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Your Kid’s First Swim Lesson at Goldfish Swim School: What to Expect

This post was sponsored by Goldfish Swim School.

We started swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School in Dublin this summer! So far I have nothing but good things to say about the experience! But if you’re like us on the first day, you might not know what to expect and your kids might be a little bit nervous. Here are 10 things you can expect to make your first lesson go as smoothly as possible!

1. Key Tag Check-In

When you arrive and sign in at the front desk, you will be given a key tag for your key ring. At subsequent lessons, just check in by scanning your key tag!

2. Goggles and Swim Gear

Kids are encouraged to wear goggles for the lessons (I say encouraged because my kids are a little skittish about this, and the teachers don’t push it when they are.) Kids who aren’t potty trained must wear a reusable swim diaper. I neglected to read this fine print until the morning of our first lesson, but luckily both of these items are available for purchase and you will receive a discount on your first purchase!

3. Family Friendly Changing Rooms

Lots of space is available in the changing rooms – all three of us fit in to one in order to get suits on and everyone ready to go! There always seems to be enough changing rooms – we’ve never had to wait!

4. Easy Viewing Area

To view the lessons there is a large seating area with a glass wall separating you from the pool. It’s easy to find a seat to watch your child closely. One of the teachers suggested that I try different things with my youngest who is having a harder time being separated from me, so being poolside is an option, too, if that helps your child adjust.

5. Play Area for Little Sibs

Got a little one in tow? Books, coloring sheets and some toys are available in the viewing area!

6. Hair Dryers

There are hair dryers available to dry hair if needed before you leave. This will be especially handy in the winter! (Forgive me for mentioning the “W” word in August . . . )

7. Swim Suit Dryer

After your kid’s lesson, you can put your suit in a dryer for a quick spin to get out the extra water!

8. Snacks

Snacks, drinks and coffee are available for purchase. $.25 candy is available as well – just drop a quarter in the money box and take a candy!

9. Tears

I’m not saying there will be – but there might be – tears. There have been for my kids and several moms have come up to me and said, “we’ve been there, it will get better!” A big thanks to those moms for having my back. 🙂 And also a big thanks for #10:

10. Caring Teachers

I knew my kids were going to be stand offish about swimming lessons. They haven’t had a ton of experience in the water and they’re generally cautious kids. The teachers have been nothing but supportive, encouraging and non-judegemental. We’ve had 4 lessons and their comfort level has improved each time. By lesson 4, my oldest got in without any tears and my youngest didn’t cry through the WHOLE lesson, so there’s improvement! 😉


Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for sponsoring this post!

Goldfish Swim School offers perpetual, year-round swim lessons for kids ages 4 months to 12 years old. Our pools are warm and inviting (90 degrees) and our class sizes are small (4:1) so kids receive the personalized attention from our Ellis-trained swim instructors. Our curriculum focuses on water safety so we teach kids at all levels how to be safe in and around water. Goldfish Swim School has two Central Ohio locations, in Dublin and Westerville, and for more information, visit http://westerville.goldfishswimschool.com and http://dublin.goldfishswimschool.com.


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Two MORE Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids

As I promised a few weeks ago, when I shared Two Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids, I’m sharing two MORE fun local libraries with you this week! If you’re tired of the same old, same old, these are some great options for a new outing with the kids!

1. Westerville Public Library

126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, 614-882-7277

I love the trees in the Children’s Place!

The little kid’s area has a school bus . . .

a kitchen, puzzles . . .

a police car . . .

and a great view of the new Northstar! A visit to the library and a double chocolate cookie from Northstar sounds like a fun outing we need to put on the calendar! 😉

The Westerville Library has Drop-In Preschool Storytime, Rhyme Time, Yoga Tales and more! See the whole list of events for kids and families here!

2. Worthington Libraries, Northwest Library

2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235, 614-807-2626

Northwest Library offers a unique area for kids called Story Garden! Around the children’s area, well known children’s stories are depicted in 3D!

It’s worth a trip to this library just to view this amazing artwork! Their website lists all of the stories depicted, including the author and a brief description of each story! Looking at the website, I see so many I missed on our visit!

