Woodside Green Park in Gahanna is Fun for Everyone!

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Woodside Green Park in Gahanna, Ohio is filled with fun for kids with a great Nature Play Area, a traditional playground and multi-purpose trails for hiking!

Woodside Green Park is one of my favorite parks that we have visited in Gahanna! When my kids got out of the car and saw this park they were so excited! They flew out of the car and into the Natural Play Area here!

There is a lot to explore at Woodside Green Park. The park includes a couple of distinct areas. This blog post will help you plan your visit to Woodside Green Park in Gahanna!

What to Do at Woodside Green Park in Gahanna:

1. Woodside Explore and Play Nature Play Area

Woodside Green Park has a lot of great features. First is the Natural Play Area which is made up of lots play structures made from natural materials like tree trunks, rocks and wooden structures.

natural play structures at woodside green park in Gahanna.

This really unique play area includes tunnels, net climbing and play houses! It’s a really great spot for kids to use their creativity and imagination! My kids had a lot of fun playing hide and seek at Woodside Green Park!

nets and climbing structures in the playground at woodside green.

There is something here for kids of all ages and stages. Some of the structures will be more challenging for the older kids and younger kids will love playing in the playhouses and tunnels!

play houses and logs to play on in the nature play area.

playhouse at the natural play area at woodside green park.

It was a bit muddy when we visited so you may want to keep that in mind when you plan your visit. Most of the Natural Play Area was covered with mulch and pretty dry, but the area by the houses and the tunnels was pretty muddy. 

tunnel for kids to crawl through at the nature play area.

If you’re looking for more playground fun in Gahanna, make sure to check out 5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Gahanna!

2. Multipurpose Trails

This park is also connected to the Big Walnut Trail. There are a lot of multipurpose trails within the park. We took a hike on one of the trails behind the Natural Play Area to a narrow bridge over the Big Walnut Creek! Once you begin on the trail you will be able to see the bridge to your left.

a boy walking on the multi-purpose trail in woodside green park in gahanna.

This was a nice, peaceful walk on a paved path. I’m sure this path would be largely shaded in the summer. As you can tell from our pictures, we visited on a warmer winter day!

boy walking on the bridge over Big Walnut Creek in Gahanna, Ohio.

3. Playground

Woodside Green Park is also home to a more traditional playground that includes swings and a slide and lots of areas for climbing.

playground at woodside green park.

There is also a larger than life metal Cardinal sculpture, with a sign that shares some educational info about the Cardinal – which has been the state bird of Ohio since 1933. The sign also gives some tips on disposing of litter in order to protect Ohio’s animals and environment.

You can find a larger than life-sized honey bee like this at Academy Park

playground and cardinal structure at woodside green park.

4. Fishing

path and bench alongside the catch and release pond.

There is also a catch and release fishing pond in the park and a walking trail around the pond.

It would be easy to spend a morning or an afternoon at Woodside Green Park. If your kids get bored in one area, you can move on to the next and it will be a totally different experience within the same park! 

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5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Gahanna

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These 5 parks and playgrounds in Gahanna, Ohio will keep your kids entertained and having fun outside!

Gahanna, just east of Columbus, is home to a lot of really unique parks! If you live in Gahanna or you’re visiting in the area and looking for a place for your kids to burn off some extra energy, these 5 playgrounds will offer fun opportunities to do just that!

Round out a trip to Gahanna with a frozen custard from Whit’s or a cupcake from Small Cakes Cupcakery and Creamery! Gahanna is also home an Herbal Trail and the Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival!

5 Super Fun Playgrounds and Parks in Gahanna, Ohio: 

1. Friendship Park

  • 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

play structure at Friendship Park in Gahanna.

Friendship Park is a bright and fun playground with activities for kids of all ages. There is a fun twisty slide for the big kids, a small play area for the younger kids and a wall of hands-on activities for toddlers.

toddler play structure at Friendship Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

This is also the location of one of the Story Trails in Gahanna. You can walk through a path reading a story. The story changes annually. 

little boy playing on a wall of toddler activities at Friendship Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

2. Sunpoint Park

  • 670 McCutcheon Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230 

two boys playing on a wheelchair accessible merry go round at Sunpoint Park in Gahanna.

