Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Earth Day festivities; 'Sneetches' performance; kids jazz concert: 5 things to do with your kids this week

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- I love the messages Dr. Seuss relays to kids through his classic, "The Sneetches," of civility, acceptance, self-love. This week, the Oberlin Orchestra premieres a piece based on "The Sneetches."

1. Party for the planet. Sunday is the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, so take everybody to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for the EarthFest Party for the Planet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Before you go, check out the slide show on the link above so you can see the baby animals and what else is new with other animals.) It's free with admission. The Akron Zoo's party is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Check here for details.

2. Send a message of acceptance. The Oberlin Conservatory presents the world premiere of "The Sneetches," by Lorenzo Palomo, at 8 p.m. today in Finney Chapel, 90 N. Professor St. "The Sneetches" is a symphonic poem commissioned by Oberlin parent, Dr. Sidney Sobel, and is based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. It will be performed by the Oberlin Orchestra, with conductor Raphael Jiménez, and narrated by actor John de Lancie of "Star Trek." The event is free -- no tickets are required.

3. Get jazzy. Jazz isn't just for adults, and neither is the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland. The Jazz for Kids Concert is at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Children's Museum of Cleveland, 10730 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $5 for children's museum members and $10 for the general public. Infants 11 months admitted for free. (Tickets include admission to one performance and full-day use of all of the museum's exhibits. Only those with Jazz for Kids tickets will be admitted to the performances.) Call 216-791-7114.

4. Bring it back. Check out the Spring Boomerang Fling (pdf) from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday with Dave Boehm from the Cleveland Boomerang School. All skill levels are welcome. Boomerangs provided, or you can bring your own. It's at Howe Meadow in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

5. Gather 'round the computer and vote. Spaces gallery in Cleveland is running a Facebook contest for the best Cleveland postcard design. You have until May 14 to vote. Lots of the designs focus on rock 'n' roll; others on the Cleveland skyline, Cleveland food, architecture and sports. There's even a woman water-skiing with a monster on Lake Erie. The designs will be part of an exhibit May 11 through July 13.


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