Ohio Road Trip: Geneva On the Lake

A visit to family friendly Geneva-on-the-Lake makes for a great family vacation in Ohio this summer!

This post was written in partnership with The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake and Lake Erie Canopy Tours.

I continue to be surprised by the variety of getaways there are to be found in Ohio! {Read 5 of the Best Things About Ohio} Ohio is underrated, as far as I am concerned, and recently we took a trip that proved that point to me yet again!

We were invited to spend the night at The Lodge at Geneva On the Lake, a beautiful resort with great lakeside views, fine dining and it’s own adventurous attraction: Lake Erie Canopy Tours.

boys at The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

We arrived at the Lodge on a Friday afternoon and the boys enjoyed exploring our hotel rooms.

The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

We’ve only recently just begun to re-try hotels with kids (after one scarring experience with our then 2 year old)! I’m happy to report that hotel experiences have since improved, so if you’re in that “oh my gosh no one gets any sleep staying in a hotel room with our kids is the worst I’ll never do this again” phase, there’s hope. 😉

The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

The Lodge generously provided us with adjoining hotel rooms, so that was a huge plus, I’ll admit! But the rooms with a sitting area are a great size on their own!

We had dinner at Horizons Restaurant, located inside The Lodge, which has a kids menu, and a great view. There is a dress code for the restaurant but it doesn’t have to be super fancy. I was relieved to find that were not the only ones eating there with kids, either.

Horizons Restaurant

Horizons Restaurant

The Lodge has an indoor and an outdoor pool, outdoor fire pits and a rec room with board games and a few arcade games. My kids enjoyed playing checkers in the lobby and exploring the gift shop! The grounds are beautiful and provide opportunity for walking along the water or sitting outside to relax.

The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

In the morning, Horizons Restaurant hosts a really great breakfast buffet.

breakfast buffet at Horizons Restaurant

We had our choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, quiche, potatoes, oatmeal, stuffed pancakes, french toast plus all the usuals of a continental breakfast: cold cereal, pastries, toast and bagels, etc. There was also an omelet station with a designated chef!

breakfast food at Horizons Restaurant

On Saturday morning, the kids took to the trees for the Kids Adventure Course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours, which is owned by The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake and, conveniently, on the same property.

Kids at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

I’ll admit when I was booking this trip I had my doubts. My kids are a little bit on the young end for this course and they can both be pretty cautious at times.

kids course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

But both of my kids jumped into this, proving me wrong! The kids go through a course of ropes, bridges, balance beams and at the end, a zip line! We had some struggles along the way with our 3 year old but he made it through!

kids course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

lake erie canopy tours

They were pretty proud of themselves for making it through the course, however we couldn’t get them to conquer the zip line and both had to be rescued at the end!

kid on course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

The course is geared for ages 4 to 10. I’d say it totally depends on the kid, but I think kids 6 and up would enjoy it the most.

There is an Adventure Course for adults available for older kids and adults. It looked amazing. I’ll admit I would have been scared, but my husband was itching to do it! Also available for adults is the Canopy Tour – a 2.5 hour guided zip line tour!

Lake Erie Canopy Tours

The adult Adventure Course is a two hour course, so it wasn’t possible for us to do it while we had the kids there. If you’d like to do the adult course, this would be an obstacle to consider, so maybe going with another family or having grandpa and grandma along on the trip could be a solution. (And honestly a trip to The Lodge at Geneva would make a great couples getaway!)

the strip in Geneva on the Lake, Ohio

After completing the kids course, we headed down the strip at Geneva on the Lake. We were there before Memorial Day when things really open up for the season, but it was still a fun outing!

The Strip at Geneva-on-the-Lake

The Strip at Geneva on the Lake

I could just imagine how the strip comes alive during the summer!

the Strip at Geneva on the Lake

One stop that was highly recommended to us was Madsen Donuts – we stopped in for a yummy glazed donut. We also hit up Sports Center Arcade.

