Central Ohio Fire Museum

Cheap Thrill Downtown Columbus Family Favorite Indoor Play Museum

Columbus Fire Museum

Slide down brass pole at downtown historic landmark With the ability to ride in noisy trucks and spray water hoses at fires, it’s no wonder that so many children are fascinated by firefighters. Youngsters in central Ohio have the perfect opportunity and place to meet the real men and women behind the profession at the Central Ohio Fire Museum &…

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Huntington Holiday Train

Downtown Columbus Free Hidden Gem Seasonal

Model train makes return visit to Columbus Main Library Central Ohioans need not travel far this holiday season to see a magical train exhibit built by a landscape magician who turns natural objects, such as nuts and shells, into fanciful displays. The Huntington Holiday Train chugged into the lobby of the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S….

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Grand Illumination

Downtown Columbus Outdoor Play Seasonal

Columbus brightens holiday season with impressive light displays Even though the holiday shoppers are long gone, downtown Columbus is more festive than it’s been in years thanks to exciting bursts of light and color at the city’s impressive new parks. My family and I experienced the city’s holiday display firsthand after attending the kickoff event, called the “Grand Illumination,” on…

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Columbus Museum of Art

Cheap Thrill Downtown Columbus Family Favorite Indoor Play Museum

Children and art museum blend beautifully thanks to planned programs Two-year-old Max dips a paintbrush into blue watercolor and dabs the paint onto the frontside of a blank postcard. The little artist then blends in orange, purple and black. When he finally set his brush down for good, my son had created a beautiful postcard ready to be mailed to…

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Scioto Mile

Downtown Columbus Free Outdoor Play Splash Park

Trip to downtown fountain refreshes body, spirit A craving for cold water and warm thoughts about downtown Columbus enticed my family and me to visit the new Scioto Mile, including the reworked Bicentennial Park. The Scioto Mile, which opened on July 7, is a $40 million investment by the city of Columbus as part of its ongoing effort to revitalize…

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Christmas Corner

Downtown Columbus Family Favorite Free Hidden Gem Seasonal

State Auto’s life-size Nativity scene  is awe-inspiring in its beauty, simplicity When I first moved to Columbus in the late ’80s, one of my top holiday joys was touring the Christmas displays in the downtown area. A favorite stop was the Nativity scene located at the State Auto Insurance Co., 518 E. Broad St. The life-size figures depicting the happenings…

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