Miller Ferry to Put-In-Bay For an Unforgetable Family Fun Day!

Last year we discovered how easy it is to enjoy some family fun away from, but still pretty close to home!

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Miller Ferry to the island of Put-in-Bay  is just a short drive from Cleveland but even just a day there felt like a perfect getaway vacation!

The kids loved it so much last year, they decided that it would become a new summer tradition.  And this time, we brought some friends!

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When you arrive at the Miller Ferry port, there is plenty of free parking nearby.  Getting your ferry tickets involves a short wait in line and during summer hours, there’s a ferry ready to take you away every half hour.

After a relaxing ferry ride to the island, we were ready to check out Put-In-Bay’s new FREE family-friendly music festival.  Some of us brought our own transportation (my daughter was so excited to see that longboarding IS allowed on the island) but the rest of us needed a ride!

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E’s Put-In-Bay Carts and other places to rent a golf cart or other transportation, are just a short stroll ahead after you step off the ferry.  I would definitely recommend reserving your cart ahead of time.  You’ll receive a discount if you book online, plus on busy days, you’ll be sure you have a cart before they sell out!

Trust me, you want to have a cart ready for you so you can start your island adventure as soon as possible!

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There’s so many fun things to do on the island, but honestly, for this busy mom, I love that you don’t have to do anything at all and still have an amazing day!

Because we were really looking forward to the music fest, we headed straight to Perry’s Monument where the music fest stage was set up.  We found the perfect shady spot under a tree, with a great view of the lake and of the music fest stage.

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The girls rode their longboards and the boys enjoyed yard games like cornhole, while the adults enjoyed lazily lounging around to good music, food and drink.

Finding downtime for myself is a luxury and so I could have stayed under that tree the entire day enjoying the breeze off the lake and the variety of music, but since our friends hadn’t been to Put-In-Bay and there are plenty of things we didn’t do on our last visit, we eventually picked up our things and headed out on the carts to check out the island.

One of the places you know the kids are going to want to spend some time at is Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center for a friendly game of putt-putt.

Put-In-Bay has so many other things to do such as lakefront restaurants, playgrounds, water activities, wineries, a campground and lots of fun events happening all season long.  You can easily visit the island as a spontaneous day trip, but better yet, you can check out Miller Ferry’s website for all the latest updates and offerings so you can plan the perfect trip for your family too!

Also,  check out Miller’s Ferry’s coupon page for lots of great offers for various places on the island.

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There’s still plenty of great weather left to visit Put-In-Bay this season via Miller Ferry so make sure you put it in your calendar for 2017 and while you’re at it, don’t forget to save the date for the 2nd Annual Put-In-Bay MUSIC FEST on Saturday, June 9, 2018!

One more thing, check out this gorgeous sunset on our ferry trip back to the mainland.  Lake Erie was a little choppy this trip and we discovered that standing near the front of the ferry was more like the splash zone and made for an even more fun ride back!

Many thanks to Miller Ferry for the invitation to visit the island with my family for the music fest, and for the complimentary golf cart and ferry ride to Put-In-Bay! All opinions in this post were genuinely 100% mine.

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Great Lakes Science Center terrace picnic & Mather deck party offer great views of Blue Angels over Labor Day weekend

The Cleveland National Air Show is a Labor Day weekend tradition along the downtown lakefront, and Great Lakes Science Center has two great ways to enjoy the show!

Happening Friday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, the Science Center has two family friendly options for some of the best Air Show views in Cleveland.
Guests can check out the Air Show Family Deck Party to see the show from the deck of the Steamship William G. Mather, a historic floating museum docked right on Lake Erie! Or, relax on the Science Center terrace that overlooks North Coast Harbor for an Air Show Family Picnic!
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  • Onboard the Steamship William G. Mather
  • Tickets are $19 per person ($15 for Science Center members)
  • Includes access to adjacent beer garden
Family Picnic
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  • Out on the Science Center terrace overlooking the harbor
  • Access to family games such as corn hole, stomp rockets, bubble station and more
  • Includes food voucher redeemable for a hot dog, hamburger or bratwurst as well as chips and a soft drink
  • Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for children and $19 for Science Center members
Tickets can be purchased for either event by calling 216-621-2400.
The Science Center has resumed its summer operating schedule and is open seven days a week through Labor Day weekend — Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Fall operating schedule resumes once again after Labor Day weekend. The Science Center will be closed for cleaning and maintenance from September 6-16.
About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, traveling exhibitions, OMNIMAX® Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, family workshops and more. The Science Center is funded in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit GreatScience.com for more information.

SUMMIT MALL KICKS OFF NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH BACK TO SCHOOL SATURDAY EVENT AUG 6, 2016

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Summit Mall  is making shopping for the new school year easier and fun with a back to school event for families in the area. Mall shoppers can enjoy live music from a DJ from noon to 2 p.m. or capture the moment in a photo booth and have a caricature created by a caricature artist from 2 to 4 p.m.

Mall shoppers can also visit with Bryant & Stratton College, Laser Quest, Mustard Seed Market and Romp’N Stomp from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Attendees of the event can also enroll in the Retailer Passport Program. Shoppers can get a passport stamped by a minimum of six participating retailers to be entered in a drawing for a grand prize package, including a set of four tires from Goodyear. Retailers participating include Vera Bradley, The Limited, American Eagle, Banana Republic, Finish Line, Macy’s, GAP, Rue 21, Teavana, Villa and many more. The winner will be announced at 7 p.m. at Center Court.

