Summer Bucket List: Jackie's picks

Jackie Mantey, Columbus Alive

Conquer a ropes course

At Summit Vision

A friend and I went to a Play Day at Summit Vision ropes course in Westerville last year. We didn't know what to expect but there was a Groupon.

We have reminisced about our experience there at least once a month since.

For $40 you spend four hours conquering the 24 challenges on the towering Kilimanjaro Course. To come back to earth, you zip line off of a slide. Amazing.

Pro-tip: Bring a couple bottles of water or sports drink. Summit Vision provides a cooler of water, but those little cone cups won't satiate you fast enough.

Get a blowout

At The Blowout Bar

You mean a professional will style my hair even if I don't want a cut or color? I'm in. This new salon, The Blowout Bar, will open in Grandview in late summer at 1378 Grandview Ave., right next to Elli Nail Spa. Its menu features five styles for $35, including The Cosmo (straight with a little volume) and The Hurricane (big curls, lots of volume). Up-dos are $70.

And cheers to the complimentary bubbly! Can't wait to toast this fun new vanity treat.

Pro-tip: Pony up $10 for the 10-minute scalp massage.

Watch Saturday Night Fever

At Ohio Theatre

Disco has earned its bad rep, but don't throw the Bee Gees out with the cocaine-laced bath water! I l-o-v-e the music of Brothers Gibb. Shamelessly. No surprise then, I'm amped that the CAPA Summer Movie series has "Saturday Night Fever" in its lineup. On the big screen: thumping bass lines, pumping falsettos and a humping John Travolta (in his first starring role). Get your platforms ready for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15.

Pro-tip: Get old school and take your date to Dirty Frank's beforehand to double dip into a root beer float with whiskey.

Do yoga outdoors

At the Columbus Commons

Downtown's go-to greenspace offers free fitness classes throughout the week. The Zumba, hip-hop, CrossFit and boot camp sessions all sound fun, but the Saturday morning yoga - from 9 to 10 a.m. through June 8 and from Aug. 3 through Sept. 28 - is the one I keep meaning to attend. The Vinyasa flow series, taught by local yoga instructors, covers the basics and gives you a chance to catch some "omms" in the season's splendor.

Pro-tip: Complete the online waiver and release form at before you go.

Dress up like"Macho Man" and Miss Elizabeth

At the Doo Dah Parade

You haven't officially lived in the Short North/Harrison West area until you've participated in the wacky Fourth of July celebration. The crazier the costume, the more fist (and beer mug) bumps. This year's the 30th annual edition of the Doo Dah and the theme is "Swagger With A Stagger." I'm not sure what that means but it doesn't matter, my boyfriend and I have our costumes picked out; we're going as true American heroes, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth.

Pro-tip: Body paint does not have SPF protection.