While the Museum is raising funds for a permanent site, you can visit their Pop-Up at Lock 3 Park, featuring several mini-exhibits, from a toddler area sponsored by Little Tikes to a stage with costumes for play acting to an homage to the All-American Soap Box Derby, which takes place in Akron.
The Museum Pop-Up is open through February 15 and admission is $3 per person over 12 months old. Click here for hours and more information. It was a fun way to spend the morning and I’m hoping the Museum raises sufficient funds to open a permanent location soon!
Friday evening was homemade pizza night. I made taco pizza for Matthew and me, which was messy and spicy and so good! I used chorizo sausage from Fresh Fork Market, as well as some Fresh Fork salsa. Add in some fresh tomatoes and jalapenos (and pair it with a Great Lakes Brewing Co. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter) and you’ve got a great meal!
I also saved a bit of the dough and made Jeffrey his own personal pan pizza with Dante’s Simple Marinara and provolone, which was definitely a winner!
On Saturday evening, we had two parties to attend! We started at Jeffrey’s friend Nina’s third birthday party. Nina’s mom, Tracy, and I went to college together and it’s been so wonderful not only to maintain our friendship for all these years, but to now see our kids playing together!
From there, Matthew and I went to his work holiday party at The RainForest at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. When we arrived, we were greeted by my favorite zoo volunteer, Jim B. If you’ve had the pleasure of attending a Cleveland Zoological Society event or even just visiting the Zoo itself, you’ve probably seen Jim B. out and about with the animals. You can tell how much he loves them and takes joy in his volunteerism.
I’m always so impressed by institutions that are supported not only by great staff, but also by committed volunteers!
Anyway, back to the party…since we ate at Nina’s birthday (Tracy’s parties always have legitimately the best food and wine around), we skipped the dinner buffet, although we did indulge in some of the mini desserts. We also had fun at The RainForest Selfie Station!
I also got in some Jump Back Ball dancing practice once the DJ busted out some old school Whitney Houston. It’s much easier to dance up a storm when it’s not your own co-workers around you!
The RainForest made for a fun venue for the party. If conversation ever lagged, you could just turn your attention to a nearby monkey or porcupine!
After all the partying, we spent a quiet Sunday at home, preparing for a busy week ahead! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!