Come see where the classic American whistle is born!

That shiny silver whistle blown by police officers, gym teachers, referees, the Red Cross disaster workers, and dangling from women’s key rings all over the nation is born here in Columbus, Ohio! For over 50 years, AWC has been making these pretty little safety devices and shipping them all around the world.

american-whistle-corpEvery kid (and adult) who has ever blown a whistle has wondered how they get that little ball in there, why it can’t come out, and what it’s made of. Now you can find out the answers to all your whistle questions. View machinery both modern and vintage, and ask all the questions you like of their knowledgeable and friendly guides. Best of all, every tourist gets a shiny new whistle! (Parents, for your eardrums’ sake, you may want to confiscate these treasures BEFORE getting back in your car!)

The tours were only $6 per person (check for updated pricing), and can be scheduled Monday-Friday during business hours. If you don’t want to join another set of tourists, approximately $75 can get you a private tour. Homeschoolers take note: This tour can help fulfill fourth-grade curriculum requirements for social studies. Enjoy the whistles!

American Whistle Corp
6540 Huntley Road
Columbus, OH 43229

YUM…Taste a world of flavors at the North Market!

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Come for lunch and nosh at the plentiful tables on the second floor balcony overlooking the market. Everyone in the family can choose their favorite cuisine, and still eat together! Sushi, curry, Polish sausage, Italian pasta, deli sandwiches, and so much more to choose from! Then browse the market shops and stalls, enjoy a sweet treat for dessert, and go home with ingredients for a fabulous home-cooked dinner (or a fabulous heat-and-eat dinner) and flowers for the table, to boot!

Columbus OH North Market 2The North Market is an indoor market boasting dozens of independent vendors and has acted as an incubator for many small businesses gone big, including Jeni’s Ice Creams!

There is a greengrocer, butchers, delis, many ethnic food stalls representing at least 5 continents of cuisine, bakeries, candy shops, fishmongers, spice merchants and tea and coffee vendors. Not to mention cookware and kitsch shops!

Kids love the sights and flavors, parents love the exquisite food and people watching. This is a place that makes everyone happy and eager to return again and again!

Adults will be interested in the Dispatch cooking school, the wine-tastings and beer tastings, and the live music and farmers market on the weekends.

Mondays are not recommended, because while the Market is open, many of the vendors are closed.

Open Sunday 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday 9am-7pm, closed on Mondays. Parking is hourly, but validation is offered by market merchants for a discount.

North Market
59 Spruce Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Please note, this information was correct as of the writing date, but things do happen to cause changes that we cannot predict. Contact the venue directly for up-to-the-moment information.

Visit the other Zoo at the Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus



Polaris Zoo? Yes, although this mall is filled with upscale shops and restaurants, the first place the kids WE know want to go is the play area! Zoo-themed, it has a low-impact floor and soft play structures perfect for little ones. Animals and other zoo shapes to crawl on, jump off, and wiggle through to run off all that rainy day energy. Parents do have to supervise play, but you’d do that anywhere. Surrounded by cushy benches, parents can watch and give thumbs-ups in comfort.

We know, a mall isn’t the standard suggestion for a family rainy-day outing, but Polaris Fashion Place, locally known as Polaris Mall, is a new generation of mall and has this great free kid space for indoor play. North of Columbus, in northern Westerville, Polaris has become a destination mall.

If you do choose to spend a little, Polaris has rocking restaurants for meals, and every kind of shop under the sun. If you get their catalog, the store is here!

And if you dread shopping with kids, this play area is a great bribe for younger kids. Shop a little, and then let them run off their energy here…or wear them out and take them shopping while they’re asleep in their stroller!

polaris-mall-zoo kids

Polaris Fashion Place
1500 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240

Create a Masterpiece at Columbus Museum of Art

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It’s true! Take a self-guided cell phone tour of the Columbus Museum of Art…kids love to dial the phone for information, and parents love to see them learning more about art from every era and genre. All eras and styles of art are represented at CMA, and the museum takes great pride in their displays. Local art is well-represented, in addition to the old masters, and even the best of post-modern and modern art. When you are done looking at the displays of paintings, sketches, sculpture and more, try one of the special programs and classes offered every month for all ages. There’s even a whole interactive art education area with exhibits in which small visitors can poke, open, listen to, draw, create, and dress up while exploring! Check the website for more details, and sign up for their newsletter to stay in the Columbus Art loop!

Columbus Museum of ArtThe museum has a fabulous collection of art and welcomes the best traveling exhibits in the country through its doors every year. Art lovers of all ages are going to want to purchase an annual membership, as there is simply too much to see in one trip.

Admission is free to members and guests 3 and under, $18 for adults, and Seniors and students are $9 with proper ID. Admission is free on Sundays! A part of the Blue Star Museums program, Active Military and families are also free (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard and Reserves). Parking is free in the museum lot. Audio description tours are available for the visually disabled, and a Guide-by-cell is available throughout the museum as marked.
Open Tues-Wed 10am-5:00pm, Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm Closed Mondays.

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Please note, this information was correct as of the writing date, but things do happen to cause changes that we cannot predict. Contact the venue directly for up-to-the-moment information.

The score is always love when you play tennis with your children at Schiller Park!

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Columbus OH Huntington Garden in Schiller ParkCome enjoy a spirited round of tennis with the kids, then stick around for the playground and picnic area and make a day of it.

Schiller is the second oldest park in the City of Columbus, obtained in 1867, just after the Civil War.

The park boasts a rec center, picnic areas, fishing pond, lighted tennis courts, a stage for the Actor’s Summer Theater, playground, and beautiful flower gardens.

The stage hosts the Columbus tradition, Shakespeare in the Park, all through the summer. There are also various concerts and events free to the public that are held here.

Pets are welcome, with proper shots and tags, and there are nice fields for games of flying discs and tag with your pooch.

Jogging/Walking paths are not terribly long, but are circular, so you can go ’til you drop if you like. The landscaping makes it a lovely place to stroll, through flowers, trees, and fields, and are ADA accessible for those of us with disabilities or small children in strollers.

The playground is a local favorite, with plenty of benches and places to sit for watchful parents.

Close to all that German Village offers, this park is great fun on its own, or in tandem with a trip to the Village, too.

A three season park, the bitter cold would make an indoor venue a better choice in winter, but the gardens are designed for three season enjoyment, as are the paved trails.

Schiller Park
1069 Jaeger Street
Columbus, OH 43206

Photo Credit: Huntington Garden in Schiller Park by Tim Morbitzer