This September, Baseball Hall of Famer, author and Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Cal Ripken, Jr., will work with the American Library Association (ALA) to remind both parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply.
Want to give your kid a head start on a successful school year? Help him or her create a homework spot.
The new issue of Columbus Parent starts getting distributed today, but we're already thinking ahead a couple of weeks to the Jack Hanna Fall Fest!
The September issue of Columbus Parent arrives on Monday! And, though it might seem like a cliché to say we're excited about this one (because we're always excited when a new one arrives), but this time, we really, really, really are.
From the Dispatch arts editor and kid-book expert, Nancy Gilson, comes two reviews on new books….
From our intrepid games reviewer, Shawn Sines, comes his take on two new games for teens…
This morning, we got another sneak peek at how things are progressing with the Nationwide Children's Hospital expansion project. You may recall last December we got to see the mock rooms they were experimenting with in an old Kroger warehouse, just to come up with most efficient and innovative ways to make patients' and their families' experiences at NCH as comfortable and healing as possible.
The second annual 10TV Health and Fitness Expo is this weekend, and is the perfect opportunity to gather exciting ideas to get you and your family moving this fall.
Are the kids in your life suffering from the back-to-school blues? It's not uncommon for children to feel anxious as the first day of school arrives, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
There's just enough time left before school starts to celebrate American Artist Appreciation Month — and there are plenty of venues in Central Ohio to do it.
Has the downturn in the economy challenged your family's finances? A local non-profit wants to help.
It's the last day to register to win that Back-to-School Lunch Party for Parents.
The 2011 Festival Latino opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday evening in Genoa Park (behind COSI) along the riverfront. This is always a banner event during Columbus summers with a ton of great food, music, dance, art, fashion and family-friendly activities.
Just look at this lineup of food vendors: Azteca Catering (Mexican fare), Casa Sazon (Latin deli), D's Dogs (hot dogs), El Manantial Latino (Colombian fare), El Pilon (Puerto Rican fare), I Cee Rainbows (Italian ice), Krazy Kettle Corn, Late Night Slice (Latin pizza), Panaderia Oaxaquena (tacos, burritos, tortas, fruit), Paradise Lemon & Lime (lemonade), R 'n' R Concessions (Puerto Rican fare), Rapicci's Italian Ice, Sanders Concession (corn dogs, funnel cakes, elephant ears), and Tropical Fruit Juices. There's a big children's area for fun things to do, plus a marketplace with artists and other vendors.
The Festival runs from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day. For more information, visit their website at www.FestivalLatino.net.
The newly-renamed Tanger Outlet Centers at Jeffersonville will ring in the school year in style – TangerStyle! From Friday, Aug. 12 to Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, Tanger Outlets Jeffersonville will host a variety of free family-oriented events. The weekend's events will include: face painting, rock wall climbing, celebrity appearances, fireworks and more. Several of the retailers at Tanger Outlets Jeffersonville will participate in Tanger's nationwide 20% off Back-2-School sale. Among these retailers will be: Bass, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Charley's Grilled Subs, Christopher & Banks, Claire's, dressbarn, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Factory Brand Shoes, Gap Outlet, Jockey, Nike Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet, Oops! Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and SAS Shoes. Throughout the weekend, shoppers will see live modeling of the latest Fall fashions and Back-2-School wear from the brand-name and designer stores at the TangerStyle Fashion Stops located throughout the center. TangerStyle coupons, brochures and shopper amenities also will be available each day at Tanger Outlets Jeffersonville's Shopper Services office.
For more information on Tanger's Fashionable Back-2-School Family Festival at the Tanger Outlets Jeffersonville, Ohio and a full list of daily activities, please visit www.tangeroutlet.com/jeffersonville.
If you're a fan of farmers' markets, don't miss the granddaddy of 'em all. North Market hosts its 20th Farmers' Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13. The middle of August is reserved for the event each year because it is considered to be the prime of Ohio's growing season. Enjoy fun and freshness by the bushel. In addition to a plentiful array of fresh produce, there'll be contests including who makes the best homemade jam and jelly, or who grew the ugliest tomato! Also scheduled: a chef challenge, cooking demonstrations, live music and kids' activities. Event: 20th Annual North Market Farmers' Festival Place: North Market Date: Saturday, Aug. 13 Opens: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Free North Market reusable shopping bags for the first 500 customers!) Free! -Kristen Maetzold
We know where to go if we want to build a bear. Now there's a place to go if little ones need to fix a bear.
This Saturday children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy to the Columbus Zoo for a little check-up and fix-up.
Clinic volunteers from Nationwide Children's Hospital are offering wellness checks, as well as stitches, eye patches, bandages, whatever is needed to mend Teddy's boo-boo. It's a great opportunity for kids to become familiar with what happens during a routine check-up or a minor injury.
Event: Teddy Bear Safari Date: Aug. 13 Place: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Zoo admission
Who says you can't mix business with pleasure? The Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce shows the two fit together quite deliciously.
