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OSU Airport and Barnstormer Diner

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Watching planes take off and land at the Ohio State University Airport is a fun (and free) activity for kids in Columbus! While you’re there, plan to have breakfast or lunch at Jack and Benny’s Barnstormer Diner next door!

Fun for Families at Ohio State University Airport and Jack and Benny’s Barnstormer Diner:

The Ohio State University Airport was one of our favorite places to visit! The observation deck was a great place to watch planes take off and land! The Airport recently went under a major renovation and the tower was closed for several months in 2018.

We recently revisited the OSU Airport to see what was new! I’ve updated this post with details about the newly remodeled observation deck so you know what to expect when you visit with your kids!

BEFORE:

Ohio State University Airport

AFTER:

Ohio State University Airport

The remodel is stunning! The observation tower is now an entire floor in the building and it’s beautiful! 

BEFORE:

observation deck at OSU airport

AFTER:

NetJets Observation Deck at OSU Airport

Here are a few highlights:

Snap a pic with Brutus!

boy standing next to Brutus Buckeye at OSU Airport

Shop for unique airplane related gifts!

gifts at OSU airport

Pick up a free coloring book!

free coloring book at OSU airport

Watch for planes, of course:

boys watching for planes at OSU airport

 

boys watching for planes at OSU airport

planes at Ohio state university airport

Identify planes using the pictures posted along the windows!

observation deck at OSU airport

Hang out in the lobby and enjoy some free popcorn!

lobby at OSU airport

lobby at OSU airport

free popcorn at OSU airport

Visit the timeline of the Ohio State University Airport to learn some fun facts about the history of the airport:

info wall at OSU airport

A few fun facts: the Columbus Zoo has used the airport when transporting manatees and panda bears and Barbara Bush landed at the airport in Air Force Two while President George H.W. Bush was in office.

Jack and Benny’s Barnstormer Diner

We love the breakfast at Jack and Benny’s Barnstormer Diner, the diner at the OSU Airport.  This is a really fun outing for kids AND adults!  The diner is adjacent to the terminal of the Ohio State University Airport and is filled with airport and airplane memorabilia.  The walls are covered with pictures and awards.

Jack and Benny's Barnstormer Diner

A door in the diner opens to a garage full of small planes:

planes at OSU airport

All kinds of breakfast (and lunch) options are available and reasonably priced.  Our meals were excellent!  The kids meals came with drinks with free refills (endless chocolate milk anyone?!) and they gave us adults coffees to go!  Needless to say we were all happy!

Jack and Benny's Barnstormer Diner

What kid could resist pancakes cut out like airplanes?!  That was a fun surprise:

pancakes at Jack and Benny's Barnstormer Diner

boy eating pancakes at Jack and Benny's Barnstormer Diner

Mmmmmmmmm.

Know Before You Go:

Jack and Benny’s Barnstormer Diner
2160 W. Case Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Hours:
Monday-Friday 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
614-292-5699

Ohio State University Airport
2160 W. Case Road, Columbus, OH 43235
Observation Tower Hours: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
1-800-777-5488

Tips:

  • There are no restrooms in the restaurant, they are on the first floor of the the airport terminal.
  • There is ample parking right in front of the restaurant and terminal.

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When my kid wakes up at 4:50AM, I make DONUTS!

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My youngest woke up at 4:50AM this morning.  Needless to say, I felt like making a “treat” for breakfast.  (And LOTS of coffee!)  It’s Saturday, after all!

My kids loved these and I felt that they weren’t all that terrible for them to eat!  I cut the sugar way down and honestly, I feel that with the banana and chocolate chips, you could probably omit it all together.

I got the original recipe here.  I changed a few things based on my preferences:

Ingredients:

1 cup Mashed Ripe Banana (2 small bananas)
1/8 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Full Fat Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Unsalted Butter (Melted)
2 Eggs (Room Temperature)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Bake at 325 degrees.

I used my stand mixer to mix the bananas, sugar and yogurt together well.  Add the rest of the ingredients in order and then fold in the chocolate chips.  I used a quart-sized Ziplock bag to pipe the mixture into my donut pan.  Bake for 12-15 min.  Mine took 15.

Jaden asked me if these were for Valentine’s Day so I said “yes”!  Bonus!  A Valentine’s treat without extra work!

Remember if you’re looking for something to do today, you can check out my list of ideas here.


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