Life seems to get crazier and busier as children grow. Doesn’t it? But I do have to say it is easier to find things to do with your children as they get older and there are more activities in this area for older kids. I still envy my friends that live in areas with Gymborees (the play kind, not the clothing store) or who have party houses that soley cater children’s themed parties. Regardless, the Mahoning Valley has been busy with activities and I’ve been lucky enough to take my 3 year old daughter to some.
BUMP Preschool: celebrates literacy at Barnes & Noble at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 12th. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m BUMP teachers will have activities & stories for children with music and fun. A percentage of the day’s sales will be donated to the school when a voucher is presented (I’m sure they will have extra with them).
Menorah Lighting: Happy Hanukkah (December 11-18) to all my Jewish friends out there. There will be a menorah lighting celebration at the Eastwood Mall on Sunday, December 14th at 4:00 p.m. by the Target concourse.
Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic: Covellie Centre, December 17-20. Is it cheesy that I'm just as excited as my daughter to see this? After seeing her reaction to meeting Mickey and Goofy at Akron Children's Hospital tree lighting December 8 (she was speechless and paralyzed with uncontainable excitement), I can't imagine her joy at watching Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse ice skating. Definitely a Flip camera moment ahead.
Mill Creek Metroparks:
Santa & real reindeer! They had the cutest display at the Canfield location near the fairgrounds last Sunday. Kids were in awe of live reindeer, camels, yak, lamb, bunnies, roosters and hens. A winter scene with cutouts for heads (to be placed on snowman or elf images) was available. I don’t know who had more fun, my daughter or me? There were also great crafts made available for kids of all ages inside where it was warm (void of animals). ;)
Reindeer Moss Container: December 11 or 12 Friday, 11 am – Noon or 1 – 2 pm or
Saturday, 11 am – Noon Fee: $6 R, $8 NR
Each preschooler age 3 – 5 with their adult companion will decorate a clay pot with a holiday theme and fill it with a plant to make a whimsical gift for someone special. A snack and story will add to the fun. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register.
Candy Cane Arrangement Fee: $8 R, $11 NR
December 12, Saturday, 1:30 – 3 pm
Children ages 6 years and up will learn how to identify evergreens. There will be refreshments to enjoy while each child and their adult companion assemble a unique holiday arrangement of red and white carnations, mixed greens, and candy canes. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register.
Preschool Nature Hour: Winter Wildlife Celebration December 18 or 19
Friday, 10 am or 12:30 pm or Saturday, 10 am Fee: $2 per child/R; $3 per child/NR
Children ages 3 - 5 will celebrate winter by listening to a special story, learning about birds and other winter critters in our neighborhood, and creating edible ornaments for wildlife. An adult should accompany each child. Pre-register at Ford Nature Center.
Boardman Parks: Great light displays throughout the park. Although, these days everyone seems to be channeling Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation with the house display competitions. Still, I just love driving up and down streets, showing my daughter the various lights and displays like my dad did with me as a child.
Santa Calling! Tuesday, December 15 or 16, 6-8 p.m. FREE
Cookies for Santa: Monday, December 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5 BR, $7 non-resident
More ideas? As always, write in a comment if you know of more activities for children in our area.