Fun for Your Whole Flock

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Clevelanders, are you looking for a way to bond with nature in a magical way?

Visit Brecksville Nature Center for the opportunity to hand-feed Chickadees and other small birds. The friendly staff provides black sunflower seeds along with tips to help ensure birds will land on your outstretched hand and take your offerings.

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First on the scene? A Tufted Titmouse
photo credit: K. Lawlor

This wonderful experience is free and appropriate for all ages. My three-year-old niece put her tiny hand on top of mine, and a bird landed almost immediately and took a seed from her. I’ll never forget the wonder in her eyes.

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photo credit: K. Lawlor

Brecksville Nature Center is located at:
9000 Chippewa Creek Drive
Brecksville, OH 44141

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You can hand-feed the birds tomorrow, December 31 from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Feedings will continue in January and February on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – noon.

Bonus: We happened upon a Panera in a shopping plaza just outside of the Metroparks. It’s a great place to warm up with a bowl of soup or chili, while talking about your morning with the birds. And trust me, you’ll talk about it for some time to come—it’s an experience you’ll not soon forget.

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If excitement causes exhaustion, I’d say our day was a success.

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Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.

xo,

mG

Note: All opinions expressed here are my own. I have not received any compensation for writing this post.

Today, I Hit the Bricks

That’s right. A couple of friends told me to hit the bricks, and that’s what I did. I took in the LEGO® Travel Adventure at the Great Lakes Science Center. See what I did there?

As its name suggests, the exhibit explores the excitement of travel through various LEGO displays and hands-on activities. Dioramas in LEGO bricks bring to life significant moments in travel history, including the first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk. Designated areas allow families to work as a team and build their own vehicle. You’ll also find a racecar built out of DUPLOS® that your child can sit in. How cool is that? It sure makes for a fun photo op.

My favorite part of the exhibit is a collection of LEGO landmarks and mosaics, built by Beachwood, Ohio math teacher Arthur Gugick. You could easily get lost in each one for hours. As a music and art lover, Gugick’s work sure stopped me in my tracks. Take a peek:

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The pièce de résistance? A lenticular mosaic that morphs from Eeyore and Piglet to Tigger, depending on your vantage point.

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I was just over the moon with these works. And then I walked into the NASA Glenn Visitor Center…

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Extended by popular demand, LEGO Travel Adventure is open through Sunday, October 19. Admission is included with your general admission to the Great Lakes Science Center.

So, Cleveland, what are you waiting for? Hit the bricks!

Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.

xo,

mG

 

Note: All opinions expressed here are my own. I have not received any compensation for writing this post.

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