Summer Vacation Road Trip–Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

This summer has been full and has gone so incredibly fast!! So with only 2 weeks before another school year begins, my family headed out on a driving vacation to spend time with family and friends. We left our house at 5:15am last Friday, in order to get through Chicago without a traffic delay–and we were successful! To my surprise, both kids remained awake from that point on, until about half an hour before we reached our first destination in Ohio.

We spent 3 days with the Leist family. The kids played hard and got along great. They were very content playing together in the backyard and inside with all the “new-to-them” toys, but we also went on a couple of excursions, the first being the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The weather was perfect and the zoo is impressive.

Lion watching.

Lion watching.

Feeding time at the zoo.

Feeding time at the zoo.

The kids navigating our next destination.

The kids navigating our next destination.

Da bears (it's a Chicago thing).

Da bears (it’s a Chicago thing).

Sunday morning we were happy to be able to go to church with the Leists. After a delicious Sunday dinner, we headed out for some mini-golf. That was on our list of things to do since neither of our kids had ever gone.


Ken gave Ella a little putt-putt guidance.

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The instructions from Dad apparently helped, because here she is after her first hole-in-one! The only one of the day!

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The kids and Dads also rode go-carts and then we headed back for one final night before we moved on.


Carolyn showing the kids a funny new app on the iPad. Lots of belly laughs and giggles.

It’s always so hard to say good-bye to our friends, but knowing that their cousins were waiting for them at our next stop made it a bit easier for our kids this time.

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  1. […] with the free admission tickets they earned with their school reading program. And of course, our family road trip, so all in all, it was an incredibly fun and full […]

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