A brilliant toy train for the child at heart

One of the Hayes Presidential Library’s most popular annual traditions returns on Saturday, November 28 when The Hayes Train Special, a spectacular model train set featuring an intricate and beautiful Victorian theme, will open for the holidays. Visitors can take in the remarkable detail of the set and actually get a chance to interact with

Toledo Public Schools and the Metroparks Announce New Partnership

A new trail will connect Toledo Public School Hawkins Elementary and Toledo Botanical Garden, which became part of Metroparks Toledo three years ago. Since then, the park system has maintained and enhanced the garden beds and made numerous other improvements, such as adding the long-anticipated children’s discovery play area. As a result, visitation to the

Virtual Programs at Imagination Station Support Remote Learning

Imagination Station has gotten creative and designed new educational programming to meet the evolving needs of teachers, parents and students who are utilizing remote learning options this year. From field trips to explosive demonstrations, Toledo’s science center is offering a variety of in-person and virtual programs to explore. With expert guidance from an Extreme Scientist,

NDA Decorates 1000 Rocks to Spread Kindness

Notre Dame Academy students, staff and sisters decorated 1000 rocks, which were donated by Sandman Sales Yard, with messages of hope. Students met virtually to decorate the rocks, and they then brought them to the NDA prayer garden to be blessed before taking them out into the community. The goal of the project is to

Toledo Subscription Box Curated by Local Women-Owned Businesses

Ten businesses highlighted in the box to be delivered next month HerHub, a nonprofit initiative under Women of Toledo, was started to encourage and advance women-owned businesses. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, with businesses scrambling to stay afloat after their physical doors closed, HerHub had an idea: a subscription box filled with samples

Local picture book helps children through grief

Grief is one of those difficult feelings that everyone experiences at some point in their life. For children, grief can be especially confusing and difficult. To help children process this difficult emotion, Amanda Held created the children’s book Patriot and Rowan’s Journey from Grief.  Amanda Held is the founder and facilitator for H.O.O.V.E.S (Healing of

Home Improvement Starts in the Heart

The Playhouse Project If you have logged more hours of HGTV than Joanna Gaines, then this might be the perfect family opportunity for you. The Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Project is an inspiring outlet for heart and creativity. Groups volunteer to build little playhouses for children who want them but whose family can’t

Striking a Balance with Screen Time — at School and at Home

While online instruction has become a necessity during COVID-19, the question of how much screen time is a healthy amount for children has been replaced at the top of the list of our concerns.  Many parents are just trying to get used to hybrid schedules, working from home while keeping an eye on their children’s

A New Bike Trail Connects Schools to Toledo Botanical Gardens

Students at Hawkins Elementary School and the Natural Science Technology Center are in for a new kind of educational experience, courtesy of a partnership between Metroparks Toledo and the Toledo Public School system. The two organizations recently held a press conference to announce a bike trail connecting Hawkins to Toledo Botanical Gardens, an opportunity to

Why Every Family Needs Storytime

Read together as a family to increase literacy skills and bond during COVID-19 quarantine As education moved to the kitchen table for many families, Toledo area institutions continue to help, posting virtual museum tours and resources, recording live Facebook animal enrichment experiences, and providing “stay at home” science experiments. Parents everywhere are exclaiming, “Thank goodness

Get some Tricks and Treats at Cedar Point

Do you miss Cedar Point? Maybe you bought those season passes last year and haven’t had the chance to use them yet? There’s still time this month to enjoy some coasters and fun with the family. Cedar Point is holding a Tricks and Treats Fall Fest every Saturday and Sunday through November 1. Social distancing