5 of the Best Things About Ohio

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These are 5 things we love about the great state of Ohio!

Thank you to Bob Evans for partnering with us on this post!

My husband, my kids and I were all born in Ohio! While my husband and I have lived in other cities and states, we both eventually moved back to Ohio and have come to love this state for all the great things it has to offer! Here are 5 of the best things about Ohio:

1. Lake Erie Has A Lot to Offer Ohioans

Boy on Lake Erie beach

I grew up in Northeast Ohio and took Lake Erie for granted for most of my life. But after having kids, my husband and I started searching for vacation spots that didn’t require flying or a long drive in the car. We were still craving being at the beach and by water, so we started to explore Lake Erie. We have vacationed at Lake Erie for the past three years now and we have made many treasured memories with our young kids. In just a 2 hour drive from Columbus you can enjoy beaches, lighthouses, boat rides, water skiing, fishing and fresh fish to eat!

2. In Ohio You Can Experience a Variety of Landscapes

Waterfall at Hayden Falls, Dublin, Ohio

If you’re not from Ohio, the variety in landscape within this great state might just surprise you! From the hills of Hocking Hills and Southern Ohio to the rolling cornfields of Amish Country to the beaches of Lake Erie to the skyscrapers of the major cities, no matter what your scene is, you can find it in Ohio. It doesn’t take too long to get from one view to the next! You can easily spend your summer weekends road tripping through Ohio and experience a wide variety of scenery!

3. Ohio is the Birthplace of So Many Amazing Restaurants

Buckeye Hotcakes at Bob Evans Restaurants

We enjoy and take full advantage of so many local restaurants! The Ohio food scene is growing and with Ohio’s agriculture, we are able to enjoy so many local, seasonal ingredients. Living in Columbus we also enjoy being a “test market” for new products before much of the rest of the country! While there are tons of local food options, it can be easy to forget that many large restaurant chains also had their start in Ohio!

Bob Evans himself started his own restaurant in Rio Grande, Ohio nearly 65 years ago! Bob Evans was a generous man who was fiercely proud of his home state of Ohio! In celebration of Ohio, Bob Evans Restaurants has added Bob Evans Buckeye Hotcakes to the menu for a limited time and is calling all Buckeyes to share their state pride on social media by posting a picture or video of whatever it is that makes them proud to be an Ohioan, using the hashtag: #TheOhioWay. Make sure to hop over to my Instagram page where I am hosting a giveaway! You could have a chance to win a $25 Bob Evans gift card!

4. Ohio Has a Vibrant Capital City

downtown skyline, Columbus, Ohio

If you already follow my blog then it’s no secret that we love Columbus! Columbus is the Midwest’s hidden gem, offering all of the amazing things about a large city, without a lot of the stressors of urban living. I lived in one of the top 5 largest cities in the US for 4 years and when I moved to Columbus I traded away the frustrations of parking, traffic jams, high crime and high costs of living while still enjoying all the benefits of a big city: theater, museums, job opportunities, a vibrant food scene and so much more! When it comes to things for kids and families to do, there is really no end in sight!

5. In Ohio You Experience All Four Seasons

fall trees at Inniswood Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

I can’t believe I’m about to say this because I am not a huge fan of Winter: but what is it that makes Spring in Ohio so sweet? The fact that we survived the preceding Winter! And when it comes down to it, I am actually happy that we get to experience all four seasons in Ohio. As much as I like warmer weather and sunshine, I do love the beauty of fall, my kids love playing in the snow and I have been attempting to try to embrace each season and enjoy the rhythm that the changing seasons naturally builds into our lives.

We are proud to be Ohioans and these are just 5 of the things that make this state GREAT! What do you love about Ohio? Make sure to share your Ohio pride on social media using #TheOhioWay!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 7-9, 2017: Easter Edition Part 1

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Lots of Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Events this weekend! This is Part 1, the rest will come next weekend with Part 2!

1. First Friday: Mascot Madness in Downtown Delaware

When: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 20 E Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

First Friday in downtown Delaware will include some of your favorite Delaware and Central Ohio mascots (including the Easter Bunny) walking around downtown, available for pictures and meet and greet! At 6:30 there will be a “Mascot Madness” dance-off!

2. Spring Kiddie Konsignment Sale at Grace Polaris

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd., Westerville, OH 43081

Shop this huge children’s consignment sale to find deals on infant and children’s clothing, accessories, toys, furniture and more! Half Price Sale is from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM!

3. Brunch with Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

Arts and crafts, entertainment and the Easter Bunny are highlights of this special brunch! Reservations are only accepted in person at Guest Reception at Polaris Fashion Place! Kids 12 months and under are free.

4. Sprout Swap at Charity Newsies Headquarters

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4300 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

Great opportunity to buy or sell gently used cloth diapers, baby carriers, nursing gear, and accessories!

5. Old Hilliard Bunny Hop in Old Hilliard

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 5274 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Main Street Old Hiliard hosts a spring festival that includes arts and crafts, activities and prizes! There will be real bunnies, coloring contests, a candy hop, golden egg hunt and more!

6. Girls Day at OSU Airport

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Location: Hangar 5, 2160 W Case Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone/Email: vilcheck.1@osu.edu

Girls in grades 5-8 can join in a day of aviation activities designed to inspire them to pursue a career in aviation! Send an email to register!

