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5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Gahanna

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These 5 parks and playgrounds in Gahanna, Ohio will keep your kids entertained and having fun outside!

Gahanna, just east of Columbus, is home to a lot of really unique parks! If you live in Gahanna or you’re visiting in the area and looking for a place for your kids to burn off some extra energy, these 5 playgrounds will offer fun opportunities to do just that!

Round out a trip to Gahanna with a frozen custard from Whit’s or a cupcake from Small Cakes Cupcakery and Creamery! Gahanna is also home an Herbal Trail and the Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival!

5 Super Fun Playgrounds and Parks in Gahanna, Ohio: 

1. Friendship Park

  • 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

play structure at Friendship Park in Gahanna.

Friendship Park is a bright and fun playground with activities for kids of all ages. There is a fun twisty slide for the big kids, a small play area for the younger kids and a wall of hands-on activities for toddlers.

toddler play structure at Friendship Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

This is also the location of one of the Story Trails in Gahanna. You can walk through a path reading a story. The story changes annually. 

little boy playing on a wall of toddler activities at Friendship Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

2. Sunpoint Park

  • 670 McCutcheon Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230 

two boys playing on a wheelchair accessible merry go round at Sunpoint Park in Gahanna.

Within Sunpoint Park is a really incredible inclusive playground – Kaleidoscope Playground! There are fun activities for kids of all ability levels including wheelchair accessible play structures!

kaleidoscope playground at Sunpoint Park in Gahanna.

One of the newer parks in Gahanna, Sunpoint Park is a true gem for kids who might not be able to play on traditional playgrounds. Kids will also enjoy the hockey themed part of the park with larger than life sized hockey sticks to climb on!

two boys on a swing facing each other in Sunpoint Park in Gahanna.

There are some benches and seating areas that are covered here and restrooms are available. 

wheelchair accessible glider at Sunpoint Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

3. Hannah Park

  • 6547 Clark State Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230 

Hannah Park playground in Gahanna.

Hannah Park is probably the largest playground on this list (according to my untrained eye 😉 ). It includes play structures for older and younger kids and a wheelchair accessible glider. The tall, colorful flowers at the entrance make a whimsical addition to the playground!

people and kids on the playground at Hannah Park in Gahanna.

Hannah Park is also home to a story trail. Across from the playground there is a lake with a trail that includes a story. Walk from one display to the next to read the story! When we visited the story was about a young bee, but the story may change periodically.

two boys on the Story Trail at Hannah Park in Gahanna.

Hannah Park also has a really nice shelter that is available for rent!

4. Academy Park

  • 1201 Cherry Bottom Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230

play structure for older kids at Academy Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

At Academy Park in the northern part of Gahanna, you will be greeted by a large bumble bee! A sign next to the bee gives some educational facts about Honey Bees and honey as well as some tips for properly disposing of your litter in order to protect our local honey bees!

large metal honey bee structure in Academy Park in Gahanna.

Another fun feature of this park are the two dinosaurs that greet you at the entrance to the playground area! The playground has a large play structure with some tall and twisty slides. There is a tire swing, and a face-to-face swing so adults can face their infants when they swing.

kids playing on the playground at Academy Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

This park is part of the Big Walnut Trail that connects to the next playground on the list (Woodside Green Park). We did not walk the trail between the two, but Google maps tells me the the walk between the two parks is 18 minutes. (I’m sure that’s not toddler time.)

boy climbing on a playground structure at Academy Park in Gahanna.

5. Woodside Green Park

  • 213 Camrose Ct., Gahanna, OH 43230 

natural play area at Woodside Green Park in Gahanna.

When my kids got out of the car at Woodside Green Park, they said, “Dude, this park is sick!” Which made me briefly consider that perhaps they are too old for playgrounds. 😉 But they weren’t wrong!

This is one of my favorite parks that we have visited in Gahanna! I liked it so much there’s a whole blog post about just this park: Woodside Green Park in Gahanna is Fun for Everyone!

tunnel in the natural play area at Woodside Green Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

Woodside Green Park has a lot of great features. First is the Natural Play Area which consists of logs, rocks, tunnels, wooden play structures and play houses! It’s a really great spot for kids to use their creativity and imagination!

play house and tree stumps in the natural play area at Woodside Green Park in Gahanna.

This park is also connected to The Big Walnut Trail. There are multipurpose trails within the park. We walked a path behind the Natural Play Area to a bridge over the Big Walnut Creek!

large cardinal art structure and playground at Woodside Green Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

Woodside Green Park is also home to a more traditional playground that includes swings and a slide and lots of areas for climbing. There is also a larger than life Cardinal, along the same lines as the Honey Bee at Academy Park! There is also a catch and release fishing pond in the park!

These are by no means all of the playgrounds and parks in Gahanna. Do you have a favorite that’s not listed here? Leave a comment below to share!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 29-31, 2016

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1. Ohio State Fair 

When: Wednesday, July 27 – Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Concerts, rides, roving entertainment, food, educational exhibits, animals, shopping and LOTS of events make up the Ohio State Fair!

2. Preschoolers: Creek Adventures at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Your preschoolers can wade in the creek and meet little creatures that live there!

