Experience Columbus Roar and Explore Package

***Thanks for entering! The giveaway is now closed.***
The winner is…Amaris R. Congratulations!
You have 24 hours to respond with your mailing address or a new winner will be selected.
**For another chance to win, please visit Stephanie’s blog where she’s giving away an identical vacation! Her giveaway ends 6/18!
http://whencrazymeetsexhaustion.com/here-have-a-free-vacation-really/
*If you didn’t win the giveaway, it’s easy and affordable to purchase a “Columbus Roar and Explore Getaway Package”…Click here!

In just over a week my husband and I will spending our 11th wedding anniversary in Columbus, OH! We’ll be bringing the kids with us because there are too many fun things for families to leave the kids at home. As a Pittsburgh Mom Blogger I was invited along with other local bloggers, Janene and Christine from More than Mommies and Heather from Diary of a First Time Mom, to #ExperienceColumbus with our families.

You can follow my family’s trip to Columbus on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (#CFOTBExperienceColumbus and #CFOTBRoarAndExplore).

There is an amazing and affordable Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway Package that can help you #ExperienceColumbus with your family.

Columbus, OH Roar and Explore Family Adventure  Getaway

The affordable Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway features four tickets each to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay and COSI science center. Available May 22-Sept. 1, families can book their Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway online now at www.ColumbusFamilyFun.com or by calling (888) 795-3709. (Packages are designed for four, but additional guests may be added when booking.)

What fun things can you do in Columbus, OH with your family?

Starting at just $411 plus tax for a family of four, the Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway features:
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, ranked the No. 1 zoo in America, unveils its 143-acre Heart of Africa exhibit May 22. Visitors can stand face-to-face with giraffes and feed them a snack; get up-close with lions as they board a grounded airplane; and take a camel ride in the Zoo’s newest and largest region. This stunning new exhibit is home to 150 animals and adds even more reason for travelers to visit the place famed zoo director Jungle Jack Hanna calls home.

Zoombezi Bay, the world’s only waterpark inside of a major zoo, opens Baboon Lagoon this season. Ideal for younger kids, this active play land boasts eight water slides, fountains and a 1,000-gallon bucket dump. Beyond Baboon Lagoon, guests can splash and scream through 17 twisting waterslides, extreme raft rides, headfirst racers and the hair-raising 209-foot Cyclone, the world’s largest reducing-radius slide. Zoombezi also offers the more laid-back, adults-only Crocktail Creek, a lazy river where moms and dads can relax.

COSI, the nation’s top science center, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year by hosting The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. Brand new this year and running only through September, guests get their own book full of clues and can join master detective Sherlock Holmes to participate in experiments and stay hot on a trail to crack a new mystery. In addition, COSI visitors can ride a high-wire unicycle, use sonar technology and get wild with loads of other hands-on activities that make science fun.

•As the preferred hotel of the Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway, the Drury Inn &and Suites offers special amenities, including: free, hot breakfast and evening snacks; indoor pool; and complimentary wireless Internet. Other Hotels are available, but prices may vary by location.

Columbus is a city unlike any other. Vibrant and alive, Ohio’s capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit. Columbus’ uncommon blend of neighborhoods, arts and culinary experiences, events, attractions and accommodations are made unforgettable by its diversity of outgoing locals who warmly welcome visitors. Free travel guides, maps, online booking and detailed information are available at www.ExperienceColumbus.com or 866.397.2657 (866.EXP.COLS). Visitor information is also available on Facebook: facebook.com/ExperienceColumbus, facebook.com/ColumbusFoodScene, Twitter: @ExpCols and Pinterest.

Enter to Win! Columbus, OH Roar and Explore Family Adventure  Getaway

Enter to Win a Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway!
(Giveaway ends Saturday 06/14/2014 at 11:59PM Eastern)
Experience Columbus was also awesome enough to offer me a Columbus Roar and Explore Getaway Package to give away to one of my readers! This package has a $400+ value!

Here is what your getaway includes:
2-night stay at Drury Inn and Suites
4 tickets for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4 tickets to Zoombezi Bay Water Park
4 tickets to COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Click here to enter this giveaway via Rafflecopter!
(Please be sure to use a valid email address so that I can contact you if you win! Winner has 24 hours to respond.)

If you don’t win the giveaway, it’s easy and affordable to purchase a “Columbus Roar and Explore Getaway Package”…Click here!

Disclosure: As one of the Pittsburgh Mom Bloggers I was given a Roar and Explore package for free and one to give away on my blog. All opinions expressed are my own.


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About Jenn Rian

Jenn is a bored and sarcastic stay-at-home-mom of two who blogs and vlogs because the voices in her head tell her to. She blogs about as often as she showers, which isn't very often. (Author of "humor" blog www.imakemyselfthequeen.com and family blog www.coolestfamilyontheblock.com)

Posted on June 11, 2014, in Local and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. Ronie Montgomery

    My favorite vacation memory was when I got married on the beach!

