Music under the Stars

Last night we attended Music under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo’s Amphitheatre. 

Music Under the stars is presented by the Toledo Symphony and is free, that’s right, I said FREE! Thanks to the headline sponsor, Mercy, and support from The Andersons, the Toledo Community Foundation, Huntington Bank, Taylor Cadillac, and the Toledo Zoo.

It is such a wonderful way to introduce your youngsters to the Symphony in an outdoor setting that is kiddo friendly.   So if you need to walk around with your toddler you can simply get up and walk around while still enjoying the music. Or, if your toddler is inspired to dance after watching the Ardan Academy of Irish Dancers on stage she can. The dancers were amazing…


And the zoo has a variety of yummy treats too! Nothing like a cold refreshing ice cream during intermission…


While waiting in line for ice cream, and what a line…

…we had the pleasure of listening to Summerstock Toledo who will be presenting My Favorite Year at Ottawa Hills School July 27th and 28th at 8pm and July 29th at 3pm. Summerstock Toledo is a non-profit, student run theatre company. We are committed to offering theatrical opportunities to high school students in the Toledo area. Our students not only perform on the stage, but also run the business and technical aspects of the show. Read more


The theme for last night’s concert was “Music of the Movies which included pieces from movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Selections from The Sound of Music, Theme from Superman, Selections from Star Wars, and more.

It was nice because there were a variety of genera that our entire family enjoyed. I and the girls adored the Selections from The Sound of Music that was conducted by Sam Szor who made a special appearance! Many in the crowd started singing along. My hubby and son favored the theme from Superman and Star Wars selections.

Upcoming concerts:

July 29th “Passport to Europe”

Jason Stumbo, conductor with Voices of Harmony

August 5 “Americana”

Rodney Dorsey, conductor

August 12 “That’s All Folks”

Kenneth Thompson, conductor

Have you been to Music under the Stars? Or perhaps you have attended something similar in your neck of the woods? If you have what is your favorite part, the music, the fact that it is outdoors, the entire atmosphere?  If not does it seem like something your family would be interested in attending?

Farm Fest at Imagination Station (Exhibit extended through August 5th)

The temperature today is supposed to reach a sizzling 101 degrees.  When it gets that hot the pool is no longer refreshing but rather resembles bath water. So, what is a mom to do with her kiddos when it is too hot for the pool and too hot for outdoor activities? The answer is simple, go to the farm, the Imagination Station Farm Fest that is! The Farm Fest exhibit presented by The Andersons has been extended through August 5th so hurry down to downtown Toledo and enjoy an afternoon on the farm. Your children are sure to enjoy all this exhibit has to offer including….


Also while you are there be sure to go downstairs and checkout Eat it Up! The kiddos can learn so much about the food they consume, how calories are burned, they can smash their food, make a food person, and so much more…..