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34 Features 16 Road Trip! Visit a Campus

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Many families schedule college tours during the summer with their teens, see how it works. By Marie Elium


18 Budgeting For Baby Start preparing early to secure your family’s financial future. When preparing to welcome a newborn — whether it’s your first child or the latest addition to your family — it’s important to babyproof your budget. By Denise Koeth

20 Quick Family Staycations In Ohio Squeeze in a quick trip by heading to one of Ohio’s many great family destinations. We’ve rounded up some regional favorites so all you need to do is pack your bags. By Kristen Gough

34 Positive Play on the Playground and Beyond

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Parents play a key role in helping their children learn basic friendship skills. By Marie Elium

56 11 Cool Summer Treat Places in Town On a hot day there’s nothing like an oversized scoop of ice cream to cool you off. Thankfully, Northeast Ohio has plenty of shops to satisfy your cravings. By Kristen Gough


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Editor’s Note: Treat Yourself

Family Health: Teeth Issues Special Needs: Technology Benefits Family Health: Sun-Wise For Your Eyes Community Focus: Get To Know Fairlawn Recipes Sparkle At Fourth Of July


July Calendar: What To Do Around Town Compassion Corner: WomenSafe In Chardon Teen Drivers: Ready To Hand Over Keys?


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On the cover: Esti Ptak, age 2-1/2, playing with bubbles. Contents, pg. 4: From, right to left, Lydia Gates, Jude Tollefson, Grace King, Gates, Avery Ucker and Henry Gates. Photos by LoveBug Photography.



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Treat Yourself and Play Outside in July By Angela Gartner

Anyone who knows me well, understands that my love of chocolate goes beyond the norm. M&M’s, Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, mint chocolate and dark chocolate are all on my list. During the winter, the cloudy days help feed that obsession, but this is the time of year I indulge in the coolest summer treat — ice cream. If you have a sweet tooth like me, your mouth might water when you read pages 56-58, which feature some delicious delights around the region. Also, as Ohioans, we take a lot of pride in where we live. That’s why in this issue, we send your family on a “staycation” by providing some ideas for trips to the Buckeye state’s biggest cities. Some parents may be taking vacations that include a college tour with their teens, we help parents decide how to make this trip enjoyable and helpful. Read the story on page 16. This month, my family will likely stay in town and go to our area playgrounds. As a mom, I can’t entirely relax when my two sons play on the steel equipment. I worry about trying to keep my eyes on both of them when they’re going in different directions. Sharon Lin, a mom in Russell Township, and I discussed this as we were putting together the playground story this month. Fenced-in playgrounds and ones that are accessible for children with disabilities are important — so we decided to feature a few in the area on page 36. My fear isn’t always about them getting hurt physically, it’s also making sure they are playing nice with others. We also talk about playground etiquette and some local moms weigh in on the issue. While I am past the baby stage with my kids, I know many moms who are planning for their new bundles of joy. We provide some tips on how to baby-proof your budget. Don’t miss checking out our center pages for the quarterly supplement “Aging Answers.” There are plenty of great resources for those caring for aging loved ones, including music therapy, keeping active and helpful ways to downsize a home. Finally, in the Worth Noting section starting on page 10, we have some summer options for local bookworms in our “Reading Room,” along with a fun event at a local library that is “Poeinspired.” What are you reading this summer? We are always looking for great suggestions to share with our readers, including apps that make you and your family’s lives easier. Feel free to send recommendations my way at I am also hoping to have some time to read a recent book purchase this month, preferably in a lawn chair with a bowl of chocolate ice cream — with a bit of luck, I won’t spill any on the pages.



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Reading Room Cozy up in your favorite place and explore the wonders of books with your child. From infants to teenagers, here are a few suggestions to purchase or pick up at your local library.

Loula Is Leaving for Africa by Anne Villeneuve Loula has had enough of her terrible triplet brothers and decides to run away to Africa. Luckily, her mother’s chauffeur, Gilbert, knows just how to get there. Together, Loula and Gilbert ride camels, cross a desert and, most importantly, use heaps of imagination in this heartwarming adventure. For ages 4-7. Recommendation courtesy of Akron-Summit County Library,

Off We Go: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand Bear teaches his friend, Mole, how to ride his bike with no training wheels. After many bumps along the road, they make it to their final destination: the Storymobile. Recommendation courtesy of Westlake Porter Public Library,

The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott As the first in the new middle-grade series the Copernicus Legacy, “The Forbidden Stone” is an adventure packed with puzzles, intrigue and action that takes the reader all over the globe in a race to find pieces of a mysterious hidden past.

Get to Know Poe This Month at Mentor Public Library Mentor Public Library is dedicating the month of July to an author who mastered both verse and prose — Edgar Allan Poe. The “Get to Know Poe” event will include a film festival, art clinic, writing workshop, a performance by a professional Poe impersonator, a scary video contest and book discussions hosted throughout the city — all of which will commemorate and celebrate Poe. “The library is singling out Poe because he’s a great writer, an innovator and also approachable,” says Amanda Densmore, the manager of the library’s reference staff. “Someone may not have time to read ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ or ‘Moby-Dick’ for a book club, but they can read Poe’s short stories or poems.” Mentor Library has compiled some of Poe’s most famous poems and short stories, including “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and more, into books that are available throughout Mentor and Mentor-on-the-Lake. You can pick up copies at any Mentor Public Library branch or Little Free Libraries, as well as Melt, Yours Truly and other locations around the city of Mentor. Community members can also read Poe, and see his work come alive on screen at the Know Poe Film Festival every Thursday in July at 7 p.m. at Atlas Cinemas near the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor. Also, see entries from the Know Poe video contest from local teens and adults. Check the library for details on the city-wide discussions at local restaurants, businesses and the main library branch on this famous author, along with some other fun Poe-inspired programming throughout the month. For more information, visit or call 440-255-8811.


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Pool Rules: As the weather heats up, children are eager to dig out their swimsuits and head to the pool. Afternoons of swimming and splashing can be a lot of fun. However, mixing kids with water can also result in tragedy. More than 1,000 children drown each year in lakes, pools and boating accidents nationwide. Drowning is the secondleading cause of death of children ages 1 to19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “Drowning happens quickly and silently, without splashing or screaming,” says Heather Trnka, injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital. “It can occur in just the few short minutes it takes to answer the telephone.” All children should have swimming lessons, but never assume swimming lessons make your child “drown proof.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swimming classes for children ages 4 and older. Drowning is one of the most preventable causes of death and can be avoided by taking the proper precautions. The following tips will help keep your kids safe during an afternoon of fun at the pool: • Never leave a child near a pool unattended even for a moment. It’s important to always supervise children while they’re in and near the water. • Practice “touch” supervision with children ages 5 and younger. This means that an adult is within an arm’s length of the child at all times. • Teach your child to always swim with a buddy. • Enclose your pool in a safety fence at least 4 feet high with slats no more than 4 inches apart. The fence should completely separate the pool from the house and play area in the yard. The Family Living At Its Best

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fence gate must have a childproof latch. Don’t leave furniture nearby as it could help a child climb over the fence. • Learn CPR and post CPR instructions in the pool area. Have a phone nearby so you can call 9-1-1 in an emergency. • Do not use air-filled swimming aids, such as “water wings,” as a substitute for adult supervision. • Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use as they can attract young children into the area. • Never allow children to dive into an above-ground pool and check the water depth before allowing them to dive into an in-ground pool. Keep clear of the area near a diving board. • Establish pool rules and post them near your pool. Don’t allow running or horseplay around the pool. • Close supervision is just as important for inflatable and portable pools. A child can drown in just an inch of water. Kiddie pools should be emptied and stored out of reach when not in use. • When there are several adults present, use the Water Watcher card strategy. This means one particular adult is the Water Watcher for a certain period of time (for example 15 minutes) to prevent lapses in supervision. Article courtesy of Akron Children’s Hospital.

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Race for the Cure Akron Firestone Stadium July 27, 8:30 a.m.

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Potty Training Tips By Dr. Robyn Strosaker When Should Parents Begin Most children can be ready to start potty training between 18 and 24 months. Children will train easier before 24 months; some can become willful after that point. Both the family and the child need to be ready. Review the signs of readiness and make a plan with your significant other. If your child is having trouble, stop for two to four weeks and then try to restart. Find a time when you can be around during the week to start potty training. Summer vacations or holidays are the best times. Keeping Kids Motivated Sticker charts are great. If your child earns a certain number of stickers, they can earn a non-food reward.

If your child still wants to go in their diaper, take them out of it. If they are wearing underwear, they will feel uncomfortable when they are wet. If you’re concerned about the mess, you can put the underpants on under the diaper. For those kids who don’t like wearing underpants, encourage them to wear them for a short time and offer rewards when they keep them clean and dry. There is nothing developmentally different between pull-ups and a diaper. Training will go quicker with underpants. If your child has a certain area of the house he/she prefers to go potty in, it might be a good idea to get a portable potty and let him/her try that. Put the portable potty in a room where the child typically plays to help them get used to the idea. Other Considerations Most kids aren’t ready to be dry at

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night until they start waking up dry from naps and some mornings. To help keep them dry at night, stop liquids two to three hours after dinner, depending on your child’s bedtime. When traveling, take a portable potty or potty seat with you, but you may need pull-ups for long car trips or plane rides. Dr. Robyn Strosaker is a pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

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Dreaming Has Never Sounded So Good Singer-songwriter Chip Richter’s newest album “The Dream Tree” is being released this month. “The Dream Tree” is titled after an art project of the same name made by Richter’s son, Austin, when he was 8 years old (Austin is now 20 and in art school). Richter says, “The idea came as I was looking at his picture that he drew all those years ago hanging in my studio and it’s so whimsical and it captures that whole childhood carefree attitude towards believing and trusting in your imagination and in your dream and following that. “‘The Dream Tree’ is all about that idea of finding a place to dream and imagine. For this album, I collaborated with other great artists Phil Keaggy, Ed Caner and Zak Morgan.” The production of the album was made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign where friends, family and fans alike donated to the cause to make sure the album was created. Richter explained the Kickstarter campaign, “I was very pleased with the way it went and very encouraged not even by the fact that we raised the money but I heard so many encouraging comments of people that are supportive, and it really does help and build you up.” The album is available for purchase for $15 at

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Brace Yourself What you need to know about the new technology in dental health for kids. By Jennifer Reece

Everyone loves a beautiful, healthy smile, and with orthodontic technology continually improving, it’s becoming easier and quicker for children to get their pearly whites in top form. The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends children see an orthodontist at age 7 for a consultation. Most children will not receive orthodontic treatment at this age, but will benefit from having their dental development monitored. For those children who do need dental assistance at a younger age, Dr. Ken Lawrence, who maintains a private practice in Mentor and is director of the Orofacial Pain Clinic with the Cleveland Clinic, says he takes a twophase approach: Phase I typically involves a palate expander and “some” braces, while Phase II is generally a full set of braces, usually around age 12. However, the vast majority of patients will only need one phase of treatment, Lawrence says.


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Advances in technology mean braces are now “self-ligating,” meaning they use small metal clips and eliminate the need for the rubber “o-rings” or stainless steel ligature wires. For younger patients who do need both phases, the first phase may still involve traditional braces — but choices for kids have made these more fashionable. Patients can choose from colored elastics that tie the brackets in place. Even the brackets themselves come in different shapes and themes: stars, hearts and footballs, to name a few. Other types of braces include ceramic and “Invisalign.” However, according to Lawrence, neither technique is generally recommended for children. Ceramic braces are more delicate and better suited for adults.

