Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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In 1995 John Bauer (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) proclaimed September 19th the day when we should all talk like pirates. 
Save your doubloons by celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD).
On Wednesday, September 19, come dressed as a pirate or read a randomly selected phrase while doing your best pirate impression and receive $5 off of your admission that day.
“A little practice will help you deliver those ‘arrrrrrrrs,’ ‘mateys’ and ‘ahoys’ with confidence and character,” jokes Erin Bauer, Director of Education and Interpretation at the Aquarium. There are many pirate phrases from which to choose, notes Bauer. “An actual pirate was referred to as a freebooter and a landlubber is someone with very little sailing experience.”  
The first 75 daring buccaneers to attempt an ITLAPD phrase at the Ticket Counter receive an eyepatch. 
In addition to regularly scheduled Sharks & Scuba Talks (11:15am & 1:30pm) and a stingray feed (3pm), other  International Talk Like A Pirate Day Aquarium fun includes:
  • the opportunity to craft your own pirate accessories (11am-3pm), 
  • appearances by friendly land shark Finn (11:30am & 2pm),
  • a chance to win prizes or a year-long family pass by embarking on a scavenger hunt and
  • searching for “hidden treasure” in the exhibits (10am-5pm).  
Greater Cleveland Aquarium (West Bank of the Flats, FirstEnergy Powerhouse, 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, Ohio 441113; 216.862.8803; greaterclevelandaquarium.com)
Wednesday, September 19, 10am – 5pm (last admission ticket sold at 4pm)
   $5 off regular admission at Ticket Counter only; not available online or in conjunction with any other offer
For more information, visit greaterclevelandaquarium.com 
Follow or share on social media using the hashtags #ITLAPD and #CLEAQUARIUM



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

Weekend with the kiddos – June 20-23

Hi everyone. I’m sorry I’m getting this out a little late this week but this summer has been a lot busier than I expected.

Anyway, it’s going to be another nice weekend with only a small chance of rain, but that’s ok because I have some great indoor and outdoor activities for you to consider this weekend in Cleveland with your kids.

Also, remember to follow @ClevelandKiddos on Twitter for updates!


Friday, June 20 Free Movie at Kamm’s Corners

Enjoy fun family activities and a free movie. This months movie is Monster’s University. Click here for more information.

Friday, June 20 Free Movie at Millstream Run Reservation, Berea, Ohio

Bring your classic cars and join us for a movie on the beach. Enjoy food, beverages, or ice cream from Quarry Rock Cafe before the movie, The Lorax; starts at 8 p.m. or when it gets dark. Reserved parking is available for classic cars starting at 5 p.m. Click here for more information.

Friday, June 20 Free Movie in North Olmstead

Gather the family and join us for a Friday
evening movie in the park, movies start at dusk. This weeks movie is FROZEN. Click here for more information.

Saturday, June 21 Movie Night at Canal Park in Akron

Movie Nights at Canal Park, sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores.

Featuring the critically-acclaimed Disney film Frozen.

Tickets are $5, with proceeds benefiting Goodwill Industries. Gates will open at 7 p.m., and families will have the opportunity to play and relax in the outfield of Canal Park before the film is screened on the giant 26’ x 68’ HD video board, the largest in double-A baseball, which was newly installed into Canal Park in 2013.

To purchase tickets, fans can stop by the Akron RubberDucks box office at Canal Park weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call at 330-253-5151. Click here for more information.

June 20 & 21 “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at the Fine Arts Association, Willoughby, Ohio

Take an irreverent look at growing up in today’s American in this hysterically funny Tony Award-winning musical. (Rated PG) Tickets: $15/Children ages 10 and under, $23/seniors and students ages 11 and up ad $25 for adults.
38660 Mentor Ave, Willoughby, Ohio
Visit FineArtsAssociation.org for more information.

