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Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Owen, an energetic four year old who LOVES the new “Dinosaur Island” exhibit at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium that just hatched this week. Owen loved the “Dinosaws” so much that his mom had to go through the exhibit twice in one day!


Owen with the T-Rex at Dinosaur Island

Q: Owen, what did you see today?

A: Dinosaws! Lots of them. Their wings went up and down and made noises. They had babies with eggs! The lady gave me pictures of all the dinosaws so I could see if they eat meat or leaves. The sand pit had cool, soft sand and bones in it, but i couldn’t take them home. The long dinosaw was eating a tree, then the man buckled my seat belt, but I told him I can do it. He didn’t want me to fall out of the boat. 

Q: What happened on the boat?

A: We saw even more dinosaws and they squirted me a little, but mostly got mommy wet. And do you know what?

Q: What?

A: I ate a big pretzel after!

Q: Did you do anything else after?

A: I climbed and slided then we saw penguins, elephants, lions, monkeys, pretty birds, a dark building…. then we went to see the dinosaws again!


Dinosaur Island

Owen’s mom had a lot of great tips for seeing this fantastic new exhibit. They toured it first thing in the morning and there was no line. Stroller parking was easy as there was an area by the ticket booth as well as an area close to the boat ride if your little ones prefer to ride as long as possible. The attendants at the ride were great in making sure all the kids were buckled in safely  and if you would enjoy staying a little dryer- sit on the right hand side. The dinosaurs were all throughout the ride on both sides and very easy to view. There was nothing scary for any age. 

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has many areas for picnicking- Owen and his mom found a shady spot by the Aquarium building. The Grange Insurance Stings, Wings N’ Playthings Park is very close to Dinosaur Island and a great place to rest while your kid enjoys the playground. 

When they returned mid-afternoon for round two of Dinosaur Island, there was about a ten minute wait for the ride itself, but you don’t notice the line because you were enjoying a shady walk beside the river with lots of dinosaurs at every turn. The waiting area by the boats also has a shaded cover and moves quickly. 

The “Zoo-it-All” wristbands are available at the front gate for $9.99 and include unlimited entry into Dinosaur Island, the Carousel, Bob Evans Express Train Ride and Jungle Jack’s Landing. They do not include entry to the zoo.

If you are planning a trip to the Zoo this summer, check out the Columbus Zoo/COSI Family Getaway Package  that includes discounted tickets to the Zoo, Zoombezi Bay and COSI!  

*This is the first post of our new, monthly profile series that will highlight local businesses (and partners of the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau) in the Dublin area. 

Q & A with Lori Crock of MovNat Ohio

1. What is the practice of MovNat?

MovNat is moving naturally the way the human body is intended to move by walking, running, jumping, climbing, balancing, lifting, carrying, throwing and catching. Through the practice of MovNat, you become naturally, “all-over fit.” We teach safe and efficient movement progressions with training at our studio in Historic Dublin and outdoors at nearby Dublin parks.

Log jumps

Log jumps

2. How did you become familiar with this concept?

I read about MovNat on a friend’s blog and then attended a week-long MovNat workshop in a beautiful area of the mountains in West Virginia a couple years ago. After attending a couple more single day workshops, I began working with MovNat, LLC. as a communication consultant. Then, I founded MovNat Ohio with my business partner, Jeff Turner, after we became certified to teach MovNat. MovNat Ohio is the first MovNat Affiliate Gym in the world.

3. What different programs do you offer?

We offer a new program called Ultimate X-Training that includes MovNat, Kettlebells, TRX, body resistance exercise and weight-lifting, both indoors and outdoors – our system is all about “Fitness Freedom.” We provide fitness coaching in personal and small group sessions to people of all ages, skill levels and athletic abilities, including pre- and post-physical therapy. To fit our client’s busy schedules, we also offer online fitness and food coaching.

We host team-building workshops for sports teams and corporate organizations and we present a Lunch-and-Learn series called Fitness, Food and Fitting it Into a Busy Life. We also design custom fitness programs for Brides, through our Primal Bride program.

