Visit Historic Sauder Village on Sundays. Kids get in free!




I’m planning on taking the kids to check out Historic Sauder Village in NW Ohio and thought I’d share the info. It’s Ohio’s largest living-history village. You can visit with costumed guides and working craftsmen in more than 40 historic homes, community shops, farms and gardens. They also have great shopping and special events. Via their website: “For unique shipping year round, Sauder Village offers our Gift Shop, Lauber’s General Store, and the Quilt Shop. Also during the Historic Village’s open season the Village Trader & Herb Shop features unique items for purchase. Plenty of delicious food & treats options at the Barn Restaurant, Doughbox Bakery, Sweet Shoppe and Ice Cream Parlor.” They even have an Inn and Campground with great packages!



When we go, I’ll review our experience and link it to this post! Here’s their info:

Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2
PO Box 235
Archbold, Ohio 43502

Phone numbers:
Toll-Free: (800) 590-9755

Open April 29 – October 26, 2014

April 29 – May 23, 2014
– Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.- Closed Mondays (except Memorial Day and Labor Day, which are open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

May 24 – September 1, 2014
– Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00-4:00 p.m.
– Closed Mondays (except Memorial Day and Labor Day, which are open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

September 2 – October 26, 2014
– Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.- Closed Mondays (except Memorial Day and Labor Day, which are open 10:00 a.m.

Adult: $16.00
6-16: $10.00
ages 5 and under: Free

Seniors: $2.00 discount

Active Duty: Free
Active Reserves: Free
Inactive and Retired: $2.00 discount
Inactive Reserves: $2.00 discount

Group Rates for the military family:
$12.00 for Adults, $7.00 for Kids

Military Veterans & Family Members:
Adults $2.00  Discount
Students $1.00 Discount

AAA Members: 
Adults $2.00  Discount
Students $1.00 Discount

Sunday Special…
Free admission for children on Sunday! (ages 16 and under) with adult paid admission.

New! 2-Day Special Admission Rate
Adults: $25.00
(Valid for only 2 consecutive days in the Historic Village. Non transferable.)

Parking: FREE
Images courtesy of the Sauder Village website.

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Five Great Ohio Bike Trails to check out with your family!


This awesome article outlines 5 great Ohio Bike Trails. Depending on your children’s ages, some may be great options to get some exercise and enjoy the summer weather!
If your children and their friends are old enough, this would be a fun and free or cheap birthday party or kid event to hang out together and all get some exercise. Their parents could drop them off (be sure to remind the parents that all need a helmet!), everyone could ride the trails together and you can carry drinks and snacks (maybe bananas, freeze yogurt tubes the night before so they can thaw and soften during the ride, granola or trail mix and some water) then return to the starting point to be picked up and open presents. If you wanted to hand out favors, Target has bike horns or water bottles in their dollar section often during the summer months!
If you have any additional ideas, please feel free to share them!

DayBreak Lavender Farm- kid-friendly tours in Ohio



DayBreak Lavender Farm
Farm Hours: Wednesday – Saturday from Noon ’til 5p.m.
Sunday from Noon – 4p.m.
2129 Frost Road, Streetsboro, OH

From their website:
“At DayBreak visitors can …
PICNIC next to DayBreak’s 2-acre pond! Or in the lavender field. Or find a secluded glen in the woodland area. FREE!

PAINT & PHOTOGRAPH Artists love DayBreak. Do a Monet! Set up your oils, pastels or water colors and capture an Ohio laveder field. Early morning, sunrise or sunset photo sessions are happily arranged. FREE!

RECONNECT with nature. The farm boasts every natural ecological system there is except a mountain and a desert. Experience and explore the friends, fauna and critters found in a …
Lavender Field
Sugarbush (Maple Sugar producing area)
Explore them at your leisure! And exploration is FREE!

HIKE OUR TRAILS There are over 5 miles of easy trails to stroll or hike, depending on the day, the temperature and your mood! FREE!

