Toledo Winter Break 2019 Family Fun Guide

I will be honest, when I heard the kiddos break started on Friday Dec. 20th I got my calendar out and counted how many days until school resumed, in case you’re wondering, 18 days including weekends, 18! Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my kiddos but 18 days without a routine, scary! Thus in order to minimize the meltdowns here’s a guide of some fun ideas, day-trips, & places to take kiddos that’ll help make it a joy filled winter break! 😉

 

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Toledo Museum of Art Presents, The Great Art Escape 

Address: 2445 Monroe Street Toledo, OH 43620

Phone: (419) 255-8000

Website: https://www.toledomuseum.org/visit/events/great-art-escape-0

Cost: FREE

The Great Art Escape is a FREE holiday tradition at the Toledo Museum of Art, where a number of special programs are planned Dec. 26, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020. Bring your family and friends to this annual event for live performances, art activities and more. This year will include a series of live dance performances in the galleries and in the Peristyle. A variety of genres will be represented, including ballet, swing, Mexican folk, Irish and Indian dancing.

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The 2020 Great Art Escape is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac and by members of the Museum. Here is a day-by-day schedule of events, all of which are mostly FREE!!! Click HERE for dates & times.

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Play:CLE

Address: 38525 Chester Rd, Avon, OH 44011

Website: https://www.playcle.com/

Phone: (440) 695-3565

Hours: Vary, click on website for schedule

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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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Outdoor Adventure Center

Phone: 844-OAC-MDNR (844-622-6367)

Address: 1801 Atwater Street Detroit, MI 48207-4020

Website: http://www.michigan.gov/oac/

Hours: Varies during the holidays, see website for schedule

Cost: Children 2 & under are FREE, Children 3-12-$3, & Adults- $5

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Experience exciting outdoor adventures with hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators — walk behind and touch a waterfall, step into a fishing boat and reel in a big fish, hit the trail on a mountain bike or snowmobile, and much more. At the OAC, you’ll learn about how the DNR manages state parks, forests, wildlife and fish as you climb the roots and explore the canopy of a massive bur oak tree, hop aboard a real airplane, and see what’s swimming in our aquarium.

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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Address: Biological Sciences Building, 1105 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1085

Phone: 734-764-0478

Website: https://lsa.umich.edu/ummnh

Museum Hours: Monday-Sunday 9AM-5PM

Admission: Free (suggestion donation of $6)

Parking: Good luck, lol! Just kidding…there is a parking garage on Forest Ave. Cost us $6

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You too can deny your child a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle and allow your inner child to come out and play at A Christmas Story House!!

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A Christmas Story House Tour

Address: 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44109 in the Tremont neighborhood.

Phone: (216) 298-4919

Website: https://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/

Hours: Varies during the holidays, see website

Cost: Children 2 & under are FREE, Children 3-12- $10, Adults-$13

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Harlem Globetrotters Pushing the Limits World Tour

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This is more than a basketball game. It is more than a show. It is the one and only Harlem Globetrotters in an all-new, larger-than-life world tour! You’ll be on your feet, out of your seat, laughing until it hurts and loving every moment. The 5th Quarter – The game isn’t over after the final shot! Meet your favorite Globetrotter court-side after the game to get an autograph and photo. Don’t miss out – get your tickets today!! Take the fam, your local basketball team, scouts/troop, and/or any tween/teen

WHERE:

Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, OH 43604

WHEN:

Monday December 30th @ 2pm

TICKETS:

https://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/world-tour/schedule

 

 

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Toledo Botanical Garden’s Hidden Treehouse

Address: 5403 Elmer Drive Toledo, Ohio 43615

Phone: 419-270-7500

Website: https://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/toledo-botanical-garden/

Hours: Open 7 a.m. until dark every day

Admission: FREE

Amenities: Picnic area adjacent as well as restrooms

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Copper Moon Studios 

Address: 8007 Airport hwy Holland, oh 43528

Phone: 419-867-0683

Website: https://www.coppermstudio.com/

Cost: Varies, depends on project

Hours: mon – sat  (10-6) & sun (12-5)

 

My kiddos absolutely adore dropping in & making a Lil’Chips project! Deets in pic below.

