Should We Stay, Or Should We Go?

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Spring break’s around the corner - time to make your plans!

Feature photo provided by The Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Whether you stay put or look for something “reasonable” to do with the kids, DO take in a little fun this spring break. Two cities under two hours away boast new and exciting family-friendly exhibits. Or, if you’re looking to make discoveries at home this spring break and would rather enjoy a staycation in the tri-state, take a trip to the “Things To Do” section for tons of great local spring-themed activities. Whether you stay or go, we have you covered!

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Indianapolis, Indiana, is a marvelous mini-trip city for Cincinnatians. Family favorite attractions include:
The Indianapolis Zoo (1200 West Washington St.; indianapoliszoo.org)
• Newfields 100 Acre Art Nature Park (1850 West 38th St.; discovernewfields.org)
Conner Prairie (13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers; connerprairie.org).
The Indianapolis Children’s Museum (3000 N. Meridian St.; childrensmuseum.org)
The Indianapolis Children’s Museum offers world-class exhibits like Dinosphere, Treasures of Earth and All Aboard!, which make the Children’s Museum a great family destination all year round, and the fun will be even more amplified this spring! The outdoor attractions will re-open, kids can take a ride down the chocolate slide in the grand lobby (March 9 – April 14) plus everyone can enjoy some new exhibits (purchase tickets online for big savings).

About the new exhibits: No job is too big, no pup is too small! Paw Patrol: Adventure Play, is open through July 28. Head to “Adventure Bay” for pretend play and interactive activities that’ll inspire kiddos to save the day!
Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds is full of out-of-this-world fun. This exhibit features more than 100 artifacts, set pieces and props. You can even sit in a replica of Captain Kirk’s command chair for a selfie or swap yourself over to an alien planet with a transporter simulator!

COLUMBUS, OHIO

Bursting with fun opportunities, Columbus, Ohio,
is a great minivacation spring break destination. Some top family attraction
destinations include:
• LEGOland Discovery Center (157 Easton Town
Center; Columbus (legolanddiscoverycenter.com)
Franklin Park Conservatory and
Botanical Gardens
(1777 East Broad St.; fpconservatory.org)
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (4850 West Powell Road; columbuszoo.org)
COSI (Center of Science and Industry); (333 West Broad St.; cosi.org)
Included with general admission at COSI — through May 5 — check out the crocs! Come face-to-face with an impressive 18-footlong, 1,900-pound croc named Gomek, and learn all about the stealthy aquatic predators. Pick up an explorer guide to test your croc IQ.

Other great exhibits include Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids and lots more. Spring break? You’ve got this!

See this giant crocodile at COSI’s newest exhibit, “Crocs.” Photo provide by Cosi

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

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