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 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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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Jamie Charity

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

3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Jamie Charity:

1. Woodside Green Nature Park

We’re lucky to have this amazing park a short walk down the bike path from us. There’s really something for everyone with two separate playground areas, a fishing pond, shelter pavilion, basketball courts, and a baseball field.

The nature park was built last summer by a local Girl Scout troop using natural materials. Under the shade of large, mature trees you’ll find things like climbing ropes and swings, a balance structure, tunnels to explore, and mini houses that my girls love to play in.

My 4 year old calls this “the muddy park” and it often lives up to its name! It’s great for outdoor exploration and sensory experiences, just make sure you bring some bug spray and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

2. The Wilds

Okay so this one isn’t exactly in Columbus, but we recently made this a day trip and it was such a unique experience! The Wilds is a wildlife preserve that is home to endangered species from all around the world living in open range habitats. We took the open air safari, which was half price with a zoo membership and both my 1 year old and 4 year old were free admission.

The bus was a bumpy, educational 2.5 hour ride with two brief stops. Babywearing for the win–my 1 year old even enjoyed a blissful afternoon nap without missing a beat. We saw giraffes, camels, zebras, rhinos, and even an ostrich that walked up and pecked on the side of our bus!

There’s also a café to grab lunch, gift shop, zip lining tours, and children’s nature center to keep little hands busy while you wait on your tour to begin. I recommend buying tickets online 24 hours in advance and booking a morning tour to view the animals when they’re most active.

3. Creekside Gahanna

Creekside has been a favorite place for my family since we moved to Gahanna. Apart from the kid friendly patios like Nostalgia Brewery and Local Cantina, there’s Namaste In Love yoga studio which offers really fantastic kids yoga classes. There are also walking paths through the woods, paddle boats to rent, ducks to feed, and fountains to play in.

We can easily spend an entire day there. Creekside hosts family friendly events and live music during most weekends throughout the summer.

Hello! I’m Jamie Charity, MSEd, LPCC-S, owner of Bloom Counseling and Wellness. I’m a small business owner, wife, and mom to two silly, strong willed girls that love new adventures. I’m a therapist specializing in women and children ages 3-13 struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions and relationship issues. I’m passionate about helping families achieve their wellness goals. You can find me on Psychology Today:



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