Child Friendly

Dill's Greenhouse

Fall Family Fun

Located in Groveport, Ohio about 20 minutes from downtown Columbus, this gem has everything fall. Costing $8 per child over 2 years of age. Price including all activities not limited to a hay ride, a small pumpkin, and face painting. Small farm animals were accessible and friendly, and the staff was sweet and accommodating. We begin by a countless number of corn mazes, roasting s'mores and hot dogs in a fire pit, tubing, and of course my favorite, the sensory pit filled with dry corn!! I was shocked by the amount of things to do, and thought it would not end. I even commented to my mother who joined, are you sure we paid for all of this. It is totally worth it! Did I mention a snack stand with very cheap options such as water, juice boxes, and popcorn as well as those super simple s'more and hot dog kits for only $1! If you're looking for something not so crowded to fulfill your fall needs, try out this place. You can even enjoy the inside housing some great greenery as well. Open weekdays per reservations, limited Friday's and all day during the weekend, check it out! I give this activity a 10 0ut of 10. Maybe it was the beautiful weather that accompanied us, but I say it was perfect!

For more information please check outhttp://www.dillsgreenhouse.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Fall-Fun-Fest-2016.pdf

 

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Columbus Metro Library~Downtown

In a world full of IPads, be a book
— Mommy Magic

You can never go wrong with a trip to a library. Columbus and surrounding districts are full of them. This particular trip I took the girls to the recently renovated "downtown" library. Located in the center of Columbus. Not only does this library offer more books than you could imagine, it has a small art space, simple cafe, and an awesome kids room. Karter didn't want to leave. Filled with discovery at every corner. 50 book max for all check out items, and don't let that turn you away because at any age a child has the ability to get their own library card. Kennedy and Karter love using their own cards (independency), and it teaches my oldest to be responsible for her return dates as well as keeping up with her books. I really can't say enough about a library. Kids who read daily have higher test scores, language ability, and over excel in all areas of child hood development. Look out for reading programs in your local area, tutoring, homework help, story time, just to name a few. If your'e looking for a free but more than money can value resource, please take your child to a library regularly. This is a no brainer....this library and every library will always get a 11 out of 10 in my child friendly reviews!

For more detailed information, and to find a local library in you area visit: http://www.columbuslibrary.org/

 

Cedar Point

The Roller Coaster Capital of the World

Our once a year trip to Cedar Point was awesome! We try to do a trip to either Cedar Point or Kings Island once a year and not any more because it is way too expensive. The experience is well worth a visit when you can afford to do so. But I can see how this can be a challenge with families with multiple members. Ticket prices range from $48- $150. Higher range tickets include the fast pass option, which gives you the ability to bypass all lines, which in return assures you the ability to ride more rides. Soak City Water park tickets can be purchased at an additional price or included with a ticket to both parks at a discounted rate. Food passes are $35, allowing you to eat every 90 minutes, and well worth it if you plan to spend a full day at the park. Unless you plan to pack, which is totally okay as well! We decided to go for my 31st birthday celebration with a few friends and family. And although we almost went bankrupt (joking) we had a ball!

We spent the entire day at the park, enjoying all the roller coasters, and even cooling off at Soak City, which also includes a beach, and adult only area with a full swim up bar. Water slides, wave pools, and all water fun! In addition to both parks great located in Cedar Point is a great little kids area called Planet Snoopy where Karter (2) was able to enjoy! My mother does not ride, so while we went from coaster to coaster, she took Karter around Planet Snoopy, and went toddler crazy!

No disappointment here. I'm a big kid at heart so it was a feeling of nostalgia riding each coaster, bringing me back to my younger years. Kennedy, my brave girl, went on every ride she measured tall enough. Located about 3 hours from Columbus in Sandusky, Ohio. Hotel options are available, but when researching I did not get a lot of positive reviews. If you're up for the challenge, and little road trip I give this a child friendly review of 8 out of 10. Remember to bring comfy walking shoes, stroller or wagon, lots of water to stay hydrated, and to get your money worth stay until it closes! Ha!

For more detailed information, hours, ticket pricing, etc visit www.cedarpoint.com

 

COSI Center of Science and Industry

COSI Columbus Dynamic Hands-On Science Center

Oh how I love an adventure. COSI Science center is definitely a place to experience. Located in downtown Columbus, it offers a family fun culture of discovery and imagination. This gem is great for kids of all ages, and even adults. With each showcase/room offering a different education experience you won't forget. We traveled to space, learned more about the ocean, traveled back in time, engaged in sensory play, and used a heck of alot of pretend play and brain power!! This place is ahhh-mazing. They host workshops, adult nights, movies, birthday parties, and a cafeteria with tons of food options. I can't get enough of COSI especially because my oldest daughter is a science nerd. They offer affordable program packages for low income families as well as discounts and coupons offered online. Otherwise it can be pricey per visit, especially those with multiples. I wouldn't let the cost deter you from coming. If once a year can satisfy your soul, I think you and your child will be happy. I give this a child-friendly review of 9 out of 10. Only because cost makes it challenging to visit more often.

For more information on planning your visit please visit cosi.org.

 

Columbus Children's Theatre

Expose your children to something different

My eldest daughter has a gift for art. Visual art is her favorite, but as a mother I like to open her palette with more options. It is great for children to be exposed to all types of experiences. This can be challenging because there are things that we as adults specifically enjoy, so those are the things that we tailor our children to. It's important to not place our own biases on our children so that they can grown into their own person, or else we can get children whose purpose is to "please the parent", and they are left unfulfilled.

This gem is located in downtown Columbus in the Arena District. It is tailored to children by using play writes from famous children literature and movies, as well as using child actors. What I like most about CCT is the sensory friendly performances that recognize the sensibility to children with autism as well as children who process sensory differently (i.e. elimination of loud noises, abrupt lighting changes, quiet lobbies, etc).

Me and my daughter went to see Pinkalicious from the book series! She absolutely loved it, and the best part about all CCT performances, would be that the audience is allowed to interact with the cast after the show is over, and go on the set. My daughter enjoyed getting encouragement from the cast regarding art, and received signatures in her free performance handbook. Most shows are recommended for children 3 and older, which is self explanatory if you have a 2y/o with the inability to stay in a seat. There are some shows for older children that have more of a in depth story line. Ticket pricing starts at $15 for children, and $20 for adults. On "Thrifty Thursday" tickets will be a few dollars cheaper. Shows run regularly and change every couple months. Shows are typically 60-90m, with a intermission. I give this a child friendly review of 9 out of 10. Cost can be high, but for an occasional show it's not too bad!

We also went to North Market for lunch afterward, located next door! Local markets and vendors with amazing food options!

For information regarding ticketing, shows, classes, and sensory friendly shows. Click and past link! http://www.columbuschildrenstheatre.org/