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Get Out! Family Fun to Beat the Winter Doldrums

Editor’s Note: As of March 2020, many of these events have been cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Please check event websites for the latest information before planning your outing. 

Harsh winter conditions can turn even the most active families into homebodies. The thought of layering up the kids to brave the cold or having to drive through snow and ice can make spending a weekend at home seem pretty appealing! Despite the sometimes difficult elements, there are plenty of fun and safe activities for Ohio families to enjoy during the winter.

1. Arnold Sports Festival and Arnold Kids Fitness Expo

Long known as one of the leading sports festivals in the world and a true gem of Columbus, this event got even more family friendly in 2015 with the addition of the kids expo. Head to the Ohio Expo Center to see youth athletes of all ages compete in sports like cheerleading and table tennis or get your kids active in a fun zone with bull riding and face painting. The expo is scheduled for March 5-8, 2020.


2. DC Super Heroes: Discover Your Superpowers

Hang out and fight crime with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman as you check out this exhibit at COSI. Your job is to keep cities safe across the DC universe. You can also meet Cyborg, Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Supergirl, and Batgirl to keep the streets safe. Don’t miss out on this exhibit that runs through May 25, 2020.


3. Ohio Maple Madness Tour 

Hop in the car for a tour of historic sugarhouses across Ohio. Tourists can get a look at how maple syrup is produced in settings ranging from backyards to wholesale operations and sample a wide variety of sweets. Plan to tour Maple Madness on the first two weekends in March.


4. Shamrock Club of Columbus St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Round up the family for fun of all ages at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 2020. This Central Ohio tradition brings out local marching bands, Irish dance groups and many local leaders looking to enjoy the annual festivities in downtown Columbus.


5. Blooms & Butterflies

Beginning on March 14, 2020, and running throughout the summer, this event is a fun way for families to get re-acquainted with the outdoors and Mother Nature just before spring hits! See hundreds of butterflies take flight for the first time at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.


6. Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art has a permanent collection, but they frequently have changing exhibits. On display currently, they’re showing “Art After Stonewall, 1969-1989” and “Twentieth Century Hustlers,” a video set in two chapters about labor in a post-industrial society.


7. Legoland Discovery Center

Legoland Discovery Center at Easton Town Center has 10 different zones the whole family is sure to love. From rescuing a princess in the Kingdom Quest to exploring Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati built from over 1.5 million Lego bricks and more, the family will be entertained for hours!

Looking for more year round family fun in Ohio? Check out more things to do here!


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