Thursday, July 29, 2010

95. Historic Warehouse District Tours

Locals and visitors can enjoy four unique, guided walking tours with actors and actresses portraying historic Cleveland figures. Historic figures you may encounter on your hike include Frances Payne Bolton, Mayor Tom Johnson, Daniel Burnham, Mrs. Alfred Kelley, Garrett Morgan, Alan Freed and John D. Rockefeller

On Saturdays, Historic Warehouse District tours begin at 10 a.m. at Constantino’s Market (1278 W. Ninth St.). On Sundays, Canal Basin Park tours begin at 10 at the Settler’s Landing RTA Station (1025 W. Superior Ave., bottom of the hill).


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

94. Summer Beach Party

Saturday, August 7, 2010  -  5 – 11 p.m

No need to fly the flying saucer over to Cleveland Metroparks “Summer Beach Party” – just come to the beach for all the fun and excitement.
Cleveland Metroparks invites all “beach bums” from 5 to 8 p.m. to enjoy a variety of beach games and activities including: a UFO sighting scavenger hunt, shake-n-bake contest, flying saucer water balloon toss, Reese’s Pieces relay race, hula hoop contest, beach blanket bingo, limbo, “Ranger” says, cornhole, beach volleyball, and more. 
Day-of registration is required to participate in all games, and space is limited.  Prizes will be awarded.
Activities from 5 to 8 p.m. also include:
  • national award-winning sand sculptor Carl Jara designing a special sand sculpture especially for the “Summer Beach Party” event
  • sand castle-building area for visitors to try their hand
  • Island Jeff’s Steel Drum Show, a fishing demonstration area with Cleveland Metroparks staff
  • kayak demonstration area with 41ยบ North Coastal Kayak Adventures
  • live animals from Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
  • dive team exhibit with Cleveland Metroparks Rangers
  • and more! 
As darkness approaches, warm up at the campfire and enjoy the ever-entertaining Musical Mark at 8 p.m.
And then, be sure to bring beach blankets and beach chairs for the movie on the beach – “E.T.” at 8:45 p.m.

Lots of food and fun!!!


Huntington Beach
Bay Village, Ohio 44140

93. Safety Expo & Ice Cream Social

July 31, 2010  - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Discover the importance of safety awareness at Cleveland Metroparks’ newest event. Along with learning how to better prepare for emergencies, enjoy a free ice cream treat!!  Plus, an infant, toddler and children car seat check station to ensure their safety and firetrucks!

More INFO!

Wallace Lake
off Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, Berea.

Monday, July 26, 2010

92. Kingwood Center

I went here when I was little and my kids love it now!  Great for a relaxing afternoon picnic.  You can feed the ducks and run through the fields!

*2011 Update, due to financial constraints admission is no longer free, there is a $5 per car admission fee, so carpool ;)

Garden Hours
March and November      8 AM to 5 PM
April thru October     8 AM to 7 PM 
Sunset Thursdays  (June through August)    Grounds open until 8:30 PM

Greenhouse Hours
March thru October     Tuesday - Sunday     8 AM to 4:20 PM     Closed Monday

All the INFO!

900 Park Avenue West
Mansfield, OH 44906-2999

Sunday, July 25, 2010

91. Medieval Faire

Open 11am-7pm weekends July 10th through to August 15th, 2010.  

Experience the variety of entertainment: marvel at magicians and fire-eaters, gasp with dynamic swordplay, and guffaw at marvelous jesters. Enjoy succulent period delicacies, washed down with ice-cold ale or fresh lemon-ade. And between shows, browse through one of Ohio's largest open-air juried Artisan and Craft markets, displaying hand-made crafts such as jewelery, leather goods, and clothing from across North America. Our village marketplace boasts over 100 of the country's finest artisans and craft folks as they create and sell their wares: jewelery, candles, clothing, baskets, boots, silks, swords, toys, pottery, stained glass, trinkets, and more!  

Theme Weekends!
July 10-11 - A Royal A-Faire:  Join His Majesty for a weekend of Chivalry and Romance!
July 17-18 - Celtic Celebration:  Highland Games, Bagpipes & Drums - don't forget yer kilt!
July 24-25 - Fairy Tales and Fantasy:  From Princesses and Faeries to Knights and Dragons!
July 31-Aug. 1 - Pirate Invasion:  Patches, Peglegs, Buccaneers & Booty!
August 7-8 - Champions, Gladiators & Games:  Togas, Warriors, and Games of Skill
August 14-15 - The Big Barbarian Conquest:  Vikings, Warlords, & Other Tough Guys!


3033 State Route 534
Rock Creek, Ohio, 44084

Idea Provided By:  Mark Kelly

Friday, July 23, 2010

90. Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

July 23-25 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.   

Petting zoo, pipe bands, dog show, mass, crafts, learn Gaelic, learn Irish Dance, inflatables and lots of yum food!