 

WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2016 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

WHERE: Summit Mall

3265 W Market St

Fairlawn, OH 44333

The Science Of Ripley’s Believe It or Not at Great Lakes Science Center

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not’
opens January 30 at Great Lakes Science Center

 

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This winter is going to be unbelievable at Great Lakes Science Center!
Beginning January 30, the weird and wonderful world of “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” opens for a limited run packed full of one-of-a-kind oddities, record-setting feats, biological anomalies and interactive exhibits.
Guests of all ages will learn how science can explain the seemingly unexplainable as they explore six themed exhibition areas and encounter a calf with two faces, an albino porcupine, the “Impossible Gate,” artifacts, shrunken heads, and a host of other curated curios from Robert Ripley’s legendary collection.
This special 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibition will be on display at the Science Center from January 30 through April 24 and is included with regular admission.
Examine ‘Extreme Biology’ and crawl through a life-size replica of a prehistoric Titanoboa, the largest snake that ever lived! Learn exactly what causes genetic mutations, and find out what it would have been like to be 8 feet, 11 inches tall like Robert Wadlow, the tallest man who ever lived.
Learn more about Mr. Ripley himself – one of the earliest “kings of all media” who began his career as a newspaper cartoonist and soon expanded his “Believe It or Not!” brand to radio broadcasts, movie theater shorts and his own television show.
Travel around the ‘Weird World’ without leaving Cleveland. Step inside a replica of a cooling suit used by scientists to study cave crystals deep underground. Examine genuine meteorites from Mars and real fossils, and climb inside the jaws of Megalodon, the largest predatory shark to ever swim the Earth’s oceans.
Get an up close look at shrunken heads and other body modification traditions in the ‘Cultural Practices’ exhibit area. Find out how different methodical techniques make sword swallowing possible and then try to insert a sword down a model of a human throat, but watch out! If you hit any fragile organs, sound effects are triggered!
Amazingly small sculptures that fit in the eye of a needle, a two-thirds replica of a Rolls Royce made entirely of matchsticks, insect sculptures made of human hair and more await visitors in the ‘Gallery of the Unexpected.’
Trick your senses in the ‘Perceptions and Illusions’ exhibit area. Interactive optical and auditory illusions will keep you fooled, even after you learn how they work!
As science and technology advance, things that once seemed weird or unusual are explained and the mysteries of the world around us unlock. Mr. Ripley brought that sense of wonder to his audiences decades ago through his illustrated cartoons and dramatic radio broadcasts and now his collection is reaching a new generation of curiosity seekers through this amazing traveling exhibition.
For more information about the exhibition or visiting the Science Center, visit GreatScience.com.
“The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Free Admission to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on MLK Jr Day 2016

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Monday, January 18: 10:30 a.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to host the 15th annual FREE admission day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Museum will offer a day filled with live performances, education programs and family activities that will highlight how people use music to find their voice and create a sense of community. Visitors are invited to experience the Rock Hall’s many exhibits that showcase how Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and other artists have used popular music to communicate ideas to a wide audience and bring about social change.  The day of events is sponsored by KeyBank.

The Rock Hall will be open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to tour the facility free of charge until closing.

Click here to visit rockhall.com for more information about live performances, programs and exhibits

Free Admission to Great Lakes Science Center on MLK Jr Day 2016

Great Lakes Science Center to offer
free admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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The Great Lakes Science Center invites the community to come downtown and enjoy a day of free general admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, January 18, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Guests can get hands-on with science on the Science Phenomena floor and try out dozens of interactive stations from forming a tornado to testing the speed of their fastest pitch.
In the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, guests can examine a real Apollo Skylab 3 Command Module and learn how astronauts live and work in space.

Kids age 7 and younger will especially have a ball in the Polymer Funhouse with plenty of room for them to climb and explore.

Investigate biomedical technology in the BioMedTech Gallery. Control a robotic prosthetic arm, explore the inside of a stomach with an endoscopic camera and become a doctor in the Virtual Clinic.

Special programming for the day will include:

NASA GLENN VISITOR CENTER

Capsule Chat (NASA Glenn Visitor Center, Level 1)
11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Join us for an informal chat about the Apollo Command Module and the Skylab mission.
DEMO LABS
Bubblemania (Level 2)
11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m.,3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
CLEVELAND CREATES ZONE

(Level 1)

11:15 a.m. Wild Weather
12:15 p.m. CryoBlast Big Science Show
1:15 p.m. Wild Weather
2:15 p.m. Blow Out Big Science Show
3:15 p.m. Wild Weather
4:15 p.m. Strange Science Big Science Show
NASA DISCOVER STAGE

Under Pressure (Level 1)
11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
AUDITORIUM

Electric Madness Big Science Show 
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Energize It! 
12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
After you check out the Science Center, be sure to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum next door. The Rock Hall is also offering free general admission on January 18 with a full day of special programming. For more information, visit rockhall.com.

Free Day of Music at Severance Hall on MLK Jr Day 2016

Martin Luther King Jr Community Open House at Severance Hall 

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Severance Hall

12 noon to 5 p.m.
(doors opens at 11:30 a.m.)

Severance Hall joins the city-wide celebration of Dr. King’s life with an open house offering instrumental, vocal, and dance performances. Spend the day or spend an hour with us, during this free day of music featuring performances by community musical ensembles and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.

Free event, no tickets are required.

Click here to visit ClevelandOrchestra.com for more information