Within Sunpoint Park is a really incredible inclusive playground – Kaleidoscope Playground! There are fun activities for kids of all ability levels including wheelchair accessible play structures!

kaleidoscope playground at Sunpoint Park in Gahanna.

One of the newer parks in Gahanna, Sunpoint Park is a true gem for kids who might not be able to play on traditional playgrounds. Kids will also enjoy the hockey themed part of the park with larger than life sized hockey sticks to climb on!

two boys on a swing facing each other in Sunpoint Park in Gahanna.

There are some benches and seating areas that are covered here and restrooms are available. 

wheelchair accessible glider at Sunpoint Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

3. Hannah Park

  • 6547 Clark State Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230 

Hannah Park playground in Gahanna.

Hannah Park is probably the largest playground on this list (according to my untrained eye 😉 ). It includes play structures for older and younger kids and a wheelchair accessible glider. The tall, colorful flowers at the entrance make a whimsical addition to the playground!

people and kids on the playground at Hannah Park in Gahanna.

Hannah Park is also home to a story trail. Across from the playground there is a lake with a trail that includes a story. Walk from one display to the next to read the story! When we visited the story was about a young bee, but the story may change periodically.

two boys on the Story Trail at Hannah Park in Gahanna.

Hannah Park also has a really nice shelter that is available for rent!

4. Academy Park

  • 1201 Cherry Bottom Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230

play structure for older kids at Academy Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

At Academy Park in the northern part of Gahanna, you will be greeted by a large bumble bee! A sign next to the bee gives some educational facts about Honey Bees and honey as well as some tips for properly disposing of your litter in order to protect our local honey bees!

large metal honey bee structure in Academy Park in Gahanna.

Another fun feature of this park are the two dinosaurs that greet you at the entrance to the playground area! The playground has a large play structure with some tall and twisty slides. There is a tire swing, and a face-to-face swing so adults can face their infants when they swing.

kids playing on the playground at Academy Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

This park is part of the Big Walnut Trail that connects to the next playground on the list (Woodside Green Park). We did not walk the trail between the two, but Google maps tells me the the walk between the two parks is 18 minutes. (I’m sure that’s not toddler time.)

boy climbing on a playground structure at Academy Park in Gahanna.

5. Woodside Green Park

  • 213 Camrose Ct., Gahanna, OH 43230 

natural play area at Woodside Green Park in Gahanna.

When my kids got out of the car at Woodside Green Park, they said, “Dude, this park is sick!” Which made me briefly consider that perhaps they are too old for playgrounds. 😉 But they weren’t wrong!

This is one of my favorite parks that we have visited in Gahanna! I liked it so much there’s a whole blog post about just this park: Woodside Green Park in Gahanna is Fun for Everyone!

tunnel in the natural play area at Woodside Green Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

Woodside Green Park has a lot of great features. First is the Natural Play Area which consists of logs, rocks, tunnels, wooden play structures and play houses! It’s a really great spot for kids to use their creativity and imagination!

play house and tree stumps in the natural play area at Woodside Green Park in Gahanna.

This park is also connected to The Big Walnut Trail. There are multipurpose trails within the park. We walked a path behind the Natural Play Area to a bridge over the Big Walnut Creek!

large cardinal art structure and playground at Woodside Green Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

Woodside Green Park is also home to a more traditional playground that includes swings and a slide and lots of areas for climbing. There is also a larger than life Cardinal, along the same lines as the Honey Bee at Academy Park! There is also a catch and release fishing pond in the park!

These are by no means all of the playgrounds and parks in Gahanna. Do you have a favorite that’s not listed here? Leave a comment below to share!

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More than Just a Great Haircut at The Mug & Brush Barber Shop

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Thank you so much to The Mug & Brush Barber Shop for sponsoring this post! All opinions stated here are my own!

Have you ever had a haircut turn into a outing for the whole family? Last week we spent a fun morning getting haircuts, talking about life in Columbus and taking in an art show at The Mug & Brush Barber Shop Creekside!

