Most of us played Candy Land as kids and have introduced it to our own children as we teach them colors along the way to Gum Drop Mountain.
This holiday season, the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center in Kirtland, Ohio is offering a chance for you and your kids to visit a real-life Candy Land game board from Nov. 21 though Jan. 3.
To play, guests will draw a card and move from space to space, just like in the game. The difference is that in this real life version, the kids will pass through the different seasons along the way and experience what nature has to offer.
Special Free Activities
If you visit on a Saturday, be sure to take advantage of free activities offered from 1 to 3 p.m. This list offers a snapshot of what you can look forward to:
- Nov. 28 – S’mores and a Campfire
- Dec. 5 – Learn about Apples and Berries
- Dec. 12 – Ride Trains (weather permitting)
- Dec. 19 – Taste Sweet Maple Syrup
- Dec. 26 – Enjoy a Cup of Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- Jan. 2 – Learn about Honey and Bee Keeping
Other Things to Do
Along with the Candy Land adventure, the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center features indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts that explore nature.
Quiet activities like coloring pages and activity sheets are also offered, as well as crafts to take home. Kids can also try feeding a live chickadee with the Center’s Bird in Hand program.
Explore the many Nature Center exhibits as a family, watch and listen to wildlife at the center’s bird feeders, or sit and relax as you enjoy refreshments in the Snowshoe Lodge.
For those with older children, the Peppermint Trail also offers a chance to slip on some snowshoes as weather permits.
This life-size Candy Land experience offers a special way to create a new holiday memory. This attraction will be open from Nov. 21 through Jan. 3 with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.
While the Candy Land exhibit is free there is a nominal fee for the rest of the activities. Adult admittance is $3/hr. or $12 a day while the charge for children is half that.