Isn’t self-diagnoses the best diagnoses? Fair, accurate, usually completely incorrect but hey, who said you have to go to medical school to be a doctor? Here are a few things you never knew you were suffering from according to 614now, Self-made MD
Primenesia: When you order so much Amazon Prime you don’t know what’s in the box
HotChickenitis: When the majority of your meals are from Hot Chicken Takeover
Clinomania: The excessive desire to stay in bed.
Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism: Condition with symptoms similar to pseudohypoparathyroidism but not the characteristic abnormal levels of calcium and phosphorus.
Silk Yak Disease: Exactly what you think it is
Milk Jug Syndrome: When you carry around a milk jug filled with water and annoy ever person in the whole world
iHeartRadioesia: When you only listen to clear channel radio and don’t support local independent stations
6-1-No: When you live in Columbus but grew up elsewhere
6-1-4ever: A condition where you eat, sleep, breathe Columbus
“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.”
The quote is attributed to Walt Disney, and I
think it’s also something we often forget when
we grow up. But kids? Without the tools or
knowhow to navigate life, believing is all they
can do. Wouldn’t it be something, though, to
combine the wonder of believing with practical
life skills for an experience equally magical for
kids and adults?
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, I present to you
Amy’s Princess Parties!
With her esteemed cast of imaginative
employees, Amy Kavelaras spins, twirls,
and curtseys into the lives of young people
with the intent to impress upon them the
qualities of a good person—all while dressed as
“I think it’s so magical,” Kavelaras said of
With over 30 characters to choose from
(including superheroes) parents can hire Amy’s
Princess Parties by the hour to transform their
child’s birthday into a fairy tale-like occasion
they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives.
It begins with a class on “how to be princess”—walk, wave, curtsy, that sort of thing. For superheroes, obstacle courses and other games are on the menu. Once the party goers have the mannerisms down, Kalvelaras and her cartoon-y crew transition into lessons on what really counts: the heart.
“We really use our platform for good, so we use these role model characters and we try to create an atmosphere where we’re in influencing the next generation,” explained Kavelaras. “So we talk about character values of being kind, being loving, and being caring.”
Parents look on—sometimes tearfully,
according to Kavelaras—as their starry-eyed
child hangs on every word of their role model
teaching them the importance of being truthful,
thankful, helpful, and accepting in every
situation from home life to the playground.
“A 3-year-old may not listen to their parents, but a 3-year-old will listen to these characters because they are their personal heroes,” said Kavelaras. “We really want to make a difference.”
And as important as it is to drive these messages home with the kids, Kavelaras puts equal weight on deciding who will do the driving. She has hand-picked each magical member of her
company, not only because they embody the princess or superhero
physically, but also mentally and emotionally. In other words, practice
what you preach (Matthew the Apostle said that, but I’d be willing to bet
that Walt Disney would agree).
“Yes, technically you do need to look like the character from the outside [to be an employee at Amy’s Princess Parties], however the most important thing is the heart and finding someone who encompasses both is really important to us,” Kavelaras explained.
All this may seem like an elaborate dress-up game for the employees, the opportunity offers so much more.
“It truly makes you feel like you’re not yourself...like, ‘I am this
person’s role model, this person looks up to me,’ ” said Kate Glaser, one of
Amy’s princesses. “That’s really special.”
And even after the birthday candles are blown out, the magic
“I had to stop at a friend’s house to grab something after a party and there was a kid outside in a [Little Mermaid] bathing suit who saw me so, I got out and talked with her,” Glaser continued. “Even after the party is over, you have an impact on everyone you see.”
They stop at lemonade stands, make Starbucks runs, go to the grocery
store, pump gas—all while in character—to bring a little magic to everyone
they cross. These interactions, along with being able to make appearances
at charity events with both kids and disabled adults are some of the most
rewarding experiences for the princesses and superheroes.
“As much as we’re changing their lives, they’re changing our lives,”
After all the etiquette lessons and life courses, it’s time for the tiny princesses and superheroes to be coronated. With the flick of a magic wand, some magic dust, and the promise that they are so loved, Amy’s Princess Parties gives the children the fairy tale ending they deserve.