“Invisalign can’t do major bite changes and tooth movement,” he says. “I stopped doing the Invisalign technique years ago because the results were not great.” Although the traditional “silver standard” remains the most popular form of braces, the amount of time a child has to wear them has lessened over the years. “When I started practicing orthodontics, the typical amount of time to wear braces was two to three years,” Lawrence says.“Now, wearing braces one-and-a-half to two years is typical, and sometimes, even less. The wire technology and the braces have gotten smaller, there’s less friction and the braces are more comfortable.” While youngsters typically want to know how long braces will be on their teeth, parents want to know the cost. Prices vary, but for a patient wearing braces for a year-and-a-half with an expander, Lawrence estimates the cost to be approximately $5,000. “Braces are much more affordable now,” he says.“The price for braces in

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On the Horizon… A relatively new device that may make orthodontic treatment even more efficient, AcceleDent is an FDA-approved hands-free device that gives off gentle micropulses. Dr. Ken Lawrence, who maintains a private practice in Mentor and is director of the Orofacial Pain Clinic with the Cleveland Clinic, is currently testing the treatment with several patients in his office. Patients put the device in their mouths for 20 minutes per day to expedite tooth movement. the 1960s was over $3,000, which was the price of a new car. Braces aren’t much more now, and you certainly can’t get a new car for $5,000.” Plus, various payment plans are available. In the Beginning Long before a child ever sees an orthodontist, though, they encounter visits to the dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see a dentist for the first time within six months of getting their first tooth, which is typically at age 1. According to pediatric dentist Dr. Jack Gerstenmaier in Fairlawn, visiting the dentist at 18 months to 2 years for the first time is more realistic. “The earlier we see kids, the better, because prevention is a wonderful thing,” he says. Gerstenmaier wants children to learn proper brushing techniques early on and the effects that diet can have on the teeth. “It’s not always what kids are eating, but how often they are eating it,” he says. “If they tend to eat bits throughout the day, the mouth never really has a chance to cleanse itself.” Since tooth decay remains one of the most common childhood diseases, brushing teeth is essential. “You can do a wonderful job with a manual toothbrush,” Gerstenmaier says. “Studies show electric toothbrushes may be a little better at removing plaque and debris, but they are all effective, as long as they are used correctly.” Family Living At Its Best

“You can be answering email with it in — it is a very light device that puts a gentle vibration into the teeth,” Lawrence explained. He plans to study the outcomes when his patients are done using the device.

Once children have teeth that touch each other, flossing becomes necessary — and it’s easier than ever. Kidfriendly floss sticks are available and are even fruit flavored and easy to hold, taking the difficulty out of learning to use dental floss. Nowadays, sealants are used on sixand 12-year molars to form a protective shield over the enamel of the teeth. “We see a huge decrease in children developing cavities on the biting surface of molars,” Gerstenmaier says.

If cavities do occur, fillings and crowns are quite a bit different than they used to be. Materials are more durable and made to match tooth color. Still, the best advice is to take children to the dentist at an early age. “The number one rule is to take young children to the dentist to foster a positive relationship and to establish good dietary habits,” Gerstenmaier said.

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Road Trip! Visit and tour a college campus this summer with your teen. Multitasking and families seem to go together. Parents are pulled in all directions and sometimes it’s tough to know which way to go. Throw a college search into the mix and things can get challenging quickly. College application deadlines for soon-to-be high school seniors are only months away. November is the time for many early-decision applicants. Planning Your Visit Kristina Dooley owns Estrela Consulting in Macedonia, a company that helps students and parents navigate the college search. She said summer can be a good time to look at schools and for many families that means visiting while on the way to or from vacation. “For so many families their only option is to visit in the summer,”


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Dooley says. “The fall, for entering seniors, is a little hectic. Summer visits — even though (the student) may not encounter a campus 100 percent as they would seeing it during the academic year — I think are useful for families.” Dooley recommends following up a summer visit with another in the winter or right before spring deadlines to reconfirm a student’s decision. By scheduling an overnight visit or checking out classrooms during the school year, a student can often get a more accurate assessment or “feel” for a campus during a typical day after he or she is accepted. Parents can talk to their child about what schools interest them, look at a map and determine if any are within a few hours of a vacation destination. Heading to the beach? Dozens of southern schools are

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along the way. Driving west? Plot your itinerary to include schools of all sizes. “During a summer visit you can actually still see things (that are important). You can walk through a town, check out the location, see a dorm room or other buildings. If the school doesn’t usually include academic or residential halls on a summer tour, ask to see them anyway,” Dooley advises. Exploring the Campus A key to a successful summer college visit is moderation. Don’t visit more than two schools in one day; it’s just too overwhelming, Dooley says. Also keep in mind that no one wants a vacation cut short, even to tour colleges. “If you’re going to be in the area it’s a smart thing (to look at schools), but the kid needs to be on board with it.” She advises checking with college admissions offices for specific summer hours and schedule tours in advance. Use part of the day to explore the surrounding area so your child can get an accurate assessment of the community. Andrea Tracy, program director for LEAF, the Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation, which provides college information to high school students and their parents, says between 50 and 60 percent of the students she counsels look to Northeast Ohio schools as a college choice. Summer can be a good time to visit, especially for first-time trips. However, she recommends not letting a student eliminate a school during a summer visit. She advises going back when school is in session and talk to students. “The energy is different with school in session,” she says. Students who are going to be juniors this fall can get a jump on college visits. “ If a student is interested in a small school such as John Carroll University, Tracy recommends visiting other schools in the area like Ursuline College or Notre Dame College. If visiting the University of Akron, make a trip to nearby Kent State University. As for the tours themselves, Dooley and Tracy both said it’s all about the kids. Parents need to keep in mind that “they aren’t the ones going to the campus for four years. Students may be reluctant to speak up because their parents are there. It’s vital for prospective students to get all of their questions answered before they commit to a school because it’s much more expensive to transfer than to make the right decision in the first place,” Dooley said. Other tips? Have your child take photos during a tour or tape part of it to help jog his or her memory when returning home. Keep a journal to record impressions. Take photos of bulletin boards with event and club notices. “Kids are much more visual now. Taking these photos or short videos can really help,” Dooley said. With nearly 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., the right school is out there for your child. Summer vacation and school tours can be a great mix. Road trip anyone?

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Start preparing early to secure your family’s financial future. By Denise Koeth When preparing to welcome a newborn — whether it’s your first child or the latest addition to your family — it’s important to baby-proof your budget. Even if you’ve already welcomed your little one without setting a solid budget, chances are some financial fine-tuning can help get your family on track where spending and saving is concerned. Forming A Plan It’s true that a tiny baby can require some big purchases — a crib, car seat and stroller are just the beginning. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises to bear in mind “there may be added financial pressures upon the family, spending a lot more on diapers, clothing, food, car seats and dozens of other items, and perhaps needing a larger family car or even a larger home.” Start saving early to budget for the large, one-time expenses and, most importantly, live within your means,


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recommends Melanie Ross, senior financial advisor for Cleveland’s NCA Financial Planners. “Avoid using your new baby as a reason to go out and buy something you can’t afford or something you don’t need,” Ross says. “You won’t need to buy a top-of-the-line minivan for your newborn. Instead, spend money on a quality car seat for your existing car.” Karey Edwards, also a senior financial advisor for NCA Financial Planners, notes that having a baby is a good

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time to reassess where a couple is spending their money and what new monthly expenses they’ll incur. “If parents have not already lived with a budget, they should write down their current expenses and start to consider new expenses to see if they can live within their means or if they need to make cuts,” Edwards advises. The biggest monthly baby-related expense is childcare, whether it’s a nanny, private sitter or a daycare center. According to Amber Bowling, district manager for KinderCare Learning Center, monthly costs of fulltime daycare in Northeast Ohio can range from $600 for preschool age children to more than $1,000 for infants. “Daycare is going to be a huge cost if you both go back to work,” Edwards says, “so it’s important to start thinking about how much you’re going to need for that plus other monthly expenses.” As a couple, you have to start weighing the options of staying home or going back to work, along with preparing for unexpected decisions that might come after the baby arrives. If you or your spouse plans to stay home with the baby, now is the time to plan for that loss of income. “You have nine months to figure this out, so practice living off of one person’s income and see if it’s possible,” Edwards says.

visit copays and anything else that might come up.” If saving for your baby’s college education is a priority, consider a Section 529 Plan, Ross says.“The sooner you can get those funds growing, the less you’ll ultimately have to save over time. Even if you can just do a little bit here and there, it’s a help.” Cutting Expenses If your spending plan requires some caution when it comes to purchasing items for your new bundle — or bundles — of joy, there are several ways to cut costs. “When you’re registering for your first child, take a friend who’s had a baby with you,” Edwards says.“Talk to other parents and get a feel for what you really need and what might not be that important.” Ross notes to explore ways to cut costs, for example, considering breastfeeding versus formula, which can cost more than $100 each month. A significant savings can come from borrowing

clothes, toys and other items from friends, or shopping yard sales and resale stores, she adds. “The savings potential of buying resale is enormous — it’s like hitting the end of the season deep clearance all the time, but for in-season clothing,” says Ginger Borshov, owner of Pete & Polly Children’s Resale Shop in Brunswick. “You save when you buy, and when your kids grow out of the clothing, you can sell it back and earn store credit.” She notes there’s a big difference between thrift and resale: “If you’re looking for quality items at a deep discount, you won’t be disappointed in a good resale shop.” Lastly, when it comes to budgeting for a baby, don’t underestimate the power of saving a little bit at a time — even $25 a week will begin to add up, Edwards notes. “At the end of the day, wealth is created by living within your means, so set a realistic budget and stick to it,” Ross says.

Other Considerations There’s also a host of other expenses to consider, including insurance, healthcare and saving for your child’s education. “Financial security through life insurance now becomes a top consideration since you now have this little person who’s going to be dependent upon your income for a very long time,” Ross says. In general, she advises first-time parents in their 20s or 30s to opt for term insurance, since it’s the least costly option to achieve the objective. Regarding healthcare, research the options offered through your employers.“If you have a flexible spending account, take advantage of it,” Edwards advises. “You can use a lot of the money you set aside for pediatrician Family Living At Its Best

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Dayton Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright began hatching their plans to construct airplanes while living in Dayton. Today, the city is considered the birthplace of aviation in a nod to the brothers who invented the first successful airplane in the world. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Delve into the history of early aviation at this park that’s made up of five sites including the Huffman Prairie Flying Field where the Wright brothers tested out some of their flying machines. Free and paid admission, depending on the site.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force With over 360 aircraft to see, this expansive museum is one of the largest of its kind. The museum houses planes, fighter jets, presidential planes, bombers and more. And the best part — admission is free. July 19 is Family Day at the museum and will include special demos and activities.

Kalahari Waterpark Spend a day — and night — at the largest indoor waterpark in the country. Kalahari houses rushing raft rides, water roller coasters and a 12,000square-foot wave pool inside. Admission to the park is included when you stay overnight at the resort. Lodging packages available online.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery This children’s museum includes a variety of hands-on exhibits and a space theater. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for ages 3-16, free for ages 3 and younger.

Great Wolf Lodge With lodge-themed rides like Totem Towers, Otter Run and Big Foot Pass within the 33,000-square-foot complex, your kids are sure to find a favorite. Admission to the park is included with an overnight stay.

Sandusky Hugging the shores of Lake Erie, Sandusky has become a family playground home to one of the country’s top amusement parks and waterparks galore.


Cedar Point Sprawled among its 364 acres, Cedar Point boasts some of the fastest, highest thrill rides around. Try this season’s newest rides — the Pipe Scream, which whisks you along 300 feet of track at over 40 mph, and the Lake Erie Eagles, an updated version of a classic thrill ride. Admission is $49.99 for adults and $34.66 for youngsters when purchased online. Waterpark entrance costs extra.

Toledo Zoo Start your visit by making some 9,000pound friends. The Toledo Zoo includes several animal exhibits like the Hippoquarium, where you get an underwater, up-close view of hippos. This year three new bird-themed exhibits opened, highlighting the world of penguins, flamingos and parakeets. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for children under 12, free for ages 2 and

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younger, ($1 online discount per ticket); parking is $7. Imagination Station Just north of the zoo, the Imagination Station begs kids to touch, explore and discover with more than 250 hands-on exhibits. Admission is $10 for ages 1364, $8 for ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and younger. Mud Hens Baseball A trip to Toledo during the summer isn’t complete without going to a Mud Hens game. The minor league team caters to families by offering plenty of activities during games. Tickets start at $10 per person. Where to stay: The Maumee Bay Lodge is tucked into a 1,850-acre state park with views of Lake Erie. You can explore the hiking trails or playground on the property; guest rooms and cabin lodging are available. Northeast Ohio Parent

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Cincinnati In the far western corner of the state and just across the river from Kentucky, Cincy has a wide range of cultural and entertainment activities.

