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June 2015 Edition

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Smaller Museums

Central Ohio is home to some great, family-friendly museums like COSI, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Ohio History Center. But we're also home to some pretty nifty smaller museums - the kind you probably have driven past and thought, "I wonder if that would be worth a visit?" Well, wonder no more. We checked out several and here are our reviews!

Family Travel to U.S. National Parks

A visit to one of the nation's 58 national parks is an iconic American family vacation. It is that one big vacation that leaves an impression for a lifetime.

Geocaching on Vacation

No matter where father and son Tom and Ethan Jones are going, they often stop along the way and hunt for hidden treasure. In other words, they go geocaching.

How to Outsource Your Life

Katie Vincer Sears enjoys taking her children to story hour, going on walks with them and reading to them.

Columbus Parent's Guide to Maternity Care and Services

Whether you're new to or experienced with expecting, we've compiled an essential guide to the Central Ohio maternity and baby scene. From midwives and support groups to diaper services and prenatal yoga classes, you'll find plenty to help you navigate the wonderful world of motherhood!

Ohio Ziplines

Appreciate nature and have a little fun while doing so with a ziplining experience at one of these Ohio courses.

Birthing Hospitals

Central Ohio offers many excellent options for health facilities where you can deliver your baby.

Our Favorite Outdoor Playgrounds

Enjoy a sneak peek at our new annual Go-To Guide, which debuts this July. This handy, tote-able guide to family fun will feature all the info you need to find places to go and things to do in central Ohio (as well as in a few daytrip-worthy destinations)!

How to choose a school when you have a choice

Gone are the days when "choosing a school" meant you were opting out of the public-school system. Nowadays, within the public and private school systems, there are a variety of choices. To help Columbus parents navigate this process, we have compiled some useful information with help from School Choice Ohio (a non-profit organization that provides resources and support to families), the Ohio Department of Education, and local educators and administrators.

All about ADHD

Fidgeting, inability to focus, impulsiveness, restlessness, disorganization - I think we all have been there at times. But...

Great Ohio day trips

Looking for somewhere to go this summer without breaking the bank? Check out these great destinations, right here in the state of Ohio!

Emergency resources

Below is a brief list of some Web sites that offer information and guides on how to protect and prepare your family for an emergency.

No Sweets? No Sweat!

Some parents are opting to ditch the tradition of sending in edible treats for at-school or at-camp birthday celebrations.

S'Mores and More!

If your summer plans include a family camping trip, a backyard barbecue or even a trip to one of the local Metro Parks, you can make the event s'more fun by serving a tasty dessert that kids can cook over a fire.

Reaping Rewards

What's in your wallet? If you're a typical American, you have at least three credit cards in there, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

The Cover Story

Our cover kid this month is seven-year-old Mya, a first-grader from Clintonville whose favorite subject is art.

Childproofing 101

Because of how frequently we see laundry detergent pod exposures, we believe that all not parents are aware that they can be very dangerous to have around if you have a child under the age of 6.

Carillon Historical Park in Dayton

When I learned that Carillon Historical Park in Dayton had a carousel, I wondered whether my sons Nick, 10, and Alex, 9, would ride it or decide they were too mature.

Let's Party!

When my daughter's family received the colorful, joyful invitation to the party, they immediately marked the date and location on the calendar.

Grove City

Gina Perry and her husband, Jim, moved to Grove City to raise their children in part because the community has retained the small-town feel it had when she lived there as a child.

Driving Park

The Driving Park branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library opened to quite a bit of publicity in July 2014. It has even been featured in The Atlantic, a national magazine.

T-shirt Necklace

It's t-shirt season and that time of year when you sift through last year's summer clothes, separating the keepers from the things you'll never wear again.

Wing fling

Due to our work schedules, I do most of the cooking in our house on weeknights, and my wife, Kate, plans those meals. But when she works late or goes out of town, instead of planning a meal or surveying the pantry to come up with a dinner option, I usually survey the nearby restaurants that can serve me food in 10 minutes or less.

Heritage Celebration

The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society wants to show children and their families what life was like in 1800s.

Our Favorite Outdoor Playgrounds

Enjoy a sneak peek at our new annual Go-To Guide, which debuts this July. This handy, tote-able guide to family fun will feature all the info you need to find places to go and things to do in central Ohio (as well as in a few daytrip-worthy destinations)!

Vacation Home Away from Home

When Sharon Maerten-Moore started planning a 2014 vacation to Orlando, Fla., the Columbus mother of four wanted something other than a hotel.

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