Friday, May 28, 2010

53. Rib Cook Offs

Don't wear white shirts and bring lots of wipies!!  Both the Berea Rib Cook off and the Rib Burn off downtown, are this weekend!  If you have littler bugger's the Berea one is a little easier to navigate if you need to leave during a meltdown/overload of elephant ears.  BOTH offer free admission for kiddos under 12!

Berea Offerings:  FREE parking, lots of activities for children, including a rock climbing wall, inflatables, a mechanical bull, and more!

Downtown Offerings:  Music, music, music and ribs!

Info for the Rib Burn Off.

Info for the Berea Rib Cook Off.

Berea - Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
164 Eastland Road
Berea, OH 44017

Downtown - Tower City Amphitheater
351 Canal Road
Cleveland, OH 44113

Thursday, May 27, 2010

52. Chagrin Blossom Time Balloon Festival

Take the kids down to see amazing hot air balloons!  

Weekend Balloon Festival Schedule
Thursday May 27th      Blossom Glow at 8:00 PM at CFHS
Friday May 28th           Mass balloon ascension 6:30 pm at CFHS

Saturday May 29th      Balloons fly in to CFHS field – 6:30 AM

                                        Balloon launch from CFHS – 6:30 PM

Sunday May 30th         Balloons fly in to CFHS field – 6:30 AM

                                        Balloon launch from CFHS – 6:30 PM 


More Info HERE!

Chagrin Falls High School

400 East Washington Street

Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

51. Memorial Day Parades

Who doesn't love a parade?  Here are a list of your local parades!

Sunday May 30, 2010

Parma: A parade, military displays, a free hot-dog buffet and a speech by retired Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner will highlight events starting at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Gardens on the western side of Cuyahoga Community College West, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road.

Monday May 31, 2010

Bay Village:   Parade at 8:45 a.m. from Huntington Beach parking lot to Lakefront Cemetery for service. The parade then proceeds to Cahoon Park Gazebo for services and speakers.

Bedford:  Parade at 10 a.m. from Bedford City Hall to Bedford Commons for ceremonies. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the parade reassembles and proceeds south on Broadway to the cemetery.

Berea: A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. behind City Hall, 11 Berea Commons, off S. Rocky River Drive, south of Bridge Street.

Brecksville:  Parade at 9 a.m. from City Hall to Highland Drive Cemetery for ceremonies.

Broadview Heights:  Parade at 11 a.m. from the Crossing Shopping Center to the Broadview Center for a ceremony.

Brooklyn:  Parade at 9:30 a.m. starting at Brooklyn Middle School on Biddulph Road and ends at City Hall's Memorial area, followed by a picnic.

Brook Park:  Parade steps off at 10 a.m. from the Brookgate Shopping Center to Kennedy Park Memorial. There will be a memorial ceremony immediately following the parade.

Brunswick:  Parade begins at Visintainer School and ends at Westview Cemetery 10:30am

Chagrin Falls: A 10 a.m. parade will begin and end downtown at Main and Franklin streets. The grand marshals will be the 135th Military Police Company of the Ohio Army National Guard, which has served twice in Iraq.

Cleveland:  10:30 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery -- parade by the James A. Garfield Monument with a traditional veterans program on the lawn in the from of the monument, includes placing of wreathes by various veteran groups and a Memorial Day band concert by the Cleveland Letter Carrier’s Band.

East Cleveland: A festival with vendors will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Euclid Avenue. A parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the East Cleveland Adult Training Center, 13231 Euclid Ave.

Euclid: Services will be held at 7:45 a.m. at Euclid Cemetery, East 204th St. and Euclid Avenue, and 8:15 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, 1231 Chardon Road. A parade will begin at 10 a.m. at East 228th Street and Lake Shore Boulevard.

Fairview Park:  The parade will step off at 9 a.m. from Corrigan DiCicco Funeral Home at West 208 and Lorain, led by the American Legion Post 738

Garfield Heights: A program will begin at 7:20 a.m. at the flagpole of St. Monica Catholic Church, 13263 Rockside Road. A parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Maple Leaf Drive and Turney Road.

Hinckley Township:  9am, Parade begins at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on Ridge Rd, on to Memorial Park and ends at the Fire Station with refreshments. 

Lakewood/Rocky River: A parade at 9:30 a.m. starts from Rocky River High School, continuing west on Detroit Road to Lakewood Park Cemetery.

Lodi:   9am: Parade begins and ends at Lodi American Legion, (120 Bank St) and ends at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Medina:  10am: Parade begins at the Old courthouse, continues around Medina Square and ends at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Maple Heights: A parade will step off at 10:15 a.m. from Stafford Park on Mayville Avenue.

North Olmsted:  Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall to North Olmsted Park Veterans Memorial.

