Columbus and Franklin County Metro Park Nature Centers offer great spaces for kids to learn and play!
The Metro Parks in Central Ohio are amazing! And they have opportunities for families year round! One of the things we love to do is visit the Nature Centers. Earlier I shared about Two Great Metro Park Nature Centers for Columbus Kids and this list includes two more! Both of these centers have a huge focus on bird watching, so Spring will be a great time to visit these locations!
Two (MORE) Great Columbus and Franklin County Metro Park Nature Centers for Kids in Columbus:
- 6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg OH 43068
- Nature Center: 614-861-8759
A reader tipped me off to the Nature Center at Blacklick Woods Metro Park in Reynoldsburg! We had a fun morning there a few weeks ago!
Of course, my kids headed straight for the tee pee upon entering!
Love the big windows for bird watching!
Interesting things to touch!
Lots of fun things for kids to do inside this Nature Center!
Even activities for toddlers!
There’s a “tree house,” an area for puppet shows, a kid microscope for viewing insects up close, puzzles, coloring and more!
My kids LOVED the kid-friendly binoculars and spent a lot of time watching birds and squirrels at feeders just outside these large windows! My youngest was obsessed with the “carnivals” (cardinals) and my oldest loved the blue jays (because blue is his favorite color)!
They coloring sheets and colored pencils out on the table for kids to color!
We revisited the Nature Center at Blacklick Woods Metro Park during the summer of 2023 and much of it was very similar to what is pictured above!
A new addition was the water feature that is home to a turtle and a lot of fish! This was my kids’ favorite part!
- 505 W Whittier St. Columbus OH 43215
The Grange Insurance Audubon Center within Scioto Audubon Metro Park is an amazing place for kids!
There is a library area where they have story time and this tee pee!
And the views of Columbus are stunning!
Lots of opportunities for touching here, too!
There is a kid’s play area with a “cave” of sorts, puppets and a climbing gym!
Inside the cave:
The climbing gym:
There is a preschool story time on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM in the library! Now that the weather is getting warmer, make sure to check out 9 Things to Do with Your Kids at Scioto Audubon for things to do inside AND out!
These are two great Nature Centers for kids to explore! What are your favorite?