Mark Your Calendar: Slice of Columbus, Ohio’s Largest Pizza Event

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This post was written in partnership with the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Slice of Columbus.

Slice of Columbus is Ohio’s Largest Pizza Event!

How does all you can eat pizza sound? Make plans to be at Columbus Commons on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM for Ohio’s largest pizza event!

Once you’re beyond the entrance of Columbus Commons, all pizza samples are unlimited! Plus enjoy live music by The Conspiracy Band and children’s activities like putt putt, face paining, bounce houses, crafts and more!

My kids and I attended this event last year and had a great time, despite the fact that it rained the whole time! We actually made fun memories running from tent to tent to try all of the pizza!

You can get a discount on tickets by purchasing them in advance! Discount Ticket Price is available until Midnight on Tuesday, September 11. Day of Ticket Price begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12 and can still be purchased online.

Ticket Info for Slice of Columbus:

  • Tickets include: entry, all pizza and entertainment.
  • Children aged 5 and under are admitted for FREE.
  • Adult Ticket: $15 Advance, $18 Day Of Event
  • Youth Ticket: (6 – 17 years) $8 Advance, $10 Day Of Event
  • Family Package: $40 Advance, $45 Day Of Event: Includes: Entry for 2 Adults and up to 3 youth (6 – 17 years). Includes 5 free Pepsi products in addition to all pizza and entertainment.
  • VIP tickets are available for private tent access, no pizza lines, complimentary Pepsi products (soft drinks and bottled water), complimentary Craft beer and wine (21+), comlimentary snacks and sides (salads, bread sticks, desserts, etc.), and free parking with ticket purchased prior to September 7.
  • Purchase tickets here.

This fun event hosted by the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital benefits The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Patient Champions for 2018 Development Board Events

The Development Board features Patient Champions each year as they hold several events to raise money for research to find cures and treat patients. The following information, provided by the Development Board, is about this year’s Patient Champions, Kaleb and Mia:

Kaleb (7) and Mia (8) both had their first seizure in January of 2013, within just three weeks of each other. Tests determined that Mia and Kaleb both had epilepsy. However, their neurologist in Florida wanted to do further testing since the anti-epileptic drugs were not working.

In August of 2013, the Diaz family had genetic testing done. In November 2013, they received their diagnosis; both Mia and Kaleb had Batten disease.

Batten disease is a progressive neurological disease. Currently, there is no cure. Patients with Batten’s experience cognitive impairment, loss of developmental milestones, epilepsy and sight impairments. Life expectancy for those with Batten disease is 8 to 12 years old. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s are working to slow down the regression of the disease and move closer toward finding a cure.

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A few months into treatment at Nationwide Children’s, her family noticed that the seizures were shorter in duration, not as intense and not as frequent.

It’s been a little over three years since Mia’s first infusion and she hasn’t had a seizure in over two years. She is still able to eat by mouth and retains her vision. Mia loves being her friends and going to the playground. She loves Chick Fil A, swimming, riding roller coasters and jet skiing.

With there being limited spots in the trial, Kaleb began treatment 19 months after Mia.

In the words of his mother, Barbara, “He is able to give those amazing cuddles that only he knows how to give. He is taking steps in his gait trainer and able to eat by mouth again. He is happy and getting stronger each day.” Kaleb loves music, being outdoors, swimming, Mickey Mouse and Nutella.

Every other week, Mia and Kaleb are admitted for infusions and stay overnight each time. They also come in for therapy and to see their specialists in neurology, pulmonology, GI and optometry.

“To our family, Nationwide Children’s means hope. It’s a place that has provided us optimism in a time when we thought all hope was gone. Because of Nationwide Children’s, we get to make more memories and we get to enjoy more time with our children. I can honestly say that Mia and Kaleb are still enjoying life and that they wouldn’t be here today without the enzyme replacement therapy – a treatment that wouldn’t be possible without research,” says Barbara, Mia and Kaleb’s mother.

More information about the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Click below to watch a video to learn more about the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving/ways-to-give/affinity-groups/development-board

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Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week

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With over 40 recurring nightly events going on around Columbus there will always be something to do all summer!

Who’s up for enjoying warm summer nights when it stays light until 9:00 or later? Here’s a list of things going on in the evenings around Columbus! Just a note: A lot of these do not happen every single week, so make sure to check the link for all the details!

Know something I should add? Leave a comment! Don’t forget to also check out 35 Free Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer in Columbus!

Monday

Columbus Skyline

Tuesday

photo of the frog fountain at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday

carousel at Columbus Commons, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday

ART Sign in the Discovery District, Columbus, Ohio

Friday

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Saturday

Topiary Park in Columbus, Ohio

Sunday

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change and events may be cancelled due to inclement weather. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Columbus, Ohio

Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Columbus Ohio

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These are the top 10 things to do with kids in Columbus Ohio!

