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Let the dogs out at these 10 parks around town

Kelsey Lawrence

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Sun’s out, tongues out! Now that we’re experiencing some true spring weather, it’s time for you and your pooch to get out and enjoy the warmer temps. Change out those dreaded, slush-filled walks with a nice, sunny trip to any or all of these 10 friendly dog parks around central Ohio.

Tail Wags Playground |11010 W 5th Ave, Columbus

Get the best of both worlds at this dog park/lounge. A godsend for you busybees, this playground has a work lounge so you can be productive while your pup plays! The lounge offers coffee and tea, so you can real

Godown Park |6099 Godown Rd, Columbus

This fully-fenced park has options, with a one acre space for small dogs and a 4.5-acre space for larger ones. There’s also a dog rinsing station as well as a water fountain so no pups go thirsty!

Metro City Doggie | 717 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus

Take your dog to these sitters and they’ll never want to leave. With plenty of indoor and outdoor space, your pup will get great exercise and socialize with all the other pups.

Brooksedge Park Bark Park | 708 Park Meadow Rd, Westerville

This Westerville favorite comes prepared with three different sections for dogs of varying sizes, as well as climbing toys and tennis balls to keep your pup entertained. There are also water bowls and fountains, and doggie bags, so all you need to bring is yourself and your friends!

Pizzurro Park | 940 Pizzurro Park Rd, Gahanna

Make it a family day at this park, which offers pet play areas as well as picnic benches, a basketball court, and playground.

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Wheeler Memorial Park | 725 Thurber Dr W, Columbus

This grassy space gives plenty of room to run around and offers amenities like doggie bags, water, and plenty of seating. This park is set to open for the season on May 9th.

Heritage Trail Dog Park | 7262 Hayden Run Rd, Hilliard

Teach your dog some tricks at this park that offers  hoop jumps, sprinklers, and a 7 mile trail. There’s also a 4-acre fenced play area where you can ditch your leash and let your doggies run.

Walnut Woods Park | 6716 Lithopolis Rd, Groveport

With open space and beautiful scenery, this park will be a favorite for both you and your pup. There’s a large pond inside the pet play area, so your dog will be swimming in heaven. It’s a bit of a drive but definitely worth it!

Spindler Road Dog Park | 2121 Spindler Rd, Hilliard

Play fetch at this spacious park, which has plenty of open space for you and your dog. There’s a trail if you’re looking to take a stroll, but make sure to bring your leash if your pup accompanies you.

Frank Fetch Park | 228 E Beck St, Columbus

More of a dog-friendly park than a dog park, the scenery is guaranteed to make you fall in love. This German Village Garden has beautiful flower baskets and brick walkways so you can have a tranquil stroll with your pets.

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2 tiny Columbus Zoo babies bring big hope for endangered species

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The newest babies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may be small, but they bring big hope for one of the most endangered species on the planet.

On November 1 and 3, reptile keepers at the Zoo’s Shores region successfully hatched two rare yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), the first ever hatched in an indoor zoological environment. The breakthrough is critical in efforts to boost the numbers of temple turtles, which are facing extinction, according to a release from the zoo.

Keepers note that the two hatchlings are "very active" and "very healthy." They are being cared for in behind-the-scenes habitats as they continue to grow stronger. Right now, the hatchlings are about the size of a racquetball and weigh approximately 80 grams–the same weight as a small tomato. They will grow to be up to about 2 feet long and weigh about 35 pounds.

These two turtles were the only ones to survive out of their mother's nest. Of five eggs, one turtle hatched on its own, and the care team helped another break out of its shell when it was experiencing some difficulties. Two other eggs did not contain viable hatchlings, and the fifth egg did not hatch.

“Our team is extremely proud of hatching these turtles, as well as being able to do so inside the Columbus Zoo’s Reptile House," said Becky Ellsworth, Curator of the Zoo’s Shores region. "This is a wonderful achievement as our Animal Care staff has been able to learn more information about this rare and important species, contributing significant knowledge to the zoological community working to help protect these turtles."

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Local attraction makes “World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019” list

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Today, TIME For Kids revealed the first-ever World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 list, and among other international attractions, a Columbus business found itself in the mix.

Otherworld, which shook up the local entertainment scene when it opened earlier this year, was named one of the "World's Coolest Places" because of its quality, originality, sustainability, and accessibility. 

For those who haven't made the trip out to 5819 Chantry Dr. in southeast Columbus yet, Otherworld is an immersive and interactive art installation, featuring dozens of adventures, mysteries, and puzzles throughout its 47 rooms. Read more about it in our (614) Magazine coverage.

See below for the Otherworld write-up by Ellen Nam of TIME For Kids:

"Otherworld is an art installation built by more than 40 artists. They filled a 32,000-square-foot facility with large-scale works, secret passages, and playgrounds that blur the line between virtual and digital. Each of Otherworld’s 47 rooms is designed to resemble a science-fiction fantasyland. Visitors are encouraged to explore freely. Kids can fill in magical coloring books and solve puzzles. Those who are feeling adventurous can crawl into the mouth of a giant fuzzy monster."

To see the full list of the World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 and to learn more about how each attraction was chosen, visit time.com/kid-places.

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Sonic Temple announces full lineup for 2020

Mike Thomas

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Update: Sonic Temple has announced the full lineup of performers for the 2020 edition of the fest. Check it out below, via the Sonic Temple Facebook page:

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Exit light, enter night: Sonic Temple Fest has announced all-time metal legends Metallica will grace the stage for the first time ever in 2020.

One of the "big four" of thrash metal, Metallica have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have sold more than 125 million albums worldwide. The group is currently the only act announced for the second year of the hard rock festival formerly known as Rock on the Range.

Sonic Temple 2020 is scheduled for May 15, 16, and 17 at Mapfre Stadium. Passes go on sale on October 14 at noon, with layaway options available. For more information, visit sonictemplefestival.com/.

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