Toledo Summer Camps 2020

It’s that time of year again! Time to register for summer camp! Woot Woot!!  I know what you’re thinking, it’s only March, summer is still months away. I used to think the same thing; I figured summer camp registration would be in May. Let me tell you, it only takes once, one time of seeing your kiddo totally disappointment upon hearing the news that they can’t go to the summer camp ALL their friends are going to because Mom didn’t register them back in March!! Thus we are helping you get a jump start on registration! We’ve taken the time to collate camps and divide them into categories, thus, hopefully making the process as simple as possible for you, simply click on the link to be directed to the camp’s website.  Please note, there are a few camps that don’t have their 2020 summer camp schedule up yet, we will be updating those, so keep an eye out, & stop back. Don’t let your child miss out on the summer fun!! If you appreciate the time and energy spent to collate this list please share & do let camps know you heard about them from Mom on the go in Holy Toledo. Thanks, loves! And Cheers to nothing but HAPPY CAMPERS!!  Read more

OVO Cirque du Soleil, a performance unlike any other!

“How can a show that doesn’t have any “real” spoken words be so awesome?” was the observation made by my husband on the drive home from the most amazing performance ever, OVO Cirque du Soleil.  I almost corrected him, but then I took a moment to reflect on the show and he was totally right! Oh my gosh…there were no real, comprehendible words spoken during the entire performance. And yet, I understood and followed the show effortlessly, and what’s more, so did my husband and kids, how was that possible?  The emotion, tone, visuals, music, and amazing performers provided a cohesive experience that transcended verbal language and spoke directly to the soul.

 

The fluid movement of the performers, the visual effects that literally pulled the audience in with movement, paired with the synchronized lights and sound effects provided such a lifelike experience, for a moment I had to remind myself that those performers were not real insects. However, our 6 year old was totally immersed in the imaginary, so much so that she even yelled out a couple times to the performers in excitement.

And as I looked down the aisle at my tween, 9 year old, & husband each with their eyes opened wide and faces lit up in awe I realized that OVO Cirque du Soleil managed to do something that no other show or performance we have attended as a family has ever done, it fully absorbed each of our attention and that is no easy task!  The narrative of the insects and the mysterious egg pulled us in but it was the agility, fluidity, and beauty illustrated by the acrobats, gymnasts, and performers that kept us on the edge of our seats.

It was so exceptional that a standing ovation didn’t seem qualitative to such an outstanding performance but alas, it was all we had….so we stood and frantically clapped in utter delight. Though I must admit a part of me was a little sad that it was over. The experience was not just beautiful and awe inspiring but it was darn right relaxing and as a mom I appreciate any experience that can arouse a peaceful feeling within. Thankfully there is a soundtrack so I can try to channel that relaxing experience on otherwise crazy and chaotic days.

This is one performance you don’t want to pass up; it literally captivates ALL audience members. So grab your tickets today and be prepared to experience one of the most impressive, relaxing, captivating, awe inspiring performances.

ShowTime’s/dates:

June 1st – 7:30 p.m.

June 2nd – 7:30 p.m.

June 3rd – 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

June 4th – 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Location:

Huntington Center 401 Jefferson Ave Toledo, OH 43604, United States

Website:

https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/toledo/ovo/buy-tickets

Box office:

419-321-5007

Ticketmaster Charge by Phone:

1-800-745-3000

 

OVO Cirque du Soleil Family 4-pack Tickets Giveaway

Schools almost out!! Your kiddos have worked so hard all year. They deserve to be rewarded.  Why not take the entire family to an out of this world performance to celebrate the culmination of an awesome school year?  OVO Cirque du Soleil will provide the perfect artistic marriage of wonderment and awe that will leave your family longing for more!Main_Characters (3)

About the show

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform.

