Winter is here. There is snow on the ground, and it won’t be long until the kids are back in school, and I can look forward to a regular schedule (thinking about a ladies lunch at TehKu)… But wait! The kids will soon be out of school for a couple of long weekends. Here are some ideas for winter family fun that are easy on the budget and appropriate for all ages.

Sled Scioto

The Zoo is so much fun to explore in the winter because many of the animals like the snow. There are many heated indoor buildings to explore when you need a break from the outside. Have you been to Habitat Hollow? My kids love to crawl through the trees and see the fish. The tropical oasis in the Dark Australia building is a great place to play “I Spy” while you are warming up. So many gorgeous birds and plants that you truly forget you’re in Ohio in winter! Don’t forget that the Zoo offers ½ price admission in January and February!

Have you ever been to the Dublin Arts Council? Their gallery is FREE and open on Tuesday from 10 am to 7 pm, Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. The exhibit “Forest Remnants” by Char Norman is on display now through the end of February. See these unique works and be inspired to make some natural art with your family.

Caro Sled

A great place to gather supplies for your natural art would be in one of Dublin’s many parks. The path through the Indian Run Falls is breathtaking when the waterfalls are frozen over. Crunching through the snow in the woods at Glacier Ridge is a fun place to spy animal tracks. Dublin sports two great sledding hills: Scioto Park and Ballantrae Park. Ample parking at both locations, straw bale “paths” so you can climb the hill without being run over and you will see lots of families having a great time outside. Our family likes to sled early and then head over to Sunny Street Café for a big pancake breakfast!

If your kids like history, stop by the Dublin Visitor and Information Center for a Historic Dublin Walking Tour. This free, self-guided tour takes you all around Historic Dublin and you can learn a great deal about the buildings we see every day. End your tour at the Dublin Village Tavern (Kids Meals) or Our CupCakery (Cupcake Bar) or Sisters Sweet Shop (freshly baked cookies) for a great treat.

Hope to see you out in Dublin!

~ Post by Katie