5 New Ways to Play
Owner Greg Carlin got the idea for Play:CLE after seeing the outdoor ropes course at Holiday Valley resort in Ellicottville, New York. The same thing could be done in Cleveland, he thought, and it could be done inside. The result, according to Carlin, is the largest indoor adventure park of its kind in the country. It features a ropes course, nine climbing walls (including one shaped like a giant Rubik’s Cube), a 175-foot zipline, a bouldering wall, a parkour course and a Ninja Warrior wall. There’s also an obstacle area designed for younger kids.
2. Enjoy a Night Out
There are times when you just need some adult conversation. So get the kids their passes and head to the Biner, where you can watch the action from your seat. Carlin, who is a partner at Brick and Barrel Brewing in the Flats, is adamant that this is nothing like concession-stand food. The menu includes such fare as Kobe sliders with horseradish, aioli and spinach ($12); a flatbread with fig jam, fresh apples and gorgonzola ($12); a caprese salad ($10); a Cleveland burger with Angus beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar and guacamole ($11); and kids’ meals ($5). The Biner also offers a selection of Ohio craft beers, wine and spirits.
3. Get a Great Workout
Skip the same old at the gym and hit Play:CLE for two hours. Better yet, get a monthly pass and go twice a week for what averages out to $10 a session. “This is truly cross-training at its finest,” Carlin says. “It requires all aspects of your body.” If you prefer a more structured class, check back in a few weeks. Carlin plans to launch fitness classes sometime this winter.
4. Book a Party
Before the doors even opened at Play:CLE, Carlin had booked 60 events, including school field trips, birthday parties, team-building workshops and a bar mitzvah. The 26,000-square-foot facility has three rooms for events, and the cost for up to 12 kids and two adult chaperones is $400, which includes food, drinks and full access to activities for three hours.
5. Get Some Work Done While the Kids Have Fun
Are your kids always itching for something to do, especially in winter? Consider getting a monthly or even yearly pass. While they’re blowing off steam after school or on a weekend afternoon, you can sit in a comfy chair on the mezzanine level, watching them play while you get some work done on your laptop using the free Wi-Fi. Everybody wins.
If You Go
How to Play: A two-hour pass at Play:CLE is $20 for those under 18 and $25 for adults. A three-hour pass is $27.50 for kids and $32.50 for adults. A monthly pass is $50 for kids and $80 for adults. A yearly pass is $500 for kids and $800 for adults. A family pack is available for $80 and includes two hours access for two adults and two children.
Who Can Play: There are no age restrictions; only weight and height requirements. To zipline, guests must weight between 60 and 275 pounds. To do the ropes course, guests must be able to reach 66 inches high (which most kids over 4 feet tall can do).
Where to Play: Play:CLE is at 38525 Chester Road in Avon. 440-695-3565, playcle.com