“Holiday Cookies” Family Cooking Workshop at The Childrens Museum

Holiday Cookies”
Family Cooking Workshop

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

DATE: Sunday, December 18, 2011

TIME: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

WORKSHOP FEE: $5.00 per person. (Non-members must pay additional Museum admission of $7.00/person if they wish to play in the Museum exhibits).

MORE: Participate in a family-friendly cooking workshop created especially for kids. During each workshop kids will learn how to create recipes that are easy, delicious and nutritious. Today we inspire your family’s culinary creativity as we prepare our own “Holiday Cookies” from scratch. Recommended for children ages 3 and older.

REGISTRATION: Required. In person at the Museum, by calling 216-791-7114 or register and pay online NOW by clicking here.


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.

Build a Dream Playhouse Party at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Local Company Invites Children to Think and Play INSIDE the Box at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland!

University Circle – You are invited to join hundreds of other kids for an exciting party at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Saturday, November 20, 2010 to launch a new, innovative and unique kid-driven product created by two young entrepreneurs right here in Cleveland.

Activities taking place at this family-friendly fun event include the chance to meet and talk with the creators of Build a Dream Playhouses. In addition, you will have the opportunity to color your own Build A Dream Playhouse. Snacks, drinks, awesome door prizes and FREE goody bags (while supplies last) will also be provided – ALL INCLUDED FREE with your paid Museum admission or membership!

Countless childhood memories flow from the simple act of playing in a box; a shared outlet for children’s creativity since the creation of cardboard. From traveling through time, to flying through space, to sailing the open seas, a child’s imagination allows a cardboard box to transcend all that is material. With that in mind, Build a Dream Playhouses is launching the most innovative, fresh, and fun playhouses on the market, right in our own backyard.

In collaboration with world famous local company Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates, the Smurfit Stone Container Corporation’s Ravenna plant, and a group of 3 to 9 year old children, Build a Dream Playhouses was created with the belief that imaginative play is absolutely critical to the developing minds of children. This line of products is centered on creativity and imagination, and is completely kid-driven. Build a Dream Playhouses supplies the palate for children to paint their dreams, and ideas for the playhouses can be generated from children all over the world. It is truly amazing to continuously see the products transform into unique, one-of-a-kind playhouses.

Build a Dream Playhouses was founded by Cleveland father and entrepreneur Mike Welsh, a man dedicated to Cleveland, the State of Ohio, and the creativity of all children. Welsh was inspired to launch Build a Dream Playhouses by the creativity and imagination of his own son and his son’s many friends.

To achieve that, and reflecting on his city’s hard times, he recruited two bright, ambitious, and innovative college students, Andy Carcioppolo and Sam Cahill, who had been lifelong friends. Andy graduated from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, while Sam recently finished his degree from The Cleveland Institute of Art’s industrial design program. After working on the project for a few months, they realized that they had a unique and promising opportunity to stay in the city that they love.

“We believe that creating jobs in Cleveland, in the State of Ohio, and ultimately across the globe is an important part of Build a Dream Playhouses”, says COO Andy Carcioppolo. “We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to do that in our hometown and to be a part of helping our region grow and thrive, while bringing smiles to the faces of children at the same time”.

Cardboard allows their products to be colored, painted, decorated, and customized to please every child’s dreams. Corrugated cardboard is also extremely durable and safe for children. Each and every product is tested to conform to the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Build a Dream Playhouses has also gone the extra mile to do further testing not mandated by law, to ensure the safety of their products that we bring to market.

As a company, Build a Dream Playhouses also has a commitment to the environment. Their products are manufactured from 80% recycled materials, resulting in an end product that is 100% recyclable. Their distribution center is located only 38 miles away from the manufacturer, which drastically reduces the fuel consumption required to ship their products.

Visit www.BuildADreamPlayhouses.com for purchasing information.       I’m so excited that another manufacturer of children’s toys has opened up in the Cleveland area!    I already love Step2 and Little Tikes!

Until next time,


Summer Discovery Camps at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Summer Discovery Camps

Your child is creative and energetic! The CMC has the right combination of hands-on learning activities to inspire your child to have a fun and imaginative summer.

All of our multidisciplinary Discovery Camps offer science experiments, art exploration, music and movement and free-play in Museum exhibits and outdoor garden. Camps welcome 4, 5 and 6 year old children. A multi-age curriculum has been developed that will encourage teamwork and creativity. New themes added this year are Invent It!, Healthier Ever After, Art Meets Science, Eco Kids, and Island Explorers. Returning favorites include Superhero Science, Kitchen Chemistry, and Dinosaur Dig.

$99.00 per child/camp for CMC members
$115.00 for non-members


*Note: Cancellations made prior to 14 days before the start of camp will be refunded (minus a $5 processing fee). Changes will be charged a $5 processing fee. We reserve the right to refuse or discontinue an individual’s participation if his/her welfare or the welfare of others is in jeopardy.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Bring your own lunch
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Additional $10.00 per day

Pre-registration for all camps and Lunch Bunch sessions is required. Space is limited – class size is limited to the first 20 children to register. *Note: Snacks will NOT be provided, please pack for your child every day. Refrigeration is available. Questions? Please check out the FAQs or call Nicole Franks, Camp Coordinator, at 216.791.7114 x21.

To register please call the Museum at 216.791.7114 or REGISTER ONLINE NOW.

