Rolling Hills Water Park

It was late July and I had just posted a meet up with our playgroup, our destination, Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti, MI. As a mom I was slightly terrified, how was I going to watch all three kiddos go in three different directions at a water park? Turns out one of the best thing I ever did was to make the event a playdate meet up! Many eyes and hands make for light work when it comes to watching children. Playgroup moms are like an extension of oneself. We each divided and conquered the water park that day. Two moms took a group of kiddos to the lazy river, another two took kids to the water slides, two stayed by the splash area with toddlers, and it was such a relaxing, enjoyable, and fun day for all of us, moms and kiddos. Seven years later and we are still continuing the tradition!

rollinghills6Our oldest kiddos are now off to middle school and they have graduated to the buddy system at the water park. Meanwhile us moms can relax and enjoy the company of the younger kiddos and one another as we float down the lazy river, jump the waves in the wave pool, and watch the kiddos on the splash playground. Rolling Hills Water Park continues to be our favorite waterpark, it isn’t too big, but not too small, it has enough activities to occupy all the kiddos, patches of grass to lay out a towel to relax (or have a time-out), it is the perfect distance from Toledo, far enough that you feel like you’re going somewhere special, but not so far that it feels like a chore.

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Address: 7660 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 484-9676

Website: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/rollinghills/waterpark/rhwaterpark.html

Hours: Weekdays 11am-7pm & Weekends 11am-8pm

Admission: COUNTY RESIDENT-Weekday (after 5pm) $8.00 ($6.00) & Children Over 36″-42″ Tall (after 5pm) $6.00 ($4.00)    Weekends- $10 & Children Over 36″-42″ Tall $8.00 NON-COUNTY RESIDENT Weekday (after 5pm) $10.00 ($7.00) & Children Over 36″-42″ Tall $8.00 ($5.00)  Weekends-$13.00 Children Over 36″-42″ Tall $11 and Children 36″ Tall or Under are Free

***It is always advised to call before visiting in order to confirm hours of operation for the day, and be sure to check that forecast, there is nothing worse than packing up the bags, kiddos, and getting there only to have the park be closed due to weather.***

 

rollinghills4So moms put any body issues you may have aside and make some amazing memories with your children. I am so glad our children will have memories to treasure when they get older of their mothers playing in the water with them, going down the lazy river, enjoying their time together as opposed to meagerly sitting on the side covered, fearful of what others may think, allowing others potential judgments to hijack an amazing day and treasured time together. I want to give a cheer to all the moms out there who sport the suits no matter what body type, or what season of motherhood they might be in, and enjoy their time with their children.

 

Breakfast On The Farm Preview (Mark your Calendars!)

I opened the car door and was greeted by a potpourri of country “aroma”, lol! We definitely were outside the city limits & my comfort zone, but I was beyond ecstatic to go country for an evening! Last Thursday, this city girl had the pleasure of attending “Ladies Night on the Farm”!

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The evening began with a tour of the Henricks & Krieger Dairy (HKD), a third generation, three family partnership owned by Richard & Sue Henricks, Phillip & Tara Henricks, and Shawn & Kim Krieger. The family farm was founded 72 years ago by Clifford and Annabelle Henricks in Chesterfield Township, located east of Fayette. The family cares for Holstein cows and calves as well as raises corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat. Henricks & Krieger Dairy is a member of the Ohio and National Holstein Association, Farm Bureau and the Fulton County Dairy Association.

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During the tour, we got a preview of four of the 20 educational stations that will be debuted at the June 15th Breakfast On The Farm event; each station resourced by the farm family and supporting professionals. The first stop was the milking parlor where the milk safety and inspection process begins with cow milking and then milk cooling, testing and agitation.

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At the calf area, we met the farm’s veterinarian before up-close and personal contact with the dairy’s next generation of milk cows…baby heifer (female) calves. At the animal waste station, preview we saw how dairies recycle organic manure nutrients to their corn fields to produce feed in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.

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The tour concluded with a visit to the free stall barn where cows socialize, rest, and are provided a clean, dry stall with unlimited feed and fresh water. Check it…we were provided new rubber boots, sponsored in part by Tractor Supply Co of Wauseon. And they are so stinkin cute, right?! (see image below)

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Upon completion of the tour, a light dinner via grazing stations provided us an opportunity to meet eight additional farmers from Northwest Ohio who directly provided local produce and commodities for the meal. Samplings included….local fresh spring green salad, leg of lamb sliders, pork barbeque with corn muffin bun, shaved prime rib on crosonti, homemade local potato chips fried in high oleic soybean oil, fresh chicken salad lettuce wrap, additional fresh salads and, of course, a cheesecake buffet.

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While sampling the local fare, Karen Bakies, Registered Dietitian with American Dairy Association Mideast, provided a nutritional discussion on the differences between dairy milk (cow, goat, sheep) and plant-based drinks. Further informing discussion was Melissa Rupp, OSU Extension-Fulton County, who followed with thoughts on wading through several food labels and production practices.  The event finished with a question and answer panel including Richard Henricks (dairy farmer), Dr. Christine Greiner (veterinarian) and Bakies (dietitian).

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As a parting gift, we each received a ‘market basket of goods’ including more than 20 items produced by local farmers from Fulton County and beyond. The basket included items like Arps chocolate milk, NatureFresh tomato-on-the-vine, Dei Fratelli pasta sauce, Red Gold Catchup, Myers Honey, Dicks Maple Farm syrup, Rupp Seeds popcorn, Turkeyfoot Creek Creamery chevre, Kinsman Farm spring greens and Hertzfeld eggs.

