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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Nancy Gillespie

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Looking for new ideas for places to take your kids in Columbus? Each month I feature a local parent who will share 3 places they love to take their kids in Columbus! Thanks to Nancy for sharing her Columbus Favorites today!

1. WeJoySing

WeJoySing story time

WeJoySing is an early childhood music based class! It focuses on teaching music, movement, social and cognitive skills to your child while you play and learn alongside them. We joined our first 6 week session of WeJoySing in the Spring and were so happy to be in Ms. Joy’s class, who is the Director of the program.

They offer a $5 drop in class throughout the summer, which is a nice way to meet other Mom’s with children the same age. We’re already looking forward to joining the Fall session which begins in September. Classes are offered throughout Columbus, with both morning and evening options.


2. Dublin Pool South

Dublin Pool South

Dublin has two outdoor community pool options during summer. This summer, we have preferred the South pool mainly due to its zero depth entrance (perfect for babies + toddlers!). We also love this pool because of the shaded grassy areas surrounding it, as well as the splash pads across the street at Ballantrae Community Park.

Season pool passes are available to Dublin residents and daily passes are also an option if you only plan to go a few times throughout the summer!

Related: Free Columbus and Central Ohio Splash Pads and Fountains


3. Avery Park

Avery Park in Dublin, Ohio

We are lucky to be walking distance to so many great parks within Dublin. Avery Park has been our go-to park because to the big playground it offers! There is a larger playground for older kids and a smaller option for toddlers.

The surface is made from rubber, so there is no need to worry about mud or mulch. We have spent many early mornings and evenings at Avery Park enjoying this free activity!

Related: 6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers


Nancy Gillespie runs the website Gillespie & Co. with her husband Mike, which is a family + lifestyle blog located in Columbus, Ohio! With Nancy’s background in Buying/Merchandising in corporate retail and Mike’s experience in Video Production, they offer fresh content on everything from fashion and interior design, to their favorite local businesses and upbeat short videos. Follow along at @gillespieandco as Nancy and Mike navigate parenthood + life one sweet moment at a time.


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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Nikki Seeley

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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 Nikki for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

I’m excited to share my love of all things Grove City. I wasn’t able to limit the list to my top 3 so I added a bonus spot. Since my blog SweetlyCBUS is all about restaurants and food finds in Columbus, I featured two of my favorite eating spots plus two parks not to miss. Grove City is so much more than these few locations, I invite you to come check out many more spots like the local metro parks, the dog park, and booming downtown Grove City, which is popping up with breweries. Grove City also has the best-hidden patio in Columbus but of course, you must follow me to find out where that is!

1. 3 Brothers Diner


3090 Southwest Blvd., Grove City OH 43123, 614-317-7798

I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but 3 Brothers Diner was opened by 3 brothers. Although it’s much more than the brothers that run my favorite restaurant in Grove City. It’s a whole family affair with many nieces and nephews also working there. Prior to opening this restaurant, the head chef was the chef at Starliner Diner in Hilliard for almost 20 years!!! The experience stems from an even younger age were growing up they learned cooking from being in the kitchen with their mom. 3 Brother’s Diner is a true mix of their home cooking with their restaurant experience.

The menu, which are comprised of delicacies from Mexico, Cuba and America, are made up of many unique dishes, all of which are made from scratch. This includes marinating their meat, making all the dressing and baking all the bread. The food here is delicious beyond imagination. A few menu items not to miss are featured in a full blog post over on SweetlyCBUS: 3 Brother’s Scramble, 3 Brother’s French Toast (made with that house-made bread), the Plantains served with the house-made salsa dressing, Creole Macaroni, and for dessert, you can’t miss the house-made Flan.

 


2. Grove City Splash Pad


3600 Discovery Dr.,  Grove City OH 43123, 614-277-3050

The newest addition to Grove City is our yet opened Splash Pad. The Grand Opening is noon on May 19, 2018, where you can come see the faucets being turned on for the first time. This splash pad is free to the public and is open from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM through Labor Day. Set up in an adorable space theme, there is a rocket slide and a variety of spray options. This splash pad is on the smaller side and would be best for younger children but is just steps away from Fryer Park which includes a fishing pond, bike paths and a huge outdoor playground.


