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The Columbus Children’s Theatre production this fall is a musical version of Charlotte’s Web.

I haven’t been to the Columbus Children’s Theatre because my daughter is too young, but I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough. 

The musical is recommended for ages 4 years old and up.

Show runs from: September 18 to October 5. 

Show times are:
Thursday and Friday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Sundays 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Ticket prices: $10 on Thursday. $12 – 20 on Friday – Sunday. Call 614-224-6672 for tickets.

Location: 512 Park St., Columbus, Ohio  43215


[Photo Credit: Book]


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Fall is almost here. (Where did summer go?) School and football are starting – a sure sign of fall.  For me and the munchkin, fall means apple and pumpkins. I have already been getting apples at the Worthington Farmers’ Market

Here is another website that I love – www.pickyour.org. The site lists farms that sell to the public and pick-your-own farms by state, then by region, and then county. The site is a good resource to find local farms near where you live.

I have not used the website to find a farm for apples and pumpkins, but through this website I did find Circle S Farms from which I have bought excellent strawberries this summer and last summer.  Circle S Farms does have pumpkins in the fall, along with a corn maze, hay-ride, sunflower maze, and petting zoo during their Fall Fun Days. Since my daughter is older this year, we will be making a trip to the farm for their Fall Fun Days and a pumpkin.

Circle S Farms is located at 9015 London Groveport Rd. Grove City, OH 43123. They have directions listed on their website. Fall Fun Days begins in October. The farm is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during October. 

[Photo Credit: Apples]

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As summer is winding down, my daughter and I went to visit Powell’s water park for the first time today. She loved the park.

The water area is small, but has some neat features. There is a spray tunnel the kids can run through, buckets that dump water from the pole in the center of the water area, and water sprayers the kids can move themselves. She was a little hesitant at first since the water area was crowded with kids running, but after five minutes she joined in. 

Attached to the water area is a regular playground that she also liked. There are public bathrooms located behind the police station, and picnic benches around the water area for parents to sit. We will definitely try to visit the park one more time before the end of summer. 

Location: 47 Hall Street, Powell, Ohio 43065. The spray park is located behind the Powell City Hall and police station.

Columbus has two other free water parks that I know of: Ballantrae Park in Dublin and HomesteadPark in Hilliard.

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I had a reader today ask me about parks in Columbus. We are new to the park scene this summer and still discovering Columbus’s parks and playgrounds.

Last summer, the munchkin was too small for parks.Now, we love a good park. With a 19-month old, my criteria for a good park is a good playground. 

One of my favorite parks is Goodale Park located in Victorian Village.  Goodale Park has two playgrounds – one for younger kids and one for older kids. The playground for the younger kids has baby swings – a must in our park criteria.

Goodale Park also has a lot of open space for the pumpkin to run around in and sidewalks that cross through the park. 

Another favorite park is Homestead Park near Hilliard. Homestead has one of the largest playground areas that I’ve seen in Columbus, and is in three separate areas inside the park. The toddler area has baby swings and a sand-area that is perfect for the little ones. It is located near the front of the park.

The second playground area has a section for younger kids with baby swings and smaller equipment, and an area with larger equipment for older kids. The two areas are connected together, which is good for parents with kids of different ages. 

The third area in Homestead Park is a waterpark. Again, there are two areas for the waterpark – one for older kids and one for younger kids. The water area for younger kids has faucets the children can turn on that flow into metal basins. My daughter enjoys this area. She is too young to turn the faucets on herself, so I do that for her. The waterpark for the older kids is called Fort Washington, and both times we’ve been there this summer, kids are running around spraying each other with water guns.

Both parks are great, and we are frequent visitors. In addition to these parks, we also love Slate Run Metro Park and Farm and the fountains at Ballantrea Park

Locations: Goodale Park is located one block west of High Street at W. Goodale Street and Park Street in the Victorian Village. Homestead Park is at 4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026.

What other parks are great in Columbus?

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of the largest attractions for kids in Columbus, and with good reason. The zoo is a fabulous place for kids.

My daughter had her first trip to the zoo at five months. At five months old, her favorite exhibit was the aquarium. She loved the movement and colors.

