One question parents always ask themselves during the school year is what are they going to do with the kids during spring break? It’s a time of year when the weather is getting nice out in Columbus and parents look for staycation ideas to help keep their kids occupied.
If you are looking for a great day trip, you might want to consider Young’s Jersey Dairy located at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road in Yellow Springs, Ohio. There are a variety of activities that will appeal to many age ranges from preschool to older children. In addition to an animal petting zoo, the dairy also offers miniature golf, batting cages, a driving range, and a fast slide. Prices vary for each attraction. When you get hungry, there is a full service restaurant and when it’s time for dessert you can go on over to the dairy store and get some of their homemade ice cream. The dairy store opens at 7 am and most other activities open at 10 am.
If you are able to get away for a couple of days, take the kids to Coco Keys Water Resort at Cherry Valley Lodge located at 2299 Cherry Valley Road in Newark, Ohio. Cocoa Keys offers a Shiver Me Timbers special which is a two night stay that offers water park passes, 4 movie tickets, a Pizza Hut Express family dinner, and passes to either bowling or miniature golf. You can purchase this package online for $399 for Sunday-Thursday reservations. If you would rather just visit for the day, you can purchase a daily water park pass, and if you plan ahead, parents can rent out a cabana that offers room for up to six people to hang out and has a television. Day passes rates will vary depending on the hours you go and a cabana rental is $50 during the week.
Columbus is also home to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This is a great place to spend a staycation for families. The zoo is located at 4850 West Powell Road in Powell, Ohio and is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Children ages two to nine are $7.99 and adults are $12.99. There is a $5.00 parking fee as well. If you are a Franklin County resident admission is half price on Wednesdays. The zoo recently opened the new Polar Frontier, which includes twin polar bears and artic foxes.
Columbus, Ohio offers some great places for a staycation. Whether you are looking for some fun and adventure or something educational, this is a great place to be. Columbus residents shouldn’t have any problems keeping their kids from getting bored over spring break with so many options.