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Splashing required: 10 free and fun Columbus splashpads

614now Staff



Splashpads: Free and fun water spraygrounds without the worry of deep bottoms or high dives. We don’t know about you but to us, that seems like a home run, nay, grand slam.

This summer, diversify your cool down routine by hanging at one of Columbus’ many exciting splashpads.

Also, how old is too old to horseplay in one of these? ….asking for a friend.

Ballantrae Community Park

6350 Woerner Temple Road, Dublin

Are we in Colorado? Haha, no silly! That’s just the expert landscaping at Ballantrae Community Park! This outdoorsy themed splash pad will have your kids begging for a watery, mountainous vaca.

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 17 to Sept. 5.

Barnett Community Recreation Center Sprayground

1184 Barnett Road [Linwood], Columbus

Barnett Community Recreational Center Sprayground will have your kids jumping with joy!

Hours: noon-7 p.m. daily.

Bicentennial Park in the Scioto Mile

233 Civic Center Drive [Downtown], Columbus

Enjoy some sweet relief from the summer heat right in the heart of downtown. Parents, while your kids romp through the sprinklers, be sure to take in the beautiful Scioto Mile view!

Hours: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily, mid-April to mid-October. Special events may alter operating hours.

Blackburn Community Recreation Center Sprayground

263 Carpenter St. [Olde Towne East], Columbus

Turn your kid loose on this sprayground and you’ll be staring down at least two hours alone with the book you’ve been trying to read for years.

Hours: noon-7 p.m. daily.

Easton Town Center

3900 Easton Station, Columbus

In the South District’s Town Square, just south of Brio Tuscan Grille, sits a little agua oasis just begging to be played in. For ages 8 an under.

Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday between June 5 and Aug. 28 but it closes at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays for the weekly Sounds on the Town Concert Series.


Hilliard’s Station Park

4021 Main St., Hilliard

Make sure to pack a lunch because this will definitely be an all-day affair. These super sonic water jets are so smart that they dance to the music. Lounging area available for parentals!

Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily as of mid-May.

Indian Mound Community Recreation Center Sprayground

3901 Parsons Ave. [South Side], Columbus

Aren’t all those brightly colored shapes so inviting? How could your kid resist?!

Hours: noon-7 p.m. daily.

North Bank Park in the Scioto Mile

311 W. Long St. [Arena District], Columbus

While it may be smaller than the rest, don’t underestimate North Bank Park’s ability to cool you off on a smokin’ hot day.

Hours vary based on pavilion rental periods.

Polaris Fashion Place

8781 Lyra Drive, Columbus

You drug your kids through your shopping spree, they deserve a splish-splashy release. Unleash them on the water fountain near Benihana and Cantina Loredo on the east side of the mall to earn some mommy/daddy brownie points.

Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Village Green Park

47 Hall St., Powell

Colorful buckets that dump water on your head? Yeah, we’re sold and we’re sure your kids will be, too.

Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

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9 festivals for you to fall in love with this weekend

Mitch Hooper



Summer may be rounding out, but there are still so many ways to fest outside. From vintage good fairs to rock climbing at the Scioto Audubon, here are the festivals taking place this weekend in the city.

Sept. 12-15 | Scioto Fest | Scioto Audubon Metro Park

This four-day festival is for those with an affinity for the outdoors. Here, adrenaline junkies will find rock climbing and bouldering while land lovers can enjoy camping, music, and all the food offerings.

Sept. 12-14 | Creative Control Fest 8 | Lincoln Theatre

In its eighth year, the Creative Control Fest is back to raise up and celebrate creatives of color from around the midwest. Hang out and learn useful information at one of the many workshops, or get your mind right at one of the wellness activities designed for creatives from a variety of different industries.

Sept. 13-14 | 934 Fest 2019 | 934 Gallery

In a celebration of the art scene here in Columbus, 934 Gallery is opening its doors for two-days this weekend featuring art from Lucie Shearer and Andy Meyer. Additionally, the festival will play host to two music stages, a comedy stage, local artist vendors, food trucks, craft beer, and plenty of activities for your young Picasso.