Invent It! ~ June 21-25

Come be inspired by famous inventors! Use your imagination and inventive thinking to design and build your own inventions. What can you make with magnets, pipes, and clothespins? How do things fit together? What does it do? Let your imagination run wild as you think the unthinkable, create new possibilities and discover solutions! Come see recycling at its best! A few of our inventions will include rockets, race cars, airplanes, and recycled material inventions.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Healthier Ever After ~ June 28-July 2

There are no bones about it; our bodies can do amazing things inside and out! Come learn about anatomy, skeletons, and our spectacular organs as we learn and discover in our Healthier Ever After exhibit. Meet Sneakers the Dragon, talk about healthy eating, learn new games that promote exercise, and practice your obstacle course skills as campers travel through the coordination cave. Practice some of your new found medical skills in our very own doctor’s office.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Art Meets Science ~ July 12-July 16

What could be more imaginative and educational than discovering the art of science? Each day campers will learn a specific scientific principle and then use it in an art project to take home. Campers will discover the science of three dimensional art using principles such as balance and cause and effect through the works of Alexander Calder. Van Gough and Pollack will act as illustrations of how motion and gravity influence an artist’s work. Each day will become a new adventure as campers explore the wonder of discovering where art meets science! Parents will be invited to our very own gallery exhibit of our pieces on the last day of camp.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Superhero Science ~ July 19-July 23

Calling all Superheroes for the adventure of the year! We’ll use teamwork, creativity, science and expert problem solving to save the museum from the Mysterious Toy Thief! All superheroes will expand their imaginations and crime fighting skills by learning how to dust for fingerprints, creating Superhero-Mobiles, and designing their own costumes.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Kitchen Chemistry ~ July 26-July 30

Get ready to get messy! Kids will experiment, explode, and even concoct their own kitchen creations. Young chefs will have the opportunity to explore their culinary creativity in a safe and nurturing environment. All chefs will use math and science to measure, chop, cut, cool and heat food. We’ll also perform science experiments using basic kitchen ingredients! Snack provided during camp.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Eco Kids ~ August 2-6

Nature meets camp! Children will explore topics such as insects, recycling, composting, water conservation, and botany. CMC Eco Kids will try their hand at gardening, take a walking field trip to the Hershey’s Children’s Garden located at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and discover the fun in learning about and taking care of our environment!  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Island Explorers ~ August 9-13

CMC campers set sail! Join our pirate crew as we get ready to explore. Campers spend a week island hopping around the world as they discover different island customs, foods, and languages. We will transform our classroom into different islands daily as we stamp our passports and discover the world during our summer vacation.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Dinosaur Dig ~ August 16-20

Become a paleontologist! All paleontologists will practice observation and excavation skills, learn about extinction and uncover the mysteries of dinosaurs buried deep beneath the earth. We’ll crack open rocks to search for dinosaur bones, and then figure out as much as we can about how the dinosaurs lived. We’ll even experience and create our own active volcanoes.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW


This is an optional 2 hour extension to camp for families who need flexibility or just can’t get enough of CMC. Kids who participate in Lunch Bunch! will bring their own lunch to the Museum and participate in counselor supervised crafts, games and free play in the Museum from Noon- 2:00 pm. Register for Lunch Bunch! anywhere from 1 to 5 days a week!

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bring your own lunch.
$10.00 per day ~ Pre-registration required.

The Sand Box is Back at Children’s Museum!

Over the holiday break from the kiddo’s preschool we took a trip with a friend and her daughter to The Children’s Museum of Cleveland.   We happen to have a family membership, and it has been well worth it.  Particularly for an active three year-old who wants to get into everything, it is a great place.   It’s nice to go somewhere and not have to constantly say, “No, please don’t touch that.   Oh, be careful.  No, you can’t touch that either.”  He’d actually requested to go to a museum while he was on break, specifically the “one with the water table.” 

Anyhow, I post this because I wanted to let everyone know that the indoor sand exhibit has returned, this time dubbed “Sandasaurus.”   So if you are longing for your kids to play at the beach and have no warm-weather plans anytime soon, or your kids really miss the sandbox, check it out.   An entire ROOM where the floor is completely filled with sand.   And what’s best, you don’t have to clean up the mess afterwards!    If you’re longing to splash in the water too, check out the room with the big water table.

Until next time,


NASA’s Traveling Exhibit Visits Children’s Museum This Weekend

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland Welcomes NASA Glenn’s Journey to Tomorrow

DATE: Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31
TIME: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
ADMISSION: Included FREE with paid Museum admission or membership
MORE: NASA Glenn’s newest traveling exhibit, Journey to Tomorrow, is an interactive environment packed with hands-on activities and digital learning stations.

Click here to learn more.
Click here to watch a Flash video.

Children’s Museum Half-Price on Memorial Day

Open Memorial Day with Half-Price Admission

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland will be open on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009 from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is half price – only $3.50 for children and $3.00 for adults. This special day of reduced admission is sponsored by The Wachovia Foundation in conjunction with our Money, My Community and Me Program.

In addition to its permanent exhibits, The Big Red Barn, Bridges to Our Community and the ever popular Splish! Splash!, The Children’s Museum is proud to offer again its Blast Off! Families Exploring Space Together exhibit. Blast Off!, developed in collaboration with experts from NASA’s Glenn Research Center, is designed to allow young children to pretend/play and explore space in a fun and creative atmosphere. By encouraging family participation and incorporating hands-on family learning in an interactive environment, the whole family can let their imaginations soar!

Offering a variety of hands-on, family-oriented exhibits and programming, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland is ‘the’ Northeast Ohio destination and resource for all young children, parents and caregivers to engage in fun, innovative, interactive play that accelerates the child’s creativity, development and education. The Children’s Museum is located at 10730 Euclid Avenue in University Circle. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $6.00 for adults; $7.00 for children ages 1 to 12 years; infants 11 months and under and members enter free. For more information about The Children’s Museum of Cleveland visit http://www.ClevelandChildrensMuseum.org.