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

Our Cupcakery*This is a guest post written by Valerie of Columbus on the Cheap

After a long, cold winter, spring should be coming soon, and I’m sure you’re ready to get out of the house with your kids. Unfortunately, spring in Ohio usually means lots of rain, so you’ll need some fun indoor activities to jump into after your winter hibernation. Here are a few suggestions:

The Dublin Community Recreation Center is home to the Abbey Theatre, fun events like the Leprechaun Hunt on March 14, and the DRCR indoor pool. You don’t have to be a member to participate in the activities, and discounted fees are available to Dublin city residents. The pool only costs $4 for non-resident kids and $3 for residents ($8 and $4 for adults, respectively) and is great for exercise and fun. There’s also a Teen lounge if your older ones need a break from family time.

Whole Foods Dublin has several events every month for kids and families, including Kid’s Klub, Half Pints Club, and Mom & Me classes. Fees are nominal, if any.

Michael’s on W. Dublin Granville Road offers a Kids Club every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. where kids can do weekly craft projects for just $2.

Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer Building Clinics for kids on various Saturdays to help teach your kids about safety and building (*schedule varies by location).

The Gateway Film Center hosts a Hoot Family Film Series on the last Saturday of the month featuring crafts, short films, music by the Shazzbots and more for donation of canned goods.

Don’t miss the Eggs, Paws, and Claws at the Columbus Zoo on March 29 and 30, 2013. Also, save money with an annual zoo membership which includes parking and fun events like this.

Just want to take the kids for a sweet treat? Our Cupcakery in downtown Dublin has a build your own cupcake bar where you can select a cupcake and decorate it with frosting and toppings. The price is just $1/oz, with the average price being $3.

Rainy or cold spring weather is no excuse to stay cooped up in the house when there are plenty of activities around the city.  Check out Columbus on the Cheap for more free and cheap events in Columbus or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Center website.

~ Post by Valerie

The grass is green, the trees are blooming, it’s Spring here in Dublin, Ohio. This time of year is great to be outside and enjoy our wonderful parks. Did you know Dublin offers 56 developed parks with over 980 acres of parkland? Take a picnic lunch (Whole Foods makes a great sandwich and their salad bar offers many choices) and enjoy it beside the Scioto River. The Dublin Arts Council now offers a cell phone tour so you can hear the artist describing Chief Leatherlips – or any other of their Art In Public Places sculptures around Dublin.

While you’re in Historic Dublin, stop by the newly remodeled Visitor Center to grab a Historic Dublin Walking Tour. Enjoy walking the district and sharing the history – and don’t forget to stop by some of the merchants for some local interaction! Many of the restaurants offer lunch, or if you are in the mood for a treat, try Jeni’s Ice Cream, Our CupCakery or Sisters Sweet Shoppe!

Another great Spring tradition–Baseball–starts this time of year. Did you know we have a factory tour of MLB approved bats here in Dublin? Visit Phoenix Bats where you can speak with the technicians who are making wood bats for many major league players. During your tour, you’ll see a wooden bat carved in front of you in just two minutes. Visit www.phoenixbats.com for a list of tour times and details.

On those rainy days, visit COSI Columbus to see the new WATER exhibit –  where you can explore where water occurs on Earth, how it’s used and how we can become better stewards of our water planet. Experience hands-on and digital interactive elements, videos, wall panels, models, specimens and live Phoenix Batsanimals.

It may be Spring Break, but the Ohio History Center inspires kids to learn more about Ohio’s great history. Explore Ohio’s natural history through its plants, animals, geology, geography and climate. Walk under a giant mastodon for a tour of Ohio from the ice age to the present. Kids will love the specimens available for touching, computer displays and special kids play areas.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers year-round fun for kids of all ages. Meet polar bear twins Anana and Aurora, get nose-to-nose with manatees at Manatee Coast, venture through a nocturnal animal facility, ride a 1914 Mangels Illions carousel, and meet “Hank” (all 15,600 lbs of him)–the elephant that is winning hearts every day.

Have a fun and happy Spring Break spending time together as a family!

For more information about special events and attractions in and around Dublin, Ohio, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website: www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie

 

 

I love this time of year when the seasons are changing with cool mornings and evenings and the kids are planning their HalloweenDublin Ohio Pumpkin Patch costumes. At our house, I think we’ll have a ghost and a Clone Wars character this year. Maybe even Cigar Guy from the Ryder Cup!

One of our fall family traditions is to visit Jacquemin Farms. Located right off Hyland -Croy Rd. near Jerome High School, Jacquemin Farms has 15-acres of pumpkin fields where you can take a hayride out and enjoy the scenery.  Don’t miss the great photo opportunity–taking your child’s picture next to “their” pumpkin that they select. (For us, it’s fun to see the size of the kids’ pumpkins grow every year!)

There is a  Kiddie Playland area for little ones (10 and under) with a straw maze and giant inflatable toys (Bugsy the caterpillar, a Balloon Typhoon and a Haunted House maze).  Admission is $5 per child (per day) and includes unlimited playtime. During weekdays, the air toys are not available until 3 p.m.   Children ages 2 and younger are free with an older, paying sibling.

