First Dentist Appointment a Success at River Park Dental

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River Park Dental provides a kid-friendly, stress-free dental appointment in Dublin, Ohio!

A big thank you to River Park Dental for sponsoring this post!

I’m embarrassed to admit this and I’ve struggled with a lot of mom guilt over the fact that I hadn’t taken my oldest son, now 6, to the dentist! I had a multitude of excuses, the biggest being the fact that my son is “slow to warm up,” if you will, and very wary about new experiences, ESPECIALLY when it comes to doctors.

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We’ve had a few scarring (for me and him) experiences that had made me gun shy about attempting the dentist! When I called Ellen at River Park Dental to set up our appointment, she made me feel like this was totally normal and assured me I was not a bad mom! (Though for the record, they do recommend bringing your kid around age 3 1/2 to 4.)

River Park Dental Front Office

As we headed to our appointment, I was definitely nervous. I just didn’t know what to expect or how my boys would respond. Ellen assured me that Missy, the RDH, was great with kids and would go at a speed that worked for them. She assured me they were flexible and would just see how it went. I tried to breathe easy and believe that they would not judge me if my child refused to open his mouth and went running out the door (not an unlikely situation).

Coffee Bar at River park Dental

When we walked in the door at River Park Dental we were warmly welcomed and offered a latte (which was a huge plus in my book! 😉 ).

Waiting Room at River Park Dental

Not only that, but the waiting room is filled with children’s books, iPads and a tooth-fairy house! My kids were immediately at ease.

Kids on iPads at River Park Dental

Luckily, we were able to pry the kids away from the iPads by promising them the same shows were available while they were getting their teeth cleaned! Offer my 6 year old the chance to watch LEGO videos while doing anything and he’s going to be a lot more willing to cooperate!

kid in dental chair at River Park Dental

Missy was SO good with Jaden, who went first. She explained every move she was going to make and got him to help her count his teeth. She told him that it was going to “tickle” when she cleaned his teeth and even got him to laugh in the process! She took the time to teach Jaden how to brush his teeth at home without missing any spots!

Kid brushing his teeth at River Park Dental

By the time Jaden was done and it was my 3-year-old’s turn, Jaden was ready to walk Mayson though the process like an experienced pro!

Kids in dental chair at River Park Dental

Even after being right next to Jaden for his whole cleaning, Mayson was still weary about getting into that dental chair all by himself. Missy offered that Mayson could sit on a parent’s lap or Jaden could sit with him and Mayson chose Jaden to sit with him in the chair!

Kids in dental chair at River Park Dental

Kids in Dental Chair at River Park Dental

I’m not going to lie. This was one of my most heart warming experiences as a mother. You know how you spend what feels like 90% of your waking hours breaking up sibling fights? Well, this moment made it all worth it.

Kid getting teeth cleaned at River Park Dental

After each cleaning, Dr. Saurer came in to check the kids’ teeth and talk with us. She was so kind and gentle with the boys. Being a mother herself, she knew exactly how to talk to the boys.

Dentist checking kid's teeth at River Park Dental

Dentist checking teeth at River Park Dental

After each boy finished their cleaning, Missy gave them a token for the treasure box. They took their token out to the front desk to exchange it for the key to open the treasure box and pick out a prize! Oh my, were they in heaven!

Kid picking from treasure box at River Park Dental

Ellen took their pictures and printed them out in front of them, which they thought was the coolest thing! Then they hung them on the wall! No cavities! Yay!

Kid printing out photo at River Park Dental in Dublin, Ohio

I am so relieved that this first dentist visit is done. It was one of those nagging weights I had been carrying around! And thanks to a positive experience, my boys know what to expect and I don’t have to be nervous about next time!

2 Kids' pictures at River Park Dental in Dublin, Ohio

I cannot say one bad thing about our experience at River Park Dental! If you are looking for a kid-friendly dental experience, I highly recommend them. I’m honestly so grateful for them for graciously getting us through an experience we were all anxious about!

Know Before You Go:

River Park Dental
6605 Longshore St., Suite 220
Dublin, OH 43017
Call (614) 689-8686 to schedule an appointment.

Staff:
Dr. Phing Saurer, DDS, PhD
Ellen, Practice Administrator
Matt, RDH EFDA
Missy, RDH

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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 9-11, 2018

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18 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Member Night at COSI

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

This special night is for COSI Members only and includes special activities, a storyteller, a Deep Space Q&A, Dancemania, a Family Pizza Meal Deal and other discounts! Free for members, No reservations required.