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  2. Hollie Jahnke

    My favorite vacation memory was going to the U.P. in Michigan and seeing all the falls! They are beautiful!

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  3. One of my favorite vacation memories is going to the Cincinnati Zoo with my parents and younger brother.

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  4. When my son was 18 months old we went to Myrtle Beach. He played a few minutes then walked back up to where we left his stroller, climbed in, and waited for us. Apparently he was done.

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  5. My favorite vacation memory is when we went to fort rapids last year. it was so fun watching my son go down the slides, and seeing him be braver and braver as the couple days went on. that was a great vacation.

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  6. My funny vacation story is when I went to Atlantic City on my honeymoon, I was 7 months pregnant, my husband gave me a foot message right before the wedding and gave me poison ivy between my toes. It was a chilly September on the boardwalk and I couldn’t put shoes on my feet since they were swollen from pregnancy and poison ivy. What a honeymoon!!!

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  7. Danielle Lewis

    I would love this trip:) it would be perfect for my daughter and us!!! Thank u so much for the giveaway!

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  8. When I was little we went to sea world in Ohio and my younger brother got really homesick (he kept crying and saying he wanted to go back to the “white house” cause ya know we lived in a white house.) Anywho… My dad cheered him up by saying that “the best part of staying in a hotel is you get to jump on the bed!” So we all jumped on the beds (dad included) while my mom freaked out saying we were all going to break our necks, best vacation memory.

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  9. I loved a petting zoo we visited as children where a hungry goat ate my brother’s disposable diaper right off him… that is almost 50 years ago…

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  10. My favorite memory was last year at Ripley’s aquarium I touched a sting ray and screamed like a little girl.

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  11. My favorite trip…its a tie :) My honeymoon to Tybee Island/Savannah was awesome…and a family trip to Cape May when Luke was 9 – his first time seeing the ocean :)

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  12. Just got back from beach and I made a mommy epic fail: forgot sunscreen! First stop, highly priced beach shop to get some.

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  13. One of my favorite vacation memories was a camping trip with my oldest when she was a baby. The campfire mesmerized her and I have a great picture of her and my husband watching the fire while she is wrapped up like a glow worm.

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  14. My favorite vacation memory is heading to Wisconsin Dells with my extended family!

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  15. My fav vacation memory is going to myrtle beach with my family when I was younger. It’s so beautiful down there.

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  16. My favorite vacation memory was taking my daughter on a carousel for the first time! Simple, but she didn’t stop talking about it for months!

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  17. One morning Elizani barged into our room announcing that she “must see a really big waterfall.” Since Buttermilk Falls isn’t quite that “BIG” Guy and I decided to be spontaneous and take them to see a “REALLY BIG” waterfall. We loaded all the kids into the van and drove them up to Niagara Falls! They were all so excited and really enjoyed riding the Maid of the Mist. It was also extra special for Guy and I because it was our first time being spontaneous since the kids were born! Overall, a GREAT family day!

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  18. Great memories of the fun vacation times — eating ice cream for dinner, staying up late, and meeting new friends.

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  19. I cannot even explain how much I want to win this!!!

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  20. Oh, and here is my official comment for my entry… (Haha!)
    We didn’t do a lot of typical vacations growing up. It was usually a car trip to stay at one of my grandparents house for a week. But when I was 13 and my brother was 9 we went to Disney World. It was sooooo exciting because I didn’t think I would ever get there! Now I can’t wait to be able to take my daughter there.

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  21. Our vacation is usually in Wisconsin at the lake. My kids would always tell people we spent the week at the beach. Sand is sand no mater where they went.

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  22. Our favorite vacation has thus far been trips to Myrtle Beach where my babes have fallen in love with the ocean. I’m guessing this fall’s trip might bring forth a new favorite though. :-)

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  23. We’ve been thinking of going to the Columbus zoo. My husband used to go as a kid and my kids and I have never been. Would be so fun :)

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  24. We took our three year old and 7 week old twins to the outer banks. Had an amazing time.

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  25. Thank you for this great giveaway!! We went on vacation with my in laws and my FIL was so excited that he got a great deal on a hotel in VA Beach. we get there and it is the WORST hotel ever…. so we have to search around the get a new hotel– that was tough but funny to look back on.

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  26. I can’t wait to make family vacation memories with our daughters! This vacation sounds like so much fun!

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  27. Stacey Yeager

    Most of my childhood vacations involved camping. Many of the trips were great. Other times (like when we woke up in our tents in a few inches of water) didn’t go as smoothly!

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  28. We went to Fort Rapids last year, and my kids loved it! It was our first family vacation, and I would love to go on another!

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  29. One of my favorite new memories with my little family was having the opportunity to go to Florida and show everyone the ocean for the first time! We were swimming and I unknowingly stepped on a crab! No one believed me! So I stayed in the shallow water! Not even 5 minutes later, my fiancé steps on one and actually gets clipped! That’s what you get for laughing at me! Lol!

