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Kringle’s Inventionasium – A not-so-ordinary Christmas village.

Dec 24, 12 Kringle’s Inventionasium – A not-so-ordinary Christmas village.

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Last night my family went to a “Christmas Village” gimmick called “Kringle’s Inventionasium” in downtown Cleveland, OH.  My wife heard about it from a co-worker who said it was a lot of fun so we decided to give it a whirl.  We checked it out online, made our reservations and bought our tickets. This is what awaited us when we arrived. This dapper gentleman’s name is Eyesly. He’s Mr. Kringle’s eye for detail.  Ah, good old-fashioned nightmare fuel right there.  (Side note, we walked into one of the rooms in the Inventionasium to find Eyesly sitting on a child-sized chair, playing a miniature piano.  It was quite possibly one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen but I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to capture what would assuredly be my Christmas card picture for next year). Anyway…  Kringle’s Inventionasium is a modern Cleveland tradition. It’s been running for the past six years and broke their own attendance record this year. There’s a reason it’s growing to be so popular – it’s not your run-of-the-mill Christmas Village.  There are actors and interactive elements throughout the walk-through.  Here’s our experience: At the beginning of the walk-through the kids are given lab coats and introduced to a tour guide. Our tour guide was “Professor Glitch”. Glitch talk to the kids about the wonderment of using their imagination and how important it is to use it all the time. The walk-through consists of multiple stops at invention centers where the kids are asked to create something.  The first stop was using the their imaginations to create toys out of a “memory” foam.   Then the kids were shown a bunch of “creature pieces” and instructed to make the craziest creature they could. After that was the “snow making” laboratory where we were all shown how to make snow. And then there was a toy making station where the kids were given access to modular toy pieces and told to create a wacky toy. Finally, there was the visit with the big guy himself....

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Trimming the tree – 2012

Dec 09, 12 Trimming the tree – 2012

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Well, we finally got around to decorating the tree this year.  It’s been up for a week or two but with my work schedule and my wife’s work schedule, we  had a hard time getting together with the kids for a few hours in order to get the job done. We had a good time like we usually do: drinking hot chocolate, listening to Christmas music (I believe my wife had “She and Him” streaming over Google Music most of the time. As you can see from some of these pictures, most of our tree is subsidized by Disney (since the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney).  Most of my Star Wars ornaments were gifts from my wife over the years.  A good deal of the them are plug-in ornaments and when I plug the tree each night, there’s a cacophony of “pew-pews”, Darth Vader breathing heavy, and Luke whining about needing to go to Toshi Station to pick up some power converters. So, now, we get to enjoy the tree, in all its Disney-fied glory, and watch the monorail circle ’round and ’round until the batteries die.     Share...

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