The school year is winding down, the trees are blooming and it looks like the warm temperatures are here to stay – finally! Enjoy the warm weather this spring or summer by booking a trip to Dublin through our Columbus Zoo/COSI Family Getaway Package.

Big Boa Falls at Zoombezi Bay Water Park

Big Boa Falls at Zoombezi Bay Water Park

The package is an affordable way for the whole family to discover the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (#1 Zoo in America, USA Travel Guide), COSI (#1 Science Center in the nation, Parents Magazine), Zoombezi Bay Water Park, the Ohio History Center, Columbus Clippers Baseball and more at discounted prices! Here’s how it works:

When you check in to one of our participating Dublin hotels, you can purchase discounted tickets (up to a 26% savings) to favorite area attractions like:

  • The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • Zoombezi Bay Water Park (opening 5/18)
  • COSI

When you check in, you will also receive a kid’s activity sheet with coupons to area attractions, restaurants and shops such as:

Columbus Clippers, Ohio History Center, The Candle Lab, Our CupCakery, Graeter’s, Sisters Sweet Shoppe, Sunny Street Café, The Dublin Village Tavern, Menchie’s and 1 Stop Bead Shop.

Finally, those participating in the package have the opportunity to win a 2014 Columbus Zoo Membership! All you have to do is turn in the form from the kids activity sheet and drop it in the designated box at the Dublin Visitor Information Center.

Sun, savings, science and more await you and your family in Dublin this spring and summer. Book your Columbus Zoo/COSI Family Getaway today!

Contact the Dublin CVB if you have any questions at 800-245-8387.

Post by Sam

Easter is coming up soon and it’s a great time to hop out to Brunch with the whole family!  Here is a list of the Easter Brunches that will be available in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, March 31st.  Please call ahead for reservations as restaurants are filling quickly.Easter Lilly

  • Matt the Miller’s will be serving an upscale Easter Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carving stations and enhanced Chef selections will be served in addition to their already fabulous Sunday Brunch. Be sure to enjoy the Bloody Mary Bar! Adults $24.95, Children 5-10 $7.95, children 4 and under are free with paying adult. www.MtMTavern.com 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100.
  • The Venue at Corazon is having a Family Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy an exquisite buffet of traditional Easter fare in a family-friendly setting with children’s activities. Don’t miss visiting with the special guest – the Easter Bunny! $24.95 Adults, $9.95 children 3 to 11, children under 3 are free. www.theVenueatCorazon.com 7155 Corazon Drive. 614/504-5240.
  • Whole Foods of Dublin is serving a fresh All-You-Can-Eat Easter Brunch from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. in their store. Enjoy Herbed Leg of Lamb, Fresh Carved Ham, Made to Order Omelets, French toast and Pancakes, Pasta Salads, Fresh Fruit and Veggie Salads, Desserts and much more. Adults $25, Children under 10 $12, Children under 5 are free. www.wholefoodsmarket.com 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. 614/760-5556.
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel – The Dublin Metro Bar & Grill (at the Crowne Plaza Dublin)  is offering a dynamic Easter brunch from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. that includes a chef’s carving station, omelet and crepe stations, breakfast and dinner items, children’s buffet, ice sculptures and live piano music. Reservations required. $28.95 adults, $19.95 seniors, kids ages 6-11, $14.95. Children under 6 free.  600 Metro Place North. 614/764-2200 www.crowneplaza.com/dublinoh
  • Columbus Marriott Northwest will be hosting an upscale buffet from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly, Prime Rib of Beef, Roasted Turkey Breast will be a few of the hot items available along with traditional sides. Chilled Shrimp, smoked scallops, crab claws and poached salmon will also be featured, as well as breakfast items like made-to-order omelettes and waffles, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit. Fresh baked Danish, muffins and croissants will be available in addition to a bountiful array of pastries and chocolate. Adults $32.95, Seniors $24.95, Children 5-12 are $14.95 and children under 5 are free.  www.columbusmarriottnorthwest.com   5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin. 614/791-1000.
  • Golf Club of Dublin will have two seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Enjoy brunch favorites of Baked Ham, Prime Rib and breakfast items as well as fresh fruit, salads, side dishes, pastries and desserts. Adults $22.95, Children under 12 are $12.95 and children 4 and under are free. www.golfclubofdublin.com  5805 Eiterman Road. 614/792-3825.
  • La Scala of Dublin is having their annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baked Ham, Belgian Waffles, Homemade Manicotti and other breakfast and lunch favorites will be available. Adults $19.95, children under 10 are $11.95. www.lascalaitalianbistro.com 4199 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/889-9431.

For other dining options in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie

Dublin has a whole lot of fun planned for the Fourth of July.

Join your neighbors at Sunday’s at Scioto on Sunday, July 3rd for an evening of free music courtesy of the Dublin Arts Council. Starting at 7 p.m. in Scioto Park, the entertainment will be “Swing’s the Thing” a 16 piece big-band group that features classic sounds as well as current hits. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a great night outdoors.

The fun doesn’t stop on Monday, July 4th! The day begins with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby at 8 a.m. in front of the Dublin Recreation Center in the pond. Cast away and win prizes for the largest fish and enjoy spending time with your family! Parking is free and easy in the lot adjacent.

