Free Day @ The Cleveland Museum of Art

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Second Sundays

Make memories at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Every second Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Family Day at the CMA 
Bring your family to the museum every second Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and enjoy free art making activities and programs for all ages. Explore the museum through dance, music, and hands on projects!

On Second Sundays in July, August, and September from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy swing dancing on the south terrace with Valerie Salstrom of Get Hep Swing. The event includes free lessons.

August 10: Creativity Explosion
In partnership with the Great Lakes Science Center, engineer your own playful explorations of the five senses. Collaborate on a community installation and make your own art to take home. Enjoy experiences in the museum’s collection through scavenger hunts, the Art Stories story time program, and Art Cart.

So get out and enjoy!

HAPPY FRRREEEE HUNTING!

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Free Bowling all Summer for Kids…@ Carly’z Corner

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 I learned about this program last year.  It seemed a little confusing, but it really is a simple program to take advantage of….and it’s free!

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Just go to www.KidsBowlFree.com and  register yourself and your children.  There will be coupons available for each child that you register, for each week.

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The program runs from May 19, 2014 until September 1, 2014.  The kids can bowl 2 free games each day.  The only cost that you pay is for shoe rental.  At our bowling alley, Cloverleaf…the shoe rental is $3 per child!

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There are some awesome deals for shoe rental for the entire season for the kids and there are packages that can be purchased if parents or other adults want to bowl with the kids.

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So go and support your local bowling alley…it is great exercise and the kids really enjoyed it!

HAPPY FRRREEEE HUNTING!

 

 

Just Putting It out There…..Free Music @ Porchfest 2014!

This is an awesome community gathering  and display of some of the local musical talent that Cleveland and Northeast Ohio has to offer. And it is FREE to the public!

There will be 30 bands playing on 30 porches in the historic community of Larchmere in Cleveland.  The music styles of the bands have such a variety from Reggae, to classical and from Celtic and folk to Rock.

Porchfest will be held this Saturday June 21 2014 from 1pm-10pm. Please check out their website www.larchmereporchfest.org for more information.  They have done something really amazing with their site…each artist has a sampling of their music linked so you can decide on which bands you would like take in and enjoy!

Cleveland is not the only place that has Porchfest!  I Googled “Porchfest” and  found Somerville Massachusetts, Kansas City Missouri, Ithaca New York,Stuart Virginia, Cranbury New Jersey, Westhaven Connecticut, and Tucson Arizona all host a Porchfest in their communities.

So get out and enjoy!

Happy Frrreeeee Hunting!

Just Putting It Out There….Free Music Concerts @ the New Edgewater Park

I lived most of my childhood in Rhode Island surrounded by beautiful beaches,  scenery that would make you cry and amazing ocean views.  Like many, I have come to have a strong connection with the soothing sounds of the rolling tides and the calming effect of the wide open water views.

When I returned to Cleveland as a preteen I visited Edgewater Park and was very disappointed.  The beach area was riddled with trash and the sand was laden with rocks and sticks.  It did not feel like a beach.

 However, that is not the case any longer!

On June 6, 2013  Cleveland Metroparks signed a historic long-term lease agreement with the City of Cleveland and the State of Ohio that transfers management of six lakefront parks to the Park District, adding another gem to the “Emerald Necklace” and encircling Greater Cleveland with parklands, which includes Edgewater Park and beach lakefront!

Edgewater Park Bathhouse circa 1927

A little history on Edgewater Park…..The grounds for Edgewater Park were purchased by the City of Cleveland in 1894 and have provided popular recreational spaces for Cleveland residents since its opening the following year.  Since the second half of the 20th century, however, Cleveland’s park department was faced with juggling depleting resources and the problems of general upkeep, pollution, and security for the public grounds. Unable to keep up its park lands, the City of Cleveland leased Edgewater Park to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for fifty years in 1978. While maintaining its identity as Edgewater Park, the park is now joined along with five other public spaces to make up the Cleveland Lakefront State Park.

The New and Improved…..

  ” To facilitate the transfer, the State of Ohio first had to agree to terminate the lease it had with the City of Cleveland to manage the parks. The agreement included $14 million from the state’s transportation and public safety budget to pay for lakefront park improvements. Cleveland City Council then voted unanimously to transfer management of the parks to Cleveland Metroparks in a new lease agreement.   The final agreement gives the Park District a 99-year lease on the 14 miles of lakefront property at a cost of $1 a year, and three years to spend the $14 million in state funds on park improvements.” – The Metroparks website

New waterfront green space

As a way to introduce the new and improved  Edgewater Park Lakefront renovation to the community, every Thursday, from June 12th until August 14th the Metroparks is hosting “Edgewater Live”.  From 5:30pm to 8:30pm their will be live music, food trucks and happy hour :)!

Check out the link above to find out more information on which bands and restaurants will be featured at this awesome event!  So bring a blanket, lawn chair…friends and family and come out an enjoy Cleveland!

Happy  Frrreeeee Hunting!

Just Putting It Out There….25th Annual Parade the Circle @ Carly’z Corner

PARADE THE CIRCLE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Parade the Circle has been an event that my daughters and I will not miss! It is a fun family event filled with color, creative activities and some of the most imaginative displays of artistry.  There is live music and great food.  If you are visiting Cleveland or looking for something FREE to do this weekend, it is a must see!!!

 

The first Parade the Circle burst forth onto Jeptha Drive and up the hill to Wade Oval in 1990 as a trial run for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 75th anniversary in 1991. That first circuitous trek was made by a small but enthusiastic band of some 125 paraders and witnessed by a mere few hundred more. Nonetheless, the seed was sown, and for the celebration of the museum’s anniversary the following year, the number of paraders increased five-fold, showing off before a crowd of 10,000. It was clear that what the museum first imagined as an event solely to celebrate a milestone anniversary was going to become a mainstay of its commitment to community engagement.

Twenty-five years later, Parade the Circle features around 100 ensembles representing 80 schools, churches, and community groups, parading together with professional artists and area families: about 1,500 participants drawing a crowd of more than 75,000. While today’s parade features more sophisticated techniques and materials, the joy of sharing the individual creative visions of area residents, as well as artists local and global, remains unchanged.

This exhibition celebrates Parade the Circle’s 25-year history by showcasing works by artists and community members who have brought their memorable visions to life throughout the years.” (reprinted from The Cleveland Museum of Arts website)

 

HAPPY FRREEEEE HUNTING!!!!!!

 

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

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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!

HAPPY FRREEEEE HUNTING!