The exhibit that all Sneakerheads will want to see

The exhibit that all Sneakerheads will want to see

You could say that my son is well on his way to becoming a Sneakerhead. He loves looking at shoes online and they are his number 1 request for birthdays and gifts. He also saves up his money to purchase additional shoes too. Good thing we’ve taught him the art of discount shopping.

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During a trip to Toledo, I knew that he would love The Rise of Sneaker Culture at the Toledo Museum of Art. It was the perfect storm. I love art. He loves shoes. This exhibit displays shoes AS art for the WIN!

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The exhibit takes you back to sneaker origins from the mid-1800 to current styles of today.

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The Rise of Sneaker Culture features approximately 160 shoes that tell the fascinating story of how a casual fashion staple became the footwear of millions around the world. The exhibition draws from the collections of the Bata Shoe Museum, the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery; the archives of Adidas, Converse, Nike and PUMA; and private collectors such as Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder and legendary hip-hop group Run–DMC.

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Shoes on display include an 1860s spiked running shoe, an original 1917 Converse All Star/Non Skid, a pair of 1936 track shoes like the ones Jesse Owens wore at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, the original Air Force 1, and an early Adidas Superstar, as well as contemporary sneaker collaborations with prominent figures such as Damien Hirst, Jeremy Scott, Jeff Staple, Kanye West and many others.

From its historical origins in the recreational pastimes of the elite and the increasing importance of physical fitness to its role today at the vanguard of athletic performance and urban style, the sneaker has been a pivotal component of dress for more than 150 years. The shoe’s ever-evolving design and cultural impact offers insights into the world in which we live, work and play.

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When my husband and I were first married, I had him get rid of his old pair of Jordans. He’s regretted that decision every since and reminds me of it all the time. Now the only way he can see them is on display.

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This exhibit really takes you through a journey of fashion and art.

Early sneaker designs

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Fashion over the years

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Creative concepts

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My boys loved the interactive element at the end of the exhibit. We spent over an hour in that area.

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We played a variation of Chutes and Ladders called Grafitti and Ladders that used tiny sneakers as the place markers and sneaker themed Dominios.

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Kids and adults can dream up their own shoe designs by bringing color to the blank sneaker templates.

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Exhibit guests can also take a shoe selfie on different flooring samples that can be added to the wall.

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Tips for Attending the LEGO Creativity Tour

Tips for Attending the LEGO Creativity Tour

My boys and I have enjoyed attending LEGO events over the years. We recently attended the LEGO Creativity Tour in Columbus, Ohio.

Each time that we attend a LEGO event, we enjoy HOURS of fun! The hardest part is knowing where to start and how to manage your time at each station.

Here are a few tips to make the most out of your experience.

Arrive on time – You will run out of time before you run out of fun. You want to be able to enjoy the event for as long as possible. Every year we have attended the event, the time flies by!

Allow extra time for parking and traffic- It’s better to have a little more margin than to miss some of your session because of downtown traffic or trying to find a good parking spot.

Check out the event map– It’s good to have an overview so that you don’t miss anything. There is A LOT to see and do! It’s worth checking out each area and then going back to the ones that your kids really like.

Play in the giant pile of LEGO bricks – You’ve stepped on them enough, why not enjoy it. It’s all the fun without the clean up!

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Take a few opportunities to build something WITH your kids– I get it, sometimes you just need a little break and want to relax. There are plenty of chairs for you to sit on while you are watching your kids play but it’s good to also challenge yourself to participate in a few of the activities where you play and build WITH your kids too.

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LEGO Creativity Tour

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Participate in the team building games- Enjoy the friendly competitions and you also might get a prize to take home too.

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LEGO Creativity Tour

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Get pictures with AND of your favorite characters

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LEGO Creativity Tour

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Display your LEGO art– you have lots of opportunities to create and display what you build.

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LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

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Let your kids know that there will be a LEGO store at the event– This can help them plan ahead if they have been saving up for a set. You might also want to designate a time to look. We typically do that at the very end so that we don’t have to carry additional bags and they have enough to play.

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Take lots of pictures and video- You’ll be glad that you did. You will look back on these pictures one day and will be amazed at how much your kids have grown.

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You can find out more about upcoming LEGO Creativity Tours from their website.

 

Disclosure: I was given ticket for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Macy’s Holiday Events Downtown that you don’t want to miss!

Macy's Holiday Events downtown that you don't want to miss!