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  30. We rented a house in the middle of nowhere when we went to PA a couple of years ago, and I almost called 911 because I heard a noise in the kitchen at midnight and I was sure it was someone breaking in to murder us (I’m not a country girl if that isn’t already obvious). It was the ice maker in the fridge. I obviously should also not own appliances.

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  31. One of my favorite vacation memories is taking my mom to NYC for her 60th bday…just us 2 gals on a road trip from Pittsburgh…we had never gone on a trip just the 2 of us, so it was really special..it was also in early December, so the city was abuzz with Christmas spirit- so beautiful! Some highlights: passing Dan Akyroyd on the street outside of Grand Central Station, seeing the lit-up tree and ice skaters at Rockefeller Plaza, walking across the red carpet (not “down,” unfortunately! Lol) for the premiere of “King Kong”, and of course seeing Ground Zero. Love ya, Ma!

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  32. One of my best vaca memories is taking my mom to NYC for her 60th bday…just 2 gals on a road trip from Pittsburgh! We had never taken a trip just the 2 of us, so it was really special…it was also early December, so the city was abuzz with Christmas cheer- so beautiful! Some highlights: passing Dan Akyroyd on the street outside of Grand Central Station, seeing the Christmas tree and skaters at Rockefeller Plaza, walking across (not “down,” unfortunately) the red carpet for the premiere of “King Kong,” and of course Ground Zero. Love ya, Ma!

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  33. My husband and I went to Seattle last summer (our first big trip without kids!) and we tried to do and see as many things as we could without paying extra. We did lots of walking and window shopping and it was a blast!!

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  34. I loved all of our family road trips growing up!

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  35. Chrissy Goehring

    My favorite vacation memory is when we had dinner for my daughter’s 6th birthday at Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom. My daughter was dressed as Belle and we ate in the ballroom. After dinner the Beast danced with my Gracie and I cried.

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  36. Heather LeVeck

    Some of my favorite vacation memories are the simplest ones – taking trips to my aunt’s house in the mountains about an hour away from where we live. :)

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  37. Our trip to Williamsburg, VA last year was memorable! Bedbugs and stomach issues, but our kids somehow still have good memories of it! I think the opportunity to spend 24/7 with your parents for an extended period of time is really special for most families.

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  38. My favorite recent vacation was a week at the Jersey shore renting out an entire house with a lot of the family (grandparents, brothers/sisters, aunties, etc.). Perfect weather and such camaraderie.

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  39. Well, the only true vacation we’ve had was when we went to Panama City Beach in 2011.
    A few years earlier hubby decided he wanted to take a road trip to this place in KY. He didn’t believe me that it was too far for a day trip. We ended up staying overnight in a motel and going to Wal-Mart to pick up things for the night.

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  40. Having an “old time family photo” taken in Keystone, SD

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  41. My only vacation memory as a child is going camping often. I remember one time we were fishing and I fell off the end of the dock. I thought I was drowning. My brothers were laughing hysterically while yelling for me to stand up. The water was only about 3 1/2 -4 feet deep. Lol.

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  42. Amaris Reynolds

    ooooo! This sounds like fun!

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  43. Amaris Reynolds

    Favorite vacation memory? My husband and I went on our honeymoon to Evillecon (anime convention) in Indiana, and we spent the whole weekend nerding out, eating delicious free breakfast and decently priced dinners and hung out as a newly wed couple. I will never forget it

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    • Hi Amaris R.,

      You won the Columbus, OH Roar and Explore Family Adventure Getaway for 4!
      Please email coolfamilyblog (at) yahoo.com with your mailing address within 24 hours to claim your prize. If you do not respond within 24 hours you will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen. Please also confirm that you are able to use the tickets for the getaway by September 1. If not please let me know so that I new winner can be chosen.

      Thanks for entering the giveaway and congratulations!
      Jenn

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  44. I always loved going camping and remember the 8 hours long car rides to visit family.

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  45. Everyone, thank you so much for entering and sharing your great memories!

    The winner is…Amaris R.

    She has to respond with her mailing address within 24 hours to claim the prize. If she does not respond within 24 hours she will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen. Please also confirm that you are able to use the tickets for the getaway by September 1.

    Those of you who did not win, there is an identical giveaway going on at my friend Stephanie’s blog. It ends 06/18!
    http://whencrazymeetsexhaustion.com/here-have-a-free-vacation-really/#sthash.ZSL4YRcA.gbpl

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  46. Rachel Snyder

    Is it to late for me? Am I overdue? Columbus here we come (maybe…I mean if we win) LOL

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  47. Well thank ya, lady! Come, Jenn’s readers, COME!

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  48. Amaris Reynolds

    how do i send you my info!? thank you so much!!!

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  49. Amaris Reynolds

    sorry…i scrolled up and saw the info. I sent my mailing address and we will be able to use these things by September 1st! Thank you again!

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