3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Lisa Armitage

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 Lisa for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

Disclaimer: I am a Goldfish Swim School partner.

1. Friendship Cross-Fit

The best thing about Friendship Cross-Fit is the fact that they get the whole family involved! They do an amazing job of focusing on the overall well-being for kids, teens and adults. This is one of our favorite things to do together as a family!

2. 101 Beer Kitchen

This restaurant is wonderful! They do a great job accommodating our son’s life-threatening food allergies. Not only that, but their food is always top-notch!

3. Mad River Mountain

Always a fun time hitting the slopes with our favorite people! Mad River Mountain is a fun little day trip filled with fun and good times for the whole family!


Lisa was a stay-at-home mom to three young children in Michigan, and while her kids were taking lessons at Goldfish Swim School, she fell in love with the program. Swimming is a life skill and water safety is a huge priority for Lisa and her husband, Steve, and she loved that water safety is incorporated into every class at Goldfish from babies to 12 year olds. Leveraging her business and marketing education background and inspired by her mother who was a longtime business owner, Lisa opened her first Goldfish Swim School in Dublin nearly four years ago, a second location in Westerville two years ago and will be opening a third location in Lewis Center in 2018. The business continues to grow and thrive here in central Ohio.

Lisa is a vocal advocate for year-round water safety in the community, and regularly speaks with community organizations, business groups, scout troops, media outlets and blogs about the topic. Lisa and her team have conducted more than 100 free water safety presentations at local schools, reaching thousands of children. This is a huge passion and priority for Lisa and a primary reason the business is so engrained in the communities it serves. Lisa, her staff and Goldfish Swim School members also partner throughout the year on an array of non-profit service initiatives. Goldfish Swim School was named one of Columbus Business First’s Best Places to work in Central Ohio.

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