Get Ready for Spring Break with Tire Discounters’ “Skip The Shop” Service

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Make sure your car is road-trip ready and plan to take one of these family-friendly road trips for a fun staycation in Ohio during Spring Break!

Spring Break in Ohio might look a little different this year. If you’re like us, you may be looking into some activities that are a lot of fun but also easily drivable from here in Central Ohio!

I’m partnering with Tire Discounters to give you 9 road trip ideas for Spring Break plus some tips and discounts to make sure your car is ready for the drive! Make sure you don’t miss the special discount just for my readers mentioned later in this post!

Is your Car Road Trip Ready?

You might also be like me if you haven’t been driving as much lately! Doing school at home has kept our car in the garage for more days than not. When planning your Spring Break road trip, don’t let much needed car maintenance sneak up on you!

Tire Discounters Offers ‘Skip the Shop’ to Make Car Maintenance Easier for Families

I don’t need to talk about all of the ways 2020 changed every day life. Most of us parents are already well aware. But one of the biggest changes for me is having my kids with me ALL. THE. TIME. Right now we have better things to do than sit around at the mechanic’s waiting to get our oil changed. (Like multiplication tables and science experiments!) 

Tire Discounters has come up with a way to make this service process easier for parents like us and it’s called Skip the Shop! A Tire Discounters Personal Vehicle Assistant will pick up and drive your car to the nearest Tire Discounters location, keep you updated on your vehicle status and return your car home to you when all the work is done!

man and woman standing in front of a red car.

Last week I was able to take advantage of the Skip the Shop service! My car got an oil change and an alignment while my boys and I worked on their schoolwork for the day! It was so easy and now I can be confident that my car is ready for our next road trip in a couple of weeks!

It’s so convenient to not have to leave the house to get your automobile serviced! The Skip the Shop service of pickup and delivery is being offered at no additional cost for a limited time! Think of all the things you can do (besides sit at the mechanic’s) while your car is getting ready for your super fun Spring Break!

 Want to take advantage of this limited time offer? Schedule your appointment for Skip the Shop now!

I’m happy to partner with Tire Discounters to share some inspiration for your next road trip! These activities in Ohio would make a fun day trip or quick getaway for your family during Spring Break!

7 Ohio Road Trip Ideas for Spring Break:

1. The Wilds

Looking for an exotic spring break trip? Take an open air safari trip through the 10,000 acre safari park where animals can come right up to the tram! You will be surprised you’re still in Ohio!

2. Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a hidden gem that provides education and a unique experience for kids! See bald eagles, feed the birds and take a hike at this awesome bird sanctuary in Mansfield, Ohio!

3. Old Man’s Cave

Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills is a beautiful area to hike with the family! Some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ohio can be found in Hocking Hills and Old Man’s Cave will not disappoint!

4. African Safari Wildlife Park

African Safari Wildlife Park opens on March 26th and is a drive-through experience! Get up close to exotic animals like giraffes, zebras and more!

5. Olentangy Indian Caverns (opens April 1)

Olentangy Indian Caverns opens on April 1 and makes for a fun day out for families! Options include cave tours, mini golf, a petting zoo, gem mining, a large maze and more! Kids will have fun and learn something, too!

6. Ohio Caverns

Ohio Caverns is the largest of all the caves in Ohio. Choose from several tour options available to see the caverns! Kids can also enjoy gem mining on the property!

7. Butler County Donut Trail

Butler County, Ohio boasts the largest number of donut shops per capita in the Midwest! The Butler County Donut Trail consists of 13 stops and if you hit them all you can turn in your passport to receive the official t-shirt!

Tire Discounters has 17 Store Locations in Columbus 

Tire Discounters is the nation’s largest, 100% family owned and operated independent tire provider and is growing rapidly. Columbus is Tire Discounters second largest market.

There are 17 store locations in the Columbus area with Westerville being the newest location! Tire Discounters was recently named Tire Dealer of the Year and they are dedicated to delivering outstanding customer service.

Get Your Car Ready for Your Next Road Trip with a Special Discount

Tire Discounters store sign.

Did you know that Tire Discounters does more than just tires? Tire Discounters offers a full range of automotive services and they are offering my readers a special deal!

My readers can receive a free “Skip the Shop” car pick up and delivery service (a $24.99 value) plus 1/2 off a Full Synthetic Oil Change (Retail price is $69.99)! Total price for service will be $34.99 plus taxes and fees. Click here to access this special deal for readers of What Should We Do Today Columbus?!

Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Running Smoothly While Traveling for Spring Break

Now that you know how easy it is to get your oil changed and your tires aligned before your next trip, take a moment to read through these vehicle care and maintenance tips to prepare your vehicle to make sure you are ready to go. Tire Discounters does not charge for many of these checks!

  • Check your brakes. Your braking system is arguably the most important part of your vehicle. If you notice a screeching or grinding sound, you feel a vibration, you sense a reduced responsiveness or you feel your car pull to one side, it’s time for a pro to inspect them
  • Have an expert test your battery before you head out for a long road trip
  • Check the condition of your tires. Ensure that they are expertly aligned, properly inflated and have an ample amount of tread.