Olmsted Falls:  Parade at 9:30 a.m. from Falls Lenox Primary school to the Village Green for services.

Shaker Heights: A 9 a.m. ceremony will be held outside City Hall, 3400 Lee Road, followed by a parade.
Solon:  Service and parade begin at 10 a.m. from the Solon City Hall to Roselawn Cemetery and back.

South Euclid:  Parade at 9 a.m. from Regina High School to Veterans memorial at Green and Anderson roads. Ceremony to follow.

Strongsville: A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 12700 Pearl Road. A ceremony will be held about noon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3345, 17900 Strongsville Blvd. A free, light lunch will follow.

Twinsburg: A parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Twinsburg High School, 10084 Ravenna Road.

University Heights: A 5-mile run/2-mile fun run starts at 8:45 a.m., followed by the city's 44th annual parade at 11 a.m. The parade will be on Silsby Road, near Farland Road, and ends at John Carroll University. Following the parade will be a family fun day at John Carroll.

Willoughby: A parade will start at 9:30 a.m. at Erie and Third streets downtown.

**If I missed your area please add it below in the comments! Thanks!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

50. Cleveland Botanical Gardens

For sunny, relaxing, educational (shh!) fun there's nothing better than the Hershey's Children's Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  With a goldfish pond, treehouse, playhouses, sandboxes, waterpumps and of course flowers there's enough dirty fun to fill the afternoon!

Visitor Hours
• Tuesday - Saturday
  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
• Sunday
  12:00 - 5:00 pm
• Closed Monday

Get all the INFO HERE!

11030 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH‎ 44106

Friday, May 21, 2010

49. Cleveland Asian Festival

TODAY May 22 from 11-8!  Free and FUN!!

Events include but are not limited to...

  • Lots of food and merchandise vendors

  • Both local and national performing artists

  • Children's activities area and games

  • Egg Roll Eating Contest 

  • Sumo Wrestling Competition

  • Dancing Dragons!

  • 2999 Payne Ave
    Cleveland OH 44113

    Image Provided By:  Cleveland Asian Festival

    Idea Provided By:  Barbara Krecic 

    48. Sandusky May Days & KidsFest

    No, not technically Cleveland but still an awesome little road trip for the family! 

    KidsFest Safety Celebration
    May 22, 2010 from: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

    The KidsFest Safety Fair will be held at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion from 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.  The event features more than fifty health and safety displays, extreme inflatables, a variety of children’s activities, entertainment and food vendors.
    Capt’n Willie will present his Silly Pirate Show from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Other activities include a Craft Zone, Sand Art, Face Painting by the Sandusky City Schools cheerleaders, balloon animal creations sponsored by Mark & Stephanie Larrick and the Salvation Army, caricatures by Sean Carroll of Sandusky Bay Poster Works, Pony Cart Rides with 4-H’s The Outlaws, Kids Games with Dick & Barb Gallagher of the Children’s Traveling Museum and much more!
    Admission to the KidsFest Safety Celebration is one canned good or nonperishable food item per person. Any child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Photo Opportunities at KidsFest:
    • 12:00PM - Streaky Bear (Sandusky City Schools)
    • 1:00PM - Wiley the Wolf (Great Wolf Lodge)
    • 2:00PM - Sponge Bob Square Pants
    • 3:00PM - Elmo
    • 4:00PM - Truman the Dragon (Kidsville News)

    International Museum Day
    May 22, 2010 from: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Erie County celebrates International Museum Day with free admission to many area museums, as well as family activities at each site.

    May Days
    May 22, 2010 from: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    May 23, 2010 from: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Nautical Flea Market, model boat building for kids, boat rides, Underground Railroad trolley tours, Capt’n Willie’s Silly Pirate Show and the Blessing of the Fleet. At the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, Sandusky Bay Pavilion and Battery Park Marina

    More info HERE!

    125 Meigs Street
    Sandusky, OH‎ 
    (419) 624-0274
    Image Provided By:  John-Morgan

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    47. West Side Market

    Opened in 1840 this classic Cleveland landmark is a wonderful place to take the kids for a quick snack or for lunch.  Choose from crepes, tacos, sausage, or pizza and sandwiches and any fruit you can dream up for a yummy lunch that your family is bound to remember and request again and again!  Get in most of your grocery shopping and enjoy the sights and sounds of a piece of our history.

    MONDAY & WEDNESDAY: 7am - 4pm
    FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 7am - 6pm

    Market Site HERE!