Creek Jump

Creek Jump

4. Describe some of the movements performed in a typical session.

For example, during a MovNat session we may teach people variations of jumping — on the ground, onto boxes, logs, whatever the environment presents, indoors and outdoors. Then we would walk them through the progressions focusing on efficiency of jumping form to progress our trainees to a high level of proficiency and they become very fit in the process.

Another example of a movement we teach is climbing. We have a custom climbing unit in the studio and teach people how to climb and in the process and again, they can achieve a high degree of physical conditioning while having fun learning a new skill.

We may also include kettlebell swings, a run, and maybe a lifting component … it really depends who’s in front of us, goals, and the challenge presented by the environment.

5. Do you have any upcoming programs scheduled?

Lori using kettlebells

Lori using kettlebells

We kick off our new series of classes — Ultimate X-Training, Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., starting Jan. 15th. We will also have a Saturday at 9 a.m. class. The first two weeks of classes are free, but advance registration is required on our website.

We also offer a fun and very personalized Train-with-the-Trainer (we’ll be training along with you),on Tue. and Thu. at 6 a.m. with personal training attention for a special price.

We present a 4-hour Learn-to-Lift Workshop (Weights, Kettlebells, and other cool stuff) on Sat. Feb. 16, from 9-1, with a focus on teaching beginner and intermediate adults safe movement with good form. We are offering a MovNat Fundamentals Workshop that is a 1-day intensive, 10-4, on Saturday, March 9th.

*6. Is there any additional information you’d like to share?

We are a teaching fitness studio – not a bootcamp studio – and we believe in providing people with a solid foundation of knowledge about how to lift heavy stuff, move, get fit and be active to fit their life and achieve their very personal goals. We believe that fitness has to be simple, practical and sustainable – check us out at www.movnatohio.com

MovNat Ohio is located at 54 S. High Street in Historic Dublin. 

~ Post by Dawn

One of the BEST St. Patrick’s Day Parades in America (according to U.S. News Travel and Special Report) will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in Dublin, Ohio. The wearing o’ the green occurs a little early this year, so what exactly can you look forward to during this all day celebration? Mark your calendar with these great activities:

FRIDAY, March 9, 2012

Rest Up
Come to town on Friday night and stay in one of our 14 hotels with Irish Attitude! Enjoy Irish touches like Embassy Suites’ Kilpatrick’s Restaurant or Chase Suites’ cozy, Irish-inspired lobby, complete with a fireplace.

Strut your Stuff
(Friday, 6 p.m.) 75 S. High St.
Show off your legs in the annual Best Legs in a Kilt contest on Friday at the Dublin Village Tavern. The contest is sponsored and hosted by Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland, Dublin Village Tavern and Historic Dublin Business Association.
Registration is $10. Rent a kilt for an additional $5.
The first 17 contestants will be judged and all contestants receive a prize.

Want to know what it takes to win? Watch the video below. To register, call 614/889-9615

Watch the fierce competition from 2011

SATURDAY, March 10, 2012

Pancake Power Up
(7 a.m. – 11 a.m.) Sells Middle School: 150 West Bridge St.
Start your day with The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. Fill up on pancakes and sausage   before you head out and watch the parade. Win a variety of prizes during the ongoing raffle. Everyone wins because your money goes straight to a variety of eyesight-related charities.

Inflation Celebration
(9 a.m.) Crowne Plaza Hotel Parking Lot – Metro Center: 600 Metro Place North
What does it take to make one of the nation’s best St. Patrick’s Day parades? A lot of hot air. Watch the giant parade balloons come alive.

Jam Out
(10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) (Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary)
Enjoy some iTunes (Irish Tunes) by The Hooligans. Listen to their version of Black Velvet Band.

Meet St. Patrick

(10-11 a.m.) Dublin Library: 75 N. High St.
Join the Man of the Hour(s). St. Patrick himself will be telling stories about his life and Irish traditions.