2. Parents Night Out at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 555 YMCA Pl, Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-416-9622

Kids age 6-12 can be dropped off for a parent’s night out! The night’s theme is March Madness! There will be basketball, swimming and dinner provided! Register online or at the front desk. Cost: $15/members, $35/non members.


3. Family Game Night at Prairie Township Community Center

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 5955 W. Broad St., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-907-7990

Families can hang out and play board games and active games. Games include a live action Hungry, Hungry, Hippos, 4 Square, and Candy Land!

4. Night at the Cinema at Grace Polaris Church

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-888-7733

This free family-friendly concert includes clips from your favorite movies on the big screen accompanied by a live score from the Grace Orchestra and Big Band!

5. Oakland Nursery Spring Fling! at Oakland Nursery

When: March 10-18, 2018
Time: Store opens at 8:00 AM on Saturdays
Location: 1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-268-3511

This Saturday is Science Weekend! There will be a free kids carnival, The BUGMan with live insects from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, kid friendly science activities from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM and a crafts and game tent!


6. Camp Lazarus Maple Syrup Festival (2nd Saturday) at Camp Lazarus

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4422 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015

This is the second Saturday of this festival! There will be pancakes and sausage for $5 and hotdogs and chips for lunch! Learn how maple syrup is made and participate in fun activities! Admission to the festival is $5 and there may be a small charge for other activities.


7. Opening Day at Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The butterflies return to Franklin Park Conservatory! There will also be a color-themed scavenger hunt to create a rainbow necklace!


8. Unicorn Adoption PARTY at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: ​614-844-3846

Kids can adopt their own unicorn complete with an adoption certificate and a home they decorate for their unicorn! They will make their unicorn a necklace and participate in additional crafts and snacks!

9. 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in City of Dublin, Ohio

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Historic Dublin, Ohio

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade of over 100 units through Historic Dublin! Other events that day include a pancake breakfast, the Inflation Celebration, a performance by The Hooligans and the Blarney Bash!

10. Carnival of the Animals (sensory friendly) at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 100 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054
Phone: 614-245-4701

This sensory friendly concert is just $8/ticket at the door! The feature is Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals”!


11. Dublin Blarney Bash

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: 555 Metro Place N., Dublin, OH 43017

Continue the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the whole family! There will be a Wee Folk area for kid that includes games, crafts and fun from 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM, food trucks, Irish dancing, animal visitors from the Zoo, wandering magician acts, fairies, a balloon artist, cultural exhibits and more! Tickets are $10/person at the gate and free for 12 and under! All proceeds benefit the Dublin A.M. Rotary Charitable Foundation!


12. Card Making Class at Third Way Cafe

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 3058 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-349-6530

Come and make a St. Patrick’s Day or Easter card! $5/person covers all supplies and bottomless coffee/tea!

13. KidX Club: Mad Hatter Tea Party at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Enjoy a tea party with Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and Alice! You can also visit with the Easter Bunny!

14. Ohio State Buckeyes Women’s Gymnastics v. NC State & Central Michigan at St. John Arena

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 410 Woody Hayes Dr, Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 1-800-GO-BUCKS

Children under 6 are free to attend this OSU Women’s Gymnastics Meet! Regular tickets are $8-$11.

15. Lions Tigers and Bears – Oh My! at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 100 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054
Phone: 614-245-4701

This children’s concert features Carnival of the Animals performed by members of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and narrated by Jym Ganahl!  There is a sensory friendly performance at Saturday at 11:30 AM – see above!


16. St. Patrick’s Day Family Cookie Decorating at Loose Rail Brewing

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 37 W Waterloo St., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-321-6634

The whole family can decorate St. Patrick’s Day themed cookies! $6/person includes all supplies!

17. Tea Party featuring Belle at La Chatelaine

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 627 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Join Party Princess Productions for an interactive tea party with Belle! She will teach tea time etiquette, read a story, perform a sing a long and much more! This event also includes a French pastry and drink. Seating is limited! Tickets are available online.

18. Family Paint Class: Lucky Kitty (or Dog) at Art with Anna

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

The whole family can paint a pet themed project together! $15/artist, ages 6 and up!


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ICYMI:  6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers

 *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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6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers

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These 6 Columbus area parks are great for toddlers!

Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes taking young kids to the park can be a frightening experience.  You look away for 5 seconds and all of a sudden your toddler is standing at the top of a climbing wall looking over a 10 foot drop off to the pavement below.  I like to take my toddlers to parks where they can roam freely without a lot of worry that their lack of impulse control (or balance) is going to send us on a trip to the ER.  But that’s just me.

