The Ultimate Columbus Spring Staycation For Families
It’s March which means Spring Break is near (or currently happening depending on which school district you’re in). It’s the perfect time to try new things or visit some tried and true favorites. I’ve put together my list of must do activities this spring with a little info on each item so that you can decide what’s best for your family.
Legoland Discovery Center Columbus
Ever since Legoland opened we have been regular visitors. My kids love every single thing about it and I really like that it’s something my 8,5, and 2 year old ALL love. It’s definitely a plus that they serve Starbucks and have really cool kids meals and as an annual passholder I get a discount on those purchases. That really is truly priceless. Right now we are loving the 4D Cinema that’s actually playing The Lego Movie- A New Adventure.
COSI is also one of those places we can go that is a hit with all three of our kids and right now they are excited to go visit the new Mythic Creatures exhibit. Dragons and unicorns - need I say more? It’s here until September 2 and you can find more information here. Note - there is an extra fee for this exhibit. If you’d rather not pay that fee there are plenty of other fun things to do at COSI including Kidspace, Dinosaur Alley, and Crocs. You can’t really go wrong with COSI.
The Columbus Zoo
It’s Ohio which means we could have a really nice spring break or a really cold spring break. If it’s nice I really recommend the zoo as a great place to spend a few hours, run off that energy that’s been inside all winter, and enjoy the amazing animals. Triple check the hours before you go because the hours during this time of year is slightly different than summer hours.
Franklin Park Conservatory
Blooms and Butterflies kicked off March 9th and will be there until September 15th so you have some time if you can’t fit it in this week but if you can, do it. It’s so much fun and the my kids always love watching those beauties fly.
Ohio History Museum - Ohio–Champion of Sports
This exhibit features more than 70 stories and 56 first-person interviews covering more than 26 sports ranging from baseball, football and basketball to roller derby, skateboarding and e-gaming. The exhibit showcases the Ohio athletes, coaches, owners and fans at the center of the action.
This is more than just a stroll around a museum---there are several interactive components that kids (young and old) will love: Wall of Hoops, “victory dance” video station to share with family and friends (complete with props and “boomerang-esque” effects”), obstacle course, opportunity to contribute personal sports photos to add to the museum experience, etc.
Cotton Candy Burrito from Simply Rolled
What kid wouldn’t LOVE a cotton candy burrito? Simply Rolled has come up with the best treat that my kids loved. Cotton candy ice-cream with sprinkles, marshmallow sauce, fruity pebbles, & more marshmallows, all rolled into a burrito made of cotton candy!
Creative Art Bar
We love Creative Art Bar. They offer really fun activities perfect for every age and budget.
Paint Your Own Pottery
Paint Your Own Pottery is a really fun way to try something new and have a fun piece of art for your house. We really like Color Me Mine in Dublin and Clay Cafe in Grandview. If you have another great one - leave it in the comments please.
The Kitchen is hosting some really fun spring break camps this year. The themes are Harry Potter and Star Wars where kids 8-12 can play with food, learn about cooking, and have fun staying on theme with some of their favorite characters. Dates vary but time is 8:30am-12:30pm and it’s $40 a session.
Catco is Kids
Seussical KIDS - Going to the theater is always a fun way to spend the day. Watching your favorite Dr. Seuss characters come to life on stage sounds like something from my childhood dreams.
Miniature golf is popular with many age groups which makes it a go to for so many families. But what do you do when your family wants to go golfing but it’s still freezing (or too late)? Glow Putt, located in Gahanna, is an indoor, glow in the dark, miniature golf course. As always triple check the hours before driving over there.
Blue Jackets Game
Luckily spring break happens to also be in season for our favorite hometown hockey team. I recently did a full write up with tips for taking your kids to a Blue Jackets game complete with how to save $$ on tickets.
There is so much to do in the Short North for families and I think it’s often overlooked. We love walking around the North Market and grabbing some food and then going to Goodale Park and Rocket Fizz for some fun unique candy.