The Parent Pulse: Dinosaurs and a Kid-friendly Brewery

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Dinosaur Island will make a third appearance in Columbus.

Get ready to roar!Dinosaur Island is making another appearance at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The special exhibit, which includes more than 20 animatronic dinosaurs, will delight dino lovers of all ages in the zoo's Australia and the Islands region. The prehistoric boat ride is back, too.

Dinosaur Island, which first appeared at the zoo in 2013 and 2014, is returning thanks to visitor requests. This year's exhibit will be open May 27 to Oct. 31. There is a separate admission charge.

Ever have the urge to stop by the neighborhood watering hole to meet a friend—or hang out with your spouse—when you've got the kids in tow? EnterCombustion Brewery & Taproom in Pickerington. Co-owners Keith and Sarah Jackson have two young children and wanted their new craft brewery to be kid-friendly, so there's a small area with interactive displays, a train table and other items to occupy little ones. The business is housed in the former Pickerington Creamery. Find it at 80 W. Church St., Suite 101, and online

Books, music and film are the focus ofThe Flyover Fest, which aims tostimulate conversation about the arts via events in various North Campus and Clintonville venues. But the new festival, May 11-13, also offers family-friendly fun for all ages. A book fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13at Rambling House Soda, 310 E. Hudson St., and Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St., will feature children's books (including graphic novels for older readers) and free activities such as puppets, a magician, face painting and coloring; head to Wild Goose Creative for the kids' activities. Check it out

A local business has launched theMusicologie Fund to provide music lessons for children in need. Musicologie, near Grandview Heights, started the venture in March, teaming with the nonprofit Action for Children and the Ohio Hispanic Coalition. Scholarships, for students ages 5-18, will cover half the cost of a quarter's worth of lessons. The goal is to fund six scholarships initially and grow the program. To learn more, go