Catch this idea about the Westerville Community Center, put it in your pocket and save it for a rainy day.
The Westerville Community Center, at 350 N. Cleveland Ave. in Westerville, is a great place to take young children when our Ohio weather isn't cooperating. Daily passes allow use of the indoor offerings including a gym, climbing wall, pool and playground.
Westerville Parks and Recreation operates the 96,000-square-foot facility, which opened to residents and outsiders, like me, in November 2001.
Like many moms around central Ohio, I discovered the center while attending a birthday party. The pool and climbing wall are available for party rentals.
The indoor pool is called the Watering Hole and includes a shallow area with fountains and a slide. There's also a lazy river and swirling slide for tube rides. Daily resident rates for a child to swim in the pool is $7.50 and $2 charge to observe.
The concrete wall, called the Zenith Climbing Wall, measures 27 feet. It's designed for beginners and experts alike. Daily rates for a non-resident child is $5.25. Children must weigh 40 pounds.
A great way to check out the facility is to visit the indoor playground, which is free. Children aged two and younger are admitted for free to all activities.
For more information, visit www.westerville.org.