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March 4, 2016

20 Best Winter Play Places in Columbus


Getting a case of cabin fever? We know the winter months are hard for parents with little kids who have seemingly endless amounts of energy. In an effort to help you maintain your sanity through the colder months we have created a great list of winter play places in, and around, Columbus to help you get their wiggles out. We have compiled a list of both free and pay-to-play activities to entertain and thoroughly exhaust even the most energetic child, big or small. Enjoy!



World of Bounce

1649 Gateway Circle
Grove City, OH 43123
614) 277-0600

If your kids are wound up and need to get the wiggles out, this is the place to take them! World of Bounce is giant room filled with inflatable slides, houses, climbing walls and more, is a wonderland for kids of any age. Open play hours change from week to week because they are scheduled around private parties. Visit the website before you make the trip to check the open bounce times for the week. 


Wednesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Rates: $14-$19

333 W. Broad St.

Columbus, OH 43215

The Center of Science and Industry is a sure to entertain both children and adults. Little Kidspace is a perfect play space for the 6 and under crowd. You can play at the indoor water tables or do countless hands on activities throughout the museum. COSI is hours of fun for the whole family.





Westerville Community Center Open Gym

Mondays and Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
Rate: $3 per child (cash) Treehouse: Free
350 North Cleveland Avenue
Westerville, OH 43081

When it’s too cold or rainy to play outside, the Westerville Community Center offers open play to children of preschool age and younger. There are lots of ride-on toys, mats, and a variety of other engaging toys for the three and under crowd. There is also an indoor tree house play gym for ages 9 and under that has slides, things to climb, places for mom to sit and keep an eye on the kids and this part is free admission to the public. There is also an indoor pool that is more like a full blown water park and a rock-climbing wall for the adventurous ones.


Magic Mountain

Monday-Thursday 10:00am to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday11:00am to 9:00pm
Rates: Vary

8350 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240
(614) 840-9600

5890 Scarborough Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43232 (614) 892-3335
Magic Mountain has a variety of indoor and outdoor activities such as; Mini Golf Game, Go-Kart Ride, Laser Tag Session, KidsGym Climbing Playland. It is also a popular birthday celebration place, but few parents know there are plenty of special days and pricing mid-week for families. Each site has its own set of specials and promotions, such as Toddler Thursdays at the Polaris location and Friday Family Nights at the East location.

Columbus Museum of Art JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity

Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Friday-Sunday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Rates: Vary

480 East Broad Street

Columbus, OH 43215

Located downtown, the newly redesigned Wonder Room located on the first floor and is designed for kids 3-14. There are several hands-on at activities including fort building and making sculptures out of magnetic parts. You can climb in the treehouse, build a cardboard tree or imagine and play in costume. The Big Idea Gallery is where you can play like an architect and build buildings with blocks or play like an artist and build a masterpiece sculpture. Kids big and small will love getting to imagine, explore and discover the Center for Creativity. 

Graeter's Scoops and Chutes Play Area

Monday through Thursday 10am-10pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 11am-10pm
Rates: Free

2555 Bethel Rd
Columbus, OH 43220
(614) 442-7622

It doesn’t get any better than an indoor play place that has ice cream. You can play for hours and get a free factory tour of the Columbus based ice cream company. It also has a private party room for all birthday party activities.

The Mall at Tuttle Crossing Space Themed Playplace

Monday to Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm
Rates: Free
5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd,
Dublin, OH 43016-1537

This space themed play place is fun for kids 42 inches and under. Take a break from shopping and let the kids ride in a spaceship or jump over the moon. There is plenty of comfortable seating for parents to watch from nearby.



Polaris Mall Columbus Zoo Themed Playplace

Monday through Thursday 10am - 9pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-9:30pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm
Rates: Free

1500 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240

Polaris Mall has a Zoo themed indoor play space for kids 40 inches and under. Kids can play in the tree house, slide down a zebra or jump on a hippo. Great place to spend a few hours when it’s cold and rainy.

library storytime Columbus Metropolitan Library

All locations. Most libraries have fabulous kids areas where you can play and read to your child. There are also many great different storytime programs for the under 6 crowd. Visit the website to find times and locations



Marcy’s Clayground 

Monday- Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon - 6 p.m.

9842 Brewster Lane
Powell, Ohio 43065 

Get creative at Marcy’s Clayground. On the second Monday of each month, the pottery studio hosts a Mommy and Me Paint Pottery class, where themed pottery making follows storytime. Cost is $7, plus the cost of your project. Be sure to wear old clothes or bring a change of clothes. The program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 5, although most 2-year-olds won’t make much more than a mess. A similar program is offered on Saturdays for working parent.

PowellRecRecreation Outlet Powell

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Closed all major holidays
Rate: $6-8 (2 hours)

484 W. Olentangy/Powell Road
Powell, Ohio 43065

This is an indoor showroom for playsets that allows you to play on all the products they offer. There are trampolines, playsets, slides, basketball and much more. Play passes for weekends are offered via membership.


Westerville Christian Church Central Park Playland:

OPEN PLAY HOURS Open to public | Free admission
Tuesday 10-11:30am
Thursday 10-11:30am
Saturday 9:30-11:30am

471 East College Avenue
Westerville, Ohio 43081 614-891-6842

Inside of the Westerville Christian Church is an indoor play climbing structure that is open to the public. Best for kids 6 and under. There is plenty of seating for parents. Socks are required. There is a café across the lobby where you can grab a snack.

Ohio Health Chiller Ice Rinks

7001 Dublin Park Drive
Dublin, Ohio 43016
Phone: 614-764-1000
Lewis Center
8144 Highfield Drive
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Phone: 740-549-0009
Enjoy an afternoon of family skating. No matter what time of year it is, you'll have lots of fun and get a healthy dose of exercise too when you visit the Chiller. Show up during public skate to have fun on your own or sign up for classes, visit the website for public skate hours and locations.

