Easton Town Center fountains

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Situated in Easton's Town Square along Townsfair Way, the splash pad fountains at Easton Town Center are a great way to cool down after a day of checking out the hottest trends. Whether fully clothed or swimsuit-clad, kids will love a refreshing romp through the synchronized fountains while parents relax on the shaded concrete benches lining the area.

Worried that the siren call of the Lego store and Build-A-Bear will beckon your wee ones? Easton may be known for its shopping, but there are plenty of free activities nearby to keep your mini-consumers at bay.

Make the splash pad part of a day on the town by checking out the children's story times at nearby Barnes & Noble, get active with the "Follow Me! Health Parents, Healthy Kids" exercise series, or monkey around with animals from the Columbus Zoo.

On weekends, Easton also offers free towels and a "kid's snack" option for $1.50 (they used to have the towels every day, but a spokeswoman said they changed it to weekends only this year).

As the sun goes down, things heat up as Town Square doubles as a performance stage for both local bands and entertainment groups and for the free-spirited, dripping little ones who just can't help but shake it to the beat.

Town Square's proximity to popular stores and restaurants make it a high-traffic area, which means parents will definitely need to keep an eye on their kids at all times. But with all there is to do in this mini town center, your kids probably aren't likely to wander anywhere else.

Easton Town Center Fountains

3900 Easton Station, just south of Brio Tuscan Grille

614-416-7000

eastontowncenter.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 12 noon-6 p.m., Sunday

Parking: Free parking available in surface lots along Townsfair Way

Ongoing events: Children's storytimes take place in the nearby Barnes & Noble store at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays; the "Follow Me! Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids" summer exercise series takes place on Town Square from 11 a.m.-12 noon on Tuesdays through August; and Columbus Zoo animals visit Town Square from 12 noon-1 p.m. on Tuesdays through August.