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6 Summertime Picks for Families in Central Ohio


Family fun isn't hard to find in Columbus and Central Ohio. Here are six ideas to get you started, but don't forget to check out the links below to Central Ohio's festivals, outdoor concerts and free fun, too.

1. Broadway Across America: Dora the Explorer Live!

Photo courtesy of CAPA.
Looking for a fun way to introduce your kids to live theater? Well, Dora the Explorer and her friends are coming to the beautiful Palace Theatre!
When: June 19-21
Where: Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad Street, downtown Columbus
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

2. An Old-Fashioned Fourth at the Ohio Historical Center

Celebrate the "Glorious Fourth" the way they did in the 1800s! There's an ice cream social, an old time Base Ball game (the rules may surprise you), a giant tug-of-war, a community dance, pie-eating contests and more waiting for you at the Ohio Historical Center's recreated 19th century village.
When: July 4
Where: Ohio Historical Center/Ohio Village, 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus
Time: noon - 5 p.m..
Cost: Non-members: Adults(ages 13-up):$12; kids 6-12:$9; parking:$4.
Members of the Ohio Historical Society: free parking; Adults(ages 13-59):$10; kids 6-12: $7

3. Clippers Baseball at Huntington Park

Sundays are Bob Evans Family Days at Huntington Park, so you and the family can cheer the Clippers without breaking the bank. $15 buys tickets for two Adults and up to four kids under age 19; seating at this price is restricted, so get there a little early. To make it an even better deal, get a $3-off coupon from any Bob Evans restaurant.
When: June 14, 28, July 19, Aug. 2, 9, 16, Sept. 6
Where: Huntington Park in Arena District
Time: 5:05 p.m.
Cost: $15 for 2 adults, four kids under 19; $12 with coupon

4. Summer Movies at the Ohio Theatre

No computers were harmed in the making of the original King Kong. Photo courtesy of CAPA.
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saturday morning cartoons, musicals that will have you humming on your way home -- movies like these are why Central Ohioans have welcomed the Summer Movie Series every year for the past for 39 years.
When:July 17-August 30
Where: Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., downtown Columbus
Time: Varies
Cost: Individual tickets are $4; senior citizen tickets are $3.50. Strips of 10 tickets cost $25. All tickets are general admission, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

5. Santa Maria on the Scioto

Visitors get a taste of what life on Christopher Columbus' ship was like. Photo by Carol Ottolenghi
History comes alive on the Santa Maria, "the world's most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship." Costumed volunteers lead 45-minute tours through the working wooden "tall ship" moored on the bank of the Scioto. You'll use replicas of the tools Columbus and his men used, and play games that they used to play. You'll also get a gut feel for the courage it took to make the trip.
Before you leave, check out the exhibits on how Columbus' voyage changed both the Old and the New Worlds.
When: Summer hours: May-27-Sept. 4
Where: Battelle Riverfront Park, downtown Columbus, between Broad and Gay.
Time: Wed-Fri: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat-Sun: Noon - 6 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $4; Seniors: $3.50; Kids 5-17: $2.50

6. Motorcycle Hall of Fame

Photo courtesy of American Motorcyclist Association www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
You have to love a museum exhibit that highlights a "Knucklehead." But there are plenty of other things to enjoy about the three compact shows at the American Motorcycle Association's Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Buff machines by Arlen Ness, celebrities' machines and riding tales, a photography show of bikes as art -- you don't have to ride to love this tour.
When: Summer Hours, 7 days a week
Where: 13515 Yarmouth Dr., Pickerington
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: AMA Members: $5; Members of national motorcycle organizations: $9; Adults: $10; Students: (ages 12 to 17) $3; Children 11 and under: Free; Seniors: $8;
Family Rate: (parents and all single children under 18) $25
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