IngenuityFest; Dragon Boat Festival; flying monsters: 5 things to do with your …

2010 Cleveland Dragon Boat FestivalView full sizeBobby Drouin, a volunteer coordinator with the Cleveland Dragon Boat Association, wrestles a wooden dragon head onto the bow of a boat before the races at the 2010 Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival in Cleveland.

Looking for inspiration this week? Be sure to check out the dragon boats racing on the Cuyahoga River Saturday, including one boat decorated and raced by a team  of breast cancer survivors, the Dragon Dream Team. Here are more ideas for family fun this week.

1. See the creativity. Make your own art, watch others make it, see techie installations, listen to music and so much more during this year’s Ingenuity, the Cleveland Festival of Art Technology, at a new location Friday through Sunday. The festival will be at Docks 32 and 30 on the lakefront north of Browns Stadium and the Great Lakes Science Center. Check the website for hours and activities.

2. Go to the dragons. Saturday is the sixth annual Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival, presented by the Cleveland Dragon Boat Association, on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River in
Cleveland’s Flats at Nautica Entertainment Complex, 2000
Sycamore St. The Cuyahoga River
on race day will be closed to all commercial river traffic. Proceeds will benefit The Gathering Place. Opening ceremonies are at 8 a.m.; races start at 9 a.m. and go through 3 p.m. Take the whole gang for an inspiring and colorful day on the river.

3. Become a banker. Through Oct. 6, parents and kids
role-play as a bank teller, manager, loan officer or customer at The Big Bank, a hands-on exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1962 Stokes Blvd. The Big Bank exhibit
was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee to
give kids hands-on learning
focused on finances and education. There are activity stations where
kids can practice identifying currency and solve bank-themed puzzles
and challenges.

4. Go soaring. Got a dinosaur fan in the house? The Great Lakes Science Center has just what you need with the Omnimax movie “Flying Monsters,” narrated by David Attenborough. You and your kids can “journey back 220 million years ago when dinosaurs were dominating the
Earth” to learn about reptiles dominating the skies. Shows are at 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. daily. Tickets for just the movie are $9 to $11. Watch the movie trailer below.

5. Pick your own apples. The 39th annual Johnny Appleseed Festival at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick is Saturday and Sunday. The annual Johnny Appleseed Festival features 100 craft exhibits, a corn
maze, horse-drawn wagon rides through apple orchards, bands, pony
rides and more with yummy food. Admission is
$4 for adults, $3 for seniors and free kids 12 and under. Call 330-225-5577.

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