The Chamber is hosting the 2nd Annual Taste of Hilliard & Business Expo August 10. Just $10 at the door and you'll sample some of the best appetizers, entrees, and desserts from Hilliard's finest and favorite eateries while getting to know more than 50 businesses that call the city home.
Enjoy all in the air-conditioned comfort of the Makoy Center in downtown Old Hilliard.
Event: Taste of Hilliard & Business Expo Date: Wednesday, August 10 Place: Makoy Center, 5462 Center Street, Hilliard 43026 Starts at 4:30pm Admission $10 (cash only)
Have you tried the Goodale Park Music Series yet this summer? It's yet another in a packed lineup of great outdoor entertainment options in Central Ohio this summer and, oh yeah, it also happens to be free!
This Sunday, the Spikedrivers will be playing from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. But it's not just about great, family-friendly music. There's also food (some of our favorite foodie trucks all show up, like Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Rad Dogs, Leslie's Creperie and Earth's Crust Pizza), as well as art activities for kids from the Columbus Artmobile and OpenheartART. You can also do a little shopping for crafts.
The shows continue each Sunday afternoon through Aug. 21. Visit their website at for more information.
It's time to get your Irish on because the Dublin Irish Festival opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Even if you weren't one of our lucky ticket winners, it's still a reasonably priced and family friendly event worth visiting.
Some of our favorite spots to visit in the sprawling Coffman Park set-up include: the spooky storytellers (there really is nothing like the magic of live storytelling), the thundering dancers (performing on several stages: just listen for them, you can't miss them), the Wendy's Wee Folks Area ($10 gets your kid unlimited use of all kinds of inflatable games, a rock-climbing wall, and more; and most critically, grown-ups can sit around the outside at some of the picnic tables and quaff an adult beverage while keeping an eye on their wee ones), and we loved joining in with the other Red Heads for the daily group photo taken off all the red heads on the premises (it really is a sight worth seeing, even if you don't have the flaming-red or strawberry hair to be in the photo).
For all the information you would ever need, visit their website at www.dublinirishfestival.org. We highly recommend buying your tickets online ahead of time and printing them out. It definitely saves time in line when you get there.
Pop on into the Columbus Museum of Art tomorrow and partake of the
Columbus Parent Day festivities from 1 to 3 p.m.
It's our way of honoring what a great resource the museum is for Central Ohio families, and to help more people find out about all the new programming in the new Center for Creativity and Wonder Room.
We'll also bring along our popular spin wheel of prizes, plus our spin-art machine. Admission is free (thanks to a grant from the PNC Arts Alive program) and so is parking on the north side of the museum.
For more information, visit their website at www.columbusmuseum.org.
A recent study has some scientists questioning whether there really are breeds of dogs that are hypoallergenic.
For years, breeders have promoted the idea that some types of dogs produce less dander and shed less fur making them a better choice for children with allergies.
But researches at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have concluded otherwise.
"We found no scientific basis to the claim hypoallergenic dogs have less allergen," said Christine Cole Johnson, chair of Henry Ford's Department of Public Health Sciences and senior author of the study.
The findings are to be published online this month in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy. The study will be available at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ocean/ajra.
The researchers suggest that early exposure to dogs is a better way to prevent allergies from becoming an issue.
—Melissa Kossler Dutton
We’re cresting the hill on summer and, we don't know about you, but suddenly we’re having wistful thoughts about shoveling snow.
But at least the new issue of Columbus Parent is here to alleviate some of our midsummer malaise!
Our back-to-school issue starts hitting pick-up locations today. To find the pick-up location nearest to you, just click here for our zip-code searchable database.
Part of the fun we had in producing this month's issue came when we put together a "Back to School Party for Parents." Sure it felt a little odd to stage one in the middle of summer, but we had plenty of good ideas for how you might be able to stage one of your own (those little dry-erase, handwriting-practice boards we found at Target - in that $1 section - were just way too much fun to use as menu cards!).
But then we got to thinking: Wouldn't it be more fun to GIVE our readers a party of their own to celebrate the start of school? So we ran the idea past the lovely folks at Matt the Miller's Tavern, a family-fave restaurant with locations in both Dublin and Grandview Heights. Well, long story short, the Tavern is supplying us with a lunch party for one lucky winner and up to 7 of his or her closest and likely-to-be best friends forever! It’s a free lunch (worth up to $120, tips and alcohol not included). The one catch is you have to be able to have your lunch (and eat it, too – ha!) on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Tavern’s Dublin location. (Trust us, we figured it was best to set a date and time ourselves because if you enter now, you’ve got a month to get everyone’s schedules clear.)
We’ll be taking entries on our website from Aug. 1 through Aug. 15. We'll then randomly draw a winner and contact that person on Aug. 16. If that person can't use their prize on Aug. 30, we'll just keep drawing names until we come up with someone who can! But, come on, it'll be Back to School time, and you deserve a break!