Lightseeing in northern Columbus

Lightseeing 2014

Have you noticed that a new word - lightseeing - has entered the vernacular in recent years? Lightseeing is like siteseeing, only it's focused specifically on seeking and admiring festive holiday lights. It's the phenomenon where you pile your family into the car after dark and head out to see neighborhoods decked out with holiday light displays - the bigger, brighter and gaudier, the better. Take my advice - singing Christmas carols as you go only enhances the experience! Last night, after … [Read more...]

Family fun with arts and crafts

arts & crafts

Art has been a huge interest for Zoe from toddlerhood on, and we're finding that as she grows and matures, she wants to create and be artistic almost all of the time. A blank pad of white paper, her crayons and her markers, and sculpting clay are always easily accessible in our kitchen - but she craves more. She loves glueing, stickering, drawing, designing, sculpting, building and decorating. So here are a few of our recent projects, creations and finds - hopefully you and your family will … [Read more...]

The wonderful Wonder Room

Wonder Room

As you may have noticed by now, if you've been reading this blog for any length of time, I'm a what you might call a bit of a raver.  I'm prone to superlatives... I'm a gusher. I am full of love and enthusiasm and passion, and it splurts out in my writing. It explodes out in my conversations. It splooshes out in my parenting. Being this incredibly positive is a good thing, 99% of the time, most would agree. Except that when I REALLY want to rave about something - when I want to give … [Read more...]

Spelunking we will go

Olentangy Indian Caverns 2013

Last time I blogged about Olentangy Indian Caverns, we hadn't been down to the caverns themselves yet. I'm happy to share that before the epic summer of 2013 ended, we did in fact go down underground and check out the dark, spooky, wonderful caves! Here's our full report. First, know that you don't have to wait until summer to go. The caverns open back up again April 1. The temperature down in the caves is always a uniform 54 degrees which felt refreshingly cool on the hot summer day we … [Read more...]

Top 10 animal encounters in Ohio

Ohio Animal Encounters

We love animals in our family - I mean LOVE them. So it's only natural that, in addition to having a wonderful at-home menagerie we adore, we seek out cool animal encounters in our free time. This is something E and I did together long before we had Zoe, and since becoming parents we love these critter experiences even more. So, inspired by a recent Houston area blog post I found on this topic, here are our favorite Ohio animal encounters - including a few we haven't experienced yet but plan … [Read more...]

Real life aquarium adventures

Our Aquarium Adventures

When E got a new job working from home in 2013, he said he was going to get himself a fish tank to add a little visual interest and zen to his home office. I imagined something small and compact with a handful of fish, but in my beloved husband's inimitable style, he ended up getting a massive 45 gallon unit that now sustains an entire aquatic ecosystem. Little did I know this aquarium would become such a focal point of fun, interaction and life lessons for our whole family! The aquarium has … [Read more...]

Entertaining bigger kids for a week

Crazy 88s 2014

By now, I've gotten pretty good at the little kid thing - I know where to take Zoe to let some energy out and have a blast doing it. But right after Christmas this year, two of our nephews and one of our nieces came to stay with us for a week over their winter break. Suddenly, I had a house FULL of kids - Zoe plus a tween and two teens - so I knew I'd have to hit the Internets hard to come up with a plan to entertain them all. I put together an agenda for our week together that included fun … [Read more...]

Family fun activities for 2014

2013 family fun

Do you have a family fun "bucket list" started for 2014 yet? If not, here's a great start. I've looked back over the past year and chosen our favorite family fun activity from each month - some of which I've blogged about before, some of which I haven't. Here's our list of the top 12 family fun activities in Columbus from 2013 so that you can plan ahead for a super fun 2014 with your family! January - Go fish-watching at the Columbus Zoo's Discovery Reef aquarium. When it's cold outside, there … [Read more...]

Snow day fun at Star Lanes

Star Lanes 2014

Disclaimer: I was generously provided dinner, arcade play time and bowling courtesy of Star Lanes prior to writing this post. That said, my opinions are my own and I happily spent my own money at Star Lanes as well! It's snowing today... time to head to Star Lanes Polaris for some bowling fun! Sure, we played outside in the white stuff too, but one can only do that for so long. Kids get cold, you all have to come in and get warm... and then, before too long, cabin fever sets in. That's why … [Read more...]

Westerville’s Watering Hole

Watering Hole 2011 & 2013

The other afternoon, Zoe and I lazed in the pool, played on water slides and swam until we were both exhausted. Was I dreaming or having summer flashbacks? No - we escaped to an indoor water park for a blissful and fun getaway. The best part? It's just minutes from our house! I'm talking about the wonderful community resource known as the Westerville Community Center, and specifically the high quality, 96,000 sq. ft. indoor aquatic facility known as The Watering Hole.  For $7.50 per person … [Read more...]