Archive | May, 2011
Natural Play Areas at Columbus, OH Metro Parks

Natural Play Areas at Columbus, OH Metro Parks

When was the last time you skipped a stone, climbed a tree, or played in a stream with your kids? If you haven’t done it in a while, take the kids to one of Central Ohio’s Metro Parks Natural Play Areas. Batelle Darby Creek, Highbanks, Prairie Oaks, Sharon Woods, and Three Creeks have areas designed [...]

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Columbus Commons in Columbus, OH

Columbus Commons in Columbus, OH

Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus is fabulous, and I am still in awe that City Center Mall once stood there. Thank you to the city for turning the space into a huge park for its residents. My memories of stopping at Au Bon Pain before acting class and fights with mom over school clothes (hee [...]

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Family Fun Activity: Raise Butterflies

Family Fun Activity: Raise Butterflies

My teacher friend Angie told me she was raising butterflies in her classroom and at home with her kids. I was immediately intrigued. My girl loves butterflies and my son loves bugs, so it seemed to be the perfect mesh of caterpillar and winged-creature to appease them both. In addition to that, my daughter has [...]

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Inniswood Metro Gardens in Westerville, Ohio

Inniswood Metro Gardens in Westerville, Ohio

My son and I visited Inniswoods Metro Gardens specifically to go on the Frog Talk Walk, and ended up adding an educational hike the perfect length for my three-year old boy. Inniswoods Metro Gardens is a park specifically designed to teach patrons about flowers, plants, and wildflowers that have been introduced or are indigenous to [...]

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Throw a Stinkybomb Soap Party!

Throw a Stinkybomb Soap Party!

Looking for a unique birthday party idea with a cool take-away for the kiddies? Make soap. My girl turned five a few weeks ago and we had Megan Green from Stinkybomb Soap come and make soap with each of our little guests. All the kids loved it – it was hands-on and they used their [...]

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School Days: Bye-Bye Preschool

School Days: Bye-Bye Preschool

Okay, so I don’t normally write about this kind of stuff, but my girl is starting kindergarten in the fall and I am trying to get prepared. I have a feeling it isn’t going to be the same as dropping her off at preschool for a few hours a week. So when I state prepared, [...]

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Family Volunteer Idea: Gardening & Community Gardens

Family Volunteer Idea: Gardening & Community Gardens

Gardening is a great activity to do with your children. Whether it be planting flowers in a pot or planting veggies in a garden, the activity can be done as a family and kids love that getting dirty is part of the job. What *I* love is it gives me the opportunity to teach my [...]

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