In case you hadn't heard, Columbus is celebrating its bicentennial in 2012. To wish Columbus a happy birthday, Parent has drummed up 200 reasons why this fair city is a great place to raise a family.
Just like The Arnold, we're back (pronounced with a strong Austrian accent) with our growing list of reasons why we love raising our families here:41. Summer-camp programs at local universities: They're a double benefit - a great summer activity plus a sneak preview of college. 42. The "Blooms and Butterflies" exhibit at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Nothing says "hang in there, it's almost spring" like this now-iconic exhibit. 43. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams: Thank you for putting us on the foodie map of the world! 44. COSI: a world-class science museum for the whole family (awesome sleepovers, too) 45. High-quality school districts: We really do stack up well on those national rankings. 46. Thurber House: inspiring brainiac comedians and doodle artists of all ages 47. Krema Nut Company: Before fancy restaurants started serving fancy PB&J sandwiches, this happy little Grandview-area factory was dishing them up. 48. BalletMet's free open rehearsals: We have yet to see a kid not inspired by this up-close-and-personal experience of the arts. 49. Port Columbus International Airport: You know, we really do have more air-travel options for a city this size, thanks to our hub-ability. 50. Bob Evans: Never fails to please everyone's palate in the family 51. Hayden Run Falls: This hidden suburban treasure (off Hayden Run Road, next to the Scioto River) is a guaranteed jaw-dropper for out-of-town visitors. 52. The Rahals: Our claim to generational fame in sports. 53. Metro Parks: Easy-access escapes all over the area! 54. Suburban libraries: So much great free programming (the books are pretty good, too)! 55. Dublin's public art: Nothing blows a kid's mind faster than gigantic bunnies or corn cobs. 56. Independently owned pizza places: When we're talking about a major food group for kids, it helps to have so many interesting options! There's Bono Pizza in Grandview, Element Pizza downtown, Mikey's Late Night Slice truck all over town, Yellow Brick Pizza in Olde Towne East…hey, is it dinner time yet? 57. Outlets: Jeffersonville and Lodi are an easy trip to make every time your kid grows three sizes in a month. 58. Short North: yet another super cool neighborhood to wander and enjoy. 59. The Arnold Sports Festival: Now, second only to the Summer Olympics for sheer size and breadth of sports! 60. The Ohio state high school basketball tournaments - for guys and gals - nothing unites a community like a bball team in the big tourney!