Nature Center offers winter family fireside nights

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes welcomes winter with two fun and affordable Family Fireside Nights to be held on Friday, Jan. 11 and Friday, Feb. 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

“The Nature Center is a winter wonderland this time of year,” said Kay Carlson, executive director. “Plan to join us at one or both of our Family Fireside Nights, to enjoy the beauty of the season and catch up with friends around a roaring fire."

On Friday, Jan. 11, Mr. Paul, the magician, and his puppet friends Rocky the Raccoon and Milton the Bird, will take center stage for an evening of “Puppets and Pajamas.” Mr. Paul’s magic show is full of surprises as he brings his puppet friends to life to help him with his feats of magic. His creativity and quick wit provide an entertaining program for kids of all ages. “Puppets and Pajamas” will also include games and activities as well as refreshments, and children are encouraged to wear their pajamas

On Friday, Feb. 1, the Nature Center presents “Starry Night” featuring guided night hikes on the Nature Center property, and a night sky-themed art activity using recycled items led by Heights Arts artist Debbie Apple-Presser. Participants are encouraged to bring paper grocery bags and thin cardboard from cereal boxes or soda cartons, and Apple-Presser will demonstrate how to make them into “My Head is in the Stars” hats. The evening will also include entertainment, warm beverages and snacks to enjoy around the fireplace.

The cost of each Family Fireside Night is $5 per person, with a $25 maximum per family, up to six people. Registration is required and can be made online at or by phone (216-321-5935).  The Nature Center is located at 2600 South Park Boulevard.

For more information about the Family Fireside Nights and all the programs and events offered this season at the Nature Center, call 216-321-5935 or visit

Lisa Fredrickson

Lisa Fredrickson is the events manager for the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 2:59 PM, 01.10.2013