Weekend Events in Columbus (September 25-27)

Weekend of September 25-27

Many fall activities are opening this weekend.  Check out a list of Fall Events and Activities by clicking Fall Fun in Columbus.

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Gorgeous fall weather means outdoor dining or drinks are a MUST. 🙂 Here’s a list of Patio Dining in Columbus.

Delaware County Fair (September 19 – 26)

Columbus Oktoberfest (September 25-27) FREE Admission

Ohio Renaissance Festival   (Saturdays and Sundays Sept 5-Oct 25)

Pinkalicious by Columbus Children’s Theatre (September 24-October 11: Thursdays-Sundays) 60 minutes (no intermission)

Nationwide Children’s Championship golf tournament at OSU golf course (Sept 24 -27)

Friday, September 25

The Secret Garden (movie under the stars) at the Topiary Park Theater from 8:00 pm -10:30 (bring a blanket and picnic)

COSI Family Friday Night (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Saturday, September 26

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  * Harvest Fair at Stratford Ecological Center (10 am – 4 pm) $5 a person or $15 a family – live music, hayrides, living history, kid activities

  • Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 6.45.58 AMDisney Store at Polaris Grand Opening at 10 am.  Noon to 4 pm Meet and Greet with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in Center court.  Bring a camera.  *Characters alternate every 30 minutes. Character appearances are subject to change or cancel without notice.
  • Lego Travel Adventure Exhibit opens at COSI (September 26- May 8)
  • Chalk the Block at Easton Town Center (40 artist will be listening to live music as they showcase their artistic talents on the streets of Easton)
  • Ohio State Football vs. Western Michigan at 3:30 pm
  • Grandview Hop (live music, local shopping, food, art and activities along Grandview Avenue)
  • Criss Angel – Palace Theater

Sunday, September 27

Here are some events that require a little drive:

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Cedar Point (Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 19)

If you’re interested in other events scattered throughout Ohio then check out this site: 1000 Things Ohio.

Other Upcoming Events: Click HERE

I hope you have an awesome weekend!  Go Buckeyes!

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Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals- Giveaway

Throughout generations Barbie has had many careers. Now, she’s taking center stage as she entertains families in this rocking musical. Fans will surely enjoy watching Barbie in her leading role. Enter for a chance to win a FREE copy of Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals. Fifteen winners will be randomly selected to win so act fast because this giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on September 23rd.

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Here’s a sneak peak at Barbie’s rocking musical:

Get ready to rock! In this upbeat musical, Barbie™ stars as Princess Courtney, a modern princess whose world is turned upside down when she switches places with Erika, a famous rock star. Two very different worlds collide when a mix-up sends Princess Courtney to Camp Pop and Erika to Camp Royalty. While the leaders of the rival camps try to correct the mix-up, both Courtney and Erika learn to adjust to the different worlds and have fun while making new, unexpected friends. When the girls learn both camps are at risk of shutting down, they must embrace their differences, find their true voices, and come together for an epic sing-off that shows anything is possible when you dare to dream big!

In true Barbie fashion, the positive message (and fun songs) found on this DVD will be loved by both kids and adults. Use the form below to enter for your chance to win a copy of Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals!!!!!

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Apple Fractions and Tasty Snack

Apples are one food my kids can always agree on eating. Today I decided to put an educational spin on snack time today and talk about fractions with my kids. Keep in mind that my oldest just started kindergarten and my youngest is in preschool. This is a topic they both were eager to learn about because I told them that we’d be making a tasty treat with the apples once we were done using them to learn.

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Apple Fractions

This lesson was easy, easy, easy!!!!

  • First, I showed my kids a whole apple.
  • After that, I cut the apple in half and talked about that two halves make one whole. They thought it was really cool to put both of the halves back together.DSC_3513
  • Next up was fourths. I cut another apple in half and then cut the halves in half again. Here they discovered that two of the fourths were the same size as one half.
  • I used an apple cutter to slice the apple into eight pieces. My kids realized that the pieces of these apples were smaller. I explained that the more pieces the apple is cut into that the smaller the pieces become.DSC_3512

Appleseed Math

Using the center of the apple left over from the pieces cut into eighths, I had my children make a prediction about how many seeds were in an apple. My daughter thought one seed (which seems appropriate because many fruits have one seed) and my son predicted five. I broke open the apple and we counted the seeds. We discovered that the apple we used had six seeds.