Sept. 13-15 | Country Living Fair | Ohio Historical Village

Calling all flea market fans and garage sale experts, this is your chance to splurge! This three-day fair offers more than 200 vendors from across different states selling vintage and handcrafted goods as well as antiques. Stop by one of the how-to sessions, or simply fill up your Pinterest mood board with loads of ideas.

Sept. 13-14 | Columbus Caribbean Festival | The Scioto Mile

In its third year, the Columbus Caribbean Festival has returned to The Scioto Mile for two days of live music, delicious island-inspired food and drinks including Taste Of Kingston and The Gumbo Dude Food Truck, and a parade. The music lineup includes Pete Funk, BAND AMANIAUZURI, and The Flex Crew.

Sept. 13-15 | 2019 Grandview Oktoberfest | Hofbrauhaus Columbus (Grandview)

Another weekend in September, another chance to celebrate the German Oktoberfest! This time around it's at Hofbrauhaus where live entertainment will clash with German food and bier as well as activities for little ones. Friday will feature WCOL-FM from 6pm- 8pm, while Saturday will host a face painter and balloon artists from 2pm- 6pm. And if you couldn't make it to the face painter on Saturday, they will return on Sunday from 1pm- 4pm in addition to a magician.

Sept. 14 | Crafted Food, Beer & Music Festival | Columbus Commons

From farm-to-table-to-festival, the Crafted Food, Beer & Music Festival brings nine different Columbus restaurants together to showcase their offerings. For $15, you can enjoy live music from George Barrie Band and The Floorwalkers, stuff your face, and know that you're doing some civic good as a portion of proceeds will benefit Freedom a la Cart, an organization providing paid workforce training and supportive services to survivors of human trafficking.

Sept. 14 | Oktoberfest Party | Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Wolf's Ridge is getting in on the Oktoberfest action and on Saturday you can find brats, spaetzle, and of course, WRB's very own Oktoberfest bier. If you really want to feel the Oktoberfest vibes, purchase a $14 stein and hoist it high!

Sept. 14 | Old Hilliardfest | Main St. in Old Hilliard

This street fair takes place in Old Hilliard where visitors can explore car shows and sunflower shows as well as all the fixings of most festivals: live music, food, and activities for kids at the kid's fair. Support local, and have fun while doing so!

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Let’s play FREE ball! Clippers weekend win means more dime-a-dogs

Mike Thomas



Over the weekend, our Columbus Clippers topped the Gwinnett Stripers to clinch the series, earning them a spot in the Governors' Cup Finals!

Games 1 and 2 of the Governors' Cup Finals best-of-5 series against the Durham Bulls will be played at Huntington Park on September 10 and September 11. Both games will start at 6:35pm, gates open at 5:30pm.

As if that weren't enough to entice you, all games in the first round will be dime-a-dog! 

Tickets for Games 1 and 2 are FREE! They will be available beginning Monday at 10am via Ticketmaster (no fees!), by calling 614-462-2757, or by stopping by either our Administrative Offices from 10am-4pm or the CF Box Office on the corner of Neil and Nationwide from 10am-2pm.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of four per order. For more information including the complete playoff schedule, click here.
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Amazon Treasure Truck returns to Columbus this weekend with exclusive deals

Mike Thomas



Whether you missed out on the Prime Day deals, or simply want to keep the savings rolling, Amazon is offering a unique new way to score deals in Columbus. This weekend, the juggernaut of online retail is once again bringing its Treasure Truck to the 614.

The concept is simple: Customers can sign-up for text message alerts revealing the day’s treasure, which could range from trending tech and the latest gear to seasonally relevant products. Sign up for text message notifications by texting “truck” to 24193.

After customers place their order on Amazon, they then select a convenient pickup location and time slot to get their item. In addition to the iconic trucks, customers can pick up their treasure at newly-launched vans, as well as kiosks located in select Amazon Books, Amazon Go, Whole Foods Market stores, and more.

To learn more and to sign up for alerts, click here, or sign up for text message notifications by texting “truck” to 24193. Don't sleep on these deals—the Treasure Truck will be rolling on to the next locale before you know it!

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