The Independence Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Metro Center Business Park (Corner of Frantz Road and 161) and continues down 161, turning right onto South High Street into the Historic District. Parking is plentiful – but arrive early for the easiest spots. Try parking in the Kroger Dublin Plaza, beside Sells Middle School, behind the Dublin Library/Indian Run Elementary or across the river at Scioto Plaza. High School Marching bands, neighborhood floats, children’s bike brigade, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and great American fun celebrating our Nation’s Independence. The parade usually takes an hour and a half, but most of the businesses in the Historic District stay open later so you can stroll around and shop!

After the parade our family goes home for a rest so we can stay up late that night to see the fireworks!

Come over to the Dublin Coffman High School for the rest of the festivities (corner of Coffman Road and Emerald Parkway). Gates open at 4:30 and it is free admission to the stadium.  The SkyHoundz Hyperflite Canine Frisbee Competition will take place at 5 p.m. Local bands will play from 5-8 and Smokey Robinson will headline the evening starting at 8:15. He’ll play until 9:45 then the fireworks will go off at 9:50. Handicapped parking is available in the High School lot, general parking can be found in Coffman Park, the Dublin Recreation Center, Verizon Wireless and Cardinal Health. Classic American fare can be purchased at the concession stands.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!

This guest post was provided by Georgeanne Reuter, Executive Director of the Kelton House.

When: Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Always wanted to wear a hoop skirt and portray Scarlett O’Hara? Now is your chance. Lynda Kerr will present a lively look into a woman’s life in the era of the Civil Gallagher FacadeWar through costume and accessories. Lynda will unveil the secret of the layers of clothing worn by women during the era of the Civil War.

Closest to the skin were the drawers made of cotton, a chemise, and stockings held up with garters. The next layer featured the corset and a crinoline or hoop skirt. Next came the petticoat bodice or corset cover, followed by the bodice, skirt, belt and slippers. Then a shawl or jacket, accompanied by gloves, boots, parasol, and bonnet. Ladies would always carry a purse, handkerchief, fan and perhaps a watch pocket.

Lynda Kerr has been a re-enactor since 1995 when she saw her first Gettysburg re-enactment. She began to research period attire and to make costumes for family and friends, finally creating a business called the Colonel’s Lady Civil War Attire. She is a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust.

$5/person

For reservations call 614-464-2022 or email keltonhouse@cs.com.

Throughout 2011, the Kelton House Museum & Garden will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War through a series of lectures and activities.

This program is made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, a State Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Kelton House is located just 20 minutes south of Dublin in downtown Columbus at 586 East Town Street. The Dublin CVB is proud to partner with this local historic treasure.

This Saturday marks one of my kids’ favorite events of the summer.  It’s the Annual Dublin Kiwanis Frog Jump!  Starting at 10 a.m. at Coffman Park, frog-jumpthere will be all kinds of amphibious excitement going on.  Are you a first-timer at this unique event? Okay.

1) First, stop at the ticket tent to buy your chance to compete with a frog.  For the younger set, they have “everyone wins” rounds, and for the older kids, there are competitive heats. 

2) Your next stop will be to choose your frog.  Choose wisely.  My youngest likes a big frog because then they only have to jump once or twice to win while the older child prefers the smallest frog possible because they “like to jump a lot!”  It’s a blast to watch these kids try to motivate the frogs to move because they aren’t allowed to touch them.  So, the kids will blow on them, pound the ground behind them, whistle and do all kinds of crazy moves just to make the frog jump. 

3) Have your camera ready!  After your race, the frog must be returned to the resting zone where it won’t be raced for awhile. (Yes, all frog-competitors are returned to the wild where they were caught.) 

In addition, inflatables and bounce castles are also available for the kids and there are plenty of refreshments for purchase. Don’t miss this local event! 

-Post by Katie

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

 

 

Every mother asks herself the same question, after the gifts have all been opened and zookids4enthusiasm for the new stuff has waned:  What to do with the kids over Holiday Break?

If your family is like mine, after the big holiday is over, the walls start closing in on us and we need to get out!  That’s when we often head to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  While Wildlights is great fun at nighttime, don’t overlook the many indoor buildings that have programs throughout the day.

We like to watch the BIG bats in Asia Quest and then go over to see the elephants.  Usually the kids are more interested in trying to spot the birds that coexist in the elephant building instead of actually watching the elephants and Rhinos!  If it has snowed recently, see if the bears and moose are playing outside — if not, try Habitat Hollow to warm up and do kids activities.

Another family activity we enjoy is going to the movies at the Dublin AMC Theatres on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Before noon all movie admissions are $4!  It’s a great low-cost way to see the latest releases.

The most budget friendly activity is to take a walk.  We have such wonderful parks here in Dublin, OH and most are open all year round.  Have you seen the waterfalls behind the Library yet?  Watched the snow fall from the big trees at Glacier Ridge?  Their woodland trail is our favorite because it’s out of the wind and we usually see lots of wildlife. Tell us about your Dublin family fun over the Holiday Break!