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Apple Counting

So simple…. I had my kids count how many apples were in the bowl. I then posed basic subtraction problems like, “If I took two apples away how many would be left?” I had them take away the apples and count how many remained.

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Apple Tasty Treat

We certainly didn’t want to waste the apples so we needed to eat them. My kids were so pumped when I told them they were going to be spreading peanut butter on the apples and placing mini chocolate chips on top. Of course (before I could finish my sentence) they wanted to know if they would be allowed to eat some of the chocolate chips.

I gave each child a bowl of peanut butter, another bowl with mini chocolate chips, a butter knife and some apple slices. After they spread the peanut butter on the apple I gave them a number to count out and then place on top of the apple slices. This not only helped reinforce counting skills but they used fine motor skills to pick up the tiny pieces of chocolate.

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(My kids also suggested using Nutella with white chocolate chips or caramel sauce. Looks like we will be trying that soon!)

This lesson was a hit with my kiddos. I loved that it was inexpensive, quick (I had all of the ingredients and materials in my fridge or pantry), educational and filled their bellies with a nutritious snack.

Fall is the perfect time to head to an apple orchard to go apple picking. If you live in Columbus, Ohio check out my list of local apple orchards by clicking HERE.

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Interested in other apple activities to do with your kids? Look at all of these exciting ideas by fellow bloggers for a apple mini unit perfect for kindergartners:

Apple name printable by P is for Preschooler

Apple Fingerprint Art by Kidz Activities

Fine Motor Color Matching Apple Sensory Bin by The Resourceful Mama

Fun Fall Apple Tree Reading Log by Books and Giggles

Apple Song for ESL Students

Apple Alphabet Match by Adventures of Adam

Kindergarten STEM Apple Activity {with Free Printable} by Something 2 Offer

Apple Picking Field Trip Activities by Rainy Day Mum

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$800 Back to School Giveaway

We could all use a little extra spending money during this back to school season- right?!!.  I’m excited to  announce that I’ve paired with some amazing bloggers to be giving away $800 dollars of Paypal cash (2 $400 dollar winners).  Use the entry form below to enter for a free chance to win.  🙂

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Sleepy Time Headrest to the Rescue!

The Sleepy Time Headrest arrived in time for our 4-week expedition across several states. We were equipped with all we needed (or so I hoped) as we embarked on our 4,000 mile road trip.   Knowing that it would be a long time for my kiddos to be strapped into their car seats I had a wide array of things to keep them busy, happy and cozy.   From our drive to Florida earlier this summer, I learned that a grouchy and tired kid means a miserable experience for everyone.  Luckily the Sleepy Time Headrest allowed them to rest peacefully during our good old-fashioned road trip.

Here’s what you need to know about the Sleepy Time Headrest:

  • Kid tested, parent approved and meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
  • Comfortable and easy to use!  My four year old learned how to do this without help.DSC_3349
  • Keeps your child’s head properly aligned to prevent their head from falling forward or jerking from side to side.  It’s not a real medical term but I call it “crooked head syndrome”.  I’m referring to that terribly awful position where your little one has their head tilted forward, cocked to the side they look so uncomfortable.DSC_3352
  • Fun Designs– comes in 8 different exciting patterns. Our pillow is the Zebra pattern. Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 12.10.51 AM
  • Different sizes: infant, child and adult available.  (Child size shown below.)Sleepy Time Headrest
  • Multiple uses– my daughter used it as a blanket to cover her cold legs when she was awake during our car trip. Children with special needs are using it in wheel chairs. I haven’t brought this with us on a plane yet but we want to try it out! If you need tips for traveling on a plane with kids click here: Plane Tips For Traveling with Kids
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  • Made in the USA!
  • Interested in purchasing a Sleepy Time Headrest? Visit their website here: http://www.childrensheadrest.com/index.htm
  • I received this product for free in exchange for a product review. All of the opinions are my own. I was not financially compensated for this post.  I encourage you to check out the Sleepy Time Headrest website to read more about this product.

