3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Abby Hallstrom

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

3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Abby Hallstrom:

1. Blacklick Ridge Community Park 

boys holding a fish at Blackridge Community Park

My boys love to fish and spend time outdoors. We luckily found a wonderful park close to home that has a pond. Blacklick Ridge Community Park has a small catch and release pond at the back of the park. The boys love going here because they always have luck with catching several fish.

We also pick Blacklick Ridge Community park as one of our favorites  because of the fun community events that take place throughout the year. An Ice cream social, Hog Roast, and a Halloween party are just a few of the fun events.

2. Pickerington Public Library

Boys at Pickerington Library, Columbus Ohio

The library has always been a fun place that we enjoy going to as a family. The Pickerington Public Library Sycamore Branch has become the favorite one to visit for the boys. The kids section is top notch. Games, books, nature backpacks, and videos can all be checked out to continue the fun at home.

The cherry on top for Sycamore is the fun and educational programs they frequently put on for the kids. We have attended programs about reptiles, hedgehogs, and tarantulas. We recently learned the process of making apple cider, and have participated in a fun Noon Years Eve celebration with games, dance parties, and crafts.

I have also enjoyed being creative with a class by AR Workshop Pickergton and creating String Art, all for free at the library. Make sure to frequently check the events page or follow them on Facebook. They are always posting events and classes. 

3. Lego Store at Easton

Boys at LEGO Store at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

My boys are huge Lego fans and are constantly building and creating with Legos and Duplos. We are fortunate to have both LEGOLAND Discovery Center and a LEGO store here in Columbus.

We visit the LEGO store frequently for the free mini builds that take place once or twice a month. You can stop into the store or call at the beginning of each month to register for the free builds. On the night of the build you come, make the build, and take it home.

The store also has several LEGO stations out where the kids can build and create. One Monday a month you can bring in minifigures to trade with the employees.You can find the monthly events calendar online, or pick one up in the store. 

Abby Hailstorm, @Cbusboymomma
Hello! I am Abby and I am a momma to three amazing little guys, a wife to a pretty cool man, an educator, and an online small shirt shop owner. We love to explore and have fun in our city Columbus, Ohio. Being a momma of 3 and an educator for 13 years I have learned a few tips and tricks along the way. I love to share our adventures and activities on my Instagram @cbusboymomma or on my blog www.cbusmomma.comMy creative side can be found at my shirt shop Columbus is an amazing place to live, work, and play! I am proud of our great city!

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kid in Columbus: Amanda DeCastro

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

3 Places I Love to Take My Kid in Columbus: Amanda DeCastro:

1. Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center

We are so lucky to have not one, but two fantastic Metro parks within a stones throw of downtown Grove City. Scioto Grove Metro Park has miles of walking trails, a fun suspension bridge, massive playground and more. But, with a two-year-old who has to touch everything – we love spending our days at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.

Not only does Battelle Darby Creek have an incredible, super hands-on nature center, it also has miles of walking trails, a lake for fishing, dog swimming area and bison that roam the fields. Trust me on the Nature Center, it’s truly such a hidden treasure. Also, on your way out of town, be sure to swing by Mona’s Eats and Treats located just outside downtown Grove City for some yummy shakes and coneys.

2. Century Village at Fryer Park

Grove City’s roots run deep and we are proud of our heritage. Truly only one of its kind across central Ohio, Century Village is home to more than a dozen historical buildings – most dating back to the early 1800s. The majority of these buildings are original to early Grove City including a one-room schoolhouse, a small barn, a log house, a granary and more.

The Village hosts monthly open houses as well as their three signature events including the early summer Heritage Celebration, fall Old Time Harvest Day and Christmas Tour and Open House (which also includes stops at the Grove City Museum and Grant-Sawyer House.) While checking out the free open houses and events, be sure to enjoy the awesome bluegrass band  (Samantha’s favorite for dancing, of course.) And save the date – the Old Time Harvest Festival is coming up on Sunday, October 6!

3. Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center

If you’re like me, you’ve probably driven by the Central Ohio Fire Museum in downtown Columbus and not even realized it. Samantha and I check it out this summer and we were BLOWN away. Between the incredible history of the building (I LOVE historical buildings), the fire prevention and education center, the historic fire engines and awesome kids space, we could have stayed all day. We loved it so we are becoming members and I seriously can’t recommend it enough!

Hi! I’m Amanda! I’m a full-time Momma with a side of leading community relations for a local TV station. My two-year-old daughter Samamtha and I stay Busy in Grove City, Ohio, where we live — so busy in fact we started an Instagram page dedicated to our life around town – @BusyInGroveCity. While we certainly take advantage of all Columbus has to offer – we are excited to share a couple of the hidden kiddo-friendly gems located in Grove City (and one of our favorite spots outside of Grove City, too!)

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Together Wee Grow

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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!

This month Maureen and Megan, sisters who are also partners in the business Together Wee Grow, are partnering up to share 3 of their favorites with us this month!

3 Places We Love to Take Our Kids in Columbus: Maureen and Megan:

1. We Rock the Spectrum (Maureen)

This play cafe is conveniently located on Polaris Parkway. Our kids are always asking to go here and refer to it as the “Zip Line Place”. Everytime we are there, we are impressed with how friendly and inclusive the staff is and how clean the environment is. They have a variety of swings, a trampoline, a dramatic play area, special events with arts and crafts and of course a zip line.

We also had my daughter’s birthday party here, and they went above and beyond to make all the guests comfortable. They have a room which you can store your things and many tables and chairs for a place to sit down to have a snack or lunch. Be sure to check their Facebook page for special events like meeting princesses, zumbini classes or parents night out! 

2. Graeter’s Little Pints Indoor Playground (Megan)

Have you been to the new Graeter’s on Bethel Road? The shop got an awesome upgrade and so did the play area! It is FREE indoor playground designed for children nine and under and is equipped with a separate smaller area for toddlers, a large ice cream slide, as well as a small merry go round.

Towards the back is an interactive area with scarves and tubes, as well as the original banana teeter totter! My kids can’t resist a kid’s sundae before we head out the door! Be sure to bring socks to play. They also have a private room for birthday parties as well, just like the old location. It’s a great spot for a rainy day or a day in the summer where the heat is too much!

3. Jungle Jack’s Landing at The Columbus Zoo (Maureen)

Did you know that in between the Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay is an area full of rides for kids? My kids are 6 and 4 and this is the perfect spot to take them for rides that doesn’t involve a road trip. You can purchase a Zoo- It- All wristband for $14.99 (sometimes on sale for $9.99). The wristband includes the camel and pony ride, the dinosaur ride, the 4-D movie, the train ride, carousel, and ALL of the Jungle Jack Landing rides.

There are several rides for those 36 inches and under, and a roller coaster, water ride, and two new rides in 2019 for taller kiddos. The swings are our favorite and the girls always pick this as a special birthday experience. A tip is to just buy yourself a few tickets, instead of the wristband if your kids are able to go on the rides themselves. It makes for a really fun day at the zoo!

Maureen and Megan are sisters who own Together Wee Grow, a company they began that focuses on helping mothers during the postpartum stage. They offer night nursing and postpartum doula services to families around Columbus. They have a passion for babies and helping new families, as they adjust to parenthood. They love to explore the great city of Columbus through their daughters eyes and find a new adventure each day! 

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