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Candy Land comes to life again at Lake Metroparks for the holidays


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Candy Land days are back again. For the second year, Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Nature Center is bringing the iconic kids game to life with their life-sized Wild Days of Winter game – played just like the iconic board game Candy Land, but with a “natural twist.”

Players get to discover the many “natural” flavors that nature gives us as they play along and travel through the seasons in an indoor wonderland. Draw a card, move from space to space, and explore nature through the year. Playing is free.

The fun is at the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road in Kirtland. It begins Saturday.

While there, guests can check out the snowshoeing (weather permitting) and indoor-outdoor scavenger hunts the center offers, too.

The Wild Days of Winter Candy Land runs through Sunday, Jan. 1, noon to 5 p.m. Special free activities are offered each Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.:

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  • November 19 -Wildlife Day
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  • November 26 -S’mores and Campfire
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  • December 3 – Fruit Smoothies
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  • December 10 – Train rides (weather permitting)
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  • December 17 – Maple Syrup

The exhibit is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Take I-90 to the Ohio 306 exit; head south one mile to Ohio 615. Turn left and follow 1/8 mile to the next light. Turn right onto Kirtland-Chardon Road and follow two miles to Penitentiary Glen Reservation on the right. For more information, visit lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-1404.

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