3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Jaclyn Davis

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

1. Naturally Curious Kids 

This isn’t your average toy store. Once you walk in, your imagination and sense of wonder are fully invoked. On the first level is the sweetest little play house for your kids to play in while you are looking around. There are also other little play areas set up, ready to be played with and tested out. The store is arranged by age; starting with 0-2 on the first floor and ending with older kids/adults on the second level. Our favorite time to go is on Wednesday mornings for their Story/Craft time from 11:30 AM -12:00 PM.

2. CATCO/CATCO is Kids

Columbus is loaded with options for introducing your kids to preforming arts. Going to the theater has become one of our favorite outings. One theater specifically we frequent often is CATCO/CATCO is Kids. They perform at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. They provide shows for all ages and at different lengths. Our two favorite this year have been Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The theater is small and intimate, which is perfect for little ones. CATCO does an amazing job not only supplying an outlet for those who want to preform but also for the children who enjoy attending.

3. Home Depot Kids Workshops

My girls love the first Saturday of the month! Home depot offers a different project monthly that is perfect for little hands, with the help of an adult. We use this opportunity as a Daddy date. At your first visit you receive a workshop apron, just like the employees wear. You’ll also receive a commemorative pin for that month’s project and a certificate of achievement. Each following workshop you attend, you collect the commemorative pins and add them to your apron.  They’ve made great projects, including picture ornaments, monster trucks, boats, picture frames and airplanes.


Hi! I’m Jaclyn over on Instagram @sew_many_stitches. I’m a full time working mama to 2 sweet little girls. I love taking adventures with my husband and our cuties. Our tastes are all quite eclectic so you will find us anywhere between the theater, enjoying a ballet to digging in the mud finding worms.  When not around town with my girls, I am sharing my passion for sewing. I enjoy teaching private and group lessons for garment sewing and quilting. I’m on facebook at Sew Many Stitches. My passion for sewing is my second obsession behind my girls. I love Columbus for all the amazing opportunities it gives so many while still being a hometown feeling city!


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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Liz Miller

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

1. Slate Run Historical Farm

Some of my favorite days over the past 5 years have been spent at Slate Run. Located in Canal Winchester, it’s a living, historical 1880’s farm. This means people work the garden, can fruits/veggies, cure meat & raise the animals.  The idea is to create an understanding of farm life in the 1800’s. It’s free to get in & you should totally bring a picnic!! The kids are free to roam the barns & interact with the horses, sheep, pigs, cows & chickens. There is so much room to run, all under a gorgeous blue sky.  We love trying out old the fashioned stilts & hula hoops or pumping buckets of water for the garden.

2. The Columbus Children’s Theatre

I’m obsessed with taking my 3 & 5 year old the theater. The actors are kiddos of all ages. A few of the performances this season include Snow White, Goodnight Moon & James & the Giant Peach. The shows are usually just under an hour which is just right for little theater goers! We recently saw Charlotte’s Web & the highlight was getting to meet Charlotte, Wilbur & Templeton after the show. The actors mingle with the audience and offer to autograph their play bill. My kids were in heaven getting up close and personal with their favorite characters! It’s nestled in between the North Market & Goodale Park so naturally after the show we hit the market for an amazing Italian lunch from Sarefinos and Pistacia Vera macaroons for dessert!! If the weather is nice stock up on yummy eats at the North Market and walk over to the park for a picnic!!! Parking is easy at the market itself or just across the street is a parking garage!!

3. Fountainside at The Scioto Mile

Certain Wednesdays last Summer they hosted a slew of kid friendly sponsors starting at 11:30. There was gardening with Lowes, petting snakes, the Columbus Crew was there with a fun soccer activity. Not to mention Bicentennial park has tons of mature trees shading the grassy areas. Perfect for a picnic or to grab a slice of pizza from the Donato’s truck!!! The toddlers ran laps on the bridge while the big kids grumped about posing for pics. Then we splashed for hours in the amazing fountains & everyone was happy again!!!! Follow along with the Mile’s calender of events HERE!


Hello! I’m Liz over on Instagram @lizbon_j. I’m a full time working mama to 4 littles, 5 & under. The youngest are identical twins. No, they don’t run in my family & yes, I almost stroked out when I found out there were two!!! I love adventuring with my hubby and the babes. I blog over at www.lizbonj.blogspot.com. My life currently involves navigating work, wine, swim lessons, nut allergies & pre-school/kindergarten drama while trying to sneak in an occasional date nite. I love to shop & have a serious thrift store addiction. I think Columbus is the bomb! I love our amazing libraries & farmers markets, exploring the metro parks & summer nites on a patio at Easton.


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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Helen Bosacki

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

1. Scioto Audubon Metro Park

This park is gorgeous! Just like all of our wonderful metro parks, you can roam the trails and view wildlife. But, the Grange Center is where my kids really have a ball. Preschool story time is every Thursday and Saturday at 10am. Afterwards make sure to head to the Forest Room to play in the treehouse, dress up, and explore! Weekdays we’ve been known to head down post work and get in a little play time in the Forest Room before they close at 5, but typically we are all in for Saturday morning story time.

2. Tree of Life Play Cafe

Play cafes, as awesome as they are, typically haven’t been something we have been able to enjoy because many close at earlier hours. Once this new play cafe opened we were so excited to be able to come and stay until evening! Even having dinner there. They are open until 8pm and on Mondays and Tuesdays you can include a kids meal with entry for 9.99. And it’s actually a lot of food which I was so pleased to see. This has been our go to spot to take the kids while my husband renovates the house.

3. Gateway Film Center

Our newest favorite location is Gateway Film Center. We just recently discovered the Hoot Family Film Series and my only complaint is that we missed the last 12 opportunities! On the last Saturday of every month the whole family can enjoy cartoons and short films all following a particular theme. These short films are periodically interrupted by performances by the Shazzbots. There are also lobby activities and the only cost is $2 for parking in the garage. Make sure to get your parking validated at the ticket booth!


Helen is a mother of three and the owner of Diaperbag Diaries and HB Photography. Diaperbag Diaries is a Columbus based travel blog inspiring parents to get ot of the house with their littles and experience all the adventures Columbus can provide. She is also a family photographer and can be contacted for sessions through www.hb-photos.com.


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