Community Partners Support Students and Families for a Safe Spring Break
March 31, 2021 -- Friday is the start of Columbus City Schools’ long-awaited Spring Break. It’s an important time for students, teachers, and staff to pause and recharge so they can finish out the school year strong. But we also know that during these ten days, the structured activities and supports that are normally in place to keep young people engaged are gone.
Our partners at Columbus Recreation and Parks have updated their “School’s Out” online listing of activities - many of them at free or reduced costs - to keep young people active and engaged during the time away from school.
Children ages 6-12 can sign up for School’s Out at one of the city’s 29 community centers to enjoy arts and crafts, sports clinics, group games, cooking classes, field trips, and much more.
Several of our community partners are also offering specials during Spring Break, including:
Columbus Zoo: Until mid-April, all guests will receive $5 off general admission. On April 2 and 3, the Zoo is also celebrating the spring season with Eggs, Paws and Claws. This event is free with Zoo admission and will be packed with kid-friendly entertainment. Make advance reservations for admission at www.columbuszoo.org.
Columbus Museum of Art: General admission is free every Sunday. Free virtual Studio Workshops are offered every Tuesday and are a great way to engage and play together as a family. More information is at www.columbusmuseum.org.
Columbus Metropolitan Library: The libraries are open with something for everyone during Spring Break. Visit the Events page at www.columbuslibrary.org to see what’s going on at the library location nearest you.
Grange Insurance Audubon Center: Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, this facility offers multiple free options for family enjoyment, including a library, gardens and beautiful grounds. Bring your family to explore, learn and play with us! Visit https://grange.audubon.org/ for details on hours and activities.
Franklin Park Conservatory: All Aboard! The Paul Busse Garden Railway returns to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on April 2. Featuring 1,122 feet of miniature train tracks that weave through gardens, over visitors’ heads, and alongside waterfalls, guests will travel from one whimsical scene to the next. More details can be found at www.fpconservatory.org.