5 Moms of Nationwide Share their Favorite Places to take their Kids in Columbus

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Last week I was honored to be a guest on the Moms of Nationwide Blogger Panel! Eryn from 614 Mom and I shared some of our favorite things to do with our kids in Columbus including hidden gems, our favorite Columbus events and low-cost or free places to play! Of course I shared my list of 20 Free Indoor Play Areas in Columbus, but I also talked about some of our other favorite places like the OSU Airport and Barnstormer Diner, Riding the CBUS and the Scioto Audubon! It was a fun time connecting with other moms and getting a tour around the Nationwide Plaza! Plus I got to try out A Blessed Cookie Company on the first floor – cookies so good I might have to return as an outing with my kids one day! 😉

I’ve always wanted to walk across the Nationwide walkway!


How am I going to carry this heavy box of folders? Oh wait! There’s a stroller in my trunk! 🙂


Eryn and her goodie bags!


Yep. A Blessed Cookie Company would do the trick!


Getting ready!


Thanks to Tashira for organizing and hosting us!



One of the best things about starting this blog has been meeting so many new people and learning about so many things going on in Columbus! (Wait, I guess that’s two things! 😉 ) I turned the tables on the Moms of Nationwide and asked them to tell me 3 places THEY love to take their kids in Columbus! I’ve randomly chosen 5 of them to feature in this blog post so we can all learn something new!

Jamie F., Grove City:
  1. The New Grove City Libray
  2. Free Activities at the Metro Parks
  3. WeJoySing Music Classes
Amanda G., Pataskala:
  1. Barnes & Noble
  2. PBJ & Jazz
  3. Gateway Theater Movie Series
Natalie S., Clintonville:
  1. Jeni’s Ice Cream (the location in Clintonville has a chalkboard to draw on!)
  2. Whetstone Park of Roses
  3. Worthington Rec Center
Dana D., Gahanna:
  1. Westerville Rec Center
  2. Columbus Zoo
  3. Sky Zone
Alexis M., Westerville
  1. Clippers Games
  2. Timbuk Farms (Christmas Trees!)
  3. Lynd Fruit Farm (especially honeycrisp weekend!)

Thanks to the Moms of Nationwide for hosting us and thank you to these wonderful moms for sharing their ideas with us! I hope you learned something new!


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ICYMI: 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions

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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 4-6, 2016

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1. Kids Club at Whole Foods Easton

When: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4100 Easton Gateway Dr., Columbus, OH 43219

This free event includes snacks and a fall craft! All ages are welcome!

2. Pre-K Storytime at Scioto Audubon

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-508-8111

This story time for ages 3-5 features stories about nature!

3. Hot Chocolate Mug Craft at Michael’s Stores

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Michael’s Store

Kids ages 3 and up can drop in to do a hot cocoa mug craft. Cost is $2 per project.

4. Bugman at Grandview Heights Public Library

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-481-3778

All ages are welcome to visit with the Bugman and some creepy crawly friends!

5. Grand Reopening at Cruz Candy

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 27 S. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-481-3778

Cruz Candy closed briefly and is now reopening on Saturday! Spin the prize wheel, cram candy in a tin for $2, and make crafts for $1! Throughout the day there will be a magic show, face painting, a sing-a-long, a visit from a princess, and more! See pictures and read about our visit here!

6. National Bison Day at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

A movie and activities will celebrate the national mammal of the United States!

7. Gallery Hop

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: High St. in the Short North

This is the first weekend of the month and that means Gallery Hop! Some kid-friendly things that actually happen during the afternoon include Family Days at Pizzuti Gallery (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM), where the will be Cuban-inspired coloring sheets to celebrate their newest exhibit, Cuban Forever Revisited, and Thai Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market (from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)!

8. Chess in the Neighborhood at Martin Luther King Branch, CML

When: Saturday November 5, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1600 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age 8-17 are welcome to come to play or learn to play chess!

9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Northland Performing Arts Center

When: Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016
Time: Saturday: 7:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229

The Artisan Ballet Company presents an original production of a beloved classic!


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ICYMI: 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

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5 Columbus Parents Share . . . How they Exercise WITH their Kids

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Since I started blogging, I have learned about so many interesting and awesome things going on in Columbus! I really like to try them out personally before I share them with you, but sometimes that’s just an impossible goal! How to solve that problem? I’m going to let 5 Columbus parents take over the blog to tell you about these amazing opportunities going on in our great city! (Thanks SO much to them for sharing their stories!)

I don’t consider myself a fitness guru by any means, but it is important to me to exercise regularly. I can tell you that after each of my babies were born, I pretty much stopped exercising for the first year of their lives. It just gets harder. In the past few months, I have been introduced to the following organizations that make it possible to exercise WITH your kids! What I’ve discovered from hearing these stories, is that these opportunities offer a lot more than just a workout! Most of these parents have also found a community of support and friendship! Check them out!

Stroller Strides

by Terra Kubert

I moved to Columbus a year ago for my husband’s job.  We didn’t know anyone in the area.  I had an 18 month old and was 34 weeks pregnant.  I knew I would need to find a village of other moms with little ones as soon as possible.  I enjoy working out, but I don’t like having to leave my girls in the gym daycare, especially a newborn.  I had been apart of a group called FIT4MOM-Stroller Strides when we lived in Phoenix and thought I should see if there was one in Columbus.  I was excited to see there was, and quickly contacted the owner after my 6 week check up.  Right from the start, I knew it was a great fit.  All of the moms were so welcoming and made me feel like I had known them forever.  During the workouts, the instructor gave multiple levels, so I wasn’t intimidated to slowly work my way back into exercising.

