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!
Deck Party
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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

 

Ripleys at Great Lakes Science Center

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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Photo credit ClevelandOrchestra.com

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


 

 

 

WIN FOUR FREE Tickets to the Great Lakes Science Center and more!

**UPDATE: Congratulations Renee!!! You have been randomly selected as the winner of the Great Lakes Science Center ticket giveaway!!!  Please check your email for more details!**

Fall is here and as the weather gets chillier in Cleveland, the Great Lakes Science Center is always a really fun way to spend some good quality family time indoors!

Now is an especially great time to get to the Great Lakes Science Center because there are some new interactive exhibits to check out.

The latest exhibit is called 2TheXtreme: Math Alive!  It’s open now through January 2nd.  There are approximately 40 interactive experiences which takes math  into the applied worlds of design, engineering, technology and science (and helped to answer my daughter’s question, “What does MATH have to do with a SCIENCE center?”)

2theXtreme Math Alive!

2theXtreme: MathAlive! is designed to appeal to visitors of all ages and levels of math ability.  There is so much to do, you can spend hours at this exhibit alone.

Among the fun to be had, visitors can:

  • design and play their own video games
  • take the controls to master engineer various aspects of a modern city
  • edit their own animated movies
  • compete against others in a mountain bike race
  • jump into a ‘binary dance party
  • or program and control Curiosity, NASA’s next Mars rover.

My family enjoyed trying out all the different stations.  My daughter, who says she is not a fan of math, was able to see just how important math is even when it comes to her favorite sports, skate and snowboarding.


After spending time at Math Alive!, we headed out to tour the Steamship William G. Mather.  I have seen this gorgeous gigantic ship many times in the beautiful Northcoast Harbor, but this was my first time going inside.  When I was told it would take 45 minutes to an hour to tour the ship, I thought, “No way!” but once I got inside, I was amazed.

There really is so much to see and learn on this tour.  If you haven’t taken the tour yet, you have two more weekends before it closes for 2015 (and then you’ll have to wait until May 2016).  We loved it! It was so interesting and as long as you’re dressed appropriately for the weather, it’s a beautiful time of year to see the views of Lake Erie and the Northcoast Harbor from the ships perspective.

Here are some highlights of our tour but remember, there is still so much more to see than this:


Another exhibit we really enjoyed and wished we had hours to spend at was the Cleveland Creates Zone!

Cleveland Creates Zone

The Cleveland Creates Zone helps make science, technology, engineering and math come alive for you. Through critical thinking, problem-solving, innovation and collaboration, the Cleveland Creates Zone inspires young and old to flex their mental muscles, use new ways of thinking and find creative solutions to solve the following challenges:

  • Parachute Pod – Construct a parachute and drop it from the pulley or float it in our wind tube. What design do you think will work best to safely land your weight?
  • Race Car Pod – Build a car out of LEGOS and clock your speed as you race it down the track. What factors can make it go faster? Can you slow your car down?
  • Rocket Pod – Fabricate a paper rocket and send it soaring with our rocket launcher. Can you direct your rocket’s trajectory and path using fins and a nose cone?
  • Light Connections Pod – Create a lit sculpture by joining rods and connectors to our light table. Try to illuminate your entire piece. If a section doesn’t light up, can you figure out how to fix it?
  • Shoe Cobbler – Make a shoe out of found materials such as fabric, cork, paper and duct tape. Use our shoe forms to create your shoe, just like a real cobbler!

So many things to create! So little time!  Just like real life!  We all had our favorite stations.  My daughter was bound and determined to make a faster race car and a more reliable rocket, while my son and husband were honing in on their parachute skills.  Later we all collaberated on a shoe design. I needed all the help I could get even though I was armed with plenty of fabric, duct tape and safety scissors.  My husband was creating a great moccasin when unfortunately, the announcement came across letting us know that it was already time for the Science Center to close.

Here are some highlights of the Cleveland Creates Zone:

In addition to these exhibits, there’s still so much more including the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, the Polymer Funhouse, and of course OMNINAX!

We watched “Born to be Wild” but there are two other films showing at the OMNIMAX.

As you can see, there is a lot to do at the Cleveland Great Lakes Science Center and we had a hard time seeing it all during a days visit.

The Great Lakes Science Center offers prices for a day pass to experience everything within the Science Center as well as combinations that include an OMNIMAX FILM, or a tour of the Steamship Mather or all three.  Or, since you’re going to need more than a day to really experience all they have to offer, the Great Lakes Science Center also offers memberships that pay for themselves in just two visits!

Or you can win 4 Full Admission Tickets (includes general admission, 2theXtreme: MathAlive! Exhibit, Steamship William G. Mather, and OMNIMAX) here, thanks to the Great Lakes Science Center! 

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1. Visit  Great Lakes Science Center’s webpage and leave me a comment telling me which exhibit or OMNIMAX film you can’t wait to check out.

2. Visit Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Kiddos on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Kiddos on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to go w/ & win 4 tix to check out the latest exhibit ! !

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Thursday, October 22, 2015  at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced the following day.

General Information

Fall/Winter Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday, noon – 5 pm

Steamship William G. Mather October Hours:

  • Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday, noon – 5 pm

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***Disclosure: I was provided full admission to the Science Center for my family and four full admission tickets for a giveaway to my readers, by Great Lakes Science Center. All opinions are my own.***