History & Tourism

Kingwood Reopening Peacock Playhouse And Storybook Trail

27 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Smiles are sure to appear when Kingwood Center Gardens reopens two of its attractions oriented toward its youngest visitors.

On Tuesday, August 30 at 4 PM, the Peacock Playhouse and the Storybook Trail will be officially reopened.

The Peacock Playhouse recently was refreshed and upgraded. The redesign and expansion of the venue will improve children’s experiences. First opened in 2017, and located in the old gatehouse on Kingwood’s Park Avenue corner, it features toys and activities to stimulate the senses.

On September 1 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM, Kingwood welcomes guests to a trip on the Storybook Trail by fairy light lantern. This fun, family night out will start on our trail and end with a campfire and s’mores. Please make sure to register all guests so that enough will be available for everyone. 

You can register online here.

This in an open-house style program. Registered participants can come enjoy the event any time between 8:30 to 9:30 PM.

Photos are below.

Source: Kingwood Center Gardens; Photo: Creative Commons License

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Smiles Abound As New Museum Opens Its Doors

12 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Smiles were everywhere to be seen on Wednesday as the new Buckeye Imagination Museum officially opened its doors to the public.

The new facility, located next to the Renaissance Theatre, has been in the planning stages for years. Speaking about the Museum, Fred Boll, Executive Director, said “We are excited to welcome guests into our new facility, which we feel will better serve them. Our new building features a zero-level entrance and an elevator which allows us to be more accessible. It also has a parking a lot, which will be much more convenient to our guests.” 

According to the Museum, “Buckeye Imagination Museum, which was part of a joint capital campaign with the Renaissance Performing Arts Association, originally purchased its new building in late 2018. Before that the building had sat vacant for roughly 15 years. Since being purchased, the building has received a new roof, new windows, new HVAC system, new electrical work, new parking lot, and completely remodeled bathrooms and flooring. Repairs were also made to the elevator.

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Renaissance Theatre To Host Free Outdoor Concert For Kids At Blackfork Commons

24 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will host the final Teddy Bear Concert of its 2021-22 season on Sunday, June 5 at 2:30 PM in Shelby, OH.  A part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series, this outdoor event provides a live concert experience for young audiences and their families.

Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal and enjoy a free performance featuring the story of Little Red Riding Hood

Adapted by Renaissance Theatre Artistic Director, Michael Thomas, this Teddy Bear Concert is an engaging musical adaptation which features audience participation, interactive storytelling with local actors, and an array of fun music provided by the Woodwind Duet featuring Mansfield Symphony musicians.

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Little Buckeye Children’s Museum Changes Its Name

23 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockouse

There is exciting news today on Park Avenue West.

Downtown Mansfield’s Little Buckeye Children’s Museum announced today that it will be changing its name to Buckeye Imagination Museum.

“Little Buckeye Children’s Museum is evolving. We are changing our name, but not our vision, mission,
or commitment to the community. We will continue be a safe and fun place for your family to play,”
says Fred Boll, Executive Director.

The name change comes at a time when the beloved children’s museum is preparing to move into its
new 30,000 square foot building located just two blocks away at 175 West Third Street in downtown
Mansfield’s Imagination District beside the Renaissance Theatre.

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Mansfield, Area Easter Egg Hunts Carry On Valued Tradition

4 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Every spring, thousands of area children descend on selected sites around Richland County to participate in the time-honored tradition of Easter Egg hunts and rolls.

These events have possible roots with the Reformer Martin Luther, who would hide eggs at this time of the year for his followers. The tradition has grown over the centuries; in a successful attempt to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1985, Homer Georgia hosted a hunt with 80,000 eggs to find in a town of just 950 inhabitants.

A close cousin to Easter Egg hunts are Easter Egg rolls. The chief “roll” is that which takes place on the White House lawn. According to tradition, the first was hosted by First Lady Dolley Madison; this year’s version is set for Monday, April 18 on the South Lawn.

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Ohio Kids Lead Blood Level At Twice National Average

30 Sep , 2021  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio children have elevated levels of lead in their blood at more than two times the national rate, according to a study released Monday.

The research, from JAMA Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, found about 5.2% of Ohio children have elevated levels of lead in their system.

Nationally, the rate is about 1.9%. Ohio ranked second nationally in terms of states with the highest rates of children with elevated blood levels.