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The Beach Waterpark Escape to the tropics with this 35-acre waterpark that’s designed to feel like the islands with live palm trees and real sand underfoot. Your kids will probably be more interested in the rides — don’t miss the Big Kahuna, a water roller coaster. General admission is $28.99, $19.99 for children under 48”, and free for ages 3 and younger with a paying adult. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden As the second oldest in the country, this zoo has a long history of providing visitors a chance to see monkeys, gorillas and big cats up close. Daily animal shows feature cheetahs and birds. Admission is $15 for ages 13-61, $11 for ages 2-12. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center This museum’s goal is to inspire and educate visitors about both past and present struggles for freedom. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for ages 3-12, free ages 3 and younger.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium Walk underneath sharks and reach out and touch sea creatures at this aquarium located right downtown. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $13.95 for ages 2-12 and free for ages 2 and younger; additional fee for parking. COSI

As our state’s capital, its largest city, Columbus also happens to have some of the best family attractions around. COSI er e Cent The exhibits at COSI intrigue Scienc s e k a L Great both children and adults by making science accessible — and fun. Check out the special International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes going on through September. Admission is $17.95 for adults, $12.95 for ages 212 and free for ages 2 and younger; additional fees for special exhibits and shows.

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North Market This is the place to feed your hungry crew. Purchase your food on the lower level then sit on the second to enjoy your meal. Choose from Indian or Vietnamese food, Polish or Japanese, barbecue or deli — it’s all here. Coming up: The161st Ohio State Fair takes place July 23 through August 3. The multi-day event will feature concerts, rides and amazing food. See for more.




Columbus Zoo and Aquarium The sprawling zoo is already a kids’ haven with various animal exhibits and even a waterpark. New this summer, the zoo has added 43 acres for the Heart of Africa area where visitors will feel like they’re experiencing the savanna. Admission is $14.99 for ages 10-59, $9.99 for ages 2-9 and free for ages 2 and younger; additional fees for Zoombezi Bay.

Great Lakes Science Center Your kids can venture into space, pilot a steamship and more at this popular kids’ hotspot that includes educational exhibits that will have your kids begging to learn more. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for ages 2-12 and free for ages 2 and younger; additional fees for special exhibits and shows. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, it’s time to visit again. In May, the zoo opened the new Circle of Wildlife Carousel where kids can take their pick from 64 hand-carved animals to ride. Admission is $13.95 for adults (12 and older), $9.25 for ages 2-11 and free for ages 2 and under; additional fees for special exhibits and rides.

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Northeast Ohio Parent brings you the state’s premiere locations. Also check out the featured hot tickets! Cleveland/Akron The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, 216-781-7625, A Christmas Story House 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland, 216-298-4919, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Office: 2325 Stine Road, Peninsula, 800-468-4070, St. Helena III Canal Boat Rides 155 E. Market St., Canal Fulton, 330-854-2225, Tree Frog Canopy Tours 21899 Wally Road, Glenmont, 740-599-2662, Akron Zoo 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, 216-661-6500, Clay’s Park 13190 Patterson St. NW, North Lawrence, 330-854-6691, Lake County Captains 35300 Vine St., Eastlake, 440-975-8085, Family Living At Its Best

Greater Cleveland Aquarium 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-862-8803, Baylor Beach Park 8725 Manchester Ave. SW, Navarre, 330-767-3031, Pioneer Waterland 10661 Kile Road, Chardon, 440-285-5200, Wildwater Kingdom 1100 Squires Road, Aurora, 330-562-7131, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, 330-456-8207,

Audubon Lakes Campground 3935 N. Broadway, Geneva, 440-466-1293, lakes.html?Audubon+Lakes+Campground Crooked River Adventures 100 Stow St., Kent, 330-541-7467, Grand River Canoe Livery 3825 Fobes Road, Rock Creek, 1-800-Me-Canoe, Great Lakes Kayaking 14th and Broadway, Lorain, 440-244-5370, directory/great-lakes-kayaking/

Memphis Kiddie Park 10340 Memphis Ave., Brooklyn, 216-941-5995, Stricker’s Grove 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, 513-521-9747, Cleveland Indians Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario St., Cleveland, 216-420-4487, Adventure Zone 5600 Lake Road, Geneva on the Lake, 440-466-4447, Swings-N-Things 8501 Stearns Road, Olmsted Township, 440-235-4420,

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Camp Hi Canoe Livery 12274 Abbott Road, Hiram, 330-569-7621,

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Adena Mansion & Gardens 846 Adena Road, Chillicothe, 740-772-1500,

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium 4850 Powell Road, Powell, 614-645-3400, Zoombezi Bay 4850 West Powell Road, Powell, 1-800-666-5397, Easton Town Center 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, 614-416-7000, A La Carte Food Tours 275 Longfellow Ave., Worthington, 614-746-9931, Anthony Thomas Candy Company 1777 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, 614-274-8405,

Hanby House 160 W. Main St., Otterbein University, Westerville, 614-891-6289, Ohio State House 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, 614-752-9777,

The Wilds 14000 International Road, Cumberland, 740638-5030,

Ohio Village 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 614-297-2300, Ohio Theatre 55 E. State St., Columbus,

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main St., Columbus, Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center 77 S. High St., Columbus, Studio Theatres, Riffe Center 77 S. High St., Columbus,

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Shrum Mound/Campbell Park Columbus, 800-686-1535,

Palace Theatre 34 W. Broad St., Columbus,

Safari Golf Club 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell, 614-645-3444,


Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort 4560 Hilton Corporate Dr., Columbus, 877-337-7527,

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Columbus Museum of Art 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, 614-221-6801, Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, 614-715-8000, Columbus Crew Stadium 1 Black and Gold Blvd., Columbus, 614-447-2739, Motorcycle Hall of Fame 13515 Yarmouth Road, Pickerington, 614-856-2222, Autumn Lake Family Campgrounds 8644 Porter Central Road, Sanbury, 740-625-6600, Buckeye Lake/Columbus East KOE 4460 Walnut Road, Buckeye Lake, 740-928-0706,

CocoKey Water Resort (Cherry Valley Lodge) 2299 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, 740-788-1200,


Magic Mountain East 5890 Scarborough Blvd., Columbus, 614-840-9600,

Maumee Bay State Park 1400 State Park Road, Oregon,

COSI (Center of Science and Industry) 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, 614-228-2674,

Crane Creek State Park 13531 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor,

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Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo, 419-255-8000,

Glass Pavilion - Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo, 419-255-8000,

James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship 1701 Front St., Toledo, 419-214-5000,

Imagination Station 1 Discovery Way, Toledo, 419-244-2674,

Toledo Botanical Garden 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, 419-536-5566,

Fossil Park - Olander Park 5705 Centennial Road, Sylvania, 419-882-8313,

Fifth Third Field - Toledo Mud Hens 406 Washington St., Toledo, 419-725-4367,

Historic Sauder Village 22611 St. Rt. 2, Archbold, 419-446-2541,

Stranahan Theatre and Great Hall 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 419-381-8851,

Toledo Firefighters Museum 918 Sylvania Ave., Toledo, 419-478-3473,

Valentine Theatre 410 Adams St., Toledo, 419-242-3490,

MacQueen’s Orchard 7605 Garden Road, Holland, 419-865-2916,

Rosary Cathedral 2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, 419-244-9575,

Toledo Symphony Orchestra 1838 Parkwood Ave., Toledo, 419-241-1272,

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Toledo Speedway 5639 Benore Road, Toledo, 419-729-9182,

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Toledo, Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum, Inc. 14745 Saylor Lane, Grand Rapids, Wolcott House Museum Complex 1035 River Road, Maumee, 419-893-9602, Garden Smiles by Carruth Studio 211 Mechanic St., Waterville, 419-878-5412, The Butterfly House 11455 Obee Road, Whitehouse, 419-877-2733, Real Seafood Co. at The Docks, 22 Main St., Toledo, 888-456-3463, B & B Railroad Depot Bed and Breakfast 5331 Cedar Point Road, Oregon, 419-690-7137, Stony Ridge KOA/Toledo East 24787 Luckey Road, Perrysburg, 419-837-6848,

Dayton Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site 219 Paul Laurence Dunbar St., Dayton, 937-313-2010, Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, 937-293-2841, Patterson Homestead 1815 Brown St., Dayton, 937-222-9724, National Museum of the United States Air Force 1100 Spaatz St., Dayton, 937-255-3286, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery 2600 Deweese Pkwy., Dayton, 937-275-7431, Dayton Aviation Heritage 16 S. Williams St., Dayton, 937-225-7705,


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National Packard Museum 1899 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 330-394-1899,

Dayton Dragons Minor League Baseball 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, 937-228-BATS,

Victoria Theatre 126 N. Main St., Dayton, 937-228-7591,

Urban Krag Climbing Center 124 Clay St., Dayton, 937-224-5724,

Dayton International Peace Museum 208 W. Monument Ave., Dayton, 937-227-3223,

Dayton Timbers Resort KOA 7796 Wellbaum Road, Bookville, 937-833-3888,

The Neon (Movie Theatre) 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton, 937-222-8452,

Cedarbrook Campground 760 Franklin Road, Lebanon, 513-932-7717,

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum 118 Woodland Ave., Dayton, 937-228-2581,

Beachwood Acres Camping Resort 855 Yankee Road, Wilmington, 937-289-2202,

Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton, 937-228-3630, Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm 1000 Aullwood Road, Farm: 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton, 937-890-7360,

Sandusky Lyman Harbor 1615 First St., Sandusky, Sandusky Bay Pavilion & Pathway 605 E Water St., Sandusky, Maritime Museum of Sandusky 125 Meigs St., Sandusky,

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Ohio’s Ultimate Getaway Guide Soak City 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, 419-627-2350,

Marblehead Lighthouse 110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead,

Harlequins Theatre 414 Wayne St., Sandusky,

African Safari Wildlife Park 267 S. Lightner Road, Port Clinton,

Liberty Aviation Museum 3515 E. State Road, Port Clinton,

Good Time Lake Erie Island Cruises Shoreline Drive, Sandusky,

Castaway Bay 2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky, 419-627-2500, Sandusky Veterans Home Military Museum 3416 Columbus Ave., Sandusky,

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center 3319 Milan Road, Sandusky, Clear Water Park 12712 Hoover Ave. NW, Uniontown 330-877-9800,

Underground Railroad Tour 4424 Milan Road (US 250), Suite A, Sandusky,

Monsoon Lagoon 1530 S. Danbury Road, Port Clinton 419-732-6671,

The Sandusky State Theatre 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky,

Merry Go Round Museum 301 Jackson St., Sandusky, 419-626-6111,

Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center 979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, 419-285-CAVE, Kelly’s Island Ferry 510 W. Main St., Marblehead, 419-798-9763, Miller Boat Line (Put-in-Bay Ferry) 5174 E. Water St., Port Clinton, 419-285-2421,

Cincinnati Coney Island 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, 513-232-8230, CoCo Key Water Resort 11320 Chester Road, Cincinnati, 513-771-2080, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, 800-944-4776, The Beach Waterpark 2590 Water Park Dr., Mason, 513-98-7946, King’s Island 6300 Kings Island Dr., Kings Island, 513-54-5700,

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JO HN CA RR OL L UN IV ER SIT Y John Carroll University’s Department of Athletics offers a variety of 2014 summer sports camps and clinics for students of all ages. They provide a safe, fun, learning environment on a beautiful campus in University Heights. Respected head coaches for John Carroll’s varsity and club sports teams lead the summer athletic programs. For details, visit 1 John Carroll Blvd., University Heights


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Krohn Conservatory 1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, 513-421-4086, Eden Park 950 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, 513-352-4080, Alms Park 711 Alms Park Lane, Cincinnati, 513-221-2610, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, 513-87-7000, Drake Planetarium 2020 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati, 513-396-5578,

Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, 877-472-4226, Cincinnati Music Hall 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, 513-744-3344, Contemporary Arts Center 44 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, 513-45-8400, 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati 609 Walnut St., Cincinnati, 513-578-6600,

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Harriet Beecher Stowe House 2950 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, 513-751-0651,

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German Heritage Museum 4790 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, 513-598-5732, Great American Ballpark 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, 513-381-7337, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, 513-333-7739,

Millennium Hotel Cincinnati 150 W. 5th St., Cincinnati, 513-352-2100, The American Sign Museum 1330 Monmouth Ave., Cincinnati, 513-541-6366,

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Assistive Apps Technology helps students with special-needs reach educational goals. By Melissa Mackey

Technology is making it easier to help kids who struggle with speech and language skills. And parents and children with tablets and other smart devices have many options to choose from. For example, “Cake Doodle is free and lets kids ‘bake’ the cake and then decorate it,” said Stefanie Peck, a speech and language pathologist at The Center for LifeSkills in Solon. “We can work on following directions with it, so it’s great for speech and language therapy.” Two other apps, My PlayHome and Pogg, which have been mentioned in the American Speech-LanguageHearing Association’s monthly

newsletter, are helpful when learning vocabulary and language. “The My PlayHome has a house and family members,” says Kathy Darga, a speech pathologist at Therapy in Motion LLC in Cleveland. “You can move through the rooms and have people do activities in each room. This is a great way to work in vocabulary and language. “The Pogg app has a creature that acts out different verbs, such as jumping, sleeping and eating. You can talk about what he is doing while he is acting it out.”