I was still adjusting to having two kids under two, but the moms were there for me with words of encouragement and advice on those days I didn’t know if I could make it. Now that it’s been almost a year since joining Stroller Strides, I can see how important this village is for my two little girls and me.  My oldest is counting and singing the songs she hears, during class and even when we are at home.  She asks, “Are we going to stroller strides today, Mommy? Will I get to see my friends today?“ It’s great to see, that not only am I getting in my hour workout and forming friendships, but my daughter is learning and building friendships with the other kids during class and at the play dates following my workouts. She has recently started telling Daddy to “do push ups or burpees with me” when he gets home from work!

Additionally, FIT4MOM has monthly Mom’s Night Out events.  I have found this to be important to me because I can leave my girls at home, go out with just friends and have some ‘me’ time.  For me, FIT4MOM has everything I am looking for, a workout, play dates for my daughters to interact with other kids, and support and friendship with the other moms, before, during, after class, and at MNOs.  Everything I need to have a healthy family and lifestyle.  I am thankful to have found FIT4MOM for all of these things! I’m not sure I would have survived with out it!

How to Join:

Fit4Mom Columbus North
Visit their: Facebook Page, Website, or email Melanie
Fit4Mom Dublin
Visit their: Facebook Page, Website, or email Amber

Hike it Baby


by Chris Beha

For the past 11 months, my family has taken advantage of the awesome opportunity to explore the outdoors with a fun and supportive group of families through the Columbus OH branch of Hike it Baby.  Hike it Baby is a parents group dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with children from birth to school age.  My husband, my 18 month old son and I have found the families involved with Hike it Baby to be an amazing support group. We have learned so much from families with older kids not only about how to enjoy the outdoors with our son, but also that the struggles we were going through as first time parents were normal.

The variety of outdoor events offered, combined with the variety of kids ages, makes for a unique group of parents who are willing to share their successes (and failures) for everyone to learn from. Hike it Baby truly has something for everyone: from hikes through the trails of Hocking Hills to local coffee strolls in the neighborhood to toddler led hikes to park and play events at local parks. Initially, we were hesitant to join a “hiking” group when the Columbus OH branch of Hike it Baby started, especially with a 7 month old child at the time, but because of the welcoming environment of the group, Hike it Baby’s “no hiker left behind” values and the support of all the other families, all our fears were quickly replaced with a sense of community.  Now we host hikes as a family and have made so many friends within the Hike it Baby group that it has truly become one of our favorite family activities.

How to Join:

Visit their Website for hikes in your area!

Yoga on High


By Alissa Jackson

As a mom and a woman who is interested in self care, I am always on the lookout for ways to accomplish that and instill these habits in my children. So when I saw that Yoga on High was offering a kids yoga class and hot flow class with the amazingly energetic Michele Vinbury simultaneously, my heart leap with joy. In our house we call Sundays, “Sunday Fundays”. It’s a time to tap into nature, be healthy and/or exploring our area. This yoga class is at a later time beginning at 10:30am on Sundays which is nice. If you have AM commitments like church, then it is still doable to add into your day and if you don’t, then what a fantastic way to start a Sunday. It is so close to many other great kid friendly restaurants and parks.

The kids yoga teachers at YoH are so knowledgeable and have helped my sons develop a healthy outlook regarding their bodies, minds and little spirits. How great that while all that is happening for my kiddos that I also can be practicing the same mindful awareness in the room next door. What a wonderful way to be generous to yourself and your family!

How to Join:

Visit their Facebook Page, Website or call 614-291-4444 to inquire about the Kids Yoga class



By Jennifer Drabek

After 2 kids, I decided it was time to get back into shape. I started on a weight loss journey last summer. The first class I went to was at a park in Gahanna. Mark was the trainer and lots of mamas were there with their kids. I thought,  I can do this if I can bring my kids! It was a great, intensive, yet fun workout. I have been hooked ever since.

The “SuperMoms” class is amazing! I have really gained a new appreciation for the beauty of working out with kids. No excuses, they can come with you. There is always stuff to do for the kids, they make friends, and you can keep your eye on them, or more than likely they can keep their eye on you, lol.

I have met so many new friends, ran my first 5k with them and have been getting in shape the entire time. Mark is a great trainer. He has high but reasonable expectations and he is always willing to work hard to keep you on pace with your goals.

If you are looking for something fun and healthy to do today, I suggest it be the SuperMoms class with Mark the Spot Fitness. I promise you won’t regret it!

How to Join:

Visit their Website, Facebook Page or email Mark

Ohio Health HOOFit


By Leslie Catlett

If you’re looking for a fun and fit family activity, look no further than OhioHealth HOOFit walks at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Take a short “walk on the wild side” as you see various animal exhibits while walking and talking to an OhioHealth doctor and Zoo expert. The program offers education on different health related topics to improve your health.

This program is free with your paid admission or membership. It’s a great way to inspire better health for yourself and your family. Big or small, EVERY step counts! It’s so much fun, that your children won’t even realize they’re “working out”. Definitely a win-win situation for busy moms that don’t have the time for a structured workout routine.

How to Join:

Preregister and see schedule here, walks begin at 9:30 AM and the last one for this summer is this Thursday, September 15, 2016!

Need more ideas? Worthington Parks and Recreation has The Baby Wearing Workout, Piccadilly has Tots and Squats and occasionally, peapod play cafe has Mommy and Me Yoga! If you know of another, send me a message and I’ll add it here!


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ICYMI: Plain City Apple Picking Adventures

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