Cuyahoga Valley National Park 2013 Summer Schedule

I have been stalking the CVNP website to sign up our oldest for the Junior Ranger classes. The 2013 Summer Schedule is finally out. So many great activities for adults, kids and families! I love the place.


2013 Summer Camps in Cleveland

Just wanted to post a heads-up that it is summer camp scheduling time again. A quick off the top of my head list includes:

Classroom Antics Tech and LEGO Camps –

Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Classes –

Cleveland Museum of Natural History –

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland –

Great Lakes Science Center –

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo –

Camp Invent –

Challenger British Soccer Camp –

Cleveland Metroparks Summer Camps –

Old Trail S’Camp –


If you think of more, please post in the comments!

Orchid Mania Lasts One More Week

I am feeling the need to get the toddler out of the house this week if the weather is so warm, and I love taking kids to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and I absolutely love orchids, so I am hoping to make it to this:


February 11 – March 25

Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays: Noon – 5:00 pm • Closed Mondays

Adult: $9.50; Child (3-12): $3
Members, Children 3 and under: FREE

Sophisticated ladies. Speakeasies. Busby Berkeley musicals. The 1920s was a time when America’s preoccupation with opulence, luxury and sensuality matched its limitless spirit of optimism and individual expression.

Sound like a certain exuberant flower you know?

Orchid Mania: This Side of Paradise celebrates those independent spirits of the floral world, orchids, in a setting befitting of Jay Gatsby himself.

Hundreds of bold, fragrant, blooming orchids will be on display throughout the Garden and in the naturalistic setting of the Garden’s Costa Rica Glasshouse.

It’s an occasion for flappers, Phalaenopsis and every other kind of orchid you can imagine.

Bricks4Kidz LEGO Classroom Opens in Westlake

From their Facebook page:

We are located at 25651 Detroit Road in Westlake, Ohio, next to Houlihan’s! Please call 440-892-0900 or go to the website at to sign up for classes, mini camps and Birthday Parties!!!!!!! We have Camps during the Holiday for $100 for 1/2 day and $175 for full day for four days! You can’t beat the price! Clases start next week on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s starting at 5:30pm and run for 6 weeks. Open Play every day from 11-5 and Mommy and Me classes are from 10-10:45 every morning. Bring your child and play or socialize with your friends while we educate and teach your child to be creative and use their imaginations. For $7.00 you can’t beat it!

The building is right off of the Columbia Road exit from I-90.

If downtown is more convenient for you, there are also several day-long LEGO workshops taking place at the Great Lakes Science Center over winter break for grades K-8.

Until next time,


Things to Do Today in Cleveland

There are at least three things I’d love to take the kids to do today, but doubtful will make it to any…

Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off / Craft Fair
Seven Hills Rec Center
Sunday, October 2nd from 1-4pm
Craft Fair and Chili Cook Off in the Gyms, Browns on the BIG SCREEN, Corn Hole on the front lawn and hay rides, games and crafts for the kids! Admission is free for everyone!

Model Train Show
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea
Saturday, Oct. 1: 10 to 5 pm, Sunday, Oct. 2: 11 to 4 pm
 $7.00, Under 16 free with Adult. Special 2 day pass for $10.00.

“With over 62,000 square feet of model trains, this year promises to be the biggest and best show yet.  We will have operating train layouts, the latest ‘Thomas the Tank’ merchandise, aisles and aisles of trains and accessories from track to transformers, and from locomotive to cabooses… in every size imaginable!”–submit

Apple Butter Festival
Squire Rich House in Brecksville
Sunday, October 2, 2011
1-5 pm
FREE Admission

Under a canopy of golden maples and scarlet oaks, the copper kettle will be simmering and waiting for apple fanciers to enjoy apple butter on slabs of fresh bread or buy a container to enjoy at home. Apple fritters will also be available. Sloppy Joes, root beer and coffee will round out the menu.

Cleveland to Open Aquarium in Downtown Cleveland

I’m so incredibly excited that we will finally have an aquarium in Downtown Cleveland.   Located in the FirstEnergy Powerhouse Building in the Flats, it is slated to open in December 2011.   

For more info, visit

Until next time,


Cedar Point HalloWeekends Starts Tomorrow

Just got my latest Cedar Point email update:

All You Fear… Is Here! HalloWeekends Begin Friday!
HalloWeekends, our annual Halloween event full of frights and family-friendly delights, begins this Friday, September 16 and this year, we’re giving you two new reasons to scream!

New for 2011 is Blood on the Bayou, where nightmares live in the shadows, gruesome terrors freeze your blood and the dead walk, searching for new prey.

Also new this year is Maniacal Mechanical Screamworks. Journey into science fiction past and future to explore a sinister, steamy subculture that never was, but might have been.

For more information on these and our eight other terrifying attractions, visit our HalloWeekends website.

If frights aren’t for you, we have lots of great family-friendly activities including FOUR new floats in our Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade! Check out a full listing of family activities on our website.

Buy Online and Save

Find great ticket deals for Halloweekends online including a four-pack, saving you over $10 per ticket, and our pay once – visit twice deal, saving you over $20 on two visits.

Fine Dining with the Dearly Departed

Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience? Join us for Boeckling’s Banquet where you will enjoy a delicious meal with the creepy characters of the Eerie Estate. Reservations are still available for this weekend. Call 419-627-2242 to make your reservation and find more information on our website.

A V.I.P. Experience Sure to Make you Scream

This year, we’re offering Zombie Tours, a V.I.P. tour taking you to the front of the line of SIX of our haunted attractions. This exclusive tour is the best way to experience all of the fears and frights our haunted attractions have to offer. Tours depart nightly during HalloWeekends. To book your tour, call 419-627-2242 and visit our website for more information.