Family Learning

Partners in Play & Learning

Father talking to son in the Elf Corner Store

“To foster a lifelong love of learning in children, positive parent-child interactions are critical. Exploring The Children’s Museum together allows parents and children to have fun by engaging in imaginative, creative play activities. These activities support all areas of development – physical, intellectual, social – and even more importantly – encourage attachment and close feelings between parent and child.”

Susan D. Witt, PhD.
Child Development Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Akron


Paper Flyer Fun: Exploration & Innovation

It might just look like paper folding, but it is authentic learning.  Following the directions of another’s plan or explaining the way to make it to someone else.  These are fundamental learning skills.  Resilience is built when it doesn’t come out the right way and one tries again.  Scientific principles of inertia, fine motor skills of folding…the list goes on.  Creativity and innovating are important 21st Century Learning Skills, and explorers are never too young.  Grab some paper and try a few of our favorites linked here: Paper Flyers – The Eagle and High Glider – June 2015   Or try your own and share on Instagram @childrensmuseumofcleveland   Have fun with paper flyers!


Families learning together through creative play…

Mother daughter and son in the driver's seat on theSafe Rides for All Kids exhibit

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland fosters creativity and family-centered activities through hands-on exhibits.

Creativity is an important lifelong learning skill for every member of the family.

Follow your children and take their lead as you explore, create and learn together.


(Please click on any of the following links to continue your Family Learning experience)


Happening in Each Museum Exhibit and Beyond

Woman uses hand puppets to talk to a little girl

  • Family fun in each exhibit
  • Ideas for continued exploration at home.

Creative Play: It’s For Everyone

  • At Home, Room to Room
  • Creative Play Tips

Free Choice Learning: A Family Affair

  • What is Free Choice Learning?

Creative Play Tips

  • List of Family Friendly Resources
  • Family Workshops