5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Upper Arlington

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Explore Upper Arlington, Ohio with your kids by visiting one of these fun parks and playgrounds!

Upper Arlington offers us its fair share of parks and playgrounds for exploring and playing! Two of them are even connected to a library which makes for a full day outing in itself! While in Upper Arlington, check out Tremont Goodie Shop for a yummy treat or pop into Cover to Cover Books for Children!

5 Super Fun Parks and Playgrounds in Upper Arlington, Ohio:

1. Northam Park

  • 2070 Northam Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Northam Park in Upper Arlington

Northam Park was remodeled a few years ago and new play equipment was added. This is a fun, natural feeling park with soft ground and a couple  of different play areas. I love the natural elements to this park like a tree trunk balance beam and tree stumps for hopping. The play structures even look like tree houses!

Northam Park Playground in Upper Arlington

What makes this park extra fun is that it is next to the Upper Arlington Public Library – which makes for a well-rounded outing to the park! There is a large parking lot here and it is also home to the Upper Arlington Farmer’s Market during the summer and fall!

Northam Park in Upper Arlington

2. Fancyburg Park

  • 3375 Kioka Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Fancyburg Park in Upper Arlington

Fancyburg Park is a great park for kids of all ages! There are two separate play structures, one for older kids and one for toddlers. There are also a fun play houses for toddlers!

Upper Arlington Playground: Fancyburg Park

This park has a lot of mature trees and shade plus a picnic shelter! There’s a lot of green space here to run around!

upper arlington park: Fancyburg

3. Thompson Park

  • 4250 Woodbridge Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43220

Thompson Park playground in Upper Arlington, Ohio

Thompson Park is another great Upper Arlington park to add to your list! My boys have loved playing here and it is particularly beautiful in the fall! There is a path to walk and baseball fields.

Thompson Park, Upper Arlington

This playground in Upper Arlington has a couple of play structures, ride on animals, balance beams, climbing structures, slides and a couple of infant swings!

Thompson Park in Upper Arlington

4. Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park)

  • 2405 Wickliffe Rd., Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221

Castle Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio

One of the most unique parks in Upper Arlington, the playground at Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School is affectionately known as the “Castle Park” and for good reason! Since this playground is a school playground, it is only available to the public during non-school hours.

Castle Park in Upper arlington, Ohio

There is tons of fun to be had here: tires to climb, turrets to hide in, a wooden train engine, slides and much more! It’s the perfect park for hide and seek!

Castle Park - Wycliffe Playground - in Upper Arlington

 5. Miller Park

  • 1903 Arlington Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43212

Miller Park and Playground in Upper Arlington, Ohio

Miller Park is a smaller playground, but it is extra fun because it is next to the Miller Park Library and a creek and ravine. This park would make for a fun morning outing if you include the library and play time in the ravine.

Miller Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio

There are two play areas here, one with taller structures and slides and a smaller area for toddlers that has ride on toys and some interactive elements. There is also a tire swing here and regular swings. 

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10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions

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These are 10 Holiday and Christmas events we make sure not to miss every year! If you’re looking to start some family-friendly Christmas traditions around Columbus, start here!

Every year I feel slightly overwhelmed by all of the Holiday events I really don’t want to miss. A few years ago, I sat down and wrote them out on a calendar. And THAT is pretty much where the idea for this blog began! 😉

Now we’ve come full circle and, though there are probably hundreds of holiday events going on around Columbus, today I am sharing 10 things my family loves doing at Christmastime in Columbus!

Here are 10 of our favorite family-friendly Christmas Events in Columbus!

1. Village Lights

Village Lights, German Village, Columbus, Ohio

Hands down, this is my favorite Columbus tradition of the entire year. Wow, did I really just say that? I did. I look forward to this probably more than anything else. I honestly don’t know how much my kids like it, but there are free cookies and hot chocolate, so I haven’t heard any complaints!

The streets of German Village are lit with luminaries and restaurants, shops, and even a few private homes along the route are open late with special deals, free goodies and live music! Designated parking areas and shuttles are available.

