We were provided passes to Kringle's Inventionasium® to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. All photos, except the instagram images, were taken by my husband - Cleveland's Picturologist.
One of the many joys of having kids at Christmas time is meeting Santa. A joy of celebrating the holidays in Cleveland is the gorgeous decorations at Tower City Center. We recently had the opportunity to experience both at the invitation of Mr. Kringle and Company to tour the Kringle's Inventionasium®.
The premise is that the world's children have been invited to invent and develop new toys in Santa's workshop. As you travel through the impressively decorated space, it is easy to believe you have been transported to someplace magical.
The first time we took our oldest was in 2008. It was on a whim and all we had was our crappy cell phone to take pictures.
We were prepared this year so when entered the Inventionasium the Hubs had his camera out and I had mine ready as we put our lab coats on, took an oath to be childlike, and had our imagination tested with Mr. Kringle's personal assistant Charolette Hollyhop or in our case her awesome stand-in.
|Charolette Hollyhop™, receptionist extraordinaire and personal assistant to Mr. Kringle® measuring Imaginativity|
Once we passed through a special cupboard door, our guide (who was amazing) took us to the Brainstorming Cave, Imaginoise Workshop, I.D.I.D.I.T. Testing Facility, Build-A-Bubble Department, Grow Snow Laboratory, and ending with a private visit with the big guy himself!
|Guidance au Pere was our guide. She was fantastic!|
The joy that the kids felt from the time they entered the doors till the minute they left was contagious. It was so fun to see the kids act silly and enjoy themselves but it was also incredibly fun to see the adults do all the zany things, too.
Mr. Kringle and Company do a brilliant job of entertaining and captivating all of our imaginations. It truly was a wonderful evening and could easily become a yearly tradition.
|The Oath Room|
|Imaginoise Workshop™, Inventors are encouraged to create their very own Imaginoise - a sound you can make to help inspire you when you need new ideas or have Inventor’s block!|
|I.D.I.D.I.T. Testing Facility™ is home to another toy creation station, where you will create and name a Creature with fantabulous Zolo parts, while learning about the inventing principles of Design and Documentation.|
|Grow Snow Laboratory™|
You can skip the tour with Mr. Kringle's QuickSnap® which is free you just pay for the photo. We had Charolette's Suggestion™ which allowed us to take as many pictures as we wanted in the time we were in Mr. Kringle's office but you can also purchase photos by the sheet or on a usb drive.