The Speech Pathologist Is In Cleveland-area speech pathologists recommend the following apps for children and young adults with special learning needs. Articulation Station, a free app for iPhone and iPad, helps children who are working on articulating clearly. “You just pick the target sound and can work on it at the word, sentence and reading level,” Cleveland-based Therapy in Motion LLC speech pathologist Kathy Darga says. Some special needs children might need help with telling a story in the proper order. The app iSequences can help. (The lite version is free on iOS and Android platforms; $1.99 for full version for iOS or $2.99 for Android.) “The pictures are mixed up, and you have to put them in order to tell a story,” says Darga and recommends the app for elementary school-aged children.


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A Digital Advantage at School Lawrence School helps students with learning differences at two campuses — Broadview Heights and Sagamore Hills. The staff prepares its students for a career or college with technology and apps. The school uses Microsoft OneNote, a software tool from

“Any of the Toca Boca apps (various prices for iOS and Android) are great for vocabulary and language and are very interactive and motivating,” she says. For older children or young adults working on social skills, Darga recommends Between the Lines 1 and 2, $15.99 each for the iPad. “You listen to what the person is saying and watch their expressions,” she says. “Then you have to guess what that person is really saying or how they feel.” Other great speech and language apps include Dr. Panda games, various prices for iOS and Android, Squiggles, free for iOS and Android, Bugs and Buttons, $2.99 for iOS and Android, and MyFirstApp series, various prices for iOS, which also has categorization-type activities, Darga said. For children who have trouble talking, speech and language pathologist Stefanie Peck at The Center for LifeSkills in Solon uses Sounding Board, free for iOS. “It lets you use stock photos or your own photos to create a board of icons,” Peck says. “You can record something specific behind each picture. So, a 4-year-old client can choose which book he wants to read by tapping on the picture, or he can show that he can count by touching the 1

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Microsoft Office Suite, which has both free iTunes and Android app versions available. OneNote is one of Sally Garza’s top 10 programs. She is the technology director of the Lawrence School’s upper campus and says the program is a digital Trapper Keeper, or a digital binder with customizable sections for classes. Students can take pen ink notes or type notes and import them into their OneNote binder. Pictures, audio and video can be added to the binder as well. A similar program for iPad users is Notability ($4.99 on iTunes). The app is especially beneficial for those students who might be going off to college. “It’s a note-taking app that allows the note-taker to sketch ideas, record a lecture, import worksheets and books or make a list. Then, any of the text can be read aloud,” Garza says. Google Docs, a free web-based office suite, is one type of technology that is helping many special needs students, she adds. The service has a read-and-write feature that will dictate everything uploaded into Google Docs. Kids and Parents Gain Free Time Using technology and apps to assist in the learning process is helpful not only

to students, but to parents as well. “The biggest thing I’ve seen over the years is that technology frees up the parents and the kids,” says Garza, who has been with Lawrence School for 14 years. “A lot of our kids come to our school in grades seventh through ninth and they’ve struggled in other schools. Their parents had to support them the entire time. They were reading and scribing for their kids on a daily basis. It’s funny, the first year they’re here, the parents say, ‘I don’t know what to do with my time. I don’t have to read to him anymore because of Read&Write GOLD, and I don’t have to type stuff for them because of Google Docs. It’s a huge step back from the daily grind because of the tools available to the kids. “The kids, they’re happy because they don’t have to ask their parents constantly for help,” she adds. “It’s a huge boost to self-esteem and selfpride to say, ‘Hey, I’m getting As and Bs. I guess I am smart.’ They were always smart.” Using assistive technology is also becoming less stigmatic since it’s the norm

for those who don’t have special needs. Many people use speech-to-text assist for sending text messages and rely on their phone’s GPS to get them from point A to point B. “Some technology tools are becoming more and more mainstream,” Garza says. “It’s moving from assistive technology to just technology. These aren’t special tools, just tools that help everyday people.”

to 10 buttons, since he can’t say them verbally.” Dexteria, $3.99 for iOS and Android, is a great app for learning to print letters and other fine motor skills, she adds. FingerFun, a 99-cent iOS app, helps with finger isolation skills and using fingers independently. Also, teens and young adults who struggle socially, including those on the autism spectrum, can use FriendMaker, 99 cents for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This app, created by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, along with her book, “The Science Of Making Friends,” “breaks down the process of making friends into easy, concrete steps — from choosing friends and improving conversational skills to online etiquette and handling teasing. The role-play videos demonstrate these social skills in action.” Family Living At Its Best

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Being Sun-Wise For Your Eyes buy sunglasses that (have) UVA- and UVB-blocking sunglass,” Singh says, “from a reputable manufacturer.” “People become more photophobic, or light-sensitive sometimes because they’re out in the sun for long periods, so it would be worthwhile to have them wear (sun)glasses whenever possible,” he says. This includes having the kids wear sunglasses consistently, too. You may even want to consider tinted sports goggles for your children when they’re outside playing sports.

Protect your family’s vision this summer.

When it comes to your eyes, you don’t always necessarily see the problems that can occur when your family’s atplay outdoors or swimming in the local pool. The sun, which provides Vitamin D, has risks, not only to your skin, but also to your eyes. Here are some safe ways to protect your vision in this weather. Put On Some Shades Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes from the sun’s most damaging rays. However, not all sunglasses offer the same protection. Dr. Rishi Singh, an ophthalmologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute, suggests starting with the lenses when it comes to purchasing sunglasses. Children as young as 6 months old should be wearing sunglasses, he adds. The Vision Council of America reminds us that the damage from UVA and UVB radiation is cumulative over a person’s lifetime, so it’s a good idea to teach your children the importance of wearing sunglasses. Over-exposure to the sun’s rays can cause the formation of several eye diseases. “One of the problems with too much sun exposure is you can develop cataracts over time, so you want to make sure you have those glasses on to prevent the progression of both cataracts and possibly other conditions like macular degeneration,” Singh says. If you’re in the sun and your eyes begin to tear or squint, that’s their way of creating a defense against ultraviolet rays, he says. You may even speed up the aging process of the eye with excessive sun exposure. “The best way to (protect your eyes) is to


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Pool Water and Your Eyes A long day swimming at the pool can be hard on your eyes, and Singh says an over-chlorinated pool can put your eyes at risk. “They put a lot of chemicals (in pools) and people can develop what is called chemical conjunctivitis,” he says. Chemical conjunctivitis is characterized by blurriness, redness and sometimes pain, but can usually be treated by flushing your eyes with cool, fresh water. Saline drops are also a simple fix for sore eyes after a long day of swimming. If you wear contact lenses, Singh suggests never swimming with them in. “You don’t want to wear your contact lenses while swimming because bugs and bacteria can basically sit below the contact lens and cause an infection,” he says. The chlorine’s pH level can also be the source of eye irritation. The best way to decrease the chance of irritating your eyes while swimming is to throw on a pair of goggles, he says.

Don’t Forget Eye Exams With kids heading back to school next month, this is also a great time to get your child’s eyes checked. Their eyes are growing and developing, just like the rest of their body, and problems could develop along the way. Singh says eye exams aren’t necessary at the beginning of every school year, but you should have regular check-ups. “Check your child’s vision before the age of 2, and then check it around the age of 5 again,” he says. After that, examinations every three or four years are appropriate. A typical eye exam includes reading an eye chart, looking at how your child’s eyes move, checking near and distance vision, and examining the front and back of the eye to ensure normal development. Teachers are often the first to recognize vision issues that a child might have. Singh suggests that parents and teachers pay attention to the more subtle signs too. “It could be something like not being able to see the chalkboard, just doing poorly in school and not paying attention in school necessarily,” he explains. Sometimes children (will) change their position or their desk position to move up in the classroom in order to see better.” Article courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic News Service. Visit health.cleveland

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Playground and Beyond Parents play a key role in helping their children learn basic friendship skills. By Marie Elium

Play is an essential part of childhood; walk past any park and you’ll see kids doing what they do best: running, jumping, yelling and playing. This rite of childhood is a natural and important aspect of development. Getting together with other children can raise a variety of issues. Some kids get bossy while others like to bully. Other times, your child may be the victim, playing a subservient role.

Sharing, arguing or cooperating are skills that kids can learn at an early age, often first within the confines of a small playgroup and usually well before school age. Parents play a key role in helping their children learn basic friendship skills. Like any other milestone, a child’s positive interaction with others needs to be nurtured.

Jude Tollefson, 4, is on the merrygo-round front and center. Going clockwise from him is Avery Ucker, Lydia Gates and Henry Gates, ages 3-1/2, and Grace King, 4. Photo by LoveBug Photography


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Bringing Kids Together Children generally begin to play with — not just alongside — other kids around age 3, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Younger children can benefit from so-called parallel play, says Dr. Carolyn Landis, a child psychologist with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

Landis specializes in evelopmental/behavioral pediatrics and works with babies and children of all ages and with a variety of issues, ranging from sleep disorders to developmental challenges. “I’m a huge proponent of parents getting kids together with one or more children of the same age outside of daycare or preschool,” Landis says. “These playdates give parents an opportunity to observe their child interacting or spending time with others and to see how well, or poorly, they conduct themselves. The playdates also let parents observe how other parents

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says. “You can teach play skills such as being able to be creative, using your imagination for yourself or an object, interacting with another person or play acting a variety of emotions. Look for pro-social behaviors such as sharing, taking turns, reacting nicely if bumped into, using words to communicate rather than grabbing or hitting.” Give kids a variety of objects that they can be imaginative with, she added. Positive Playtime Tactics Positive behavior during playtime can be taught by talking with your child about treat their own children — knowledge that is helpful when arranging one-on-one playtimes. Look for people with similar child-rearing principles and chances are good that they will help their children learn the behaviors that you value.” However, it can be difficult to find playmates for kids, especially if siblings or neighborhood children aren’t available. Fortunately, families have plenty of options to bring children and friends together. Churches, libraries, community recreation centers and other organizations sponsor playgroups for kids of all ages. Almost every community in Northeast Ohio has groups of parents that organize playgroups. A quick web search turns up dozens, ranging from the Early Childhood PTA Associations to MOMS Clubs (Moms Offering Moms Support) based in a handful of local cities. These informal networks provide a great opportunity for parents to connect and participate in low-key playgroups or field trips. Landis says parents can learn a lot by observing their children at play, but they need to be attentive. “Too often as parents we are so busy talking on the phone or talking with other parents and we don’t pay attention. You need to put in the time to observe your child at a playdate,” she Family Living At Its Best

how to play nicely. Parents should discuss specifics with their child. Encourage children to take turns, watch for physical aggression, and make sure kids aren’t excluding certain children. “I make sure my kids are aware of sharing and how nice it is to share with other kids,” says Lisa Ptak, mom of Esti, in Fairlawn. “I encourage them to use empathy and understand how happy it makes others when you do share and how it makes other children feel when you won’t share. Another important part of this is teaching them to understand that kids aren’t required to share and this is a choice they have to make. I really want them to understand that others aren’t always going to share with them and that they

Playdate Help Some local moms provide us with feedback on parent-toparent communication. “As a full-time working mom of three, it was very hard for me to schedule playdates. When my twins were younger, I volunteered on the Northeast Ohio Mothers of Multiples (NEOMoM) Playgroup committee so I could schedule playdates in Gymboree (enclosed and padded for kids under 2) around my schedule and other working moms from the NEOMoM club. It seems to work out well. Usually I will be Facebook friends with the moms for a bit before the actual playdate. Seems like most of our ‘playdates’ are really birthday parties that we are invited to — starting by inviting others to our kids’ parties and then we’re invited to enough parties throughout the year that we’re not limited to just going to parks.” — Sharon Lin, Russell Township, mom of twins Ashley and Natalie, age 4.5, and Hailey, age 2. “I started classes at the YMCA when the twins were 6 months old. We made a few friends in those early classes and started having playdates. We would meet at parks and eventually started to go over to each other’s houses. Now, the twins are age 7 and we are all still good friends. We help each other out when someone needs childcare or just a child-free afternoon. I laugh every time one of the moms calls me because she is still in my phone as ‘YMCA-Emma’s Mom.’” — Shelley Polewchak, Eastlake, mom of twins Reagan and Nolan, age 7. “Most often playdates are set up with my personal friends. We mostly use Facebook to communicate between moms. Currently we are part of a playgroup that meets most Tuesdays at homes and local parks so we always have a standing weekly playdate.” — Annie King, Akron, mom of daughter Grace, age 4.