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Share, tag friends, & make plans to meetup at one of these awesome kiddo fave hot-spots today!

 

 

 

Life is a Highway at TMA FREE on Thursdays

Thursdays just got a whole lot thriftier at the Toledo Museum of Art! Looking for something fun to do with the kiddos, the family, a night out with the gals, or a date night, that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? The Toledo Museum of Art has you covered!

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Toledo Museum of Art is always FREE admission!! But did you know TMA’s latest exhibition, Life is a Highway is also FREE?  On Thursday evenings 5-9pm only, stop at front desk to receive your FREE ticket(s). (This ticketed exhibition is usually $12 for nonmembers; $10 for military, college students, and seniors; $7 for youth ages 5-17, & free for children four years of age or younger).

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Life is a Highway

The first large-scale domestic exhibition provides a historical overview of life on the highway with an emphasis upon the Midwest, Life Is a Highway brings together a diverse selection of artists to showcase the automobile’s reshaping of the 20th-century American landscape and cultural attitudes of self-expression. Featuring more than 100 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection and both private and public loans, this exhibition charts the rise of auto-mobility as a visual icon of American identity. With works spanning from early depictions through the Pop Artists’ portrayal of the automobile’s impact upon consumer culture to the present, the car’s image as a symbol of newness, freedom and independence, mobility, and renewal is explored. Organized through four themes that call attention to the social, aesthetic, environmental, and industrial dimensions of its legacy, this exhibition includes a range of visual media.

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Hurry and make plans today…Life is a Highway Exhibition ends September 15th

While you’re there be sure to checkout……

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“Everything is Rhythm” Mid-Century Art & Music

The New Media gallery features a multisensory display focused on an exploration of the relationship between art and music. Jointly curated by Halona Norton-Westbrook, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Scott Boberg, Manager of Programs and Audience Engagement, the exhibition features a selection of 20th-century abstract paintings each paired with carefully curated musical composition. Presented together in this manner, the art and music engage in a multi-sensory experience that simultaneously engenders close looking, contemplation, and a consideration of the connection between visual and auditory art forms. Free admission

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And there is legit fun around every corner!

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Make an official evening/night of it and stop off at the Museum Café beforehand for delicious, gourmet, garden to table, reasonably priced meals. Click on link to see Spring/Summer 2019 Menu, https://www.toledomuseum.org/sites/default/files/caf_springsummerwebmenu_043019.pdf

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Museum Café Hours

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

 

 

Then head over to the Glass Pavilion for a public glassblowing demonstration (free) and a glass of wine.

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Glass Pavilion Coffee Bar

Located inside the Glass Pavilion, this trendy lounge features signature coffees, teas, beer, wine, soft drinks, and homemade pastries.

Tuesday & Wednesday: Noon – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday & Friday: Noon – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Noon – 4:30 p.m.

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15 Awesome Kid-Friendly Indoor Destinations in NW Ohio and SE Michigan

Just because the weather isn’t cooperating doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Here’s a list of some awesome kid-friendly indoor destinations to visit in NW Ohio and SE Michigan that will allow the adventures to continue no matter the weather!

 

Jungle Junction

Phone: 419.484.5532

Address: 110 Cherry Blvd. Bellevue, Ohio 44811

Website: http://www.junglejunctionplay.com/

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The largest indoor play structure in Ohio! Jungle Junction is an AMAZING fun time for children ages 12 and under. Six levels of adventure with over 60 play features including slides, air cannons, obstacle courses, and interactive game panels keep kids entertained and challenged for hours.  A dedicated toddler tumble zone with molded jungle friends for climbing, crawling and sliding the day away.  Their controlled environment will keep you cool in the summer and warm when the weather turns cold and wet.

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (Sensory Day- The first and third Wed. of each month. 10a-2p, no air cannons)

Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday   Noon – 7:00 pm

DAILY ADMISSION: $6   (ages 2-12)

Parents and Caregivers are FREE!

Children 1 and under are FREE!

Don’t forget your socks!

