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5 Fall Events For Childen In Cleveland Ohio

 

There are so many ways for families to enjoy the comfortable temperatures and beautiful foliage that accompany fall in Greater Cleveland.  Here are a few of our favorites:

1.  Apple Picking:  Enjoy the bounty of local orchards and pick your own apples.  Two great choices – Eddy’s   and Patterson Fruit Farm  both in Chesterland, Ohio  .  Also, a great outing is Patterson’s annual Family Fun Fest which runs for about a month and is perfect for young children.

2.  Lake Farm Park – Tons of fall fun in this Metro Park farm that is open to the public.  Most popular are the Halloween Hayrides – be sure to take the very young crowd to the earlier rides and save the later evening rides for the 5 and up crowd.  A word to the wise, tickets sell out so pre-book!

3. Derthicks Corn Maze  – We just discovered this two years ago and it is now a must on our Fall activity list.  Each year the folks at Derthicks (located in Mantua and convenient to both Cleveland and Akron) create a HUGE picture maze in the corn.  You get a sheet and have to find your way to several checkpoints.  There are some other activities for the kids as well as food and drinks for sale.

4. Hiram House Pumpkin Festival   This year is the 40th year celebration.  It is being held on Sunday, October 9th from 10am-5pm.  Here you’ll find music, games, crafts, animals, and so much more on this spectacular camp located in Chagrin Falls.  Hiram House is a non-profit camp that exists to enrich the lives of children.  This fall fest funds the camp programming and is one of the best fall events in the area. Park at Orange Schools and you will be shuttled to Hiram House.

 

 

5. Boo At The Zoo – For 8 special nights toward the end of October, the Cleveland Zoo opens up for some very special Halloween fun. There’s a train ride, haunted ( green ) house, hay maze, animal show, magic show and so much more. We suggest you get tickets in advance because they can sell out. Both children and adults are encouraged to wear a costume ( not scary though as young children will be there ) and every child in attendance gets a special treat bag.

There are so many more festivals and activities to do while enjoying the crisp fall air.  We invite you to comment and share some of your family favorites!

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About The Authors

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

The Schumans service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

5 Fall Events For Children In Cleveland Ohio is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©October,2011

 

Solon Home Days 2011

SOLON HOME DAYS 2011

 

Solon Ohio Home Days festival

 

Let the fun begin! Solon Home Days is back for the 13th year and promises to be fun for the entire family.

“Cruisin’ Solon” will be this years theme and everyone is invited.

Here are the details:

When:     July 28-31, 2011

Where:    Solon Community Park – Main Parking Lot 6679 SOM Center Rd

Who:       The Entire Solon Community And Guests

What:      Different events every day. Check the official Home Days Schedule

Here is a summary of popular events:

*     Rides

*     Games and Contests

*     Live Entertainment

*     “Cornhole Tournament”

*     Clowns and Magicians

*     Food and Fun Expo

*     Closest To The Pin Contest

*     NEW THIS YEAR – Solon’s Got Talent and

A Fireworks Show Will Cap Off The Event On Sunday Evening

Fireworks at Home Days

 

Home Days opens at 5PM on Thursday and Friday, and 2PM on Saturday and Sunday.  Please check the official Home Days Schedule Of Events.

Attending Home Days is always a great way to have some summer fun and show your support for our special community. We hope to see you there!

Here are other articles of interest pertaining to Solon Ohio:

Solon Ohio Luxury Homes – The Complete Guide

Solon – A Special Community

Money Magazine Ranks Solon Top Places To Live

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About The Author

The above information pertaining to Solon Ohio was provided by Dan Schuman of The Schuman Team, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.  Dan is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist and Solon resident. He can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email,  danschuman@howardhanna.com.

Solon Home Days 2011 is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©July,2011

LEGO® Store Arrives In Beachwood Ohio

LEGO store Beachwood Ohio

 

It’s here!!! The LEGO ® Store has arrived – and it is great fun for kids of all ages. The Grand Opening weekend found families waiting an hour and a half to get in to the store as well as another hour in line to purchase their finds.

Luckily our family passed on those crowds and waited just a few weeks to check it out for ourselves. It was well worth the wait. There was so much to see and do as well as lots of rare and new sets to buy.

