Why? Weekends!

We didn’t let the rain slow us down this weekend, as there was lots to do and plenty of fun to be had! On Friday evening, Matthew and I took Jeffrey to a sneak peek of “Truck,” one of the shows that made up the International Children’s Theater Festival at Playhouse Square.

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The sneak peek was for Playhouse Square Partners Encore Society members and started with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception, where Jeffrey caught up with some of his favorite Partners.

The performance was supposed to take place outside, but given the weather, the truck for “Truck” was relocated to a loading dock that made a pretty great makeshift theater. Bridgman Packer Dance put on a fun and interesting performance, all inside a U-Haul box truck, after which we had time to chat with the artists.

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They were even kind enough to let Jeffrey check out the truck and their cool video effects!

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The next morning, we were back at Playhouse Square for more International Children’s Theater Festival fun! While I volunteered at the craft room with fellow Partners members, Jeffrey, Matthew, and his dad went to see “The Moon’s a Balloon.”

While volunteering, I got to check out the imaginative, upcycled “The Junkyard,” a magical world made entirely of recycled materials.

The International Children’s Theater Festival has so many cool components, from theater performances to concerts to crafts to face painting and balloon artists.

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All of it opens the imagination to new worlds, both for adults and kids. Definitely put it on your must-do list for next year!

Saturday evening, Matthew and I met up with friends James and Jamie for dinner at one of my all-time favorite Cleveland restaurants: Momocho. We started with margarita and guacamole samplers, which are fabulous since I can never decide which margarita or guacamole I want to eat!

My margarita sampler had the red bell pepper, blood orange, and hibiscus margaritas, which were all fantastic (although the spicy mango remains my all-time favorite). Our guacamole sampler had the goat cheese, pickled corn and crab (my favorite), and smoked trout guacamole.

For dinner, Matthew had the scallops, with achiote creamed corn and cauliflower-hominy disco.

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All the elements of this dish work together so well! I had the Dos Equis-braised beef short rib tamales with red and green mole sauces.

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Smoky, tender, delicious perfection!

For dessert, we shared the Mexican chocolate pot de crème, which is a very sharable size and the perfect sweet and spicy way to cap off our Mod Mex dinner.

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The atmosphere, drinks, and food at Momocho are never anything short of fantastic and our dinner on Saturday was no exception!

On Sunday, Jeffrey had his final race in the Healthy Kids Running Series, a five-week program of races for kids from ages 2 through 8th grade.

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All the kids earned a medal at the end of this week’s race, which Jeffrey has been proudly wearing since. It was a great way for him to start an organized sport and have fun, too! The parents also had the chance to participate in a 1-mile Fun Run, which I did, mainly to earn this tasty Burger Fresh burger…

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…and some Mitchell’s Ice Cream after the race!

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Seriously, though, I’m really proud of Jeffrey for completing the series and think it’s a great way to get both kids and parents being active together!

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

***Disclosure: I am the vice co-chair of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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