Double Vision

There's two of everything at Twins Days.

Bat Boy: The Musical Cain Park's Alma Theater, at Superior Avenue and Lee Road in Cleveland Heights Friday, August 1, through August 17. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $20; call 216-371-3000.
Double your pleasure, double your fun, at Twins Day.
Double your pleasure, double your fun, at Twins Day.

It's not just siblings doing double takes at Twinsburg's Twins Days celebration. "Even people who are told of the number of twins attending aren't prepared for the actual sight of so many," says Shelley Miller, an organizer of the annual Guinness Book-style gathering of twins, triplets, and quadruplets.

More than 1,500 sibling sets march alongside bands and floats in the kickoff parade on Saturday morning. Throughout the weekend, prizes will be awarded in categories including the youngest, oldest, and most- and least-identical sets of twins. "The youngest twins to win were three days old," Miller says. "They actually stopped at the festival on their way home from Bedford Hospital."

So expect lots of coordinated outfits and sentences started by one person and finished by another. "Twins Days weekend is a chance to really appreciate what it means to be a twin," Miller says. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Twinsburg Chamberlain Park on Ravenna Road, between Maple Drive and Church Street in Twinsburg. Admission is $2; call 330-425-3652. -- Cris Glaser

Flicks Afloat
Muppets and moppets converge in the water, under the stars.

FRI 8/1

Cleveland Metroparks' next Dive-In Movie is appropriately water-based: 1996's Muppets Treasure Island. Kids and their families can lounge in the pool, under the stars, while taking in the antics of Kermit, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, and crew, working their way through Robert Louis Stevenson's seafaring classic. But to catch a view from the heated pool, you must be at least eight years old and rent an inner tube for $3 (no other floating devices are permitted). If you'd rather sit on the lawn -- and keep your money -- bring a chair or blanket. Pre-feature cartoons start at 8:30 p.m.; Treasure Island begins about 15 minutes later. The Dive-In Movie is at Ledge Pool and Recreation Area, 1151 Ledge Road at Hinckley Reservation in Hinckley Township. For reservations and more information, call 330-239-2911. -- Diane Sofranec

Duck and Cover
$5K rides on the back of a quacker.

SUN 8/3

The stakes are high, and so's the kid-style fun, at the Rubber City Duck Derby. A five-dollar wager gets you a waddler, which careens down a quarter-mile stretch of the Ohio & Erie Canal toward the finish line and a $5,000 purse. But there's more than just off-shore gaming: The Duck Derby indulges interests ranging from clowns to balloon artistry. "It's perfect for a family to spend some quality time together," says organizer Nathan Searles. Just don't trust Dad with the grocery money. The Rubber City Duck Derby is from noon to 5 p.m. at Canal Place, 520 South Main Street in Akron. Ducks are $5 to $25 (for a five-duck Quack Pack with coupons), but admission to the race is free; call 330-773-3375. -- Cris Glaser

Soar Winners

SAT 8/2

Put-in-Bay's annual Kite Fly puts kids under the wing of professional kite makers, who explain how to design, color, and assemble their own flying machines. Then the kids attach strings and bridles and let 'em rip. The Put-in-Bay Kite Fly is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Perry's Monument, at the northern end of Bayview Avenue. Once you get to the island, admission is free; call 419-285-2832. -- Cris Glaser

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