Guiding Good Choices
Guiding Good Choices, a program designed for parents of children ages 7 to 14, will be offered in five parts Feb. 27 and March 5, 12, 19 and 26 at Luckey Elementary School, 524 Krotzer Ave., Luckey.
The program is free and open to all Wood County area parents and caregivers. Participants will learn step-by-step skills for strengthening family relationships, controlling family arguments, promoting responsibility, avoiding problem behaviors and establishing clear guidelines and healthy beliefs.
Walk-ins are welcome. For questions or registration information, contact Greg Bonnell at 419-354-9010, ext. 228.
Free zoo admission
To thank Lucas County voters for renewing its operating levy, the Toledo Zoo will offer free admission to all county residents from Saturday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 20. Proof of residency is required for free admission.
Saturday and Sunday include the zoo’s Winter Weekends activities, sponsored by Mercy Children’s Hospital. On Saturday, visitors can enjoy ice-carving demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both days feature animal enrichment/feeding at several exhibits throughout the zoo, from sharks and reptiles to orangutans and vultures.
The fun doesn’t end there. In the Museum of Science on Saturday and Sunday, Zap Entertainment will present The Wonderful World of Bubbles at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., plus One World, Many Stories at 1 p.m. in the historic Indoor Theatre.
All three days – Saturday through Monday – an inflatable bounce house will offer kids a chance to bounce around and expend a little energy.
To make the weekend even more affordable, visitors will receive coupons to use throughout the weekend, plus additional coupons for another zoo visit in April.
The Toledo Zoo, located on the Anthony Wayne Trail four miles south of downtown Toledo, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040. In addition to the special weekend, Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 am to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.
Presidents’ Day sleigh rides
The home of the nation’s first presidential library is celebrating Presidents’ Day by hosting a special event and observing special operating hours.
Beginning Saturday, Feb. 18 and continuing through Monday, Feb. 20, the Hayes Presidential Center offers visitors a chance to tour the estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes using the form of transportation he used – a horse drawn sleigh.
Sleigh Rides through Spiegel Grove will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. each day, and cost $3 per rider. Rides are provided by South Creek Clydesdales. Tickets for Sleigh Rides through Spiegel Grove are available on the days of the event in the lobby of the Hayes Museum. Riders are reminded to dress according to outdoor temperatures.
In addition to the sleigh rides, the Hayes Museum is open for tours. Although the Museum usually is closed on Mondays, it will be open noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 20.
The center’s newest exhibit, “The Wildlife Art of Bob Hines” can be viewed by visitors. The exhibit, which opened Feb. 16, continues through Aug. 13.
Visitors are reminded that the Hayes Home is temporarily closed for restoration work. The Home will reopen March 1. Visit www.rbhayes.org for more information.
Zoo preschool enrolling
The Toledo Zoo is accepting applications for its preschool program, which is open to 3- and 4-year-olds.
The zoo’s preschool center, licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, offers a nature- and animal-based curriculum, blending traditional readiness learning with activities. The curriculum includes nature observation, outdoor exploration, animal discoveries, story time, and fine and gross motor skill development.
The preschool’s teachers are fully certified. Class sizes are small, to permit one-on-one attention and encouragement.
Learn more at toledozoo.org/preschool, call 419-385-5721, ext. 2004 or email