Find a life-size Candy Land, legendary holiday iconic figure Mr. Jingeling and more at Lake Metroparks

November 18, 2018

Find a life-size Candy Land, legendary holiday iconic figure Mr. Jingeling and more at Lake Metroparks

Many of us still enjoy the Christmas traditions of childhood, including playing games. This is why Lake Metroparks’ “Candy Land Has Gone Wild” is so cool.

A life-size replica of the old Candy Land game allows visitors to become live pieces of the game and draw cards as they move along the board from space to space. Players will then embark on a journey and discover nature’s gifts throughout the seasons. A number of hands-on activities will allow for indoor and outdoor holiday festivities.

These will include several scavenger hunts, as well as something new called “s’more-nament craft.

“Every year we offer a new craft for children to make as a fun activity and souvenir of Candy Land,” said Pat Morse, assistant chief of interpretive services at Lake Metroparks’ Penitentiary Glen Nature Center. “This year, children can make a new s’more-nament craft. It looks like a s’more, but since it’s gone “wild,” the s’more is decorated to look like either a turtle or a rabbit. We ask for a $1 donation for each craft.”

“Candy Land” is open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland. It will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

For more information, go to lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-1404.

Adults who visited the Halle Bros. toy department show as a kid can’t help but remember Mr. Jingeling. You know, that guy in the green elfin costume with the thick black leather belt and gold elfin shoes.

An exhibit that includes memorabilia of some of his most prized possessions are on display. Adults will also be taken back to the days when people shopped at the many downtown Cleveland department stores.

Penitentiary Glen and the Nature Center building were once part of the Halle family summer home and a working farm.

A visit to the park’s Nature Store can net you an array of wildlife-inspired holiday gifts. Not too far away is the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center, where Ohio wildlife can be seen up close, including an opossum, a bald eagle and other birds of prey.

Don’t let a little snowstorm stop you. Snowshoes are available for rent for those wanting to hike the 8.5 miles of terrain. Snow must be at least 4 inches.

Some special free activities on weekends are: Train rides from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 (weather permitting). Saturday campfires with s’mores from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday animal chats at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday wildlife keeper chats at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

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