Fairy Gardens for a Cause – Summit Mall – September 14th!

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Join Summit Mall, a Simon mall, for the Fairy Gardens for a Cause event on September 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Dillard’s Women’s Court.

This fundraiser, sponsored by Party’n With Plants, will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation to continue the fight against breast cancer. Kids and adults will be able to plant and create their own magical gardens for $10 each.

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Dillard’s Women’s Court ((Near Center Court by Starbucks)
  • $10 per person (1 garden)

Be a part of this fun & fabulous fundraiser and plant & create your own fairy or dinosuar garden!

Decorate your garden with a huge selection of miniatures including turtles, lady bugs, bunnies, mini fences, mushrooms and more!

FUN FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN ALIKE!

SPACE IS LIMITED – Please be sure to make your reservation today!

To RSVP, please visit the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summit-mall-fairy-gardens-for-a-cause-tickets-36936283418

For more information about this and other events, visit www.shopsummitmall.com or like Summit Mall on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/summitmall.

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Music, Food & Family Fun at the Cleveland Garlic Festival!! (Ticket Giveaway!!!)

UPDATE!!! Congratulations to Jeannine B! You were chosen by random.com as the winner of the two tickets to the Garlic Festival on August 26 & 27! Thanks so much to everyone who entered and I hope you all have a great time at the festival this coming weekend!!!

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Just a couple more weeks until Shaker Square is filled with music, food, and family fun at the eighth annual Cleveland Garlic Festival, August 26-27, 2017!!!

The kiddos have their very own place for fun at the Cleveland Garlic Festival in the Mighty Locavores Kids Zone with activities such as:

  • Pedal Tractor Maze
  • Cooking classes
  • “Taste the Season” Game
  • “How Does your Garlic Grow” with Cleveland Botanical Gardens Green Corps
  • Euclid Beach Rocket Ship Car and Thriller Car
  • Flower Clown
  • Apple Tastings
  • Storytelling by Shaker Library

 

Also back are crowd favorites, including:

  • “Top Chef” Garlic Grill-Off Competition
  • GARLIC FRIES
  • Local Craft Beer
  • Mitchell’s Garlic Ice Cream
  • Miss Garlic and so much more.

Cleveland Garlic Festival is the annual fundraiser for North Union Farmers Market,  a nonprofit whose mission is to champion local healthy foods and farmers.

This is Midwest’s ground zero “for all things garlic” combined with great live music. Garlic-themed dishes will be prepared by Cleveland celebrity chefs, a parade with Miss Garlic 2017 and her fairy princess court, cooking demonstrations on how to prepare garlic, local artists, and a belly dancing troupe!

When: Saturday August 26 from noon – 9 PM and Sunday, August 27 from noon – 6PM

Admission: $9 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $5 for children 4 to 12 years old. Children under 4 are free.

Where: Shaker Square 13219 Shaker Square, Cleveland OH 44120

But wait!!  The North Union Farmers Market has given me TWO FREE TICKETS to give away to a Cleveland Kiddos reader!

 To enter to win TWO FREE tickets, all you have to do is check out the Cleveland Garlic Festival’s website: ClevelandGarlicFestival.org and then leave me a comment either below on the blog or on CleKids Instagram account letting me know what you are looking forward to most about the Garlic Festival.  You have until Monday, August 21 at 11:59pm to leave a comment.  I will choose a winner and notify them on the following day!

Also, be sure to check out The Cleveland Garlic Festival on their social networking sites:

Visit www.clevelandgarlicfestival.org for tickets and schedules or call 216.751.7656.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Cleveland Garlic Festival. In exchange, I will receive two tickets for myself and two tickets to give away.As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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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