Around the perimeter of the store is a continuous “ribbon” of LEGO® model displays with viewing holes at just the right height for kids’ eyes. The back of the store features a Pick a Brick wall where kids can fill a small bucket with shapes, sizes, and colors of their choosing. There are lots of other do it yourself sections like the build your own mini figure area as well as lots of areas to just play and explore.

Beachwood Place Mall has for too long been missing things to do for the younger crowd and the LEGO® Store is a welcome addition! We recommend you check it out for yourselves.

The LEGO® Store is located in the lower level of the Nordstrom wing of Beachwood Place Mall, 26300 Cedar Road, Beachwood, OH 44122.  The phone number is  (216) 378-2060.  Store Hours are Monday – Saturday: 10am-9pm and Sunday: Noon -6pm.

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About The Author

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by Amy Schuman of The Schuman Team Howard Hanna.  Amy is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and can be reached at 216-403-9189 or via email,  amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

LEGO Store Arrives In Beachwood Ohio is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©April,2011

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Spring Break Staycation Guide – Cleveland Ohio

Things to do during your Cleveland staycation

While many folks are packing their bags and heading south for spring break, many of us will be stuck at home.  That doesn’t mean that the kids still can’t have a great time.  All you need is a positive attitude and a few simple ideas to make it fun and exciting for the kids.

Seeing that the weather is not going to cooperate, we are focusing on indoor activities.  Here are a few ideas to help make this a memorable week:

1.     Museums –  We have a ton of great museums here in town.  The Great Lakes Science Center has a cool “Facing Mars” exhibit that my daughter has been begging to see.  The Natural History Museum is always fun and even if it’s too cold for the zoo, don’t forget about the Rainforest.

2.       Try A One Tank Trip – If you are feeling adventurous and have the time, take a day trip to one of many attractions that are nearby. There are a lot of cool things to do that are only 1-2 hours away like: COSI in Columbus, Kalahari Water Park, and there are some fun things to do in Pittsburgh as well.  You always have the option of staying overnight in a new city ( which the kids sometimes really love ) or simply make it a pure day trip.

3.     Movies –  While certainly not an original idea, there are always appropriate kids movies out this time of year. “Diary of a Whimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules”  comes out March 25th and “Hop” is out April 1st.

4.     IX Indoor Amusement Park – This is always a kid favorite and starts on March 30th.

5.     Kids Choice – While parents often try to come up with ideas, sometimes it’s best to simply ask them to list some things they want to do.  You’d be surprised what they come up with, and sometimes it’s not overly expensive.  They may enjoy an afternoon of bowling or roller skating, or maybe even a play date with a special classmate will make them happy.

Bonus – For a special treat, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters will be in town during spring break.  Great seats can usually be had for cheap during this time of year as many ticket holders will be away and looking to dump their seats.

SUMMARY

The most important thing about staying at home for vacation is to be organized.  We try to plan in advance at least 1 activity a day, even if it’s something minor, just to get the kids moving and out of the house.

We also identify other families who will be home all week and try to partner up with them.  This is especially helpful is you’re stuck working all week as you may be able to pawn your kids off on someone who is not ( and I don’t mean this in a bad way ).  I know from experience that having other kids around is a great distraction for my kids and keeps them from killing each other.

So whatever you decide to do while home during spring break, remember one thing:  you’re kids are only young once, so try to have some fun with them.  With a good attitude and a little bit of effort, you can make this a memorable week for them and you as well.

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About The Authors

The above information is compliments of  The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, Howard Hanna. They are Solon residents and can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Spring Break Staycation Guide – Cleveland, Ohio is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©March,2011

Cleveland Ohio Staycation Guide To Fun

 

Winter Fun

Staycation In Cleveland

These days money is tight, the cost of airfare is up, and airport security is a hassle. This year you’ve decided to stay in town for a Winter Break “Staycation” here in Cleveland.  So, before cabin fever sets in, make some plans to go out and have some fun.  Here are some great ideas that are sure to be a hit with the kids:

Indoor Activities

See a winning team play at Quicken Loans Arena. No, unfortunately we’re not talking about the Cavs, but the good old Harlem Globetrotters will be in town for two shows on December 27th. We went last year and it was worth every penny for the tickets, and odds are good that they’ll win. The show is tons of fun for all ages.

