Where to Take the Kids This Week in Cleveland

A couple of good blogposts/emails came in with lots of activities in the coming week for kids and families, because, shouldn’t we set aside some quality time with the kids around the holidays?

From the Cool Cleveland e-newsletter:

bela dubby Children’s Puppet Show & Workshop
Bring your kids to bela dubby this Fri 12/19 from 6-8PM for a special puppet show, puppet-making workshop, and kids concert. Little Caesar’s pizzas will be available for five bux. And, as always, there will be art, beer, coffee and wi-fi for the parents. 13321 Madison Ave., Lakewood. Call 221-4479 or visit http://www.myspace.com/beladubby for details.

Kwanzaa Camp
This 7-day cultural extravaganza features dance, theater, arts and a live performance celebration for youth ages 7-18. Explore African Dance, African Drumming, Hip-Hop, Drama, Crafts, Motivational Programming beginning the day after Christmas and running through New Year’s Day (Fri 12/26 – Thu 1/1) at Glenville New Life Community Church, 711 E. 105th St. Registration is on a Sliding fee scale and is required by Fri 12/19 so act fast! Call 224-5409 or 451-7685 for info/registration, or e-mail sistajewel@yahoo.com or sistajewel@aol.com. Final performance of the event takes place Thu 1/1 at 6PM. http://www.africansoulinternational.org

Chalet Toboggan Chutes
As cool for kids as for their parents! Get your heart racing as you take the plunge down the twin, refrigerated ice toboggan chutes — over 700 feet long with a vertical drop of approximately 70 feet — the only public ice chutes in Ohio! It only happens once a year in our very own Metroparks! Check out the schedule at http://www.clemetparks.com/recreation/tobogganing/index.asp

Paul Green School of Rock
The rockin’ students of the Paul Green School of Rock Music, Rocky River chapter, will present three new shows this December at the Jigsaw Saloon (5324 State Road, Parma). The Cream of Clapton (Sat 12/20 at 6:30PM); Women Who Rock (Fri 12/19 at 6:30PM) and The Music of Black Sabbath (Sat 12/20 at 3:30PM. See Peter Chakerian’s feature on the School of Rock in this week’s CC Sounds! For tickets, call 440-333-ROCK (7625). http://www.schoolofrock.com

CMNH + T. rex = Dino Day
Join The Cleveland Museum of Natural History in welcoming Tyrannosaurus rex to its permanent collection. The Museum will host Dino Day to honor the newest member of its dinosaur family on Sat 12/20 from noon – 4PM. The full-size replica of one of the most complete fossil specimens of this dinosaur species in the world is right here in Cleveland!!! What a killer addition!!! And after your kiddos get their fill, there are plenty of other dino-related things to see and do. Word. http://www.cmnh.org

Last Minute Drop & Shop
Kids ages 6-9 can engage in their own last minute gift making, holiday celebrating, and cookie-making fun Sun 12/22 from 10AM – 1PM. As the Holiday season hums along, last minute shopping and errands need to be attended to. Drop your children off for a mid-morning art adventure while you shop or get things done in Tremont, Steelyard Commons, Ohio City, or the Detroit Shoreways all located within 10 minutes from Art House. Fee includes all materials. Art House, 3119 Denison Ave. Call 398-8556 or visit http://www.arthouseinc.org

PlayhouseSquare hosts the 2009 International Showcase of Performing Arts for Youth
It’s the only one in the country dedicated entirely to live arts programming for youth. The PlayhouseSquare Arts Education Department is offering COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS to the general public for Showcase 2009 performances. Tickets are required for admission and may be requested online at http://www.playhousesquare.org or picked up in-person at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office (1519 Euclid Ave.) beginning Mon 12/22 and while supplies last.

Check out the newsletter here for more info about what’s going on around Cleveland.

and then I got an email with a blogpost by Positively Cleveland:

Ask Positively Cleveland
What should I do in CLE over Christmas?

Wow! That’s a loaded question. I mean, there’s really a lot out there. But, given that many of let’s look at 20 or so of the highlights.

Visit A Christmas Story House & Museum: Those of us who live in CLE know that the cult classic holiday film about Ralphie Parker’s quest to get a Red Ryder BB Gun was filmed, in part, in Cleveland. (The santa scenes were shot in Higbee’s Department Store, the building where Positively Cleveland’s offices are today!) Leg lamp entrepreneur Brian Jones bought the Tremont house where “Black Bart” and other scenes took place, restored it to its big screen look and opened it to the public. Now, people from all over come year-round to pay homage to an Xmas favorite. (All-year)

Then watch A Christmas Story on stage: The stage play of the holiday film made its professional theater debut here in CLE a few years ago. The Cleveland Play House remains true to the Jean Shepherd’s memoirs. The production and its really innovative sets have become a tradition for many. And, while you’re there, check out the Festival of the Trees. It includes some 50 locally decorated and sponsored trees with a rotunda centerpiece tree by famed floral designer Don Vanderbrook. (Play through Dec 21, trees through end of year)

Stop by Mark Klaus’ “Holly” Wood Christmas Movieland: So, this is the first year for this display and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Mark Klaus is an ornament designer from Seven Hills who sells his goods on QVC. He collects holiday movie memorabilia including props, costumes, promotional posters and more. My favorite parts of the exhibit included the original window display from Miracle on 34th Street, the last can of Who Hash from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and an indoor demonstration of movie set snow. The display is off of 77 at Route 82, about 15 minutes south of Cleveland. (It’s open late too, through Jan 3, 2009.)

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