When: December 8, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: throughout German Village

2. Wildlights

wild lights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

You have to see Wildlights! The light shows are spectacular and the zoo becomes an (even more) magical place for about 6 weeks leading up to New Year’s Day! The first time we ever attempted to go to Wildlights, there was so much traffic that by the time we got there it was too late for my 1 yr old and we just drove right on by the entrance and back on home!

Weekends are very busy, so if you can, I suggest trying a week day evening and arriving before 5:00 PM! If you’re a member, you can also avoid the crowds by catching the Member Preview held in mid November.

When: November 16 , 2018 – January 6, 2019 (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) (Wildlights begins at 5:00 PM)
Where: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

3. Conservatory Aglow (Formerly Merry and Bright)

conservatory aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

Conservatory Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and special events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated beautifully (that goes without saying)!

There are lights throughout inside and outside and it’s breathtaking! During this season, Franklin Park Conservatory is open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities happening all through the season!

lights at Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

New in 2019, decorations will expand into the Grand Mallway. This year there will be a Special Engagement Admission Rate for this event and members will receive half off these rates. See the link for details.

When: November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Where: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

Rotating railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory

4. Bicentennial Park

christmas lights on the scioto mile, bicentennial park, columbus, Ohio

Throughout the holiday season, the Scioto Mile is awash in light – Christmas lights, that is! Taking place on Saturday, December 7, 2019, is WinterFest. it will include live performances and food trucks, as well as seasonal ales and cocktails. The park will be full of lights beginning November 21st!

When: November 21, 2019 through Early January 2020
Where: 233 S. Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

Christmas lights at Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile

5. Columbus Commons and the Lazarus Windows

Christmas Lights at Columbus Commons

When you’re at Bicentennial Park, make plans to walk a few blocks to Columbus Commons where the park will be filled with holiday displays and lights! Just across the street (at the corner of High and Town) in the old Lazarus building, the windows will be filled with scenes from the 12 Days of Christmas! On December 7, 2019 there will be a free Santa’s Workshop at the Lazarus Building!

When: Late November through early January from dusk until to 11:00 PM
Where: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

6. Huntington Holiday Train

Huntington Train at Main Library, Columbus, Ohio

Main Library is home to the Huntington Holiday Train and every year this amazing display is set up during the holiday season! The library typically begins set up of the train in mid November and it is usually up through New Years!

When: Mid November, 2019 – Early January, 2020
Where: 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

Holiday Train at Main Library in Columbus, Ohio

7. Holiday Train at Ohio History Center

holiday train at Ohio History Center

If you happen to have kids that like trains, there is a also holiday train set up at the Ohio History Center. Granted, it’s not quite as elaborate as the Huntington Train, but since we’re members at Ohio History Center, this one is still a no-brainer for me and two boys who love trains! We don’t miss it! F

or two weekends in December, Ohio Village will host Dickens of a Christmas where you can celebrate Christmas in the 19th century with Victorian crafts, snacks, caroling and more!

When: Late November – Early January
Where: 800 E. 17th. Ave., Columbus OH 43211

Holiday Train at Ohio History Center

8. Think Outside the Brick

Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

This exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art isn’t necessarily holiday themed, but it is definitely a holiday tradition in Columbus! If you have kids on Christmas break, this would be a great reason to take them to the Art Museum!

The LEGO replica of Columbus is awesome and we love to visit at this time! There are usually blocks for free building in the Big Idea Gallery, too!

Admission is free on Sundays and on Thursday nights you “pay what you want” from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM!

When: November 23, 2019 – January 17, 2020
Where: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Think Outside the Brick LEGO exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art

9. Easton

Christmas Tree at Easton Town Center

We always enjoy going to Easton at Christmastime – and not just to do our Christmas shopping! There is a life-sized nativity and a humongous Christmas tree (an all-new, 56 ft tree covered in 28, 680 RGB LED’s arrived in 2017!)!

There are carriage rides, live music performances and the lighting ceremony takes place on November 22, 2019 beginning at 6:30 PM and includes a parade, a fireworks show, a visit from Santa and more!