Thanks to the Sleepy Time Headrest I was much better prepared for Round 2 of our Road Trip travels this summer. I will definitely be bringing the Sleepy Time Headrest with us for our next trip! Keep up with my traveling adventures and tips by joining my email mailing list or follow Local Busy Bees on my social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest).   Wishing you and your family safe and comfortable travels!

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Fall Family Activities in Columbus

For those of you wanting to get a jump start on fall family activities in Columbus check out some of my favorites below. As excited as I am for apple picking, football season, the smell of burning leaves and Halloween décor I’m still in summer mode. I’ll be updating this list often as I hear about more fun opportunities around town and businesses publish their calendar of events.

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Click on the Calendar of Events to see a wide variety of family fun happening in Columbus.

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Three D Centers

I was super pumped to discover Three D Centers in Hilliard, Ohio. It’s a brand new business offering a wide variety of classes for kids and adults. The opportunities for creativity, learning a new skill and group support are endless.

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You’ll love the concept of Three D Centers: a weekly schedule of classes allowing you to pick sessions that fit your schedule and interest, pay as you go, no enrollment fees, and affordable pricing. Sounds pretty amazing- right?!!! To top it all off Three D Centers is offering first time visitors the opportunity to try out two FREE classes per family member. Click HERE to download your free class passes.

Some of the Fun Classes Offered

  • Dance, Workout, Drama, Art, Languages, Support Groups, Martial Arts, Business and Finance
  • Click HERE to view the complete class schedule, times and pricing.
  • Everyone is bound to find an exciting class!

I know all my mom friends are sick of being stuck inside with their kiddos during all of these rainy summer days in Columbus. It looks like venturing to Three D Centers could help you escape from home and save your sanity!

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More Information on Three D Centers

  • Classes are offered throughout the day and evening Monday-Saturday.
  • Class prices range from $4-$15 per class depending on length and supplies. Remember your first 2 classes are free!
  • Call before you visit to verify availability.
  • Family owned business with friendly employees.
  • Children ages 6 and under need to have an adult stay with them. Take a look at the comfortable and inviting parent area to hang out in while you wait.DSC_2391

My Experiences

I had a blast using my two left feet to try my best at Zumba with Nisha. I’d say it was Zumba with a Hip Hop flare in a no pressure atmosphere. Nisha’s enthusiasm and passion was so invigorating it helped make me feel comfortable and left me smiling the whole class. You can’t beat moving and grooving to upbeat tunes, burning calories and having fun all in one night. Can’t wait for my next class!

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My 4-year-old daughter enjoyed her time with Ali in the Creative Art class.   Ali had intentions of making monsters but my little one wanted to construct cats and dogs with construction paper instead. Ali went with her ideas and even let my little one hang her masterpiece on the wall.ThreeDCentersLexi

Dream, Dare, Do is the philosophy of the Three D Centers, so do just that and support a local business!

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Sesame Place

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Place…? Sure, Sesame Place is in Langhorne, Pennsylvania about 25 miles outside of Philadelphia.Sesamecharacters

This themed amusement park appeals to kids and adults of all ages. Who doesn’t love taking photos with cuddly monsters, riding fun rides, seeing characters perform in the parade and watching interactive shows? This park is small enough to get around easily, yet large enough to keep you and your family entertained for hours.

I was really impressed with the overall layout and design of the park. Each of the rides were creatively named and related to the Sesame Street theme. My favorites were Oscar’s Rotten Rusty Rockets and Honker Dinger Derby.