3. Mirolo Dream Field & Dream Field Playground


3400 Ventura Blvd., Grove City, OH 43123

Next to the Buddy Ball baseball field (Mirolo Dream Field at Mount Carmel Stadium which features a specially designed and built baseball diamond for children of all abilities and also hosts the buddy ball league) is the new baseball theme dream field playground which was designed to meet the needs of all children. Designed to focus around the 7 principles of inclusive playground design this playground includes a group of swings, various slides and climbers, a roller slide and roller table and panels that engage children in activities related to sound, colors and shapes.
Ramps and platforms are installed so that children using mobility devices can reach the higher levels.  It also offers a tremendous amount of shade for users to enjoy and the playground’s shelter house features wheelchair-accessible tables. The playground and dream field baseball diamond are part of Grove City’s ongoing commitment to inclusive play and demonstrate their leadership in providing opportunities for everyone to play together regardless of age and ability.

 


3+. Mona’s Eat and Treats


4362 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, 614-957-4027

After spending some time at the parks, we have the perfect spot to cool down with some ice cream. Head on over to Mona’s Eats and Treats which is a local ice cream shop that has been in Grove City for over 70 years. But they are so much more than just sweets and ice cream.
Their menu includes hot dogs, nachos, sandwiches and soups and salads…but of course, you can’t miss the treats. Everything from hard ice cream to sorbet to soft serve. Milkshakes, slushies, snow cones and floats but the specialties like banana splits, dipped frozen bananas, and a tasty Mediterranean desert which takes baklava and tops it with ice cream, whipped cream and a cherry are the real winners. Order your dish in this sweet little shop and head around back to sit in the beautiful gazebos they have built to enjoy your treats.

 


About Nikki:

NYC Girl to Ohio State Buckeye
Wife to Car + Golf Enthusiast
Mama to 3 Bugaboos
Columbus Foodie
Donut Addict
Ice Cream + Sprinkles Fanatic

Why waste life’s precious moments eating veggies when you could be sinking your teeth into a cookie dough cupcake? SweetlyCBUS agrees and demonstrates with her foodie Blog + Instagram account, @sweetlycbus. Nikki Seeley loves her breakfast food, too, but not nearly as much as she <3’s sweet, sweet sugar. Especially donuts. She’s always keeping her followers’ mouths dripping with pics from local bakeries, popsicle stands, coffee shops, and pretty much any place with a dessert menu. Add a sprinkle of sugar to your life.

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Kathleen Murray

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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 Kathleen for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

1. Homestead Park

We LOVE being outside and because my son is very active, this park is perfect for him!  There are so many different areas so he never gets bored.  He especially loves the fun tunnels that connect the different areas!  Plus, it has plenty of shade and picnic tables, and access to the Rails to Trails bike path that we enjoy running on.


2. Hilliard’s Station Park Splash Pad

The Hilliard splash pad is a great spot to cool off on a hot summer day!  It’s right off Main Street in Old Hilliard (and bonus, right across the street from Coffee Connections!) but it’s sunken down a bit which gives it a much more private feel.  The whole space isn’t huge or overwhelming and there’s plenty of spots to sit and watch your little one play!  We always pack a picnic because it tends to be less crowded during lunch! 


3. Frank’s Park/Little Ice Cream Shoppe

Another outdoor option (can you tell we like to be outside??)!  Frank’s Park is a little playground tucked in-between neighborhoods in Hilliard!  It’s not a huge park, but has a nice pond and picnic tables, plus lots of space to play soccer!  There’s also a great path that circles the whole park.  Another huge perk is that you can walk over to the Little Ice Cream Shoppe to grab a sweet treat!


Kathleen Murray is a health and fitness blogger at Just Keep it Simple Fitness.  She is an ACE certified personal trainer and enjoys teaching others that leading a healthy life does not need to be fancy, complicated, expensive, or time consuming.  Her background in soccer and her young son motivate her to stay active every day!  Apart from blogging, she works part time as a chemical engineer and enjoys going on runs with her family.  You can follow her simple fitness tips on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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