The Big Event
(11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Metro Place North into Historic Dublin.
Enjoy the 2-hour long, full mile stretch of Irish heritage.  Dublin, Ohio celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with floats, bands and bagpipers, not to mention the Grand Leprechaun.  The city-sponsored parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Metro Place North. (Don’t forget to wear your green!)

Get Jiggy With It
(Noon – 1 a.m.) Brazenhead Irish Pub & Restaurant 56 North High Street
We said ALL-DAY celebration, didn’t we? Raise your pint of Guinness and enjoy a full afternoon and evening of great food, Irish music and dancing at our traditional Irish Pub, the Brazenhead.

Noon – 3 p.m. Bob Ford & The Ragamuffins
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Jenkins & Scott
9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Plow Kings
Irish Dancers
Authentic Irish Drums & Bagpipes

Drink Specials:
$4 Irish Girl Scout Cookie Shots
Green Bud Light Drafts

Stroll the Streets.
Special St. Patrick discounts and freebies are happening all over Historic Dublin:

OurCupcakery Don’t just enjoy cupcakes, come play a game with Irish Attitude! (16 N. High St.)

Sister Sweet Shoppe : Needs some shamrock shaped chocolates? Who doesn’t? Wander in and meet the Sisters while sampling a variety of sweets. (45 N. High St.)

Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland : It might be your “lucky” day. Shop around this Irish import store and play the Lucky Coin Drawing. You could receive up to 17 percent (March 17th – get it?) or enter to win an eight-day trip for two to Ireland.  (75 S. High St.)

TehKu Tea Company will feature live music during the day, as well as Irish themed teas like “Kiss Me I’m Not Irish” and treats. (55 S. High St.)

Visit the City of Dublin for more information about the parade and visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau to learn where to stay and play.

(www.IrishisanAttitude.com) or call 800/245-8387.

-Post by Allison

It’s hard enough getting out of your house to go grocery shopping, but why hibernate when there are so many cool things going on around town during the winter? Wake up and get out to explore a world of raptors, theatre, tornado alleys and professional baseball bat making. Below is a list of activites happening around Dublin, Ohio this week and through February.

Raptor Hike Search for owls and hawks at Glacier Ridge Metro Park on this 1.5 mile hike led by a Park Ranger. Meet at the bulletin board by the picnic shelter. Sunday, January 29th at 2 pm. Free. 9801 Hyland-Croy Road. 891-0700.

Echos in Time Theatre: Ruth Lyons Meet beloved pioneer broadcaster Ruth Lyons (1905-1988), said to have “invented” talk TV. “Mother” as she became known to millions of fans, hosted the 50/50 Club, one of the most popular shows on Cincinnati station WLW from 1949-1967. Portrayed by Robin Schuricht, the performance will start at 1 and 3 pm. Saturday, January 28th. Performance is included with your admission to the Ohio History Center. 800 East 17th Ave., Columbus. 297-2300.

Support Your Local Artist Day is this Saturday, January 28th. Come to TehKu Tea Company in Historic Dublin to see local art and enjoy a hot cup of tea! 55 South High Street. 761-3808.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium wants to thank everyone for their record breaking attendance last year by offering half-price admission through February 29th. Adults will be $7, $4.50 for children ages two to nine, and $5 for senior citizens age 60 and over. Be sure to see the polar bears Aurora and Anana swimming in their geothermal heated pool or enjoy the warm indoor exhibits like the aquarium at Discovery Reef, gorillas in the African Forest or the Manatee Coast buildings.  9990 Riverside Drive. 645-3400.

COSI is having their Family Friday Night this week. A special admission rate of $9 provides non-stop fun from 5-9 pm. Experience all their exhibits plus a movie in the Giant Screen Theatre.  Current features are “African Adventure – Safari in the Okavango” and “Tornado Alley”. 333 West Broad Street, Columbus. 228-2674.

Phoenix Bats is open for tours during the winter! Tours run every Tuesday at 6 pm and on Thursday and Friday at 1:30 pm. During the one-hour tour, you will learn how the business began, how they work with professional baseball players and teams, the process of creating a bat and will also spend time in the shop seeing a close-up view of the bat making and finishing process. 7801 Corporate Blvd., Plain City. 873-7776.

