March Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

We feel it has been a very mild winter (you may disagree :o). A few days of very cold, a few days of snow, but overall not bad (unless you were looking forward to more snow activities). Well March is here, so we may get a few more big snows yet, but any snow now is just swinging through to say “Good-bye” as winter turns into spring. God has created such beautiful seasons, and we are grateful for the opportunity to experience each of them.

So if it does snow, perhaps you can head out for a family time of sledding (best sled riding hills) or stay in for a family game night. Either way, we can be grateful for the changing beauty that God has created.

Here are some other events that you may enjoy during this month of March.

March Events

Other events that are not specific to this month

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

 

Weekly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

February Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

Chinese New Year is on the lunar calendar so moves around a bit on the western calendar (similar to Easter).

Thousands of years of celebrating a holiday can develop quite a few traditions, and the traditions do make the holiday something to look forward to and help with remembering the holiday and creating a feeling around the holiday. However, these same traditions can just become things to do.

This is true not only of the Chinese New Year, but of all areas of our life.

This month is also the month of love and Valentines day. If you celebrate this holiday, is it with excitement to express your appreciation for one you love, or is it to meet the social expectation of the holiday?

Do the traditions of Christmas & Resurrection Sunday (Easter) point you more firmly to Christ… or are they meaningless (though possibly fun) activities that take your time and focus away from Christ?

Traditions can be great reminders, but our family is constantly reminded that we need to remember what is important and why and use the traditions to keep us focused.

Whether you recognize Chinese New Year, or Valentines Day, or Groundhog Day or the Super Bowl…we need to remember that everything, every blessing, all love, the seasons, and our abilities all come from Christ and are for him alone.

With that said, here are some events that can just be events… or they can be meaningful times to focus on God and His creation. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Our post for January had some great events that are continuing through the winter. This post will focus on new activities for February.
  • The events listed here will reflect the ages of our children and our location in the South/West Suburbs. This is not an exhaustive list of events in the area.
  • Some events need registration (usually free), others are drop in events. Be sure to check the weblinks to get the details.

February Events

Other events that are not specific to this month

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

 

Weekly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

January Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

Happy New Year!!!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

As we celebrate the new year, we celebrate what God has done and what God is doing. “In the beginning God created…” and God is still working in His creation and in our lives. In fact, “the heavens declare the glory of God”!

To start the new year, we would like to highlight an amazing, meaningful, free activity that is great for the whole family at different levels. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has a temporary exhibit (9/29/2018-4/28/2019) called “BUILT TO SURVIVE: BIOMECHANICS”. We were there today and it is amazing!!! It’s as if it were created to show the amazing wisdom, power, creativity, etc. of our amazing Creator. Our 4 year old, 8 year old, Elyse and myself (It’s hard to speak for the baby), all thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit and it had the right mix of hands on, and deeper information to keep us all engaged and amazed. (See below for the “free” part, since the museum is not usually free. :o)

For those who are homeschooling their children, we have another exciting event to highlight. Bible Study Fellowship offers a great way to go deeper into God’s Word with a view to know him more. The day women’s class in Middleburg Heights has had the pre-school program for years, but that was difficult for families who are homeschooling. Starting this year, they will be adding the school age program for K-12!!! If you, or your children, would like to go deeper into God’s Word. This may be worth your checking out! BSF continues to be a huge blessing for our family and we are excited to pass this along.

With those highlights, here are other activities to celebrate God and his creation in the the month of January.

January Events

The events marked “Free RSVP” do require advance registration, which may fill up quickly. Be sure to check whether the registration is still open before you plan your trip.

Events marked “($$$)” have a fee.

So, How do I go to the Natural History Museum for FREE!?!

We encourage supporting the museums, etc. However, if finances are going to keep you from going and you’re willing to have a little extra hassle, there is a way to go for free through the public library.

Here is how:

  1. Get a Cleveland Public Library card. (Bring your Cuyahoga County card and they can use the same card) – FREE
  2. Ask to check out a “Family Pass” for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This is good for six people to enjoy the museum AND the planetarium for FREE!
    1. The branches sometimes run out. If they don’t have one try again later, or try another branch.
    2. These do not need to be returned. You turn them in at the museum in exchange for tickets.
  3. Tell a friend… share the good news! (Especially while the “BUILT TO SURVIVE: BIOMECHANICS” is still at the museum!)

Enjoy your New Year as you focus on the Beginner and Sustainer of all things!

Other events that are not specific to this month

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

Weekly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

December Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

Merry Christmas!!!

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

As we enjoy the spirit of Christmas, the lights, the family, the gifts and the music, I pray that we will once again remember the true Spirit of Christmas, Jesus the eternal Creator and Sustainer of all things, entering into His creation, not in power in might, but as a baby. He is the light of the world, bringing the light of life. He is the one who provides the way for us, sinful people, to be part of the family of our holy God! He is the ultimate gift, come not just as a baby (that didn’t last long, as all babies grow quickly), but as the Lamb of God, come to be the final sacrifice, to pay for our sins! And the one of whom every song should be sung, to the praise of his glory!

