Why? Weekends!

It was a great weekend, with lots of wine drinking (stay tuned tomorrow for that) and lots of family time, too. Here’s what we were up to:

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

One of our favorite ways to spend the day is at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Jeffrey and I met up with one of his school friends for a play date on Friday.

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The new Asian Highlands exhibit was our first stop, but we also visited classic favorites like the Rosebrough Tiger Passage and African Elephant Crossing, as well as spent time playing in the Yagga Tree in the Australian Adventure area.

 

And while the weather was kind of gloomy, it didn’t stop us from enjoying all the animals. In fact, I think the cooler weather had both humans and animals alike feeling more active!

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Saturday was spent with more critters as we checked out the renovations to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

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Over the next year, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium is making $250,000 in mission-driven upgrades, including enhancements to exhibits and the introduction of a dozen new species.

 

The Ohio Lakes & Rivers Gallery has been renovated using repurposed materials and the Asia & Indonesia and Coastal Boardwalk areas have been renovated as well.

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The Imaginaquarium, a play area located on the second floor, has also been renovated and is a bright, fun place for kids to enjoy after exploring the Aquarium itself.

Of course, the shark gallery remains a long-standing favorite! There’s nothing like seeing a shark swim above your head!

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Check out the new and improved Greater Cleveland Aquarium with a regular visit or at one of their upcoming special events: Fun Before 4 on July 4th, Fin Fest, or Girls Night Out.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a media preview of the renovations to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. I received three complimentary tickets to the Aquarium. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Talespinner Children’s Theater

I love experiencing culture, particularly live theater, with Jeffrey. On Sunday, we went to see “The Princess and the Nightingale: A Tale of Thailand” at Talespinner Children’s Theatre.

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The show was colorful and whimsical with plenty to keep both children and adults engaged and laughing along with the characters. After the show, the cast was available for pictures, dancing, high fives, and more.

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The Princess and the Nightingale is playing through July 1, with shows at 7pm on Friday, 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Talespinner’s next show is “The Boy Who Stole the Sun: An Inuit Creation Tale,” playing September 15 through October 7.

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Talespinner is Cleveland-based and develops and produces its own original children’s theater performances, which is something worth celebrating and supporting, as they enrich our arts community in Cleveland and make theater accessible to young audiences.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a performance of The Princess and the Nightingale and received three complimentary tickets to the show. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So, that was most of our weekend. Stay tuned tomorrow for a recap of a fabulous wine event!

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