This certainly has been an odd Spring Break for us this year.
We have actually had three different weeks of Spring Break.
My husband was up first. He is teaching a course at Kent State, so he got his Spring Break back in March.
The majority of our kids, who attend school here in Medina, got Spring Break last week, through Monday. And our oldest daughter’s Spring Break is this week. She goes to a private high school in Akron.
This crazy schedule made it impossible to go anywhere… not that we could afford that option anyway.
We settled for a staycation. Most of this was spent preparing our kitchen to be painted. This proved more tricky than we expected, thanks to some stubborn wallpaper that had grown very attached to the walls over the years.
We splurged and went out to eat a few times. We hit Chipotle one night here in Medina and Romano’s Macaroni Grill another night, in Fairlawn. We hadn’t been to Macaroni Grill since a fire last year that gutted the place. The rebuilt place was a bit more upscale than we remembered.
We capped off the staycation for our younger set with a trip to the orthodontist in Cleveland on Monday.
To make the trip more appealing, we did venture over the Cleveland Museum of Art – one of the best free attractions around. We even found a great parking spot on the street out front. I now know why the space was open: the museum is closed Mondays. Drat!
Still, it was a bright and sunny day, so the kids enjoyed walking around the reflection pond and looking at the outdoor sculptures. We then took in lunch along with the sights and sounds of the West Side Market.
If you, like me, still have a child off of school this week, the Akron Aeros are offering some specials this week.
The Trenton Thunder will be in town Thursday through Monday. Opening day at Canal Park will be at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and there will be fireworks after the game. There will also be free magnet schedules for the first 2,500 fans and $1 beers (for mom and dad) and $1 soft drinks through the seventh inning.
There will be more fireworks after Friday night’s game. This time they will be set to Led Zeppelin music.
At Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. game there will be an egg hunt for kids 12 and under on the field at 12:20 p.m. And those kids 12 and under who bring an Easter basket to the game receive a free ticket. It seems like an odd promotion given that Easter will have been over for nearly a week by that day’s game, but I know my kids wouldn’t mind.
The home stand ends Sunday with the Family FUNday. The special offer allows fans to purchase a ticket, a hot dog, a bag of chips and a drink to any Sunday game for $12. Each Sunday there will also be pregame catch on the field, an autograph table with Aeros players, caricature and balloon artists, an in-game kids stampede and postgame kids run the bases.
Monday’s game will feature $1 hotdogs.
The Aeros offer an affordable alternative to the big “kids” up north at tickets for $10 for adults and $9 for kids. Three and under are free. Bleacher seats are $6. If you look around it’s not hard to find coupons and other deals for the Aeros.
The baseball isn’t bad if you don’t mind rooting for players you have never heard of, but then again I’m not so sure I could name more than four the current Cleveland Indians players either. And a trip up north can cost more than an Aeros ticket just to park the ol’ minivan.