Fun in the Jungle – and in Oz!

Indoor play spaces are critical for keeping kids active and sane in the winter - and sometimes, these Ohio winters seem to drag on interminably. Good news: not only does central Ohio have a great selection of indoor play places, but there are always new ones popping up to check out and explore. This winter, we've discovered two that we absolutely love: one was the temporary Wizard of Oz exhibit at Easton Town Center and the other is a new permanent play space/entertainment venue in Sunbury, … [Read more...]

Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars!

Full disclosure: our family will receive free tickets to Disney on Ice and we were also provided four tickets to give away here. Read on for how you can win!  Will there come a time when I don't get blissfully excited about going to Disney on Ice with my daughter? Someday, maybe there will - but not today. I am super stoked that Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars is skating into Columbus - and even more excited that I get to give away free tickets to you, my loyal readers! Zoe and I … [Read more...]

Corresponding with Elves year-round

Our family dove head-first into the world of Elf on the Shelf when our daughter was about four. Each year, her bond with Emmalina, her Elf, grows stronger; she's been known to cry real tears when Emmalina departs back to the North pole on Christmas. We received a special dispensation from Santa right from the start which allows Zoe to hold and hug her Elf. Maybe that's why she and Emmalina have grown so incredibly close? Emmalina has even made special arrangements to stay with us a few days … [Read more...]

Dream Big! Disney on Ice is back

Full disclosure: our family will receive free tickets to Disney on Ice and we were also provided four tickets to give away here. Read on for how you can win!  Longtime readers know that I'm a huge Disney nut and a big fan of the Disney on Ice productions. I'm thrilled to report that Disney on Ice is skating back into Columbus late this month - and you have the opportunity to win a family 4-pack of tickets right here on this blog! This year's Disney on Ice show is called Dream Big and … [Read more...]

Year-round fireworks in Ohio

If you're a fireworks fanatic who didn't get enough of the snap, crackle, pop and BOOM! over the 4th of July, you're in luck. Our beloved daughter didn't get to go see any fireworks this year due to other family obligations, so she was feeling slighted and deprived. She made a compelling case for why we owe her some big-time fireworks after cruelly robbing her of this vital childhood summer experience. And if you think I'm exaggerating here on any level, you need to meet Zoe, who could … [Read more...]

Storybook Village comes alive 6/18

On Saturday, June 18, you and your child can wander around a magical Storybook Village and interact with beloved characters from popular kids' books and TV shows. For this one-day event, Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center transforms into Storybook Village to promote early childhood literacy. If, like me, you've not visited Ohio Village before, it's a "living history museum" -- a life-size replica of a small Ohio town in the 1890s, complete with streets, buildings, actors in period garb … [Read more...]

Winter hiking in Hocking Hills

This blog post originally appeared on my agency's blog, the Rhumba Room, as part of our #FHroadtrip travel series. Follow along all this year as we explore what there is to see, do and eat across the great state of Ohio! I’ve never gone winter hiking before. In fact, I’ve always secretly thought that people who hike in cold weather are a little crazy. But, after a recent weekend getaway with my family in Hocking Hills, I am officially a winter hiking convert. It just takes a little … [Read more...]

Superhero Day at Easton

I have a new favorite family activity for the month of August to add to my family fun "best of" list at the end of the year: Superhero Day at Easton Town Center! Easton puts on some seriously cute events for families, and this one definitely did not disappoint. It was a gorgeous sunny day when we donned our capes and superhero masks and headed to Easton to do some errands and have some fun. I got a little shopping done, picked up a few things we needed and then we headed for Fenlon Square to … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites: best kids art supplies

It’s time for another installment in my on-again, off-again Friday Favorites series. If you like this post, be sure to check out the others that came before. My last couple of Friday Favorites were all about the moms, so here's one for the kids: our favorite arts and crafts supplies! These are must haves in our house. I can't wait to hear about some of yours. Watercolor pencils. And now for something completely different - a new medium for your young artists. Watercolor … [Read more...]

Disney on Ice for everyone

Full disclosure: our family will receive free tickets to Disney on Ice and we were also provided the tickets to give away here. This is made more awesome by the fact that we would have bought our own tickets and gone to see the show anyway! Read on for how you can win.  As I've shared before, Disney on Ice is one of our favorite things to do in February. But this year, with Zoe about to turn five, is the first time she's actually asked about Disney on Ice before I had the chance to … [Read more...]