Nativity at Easton Town Center

When: beginning November 16, 2018
Where: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

10. State Auto Christmas Corner

State Auto Christmas Corner Nativity Display, Downtown Columbus, Ohio

Christmas Corner is something we love to do close to Christmas Eve! You can walk through a life-sized nativity following the Christmas story! The Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5:30 PM.

There are choirs scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings through December 23rd and free hot chocolate (donations accepted!) will be available on those evenings!  There are ample parking lots designated for viewing this display!

wiseman at State Auto Christmas Corner in Downtown Columbus

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 through Christmas Day when baby Jesus is placed in the manger.
Where: 518 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

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5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Dublin

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Looking for a great playground or park in Dublin, Ohio? Try out one of these 5 super fun parks for a day out with the kids in Dublin!

Dublin, a northwest suburb of Columbus, Ohio, is home to many beautiful and fun parks and playgrounds! There are play structures for all ability levels and don’t miss Leatherlips, a classic landmark in Scioto Park!

5 Super Fun Parks and Playgrounds in Dublin, Ohio:

1. Coffman Park

  • 5200 Emerald Pkwy, Dublin, OH 43017

Coffman Park in Dublin Ohio

Coffman Park is a huge park complex with a skating rink, amphitheater, rec center and playground area. For best access to the playground area, park in the parking lot near City Hall.

boy on slide at park in dublin ohio

My son loved this slide with 3 different heights! We spent a lot of time here!

Coffman Park in Dublin, Ohio

This play structure has a lot of musical-themed activities like drums, bells and horns! The park area surrounding the playground is beautiful for walking and enjoying the green space. 

2. Emerald Fields

  • 4040 Wyandotte Woods Blvd, Dublin, OH 43016

Emerald Fields Park in Dublin Ohio

This very colorful playground has several different play areas including swings, balance structures, and an NEOS 360  Interactive playground. The main play structure is completely accessible, there are musical features here, too and a really cute dinosaur bike rack!

This park is also great because of the spongy surface, making it mostly mud-free!

Emerald Fields playground in Dublin, Ohio

There is plenty of parking for this playground and a restroom is close by!

Emerald Fields playground in Dublin

3. Scioto Park

  • 7377 Riverside Dr, Dublin, OH 43017

Scioto Park in Dublin, Ohio

There are two play structures in this playground off Riverside Drive in Dublin: one for older kids and one for toddlers! Nearby the playground area is a creek that is fun for exploring!

Playground at Scioto Park in Dublin, Ohio

Scioto Park is also home to the famous Leatherlips Monument, a striking feature in the side of the hill. Leatherlips was the first outdoor public sculpture dedicated by the Dublin Arts Council!

Chief Leatherlips was known for being a friend to Native Americans and the white settlers in the area. He was given the name Leatherlips because of his reputation of never breaking a promise!

Leatherlips sculpture in Scioto Park in Dublin, Ohio

4. Amberleigh Park

  • 4715 Vista Ridge Dr, Dublin, OH 43017

boy at Amberleigh Park in Dublin, Ohio

This park has been a favorite of ours because of it’s unique and very cute little play town! My kids have especially loved the fire truck!

playground at Amberleigh Park in Dublin, Ohio

There are a few different components to this playground in addition to the little town, including swings, a slide built into a small hill and a couple of climbing structures. There is a pavilion close by with restrooms and plenty of room for a picnic!

play structures at Amberleigh Park in Dublin, Ohio

5. Miracle League Playground at Darree Fields

  • 6259 Cosgray Rd, Dublin, OH 43016

Miracle Playground at Darree Fields in Dublin, Ohio

Darree Fields is a huge sports complex in Dublin and includes the Miracle League Field, an accessible baseball field, and Miracle League Playground of Dublin, a playground for children of all ability levels.

Darree Fields playground in Dublin, Ohio

It’s not a huge playground area, but it’s a great option for kids who are in wheelchairs! There are swings, monkey bars and some musical chimes!

Feel free to leave your suggestion for a great park or playground in Dublin, Ohio in the comments!

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