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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Lea Delaveris

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Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus! Thanks to Lea for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

1. The Zoo

Yes, it’s totally cliche. But I just love love love our zoo so much! I can’t get enough, and the kids are typically game to tag along with me. I’m totally the person who is talking to the docents and zookeepers. There is just so much to see and learn and watch and do, and even though we’ve been a zillion times, it seems like there is always something that wows us each time we go (even if it is just seeing an elephant pee). My kids have done zoo camp each summer for the past few years, and I can’t say enough good things about that program. We’re also thrilled the dinosaur ride is back this year! And of course, we always hit Wildlights in the winter.

{Lea designed a Something New to do at the Zoo Scavenger Hunt printable for Columbus Moms Blog! See it here!}

2. Carsonies’ Kids Night

We don’t typically eat out on weeknights, but it’s really hard to beat Carsonies’ kids’ night on Mondays. The kids are obsessed with their meatball sliders (I am too, actually), plus, Erica Carlson is there doing her balloon creations and she’s awesome. Super sweet and highly entertaining (for kids and parents), she can create some phenomenal balloon masterpieces (forget just animals – we’ve gotten Yoda, a jetpack, a Pokeball). If you have a spouse traveling or working late on a Monday night, it’s the perfect spot to avoid cooking – you get two kid meals with one adult meal purchase!

3. OSU Airport

This is such a gem that I don’t think a ton of people consider as something to do. We’ve loved going up to the tower on a nice day and watching planes take off and land. The pilots coming in and out have also always been incredibly friendly and taken the kids to tour planes and even an army helicopter!


I’m Lea Delaveris – wife, mom and attempt-to-work-from-home stationery designer. I love creating announcements, invitations and holiday greetings and learning to hand letter (and hopefully create my own font!). You can see my work at minted.com/store/leadelaveris and zazzle.com/leadelaverisdesign and follow along at @lea_d_design on Instagram.

 


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Celebrating 1 Year: See Our Favorite Memories and Read Our Top 10!

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This week, I’m celebrating the 1 year anniversary of What Should We Do Today? January 28, 2016 is when I first “went public” with my blog on Facebook, basically begging my local friends to invite their local friends to like my Facebook page. 😬 A friend recently asked if I could go back and tell myself something when I was just starting out, what would it be? My answer was “to keep going because it’s worth it!”

It’s been a great year! We got to do some really fun things, meet some talented and creative people and keep exploring Columbus together as a family!

Because I’m reminiscing today, I’m going to share with you my top 3 personal favorite experiences from the year and then my top 10 most viewed blog posts from the year!

1. Hands down, my number one experience this year was taking a hard hat tour of the new Main Library. For me this was such an honor. I had only been blogging for 3 months and it meant SO much to me to be invited – plus, my family loved that library and couldn’t wait for it to reopen, so to get a sneak peak was really exciting AND I got to do it on my birthday! Pretty hard to beat that!

This is my “I can’t believe it!” face.

2. Another top favorite experience was being invited to Abigail Wexner’s horse barn to learn about the activities and mission of the New Albany Classic. Being invited to anyone Wexner’s personal anything was pretty crazy! 😉 I honestly had no idea what the New Albany Classic was (well, the ideas I did have were wrong) and it was very touching to hear Abigail Wexner talk about her heart for the Center for Family Safety and Healing. To be able to catch the vision first hand for what the day is all about was a special and memorable experience.

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3. Writing for Columbus Moms Blog has been a big part of this past year! While my own blog is primarily about things to do with your kids in Columbus, I’ve been able to do some other kinds of writing for CMB. For me those articles are almost more personal than what I post here and some of have been shared on other City Moms Blog networks across the nation! I really want to encourage moms with what I post there (as well as share fun things to do in Columbus) and I’ve been so thankful for that opportunity! Not only has the writing been great, but I’ve met some really funny, supportive and amazing co-writers that I am happy to call my friends!

One of my first CMB posts. Click on the picture to read.

And now here is the countdown of the top 10 most viewed posts this year!

