“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.


Holiday CircleFest This Sunday

Holiday CircleFest 2011 at University Circle

December 04 – 1:00pm to 5:30pm

Start off the holiday season with a trip to the 18th Annual Holiday CircleFest. It’s the perfect way to experience University Circle, free of charge. Many of University Circle’s renowned museums, gardens, galleries, churches, and schools open their doors and offer an afternoon of activities, food, and shopping.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated activity of Holiday CircleFest is the opening of The Rink at Wade Oval. Admission to The Rink is free, and skate rentals are only $3. After visitors have finished skating, they can warm up with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate… continue reading

Polar Express Tickets Still Available

I was pleasantly surprised to find when looking at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s website this week that there are still tickets available for certain dates of the Polar Express, departing from both Independence and Akron.   You can find the most up-to-date info here:


Here’s my advice based on last-year’s experience, departing from the Akron station:
For those who are looking for answers for 2011, we did end up going on the Polar Express this past Christmastime. We arrived about a 1/2 an hour early and the 8 of us were able to sit together, though we were not on the side of the car that faces “the North Pole” when you arrive. It didn’t really matter anyways, because all of the children go over to that side of the train to look out the windows and no one seems to mind. It didn’t seem like there was any big difference regarding which car you were assigned to, though I did notice we were in the car next to the one where you could purchase souvenirs and popcorn. Not sure if that was planned since we didn’t buy the tickets. They did have souvenir Christmas ornaments you could purchase which was nice. We went on a Sunday evening.

One suggestion that our friends and I hadn’t thought of, if you bring your copy of “The Polar Express” and a Sharpie, you can have your book autographed by Santa!

Also, looked like many of the kids had matching PJ sets, and I was surprised by how many grown ups were wearing pajama pants as well! It’s a great activity for any child or adult who “believes”.

For more comments related to the Polar Express, visit my post from 2009.

Have you taken your kids on the Polar Express?    Do you have any advice to share?

Until next time,


The Little Mermaid At The Cleveland Play House

Three Saturdays remain to take the kiddos to see “The Little Mermaid,” live on stage at The Cleveland Play House.

The Little Mermaid
Jan 25 – Feb 19 • Studio One Theatre

by Hans Christian Andersen
Adapted by Pamela DiPasquale
Performed by Nina Domingue
Appropriate for Grades K – 5

The Little Mermaid is an imaginative retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale in which a young girl learns the beauty and power of her own voice. Children will be treated to an intimate performance filled with sensory experiences.

Visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com/se-ct.asp for more info.

Monster Jam Returns to Cleveland

Last year, at 9 months pregnant, on Valentine’s Day, I spent the afternoon watching monster trucks crush cars at Quicken Loans Arena.    This is what I do for the guys I love, the hubby and my kiddo.   And I’ll probably be there again in a couple of weeks, as Monster Jam returns to Quicken Loans Arena on February 19th and 20th.

A couple of weeks later, nearly ready to give birth, I was walking around the Cleveland Auto Show.     Soon after that, I gave birth to another boy.   Does anyone have any other recommendations for activities for the young testosterone crowd in and around Cleveland/Akron?

Until next time,


Spending Valentine’s Day With My Two Favorite Guys

I clearly just adore the hubby and kiddo…I’m not only spending  Sunday, Valentine’s Day, at Monster Jam at Quicken Loans Arena…I bought the tickets.    ‘Nuff said. 

I’m sure tickets are still available if you’ve got a little guy or girl into big trucks that make lots of noise!

Welcome to Monster Jam, an incredible family-friendly experience starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over – OR smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.

Monster Jam Official Site

Dates & Times:
Saturday, February 13th 2010 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 13th 2010 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 14th 2010 at 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
Tickets are priced at $50.00 for Front Row, $30.00 for Gold Circle, and $20.00 for Reserved Seating. Kids: $10 (excludes Front Row and Gold Circle seating). All prices are $2.00 more the day of the show. Pit Passes are $5.00 and are only available online or at the box office. A $3.00 facility fee applies per ticket.

Dress Like a Princess, Meet Some Frogs

Warm up at the Zoo’s Newest Amphibian Event

On February 15, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo invites you to dress up as a princess, prince or frog and hop on down to The RainForest for Fairytales & Frogs. This magical event will immerse Zoo visitors in fact and fiction about frogs and frog legends. Kids under 12 will receive free admission to the Zoo and The RainForest that day. (Please Note: Adult residents of Cuyahoga County will receive reduced admission to The RainForest and free admission to the Zoo, following regular Monday admission rates).

You’ll have opportunities to meet little frogs, big frogs, real frogs and frog mascots. The Zoo’s frog keepers will also be on hand to answer frog questions and dispel frog myths. Hear the story of “The Frog Prince” and take part in frog games and crafts. And keep an eye out for a princess or two. They might be hanging out with the Radio Disney Road Crew. Watch our Fairytales & Frogs video sneak peek.