Exploring Ohio with Kids: Bellevue

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This post has kind of been a long time coming! We did this late last summer and it seemed too late to post it, so I’m sharing it with you now as an idea for a fun road trip this summer! Bellevue, Ohio is a small Lake Erie town about 2 hours from downtown Columbus. We spent a week at Sandusky Bay and this is how we spent one of our days. It could be done in a one day road trip or you could spend the night somewhere near Sandusky and also visit the African Wildlife Safari Park!

Here are 3 activities that will fill your day in Bellevue, Ohio!

1. Jungle Junction

110 Cherry Blvd. Bellevue, OH 44811
Phone: 419-484-5532

Jungle Junction claims to be the largest indoor play structure in Ohio. I cannot verify this, but I will take their word for it! 🙂 This play area is designed for kids ages 12 and under and you must wear socks. I forgot socks and I was able to purchase a pair at the counter.

Around the periphery of the main play area is a toddler play area with animals to climb and slide on.

My kids had spent a lot of time in the toddler area until they gained the courage to enter the Tree Top Play area!

Inside the Tree Top Play area there are lots of climbing structures, slides, tunnels, etc. There are also air cannons that shoot plastic balls all around the area. (If your kids are sensitive to this kind of thing, they do have a Sensory Day on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM where the air cannons cannot be used.) My oldest is sensitive to noise and it took him a while to get used to the noise and have the courage to go inside!

Admission is for the day, so you can come and go with a stamp on your hand. There is no charge for parents/caregivers and the price for children (as of May, 2017) is as follows:

  • Children 1 and under: $2
  • Ages 2-12: $6
  • Twilight Special – $4 (After 5:00 PM, Monday-Thursday)

2. Bone Boy’s BBQ

109 W. Main St., Bellevue, OH 44811
Phone: 419-483-7447

We’ve only eaten at one restaurant in Bellevue, but I can highly recommend this one if you like BBQ and it is kid friendly! I loved to see the meat being grilled right out back of the restaurant!

A big bonus here is that kids under 5 eat free!

Yum!

3. Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

253 Southwest St., Bellevue, Ohio 44811
Phone: 419-483-2222

Wow. I took a lot of pictures here! There is SO MUCH to see! If you have kids that love trains, they will be in heaven at this museum! The museum is open every day from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends during May, September and October.

You buy your tickets in the gift shop – and then try to tear the kids away from the play area so you can see the actual museum! 😉

This museum is very hands on! It has an indoor and an outdoor area. You can walk through train cars, climb into the cabs and see historical artifacts.

The outdoor portion of the museum is across the street and there are many trains to climb into. Many of the trains have displays for viewing inside.

Admission (as of May, 2017) is as follows:

  • $10.00 Adults
  • $9.00 Senior (60+)
  • $5.00 Children (5-12)
  • Under 5 FREE

We played at Jungle Junction in the morning, had lunch and then headed over to the Railroad Museum for the afternoon. With kids under 5 (at the time), we didn’t even have to spend that much money! It was a full day, and as you can imagine, the boys looked like this on the way back to where we were staying:

We love to spend time around Lake Erie! Do you have a favorite place to visit there?

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5 on Friday: Tacos

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Of course this month’s Five on Friday has to be TACOS!! I love tacos! My kids don’t love tacos. How can that be? They like plain tortillas and chips and salsa, so we make it work! Four of these options I would consider to be kid-friendly. One is more of a date night . . . but we’ll get to that . . . Enjoy!

1. Junior’s Tacos

184 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Junior’s Tacos is a taco truck that sits in the parking lot of a convenience store called Dairy Family. This was one of my very first, if not first, taco truck experiences, so it is dear to my heart. 🙂 It’s not too hard to find parking in the surrounding area and across the street from the truck is a park with several picnic tables. In the past, Junior’s has set up a tent with tables next to the truck. But it’s not up now so I don’t know if they will during the summer or if that’s a thing of the past. Tacos are $1.75 a piece and you can choose between Mexican or American tacos. (American have lettuce, cheese and sour cream!).

2. Zacatecas

3528 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

We recently moved to Westgate and we tried Zacatecas upon recommendation of one of our new neighbors! One thing I’m excited about on the west side of Columbus is all of the authentic Mexican food! Zacatecas does not disappoint! I am especially in love with their salsa! If you’re looking to venture out and try more authentic ethnic restaurants, I highly recommend alt.eats.columbus or Taco Trucks in Columbus Ohio! I could read those blogs for days, making lists of places to try!

3. Los Guachos Taqueria

  • 5221 Godown Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
  • 376 Cherry Bottom Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
  • 461 Commerce Square, Columbus, OH 43228 – truck

I’ve shared about Los Guachos before because their famous tacos al pastor are BOGO free on Mondays! (The tacos are $1.50 a piece, so you can get a TON of tacos without even coming close to breaking the bank on a Monday!) Nearly everyone on the planet agrees these are the best tacos in the world. Haha. No seriously. I honestly have never had anything else at the restaurant but the tacos al pastor! There are two restaurant locations and one food truck. I’ve been to them all. Give me all the tacos. 🙂

