Fun at the Splash Pad | Westerville, Ohio

Summer is approaching fast and I am so excited for it! Today I’m sharing one of our favorite parks in Westerville.

Hanby Park in Westerville sits just behind the library and has a great splash pad and play area! The splash pad is fun for kids of all ages, and there’s really nice bench swings you can sit on while your kids play. There is also a cool playground area with soft ground padding that includes swings, a simple playground (great for ages 2 and under), and a more complex slide and climbing area (the tower slide is a bit tricky for kids under 3.)

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A few ideas for enjoying a day at Hanby Park:

  1. Play at the splash pad and then dry off and cool down inside at the Westerville Library picking out books and playing in the children’s area.

  2. Pack a lunch and eat under the picnic shelter or in the grass with a blanket. Then hit the splash pad and playground!

  3. Enjoy playing at the splash pad and then walk to Dairy Queen (about a 3-5 minute walk on State Street) and end with getting some ice cream!

Summer with kids can be fun, but sometimes it’s tough planning out exactly what to do with your days. I hope in sharing this you gain more tips and ideas of fun activities and experiences to do as a family this summer!

Let me know what you think if you go!


Franklin Park Conservatory | Explore Columbus, Ohio

Franklin Park Conservatory | Explore Columbus, Ohio

I’m starting a new blogging series I’m really excited about! I’m going to be sharing some of our favorite places around Columbus and some helpful tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way! Columbus is truly an incredible city with so much to do, especially for families. I hope you find a new spot to check out and create some special memories with the ones you love.

In the nearly 5 years we’ve lived in Columbus, I was kind of shocked we still hadn’t been to the Franklin Park Conservatory. I get really stir crazy if we don’t get out much, and after this long winter we had, I was really itching to go someplace fun and declared a family day.

We went on the first Sunday of the month which is actually free admission at the conservatory for Franklin county residents! I expected it to be super crowded for that reason, but it wasn’t at all. Regular admission for adults is $19 and $12 for children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free and they also offer memberships.

The most impressive part about our visit was the newer outdoor children’s garden! I had heard of it before, but didn’t realize how massive it is. There’s a play area, build your own fairy garden, water areas, a reading area, and more! It was the perfect day to be outside and there was so much for Dominick to see and do, he loved it. I think his favorite things were rolling hula hoops down the hill with Alex and watering the plants in the planter station.

We all had a fun time. I loved that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Even Isaac seemed so entertained just riding in his stroller looking around at everything. If you’re coming with little ones that are stroller bound, I would suggest maybe considering bringing a carrier and wearing your baby because some of the spaces were a little tight to walk through with a stroller (a single stroller should be fine, we had our double and it was a little tricky and there’s also a decent amount of stairs).

The Franklin Park Conservatory’s website is super helpful with more information and tips for planning a visit. If you go, let me know and tell me what you loved most about it!

5 Simple Indoor Spots to Take Your Kids This Winter | Columbus

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Spring is almost here. You can smell it. Taste it. See it on the horizon. Or at least that’s what you keep telling yourself. You get a 35 degree day and you’re ready to go out with no coat or jacket and are hit hard by the frigid reality that it’s still winter. In Ohio.

Let’s be honest. Winter in the Midwest can be brutal, especially with little kids. If you’re like me, you probably have hit your limit of being stuck inside and are getting stir crazy. Today I’m sharing some of our simple, low cost, life saving go to places!

  1. Westerville Public library

    The library has been our number 1 go to for years! I absolutely love the Westerville library and many of the other local Columbus libraries are incredible too. Westerville’s kids area is packed with a bunch of things for kids to do and play with. They also have classes and events for various ages going on several times during the week.

  2. IKEA

    Not every city is lucky enough to have an IKEA, but thankfully Columbus got one this past year! On cold days it’s been a great place to pack up the kids are run out to. If you’re an IKEA card member, you get free coffee! I’ll usually load the boys in their stroller, grab a coffee, and roam the top and bottom floors. It’s nice for me because I get to look around and browse items while the boys are contained in the stroller. Sometimes we’ll grab pizza or an ice cream on the way out for about $3.

  3. Chik-Fil-A

    I could go on and on about this place! It’s been my saving grace on several occasions! I love that there is the indoor play area for young kids and everyone is always so nice. Pro tip- try and head there for breakfast before the noon rush! I love Chik fil a because I can watch Dom play while I hang at the table with Isaac and eat.

  4. Costco

    Haha! If you’ve seen my stories on Instagram, are you even surprised? We do a lot of our grocery shopping at Costco, but it’s also a great place to go if you’ve been cooped in the house for too long and just need a quick break! I have boys, so any place that offers a plethora of free samples is gold in my book. I’ve had some of my favorite times with the boys just walking around Costco talking. As far as not breaking the bank, you can always just go to the cafe and grab a hot dog, pizza, or a drink for under $5! I’ll usually split something with Dom.

  5. Westerville Community Center

    I first discovered the community center on accident a couple years ago. We went in and I learned they have an indoor playground! It’s open to the public and open year round. It’s great for kids around 8 and under. The community center also has several things to do and classes you can sign up for both as a resident or non resident. We did swim lessons here for Dominick last year during the winter and loved it!

I hope this list helps! If you have any places to add that you love around town- let me know!

Newborn Lifestyle Session

Newborn Lifestyle Session

Oliver | Newborn Lifestyle Session

This session here is one of my all time favorites.

Prepare your ovaries.

This sweet family here is incredible. I loved that Nikki and I have shared two pregnancies now very close together. Our firstborns are 4 months apart and so are our seconds! It’s always such a special treat for me to shoot for friends and to see the dynamics of families as they grow. I loved coming out to their beautiful (umm, the best natural light) home for this in home lifestyle session. Check it out below.