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Details

Show times: May 31st to June 4th, 2017

May 31, 2017 Wed 7:30 PM

Jun 1, 2017 Thu 7:30 PM

Jun 2, 2017 Fri 7:30 PM

Jun 3, 2017 Sat 4:00 PM

Jun 3, 2017 Sat 7:30 PM

Jun 4, 2017 Sun 1:30 PM

Jun 4, 2017 Sun 5:00 PM

Location: Huntington Center 401 Jefferson Ave Toledo, OH 43604, United States

Ticket Information: Tickets starting at $36 for adults and $25 for children. (Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available).

Discount:  https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/toledo/deals

Box office: 419-321-5007

Ticketmaster Charge by Phone: 1-800-745-3000

Ticket Information: Tickets starting at $36 for adults and $25 for children. (Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available).

 

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Giveaway

Family Four-pack Tickets to Opening Night May 31, 2017 Wed 7:30 PM

 

To be entered in the giveaway simply:

1-Share this post with friends and family

2-Comment below (on Blog Page) and share what you are going to miss most about this school year.

Winner randomly selected May 26th @11:59pm and posted on Blog and Facebook page

Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day (Includes-$10 off- link in post)

Flowers die, chocolates often have to be shared with the kids and disappear in minutes, but memories last a lifetime! Give the special mom in your life the gift of an experience to treasure forever this Mother’s Day with tickets to OVO Cirque du Soleil!!

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I know what you’re thinking; the price is a little steep. But this is OVO Cirque du Soleil; this is the kind of amazing show people travel to big cities to see! And how fortunate are we that it came to us; it came to Toledo, Ohio. Thus saving us the airfare and hotel stay. And for all you moms out there who may be wishing for some time away from the family (no shame) this would make the perfect Moms Night Out! Grab dinner and/or drinks before or after the show and make an evening of it! Trust me ladies, this is one performance you do not want to pass up!

About the show

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.Main_Characters (3)

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

Original Filename: 9O6A0334.CR2

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform.

Original Filename: 9O6A0637.CR2

Details

Show times: May 31st to June 4th, 2017

May 31, 2017 Wed 7:30 PM

Jun 1, 2017 Thu 7:30 PM

Jun 2, 2017 Fri 7:30 PM

Jun 3, 2017 Sat 4:00 PM

Jun 3, 2017 Sat 7:30 PM

Jun 4, 2017 Sun 1:30 PM

Jun 4, 2017 Sun 5:00 PM

Location: Huntington Center 401 Jefferson Ave Toledo, OH 43604, United States

Ticket Information: Tickets starting at $36 for adults and $25 for children. (Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available).

Discount: This is no ordinary day…this is Mother’s Day! Enjoy $10 off and treat an extraordinary woman to the gift of amazing moments with family or friends. Link: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/toledo/deals

 

Box office: 419-321-5007

Ticketmaster Charge by Phone: 1-800-745-3000

Ticket Information: Tickets starting at $36 for adults and $25 for children. (Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available).

Discount: This is no ordinary day…this is Mother’s Day! Enjoy $10 off and treat an extraordinary woman to the gift of amazing moments with family or friends. Just click on the link below for your special discount! Link: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/toledo/deals

Now the only decision left to make is who you (mom) wants to spend this awesome experience with….munchkins, Moms Night Out, or Date Night, decisions…decisions?

 

 

 

 

 

Ziplining & Feeding Giraffes in Toledo

As if you needed an excuse to visit the #1 US Zoo based on USA Today’s Readers’ Choice, the Toledo Zoo! That catchy little tune you hear playing as you make your way across the bridge over the Anthony Wayne Trail is 100% correct, We Love Our Zoo! And now there is so much more to love! In addition to last year’s mind blowing openings of the Aquarium, Penguin Beach, & Splash pad this year the Toledo Zoo has done it again with Expedition Africa and Tower Ridge Giraffe experience. You can now add zip lining, an aerial adventure course, and feeding giraffes to your already awesome Zoo adventures (and here the kiddos thought it couldn’t get any better than Nature Neighborhood, the Touch Tanks in the Aquarium & the Splash Pad).

