Fun & FREE for kids in Columbus, OH

Alright friends, here it is.  THIS list is how my minions and I are able to stay active without breaking the bank.

  • Metro Parks – seriously, a fantastic resource that I simply believe that most don’t know about.  We have a wonderful program for school aged and preschool right at our fingertips, and at no cost {some require registration}.  We hop around the Metro Parks and have learned which we prefer and go to at least one park program a week.  An added bonus, become a Metro Park Explorer {no cost} at an event and after visiting five parks programs, each child earns an Explorer Patch!  A fun little something that the minions are very proud of.  I encourage you to check out our parks.  If you are out of the Central Ohio area, find your local park program.  You might be as surprised as we were!  Plus, simply going to the parks outside the programs offers fun for hours!  Picnics, playgrounds, hikes, oh my!
  • Library Systems – another free network of fun!  From story times to tea parties to concerts, our library truly has so much more to offer than I can remember having when I was a little minion {I swear, it wasn’t THAT long ago!}.  We love the Columbus Libraries, and do go beyond to the Westerville as well.  {Westerville’s Library has learning programs that go for several weeks, such as a Gardening program for preschoolers where the minions learn and work the gardens.}
  • Splash Parks – I am surprised as to how many splash parks we have.  Our favorites are Bicentennial Park {FREE ice cream on select days as well during the summer!}; Polaris Mall {in the open mall area} is small, but refreshing; Powell Splash Pad {great for smaller kids with an adjacent playground}; Homestead Park (4675 Cosgray Rd, Hilliard) is more unique as they have separate spaces for different ages, under 5 and over 5, so there is more variety; Ballantrae Community Park in Dublin; and Easton for the days when we have a lot of errands and need a break.  All in all, splash parks are a great way to cool little ones and have a little outdoor time at no cost.
    NOTE: The Powell Spash Pad has been having some mechanical issues, so please make sure to call them at 614-885-5380 or check their website (check the scrolling message at the bottom) before going.
  • Home Improvement Stores – Did you know that these stores offer FREE workshops to teach little ones how to build? Lowe’s “Build & Grow” program and Home Depot’s Weekly Workshops offers classes for kids of all ages. {Thanks Sara!}
  • LEGO Freebies! – Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Ask a Brick Specialist for details.
  • Columbus Museum of Art (Sundays Only) – We discovered this last year and I wish we utilized it more. There are tours, a play room that encourages hands on art, and the culture that surrounds the Museum of Art in and of itself. {Parking is free on Sundays, too!}
  • Play dates – I know, simple, right!  Just invite a friend with kids over {or a couple}, set up three little play stations {painting, slip and slide, chalk, etc…} and let the kids have fun.  They enjoy the interaction and you get a little mommy time.

And there you have it!  That is how we set up our weeks.  This keeps our schedule full and our lessons built.  We are constantly learning because we are constantly exploring new places!

Now, get out and have some fun!


Have a great day!


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