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Spending spring break in Columbus? Here are options for fun...


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Bounce into The Commons

A Spring Break Bounce will have kids getting off the couch and jumping into a bounce house. Bring all that youthful energy to The Commons from noon to 5 p.m. March 21, 22 and 23, when bounce houses will be set up. Kids can also try out a 40-foot obstacle course guaranteed to challenge ages 12 and younger, the age range set for this event. And the best part? It's free. Sponsors QMIX 107.3 and Columbus Parks and Recreation Department request that adults make sure to supervise their children during this event.

For information: Call Columbus Parks at 376-2680

Flip and Dip or Dip and Flip (repeat)

If your kids still have energy to burn, Columbus Parks and Recreation Department is offering a special Flip and Dip event. Kids can flip into the gymnastics center and then dip into the Foundation for Youth pool for one price, $6 per child. It's offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday (March 17, 19 and 21).  Pre-registration is required, and parent supervision is required. It's open to all ages.

For information and registration: Call 376-2680.

Travel back in time

Ever wonder how people got around before the first automobile was manufactured? The early pioneers in auto technology had some interesting ideas. Among those famous entrepreneurs was M.O. Reeves, who designed a "motocycle" that never made it into production but looks really interesting.

The Bartholomew County Historical Society, 524 Third St., has a replica inside its museum. It's missing the components that will make it move, but you're invited to put on some very special coats and elaborate hats and sit in the motocycle — pretending you're traveling down one of Columbus' early boulevards and being admired by your envious neighbors. There are also driving goggles and gloves to complete your transformation to the late 1800s and early 1900s, when Reeves was playing around with an idea for a car.

In addition to playing dress-up and pretending to steer the motocycle down Third Street, you can read about Reeves Pulley Co. and see photos of how steam engines were once a part of the local landscape. And you can see pictures of an Octoauto from 1911, made up of parts from two cars welded together. It's described as too long and too expensive, which resulted in none being sold.

Historians say Reeves, who was never a big player in automotive production, came up with some of the key components to the cars we drive today — including developing the three-seat minivan concept. Although that was in the open air.

Intrigued? The historical society is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children age 5 to 17. Those younger than age 5 are admitted free.

For information or to make an appointment to see the exhibit: Call 372-3541.

Skate with a princess

Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, will offer its Princess Tea from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday of spring break.  Young skaters are invited to dress as their favorite Disney princess, have tea and cookies and create their own princess crown. Participants also may skate with a Hamilton Center princess.

If the princess vibe isn't quite your thing, public skating is offered during spring break. From Monday through Friday (March 21), open skate is 1 to 3 p.m. On Friday, March 21, there is also open skate from 7 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, skating hours are 2 to 4 p.m.

Admission for skaters age 4 to 17 is $4, adults admission is $4.50, and skate rental is $2.

For information: Call 376-2686.

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