongsville - just a short distance from I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike. For more information about the Chalet Toboggan Chutes, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/tchutes
or call 440-572-9990.

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