Spring Break Staycation Ideas


Where are you going for Spring Break? Don’t feel like breaking the bank and taking the whole family on a Disney Cruise this year? Can’t get the same time off of work that your kids are out of school? Whatever your reasoning, we’ve got you covered with an abundance of day trips in the great OH and a few suggestions just a short drive away! So, it’s time to plan your week using our Spring Break Staycation ideas!

Skip the packing, the flights, the planning, and the cost by enjoying a week in Ohio with your family. It’s a great way to have a family vacation while staying close to home.

Spring Break StaycationSpring Break Staycation Ideas

Day 1: Visit a New Place in Columbus

Day 2: Take a Day Trip to a Children’s Museum

Take a look at this post- Road Trips: “Free” Science Museums

  • Buckeye Children’s Museum– Mansfield, Ohio (1 hour) – $15 per person, including adults. (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until Memorial Day) Totally redone in 2023!

    One of the many great areas at Little Buckeye Museum!
  • Mighty Children’s Museum– Chillicothe, Ohio (1 hour, 15 minutes)- $10 and they are closed on Mondays.
  • The Works– Newark, Ohio (45 minutes)  – $8 for children and $12 for adults. Closed Sundays and Mondays.  Check out our post, The Works: Short Drive, Big Discoveries

    Having fun exploring at The Works!
  • Aha Museum Lancaster, Ohio (1 Hour) $8 per person. For lots of others on where to play and eat in Lancaster, check out this post: A Day Trip to LancasterThings to do in Lancaster
  • COSI Columbus, Ohio – $20 for children and $25 for adults. Back open! The days each week they are open vary during March and April, so double check the calendar here before making plans.
  • New! Candyland Children’s Museum: Open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | 3 floors of discovery-based learning and play designed for ages 0-10. $10 per person.

Day 3: Get Active

  • Go to a Trampoline Parks: Rockin’ JumpGet Air, Urban Air or Bounce Club to name a few!

    Headstands are a way to stay active at Get Air!
  • Explore the Columbus Metro Parks– Take a hike at Highbanks, try out the Ninja Warrior Course at Glacier Ridge, enjoy the zip line at Blendon Woods, see the gardens at Innis Woods, or see the train at Homestead. The newer metro park at The Quarry as well! Here’s some more information on recommended Metro Parks.

    Columbus Metro Parks
    Get outside and explore a new Metro Park!
  • Swim at a Local Recreation Center: The pool water is warm and the air is HOT so you can feel like you are on vacation, right? The best part is you don’t have to apply sunscreen. The Worthington Community Center and The Westerville Community Center both have awesome pools that you can buy day passes to attend.
  • Play Laser Tag: Have a blast shooting the opposing team and earning points. Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard has a big laser tag area.
  • Top Golf: Spend an afternoon at Top Golf located at Polaris. Check out the high-tech driving range!
  • Have a Game Day: Go to Pins Mechanical, Star Lanes or Ten Pin Alley for games and bowling fun! Another option is Scene 75 at Tuttle Mall.

    Pins Mechanical
    Play Jenga, Pinball or Bowl at Pins!

Day 4: Explore your Artistic or Educational Side

Day 5: Spend the Day at Easton or PolarisEaston Lego Store

Make new friends at The Lego Store!

  • Lego Store: Easton: You can play, create, and shop in this magical Legoland!
  • As mentioned above, visit Legoland Discovery Center at Easton– Family fun with two rides, ten Lego zones, and much more!
  • Build-A-Bear: Easton: Make a new friend for your little one to cuddle with!
  • Get a pedicure with your little ones!

    Spring Break Staycation Ideas
    Get a pedicure with your little ones! A treat for mom too 🙂
  • Don’t forget lunch at all the delicious dining options too!

Day 6: Connect with Animals

Day 7: Take a Short Road Trip

Pittsburgh Children's Museum
Lots of interactive activities at The Pittsburgh Museum!

Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is a three hour trip from Columbus and has a wonderful Children’s Museum to explore. While you are there, you may want to visit the Strip District for great food and restaurants. The banana chocolate chip hotcakes at Pamela’s Diner should be on your breakfast list! If you go to the Strip District, don’t forget to visit Wholey Fish Market and Penn MacaroniFor additional ideas, check out this post; Pittsburgh: A Quick and Easy Getaway Guide.

Indianapolis: Indianapolis is two hours and 45 minutes from Columbus and also has an excellent Children’s Museum to entertain your little ones all day long!

Cleveland: Pack up the minivan and head two hours north to explore the vibrant city of Cleveland. Spots to put on our list: The West Side MarketRock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, or The Cleveland Zoo.

Cincinnati: Just one hour and 30 minutes from Columbus, you can stay the night at Great Wolf Lodge or spend the day at The Cincinnati Zoo. Here’s A First-Timer’s Guide to Great Wolf Lodge. Head a bit farther into the city for fun at the Aquarium.

Spring break Staycation Ideas
Swim inside at a Water Park!

Dayton: Do your kids love space and airplanes? Plan a short drive to see the US Airforce Museum. You won’t be disappointed! Be sure to see one of our past contributor’s experience at the Museum with lots of tips, here.

Yellow Springs: Visit Young’s Dairy Farm or read our article about A Day Trip to Yellow Springs 

Hocking Hills: Go for a family hike and explore the outdoors at Old Man’s Cave or Conkle’s Hollow. Enjoy lunch at Millstone BBQ. Be sure to read this Family Guide to Hocking Hills for a wide variety of tips.

Mansfield: As we mentioned above, play at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum or visit the Kingwood Center Gardens. There is also a carousel and gift shop in the city center and shops to visit as well.

You don’t have to go far or pay the big bill for the plane tickets and a 5-star resort with your kiddos this year. We hope this inspires you to have a staycation with your family. Let us know in the comments what places you would like to visit or if you and your family have planned a staycation! Have fun and spring is truly around the corner!

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Maureen Ingham
Maureen Ingham has enjoyed living in the great city of Columbus for nearly 13 years! Originally from Canton, Ohio, Maureen attended Ohio University and will always be a bobcat at heart! After completing her education degree in Athens, she made her way to The Ohio State University to obtain a Masters degree in Special Education. She fell in love with Columbus then and convinced her now husband to join her in this awesome city! She taught 5th grade for 6 years, before deciding to stay home to raise two beautiful girls. Their family has recently moved to Worthington with their two girls and are excited to plant their roots here! Their first daughter, Maeve is 6 and her sister, Reese will soon be 5 years old. They welcomed a son, Miles in March 2020. Maureen has been with The Columbus Moms Blog since the beginning and now enjoys working on editing and events for the blog. She also works as a Postpartum Doula with her sister at a company called Together Wee Grow. They provide night nursing services, as well as daytime support to local families and babies in Columbus. It is a wonderful job to work along her sister and help families with their precious little ones in a vulnerable time period. In between the night shifts, sweeping up crumbs, exploring Columbus, and getting kids to where they need to be, Maureen enjoys working out, trying new recipes and restaurants, traveling, spending time with family, being crafty and trying to help others whenever she can! Maureen has many Columbus favorites. Her go-to restaurant is Third and Hollywood, she enjoys a sweet treat at Sassafrass Bakery or Fox in the Snow, a slice of pizza at Dewey's Pizza and a warm cup of joe at Highline Coffee. A perfect Saturday involves an outdoor activity with her family and trying a new restaurant when they can! She is excited to be a part of an excellent team here at Columbus Moms blog and hopes to be able to inspire mothers that small acts of kindness go a long way in raising their kids and the city they live in!


  1. Great ideas! I have saved this post for reference. We frequent a lot of these. It’s going to feel good to visit some familiar and new places! Thanks for posting!


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