Voting has been going on for a week now with Columbus Parent's first Best of Columbus awards contest. We'll be collecting votes online through April 30, and the winners will be featured in our June issue.

So perhaps you're wondering what makes our Best of Columbus awards unique? Well, they're the only ones that are designed to be family friendly. All 52 of the categories we have address choices that Central Ohio families make every day when they're deciding how to spend their valuable time and money.

Today we'll highlight the 20 categories that fit under the heading of "Places to Go and Things to Do."

In that section, we ask you to vote for the best in categories like:

Children's Theater Farmer's Market Food Festival (yum!) Heritage Festival Library Children's Area Library Story Times Mall Play Area Mascot Movie Theater Museum Nature Park Outdoor Municipal Pool Outdoor Playground Pick-Your-Own-Produce Destination Place to Bring Out-of-Town Visitors Recreation Center Sledding Hill Spectator Sports Event Splash Pad Water Park

We've listed some worthy nominees in each category, but you are welcome to write in your own choices (because maybe you do consider Junior's Saturday morning soccer game to be the best spectator sports event in Central Ohio). vote here