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Playgrounds and Accessible Parks

Daniels Park Playground, 38401 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Willoughby. “The playground was built in 2001 and when it was built we decided to completely fence it in,” says Judean Banker, the city’s director of parks and recreation. “We received requests for a fenced-in playground, including from parents who have children with disabilities, stating that it would be easier to bring their children to the playgrounds if they were fenced in.” The playground consists of slides, vertical climbers, horizontal climbers, crawling tubes and bridges. Swings and benches are also located inside the fence. SKiP (Stow Kids Playground), 3870 Darrow Road. In 1991, residents of Stow came together to build an 11,000-square-foot multi-level wooden playground located at the City Center Complex. Euclid Tot Park, Cleveland Heights, Turtle Park (ages 2-5), corner of Euclid Heights Blvd. and Lancashire — The City of Cleveland Heights has seven playgrounds. Euclid Tot Lot is geared solely for 25-year-olds and has a fence around the playground. Bexley Park, 1630 Wrenford Road, South Euclid. Rebuilt in 2011 after a fire, the Playground of Possibilities provides opportunities for all children in this accessible multi-sensor community-driven play area. Don’t forget to stop by and look around at the fence pickets with engravings of community members who supported


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the playground efforts. Preston’s H.O.P.E., 26001 S. Woodland Ave., Beachwood, park hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Inspired by a family with a son (Preston) born with spinal muscular atrophy, this playground provides an opportunity for children with all abilities to play. According to, the park “is wired with sounds that can help a visually impaired child navigate. The large windows in the village houses allow parents to use sign language to communicate with their children while they play inside. There are broad ramps throughout the park. The slides have transfer decks so it is wheelchair-accessible. Inclusive Playground at Lorain County Metro Parks, 47160 Hollstein Dr., Amherst. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays, noon-8 p.m., daily admission $2. Scholarships are available. The playground

is located on the grounds of the Mercy Health and Recreation Center. It provides wheelchair-accessible swingsets as well as several sensory activities such as a fishing pond. Participants can explore a bamboo maze, tree house, living willow village — all equipped with ramps for easy access. Children with disabilities can also express their artistic side on stage or just have fun at play in the sand pit, water play area or go down the safe in-ground slide. Fort Island/Griffith’s Park, 413 Trunko Road, Fairlawn. Griffith’s Park is home to the Learning Resource Center, along with a soft surface playground. Do you know about a fenced-in local playground you would like to add to our list? Email or #NEOhioParent.

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shouldn’t expect every toy they want to come to them.” From an early age, parents can talk to their child about friendships and how to play nicely with others. “I make it a point that any toy that Grace is territorial about to put it away when friends come to play,” says Annie King, mom in Akron. “That way she does not feel that she has to be forced to share her favorite dolls or stuffed animals. But I do expect her to share. If she has a toy, she must allow someone else to have a turn after she is finished playing with it.” When conflicts happen on the playground or during playdates, parents can use different tactics to help resolve the issues. “I try to give my children a chance to resolve their own conflicts on the playground, but I am nearby to help coach them through it, as needed,” Ptak says. “I try to talk them through the conflict. If they are fighting over a chance to use the slide, I may point out that one child just went down so now it would be kind to give the other child a turn. If they are having trouble working this out, I will encourage them to play in different areas for a while. I do expect my children to play nicely and take turns. However, if another child will not, I let my children know that other kids don’t always make the right decision and expect my children to walk away and find something else to play with.” King says resolving conflict is all situational. “Often getting her (her daughter Grace) to stop take a breath and explain the situation will get her to calm down and understand. If she is the cause, we ask her to apologize to the other child and then redirect her to something new for a ‘break.’”

as being the dog instead of the princess, Storey says. Parents can talk to their child about appropriate behavior such as sharing, taking turns and using words instead of shoving. “It’s important for a parent or caregiver to step in because it can escalate,” she says. “Talk to the entire group and identify the aggressive or coercive behavior. Establish rules such as “no hitting” or “no pushing.” You can

also teach your child to stand up for herself or himself. If someone grabs a toy or tries to go out of turn on a slide, make sure your kids know that it’s okay to say “no.” “Otherwise you’re teaching your kid to be a victim. They need to be assertive, not aggressive,” Storey says. If a parent sees bullying and doesn’t know the child, try to find his or her caregiver or the person in charge and tell him or her. When safety is an issue, intervene immediately, Storey adds.

Keeping Bullying At Bay Dr. Kim Storey, a Harvard Universityeducated author and expert in bullying prevention, says playgrounds can be challenging and often present opportunities for aggressive behavior. A frequent type of pre-bullying is when kids whisper secrets about another child or call a child a silly name or when children are role-playing and give one child a demeaning role such Family Living At Its Best

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By Emma Kanagaki

Once, Fairlawn, Ohio, was a little hamlet that grew into a village that transformed into a populous city with a mix of people who call it home or just a day at the office. Fairlawn contains a diverse mix of amenities for residents and those who just reside there from 9 to 5, including ample shopping, delicious dining and facilities that are dedicated to the health and education of its citizens. 38

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FAIRLAWN DEMOGRAPHICS Population is approximately 7,300.

Distance From: Cleveland – 28 miles, 30 minutes on I-77N Medina – 14 miles, 22 minutes on OH-18W/Medina Road Canton – 30 miles, 30 minutes on I-77S Strongsville – 24 miles, 29 minutes on I-77N Westlake – 37 miles, 41 minutes on I-77N and I-480W Beachwood – 28 miles, 29 minutes on I-271N

Nearby Cities:

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Copley Akron Cuyahoga Falls Wadsworth Brunswick


June 13-July 25 – Friday Night Summer Concerts, 7-9 p.m. July 4 – Independence Day Parade, 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 19 – Croghan Park Rededication War of 1812 Encampment, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 23 – National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, 1 p.m. 750ml Wine Bar

Tom Green, president of the Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce and partner at a labor and employment firm Kastner, Westman & Wilkins LLC, explains, “If you look at the community as a bigger picture, there are so many areas from Copley to Bath to Fairlawn to West Akron that have something for every person and at every price point.” While Fairlawn is home to approximately 7,300 people, the daytime community grows immensely from the commuters to the area each day for work. “Everything is all right here,” says Green. “Fairlawn is an attractive place for employees. During lunch or after work, an employee can get all their errands done.” Family Living At Its Best

Aug. 1 – Family Fun Night - “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” 7 p.m. Aug. 5 – National Mustard Day, noon Aug. 31 – Fairlawn Food Truck Roundup, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 6 – Community Golf Day Dec. 8-9 – Santa is Calling Dec. 10 – Sundaes with Santa

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Shopping & Dining Fairlawn offers plenty of places to shop including Summit Mall located on West Market Street. Summit Mall is home to Dillard’s, Macy’s, Apple, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Build-A-Bear, Gymboree, Sephora and so much more. If you work up an appetite while shopping up a storm, head over to the food court for some mall staples like Subway and Sbarro or if something sitdown is more your taste, P.F. Chang’s offers a wide variety of Asian cuisine or visit The Rail for some all-American burgers and delicious homemade milkshakes. Green suggests a meal at Cafe Bricco or Ken Stewart’s Lodge, or for something more casual, a stop by Gasoline Alley on Ghent Road. The Montrose area contains some great options for your family to visit and play. All Fired Up allows you to paint your own pottery — from mugs and bowls to more creative ventures. Laser Quest is a family-friendly outing of laser tag with glow-in-the-dark equipment and a competitive environment. Montrose also offers families Regal Cinemas, so you can catch up on the latest summer box office hits. Swenson’s Drive In, also located in Montrose at 40 Brookmont Road, has been a local staple since the first location opened in 1934. Now with seven locations, Swenson’s is a great spot to stop for its famous Galley Boy (the signature double cheeseburger with two special sauces), a chicken sandwich or anything in between. Laurie Beisecker, director of parks and recreation for Fairlawn, recommends Earth Fare as a must-see spot to visit while in town. Earth Fare is a supermarket that carries organic food with the mission to make healthy eating easy, affordable and convenient. Beisecker explains the appeal of a place like Fairlawn, she says, “It’s a small community but big during the day from all the businesses that we have here. It definitely has a small-town feel even though it’s busy and most people who live here know everyone.”

A Place To Live Many facilities in the Fairlawn area Family Living At Its Best

strive to take care of its residents’ health, education and overall wellbeing. With excellent schools, public and private, and healthcare services to rival Cleveland, Fairlawn holds its own when it comes to taking care of its people. The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools district is composed of five educational buildings that are Arrowhead Primary School, Fort Island Primary School, Herberich Primary School, CopleyFairlawn Middle School and Copley High School. The school district is also a member of the Four Cities Joint Vocational Compact with Barberton, Norton and Wadsworth schools. Vocational classes are offered through this programming option. Copley-Fairlawn City Schools have received an excellent with distinction status from the Ohio State Board of Education. St. Hilary School, associated with the Diocese of Cleveland, is a two-time recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in education in 2001 and 2008. St. Hilary has been an institution in the Fairlawn community since 1959. The Fairlawn area has several medical facilities and hospitals to keep your family in great health. Lifestyles at Akron General’s Health & Wellness Center is a medically supervised fitness location that provides the community with an overall wellness model. The goal at Lifestyles is preventative health and not just treating someone when there is a problem. The facility at 4125 Medina Road offers an indoor rock climbing wall, fitness classes, indoor and outdoor track, indoor lap pools, a steam room and more. Summa Urgent Care, located at 2875 W. Market St., Suite B, treats patients with no appointments necessary. Doctors are on call at all times to tend to your most urgent needs and Summa Urgent Care provides many services including digital X-ray, allergies, fractures, colds, pneumonia and more. Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, in partnership with Summa Health System and Crystal Clinic, is located at 3975 Embassy Parkway. The center

specializes in treatments for ailments that affect the musculoskeletal system. The center’s board-certified surgeons are available to offer comprehensive care and treatment.

Parks & Outdoors For those not inclined to spend a day indoors at the mall, Fairlawn provides just as many outdoor options as it does shopping locations. With lush greenery, plenty of walking trails, play equipment and outdoor programming, the parks system of Fairlawn is the perfect place to spend a day this summer. Bicentennial Park, located on South Smith Road, is two acres of land with a gazebo, paved walkways and landscaping that is host to numerous community events such as the summer concert series, Stewart’s Caring Place Hope Walk and the Fourth of July fireworks.

Croghan Park opened in 1972 at the intersection of North Miller Road and Sand Run Parkway, and contains 7.5 acres with three tennis courts, two basketball courts, picnic tables, a playground, walking path, two handball courts and benches in a sheltered area. Croghan Park also co-hosts, with Griffiths Park, the park department’s free summer park program. Fairlawn Park on Ridgewood Road is home to the community garden and soccer fields. The community garden consists of plots of land that belong to Fairlawn residents to plant and tend throughout the year. Plots are purchased in three- or one-year contracts. Fort Island/Griffiths Park on Trunko Road has a combined area of 60 acres and includes Schocalog Run, a small Northeast Ohio Parent

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creek. Griffiths Park houses the Learning Resource Center as well as four tennis courts, two basketball courts, a playground, an elevated boardwalk and paved trails. The park features woodlands, wet marsh areas and glacial land formations that lend to the park’s unique landscape.


