Wade Oval in Winter? It's time for CircleFest

by Tiara Sargeant

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When I moved back to Cleveland in August, I was so excited to really explore the city. I went to some festivals, tried new restaurants, and then my exploration plateaued. Nevertheless, Shana called last week and asked if I wanted to go to The Rink at Wade Oval and Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

I never heard of either and was super pumped to go to the Botanical Garden for the first time (…I know I have been in CLE over 18+ years and never have been to the Botanical Gardens).

So after church, we headed to University Circle to enjoy some winter festivities. Our first stop was The Rink at Wade Oval. Our family are not the best ice skaters but we were ready for some good laughs!

Sadly, we were not able to ice skate because the weather was too warm and the rink could not freeze properly. However, my family will defiantly be going back! The Rink at Wade Oval is open until Monday, February 18, 2019. The rink is a perfect family outing cause of the price and size. Regular admission is $2 with $3 skate rentals and student admission is $1 with $2 skate rentals. If you are worried about crowd size or being overwhelmed the area is a perfect size for all ages.

Additionally, if you family is like ours you might want to go on Saturday from Noon-1:00pm for free Learn-to-Skate lessons.

After we snooped around The Rink at Wade Oval, we headed to Glow at Cleveland Botanical Garden. There were so many activities and scenes to explore throughout the garden.

You walk in and see a beautiful display of Christmas trees! You can then explore the affiliated garden club trees throughout the entrance and while listening to live Holiday Music in a café area.

My mother’s favorite part was defiantly seeing the gingerbread houses. We were able to get a couple of ideas for our own annual gingerbread house making contest. Near the Gingerbread House Display, there was also a train ride that younger children can enjoy as well.

After, we went through the Christmas displays we went to see the butterfly, bird, and plant exhibits.

We ended our visit at Glow, by going up to the second floor! This area is perfect for younger kids because they have a craft section and an activity for you to identify various Christmas trees. So if you are like me and babysit as a side hustle, this is a perfect way to get the kids out the house.

Our family enjoyed our Sunday evening so much that we are trying to go back to Holiday CircleFest, this weekend (November 30 – December 2). The weekend will include activities like ice carving and horse carriage rides, food vendors and a Holiday Market. On Sunday, museums are free of charge to everyone and the Cleveland Botanical Garden is allowing the first 2,000 people through their door free (with ½ price to everyone thereafter).

Tiara is a regular contributor for Black Girl in CLE. Check out her blog here