Here are some more family-fun destinations in central Ohio - perhaps a bit less well-known but no less fun!

Here are some more family-fun destinations in central Ohio - perhaps a bit less well-known but no less fun!

We have written about each of these destinations in Columbus Parent - click on the links below those listings to read about them:

AHA! A Hands-on Adventure (315 S. Broad St., Lancaster 43130; 740-653-1010; aha4kids.org) This children's museum, which opened in 2008, is just the right size for young children, 10 and younger. It offers a variety of hands-on activities, a performing stage, kid-sized construction equipment and more. Parking is free and located next to the building, plus another lot is available across the street on weekends and holidays. Only small, "umbrella" strollers are allowed. Only water is sold at the museum. You can bring your own food or leave to buy elsewhere (they offer same-day reentry). Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (all year including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Veterans Day, Day after Thanksgiving), 12 noon-4 p.m. Sundays (November through March only). Closed most major holidays. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on New Year's Eve,Day before Thanksgiving. Cost: $6 per person, free for ages 6 months old and younger. Coat closets and lockers are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. American Whistle Corporation (6540 Huntley Road, Columbus 43229; 614-846-2918, ext. 4; americanwhistle/tour.html) As the only American manufacturer of metal whistles, this one-room factory has produced nearly every whistle you've heard used by coaches, police officers and referees. During the 45-minute tour, you are shown how the factory machinery turns a strip of metal into a whistle. Site includes a gift shop. A side note: take the tour on a cool day because the factory has no air conditioning. Hours: By appointment, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Cost: $4 per person, includes a whistle at the end of the tour. At least 15 people are required for a tour to be scheduled, but they will combine groups to get to that minimum. Anthony-Thomas Chocolate Factory (1777 Arlingate Lane, Columbus 43228; 614-274-8405; anthony-thomas.com/tours.html) Watch as machines monitored by the factory workers mix and pour buckets of chocolate into candy molds while the tour guide explains the process. To see a truly busy chocolate-making day, try visiting in the fall as Anthony-Thomas gears up for the Christmas season or during the factory's annual Easter event. Picnic tables on the company lawn offer families a place to picnic before or after the tour. Hours: September-May, between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, no appointment necessary; June-August also includes Wednesdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m., groups of 10 or more can schedule tour appointments Mondays-Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.). Cost: Free for children 2 and under, $1 for children 3 to 18, $2 for anyone 19 and older. These fees may be used to buy candy at the end of the tour. Candy Factory Tour Guide. Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center (260 N. Fourth St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215; 614-464-4099; centralohiofiremuseum.com) Housed in a restored fire station, the museum combines play with learning. There is an extensive collection of fire engines and firefighting equipment, much of which can be boarded, as well as a fire-safety education area. The museum is also a popular birthday party venue. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, closed Sundays and Mondays. Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children. Cool Place for a Party | Focus on Fire Safety The Doll Museum at the Old Rectory (50 W. New England Ave., Worthington 43085; 614-885-1247; worthingtonhistory.org) This historic home just a couple of blocks from the heart of the Old Worthington business district houses an extensive permanent collection of 19th and 20th century dolls, along with temporary special exhibits. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays (but it is recommended to call ahead and make sure the museum will be open). Cost: $2 for a self-guided tour/visit. Group tours available by appointment for $3 per person. Motts Military Museum (5075 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport 43125; 614-836-1500; mottsmilitarymuseum.org) An amazing personal collection (from museum founder Warren Motts) includes memorabilia from every U.S. military conflict since the Civil War, as well as a recent acquisition of 9/11 artifacts. A recently opened new wing doubles the museum's exhibit space. An outdoor space features military vehicles. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas, closes at 12 noon the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cost (for a self-guided tour/visit only): $10 adults, $8 seniors/veterans with ID, $5 students, free ages 5 and under. You also might be interested in the museum's focus on the Vietnam War. Olentangy Indian Caverns (1779 Home Road, Delaware 43015; 740-548-7917; olentangyindiancaverns.com) Carved by an underground river through limestone rock, the caverns were used by the local Wyandotte tribe of native Americans until the early 19th century. The above-ground site also offers picnicking, mini golf, a gem-mining sluice and more. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily April 1-Oct. 1, weekends Nov. 1-30, closed Dec. 1-March 31. Guided cavern tours available June 1-Aug. 9; self-guided tour all other dates. Cost: $9.95 ages 17+, $6.95 ages 7-16, free ages 6 and under with paying adult. Additional costs: $5 mini golf, $4.50-$8.50 for gem mining. Orton Geological Museum (Orton Hall, The Ohio State University – School of Earth Sciences, 155 S. Oval Mall (OSU Campus), Columbus 43210; 614-292-6896; ortongeologicalmuseum.osu.edu) Founded in 1893, the Orton is home to more than 500,000 rocks, minerals and fossils, including "Jeff," a 7-foot-tall giant ground sloth. The museum also has an intriguingly stocked gift shop. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, weekends and evening hours by appointment. Cost: free but donations accepted. Phoenix Bat Company (7801 Corporate Blvd., Suite E, Plain City 43064; 614-873-7776or 877-598-2287; phoenixbats.com/take-a-plant-tour.html) Hour-long tour focuses first on the history of baseball, then shows the process of creating a bat. The tour includes a trip onto the factory floor. Hours: Open tours (no reservation needed) take place at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; appointments can be made for groups of 10 more. Cost: $10 per person and you receive an engraved mini bat at tour's end.