child friendly

Bicentennial Park

Scioto Mile Fountain

 

This weekend in Columbus it was a whooping 95+ degrees outside. I am eager to find fun free ways for the kiddos to find a way to cool off! Of course we could go to a local pool, but I thought it would be fun to go play in one of the biggest fountain/splash parks in the center of downtown Columbus, Ohio!

Oh how I love anything free! This fountain park is one for the books! With both small and big amounts of water fun. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by AEP foundation, a stunning 15,000 square foot marvel, shoots more that 1,000 jets of water, enhanced by a unique lighting and fog effects, and is interactive and accessible for visitors of all ages. And if you're lucky, you can hear live music at the performing art stage a few feet away. If that doesn't increase your urge to go, there is a beautiful restaurant located right next to the fountains. Milestone 229 overlooks both the fountain and riverfront with both lunch and dinner options (Date Night without kiddos)! I give this fountain park a child friendly review of 10 out of 10. Free, Fun, with a beautiful scenery to match. As you know downtown runs several festivals and events. What a way to have the kids buy in or buy time by allowing them to play in water while you enjoy some music, food, and good vibes! Park hours vary between 7am-11p! 

For more information please visit http://www.sciotomile.com/parks/bicentennial-park/

 

Dave and Busters (Polaris)

Game Time

Looking for a game room to show off your competitive nature, or just to have some solid  family fun. Look no further, Dave and Busters has 2 locations in Columbus, Ohio. Both having very similar layouts, and offering the same games in both Hillard (West) and Polaris (North). Both locations about 20 minutes away from downtown Columbus. These game rooms not only have a variety of diverse range of games, they offer a restaurant with some yummy options after playing some high energy games. The menu has a variety of quick bites, burgers, and even big entrees. The awesome bonus about the restaurant is that you can select a meal option that includes a play card for an discounted price. For my caregivers, they offer a full bar, which can be used for a fun date night, or just to tolerate sensory overload, lol. For my oldest (9) had a blast, she was able to play all the games and enjoyed competing with her father who is a sore loser. For Karter (2), mommy was left chasing her, in fear that she would get lost. It can be very crowded on weekends and evenings. Very high volume, and although she enjoyed pushing buttons, there were no games quite for her age. So I allowed her to pretend she was doing whatever she chooses. Great thing about the game center is the rewards. Kennedy racked up over 1000 tickets and was able to get both herself and Karter a little gift. The kids left with little energy and slept on the way home! (Mommy Win!) I give this game center a child friendly review of 8 out of 10. Great for older children, but can be a little overwhelming. Price depends on how many games you like to play and can get pricey if you child runs through the game card quickly.

For more information visit www.daveandbusters.com

 

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

Slate Run Historical Farm and Metro Park

Slate Run is located far east side of Columbus, Ohio near Canal Winchester. This gem is totally free! Not only did we get to enjoy the family-friendly farm, there are tons of trials, parks, picnic areas, and ponds to enjoy at your convenience. 

Slate Run is ran by a group of local farmers who give education behind farm living and the animals that stay there. They allowed for Kennedy to ask her million questions all while Karter had staring contest with almost all the animals. What I enjoyed most about the farm is that although the animals were secure, it was okay to touch and possibly feed the animals if warranted. The house on the farm is set up like the 1850s with some original fixtures and art that children are also able to explore.

Pigs, ducks, horses, sheep, and some creatures I had no clue their name. A little stinky but all in good fun! I would suggest to pack plenty of water and snacks as it can get very hot during the summer and there is no concessions or food available (water fountains throughout the farm and park). Both Kennedy and Karter, although their experiences were different, both enjoyed themselves. By the time we were home both girls were exhausted and nap was extended an extra hour! Totally free,  educational, and multiple outdoor activities to do. I give this adventure a child friendly review of 9 out of 10.

For more information regarding hours scheduled activities please visit:  http://www.friendsofslaterunfarm.org/

 

 

 

Firefly Play Cafe

Firefly Play Cafe

I decided on this open play space for Karter's 2nd birthday. Can I just gloat in my glory for a moment. This indoor play cafe by far is one of the best play spaces in Columbus, Ohio. Firefly is the first play space to open in Central Ohio and has been operating for over 6 years. During the week they operate from 9-5p, with pricing ranging from $5-$8 depending on the age of the child. Children under 12 months are free.  This indoor play gym has everything! Library nook, play gym, pretend play areas, and even a inflatable bounce house!  The floor plan is open, clean, with lots of natural lighting, and space for kids to run wild. The tea, and coffee options are delicious and local. They also offer classes for the kiddos and parents, details listed on the website. Andrea was our party host, and she did a fabulous job with making the birthday party successful. We rented the party space for $245, Firefly provided us with 2 hours of free play, the entire space to ourselves, party host, and free beverages. I was able to bring in any food, and decorations items I wanted. And did I mention I was able to bring in adult (alcohol) beverages for the party guest. I mean this was just perfect. I can not say enough about the service, location, and amenities. Parents tend to think Columbus has nothing to offer, I am hear to tell you that there is some true gems amongst us. I give Firefly Play Cafe a child friendly review of 10 out of 10!

For more detailed information please visit www.fireflyplaycafe.com