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Get To Know Fairlawn’s Buzz-Worthy Businesses

Escape recipients Angela and Faith Glass (top) travelled to Chicago (photo by Joe Harnish), while Christine, Kristin and Sarah Tucker (right) escaped to Florida (photo by Alan Rodriguez).

Growing Charity Shows How Life Is Good No Matter What Life Is Good No Matter What is a local charity founded with the intention of giving adults with advanced cancer a break and escape from their battle and diagnosis. Troy Haslinger, founder, created the Akron-based organization after his sister, Holly, lost her battle with advanced colon cancer in 2011. Holly’s motto, even when she was in the midst of her battle, was that “life is good no matter what.” Inspired by her and by others like her, Haslinger decided that something needed to be done. He says, “We spoke with cancer patients who said it would be nice to have an escape from the blood tests, the treatments and all the appointments. We want to celebrate life today. We’ve done 10 escapes so far.” Brandi Gangel, a board member of the charity, explains, “We try to help cancer patients and their families forget, if only for a few hours or a few days, that cancer has taken center stage in their life.” Board members’ efforts range from raising money and working with physicians who nominate recipients to planning a special event for that family that could be a trip, a nice dinner, an event, a concert or anything in between. “We plan the trip, document the trip with the help of a photographer and provide the family with a photo book to accompany their memories,” Gangel says. Family Living At Its Best

Physicians refer patients to the organization to be recipients of one of these fun memories. “We have a wonderful board of directors and they just do a wonderful job,” Haslinger says. “We work really hard as a team to get the referrals from the medical oncologists and then we vote as a board. We have an application process and once the Northeast Ohio recipient is chosen, we call them up and we sit down with them and plan an escape. Everything from a Christmas night program all the way to a man who went to Clearwater, Fla. Our goal is to be a national organization and have chapters across the country.” Gangel added, “We, as board members, get so much fulfillment and perspective through our work with the organization. We meet the most

amazing people; we work with recipients and their family members, who are faced with adversity and turmoil, yet are always strong and smiling. We work with physicians who truly care, who work hard every day to fight for their patients. And the community; the people who generously donate their time, money and resources to pay it forward never cease to amaze me. They remind me that people are inherently good — that life is truly good no matter what.” Life Is Good No Matter What’s “Inspire Celebration” will be held on August 7 at Portage Country Club. The event hopes to continue to educate the community and inspire others to pay it forward. If you’re interested in attending, please send an inquiry from their website or Facebook page

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Summit Metro Parks, Nature Realm

expressing your interest. The organization is always looking for volunteers and donations to help make a difference in the lives of those touched by cancer. Visit LifeIsGoodNo

“I am partial to the jogging trail at Sand Run,” Eppink says. “Whereas the Nature Realm gets people who want to enjoy a good hike or to learn and discover nature.” The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, contains a 10,000square-foot visitor’s center that often has new and changing exhibits, displays and programs. The park area has a host of trails to walk or hike on as well as gardens, ponds and some wetland area for families to explore. During the warmer months, this area is busy with people taking advantage of the great outdoors. This park is also a place for people watching and it’s easily accessible from Fairlawn and the surrounding areas.

Strike A Pose With Barre

Explore the Great Outdoors In the Heart of Fairlawn Summit Metro Parks is right in the backyard of Fairlawn and can be enjoyed year-round by families and visitors of the area. Summit Metro Parks includes 11,500 acres that span over 14 parks and more than 125 miles of trails. The parks also include 22.4 miles of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Nate Eppink, chief of marketing and communications for Summit Metro Parks, shares some of the best spots for Fairlawn locals to head outdoors and explore nature. “Sand Run Metro Park is not our biggest park, but it is our busiest. It accounts for more than 2 million visitors each year,” he says. “The trails here get a lot of use too. Sand Run is a good option as is the Nature Realm, which is just around the corner.” Eppink’s trail of choice, the Jogging Trail, at Sand Run Metro Park, 1300 Sand Run Road, is a 6-mile path in a nearly 1,000-acre park. The most common reason for a visit to this park is for fitness — it makes for a perfect spot to jog, take the dog for a walk, meet up for yoga or just exercise with a friend.


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A class at Barre Pose (top) and owner Stacy Downing (left)

Stacey Downing, owner of and instructor at Barre Pose and mother of five, works diligently to fit motherhood and her business into her lifestyle. Downing explains what barre is, exactly, and how it works to shape the body: “Barre has been around for a really long time. The idea is to do proper form and to maintain your muscles so that they’re connected and layered the right way,” she says. “The whole idea of barre is to fatigue your big muscles to have to go in and work intrinsically on your small muscles to create that long and lean body, and as you’re doing it we’ll do a stretch in between. A lot of barre movements are isometric, so you’re in a holding pattern.” Downing’s background has prepared

her extensively for this kind of work. As an exercise physiologist with training in exercise science and cardiovascular fitness, she elaborates, “we want our clients to know what they’re working, how they’re working in space and proper form so we adjust as we walk around the room so it’s safe. It’s a fun workout with great music and the class goes by really fast.” As a mom, Downing simply makes the time to balance her life between work and motherhood despite how busy or hectic that can be. “I love what I do for work and I love being a mommy,” she says. “My kids are active and they’re involved. They do yoga with me and they do pilates with me and I think they get a kick out of it. They love the anti-gravity and it’s awesome for kids. There are a lot of things you can do on it for kids. “They’re 13 and under and I have four girls and a boy, so I’m busy. I’m a busy mom, but I teach when I teach and I’m home when I’m home, which is really nice. I love being a mom and I wouldn’t change that for the world but I also have a great career.” Barre Pose is an active member of the Fairlawn and Akron communities. Downing serves as an ambassador for the Lululemon showroom in Akron, which provides the sponsorship for Downing and Barre Pose to host events within and for the community. “Say I wanted to do a barre class for underprivileged moms or moms who have lost their spouses,” Lululemon will help Downing sponsor such events. “It’s very community driven, which is great because I want to give back.” Barre Pose studio is undergoing some changes and several new classes are being added to their repertoire for the summer and beyond. The studio is currently undergoing renovations in the space next door to incorporate room for anti-gravity fitness and other exciting options. The new space and class schedule are set to debut in July. Barre Pose Studio is located at 77 N. Miller Road in Fairlawn. Visit Stacey Downing’s other studio, Pilates Fusion, at 2311 W. Market St.

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Sweet Tips for a Fabulous 4th of July Host a patriotic bash with dazzling desserts. It’s easy to throw a 4th of July party that looks like you worked on it for weeks, even if you just started the planning process. Celebrate the holiday in style with delicious, easy-to-make desserts. With the right recipes, your sweets will be as captivating as the colorful spectacle of fireworks above. • Hot Cinnamon Fireworks Cake: Crushed cinnamon drops add color and a slight hot cinnamon flavor to the inside of the cake, while simple melted candy details make the cake look like a firework bursting. • No-Bake Cheesecake Star Pops: Fun star-shaped pops of no-bake cheesecake will be a hit with adults and kids alike. Drizzled or dipped in melted Candy Melts candy, these festive star pops are easy to shape in star-shaped silicone treat molds. Your party-planning confidence will skyrocket with these delicious dessert ideas from the Wilton test kitchen.

Source: Family Features. For more recipes, visit

Hot Cinnamon Fireworks Cake Yield: 12 servings

2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 6 eggs 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 bottle (6 ounces) Cinnamon Drops, crushed 1 box (1.5 ounces) Blue Colorburst Batter Bits 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar 3 to 4 Tbsp. milk Red, white and royal blue Candy Melts candy (or similar candy wafers), melted red, white and blue colored sugars

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray Dimensions Cascade Pan with vegetable pan spray. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In second large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping bottom and sides of bowl often. Add vanilla; beat until well combined. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed until just combined. Fold in Cinnamon Drops and blue Batter Bits. Pour into prepared pan; smooth out top. Bake 60 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on cooling grid. Remove from pan and cool completely. In large bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar and milk. Drizzle melted candy onto cake to look like fireworks. Sprinkle sugars onto melted candy.

No-Bake Cheesecake Star Pops

Yield: 6 servings

1 envelope (2-1/4 tsp.) unflavored gelatin 1/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup boiling water 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/8 tsp. salt 1 bag (12 ounces) royal blue Candy Melts (or similar candy wafers) candy Lollipop sticks Prepare the six-cavity Mini Star Silicone Mold with vegetable pan spray. In small bowl, combine Family Living At Its Best

gelatin, sugar and water; whisk until completely dissolved. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, vanilla and salt with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add gelatin mixture, beating well. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl. Continue beating until fully combined. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate 2 hours or until completely set. Carefully unmold cheesecakes onto cookie pan. Melt small amount of Candy Melts candy. Dip lollipop stick in melted candy and insert 3/4-way into cheesecake stars. Freeze 30 minutes or until firm. In large bowl, melt remaining Candy Melts according to package directions. Drizzle or pipe candy over cheesecake stars as desired. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until set. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Note: Some cream cheeses are firmer than others. Firm is best for this recipe. Choose a brand name, full-fat cream cheese for best results. Northeast Ohio Parent

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Fun In Fairlawn (No Kids Allowed) Couples who play together, stay together. By Brandi Gangel

When my husband, Mike, and I moved to the Akron area six years ago, we were young, newly married and had only a dog in tow. We didn’t know a soul, but were excited about the opportunities that a new city, places and friendships would bring. We both determined to work and play hard and we’ve spent the last half dozen years building our careers, family and life as Akronites. Now, with our busy schedules, a happy dog and the newest addition, an adorable toddler (I’m biased, I know), I’d say that we succeeded in our quest to settle in. Like most families with kids, pets, working parents and a calendar full of commitments, our life is utter and complete chaos. I wouldn’t have it any other way; however, an old friend once offered marital advice that continues to resonate with me. He said, “Don’t ever get so busy that you forget that relationships are like bank accounts. You’ve got to make deposits in order to make withdrawals.” It’s with this in mind, Mike and I make an effort to arrange a “date night” every few weeks. No kid, no distractions, just he and I, enjoying each other and our surroundings. Luckily, Fairlawn has a variety of Mike works on his chipping at Fairlawn Country Club. great eateries and


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entertainment for us to enjoy, so it’s easy for us to get away, while staying close to home. First Comes Golf We arranged for our babysitter to arrive in the late afternoon so that we could squeeze in a quick nine holes of golf at Fairlawn Country Club before dinner. Despite my pathetic golf game, we had a great time unwinding from the week while getting a little exercise and fresh air. Out On The Town After far too many swings on the beautiful course and some fun banter, we did a quick wardrobe change and headed down the street to 750ml (2287 W. Market St.), a charming wine bar nestled in the corner of Pilgrim Square. We found a coveted table on their small patio and enjoyed a unique flatbread called The Angry Chicken, which was the perfect spicy complement to our big, bold wine. With no toddler to chase after, the mood of the meal was so peaceful that it didn’t feel like we were overlooking Market Street, but rather Napa Valley. Blissful. With the sun still shining bright, we decided to move on to another favorite patio in the area, Beau’s Grille (at the Akron/Fairlawn Hilton, 3180 W. Market St.). Although bustling with a large dinner crowd, we were able to score a table for two and ordered a few more small plates to share. The Beau’s Berry and Watermelon salad has to be one of my all-time favorite meals. In a single bite, I can taste summer. After finishing our meal, we visited with some friends while lounging in the comfortable seating area by the terrace fireplace to cap off the evening. Adult conversation in a kid-free environment isn’t something we get much of these days. To honor the experience, we tried hard to steer clear of any topics that included crayons, Hot Wheels or

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Disney Jr. We went home with happy stomachs and happy hearts, knowing that our parents night out was the perfect evening to prepare us for demands the busy weeks ahead will surely bring. The patio at Beau’s Grille. I’m already planning our next date night. Do you have suggestions on places that we should visit around Northeast Ohio? Share with us at #NEOhioParentsNightOut.

