Columbus is a fabulous place for kids, with loads of free things for them to do. Outdoors. There are plenty of indoor, free places to take toddlers, like playgrounds in shopping malls, but no options really for 4 boys between 6 and 10 years old unless I want to spend $50 each time. I am not one of those "crafty" parents who comes up with ideas to keep kids busy all day making collages, wool pompoms or cupcakes. I just don't have the energy (or the desire if I'm honest). I could just let them play video games all day I suppose but I'm not a total parent failure. So, I took them to work with me and let them play putt-putt outside my office then I showed them some football landmarks on campus. They loved it.
|OH-IO with the 2002 National Championship trophy. The 2014 trophy is still on tour|
|Practice fields - they ran for a touchdown|
|Heisman Trophy poses...|
|I snuck them up to the press box|
|Woody Hayes' boys|
The Audubon center is closed on Mondays (of course), but it actually worked in our favor because the assault course at the park is for kids older than 12 and there should be an instructor present to use it. But no one was there, so you know, I just let them do it (one of those "screw it" moments). We were the only people at the whole park and we had a blast.
|Daniel, oh Daniel....|
|Found a turtle|
|Looking for birds & frogs in the wetlands|
At 5pm the rain came again so we called it a day. They called themselves rebels, since they snuck into the press box and snuck into the assault course, and that's fine with me. Everybody needs to be a renegade sometimes.
Day 1 in the bag and a success!