Family fun activities for 2014

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...]

A glowing date night review

If you're looking for a romantic, unique date night this winter, I give my highest recommendation to the Bruce Munro: Light experience at Franklin Park Conservatory through February 8, 2014. These glowing images were taken there, but please know that photos and even video cannot do this installation justice. It truly has to be experienced in person for all its enchanting, magical splendor. "You need a medium to find yourself and to explain things to other people, and light happens to be mine." … [Read more...]

Westerville’s Watering Hole

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...]

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...]

First-time fun at Build-A-Bear

Disclaimer: Zoe and I were given an incredible opportunity recently to visit and experience the new Build-A-Bear Workshop at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. We built a wonderful, all bells-and-whistles-included bear in exchange for this post. Thank you again to the beary kind and generous folks at Build-A-Bear! Our poor little girl had a rough week recently. It started with a bad fever and sore throat, then the infection spread to Zoe's ear leaving her in huge amounts of pain. Then, … [Read more...]

Top 10 reasons to “ride all day” at the zoo

A trip to the zoo with baby or even young toddler Zoe meant an hour or two at most of visiting the animals. Oh, how times have changed. Now, a trip to the zoo can be an almost all day endeavor and includes visiting animals, watching the animal show, petting the stingrays and and - if she's very lucky - going on some of her favorite rides. This week, for the first time, I bought us both the "Zoo it all" Ride All Day wrist bands ($9.99 each) so we could do all the rides. We had an absolute … [Read more...]

Gem mining at Olentangy Indian Caverns

I can't tell you how many times I've driven past the weathered billboard for Olentangy Indian Caverns on 23 just north of Polaris. Many times I've even said "oh that's right, we really need to check that out," while driving past. And I knew the place was literally two miles from my house! But it still took me until this summer to visit. I think it took me so long to visit the caverns because I honestly expected the place to be kind of lame or schlocky - otherwise, I would have heard people … [Read more...]

NYC with a three year old

This past May, our family embarked on the second of six trips to NYC in celebration of each of our nieces and nephews' 16th birthdays. This year was Malachi's turn and marked our attempt to take on the impossible: a family roadtrip to NYC that would please both our 16 year old nephew and three year old daughter. You should know that I had several horrible nightmares in the days leading up to our trip. I dreamed that Zoe darted out into NYC traffic (worst of all, in front of a yellow cab). I … [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...]