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Get Out! Family Fun to Beat the Winter Doldrums

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 4-5, 2017.

2. Mindbender Mansion and Amazing Mazes

Keep your kids’ brains sharp on the weekend or on snow days at Mindbender Mansion and Amazing Mazes. Located at COSI, this ongoing exhibit teaches children to think outside the box to solve fun brainteasers and complete interactive challenges. Parents can join the fun, too!

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, 2017. 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 11, 2017, 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.