3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Liz Miller

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

1. Slate Run Historical Farm

Some of my favorite days over the past 5 years have been spent at Slate Run. Located in Canal Winchester, it’s a living, historical 1880’s farm. This means people work the garden, can fruits/veggies, cure meat & raise the animals.  The idea is to create an understanding of farm life in the 1800’s. It’s free to get in & you should totally bring a picnic!! The kids are free to roam the barns & interact with the horses, sheep, pigs, cows & chickens. There is so much room to run, all under a gorgeous blue sky.  We love trying out old the fashioned stilts & hula hoops or pumping buckets of water for the garden.

2. The Columbus Children’s Theatre

I’m obsessed with taking my 3 & 5 year old the theater. The actors are kiddos of all ages. A few of the performances this season include Snow White, Goodnight Moon & James & the Giant Peach. The shows are usually just under an hour which is just right for little theater goers! We recently saw Charlotte’s Web & the highlight was getting to meet Charlotte, Wilbur & Templeton after the show. The actors mingle with the audience and offer to autograph their play bill. My kids were in heaven getting up close and personal with their favorite characters! It’s nestled in between the North Market & Goodale Park so naturally after the show we hit the market for an amazing Italian lunch from Sarefinos and Pistacia Vera macaroons for dessert!! If the weather is nice stock up on yummy eats at the North Market and walk over to the park for a picnic!!! Parking is easy at the market itself or just across the street is a parking garage!!

3. Fountainside at The Scioto Mile

Certain Wednesdays last Summer they hosted a slew of kid friendly sponsors starting at 11:30. There was gardening with Lowes, petting snakes, the Columbus Crew was there with a fun soccer activity. Not to mention Bicentennial park has tons of mature trees shading the grassy areas. Perfect for a picnic or to grab a slice of pizza from the Donato’s truck!!! The toddlers ran laps on the bridge while the big kids grumped about posing for pics. Then we splashed for hours in the amazing fountains & everyone was happy again!!!! Follow along with the Mile’s calender of events HERE!

Hello! I’m Liz over on Instagram @lizbon_j. I’m a full time working mama to 4 littles, 5 & under. The youngest are identical twins. No, they don’t run in my family & yes, I almost stroked out when I found out there were two!!! I love adventuring with my hubby and the babes. I blog over at My life currently involves navigating work, wine, swim lessons, nut allergies & pre-school/kindergarten drama while trying to sneak in an occasional date nite. I love to shop & have a serious thrift store addiction. I think Columbus is the bomb! I love our amazing libraries & farmers markets, exploring the metro parks & summer nites on a patio at Easton.

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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 15-18, 2016 Holiday Edition!

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Welcome to another big Holiday weekend post! Christmas is almost here and New Year’s is around the corner! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out the huge LEGO display and make your own LEGO creation!

12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt in Historic Dublin – pick up a 12 Elves Card at a participating location then find all 12 elves. Each time you find an elf you will get a special treat! Turn your card in to enter the Grand Prize drawing!

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – see the amazing light shows, special performances and holiday festivities!

Tribute to the Nutcracker at Grove City City Hall – see the animated window display Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival at Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds – a 5 week celebration of Chinese culture with amazing silk lanterns, traditional performances and food!

Uptown Scrooge – an interactive, walking performance through Uptown Westerville! Appropriate for ages 5 and up!

State Auto Christmas Corner – walk around inside a life-size telling of the Christmas Story and check out their schedule for each weekend’s choir performances! For every photo posted on Instagram with #StateAutoChristmas2016, State Auto will donate $1 to Manna Café (up to $500)!

Merry and Bright – FPC is open until 9:00 PM December 14-23, 2016 with special musical performances, a gingerbread house display, a holiday train, holiday lights and seasonal plantings!

Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village – celebrate a Dickens-inspired Christmas at Ohio Village!

Downtown Columbus Holiday Lights Photo Contest – share your pictures on Instagram or post to their Facebook page with the hashtag #DowntownColumbus to enter the contest for a $20 gift card to a downtown restaurant!

Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds – take an in-car tour of this light show!

For more ongoing ideas click here for 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

12:00 PM – Holiday Choir Performances at the Statehouse – lunchtime concerts happen on weekdays through December 18, 2016!

2:30 PM – Santa at Tremont Goodie Shop – come see Santa until 5:30 PM!

6:30 PM – PJ’s and Pages at Westland Area Library – this family story time will feature holiday stories, books and crafts!

Friday, December 16, 2016

12:00 PM – Holiday Choir Performances at the Statehouse – lunchtime concerts happen on weekdays through December 18, 2016!

5:00 PM – Ice Sculpture Tour in Uptown Westerville – illuminated ice sculptures will be on display all weekend, weather permitting!

6:30 PM – Free Family Movie Night at The Shops at Worthington Place – watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and Toy Story 3 with free popcorn!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

8:00 AM – Breakfast with Santa at Worthington Pools – three time slots are available and you must register online!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz Songs of the Season at  Lincoln Theatre – there are two performances (second is at 11:30) of holiday selections and your entry fee includes lunch for the kids!

11:00 AM – Santa and Mrs. Claus at North Market – visit Santa AND his live reindeer! There will live music, too!

11:00 AM – Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen at Franklin Park Conservatory – make cookies with Mrs. Claus! Santa and 2 live reindeer will also make an appearance!

12:00 PM – Santa at Global Gifts Short North – take you own picture with Santa who will be around until 4:00 as part of Wrap it Up Saturday in the Short North!

12:00 PM – Horse-drawn Carriage Rides at Oakland Nursery, Columbus Garden Center – weekends also include live music, lights and the Santa Wonderland!

12:00 PM – Christmas Time Open House at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club – see the model railroads and enjoy some treats!

12:00 PM – Secret Elf Shoppe & Vendor Fair at Studio J and Cruz Candy – kids can shop for gifts while adults shop the vendor fair! There will be prizes, candy and a book signing!

12:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Visits with Santa at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – see the link to schedule a visit!

1:00 PM – ‘Tis the Season at Slate Run Farm – string popcorn and make an ornament to take home at this family friendly event! (this event is also happening on Sunday.)

1:30 PM – Hockey Santa at The Chiller Ice Rinks – skate with Santa with free skating instruction and cookie decoration!

4:00 PM – A Christmas Evening at Slate Run Farm – enjoy 1880’s holiday activities at the farm!

6:00 PM – Live Choir Performances at State Auto Christmas Corner – three choirs perform, beginning at 6:00 PM!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

12:00 PM – Horse-drawn Carriage Rides at Oakland Nursery, Columbus Garden Center – weekends also include live music, lights and the Santa Wonderland!

1:30 PM – Hockey Santa at The Chiller Ice Rinks – skate with Santa with free skating instruction and cookie decoration!

2:00 PM – Live Music at North Market – the Worthington High School Chorale will perform!

2:00 PM – Holiday Kids Crafts at Blacklick Woods – make a holiday craft and drink hot cocoa!

2:00 PM – Elf Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – this event for preschoolers involves a short hike searching for elves and drinking hot chocolate when it’s done!

3:00 PM – Urban Strings Columbus Holiday Concert at Main Library – this family friendly holiday concert takes place in the 2nd floor Reading Room!

**Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a family play pass to Recreations Outlet by telling me 3 Places You Love to take Your Kids in Columbus ➡️ click HERE to enter! ⬅️ I’m giving away 2 passes each week!**


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*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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What Should We Do This Weekend? August 12-14, 2016

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Believe it or not, I cut a few things from this list – and still ended up with 15 things to do with your kids this weekend! 🙂 There are a lot of celebrations and festivals to squeeze in before summer comes to a close! Enjoy them! Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for tickets to the New Albany Classic – you can do that through my Facebook page under the NAC post (pinned to the top!) The contest ends Thursday night at 10:00 PM. Good luck! 🙂

1. Farm Days at COSI

When: Wednesday-Sunday, August 10-14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Meet local farmers, climb aboard tractors, navigate a pedal tractor course and more!