Madsen Donuts at Geneva on the Lake

Sports Arcade at Geneva on the Lake

Also along the strip is a ferris wheel, restaurants, mini golf, shopping, ice cream and Adventure Zone Family Fun Center!

Geneva on the Lake

Geneva on the Lake Ohio

This would make such a fun Ohio getaway this summer! Geneva on the Lake is a 3 hour drive from Columbus. You could easily spend one or two nights at the Lodge and have a fun family getaway.

Know Before You Go:

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the Lake
4888 North Broadway (State Route 534)
Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio 44041
866-806-8066

Lake Erie Canopy Tours
4888 North Broadway (SR 534)
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041
Open weekends in May and daily May 25 – October 31.
Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
866-601-1973

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ICYMI: 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit The Dublin Market with Your Kids

 

What Should We Do This Weekend? June 15-17, 2018 Father’s Day Edition

Over 35 family-friendly events happening this weekend in Columbus, Ohio!

Don’t forget to check out: 35 Free Things to Do with Your Kids in Columbus This Summer and Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week for more ideas of things to do!

FRIDAY:

9:30 AM – Stay & Play Open Gym at Gym Skills – enjoy playtime and gymnastics during this open play time at Gym Skills! Kids walking up to age 10 are welcome. Kids 6 and up can be dropped off.

10:00 AM –The Science of Big Machines at COSI – Big Machines will be at COSI from June 16-24, 2018, every day from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Kids can climb up and get behind the wheel of bulldozers, dump trucks and more! Try out various construction activities and meet real life engineers! Included in admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – enjoy inflatables, free carousel rides, music with Columbus Folk Music Society, a free puppet show, balloon animals, planting vegetables with Lowe’s and more!

10:00 AM – Dublin Wet Suits and Way-Cool Trucks – at Dublin Community Recreation Parking Lot – tour Sparky’s fire safety house, watch a dive team in action, get your bicycle helmet checked and climb inside fire and medic trucks!

10:30 AM – Kid X Club at Polaris Fashion Place – kick off the summer KidX Club at Polaris Fashion place with Pirates & Princesses! This free event takes places outside by the fountain unless it is raining and in that case, it’s moved inside.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch the movie Shrek for free when you present your library card! Showings are at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day.

12:00 PM – Columbus Zoo at the Experience Columbus Arena District Visitor Center – this free event offers the opportunity to meet some animal friends from the Zoo up close and personal!

5:00 PM  – 20th Anniversary Creekside Blues & Jazz Fest at Creekside Gahanna – June 15th – 17th is the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival! The Festival will feature over 50 live performances, amusement rides and a free Kids Zone! Kids under 12 are free to enter the festival!

5:00 PM – 2018 St. Mary Festival  at St. Mary Parish Church – enjoy carnival rides, inflatables, midway games, a casino, baked goods, and a kiddie land! Festival happens Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM until midnight.

6:30 PM – The Main Event on Capital’s Main Lawn – enjoy activities and food trucks, live music from the Shazzbots,inflatables, yard games, crafts and more before watching The Princess Bride at dusk.

7:00 PM – Swim Under The Stars at Tremont Swimming Pool – free admission is available to the pool after 7:00 PM so you can swim under the stars!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: The Lego Ninjago Movie at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – bring a blanket and chairs to watch The Lego Ninjago Movie at dusk!

8:30 PM – Movie at Mingo – Wonder at Mingo Park – watch the movie Wonder at 8:30 PM. Family friendly activities begin at 8:00 PM.

SATURDAY:

8:00 AM – Strawberry Festival at Bauman Orchards, Inc. – take a short road trip to Rittman, Ohio for all things strawberry including pies, ice cream, slashes an more! There will be other food available plus pony rides!

8:00 AM – Youth Fishing Derby at Delaware State Park – kids under 16 can fish at Delaware State Park! Poles and bait are provided!

