New York may have Rockefeller Plaza, but Central Ohio features a plaza of its own where ice-skating lovers can get their outdoor "fix." Creekside Plaza on Mill Street in Gahanna has transformed its fountain area into a synthetic ice rink. From now until Jan. 1, those with their own skates are invited to enjoy the rink for free any time. No skates? Then $3 rentals are available Fridays through Sundays. Those under the age of 18 who need to rent skates must have a parent or guardian with them.

--Kristen Maetzold, contributing writer for Columbus Parent Magazine