7. Eggstravaganza at Northwest United Methodist Church

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 5200 Riverside Dr., Columbus, OH 43220
Phone/Email: DorisI@nwumc.com

Breakfast, games, crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny begin at 9:00 AM.  and the Easter egg hunt starts at 10:30 AM.  Also, NWUMC is collecting new and gently used children’s books for neighborhood children.

8. Jungle Book: Kids Edition at Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9, 2017
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM & 3:00 PM (SOLD OUT), Sunday: 3:00 PM
Location: 5425 Center St., Hilliard, OH, 43026

Watch this kid-friendly rendition of The Jungle Book presented by Hilliard Arts Council!

9. Cheryl’s Easter Egg Hunt Event at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies

When: When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 646 McCorkle Blvd., Westerville, OH 43082

This fun event includes photos with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, a visit from Columbus Zoo, cookie frosting, prizes and more!

10. Easter Bunny Meet and Greet at Kingsdale Shopping Center

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3061 Kingsdale Ctr., Columbus, OH 43221

Meet and greet with the Easter Bunny on the Green at Kingsdale! Free pictures! Bring a basket to hunt for eggs!

11. Free Cone Day at Ye Olde Mill

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 11324 Mount Vernon Rd., Utica, OH 43080

Everyone gets a free single dip cone only on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Read about our visit here!

12. Jack and the Beanstalk at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Columbus Children’s Theater presents Jack and the Beanstalk! Free with admission!

13. Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Worthington Pools

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 400 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Worthington, OH 43085

This event includes an underwater egg hunt and an open swim!

14. Golden Hobby 18″ Doll Party at Golden Hobby Gift Shop

When: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 630 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-645-8329

This event includes crafts, games, face painting, refreshments, a style show and an American Girl Doll raffle! Call to make a reservation!

15. Egg Blast at Dublin Baptist Church

When: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: 7195 Coffman Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-889-2307

This event includes a free hot dog dinner and thousands of eggs being blasted into the air! There will be give aways and prizes! Register online.

*Plan ahead for Easter Egg hunts with my latest post for Columbus Moms Blog: Columbus Area Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2017!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 24-26, 2017

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1. Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus at Ohio Expo Center

When: Friday – Sunday, March 24-26, 2017
Time: Various times throughout the weekend
Location: Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave.,  Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: To purchase tickets: 800-745-3000

This circus offers lots of fun including clowns, aerialists, animal acts, indoor carnival rides and more! The ticket window opens 1 hour before each show.

2. Spring Break Scavenger Hunt and Craft at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111
Participate in a scavenger hunt and a nature craft! See more to do at Blendon Woods here!

3. Sesame Street Live at Palace Theatre

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Time: Various times throughout the weekend
Location: 34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

See all your favorite Sesame Street characters live on stage! Meet Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, and celebrate through singing, dancing and more!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

There will be a waffle bar with toppings for $5 per person! Also includes juice and drip coffee! See more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Little Kids Fun Skate Pajama Party at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

This event is recommended for ages 2-8 and beginner skaters! Wear your pajamas and receive $2 admission! There will be a free glow stick with each child’s paid admission and there will be 10 winners of the Going-to-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton! Fisher Prices skates are available and adults are allowed to assist children on the floor in tennis shoes!

6. HOOT Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch family friendly short films, enjoy music by the Shazzbots and activities in the lobby! This month’s theme is Spring! See more about this activity here.

7. PBJ & Jazz at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: Ballroom, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-294-5200

These Jazz concerts, designed to introduce children to Jazz music are $5/person with a family max of $20. Each child receives a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie! There are two performances.

8. Suzy Ultman Book Signing at Igloo Letterpress

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 661 High St., Ste B, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-787-5528

Suzy Ultman’s new children’s book is called Masha and Her Sisters and you can celebrate at Igloo Letterpress with a reading, craft, and milk and cookies! Geared toward children ages 4-8 but siblings are welcome!

9. Grand Opening Family Fun Day at Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4696 Cosgray Rd..Hilliard, OH
Phone: 614-528-4555

Admission is free during this Grand Opening celebration! The facility will be open for guests to see the facility and enjoy all it has to offer: Sports Performance, The Gauntlet, Football, Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball and Soccer! Register online!

10. Opening Day for Simply Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM both days
Location: 970 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Simply Rolled Ice Cream will now be rolling Thai-inspired ice cream every Saturday and Sunday inside Oats and Barley Market! This will be their first official weekend!

11. Fairy Garden Class at DeMonye’s Greenhouse, Inc.

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2500 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-252-6046

Plant your own miniature fairy garden! Cost is $45/class which covers one fairy garden and supplies!

12. Ironwood Wolves presents Foxes in Folklore at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614.715.8000

Learn about the red fox and where foxes appear as characters in stories and fairytales! Also meet a fox!

13. KidX: Mad Hatter Tea Party at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240 (Center Court)
Phone: 614-846-1500

Join the Mad Hatter, the Bunny and Alice for a tea party! Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, enjoy tea time, create your own “mad hat” and play croquet like the Queen of Hearts!

14. Family Maker Date Night at Columbus Idea Foundry

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 421 W. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-653-8068

Families can create a keepsake Family Casting by making a plaster casting of each person’s hands, entwined! Event includes one kit per family plus a meal!

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