3. Book to Film at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday, July 29 – Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1550 North High St., Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch the movie Coraline free with your library card at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM screenings. This is also the weekend for the Hoot Film Series.

4. Tram and Campfire at Glacier Ridge

When: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Red Oak Trailhead, 9801 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-971-5211, Chrissy Hoff

Take a tram ride through the park and have s’mores at the campfire! Tram rides are offered every 45 minutes from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. S’mores will be provided by Metro Parks along with roasting sticks and you are free to bring your own food to roast over the campfire! All ages are welcome!

5. Paddington at Topiary Park

When: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 480 East Town St., Columbus. Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-645-0197

Come watch a movie in Topiary Park! The movie starts at dusk but there will be food trucks, crafts and more before hand! Bring a blanket!

6. Drive-In Movie at Zoombezi Bay

When: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3550

Watch Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip from the Wild Tides Wave Pool! There will be activities before the movie, as well.

7. Bugstravaganza at Walnut Woods

When: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Buckeye Area, 6716 Lithopolis Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

All ages are invited to celebrate bugs, insects, butterflies and more! Learn about pollinators, see these insects close up and participate in crafts and games!

8. Drop In: Ocean Adventure at Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Saturday July 30, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4772 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-645-2275

All ages are welcome to stop in to explore the wonders of the ocean!

9. Crafts for Kids at Slate Farm

When: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

Come to Slate Farm to make and take some old-fashioned crafts!

10. Gahanna’s Great Outdoors “Throwback” Parks and Rec Party at Friendship Park

When: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

Gahanna Parks and Rec celebrates National Parks and Recreation Month with games from the 70’s and beyond! Participate in activities like Olympic themed track and field events, lulling chickens to sleep, stickball, music and crafts, canoeing, hiking and more! There will also be a campfire and food trucks! The evening ends with the movie Swiss Family Robinson.

11. Harry Potter Release Party at Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Join other Harry Potter Fans for the countdown to the midnight release of the eighth Harry Potter book!

12. Powell Street Market

When: Sunday, July 31, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Downtown Powell

The streets of downtown Powell will be lined with vendors selling arts and crafts, edibles, jewelry and more! There will also be food trucks on site and pony rides! Admission and parking are free!

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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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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!

Change up your playground routine by picking one of these fun parks and playgrounds around the Columbus area! Most of these playgrounds have areas for various ages and stages. We have enjoyed exploring all of these playgrounds! Feel free to share any of your favorites in the comments below!

12 Columbus Parks to Try this Summer:

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.

Playground at Friendship Park in Gahanna, Ohio

Friendship Park, Gahanna

Playground area at Friendship Park outside Columbus, Ohio

Friendship Park, Gahanna

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.

Playground at Carriage Park in Columbus, Ohio

Carriage Place Park, Columbus

 

playground area at Carriage Place Park in Columbus

Carriage Place Park, Columbus

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!

Fancyburg Park in Upper Arlington Ohio

Fancyburg Park, Upper Arlington

 

Kids playing on playground equipment at Fancyburg Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio

Fancyburg Park, Upper Arlington

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.

playground area at Planet Westerville Park

Planet Westerville Playground

toddler play structure at Planet Westerville Park, columbus Ohio

Planet Westerville Playground

5. Whetstone Park, Clintonville

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

The park pictured here is not the park next to the Whetstone 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. 

Fire Truck Play Structure at Whetstone Park, Columbus, Ohio

Whetstone Park, Columbus

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.

play structure at Whetstone Park in Columbus, Ohio

Whetstone Park, Columbus

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. 

Wyman Woods Park in Columbus, Ohio

Wyman Woods Park, Grandview

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!

slide and swings at Wyman Woods Park in Grandview Heights, Ohio

Wyman Woods Park, Grandview

7. Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 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. 

playground area at Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus

There is a rock climbing wall and an obstacle course nearby, not to mention the gorgeous views of downtown from the park!

Rock Climbing structure at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus

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.

slide at Rocky Fork Metro Park playground near columbus, Ohio

Rocky Fork Metro Park, Westerville

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.

boy running on playground area at Rocky Fork Metro Park

Rocky Fork Metro Park, Westerville

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. 

train play structure at Henceroth Park in Grove City, Ohio

Henceroth Park, Grove City

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!) 😉

playground area at Henceroth Park, Grove City, Ohio

Henceroth Park, Grove City

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. 

Playground at Wycliffe Elementary, Upper Arlington, Ohio

Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

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.

Castle Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio

Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

play structure at the Castle Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio

Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

11. Blendon Woods Metro Park, 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! 

Playground at Blendon Woods Metro Park, Ohio

Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville

There are restrooms at several locations in the Metro Park. You can also read about more things to do in the park in Exploring Blendon Woods Metro Park!

boy at playground at Blendon Woods Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville

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. 

playground at Westgate Park, Columbus Ohio

Westgate Park, Columbus

This is also the location for the large letters A, B, C that were moved to the park from Westland Mall.

Columbus Bluejackets Playground at Westgate Park in Columbus, Ohio

Westgate Park, Columbus

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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