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What is Expedition Africa?

Expedition Africa is located in the Africa! Exhibit at the Zoo and it is an Aerial Adventure Course. It consist of a variety of activities including, a Challenge course, Zipline, and (coming soon) Quick Drop.

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  • Challenge Course– Test your stamina as you traverse across the Africa! exhibit. Tackle a series of obstacles designed to challenge guests both mentally and physically, including rope bridges, swinging log crossings, horizontal climbing walls, zip line, and much more. (For guests 12 years old or older, Minimum 90lbs and maximum 250lbs) $30 per participantmemorial_africazoo2016 079
  • Zipline-This thrilling and unique experience will start you off at 80 feet above the Africa! exhibit and coast over 760 feet across Giraffe, Watusi Cattle, Wildebeest and more. (For guests 12 years old or older, Minimum 90lbs and maximum 250lbs) $20 per participantmemorial_africazoo2016 143
  • Quick Drop– Take a quick and thrilling 30 foot jump off of the Expedition Africa! Aerial Adventure Course main tower on a controlled descend device that guides you back to the Africa! overlook deck. (For guests 8 years old and up, Minimum 50lbs and maximum 250lbs) $10 per participantmemorial_africazoo2016 080
  • Added bonus: Sky Bridge– Take in the scenery of Africa! with this simple excursion across three sturdy footbridges. Each bridge is 250 feet long and separated by an overlook platform elevated thirty feet above the Africa! exhibit. What a view! (For guests 8 years old and up, Minimum 50lbs and maximum 250lbs) $10 per participantmemorial_africazoo2016 147

Read more & Make your reservations HERE

I opted for the Zip line as opposed to the Challenge Course due to time constraint (Challenge Course takes up to two hours while the Zip line only takes an hour). The zip line includes the awesome Sky Bridge and I was able to view the Challenge Course along the way which I am totally coming back to complete at a later date. And I decided to capture my journey via a GoPro Camera.ZOOFUN

Get this; they have GoPro Cameras available if you would like to document your experience. The GoPro Camera equipment is rented and secured to your helmet. After completing the course I was given a memory card with the footage on it. ($29.99 per participant for Zoo Members & $33.99 per participant for Non-Members)

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I had an absolute blast! The Sky Bridge was tranquil, beautiful; I have never felt more one with the environment. At the end of the Sky Bridge I began my journey up the stairs to the Zip line tower, with each step my adrenaline increased, until I was at the top and totally weak in the knees. Then the moment I had been waiting for, gliding across the Africa exhibits was unlike anything I had ever experienced before, the wind beating against my face, the humming of the zip line, and this feeling of awe swept over me, I didn’t feel like I was in Toledo anymore. Checkout my journey……

 

The only problem with the Zip line is that once you have done it once you will want to do it again! I think this is a fabulous inclusion to the Zoo; it is nice that there is something for the older kiddos to do after they have graduated from the Splash Pad and Natures Neighborhood.

While I Zip lined my munchkin and her Nana road the train and carousel, both located in the Africa! Exhibit, then we met up in the Tower Ridge Giraffe Experience line to feed the Giraffes.

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So,I kinda pride myself in being as transparent and honest as possible and I will be truthful in stating that at first, after paying our $4 for giraffe food, and waiting for what seemed like an eternity (which was probably more like 5 minutes, if that) for the giraffes to walk over I started to think that perhaps this experience wasn’t worth the money or time. memorial_africazoo2016 136

Then it happened, the Giraffes made their way over to us and my heart skipped a beat, they are such majestic, serene creatures, and so gentle. It was an amazing experience. Moral of the story, the experience was totally worth the money and time, just be patient (which can be extra hard on the young, hot, and/or cranky, lol!).

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And then our time was up and we had to bid adieu to Africa! Or should I say…..

 

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What is your favorite animal /exhibit at the zoo?