Pet stores turned into a petting zoo for the win...

So you know how your kids are begging to get out the house, and you really want to save money because...who doesn't like to save. So what does mommy do...I come up with the bright idea of visiting a local pet store (pats self on back). This is not any ordinary pet store, Petland-Ohio prides itself on allowing customers to have a very interactive, friendly, safe experience with pets. Located in almost every district in Columbus...including Pickerington, Hilliard, Gahanna, Powell, Dublin, and Grove City. Store hours weekdays are 11a-9p, and weekends from 10a-9p. And did I mention it's totally free!! We decided to go to the Pickerington Location on a Friday evening. It was a little crowded but didn't take away for the experience. We were able to sit in a petting space, specifically for holding puppies. We literally could hold and play with any puppy we choose. Staff provided us little toys and treats to keep both the puppy and girls busy. We then ventured to the rabbits and birds, and got to hold a snake. Karter enjoyed the fish tanks filled with exotic fish that reminded me of an aquarium of some sort. We ended with having a great dinner at Roosters for the win. Super simple, and super fun. Who knew a zoo was in our own back yard. Being a parent requires being creative, and having the ability to think on your head sometimes. We were able to leave without buying anything, and our pet desires were fulfilled. This gem is getting a 10 out of 10, for it's convenience, and super adorable animals!

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Get Air Columbus

Jump Around

This gem is located far West of Columbus in Hilliard, off Fishinger Blvd. A solid 40 minutes from East Columbus, and around 20 minutes from downtown. This non-stop indoor trampoline park is perfect for kiddos high of energy. With a separate section for toddlers (under 46’), obstacle courses, foam pits, dodge ball, and a whole lot of trampolines, this is a parent’s paradise. We arrived around 4pm, and it was jammed packed. I will say it gets very crowded, if you have a child that is a runner, there is no way you can take your eyes off of them. Get Air differs from Skyzone slightly due to the no wait policy. Open from 11am-11pm on weekends, awesome for parents who need to work around naptime and fear missing out on activities. Hungry? They have a small restaurant located in the gym with a diverse menu of pizza, and burgers. Unfortunately we only ordered a basket of fries for $3, and they were great! Menu looked reasonably priced. Prices for the gym are marked per hour. Kids over 46”, $14, and children under 46’, $9. You only have to pay for the first hour and hours can be added at a prorated fee. My husband and I paid to jump the first hour, well after that we were beat but the kids still had loads of energy. We simply paid for their extra hour and were able to supervise without an additional payment. I give this play space a child friendly rating of 8.5/10. Pricing is high for families of multiples and no discount is warranted for siblings. A little far from East Columbus, but everything is. Defiantly worth trying, and making a visit as often as you can afford to do so.

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Grove City Church of the Nazarene-Play Place

Oh how I love Church of the Nazarene! They have a awesome community! This little gem is located in Grove City, about 20 minutes from downtown Columbus, off Stringtown Rd. Not only do they provide church services, counseling, educational opportunities, and host many events they have an amazing "free"...yes "free" play space for children 18m-12 y/o depending on height requirements. They offer 2 story tunnels, climbing wall, air hockey, and a special blocked off section for toddlers! This indoor free space is great to allow children to knock out some energy while avoiding harsh weather or paying for play. It also offers a Cafe with lots of snack and food/drink options. Even ice cream! And if you think it's expensive to offset the cost of the free gym, you're wrong. All items were reasonably priced. For a pizza for 3, ice cream, french fries and drinks we paid a whopping $16!! We usually go on a Saturday and because this is a true hidden gem, the place is never overcrowded. There is plenty of adult sitting, and at times Karter had the entire toddler section to herself. This would also be a fun place to offer a birthday party. While there I noticed some families setting up in the cafe with tables and chairs, which is free. They also have a party room for rent. Clean, free, and fun! All in all I give this a child friendly rating of 10!

All it takes is to register in their system, this can be found online or when you arrive! Thank me later!