It snuck up on you … didn’t it?  Still looking for family-friendly activities for New New Year's Eve in Dublin, OHYear’s?   The Crowne Plaza Dublin is throwing a bash … and a half!  Enjoy New Year’s Eve festivities with all the gear, children’s activities (bounce house and obstacle course), movies and games, live music and dancing, drink specials and a dinner buffet. Overnight stay includes late check out and breakfast.


Or you might want to join in the fun at Magic Mountain Fun Center with an evening of dinner, games, attractions, party favors, hats, noise makers, prize-filled balloon drops, family challenges and festive music.


First Night Columbus is a community-oriented, family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration, offering over 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children’s festival.


There are still plenty of great holiday lights to be viewed …  both inside and out. Take advantage of the last few nights of a winter wonderland at Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, or if you prefer to be inside – COSI’s Holiday Science of the Season is a fun activity for the family. Gadgeteer takes you on a whirlwind tour of holiday lighting, complete with fiery explosions, super-cold liquid nitrogen fun, and a “reindeer-powered” generator that triggers over ten thousand twinkling holiday lights!


Mary Kelley’s is featuring Savor a dinner of prime rib and/or crab cakes at Mary Kelley’s while enjoying some live entertainment. The restaurant is open til 10 p.m. (bar open til 1 a.m.).  


Chase Suite Dublin Hotel is offering an Irish New Year’s Eve Experience. Guests can purchase an Irish basket that includes Bailey’s Irish Crème, chocolates, cookies, cheese and crackers – Yum!!!!  And Dublin Homewood Suites is featuring a Holiday Special for Family and Friends.


There, now. And you thought there was nothing to do!


-Post by Kay



Office girls lunch at the new Matt the Miller’s Tavern last Wednesday. (It’s been open only about two weeks.) This is another of Craig Barnum’s restaurants (The Brazenhead) … this one’s his very own baby. It’s also the first with a kids’ menu.

The setting is modern; the menu varied. Among our group, we tried the Squash Soup (wonderful!), the Mini (Turkey) Reuben’s, the Turkey & Avocado Club Sandwich and the Smoked Chicken Sandwich. We were too full for dessert–but after seeing offerings like Belgian Dark Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Cheesecake Brulee, we’re thinking next time we’ll go for salads and dessert.

Of note: The restaurant serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (with goodies like Challah Bread French Toast and Eggs San Fransisco) and also offers Happy Hour food and drink specials from 4-7 p.m. weekdays.  Worth the trip! Check out the Dining section of our Web site ( for hours and contact info.)