9:00  AM – The Great Inflatable Race Columbus at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio – run through an inflatable obstacle course or enjoy The Inflatable Village!

9:00 AM – Natural Play Area Adventure at Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park – kids 13 and under can enjoy the creek, build a fort, climb trees and more in the Natural Play Area! Read about all there is to do at the Battelle Darby Metro Park here.

9:15 AM – Father’s Day Donuts with Dad – Family Stroller Strides Class at Hannah Park – bring dad for a family workout with Fit4Mom Columbus East and enjoy donuts and play time afterwards!

9:30 AM – Family Farm Day at Home of Joy Farm – head out to Lancaster for family fun including a petting zoo, a barnyard parade, peacocks, an indoor obstacle course and more! $10 per car.

9:30 AM – Daddies and Donuts at Ballantrae Park – workout with dad and Baby Boot Camp Columbus and enjoy donuts after class!

10:00 AM – Father’s Day Expo at Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA – enjoy fun and a barbeque honoring the fathers in the community. There will be games raffles, prizes, workshops, vendors and more!

10:00 AM – Passport to Metro Parks Kickoff at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kick off new Passport to Metro Parks program at this festival! Get your passport and start exploring the Metro Parks this summer! There will be snacks, local organizations and lots of fun!

10:00 AM – Kidslinked Columbus Childrens Festival at Westerville North High School – this festival includes a food truck fest, contests and competitions, a Bounce Park and Fun Zone, balloon artist, face painting, scavenger hunt, pony rides and lots more! Admission and parking are free.

10:00 AM – Descendant Pancake Breakfast at the Columbus Children’s Festival – kick off new Passport to Metro Parks program at this festival! Get your passport and start exploring the Metro Parks this summer! There will be snacks, local organizations and lots of fun! Purchase tickets online.

10:00 AM – Donuts with Dad at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – bring dad to play at the play space at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday and enjoy donuts, milk and coffee between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

10:30 AM – Visits with Max, the K9 Dog at Grove City Library – visit with Max, Grove City Police Department’s K9 dog and Officer Kitko. Read more about the Grove City Library kids’ space here.

12:00 PM – Northern Olentangy Watershed Festival at Mingo Park – this festival includes food trucks, children’s activities, raffle giveaways and more!

12:00 PM – COSI Presents Energy! at the Main Library – COSI will be at the Main Library to talk about electricity, magnetism and motion! Kids 6-11 yrs old can build circuits, create chain reactions and more!

1:00 PM – Shark Cart at Westerville Library – the WAVE Foundation from Newport Aquarium will be bringing live sharks to this event where you can learn about sharks and get up close to other animal artifacts! Must register in advance. Read more about the Westerville Library here!

6:00 PM – Flicks After Dark in Muni Park & Fishing Derby at Hilliard Municipal Park – this event includes a fishing derby at 6:00 PM, slingo and a food truck! The movie Daddy Daycare begins at dusk.

SUNDAY:

12:00 PM – Family Day at Pizzuti Collection – the three floors of the Pizzuti Collection will be free on Sunday and there will be activity books, a story time at 1:30 PM and crafts! Read about our visit to Pizzuti Collection here.

11:00 AM – Dad’s, Draft & Donuts at The Draft Room – enjoy brunch from the Buckeye Donuts Food truck and special Dad’s Day Drink specials!

1:00 PM – Judy Carey Nevin – What Daddies Like at The Book Loft of German Village – enjoy a story time and book signing with a Father’s Day theme!

2:00 PM – Father’s Day Fishing at Highbanks Metro Park – go fishing with dad! Bait and light snacks will be provided! Poles are also available. Read about the Highbanks Metro Park Nature Center here!

2:00 PM – Father’s Day Special: Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe out on Schrock Lake! Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket to ride.

2:00 PM – Family Creek Adventure at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – take a half mile walk to the creek and catch fish, bugs and crawdads!

