Columbus arts educator Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld shares more of her wisdom.
Columbus arts educator, author and all-around inspiration Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld shares more of her wisdom about raising happy, healthy, creative children:
I love that song! It reminds us to set aside times in this warm season of long days, light skies and less programmed calendars for one of the most healthy and delightful activities.
Let's begin with walking in our fabulous parks. We have so many wonderful choices! Our outstanding Metro Parks system offers numerous walking paths through fields and woods, along streams and creeks, around old farms and picnic grounds. Walking with our children in our Metro Parks gives us the chance to really stop, look at and smell the flowers, observe and notice, appreciate the beauty of the natural world. Most of the parks have playground areas and nature centers. Unique historic parks like Slate Run invite children to participate in the workings of an old, 1800s farm. Our parks are free and waiting for your footprints!
Walk, don't run, to your nearest library for daily special programs celebrating the fun of childhood. Magicians, naturalists, story tellers and puppets are but a few of the offerings throughout June and July in every library in the award-winning Columbus Metropolitan Library system. All the programs are free. No registration needed. Fun time guaranteed!
Our Greater Columbus community is packed with delightful farmers' markets, festivals and fairs through all the spring and summer months. Good walking is built into such enjoyable events as the Asian Festival (May 25 & 26 at Franklin Park), the Columbus Arts Festival (June 7-9 on the Scioto Mile and at Bicentennial Park), and all the surrounding towns' arts festivals in Worthington, Powell, Westerville, Grandview, Delaware, etc. Put on walking shoes and join the fun. No admission! No registration!
Don't wait! Pack a picnic lunch, fill a water bottle, tie your comfy shoes, take those kids by the hands and walk through the season! The price is right!