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…


North Market

Downtown Columbus Family Favorite Indoor Play Sweet Adventure

Meet, eat, mingle at popular market in downtown Columbus The North Market in downtown Columbus is a feast for the senses. Located at 59 Spruce St., near the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the market features 35 vendors selling a cornucopia of food-related items in a 44,000 square-foot space. The goodies include homegrown fruits and vegetables, kosher meats, fresh fish, European…



Outdoor Play

Take a banana-split bike trip through Ohio this fall Growing up in northern Ohio, one of my favorite things to do was ride my bike to get ice cream. I’d often travel two miles from Medina to a general store called Weymouth Pantry, where I’d buy an orange Push-Up for a quarter. Then, I’d sit and eat the frozen treat…


Easton Town Center

Easton Town Center Splash Park

Fun to be found around Easton Town Center’s fountain Children love to play in outdoor water fountains during the summer heat. Central Ohio has several public fountains where kids can cool off, but only one that offers major shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Many people regard Easton Town Center as the preeminent shopping destination in Ohio, in large part because…


Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Tigers

Animals Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Outdoor Play Powell

Pause at tiger exhibit while prowling around Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Chimpanzees have always been my favorite attraction at the zoo because their humanlike qualities make me contemplate life as we know it. Recently, though, I’ve become captivated by tigers – Amur tigers to be exact. Three of them are on display at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium near the…