My top 10 Parks in Columbus, Ohio

Thank goodness the warm weather is quickly approaching! I have compiled a list of my all time favorite parks to visit in the spring and summer. I hope you can enjoy this list this coming weekend. Happy park exploring!

1. Wyman Woods Park- This park is located on Grandview Avenue and Goodale. in Grandview Heights. Just down the street from our GVS location, we frequent this spot a lot. This park is definitely geared towards children at least 3and up but it is fun for the whole family. The play structure is a huge hit with my kids, ample climbing areas and an awesome lookout area at the top of the play structure. The large rocks surrounding it are a big hit for my son, he loves to run up and down them. There are two large green spaces adjacent to each side of the park and wooded hilly areas that we love to explore as well. There is also a sand volleyball court and a walking path surrounding the park.

2. Fancyburg Park- This park is located in North Arlington, and has everything your family needs to play and explore outside. Tennis Courts, Baseball diamonds, swing sets, and a great walking path surrounding it!  We love to "workout" on the designated exercise stations surrounding it as well!

3. Hilliard Municipal Park - This park has big open spaces to play ball and lots of baseball fields. The pool is a huge perk in the summer equip with water slides, a lazy river, and water playgrounds. The park also has a cool dirt bike path and trails in the woods to explore. There is also an amphitheater where they often have outdoor concerts.

4. Homestead Park- This Hilliard Park is just beautiful and surrounded by nature. It has an amazing shaded picnic area that overlooks a pond. There is also a new playground structure and an old train station area the kids love to explore. There are paved trails all along the park and we enjoy looking at the wildflowers surrounding the park in the spring and summer.

5. Miller Park- Located in the heart of South Arlington, this park has two different park options, this park is great for all ages. It has an awesome creek to explore and a huge field next to it to practice sports. The gazebo is a great picnic lunch destination. We always visit "The Little Library" following the park to relax and check out books.

6. Harrison West Park- This park is located near Olentangy River Road at the start of the Harrison West area. This park is ideal for toddler age children. It has a dramatic play influence with music being the theme. There is green space surrounding the park and ample room to run and play!

7.Adventure Park- This park is located in Powell and is a one stop shop. It is equipped with basketball courts, a large play structure, splash pad, and a skate park. There is also a small pond, where we love to feed the ducks and geese.

8. Whetstone Park- Located in the heart of Clintonville, this park is full of different areas to explore. We love to hike in the woods located next to the park, where we skip stones in the creek and let our dog explore the grounds. There is also two different play spaces, one near the library and one at the bottom of the hill near the Rose Garden. We love to walk the Park of Roses and explore the roses blooming, it also smells wonderful! There is a large lookout point located near the gardens that we love to climb and look around.  There is a large pond with a bridge located on the right of the lower play structure where you can fish, feed the ducks and picnic.

9. Emerald Fields Playground - This park is located right behind the Kroger Marketplace in Dublin. The park is huge and is extremely interactive for children young and old. The park has a large covered picnic area and 3 sets of swings! The play area is spread out and there are different areas to explore.

10. Village Green Park- This park is located in Powell and is a wonderful attraction. Not only does it have an awesome playground to explore, it is has a splash pad as well. My kids in the summer love to travel between the splash pad and the play space. We could stay for hours at this fun destination. Another perk is the train travels by the park throughout the day and the kids really enjoy watching it pass.

 

Wyman Woods Park, Grandview Heights, Ohio

Wyman Woods Park, Grandview Heights, Ohio

Awesome Indoor Play Places around the Columbus Area

Here is a list we found of great recommended indoor play places from an awesome local website, Columbus on the Cheaphttp://www.columbusonthecheap.com/indoor-play-places-around-columbus/. You can check out their website for updated Columbus events and activities for families. Please be sure to check Groupon and LivingSocial, as these sites often offer discounted rates.

