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12 Columbus Parks to Try This Summer

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These 12 Columbus Parks and Playgrounds will keep your kids from being bored this summer in Columbus!

1. Friendship Park, Gahanna

  • 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

This park has a play area for younger kids and older kids, and the Gahanna Story Trail, where a story is on display for reading as you follow a path through the woods. Restrooms are available on site.

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2. Carriage Place Park, Columbus

  • 4900 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

This park is part of the Carriage Place Community Recreation Center and has a play area for older kids and younger kids. There is also a path around the park for walking, jogging, etc. Restrooms are available inside the Rec Center.

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3. Fancyburg Park, Upper Arlington

  • 3375 Kioka Avenue, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

This park has play areas for all ages, including toddlers. There is a shelter house with restrooms close to the playground. This park is also shady, which is nice! This is the site of several festivals in Upper Arlington throughout the year!

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4. Planet Westerville Playground, Westerville

  • 362 Huber Village Blvd., Westerville, OH 43081

This playground is part of the larger Huber Village Park and has a lot of opportunity for climbing and sliding for all ages! This park is fenced in, which is really nice. There is a restroom nearby and a shelter with picnic tables.

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5. Whetstone Park, Clintonville

  • 3923 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

The park pictured here is not the park next to the Westerville Community Recreation Center, though there is a playground there as well! This play area is further into the park, past the Park of Roses. There is a super high slide here for your daredevils and a metal fire engine for climbing on. There are port-a-potties near the park, but to get to an indoor restroom you’ll need to go back to the Rec Center or Library which is close by, but not within walking distance. There are picnic tables here and a pond nearby.

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6. Wyman Woods, Grandview Heights

  • 1016 Grandview Ave., Grandview Heights, OH 43212

This park just opened a few years ago and offers a lot of space for rock climbing! This park isn’t the best for toddlers (it’s recommended for ages 5-12), but there are some toddler swings and a small tunnel slide. Seasonal restrooms are available at the shelter house and there are sand volleyball courts on site. Several picnic tables are also available. Another bonus here: free Wifi!

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7. Scioto Audubon, Columbus

  • 400 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215

This playground is part of the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. There is a play area for older and younger kids and a mister for really hot days! There are several picnic tables with umbrellas overhead. The closest restrooms are at the nature center, which is a bit of a walk from the playground. There is a rock climbing wall and an obstacle course nearby, not to mention the gorgeous views of downtown from the park!

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8. Rocky Fork Metro Park, Westerville

  • 7180 Walnut St, Westerville, OH 43081

This metro park opened in 2015 and the playground here is simple, but unique. It’s mainly a slide and a wooden bridge, but it was fun for my kids to run around on. There is also a rope climbing area. If you visit this park, make sure to check out the large shelter area nearby where there are big wooden chairs for sitting and watching for wildlife! Restrooms are right by the playground. See 6 Metro Park Playgrounds6 Central Ohio Metro Park Playgrounds for more!

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9. Henceroth Park, Grove City

  • 2075 Mallow Lane, Grove City, OH 43123

This park is a great park for younger kids, though there is a play structure for older kids as well. There is a train, boat, and jeep for climbing and driving. There’s also a butterfly garden and a wooded path for walking. No restrooms on site. (Someone please visit this one just to make it worth all the times I had to stop auto correct from making this Henceforth Park!) 😉

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10. Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

  • 2405 Wickliffe Rd, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221

Here’s a unique park to check out this summer! This park is the playground for Wickliffe Progressive School and is only available during non-school hours. This park made up of a large, wooden structure also known as the Castle Park, and my kids love running around in here! There are also swings and, on the other side of the school, another play area set up like a little town. Restrooms are not available.

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11. Blendon Woods, Westerville

  • 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road Westerville, OH 43081

This playground at Blendon Woods Metro Park is on the west side of the park near the Natural Play Area. My kids loved the tunnels to climb through. While you’re at the park, be sure to check out the Nature Center, too! There are restrooms at several locations in the Metro Park. You can also read Exploring Blendon Woods Metro ParkExploring Blendon Woods Metro Park!

