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I am looking into the possibility of having the whole family go to Columbus for a joint Origins / family vacation. Does anyone know of good Columbus area attractions for families (kids aged 7 & 8)?

We are already aware of the Zoo, Fort Rapids, COSI, and the North Market.

Thanks.

 
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In previous years they have had a kids room with crafts and activities in the convention hall, not sure how much that helps...
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It does help some, I have heard about the kids area, but never had the kids with us to try it out. So it will be their first Origins.

I am also looking for things outside of Origins. We had too many "staycations" in recent years so we really want to pack things in to our trip to increase the fun. Our plans aren't firm yet, but we may come to town before the convention or stay after the convention to do other activities.
 
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Schmidt's Sausage House in German Village just south of downtown is a really great place for dinner. I can highly recommend their Bahama Mama's (spicy brats) and jumbo creampuffs. They also usually have a fun lederhosen-wearing oompah band on weekends.

If you have time during the day, the Franklin Park Conservatory is really cool, especially if the weather's nice. It's basically a huge collection of plants and agriculture with occasional art exhibits. This time of year they have a butterfly exhibit, where you walk through several of their greenhouse rooms that are literally filled with butterflies. It's pretty neat, but you would know whether that would interest your family better than I would.

Also make sure you do go to North Market, and try the ice cream at Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream there. It's the best ice cream you're likely to have in your life, and it's just across the street from the convention center.

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Quickest way to search for events in Columbus is
http://experiencecolumbus.com/event-calendar.cfm?utm_source=...

If you are into Soccer, there is a Columbus Crew Game that weekend on Saturday at 7:30pm and tickets are pretty reasonable
http://www.thecrew.com/schedule

Columbus Clippers are away that weekend, otherwise Huntington park is worth checking out

Columbus Museum of Art and has free admission on Sundays and they have a nice area for kids
http://www.columbusmuseum.org/

German Village Bookloft is a fun spot to visit
http://www.bookloft.com/

Mid Ohio Sports has a nice mini-golf course and there is metro park nearby
http://www.sportsohio.org/

The westerville course is nice too and there is a metro park close by
http://westervilleminigolf.com/

There are dozens of fun parks in the area as well, and they offer a nice break from the convention.

Goodale park is right down the street from the convention center and has a playground
http://goodalepark.org/

www.metroparks.net/ has all the parks in the area, lots to do from hiking, fishing, all have playgrounds and most have walking trails and they are all free entertainment which is great.

If you stay on highstreet and go past the ohio state campus into clintonville. Whetstone Park is a good option. There is a library with a playground, park of roses, another playground, pond and bike/walking trails. Great place to take the kids
http://www.whetstonepark.org/page/show/76998-hours-and-direc...

Never sure when they are open or not but there is the Ohio Railway Museum and they have a short train right and that's in Worthington
http://www.ohiorailwaymuseum.net/

That should be plenty of options for outdoor activities, if you're interested in any must see stores or restaurants let me know.

I've lived in Columbus for 15 years and have a 7 year old so we've pretty much checked out about every outdoor/free/kids activity there is in town during the summer.

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schmidts sausagehaus

all you can eat buffet....1L hoffbrau for $11 last time i was there


and then you can go see the only soccer stadium built with soda cans and bailing wire

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As a former Columbus resident, I don't know what's more surprising. That Bastian Schweinsteiger follows the Crew or that he has an account on BGG.

 
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dawson_osu wrote:
As a former Columbus resident, I don't know what's more surprising. That Bastian Schweinsteiger follows the Crew or that he has an account on BGG.



viking raiding party


havent been to columbus without seeing a fire game since i stopped doing mid-ohio-comicon

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One of my favorite places is The Book Loft. If anyone in the family likes books, this place can't be missed. About 5 blocks north of Schmidt's on 3rd St. Open late (11:00pm?), too.

 
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We're not located in Columbus, but Ravenwood Castle is just an hour outside the city. That's likely too far to drive in and out for Origins itself, but if you're looking to make your trip a joint Origins/family gaming vacation, you should definitely check us out.

We're located in the Hocking Hills area, which has tons of outdoor activities for families, and of course you can extend your gaming activities on site with our game library and Library Game Room
 
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