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Fun in the Jungle

Prior to opening January 20, 2017, the Jungle was a roller skating rink for over 50 years. Owners Drew & Katie Tuttle, residents of Sunbury, bought it and turned it into a family Fun Center. They have 4 children and thought Sunbury was the perfect place to open this facility. Drew is an accountant by trade, and was looking to do something completely different.

Fun in the Jungle is exceptionally clean and affordable, and is perfect for all ages, a Play Jungle, an Arcade, VR center and mini bowling alley which the whole family could play on! If you are local to Sunbury, OH, definitely stop in to burn some of that young energy and have a load of fun!
The toddler area includes a soft play zone and a small climbing structure with a tunnel and slide.
The larger play area is a multi-level play structure with many tunnels, slides, small and large punching bags and plenty of room to run around, even enough space if Mom or Dad want to join the fun! There is a self powered train in the middle of the Jungle for all ages. Comfortable seating is all around the Jungle so parents can relax while the little ones play.
 
The Arcade features over 1000 games! They have car racing, motorcycle racing, deer hunting and all the old school, Pac-man, Centipede, Galaga and new video games for hours of fun. You can get a tournament going on our foosball or pool table too! The best part – the arcade is a one-time pay to play wristband (No Tokens or Quarters needed!), so you can play for hours at one low price!
Mini-Bowling is 5 frames, so that it keeps the attention of even the youngest bowler. Balls are all the same size and small enough for all ages to roll it down for a strike! Sign up for the family summer bowling league or check out their Facebook page for bowling specials.
The Virtual Reality Booths are the latest in gaming. In the Virtual Reality World you can do many different things. Check out the Solar System, English countryside or a Mid-evil Castle. Place yourself in a soccer game, bow and arrow challenge or a Drone fight. It really is an amazing experience that can only be felt and seen in the Virtual Reality world.
Beyond the daily play, birthday party’s are their specialty. Two of my three children have dead-of-winter birthdays and we are always on the hunt for a fun new location to host their parties. Fun in the Jungle offers services and rooms for parties from 6 kids to 50 kids where you can book a party room for 2 hours to enjoy your cake, presents and friends and family time. All day wristbands are included in the party package and bowling is available at a discount for our parties. Guests are welcome to explore the Jungle after the party time has ended for as long as they wish. You can even rent out the whole facility at 3 hour increments for up to 270 people. This can be for family fun days, corporate events, church outings or a super fun birthday!
The Jungle is closed on Mondays and has discounted days Tuesday-Thursday. To see their full pricing click here. Each month they also have “multiples day” where mothers of multiples (twins, triplets or quads) purchase for one and the rest are free! And don’t worry, if you forgot snacks, their concession stand is packed with all the essentials – even a healthy banana or two for your young little monkeys in the jungle!
My children absolutely love this fun center, it keeps all three of my children busy and happy and it is one of our go-to locations for any spontaneous rainy day or a day they are tired of the pool or being stuck indoors during the winter.
Click here to visit their facebook page.

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Skyview Drive In

Do you love the nostalgia of movies outside on a warm summer night at the drive-in? We sure do, and sharing that fun time with our kids is such a blast.

Guess what, Skyview Drive-In is set to officially open for the season this weekend on Friday April 6th for their 70th year of continuous outdoor movies! If that doesn’t attest to how much fun it is to attend these, read more! Unfortunately I wouldn’t be surprised if the weather doesn’t work in their favor this weekend. But at least we know that once the weather is just right, it’s time to go!

Skyview in the quaint town of Lancaster is the first drive-in in Ohio with digital quality picture and sound. Showing HD 1080 picture movies on an 80′ screen! Be sure to check out the history link on their page to view a short video about drive-ins and Skyview, they are one of about only 365 left in the United States.

If you love the vintage feel of going to the drive-in for a few movies, this family owned adorable location is perfect. With plenty of parking spots and a huge front lawn for the kids to play on, Skyview is a hot location for the children and I all summer long.

You can view their website or facebook page to see what upcoming movies will be shown. There are always two movies a night, and sometimes a special showing of a third movie for those late night movie lovers. Plenty of children movies and on certain weekends they also have a DJ there at the beginning of the evening. They also have a twitter account you can follow for updates.