4. Katalina’s

1105 Pennsylvania Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

I’m including Katalina’s breakfast tacos on my list because they are one of my favorite meals in Columbus! When we first moved to Columbus, the restaurant was called Cafe Corner and we lived 3 blocks away. The breakfast tacos were one of the first things I tried – and continued to choose for years! I have since learned it is best to go with a friend or spouse, order these AND the pancake balls and share both meals! Is Katalina’s kid-friendly? I would say that depends on the kid, their age and the time/day you go. This place is so popular on the weekends, the line is out the door! There is not a lot of indoor seating, so plan to be out on the patio (which was expanded a few years ago)! The patio is kid-friendly, but if it were me, personally, I would try to pick an off-peak time to go so the kids don’t have to wait in line as long. But my kids are 2 and 5. If you have older kids, by all means, go on Saturday morning! 😉 Seriously though, just look at these tacos:

5. Balboa

1312 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Maybe someone will argue with me here, but I don’t consider Balboa kid-friendly. So this one I’ve added as a fun date night option for your taco fix! (They have 2 items on their “kid’s menu,” so to me that says we don’t expect there to be a lot of kids, but we have actually considered that there might be.) 😉 On Taco Tuesday, you can get 3 tacos for $8! They are good tacos with a lot of toppings! (I loved the pork belly taco the best!) I also have to include these babies below! The Balboa Island Bananas! Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate with hazelnuts, white chocolate, caramel sauce and whipped cream! Yum!

There are SO many place to get tacos in Columbus! What’s your favorite?

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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 5-7, 2017

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1. Free Spicy Chicken Biscuit at Chic-fil-A on Sawmill

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-717-9404

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a free Spicy Chicken Biscuit! Mention their Facebook ad (see link) when you order for a free sandwich between 6:30 AM and 10:30 AM on Friday at the Sawmill location only! (Dine in only).

2. Touch a Truck

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Adventure Park Dr, Powell, OH 43065

Kids can touch and tryout dozens of vehicles around Adventure Park!

3. Build a Flower Pot at Home Depot

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

You and your child can make and paint a flower pot to keep or give to Mom! Each child gets a certificate, apron and commemorative pin! See more info about these workshops at Home Depot here!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

This $5 waffle bar includes one waffle, unlimited toppings and coffee or juice! There will be face painting and a raffle! Money raised from this event will benefit Hilliard teacher, Lisa Vroom who is fighting cancer. See more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Mini Market Spring Fling at Bexley United Methodist Church

When: Saturday May 6th, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2657 E Broad St., Bexley, OH 43209

This market features over 25 local vendors who make items for babies and kids (and some special stuff for moms, too)!

6. Central Ohio Folk Music Festival at Battle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017
Time: starts at 10:00 AM both days
Location: 2705 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119

This weekend of folk music includes concerts, dance instruction, a Showcase of Young Musicians, free children’s activities, nature displays, workshops and more! See the complete schedule here.

7. Little Kids Fun Skate: Cat in the Hat! at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Little kids ages 2-8 can meet Cat in the Hat and win Dr. Seuss books during this special time for beginning skaters!

8. Free Comic Book Day at Packrat Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 3864 Lattimer St., Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Phone: 614-527-8450

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with giveaways, a costume contest for humans AND pets, a mac and cheese eating contest, and more! Do you have a child who is sensitive to a lot of noise and hubbub of events like this? Packrat Comics is offering a Quiet Free Comic Book Evening that same night with dimmed lighting and a quieter setting. Click the link for all the details!

9. Free Comic Book Day and 1 Year Anniversary Celebration at Skylarks Toys and Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4060 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-317-7766

Celebrate Skylarks’ 1 year anniversary and Free Comic Day with visits from superheroes, face painting, popcorn and more!

10. Free Comic Book Day at Capital City Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 1915 State Route 256, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-577-0220

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with free comics, face paint, balloon animals and more!

11. Touch a Truck at Tanger Outlets, Jeffersonville

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 8000 Factory Shops Blvd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128

Kids can climb on and explore a fire truck, police car, helicopter and more! Free gift for kids while supplies last! Parents will get a free coupon book!

12. Japanese Children’s Day Festivities at Worthington at the Old Rectory

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 55 W. New England, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

The Worthington Historical Society is celebrating Japanese Children’s Day by flying Koinobori flags and displaying a set of dolls from Worthington’s sister city, Sayama. $2/person.

13. Fairy Gardens at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301 Ext. 602

Kids can create a fairy or miniature garden with live plants and accessories! Recommended for ages 5-11. Call to reserve your spot!

14. First Avenue Park Dedication in Grandview Yard

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: First Avenue (between Bobcat and Yard Streets)

This family-friendly celebration of the new park in Grandview yard will included inflatables, music, food and fun!

15. MommyMile Columbus 2017 at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

Celebrate Mom with a 5K or 1 Mile race with an after party that includes champagne, roses, food, music, swag and more! There will be special deals for runners at Polaris Fashion Place after the race!

16. Powell Street Market in Downtown Powell

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 50 S. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-1090

This is the first Powell Street Market of the year! Vendors will line the streets of downtown Powell selling hand-made goods, crafts, food and more! During this time Cruz Candy is offering free spins to win candy and Studio J: Sing Paint Play (above Cruz Candy) will be giving kids the chance to make Mother’s Day gifts for $2-$10! There will be a free sing-along on the porch at Cruz Candy at 1:00 PM!

17. Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Sunday is the day of the annual shearing for the sheep at llamas at Stratford! Learn how wool is processed with hands on activities, visit the barn and enjoy the Sock Hop Soda Shop! $5/family. See more about Stratford Ecological Center here!

18. KidX Club: Crafternoon at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0180

Come to the children’s play area for crafts, face painters and Matt the Balloon Guy!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. 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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