Yesterday we went to the Children’s Museum of Cleveland for their First Monday event. Every first Monday of the month is free and because I usually work on Mondays we have never been able to attend. It was incredibly packed as you can imagine but since we were one of the first to arrive it wasn’t too bad for the most part. The museum is divided into “exhibits” or themed play areas like a working grocery store, a giant water table, and a farm area complete with tractor and hay loft. We didn’t go into the barn area because it is meant for kids under 4 and two out of the three would have been a little too big. The hit of the place though is their special exhibit, this season it is a dinosaur digging area with over 60 tons of indoor sandy fun!!
If you have little ones the museum is a really fun place to visit. It is designed for ages 8 and under so we are reaching the end of it’s appeal for Gabby, which makes it tricky for me. I definitely would recommend going on an “off” time so that your little one can get to experience all the fun areas- Amelia really enjoyed pretending to be a doctor and “fixing” Gabby’s pretend broken arm while Moira loved the house and water play. Everyone loved the grocery store area where Gabby was a banker, doling out money to tons of kids. And let’s not forget all the learning that happens naturally when kids play-
- Building and creating architectural structures
- Understanding the different food groups
- Organizing food in the grocery store by category (i.e. fruits, vegetables, grains)
- Counting money in the bank
- Learning seat belt safety and traffic safety rules
- Observing how dams and various objects affect water flow
- Gross motor skills from digging in the sand and pouring
- Learning about paleontologists and site digs
Yay for another unschooling field trip and cheers for another of Cleveland’s wonderful places to visit!!
Today we ventured out with the intention of heading to the Cleveland Natural History Museum, but forgot that it didn’t open until noon. Luckily the Cleveland Museum of Art was open and free! Score!! It’s been a while since we have been there but knew that the girls loved the Armory, the Egyptian art, and some of the other exhibits.
What we didn’t know is that a new Children’s area just opened a month ago!!! It was beyond awesome and already the girls are talking about going back soon. Here are some photos from the trip today!
Amelia had a blast matching details in fine art.
Gabby created houses with felt shapes.
These blocks were magnetic (and later we found out very VERY expensive!) and the kids really liked them.
I adore Frida! Frida puppets are even better!
King Charles II, who Gabby didn’t find very handsome at all, lol.
We had a very nice discussion about armor and how horses are used in battle.
The inside of a sarcophagus, I couldn’t believe how bright and lovely the colors were.
There were really nice exhibits that I couldn’t take photos of, but just know that it is shocking to know that this museum is free. We saw tapestries made of gold and silver, shirts worn by royalty, got to play with interactive art displays, and enjoyed showing the girls all the different kinds of art that the world has produced. It sparked my love of art and now I can’t wait to go to the library to get some art appreciation books for the kids.
We go to the library every week most of the time. I try to get the girls to branch out, challenge themselves to discover something new, and most importantly enjoy being there. There are, however, adventures to be had at the library I just discovered. Gone are the boring trips of wandering down the aisles aimlessly. Here is wonderful list of 25 adventures you can have at the library, originally posted here at Mama-scout! I can’t wait to do the famous author one, quotes, and simple drawing…. so much fun and adventures!
What adventures will you choose today?
Ok friends, I’m not going to lie- it’s been a hell of a week. One week ago my world crashed, burned, and kept on crashing until umm… yesterday. It was one thing after another and I’m not talking about breaking a nail or locking myself out of the house. I’m talking about “HOLY CRAP! What sacred flame did I pee on in a past life?!” kind of stuff going on. But now things are back on solid ground and I am going to get back to my normal routine of crafting, homeschooling, cooking, and well… life. =) I’m sure as things process that I will share what happened… It’s a little too real right now and I need to get myself moving forward past it all.
Today we took the girls to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for their Halloween event called Owls and Howls. It was free for kids who came in costume and of course I couldn’t pass up a chance to dress up, I LOVE Halloween! As an added bonus we got 4 free tickets to the Lake Erie Monsters hockey game next Friday- yay!! (I’m from Buffalo, hockey is in my blood!) I’m excited to take the girls to their first hockey game next week.
I’ve been seeing such cool links, crafts, recipes, and more online lately… It wouldn’t truly be a welcome back post without some linky love!! Before I unleash the awesomeness I do want to thank each and every one of my friends who reached out to give me support, who wrote me a kind word, who called to see how things were. It meant so much and I know I would have been able to stay strong and positive. Thank you all!
Let your kids see what happens to a rotting pumpkin!
Starlight pumpkin art
My eyes look like this when I’m in my peacock costume!
Speaking of costumes- check out this POWERFUL blog post about taking back Halloween for girls!
Easter eggs for Halloween? Yes!
Now, for a dance break!
See you all tomorrow!!!
Today we ventured out into one of the many nature reservations in our area, Sandy Ridge Reservation. We are fortunate enough to have a whole metropark system in the greater Cleveland area, this one featuring a huge wetland area. I am trying to encourage the girls to observe more when we are outside instead of racing around like crazy people, teaching them to write down our observations, and how to do quick sketches of animals and plants as we walk along.
This particular area is simply chock full of wildlife from deer to snakes (shudder!) from cranes to snapping turtles. We saw no less than 20 deer, a garter snake, tons of monarch butterflies, and so much more… it was lovely! As the girls walked along we talked about how the butterflies are endangered, how the deer are filling up in preparation for the winter coming up, and how birds and other animals migrate to warmer places when it snows. Moira was especially interested in the rocks, moss, and wildflowers!
There was a special display of creepy creatures to look at, both alive and preserved, icky things like spider eggs to look at in microscopes, and plenty of art & play materials. Very cool!
Here are some pictures from today’s field trip!