This first weekend (April 6th, 7th, 8th) they will be showing the new Peter Rabbit: Born To Be Wild and the hilarious new Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

The following weekend (April 13th) so far they have Rampage on the schedule.

My children love to hit this fun place up after a full day of pool-time to lay back and watch a few flicks. Once school is out for the summer they will be open each night of the week for movies, but until then they will be open each weekend Friday Saturday and Sunday nights. They always count on having dinner here as well as they have a FULL concession stand with almost anything you could imagine to choose from. From full pizzas and fried pickles to cotton candy and glow-pops and everything in between, your tummy will be happy.

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If you are lucky enough to get up front parking you have access to lay blankets out on the front lawn in front of the big screen for the ultimate relaxation, yet still being close to your vehicle.

Definitely plan to arrive early as this location is such a hot commodity that there is usually always a line of cars waiting to enter at the 7pm opening.

Come with your sweetheart and enjoy the movie in the privacy of your vehicle or bring the whole family for an inexpensive fun-filled evening. Even your dog or cat is allowed! Here are some photos of my family having a blast, maybe we will see you there this coming season!

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Woohoo

Are you local to Licking County? Do you have kids that are 12 or younger? If so, there is a fun, cheap place to help burn their energy and spend some time.

Woohoo LLC just opened on March 10th and is open every day for play, except Mondays. Located inside of Indian Mound Mall in Heath,OH, Woohoo offers bounce houses and play for children, as well as a location for fun birthday parties. The couple who own Woohoo are as sweet as could be and you can tell they really enjoy the excitement of children playing. She even majorly helped me out after we lost our favorite plush Hulk on our very first visit! It was found and returned before we could even get buckled into the car.

The kids and I have already been to this location a couple of times now and plan to go back on many upcoming chilly or rainy days to get out of the house and burn that crazy kid energy. WooHoo opening has been a nice change for Licking County where the activities for children to do during the day has been quite limited. We were especially bummed when World of Bounce decided to close their doors for daytime play, so WooHoo has been an extremely nice and more local surprise for us!

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WooHoo has a separate area for the 4 and below children as well, so the little tots can enjoy a fun space without the bigger kids taking over. There is plenty of seating too, for mom and dad to take a load off and watch their kiddos play or enjoy a coffee with a friend. Forget to bring a snack? No worries, WooHoo has you covered selling some pre-packaged snacks as well.

Open hours are listed below:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11-8
  • Fridays and Saturdays from 11-9
  • Sundays from 12-6

Having two winter babies it is hard to find a local place that offers a fun area for parties for a reasonable price. WooHoo offers several birthday packages and you can even add on special characters to show up. Private bounce parties, or not, and special themes to choose from as well. Contact them to plan out your special event.

Daily admission is very reasonable, especially the during-the-week toddler time.

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Best Gender Reveal Ever

When Matt and I found out that we were pregnant for the second time, we knew we wanted to enjoy this pregnancy a little more than we were able to the first.

Long story short, our first pregnancy was a surprise blessing. We were living states away from each other (Ohio – North Carolina), had not been dating very long and neither of us were prepared for the gift God had in store for us. Needless to say, everything worked out perfectly and we ended up happily married just 4 years later, our little guy was our adorable ring bearer. But because we were so unprepared, I didn’t end up moving in with Matt until I was 5 months along. We found out the sex of the baby and didn’t get to really spend much time together enjoying pregnancy and preparing for the baby to arrive, everything was a rush.

So, this time we were married and trying to conceive. We wanted to enjoy all the things we missed out on the first time. So, when it came to finding out the sex of the baby, I suggested we let that be a surprise. Matt simply couldn’t bare to think of not knowing, so we compromised – we would have a gender reveal party and be surprised with all of our friends and family.

First, we made sure that at the ultrasound appointment we didn’t ruin the surprise. We told our doctor before he started that we didn’t want to know and handed him two pieces of folded cardstock to write down “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl” on. We then had him seal those inside privacy envelopes. (We really didn’t trust ourselves!)