FREE Parking
FREE for kids 10 and under.  All others $10.


164 Eastland Road
Berea, OH 44017

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

89. Nature at Night

Nature at Night
Saturday, July 24
5 - 11 p.m.

Stories, puppets, music, and an outdoor movie!  Nighttime revelers can enjoy the ‘nighttime animal’ maze, night insect discovery area, special natural history presentations, and more!  Visitors can also browse the great merchandise selections of EarthWords Nature Shops, and enjoy the refreshment area.

North Chagrin Nature Center

3037 Som Center Road
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

88. Circus Science

Juggling, balancing, clowns and FUN!
WHERE:  Cleveland Children's Museum
DATE: Saturday, July 24, 2010
TIME: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
AGES: 3+
WORKSHOP FEE: $5.00 per child.  (Non-members must pay additional Museum admission of $7.00/person if they wish to play in the Museum exhibits).

Register at 216-791-7114 


10730 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Oh 44106

Monday, July 19, 2010

87. Space Week

Does your little one want to go to the moon? Well than this weeks Space Week at the Great Lakes Science Center will be as close as they can get (for the next few years at least!)  Check out the new NASA Glenn Visitor Center, meet an astronaut, watch Hubble in Omni-max, ride in a Gyroscope (cool!), make your own rocket!! Lots of other awesomeness!


Space Sleepover
Friday, July 23 • 7 pm – 10 am the next morning
  • Explore the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and Science Center after dark
  • Check out a real Apollo Space capsule
  • Fly a flight simulator
  • Blast off with the OMNIMAX movie Hubble
  • Launch a rocket and design your very own lunar lander
  • Meet E.V.A. the astronaut – a larger-than-life costumed character
  • Get hands-on with the Strange Matter exhibition
  • Sleep among the exhibits

Reservations required! Call (216) 621-2400 to register $35 for members; $39 for non-members.
INFO (for sleepover)

Idea Provided By: Patty McClure Whitaker

Friday, July 16, 2010

86. Painesville Party in the Park

July 16, 17, 18.  The Party in the Park is not just for the music lover.  During the 3 day event there is a wide array of things to do for adults and children of all ages.  The Community Stage features many different activities, demonstrations, music and many other things for the whole family to enjoy.  Also, in the Community Stage area  is the PPITP "Kidzone" with large inflatables for the kids to enjoy.  The schedule below outlines all the different events taking place in the community areas during the Party in the Park.  In addition there will be a car show, kids community mural, clowns, crafts and more.

AND next door will the PETAPALOOZA sponsored by THE ANIMAL CLINIC OF CHARDON.  July 17 & 18 from Noon to 9.  Free for doggies and kiddos!


Veterans Park 
7 Richmond St.
Painesville, OH 44077

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

85. National Hamburger Festival

I don't even care that this is not technically Cleveland, it's a festival all about food, count me in!
Now celebrating it's 5th year come on down to Akron's own Hamburger Festival!

  • Festival hours are Saturday, July 17 from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 18 from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Tickets will be sold at the gate for $5.00 per person. Admission is free for children under 48-inches tall.
  • Food and beverages will be sold separately.

Crafts, rides, balloons, face painting, games, prizes and burgers!


Lock 3 Park
200 South Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44308

Monday, July 12, 2010

84. Lowe's Work Shops

Preregistration is preferred.  Not for kiddos under 3. 

Saturday July 24, 2010 Build a UFO!
Saturday August 14, 201 Build a Bug Box!

All the INFO HERE!

Find a Location Near You!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

83. Kids FREE at Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom

Weekends now through September 5, 2010, the Cleveland Orchestra will be playing at Blossom Music Center!

Children ages 12 and under sit free on the Lawn for all Blossom Festival concerts with a free Kids’ Lawn Pass. Up to two children are admitted free with each paid adult Lawn ticket admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the Lawn at all times.

July 17 - The Four Seasons
August 8 - Franz Conducts Strauss
August 14 - The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
August 21 - Disney in Concert:  Magical Music from the Movies
September 4&5 - The Joffrey Ballet


1145 Steels Corners Rd
Cuyahoga Falls OH 44223

Thursday, July 8, 2010

82. Hale Farm Fun!

This weekend July 10-11, 2010 there are three awesome events going on at Hale Farm!

1 - Music in the Valley with folk musicians.  July 10-11 from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $10 for adults/seniorsand $5 for children age 3-12. Members of the Western Reserve Historical Society and children 2 & under are free.
2 - Hale Hearty Dinner Fiddles and Vittles.  July 10 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fiddles & Vittles is part of a new food program that blends history, theater, and authentic 19th century fare with local foods for a unique, entertaining dining experience.  $15 per person.
3 - Hale Ghost Tour.   July 10 Presentation at 8:00 pm Walking Tour begins at 9:00 pm.   This is a hauntingly historical Hale Farm & Village walking tour and presentation led by Western Reserve Paranormal with tips on how to be a ghost hunter and to see real collected evidence. The tour visits Ira Road Cemetery and Hale Farm & Village with an option to continue on a late night walk to Indigo Lake. Admission is $10. Not recommended for children. (I'd say older kids would love this, not so much the younger ones, they're not up at 9pm anyway!


