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December 9, 2023

Mom Report: Liberty Center

Dear Liberty Center,

Thank you for all of the fabulous stores to spend more money then I should, the delicious restaurants (I am fighting every urge I have to stop at Cheesecake Factory every day on my way home from work), the Cobb Luxury Theater and Cinebistro (which I recently had a fantastic date with my husband there! Dinner, drinks, leather recliners, and a movie! It was great!), and the amazing things to keep my kiddos happy while I fill my stroller with shopping bags.

My children loved checking out all of the holiday decorations at the park, they enjoyed seeing how tall they were compared to the large tree, walking through the tree to see the nativity scene, and watching the trains go around and around at the train display. My son also noticed the “Iron Man” lights on the park floor. He recognized them as the “same” lights that shoot out water downtown by Carol Ann’s Carousel. He is really hoping they will “spit” out water this summer. I’ll admit it…so am I! I noticed that Graeter’s is conveniently located right next to the park. I envision grabbing myself an ice cream and sitting on one of the many benches as my kiddos run around cooling off in the fountains this summer!

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When I was finally able to herd my kids into the Foundry, they were in awe of all of the beautiful decorations in there as well…or it might have been the Build-a-Bear sign that they spotted that put the smile from ear to ear across their face. Either way, we were all having a great time shopping!

Little did we know that the typical mall play area was far from typical. I usually convince my kiddos to skip the mall play areas, but not at Liberty Center! I will admit I wanted to check the place out too! The Cincinnati Children’s Discovery Center did not disappoint. There was a GIANT pig. YES! A GIANT pig that kids could climb around inside and then slide down the piggy’s pink tail! We were all giggling when the pig oinked when you climbed out of his slide tail. There is also a station that you can push a button and make the pig fly, turn wheels and change the color of the lights around the pig. There was also an interactive smartboard where you could touch a pig and draw and write words, a wall with balls that you had to manipulate to get the ball to go through all of the tubes, an area with foam blocks and tubes to build structures, a large screen that was an interactive pig game, and my favorite a game called Pig Pop! My husband and I are guilty of playing Pig Pop…we raced each other to see who could located the most colored pig noses the fastest. It is a fun game of speed! After watching my husband and I play, our kiddos wanted to play too! They could have played ALL day! The Discovery Center worked their muscles, their problem solving skills, and their hand/eye coordination all while having a blast.

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So, thank you Liberty Center for making shopping enjoyable for me and my kiddos. I see lots of shopping, play trips, story times, and yoga in our future. I have a feeling we are going to be great friends.


Your new best friend, Tina

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About the Author

Tina Pratt

Tina Pratt is the mom of two littles. She is a former PreK- 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach. She enjoys being a tourist in her own town and finding ways to embed lessons into everyday fun!