Saturday, June 21 FREE Family Open Studio Art House Inc –

On the third Saturday of every month the Art House hosts a FREE Family Open Studio between 1 and 3pm. This Saturday’s theme is Painted Walking Sticks. The Art House will provide the materials so you can just show up with your family and have fun. Click here to visit the Art House website for more information.

Saturay, June 21, heART of Geauga Arts Jam – Chardon Square and Main Street

Whether you’re an actor, musician, poet, dancer, filmmaker, visual artist, or audience member interested in a unique fine arts experience, you’ll find an afternoon and evening of fun and discovery awaiting you. Visit chardonartsjam.org for more details.

Monday June 23 – Outback Ray – Willoughby Library

Outback Ray will show off his amazing animals. Registration required. 440-942-7500



19th Century Jefferson Depot Village Tours – Jefferson, Ohio

Travel back to 1890 with costumed guides and a railroad station, caboose, and more. June 1- October 12 at Jefferson Depot Village, 147 E Jefferson St, Jefferson Ohio. Click here for more information.

Circle of Life Carousel & Nature Ridge

The newest exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open! The carousel features 64 different hand-carved animals inside a pavilion with an adjacent new nature themed play zone for kids. Click here for more information

The Silk Road Exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History!

An interactive journey that transports visitors to four ancient cities across Asia, along the enormous trade network know as the Silk Road.

Click here for more details


Traveling The Silk Road - A Cleveland Museum of Natural History Exhibit May 31 through October 5, 2014
Traveling The Silk Road – A Cleveland Museum of Natural History Exhibit May 31 through October 5, 2014

Animal Secrets at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Visitors will discover nature from an animal’s point of view as they explore a stream, meadow, woodland, cave and naturalists’ tent. Visitors see the world from an eagle’s nest, pretend to be a chipmunk and gather food fro the winter, and help a raccoon family escape from a hungry fox. Then play the role of a naturalist and discover more about the animals that live in the woods by examining tracks, skulls, fur, bones, and other real specimens.
Click here for more information.

Great Lakes Science Center

Lego Travel Adventure

Where do you want to go? What does your vehicle need to do to get there? In LEGO Travel Adventure, you’re not just along for the ride! Choose an amazing destination and build the perfect means of transportation!
LEGO® Travel Adventure invites you to use one of the greatest building materials of all time — LEGO® bricks — as a vehicle for your imagination.
Click here for more information.

Omnimax Movies:

Check out these two must-see IMAX documentaries with your kids at the GLSC Omnimax Theater:

Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods – Holden Arboretum, Kirtland

Take a spin on a mini zip line, weave on an oversized loom or use your imagination to act out a play in the woodland theater. The tower is a great place to see turtles and frogs in Buttonbush Bog. For children ages 3-10

Tour Progressive Fields

Have fun getting a behind the scenes look at the home of the Cleveland Indians. Tours available May – September. {Click here for more information including tour times and ticket prices}

Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Nature Connects – A Lego Brick Experience at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Encounter 14 astounding LEGO brick sculptures depicting plants and animals, view dozens of “Build Your Own Creation” LEGO nature sculptures created by Cleveland area LEGO clubs and residents, build your own special LEGO creation to take home, and much more!
Click here for more information.

Tour Cleveland on Lolly the Trolley

Reservations are required for all tours. Visit LollyTrolley.com for more information.

Also be sure to check out the Things To Do tab for additional ideas!

(PLEASE let me know if you have an event that you would like me to add for this weekend or future weekends!)


Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chef’s Event @GreatLakesMall May 24

Simon Kidgits Club welcomes young foodies and families to the annual Simon Kidgets Club Super Duper Lil Chef’s event at the Great Lakes Mall. Continue reading

Heroes’ Day 2014 at the Great Lakes Mall

Great Lakes Mall will host Heroes’ Day on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10a.m. to 9p.m.

Local safety enforcement agencies will engage with the community throughout the mall.  During Heroes’ Day, the public can engage with local heroes and learn ways to promote safety on the roads and in the community.