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Richland County Foundation Supports Children’s Summer Activities

31 Mar , 2021  

The Richland County Foundation has announced its annual awards support summer programming for children. That announcement reads:

“The Richland County Foundation is supporting summertime programs focused on children.  The Summertime Kids Committee Chaired by Foundation Board of Trustee member Jotika Shetty along with members from the community awarded $44,648 in Summertime Kid grants. The grants of up to $2,500 were given to support creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for hundreds of Richland County children.

The members of the Summertime Kids Committee wishes local children a very happy summer. More…

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Free Book Program for Children Is Now Available In Ashland And Richland Counties

18 Nov , 2020  

Parents, guardians and caregivers in Ashland and Richland Counties can now register children, ages birth to five, to receive a free book every month through a partnership with Easterseals, The Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the Ohio Governor’s Office.

Leaders from Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio met with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine about efforts to expand the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) Program statewide. Leaders from Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio, an affiliate of the OGIL Program sponsoring Ashland, Hocking, Gallia, Jackson, Pike, Richland, Scioto, Vinton and Meigs were happy to announce that the OGIL Program is now active in all 88 Ohio counties. More…

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Welcome Back, Little Buckeye

29 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum has announced they will be reopening their doors to Members on Thursday, October 8.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Little Buckeye Children’s Museum has been committed to reopening at an appropriate time and in a manner that ensures the safety of their team members and their guests. Little Buckeye is deeply aware of the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy environment. As such, they have developed a detailed and comprehensive Reopening Plan that expands on their reputation as a clean, safe, and fun museum and is closely aligned with the reopening protocols set forth by Ohio Governor DeWine’s Responsible Restart Ohio Guidelines.

The Museum will initially reopen to members only and will work towards opening to the general public at limited capacity. To manage capacity, admission will require a timed reservation. Visitors will be able to reserve their admission online starting Monday, September 28. Museum members will continue to enjoy free admission but must reserve admission in advance online. More…

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Immunizations For Children By Appointment

30 Jul , 2020  

Richland Public Health has begun taking appointments immediately for immunizations for children age 0 to 18. The appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Appointment slots will be available Monday through Thursday beginning on August 3.

Call 419-774-4700 to make an appointment. When making an appointment, a working call back number will be required. Public Health Nurses will call prior to your appointment to verify information about your child to speed the process on arrival. Please have your child(ren)’s immunization records available during the call. All immunizations will be given in the Corley Room (back parking lot, lower level) at Richland Public Health, 555 Lexington Ave., Mansfield. More…

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Friendly House Seeks Survey Submissions

3 May , 2020  

The folks at Mansfield’s Friendly House are in the process of evaluating options for programming through the remainder of 2020.

To accomplish that end, they are requesting those that use and support the facility to fill out a survey that looks at summer programs, including the Hidden Hollow Day Camp and Happy Hallow Day Camp.

According to Friendly House, the CDC is working on guidelines for release this month that will focus specifically on day and overnight camps nationwide. The goal locally is to take that guidance and to development programs that are safe and enjoyable. More…

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Free Child ID Kit Available

19 Feb , 2020  

The annual Child Safety Identification Program “Safe Surfin” will be held at the Center Court at Richland Mall on February 22, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This event is hosted by the City of Mansfield in collaboration with the Lexington Moose Lodge #2511, and will include representatives from the 179th Air National Guard Unit, the Mansfield Correctional Institute, and local and federal law enforcement agencies. More…

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Grants To Fund Child Care Includes Area Recipient

30 Jan , 2020  

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced on Wednesday the recipients of nine grants totaling more than $6.2 million to grow the number of publicly funded child care providers and improve the quality of existing providers.

One of those funded undertakes work in Richland County. More…

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New Beauty Salon Exhibit At Little Buckeye

21 Sep , 2019  

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum is excited to announce the grand-opening of their new Studio 19 Beauty Salon Exhibit. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 25, at 11:00 AM at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum in downtown Mansfield. The public is welcome to attend for a first look at this fun exhibit remodel. More…

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Student Summer Food Program Continues

20 Jun , 2019  

The Ohio Department of Education recently announced their continued efforts in sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program, which provides children with free, healthy meals during the summer break – including here in Richland County. More…

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