CHRISTmas… the Lord has come!

As you celebrate Christmas, remember to be still and appreciate what he has done. As you attend events, may this child, who would become our Savior and King, be at the front of you mind, words and actions.

Here are a sampling of some of the events and opportunities around the Cleveland area, may they point you to the King born in a manger.

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

 

Weekly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

December Events

The events marked “Free RSVP” do require advance registration, which may fill up quickly. Be sure to check whether the registration is still open before you plan your trip.

Enjoy your December as you celebrate the coming of the King, our risen Lord Jesus!

October Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

Well, the fall is revving up, and so are the fall activities. As the world changes color, one of the greatest events is simply to get outside and enjoy God’s artwork. The Cleveland Metroparks offer a greatly appreciated, and yet greatly underused, journey into the colorful world (with or without paved trails :o). They also offer a variety of free events all around the area, from tapping maple trees, to events in the nature centers.

So let’s enjoy the fall. Here are a sampling of some of the events and opportunities around the Cleveland area:

Weekly Recurring Events

Monthly Recurring Events

Ongoing Events

Events for October

Some of those events do get filled up pretty quickly. Be sure to check whether the registration is still open before you plan your trip. Happy Awesome October in Cleveland!

September Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

As a father, I am excited to lead my family to know Christ and reflect him as a family as the Holy Spirit works in our lives to make us more like Himself. As a man, I know that I can be lazy and selfish, wanting to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. Any good is truly due to the Holy Spirit’s work in me.

Part of following Christ is to choose to flee from temptation (including the temptation to do my things, or just to rest, when I should be spending time investing in family and others).

One thing that can help is to get away from the house, and be able to focus on my family. These times away cut the distractions and make a great investment in family.

To that end, I am grateful for my amazing wife keeping track of the various (repeating) events we have enjoyed through the years. Here are some of the (free or very inexpensive) family events that are coming up in the Cleveland area in September. We may not be at all of them (some quiet, down time is also precious), but these are events that have blessed us that we will be considering for this month.

Ongoing Events

  • Library Events – See library listings near you (FREE)
  • Metropark Events – See the Metroparks event schedule, or just go take a walk in the woods or path or visit a nature center (Rocky River Nature Center has a lot to do, as do other nature centers)

 

Weekly Recurring Events

 

Monthly Recurring Events

  • 1st Saturday Home Depot Children’s Workshop (FREE w/ RSVP)
  • 2nd Sunday Cleveland Museum of Art Family Day (FREE)
    • Canceled in June for Parade the Circle (Wonderful FREE event)
  • 1st Wednesday Mad Scientists – Bay Village Library (Free w/ RSVP)
  • Chinese Story Times
  • Last Tuesday Volunteers of America half price day

 


 

9/1

  • Home Depot Children’s Workshop (1st Sat of each month) FREE w/ RSVP

9/1,2,3

  • Air show (Labor Day weekend) FREE to look at the sky, paid to go in
    • You can’t hide an air show!. Park nearby and look to the skies. (Especially for the Blue Angels precision flying team!)

9/5

9/7

9/8

9/9

9/11

  • Women/Children’s BSF 9:20am at Grace CMA FREE
  • Men/School Age BSF 6:55pm at Parma Heights Baptist Church FREE
    • Men’s BSF is usually on Monday night. This week only is on Tuesday for the first week of the new study.

9/13

9/15

9/21

  • young Explorers: Collage Art – Grades K-5 Berea library 10 a.m. FREE

9/22

  • Chinese church Chinese storytime 4 p.m. (every Saturday) FREE w/ RSVP

9/28

9/29

9/30

Perhaps we will see you with your family at one of these fun events!

Do you have another favorite event? Please share it in the comments below.

Called to go, Willing to stay: A Blessing Counting Journal (12)

  1. Parental blessing (b)

Let the Little Children Come! (Matthew 19:14)

Okay, back to the times of house repair. I am grateful God has allowed me to see more of His preparations from years ago for the heart work for His eternal glory. The trip to China confirmed His unchanging love and perfect timing in everything and every season in our life. Since I didn’t have a set time or place to study God’s Word during the house construction, I did my Bible study whenever I could, in front of the kids. It was not my favorite way of studying the Bible. But the Lord not only knows my season in life but orchestrates it. He always provided what I needed to hear and met me where I was. It could be just one verse, one hymn or a radio program, which was sufficient for my day.

My four year old then could see my genuine need to spend time with the Lord. Not only did he learn to have some quiet time together with me, but he also wanted to read his own children’s Bible and took notes like I did. Whenever I think about this, my heart is warmed by God’s grace. Our kids don’t need us to put them first but they do need to see Who (the Ultimate higher authority) we are under and worshipping. God used my children to challenge me to worship Him at all times and see life as an adventure with my Lord.

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It takes creativity and open mind to grow life in the midst of house repair. 🙂

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