Aside from our Friday date night, the rest of the weekend was busy with lots of good family time. On Friday morning, we met up with our Kindermusik friends for a play date at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
It was a beautiful morning to explore the gardens, as well as the Branch Out exhibit featuring lots of unique treehouses. Branch Out continues through Sunday, August 23 and is $11 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children under 3.
Even more than the gardens, the kids were very interested in every fountain we passed, especially the one in the Children’s Garden, since they could splash in it.
We headed across the street to the Provenance Cafe at the Cleveland Museum of Art for lunch. They have spectacular mac & cheese and chocolate chip cookies that kept both kids and moms quite happy. It was a great start to the weekend in one of Cleveland’s best neighborhoods. I love how easy it is to have Jeffrey experience culture at such a young age!
Saturday morning, we got up bright and early to go to the Akron Zoo for their Pancakes with the Penguins event.
The event included a pancake buffet breakfast, a zoo tour, and a chance to feed the penguins. Jeffrey was a bit more excited about the lemurs than the penguins and was even more excited about the pancakes!
The Akron Zoo is smaller than the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and we were able to, albeit quickly, see all the exhibits within an hour. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, the exhibits were nice and intimate, and the breakfast and gift bag (a stuffed penguin, a penguin keychain, and snacks) were perfect for kids of all ages. I’m glad we ventured south for some animal fun!
Saturday evening, we met up with Matthew’s dad for the St. John Vianney festival. From fun games to tasty food to some small kids rides, everyone had a great time. Jeffrey particularly loved the train!
I love going to these annual events that we’ve always attended, but now seeing them through Jeffrey’s eyes!
Sunday, Jeffrey and I continued the busy social schedule with brunch and splashing at Crocker Park with friends Beth and Enzo and their son Luca.
The kids didn’t mind the rain, since they were getting wet anyway! The Crocker Park Splash Pad offers a fun option for kids, although the 10-minute break every 15 minutes can make sustained interest a little tough, particularly at Jeffrey’s age.
Phew! Our little man’s social schedule is busier than ours lately, but it sure is a lot of fun!
***Disclosure: Matthew and I are members of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***