Our summer issue has loads of local activity and event ideas to keep boredom at bay.

It’s hard to believe another school year has already come and gone. They seem to fly by faster the older kids get. Backpacks have been traded for bathing suits, backyard squirt gun battles and ballgames.

If your house has school-age occupants, one of the hallmarks of summer—aside from warm weather and bugs, of course—is the dreaded refrain of, “Mom, I’m bored!”

Enter our Summer Fun issue, packed with activities and events to get your crew on the move and keep boredom at bay. Don’t have a copy yet? Find one at columbusparent.com/locations.

Inside, you’ll find tons of ideas starting with our “Summer in the City” story, with suggested outdoor movie series, parks programs and concerts. Plus, we’ve got a roundup of Central Ohio splash pads and spraygrounds (all free!), arts and entertainment recommendations, and our events calendar with listings through August.

Caught the travel bug? Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing by taking a day trip to space-related sites around the Buckeye State.

New Albany mom and former NBC4 TV anchor Ellie Merritt, pictured above, shares some of her family’s favorite summer fun spots, too. We had a great time with Merritt and her daughters, Caroline and Claire Zeiger, at Inniswood Metro Gardens in Westerville. (Though Merritt probably wishes we hadn’t given Claire such a big jug of bubbles for the second part of the photo shoot.)

Stay tuned to columbusparent.com throughout the season for more event ideas and calendar listings to fill those not-so-lazy days of summer.

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This issue also features one of our signature annual projects, the Teachers of the Year awards. We’re proud to partner again with ThisWeek Community News to recognize outstanding educators across Central Ohio.

The project honors 15 finalists and three winners—one each at the elementary, middle and high school levels. From a teacher who motivates first-graders with music, to a former engineer who sparks students’ interest in science, to an educator who inspires her classes to care about the environment, this year’s top vote-getters are making a difference. Read about their commitment to helping students succeed in "Educators Who Excel."

Thanks for reading, and have a great summer!