One of the places that I was SO EXCITED about visiting during my media trip with Positively Cleveland was the house from the movie “A Christmas Story.” It was actually even on my adventure list.
The movie is such a fun tradition to watch every year around the holidays. So many of the scenes from the movie are classics.
Here are all of us bloggers together- Nick from “Breakfast with Nick” from Columbus, Heidi from “The Steel Trap” (Pittsburgh), me, Melinda from “30 Something Therapy” (Pittsburgh) and Heather from “The Food Hussy.” (Cincinnati)
The home still displays the leg lamp in the window for visitors to view.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to take the tour but we did take time to peak in the windows and check out the gift shop.
A Christmas Story House Gift Shop is just across the street from the house where you can purchase just about any kind of novelty item that is themed around the movie.
I had to fight the temptation to bring home a leg lamp Halloween costume and of course my very own leg lamp.
Check out this adorable mini village scene that is A Christmas Story themed.
There is a gift to purchase that represents pretty much every aspect of the movie.
A Christmas Story Museum showcases memorabilia that has to do with the movie.
Children 7 to 12: $6.00
(Children 6 & under: FREE)
A Christmas Story & Museum is open year round.
A Christmas Story House, Museum and Gift shop are closed, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and all other Major Holidays.
Tours run every half hour starting at 10:15 (12:15 on Sundays)
The last tour is at 4:30pm.
Admissions information: (216) 298-4919 or firstname.lastname@example.org
***Tickets include access to both A Christmas Story House and the accompanying museum.
Tickets can be purchased at the museum gift shop or in advance through our online gift shop.
A Christmas Story House Museum is located at 3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH 44109.
Disclosure: Positively Cleveland provided my accommodation, meals and admissions for my participation in their social media driven trip. All opinions are my own.
On the last day of our hosted trip to Pittsburgh, we stopped by the Heinz History Center and Sports Museum.
My husband and boys LOVE sports! There is always a sport to watch or play all year round. I knew that they were really going to enjoy this museum.
The Museum is located in the Strip District which is close to a public market and not far from Priminti Brothers. It was also an easy commute from the Hampton Inn where we stayed because it was directly across the street from our hotel.
The museum has over 70 interactive exhibits which gave lots of opportunities for my kids to enjoy hands on learning.
The Sports Museum has a great variety of sports that are highlighted with memorabilia. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
During a visit you get two museums, The History Center is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and is also an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
There is over 250 years of Pittsburgh history along with history from the French and Indian War.
Kids will love the interactive exhibit near the cafe that lets you exit down a slide. It took me a while to finally get them out of that exhibit when it was time to go.
This museum has something to see for all ages and interests!
Disclosure: Visit Pittsburgh provided my accommodation, meals and admissions for my participation in their media trip. All opinions are my own.
The Heinz Sports Museum is located at 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
As a child, I always thought that Union Terminal in Cincinnati looked like a place that superheroes in the cartoons met at. I found out I was pretty close to that conclusion. Union Terminal was the design inspiration for the Hall of Justice used by DC Comics’ Justice League. The Hall of Justice first appeared in the 1970’s in the cartoon Superfriends and the design for the Hall of Justice is still used today.
The boys and I joined a member from the Cincinnati Museum Center’s social media team for a fun Superman inspired photo shoot to celebrate the occasion of Superman’s 75th anniversary. These are my pictures from our time together.
My husband and I look the trip of a lifetime to Israel after graduating from college in 1998. We spent 3 weeks in Israel. We stayed at a kibbutz our first week, our second week was at a hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galalee and our thrid week was at a hotel in downtown Jerusalem. We got to see a lot of biblical history brought to life during our daily tours on our trip.
One of our tours during our trip included a visit near the area where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
I was so excited when I found out that the Dead Sea Scrolls were on display in our city. I had seen the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit in Grand Rapids, Michigan several years prior and wanted to take advantage of allowing our kids to have a taste of our experience.
Before taking the kids to the exhibit, we showed them some of the pictures from our trip. I also showed them two bags of candy in my purse that upon a satisfactory visit to the museum would be theirs after we finished visiting the exhibit. Yes, I bribe my kids sometimes or as I would prefer to say, reward them every now and then.
A visit to the Cincinnati Museum Center is always a fun experience with my kids.
The opening of the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit begins with a larger than life landscape of images from Israel. I really think this beginning visual presentation helped set up the interest level for my boys in the exhibit.
Each area displayed screens that told the stories through images while the narrator shared information.
The exhibit offers an abundance of archaeological treasures spanning thousands of years.
You will learn unbelievable methods used to preserve the scrolls in the early years and how technology is currently preserving the documents for years to come.
One interesting fact that I learned was that Cincinnati also played a large role in helping preserve the photographic copies of the scrolls in 1967.
The exhibit does not allow photography in the area where the Dead Sea Scrolls are located to help preserve and protect them. That means you will need to experience this exhibit for yourself to see what the scrolls look like and what the remainder of the exhibit showcases.
If you can’t make the trip to Israel, going to the Dead Sea Scroll Exhibit is the next best thing. Even if you have made the trip, the exhibit is a great reminder of the history and incredible scenery.
You can get involved in the conversation by sharing about your experience through various social media outlets.
Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime exhibit!
The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit will be at Cincinnati Museum Center until April 14, 2013.
You can learn more about planning a visit from their website.
You can enter to win 4 vouchers to The Dead Sea Scroll Exhibit below.
**** This is for the Cincinnati Museum Center location only.
Disclosure: I was given vouchers to giveaway and admission to the exhibit for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
We visited ALOT of places during our time in DC.
The United States Holocaust Museum in D.C. stood out to me for so many reasons. My husband and I visited the Holocaust Museum in Israel back in ’98 and it was a sobering reminder of the disgraceful things that happened to millions of innocent people.
This time was our opportunity to share this tragic piece of history with our kids.
This museum is a unique tourist destination. It was formed out of a passion to preserve the love of ventriloquism for generations to come. What started out as a collection grew into a full blown collection that spans centuries.
If you visit Detroit, you need to add Hitsville, USA otherwise known as the Motown Museum, to your itinerary. This is the birthplace of the sound of Motown that launched musical legends. You would almost miss it if you didn’t know to look for it.