family : mall kid “date”

Another great monthly post from my friend and mom extraordinaire, “i heart cleveland families!”

Hello CLE! With a few peeks of springtime weather, the kids and I are ready to get out and be done with the winter hibernation mode. Being inside for long stretches of time makes for lots of “what can I do’s?”….so every once in a while it takes a “date night” with one of the kids to keep them engaged and enjoyable to be around; if you know what I mean.

This past week it was my turn with my oldest, who is 9. Instead of the usual movie I decided on a trip to the LEGO store in Beachwood Place. For some reason, my kids think the mall is way cool probably because taking all three of them there is so daunting to me so we never go. But on this occasion it was a delight. The LEGO store creates that instant spark of creativity and child-like wonder – “you can build that out of legos?” They have hands on stations to create; a few computer stations to play and then walls of Lego “kits” to choose from to take home and build. To my delight, the store also has one whole wall, dedicated to just bricks, of every color and size. You grab a container and fill it with whatever you want, a lá salad bar style and get busy building. Let’s say we went home with a few blocks.

After a bit of creative play, we and stopped at the new Sees Candies; pure heaven for any sweet tooth! With a retro clean feel, Sees offers a sweet variety of chocolates and candies with the best ingredients (no preservatives.) Just step right up to the pretty glass candy counter and pick which pieces YOU want in your box. No mystery flavors! Not sure you will like something? They are happy to offer you a sample. We left with two boxes of deliciously decadent chocolate, their famous peanut brittle, a box of little pops (gourmet suckers without the stick) and two chocolate leprechauns.

While there are so many wonderful things to do in CLE for a “date night” with your kids, this little jaunt to Beachwood Place proved to be well worth it. And if your date doesn’t protest you can make a quick stop at Athleta or Madewell for a mom-treat; I guess the mall actually isn’t such a great little kid date spot, check it out!