I suppose I should make a disclaimer that most (all?) of the younger kids’ areas in the parks I’ve been to have signs saying the equipment is designed for ages 2-5.  I don’t know anyone who has waited until their kid was 2 to take them to a park, so that being said, I have chosen 6 parks with particularly toddler-friendly play areas:

1. Funk-ee-Town, Harrison Park, Harrison West

995 Harrison Park Pl., Columbus, OH 43201
No Restrooms Available

Harrison Park

Harrison Park

GREAT toddler area here!  No crazy heights, the small slide is enclosed at the top, and lots of opportunities for imaginative play – on the ground!  My kids love the snack shack and the house with the blue roof has drums and a xylophone to play on inside, as well as a steering wheel. While you’re in the area, check out some of these kid-friendly options in the Short North!

2.  Jeffrey Mansion and Park, Bexley

165 N. Parkview Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
Seasonal Restrooms Available

Jeffrey Mansion Park, Bexley

Jefferey Mansion Park, Bexley, Ohio

The toddler area here is fenced in, making it a perfect little play area just for the younger crowd!  There is tunnel to crawl through, a dinosaur slide and a play house.  As a bonus, the grounds here are beautiful and if you follow the path into the woods behind the park, you will encounter a boardwalk along Alum Creek! If you’re in Bexley, add a stop at Kittie’s or Gramercy Books to complete the morning!

3.  Schiller Park, German Village

1069 Jaeger St., Columbus, OH 43206
Restrooms Available

Train at Schiller Park, German Village

Slide at Schiller Park, German Village

This side of the playground at Schiller park is very toddler friendly.  Kids love these trains, and the play area behind it, seen in the picture, is specifically made for the toddler set.  It’s completely closed in, there’s a ramp and the slides are so slow my 4 year old got stuck.  😉 There are several baby/toddler swings here as well. Nearby, check out Winans for great coffee and chocolate!

4. Pingree Park, Worthington

374 Pingree Dr., Worthington, OH 43085
No Restrooms Available

Pingree Park, Worthington, OH

Pingree Park, Worthington, Ohio

Pingree Park, Worthington, Ohio

My kids had a lot of fun at this park!  There’s a toddler play set, infant/toddler swings and a small path around the park that does not cross a road or parking lot.  There are a couple of picnic tables and benches here that are convenient for snacking or eating a packed lunch.

Both of my kids, including my toddler, actually really had fun on the tunnel slide, though it specifically says for ages 5 and up.  They specifically enjoyed yelling “Paw Patrol!” from the top and then pretending to slide down into their respective vehicles.  So yes, I did basically yell out jobs for them for at least 20 minutes: “Marshall, I need you and your firetruck to go rescue a kitty from a tree . . .” and so on . . . It was fun. (Sarcasm font.)

5.  Discovery Frontier, Fryer Park, Grove City

3899 Orders Rd., Grove City, OH 43123
Restrooms Available

space themed park in Grove City, Ohio

Fryer Park, Grove City, Ohio

This park is toddler friendly because it is more about space than height.  And yes, I mean that literally and figuratively.  This space-themed park has a lot of area to run, hills to climb and also sand to play in.  My kids love running through the tunnel and up the hill that is the moon. While you’re in Grove City, check out their awesome library!

There are several toddler-sized structures to play on.  It’s hard to say exactly what space-themed things they are supposed to be, but none of them are very high off the ground, and that’s what matters.  At this park, there is also a pond with a path to walk. There are several toddler swings here and they are under umbrella cover for shade – another bonus!

6. Alum Creek Park North, Westerville

221 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081
Restrooms Available

Train Park, Westerville Ohio

Alum Creek Park North

Most of this park is geared toward older kids, but there are two things in particular make this park toddler-friendly and worth a visit.  One is the train, which is mainly at ground level with a tunnel to crawl through, benches to sit on inside and a small slide.  The second thing is the large sand pit.  I said it was toddler friendly, I didn’t promise your kids would stay clean.  😉 This park was one stop during our Playdate in Uptown Westerville – make sure to read to find out where we got donuts before hand! 😉

I have personally tried all of these parks with a toddler and lived to see another day!  I hope you and your little ones enjoy exploring a new park!  If you’re planning to pick up coffee on the way to the park, I featured two of these parks in my post Coffee+Park: 3 Parks Within Walking Distance of a Coffee Shop!

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