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May 2014 Edition

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Hairspray slated May 8-11

Gahanna Lincoln High School thespians hope to educate and entertain with their production of Hairspray next weekend.

Lesson: A few shoeless steps

There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience unless you've walked a mile in their shoes."

Cast takes its job seriously with 'Working'

St. Charles Preparatory School's drama department is set to raise the curtain this weekend with the newly updated musical, Working, a production celebrating everyday people who turn out to be not so ordinary.

Goodale Park

What would a city be without its playful oases of green? Downtown Columbus - and the Victorian Village neighborhood, to be precise - has a great oasis in Goodale Park. This 32-acre, 163-year-old park sits just north of Interstate 670, which lends a soundtrack of humming traffic to the beautiful scenery in the park and the horizon of skyscrapers to the south.

How to Outsource Your Life

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

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.

DIY Travel Journal

Help your children document their family adventures with a DIY Travel Journal! They can write down memories of the trip, draw pictures, or save ticket stubs and photos inside. It's easy to make and a personal treasure that can be saved for years. The fun starts before you even leave the house!

The Finance of Hunger

The end of the school year is getting closer and while some kids look forward to swimming and summer camp, some kids know that summer vacation means going hungry.

Flowers are red (sometimes)

May is a great month to energize our creativity! Our wonderful winter is behind us. Flowers and trees are budding and blossoming. Sun is brightening up our days. Creativity is about making choices, arranging things, problem solving, exploration and experimentation.

Louie Lessons

I said goodbye to Louie at 2 p.m. on a Saturday, holding him close and telling him what a good boy he was as he let out a big sigh and fell asleep for the last time on a pile of blankets in a small room. Untreatable cancer took our big yellow Lab - known even in his old age as "Louie puppy" or "the puppy dog" - a month shy of his 10th birthday.

What to do about poison ivy

Q: My kids love exploring the woods behind our house, and I'm worried that this summer will bring about the first case of poison ivy. What is the best way to treat a reaction should they experience one?

Nelsonville Music Festival for Families

Music festivals can be loud, crowded, even dangerous places for kids. Not the Nelsonville Music Festival. This weekend-long fest, which takes place May 29 to June 1, is located just an hour southeast of Columbus and is tailor-made for kids, who get in free if they're 12 and under. Organizers say making the festival family-friendly was a goal from the very beginning.

Eliza Ho | Dinin' Hall

While working at their architecture-design studio at 400 W. Rich St. in Franklinton, Eliza Ho and Tim Lai noticed a lack of nearby dining options.

Always Have Snacks

I stood in the cafeteria line at our Walt Disney World resort, my simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated then-3-year-old gently grasping my hand.

What's the Buzz?

Parenting is packed with buzzwords that come and go. Let's decipher some of them and figure out if they've got value for you!

Getting Started

Last month, in our April issue, I asked readers to let us know what they think about the use of the term "special needs" when identifying children with unique medical and/or developmental challenges. We received some wonderful responses.

Primrose Schools: Camp Primrose

Dates: June 2 - August 22, 2014

Activities: Arts & crafts, Camping and/or outdoor survival skills, Character-building activities, Cooking, Dance...

SportsOhio, INC.: SportsOhio Summer Camps

Dates: June 2 - August 11, 2014

Activities: Competitive sports training (Soccer, Golf, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Volleyball), Recreational sports besides...

The Glass Slipper

Dates/Camp Names: July 14-18, 2014 Tea Time and more!; August 4-7, 2014 Young at Art!

Activities: Arts & crafts, Etiquette, Tea...

Tutoring Club

Dates: June 2 - August 22, 2014

Activities: Academic instruction (reading, math, writing, study skills)

Grades: Pre-K to 12

Costs: Please contact the camp organizer for more information.

Hours of operation: Students register for 2 to 8 hours per week as needed. Please contact the camp organizer for more information.

Financial aid: TutorAid plans are...

The Wellington School: Wellington Summer Options

Dates: June 9 - August 15, 2014

Activities: Academic instruction (Language Arts, Math, Science), Arts & Crafts, Character-building activities, Competitive sports training (Basketball, soccer, tennis),...

YMCA Camp Willson

Dates: June 8 - August 9, 2014

Activities: Arts & crafts, Camping and/or outdoor survival skills, Character-building activities, Competitions, Competitive sports training (Horseback Riding), Cooking, Drama...

Marburn's High School Summer ADHD Program

Dates: June 25 - July 25, 2014

Activities: Academic instruction (Working memory training, self-management and study skills, earn academic credit), Sports instruction (SCUBA diving...

Marburn Academy Summer Programs 2014

Dates: June 30 -July 31, 2014

Activities: Academic instruction programs for children who learn differently, such as ADHD and dyslexia (Reading, writing, phonemic awareness,...

Locker Soccer Academy: Locker Soccer

Dates: Week 1: June 9-13 Dublin; Week 2: June 16-20 Dublin; Week 3: June 23-30 Gahanna and Powell; Week 4: July 7-11 Dublin; Week 5: July 14-18
New Albany and Powell


iD Tech Academies for Teens

Dates: June & July, two-week sessions

Activities: Academic instruction, Technology instruction (programming, game design & development,
film academies); includes a residential option


iD Tech Camps Held at Ohio State

Dates: June & July

Activities: Academic instruction, Technology instruction (iPhone apps, video games, C++ and Java, movies and more);
includes a residential option


Geneva Hills Summer Camps

Dates: Varying dates from June through August

Activities: Arts & Crafts, Camps and/or outdoor survival skills, Character-building activities, Competitions, Kayaking and/or canoeing, Nature studies and/or...

Falcon Camp

Dates: June 15 - August 9, 2014

Activities: Academic instruction (specialized tutoring depending on needs at additional cost), Arts & Crafts, Camping and/or
outdoor survival skills,...

Capital University: Creative Arts Camps

Dates: July 21-25, 2014

Activities/Costs: Digital arts and film production,Drama instruction and/or performance; please contact the camp organizer

for more information.


Camp Mary Orton

Dates: June 16 - August 8, 2014

Activities: Camping and/or outdoor survival skills, Competitive sports training (Adventure Based activities, climbing wall, zip line,...

BalletMET Columbus: Triple Threat

Dates: August 4-8, 2014

Activities: Dance instruction and/or performance, Drama instruction and/or performance, Music instruction and/or performance (singing)

Ages: 8-12

Costs: $175

Hours of operation: First session - 9 a.m.-12 noon; Second session: 1-4 p.m.

Are food allergies accommodated? Yes

Additional information: Triple Threat: This ever-popular...

BalletMET Columbus: Camp Superhero!

Dates: June 16-20, 2014

Activities: Arts & crafts, Dance instruction and/or performance, Music instruction and/or performance

Ages: 4-6


BalletMET Columbus: Dance Rewind

Dates: June 9-13, 2014

Activities: Arts & crafts, Dance instruction and/or performance (Ballet, Tap, and Jazz), Drama instruction...

Mom & Me Tea

Everal Barn to host fashion show, tea April 26

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