2686 Oak Hill Road
Bath, OH 44210

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

81. Lakewood Streetwalk

FREE from 3pm-7pm, July 17, 2010 on Detroit Road From Bunts to Arthur.

I really can't cover it all....chalk art, cooking decorating, dancing, Karate, watermelon eating contest, corn hole, plinko, jump rope, rollerblading, skateboarding (with free lessons, I'm sure all moms are thrilled!), Wii Sports, 4-Square (the game with the bouncing ball not the iPhone app!), soccer, basketball, rock climbing walls, Army dog tags made, clowns and balloon making.  Meet Stomper the Crushers Mascot and Sully the Lake Erie Monsters Mascot!  Food, fun, and did I mention FREE?


Detroit Road From Bunts to Arthur.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Monday, July 5, 2010

80. Tall Ships

The big ships are back!  July 7 - 11, 2010  Enjoy Exhibits, Maritime Market Place and Family Entertainment. Take part in youth sail training activities dockside, visit the Festival Village and discover more about sailing and nautical products and services. Explore the Great Lakes United Green Village to learn how maritime activities along the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes are working to improve the environment. Ship ramps are unable to accommodate wheelchairs(or strollers I assume); dockside viewing only.

Opening Festivities:  Wednesday, July 7     You will not be able to board ships this day.
                                    Majestic Parade of Sail: 4:00 p.m. 
                                    Opening Ceremonies: 7:00 p.m.

General Information
Tickets (Admission and ship boarding) Thursday, July 8 - Sunday, July 11
Tickets are good any day of the Festival – Rain or shine!
$14 Day Of                                                     $11 groups of 10 or more       
$12 Advance Sale                                           $11 Seniors (65+); Rotarians; Military           
$  8 Children 6-14 (under 5 free)      


Erieside Avenue
On the Lake Behind Cleveland Browns Stadium
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Saturday, July 3, 2010

79. Free (or $1) Summer Movies

By no means a comprehensive list.  Hope you find one near you!

AMC Theaters:  $1 Movies, every Tuesday 6/15-8/10 at 10am.

Cinemark:  $1 each or all 10 for only $5! Wednesdays 6/9-8/11 at 9:30am.

Phoenix Cinemas:  FREE! Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7/6-8/26 at 10am.

Regal Cinemas:  FREE! Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6/29-8-11at 10am.

Idea Provided By: Colleen Quinlan Berges and Anna Armstrong

Friday, July 2, 2010

78. Area SPLASH PARKS!!!

Brooklyn Memorial Park:   Across from the recreation center on Memphis, behind the police station.

Crocker Park:  On Crocker Park Blvd., directly across from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Westlake.

Dudley Park:   Willowick Dr between E 305th St and Bayridge Blvd, for Willowick residents only.

Fairview Park:   Off W 220th on Morton Road, for Fairview Residents Only. 

Falls River Square:  Broad Blvd. just off of Rte. 8. in Cuyahoga Falls.

Halloran Park:  Of f W 117th South of Lorain, Cleveland.

Medina Splash Pad:  On West Sturbridge Drive across from A.I. Root Middle School.  

Mentor Bellflower Splash Park:  7221 Bellflower Road where 283 Ends.

Middlefield Ohio:  Eagle Park on North Springdale Avenue.  

North Ridgeville South Central Park:  Where Rt. 83 and Bainbridge Road Meet.
Orlando Park:  Off Ridgewick Drive, off Euclid Ave, Wickliffe.

Quarry Park North:  Off Greenvale Road and Monticello Boulevard, South Euclid.

Rockefeller Park:   Off  MLK Blvd. in University Circle, Cleveland.  

Tinkers Creek:   Off Dunham Road, Walton Hills.

Thank you to everyone for your input!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

77. Veterans Memorial Bridge Tour

Saturday, July 3, 2010 This tour is only held ONCE A YEAR!  Stroll through the old streetcar tracks under the bridge.  Self guided tours begin at 9 and end at 3, volunteers on hand to answer questions.  This event is FREE and open to all ages - strollers welcome (I would recommend tennis shoes not flip-flops, the area has been unused for over 50 years!)  Bring your camera as you'll be 100 feet above the Cuyahoga with amazing views of the city.

The main entrance is located at the northeast corner of the W. 25th Street and Detroit Avenue intersection at the Cuyahoga County Engineer’s Bridge Garage, 2433 Superior Viaduct (west end of the bridge). Free parking is available in the County Engineer’s lots located at this address.


2433 Superior Viaduct
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Idea Provided By:  Michael Schall
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