CLEVELAND - An area tradition now in its 19th season, the I-X Indoor Amusement Park will be open through April 13.
More than 20 acres of family-filled fun await, including the return of popular attractions such as high-flying spinning rides Freakout and Skater, and the Wacky Worm kiddie coaster.
This year, the amusement park opened March 21.
Here’s how it works: admission covers the cost of all major rides, including several thrill-rides geared for teens. Other optional attractions, such as fun houses, mini-golf and pony rides, cost a buck or two. And there are rows and rows of carnival games — where “there’s a winner every time” — and food booths, just like at county fairs. The amusement park is much cleaner than fairs, however, because there is no smoking and no mud.
The Kraft Kidzville is a children’s area that offers more than 25 rides just for children. The Wacky Worm reaches heights of two stories as it travels over 100 feet of track. Other rides in this area include antique cars, the five-lane giant slide, Bumble Bee and Dragon Wagon.
The Big Backyard in this area boasts the “I Want to be a Clown” show in which children get a chance to show off their clown talents and play interactive games. Children sing and dance while pretending they are the main event of a circus.
The parents’ pavilion, filled with couches and love seats, two big-screen TVs and computers, offers a place where parents can relax while children play.
Roaming entertainment includes Magic Mike, stilt walkers and caricature artists who will perform tricks and illusions, as well as make balloon animals for children.
Lou Mack’s Trick Dog Thrill Show takes place this weekend, plus April 5 and 6 and 12 and 13, featuring canines performing high-flying Frisbee tricks and diving into a 15,000-gallon pool.
The Christian Family Weekend and Parent and Family Expo takes place this weekend, and features local and regional Christian bands, worship groups and about 50 organizations and company displays sharing their products and services. Also on tap that weekend, free Veggie Tales premium items will be distributed, and Bob, Larry and the rest of the Veggie Tales bunch will be cropping up for the first time at the I-X Amusement Park.
LaFiesta Latina takes place April 5 and 6 and offers authentic food and ethnic music and dance as part of a Hispanic heritage weekend. Free Dora the Explorer and Diego memo pads and temporary tattoos will be passed out to the first 1,000 children. Also, costume characters from “Dora” and “Go Diego Go”
A variety of free Backyardigan giveaways will take place on the closing weekend, April 12 and 13. Pablo and Tyrone will be on hand for a meet-and-greet.
Show hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Sunday, April 5 and 6, and April 12 and 13, and 5 to 10 p.m. April 2 to 4 and April 9 to 11. The park is closed March 31 and April 1, 7 and 8.
General admission costs $19, and parking costs $6. Children under 48 inches cost $16, while seniors 60 and older pay $9 on Saturdays and Sundays but are free during the week. Children age 3 or younger are free. Anyone who brings a Mountain Dew can to the I-X Center box office after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday can receive a general admission ticket for $12. Discounts also are available at Marc’s and AAA.
For more information, visit www.ixindooramusementpark.com or call (800) 897-3942.