I’m So Lame

Really.   I feel so lame.   I am a stay-at-home mom and can’t consistently write a blog post to save my life.   I am blessed to have my children’s three surviving grandparents live within 15 minutes of me and can barely juggle my 3 children’s schedules, and one of them is only 15 months old!

Anyhow, I wanted to write briefly that I am really looking forward to all that Cleveland has to offer in the summer…assuming summer ever actually shows up here.    I want to take the kids to Blossom for an Orchestra concert.   I am once again stalking the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s website for their summer schedule so I can once again sign up our almost-8-year-old and now his 4 year-old brother for Jr. Ranger activities so they can add badges and patches to their super-cute Jr. Ranger vests their auntie got them.   I want to take the kids out to Put-In-Bay to drive around on golf carts and maybe to Cedar Point.   I am excited the oldest is now old enough for Classroom Antics’ LEGO Jr. Robotics Camp and will be returning to Camp Invent (put on by the National Inventors Hall of Fame).   And then there’s our usual places to go in the summer, like the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Akron Zoo,  Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Museum of Art to visit, and places we haven’t visited yet, like Holden Arboretum, the Soap Box Derby or a Cleveland Indians game.   Yes, the boys and I get around in the summer.   I love living somewhere where it is so easy to get out and do things!

Where are you looking forward to going in and around Cleveland this summer?

I miss hearing from my Cleveland mommy friends!

Until next time…whenever that may be.

 

 

Cinema at the Square Returns to Playhouse Square

Along with several classic favorites of adults, take the kids to enjoy this unique movie-going experience with these family-friendly flicks:

The Muppet Movie – Aug. 5th at 2pm

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Aug. 12 at 2pm

Mary Poppins – Aug. 19 at 2pm

Tickets are $5.  For a full list of Cinema at the Square movies, visit www.playhousesquare.org/cinema

Easy Family Activities For the Summer

I am always amazed by my friends’ abilities at scheduling summer camps and activities for their children.   My calendar is a complete mess, I could really use some white out with the activities that are scratched out, rescheduled, cancelled, added, etc.     And I only have two.     But there are two programs I really love because they allow you to commit to a short period of time (only one morning), are ala cart so to speak, are inexpensive, and are family-friendly, meaning I get to participate and spend time with the kiddo and if I need to, the two-year old little brother can join us.

The first program we actually did last year.    It is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Junior Ranger, Jr. program.    I wrote about it here.  Each session is two hours and is $8 per child.

For details on this year’s programs, visit http://www.nps.gov/cuva/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm

The second I just found out about.    It is the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Family Discoveries.  Programs are 90 minutes long and cost $15 per person (Zoo members $10 per person).  Program fee includes admission to Zoo and RainForest.

You can find all of the info on the various programs here:  http://www.clemetzoo.com/education/familydiscoveries/

Are you aware of more programs like this?     If so, please share the info below in the comments section.

Until next time,

Lorelei

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:

ORCHID MANIA: This Side of ParadiseFINAL WEEK

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.

http://www.cbgarden.org/OrchidMania2012.html

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 www.bricks4kidz.com 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,

Lorelei

Fall Fun at Greenfield Berry Farm

Fall Fun Every Sunday in October‏

Join us on Sundays for fun on the farm. We’ll be open from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday in October.

•Educational hayrides ($2)
•Farm scavenger hunt ($5 per family)*
•Pumpkin sales
•Pumpkin painting*
•Pumpkin desserts (made with naturally grown heirloom pumpkins from the farm)
•Small farm animals (some Sundays)
•Sales of garlic, honey, and hickory syrup

*Please bring/wear appropriate clothes and shoes.

Hope to see you there!

Greenfield Berry Farm
(330) 657-2924
www.greenfieldberryfarm.com

Young Architects: Designing the Future at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Young Architects: Designing the Future
Grand Opening Saturday, October 8, 2011

In this NEW exhibit which highlights famous architects as inspiration and utilizes various block building media for a hands-on interactive learning experience, children will become young architects as they design for the future.  A special “Media, Members and Friends Grand Opening Party” will be held at the Museum on Saturday, October 8, 2011 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.  Cleveland’s own Robert P. Madison, the architect who designed both Quicken Loans arena and The Browns Stadium will be in attendance and light refreshments will be served.  (The exhibit will remain on display to the public through November 30, 2011. Included FREE with Museum membership or paid Museum admission.)

Visit http://www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org/exhibit/young-architects-designing-the-future/ for more info.