A Visit From Family Part II: Akron Children's Museum
Berlin, OH - Events of Thursday, August 31 to Monday, September 4, 2017
With Lora, J. Michael, and Lydia here at Scenic Hills with us for the week all the way through Labor Day, we were looking for things that would keep Lydia occupied. Therefore, we all piled into Lora and J. Michael's car last Thursday and took Lydia to the Akron Children's Museum. The museum, while not nearly as big as the one in Pittsburgh, still has plenty of activities for kids that inspire creativity, exploration, and learning. Admission is $5 for kids and adults. Children 12 months and younger are free.
One of Lydia's favorite areas at the museum was Farm to Table. Kids can pick apples from a tree (plastic apples held to the tree by Velcro) and deliver them to the produce store. At the produce store, they can shop for all kinds of produce.
While Lydia had fun pushing the shopping cart and loading it with produce, she really liked operating the cash register at the checkout.
Adjacent to the produce store is Grammie's Kitchen. It is set up as a diner complete with a cooking area with all sorts of pots, pans, toy appliances, plates, and utensils. There is also a lunch counter with several stools. Margery volunteered to be the waitress.
The museum wasn't very crowded the day we were there. That was nice not only because it made it easier for Lydia to play, but also because the adults could join in. The next area was the Curtain Call Theater where there was an assortment of costumes for kids to use to act out plays. A couple of the adults tried on costumes in order to encourage Lydia to participate.
Soon Lydia joined in.
With her costume selected, Lydia took her place on the stage. The curtains opened...
...and Lydia performed a lively dance number.
Not to be outdone, Margery and J. Michael donned costumes of a construction worker and a police officer to become two of the Village People. They gave us a performance of "YMCA."
From the stage, we moved on to the wind tunnel area where fans blow pieces of lightweight fabric through plastic tubes.
Paul was a little disappointed he couldn't get Lydia interested in the giant Legos, so he set out to build a fort on his own. Like we said, it wasn't very crowded so the adults got to play, too.
We spent a couple of hours at the Akron Children's Museum, but Lydia still wasn't ready to leave. However, the rest of us were pretty hungry so we headed to our next stop - Papa Gyros Greek restaurant. One of Papa Gyros' four locations is just off I-77 in the Belden Village area of Canton, Ohio, which was not very far from the museum.
We started off our meal with two orders of saganaki as appetizers. Saganaki is fried cheese served flaming at your table to shouts of "Opa." We all had "authentic" gyros with traditional lamb/beef gyro meat ($6.89 without feta cheese, $6.99 with feta). Other types of gyros are available including Cajun, barbecue, and Philly cheese steak. The gyros are piled so high they can't even wrap them up. They are served open-faced, and if you want to eat it as a wrap, you have to eat half the filling with a fork first. We all agreed the gyros were just about the best any of us can ever remember having.
Back at Scenic Hills, we relaxed with a campfire in the evening.
On Friday, Lora and J. Michael took Lydia to the Farm at Walnut Creek. The farm features animals from all over the world. There is also a non-electric, Amish farm house and numerous domestic animals. Since we went to the farm with Lydia last year, we decided to skip it this year and make a trip to Walnut Creek Cheese to pick up some groceries instead. Click here if you want to read about our visit to the Farm at Walnut Creek last year. We relaxed around the rig in the afternoon, and Margery whipped up some chicken breasts smothered in Swiss cheese sauce for dinner. Yum!
On Saturday, we went out to the Holmes County Flea Market located just down the road from the campground. Afterwards, we made a few other stops before heading back to Scenic Hills for Lydia's afternoon quiet time. We went to La Palma Mexican Restaurant in Millersburg for dinner where we had a variety of dishes like fajitas, a chili relleno, chimichangas, and burritos. Everything was delish!
Lora and J. Michael took Lydia miniature golfing early on Sunday afternoon while we stayed back at the RV park. We were going to grill burgers for dinner, but somebody mentioned the delicious chicken strips and French fries at Park Street Pizza, so we changed our plans and headed there instead. We ended up getting a number of items to share including a small order of Buffalo wings; a medium order of boneless chicken wings (essentially chicken nuggets) with three different dipping sauces; an order of loaded fries that were covered with cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and bacon; and an order of bread sticks topped with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses with marinara sauce for dipping. It was so good, we followed it up with another order of bread sticks. We capped off our evening with a short campfire before Lydia headed off to bed and we headed back to our rig.
On Monday morning, Lora and J. Michael started the task of packing up. When they were just about ready to go except for the final hooking up of the trailer, they took a break so we could all enjoy the delicious chorizo sausage casserole and low-carb snickerdoodle cake Margery made for breakfast.
After breakfast and after they hitched up, it was time to say "good-by." We had a great time spending the week with family.