Sesame Rides

If you visit during the summer season the water rides will be in operation. You’ll find The Count’s Splash Castle, which has many levels of fun including water slides, an enormous tipping bucket, bridges, water wheels and other features.  There are a wide variety of water slides, a rambling lazy river, a tidal pool and other wet fun.  Our favorite was Sky Splash where up to 6 riders can travel together in a tube down a twisting and turning slide.

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Character Viewing: You’ll be able to snap your own photos of beloved characters such as Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, The Count, Abby Cadabby, Zoe, Oscar the Grouch and more. There were a lot of characters stationed throughout the park at different spots and times.  Typically there were only a few people in line so the wait was rather short.

You can also view the characters in the parade, shows or character dining experiences.

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Parade: Watching the parade is a great way to view the characters in one spot. During the Birthday Celebration Parade all of the beloved Sesame Street characters rode on interesting and colorful floats as they traveled down the street moving and grooving to upbeat music.

Parade viewing- I recommend standing on the street in the middle or closest to the entrance.  For the first song the parade performers stopped right about at the boat and anyone that was sitting further down on the street didn’t have anything in front of them to watch until the song finished and the performers continued down the street. People at this park reserved their parade viewing spot well in advance. Towels and strollers were lined up along the parade route an hour or two ahead of the scheduled parade time.

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Dining: There are character dining experiences where you can pay extra to eat a buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner while Elmo and his friends dance around and are available for photographs. There is also a meal plan option that can be purchased.  You can bring a small cooler inside the park with you.  Near the parking lot there are several tables with a large umbrella for shade.  Many people were sitting there eating food they brought with them.  Also I saw people kept coolers in the car.  Very close by is Taco Bell and Chick Fil-A if you are interested in leaving the park to grab food.  Don’t forget your hand stamp to get back in.

Special Events: The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular (September 26, 2015- November 1, 2015) and a Very Furry Christmas (November 21, 2015-December 31, 2015 on select days).  Click HERE for more information and to see the full even schedule.

Deals: We bought our tickets online to save $10 and get a FREE second day. Visits did not have to be consecutive days. So for $55 a person we got 2 days of fun. That’s a really good deal. I’m sure the promotions and coupons change throughout the year so be sure to check the Sesame Place website by clicking HERE for the current deals.

Other Info:

2015 is the year that Sesame Places celebrates its 35th year so the park was decorated with a birthday theme.

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Remember to pack your bathing suit and towel if you plan on experiencing the wet attractions.

Only negative I can think of is that we waited for 20 minutes past the scheduled reading time for the story.  The people in Hopper’s Store said that typically they are running late.

Staying true to what Sesame Street is known for was the educational fun found throughout the park. The parades and shows incorporated learning concepts such as letters, numbers and shapes.

Cookie’s Monster Land opened in 2014 and has rides, large climbing net and soft play area for the little ones.

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Although toddlers and preschoolers are the typical audience range of the Sesame Street show this park is not just for youngsters.  Kids and adults of all ages will be entertained.  Sesame Place is bound to put a smile on everyone’s face and the memories should last well beyond the time spent at the park. I hope you have a delightful time at Sesame Place!

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A Colorful Time at Crayola Experience

As a child my favorite episode on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood was when they visited the crayon factory. I loved watching the behind the scenes tour as the machines quickly produced one of my favorite items. Can you believe they’ve been around for over 100 years? I bet it would be awfully hard to find anyone who hasn’t used Crayola products!

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We recently visited Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania (about 90 minutes from Philadelphia). There were 25 hands on exhibits to let your creativity shine. My favorite station was Be a Star where you selected a background,  inserted a photo of yourself into the background and then printed out your masterpiece. Here’s my rock star creation:

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My children enjoyed the stations that involved melting crayons. One station allowed you to melt two crayons together to make a cool drip art collage. At the Melt & Mold station you were given a crayon to insert into a machine that would turn your crayon into a molded keepsake. My daughter loved making rings!

Crayola Experience

Today, July 1, 2015 marks opening day for Crayola Experience in Orlando. This will be another fun activity in the Orlando area and great for any rainy or cold days.

Discover the magic by clicking on the Crayola Experience website HERE!

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