 

Michigan Science Center

Phone: 313.577.8400

Address: 5020 John R Street Detroit, MI 48202

Website: http://www.mi-sci.org/

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Explore hands-on exhibits, gaze at the stars, discover new worlds in our IMAX® theatre, and take part in live stage shows. As Michigan’s STEM Hub, we inspire curious minds of all ages.

General admission: $14/adult, $11/child 12 and under or senior citizen (60+).

Children under age two are free.

Check out the additional options/packages on their website. (General admission doesn’t include IMAX theatre)

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Regular Hours:

Monday – Tuesday Closed

Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday  12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 

The Mazza Museum

Phone: 419-434-5521

Address: Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion University of Findlay 1000 North Main St.

Findlay, OH 45840

Website: https://www.mazzamuseum.org/visit/

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The Mazza Museum is the most diverse collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. The museum’s goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of picture books.

“BOOKS TO FILM EXHIBIT”

Many children’s books have been made into films. Come see your favorite characters from movies in their original picture book form…or better yet take note of the books and read them before your see them on film.

“Patricia Polacco Exhibit”-The Keeping Quilt is one of our favorites….Come see why!

Admission: FREE

Museum Hours of Operation:

Wednesday-Friday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m.

 

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Phone: (734) 764-0478

Address: 1105 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079 (Look for the “Golden Dome”…that’s the planetarium in the building)

Parking: Free Parking on Sundays! Most non-marked spots in any Campus Faculty/Staff Parking (including Palmer) is free on Sundays. (Do NOT park in Gold, Business Vehicle, or other marked spots.)

Website: https://lsa.umich.edu/ummnh

With the largest display of dinosaurs in Michigan, the University Of Michigan Museum Of Natural History offers an array of educational programs and exhibits for families, students and adults. Exhibits include the Hall of Evolution, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, geology, and several changing exhibits.

Museum Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm

Admission: FREE to individuals and groups of 10 or fewer. (Suggested donation is $6 per person)

IMAX

Phone: (734) 973-8424

Address: 4100 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Website: http://www.imax.com/theatres/ann-arbor-20-imax

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Don’t just see a movie, experience it!! An immense explosion….A whisper heard over your shoulder. The rumbling bass you feel instead of hear. The combination of their perfectly tuned integrated sound system and precise speaker orientation ensures you can hear a pin drop and be able to tell exactly where it landed. Every note of the soundtrack and every scuff of a shoe are clearer in IMAX, with a complete overhaul of each movie’s audio overseen by the film’s director. All of this pristine sound is then pumped into a theatre that has been customized for an optimal experience. Clarity, detail and size make IMAX more than a movie. Two projectors run simultaneously to provide the perfect image with a balance of warmth and sharpness. IMAX draws you into something as close to reality as you have ever experienced!

For list of shows and times click on the website above….I do know, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story starts showing this week!

Wednesdays are the discount days…$10 for IMAX all day! (FYI: Kids concessions combo-drink, popcorn, fruit is $5.65)

Snook’s Dream Cars

Phone: 419-353-8338

Address: 13920 County Home Rd, Bowling Green, OH 43402-8670

Website: http://www.snooksdreamcars.com/

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Snook’s Dream Cars displays the extensive collection of “long time car guy” Bill Snook (deceased) and operated by his son Jeff Snook. It features a recreated 1940s era Texaco gas station, a showroom of extensive automobile memorabilia and a car collection presented within period scenes ranging from a 1930s general store to a racetrack from the 1960s.The car collection, which features models from the 1930s to the 1960s, includes coupes, convertibles, sedans, roadsters and racecars, made by Cadillac, Ford, Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Packard, Kaiser, Willys, Jaguar, Triumph, MG and Lotus. The facility also houses a complete four-bay shop for maintaining collector cars.

HOURS:

Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sat. & Sun: By appointment

ADMISSION:

Adults $8

Seniors $6

Children $5

Spangler Candy Factory Tours

Phone: 419.633.6439

Address: 400 N. Portland St., Bryan, OH 43506

Website: http://www.spanglercandy.com/about-us/tour-store-museum

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Public tours of the factory are available on their Dum Dums Trolley Wednesday through Friday 10 am to 3:00 pm ET. There are no reservations. Tours are on a first come, first served basis. You may wish to call ahead for information. Store & Museum admission is free – tour prices are shown below.