One of our favorite attractions is the “sandbox” of shelled corn for digging and playing with Tonka Trucks.  No mess to clean up — just brush off any stray kernels when they are finished.  I like the fact that I can sit and enjoy a fresh pumpkin donut and apple cider slushee while they play. Along with pumpkins, we always pick up some jam and honey to tide us through the winter until we can come back in the spring and pick strawberries. Jacquemin Farms is a local treasure that welcomes visitors from far and near.

Jacquemin Farms is located at 7437 Hyland Croy Rd. (Plain City, Ohio).  Fall Fun days run through October: Monday through Saturday 10 am-6 pm; and Sunday 1pm-6pm. For more information, call 614/873-5725.

~Post by Katie

If your house is like mine, we have a calendar full of summer play dates and vacation plans.  Baseball season is in full swing and the pool is beckoning.  It’s summertime in Dublin, Ohio!

One of our favorite annual summertime events: the Sundays at Scioto concerts held Sunday evenings at Scioto Park from 7-8:30 p.m.  (Note: Scioto Park is located at 7377 Riverside Drive in Dublin, north of the I-270 overpass and south of Hard Rd. It is just five minutes south of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.) It is such a wonderful FREE event and a great way to wind down the weekend.  It’s easy because all you need is a blanket and a picnic.  No tickets or planning involved, it’s just a question of do we or don’t we, and off we go!  We grab takeout food and take turns choosing from some of our favorite places.  One child always picks Italian Subs from Tommy’s and the other likes Sunflower Chinese.  They do sell Jeni’s Ice Cream at Scioto Park for a cool treat during the concerts!

Parking is available on site with minimal walking. There is a children’s playground located in the park, near the river–if you arrive early. If you like treasure hunting/geocaching, be sure to search for the Riverbox!  We like to sit up on the hill above the stage, so the kids have room to roam. (Then, if we need to make a quick exit, we don’t disturb other concert goers.)

This summer’s Sundays at Scioto Concert lineup includes:

  • June 20: The Ark Band (Roots Reggae)
  • June 27: Westminster Faculty Jazz Quartet
  • July 4: Brass Band of Columbus (British Brass Band)
  • July 11: Spikedrivers (Rust Bucket Rock)
  • July 18: Eric Dove & Green Light Go (Country Rock)
  • July 25: British Invasion (British pop/rock)

Hope to see you there! 

For more information about these and other Dublin, Ohio arts events and exhibits, visit www.dublinarts.org or call 614/889-7444.  To plan a fun summer getaway itinerary in Dublin, Ohio–visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com)

-Post by Katie

Dublin, Ohio hosts the Memorial Golf Tournament this week – our city’s largest and most recognizable annual event. Most golf fans will start following this year’s tournament, which will have the top 10 money winners on the PGA tour participating, on Thursday morning when the first round begins.

Having three young children, our fun starts on Monday with the first of three days of practice rounds. Watching practice rounds is great way to get up close to these great players in a very relaxed atmosphere. I don’t even mind bringing my 5-year-old daughter – who has the tendency to be a little loud at times. The players are great, they will sign autographs during their practice round, giveaway golf balls, gloves and even stop and talk to the kids.

If you are looking for some other things to do with the kids prior to the start of the Tournament, make sure you also visit Safari Golf Club on Wednesday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. for the junior clinic.  And, one last tip – remember that kids under the age 12 with an accompanying adult can attend the Tournament all week long for free.

-Post by Scott

Today, the Dublin (OH) Convention & Visitors Bureau became a little greener. We launched our new Web site (www.IrishisanAttitude.com) … infused with lots of Irish Attitude.  Not only are we excited about the site because of the cool new design, but because there are several cool new features.  These include …

  • A new search function. Seek (your word) and ye shall find.
  • Easier navigation.  Across the top. Down the side. Everywhere you look.
  • Irish inspired itinerary ideas. You’ve heard us talk about our Irish Attitude. Now, we’re offering itinerary ideas so you can come sample some of the tastes, visit the attractions and see the (green) sites.
  • Insider tips. We found the deals, specials, hidden treasures and favorite local spots–(and we’re sharing the info).
  • An expanded section for Event Planners. Looking for some specific tools to help you plan your next event?  We can help there, too.
  • A new dynamic map of Dublin. Find detailed location info on Dublin attractions, hotels, restaurants, golf courses, shopping, city and more.
  • A Plan Your Visit Section offering quick access to all the tools visitors will need to plan a Dublin getaway (maps, itineraries, Visitor Guide, etc.)

 AND (drumroll, please) … perhaps the most exciting feature of the site is the NEW “Dublin Live” page. Created to resemble a bulletin board, the page contains “live” news feeds and recent updates on things that are happening in and around Dublin. These include recent Dublin blog posts and “Tweets,” video and photo uploads, as well as getaway packages and restaurant deals.

We’ll be adding to the site daily … enhancing the restaurant, shopping and attraction sections and more. So, stop back often. You never know what you’ll discover!

-Post by Mary