September & October Yearly Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

It has been a year since we began our look at the Free Family Events in the Cleveland area.

We are now going to begin writing about new areas of God’s creation and provision, while continuing to post events that repeat yearly. We will also fill in some details about specific featured events.

Feel free to add specific events in the comments area below.

Also visit our original posts for September and October events, for more ideas of events.

Featured Event

  • The Cleveland Air Show
    • The Cleveland Air Show is on Labor Day weekend. We have been going for a few years and this year we found the perfect locations to park and watch the show.
      • We parked across from the “Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities” and “WKYC-TV” ($3)
      • We then walked directly across the street to a little gate between these two buildings. This location is directly behind the airport and you can easily see the show in a nice, shaded, area. If you desire you can go behind the WKYC building for a better view. (We didn’t do this since we have young children and didn’t want them to roll down the hill. :o)
      • Before the military formation fliers come (This year it was the Air Force Thunderbirds), you can walk down to Voinovich Bicentennial Park, where the planes will fly right over your head (loud!) and you can even see the pilots as they whip by.

New Discoveries of the month

  • Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse
    • For a warm forest walk in the winter (in Cleveland), to see how banana’s grow, to enjoy a garden for the blind and much more, the Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse is a wonderful free destination.
    • It is also on the path of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens near University Circle.
  • Baldwin Wallace University Cafeteria
    • The Cafeteria is located in the Student Union.
    • For non-students paying to eat, it is $6 for breakfast, $8 for lunch and $10 for dinner (no tip or tax). It is all buffet style and the food choices change daily. There are a variety of areas featuring different types of food. (For dinner, you can also fill a good size box for $8 instead of the buffet. I’m not sure about the other meals.)
    • The hours are:
      • Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7-10:30 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8-10:30 a.m.
      • Lunch: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
        • For lunch some things may close down at around 2pm, but there is still lots to choose from.
      • Dinner: Monday-Sunday 4-8 p.m.
    • For a fun, college atmosphere, good food made fresh, decent prices, this is a nice place to visit.
    • For those with children: We had a hard time being there with our 17 month old as he wanted to get into everything and there are no high chairs. Until he is older, we will use this more as a place for date times and perhaps individual times with our older boys.

September & October Yearly Events (The same or a similar event often happens at this time each year)

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

Weekly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

August Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

Tomorrow is the last day of the summer session at Tri-C. It has been a wonderful group of students, and while I am excited for the break, I will miss seeing them. They invested their summer and worked hard with a positive attitude. This is a reminder to me and to all of us. Don’t take a break from learning and growing.

This learning and growing can take the form of learning something new, developing a new habit, taking a class, etc. Or it can look more like taking a step out of the busyness of life to reflect, to see where life is heading and what needs to change, to seek God, his face and his ways. What is important and being missed in the speed of life?

For active learning, one resource we recently discovered is through the Cuyahoga library. They offer free resources, classes and online classes. One that we have been using is Creativebug. (Click here for resources that are free with your library card.)

Other hobbies and skills that have been brewing in our family recently are balloon twisting and playing the recorder.

How about you? What are you learning? How are you growing? Do you need to take some time to step back and look at your life and direction?

Here are some events for this month that may inspire you to continue to learn and grow.

August Events

Other events that are not specific to this month

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

 

Weekly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

July Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

Freedom!

William Wallace made this final cry as he was killed in the movie Braveheart. Closer to home, countless soldiers have cried this same cry as they charged into battle and nearly certain death. The signers of our Declaration of Independence were crying out “Freedom!” as they boldly signed an act of high treason against the British crown. Many unknown and unsung men, women and children paid a high price to secure and defend that freedom.

This July 4, we celebrate our Independence Day. Let us take just a moment to reflect on some of the freedoms which God has blessed us with in this great nation (from the Bill of Rights)

  • right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
  • the right of the people to keep and bear Arms
  • The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures
  • the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury

As a result of these, and other stated rights, we also enjoy the freedom to:

  • birth and raise our children as God directs to the glory of God
  • educate our children as God directs to the glory of God
  • gather to worship as God directs to the glory of God
  • travel and see God’s creation of nature and culture
  • and many, many more.

With all the freedoms with which we have been blessed, we need to meditate on the warning and command given in 1 Peter 2:16, “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil.”

We may fall into mistaking our freedom as a right to do whatever we please. We are to be free from sin to live for God.

May we remember our source and purpose of freedom as we celebrate this Independence day.

To that end, here are events in July, many of which are free… but just like our freedoms… everything free comes at a cost to someone. Let us enjoy with gratitude!

July Events

Other events that are not specific to this month

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

 

Weekly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

June Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

The spring rains have brought the green of life to northeast Ohio. The birds are chirping, squirrels are scampering and I saw my first Monarch butterfly a few days ago (and the mosquitoes seem to still be sleeping!). What a wonderful time to just get out for a walk, a run, a ride, or a sit and soak up the beauty and freshness of God’s creation!

The biggest event for this month… just grab your family and go outside, you can hardly go wrong. From a path or a nature center in the Metroparks, to a (now empty) school playground, to just playing catch in the yard, this is a great season to just get outside and enjoy life together.

For many it also means a summer vacation, or at least an extended weekend, which allows some time out of the day to day routine to think about purpose and direction. Are things heading in a meaningful direction? Are we seeking and walking with God? What are some changes to make, or some victories to celebrate? Life, like the spring, passes so fast. Let’s make the most of it!

To that end, here are some events to get out, reflect, and just invest time together!

June Events

Other events that are not specific to this month

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

 

Weekly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

May Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

Life!!!

Just get outside or look out the window and you will see the yearly celebration of life. Today we planted a new apple tree. All winter we saw the one we plated last year. It looked small and dead, yet we knew it was alive. It was just doing what God made it to do, and now it is alive with green… though flowers and apples require another few years of waiting.

We can enjoy the beauty of a sunny, snowy day because we know, it’s all still alive, it just is taking a break to allow the artistry of winter.

The animals are tucked away… yet there is life.

The birds eggs (and the bugs) have not yet hatched… yet there is life.

Take this month to just celebrate LIFE!

We aren’t listing as many events… they aren’t needed!

The parks are alive, inviting us to come and explore.

The stars are sparkling, inviting us to stay up just a bit later.

Slow down a bit, get your family together, and just enjoy LIFE!

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:13-16

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. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.” Psalm 19:1-6

May 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)

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)