Due to safety and FDA regulations, the trolley tour will not go through the main kitchen areas, but will go through the warehouse areas and their most recent addition, the Portland Street expansion. It is the 87th production expansion in company history and nearly 20,000 square feet in size. Visitors are able to see their palletization area and automatic case packers. Candy cooking and forming in the kitchen areas will be shown via a DVD player while on the trolley tour.

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Hours: Fall/Winter/Spring: Wednesday thru Friday 10am – 3pm

Factory tour prices are: Adults $5, Children 6-18 years $3, Children 5 & Under Free with paid Adult, Seniors $4. Tours will not be offered on any day that is a holiday for the factory.

Imagination Station

Phone: (419) 244-2674

Address: 1 Discovery Way, Toledo, OH 43604

Website: http://www.imaginationstationtoledo.org/

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Imagination Station, Toledo’s Science Center, is dedicated to making science, technology, engineering and mathematics fun and accessible. There are hundreds of interactive, hands-on exhibits that are fun and educational for the entire family. Whether you only have an hour or you have all day, there is plenty to see and do at Imagination Station. Come join us and explore everything that Imagination Station has to offer!

Operating Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: Noon – 5pm

Monday: CLOSED

Admission Prices:

Big Kids (13 – 64): $11

Kids (3 – 12): $9

Seniors (65+): $10

Children 2 & under: Free

 

Sky Zone

Phone: (419) 491-1194

Address: 1600 Albon Rd. Holland, OH 43528

Website: http://www.skyzone.com/Toledo

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There is no age limit on jumpers; if you can walk you can jump. Destress and have a blast jumping and possibly even flipping in/on Sky Zone’s awesome trampoline courts. Simply sign the waiver, get your jump time, put on your Sky Zone Socks and reach for the sky! Enjoy full access to the park, including, the Main Court, Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam, the Foam Zone, etc. Sky Zone also offers food and beverages so you can recharge after all that jumping. If you wish to expedite your experience you can sign the waiver and get jump time in advance, so you can get kiddos on the courts ASAP!

Hours: (Summer) Mon-Thurs. noon-8p.m. Fridays Noon-11p.m. (Glow Zone 9p.m.-11p.m.), Saturdays 10a.m.-11p.m., & Sundays Noon-8p.m.

PRICING: 60 MINUTE JUMP PASS – $15, 90 MINUTE JUMP PASS – $19, 120 MINUTE JUMP PASS – $22

 

Outdoor Adventure Center

Phone: 844-OAC-MDNR (844-622-6367)

Address: 1801 Atwater Street Detroit, MI 48207-4020

Website: http://www.michigan.gov/oac/

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Experience exciting outdoor adventures with hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators — walk behind and touch a waterfall, step into a fishing boat and reel in a big fish, hit the trail on a mountain bike or snowmobile, and much more. At the OAC, you’ll learn about how the DNR manages state parks, forests, wildlife and fish as you climb the roots and explore the canopy of a massive bur oak tree, hop aboard a real airplane, and see what’s swimming in our aquarium.

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Hours:

Monday Closed

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday-Friday   10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday Noon – 5 p.m

Admission:

Adults (age 13-61) $5

Seniors (age 62 and older) $3

Children (ages 2-12) $3

Children under age 2 Free

National Museum of the Great Lakes

Address: 1701 Front Street Toledo, Ohio 43605

Hours: Tuesdays– Saturdays: 10a.m. – 5p.m., Sundays: Noon – 5p.m., Closed Mondays

Website: http://www.inlandseas.org/

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The National Museum of the Great Lakes is a fun and unique experience for all. Learn about the rich history our Great Lakes have afforded us, making up 84% of all the fresh water in North America it is no surprise they are treasured waters. Explore the history and enjoy some hands-on displays as you learn about one of the world’s greatest natural resources.  Kids will be intrigued by all the means of transit along the Lakes, including the huge ship, the Schoonmaker just outside the museum in the Maumee River, (tours of the ship are offered May-Oct).  Be sure to stop in the museum store so the kiddos can pick out some souvenirs to commemorate their visit.

