Join The Kids Club

 

Photos Courtesy Of Cleveland Metroparks

Photos Courtesy Of Cleveland Metroparks

We have all heard the message: Get the kids off the couch and outside. Since we are part of a park district, who better to tackle this assignment?

“For a number of years, we talked about doing something more kid-focused, about how to get kids more active and more involved in Cleveland Metroparks as a whole,” says Bob Rotatori, the Marketing Manager. “The Kids Club is our answer to that objective.”

Up And Moving

The Kids Club mission is two-fold:

  • To bring children closer to nature by sharing with them the importance of conservation, education, and recreation
  • To help children apply what they learn to help preserve Cleveland Metroparks and the environment.

Designed as a year-round project for kids ages 12 and under, participants are invited to Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo special events and programming, such as hands-on activities at the nature centers, parades, and behind-the-scene tours. Most activities are also open to the public with a few programs exclusive to Kids Club members. Plus, during the school year, a club member can win an outdoor education program featuring a park naturalist for his or her classmates.

Children who enroll in the club are given passports and earn stickers when they attend Kids Club activities. As an incentive to attend, kids with 12 stickers or more are invited to an end-of-the-year party.

The activities, which encourage children all over the area to visit parks near and far from them, are hosted at park reservations throughout the district’s 22,000 acres. Depending on the time of year, an average of 25 to 40 activities a month are held. There are also usually one or two exclusive Kids Club activities per month.

Membership And Registration

The program has two levels of membership—one is free, and one costs $20 for the calendar year. Both levels have access to all of the programs and receive:

  • A passport to be used at events to collect stickers.
  • Access to a password-protected website for club members only, which includes an event page, photo gallery, education tab, activity page, and end-of-the-year party information.
  • Discounted coupons to park-district facilities: golf, zoo, hayride, and tobogganing (a child is free with a paying adult).
  • A birthday card, which is mailed to the member on the month of his or her birthday, (with an incentive or offer).
  • Opportunities from sponsors or partners, such as a $5 ticket for a Lake Erie Captains baseball game.
  • Access to special exclusive events, such as ranger-led bike rides, a golf clinic, help-feed-the-animal programs, parade participation, media photo-op participation, etc.

In addition, the paid members receive a T-shirt, additional coupons, $10-off birthday packages at Cleveland Metroparks Chalet and Ledge Pool, and several novelty items.

Prospective members have several options to register. The most popular form of registration—approximately 70 percent—is online on the website where parents can sign up for either a free or paid

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program. Parents submit the child’s information and a short survey, and the paid members complete the purchase through the website shop. The other registration option is to complete a hard copy of the registration form (available on the Kids Club brochure or downloadable from the website), and either mail it or drop it off at a nature center for interoffice delivery.

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