Then we spoke with a bakery and a store to discuss what we wanted. The bakeries are pretty used to these “secret” requests these days. All we had to do was take them one of the sealed envelopes and tell them what we wanted the outside of the cake to look like. I suggest a darker color frosting versus a white or light colored frosting, as to not show through any pink or blue insides and ruin something you’ve worked so hard planning. For the store we called and spoke with a manger and told him we would be bringing in a large box and an envelope and wanted them to stuff the box full of the appropriate color balloons and seal shut. We used our local Meijers – but any store that sells/blows up balloons will do.

Make sure to gather up all kinds of pink and blue items and decor. We also threw in some appropriate baby shower type games and a really fun arts and craft contest of creating a onesie for the baby. We gave out gift cards to all the winners.

On our invites we asked all those attending to please wear pink or blue, depending on what they thought baby would be. We got an iron-on printable kit and made our son a fun shirt (see front and back of his shirt in pictures below) in support of his decision – hoping for a sister!! Make sure to take a before shot of the blue vs pink teams!

After all the guessing games were done and most of the pizza was gone, Matt and I anxiously opened the big box to see what would come out.

The reactions were priceless, and we were so thankful that we hired our photographer to come capture the moments with us!

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By this point everyone was ready to celebrate with cake! Ashur was especially excited to see the pink inside, and we let him have the first piece, since he got his wish of a baby sister!

We got one more picture of the pink and blue teams, post-reveal!

Finding out the gender in this fun way and being surprised along with our friends and family was memorable and so much fun! I think everyone had a good time being in on it and seeing our reactions and it was definitely better than just hearing “boy” or “girl” in a doctor’s office. I would highly suggest having a gender reveal party! We couldn’t have felt more loved by our close friends and family to be there with us and be as excited as we were. It was a beautiful and awesome day!

It’s ok, Daddy now has his own little munchkin to steal his kisses! And low and behold – the doc was right. A beautiful baby girl she is!

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Hopping Down The Bunny Trail

Here comes Peter Cottontail…

Easter is such a fun time with family. The weather is finally warming up, sun is (usually) shining and the flowers are beginning to bloom. We always look forward to a fun-filled afternoon celebrating with our family.

I work full time in the local emergency room and have set schedules of 3 twelve hour shifts each week, one of the days always being Sundays. So sadly, I don’t always get to enjoy a day off with my family if I cannot find coverage. But I try my best and have been lucky the past few years getting it off. Just in case I can’t though, we always find ways to enjoy some Easter festivities together around the holiday. Coloring eggs, searching for eggs and getting the kids’ picture with the good old bunny and some other fun events.

I have listed several below that our some of our favorites! I hope that you can try some of these out this year (or save this article for next year’s ideas) and let me know what you thought!

Bryn Du Annual Easter Egg Hunt March 31st 11:00-11:30

The annual Easter Egg Hunt on the massive lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion in Granville, Oh is a large event and fun to attend. You get a lot of room to run and hunt. It is perfect for a quick little trip to get the job done!

Easter EGGStravaganza March 31st, 2018 10:30-12:30

This is a fan favorite for my household. My son goes to the private school attached to Spring Hills Baptist Church and every year they put on this amazing and free event. With food, plenty of games, a petting zoo, face painting and a fun egg hunt for each age group, Spring Hills always has a great turnout and its the perfect family event. They even do a quick Easter Story for the kids, which we enjoy.

Easter Bunny Train March 31st, 2018 10 or 1

This one is by far a favorite of ours. You get to take a scenic train ride almost an hour long to a location where the Easter Bunny will be, having hidden his eggs in sectioned off areas for each age group for a fun little hunt. You can also get pictures with the Bunny there and then ride the train back to the beautiful antique station. All in all it will take roughly 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours and you have two time slots to choose from, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. These rides always sell out far in advance but at the moment there are still some spots left. Get yours now!

Columbus Zoo Eggs, Paws, and Claws March 30 and 31,2018

This two day event hosts numerous activities and treat stations throughout the zoo as well as character meet and greats. The animals are given egg themed treats to play with and you can even find the Easter Bunny scuba diving in the aquarium! If you are lucky enough, a week prior on the 24th, there is an Easter Bunny brunch you can attend, with ticket purchase (it is sold out for this year). Your kids get to enjoy up-close animal encounters, face painting and a meet and greet with the bunny himself, with a photo moment to take home, all while enjoying a delicious brunch filled with lots of goodies.