And they all lived happily ever after.
To book a character for your next party go to amysprincessparties.com.
Adulting is hard. And just when you think you’ve maybe got it figured out—with a semblance of stability in your life—you may (in a burst of confidence) decide to have a baby. Surprise! You will never feel like you have anything figured out again. Welcome to parenthood! Can I buy you a drink? But wait. Where can you even get a drink as a parent?
As it turns out, Columbus is a great city for raising kids without having
to completely give up the life you had before. Here are a few places you
can take your children that are fun for adults, that are welcoming for
little ones, and where no one is going to judge you or bat an eye over
a dreaded public kid meltdown. Take it from this mother of two: you
deserve a break.
16-BIT SHORTY DAY
If you find yourself waking up early on a Sunday, mourning weekends of yore when you actually got to leave the house on Saturday night, 16-Bit’s weekly Shorty Day might be just what you need. Every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., 16-Bit drops its “21+” requirement in favor of family fun. You can introduce your kids to classic arcade games like Ms. Pacman, Tron, and Centipede, while kids sip on slushies and grownups indulge in authentic adult beverages. Admission and arcade games are free, and pinball games cost a mere 50 cents. While I was there on a recent Sunday, I witnessed a mom in town from Seattle get the high score in Asteroids, proudly showing her teenage daughter the way it’s done.
16-Bit Shorty Day: Sundays from 12-5 at the 254 S Fourth St. location.
Kids are welcome daily until 8 p.m. at the Dublin location with adult
supervision. Learn more at 16-bitbar.com.
RAMBLING HOUSE MUSIC BAR’S
FAMILY FRIENDLY FIRST FRIDAYS
Rambling House Music Bar serves up zippy sodas with traditional and roots music six nights a week. Once a month, they relax their age requirements for Family Friendly First Fridays, where from 6-8 p.m., kids can enjoy age-appropriate craft beverages while dancing to the tunes. Eileen Wukusick has attended a few Family Friendly First Fridays with her three and six-year-old. She cautions first timers to be prepared for crowds, both in the search for parking and on the dance floor. Rambling House does not serve food, though cake has been known to appear during these events, so you may want to bring along some munchies to complement those sodas, and get ready to dance the sugar o before bedtime.
Rambling House Music Bar is located at 310 Hudson St. Family Friendly First Fridays take place on the first Friday of every month. For more information visit ramblinghousemusic.com.
During many snow days this past winter, Studio 35 came through as a hero for Clintonville parents in search of last-minute entertainment when it offered free screenings of classic family movies. In addition to big- screen entertainment, the booths by the bar in the front room are stocked with board games that appeal to little brains; recently my kids played Operation while I drank a beer and watched the Women’s World Cup on the televisions—a true parenting win. In August, Studio 35 will screen the last two movies in its free summer kids series, The Secret of the Kells and A Long Way Home. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more events, including last-minute ones. After all, school is just around the corner, which means heat days and parent scrambling can’t be far behind.
Studio 35 is located at 3055 Indianola Ave. Free summer Kids’ Series movies screen on Saturdays at 11 a.m. through August 10. Visit studio35.com for more information.
FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY
Franklin Park Conservatory has always been an awesome place to take kids—mine never tire of walking through the rainforest and desert, especially in the middle of gray Ohio winters. When the two-acre Children’s Garden opened last summer, however, the conservatory jumped from a “nice place to visit” to an “absolutely must do” on my list of family-friendly Columbus attractions. From the second kids enter the garden through a special tunnel that’s just their size, it takes on a magical aura. As they explore, they’ll find everything from fairies to musical instruments to giant hammocks to, yes, all kinds of native-Ohio plants. If that’s not enough, the Learning Pavillion hosts regular activities and special guests, so all of you can get even more out of your visit.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden at Franklin
Park Conservatory is open year-round. Admission to the garden is
included in the conservatory’s ticket price: $19 for adults and
Hello and welcome to summertime! Today is the longest day of the year—plenty of time for you to sit down with your family and/or friends to map out your bucket list for this summer. Or...you could get a start on ours!
We've put together the ultimate list of summer activities in Columbus to ensure you have a summer full of fun. Just remember to wear sunscreen!
