Family Activities

Mother's Day Tea Party

May 9, 2021 | 2pm | Shaker Historical Society (Rain Date: May 23, 2021)

The Shaker Historical Society requests the pleasure of your company for tea and cakes on Sunday, May the ninth at two o’clock in the afternoon! Make sure not to miss out on a teatime filled with crafts, contests, flowers, and a celebration of (any) loving caregiver and their children.

This event will include tea and other beverages, an individual bundt cake, supplies for fancy mask decorating, flowers for arrangements, music, dancing, and laughter. We understand that this year has been challenging for many and are requesting a $20 donation, which would include everything listed for up to four family members. We will also be offering the opportunity, for those who are able, to “pay it forward” and support other families who are not able to donate but wish to participate. So dress in your fanciest (or most fun) tea party attire and visit to reserve your spot!

The Shaker Historical Society takes the safety of you and your family very seriously. Therefore, this event will be held outside on our lawn with small tables for 4 set up 6 feet apart. Masks will be required when not eating or drinking. A rain date will be set if necessary.

This tea party is also a gift card drive to support Shaker African American Moms Support (SAMS) and local mothers. From SAMS: "SAMS intends to provide support to mothers and helps to connect them with resources. As we always design our programs around the needs of African American mothers, we remember that others such as International mothers could benefit from these same resources. "SAMS connects with friends" allows for us to also focus on other mothers who may be in need of support. We will share donations and funds with international families as a way to share the love and support."

Please consider bringing a gift card with you to the tea party or purchasing a digital Target gift card. You can order a digital gift card here by selecting "Email" and an amount, then including as the recipient during check out.

Century Garden

In a year full of great change and loss, Story Forum, Inc. and The Shaker Historical Society have partnered to unite our community around a shared history to grieve lost time together and pave the way forward with renewed hope for the future.

The Century Garden Project will provide an opportunity for families to safely come together to share stories and histories through the creation of a century garden and related programming. The garden will represent four different centuries and reflect the food and growing practices of diverse heritages, including early settlers, Indigenous populations, European settlers, African and Caribbean peoples of the Northern Migration, and our 21st-century immigrant neighbors.

The goal of this project is to connect Shaker Heights families with each other, the history of the area, and the greater Shaker community through storytelling based on The Century Garden and corresponding care, maintenance, and programming.

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DIY Tin Can Luminary

Looking for something fun and mindful for you and your family to do? Try making your own tin can luminary! This activity is a great stress reliever for everyone and results in a beautiful addition to your holiday decorations!

What you'll need: a clean & dry tin can (thin cans work best!), a nail, a hammer, and a permanent marker.

Simply draw your design on your can, we went for a simple snowflake design on ours! After you are satisfied with your design, carefully take your nail and hammer and start to gently but firmly punch holes over your design. The can might become misshapen or dented during this process, that's fine! Once you are done with your design, reshape your luminary by rolling it on a flat surface or gently squeezing the can. When you are done, place a light source in it and wait for it to get dark! These work best when the light is cast against a surface, such as a wall or perhaps some snow. To keep your luminary for longer, keep it clean and dry to avoid rusting.

Did you make a cool luminary? Tag us! @shakerhistory

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Origami Paper Flowers

Needing some mid-week zen time? Try making some origami flowers! These flowers are easy to make and provide a great mindfulness activity to break up your daily routine. They also add a nice flair to your home or office (or a home office!)

Does your flower look great? Tag us on Facebook and Instagram #shakerhistory

Click this link to learn how to make these beautiful flowers!

Mouse Shaker Heights Coloring Page.pdf
Bee Shaker Heights Coloring Page.pdf
Bug Shaker Heights Coloring Page.pdf

Click the image above to download the pdf file of the coloring page.

Coloring Contest (Printable Activity)

A new exhibit-related coloring page by Lauren Garvin of Snailberry Art will be released here on the first Friday of each month. This competition is now closed. Thank you to all who participated in this coloring contest!

Competition Age Group Winners:

  • 4 and under: Quinn (Age 3)

  • 5-6: Oliver (Age 6)

  • 7-8: Clara (Age 8)

  • 9-10: Laura (Age 10)

Check out the winners below!

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