10. Indoor Programs for Toddlers and Preschoolers in Columbus: Winter 2017

9. 26 Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend in Columbus

8. What Should We Do This Weekend? October 27-31, 2016 Halloween Edition

7. 12 Columbus Parks to Try This Summer

6. Cheap Family Outings in Columbus for Every Day of the Week

5. Columbus Christmas Staycation 2016

4. 6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers

3. 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions

2. 10 Things to be Excited About at New Main Library!

And surpassing #2 by more than 1000 views (!) . . .

1. 20 Free Indoor Play Areas in Columbus

If you’ve read this far, what I most want to say is THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING! Your reading, sharing and commenting has kept me going! You guys rock! I also have to say a big thank you to my husband, Eric, because without his encouragement (and his web design skills) I would have given up a bajillion times by now! 😉

Keep exploring Columbus with your kids! Our city is awesome!

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5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus PART 2

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Last month I shared with you 5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus and this is my second round of “things we’ve actually done”! 😉 I hope you enjoy exploring Columbus with your kids! Here are 5 more things to do together this summer:

1. Attend Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

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Columbus Commons is a great downtown park and on Fridays there are all kinds of special FREE activities for kids like bounce houses, story time, crafts, sports activities and special visitors. One of the weeks we attended there was a show by Ronald McDonald and the Columbus Zoo brought live animals to see and touch. Carrousel rides (normally $1) are free during this time and there is a parking garage right across the street if you can’t snag a meter.

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Tortilla is open for lunch at the park and there is also Jeni’s ice cream on site! Commons for kids lasts from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Check their schedule here for what is going on each week.

2. Make Origami Art at the Franklin Park Conservatory

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The latest exhibit at the Conservatory is Origami in the Garden. On display are several works of origami art and there are related family activities going on during the exhibit. On Saturdays, kids can learn how to fold an origami crane from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

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In the children’s area there are tables set up with paper and instructional booklets about how to fold different things like cranes, airplanes, boats and more. Throughout the Conservatory, Japenese Garden is the theme! Outdoors, there are origami sculptures as well. During the summer, the Franklin Park Conservatory is open until 9:00 PM on Wednesdays (through August 31st). See the full listing of family activities here.

3. Try Out a New Splash Pad

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So far, my kids aren’t big fans of splash pads! We’ve tried out Ballantrae Park/Bunny Fountains in Dublin, the fountains at Easton, FountainSide at Bicentennial Park, and the fountains at Polaris Mall and my kids still are unsure about getting water splashed in their faces at unpredictable times. I feel like I might be reaching the limit of how many times I should try this activity, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! 😉 Here’s a list of 8 Columbus Splash Pads from Columbus Moms Blog!

4. Visit a Brand New Library

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I can’t go without mentioning the new Main Library! It’s a must visit this summer! Enjoy the remodeled Children’s Department and then take a walk through the outdoor reading room to Topiary Park. There are PBJ&Jazz concerts in the park on the second Saturday of each month this summer (which happens to be this weekend, July 9!). We were able to catch a little bit of the first one which took place at the Grand Opening Celebration of Main Library in June.

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Main Library is not the only new library opened this year! The Parson’s Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library (seen above) opened earlier this summer and it has a open area for story times and a Ready For Kindergarten area that has fun, educational toys. We’re also keeping an eye on the new Grove City Library, slated to open sometime late this summer or early fall! Summer is also a great time to try out a new-to-you library! Here are a few of my recommendations: Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing! Part 1 and Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing! Part 2. Make sure to join the Summer Reading Clubs available at most libraries around the Columbus area and win prizes just for reading!

5. Play on the “Little” Big Machines at COSI

Hopefully you got to see the Big Machines exhibit a few weeks ago, but if not, these “little” big machines are on display for driving and climbing for the rest of the summer! Inside the little kidspace there is a special construction area with pretend tools for lots of fun play!

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COSI is open every day during the summer and until 9:00 PM on the last Friday of each month. They do close down for most of September for their yearly cleaning, so make sure you get to see this exhibit before summer ends! Mark your calendars for August 10-14, 2016 for the next outdoor exhibit at COSI, Farm Days! There are plenty of big machines at this one, too (mostly in the form of tractors)!

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We’re having a lot of fun this summer and I hope you are, too! Columbus has so many things to do and places to explore! In fact, I’ve already started on a Part 3 to this post, so check back soon! 🙂

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