Go berry picking
Nothing tastes better than something you’ve worked for. And nothing tastes sweeter than something picked right from the dirt. Don the sun hats and sturdy shoes because we’re about to put you to work for your fruit! Here are more than 20 farms offering U-pick berry programs for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and peaches in central Ohio.
Support local growers at neighborhood farmers' markets
Do you know where your produce is from? Odd are if you don’t purchase them straight from a farmer, you’ve got no clue. Fuel your summer with goods pulled right from central Ohio dirt at local farmers' markets!
Besides epic memories, the best takeaway from ComFest is always the brightly-color plastic beer mug. Just remember to drink responsibly! Click here to read about the recent drama that went down with ComFest.
Celebrate freedom at Red White & Boom
Columbus' biggest Fourth of July celebration will be returning to downtown on July 3 for the largest fireworks display in the Buckeye State. Arrive early for the parade and stay late for the party!
Spend a day at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
This one is an absolute must. There's nothing like a warm summer day spent taking in the amazing animals at one of the best zoos in the country. Make sure to wave at the polar bears for us!
Gaze at the stars at John Glenn Astronomy Park
The John Glenn Astronomy Park is dedicated to sparking an interest in science, learning, and exploration by sharing with visitors the wonders of the sky, both day and night. Make sure to plan a trip to JGAP on a clear night to gaze at the wonderment of our universe.
Take in an outdoor movie
NightLight 614, a 21+ social outdoor film series on the banks of the Scioto featuring some of Columbus’s Best local food trucks, and craft beer & wine. Easton’s Movies by Moonlight series is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a lineup bigger and better than ever!
Spend a day at the drive-in
Since the 1950s, the South Drive-In at 3050 S. High St. has been Columbus premier destination for late night, big screen movie showings under the stars. And since the 1970s, it’s been the largest central Ohio location for…flea markets? Yes, indeed. Click here to read more!
Eat as much ice cream as humanly possible
Ice Cream is a pillar of summer. But where to begin? We think this list of the best alt ice cream shops in Columbus would be a sweet place to start.
If you're not elbow-deep in BBQ sauce at least one time this summer, you're not eating correctly. There is absolutely no better place to put your manners aside and let your carnivorous nature shine than at the Jazz & Rib Festival. Hot ribs, cool jazz.
The grass is lush, the butterflies are flying, and the sun is shining—the perfect al fresco dining experience. We've put together pairings of the city’s top places to fill up your basket accompanied by the best nearby park for the picnic of your dreams!
The campers, RVS, and pop-up tents will be returning to the outdoors this summer, serving as a home away from home for those looking to escape the city for a few days. It’s time to get outdoors, enjoy nature, roast some marshmallows over the fire, and get off the grid if not for a couple moments of bliss.
Splashpads: Free and fun water spraygrounds without the worry of deep bottoms or high dives. We don't know about you but to us, that seems like a home run, nay, grand slam. This summer, diversify your cool down routine by hanging at one of Columbus' many exciting splashpads.
Did you know Admission to Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is FREE to all residents of Franklin County, the first Sunday of every month, before 5 pm. And did you know FPC has a farmers' market? Plan your trip now!
Stop and smell the roses at the Whetstone Park of Roses
The Whetstone Park of Roses is just begging for you to stop and smell. It's the perfect place to pitch your hammock, take photos, and to enjoy the beauty of one of the largest public rose gardens in the U.S.
Sunbathe at Alum Creek Beach
It may not be the white sand beaches of Mexico, but we'll take what we can get. This public beach can be your seaside vacation if you have an imagination and tons of salty pretzels. A beach is a beach, right?!
We can’t be sure what dogs dream, but we’d imagine it’s a lot of neon yellow tennis balls, frisbees, bones, and playing fetch in ice cold water. Make your pup’s dream come true this summer with these awesome places to take your dog for a dip.
Eat 10 cent hot dogs at a Clippers Dime-a-Dog Night
Dime-a-Dog Nights are an important staple of summer, especially on the firework nights. But you can't go into this eating excursion without a game plan! Check out our Columbus Clippers Dime-a-Dog Night Survival Guide to expertly navigate your hot dog hay day.