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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!
*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 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 or 866.397.2657 (866.EXP.COLS). Visitor information is also available on Facebook:,, 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.


Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark Pittsburgh

Fun Slides Skatepark Pittsburgh

This is a local post, but for my non-local readers I’m going to post the goods for you right away. You may not be near Pittsburgh to experience Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark firsthand, but you can be absolutely anywhere to watch me make an idiot of myself, get broke, and bust up my knee cap. Enjoy! (Watch video here)

Fun Slides Skatepark Pittsburgh

My family was invited to visit the VIP Grand Opening of Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark in Pittsburgh last Friday and we had so much fun!

The new facility is located at Pines Plaza Shopping Center on Perry HWY behind Shop N Save.
Fun Slides Skatepark Pittsburgh

The 33,000 square foot black light facility, located in the space under the Shop N Save in Pines Plaza Shopping Center is divided in sections based on skill level and every new skater, regardless of age or ability, is assigned an instructor for basic lessons. With ramps ranging in height from six foot tall down to short beginner ramps just about anyone can learn and have fun.

Fun Slides Skatepark Pittsburgh

The COOLEST Birthday Party and Family Fun Spots! Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, looking for a unique group outing or just dropping in for some public skate time, you’re sure to experience wholesome family fun like you’ve never had before!

*BLACKLIGHT Environment
*Positive, Hi-Energy Music
*Learn to Carpet Skate CONFIDENTLY in Minutes
*Ramps, JUMPS, and Grind Rails
*Instructor-Taught TRICKS and Stunts
*Birthday party packages for ages 4-7 and 8-teen.
*Groups: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sports Team Banquets, Clubs, Home/Cyber School, Physical Education, Team Building, Pre Lock-Ins, Church Youth Groups, Field Trips

Super cool party rooms…
Fun Slides Skatepark Pittsburgh

Fun Slides, a multi-award-winning product from Simtec, Co., are plastic sliders that attach under athletic shoes. They provide the sensation of sliding on a hardwood floor with socks on. At Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark and Party Centers, kids and adults slide on the skatepark’s carpeted ramps, jumps and slide rails for an easy to learn thrill.
Athletic shoes must be worn in the park at all times! No FLIP FLOPS!
Fun Slides Skatepark Pittsburgh

Adaline is 4.5. She had difficulty mastering the standing slides, but she still had a lot of fun using the butt slides. (See video above)
Fun Slides Skatepark Pittsburgh

Everyone who skates at Fun Slides Park, must have a signed waiver.
*Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver.
*18 and over may sign their own waivers given that they produce proper ID.
Fun Slides Skatepark Pittsburgh

Fun Slides Park requires that helmets be worn by children under 8. Elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards are recommended in all areas especially for novice skaters.
We brought our own helmet and elbow and knee pads for Adaline, who is 4.5 years old.
(If you watched the video I posted above you’ll see me take a spill and smash my knee with no pads on. It’s only banged up now, nothing serious, but I’d still recommend using knee pads! Ouch!)
Fun Slides Skatepark Pittsburgh

We all thought that Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark was really cool. Adaline had a blast going from slide to slide and even my husband enjoyed sliding around. We’ll definitely visit again.
Fun Slides Skatepark Pittsburgh

The World’s only carpet skate parks!
*Pines Plaza Shopping Center
1130 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh PA 15237
(Behind Shop N Save)
*Greensburg Shopping Center
410 E. Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601
Behind Family Dollar (the old Bobby Dales)

Helpful info: Facebook / Website / Hours / Parent Info

Do you skateboard or roller-blade?
Would you ever try a carpet skatepark?
Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: My family received free admission to the skatepark as part of the VIP Grand Opening for bloggers and other media. I was not asked or required to blog about my experience. All opinions are my own.

If you are local to Beaver County PA or the Greater Pittsburgh Area, please like my local Facebook page Beaver County Family Fun for updates on local family friendly activities.
Beaver County Family Fun Facebook Page


Wordless Wednesday: Shameless Plug

A little shameless self-promotion at the Children’s Museum.
(I actually just did it to get the pictures for the blog, but if someone happens to visit me from there…so be it!)

And, welcome, Children’s Museum visitors 🙂
You can see what I’m all about here and here!

(A full post about our trip to the Children’s Museum and the Zoo coming soon!)

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