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Columbus Parent

Oakstone also is known as a full-inclusion school, which means that children without disabilities learn side-by-side with children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

While it is widely accepted that children with disabilities benefit from learning and socializing with those who do not, research also shows that students without disabilities have much to gain, including improved self-esteem, helping behavior and acceptance for those with differences.

Another Oakstone plus: small class sizes allow highly-qualified teachers to meet the needs of all students while providing a dynamic learning environment. Teachers also can personalize programs for students who are working beyond grade level.

For more information on Oakstone Academy, please call Nikki Kerns, principal at Oakstone Academy, at (614) 865-9643.

KaBOOM! Play Days are outdoor events that celebrate play with games and activities, and are guaranteed to bring happiness and laughter to your family, along with the wellness benefits of play. KaBOOM! believes that unstructured play helps make children happier, fitter, smarter, more socially adept and creative. KaBOOM! Play Days are an opportunity for communities to come together to improve their local parks and playspaces with clean-ups, simple enhancements and construction projects. Hop on to to plan or find a Play Day in your area.

As the largest one-day dog festival in central Ohio, this year's WAG! Fest will offer everything from educational advice to live entertainment. It's a free, fun and convenient way for dog enthusiasts to learn all about the products and services needed for their canine companions, while enjoying the open air of one of central Ohio's newest Metro Parks.

Activities include:

  • WAG! Wilderness Walk benefiting the Capital Area Humane Society.
  • Dogs can take a dip at the Sunny 95 Water Bark Beach off-leash swim area.
  • Guests can meet experts from area rescue groups to learn about the best four-legged match for their homes and lifestyles at the PetPeople Meet the Breed Pavilion.
  • Plus much more!

Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics was established in 1984 by Teresa Crye in an effort to find quality dance instruction in a safe and positive environment for children. Her love of the arts and passion for confidence-centered education has fostered the growth of Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics to include a full program for beginners through pre-professional students; 2 1/2 years old through adult.

Each class is designed for the age of the students and their levels of experience in the art form. Art forms include ballet, ballroom, break dance, creative dance, gymnastics, hip-hop, Irish, jazz, lyrical, modern, pilates, pointe, tap, and yoga. The center is a non-competitive studio that provides the highest quality dance instruction in a supportive, nurturing environment. Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics is more than just a weekly class, it is a place for your child to move, grow and find inspiration.

For more information on Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics call (614) 761-2882, or visit Fall classes are now forming.