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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? September 16-18, 2016

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1. Ohio Open Doors

When: September 9 – 18, 2016
Time: Times Vary
Location: All Over Ohio

The Ohio History Connection is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act with a 10 day period of unique tours, talks and special events at over 130 buildings across the state! One such event taking place this weekend is Family Day at Orange Johnson House! Visit the website to search the special events by area of the state. Take a look at all the Ohio History Center has to offer!

2. Goodnight Moon at Park Street Theatre

When: September 15 – October 2, 2016
Time: Various times throughout the week and weekends (see link for more details!)
Location: 512 Park St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-6672

See this beloved night-time story come to life on stage with singing and dancing! The performance is 1 hour long and is recommended for ages 3 and up!

3. Ready for Kindergarten Family Storytime at Main Library

When: Friday, September 16, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

This storytime, including songs and activities, is for the whole family! See what’s new at Main Library here!

4. Sing a Story at Miller Park Library

When: Friday, September 16, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: 1901 Arlington Ave., Upper Arlington , OH 43212
Phone: 614-488-5710

This story time features songs and stories for kids to enjoy!

5. Open House at OSU Airport

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 2160 West Case Road, Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 1-800-777-5488

The OSU Airport is holding an Open House and 5K! There will be a pancake breakfast, aircraft and touch-a-truck displays, door prizes, hot air balloon rides, food trucks and more! Admission is free, but some activities have a cost. If you’ve never been, read more about our visit to the OSU Airport here!

6. Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest at the Columbus Zoo

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM both days
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Jack Hanna will be in person to share stories of his travels at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM each day! There will be activities and entertainment! It is advised that you arrive at the Animals on Safari Stage early to hear Jack Hanna!

7. Arts in the Alley in Grove City

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Downtown Grove City
Phone: 614-875-9762

This weekend’s art show includes over 100 juried artists and crafters! Categories include youth art, quilting, crafts, photography and fine art. There will be food, live entertainment and a kids’ fun street! The parade begins at 9:30 AM! See more to do in Downtown Grove City here!

8. Batman Day at Packrat Comics

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: Hilliard and Marysville Locations
Phone: 614-527-8450 (Hilliard) 937-642-1320 (Marysville)

Free Batman comics and masks while supplies last! If you come in costume you can save 10% off your purchase!

9. Kids’ Independents’ Day

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM both days
Location: Corner of Town and Lucas Streets

This weekend is the Independents’ Day Festival in Franklinton! This is the second year of the “festival within a festival” for children. This year’s theme is Moon Ranch and the area will feature a farm house, barn, moon creatures and other moon-themed activities! Special guests include The Shazzbots, Turtle Lady, Thurber House and more! (See the full schedule in the link.) There will also be a private nursing and diaper-changing station available! Yay! Also, this festival is free!

10. Harvest and Heritage Celebration at Smeck Farm

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM both days
Location: Smeck Historical Farm, 7395 Basil Road, Baltimore, OH 43105
Phone: 740-681-7249

If you’re up for a drive this weekend, check out this celebration hosted by Fairfield County Historical Parks! Features include antique farm equipment, live music, food and craft vendors and family activities!

11. Out of this World Ice Skating Party at Chiller Ice Rinks

When: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: The Chiller Dublin, Easton and North

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will partner with the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks for an Out of This World Ice Skating party to celebrate the circus, Out of This World. If your child is one of the first 75 to arrive at any location, they will receive a free ticket to the circus, which takes place October 14-16, 2016.

12. Family Reading Festival at the Shops at Worthington Place

When: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Worthington Libraries is hosting this festival to celebrate reading! Some of your kids’ favorites storybook characters will be there to help, like Clifford, Curious George and Pinkalicious! There will also be games, crafts, information from local agencies and, of course, storytimes!

13. Salsa Cinderella at Abbey Theater of Dublin

When: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: 5600 Post Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-410-4554

The Abbey Theater is putting on the story of Cinderella, but the characters are the ingredients in salsa! This show is recommended for ages 4 and up! See website regarding special 10th anniversary pricing!

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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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OSU Airport and Barnstormer Diner

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I’m just going to start this post by saying we love Mondays!  I know, we’re a little weird that way!  My husband is off on Mondays, so, unlike most of the rest of the world, we actually look forward to Mondays and use them to do family activities more than any other day of the week!

A few Mondays ago, we had 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 attached to the terminal of the OSU Airport and is filled with airport and airplane memorabilia.  The walls are covered with pictures and awards.

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

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And the TV was playing Daniel Tiger.  🙂 All of these factors add up to children who were entertained for most of the meal!  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!

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My husband graciously agreed to be in this picture! My child is staring at the TV.

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

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Mmmmmmmmm.

After breakfast, we went to the terminal.  The restaurant and terminal are some of the first buildings you will get to when you enter from Case Rd.  The restaurant is in Building 1 and you will need to exit the restaurant in order to get into the terminal.

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Great mural inside the terminal!

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Once inside the terminal, look for the door and sign for the steps to the observation tower.  There is no elevator, so do not plan to take a stroller!

Once you  make it to the top of the steps, you will enter the observation tower.  The tower has a 360 degree view and is open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM (which might also make for a fun date night – but that’s a tip for another post!).  This is what it looks like:

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This was our second time to the airport and both times I have been pleasantly surprised with the number of landings and take offs we have been able to see.  The OSU airport website reports that there are an average of 75,000 operations per year.  (As a side note, from the website I also learned that the Columbus Zoo has used the airport when transporting the manatees!  Now there’s a fun fact to tell the kids!)

With the glare and distance, it might be hard to appreciate what you can see with my pictures, but here’s a few planes taking off and landing:

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Both of my kids were mesmerized by watching the planes!

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In the observation tower were some free coloring books featuring the airport and Brutus and Betty Buckeye (There’s a Betty Buckeye?!).

Most of the planes landing and taking off carry 2-4 passengers, but this larger jet was parked fairly close to the terminal:

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You can also listen to the control tower over the radio!

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You could easily make this a free outing by packing a lunch or snack and eating it at the table in the observation tower, or just stopping by for a short period of time, no snack needed!  The hours the tower is open make it pretty convenient to fit this into any part of your day if you happen to be in the area!  I think it will be a hit with the kids!  And if your kids like airplanes, check out this post for another airplane activity we did this past spring!

Know Before You Go:

Jack and Benny’s Barnstormer Diner
2160 West 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

OSU Airport
2160 West Case Road, Columbus, Ohio 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.
  • If you’ve still got room in your belly after breakfast, there’s free popcorn in the waiting area of the terminal!
  • There is ample parking right in front of the restaurant and terminal.

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