Everyday Heroes Returns to Maltz Museum

Everyday Heroes Returns to Maltz Museum

Photo by Angela Gartner

Eli Inwood, 6, of Cleveland Heights, creates large towers at the “Building a Better World Lego Station” inside the Everyday Heroes Activity Center at Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood.

The center celebrates and helps children discover their own “superpowers” and values through various activities. Children can paint kindness rocks, be a “hero” in their own story with the puppet theater, get their energy out in the good mood movement area, create masks, and put their name on the hero wall. 

Families also can attend scheduled programs, such as meeting community heroes (July 14) and story times (July and August). On Aug. 4, see a special performance for the Horvitz YouthAbility Program of JFSA Cleveland and hear from local children’s author Gabe Fienberg about kindness and acceptance in the “Differences are Beautiful Day” event. 

Find out what’s playing at “The Power of Positivity” documentary film series, which provides an option for teens and the community.

Also, don’t miss the self-guided and drop-in tours around the museum. The “Everyday Heroes Tour: Sarah and Samuel’s American Story” provides an opportunity for hands-on activities in this family-friendly tour of the museum’s core exhibit. It helps younger audiences understand the journey of an immigrant family in the late 1800s through the oversize pages of a custom children’s book. 

“It’s nice they incorporate all types of different things you wouldn’t think about, like being heroes and learning the different traits — and they have a good time with their friends,” says Erin Inwood, Eli’s mom. “It shows that kids can really do anything and there are different versions of being a hero.” 

The Everyday Heroes Activity Center will be open during regular museum hours, from June 4 through Aug. 18. Located at 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-593-0575, maltzmuseum.org.

About the author

Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her articles and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and taking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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