2. All-Ohio Balloon Fest at Union County Airport

When: Thursday-Saturday, August 11-13, 2016
Time: Gates open Thursday at 5:00 PM and Friday and Saturday at 2:00 PM
Location: 760 Clymer Road, Marysville, OH 43040

Kids 12 and under are free to enter the All-Ohio Balloon Fest! Besides watching amazing hot air balloons, this festival also features live music, food, helicopter rides and tons more! For an extra $10 there is a Kids City with bounce houses, a balloon artist, and visits with 2 Ninja Turtles and Batman! See the link for more details about attending the festival.

3. Food Truck Festival at Columbus Commons

When: Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This two day festival features over 65 food trucks and vendors, an arts alley and on Saturday there is a kids zone with bouncy houses, face painting and games! The festival is free from 12-6 on Friday and 12-5 on Saturday, see this link for more information about evening prices and ticketing.

4. Family Fun Night at Little Skippers Play Cafe

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 3615 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-771-9281

Your kids can meet Spiderman and Supergirl at this superhero-themed family night! Donato’s pizza is available for purchase and cost is $6 per child.

5. Music Bash: Classic Rock at Slate Run Metro Park

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Marquis66 is the featured artist at the last of three summer concerts sponsored by Friends of Metro Parks! This event is free and family friendly.

6. Archery for Kids at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Children 8 and over can learn to use a bow and arrow and shoot at targets. This event is also happening on Saturday.

7. Perseid Meteor Shower Campout at Blues Creek Park

When: Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM Friday – 9:00 AM Saturday
Location: 9627 Fontanelle Rd., Ostrander OH 43061
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6.

This year’s Perseid Meteor shower promises to be spectacular! Preservation Parks is hosting a overnight campout that includes a campfire, telescopes and activities! You must bring your own food and camping gear and register ahead of time (online or by calling), but the event is free!

8. Farmers’ Festival at North Market

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-463-9664

This free festival celebrates the North Market as the oldest running farmers’ market in Central Ohio. There will be children’s activities from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM including face painting, balloons, music by Mr. Eric, Sam Sizzle basketball spinning and more! Check the link for the schedule for the day.

9. Sugar Social at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

If you like sweets and are interested in the history of sweets and how they were made, you’ll enjoy the Sugar Social at Ohio Village! This event includes taste testing, contests, a pie eating contest, recipe swap and more! The Ohio Village Muffins also play base ball at 1:00 and 3:00.

10. Touch-a-Truck at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Parkway , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

See fire trucks, dump trucks and more outside at Polaris Fashion Place! The Sunny 95 treat truck will be there along with prizes and activities!

11. Columbus South Side Homecoming Festival at Barack Community Recreation Center

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 580 E Woodrow Ave, Columbus, OH 43207

Celebrate the rebirth of Columbus’ South Side! Meet your neighbors and neighborhood businesses at this community festival!

12. Back to School Expo at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Fenlon Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-337-2200

The Back to School Expo is full of resources for parents, whether your kids are in preschool or college! There will be exhibitors, a family fun zone, a fashion show, prizes and live entertainment!

13. PBJ & Jazz in Topiary Park

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

This Saturday’s guest artist is The Bobby Floyd Trio. There is a story time at 11:00 AM provided by Columbus Metropolitan Library, the concert at 12:00 PM and an art activity with Columbus Museum of Art at 1:00 PM!

14. Celebrating 35 Years at Slate Run Farm

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

In celebration of 35 years at Slate Run Farm, you can take your family on a self-guided tour and participate in activities at the farm!

15. 1st Birthday Bash at Rocky Fork Metro Park

When: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Millstone Picnic Area Bulletin Board, 7180 Walnut St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Come out and celebrate the first birthday of Rocky Fork Metro Park! There will be tram tours, activities and games, family-friendly songs and comedy by Musical Mark and cookie decorating!


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*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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