Stand nose-to-nose with a famous Indian Chief at Scioto Park

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leatherlipsThis Dublin City Park features the Leatherlips sculpture, which kids can climb the grassy hill and stand on, while they learn about this great historical leader from Ohio’s past. The rock sculpture of Chief Leatherlips is impressive, and stands next to an outdoor amphitheater that often hosts free concerts, dance, and theatrical performances throughout the summer.

Scioto Park also boasts 6 reservable picnic tables, restrooms, an outdoor amphitheater, river landing, ADA accessible fishing pier, playground, volleyball, and wooded trail. Leashed pets are welcome. Parking is free and ample, and is close to the ADA accessible playground. Some of the swings and equipment on the playground are accessible for children with a variety of disabilities, and the river landing is also ADA accessible.

The wooded trail is easy and mostly level, although not fully paved. The river landing offers fishing with a valid Ohio fishing license, and interaction with local fish and waterfowl.

Truly a four-season Dublin City Park, this park boasts one of the area’s most popular sledding hills in winter, weather permitting.

Scioto Park
7377 Riverside Drive
Dublin, OH 43217

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Get your “Hare” Wet at Ballantrae Splash Park

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Known throughout Columbus as the Dancing Bunny Park, Ballantrae splash park will create life-long happy memories for parents and little ones.

Crowned with Sophie Ryder’s “Dancing Hares” sculpture made of recycled metals, these happy bunnies preside over a simple splash park with small waterfall that can keep hot and cranky kids happy and splashing for an hour or more. While not much shaded sitting area is available for parents, this one is well worth hauling a picnic blanket and beach umbrella along to enjoy. The kids will thank you!

ballantrae park
Mostly a park with big fields with a few large rocks, young families are there for the splash park…and they’ll come again and again all summer!

Dates of operation vary each year depending on weather, at the discretion of staff. Enjoy while the sun is out, and make plans to visit again next summer!

Ballantrae Park
6350 Woerner Temple Road
Dublin, OH 43016

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Prepare to applaud at Dublin’s Coffman Park

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The skate park at Coffman is where Central Ohio kids love to hang out and skate, skateboard and scooter. Tricks of all levels are shown off to watching friends and parents, and little watchers are captivated by the antics of the bigger kids. Used by Columbus kids of all ages, there’s beginner, intermediate, and expert level areas designed for skateboards and inline skates. The occasional smaller child is seen using a scooter, too. There is plenty of sunny seating for parents, free parking, as well as some nearby picnic areas.

Coffman Park is a Dublin City park and features three playgrounds, volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, bike path, outdoor amphitheater, skate park, and restrooms. It also includes a rentable pavilion and two covered picnic shelters.

Teenager Skateboarding

The three playgrounds are appropriate for all ages, and have equipment interesting to all kids, and benches nearby for watchful parents. Not all of the seating is shaded, but the playgrounds are worth a little sun.

The ball fields and courts are fully set up, simply bring your own ball and players. The restrooms are flush toilets, simple, but functional and clean. Changing areas for infants are available.

The pavilion and picnic shelter are available for rent, and a great idea for events like reunions and birthdays, with lots for kids and adults to do right nearby.

This park has a four season bike path, that’s also great for inline skaters. With heavy bike use, it’s less appropriate for the wheelchair or stroller set, although it is ADA accessible.

Coffman Park is home to the Dublin Irish Festival, a great Central Ohio festival that is fun for all ages. Worth coming at least three seasons a year, and there may be winter programs available here through Dublin Parks and Rec.

NOTE: the skate park has been updated and is in a new location south of Perimeter Drive just north of the Dublin Justice Center, which is located at 6565 Commerce Parkway.  This is part of the Coffman Park Expansion project.

Coffman Park
5200 Emerald Parkway
Dublin, OH 43217

Outer space at Tuttle Crossing!

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Looking for a free place to take the kids on a rainy summer afternoon? Consider Tuttle Crossing Mall! North and West of Columbus, near Dublin, it’s easily accessible from anywhere on 270. We know, a mall isn’t somewhere you think of as free, but the indoor play space is perfect for little ones, and it doesn’t cost a dime! With soft surface space-themed objects and planet shapes to climb, crawl on and through, and lots of imagination fuel, your kids will love Tuttle Mall’s play space. There’s always a group of kids to play with, too, just like an outdoor playground. The flooring is soft and low-impact, the space shapes are soft and safe for little ones. Parents do need to supervise kids, just as if you were at an outdoor playground.

Come and get familiar with a favorite Central Ohio shopping venue! Adults will enjoy the wide variety of people watching and window shopping, and maybe even some true shopping, while the kids will love the play area. There are even snacks at the food court to refuel your space explorers.

If you’ve been putting off shoe shopping or swimsuit shopping, this play area makes a great reward for good shopping behavior!

(Parents, please note that the play space is closed for cleaning daily from 2:00-2:30pm)

Tuttle Crossing Mall
5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd
Dublin, OH 43016

Visit another world, right in your own neighborhood Library!

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Introduce your child to your own childhood best friends! Max is still a wild thing, the colorful caterpillar is still snacking away, and Mary is still looking for that door into the secret garden. Or discover new friends for your children, like Olivia and Ian; Harry, Ron, and Hermione; or Katniss and Rue. All these wonderful worlds and characters are right there in your public library, for free!

Columbus OH Libraries

There is always a summer reading program at the library for kids and teens, and it’s a winner all around. Go into your neighborhood library and register for the summer reading program, get a participation sheet, and read! Fill in the amount of time you read or are read to, and then bring your sheet back to the library to collect your rewards and prizes as you earn them. This program keeps reading skills from diminishing over the summer (which teachers love) and keeps kids busy doing something healthy (which parents love) AND can win the kids some great prizes…which KIDS love!

The Columbus Metropolitan Library system is an award-winning group of libraries that share resources and programs across all of Central Ohio. Local small city libraries, such as Worthington Libraries and Dublin Libraries are also a part of the interlibrary loan system, exponentially expanding the array of books you can borrow from your home library through the reservation system.

Your library is a perfect FREE place to go on a rainy summer afternoon. It’s dry, cool, and full of interesting books, magazines, and computers. Our Columbus Libraries and their sister libraries have a ton of programs for all ages spread throughout the summer! Library cards are free, and so are most of the fun programs for kids.

To look up your local branch, go here and find the address and phone number for the library nearest your home, school, or perhaps close to the area where you run many of your errands! Sign up for a library card – it’s your passport to wonderful summer fun!

To look up summer events, go to the master library calendar here or visit your neighborhood library website and look at their events page. From adult book clubs, to teen crafts, to read-aloud story times for little ones, the library has something for everyone.