OH Summer Fun Week 9: Carriage Hill Metropark

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Carriage Hill Metropark

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Cost: Free (plus some change to purchase candy at the general store)

Time: 2+ hours

This park has various elements that make it lovable, including a recreated 1800’s farm, an old fashioned general store, hiking trails, and picnic area by a lake. My boys’ favorite part is the general store where you can buy “penny” candy. They bring their own nickels and love browsing the jars of candy and ordering a piece at a time. Continue reading

OH Summer Fun Week 8: Columbus Factory Tours

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When I plan adventures, sometimes I really don’t know how it’s going to turn out. This day was one of those. I wasn’t sure how well the tours would be run or how my boys would take to them. Well, I must say that my expectations were exceeded! We had so much fun learning about how things are made in these Columbus, Ohio factories.

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OH Summer Fun Week 8: Megaland, Anderson Ferry, Sawyer Point

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We went on an adventure in Cincinnati and hit a few sites…

Colerain Park/Megaland

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Cost: $2 (Cincy has an awesome parks system, but what I don’t like about it is that you have to pay to get into most of their parks. The cost is minimal, but still. $2 to play on a playground?)

Time: 1-2 hours

The park is called Colerain Park and the play area is Megaland. The first thing we did when we got there was eat our picnic lunch. There’s a nice picnic shelter right by the playground. Matthew and Jordan spent the next hour playing – it’s definitely a mega playground! It’s all wooden and huge with multiple levels, slides, tunnels and climbing structures. I didn’t have my 2 year-old with me, but this playground is suitable for all ages. Continue reading

A Year-long Challenge to Become a Gentler Mother

Most of us are quick to publicly pat ourselves on the back. Perhaps it’s through the form of a photo uploaded to Instagram of our perfectly groomed child smiling sweetly at the camera, a post on Facebook proclaiming to the world about our 3 year-old genius’s latest accomplishment or a pin on Pinterest displaying the fruits of our creative endeavors. However, it is not often that you find someone publicly post something that is both humiliating and shameful. Today is your lucky day. Continue reading

OH Summer Fun Week 7: Indpls Zoo & Indy 500

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Indianapolis Zoo

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Cost: $17.95/adult; $13.70/child

Time: 3+ hours

I really like the Indianapolis Zoo, but it’s just too expensive – pricier than other awesome zoos, like Columbus Zoo  (which was named #1 zoo by Parent Magazine). Buy tickets online for a discount.

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OH Summer Fun Week 5: Wegerzyn Gardens & 2nd St Market

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Wegerzyn Gardens

Cost: Free

Time: 1 – 2 hours

The Children’s Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens is the most adorable place! We make a point of visiting at least a couple times during the summer. My 7 year-old boys have grown out of it a little bit, but they had a lot of fun playing with their little brother. The gardens is perfect for children ages 5 or 6 and under. Kids can splash around in the man-made cave waterfall and creek, make up a melody in the music maze, water a garden or build a sand sculpture in the sand play area. Outside of the children’s garden is Wegerzyn Gardens which is a gorgeously landscaped park (and a really popular place for photographers). We love to bring a picnic and enjoy nature there.  Continue reading