Why? Weekends!

It was a fun and family-filled weekend in CLE! Friday morning, Jeffrey and I met up with friends for some splashy fun at Wildwater Kingdom. But first, we fueled up for the day at Nicky & Smitty’s. Nothing like a good diner breakfast to start your day off right!


From there, it was on to Wildwater Kingdom. While the kids had a great time splashing in the bubbler fountains and waterfall wall, I think the park is a bit better suited to older kids. But any time in the water makes them happy and the Little Tikes area was a hit, too!

PicMonkey Collage

Saturday morning, Jeffrey, Matthew, and I headed to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for a guided tour put on by the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter.


We got to check out the special World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit, as well as all the museums critters and rocks and whatnot. I’m also glad we got a chance to see the outdoor Perkins Wildlife Center before it closes on August 24 as part of the Museum’s impressive planned expansion.

PicMonkey Collage

Another favorite from the day was the Shafran Planetarium. We saw the One World, One Sky show, which featured Big Bird, Elmo, and lots of fun and music to teach about constellations.

We worked up an appetite and since we were so close to Little Italy, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Feast of the Assumption. I’ve gone to the Feast many times, but had never seen the procession that happens on the actual Feast Day, so that was a special treat this year and a good reminder that the Feast is about more than just delicious food!

PicMonkey Collage

Of course, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of delicious food to enjoy! We ate at Maxi’s Bistro, which has quickly become a favorite Little Italy spot. Matthew and I shared the stuffed hot banana peppers and Jeffrey enjoyed fried mozarella and cavatelli with meatballs.


And no trip to Little Italy is complete without a stop at Presti’s Bakery for cannoli, tiramisu, and lemon ice (so good on such a hot day)!

Sunday, the eating fest continued with a belated birthday brunch for Matthew at Pier W. Pier W is always such a special spot, from the views to the food.


Pier W’s brunch offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items, a raw bar, and a phenomenal spread of desserts. It’s a pretty lovely way to spend a Sunday morning! This was Jeffrey’s first trip to Pier W and I think he enjoyed it as much as we always do!


How was your weekend? Did you check out the Feast?

***Disclosure: I am the VP of Educational/Cultural/Spiritual Events for the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


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