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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

Great Big Home And Garden Expo – A Brief Video Tour

The Great Big Home and Garden Expo 2011

Idea Home at Great Big Home And Garden Show Cleveland

We  had a great time this past Monday scoping out the latest and greatest home and garden products and services. We wanted to share some of our favorites that we found relevant to our clients.

Green Friendly Companies and Products

American Green Energy – Want to “get off the grid” some day. Think solar panels and wind turbines not only for a business but for your personal home as well.  This local company based in Westlake, Ohio provides some great options for those committed to really “go green”.  We talked with Sr. Sales Executive Ankish Shah and were impressed with the company’s commitment to personalized green solutions.

Solatube – Featured on HGTV, this is a company that installs a tube that leads from your roof to your ceilings and acts as a light fixture by capturing, accentuating, and distributing natural light into your home.  This is a product you simply have to see in person to really appreciate. The local dealer, Richard Ruscin,  was a great guy with offices both the East and West sides of town.

INEXPENSIVE PRODUCTS TO IMPROVE YOUR HOME’S VALUE

Since we are constantly helping home sellers prepare their homes to get top dollar, we are always on the lookout for products and services to help make a house show it’s best. Here are some ideas we like:

Coat of Armor Grout Solutions – Want your floors and bathroom to look like new?  This local company (  Chagrin Falls, Ohio ) offers a very inexpensive product that will clean and renew grout.  It is mold, mildew and stain resistant and is easy to apply over existing grout. Better yet, for a very reasonable price, Vince Menozzi and staff  will do the work for you.  More info  call Vince at 216-410-4775.

Rainbow Porcelain Refinishers – This local company can refinish your tub and tile to look like new. Their special process can cover ugly tile, worn tubs, as well as old counter tops. You have got to see the before and afters to believe it. We have referred them to clients in the past and for a fraction of the price, your bathroom looks like it has been completely remodeled.

More links to both the fun and important exhibitors :

Heathmate Sauna

Radon Specialists of Ohio

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of 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.

Great Big Home And Garden Expo – A Brief Video Tour is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©February,2011

Cycle For Survival Cleveland

MAJOR CHARITY EVENT COMING TO CLEVELAND

Cycle For Survival Cleveland

On February 13, 2011, there will be a very special charity event happening here in Cleveland – – – Cycle For Survival. For anyone who has been touched by cancer, either personally or by a relative, friend, or acquaintance, this topic really hits home.  The following will describe the event, with a heartwarming video included at the bottom.

BACKGROUND

The Cycle For Survival event was founded in 2007 by Jennifer Goodman Linn,  a patient at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, the leading hospital for rare cancer research. The event is an indoor team cycling event, that has raised over $5,000,000 for cancer research.

Every year since, thousands of people have gathered to cycle in New York, Chicago and other cities to ride against cancer. For the first time, Cleveland has been added as a satellite city thanks to the efforts of a local Solon resident, Stacy Starkoff, who is receiving treatment for a rare cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL – CLEVELAND

The event will be held at the Solon Recreation Center on Sunday, February 13, 2011 from 1-5PM.

This will be a huge community event, emceed by Jen Toohey of Q104, and entertainment by Rock The House.  There will be over 45 teams and 225 riders taking part in this giant fundraiser. There will also be other activities for those not riding, such as yoga and massage therapy, and of course, plenty of refreshments.

As of this writing, over $91,000 has been raised here in Cleveland, and we are looking to hit $100,000.  With the help of our very generous community, this goal is possible.

A WORD FROM STACY:

What makes Cycle for Survival special is that 100% of the money raised goes to fund the research.  Unfortunately, Memorial Sloan-Kettering is one of the only hospitals that does research for certain cancers, many not so rare, so it is often the only hope that many cancer patients have. So far, 13 clinical trials have been developed thanks to the money raised and I know this event can make a huge difference in saving lives”.

If you want more information, or would like to donate, please visit the Cleveland Cycle For Survival site as every little bit helps.  Also, please share this information so we can continue spreading the word about this very important charity event.

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About The Authors

The above information was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland, proud sponsors of Cycle For Survival.  They will be riding for their team “Peter’s Pedalers”, in honor of Amy’s father, Peter, who died from colon cancer two years ago.

