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.

 

 

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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.

http://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/upload/CVNP-Summer2013-SOE_v9-final.pdf

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 – http://www.ClassroomAntics.com

Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Classes – http://www.bricks4kidz.com/

Cleveland Museum of Natural History – http://www.cmnh.org/site/classesandprograms/summercamps.aspx

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland – http://www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org/2012/03/register-now-for-summer-camp/

Great Lakes Science Center – http://www.glsc.org/summercamps2013.php

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – http://www.clemetzoo.com/education/sdc/

Camp Invent – http://www.campinvention.org

Challenger British Soccer Camp – http://www.challengersports.com/britishsoccercamps.aspx

Cleveland Metroparks Summer Camps – http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Summer-Camps.aspx

Old Trail S’Camp – http://www.oldtrail.org/page.aspx?pid=523

 

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

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

Half Off LEGO Camps Next Week

Here are a couple of deals on a Parents’ Night Out for tomorrow as well as two LEGO Camps taking place next week at Bricks 4 Kidz in the Brunswick/Medina area:

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

Friday, June 22, 2012 6:00pm – 9:00pm

HUGE DEAL!!! Kidz ages 4 to 12 years old can join us for our Bricks 4 Kidz Parents’ Night Out Party, and they can do it for 1/2 price.  Just bring a friend and split the cost of this 3 hour event.  Games, LEGO Building Time, Movie, Pizza and Refreshments.  The cost is normally $25 per child, tomorrow night ONLY is buy one get one free night.  Pre-registration is required online at http://www.bricks4kidz.com/ohio-brunswick-medina/ or by calling
(330) 722-2223 before tomorrow at 4pm, or until it sells out.

THE DEAL CONTINUES TO NEXT WEEKS CAMPS…

BRICKS 4 GIRLZ
6-12 Year Olds
Grab your Friends and come hang out with us for a girls-only week of crafting and creating with LEGO bricks.  Introduce your friends to our “Friends” as we get to know LEGO brands newest line of girl themed models.  We’ll do lots of other unique things with bricks from jewelry making to brick art and origami, with take-home projects each day.  And don’t worry…there are “NO BOYS ALLOWED!”  BECAUSE THIS WEEK IS ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS!

AMAZING ANIMALS
6-12 Year Olds
If you are facinated by the weird but true, wild and wacky, gross and yucky, then this is the camp for you! Spend the week discovering the zany biology of our animal friends. Each day we’ll explore fascinating facts about the animal kingdom, focusing on a “creature of the day”. Build a different animal model each day and fill your very own “Animal Grossology” booklet with crazy and cool facts you learn, complete with a picture of each model, to become a cerifified Bricks 4 Kidz Grossologist.

BOGO FREE
Both camps are BOGO Free next week only.  This means bring a friend and split the cost.  
The cost of camp is $160.  This can not be combined with any other offer and friends must participate in the same camp.
Registration and payments can be done online or by phone.  Mention the Bricks 4 Kidz email for the discount.

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

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

Yesterday my brood and I took a drive out to the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village.   I’d never been there before so we decided to meet some friends there.   It’s a cute little place and a nice way to spend an hour looking at the various animals.   We got to see several snakes, snapping turtles, fish, turkey vultures, owls and a bald eagle.  Had we gone on a day when the planetarium was open we’d have stayed longer.  But, we planned ahead and brought tons of snacks and drove the extra 1/2 mile or so up the road to Huntington Beach Park and had ourselves a picnic.    Something to keep in mind for future reference, there is also a Mitchell’s ice cream stand that sells hotdogs and other food that would be fun for a little picnic lunch.   Something also to consider, the boys loved playing in the water and sand with the sand toys I keep stowed in my car.    I didn’t have swim trunks for them unfortunately, so next time I’ll have to pack some, and a towel.

It was a great little morning/early afternoon excursion and wore the kids out in time for their naps.   And the kiddo learned that there is actually a real beach, with sand, in Ohio.

Until next time,

Lorelei