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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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Scenes from the New Albany Classic

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Sunday was the New Albany Classic! It was our first time attending the event! A couple of months ago, I attended a blogger event hosted at the Wexner residence where I learned what to expect at the Classic, what goes on behind the scenes to make it happen and about the heart of the event: raising money for The Center for Family Safety and Healing! I had known very little about the event before that day, but after what I learned, I knew I wasn’t going to miss it! In full disclosure, my family received free tickets to attend this event, however any opinions stated here are my own!

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Today what I’m going to share with you will be mainly pictures. We really had a great day! The event seemed well attended (an estimated 15,000 people), but because of how it was set up, it didn’t feel over-crowded! The lines for things were not very long – probably because there were so many different things to do! I feel like we only saw about half of the options of things to do, but our day included seeing screen-used movie props, the petting zoo, the CATCO stage, Graeter’s Ice Cream, and, of course, watching the Grand Prix!

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First off, hand down, my kids’ most favorite part of the day was the Magic of Hollywood tent! They begged to go through it twice (so I have a lot of pictures!) and my 5 year old recreated it with Legos the next day! I was kind of afraid it would give them nightmares, but no one woke up at night, so, so far so good! These were all authentic screen-used props from well known movies! Here were some of our favorites:

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We didn’t arrive in time for the concert, but we were able to see a good portion of the Grand Prix. If you are like me and had no idea what to expect, this is what happened: 25 riders and their horses completed jumps throughout the course. Those who completed the course without any falls – knocking over the hurdles – compete against each other in the jump off. The jump off was a timed event, to see who could compete the course the fastest. This year’s winner of the New Albany Classic was McLain Ward, riding Tina La Boheme. This was his 4th win at the Classic. You may recognize his name because he won a silver medal in the Olympics in Rio this year!

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McClain receiving his award, $125,000, the Authentic Cup and a 2 year lease on a Mercedes SUV!

This year, the event raised $1.7 million dollars for The Center for Family Safety and Healing, an organization that is working to fight all aspects of family violence, including a campaign to address technology and it’s role in dating violence among teens.

Here is a glimpse of the rest of our day:

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If a day like this sounds like fun, mark your calendars for next year as the Classic celebrates its 20th Anniversary! I know plans are already in the works for this milestone!

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Thanks so much to the New Albany Classic team for providing this beautiful day full of fun for families, all while raising money to help families in need in our own community!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? September 23-25, 2016

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Let’s just call this the weekend of the Harvest Festival! The only question is, which one will you choose?! Happy Weekend!

1. Breakfast with Paw Patrol at Magic Mountain Polaris

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: 8350 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-840-9600

Chase and Marshall will be in attendance at this Pancake and Sausage Buffet! Price is $9.99 plus tax. Kids 2 and under are free with a paid adult. Unlimited Laser Tag, Mini Golf and KidsGym from 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM for $10! Space is limited and you can buy your tickets online!

2. Kiddie Konsignment Sale at Grace Polaris Church

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Half Price Sale 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd, Westerville, Ohio 43081

I’m partial to this one because I’m selling here, but what’s cool about this year’s event is that there will now be food trucks on site! Trucks include Wooden Shoe Coffee, Short North Bagel Deli, Asian Persuasion, Explorer’s Club and Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops! Come buy my baby clothes! 😉 Looking for more consignment sales? Check out this list of local sales I made for Columbus Moms Blog!

4. Cartoon Weekend at the Columbus Zoo

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 24-25, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Characters will be available for meet and greet including Dora, Diego, Fred Flintstone, Tom and Jerry, Arthur and D.W., and more! There will also be a Pokemon Go Conservation Challenge! This is the first time for this event at the zoo!

5. Fall Festival at Cheryl’s Cookies

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 646 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-901-0046

This festival includes a pumpkin fun zone, hot dog stand, balloon animals, face painting, and a visit from the Columbus Zoo from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM! There will be a free gift for the first 50 customers!

6. Harvest Fair at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

This celebration of Stratford includes live music, apple cider making, barn animals, raffle prizes, exhibits from local organizations and a toddler area with farm toys and more! Read about our trip to Stratford Ecological Center here.

7. Harvest Festival at Four Seasons City Farm

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 913 E. Mound St., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-252-2237

This Harvest Festival will be held at the Garden of New Freedom and will offer hay rides, face painting, cooking demonstrations and more! On Friday, you can attend an ice cream social at Lucky’s Market to benefit Four Seasons City Farm!

8. Harvest Fair at Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Celebrate fall at Columbus Commons with a pumpkin patch, crafts, a petting zoo, demonstrations and a $5 wristband (cash only) can be purchased for access to activities like laser tag, putt-putt, carousel rides, hay rides and more!

9. Chalk the Block at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 24-25, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday – 6:00 PM Sunday
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Saturday is drawing day at Easton Town Center! Over 30 artists will be working on chalk drawings on the town square and there will be live music! Sunday you can visit to see the completed chalk drawings and find out who was given awards!

10. Fall Festival in Downtown Lancaster

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Downtown Lancaster (N. Broad and N. Columbus Streets)

This fall festival is free and offers arts and crafts vendors, live music, activities for kids like face painting, hay rides, and crafts and activities from local organizations. Food is available and the Peanuts Movie will be shown at 7:30 PM.

11. New Albany Classic at the Wexner Residence

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4584 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Watch Olympic riders compete in the Grand Prix, see real movie props come to life, enjoy rides, tons of kids’ activities and a concert by Kelsea Ballerini! See lots more details about all the fun to be had here.

12. Outdoor Adaptive Adventures at Prairie Oaks Metro Park

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Rd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Children with special needs and their families are invited to participate in a day full of outdoor activities, arts and crafts, nature displays, face paining, games, and lunch! Click the link for more details!

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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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