Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend, but truly one of the most fun I’ve had in awhile! We kicked it off on Friday morning at Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance at Playhouse Square. Thanks to the Partners pre-sale, we had awesome seats, as well as admission to Sunny Seats (a meet-and-greet with characters from the show).


Sunny Seats was great! Jeffrey got to meet Elmo, Ernie, and Bert. There were only a small number of kids there and each was able to get lots of individual attention. Jeffrey had an especially good time with Bert, as the two got into a bit of a dance-off!


After the meet-and-greet, we headed downstairs for the show. It was high energy and filled with favorite characters and well-known songs.


The characters often came down to dance with the audience, too!


It was truly an amazing experience to see Jeffrey “meet” some of his favorite characters and be so excited. I don’t think there’s anything better for a parent than to see your child be over-the-moon happy. It was also pretty awesome to introduce him to our beautiful theaters (he kept staring at the State Theatre ceiling and chandelier) and have him be so well-behaved in them. I can’t wait to take him to more children’s theater shows!

After the show, we met up with some friends for lunch at Hofbrauhaus. It was the perfect lunch spot for the kids! Jeffrey enjoyed chicken fingers and apple sauce and I had some schnitzel and Bavarian potato salad. Hofbrauhaus was bright, friendly, and tasty for our post-theater meal!

On Saturday morning, I braved the snow to head to Yoga and Brunch at the Cultural Center above Dante Next Door, lead by my dear friend Alicia. The Cultural Center is a lovely and peaceful spot to practice and Alicia led a creative flow with a lot of dynamic movement.


After class, we headed downstairs to get our complimentary mimosa (included with Yoga and Brunch admission) and other yummy brunch treats. I couldn’t resist the crab cake Benedict, which has become a must-order at Dante Next Door.


I had such a wonderful morning of yoga and good food and great friends! I have to love the trend of yoga classes becoming more than the practice, but also a total experience!


The next Yoga and Brunch is on Saturday, April 30. Admission is $10 if it’s your first time at Yoga and Brunch and $15 for returning students. You can register here.

On Saturday night, my parents, Jeffrey, and I (Matthew was under the weather unfortunately) attended the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter‘s annual Mass and a Meal event in Little Italy. We went to Mass at Holy Rosary Church, then headed across the street for dinner at Angelo’s Nido Italia.

Everything was served family-style. We started with thinly-sliced breaded eggplant (which even Jeffrey loved) and spinach salad.


Next, we enjoyed chicken cutlet and cavatelli with marinara.


Spumoni was the dessert for the event, but the youngest member of our party was ready for bed, so we popped across the street to Presti’s Bakery for some post-bedtime sweets to enjoy at home. I tried the chocolate cannoli cake and found it to be a perfect alternative to my usual Presti’s favorite.


If you’re a John Carroll alum and want to attend a fabulous upcoming event, join us as we celebrate the 130th anniversary of the founding of John Carroll University at Founders Day. We will be enjoying cocktails and appetizers in Crop Bistro‘s Vault Room, as well as a presentation from faculty and alumni. It’s only $10 to attend and you can register online.

On Sunday, Jeffrey and I popped over the The KidShow at Great Lakes Mall (lots of exhibitors with all things kiddo-related), but we mostly just had a low-key, lazy Sunday. Hope your weekend was fabulous, too.

***Disclosure: I am the co-chair of the Playhouse Square Partners Education Committee and the vice-president 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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