Columbus has so much to offer families! It’s a great place to live, work, play and visit! Every day it seems I run across something new going on or a special event to check out! My family moved here 10 years ago and we have fallen in love!

If you’re new to Columbus, planning a trip to Columbus or a new parent in Columbus, these are the top 10, can’t miss family-friendly things to do in this amazing city!

1. Center of Science and Industry

One of the top science museums in the country, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) has something for kids (and adults) of all ages! There are 2 full floors of hands-on science exhibits with different themes from Oceans to Gadgets to Energy, a cafe, a little kidspace that’s perfect for the 6 and under crowd, a permanent American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery and seasonal, traveling exhibits.

2. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Another gem in Columbus is the Zoo and Aquarium! Highlights include the Heart of Africa, the Polar Frontier and the new Shores Play Park! The Zoo is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Don’t miss the special shows, programs for kids and holiday events like Boo at the Zoo and Wildlights! During the summer you can combine your visit with water play at Zoombezi Bay (additional tickets required)!

3. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library and Topiary Park

The Main Library in downtown Columbus was remodeled in 2016 and offers a large children’s area, reading rooms, a coffee shop and cafe, gift shop with unique items, and outdoor patio and access to the internet. It’s worth stopping here even if just to check out the unique Topiary Park just East of the library. There is access to the park from the library. The park is a sculptural interpretation of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte. There are 54 people made of plants and bushes as well as boats, dogs and other animals, standing up to 12 feet tall!

4. Columbus Commons

Looking for a green space in the middle of the city to put your feet up and let the kids run around? Look no further than Columbus Commons. Not only is there a huge green space for kids to run around in, during the warmer months there is access to art supplies and books on most days and a carousel! There are two permanent cafes in the park, Tortilla – Mexican street food and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – some of the best ice cream in Columbus! Throughout the season the park hosts many events, concerts and festivals including Commons for Kids on Friday mornings during the summer.

5. Columbus Museum of Art

Believe it or not, there is a lot for kids to do at the Columbus Museum of Art! Check out the Wonder Room, a space completely dedicated to kids where they can explore various textiles and activities to inspire the artist inside. Throughout the museum there are rotating activities for kids to make connections to the art on the walls. Each year the museum is home to Think Outside the Brick, a huge LEGO display and opportunities for free building. Look for opportunities to take a Family Adventures Tour or drop in on a Young Child Studio. Bonus: the museum is FREE on Sundays!

6. Inniswood Metro Gardens

Many of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks offer amazing play and learning opportunities for kids, indoors and outdoors, but Inniswood Metro Gardens is especially magical for children. The park includes a Sister’s Garden with places for kids to play, look for frogs and hide in the Secret Garden. Kids can walk amongst the trees on suspension bridges and climb into a treehouse. The park also offers programs for children throughout the year.

7. Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory offers the opportunity to step into another climate, be it the desert or the rain forest! Amazing botanical displays are a guarantee and exhibits rotate throughout the seasons. In the spring Blooms & Butterflies opens and your family can watch newly emerged butterflies be released into the habitat. There is a small children’s play area, preschool programs and family friendly activities on Saturdays. The conservatory itself has indoor and outdoor components and new in 2018, they have added an amazing Children’s Garden which is included in admission and offers a full experience in itself! (Read all about it here.) The public grounds around the Conservatory are beautiful in themselves and also include a playground!

8. Scioto Audubon Metro Park

The only Metro Park in downtown Columbus is the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Within it is the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. The best views of downtown Columbus can be seen from the Center and inside there is a children’s play area, live animals on display and lots of opportunities for bird watching! Walk through the park, over the boardwalk to the climbing wall and playground area for extra exercise! Outside the Audubon Center there is a sand box for kids to play in, a chalk board and overlook decks to spot wildlife! See 9 Things to do with Your Kids at Scioto Audubon for more ideas!

9. Ohio History Center

The Ohio History Center is the hub of the Ohio History Connection, which includes 58 historic sites around Ohio. The Ohio History Center features exhibits highlighting the history of Ohio including a life in the 1950’s, pioneer Ohio, Ohio animals, including a large Mastodon on display, a children’s play area, vehicles and airplanes on display and much more. During the summer months, Ohio Village, an outdoor village that recreates life in the 1800’s is open for exploring and special events.

10. Easton Town Center

Easton Town Center is your one stop destination for shopping, eating, playing and more! This open air mall offers just about any store you can imagine, fountains for splashing, a model train and kid-friendly stores like Build-A-Bear, American Girl, The LEGO Store plus the amazing LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus! When it comes to eating, Easton offers tons of stand-alone restaurants to choose from as well as a food court.

 

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