Talk Like a Pirate on Sept. 19 to Receive $5 Arrff at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium!!!



Ahoy, me hearties! Save your doubloons by celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD).

In 1995 John Bauer (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) proclaimed September 19th the day when we should all talk like pirates and that’s what is happening at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium on September 19th,  because who wants to be thought of as a boring, bilge-sucking son-of-a-biscuit-eater who’d rather swab the deck than embark on an aquatic adventure?

On Tuesday, September 19, read a randomly selected phrase while doing your best pirate impression and receive $5 off of your admission that day.

The first 200 brave buccaneers receive an eyepatch.

In addition to regularly scheduled full facemask dive shows and stingray feeds, other Talk Like a Pirate Day Aquarium activities for kids include:

  • a dress-up chest and paper plate pirate craft
  • a swashbuckling story for the wee ones told by our own Lake Erie Monster-seeking Captain NEO
  • an appearance by land shark mascot Finn
  • a target shark feed and
  • a chance to search for treasure in the exhibits.

Where: Greater Cleveland Aquarium West Bank of the Flats, First Energy Powerhouse, 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, Ohio 441113  216.862.8803

When: Tuesday, September 19, 10am – 5pm (last admission ticket sold at 4pm)

For more information, visit

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Grandparents are FREE at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium – September 8 – 10, 2017


Hey Grandparents! Looking for something fun to do with the kiddos?  Well, how about the Greater Cleveland Aquarium?

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is offering one (1) free admission for Grandma or Grandpa on Grandparent’s Day Weekend (Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10 from 10 am to 5 pm) with the purchase of one child or adult general admission.

Whether you go nose-to-nose with a spiny tailed lizard, feed a stingray or take a selfie with a shark, it’s a great opportunity to make memories!

The first 50 grandparents each day receive a commemorative button.

Families can fill out an aquatic-themed word search for a chance to win a 1-year Grandparents Annual Pass (good for 2 adults 60+ and 2 children ages 2-18).

And youngsters can also make a hand-trace Grandparents’ Day fish card in the 2nd floor Exploration Station.

Other activities throughout the weekend include special cichlid “Dish on Fish” feeding talks by Aquarium staffers at 11:45 am daily.

Grandparents visiting on Saturday and Sunday will also be treated to complimentary coffee and tea from 10 – 11 am.

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is located in the FirstEnergy Powerhouse – Flats West Bank, 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

For more information, call 216.862.8803 or visit!

Grandparents’ Day weekend discounts can only be applied to in-person admission purchased September 8 – 10 before 4pm at the Aquarium front ticket counter. Admission must be used that day and cannot be combined with another offer.     

#HomeschoolCLE March 2015

Welcome to a new feature on Cleveland Kiddos!

#HomeschoolCle will be a monthly post where I list programs going on in the Cleveland area for homeschoolers.

Each listing will give the time, date, description, location, cost and age range for each class.  I will also provide links for registration.

PLEASE NOTE : Most programs require early registration and have a limited class size so please be sure to check the websites for more information and register as soon as possible.

Please contact me if you would like your homeschool program added to this listing!


March 5

Homeschool Happenings – Discover Maple Syrup at Lake Farmparks

8800 Euclid Chardon Rd
Kirtland, OH 44094
440-256-2122 • 800-366-3276

Ages:  9 – 13

Time: 1:30 pm to 4 pm

Description:  Discover the history and technology of maple syrup making. Learn how sap gets from a tree to your table. Visit our sugarhouse to see the equipment and tools of the maple sugar maker.

Cost: $8 for one adult and one student. Additional adults or students are $4 each.


Register children ages 5-8

Registration for children 9-13


March 10

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – Flight and Locomotion

3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland OH 44109

All programs take place in the Jungle Lab classroom inside The RainForest

Grades K – 3 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Grades 4-8 from noon to 1:30 pm

Description: Learn about the forces animals must overcome to move around.

Cost: $8 per person (members), $10 per person (non-members)

*One adult will be admitted free of charge for each family registered. Program fee includes admission to the Zoo and The RainForest.

Register ahead! Registration closes Thursday night for programs the following Tuesday.



March 18

Greater Cleveland Aquarium – Home Aquarium

2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

K-3rd grade: $6/person (pass holders); $8/person (non-pass holders)

4th – 8th grade: $8/person (pass holders); $10/person (non-pass holders)

Description: Why leave all the fun to us? Learn what it takes to care for aquatic animals here, and what you need to know to have them at home. We’ll investigate the ins and outs of water quality testing, and how to make scientific investigations on fish behavior.

Additional Information: One adult is required for each reservation and will be charged the same price as their child. Additional adults are $15.95 per person. Program fees include all day admission into the aquarium for the date of your scheduled visit.  Click here to register.


March 19

BUSTED! Myths Meets Science (Homeschool program)

10 am – noon (ages 6 – 8)
1 – 3 pm (ages 9 and up)

Description:  Explore key concepts of physics and chemistry in this action-packed workshop experience. Does toast always land butter-side down? Will consuming Pop Rocks and soda really make your stomach explode? Put these and other myths to the test. Includes admission toMythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition.

Cost: $40 per adult/child pair ($25 members).

Register at 216-621-2400 or online.

Click here to check out my review of the Mythbusters exhibit!