Cycle For Survival Cleveland Charity Event is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©January,2011

Great Big Home And Garden Expo Cleveland Ohio 2011

Hey Clevelanders, it’s that time again when the Cleveland I-X Center will be hosting the annual Home And Garden Expo. This year’s event takes place from February 5th-13th. There promises to be fun for everyone with some highlights to include:

Idea Home at Great Big Home And Garden Show Cleveland

The Idea Home – Here, you will be able to tour a state of the art 3350 square foot home that will impress you at every turn. In addition to its many interesting design features, there are some “green” elements as well such as a solar-powered air-conditioner and flat green roof. The entire home will be powered by a giant wind turbine.

The outdoor of this incredible home will be packed with features that are not to be missed,  including a rock wall, in-ground pool, and half-court basketball court.

Even though this is a $1,000,000 home, there will be some great ideas here that everyone should be able to use in their own home.

New Man Cave – This is where I will be spending most of my time. There will be a 1000 square foot basement that is every man’s dream.  Naturally, there will be a home theater room, plus, there is a game room, bar, and home office. There will also be a cool outdoor area complete with a fountain and fire pit.  For the woman who attend this year’s show and cannot seem to find their spouse, he’ll probably be hanging out at this ultimate man cave.

Celebrities – As always, there will be appearances and presentations given by many nationally recognized stars in the home improvement world. Here is just a glimpse of what you can expect:

Muriel Hemingway to appear at Great Big Home and Garden Show Clevland

Mariel Hemingway – The Oscar nominated actress has been promoting health and wellness over the years and will be speaking about her partnership with Cambria, quartz counter tops that are stain resistant and easy to care for.

John Gidding – host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block” will be appearing Feb. 5th and 6th.

Matt Fox and Shari Hiller – host of “Room by Room”, will be providing a presentation titled “Great Weekend  Projects” that will showcase easy and inexpensive projects that can be done by anyone.

Cooking Stage – Since the kitchen often brings everyone together, there will be several cooking demonstrations taking place on the Cooking Stage every day. This feature of the Great Big Home and Garden Expo is sure to be a hit as attendees will get a chance see some great local chefs in action and will learn some tips that they can use in their own kitchen. There will be specific lessons during the evening sessions on how to prepare easy meals.

Innovation Avenue – The hottest products of 2011 will be on display. Learn about innovative new products and trends in design.

There will also be plenty of food and local vendors on hand. This promises to be an event not to be missed with fun for the entire family, so please plan on attending. Mention the promo code BLOG and receive $1 off, courtesy of the Great Big Home And Garden Expo.

Ticket Information can be found at the official Home and Garden Expo website.

Photos reproduced with permission from the Great Big Home And Garden Expo.

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland. They are Solon residents and can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@kw.com or amyschuman@kw.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 Big Home Home And Garden Expo Cleveland Ohio 2011 is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©January,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

Future Stars Rock Out For Cancer Benefit

Local young rock stars will be performing a benefit concert this Thursday night, with proceeds going toward cancer research.

Cancer benefit club rock

Young Local Rock Stars To Perform For Charity

WHEN: Thursday, November 18th, 2010
WHERE: The Boneyard, 5900 Mayfield Rd, Mayfield Heights, Oh
TIME: 6:00 PM

Club Rock, a 10 week workshop for children ages 4-16, teaches kids techniques for singing and performing.  At the end of the 10 week session, the children get to perform live in front of an audience. This particular concert will feature Club Varsity, the more experienced members of club rock, along with local rock star, Avril Berg and her band Run Avril Run.  

Admission will be $2 at the door, and proceeds will go to Cycle For Survivor, a charity that raises money to fight rare cancers.

Cleveland will be holding Cycle For Survival for the first time on February 13, 2011 at the Solon Recreation Center.  Cycle for Survival is an indoor team cycling event that raises money to support research on rare cancers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). 

The Cleveland Cycle For Survival Event is being organized by Stacy Starkoff, a local resident who is currently being treated at MSKCC. Please view the brief video below on Stacy’s story:

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About The Authors

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna, proud sponsors of Cycle For Survival.

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.

Future Stars Rock Out For Cancer Benefit is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©November,2010