Other important areas to check:

  • Check your air filters.
  • Keep an eye on oil levels.
  • Check your wiper blades.
  • Fill wiper fluid and anti-freeze.
  • Remove dirt from sensors.

Finally, be sure to pack an emergency kit. You never know when you’ll get stranded. Be sure to have a kit with warm clothes and a blanket, some non-perishable food and a few bottles of water, a couple of safety flares, a first-aid kit and a mobile phone charger in case you get stranded.

Before you hit the road, be sure to monitor the weather before traveling!

Tire Discounters does not charge for many of these checks! Check out their funny YouTube video for more info!

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Be sure to follow Tire Discounters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to keep up with all of the latest tips and specials!

My car and my family are ready to hit the road and I hope you are, too! Have a great Spring Break!

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8 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Columbus over Spring Break

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It might not be the beach, but there’s lots of fun to be had for families during Spring Break in Columbus!

1. Play at Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio

play area at Easterseals of Central Ohio

Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio has two things going on this month you should know about! The first is this week of Open Play during spring break! Monday through Friday (April 2 – April 6, 2018) the play area at Easterseals will be open for special play hours. Price is $5/child for ages 7 and under! Availability is subject to maximum capacity reached. There are also special hours for special needs families. See the link for times. (P.S. This space is also available for birthday parties!)

football field at Ohio State University Horseshoe

ALSO, thinking ahead to later in the month, on April 28, 2017, Easterseals will be hosting their annual fundraiser, Romancing the Grape at The Huntington Club of Ohio Stadium! This is an adults only event that will offer you the opportunity to try over 100 varieties of the finest wines and sample food from some of Columbus’ finest restaurants! (Think The Guild House, The Refectory, The Blackwell Inn, etc.) Tickets are $85 per person until March 31st and $100 per person beginning April 1. The VIP ticket is $175 until March 31 and $200 starting April 1 and includes a VIP reception and tour of the stadium and locker room!

The proceeds directly fund the local Easterseals programs such as their Early Intervention program for kids with special needs, which is offered at no cost to participants who qualify for the service! I’m looking forward to attending this event and supporting Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio! Click here for more info about the event!

2. Free Petting Zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

petting zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

Olentangy Indian Caverns opens for the season on April 2! They will be offering free petting zoo admission for the whole first week (April 2-8, 2018)! Olentangy Indian Caverns would make a fun day trip during Spring Break! Besides the petting zoo there is gem mining, a play area, yard games and of course tours of the caverns! You can read more about it here: 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

3. Spring Thaw at Ohio History Center

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Take the kids to Ohio History Center for their special spring break hours. From Wednesday, March 14 to Sunday, April 8, 2018, they will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM every day! (Except Easter, April 1) There will be special programming with an Ice Age theme! There will be scavenger hunts, bones from ice-age mammals and special weekend programs!

There will also be a special pop-up cafe from Taste of Country Monday through Saturday (through April 8) from 11:0 AM – 2:00 PM! You don’t even need to pack a lunch! 🙂 See all there is to do at Ohio History Center here!

4. Family Fun at Ten Pin Alley

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Ten Pin Alley has recently reopened in Hilliard and is offering several Early Bird Spring Break specials!

From 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM during the week and 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on weekends they are offering the following specials through April 1, 2018:

  • Family Fun Pack: $44.95 (bowling for 1 hour, 4 shoes, 1 large one topping pizza, 4 sodas)
  • $5 Game of Laser Tag
  • $10 game card for $5

ALSO, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 is National Laser Tag Day!  Ten Pin Alley will be offering $3 missions all day in their arena!

See all there is to do for families at the New and Improved Ten Pin Alley!

5. Family Open Gym at Vertical Adventures

Vertical Adventures will be offering additional hours for families to drop in and climb! Cost is $10/climber and kids 3 and under are free! These special hours will be offered on the WEEKDAYS March 19 – April 6, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. No need to sign up, just drop in!

6. Do Something Crafty at Aprons and Easels

Aprons and Easels in Hilliard is offering 1/2, 1 and 2 day Art Camps! Check their schedule for availability. Most classes are for kids ages 8 and up!

7. Go on an Easter Egg Hunt

easter eggs

I helped contribute to this HUGE list of Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Bunny Events and more for Columbus Moms Blog! There are so many Easter-related events going on over the next few weeks!

8. School’s Out CBUS: Summer Break at Columbus Museum of Art

wonder room at columbus museum of art

The Columbus Museum of Art is offering several activities for kids of all ages during the Spring Break including Young Child Studios for kids 18 months to 5 years on Tuesdays and Saturdays, free, drop-in Teen Open Studio for teens on Thursdays and Fridays, and free admission on Sundays! The Wonder Room is always available for kids and offers hands-on, artistic activities!

These ideas not enough? You might need to check out this list: “50 Fun Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio with Kids” compiled by First Community Village of Columbus!

Have a safe and happy Spring Break!

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