Upcoming Events for Kids in Cleveland

I”ve come across some of these events and thought they might make a nice family day/night out.

Discovery Theater: Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
At PlayhouseSquare
January 17, 2009
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Monster Nationals: Monster Truck and Thrill Show
At CSU Wolstein Center
January 17, 2009

U.S. Figure Skating Championships
At Quicken Loans Arena
January 18-25, 2009
The 2009 U.S. Championships will feature competition in ladies, mens, pairs and ice dancing. Approximately 250 skaters competing at the novice, junior and senior levels are expected to participate in the weeklong event, which will be held at Quicken Loans Arena.

The event concludes Jan. 25 with the Skating Spectacular, which features theatrical, show-skating performances from the top finishers in all three levels.

Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 216.241.5555 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or http://www.Cleveland2009.com.

Creole for Kidz & The History of Zydeco – free, but tickets are required
At PlayhouseSquare
January 22, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment Presents “MONDAY NIGHT RAW”
At CSU Wolstein Center
January 26, 2009

Discovery Theatre: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
At PlayhouseSquare
February 14, 2009
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Sesame Street Live! When Elmo Grows Up
At PlayhouseSquare
February 19-22, 2009
Times vary, multiple shows each day

Discovery Theater: Step Afrika!
At PlayhouseSquare
March 6, 2009
7:00 p.m

Playhouse Disney Live!
At CSU Wolstein Center
March 28


University Circle Inc. Opens The Rink at Wade Oval This Sunday

On Sunday, December 7, outdoor skating returns to University Circle. The Rink at Wade Oval will open to the public at 1pm as part of University Circle Inc’s (UCI) Holiday CircleFest celebration, and will remain open through Monday, February 16.

With free admission, $3 skate rentals, and a concession stand, it will also provide families with an affordable way to have fun. Wade Oval is located at East Boulevard and Wade Oval Drive, just behind The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Cleveland Botanical Garden.

The notion of ice skating amid University Circle’s wintry landscape began in the early 20th century, as Clevelanders were known for lacing up their skates for winter fun on frozen Wade Lagoon, the body of water that still stands, but no longer fully freezes, in front of The Cleveland Museum of Art.

The rink itself is made out of an environmentally-friendly polymer, and will be maintained without using water or electricity.

Now celebrating its 15th year, Holiday CircleFest is University Circle’s annual open house of lights, music, shopping, and family-friendly activities. More than 20 University Circle institutions will open their doors free of charge.

The Rink at Wade Oval is also available as a location for private parties. For more information about renting the rink, call Sheila Corrigan at 216-707-5035 or email scorrigan@universitycircle.org.

The Rink at Wade Oval is open December 7 through February 16. Regular hours of operation are: Fridays & Saturdays, Noon – 7pm, Sundays 12pm – 5pm. Special hours during the school holiday break, December 22 – January 4, Sundays – Wednesdays, noon to 5pm; Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 7pm. The Rink will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19 and President’s Day, February 16, noon to 5pm. Rink hours are subject to change. For daily rink information, call 216-707-5033 or visit www.universitycircle.org.

Outdoor ice skating is also available annually at the city of Cleveland’s Halloran Park at 3550 West 117th Street.  Hours and rates are as follows:

Monday – Friday: noon-2pm; 3-5pm; 6-7:30pm
Saturdays 1-2:30pm and 3-5pm

Skate rental is $1.00, admission if you have your own skates is 25 cents.

Outdoor Skating Rink on Wade Oval This Year

15th Annual Holiday CircleFest

Sunday, December 7, 2008
1:00-7:00 p.m.

Activities at Institutions – 1:00-5:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Winter Lights Lantern Festival on Wade Oval – 5:30 p.m.
The Rink at Wade Oval – 1:00-7:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for one of Cleveland’s most exciting holiday events.
Holiday CircleFest brings together more than 20 University Circle institutions for one amazing day of music, shopping, and family-friendly activities. Click here for more information on which institutions are participating, what activities are taking place, where you can park, and where you can pick up the free shuttle bus.

To celebrate Holiday CircleFest’s milestone year, UCI is excited to present The Rink at Wade Oval, University Circle’s new outdoor skating rink. Admission is FREE, and skate rental is only $3. The Rink at Wade Oval is sponsored by Target.

To request a copy of the Holiday CircleFest brochure, email your address to bvoldrich@universitycircle.org.

More information is coming next week.