What’s November for, anyway?

Peapod Play Cafe 2013

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...]

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

Columbus Zoo 8-14-13

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...]

Ohio’s grand carousels

2011 Columbus Commons & Columbus Zoo carousels

This post originally appeared in 2011 on Discovering Ohio, the official blog of TourismOhio (which also happens to be a client of my agency). Nothing brings to mind the sweet nostalgia of childhood summers like the vivid sights, unmistakable sounds and familiar motion of a grand and glorious carousel. I should know. I've ridden many a merry-go-round since beginning a new fun-finding mission with my young daughter: Zoe’s carousel tour of Ohio. The first carousel in the United States was … [Read more...]

Dinosaur Island: a must-do at the zoo

Dinosaur Island - Columbus 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...]

HOOFit at the Columbus Zoo

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Who's up for a walk around the zoo?! As I've shared before, I'm trying to walk more and keep track of my steps this year, and one of our favorite places to walk and explore is the Columbus Zoo. Zoe and I would go there every day if we could! So imagine my delight when I learned Ohio Health has partnered with the zoo on the HOOFit walking program to encourage people to get more activity by exploring the zoo. As part of the Hoofit program, you can attend hosted walks at the Columbus Zoo … [Read more...]

New summer fun in Columbus

Stingray Bay rocks!

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...]

Food, travel and fun in Ohio

Three little cupcakes

Before beginning my very own mom blog here, I wrote about family fun on my client’s blog, Discovering Ohio. It’s a great resource for anyone who lives, works or plays in the great state of Ohio, as it’s full of fun things to do, visit and see year-round. Here are my posts from  Discovering Ohio this past year:  November Family Fun at the Zoo - If you only visit the zoo during summer months, you’re in for a treat. Here’s my rundown on why November is one of the best months to do … [Read more...]