Star-gazing at COSI’s new planetarium

Central Ohio families now have another reason to head to COSI for fun and learning: as of winter 2014-2015, COSI boasts the largest planetarium in Ohio. Zoe and I got to experience the planetarium this week and had a wonderful time learning about the sun, moon and stars. At just $4 per person for members ($5 per person for non-members), the planetarium show is a great way to round out your day of fun at COSI. Zoe and I took in the "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" show, aimed at the … [Read more...]

Top family fun activities for 2015

Last year I created a family fun list for 2014 with my most-recommended kid-friendly activities in Columbus for every month of the year. Now, I'm doing it again and trying hard not to have any repeat activities. Without further ado, here are the most awesome kid-friendly activities in central Ohio so you can plan your family fun bucket lists for 2015! And be sure to visit last year's list because all of those family fun recommendations are still just as awesome. January – Go swimming … [Read more...]

Holiday fun in Westerville

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in central Ohio. From Thanksgiving through First Night Columbus on New Year's Eve, there are tons of lights to see and festive things to do with the family. Westerville, in particular, is putting itself on the map as a holiday hot spot for kids of all ages. Here are four fabulous family events we've enjoyed in Westerville both this year and last. Plan ahead to register for these events next fall - you will be glad you did: Mother/daughter … [Read more...]

Lightseeing in northern Columbus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...]