Dancing with the Nutcracker

I am in no way exaggerating when I say that BalletMet's annual Dancing with the Nutcracker event is one of the best-kept secrets in Columbus, Ohio. It is also one of the most magical and exciting experiences Zoe and I have ever shared. I am so thankful to the friend who tipped me off about the event last year (unfortunately just after it had happened) so that I was able to put a reminder on my calendar to watch for it this year! I'm even more glad that I wrestled a reluctant Zoebelle out of the … [Read more...]

What’s November for, anyway?

Early fall in Ohio is such a beautiful time - color-changing leaves, sunny days, pumpkin patches and fun on the farm. There almost are not enough weekends to fit in all the family fun that is fall in Columbus! Over the past few weeks, we've visited Pigeon Roost Farm (not once but twice), Leeds Farm, Boo at the Zoo and more. But things are quieting down now. It's deep fall - we're into November. The fall family fun farms (say that five times fast) have closed up shop. I'm not ready to start … [Read more...]

Have you hugged your farmers market today?

I just found out that this week (August 4-10, 2013) is National Farmers Market Week. I can't think of a better reason to get out and enjoy one of my favorite things to do in summer - visit a farmer's market! Columbus is an absolute mecca for farmers markets. I love how they are all spread out on different days so you really could visit a new one each day if you wanted to. The Columbus Dispatch has a fantastic, interactive online database that enables you to find a farmers market by name, … [Read more...]

New sweet treats at Easton

My fellow sweet tooths in Columbus need look no further - Easton Town Center now has ALL the sweet treats. Whatever your sugary pleasure or dessert dream, Easton's got it as of 2013. And since I'm a self-avowed sugar monster, and I happen to work smack-dab in the middle of Easton, it's going to be a sweet, sweet summer indeed. Here's the low-down on Easton's sweet new tenants: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - Although Easton's always had Graeter's ice cream (in the inside part of the mall … [Read more...]

Dinosaur Island: a must-do at the zoo

Zoe and I ventured out to Dinosaur Island at the Columbus Zoo this week and absolutely loved the experience. We will definitely be returning for another visit or two before summer's over! If you're a regular at the Columbus Zoo, you know the Islands boat ride, way up at the top of the zoo in the Australia and the Islands section, is a longtime hidden gem. I'm always amazed by how many people don't even know about the little boat ride at the zoo! Well, not for long. This quaint little … [Read more...]

Central Ohio’s newest Star

Last night, our family was lucky enough to be invited to a special pre-grand opening celebration at Star Lanes Polaris, a fabulous new "boutique" bowling alley/restaurant that sits just in front of the Polaris Fashion Place mall. It is a fantastic new offering for central Ohio families or couples looking for a fun night out! Several years ago, while visiting my fam in LA, we went to the Lucky Strike bowling alley/ restaurant in Torrance and had our minds blown. The atmosphere was way more … [Read more...]

Fall family fun around Columbus

I love the fall season, especially with a little one. What could be more fun than playing in leaves, visiting apple orchards and picking pumpkins? And here in Ohio, we have so many options. Here are a few of our favorites. Leeds Farm. This fall fun spot has a special place in my heart because last year was Zoe's first time experiencing fall fun on her own two feet, and we took her here not once but twice. It rocked her world! She had sooo much fun playing in the corn boxes, climbing hay … [Read more...]

Franklin Park Conservatory is a Columbus oasis

You know how so many places for kids can be loud, overwhelming and exhausting - overrun with other people's screaming, grubby monsters? (Not your kids or Zoe. Ours are perfect angels.) Think Chuck E. Cheese. Or even COSI for example - I love the place and Zoe does too, and it's the number one kids science center in the country for a reason, but I can only handle it in small doses. I find myself very depleted and in need of a nap after spending more than a couple of hours there. (Fortunately, … [Read more...]

New summer fun in Columbus

There's so much to do in Columbus during summertime - awesome splash pads, fairs and festivals, pools and parks to explore. But this year, we have two great new additions that will especially please the little ones. Stingray Bay at the Columbus Zoo is awesome! I can't believe I haven't heard more buzz about this fabulous new addition to an already stellar zoo. We've visited stingray touch tanks at places like Long Beach, CA's Aquarium of the Pacific and the world-class Monterey Bay … [Read more...]

A rant about cupcakes

This is actually part two in my cupcake tour series. My original cupcake tour post appeared on the Discovering Ohio blog last year. I have a rant about cupcakes, which I'll share shortly, but it's not because I don't like cupcakes. Oh no, it's the opposite. I LOVE cupcakes. And I'm happy to report that despite many snooty, jaded food writers and bloggers repeatedly announcing that cupcakes are dead, the cupcake craze continues to rave on. Why? Because they are delicious. And tiny - well, … [Read more...]