Summer Scouted: Crafting Your Family-Friendly Bucket List

A joyous moment captured at a carousel where a smiling woman in a lavender dress looks up at a child in a blue shirt who is sitting on a carousel horse. The child is holding a spun cotton candy while interacting playfully with the woman. The scene is set against a festive backdrop with strung lights, emphasizing a fun and whimsical atmosphere, characteristic of The Scout Guide's celebration of local adventures and experiences.
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From nature hikes to crafty creations, get ready to dive into a world of exploration and excitement as we scout out the ultimate guide for summer fun with your little adventurers.

Apple Picking at Cherry Hawk Farm

Enjoy the fresh air, scenic views, and the opportunity to connect with nature while filling your baskets with nature’s bounty. Don’t forget to visit the farm stand for other seasonal produce and homemade goodies!

Aquarium Adventures Columbus

Do you have a toddler who loves to run around and adores Nemo and Dora? Explore this 12,000-square-foot facility filled with thousands of fish, marine animals, and aquariums for all ages to enjoy—an ultimate, free underwater adventure!

Columbus Clippers 

Catch a game at Huntington Park with family fun activities, special promotions, and live baseball. Don’t miss Zoo Day on June 2nd!

Columbus Commons

Enjoy free movie nights under the stars with films like “Encanto” and “Finding Nemo,” join family-friendly fitness classes, ride the carousel, or groove at live concerts. Check out their printable summer calendar for a complete lineup of exciting events.

Columbus Museum of Art

Enjoy free Sundays at the museum, Summer Art Breaks with your child in the CMA Studio, and fun art workshops for 1st-5th graders.

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Explore the fascinating animal exhibits, interactive educational programs, and special events like animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.

COSI (voted best science museum in the nation three times!)

Spark your child’s curiosity with hands-on exhibits, live science shows, and immersive experiences at COSI. Don’t miss the kid-friendly workshops and the little kidspace® area for younger explorers.

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 

Immerse your family in nature with interactive exhibits, seasonal events, and kids’ workshops like gardening and art.


Step into a world of themed rides, interactive building stations, and workshops that inspire creativity and problem-solving.

Lynd Fruit Farm

Experience farm fun with your kids at Lynd Fruit Farm, offering apple picking, corn mazes, and educational tours for hands-on learning about agriculture.

Metroparks Outdoor Adventure 

Enjoy complimentary monthly activities with your kids, such as rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, archery, and other exciting outdoor adventures that promote active play and nature exploration.

Momi Land Indoor Playground

Let your little ones explore and play in a safe and stimulating environment featuring colorful play structures, interactive games, and spaces designed for creative play.

Picnic with the Pops

Enjoy an evening of live music under the stars with your family where kids can experience orchestral performances in a relaxed, outdoor setting perfect for family picnics.

The Patch on 37

Navigate through corn mazes, pick pumpkins, and enjoy hayrides with your kids.

Scioto Mile Fountain

This downtown Columbus, OH riverfront park features splash pads, playgrounds, and copious green space to run, picnic, and enjoy the view.

South Drive-In

Treat your kids to a nostalgic movie experience where you can watch family-friendly films from the comfort of your car while enjoying classic concession stand treats.

ZipZone Outdoor Adventures 

Featuring zip line tours, treetop obstacle courses, and kid-friendly adventure options that provide an exhilarating outdoor experience.

Zoombezi Bay

A water park adjacent to the Columbus Zoo, offers thrilling water slides, a lazy river, wave pools, and interactive play areas for children of all ages.

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