Spring Is In The Air

Spring Is In The Air

Winter is finally gone, but it’s not quite time to open up your in-ground swimming pool. We know you are anxiously awaiting that day, and probably have it on your calendar. Though that day may be close, and spring is in the air, it’s not here yet. Now that it’s here, we’ve gathered together some fun ways to spend the remaining few weeks until you can take that plunge.

The Toledo Museum of Art is always a nice place to visit, especially when the air is still crisp.  Besides the amazing works of art displayed throughout the halls, there are always special events and presentations. We encourage you to check their web site regularly as they add events throughout the year.

TMA also has much to offer children of all ages. It’s also a fantastic place when April showers are upon us. Not only does our world class museum offer tons of art classes, they have special Family Time guided tours on Sundays.  Don’t forget a stop at the Family Center.  Each Tuesday and Thursday from 10 – 3 and Sunday from noon – 5:30, there are themed art activities & a spacious playroom with tons of interesting items to spark imagination.  Admission to the museum and Family Center activities are free, parking is $5.

The Fossil Park in Sylvania is a great place to spend the afternoon, or the day. Your young paleontologists can spend their time digging for buried treasure in a safe environment.  There are no tools permitted, however you can bring a brush or toothbrush to brush off your fossils, water to wash them off, and something to carry them home in.

When you are done digging, you can transport your treasures home where you can continue to learn, research and remember your adventure. The best part about the Fossil Park? It’s completely free.  Parking, entrance to the park, and your yet-to-be-discovered fossils are all free.

May 4-11, 2019 is the biggest week in American birding. Head east past Oregon, Ohio to the Black Swamp Bird Observatory for lots of attractions, vendors and many other events. Also, you can find things going on at Maumee Bay Lodge, Pearson Park, and Magee Marsh. This is sure to be a hit with your entire family.

Do you like to fish? Walleye are in the river all year long, but, the number is dramatically increased during annual spawning runs up the river from Lake Erie. Though the spawning season runs through mid-April, peak activity is typically through the second week of April. Grab your waders, bait and tackle and head down.

Opening Day for the Mud Hens is right around the corner. What better way to usher in spring than with a great Toledo pastime, baseball.  Kids run the bases Sundays after the game and all weekend games also offer fireworks.  You can join the Muddy’s Buddies Kids Club {FREE but quantities are limited} for special perks like ticket discounts.  The Hens love their young fans and their community, and also host coloring contests, baseball clinics, and scout sleepover nights at Fifth Third Field.

The Art Loop begins downtown on the third Thursday in April. This is an on-going event that continues the third Thursday of each month. Every month has a different theme. You can find something new and interesting each time you go. Even in the summer months, it’s a nice evening out.

May 18th is the date for the annual Dart Frog Dash. Held at The Toledo Zoo, the Dart Frog Dash is fun for the entire family. It offers a competitive USTAF (USA track and field) certified 5k race with prizes, a non-competitive 5k walk and a Kids’ Fun Run. The 5k course takes participants through the neighborhood to the west of the zoo, through the Zoo’s Tembo Trail and ends in Main Plaza. The Kids’ Fun Run is within the safety of Zoo grounds.

Just a short drive up to Chelsea, MI, is the Chelsea Spring Expo on April 13th. There will be Over 140 vendors, crafters, and non-profits will be showcasing their services and goods. Enjoy free samples, door prizes, the best ever bake sale, and a fun kid zone. Admission and parking is free.

Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd. Many local areas and churches host events to encourage and educate families on the importance of taking care of our natural habitat. Crafts that are eco-friendly are available at different locations. Check the Planetarium schedules at Lourdes College and the University of Toledo. They often host family-friendly events.

Needless to say, there are always those chores that need to be done and tackled before you open your pool.

Getting your yard ready for pool opening day should top the list. Winter takes its toll on our yards, and spring cleanup gets your back-yard oasis looking new and inviting. Everything from cleaning the leaves from your flower beds to pruning dead branches from trees.

While you are at it, clean off your pool cover. Remove the dead leaves, twigs, and other debris now. While you still may get more before you actually take it off the pool, you will have tackled the biggest part of the job.

Get your patio furniture out now to ensure that nothing needs to be repaired. Being in storage all winter can cause some damage. Pay attention to the framing to make sure nothing has rusted, or that there aren’t any screws loose. Check your cushions to make sure that they don’t have any tears, or mold on them.

While you are at it, take the time to polish up your grill, and other accessories in your outdoor kitchen. Having everything shined and ready to go eases the stress of your first pool party.

Examine all of your pool equipment. Check your hoses on the pump for cracks and splits. Even though you can’t put your vacuum in the pool, turn it on to make sure the motor is still running. Ensure the net on your skimmer is still in one piece. Whatever equipment you have, checking it now can save time later.

Now you’ll be all ready for the big day when it’s time to open your pool. At Hawaiian Pool Builders, we can do that for you. You can stop by our showroom or give us a call and one of our pool professionals can get that scheduled for you.

 

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