    1979 West 25th Street
    Cleveland, OH
    (216) 664-3386

    Image Provided By:  West Side Market

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    46. Cleveland Metroparks Little Birdie Class

    Cleveland Metroparks Little Birdie Class

    Tuesdays, June 1 - 29 (5 sessions) • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Shawnee Hills Golf Course • Bedford
    Instructor: Jamie Taylor

    ...For children ages 3-5 years, this introductory class is designed for parents seeking to get their toddlers in the game of golf. Parent and child will get the basics in putting, chipping and full swing. Equipment and experience is not necessary.

    Fee: $100 (includes adult and child).
    For more information and to register, call 440-232-7184.

    18753 Egbert Rd

    Bedford, OH 44146

    Image Provided By:  endbradley

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    45. Drive-In Movies

    Assuming that the weather clears up sometime before July...but then again it's Cleveland, taking the kids out for a drive-in movie will be a family event that you'll all remember for a while coming!  Bring some lawn chairs and lemonade and spend an evening under the stars with Hollywood's stars!


    Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre
    33395 Lorain Road
    North Ridgeville, Ohio  44039
    (440) 327-9595
    12091 Mayfield Road
    Chardon, Ohio 44024
    (440) 286-7173
    2736 Ohio 59
    Ravenna, Ohio‎ 44266
    (330) 296-9829
    Image Provided By:  Aut-O-Rama

    Idea Provided By:  Cindy Mastroianni

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    44. Little Italy

    Being Italian, I have a soft spot for all things delicious.  That being said, heading down to Little Italy with your little ones is a great family evening.  I don't recommend going on a Friday or Saturday night, just so that you can keep your sanity!  But we love to go down, order a pizza from Mama Santa's, eat it at the play ground, play for a while then wander over to Presti's Bakery for some gelato or a cookie (or two or four...shh!).  It's a wonderful, fun, relatively inexpensive, delicious family evening!

    Find all things Little Italy HERE!

    Murry Hill
    Mayfield Road East of Euclid

    Image Provided By:  jenniferrt66

    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    43. Annual Children's Spring Fishing Derbies

    Get out and enjoy this FREE event!  While learning fishing basics, young anglers can enjoy a day of free fishing fun, competing for prizes and learning some fishing basics. Live bait will be provided and a limited number of rods and reels will be available.   Participants should bring tackle and a cooler to store their "catch of the day!"  Each location will be stocked with rainbow trout and channel catfish for the derbies.  Be sure to register at the Registration Tent the day-of the fishing derby. 

    Saturday, May 15
    Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
    -  Cuyahoga Heights
    Park at CanalWay Center parking lot, located the off E. 49 th Street entrance of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in Cuyahoga Hts.   Follow the trail from the Center to the Canal. 

    Sunday, May 16
    Wallace Lake Mill Stream Run Reservation -  Berea
    Follow the signs off Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, south of Bagley Road in Berea.

    Fishing Sessions:
    Ages: 4-8 • 9 a.m. to noon
    Ages: 9-15 • 1 to 4 p.m.

    Get all the INFO HERE!

    Image Provided By:  Cleveland Metroparks

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    42. The Children's Museum of Cleveland

    A great activity for rainy days!  Take your under two crowd to the Big Red Barn area, take the older crowd to the Bridges to our Community exhibit and everyone can spend hours (literally hours) at their huge water table!

    As always when in the the University Circle area, Little Italy makes a super yummy lunch!! :)

    Check our their new exhibit :  "Healthier Ever After"
    “Healthier Ever After” is an active fairytale forest. Children must maneuver through the make-believe forest overcoming obstacles as they exercise their bodies and learn healthy nutrition facts in a fun, playful manner. In doing so, they will learn to live “healthier ever after.”

    They have awesome things happening every day!

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday    10am - 5pm
    Tuesday    10am - 5pm
    Wednesday    10am - 5pm
    Thursday    10am - 5pm
    Friday    10am - 5pm
    Saturday    10am - 5pm
    Sunday    10am - 5pm
    $7.00 children (ages 1-12)
    $7.00 adults (13 and over)
    Under 11 months free

    10730 Euclid Ave.
    Cleveland, Oh 44106

    Image Provided By:    
    The Children's Museum of Cleveland

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    41. Avon Lake Public Library and DiscoveryWorks

    Well this week looks to be kind of rainy and chilly so why not head down to the COOLEST library I've found, the Avon Lake Public Library.  Their children's section is amazing, with a huge tree for an entrance and a puppet theater that makes me jealous.  But the best part is the DiscoveryWorks portion.  Great for toddlers thru teens the play area is divided to let the older kids have their fun without the "babies" getting in their way.  Geared towards hands on learning this room has music, puzzles, a Thomas-the-Train table, blocks, legos, a play house, a human kaleidoscope and hamsters and turtles and a playhouse to read in.  The older (5+) side has experiments in sound, air, movement, and dinosaurs!

    DiscoveryWorks has different hours from the actual library...

