Indoor Amusement Park keeps kids happy, parents cool
By Brad Miklosovic
Published March 16, 2005
slowly inch our way towards the record of most snowfall in a year.
The temperature hasn't reached windbreaker, much less shirtsleeves,
level in months.
in Cleveland. No one, except ski buffs, goes out much. In my home,
there is a serious case of cabin fever going on with the kids griping
at each other and my wife looking for any excuse to get the kids
And it is the
kids that are causing the most grief. They need to go out and burn
off some energy. Actually, a day at Cedar Point would be ideal.
The kids could run until they collapse, ride the rides until they
are dizzy and stuff themselves with park food until it's coming
out their ears.
But it's winter
and anyone who has ridden a motorcycle when the temperature drops
below 50 can tell you going fast in cool, not to mention cold, weather
is not the most pleasant of experiences.
Indoor Amusement Park
The I-X Center
7345 Engle Road
Open March 24 – April 17
(Closed April 4 and 11)
Tickets $18 at the door, children under 48 inches, $15, Seniors
60 and over, $9, children under two are free.
Advance tickets, $15,
available at Marc’s and
Northeast Ohio AAA offices
What's a father
Take the family
to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park.
Now we all
know the jingle… "Gotta get to the I-X…Indoor…Amuusseement Park,"
which celebrates its 10th anniversary, so it isn't like we've never
heard of it.
I have never been there.
The kids, however,
have and have been on me since I mentioned it to take them. I try
to tell them that it isn't open yet, but to no avail.
dad," Mary said. "They have a ton of rides."
Katie added. "You'll love it."
While I love
my kids, what they consider fun and what I consider fun are two
different things. I mean, really, the kids will watch "Blue's Clues"
until I go insane if I let them.
So I decided
to talk to someone who would know about the park, Amy Coleman, the
media contact for the park.
about the weather, but it's all inside so it doesn't matter what
the weather is doing," she tells me. "A lot of parents like that,
they don't' have to worry about packing umbrellas." Weather, by
the way, is something Coleman is familiar with being married to
television weatherman Kerry Coleman.
I imagine that
it is also nice to know when you are there; you can always ride
the attractions because they won't be closed for weather related
coat check so you don't have to carry all your coats," she said.
good, but what things to do. Cedar Point is hundreds of acres of
rides and shows. The I-X Center is big, but how much can you fit
park takes about 650,000 square feet, or about 20 acres," Coleman
told me. "We fit about 60 rides, split 30 for little kids and 30
high-powered teen thrill rides."
There is a
Kraft/Nabisco Kidzville with 30 rides including antique cars, a
five land giant slide and mini Indy cars. Some of the kids' favorite
television characters will also be making appearances, including
Dora The Explorer (April 1-3), SpongeBob Squarepants (April 8-10)
and Scooby Doo (April 15-17).
For the older
kids and adults, there is a five-story roller coaster, White Water
River Ride, Top Spin, a high-flying spinning ride, and Freak Out,
a giant swing. (Both Top Spin and Freak Out go 70 feet in the air.)
"I think the
nicest thing about our event is that there is something for everyone,"
my first thought is, "this is going to be expensive, having to buy
ride tickets for all those rides."
cost covers all the rides," Coleman said. "You can ride all day."
out that there is, until March 23, a package deal available at Marc's.
You can get four tickets and a parking pass for $49. The package
would normally cost you $77.
is no way I am going to spend $49 for an hour's worth of rides.
there are plenty of rides to keep the kids entertained. "We found
that people, on average, spend about five hours in the park," she
what I want, long lines with cranky kids.
while there is going to be some waiting for rides, the longest wait
she had seen was 45 for the water ride.
But what if
we don't want to ride the rides? Is there something else to do?
yes there is.
There is a
petting zoo for the kids and stage shows for the whole family.
OK, I'm sold.
If $81, which
is what it would cost for my family of five, seems expensive, remember
that you can spend 10-12 hours at the park. Also, that is a lot
cheaper than Cedar Point and you don't have to drive for an hour,
sit in a traffic jam in Sandusky for another half hour and worry
about whether the weather will be nice -- it's always warm inside.
It's well worth
it to get out of the house and let the kids let off some steam before
dad blows his top.