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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: https://www.psychologytoday.com/profile/448585

 

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Josh Kruse

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Each month I feature a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus!

Thanks to Josh for sharing 3 of his family’s favorites with us this month!

3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Josh Kruse:

1. Natural Play Area at Blendon Woods Metro Park

 
The Metro Parks are so full of activities like hiking, biking, climbing, boating, fishing, golfing, sledding, nature centers and playgrounds that it’s hard to pick a favorite but we love the Natural Play Area at Blendon Woods. As you first arrive you are greeted by rope climbing structures before going to a natural log see-saw. From there you have two choices to cross a creek (the balance beam or forging through the water) on your way to a zip line that brings you back home. Pro tip: bring a change of clothes!

2. CAPA Summer Movie Series

Photo provided by: CAPA

 
Celebrating their 50th year, CAPA is again hosting their Summer Movie Series at the beautiful Ohio Theatre. With animated classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, thrillers like Jaws, and musicals like Oklahoma, there is something for everyone. Come early to see the “Mighty Morgan” organ that is played before each show. If you want to hang with us, we plan on going this Saturday, June 22nd for Cartoon Capers at 10am and on Friday, August 9th for Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon at 7:30pm.

3. Columbus Clippers

 
Consistently voted as one of the best Minor League stadiums, Huntington Park is an amazing place to catch a ballgame. Come early to watch batting practice, check out the splash pad and inflatable games or meet Krash and Lou Seal. The Clippers also have amazing promotions with Dime-A-Dog on Mondays, Bobblehead giveaways and Fireworks.
 
Our favorite spot to hang is the outfield Lawn Seats which gives families some space to spread out. If you are only able to catch a couple innings, we suggest checking outside the stadium in Center Field which has great views of the action.

 
 
Josh is the co-organizer of the Columbus Dads Group which is a diverse community of active fathers in the central Ohio area looking to socialize and interact while exploring everything Columbus has to offer. We schedule weekly meet ups to various Columbus attractions as well as a monthly Dads’ Night Out. Come join us at https://citydadsgroup.com/columbus/
 

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Jeanyne Jakubowski

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Each month I feature a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus!

Thanks to Jeanyne for sharing 3 of her family’s favorites with us this month!

3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Jeanyne Jakubowski:

1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

We love this large zoo with an aquarium toward the back. One of our favorite activities is the petting zoo with goats. The zoo offers brushes that you can use to pet the goats and they just walk around you. We like to go early when the park opens to get a zoo parking spot and avoid the crowds. In the summer, their sister park, Zoombezi Bay, opens and included large water slides perfect to tire older kids or husbands.


2. Center Of Science and Industry

COSI is great for older kids who love and have an interest in learning and viewing different traveling exhibits. Since we have a toddler, we head to the upstairs and play in the play area designated for little people. Outside there is also a small play area where little ones can run and climb. When the weather gets nice, COSI also hosts lots of outdoor activities.


3. Short North

Short North offers a variety of places that we love to go for brunch, lunch or dinner. We typically will go for brunch/lunch and, if the weather is nice, walk around with a stroller/wagon checking out new eateries. If you want to go to Short North for dinner be prepared to wait for seating or call ahead for reservations. We’ve had past experiences with restaurants being full and wasting time going from restaurant to restaurant seeking a table. So take a tip from me, call ahead!


Jeanyne is a mom influencer/blogger in Columbus who focused on empowering women to create timeless moments with their families within a limited schedule even if they have to do so alone. Jeanyne is also author of a recent Summer Series called, “While the Kids are Sleeping,” giving moms weekly projects that take 1 hour (or less) to complete. You can read more of her content at www.thebloomingaks.com.

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