    Mon - Thur  10:30 am -12:30 pm  & 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Fri 10:30 am -12:30 pm  & 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Sat  Noon - 4:00 pm
    Additional Hours
    Mon &Tues 6- 8:30 pm


    32649 Electric Boulevard

    Avon Lake, OH 44012-1669
    (440) 933-8128

    Image Provided By:  ALPL

    Friday, May 7, 2010

    40. Day Out with Thomas

    The Celebration includes a 35 minute train ride with a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine, Meeting Sir Topham Hatt, Storytelling, Live Music, Build with Mega Bloks and Much More!

    Order Tickets HERE!

    More info from CVSR HERE!

    Boston Mills Boarding Station
    7100 Riverview Road
    Brecksville, OH 44141

    Image provided By:  Day Out With Thomas

    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    39. Discover Dinosaurs! Fairview Park Library

    Pretend to be a paleontologist!!  Learn about dinosaurs through a variety of hands on activities.  This activity is for 3-6 year olds.  There will be 8 stations and it takes 45min-an hour, to complete travelling at your own pace.  Hands-on science experiments range from digging out m&m's from cookies (yum!), assembling dinosaur bones, and using shovels/brushes to dig up dino bones and pack them up for shipment to a museum!  How cute!!

    Tuesday May 11:  7pm
    Wednesday May 12: 11am

    See the Fairview Park Library Site to Register or Call 440-333-4700

    21255 Lorain Road
    Fairview Park, Ohio  44126

    Image Provided By:  Brent

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010

    38. International Children's Festival

    Now through Saturday May 8 experience a world of live performance as Playhouse Square presents its first week-long International Children’s Festival. The festival will feature live performances from around the world, a Global Village, free, fun activities and so much more to give your children and grandchildren an enriching and unique live theater experience.

    Shows Include: 
    Corbian- A Glow in the Dark Adventure * Farfalle (Butterflies) * The Man Who Planted Trees * Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience * The Dream Jam Band

    Crafts and Activities Include: 
    Magnificent Mask Craft * Making Music Craft * Drum Around the World * Live Like a Butterfly * Beautiful Bird House Craft * Musical Memory Craft * Do the Dream Jam Jive * Balloon Making and Face Painting * Plant-a-Tree Activity and more!

    Get all the INFO HERE!

    1511 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44115

    Image Provided By:  Playhouse Square

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    37. Captains Baseball

    A great foray into baseball if you'd like to take more relaxed approach.  Perfect for the smaller buggers and cheaper too (shh!)  Tons of great activities/giveaways/and fireworks Friday and Saturday!!

    Monday Nights Buck Nights! 
    $1 discount on adult tickets. $2 discount on adult tickets with PNC Bank debit/credit card. 50-cent hot dogs. $1 fries, popcorn, onion rings, fountain sodas, 10 oz. drafts.

    Kids Eat Free Tuesdays!
    $2 discount on adult tickets - Kids receive free hot dog, fries & small soda (with paid admission) -2-for-1 hot dogs, fries, onion rings, chips, soft pretzels & popcorn.

    Feed Your Face Wednesday!
    For only $18, fans receive a game ticket and all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, onion rings, popcorn & chips!

    Thirsty Thursday!
    Nickel domestic draft beer for one hour before game time* - Half-price draft beer and fountain soda through the seventh inning* - $5 military tickets for active and retired military and families with ID* - $5 tickets for college students with College ID

    *Night Games Only

    Visit the Official Site HERE!

    Classic Park
    35300 Vine St
    Eastlake, OH
    ‎ 44095
    (440) 975-8085

    Image Provided By:  Lake County Captains

    Idea Provided By:  Christa Deister Rozhon

    Monday, May 3, 2010

    36. Carlisle Reservation

     FREE fun on the West side!  Spend the afternoon at the Carlisle Reservation.  Enjoy the children's playroom (picture above), and the wildlife observation room - both housed in the visitor's center.  The next building is the Raptor Center and the Maple Sugar Shack.  

    There’s still one more place to see at Carlisle--the Duck Pond Picnic Area. Centered around two large connected ponds, this area attracts a variety of aquatic wildlife and is a favorite of fishermen (Ohio fishing license required.) The area also includes a reserve-able picnic shelter and small playground  and a trail-head that leads to the other parts of the reservation.

    They also have lots of great programs for kids.  This Thursday May 6 Check out KIDDIE CRAFT CLUB: METAMORPHOSIS from 10-11 and 2-3 Fun crafting for your 3-5 year old and parent.

    Get all the INFO HERE!

    12882 Diagonal Road
    LaGrange, Ohio 44050

    Image Provided By:  Carlisle Reservation

    Idea provided By:  Rochelle Blaylock
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