Go to the movies – and go big! Try the Omnimax Theater at the Great Lakes Science Center. Playing right now: Santa vs. the Snowman, Everest, Under the Sea, and Dolphins. 

Check out what some say is Cleveland’s best holiday display at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. There are animal topiaries, whimsical gingerbread houses, a two story tree house and so much more. In addition to the annual WinterShow, be sure to visit the rest of the indoor gardens where you can escape to The Spiny Desert of Madagascar or marvel at the butterflies at The Lush Rainforest of Costa Rica. It’s more than plants – in addition to the butterflies there are an assortment of birds, reptiles and amphibians enjoying the year round warmth of these exhibits.

It’s likely we’ve mentioned it before in previous articles, but we just love Firefly’s Mini Golf in South Park Center in Strongsville. How can you go wrong with glow-in-the-dark indoor mini golf? It is 18 holes of fun –putt your way through a rainforest, the arctic, and space while listening to upbeat popular music. Great for ALL ages.

Outdoor Activities

Go ahead, bundle up and play in the snow.

So far, Mother Nature has provided us with lots of snow to work with. Instead of fighting it – go outside and enjoy it. Snow angels, snow forts, snowball fights – it’s all good. Also, we LOVE the guide to building a better snowman in this month’s Cleveland Magazine. Check it out for yourself to learn how to build the best snowman ever!

Like the snow idea, but want to think bigger. Try Snow Days at Progressive Field where the home of the Cleveland Indians has been turned into a winter wonderland with a 19,000 square foot skating track and a tubing hill built into the bleacher seats. There is a fire pit and concessions to warm you and give you a snack break. Don’t worry if the snow stops, they are fully prepared with ample snowmakers. Open through January 2nd.

Enjoy tubing, skiing, and snowboarding right in our own backyard. Boston Mills and Brandywine are open for business and have lots to do to keep families happy and busy this time of year. We love the Polar Blast Snow Tubing Park at Brandywine.

If you have some other ideas that you think others would enjoy hearing about, please share by using the comments section below.

We hope you enjoy your Cleveland Staycation. We have also decided to stick around for the holidays, so if you run into us at one of these fun destinations, be sure to say hello.

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Ohio and Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Cleveland Ohio Staycation Guide To Fun is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010

Great Family Gift Ideas

family gift ideas

Great gift ideas for the entire family

Looking for gift ideas for your kids that will also bring the family together?

Here are a few of our family favorites that are all great for mixed aged groups.  Great for kids to play – or the whole family including Grandparents.

QWIRKLE– This is a new one that was given to us recently.  It’s simple enough to learn to play in less than 5 minutes, yet there is enough strategy involved to keep it interesting.   Kind of like Scrabble mixed with Dominoes using colors and shapes so no reading necessary (great for getting the little ones involved). It is geared for ages 6 and up.

APPLES TO APPLES– This comes in a regular version (red box) and a Junior version (green box).  A game of comparisons where people’s personalities really show through.  The regular edition has words that are a little more conceptually difficult or even a little dated.  We prefer the Junior version as the game is essentially the same and we have played for hours all together with younger kids, teens, parents and grandparents.  A great way to have fun for the whole family.  One thing – all players must be able to solidly read, so the real little ones may have to sit on the sidelines or pair up with an adult.

CRANIUM CADOO– I don’t think this company makes a bad game.  Cadoo is like Charades, Pictionary, and trivia combined.  It’s fast moving so kids don’t get bored and it keeps them busy with their hands, bodies, and minds.  A bonus that the kids love are the special glasses you need to use to see the secret words.

UNO– An oldie but a goodie!  You can play with as little as 2 players and it’s small, easy to learn, and fast moving.  There are even themed versions (Dora, etc) for little ones to teach them how to play until they are ready for the original version.

RACKO – Another oldie but fun as well. This game is a combination of skill and luck as you try to put your 10 cards in numerical order from lowest to highest.  

Hope this short list helps you with your holiday shopping.  The Schumans wish you a safe holiday season filled with love and good cheer.

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About The Authors

The above information was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Great Family Holiday Gift Ideas is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010