Going through a divorce is often one of the earliest emotionally-difficult experiences in a child’s life. Even if the process is amicable, for a child, seeing his or her parents split up and having one of them move out can have an impact that lasts far beyond the court’s issuance of a final divorce decree.
Whether you and your former spouse created a shared parenting plan or one of you has sole custody, after your divorce, spending valuable time with your children should be a top priority. Talk to them, make sure they feel heard, and find new and enjoyable ways to connect with them as a single parent.
If you live in the Cleveland, Ohio area, here are some ideas for things to do with your children after a divorce:
Kid-Friendly Activities in Cleveland, Ohio
1. Go to a Cleveland Chamber Music Concert.
Each year, the Cleveland Chamber Music Society presents a series of seven chamber music concerts featuring renowned artists playing classical music in a wide variety of styles and interpretations. The Cleveland Chamber Music Society also hosts pre-concert lectures and has recently featured a Young Artists Showcase as well.
With the Society’s purpose, “to promote, foster and encourage the culture, study and playing of chamber music by means of concerts and other programs of all kinds beneficial to the educational and cultural community,” attending a Cleveland Chamber Music event can be a great way to share a meaningful and memorable experience with your children.
2. Go to a Game
Whether you snag a deal in the upper deck or splurge on seats near the court or field, attending a professional sporting event can create lifelong memories for your children. Take your kids to see their favorite team; or, if your kids are not into sports, use the experience to introduce them to something new. Even if they do not follow the game, the stadium experience alone can be awe-inspiring for a young child.
Of course, Cleveland has its MLB, NBA, NFL, and WNBA teams – the Indians, Cavaliers, Browns, and Rockers – but our city has a number of lesser-known professional sports teams as well. Do your kids play soccer? Take them to see AFC Cleveland of the National Premier Soccer League. Are they into hockey? The Cleveland Monsters play in the American Hockey League at Quicken Loans Arena.
3. Visit the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the city’s most well-known cultural attractions, with more than 45,000 works on display. Admission to the museum’s collections is free, and the museum is currently open on weekends from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Along with art exhibitions spanning more than 6,000 years, the Cleveland Museum of Art also offers special events, performances, films, and lectures.
To extend your museum day, check out the nearby Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s fossils, geological specimens, and planetarium.
4. Visit Cleveland’s Other Landmarks and Attractions.
Along with the Cleveland Chamber Music Society, professional sports teams, and historical museums, downtown Cleveland boasts a diverse array of other unique and fascinating attractions as well. Be a tourist in your own city, and take your children to visit places like:
- Christmas Story House and Museum
- Cleveland Botanical Garden
- Cleveland Public Library
- Cleveland Zoo
- Edgewater Park
- Great Lakes Science Center
- Greater Cleveland Aquarium
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
- Rocky River Reservation
- West Side Market
Laubacher & Co. | Divorce & Family Law Attorneys in Cleveland, OH
The attorneys at Laubacher & Co. provide compassionate, experienced legal representation for individuals seeking to get divorced in Ohio. If you are considering a divorce, call (440) 336-8687 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary consultation today.