  • Piccadilly in Bexley: Offer open play times and also structured classes (registration required), Drop-off days, and spring break and summer camps.  Wifi, food ,and coffee available. Day Pass: 6-12 mos free, $10 first child, $5 per sibling (day pass entitles you to return visits on same day). Happy Hours Special! $5 per child 2-5 pm
  • Peapod Play Cafe in Gahanna:  Interactive toys and clean play spaces for kids, plus seating area for adults in view of the play area (adults welcome in the play area). Coffee; healthful, kid-friendly goodies; free Wi-Fi.  Great place for play dates. Ages walkers through 7 with an adult. Day Pass: $10 per child, $6 an additional child or $4 additional for three or more children.  Last hour of the day $5 per child.
  • Firefly Play Cafe in Clintonville: Indoor play space for kids 6 and under, plus special music, story and art times weekly. Wifi, snacks and coffee available.  Day Pass: 0-12 mo free, $5 for 12-23 mos and $8 for 24 mos and up.
  • TreeHive Cafe + Play in Powell: Indoor Play Space with an hourly rate, play pass, or membership for kids up to age 7.  Parents are welcome to join children in play, but there is staff on duty so parents can have a meeting, enjoy the cafe, or take a fitness class while on site.  There are also drop-off options for potty-trained children.
  • Little Green House Play Cafe in Grandview: We own this Indoor play space built like a little town open M-F, 9am – 4 pm.  Bellwether Kitchen is attached and serves healthy snacks and take home dinners.  $7 for children 7month and older, free for 6mos and under. They also do Half off Tuesdays during the week.
  • ZenKidz Play Cafe in Westerville: Art & music focused play cafe with hands-on play areas, structured art classes, daily art activities, a play cottage, dress-up costumes, a Baby Kidz play area.  Tuesday-Friday: 9:30am – 3pm, and Saturday: 9:30am – 2pm. Coffee, food, and wifi available. Free for 6 mo and under, $8 for 7 months – 2 year, $9 for 3-7 years for first child; each additional child is $6.  Memberships and Play passes are available too.  1/2 off admission the last hour of the day.

Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory is a great place to bring the family in the winter, to bring the outdoors in. It is beautiful and there is so much to explore ranging from their magical botanical gardens to the nature based exhibits! They have a family friendly activities such as a scavenger hunt coming up this Saturday! Take a look!

Orchid Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, January 28, 11am–2pm

Search for rare and exotic orchids throughout the Conservatory. Turn in your completed scavenger hunt for a prize! 

Free with admission.

 

Great Indoor Play Ideas for the Winter Months

Adrenaline- This indoor trampoline park provides endless energy expelled by your little ones. It is a huge warehouse full of trampolines, foam pits, tight ropes, and dodge ball. You can buy a pass for the winter months or pay by the hour. Don't forget to pack your jump socks each time you visit or you will have to buy another pair. 

Graeters- The play area inside the Bethel Road location is FREE and a great chance to take a family trip for ice cream and fun!

The Nature Center at Highbanks Metro Park- The nature center provides fun for kids while exploring nature indoors. The Nature Center has an actual tree indoors, as well as a reading library and puppet show area.  While you are there, you could bring your sled or take a winter hike and enjoy the outdoors as well.

Chick-Fil-A- The Sawmill road location has an awesome indoor play area. You could take a family trip for lunch or dinner and turn it into several hours of fun.

The Shops at Worthington Place- This mall is never crowded and has lots of stores to window shop and browse. It has an indoor play area that has a tree house and a fire place and sitting area of parents to keep an eye on the kids. Pies and Pints is located in the Worthington Mall as well and is a family friendly restaurant you could stop and treat the family to some good eats!


 

 

Indoor Amuesement Fun at Slate Run Metro Park

When: November 26th, 2016

Where: Slate Run Metro Park

1375 State Route 674 North
Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110

Time: 1 pm

Event Description: Join us in the barn at Slate Run Metro Park, where you can play with and explore fun indoor toys & games. We will also have mid 19th century puzzles for our older folks to try and solve. When you are done having a ball in the barn, you can explore the beautiful Slate Run Park with the whole family!

Free Sundays At The Columbus Museum of Art

  

Roam the wonderful halls of the Columbus Museum of Art with your whole family. They have an awesome kids space and a great cafe for lunch. Take in the up and coming exhibits and explore one of the gems of Columbus, Ohio.

Where- Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH

When- Every Sunday/Opens at 10:00 AM

For more information check out the Columbus Museum of Art website!

 

One of our Little ones exploring Reggio inspired art on an umbrella. Exploring art truly benefits each person, no matter how big or small.

Pet Connections Pet Expo 2016

If yours is the kind of family that doesn't feel complete without a furry member, you won't want to miss this year's PetConnections Pet Expo Symposium & Gala on October 15 & 16.

Held at the Columbus Convention Center and billed as "a new breed of pet exposition" the event features education seminars with pet experts, exhibits of the latest pet products and services, and great entertainment. There's even a Pet Parade and Costume Contest.

I love that that they offer sessions in pet massage, acupuncture, and animal-assisted therapy. They even have a Zen Cat Gallery. If this sounds like your kind of event, learn more about it at www.petconnections.pet.

—Sarah

Farm Days at COSI

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At our own Bellwether Kitchens, we go to great lengths to ensure the food we serve our children and their families is as healthful as can possibly be. We buy the best organic produce available, source all of our meats from responsible farmers, and do our best to introduce a wide variety of foods to show that what's good for you can also be really good.

That's why we get so excited when COSI Columbus brings the farm to the city for Farm Days. From August 10 through 14, you can meet local farmers and learn where your food comes from. You can climb aboard tractors and combines, and you can even test your driving skills on a pedal tractor course. And older kids will love milking COSI's fiberglass cow, Daisy. 

If you love good food as much as we do, you won't want to miss it! 

Learn more.

—Sarah