Inspiring news for and about Central Ohio parents

Summer is winding down, which means another season of children's programming at John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons is coming to an end. One of the last big events is Labor Day Weekend Family Funday, from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 2. Activities include arts and crafts, carousel rides and inflatables; some require a $5 wristband.

Stick around for a free screening of “The Jungle Book.” As always on Family Funday, in partnership with Autism Speaks, activities open an hour early for children with sensory issues. For more information, go to

School's back in session, which, for many kids, means trading late nights for early mornings. Be sure your students are getting the right amount of rest with a new bedtime calculator from the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, in partnership with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Sleep Research Society. It's part of a new “Make Time 2 Sleep” campaign aimed at families. Users enter their age and when they wake up in the morning, and the calculator suggests a bedtime based on recommended sleep guidelines. Try it at

Got a hankering for ice cream? Stop by a participating Graeter's store Sept. 7-17 to support Cones for the Cure. The annual campaign benefits The Cure Starts Now, a nonprofit organization focused on pediatric brain cancer research. Graeter's will hold two free ice cream days during the fundraiser, when customers can get a free scoop of Elena's Blueberry Pie, named in honor of Elena Desserich, a 6-year-old Cincinnati-area girl whose brain cancer battle inspired the nonprofit's formation. Last year, the campaign raised more than $136,000. Learn more at

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