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June 15th Breakfast On The Farm event to be held at the same Henricks & Krieger Dairy from 9 am to 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

While the Ladies Night event served to help us understand the workings of a dairy farm and discuss food production practices, it was also an opportunity to promote the upcoming June 15th Breakfast On The Farm event to be held at the same Henricks & Krieger Dairy from 9 am to 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public.  Breakfast On The Farm will give the public a chance to visit this modern dairy, take a crop tour, pet baby calves, see large tractors, visit the children’s area and so much more! Henricks & Krieger Dairy is located at 14692 County Road 16-3, Fayette, OH 43521. Registration is requested, visit,    www.go.osu.edu/fultonbotfregister2019  and follow them on Social Media.

Fulton County Breakfast on the Farm is coordinated by Fulton County OSU Extension, Farm Bureau and SWCD, along with a community-based planning committee and sponsorship partners. Fulton County farmers, Alysia Callender and Whitney Short, provided volunteer leadership for the BOTF Preview event.

 

Play: CLE

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“Coolest place EVER!”! “I want to have my B-day party here”!  ”Finally a place for older kids to play”! Those are quotes from my kiddos, age 8-13 yrs old on their experience at Play: CLE.  And I couldn’t agree more, finally a place where older kiddos can let loose and have fun without the fear of trampling a toddler or running down a preschooler. This momma highly recommends Play:CLE for a fun filled afternoon/evening for the entire family (kiddos 7+).

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Address: 38525 Chester Rd, Avon, OH 44011

Website: https://www.playcle.com/

Phone: (440) 695-3565

Hours: Monday: Closed for Private Events

•Tuesday: 3-9pm; *Ninja Night 7-9pm

•Wednesday: 3-9pm

•Thursday: 3-9pm

•Friday: 3-11pm; College Discount All Day

•Saturday: 10-11pm

•Sunday: 10-8pm

Cost: Pricing for 2-hours is structured as follows:

•Under 18 – $20

•Adult – $25

•65+ – $20

•Family (2 adults, 2 kids) – $80

 

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Have older kiddos, but not old enough to stay home alone? Play: CLE has you covered, kiddos can play while mom & dad enjoy an impromptu date night complete with a glass of wine/beer and delicious food.

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Or, mom and dad can get their climb on too then everyone can eat together as a family.

Attractions

If you’re looking for the place to mix fun and fitness, you’ve come to the right spot. Play: CLE has created a unique mix of attractions that will have kids and adults’ alike running, jumping, climbing and challenging themselves!

  • Zip line
  • Ropes course
  • Climbing wall
  • Ninja warrior course
  • Parkour course
  • Bouldering wall
  • Dining area (The Biner)
  • Kids’ area

 

 

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COOLEST Camp EVER! Circus Camp!!

Silks, trapeze, lyra, hammock, tightwire, acrobatics, aerial skills on silks, as well as stilt walking and walking globe! Think elephant on a tiny ball, high flying strong humans, and a lot of new friendships that’s what your kiddos will get out of Circus Camp!!!

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This is legit one of the coolest places in Toledo! If you haven’t had the opportunity to checkout one of Bird’s Eye View Circus classes you need to! We had a Moms Night Out here and it was awesome! But we’re not talking about us; we’re talking about the kids! Lol! Here are the DEETS…..

Birds Eye View Circus Summer Camp Single Side

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Campers: kids ages 8-17

Camp Dates: June 10-14 & 17-21 half days

Address: 1153, 2413 Collingwood Blvd 1st floor, Toledo, OH 43620

Phone: (567) 298-6841

Website: https://www.birdseyeviewcircus.com/

Cost: $300

 

Circus Camp (Youth) Ages 8-11

  • Monday June 10th- Friday June 14th
  • 8:30am-12:30pm
  • $300
  • SIGN UP

Spend a week learning circus skills! Silks, trapeze, lyra, hammock, tightwire, acrobatics, object manipulation, and character development.  Beginner children will learn a simple but fun sequence and advanced students will work harder skills such as drops and endurance.

No prior experience needed – students should wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle and one snack.

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Circus Camp (Teens) Ages 12-17

  • Monday June 10th- Friday June 14th
  • 1-5pm
  • $300
  • SIGN UP

Spend a week learning circus skills! Silks, trapeze, lyra, hammock, tightwire, acrobatics, object manipulation, and character development. Beginner Teens will learn a simple but fun sequence and advanced students will work harder skills such as drops and endurance.

Performance Camp (youth) ages 8-11

  • Monday June 17th- Friday June 21st
  • 8:30am-12:30pm
  • $300
  • SIGN UP

This camp would aid students in creating solo, duo and ensemble acts that they would showcase these acts in a performance at the conclusion of the camp. Skills covered in this camp would be: movement quality, character work, choreography, and collaboration, working their current circus skills.

Prerequisite:

  • Students should have taken at least 1 full session of regular weekly circus class, or, a week long circus camp, or, be coming from another youth circus program.
  • Brand new circus students should take our week long circus camp or regular weekly classes.

 

Performance Camp (teen) ages 12-17

  • Monday June 17th- Friday June 21st
  • 1-5pm
  • $300
  • SIGN UP

This camp would aid students in creating solo, duo and ensemble acts that they would showcase these acts in a performance at the conclusion of the camp. Skills covered in this camp would be: movement quality, character work, choreography, and collaboration, working their current circus skills.

Prerequisite:

  • Students should have taken at least 1 full session of regular weekly circus class, or, a week long circus camp, or, be coming from another youth circus program.
  • Brand new circus students should take our week long circus camp or regular weekly classes.

 

It is literally the best time to be a kid; they can go to circus camp, sign them up today! And don’t forget to tag friends and set up that carpool!