Now at 18 months-old, she still loves the aquarium. Her other favorite animals are the lions, komodo dragon, monkeys, and kangaroos. Petting the goats is also a favorite. She loves seeing the animals up close.

She also adores the animal statues located throughout the zoo. She’ll climb on them, give them hugs, and point out their noses, which makes for great photo opportunities. 

In addition to all the usual animal attractions, the zoo also has a carousal that the pumpkin loves riding. The other rides inside the zoo are the boat ride and and train. The price for all rides is a $1 per person. 

The only negative to the zoo is the price. However, if you plan on visiting the zoo frequently, having a membership is great. We have saved a lot of money with our membership. We go for a few hours and don’t feel obligated to stay all day to get our money’s worth.

Another way to reduce costs on trips to the zoo is to pack snacks and drinks. The zoo has lots of eating and drinking options, but the price adds up. 

Where: 4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065.

Hours: From Labor Day to Memorial Day, the zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. From June 25 to August 20, the zoo is open on Wednesdays until 8 p.m.

Fee: General admission is $10 per person, $7 for 2 to 9 years old and 60 and up. Under two years old is free. 

Parking: Parking is $5 per car, but it is free with a membership.

[Photo Credit: Elephants]

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Last week, my daughter and I went to the Franklin Park Conservatory to see the butterfly exhibit.

The Franklin Park Conservatory is an indoor botanical garden with more than 400 species of plants in a variety of climate settings. The annual Blooms and Butterflies exhibit transforms one of the gardens into a butterfly habitat.

The pumpkin liked seeing the butterflies up close. She loved running up and down the paths in the gardens. The butterfly garden has a pond with koi fish, and the fish were a hit. For an 18-month-old, the fish were more interesting than the butterflies.

We happened to be there at 3:00 p.m., when the staff does the daily butterfly release, which would have been more interesting if she would have stood still long enough to let me see the butterflies being released. 

We also went into the Palm Room, which was very hot. It would have been appreciated more in cooler weather. The area with the butterflies was not as warm. 

The butterfly exhibit is open until September 7, 2008. We had a good time at the conservatory. However, I would recommend a visit to the conservatory for children older than 18 months.  

Where: 1777 E Broad StreeetColumbus. There is free parking. 

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fee: $7.50 for adults. $6.00 for seniors and students. $4.00 for children 2- 12. Children under 2 are free. The conservatory does have memberships. 

[Photo Credit: Butterfly]

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Columbus’s Center of Science and Technology (COSI) is a great place for kids of all ages. COSI has an area designed especially for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers –  little kidspace. It is a self-contained area on the second floor. I first took my daughter to COSI’s little kidspace when she was 11 months old, and she loved it.

In little kidspace, there are multiple play areas. The tree area has slides, a small bridge, tunnels, and soft climbing areas for kids to explore and climb. 

A water area in the back has two different water tables. One table is set up so that young children can sit in seats similar to booster seats and play at the table. The other table is for children who are old enough to stand. COSI does have little raincoats with hoods kids can use. I recommend bringing a change of clothes. The munchkin always gets pretty wet. 

In additional to the tree and water areas, there is ambulance area where kids can pretend to drive an ambulance, work in a doctor’s office, and fly a helicopter.  Another area allows kids to pretend to build houses.

Little kidspace also has animals on display. These include lizards, frogs, a tarantula, and turtles. The animals are in aquariums behind a glass window. The pumpkin loves checking the critters out. 

Because my daughter is only 18 months old, we haven’t explore the other exhibits at COSI. Check out their website for more information about other exhibits. 

Where: 333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. There is parking available in lots directly in front of the building. I have never had trouble finding a spot. 

Hours: During the summer (May 24 to September 1), COSI is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Fee: The only negative thing about COSI is the price. For just COSI exhibits and live shows, the adult fee is $12.50 and the children’s fee (2 years old to 12 years old) is $7.50. Attending special exhibits and movie are additional. COSI’s membership is a great idea for parents of young children. If you have a membership, you can go for an hour or two then leave when your little one is ready. They offer many different membership packages for families of various sizes. Teachers get free admission into to COSI with school identification.

Special Events: From July 12 to July 20, the Science of Big Machines will be at COSI. All types of construction machines will be on display, from small hand tools to large equipment. 

[Photo credit: COSI]

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