In the past week the toddler and I have visited a small handful of Cleveland attractions. Here’s the low-down on each.
Last Friday was rainy and turning cold, so the toddler and I gave the neighbors a call. The group of us, my neighbor, her nearly two-year old daughter and five year-old son all ventured out to The RainForest at Cleveland Metrtoparks Zoo. It’s interesting now when these kids get together, as the toddler seems to bridge the gap between the two siblings. The daughter is now old enough that she can keep up with the toddler, and the toddler is old enough to roughhouse with the son. So it worked out well and we all had a good time. The boys particularly enjoyed the spiral staircase up the inside of a tree trunk leading up to a large animal observation room (think Diego’s animal rescue center for those whose children watch Diego). They also had fun watching the orangutans, snakes, turtles, assorted monkeys and birds. Total time spent entertained was about 1.5 hours. Considering me and my neighbor both have family memberships, we didn’t have to pay admission.
Saturday we dragged the hubby out to see “rocket ships” at NASA Glenn Research Center’s Visitor Center. This is one place I’m looking forward to bringing the toddler when he’s older. Lots of physics, engines, how things work, etc. I was particularly fascinated by how much goes on at NASA here in Cleveland. I knew about the work done on the Mars Rover here, but not much else. The Visitor Center was interesting, and most of the people utilizing the interactive exhibits were more in the 8-12 year old range. There was one exhibit in particular that the toddler loved however, that allows you to raise and lower a box mounted with a scale and a brass weight. There is a small video camera that monitors the weight on the scale as it is being raised and dropped down onto a bed of foam. Through buttons and a level, you control the raising and dropping. As the scale free falls, you can see on the video monitor that the weight is demonstrating weightlessness in reference to the scale. It is a very interesting experiement. Two amusing points to this. One, as a 12 year-old boy began to do the experiment, the toddler chimes in, “This is how you do it. now you push this.” I already have a know-it-all. Second, this gravitational experiment was referred to, by the toddler, as the doyng-doyng machine, referring to the bouncing action of the box as it lands on the foam. In all, the toddler was probably happy for an hour here. But, if you have older children, or children of varying ages, it might be interesting to stop by. Especially because it’s free!
Last but not least, on Monday morning we met up with my friend and her 3 year-old daughter at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The kids enjoyed playing downstairs in the Smead Discovery Center, playing in an excavation box, doing puzzles, coloring and observing a gecko using a magnifying glass. The toddler loves using the magnifying glass, I definitely need to invest in one before the warm weather hits. Plus, the toddler did a pretty good job sitting and eating his lunch upstairs in the cafe before checking out the dinosaurs. So all in all, another successful outing. We spent about 1.5 hours there, plus lunch, and this time around got in free with my friend’s guest pass.
As it relates to the stay-at-home part in SAHM, I had my second trip to Home Depot yesterday. Fixed the screen on our side door and checked out some outdoor light fixtures to replace the ones currently on our garage. And I have to figure out how to fix a broken garage door.
Hopefully next week we’ll do the indoor water park while the hubby’s on vacation.
Until next time,
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