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12. Westgate Park, Columbus

  • 455 S. Westgate Ave. Columbus, OH 43204

This fun playground is part of the Westgate Community Recreation Center. There are two playgrounds here, a pond, two murals and a small shelter with picnic tables. Restrooms are available in the Rec Center.

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If that’s not enough for you, I’ve also got more parks listed in these posts: 6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers and Coffee + Park: 3 Parks Within Walking Distance of a Coffee Shop. Happy park hopping! 🙂

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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 24-26, 2016

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This weekend I want to be about 5 different places at once! Luckily, a lot of these events are  happening either all weekend or at multiple times! So get out your calendar and plan away! Have a great weekend!

1. Half Price Books Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Friday – Sunday, June 24-26, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43211

Hundreds of thousands of books, movies and music are on clearance at this huge sale! Everything is $2 or less!

2. Tanger Family Festival at Tanger Outlets

When: Friday – Sunday, June 24-26, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 400 S. Wilson Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074
Phone: 740-965-2927

The new outlet mall opens this weekend with special events happening all weekend! There will be games, crafts, entertainment and even a ferris wheel! Saturday is Superhero Saturday!

3. Fun Fridays: Playdough Play at Everal Barn

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

Children 6 years and under (accompanied by a parent or caregiver) are invited to play with dough! Experiment with different kinds of dough and make new colors! Cost is $5.

4. Family Storytime at Slate Run Farm

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Kids of all ages can take part in a story time, help with chores around the garden and taste vegetables grown at the farm! This is also happening on Saturday at 10:30 as well!

5. Powell Festival at Village Green Park

When: Friday – Saturday, June 24 & 25, 2016
Time: Begins at 5:00 PM on Friday and 12:00 PM on Saturday (see link for schedule)
Location: 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065

This festival features live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, fireworks and plenty of kids activities in the Mount Carmel Kid’s Zone! There’s even something called “Endless Recess” – how could that not be fun?

6. Music Bash: Bluegrass at Slate Run Metro Park

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

The Slate Ridge Bluegrass Band is featured at the first of three summer concerts sponsored by Friends of Metro Parks! This event is free and family friendly.

7. Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

It’s free to watch Honey I Shrunk the Kids (Rated PG) at Columbus Commons!

8. Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone:  614-715-8000

Did you know there is such a thing as National Pollinators Week? The Franklin Park Conservatory wants to help you celebrate by making bee and butterfly crafts, talking with beekeepers, watching cooking demonstrations, listening to live music and more! See the link for a detailed schedule of the day!

9. Honey Bee Festival at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Another chance to celebrate the honey bee this weekend with kids crafts, hay rides, beeswax demonstrations, live music and Dan’s Deli Food Truck. Event is $5 per person or $15 per family. If you come in a bee-themed costume, you can get in for free!

10. Grand Opening Celebration at Main Library

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

After 16 months of renovation, Main Library opens with a dedication and ribbon cutting, concert in the park, an outdoor movie and more! See my sneak peek here!

11. Hilltop Bean Dinner Festival in Westgate Park

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43204

Westgate park was a Civil War prison camp where the prisoners survived on a serving of beans, twice a day. This family-friendly festival commemorates that history and celebrates unity with music, food (including beans!) arts and craft vendors and an antique car show!

12. International Mud Day at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Confluence Trails Bulletin Board, 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

Your kids can get as muddy as they want in the giant mud pit in the Natural Play Area at the park. Can’t make it this weekend?  It’s also happening at Blendon Woods on Wednesday, June 29.

13. Family Fun Day at Strand Theatre

When: Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 28 E. Winter St., Delaware, Ohio 43015

The Strand Theater in Delaware is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a day of family fun including a free showing of E.T.!IMG_8735

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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