MEDITATE This sacred outdoor space is called The Woodland Meditation Room. It is a kind of non-denominational outdoor chapel designed to be a perfect spot to slow down, watch your breath and generally relax and recharge! FREE!

LEARN & DISCOVER how to grow, groom and harvest your own lavender! At 2:00 pm every day Michael Slyker will lead an interactive workshop on Growing Lavender In NorthEast Ohio. FREE!

EARN A JUNIOR NATURALIST CERTIFICATE! Fantastic for kids of all ages, DayBreak has designed a Junior Naturalist Program to encourage conservation among our youth. Kids identify and collect 10 common specimens from the farm’s diverse micro-environments and they receive a “suitable-for-framing” DayBreak Junior Naturalist Certificate. FREE!

PICK A FRESH LAVENDER BOUQUET! Enter the lavender field, take a deep breath and it’s clear that it’s bloomtime! And that means lavender bouquet picking time is here! Visitors can walk the lavender field and compose their own bouquet from 13 varieties of lavender. Or they can choose from farm-fresh bouquets in small, medium and large sizes. Bouquets range from $5 – $15 depending on size. And wild flowers and oxeye daisies are FREE!! Fresh or dried, lavender bouquets are excellent for …
Fragrance & Cosmetics

They also offer the opportunity to picnic, paint, & photograph for free (bring your own supplies). This place sounds awesome. Not to mention, I personally could live happily in a field of lavender forever. Runs (this year) from June 4 – August 17, 2014. Don’t forget sunscreen and comfortable shoes!

Image obtained from Ohio Lavender Festival website

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Al’s Delicious Popcorn- kid-friendly tours in Ohio


Al’s Delicious Popcorn
1500 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH 43220

From their website:
“One of the best parts of our job is sharing our love of popcorn with our customers. That’s why we invite kids of all ages to take advantage of our Popcorn Tour. It’s the perfect outing for families with small children, neighborhood schools and even local Senior’s Groups. We believe the love of popcorn isn’t just for the young, but for the young at heart!

The tour starts with a short and entertaining video describing how we make our gourmet popcorn. At the end of the video, we’re happy to answer any questions. Of course, we like to save the best for last when the kids get to sample some of our lip-smacking flavors like: Cookies & Cream, Pizza, Bubblegum, and everybody’s favorite, Jelly Bean! We love to see the smiles on their faces!

Just contact us and we’ll be thrilled to arrange a tour for your group!
(Please understand that due to space restrictions, tours are limited to 25 people.)”

I read in a review that the video was a little outdated but the popcorn is wonderful. At the end, they sell small bags of popcorn for $1.

My daughter walks the fine line between popcorn lover and popcorn addict. This may potentially be her version of heaven (of they had dragons, mermaids, and horses there, too). I can’t wait to experience this with her!

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A series on Kid-friendly tours in Ohio!


I was thinking today that I want to take my kids on some fun tours. Ideas are kind of spread out all over and hard to find. As they say in the movies, “See a need, fill a need!”…
I may be homeschooling next school year and these would be fun and educational field trips, also. For that reason, I’ll be posting these in both the homeschooling and as a sub of family activities.

These are listed in no particular order and will be updated as I find new ones. Each place will have their own post with their address and website listed (if applicable). If they don’t have a website, I’ll be sure to include any contact info I find.
I haven’t visited all of these places, but will include my review if I have and will update with my review if and when we go. Keep in mind, I have a ten-year-old and a six-year-old with special needs (Autism, Sensory Processing Issues, and ADHD) so I can give you reviews for both “typical” and special needs children! As any parent who has a child with special needs knows, there are some kid-friendly places that just aren’t a good fit for special needs for one reason or another and that’s a really good thing to know before you go!

Also, keep in mind that some places may require you schedule ahead (and some may discontinue tours altogether) so I recommend calling and/or checking websites first 🙂

I hope you and your family have tons of fun learning!!

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