Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus! Thanks to Leslie for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

There’s no denying that Columbus has one A-M-A-Z-I-N-G zoo! As season pass holders we spend a lot of time frolicking around the zoo grounds, as if it were our first time every visit. It is not unlikely that you can find us taking full advantage of the up close and personal animal encounters.  Packing a lunch and an ample amount of snacks is a must, as we are sure to spend most of our day here.

Columbus Metropolitan Library- New Albany Branch

There are so many wonderful libraries around Columbus that afford me the opportunity to expose my boys to more books than I can afford to buy. With a library card and zero late fees it is inevitable that we haul out as much as we can carry. With every visit there is no predicting what might catch their eye; a librarian/staff is readily available to make recommendations, that I might not know of or think to suggest. There is also an interactive story time with the infamous Mr. Dave every Wednesday and Thursday that incorporates both fine and gross motor skills to ensure Kindergarten readiness.

Hannah Park

Hannah Park is our go-to park not only because it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from our house, but it also has a lot to offer my busy boys. The beautiful park has walking trails, tennis and basketball courts, a baseball field, multiple ponds, open green spaces, two jungle gyms (one for toddlers and one for older kids), large covered shelter, and multiple bathrooms.


Leslie is an occupational therapist and mother of two. She is the owner of The Penmanship Lab, a handwriting coaching service. She strongly believes that the art of handwriting is not dead and that formal handwriting instruction is vital in the digital age for the development of a child.  Her mission is to provide quality handwriting coaching to foster a natural and automatic skill, improve legibility and efficiency all while having fun! She offers camps, classes, private sessions and workshops.

Follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thepenmanshiplab/ and Intsagram @the_penmanship_lab.  To learn more about The Penmanship Lab visit www.thepenmanshiplab.com.


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Written by Julie Miller