Candy Land Gone To The Birds At Penitentiary Glen Nature Center - The Cleveland Moms

Join us for a whimsical holiday adventure: Candy Land Gone to the Birds! presented by Dollar Bank at Penitentiary Glen Reservation! Relive your childhood memories with a bird-themed twist on the popular board game. Experience the magic as you become the playing piece, moving from space to space on a life-sized game board and explore enchanting displays of familiar feathered friends in colorful habitats at every turn.

Enter the make-believe Wild Bird Clinic on your adventure and lend a helping hand to wildlife. As you near the end of your journey, climb up the tower for a bird’s-eye view of the gameboard and spot some amazing wildlife. Then slide down the spiral slide and play all over again!

“We have families coming back year after year for this popular holiday tradition,” says Caitlin Ambrose, Assistant Chief of Interpretive Services. “After their journey, visitors leave with a new-found excitement for birds and the many different colorful and unique species we have in Ohio, even in the winter.”

While at Penitentiary Glen Reservation, discover a world of nature-themed adventure at the Nature Center! Enjoy scavenger hunts, crafts, special activities, wildlife programs on weekends, and more. Plus, receive a keepsake holiday key.


Wild Weekends sponsored by Sylvan Learning of Mentor feature an outdoor campfire with s’mores from noon to 3 pm on Saturdays (Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30). During the campfires, staff from the Lake Metroparks Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center will present live animals at 1, 2 and 3 pm near the shelter. On Sundays (Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17), meet-the-keeper chats will be held in the Wildlife Center Yard at 1, 2 and 3 pm.
Candy Land Gone to the Birds! begins November 18 and is open 10 am to 5 pm daily through January 1. The exhibit will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Admission is free for all ages. Registration is not required. Additional information can be found at

Candy Land Gone to the Birds!
Presented by Dollar Bank
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
November 18 through January 1 • 10 am to 5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve



Other activities at Penitentiary Glen Reservation:

Snowshoe rentals are available for the whole family, weather permitting. Hike more than eight miles of scenic trails, go birding or interact with nature in Nature Play, a children’s outdoor play space. Inside the Nature Center, discover interactive exhibits including Life Cycle Secrets and Come and Play plus watch for birds, squirrels and more through the Window on Wildlife.

Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located at 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd in Kirtland (44094). The Nature Center and Wildlife Center Yard are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. For park information, visit


*photos provided by Lake Metroparks*

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