Richland Carrousel Park

Mansfield Road Trip

Ride an old-fashioned roundabout in downtown Mansfield To a child, the only thrill greater than seeing an old-fashioned carousel is climbing aboard one of its shiny, majestic creatures. One of the best places for children of all ages to do just that in Ohio is in Mansfield, 45 minutes north of Columbus. The city pays homage to the amusement-park ride…


Chadwick Arboretum

Free Outdoor Play

Identify plants, walk labyrinth at learning gardens on OSU’s main campus The Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens on the Ohio State University campus is a neat, little place to take the kids for quick lesson on plant identification or just to snap a cute picture in front of some colorful flowers. The arboretum offers an ever-changing showcase of annuals, perennials…



Marion Road Trip

From a popcorn museum to a mysterious revolving ball, Marion has it all With the annual Marion Popcorn Festival arriving in mid-September, it’s a great time to uncover a few kernels of truth about this central Ohio city. Let’s start with our bearings: Marion is about 45 miles north of Columbus. That makes it close enough for a quick day…



McConnelsville Road Trip

Discover historic opera house, charming museums an hour east of Columbus Sometimes the little towns you intend to drive through along the way to somewhere else surprise you the most with their hospitality and curiosities. We found this to be the case with McConnelsville, located an hour and a half east of Columbus. I’m not quite sure where we were…


Blue Rock Station

Muskingum County Road Trip

Property in southeastern Muskingum County pays tribute to owner’s eco-friendly lifestyle The first thing visitors see when they arrive at Blue Rock Station in southeastern Muskingum County is a 1955 Volkswagen bus flanked by a flag bearing a peace sign. Beyond the working barn stands a greenhouse made almost entirely of 2-liter soft-drink bottles. A grass maze invites participants to…


Candle Lab

Indoor Play Worthington

Concoct a customized scent I perused the names of more than 120 candle fragrances at The Candle Lab in the Columbus suburb of Worthington: “Georgia Peach,” “Snickerdoodle,” “Tomato Leaf.” My goal: to choose two perfect fragrances that represented my husband and three-month-old son, and thus create the perfect candle. The Candle Lab, with three central Ohio locations in Worthington, Grandview…


Traverse City

Outdoor Play Road Trip Traverse City

Northwest Michigan city pleases with legendary sand dunes, plentiful beaches Michigan is ideal for families looking for a quick, affordable getaway from central Ohio. A seven-hour drive north reveals many rewarding sights and experiences that you just won’t find here. For starters, let’s talk cherries. Thanks to Peter Dougherty, a mid-19th century Presbyterian minister, there’s an abundance of the juicy…


Park of Roses

Family Favorite Free Outdoor Play

Stop and smell the roses at Whetstone’s beloved flower garden Before I got married, I lived in a little apartment across the street from the Columbus Park of Roses. My back yard was a parking lot, so I regularly visited the park, 3923 N. High St., as if it were my own elegant back yard. The Park of Roses is…