The first location of The Mug & Brush Barber Shop was founded in the Old North Columbus in 1968. The second location, at Creekside Gahanna opened just over two months ago. The shops pride themselves on these 3 principles: Simplicity, Authenticity & Quality, and I can’t think of a better way to describe our experience with Mug & Brush!

Here’s what makes The Mug & Brush Barber Shop at Creekside so special:

The Space.

The first thing you are going to notice about Mug & Brush is how beautiful it is. (Am I allowed to call a barber shop beautiful?) It’s bright. It’s open. It’s clean and crisp. The Mug & Brush offers a laid-back atmosphere that welcomes hanging out. There’s a fire in the fire place, art on the walls, guitars on display and lots of fun, kitschy items to explore!

The owners, Jim and Amanda, have created a welcoming atmosphere that makes you want to pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee and stay awhile. The space is open and modern but not pretentious. It’s full of careful and well-thought-out touches, but your kid can still drive his Matchbox car across the floor without being judged. 😉

The Cut.

Each barber at the Creekside location has their own room, giving each customer their own private experience and conversation. Both my husband and my 3 year old received haircuts, and we decided that Daddy should go first, in order to set an example for Mayson who has mostly had his hair cut by me. 😉

For the record, my husband said, “this is the best haircut I have ever had.” And after we left the barber shop, out of earshot of Jim and Amanda, he said, “I was serious, that was the best haircut I’ve ever had, I wasn’t just saying that!” So I guess  he means it! 😉

While my husband got his hair cut, Amanda brought out a box of toys for Mayson and we helped him warm up to the idea of a haircut!

When it came to Mayson’s turn, they gave him the option of sitting on a booster seat or on my husband’s lap. He chose the lap!

As you can see, Mayson took a bit of warming up to the idea of clippers and scissors so close to his head, but Jim worked so patiently with him and made us feel like it was completely normal for a kid to scowl at him during a hair cut. 😉


After the haircut, Mayson got to pick a sucker and all was right with the world.

The Art.

The current art show on display at Mug & Brush Creekside is so captivating, it deserves its own section in this post! Local dad, Jeff Stelle begun drawing on his son’s snack bag every morning while he and his wife were going through a divorce. Each snack bag was simply meant to bring a smile to his son’s face, a kindergartener at the time. Somewhere in the process, Jeff found out that his son was keeping the bags instead of throwing them out after snack time, and Jeff realized these bags were making a difference for his son during a difficult time. The collection has been made into a book and is currently on display at The Mug & Brush Barbershop Creekside through the end of December 2017. (It’s seriously worth stopping in to see, even if you don’t have an appointment!)

The Community.

Just a hop skip and and jump from Creekside, Mug & Brush is committed to becoming an intregal part of the neighborhood. By offering a space for art shows, jam sessions, spa services, potential retail and, oh yeah, hair cuts, the space is positioned to become a gathering place for the community.

We extended our morning with Mug & Brush by participating in the Gahanna Rocks project. We’d heard of the kindness rocks projects going on around the city and around the country, but this was our first time participating! Amanda had graciously painted our rocks ahead of time (yay!) and we were able to take the rocks and hide them throughout Creekside Gahanna.

The idea behind the project is to paint a rock and hide it for someone else to find, enjoy and then re-hide to start the process all over again!  (Use the hashtag #gahannarocks to participate in Gahanna!)

Though we had to keep Mayson from dropping all of the rocks in one location, (haha!) we had a fun time hiding them and exploring Creekside. It had been a couple of years since we had walked around the area!

If anyone happens to find the rock pictured above, they can bring it to The Mug & Brush Barber Shop to receive a “super fun FREE gift!”

If you’re looking for a special spot for a father/son haircut, The Mug & Brush Barber Shop offers a great, affordable cut and the total experience to go with it!

The Mug & Brush Barber Shop Creekside

Address: 153 N. High St., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-414-6544
Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday & Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Walk-Ins are accepted but I do recommend making an appointment!


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