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Hours of Operation:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Admission:

Museum Only: Adult – $11

Museum Only: Senior, AAA, or Military – $10

Museum Only: Kids (6-17) – $8

Museum Only: Toddlers (0-5) – Free

 

 

Sylvania Playland

Phone: (419) 517-9094

Address: 3620 Centennial Rd, Sylvania, OH 43560

Website: http://sylvaniaplayland.com/

 

 

Sylvania Playland is the one and only indoor bounce house and playground in Sylvania! Come in and play on their five inflatables, four swing sets and toddler area. Our glow-in-the-dark mini golf is now OPEN! 18 holes, 4 themes (underwater, pirates, dinosaurs, knights and dragons). Win prizes in their arcade and have a taste of Toft’s ice cream!

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM

Friday & Saturday: 9 AM – 9 PM

Cost: Ages 1-3 1 hour bounce is $6 (unlimited $9)

Ages 4-12 1 hour bounce is $9 (unlimited $13)

18 hole Mini Indoor Golf $7 (unlimited $10)

1 Hour of Bounce and 1 Round of Golf……………$14.00

Unlimited Bounce and Unlimited Golf………………$20.00

 

 

Historical Museum of Fulton County

Phone: 419-337-7922

Address: 8848 State Highway 108 Wauseon, OH 43567

Website: https://www.museumoffultoncounty.org/

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Calling all history buffs and those simply intrigued by the vast history located in NW Ohio tour this an amazing 1868 Romanesque Revival two-story brick building that originally housed Wauseon’s first high school, and later, the county’s first hospital. Experience thirteen rooms that showcase permanent historic exhibits of hidden historical gems. Listen to locally written abolition hymns of the Underground Railroad movement in the county; see the crackling campfire of local Civil War soldiers and the museum’s extensive collection of Civil War era artifacts which are the impressive centerpiece of this exhibit.

Call ahead and make an appointment to see the Depot! Two blocks south of the museum, visit the Wauseon Depot. A collection of items from Fulton County’s railroad past, which included 6 steam lines and two electric inner urban lines, is on display inside the depot. Watch and listen to an O-scale working model railroad display that highlights Fulton County’s railroad 1920s hay-day.

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00am – 04:00pm

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Rates: Adults – 18 and over: $8.00

Seniors – 55 and over: $7.00

Children – 6-15: $3.00

Children 6 & under are FREE

 

When you’re finished with your awesome tour stop by Red Rambler for a hot cocoa for the kiddos and a Flight of their brewed beers for mom and dad!

Website: http://www.redramblercoffees.com/

 

Toledo Museum of Art

Phone: (419) 255-8000

Address: 2445 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43620

Website: http://www.toledomuseum.org/

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Since the founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of its collection, innovative and extensive education programs, and architecturally significant campus. The main Museum building interior contains four and a half acres of floor space on two levels. It has 45 galleries, 15 classroom studios, the 1,750-seat Peristyle concert hall, the 176-seat Little Theater lecture hall, the Resource Center for Educators, the Family Center, the Visual Resources Collection, the Museum Café, and the Museum Store featuring Collector’s Corner. The Glass Pavilion has five galleries, a glass study room, classrooms, two hotshops, a multipurpose GlasSalon, public and private courtyard space, and a coffee bar.

Family Center: Free, fun, and open to everyone! The TMA Family Center, located in the education wing near the Plough entrance, is the perfect place for our youngest Museum visitors to make and take memories with their parents and caregivers. Drop in for themed activities that enliven the world of art for kids ages 1-10 (and even grown-ups!). Check the calendar on this page for upcoming projects. Calendars can be customized and printed by clicking on the Google Calendar icon at the bottom of the calendar listing.

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Family Center Hours:

Tuesdays & Thursday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Friday: 3:30–8 p.m.

