Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus! Thanks to Signe for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

1. AHA! Children’s Museum

While technically not in Columbus, this Children’s Museum is an easy 45-minute drive southeast in Lancaster, Ohio. It’s my favorite children’s museum to take my daughter, because it is located in a building with a smaller footprint. This makes it easier for my toddler to navigate (and for me to keep an eye on her), but it’s still packed full of a ton of hands-on, interactive activities. My daughter’s favorites include the water table and the hands-on firetruck. It’s a bargain with admission only $6 per person and children six months-old and younger are free.

2. Piccadilly Play Cafe

In addition to the traditional indoor play space (which my daughter just loves exploring), Piccadilly offers in-house babysitting, weekly classes, and a café. The messy art class is currently held on Mondays and is my daughter’s favorite class. We always end up staying for some extra playtime after class and to eat the café’s pizza bagels for lunch.

3. Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

For some reason, this metro park is always a destination for us in the winter months. There is a large nature center with an indoor, 53-foot living stream filled with fish and reptiles that can be explored from above, below, and beside. My daughter loves exploring the stream from all directions. There is also a variety of interactive activities throughout the nature center (puppets, books, animal furs, etc.). If you are really lucky, the local bison herd will be within the area for viewing from the nature trail.


Hi! I am Signe – a mother, pediatric Speech Language Pathologist, and an avid explorer of Columbus, Ohio. I love finding new ways to explore Columbus and beyond, and always attempt to tie in a language activity or two along the way. You can follow along on the adventure at www.saynplaycolumbus.com or find me on Facebook and Instagram @saynplaycolumbus.

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