Why? Weekends, Part 2!

So, here’s Part 2 of our busy and fun weekend around Cleveland!

Cleveland Orchestra PNC Musical Rainbows

Jeffrey is really interested in musical instruments and we’ve been doing everything we can to foster and expand this interest. The Cleveland Orchestra‘s PNC Musical Rainbows concert was the perfect way to do just that!

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The PNC Musical Rainbows concerts each focus on a specific area of the orchestra and are designed for ages three to six. The performance is interactive and only 30 minutes long, so enough to introduce the instruments without losing attention.

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Saturday’s concert focused on the percussion section of the orchestra. The Cleveland Orchestra’s percussionist Tom Sherwood led the kids through an introduction to a wide variety of percussion instruments and even performed familiar songs like “Old MacDonald” (changed to “Old McSherwood”) and BINGO.

At the end of the concert, the children could approach the stage and get to play one of the percussion instruments. Jeffrey was so proud to share that he’s playing a percussion instrument in a school concert and he was encouraged to just keep playing!

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This kind of hands-on, accessible introduction to instruments makes the orchestra less intimidating and can foster a lifelong interest in music! I’ve said it before, but we in Cleveland are so lucky that our children can not only experience culture, but experience it with the some of the best cultural institutions in the country!

PNC Musical Rainbows is finished for this season, but stay tuned for next season’s line-up!

***Disclosure: I received three complimentary tickets to the PNC Musical Rainbows percussion concert. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Sunday was perfect weather for a visit to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! One of Jeffrey’s school friends had a birthday party there, so we started out with pizza, presents, and dinosaurs…

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…and then we headed into the Zoo to check out the critters. All of the animals were out enjoying the weather as much as we were!

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And while we get to the Zoo a lot, we couldn’t pass up waiting in line to feed the giraffes! This is always a favorite stop on any Zoo visit!

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Hooray for fabulous weather for us and the animals alike!

Talespinner Children’s Theatre Sundae Sunday

One of those places that’s been on my radar for awhile is Talespinner Children’s Theatre, so when I was invited to check out their Sundae Sunday fundraiser, I couldn’t pass it up!

Talespinner Children’s Theatre is Cleveland’s only professional children’s theater company that produces original shows. At Sundae Sunday, we got to check out the theater and interact with some of the actors in a fun, creative environment.

Children could even play up on stage acting out stories and using their imaginations!

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There was also face painting, crafts, and fun selfies with costumes!

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And it wouldn’t be Sundae Sunday without ice cream, donated by Talespinner’s neighbor Sweet Moses Soda Fountain & Treat Shop.

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Proceeds from admission and a raffle all benefited Talespinner, to help them keep producing original children’s theater. After seeing the space and meeting the actors, I can’t wait to take Jeffrey to a performance at Talespinner! The next show is The Princess & the Nightingale, playing June 9 through July 1.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend Talespinner Children’s Theatre’s Sundae Sunday with my family. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So, that was our busy, fun, lovely weekend! How was yours?

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1 Response

  1. I love the Musical Rainbows series, but we missed most of the season this year because half of the dates clashed with Playhouse Square’s Children’s Theater Series shows. I hope the two amazing organizations will check with each other before scheduling next season! (Though PHSq is already set, so I guess I’m hoping the Orchestra refers to it before setting their season.)

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