5 Family-Friendly Activities In Columbus, OH

Columbus is a great community with no shortage of family-friendly activities and events. Here are five opportunities for children and parents alike to have a good time while learning and bonding as a family.

Planning activities as a family can be a tricky task. Thankfully, Columbus and the surrounding towns have plenty of events and destinations that appeal to everyone. Here are five that will satisfy the needs of every member in the group.

1. Discover something new at COSI. Rated the #1 science center in the United States by Parents Magazine, COSI is a wonderful place to take children of all ages. With interesting rotating exhibits and several permanent installations that encourage learning through hands-on experiences, it’s hard not to take away something new from every visit.

2. Unleash your wild side at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. With new habitats and animals constantly being introduced, it’s no wonder that the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is on so many top 10 Ohio attraction lists. “Jungle” Jack Hanna worked hard as the director of the zoo to turn it into one of the best in the country, and the staff continues to strive for excellence and to set an example for zoos all over the United States. See animals you wouldn’t be able to see in the wild, stop by Stingray Bay and the Discovery Reef Tide Pool to get up close and personal with a few sea creatures, and attend their many fun-filled, family-oriented events.

3. Take the family out to the ball game. A Columbus Clippers game at Huntington Park is much more than an ordinary baseball game. Regular promotions, giveaways, and celebrity visits (including the ever popular Jake “The Diamond Dog”) are just a few things that keep kids interested (or occupied) during the game. Tickets are affordable, but they also occasionally have free days for kids under certain ages, so check the calendar before you come.

4. Learn what life used to be like at Slate Run Living Historical Farm. Slate Run Living Historical Farm offers visitors a unique opportunity to see what life in Ohio was like during the 1880s. Tour a Gothic revival farmhouse that dates back to 1856, see all the farm animals, watch the costumed staff as they go about their daily chores, or attend a family story time program that ends with a hands-on activity. (Plus, it never hurts to show kids how fortunate they are to be alive today.)

5. Look up at the All Ohio Balloon Fest. Held every August at the Union County Airport in Marysville — a short 30-minute drive from Columbus — the All Ohio Balloon Festival welcomes 30,000 guests to watch hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes fill the sky. In addition to the balloons, there is also a concert (this year will feature Bret Michaels), children’s activities, helicopter rides, sky jumping, and more. With so much to do in one place, it’s no surprise that the All Ohio Balloon Fest is a long running family-favorite event in the region.

No matter what you like to do, you’ll find a place to have fun as a family in Columbus. For more events and activities, visit the Experience Columbus website.

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Tamara Oakley is a hardworking real estate professional based in the Columbus, Ohio area. As a top Listing and Selling Agent at Coldwell Banker King Thompson and a 2015 recipient of the Columbus REALTORS®’ Twenty-Five Million Dollar Club Award, Tamara understands the importance of staying knowledgeable and informed about the ever-changing climate of real estate.

She is committed to continuous growth and stays up-to-date with real estate trends and new information so that she can provide superior service to her clients. That, in combination with her local expertise, have allowed her to become the highly-skilled agent that she is today. www.tamaraoakley.com

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