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July Through August 24

Through August 27

Through September 14

Nature Connects: A LEGO Brick Experience – Families can learn about and discover the amazing interconnections in nature through daily interactive indoor and outdoor experiences and special programs. Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-721-1600,

Wade Oval Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a free concert each Wednesday night. Movies begin at 9 p.m. on designated nights. Bring a picnic or a dance partner for an evening of fun and music. University Circle, 10820 East Blvd., Cleveland,

Animal Secrets – Where does a chipmunk sleep? What does an eagle feed its young? Learn the answers to these questions and more by exploring the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Times vary. Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, 216-231-4600,

July 1 Cleveland Zoo’s Circle of Wildlife Carousel Now Open Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opened its new Circle of Wildlife Carousel May 30. The new carousel features 64 hand-carved animals carved by Mansfield, Ohio-based Carousel Works. The animal figures are grouped together on the carousel according to their natural environment, including African grassland, tropical forest and tundra. The carousel company also created eight custom animals, including an Anatolian shepherd, lynx, cardinal tetra (a species of fish), ocelot, ring-tailed lemur, loris, emperor penguin and fossa. Single-ride tickets for the carousel are $3 and $2.50 for Zoo Society members. All-day ride passes are available for $8 or $6 for members.

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Mad Science, 1-2 p.m. Highly trained professional instructors equipped with aweinspiring gear present a science-themed show. Goodyear Branch Library, 60 Goodyear Blvd., Akron, 330784-7522, goodyearbranch.

July 3 Stroller Hike, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a stroll with a naturalist, explore different parks and investigate nature happenings in ways both you and your little ones can understand. Ages newborn to 7. No registration required. Free. River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Road, Wadsworth, 330-722-9364,

Creative Playdate: Water and Music Play, 11:15 a.m. Little ones can make masterpieces, move their dancing feet and stretch their imaginations. Each experience centers on a theme. Free. No registration required. Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., Akron, 330-376-9185,

July 3-6 Boston Mills Artfest – Preview Night Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.5p.m. Fine art and fine craft items include ceramics, paintings, glass, mixed media, fiber, jewelry and more. Boston Mills Ski Resort, 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula, 330-657-2334, boston_mills_artfest.html

July 5-6 Wild Weekends: TYOT, noon5 p.m. The nature center is home to many turtles. Drop in to meet them and for a variety of “Take Your Own Turtle” crafts for all ages. Free. Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, 330-722-9364,

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July 10 Kids Studio Class: Mystical Mark Making, 1-3 p.m. Students will get creative with unique materials, outlandish techniques and imaginative ideas as they create art projects. Parents are welcome but not required to stay. Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., Akron, 330-376-9185,

July 9-13 Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular – This production showcases changes to dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research. Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, Cleveland, 888894-9424,

July 11 Family Camp Out, 5 p.m.-10 a.m. Families will provide their own tents, sleeping bags, flashlights and personal items and the park will have a campfire, games and crafts, snacks, swim time at Civic Center Pool and a movie. A light breakfast will be provided Saturday morning. Advanced registration is required. Register online or call 440974-5720. Mentor Civic Center Park, 8600 Munson Road, Mentor, 440-2551100,

July 11-27 Big: The Musical, based on the 1987 motion picture. TrueNorth Theatre, 4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village, 440-949-5200,

July 11-12 BotaniCool School, Friday 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-noon – Children (ages 3-5) and their adult explore the natural world through seasonal topics. Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-721-1600,

July 12 Goin’ Mobile with Nature: Forest, 10 a.m.-noon – The

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Medina Library Bookmobile will be visiting the parks this summer. Join library staff and park naturalists for this unique opportunity to listen to naturethemed stories and join a naturalist for a hands-on nature experience. Take and make activities are also provided. Bring your library card. All ages welcome. Free. Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, 4985 Windfall Road, Medina, 330-722-9364, Fairy Garden Workshop – Bring your little fairy or elf dressed in whimsical attire, hear a story and create a fairy garden container, enjoy fairy “tea” and a light picnic lunch with crafts in the Hershey Children’s Garden. Two program times, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or noon-2 p.m. Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-7211600,

July 12-13 4th Annual Gardenwalk Cleveland 2014, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A free, self-guided tour of more than 200 private gardens, farms, vineyards and orchards in neighborhoods throughout the city of Cleveland. No tickets necessary for the tour. 3336 Ardmore Road, Shaker Heights, 216-534-6172,

Butterflies Spread Their Wings The Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. This garden is in full bloom with a variety of native and non-native plants. In July, August and September, the garden is alive with masses of black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, bee balm, catmint and flowering sage. The Butterfly House is free and is open seasonally from late June to Labor Day, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, 440-946-4400, Walk Among the Butterflies – Learn the process from caterpillar to beautiful butterfly, which plants attract butterflies and get ideas to create your own butterfly garden. The Butterfly House is free and open seasonally from June 23 to Labor Day, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Miller Nature Preserve, Lorain County Metro Parks, 2739 Center Road, Avon, 440-937-0764, Beauty in Flight: Butterflies of North America – Visit Stan Hywet’s native butterfly habitat from late June through early September, and get an up-close look into the lives of several native Ohio butterfly species. You’ll learn basic identification techniques, experience several stages of the butterfly lifecycle and discover ways to create inviting spaces for butterflies in your own backyard. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 330-836-5533, Burgers-n-Butterflies, Dogs-n-Dragons, July 13, noon-3:30 p.m. Join Ohio Lepidopterists member Mark Rzeszotarski and naturalist. Participants who catch a butterfly or dragonfly can collect a free hamburger or hot dog. Nets provided. Geauga Park District, Swine Creek Reservation,16004 Hayes Road, 440-286-9516, parks/swinecreek.shtml

July 13 Family Fun Day & Picnic, noon-4 p.m. Step back in time and enjoy free old-fashioned fun, games and entertainment on the historic grounds and estate of the Wildwood Cultural Center. Free tours of the manor house, and entertainment includes a petting zoo, pony rides, arts & crafts and music. Wildwood Cultural Center, 7645 Little Mountain Road, Mentor, 440-974-5720 Ice Cream Social at The Hickories Museum, 1-5 p.m. Enjoy the museum and grounds, antique vehicles,

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JULY CALENDAR OF EVENTS historical displays, live musical entertainment, old-fashioned games for children and more. Ticket price includes a tour of the museum located at 509 Washington Ave., Elyria. Lorain County Historical Society, 284 Washington Ave., Elyria, 440-322-3341, The Voice Tour, 7:30 p.m. Fans of the hit NBC show, “The Voice,” can see their favorite contestants perform live. State Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 216-241-6000,

July 15 Mentor’s Got Talent Show, 10 a.m. Bring your best talents and show them off at this friendly competition for kids ages 3-18. Free. Register online or call 440-974-5720 before July 11. Mentor Civic Center Park, 8600 Munson Road, Mentor, 440-255-1100,

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July 16 Discovering Nature: Creek Stompers, 10-11 a.m. Free for ages: 3-6 with an adult. Terrain may be difficult. Huntington Reservation, Wolf Picnic Area, Lake Road, Bay Village, 440-734-6660,

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Free Civic Tour, noon – Come along on a tour with media gal Val. You’ll learn the history of the theatre and some behindthe-scenes information. Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,

Nature Through the Seasons, 10-11 a.m. Easy walks that explore the parks while observing the unfolding of nature from the seasons. Ages 7 to adult. Free. Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, 330-722-9364,

July 17-19 Teen Musical: Grease – Celebrate the story of friend-

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activities, interactive music, films, tours and performances and more. Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., Akron, 330376-9185,

Ballet Hispanico of New York, part of the 2014 Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival in Akron. Shows begin at 8:45 p.m., with a children’s program at 7:45 p.m. each night presented by the University of Akron Dance Institute. Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton St., Akron, 330-865-8060,

Bug Terrarium Workshop, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Make an indoor insect landscape for a new favorite family bug pet. Ages 5 and up. All workshop materials (including live insects) included. Register in advance. Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-721-1600,

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Ice Cream Social, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Join the J.M. Smucker Company Store & Café for an Ice Cream Social with face painting, live music, kids activities, caricatures and, of course, ice cream sundaes. 333 Wadsworth Road, Orrville, 330-684-1500,

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, 1 p.m. Come for vanilla ice cream sundaes, and watch as ice cream is made right at the park. Croghan Park, N. Miller Road and Sand Run Pkwy., Fairlawn, 330-668-9500,

Family Day: Sidewalk Beach Party, 12-4 p.m. Art-making

Akron Arts Expo – The weekend kicks off with the Taste of

ship ’50s style. Tickets $10. Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, 101 Water St., Chardon, 440286-2255,

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Akron food sampling from area restaurants on Thursday evening. Wine tasting on Friday and silent auction fundraiser is Saturday. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market St., Akron,

solving the Great Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt in the galleries. Finish the evening in the “drive-in” theater. Register at 216-4217350. Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-421-7350,

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Neos Dance Theater, part of the 2014 Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival in Akron. Shows begin at 8:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, with a children’s program starting at 7:45 p.m. each night presented by the University of Akron Dance Institute. Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market St., Akron

July 25-26

Christmas in July, 1-4 p.m., Santa stops by for Christmas fun in July at the Garfield Pool. Free with regular daily admission. Garfield Park, 7967 Mentor Ave., Mentor, 440-255-1100, Family Game Night, 5:30-8 p.m. Atrium Block Party. Bring your family and join for fun and games, then take a turn

Family Unity In The Park, noon-9:30 p.m. Mobile units

and booths from the area’s premiere healthcare providers will be on hand to offer free screening services for blood pressure, diabetes and more. Musical artists will take the stage for a full day of soulful entertainment. Free. Luke Easter Park 3090 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Cleveland,

July 25-27 Solon Home Days – Friday night, adults can come walk the midway, enjoy the rides and stop in the new beer/wine garden. Dress like a pirate and win prizes. Saturday’s festivities kick off with the Solon Home Days Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday is teen day. Watch local teen groups perform and participate in many new activities. Sunday is for families with young children. Magicians, balloon fun, a short play and more. Solon Community Park, 6679 SOM Center Road, Solon, 440-248-1155,

July 26 Princess and Pirate Night, 6-9 p.m. Wear your best princess gown or pirate garb as you explore the zoo. Also enjoy

FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby Parade and Opening Ceremonies The 77th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby welcome parade kicks off at noon on Main Street in front of Canal Park. More than 450 Soap Box Derby champions from around the world will march down Main Street and into Lock 3 for the opening ceremonies of the “Greatest Amateur Racing Event In The World.” The champs will be introduced on the Lock 3 stage and throw out unique trinkets from their hometowns to the crowd. Later in the day the champs, along with their families, will gather at the Akron Civic Theatre for the heat, lane draw and badge trading event. The Derby culminates with the World Championship race on Saturday, July 26 at the world famous Derby Downs Track.

