A Review of Eat Pak’d

A plate full of food from Eat Pak'd

In February, CBUS Dads was invited to a party for Columbus influencers (somehow we fooled them into inviting us), introducing Eat Pak’d to the community. Based in Chicago and new to Columbus, the mission of Eat Pak’d is to fill kids’ bellies with wholesome, homemade ingredients – free of fillers and preservatives.

The party was hosted at Firefly Play Cafe, which I wasn’t aware of previously, but is the original play cafe in Columbus. Quick shoutout to them, as the space is great. It’s centrally-located, so it makes for a good playdate location. They could easily warrant a dedicated blog post about them.

A few of us attended, accompanied by our little ones. While the kids played and occasionally swooped in for a bite, the parents learned more about Eat Pak’d and its offerings.

Fortunately, Eat Pak’d offered a free in-home trial following this event. Never one to turn down free food, I happily obliged.

CBUS Dads blogger Steve Michalovich's daughter enjoying her meal from Eat Pak'd
CBUS Dads blogger Steve Michalovich’s daughter enjoying her meal from Eat Pak’d

Some time later, five Paks arrived at our doorstep in a package with dry ice. They offer a wide-ranging menu. We received BBQ chicken tacos, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, sun butter and jelly, and host of veggies, fruits and pretzels as sides. My two-year-old daughter is a pretty solid eater, but admittedly, some of the meals were maybe a bit exotic for her underdeveloped pallet. But the quality and freshness was impeccable – I’d probably give her a couple more years before relying solely on Eat Pak’d for a meal just yet. I was happy to polish off what remained on her plate, and I can safely say, everything was delicious.

Eat Pak’d guarantees their Paks are designed by nutritionists and crafted by chefs, limiting sugar, sodium and refined grains. The food is all locally-sourced and nutrient-rich.

Eat Pak’d aspires to be a partner in providing quality food for kids at the most important times of the day. The experience does feel like a partnership and is very interactive, as parents, with their children, can choose, and even create their own meals on the Eat Pak’d website. Part of the value proposition is removing the time it takes to plan, shop and prepare kid’s meals and making it a fun experience for the entire family.

I’m keeping my eyes on Eat Pak’d as my kids get older and wish them the best as they continue to expand.

By Steven Michalovich, Regular Contributor

Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School – Part Two: The Learning Experience

CBUS Dads blogger Steven Michalovich's daughter swimming in a Westerville Goldfish Swim School swim lesson.

The following article is a result of a partnership between CBUS Dads and Goldfish Swim School

I recently shared my family’s experience with Goldfish Swim School in Westerville through a few weeks of lessons.

This month, I’d like to share what the instructors are teaching my daughter and how she has progressed.

Each class is 30 minutes and generally entails some variety of paddling, kicking, back floating, going underwater, and swimming short distances with decreasing levels of assistance from the teacher, as she’s progressed through three levels of classes thus far.

It’s evident there’s an emphasis on swimming skills but also survival skills. The kids are taught to swim to the wall. Part of each class has the kids holding onto the edge of the pool and inching themselves right or left while still holding on.

The biggest physical challenge comes when the teachers have the kids pull themselves out of the pool from this position with little to no assistance. They stress that they need to be able to do this on their own in the event no one is there to help them.

Based on her age, my daughter has participated in the following class levels thus far:

  • Mini 2 (one teacher, max six kids, parents in the pool)
  • Mini 3 (one teacher, max two kids, no parents in the pool)
  • Junior 1 (two teachers, max three kids, no parents in the pool

Each builds on the previous class and has pushed her to new heights and added to her comfort level in the water.

If you’re interested in getting a feel for Goldfish for your child, they are hosting a Water Safety Awareness Event Saturday, May 20 from 4-6 p.m.

Total side note, but during our most recent lesson, we saw how fast the instructors can react in an “emergency”. One of the swimmers in another lane had an “accident”, which resulted in the teachers swiftly getting all of the kids out of the water, and sadly ended swim lessons for the evening.

My daughter will be back at it next week.

-By Steven Michalovich, Regular Contributor

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