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, 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!
Bursting with fun opportunities, Columbus, Ohio,
is a great minivacation spring break destination. Some top family attraction
• 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!