Each year I look forward to going downtown for Macy’s Holiday Events. There is something magical about being downtown around the holiday season. This has become one of my favorite traditions with my family. I love that this event is also FREE to the community and that Santa shows his adventurous side by rappelling down a building when he visits Cincinnati.

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So what can you expect this year?

Celebrate 11 years of Santa and his friends rappelling down the side of the 525 Vine Building to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a spectacular fireworks display. This 20-minute family-friendly program features performances from local choirs, new lighting effects, and a few surprises. Then each week follow the Family Fun inside the Macy’s Fountain Place from 7-9pm!

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Come join me downtown for the FREE Macy’s event on Nov. 28 at 6pm!

You also have two other opportunities to catch the events at Macy’s Fountain Place

Saturday, December 5 at 6:30pm
Saturday, December 12 at 6:30pm
You can also check out these Macy’s Events in other cities

Macy’s Boston (Boston, MA) – Nov. 28, 12pm

Macy’s Monroeville (Monroeville, PA) – Nov. 14, 2pm

Macy’s Monroeville (Monroeville, PA) – Dec. 5, 2pm

Macy’s Metro Center (Washington D.C) – Nov. 14, 2pm

Macy’s Center City (Philadelphia, PA) – Nov. 21, 1pm

Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco, CA) – Nov. 20, 5pm

Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco, CA) – Nov. 27, 6pm

Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco, CA) – Dec. 5, 2pm

Macy’s City Creek (Salt Lake City, UT) – Nov. 19, 6pm

 

For more information, please visit Macy’s website.

 

 

“I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.”

9 Reasons to Visit The World’s Largest Display of LEGO® Artwork

 

9 Reasons to Visit The World’s Largest Display of LEGO® Artwork

The first time that I saw the LEGO artwork sculpture “Yellow” by Nathan Sawaya was at Art Prize a few years ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Yellow by Nathan Sawaya The Art of the Brick

So what makes the Art of the Brick Exhibit unique?

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Mt. Washington Pumpkin Chuck

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I found out about the Mt. Washington Pumpkin Chuck  from a friend’s instagram a few years ago. After Halloween everyone always has lots of pumpkins around and what better way to get rid of them than launching them across a field from a catapult! I knew our family how to experience this adventure for ourselves!

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The Lantern Fest at Kentucky Speedway ~ Giveaway

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The Lantern Fest is coming to Kentucky Speedway on October 10! This event looks like a fun event to light up the night and create a memory.

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What is it? At The Lantern Fest, thousands of revelers join together armed with lanterns for one unforgettable spectacle. There will be music, dancing, s’mores and, when the time is just right, we will light the sky with our highest hopes, deepest regrets, and fondest dreams.

The Details
When: October 10th
Where: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY.
What time: Gates open at 3pm
What: activities for kids include: face-painting, balloon twisters, live music, princesses, marshmallow roasting for s’mores, stage show and various competitions
When the sun goes down we release thousands of beautiful lanterns
Tickets are currently $35 for adults (all those ages 15 and up)
*Pricing will increase closer to the event.
Kids passes are just $5.
You can find out more about the Lantern Fest and register here
I’ve been given two tickets to giveaway!

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Disclosure: I received tickets for giveaway and review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

View Replicas of Columbus’ Ships in Newport, KY

View Replicas of Columbus' Ships in Newport, KY

If you have ever wondered what early exploration was like, you will want to check out the Columbus Ships in Newport, Kentucky. There are two replica ships on display for a limited time.

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The Nina is believed to be the most historically accurate replica of a Columbus Ship ever built and the Pinta, which is the newest addition that was built in Brazil out of Brazilian hardwoods by 8th generation shipbuilders.
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For a limited time you have the opportunity to get up close to these replicas and learn about what exploration was like during Christopher Columbus’ lifetime.
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Make sure that you talk to the volunteers on board because they are a wealth of knowledge and they also have really interesting stories about their adventures while traveling with the replicas.
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If you have a sense of adventure you will want to check out the volunteer opportunities where you can travel with the crew to various ports.
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The Columbus Ships will be in Newport, Kentucky at Riverboat Row

 Thursday, September 10 – Sunday, September 20th

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Hours

The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Admission

$8.00 for Adults

$7.00 for seniors and $6.00 for students aged 5 – 16.

Children aged 4 and under are free.

*Groups of 15 or more can schedule a 30 minutes guided tour. Contact (787) 672- 2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com.

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You can find out more from the Columbus Ships website.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary admission for review purposes. All opinions are my own.