Free Activites

Columbus Metro Library~Downtown

In a world full of IPads, be a book
— Mommy Magic

You can never go wrong with a trip to a library. Columbus and surrounding districts are full of them. This particular trip I took the girls to the recently renovated "downtown" library. Located in the center of Columbus. Not only does this library offer more books than you could imagine, it has a small art space, simple cafe, and an awesome kids room. Karter didn't want to leave. Filled with discovery at every corner. 50 book max for all check out items, and don't let that turn you away because at any age a child has the ability to get their own library card. Kennedy and Karter love using their own cards (independency), and it teaches my oldest to be responsible for her return dates as well as keeping up with her books. I really can't say enough about a library. Kids who read daily have higher test scores, language ability, and over excel in all areas of child hood development. Look out for reading programs in your local area, tutoring, homework help, story time, just to name a few. If your'e looking for a free but more than money can value resource, please take your child to a library regularly. This is a no brainer....this library and every library will always get a 11 out of 10 in my child friendly reviews!

For more detailed information, and to find a local library in you area visit: http://www.columbuslibrary.org/

 

Bicentennial Park

Scioto Mile Fountain

 

This weekend in Columbus it was a whooping 95+ degrees outside. I am eager to find fun free ways for the kiddos to find a way to cool off! Of course we could go to a local pool, but I thought it would be fun to go play in one of the biggest fountain/splash parks in the center of downtown Columbus, Ohio!

Oh how I love anything free! This fountain park is one for the books! With both small and big amounts of water fun. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by AEP foundation, a stunning 15,000 square foot marvel, shoots more that 1,000 jets of water, enhanced by a unique lighting and fog effects, and is interactive and accessible for visitors of all ages. And if you're lucky, you can hear live music at the performing art stage a few feet away. If that doesn't increase your urge to go, there is a beautiful restaurant located right next to the fountains. Milestone 229 overlooks both the fountain and riverfront with both lunch and dinner options (Date Night without kiddos)! I give this fountain park a child friendly review of 10 out of 10. Free, Fun, with a beautiful scenery to match. As you know downtown runs several festivals and events. What a way to have the kids buy in or buy time by allowing them to play in water while you enjoy some music, food, and good vibes! Park hours vary between 7am-11p! 

For more information please visit http://www.sciotomile.com/parks/bicentennial-park/

 

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

Slate Run Historical Farm and Metro Park

Slate Run is located far east side of Columbus, Ohio near Canal Winchester. This gem is totally free! Not only did we get to enjoy the family-friendly farm, there are tons of trials, parks, picnic areas, and ponds to enjoy at your convenience. 

Slate Run is ran by a group of local farmers who give education behind farm living and the animals that stay there. They allowed for Kennedy to ask her million questions all while Karter had staring contest with almost all the animals. What I enjoyed most about the farm is that although the animals were secure, it was okay to touch and possibly feed the animals if warranted. The house on the farm is set up like the 1850s with some original fixtures and art that children are also able to explore.

Pigs, ducks, horses, sheep, and some creatures I had no clue their name. A little stinky but all in good fun! I would suggest to pack plenty of water and snacks as it can get very hot during the summer and there is no concessions or food available (water fountains throughout the farm and park). Both Kennedy and Karter, although their experiences were different, both enjoyed themselves. By the time we were home both girls were exhausted and nap was extended an extra hour! Totally free,  educational, and multiple outdoor activities to do. I give this adventure a child friendly review of 9 out of 10.

For more information regarding hours scheduled activities please visit:  http://www.friendsofslaterunfarm.org/