Just Putting It Out There…..Free Day at Museums and Botanical Gardens!!!


May 24 will be the first free Saturday for Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Western Reserve Historical Society

Saturday will be an excellent day to gather up the family and head over to Wade Oval and catch up on what’s happening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Why this Saturday? Because from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission to all four educational and entertainment gems is free.

The free day is officially billed as Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval. The foundation is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and every month through December, the organization is presenting the community with a gift.


So bring your family and friends down to enjoy the free gift given to all!



Cleveland Metroparks…..Finale @ Carly’z Corner

Many visitors may know Brookside Reservation as the park next to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, but do not realize that it once WAS the zoo!  The first zoo was moved from Wade Park (to make way for the Cleveland Museum of Art) to Brookside Park in 1907 and was called the Brookside Zoo.  It expanded through the years and later known as the Cleveland Zoological Park and Cleveland Zoological Gardens.  In the 1970’s, Cleveland Metroparks acquired ownership and administration of the zoo.  Brookside Park to the west remained a recreation park owned by the City of Cleveland, and was later leased by Cleveland Metroparks in 1993 becoming Brookside Reservation.

Brookside Park Zoo, Cleveland, Ohio        


Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a fascinating place.  In 2012, the new Elephant Crossing opened and houses 3 African elephants.  The zoo offers events all year round, such as Earthfest – Party for the Planet, Mother’s Day at the Zoo, Photo Safari, Wild Ride at the Zoo, Boo at the Zoo and Noon Year’s Eve.  The Zoo also is having a huge fundraiser called TWILIGHT AT THE ZOO!

Twilight at the Zoo

Presented by Scene Magazine, the 20th annual Twilight at the Zoo spotlights 17 local bands, and offers a large variety of music that ranges from funk to folk, rock to reggae. Admission for all partygoers includes cover charge, small bites, complimentary Samuel Adams beer and Jacob’s Creek wine, Twisted Tea and soda. Food stations located throughout the Zoo allow guests to graze as they enjoy the summer’s largest fundraising event. The event is not FREE, but what a great way to spend an evening at the zoo!

Twilight at the Zoo

Date & Time: August 02, 2013 from 7:00PM to 12:00AM

Happy Frrreeee Hunting!


PSST! Read on for a great story about Balto, the Siberian Husky that saved the children of Nome, Alaska and lived out the rest of his days at the Brookside Park Zoo, here in Cleveland!!!!!

One famous resident of the Brookside Zoo was Balto, a Siberian Husky who lived there from 1927 until his death in 1933. Balto was the lead sled dog on a team that traveled 53 miles over frozen tundra on the final leg of a 674-mile run to deliver diphtheria anti-toxin to the people of Nome, Alaska.  During the winter, no trains or ships could get to the town and telegraph was the only means of communication.  When a diphtheria outbreak was reported in January 1925, mushers and dog teams raced to complete what was usually a 25 day journey in just 5 days and save the children of Nome.

Balto and his team became international celebrities. They, along with musher Gunnar Kassen, were featured in movies and made appearances all over the country.  By 1927 however, their fame was fading and a Cleveland businessman named George Kimball found the dog team living in a tourist museum in Los Angeles. He was given 2 weeks to find the $2,000 needed to purchase the neglected dogs and take them to the Brookside Zoo. Through a subscription drive he was able to raise the money with the help of generous Clevelanders and animal lovers from all over the country. It is estimated that 15,000 people visited Balto and his team on their first day at the Brookside Zoo in March 1927. (These are the kind people who are the face of Cleveland)

Balto outlived the rest of his canine companions and died at age 11.  His body was moved to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. A bronze statue of Balto commemorating his bravery and triumph can now be found outside of Wolf Lodge at Cleveland Metoparks Zoo.   I always wondered what the bronze statute was all about.  I thought that it was just a wolf.

What an awesome story in history!

Museum Week – Day 4

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is quite an interesting museum.  It rose from humble beginnings in 1920 from the vision of a small group of people passionate about the natural sciences.  When I think of CMNH, I picture dinosaurs, fossils, and animal shows.  Oh no!, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is far more than that.


“The Museum offers an extraordinary visitor experience.  Permanent exhibits of special interest include the 3 million-year-old human ancestor Australopithecus afarensis, known as “Lucy,” and the 150 million-year-old Haplocanthosaurus delfsi, one of the most complete mounted sauropods on display anywhere in the world.

The Museum also features a planetarium, observatory, discovery center, live animal shows and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna, including bobcats, river otters and birds of prey. Traveling exhibitions, lecture series and public programs are offered frequently. Amenities include the Museum Store, Blue Planet Café, outdoor picnic tables and on-site parking.

Behind the scenes, curators work in 11 natural science disciplines. Their research helps inform the Museum’s many educational programs. Outside Museum walls, the Natural Areas Program protects more than 4,000 acres of rare habitat in Northern Ohio.

The Museum is located in the heart of University Circle, just five miles east of downtown Cleveland. It is open daily, except for major holidays, and is accessible for those with physical challenges,” boasts their website.

I was very excited to see that the museum offers “the Natural Areas Wine Tour”.    Imagine that, wine-tasting while exploring some of Ohio’s great wineries and all offered by a museum, who knew!

Although not FREE!  I still think that this is a great deal and a great way to socialize….. exercise…… and explore!

About the Natural Areas Wine Tour

Trips will be limited to 30 participants. Hikes start at 10 am and end around noon. Participants will then travel to the designated winery for a light lunch and wine tasting. Group leaders will recap the morning’s events and answer questions about the natural areas visited. Each trip is $35 per person. There are a total of 5 tours running from June 1, 2013 through to September 28, 2013.

There are some great lectures and programs that are open and FREE to the public! So check out the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s website http://www.cmnh.org or I click on the link at the top of this post for your convenience.  

Stayed tuned for the 5th and final day of  “Museum Week” !