Treehive Café & Play Powell

Mon & Fri 9AM–9PM
Tue - Thur 9AM–6PM
Sat 5PM–9PM

1 Hour: $9, 2 Hours: $15, 3+ Hours: $21 
Monthly Rates Available

337 W Olentangy Street
Powell, OH 43065

(614) 681-1456
The Treehive is buzzing with activity and fun for the 7 and under crowd.  The play space is separated from the cafe with a wall of windows so parents can enjoy a cup of coffee in the quiet cafe while the kids buzz around in the supervised play area.  You can also take advantage of the "bee break" it's a great opportunity to drop off children and have some time to yourself for up to 3 hours! See website for details.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Tuesday-Friday,10 a.m.-5 p.m.  
Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
505 W. Whittier St.
Columbus, OH

The Grange Audubon Center, downtown has a small indoor play room with costumes, a climbing structure and cave. Also has a library of books for various ages, and room is full of windows with viewing of many bird feeders with microphones on bird feeders project into the room so you may hear all the birds.

Vineyard Community Center

Monday-Friday 6pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday 9am to 2pm
Sunday 1:30pm to 5:30pm

6000 Cooper Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081

The Vineyard Community Center in Westerville is a Free two story playground with climbing and sliding for ages 4 through 11. There is also a "Noah's Ark" area for ages 3 and under. 


Mon, Tues, Wed: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 8pm
Friday: 9:30am – 5pm
Saturday:   9:30am - 12:30pm 

2501 E Main St, 
Bexley, OH 43209

Piccadilly in Bexley is a modern indoor playspace for children 18mo-5yrs. They have open play and also structured classes (registration required), Explorers club (parents morning out) and parents date night. Wifi and healthy food options are offered on-site, as well as coffee.

Oct. 29, 2015

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Oct. 20, 2015

October Newsletter for The Ringer Group

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Sept. 30, 2015

Renters: It is about to Get A Lot Worse

Renters: It is about to Get A Lot Worse | Keeping Current Matters

We often promote homeownership over renting when a family is ready, willing and able to purchase. There are both financial and non-financial benefits to owning a home of your own. Based on the headlines below, many news outlets agreed with us after they reviewed a recent report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies andEnterprise Community Partners.

The study states that the number of households spending 50% or more of their income on rent is expected to rise by over ten percent in the next decade. They concluded:

“Overall, this white paper projects a fairly bleak picture of severe renter burdens across the US for the coming decade.”

What do other experts think of the report? You can tell by the headlines they chose to introduce their stories:

“Renters, get ready to take it on the chin” - CNBC

“The Rent Crisis Is About to Get a Lot Worse” - Bloomberg Business

“Renters Will Continue to Struggle for the Next Decade” - World Street Journal

“Why the renting crisis could be about to get a lot worse” - Fortune Magazine

“Soaring rents are a problem that will only get worse” - Business Insider

“High rents are here to stay” - The Real Deal

Bottom Line

If you are thinking about buying a home and are financially positioned to do so, now may be better than later.

You can download the entire white paper here: Projecting Trends in Severely Cost-Burdened Renters

June 24, 2015

New Listing! $183,900 4284 State Route 314 Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338

June 24, 2015

New Dublin Listing! $255,000 7574 Surreygate Ct. Columbus, Ohio 43235

May 31, 2015

7075 Scioto Pkwy Powell Ohio 43065

Welcome to 7075 Scioto Pkwy. This beautiful golf course home has it all; a true 10. Amazing appeal the second you pull up, inviting front porch, and meticulous landscaping. Two story great room w/fireplace and an abundance of nature light is prominent. Comfortable dining area overlooking the patio and a spacious kitchen w/appliances, wood flooring & bistro dining area. Beautiful first floor master suite w/walk-in closet and a large master bath w/2 person soak tub & ceramic tile flooring. Upstairs you'll find a cozy loft overlooking the great room and 2 secondary bedrooms w/full bath and walk-in closets. There is a full basement that is huge and outside is a paver patio made to entertain on. Plenty of privacy trees and you back to golf course. Ownership pride shows from this original owner.


May 17, 2015

Home Improvement ROI Chart

Great visual ROI chart for your home improvements. It's all about getting the most from your home when we sell it.

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May 12, 2015

Markets in a Minute


For the Week Ending May 8, 2015


Bond markets around the world, including the U.S., are selling off in a global bond rout. This bond sell-off is a factor in the sudden increase in mortgage rates.

The Fed is expected to view weak Q1 data as temporary and to dismiss it. That makes them likely to raise policy rates sooner if they see economic improvement.

Oil prices have rebounded toward 2015 highs despite ample supply. Higher oil prices are inflationary and can contribute to higher mortgage rates.

Higher rates haven't slowed purchase demand, as demonstrated by increased mortgage applications. Refinance applications, however, dropped dramatically.

Home prices increased in March for the 37th consecutive month on a year-over-year basis. Nationwide home prices are now within 10% of their pre-crash peaks.

Residential real estate investors are also struggling to find lower priced inventory. There are 63% more investors looking at $200,000+ houses this year than in 2014.

Why did the scarecrow get a raise?

He was outstanding in his field!


Market Minute provided by a trusted mortgage loan office - Kelley Hall - Equity Resources - (614) 209-9209

May 12, 2015

1052 Richmond Ave Marion, Ohio 43302

Great little starter home or investment property. Sold AS-IS; Bank Owned. Attached garage, enclosed porch, nice size backyard, fenced, close to rt 23, and in need of some updates and care. All offers will need proof of funds. This one will good today for a showing.