For more winter ideas visit: www.IrishisanAttitude.com

-Post by Allison & Katie

Watching the ball drop, the midnight kiss, champagne toasts… these are some of our common New Year’s Eve traditions, but for centuries the Irish have celebrated the coming of the New Year in other interesting ways.

Luck of the Door
After the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve the Irish would watch to see who enters through their door first. If a tall, dark and handsome man is first to enter, this will bring the home and the family good luck, but if a red-haired woman enters, she will bring hardship and grief.

Luck in Love
Mistletoe is commonly associated with Christmas, but for the Irish this magical plant would be put underneath their pillows so they dream of their future wife or husband and receive special luck in love.

Honoring the Dead
The Irish honor loved ones by having an extra place setting at the table to represent a deceased friend or family member. The front door would also be unlocked to allow spirits to freely enter the home.

Luck of the Home
“Cleansing” is a spiritual action. The Irish represent this cleanse by cleaning the home for the New Year. A spotless home also represents making room for new memories, new joys, and new luck.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread was used to scare away bad spirits by banging it against the walls of the home. This also allowed good spirits to enter the home.

At midnight many would enter the house through the front door and leave through the back door for good luck.

Luck of the Hotel
Our Dublin hotels offer great packages for New Year’s Eve. It’s the perfect way to relax and packages start at $89. Aren’t you lucky? Start your own traditions with a fun hotel party and perhaps add in some of the Irish traditions you just read about.

Chase Suites Hotel
Enjoy a cozy fireplace suite, a fresh hot breakfast, indoor hot-tub, free movies for your in-room DVD and an Irish Gift Basket. Packages start at $89. 4130 Tuller Road. 766-7762. http://www.chasehoteldublin.com

Embassy Suites Dublin
Enjoy early check-in, an upgraded manager’s reception, movie rooms for families, big screen TV’s with football games, indoor pool and a Champagne toast at midnight. Packages start at $139. 5100 Upper Metro Place. 790-9000. http://www.embassysuitescolumbus.com

Hilton Garden Inn
Enjoy a champagne toast, a free in-room movie, indoor pool and spa and a hot breakfast buffet. Packages start at $99. 500 Metro Place North. 766-9900. http://www.columbusdublin.gardeninn.com
For more information about Irish traditions go to www.IrishCentral.com 

-Post by Allison

I don’t recall when I found out that Santa didn’t exist. I don’t remember being sad, or throwing his cookies in the air and exclaiming, “Why is everything a lie?!”

But I do remember being excited. I remember hardly being able to sleep through the night knowing that glorious presents will be there in the morning waiting for me to rip them open. You could say I was a little like Ralphie. 

For whatever reason, I was always really excited for the first day of school too. I was kind of a nerd.

With the holiday right around the corner and me being well out of school, I now experience a different anticipation.

The anticipation of giving.

You proudly place your gift in the hands of your friend or family member, anxiously watching them figure out where the invisible scotch tape is located and then wait for the classic, “I love it!”

As much as I love anticipation there is one ugly thing that I can’t seem to avoid.


How are we only a few days away from the big event? Where did the time go? Why am I paying shipping costs and hoping items arrive on time?

From the looks of our malls, I’d say procrastination or “last-minute shoppers” are in the majority. So to help you out, majority, here is a quick list of some awesome last minute gifts.

For the Hostess with the Most-ess

The Woodhouse Day Spa
Who doesn’t like to be pampered? Especially after the stress of having family over for the holidays. Make a spa day extra special and tell your mom or sister that you both are going for some quality time.

PRICE TAG DEAL:  For every $100 Woodhouse day spa gift certificate you purchase, you will receive both a free $20 Woodhouse gift card and a free $20 Mezzo’s Ristorante of Dublin gift card. You can knock out three people on your list!