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July 29 Children’s Pet Show, 10 a.m. Bring your pet and be a part of the show. Free. Mentor Civic Center Park, 8600 Munson Road, Mentor, 440255-1100,

July 31 Peacemakers Teen Expo, 6-9 p.m. The Peacemakers work to end violence in the community, and represent every Akron high school across the city. There will be information vendors, inflatables, live entertainment, electronic games and more. Lock 3, Main Street, Downtown Akron, 330-375-2877,

July 31 – August 3 All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten – SCA’s Intergenerational production based on Robert Fulghum’s best-selling books. Solon Center for the Arts, 6315 SOM Center Road, Solon, 440-337-1400,


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face painting, bouncy houses and crafts. Reservations strongly suggested. Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550,

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The FEST, noon-10 p.m. A free family festival for all ages. Entertainment, music (national Christian bands), games, BMX show, kids’s areas, vendors tents and more. Visit 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe

Tuesday, August 5 Everything You Always Wanted to Do, noon-3 p.m., Garfield Park Pavilion Kids participate in all-out messy games and activities that include foods such as whipped cream, Jell-O, syrup, and marshmallows and come with names such as the Legendary Shake and Bake and Mud Pie Party. Kids will have a ball and best of all, parents don’t have to clean up the mess. 440-974-5720 Garfield Park, 7967 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, 440-255-1100,

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Brunswick Summer Celebration – Live musical acts, entertainment, rides, food and more. Admission is $3 per person; children under 2 free. Brunswick High School Campus, 3553 Center Road, Brunswick

Home Days on the Green – This action-packed weekend includes rides, food, fireworks, games, challenging contests and live entertainment. Broadview Center, 9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, 440-5264357,

July 2-5 Rib, White and Blue! Akron’s National Rib Festival. On stage will be tribute bands Bruce in the USA, Hotel California and 1964. Come July 4 for the Akron Symphony Orchestra pops concert and fireworks finale. Opens each day at 11 a.m. Lock 3, Main Street, Downtown Akron, 330-375-2877, Bay Days in Bay Village, noon-10:30 p.m. – Entertainment, a magic show, adult and children’s games, live music, fireworks, a vintage baseball game and a “Bike, Trike and Wagon” parade. Fireworks at dusk (9:45 p.m.) on July 4. Cahoon Memorial Park, Bay Village, 2014/07/bay-days.aspx

July 4 Lorain Port Fest, 5-11 p.m. Celebrate Lorain’s waterfront with live music, children’s activities, craft vendors and festival foods. Fireworks display at 10 p.m. Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane,

July 5 The Larchmere Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate your independent spirit with dozens of local merchants and indie vendors of kitsch and collectibles. LarchFest2014.html

July 10-12 Olde Canal Days Festival – This family-friendly street festival includes the Miss Olde Canal Days pageant, live entertainment, Bates Amusements, food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, parade and fireworks. Heritage Park, 123 Tuscarawas St., Canal Fulton, 330-854-9095,


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July 11-13 67th Annual Italian-American Festival – Free admission, gates open at 11 a.m.,, Lock 3, Main Street, Downtown Akron, 330-375-2877, 2014 Cain Park Arts Festival – Meet 150 artists who will show you their jewelry, paintings, prints, drawing, fiber, sculptures, clay and glass works; gourmet food and entertainment. Cost is $5, free admission for ages 12 and younger. Cain Park, 14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-3713000, Brook Park Home Days – Plenty of family fun with food, a car show, a bike show, a parade, fireworks show, food trucks, sports competitions, contests and more. Brook Park Municipal Complex, 6161 Engle Road, Brook Park, St. John Medical Center Festival of the Arts – This free fine art and craft show will feature more than 200 of America’s finest artists and craftspersons. St. John Medical Center, 29000 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, 440808-9201,

July 12 July Honey Fest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn all about honey bees and honey at the What’s the Buzz Booth. Bee beard demonstration at 1 p.m. 8062 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, blank.html The 8th Annual Multi-Music Fest, 8 p.m. Hosted by actress Kym Whitley, the fest features Cameo and an allstar tribute to celebrate the lives of Gerald and Sean Levert. Tickets are $38-$68.

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Cleveland Play House, 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 216-326-0823,

July 12-13 River Days Summer Concert Series & Antique Car Show – Concerts are free and open to the public, 7-8:30 p.m. Bring a chair and enjoy the show. Antique Car Show (July 13), noon-3 p.m., free, with trophies and door prizes awarded to participating vehicles. Food and beverages are available. Rocky River City Hall Park Gazebo, 21012 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River

Weekends, July 12- August 17 The Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace – The Faire is a shaded, 13th century family fun theme park filled with continuous entertainment, juried crafts and artisans, rides and interactive games, and foods fit for a king. 3033 State Route 534, Rock Creek,

many more. Downtown Kent,

July 18-20 Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival – More than 50 Irish vendors offering authentic Irish goods, foods and crafts, 24 performers, pipe bands and entertainers. Berea Fairgrounds, 164 Eastland Road, Berea,

July 19 Willoughby Artsfest, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Featuring over 125 artists, entertainment and food. Downtown Willoughby, Erie & River St., Willoughby, 440-942-1632,

July 20 Taste of Tremont, noon-8 p.m. Professor Street between Starkweather and Fairfield,

Strongsville Homecoming Festival – This huge event, held on the Strongsville Commons, promises to be bigger and better than ever, with fireworks, rides, games, food and more. Strongsville,

34th annual Akron African American Festival, gates open at 11 a.m. with continuous music performances, including the Dazz Band, from the Lock 3 stage beginning at noon. This is a family-friendly festival, and admission is free until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., admission is $7. Lock 3, Main Street, Downtown Akron, 330-375-2877,

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July 25

The 7th Annual Hudson Wine Festival is a benefit for animal welfare groups in the Summit County area. The event will showcase over 150 wines as well as select craft beers and spirits. Guests will enjoy musical entertainment, food, educational seminars, artists and exhibitors. Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 at the door and include 10 tastings and a souvenir wine glass. 101 Village Way,

Final Fridays at Civic Center, 3-7 p.m. Farm-fresh produce, plants, flowers and herbs, cheese, oils and baked goods, plus dozens of artisans, live music, food and activities for the kids. Free admission and parking. Mentor Civic Center Park, 8600 Munson Road, Mentor, 440-255-1100,

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The 6th Annual Kent Blues Festival brings live blues music to 17 venues around Kent. Featuring artists John Hammond with Rory Block and Juke Hounds, Blue Lunch, Wallace Coleman Band, the Wanda Hunt Band, Colin John, the Numbers Band, Memphis Cradle and

July 25-26 Burning River Festival, 6-11 p.m. This annual fest features educational exhibits from area environmental groups, fresh food from local farms and eateries, live music and a special appearance by Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale. Over 25 bands and musicians on three stages bringing funk, blues, rock and more to the shore. A

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Corporate Boat Float featuring boats made from postconsumer recyclable materials. 2800 Whiskey Island Drive, Cleveland, The Summer Market – A unique outdoor festival and benefit held right on the shore of Lake Erie. Shop for furniture, jewelry, art, vintage items, fresh produce, home decor and other goods from more than 65 vendors. Dine from three featured restaurants and listen to live music while watching the sunset or playing at the beach. Veterans Memorial Park, Rte. 83 & Lake Road, Avon Lake,

July 26 Headlands BeachFest, noon-8 p.m. Come learn to fly a kite, paddle a kayak, make a sandcastle, search for buried treasure, play a game or make a sand art project. Watch three World Champion sand sculptors create amazing works of art at Ohio’s First Master Sand Sculpture Competition. Live music, dozens of arts & craft vendors

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and a variety of food. The event will be held rain or shine. Free admission and parking. Headlands Beach State Park, located at the northern terminus of OH 44-N at Headlands Road, 440-974-5794,

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August 9-10

Ribs on the River – National and local rib vendors will be on hand to tempt you with the unbeatable flavors of BBQ. Craft vendors and other vendors will be available along with children’s games and bounce houses. Live entertainment throughout the event. Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane, Lorain,

August 1-3 Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg – The largest annual gathering of twins (and other multiples) in the world. This event has entertainment, speakers, contests and activities including a golf outing, cornhole tournament, DJs, dancing, karaoke, a 5K and more. Twinsburg,

National Hamburger Festival – Family fun, entertainment and assortments of hamburgers. Tickets cost $5. Saturday, noon-11 p.m. and Sunday, noon-7 p.m. Lock 3, Akron,

August 22-23 Mentor CityFest, noon-11 p.m. Live music, a zip line, rock wall, inflatables, food, wine, carnival-style games, a BMX bike show, indoor lasertag and more.

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5-Minute Kid-Friendly Ice Cream No need for an ice cream maker with this recipe that uses ingredients — and equipment — you’re likely to have on hand already. For this fun recipe, each person creates his or her own ice cream using plastic bags. Recipe for One Serving 4 cups ice cubes 1 cup milk, half and half, or cream 1/2 cup salt (you can use table salt but larger rock salt is best) 1-1/2 Tbsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 pint-sized sealable (freezer) plastic bag 1 gallon-sized sealable (freezer) plastic bag

Directions Pour the milk, sugar and vanilla into the pint-sized plastic bag. Seal, making sure there are no leaks. Place the ice cubes into the gallonsized plastic bag along with the salt. Next, put the smaller bag into the large one and seal tightly. Have your child shake the bags for five minutes or until his or her icy treat gets to the right consistency. You can add in extra ingredients like nuts, candies and more once the mixture has become more solid.

Compassion Corner Help Is Available For Those Affected By Domestic Violence Each year, more than 50 families from Northeast Ohio come through WomenSafe’s shelter doors. WomenSafe is a non-profit domestic violence shelter and resource center in Chardon that provides free support to anyone experiencing violence in his or her home or dating relationship. WomenSafe responds to the needs of victims and provides education in the community aimed at reducing the incidence of domestic violence and making the community aware of what help is available. Services available today include: emergency shelter, 24-hour support and crisis management hotline, individualized and group counseling, art therapy, court advocacy, peer support, aftercare, education and referrals. All services are provided for free regardless of economic income. Current Needs List: For the shelter: *paper towels, toilet paper, *38-gallon trash bags, *13-gallon trash bags,

*kitchen cleaner, *new pillows, *hair brushes, *new women’s and children’s underwear, new socks, feminine hygiene products (tampons), diaper rash cream, washcloths, mop and bucket, sponges. Art supplies: pencil sharpeners, sketchbooks and colored pencils. Re-establishment assistance: twin mattresses and box spring, microwaves. *indicates largest needs. WomenSafe, Inc. is always in need of more volunteers to staff the hotline, provide clerical assistance, support clients, help plan fundraisers, maintain the shelter, organize donations and much more. The volunteer program is flexible — there are opportunities to volunteer from home, as a family and at the convenience of your individual schedule. Application forms can be found on the site. The next Volunteer Training Date is Tuesday, August 19 at 5 p.m. WomenSafe can be reached at 440286-7154,

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Are You Ready to Have a Teen Driver? Having an open dialogue between parents and teens with clear expectations can make the experience a positive one. By Mary Ellen Bramwell

Do you have a teenager in your family? If you do, then teenage driving is an issue you need to face. While this passage into adulthood is typically one that provides increasing freedom, it also comes with many safety concerns.

driving rules or otherwise is irresponsible, don’t be afraid to revoke driving privileges.” Otteson says she has taught her kids that “life is really good when we trust you.”

Parents’ Roles Geoffrey Putt, PsyD, director of Parenting and Family Support at Akron Children’s Hospital, says, “Parents are the key,” when talking about teen driving. It is important to start a dialogue with your child. Tami Otteson of Solon says she talks with her teens, “every time [we] hop in the car with them.” What should you talk about? The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) suggests five rules to follow. 1. No cell phone while driving; 2. No extra passengers; 3. No speeding; 4. No alcohol; and 5. Always buckle up. These are good talking points. And Putt recommends putting them in writing with driving contracts. These rules may seem obvious, but it helps to talk explicitly about them with your teenager. Holding teen drivers accountable is important. Putt says to set “clear expectations with clear consequences.” “Driving is a privilege, not a right, and you earn it by making good choices,” he says. “If a teen breaks

Driving Distractions A widely noted concern for teen drivers is texting. According to the NHTSA, “Texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.” However, there are many other sources of distraction for the teenage driver, for instance, having teenage passengers. According to a study conducted by AAA, the risks of drivers ages 16-17 dying increase by 44 percent with one teenage passenger, double with two and quadruple with three or more teenage passengers. To help alleviate these distractions, try to enforce a policy of no cell phones while driving and have clear rules about who is allowed in your teenager’s

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There are lists to help parents find the best fit for their teen. The cars vary but consistently focus on ones that Cars are safe, reliable, for Teen affordable and easy Drivers to drive. Safety ratings can be found at A wealth of other information can be found at

car. Parents have a right to restrict driving, and it is reasonable to expect your son or daughter to do what is necessary to be at their best when getting behind the wheel. Morgan Peterson, 16, says the best advice his parents have given him is, “Always be aware,” and with regards to cell phones, “If it’s that important, pull to the side of the road.” In the end, if the approach to learning to drive responsibly is seen as a partnership, it can be a good experience for all parties concerned. Defensive Driving Despite the best preventative measures, it is still natural to worry about the teenage driver. Sunshine Smith of Solon worries that her son, Morgan, will not have “the quick thinking that comes with experience.” Putt suggests practicing “what if” scenarios while in the car. Pose questions such as: “What if that person doesn’t stop?” “What if something falls off that truck?” It is a common concern that teens think themselves invincible. Practicing how to react when something does go wrong helps them think in those terms. Mark Rust, 17, of Chagrin Falls has learned, “It’s all about the decision making. It’s great to be an attentive driver, but some situations are hard.” Teens can help their cause by being willing to listen and apply the advice they are given.

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