Sunday: noon–5:00 p.m

Admission: The Museum and the Family Center are FREE

Planet Rock

Phone: 734-827-2680

Address: 82 Aprill Dr Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Website: http://www.planet-rock.com/

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Since 1994, Planet Rock has been providing world class indoor rock climbing. With creative wall design and innovative route setting, Planet Rock enables climbers of all ages and experience levels to love a sport that is like no other. Over 25,000 square feet of climbing surface with walls up to heights of 50′ and routes up to 70′ long, their gyms cater to competitive and recreational climbers alike. The gym also features unique climbing features such as the full-training areas and giant bouldering mushroom. Both beginner and experienced lead climbers will find routes that are both technical and fun. Their dedicated lead climbing walls have extensive lines and challenging features, while their bouldering areas offer interesting topography and an innovative mat system for softer landings.

Hours: Monday- Friday | 3:00PM – 10:00PM

Saturday | 11:00AM – 8:00PM

Sunday | 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Admission: Starter Packages (first time) Price

Adult 14 or older $44.00

Adult and child (5-8) $50.00

additional children (each) $25.00

Adult and child (9-13) $60.00

Additional children (each) $32.00

Daily Passes

Price Adult Daily Pass $17.00

Student / Military Daily Pass $16.00

Kids (5-13) $13.00

Belay only $10.00

Belay check $3.00

20 Kid Approved Ohio Destinations

The kiddos put together a list of their favorite Ohio destinations we have visited. The following destinations are fun family friendly destinations that were of particular interest to children ages 2-11 years of age & us kids at heart too! (Tip: When purchasing tickets for admission inquire about discounts, AAA, reciprocity, etc. We were able to get admission FREE at some of these thanks to our local memberships)

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  1. Campbell’s Sweets Factory Tour (Cleveland…pair this one with #16 for an awesome day trip) Roadtrip2
  2. Spangler Factory and Museum (Bryan…pair this one with #4 for an awesome day trip) Roadtrip5
  3. Imagination Station (Toledo…pair this one with #18 for an awesome day trip) )
  4. Imagination Kingdom (Wauseon…pair this one with #2 for an awesome day trip)Roadtrip3
  5. Sauder’s Village (Archbold)
  6. Castle (Loveland) Roadtrip4 
  7. Newport Aquarium (technically it’s in Kentucky but it is so close to Cincinnati) roadtrip6
  8. COSI (Columbus)
  9. Maumee Bay State Park & Lodge (Oregon Ohio) 
  10. Armstrong Air & Space Museum (Wapakoneta)Roadtrip9
  11. Young’s Jersey Dairy (Dayton…pair this one with #20 and/or #12 for an awesome day trip)  
  12. National Museum of the U. S. Air Force (Dayton…pair this one with #11 and/or #20 for an awesome day trip)  
  13. African Safari Wildlife Park (Port Clinton) Roadtrip11
  14. Cedar Point (Sandusky)
  15. Kalahari (Sandusky)
  16. Christmas Story House Tour (Cleveland…pair this one with #1 for an awesome day trip) Roadtrips
  17. Kings Island (Cincinnati)roadtrip8
  18. Toledo Museum of Art’s Family Center (Toledo…pair this one with #3 for an awesome day trip) 
  19. Toledo Zoo Aquarium (Toledo)
  20. Boonshoft Museum (Dayton…pair this one with #11 and/or #12 for an awesome day trip)

 

Have some great memories of visiting an Ohio destination with your family? Do own/work at a must visit Ohio destination? Please share! As stated, we are currently working on our summer bucket list; we would love to hear your recommendations.

 

 

30 Date Night Destinations in Toledo

Date Night!! The two words every couple looks forward to, especially those with kids. It means a night away from the kiddos, to reconnect with your spouse, to remember why you fell in love in the first place. It is easy to get caught up in the responsibilities of adulthood & parenthood. That is why it is so important that you step away from it all for a few hours and have some fun, remember fun, that thing you did before you had a job, mortgage, kids, you know, before you had major responsibilities!?

