In Columbus, rainy days are unfortunately not few and far between. Couple rain with temperatures in the low 40s, and your options for keeping a toddler busy on a Saturday are limited. It was one of those days a couple weekends ago and my son, Brady, and I hit the road for an afternoon out.
Our first stop: Glow Putt Mini Golf
A few months ago we discovered indoor putt putt at a small strip center off the main drag running through Gahanna. I had driven by it prior to having a kid, but it wasn’t on the short list for date night options in my mid-20s. Now that I have a four-year-old that loves golf, swinging things and yelling, we had to check it out. Don’t be fooled by the exterior appearance of the building – this place is clean and well run. Each golfer gets to choose a glow-in-the-dark wristband and a rechargeable illuminating golf ball. 18 holes of neon lined greens under the black lights await for an experience that kids (and adults) of all ages will enjoy.
No putt putt course is complete without a zoo of animals throughout and a prize & free round for a hole-in-one on 18. Brady aced 18 and went with the finger light for his prize. Solid choice, son.
The Next Stop: Lakeshore Learning
After we filled our bellies at Jason’s Deli (tip: eat-in and take advantage of the free ice cream), we headed east on Polaris Parkway to Lakeshore Learning. I didn’t know much about the place, but I got an email about a Pete the Cat craft day. I learned that craft day for kids happens every Saturday at Lakeshore, and who doesn’t love Pete and his groovy buttons? We stopped by on our way home and, what I thought would be a quick trip, ended up being an hour of art and exploration.
Brady opted for the Pete puppet and managed to assemble the entire thing on his own (sort of). The staff was great and well prepared for a crowd. I highly recommend craft day, even if you only have 20 minutes to burn.
After Pete got his buttons and misshaped eyes, we explored for a bit among the different education based games and activities they had to try. The kind folks at Lakeshore even had story-time for those interested. The day’s activities caught up with us and we opted out, but it’s nice to know it is another option.
By Kevin Gerber, Regular Contributor