Wednesday, March 31, 2010

8. Ice Skating at Rocky River Rec Center

Before the last snowflakes of winter fade away get in one last ice skate with your kids at the Rocky River Recreation Center's Hamilton Ice Arena.  The parent/tot skate is Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 PM Kids skates are free with an adult's purchase.  They also have afternoon open skates for older kids.  Once Junior gets tired of skating that have a cute little snack area so grab some popcorn.

Find all the information HERE!
**This link is to the RR Rec's PDF file of their schedule.  Please go to PAGE 40 to find info on skating. But feel free to check out their other programs for kiddos!

Ice Rink Cashier Booth Hours
Monday & Wednesday…….12:00 AM-3 PM
Tuesday & Thursday……..11:45 AM-7 PM
Fridays… 9 AM-12:00 PM and 3:00-5:00
Saturdays…………………..…11 AM-4 PM
Sundays……………………...…2 PM-4 PM

21018 Hilliard Boulevard
Rocky River, OH‎ 44116
(440) 356-5656

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

7. Underwater Egg Hunt

This sounds like fun!

1st Annual
Underwater Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 3 11:30am-1:00pm

Join Lakewood Recreation for our 1st Annual Underwater Egg Hunt! Bring your suits, towels, goggles, and baskets and see how many eggs you can round up! Eggs can be redeemed for prizes!
Children will be broken up into age groups for hunt. Other activities to be offered including cannon ball competition, water basketball free throw challenge, and more!
Cost is only $3.50, and preregistration is encouraged by calling 529-4081.
Location: LHS Pool

More Info Here!

Lakewood High School
14100 Franklin Boulevard
Lakewood, OH 44107

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Monday, March 29, 2010

6. Curious George Events!

Hey there all you Curious George fans!  Your favorite monkey and his friend in the yellow hat are coming to Cleveland!  The show "Curious George Live!" will be running April 9 - April 11 at Playhouse Square - Palace Theater, tickets still available!  The show runs 90 minutes with a 15 minute intermission and is recommended for children ages 2-8.  ALSO Barnes and Noble is have a special Curious George storytime, in honor of his visit!  So if your kids are crrrraaazzzy for George (as are mine) jump on board and head downtown!

Visit Curious George Live Site Here!

Get Tickets and Info at Playhouse Square!

1501 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2108


Wednesday Morning Storytime:  Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! April 7 at 10:30am

Celebrating Curious George's visit to Playhouse Square this week, we're following that monkey! George's elephant friend Kayla misses her family, and on this whirlwind adventure, George will stop at nothing to help find them!
Click here for more info on storytimes!

Barnes and Noble at Crocker Park

198 Crocker Park Boulevard
Westlake, OH 44145

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

5. Storytime at Barnes and Noble - Crocker Park 3/31 & 4/2

Is it still too rainy and yuck to venture outside with the kids?  Well head over to the Barnes and Noble at Crocker Park for some story telling!  These events are geared towards babies and toddlers, and your older kids should be in school anyway!  Bonus for mom, there's a Starbucks inside the store...yum!  The events are (FREE!) and held on the second floor in the children's section.   You can check out their site for upcoming story times and events!

Wednesday Morning Storytime: Pat the Bunny, My Furry Friends - March 31 at 10:30am

Pat the Bunny is considered the foremost board book in early interactive development for babies and toddlers. Join us for a unique early reading experience at storytime. Chocolate Chip the bunny will be our special guest!

Friday Morning Storytime:  The Easter Egg - April 2 at 10:30am

If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit deliver the eggs, but it's not that easy. Join us for this enchanting tale and celebrate with an Easter egg hunt.

Barnes and Noble at Crocker Park

198 Crocker Park Boulevard
Westlake, OH 44145

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

4. SANDasaurus at The Children's Museum of Cleveland

Returning for another year is the hugely popular sand exhibit at the Children's Museum!  This is great for kids ages 2 and up (you want to make sure they're out of the oral stage of munching on everything...).  Expect to get sandy and have a great time!  What kid doesn't want to pretend they're discovering dinosaurs?  Dig, Explore and Get Messy to your hearts content!  Hurry this exhibit will close on APRIL 11, 2010!

There are also many other wonderful things to play with at the Children's Museum if you're not into getting dirty.  There is a huge water table, full size play house, buses, cars, grocery store and a special barn for those baby buggers 2 and under.  They also have healthy snacks available for purchase...yum!

10730 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Oh 44106
(In University Circle)

 Hours of Operation:

Monday    10am - 5pm
Tuesday    10am - 5pm
Wednesday    10am - 5pm
Thursday    10am - 5pm
Friday    10am - 5pm
Saturday    10am - 5pm
Sunday    10am - 5pm


 $7 Children (Ages 1-12)

$7 Adults (Ages 13+)

Under 11 months free

The Museum accepts cash, checks and all major credit/debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

3. West Side Easter Egg Hunt

Everyone is Welcome! The Easter Egg Hunt will be at Firefighters Community Credit Union located at 20333 Emerald Pkwy. (I-480 & Grayton Rd.) on Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 10am-12pm.

 Children can also enjoy juice and donuts, 
 get a picture taken with the Easter Bunny and
 take home some Easter treats! 
 Please bring your own basket for the Egg Hunt.

Call the West-side branch for details at 216-898-9471 ext: 208

20333 Emerald Parkway
Cleveland, OH 44135

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Idea Provided by:  Candice Louise Freed

Thursday, March 25, 2010

2. Easter Egg Extravaganza and Easter Bunny Express

Saturday March 27 only from 3-5 pm.

You’ll never believe what the Easter Groundhog has been up to in the past few months, and there is only one way to find out. Join Pamela Machuga for a puppet show, crafts, and an Easter egg hunt. Fee: $2. To register call (330) 657-2752.  More info here!

Happy Days Lodge 
500 W. Streetsboro Road (State Route 303)
Peninsula, Ohio 44264 

Also available the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad annual Easter Bunny Express. Enjoy a puppet show, crafts, and an Easter egg hunt. Fee: $25 adults, $12 children ages 3 - 12. Rockside Station, 10 a.m. Akron Northside Station, 11:35 a.m. To register visit CVSR.

Akron Northside Station
27 Ridge Street
Akron, OH 44308

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

1. First Thursday Free Dinos

If your kids are anything like mine they ask to go to the "Dino Museum" almost daily.  While that would be cost prohibitive, this new offer from Target makes the possibility of going at least monthly attainable.  From April 1, 2010 through March 3, 2011....admission to the museum is free!  It is extra for the Planetarium and special exhibits.

1 Wade Oval Drive 
University Circle
Cleveland OH 44106

Monday through Saturday:  10am to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 10pm
Sunday:  Noon to 5pm

Parking:  Although there is a small parking lot in front of the museum, your chances of getting in there any day (let alone a free day) are about as good at Junior sleeping in till 11am.  I recommend going to the parking garage directly South of the CMNH that also services the Art Museum.  There is a fee to park in both areas so bring your cash!

I highly recommend making the 5 min drive over to Little Italy for lunch after, Presti's Bakery has great quick pastas and sandwiches for hungry impatient toddlers.  And how can you go wrong with their hundreds of baked goods and gelato!

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