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Columbus with 12-year-olds and families

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Columbus with 12-year-olds and families

We will be visiting Columbus as part of the USAV Junior National volleyball tournament in June/July. We'll have about 32 in our travel party with 10 pre-teens, siblings and parents. Our schedule allows us half a day for three days to get out and see your town. We'll be playing in at the convention center in Columbus, staying in Dublin. We might have mornings free, or it might be afternoons. A Clippers game is already on our to-do list. Where else would you take out of town guests?

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1. Re: Columbus with 12-year-olds and families

Easton Town Center - Food, Shopping, People watching

Center of Science & Industry (COSI)

Franklin Park Conservatory

Columbus Zoo/Zoombezi Bay (located near Dublin, might be "too much" for a half day)

Scioto Mile (http://www.sciotomile.com/)

Red, White, & Boom (July 3rd, riverfront)

Columbus Commons (http://columbuscommons.org/) - In the summer they have live music and outdoor activities

Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer)

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2. Re: Columbus with 12-year-olds and families

The zoo would be my first suggestion.

You should call their group office to see if you could get a two half day packages for the water park and zoo.

Sawmill Lanes is a nearby bowling alley. You could reserve some lanes for a bowling event.

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3. Re: Columbus with 12-year-olds and families

Certainly consider touring Ohio State, one of the largest university campuses in the U.S. Ohio State has superb athletic facilities and perhaps you could arrange a tour given the size of your group. Golfers in your group likely would enjoy the Jack Nicklaus Museum there.

A visit to the mammoth Ohio Union (student union) and Thompson Library wouldn't require an organized tour of the OSU campus.

North Market might interest your group. It features the original Jeni's, which offers some of the best and most original ice cream in the U.S. Graeter's also is among the best ice cream in the U.S. and actually offers a factory tour in Columbus.

You could tour the Ohio Statehouse and the Ohio Judicial Center is an Art Deco gem and has a very good, interactive legal museum oriented toward pre-teens. You should pre-schedule tours for both venues given the size of your group, but it's not necessary for the Ohio Statehouse.

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Check out the Ohio Historical Center and the Ohio Exposition Center to see if events at either would interest your group.

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4. Re: Columbus with 12-year-olds and families

12 year old boys or girls? Having three girls, I know how much they love to shop. Easton, Polaris and even Tuttle malls are good places for them to hang out for a few hours. As mentioned, the Columbus zoo is one of the best in the country.

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5. Re: Columbus with 12-year-olds and families

Definitely COSI and the Zoo/Zoombezi Bay. Easton would be a best bet for the mall, as you could do a group movie at the AMC. I'd skip OSU, as there isn't much going on there in the summer and it would probably be boring for the kids.

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6. Re: Columbus with 12-year-olds and families

Actually, there are surprising number of students on campus at OSU in the summer. Thompson Library and the Ohio Union would be open. Also, this is the time that many prospective students visit the campus, and your group maybe could avail yourself of the tours if you did some research. The free-for-everyone, hop-on-hop-off buses would be running on campus.

It's a good way to kill several hours in Columbus.

Good planning!

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