Move Over Dinner and Drinks: Fun Get-Togethers to Explore Columbus with your Bestie


So it’s that time of year again! The gym becomes overcrowded (or so I hear) and every magazine cover in the grocery store checkout line exclaims “New Year, New You!” While I have made my fair share of resolutions every January 1st, the one resolution I think is particularity important for us overtired, overworked, and overstressed mamas is meeting up with friends more often! Not only are friendships great for self-care but they make life overall that much more enjoyable. Why not make a resolution that you can actually keep and explore our awesome city together?

No more texts threads that just say “dinner soon?” back and forth, grab your besties and hit the town.

For the artist in you:

Wine and Canvas: Who doesn’t love a good paint and wine night? Gather your artist friends and head to Clintonville to paint something you will actually want to put on your walls! Check out their website to see the lineup of projects you can choose. Want to grab some food with that wine? Keep an eye out for their traveling events at various restaurants in Central Ohio.  

Board and Brush: Head to either of the three convenient locations in Central Ohio (Powell, Grove City, and New Albany) and embrace your inner DIY Pinterest goddess while getting on board with the wood sign craze. Sign up for a “Pick your project” class and select from tons of different board styles to fit in perfectly in with your home décor. Even better, each location has beer and wine available. 

Clay Space: Channel your former high school art-class self along with your other favorite former classmates and get your hands messy at open wheel workshops offered each Friday and Saturday. Since it is not for a grade, you can make anything you want. $50 includes materials, instruction, and firing.

Creative Art Bar: This space recently opened in Hilliard. Check out their classes or book a private party.

AR Workshop: Create a wood sign, wall hanging, canvas pillow or more here during one of the classes or book a private party.

For the athlete:

Columbus Ax Throwing: Blow off some steam and practice your axe throwing at the same time- It’s the best of both worlds! Throw on some flannel and release your inner lumberjack. 

Vertical Adventures: You don’t need to be an experienced climber to have fun here. They offer a Rope 101 class on a regular basis to help get your feet wet but if you are a person that likes to dive in head first you can start bouldering right away instead.

For the drama queen:

Shadowbox: Enjoy the triple threat together (Delicious Food, Great Drinks, and an Awesome Show) and watch local performers belt it out through their original shows or traditional musicals. 

For the foodie:

Sur la table: How many times have you said you wanted to try out a cooking class here? No need to drag along your significant other, bring your equally as excited bestie instead! From macarons to Spanish Paella, there is a dish for everyone here. 

Columbus Food Adventure: Columbus is absolutely hopping in the food scene. Even if you have lived in Columbus your whole life, there are always new places to explore! Discover your new favorite restaurant and take a walking tour. 

For the drink enthusiast:

North High Brewing Company: Become a brewmaster and make your own beer! The price is based per batch so the more friends you bring, the cheaper the price per person! Even better, you can meet up with everyone for a second outing when it’s time to bottle up the finished batch in a few weeks. 

Columbus Beer Trail: Similar to the food scene, Columbus is booming with breweries! Pick up a free copy of the Columbus Ale Trail booklet and start your journey trying some of the best original brews in the city. As you work your way through the booklet you pick up some cool gifts along the way. It gives you a great excuse to meet your bestie on the regular.

Columbus Pedal Wagon: I mean seriously how cool is this? Check out the town in a different way then you have ever experienced it before! Depending on your group size, you can either rent out a few seats or the entire wagon. The pedal wagons run all year but don’t worry they have side flaps to keep you warm and dry during the rain and snow. Drink while you pedal and pedal to drink because the wagon makes several stops at Columbus’s finest drinking establishments along the way. 

For the daring:

Studio Rouge: Grab your friend and reminisce about your college clubbing days. From aerial & flexibility to twerking, there is a class for you and your inner 21 year old. 

Grab that phone and make your plans today!

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Kelli Ciminero-Snowden is a proud boy mom to her two active toddlers; Cam (4) and Mack (3). She is originally from Northeastern Ohio from the land of cookie tables (Niles, OH near Youngstown). After graduating from Ohio University, she moved here with her husband Chris, a fellow Bobcat, whom she did not actually meet on the bricks of Athens but over 800 miles away on Spring Break in Panama City Beach, FL. She has now lived here for 10 years, but still can’t figure out how to get anywhere without her GPS. She has her graduate degree from OSU in speech-language pathology but works full-time in the family business of insurance. Although the family currently resides in Grove City, they are habitual movers (5 cities in 9 years) and enjoy too many parts of Columbus to completely grow their roots. She is a want-to-be photographer, a DIY queen, a master of Netflix binging, and is happiest when she is on the go. This self described foodie loves exploring the city, hiking at the local metro parks, and dancing to live music.