Inside an area called Three Bears Cottage, there is a space for play for young children with lots of toys and seating!

Northwest Library currently has some kind of programming for children every weekday and at least one night a week! See the full calendar here.

What’s your favorite local library?

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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 31-April 2, 2017

1. Three Bags Full at Franklin County Fairgrounds

When: Wednesday, March 29 – Saturday April 1, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM on Wednesday – 3:00 PM on Saturday
Location: 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Find some great deals on baby and kids’ clothing, equipment and toys at this huge consignment sale!

2. Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Friday – Sunday, March 31-April 2, 2017
Time: Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

There will be thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books for sale, beginning at $1 each! Children’s books are $1! Sunday is the clearance day and you purchase by the bag. It’s $8.50 per bag and you receive a complimentary Friends of the Library tote. If you bring your own similar sized bag, it’s just $5/bag. This sale will take place in the Larry Black Auditorium.

3. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

*I am giving away 4 tickets to this event on my Facebook page beginning Thursday! Check it out here to enter!!*

COSI stays open for special hours and pricing on the last Friday night of each month! This month’s Family night will be extra special as COSI debuts “Mysteries of China,” a National Geographic film and OSU’s Lion Dance Team will be performing!

4. Egg Scramble and Family Night Bunny Hop at McCord Park

When: Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Columbus, OH 43085

This Easter Egg Hunt also includes crafts, activities, free play in the gyms, swimming and the visits with bunny mascots!

5. Lady Tu Tu 5K and Little Princess Dash at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, OH 43219

Bring your little princess for a run focused on celebrating girls and women! See the link for registration info!

6. Bunny Basket at Home Depot

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

Kids can build and decorate a bunny basket at Home Depot this Saturday! Along with their basket they get a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin!

7. Easter Open House at Anthony Thomas Candy

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 Arlingate Ln., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-274-8405

Meet the Easter Bunny, tour the factory and sample chocolate at this free Easter Open House! There will be one-day-0nly specials available too!

8. Little Kids Fun Skate with Daniel Tiger at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

This Little Kids Skate is recommended for ages 2-8 and Fisher Price Skates are available. Adults are allowed to assist in tennis shoes. Daniel Tiger will be on site for a meet and greet!

9. Princess Breakfast Skating Party at United Skates of America

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3362 Refugee Rd., Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-239-7202

Come to skate in your princess outfit! The skate includes a donut hole and fruit breakfast and complimentary coffee for parents! There will be princesses to visit with and goodie bags! Advanced reservations are encouraged!

10. 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Leaf Chiropractic

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1012 State Route 521, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-9705

There will be thousands of eggs at this hunt where kids are divided into 3 age groups! There will also be prizes (including 6 bicycles!), Tim Horton’s hot chocolate, coffee and Tim Bits!

11. Tinker Lab at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone:

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to attend this time to “think outside the box” to create, use team work and learn how things work!

12. Sensitive Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Lower Level Center Court, 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

This is a special time to visit the Easter Bunny, reserved for children with autism and their families. The Easter Bunny area will be “sensory friendly,” with lower lighting and quieter surroundings. Participants receive a free photo and can enjoy sensory friendly games while they wait! Wear blue for World Autism Awareness Day and receive a free gift!

13. Easter Bunny Brunch at American Girl, Easton Town Center

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 4040 The Strand East, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 877-247-5223

Meet the Easter Bunny and share brunch with your American Girl Doll! Bring your own camera! Call for reservations!

14. Underwater Egg Hunt at Westerville Community Center Watering Hole

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-901-6400

Kids will be divided into age groups (4-5, 6, 7-8, 9-11) to hunt for eggs in the leisure pool! The eggs can be exchanged for candy and toys! There will also be carnival games before the hunt!

15. Egg Hunt at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Big Meadows Picnic Area, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Phone: 614-508-8111

This candy-filled egg hunt is for ages 12 and under!

*Plan ahead for April with my latest post for Columbus Moms Blog: Columbus Area Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2017!

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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!*