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Be a Kid Again in Columbus

Many Columbus attractions and restaurants have experiences that both kids and adults alike can enjoy. This itinerary is designed for anyone whether you are traveling with your children or grandchildren or just want to relive your youth.

Day One

Afternoon | Dunk your cookies in your milk just like when you were a kid during a milk and cookie happy hour at Mrs. Turbo’s Cookies, a retro 50’s pinup themed bakery.

Early Evening | Explore shops like Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy shop and Big Fun’s vintage toys and collectibles in the Short North Arts District.

Dinner | Enjoy dinner at Buca di Beppo in the Arena District. Relive some of your favorite childhood meals, like family-style spaghetti and meatballs.

After Dinner | Catch a show at the Columbus Children’s Theatre. Shows like West Side Story and Rapunzel are put on by both kids and adults and are sure to entertain.

Day Two

Morning | Learn how chocolates are made at world-famous, family-owned Anthony-Thomas Candy Company. It’s ok to have chocolate this early in the morning!

Late Morning | See the cartoons of past and present at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library.

Lunch | Head to Mikey’s Late Night Slice for a pizza party. Then walk over to the North Market for a scoop of Columbus-favorite Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and choose from flavors such as roasted peanut butter and jam or supermoon.

Afternoon | Check out the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Dinosaur and Special Exhibition Gallery at COSI.

Dinner | Unwind at Ten Pin Alley, a bowling alley with arcade games, bocce courts, laser tag and a full restaurant and bar.

Day Three

Morning | Start your day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for a group adventure, then head to the American Whistle Corporation, the only metal whistle factory in the U.S.

Lunch | Try the meatloaf or other diner favorites at the artsy and cool Cap City Fine Diner. Make sure to put a quarter in the gum ball machine before you leave.

Afternoon | Pick from dozens of scents and hand-pour a candle at Penn & Beech Candle Co., then stroll the shops along Grandview Avenue.

Dinner | Embrace the German heritage and cuisine at Hofbrauhaus Columbus. This time you’re allowed to stand on the benches!

Day Four

Morning | On your way out of the city, check out the Topiary Park and get your photo inside a life-sized topiary depiction of the “A Sunday afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”



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