For the Food “Nut”

Sister’s Sweet Shoppe
‘Cash & Pistach with Panache’ and ‘Pecan and Peanut Lover’s Unit’ are two gifts that are already put together and ready to be devoured. Don’t forget to buy one of the Sister’s famous fruitcakes.

PRICE TAG: $25.95 – $58.95

For the One Miles Away

Sometimes a person just can’t make it home for Christmas. So give the gift of Columbus, Ohio’s own, Jeni’s Splendid Icecreams. Jeni’s will ship a collection (or at least four pints) directly to their home. The new Holiday Collection will make their taste buds quake.

PRICE TAG: $50 – $175 per collection. $12 per pint.

For the Big Family
Do you have family in town for awhile? Give them something to do while they are here in Central Ohio. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Wildlights is a great event for all ages. You can even coax them into staying in a Dublin hotel by wrapping up the Dublin CVB’s Kids Go Free Columbus Zoo Wildlights Package.

PRICE TAG: The Dublin Wildlights Package rates at Dublin hotels begin around $109. With the package, kids ages 2-9 receive free admission to the Zoo, plus free kids meals at participating restaurants.

MILITARY DEAL: The Zoo is offering FREE Zoo admission to all who are serving and have served our great nation, including their immediate family, starting Monday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 1. Military personnel should show their military ID and veterans must show proof of service for free entry to the Zoo. Immediate family is defined as active or non-active military personnel, their spouse and any kids living in the household.

For the Crafty One
Guess what? You can make that bracelet (above).The Adventurine & Flower Bracelet (Toho Kit) is available at 1 Stop Bead Shop. Or buy one of the several classes and go together.

PRICE TAG: $36.60 Toho Kit.  $70 Class Fees + Class kit.

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

-Post by Allison

The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, decorating and traveling makes me want to write “CHRISTMAS TO BE OVER” on my wish list to ol’ Saint Nick. That’s why I’ve decided to take a step back and find out the history behind these seasonal necessities, instead of spinning around in a blind fury of tinsel. 

Before Coca-Cola was placing a tall, cold, glass of soda in Santa Claus’ hand, America’s favorite holiday didn’t have our current traditions until the mid 19th century. I mean, how did a fat man in a red suit get so deep rooted into popular culture?

In 1821, an anonymous poem was published in a popular children’s book. This poem referred to a “Santeclaus” and was the first mention of a character based on St. Nicholas having a sleigh. Fun Fact: St. Nicholas in Dutch is “Sinterklaas” which would eventually evolve into our English “Santa Claus” which would eventually evolve into Tim Allen.

The tradition of the Christmas tree originated in Germany, but it didn’t gain popularity in British and American society until Queen Victoria’s husband, the German-born Prince Albert, decorated a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1841. Illustrations of the tree were published in America a year later. The tree became a fashionable home-decor necessity for upper class homes.
I can understand this considering I want every outfit Princess Kate wears.

What else in the 19th century sparked our current holiday traditions? What traditions have been put to rest?

Find out by going to the Kelton House Museum & Garden Holiday Tour. From November 26, 2011 through January 6, 2012, The Kelton House will celebrate the holidays with a special tour of the Victorian-era Museum and teach you a little holiday history. This is the only home in Columbus that has been preserved exactly how life was from 1850 to 1900.

The Holiday Tour includes a display of 19th century Christmas ornaments from a collection provided by local collector Michael Girard.  Visitors will be able to see feather trees, handcrafted and glass ornaments, scenic cardboard villages, and observe how Santa Claus has changed over the years.

This truly beautiful home and tour is the perfect opportunity for you to slow down and enjoy the lovely holiday season.

The Details:
The museum offers an audio tour Monday through Friday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.).

Docent-led tours are available on Fridays from 12 noon – 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. Reservations are not required.

Tours for groups of six or more can be scheduled throughout the week by calling the Kelton House Museum and Garden at 614-464-2022.

Ticket prices are Adults $6, Seniors $4, Children 6 and over $2.
For more information, call 614.464.2022 or visit www.keltonhouse.com

586 East Town Street, Columbus, OH

-Post by Allison 

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