Columbus is a smart city.
Thanks to that nerdy undercurrent, there are tons of amazing educational experiences around town. Yes, there are activities for the kids, but there are also cool things to do for teens and adults. You’re never too old to learn something new, right?
About: Ironwood Wolves is, hands down, one of the coolest things in central Ohio. In fairytales, wolves and other wild canids get a pretty bad rep. But educational groups like Ironwood Wolves are working to change that. With their ambassador animals which include wolves and foxes, they travel around teaching people about the importance of these animals in the wild and their impacts on our natural ecosystems.
Location: You can catch Ironwood Wolves at a variety of events throughout the year. Click here for more details.
Cost: Most programs are free, but if you’d like to schedule a meet and greet with the animals for yourself, you can learn more here.
About: COSI is a classic Columbus experience. From hands-on experiments to special events, COSI has been entertaining and educating kids for decades with a planetarium, a theatre, and a variety of exhibits. In addition to exploring the science center on your own, you can also attend special nights where science-based activities abound. In fact, some of the events are 21+, so don’t go thinking all the fun is for the kids.
Location: 333 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Cost: Prices vary. Click here for more details.
About: Since 1927, the Columbus Zoo has been educating people from not only our city, but all around the world about animals. With a message focused on conservation, a trip to the zoo and aquarium is a great way to learn about what we as humans can do to protect the world around us.
Location: 4850 W Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Cost: Admission prices vary. Click here for more info.
About: It doesn’t matter how old I get, I’ll never be too old to think dinosaurs aren’t cool. With the recent arrival of Cryolophosauraus to OSU, dino’s are all the rage at Orton. But they have so much more to offer. From unique fossils to meteorites, it’s a great way to spend the afternoon.
Location: 125 Oval Dr S, Columbus, OH 43210
About: It wouldn’t be a list about education without including our amazing library system. The Columbus Metropolitan Library isn’t just a great place to curl up with a good book, they provide all sorts of auxiliary activities, including classes, meet-up groups, children’s activities, and more.
Location: There are tons of locations around the city, but you can find the Main Library at 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215.
About: I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know anything about plants. Not how to keep them alive or what they need to thrive, but I do enjoy looking at them. Franklin Park Conservatory offers camps, classes, and outreach programs, on topics ranging from horticulture to cooking and culinary arts. Plus, while you’re fostering your new green thumb, your kids can take a run around the new Children’s Garden. It’s epic.
Location: 1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203
Cost: Admission ranges from $11-18 for non-members.
About: Take a step back in time to the 1800s at Slate Run Historical Farm. Guests can experience first-hand what life was like on an Ohio farm, learning about the daily chores and difficulties of life in the 19th century.
Location: 1375 OH-674, Canal Winchester, OH 43110
About: The Ohio History Center is the home of the Ohio History Connection, a society that works to preserve and educate visitors on everything from life in the 1950s to extinct and endangered Ohio species to personal ancestry to Civil War history.
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
Cost: Admission ranges from $6-$12
About: So this one may be a little bit of a drive, but trust me, it’s totally worth it. The John Glenn Astronomy Park (JGAP) is dedicated to sparking an interest in science, learning, and exploration by sharing with visitors the wonders of the sky. Named for Ohio’s beloved senator and astronaut, it’s inspiring a whole new generation of Ohioans to look to the skies. The park offers weekend stargazing programs and other astronomy related activities.
Location: 20531 OH-664 Scenic, Logan, OH 43138
Cost: The programs are free, but a reservation is recommended. You can get more info here.
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