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Here are some FUN Date Night destinations you and your significant other are certain to enjoy: (click on each to be redirected to their website for more info)

  1. Bird’s Eye View Circus (Circus class)
  2. 3rd Thursday Loop
  3. Cleland’s Outdoor World (Shooting Range/Archery)
  4. Maumee Indoor Theatre (only $3.75)
  5. Ritter Planetarium (Romance under the Stars)
  6. Black Cloister Brewing Company (Thursday Trivia)
  7. Dance Class
  8. Murder Mystery Dinner Train
  9. The Art Supply Depot (Paint Pottery)
  10. Trapped Toledo
  11. Uncork the Artist (Paint Canvases together & sip on some wine, romantic!!)
  12. Copper Moon Studio and Gallery (create your own fused glass piece)
  13. Fox Meadow Farm (Horseback Riding Lessons…every Knight in shining Armor should know how to ride a horse)
  14. Clayful Art (paint pottery)
  15. Foodology (Cooking Class)
  16. Gathered Glassblowing Studio (glassblowing workshops & events)
  17. Luminous Nights at the Zoo
  18. Element 112 Wednesday Wine & Dine (Half off bottles of wine)
  19. Planet Rock (Rock Climbing)
  20. Hollywood Casino
  21. Valentine Theater Silver screen Theatre Classic Movies
  22. Go on a Gallery Hunt & enjoy lunch/dinner at the TMA café
  23. War Zone Paint Games
  24. Board and Brush Creative Studios
  25. Q-Zar (Laser Tag)
  26. Sky Zone (Trampoline Park)
  27. 577 Foundation (Learn how to cook Lebanese’s, Indian food, etc.)
  28. Beauty Bar Couples Massages
  29. Alexis Go-Carts & Bumper Cars
  30. Go on a Scavenger Hunt in the Park

BONUS: Double dating? Then here is a challenge that will make the night extra fun….Goodwill Date Night Challenge!!  Official rules: each person picks out their significant others (or BFF’s) surprise outfit at Goodwill, $10 budget, outfit has to be gender appropriate. When on the date you can’t tell people it’s a joke. When you upload your picture you have to challenge two more couples.” (source)

Here are a few suggestions to make your date night more economical:

  • Whenever possible have family or friends watch your kiddos, perhaps even consider starting or being part of a babysitting co-op. 
  • Save up! Set aside a decided amount of money each week, say, $10 dollars, and at the end of the month you have $40 for your date night. Date Night can happen no matter what your budget is, it may mean sacrificing your lattés or convenience store purchases, but it is worth it!
  • If you go out to eat beforehand don’t order drinks and consider splitting a dish…..you can go REALLY fancy if you order water to drink and split a meal (note that there may be a splitting fee but it is often cheaper than ordering an additional meal). Added bonus when you split a meal, you don’t feel as guilty ordering dessert!
  • Inquire about possible coupons, deals; some places have deals on certain days.

Enjoy your time out, put your phones away, give each other your undivided attention, and most important, HAVE FUN!!

BEST of 2015

2015 has been such a fabulous year, filled with fun road trips, delicious food, and awesome experiences! It has been such a joy & delight sharing all our excursions….

Here are the top 10 of 2015:  (click on post titles to be redirected)

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1. Falling in Love with Loveland: Castle in OHIO!

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2. Wauseon: An Affair to Remember

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3. Grand Rapids: Gastropub, Paleo Farm, & More

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4. I left my Heart in Holland

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5.  Playtime

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6. Wapakoneta

 

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7.  It’s just a Red Ball? Au contraire!

 

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8.  Au Revoir Redball Project

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9. Let’s Talk Salsa

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10.  Ladies Nights Out!

 

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It is going to be hard to say goodbye to 2015 however my heart is a bit lighter knowing that 2016 will be filled with new adventures, recipes, and fashion!?! Yep, you heard correctly, for 2016 we will be adding fashion to the Mom on the go in Holy Toledo mix!!! How was your 2015, what was the highlight? What are you looking forward to in 2016? What would you like to see Mom on the go in Holy Toledo include and/or discuss in 2016? I can’t wait to read your thoughts!! Cheers!!

 

 

Playtime Exhibition Celebration: Harnessing your inner child at TMA

I knew we were in for a great time when I opened my car door and was greeted by the base….because let’s be honest, it is all about the base (sorry, couldn’t resist, haha!).  The evening was officially declared as a girls’ night out. The men folk in our family decide not to accompany us. See, I made the mistake of saying Art Museum and they instantly replied, “No, thank you”, okay, so maybe they didn’t phrase it quite that eloquently. But, hey, this is my memory and I am choosing to remember a “more polite” version.  So me and my girls ventured out onto Monroe Street to get our girls night out started!

