Some of you might remember an old popular song, The Best Things in Life Are Free. It's a great message and a good one for all seasons, but especially our beautiful season of summer sun.

Some of you might remember an old popular song, The Best Things in Life Are Free. It's a great message and a good one for all seasons, but especially our beautiful season of summer sun.

Even though many of our children are in some kind of school setting over the summer, we think of this time as a break from our usual programs and activities-a change from deadlines, tests, homework stress and tight scheduling. The days are longer, the light is brighter, the air is warmer. The best things!

It's a time to try joyful, easy, free ways to celebrate such a beloved season. To remind you of some of the best summer activities waiting for families to enjoy, here are some suggestions.

Area parks have almost daily events and activities throughout the summer. Pick up a park magazine and discover such activities as campfires, scavenger hunts, hikes and nature discoveries. We are so lucky to have such treasures as our outstanding parks.

Libraries offer daily programs. Besides books, book clubs, library clubs and volunteering, check out sessions open to all ages featuring special events such as turtles, bugs, magic, storytellers, musicians and dramatists.

We are so lucky to have such treasures as our outstanding libraries. Take nothing for granted. These are the best things to be cherished.

Columbus has fabulous fairs and festivals throughout the season, highlighted by music makers, children's activities, art exhibits and colorful booths displaying every familiar and wild item imaginable.

From the Asian Festival to the Columbus Arts Festival on to Comfest and the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival (to name just a few), we can boast a truly festive season. We are so lucky to have such treasures as our delightful, fun-filled festivals. The best things!

One of my favorite assignments in my creative education courses is to ask students to attend a festival, observe children and jot down their findings. Over the years, countless college students have shared similar observations: The kids dance to the music, get their faces painted, crowd the arts and crafts tables, watch the balloon artist create shapes, laugh at puppet shows and enjoy all the hands-on joyful activities. That's a good message.

I wish each of you a fun-filled summer of celebrating the best things-right at your fingertips.

"Mamaloshen" is the Yiddish term for "the mother tongue" and we have adapted it here to represent the wisdom of Columbus arts educator, author and all-around inspiration Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, who is on a mission to help parents raise happy, healthy, creative children.