Heroes Day at the Great Lakes Mall

Other event programming for children and families will include:

  •   A kids safety presentation by Officer Phil
  •   Local Canine Unit presentation
  •   A seat belt safety activity, led by local Cub Scouts
  •   Impaired Driver simulator and demonstrations
  •   SWAT team and special Unit displays throughout the mall
  •   Various emergency vehicles on display
  •   Canine and wildlife presentation by Lake Metroparks
  •   Safe Communities Business of the Year awards presentation
  •   Poster contest winners for the Red E Fox 911 For Kids Program
  •   Awards presentation for the winners of the third grade Seat Belt Safety Poster Contest

Guests will also have the opportunity to see various patrol vehicles, view educational and interactive displays, including SWAT team and Special Unit displays, and speak directly with officers and firefighters in their community.

Heroes’ Day is an extension of Law Day, which has been held at Great Lakes Mall for more than 30 years.

“Heroes’ Day provides a great opportunity to interact with the people who work every day to keep our community safe,” ~Renee Sanden, director of marketing and business development, Great Lakes Mall.

For more information about Heroes’ Day and other events, follow Great Lakes Mall on Facebook at Facebook.com/GreatLakesMall or on Twitter @GreatLakesMall

Cleveland Events May 2014

This is my first calendar of family friendly events happening in and around Cleveland.

Please contact me if you have an event you would like to see added!

Check back or follow me on Twitter for updates to this list!

Click on the links for more information!

May 1- Sept 6    Indians Progressive Field Tours

May 2    Dazzle the District at Playhouse Square 

May 3-4   Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest at the Cleveland I-X Center

May 8   Indulge Event for Mom’s at the Great Lakes Mall 5-8 pm

May 14   Homeschool Workshop: Rat Dissection Discovery  3:30 – 5 pm

May 21   Homeschool Workshop: FabLab 12:30 – 2:30 pm OR 3 – 5 pm






*Please excuse the rough format.  I’m working on design details to make it prettier in the near future 😉

“INDULGE” at Great Lakes Mall: A FREE Style-Focused Event for Moms!

Hey Moms!

How does a relaxing night of Socializing, Giveaways and Entertainment sound?

Then mark your calendars for Thursday, May 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as Simon Property Group invites moms to sit back, relax, and enjoy an evening that focuses on style and more at the Great Lakes Mall for the first ever “INDULGE” Event!

INDULGE is a stylish treat for mothers presented by Diet Coke, designed to provide moms with a much-needed night out to celebrate motherhood through a fun, fashionable shopping experience.

At INDULGE, event attendees can do much more than just shop for spring style must-haves.  

The FREE event will feature fashion shows, music and an appearance by Kristi Capel from Fox 8 in the Morning.

Indulge - A special event just for Moms at the Great Lakes Mall


Style consultations and beauty makeovers will help moms look their best in time for summer.

Attendees can join in on the action by participating in Fashion Dash, where volunteers from the audience compete to see who can best accessorize live models, including Capel, with the hottest new trends. The most stylish wins!

Indulge Mom's Event at Great Lakes Mall
Artists Uncork’d will be on-site offering acrylic painting classes for a small fee, where ladies can discover their hidden creativity, and walk away with a beautiful piece of art. 

Moms and their friends can also enjoy style consultations, beauty services, delicious refreshments and drinks, plus special event giveaways and retailer offers throughout the mall. 

“Mom’s work hard every day and deserve the opportunity to unwind and take a break from the family for an evening of fun.”
~Renee Sanden, director of marketing and business developement.

The first 200 Attendees to register will receive a complimentary gift bag, including new product samples, coupons for merchandise and other giveaways.  Tech-savvy moms will also be able to take their experience online with sharable, digital photo booths and spring style wish lists.

For more information about this FREE event and other upcoming events, follow Great Lakes Mall on Twitter @GreatLakesMall or on Facebook at Facebook.com/GreatLakesMall.