3:00 PM – Father’s Day Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a horse drawn carriage ride throughout Easton. cost is $10/person, kids under 15 ride for free with a paying adult.


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ICYMI: 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit The Dublin Market with Your Kids

 

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit The Dublin Market with Your Kids

The Dublin Market is a new, vibrant farmers’ market that offers food, produce, retail, live entertainment and a family-friendly Saturday morning out!

This post was written in partnership with The Dublin Market.

This past Saturday my family explored The Dublin Market on it’s opening morning! It was a beautiful morning and the first market of the summer was bustling!

The Dublin Market is a really fun new weekly market that offers a lot more than just produce! Though it is considered a farmers’ market, The Dublin Market boasts an impressive list of vendors selling retail goods, food and sweets, homemade products and locally grown produce.

The Market kicked off it’s first season last Saturday and will run through September 29, 2018 at Bridge Park from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Here are 5 things my family really enjoyed about The Dublin Market and I think you will, too!

1. A Wide Variety of Vendors

What I appreciated about The Dublin Market was the good balance of vendors. It felt like a pretty equal mix of produce and grocery items, retail items and food to eat on the spot. Here are a few examples, but this is certainly not an exhaustive list! You can see the whole list here.

Baked goods at The Dublin Market

Dan the Baker

Strawberries at The Dublin Market

Rhoads Farm

Flowers at The Dublin Market

Juniper’s Flower Truck

2 Boys holding honey at The Dublin Market

Whetstone Bee Garden

boys tasting juice at The Dublin Market

Bubbles The Tea and Juice Company

boy sampling jam at The Dublin Market

Impossible Jams

shopping at The Dublin Market

bliss life + style

boy at farmers market The Dublin Market

Kennedy Farms

Beets at The Dublin Market

New Century CSA

2. Live Music

live music at The Dublin Market

My kids love to watch musicians. They hung around on the rocks behind this artist, watching and listening! Having live music was a nice touch while we explored the market!

3. Convenient Free Parking

A big plus when it comes to this market is that there is a large parking garage at the end of the street where the market begins! In my experience, one of the hardest things about attending a neighborhood farmers’ market is finding parking! Having a close parking garage is especially handy when you are toting around small children! And to top it off, the parking is free!

4. Bridge Park and the Bridge Street District

Buildings in the Bridge Street District

So much is happening in the newly developed Bridge Street District! The area is blossoming with restaurants, shops and other businesses! A few of the local businesses participated in the Market, but you could also spend time visiting their brick and mortar locations or pop into one of the local restaurants for lunch after shopping!

coffee shop in the bridge street district

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea just opened up in the area. You can get a coffee at the market or visit the shop for more options or a refreshment break!

the dublin market

Kilwins Dublin has a stand at The Dublin Market but also a shop around the corner for yummy chocolate treats and ice cream!

the dublin market

It was fun to see our kids’ dental office handing out insulated, reusable shopping bags and sugar free suckers!

5. Donuts

kids ordering donuts at the dublin market

Donuts gets its own category because it was definitely a highlight of the market for my kids! There are two options for donuts: Duck Donuts and The Donut Experiment.

donuts being made at the dublin market

boy eating a donut at the dublin market

The boys had a fun time picking out all of their own toppings for their donuts! In case you’re wondering, orange glaze, crushed Oreos and marshmallow topping is not a bad combo!

boy eating donut at the dublin market

With all of the unique vendors at The Dublin Market, the live entertainment and the surrounding shops and restaurants, your family will enjoy a fun morning exploring the Bridge Street District!

Know Before You Go:

  • The Dublin Market takes place on Longshore St. between Tuller Ridge Dr. and Bridge Park Ave.
  • Free parking is available in the Longshore Garage: 6650 Longshore St, Dublin, OH 43017
  • Market Dates: Saturdays from June 9 through September 29, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • The Dublin Market is held rain or shine.

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