Moonlight Egg Madness March 23, 2018 6:30-8:30

This event we have not attended but sounds like an awesome one! Thanks to Cbus Momma for the great idea! Last year the event was rained out, but she said she was able to still stop by to pick up a bag of candy. The egg hunt is glow in the dark and prizes are given to children who are toddlers through 6th grade. There will also be inflatables, hot chocolate, and a petting zoo. Click on the link to register and they ask that canned food is brought for their food pantry. If you have gone to this event please let us know how it was!

For photos with The Bunny we love to head over to Easton anytime between March 16th and the 31st. Pictures are only $5 or you are welcome to take free photos with your own camera or cell phone!

Let us know what we need to add to our list or what you thought of these fun events. We hope you have a very blessed and wonderful Easter holiday with your family. And lets pray for sunshine and no snow!

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Granville Golfland

Sometimes I need some one on one time with my little man and we run out of things to do. He loves movies as much as I do so we tend to go there a lot, and he really gets a kick out of going to Wendy’s and dining in to eat, get a frosty and toy. But I try to mix it up a lot and take him to somewhere different.
With it turning quickly into spring, I foresee us going back to this location very soon. The goldmine is Granville Golfland, located right off SR 16 in Granville, OH. Ashur isn’t the best little golfer in the world but he sure loves to play! And let’s be real, that is all that matters, right! Surprisingly (for Ohio) this location is open year round! I guess they go out and brush all the snow off – if you are willing to risk frostbite.

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Before the heat of summer arrives and once it is gone, and the cool weather sets in, we enjoy a couple rounds of putt-putt. Some days he beats me (below was his hole-in-one reaction – priceless) and some days I beat him, but its always a fun time to go and enjoy some one on one time together and chit chat as we putz around (pun intended). Strengthening the hand-eye coordination is a plus, for us both! He enjoys picking out the colored balls and using his short orange putter – and telling mommy what color stick and ball she gets. So bossy!
It’s also a great place for a play date – since there is a playground area right next door!
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Child’s Scavenger Hunt

The other day I was thinking about how much fun it would be to do a scavenger hunt with my kids. They are great at pointing things out and love to play the hidden pictures game in the Highlights magazine that grandma sends them every month. So I felt that a scavenger hunt would be like a real life hidden item type game. Not only that, but if I tweaked it to where we were going to be running errands, it could potentially help me out by keeping them semi-preoccupied so they wouldn’t get bored too quickly.

started to look for a few scavenger hunt ideas on Pinterest – it really has everything, doesn’t it!? And I ended up coming across several amazing ideas, so I thought I would share! 

If you are running errands at the mall or even a department store, here is a great one to keep the kiddos busy. This is also a good one for once they start to sound out words and read because it asks them to find different types of signs or words on a sign (ie: sale,exit)

If you are taking a walk in the woods or at a nature park, Dawes Arboretum is our local favorite, this scavenger hunt is perfect! 

How neat and fun is it to do one in your yard that is similar to the above nature hunt and to report back on the driveway to mark things off with chalk and place the items you find in their respective boxes/circles!? A workout while you have fun, maybe you can race back to the driveway.

This alphabet scavenger hunt is great to have printed off and in your purse/diaper bag or whatever it is you carry with you – to keep the older kids busy – because it can be used ANYWHERE you go. So having these on hand at all times will always give you an item to keep the kids minds busy all the while making them sound out the items they find to see if they fit in the spaces they still need. Very cool and perfect for the items you find along your road trip even!

I thought that this Photo Scavenger Hunt was a nice way to brain-tease the kids and make them think even more. Putting the scavenger hunt in clue form. Rather than telling them what to find. Give them clues and while you are out have them try to find the clues and write their answers down. Then take a picture of them with the item (polaroid or print it later) and add to the book 🙂 Check out more info on this particular scavenger hunt and how to set it up here

For more outdoor-themed scavenger hunt ideas, check out this website. I personally like the one shown below that was based on color classification. My kids and I do this kind a lot while we are on a walk. They have to find every color of the rainbow, and collect the pieces as we go (as long as we aren’t destroying plants or flowers).

And if none of the hunts above spark your interest, visit this awesome website that has an article titled “32 Ways Kids Can Go on a Scavenger Hunt”. You will be sure to come up with an awesome idea for you and your kiddo. 

Most importantly, have fun!