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They each thought it was so awesome that the road was closed to traffic and they were walking where cars are supposed to drive…I suppose, in a way, the Toledo Museum of Art had the girls’ hearts at the “road closed” sign.  I don’t want to say that we have low expectations but, if the sign fits, which is why what followed totally BLEW our MINDS!

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BUBBLES!!! This awesome bubble machine contraption became my 4 year olds obsession! All the kids were chasing after it. Props to the woman maneuvering the bubble machine, I have no idea how you didn’t run over a child or 20!! It was awesome! I wish we could rent that sucker for parties. Then we ventured across the street to see & partake in….

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Then the BEST thing in the WORLD happened to me. Well, technically the 5th best thing in the world, (to clarify, when I say world I mean my world) happened, FINALLY!! I have been so busy getting married, getting degrees, and birthing babies that I have NEVER been in the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, which, if I may add, is literally 5 miles from my house. Why!? Well because, Toddlers and glass are quite possibly the worst combination on earth, you just don’t mix them, EVER!  

So FINALLY, the moment arrived!  I walked through those Glass Pavilion doors with my 9 year old and 4 year old daughters, yet I was the one bursting with such excitement, as if I was the child, and it was Christmas morning! It was breathtaking!

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We enjoyed not only admiring all the gorgeous glass everywhere but also the demonstrations.  The girls nearly lost their minds when they entered the room filled with furnaces and sat on the edge of their seats while a beautiful glistening glass horse was created out of nothing but a blob of glass. It was magnificent! And when the artist tossed it into the scrap bucket you could literally hear everyone’s hearts sink in disappointment.

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Sadly the next demonstration required much explanation from me to the girls. The artist was working on a Glass version of the Mouse Trapped game, sweet, right!? Well, if you were born before 2005 it might be but the girls had no idea what it was, and, unfortunately, I think I spent more time explaining the game than admiring the art.

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Then we ventured outside for more fun!!! Let me tell you, the Toledo Museum of Art knows FUN!! And they know how to throw one heck of a party!!

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There was food trucks, delicious dogs, fries, etc. oh, and spirits.  But I didn’t need any spirits, my spirit was bursting when I took the girls over to the swing that my father placed me on when I was a child & where I have the BEST Wedding party pics (yes, the photographer thought I was nuts getting up there in my wedding dress, but those are my favorite pics!!). And the world renowned architect, Frank Gehry’s building is in the background, yep, Toledo is a pretty cool place to live!

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How blessed am I to have grown up in the city that is also home to my favorite Art Museum, and yes, I have been to the Louvre, (it is too big, it puts too much pressure on the viewer to “move it along” and FYI, the Mona Lisa is one of the smallest paintings I have ever seen, it is too tiny to view in such a big room) and will NEVER be as close to my heart as The Toledo Museum of Art.  Sniffle, sniffle, this is getting too emotional, back to the fun!

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The piece de résistance, the live spectacle of Redmoon Theater of Chicago, featuring their Drum Crane Tower, a 30-foot tall musical structure with three performance tiers & mounted drums for 8 percussionists!

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We had an absolute BLAST on our FIRST EVER girls’ night out!! And the best part, when we showed my son all the pics and shared all our fun he did politely ask that he please be included in ALL future visits to the Toledo Museum of Art . I suppose they could tag along next time. We have a visit to the Playtime exhibition on our calendar for next week! Speaking of next time be sure to click here for some amazing & FREE opportunities coming up at the awesome, Toledo Museum of Art (including Glass blowing demonstrations, FREE activities for kids, and more!)

Also, for all you locals, I would highly recommend becoming a member…the discounts in kiddo’s classes & parking are worth it alone!! Speaking of kiddos & classes, mine can’t wait to star Art Summer Camp at TMA!!

HUGE thank you to all those who put their time, energy, blood, sweat, tears, etc. into the evening it was absolutely amazing and so enjoyable, Toledo says THANK YOU!!!