December 2, 2016

Keeping active in Cleveland this winter

The following blog post is brought to you by Alexis Hayman, director of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). STEX is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more.

It is December! Depending on how you look at it, we are burdened
or gifted with very traditional winters here in Cleveland, Ohio. Here are the facts: It is pitch black at 5 p.m. and the air can get so cold it hurts your face. Luckily for you, Cleveland rises to the challenge of keeping spirits up in these harrowing conditions!

For those of you who want to get away from the weather, and learn a little something, try Winter Week at The Great Lakes Science Center. General admission tickets get you a host of fun activities including the Fuitcake Explosion show and an open workshop where you can make snow that won’t melt in your hands out of polymers! It's being held December 26 - 31 at the Great Lakes Science Center.

Not an egghead? Why not try out The Big Bang dueling piano bar?  Located in the exciting new Flats East Bank in downtown Cleveland, Ohio The Big Bang features non-stop live musical fun by request! Sing along, request your favorite songs and forget about the chill outside. The Big Bang also features a unique, modern menu of handcrafted small plates and shareable appetizers, as well as a full-service bar and a seriously great craft beer selection.

Ok, so maybe you don’t loathe the cold weather. Maybe you are from a warm and tropical place, ready to really enjoy the outdoors for your first winter. Many native Clevelanders suit up, wrap up and gear up for a great time in the cold temperatures.

Brite Winter is a quickly growing tradition in the Near West Side neighborhood of Cleveland. From their website, There might be snow, there might be rain, it might be cold, it might be a blizzard, but it doesn’t really matter. This is Cleveland, and we’re going to play outside. Music, drinks, games go all night long on February 18, 2017. Come create warm memories on a cold night!

Feeling sporty, ice skating rinks pop up all over the city this time of year. University Circle and Public Square boast fantastic opportunities to skate and enjoy the city. Skiing is also popular around here with Boston Mills and Brandywine, and Alpine Valley only a short drive away! Both location offer lessons as well as other snow-fun! Or, if you are really feeling wild, why don’t you try out the Polar Bear Plunge? Strip down and jump into the icy lake to raise money for the Special Olympics. Sure, it’s freezing, but it's for a good cause!

Whatever you choose to do, Student Experience would love to hear about it. Send you stories and photos to so we can share your adventures and inspire fantastic winters!

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