If you moved to Springboro, Ohio because of the excellent (yes, that's its real rating by the state) schools, don't worry about educating and entertaining your preschool set. As the mid-way point between Cincinnati and Dayton, Springboro is a Southwest Ohio gem that features a small-town feel with easy access to big-town culture.
1. Historic Springboro
While your preschooler probably isn't quite ready to appreciate the full-on historical value of this mid-western town that was founded in 1815, she can enjoy an educational walking tour. Put her walking shoes on, get out into the summer (or spring-time) sunshine and enjoy the Chamber of Commerce's self-guided tour. Stroll along the historic downtown area and check out the stops of the Underground Railroad. Don't worry that this is too much learning for your 4- or 5-year-old. The more experiences that you expose her to now, the more she will have an interest in learning later.
2. Candy Treats
Since 1894, Springboro's resident chocolate and candy-maker Friesinger's (friesingers.com) has been a mid-west favorite. Your little chocoholic can enjoy an afternoon watching candy making of all kinds. While the factory and store front is a commercial retail business, this family-owned Ohio establishment is always glad to offer children a sneak peak behind the scenes at the wonderful world of sweet treat creation. Indulge in just one of their famous chocolates with your preschooler, helping her to avoid the tummy-ache of over-indulgence.
Keeping your preschooler cooped up inside won't help anyone out. Instead of listening to her whines and groans that she is bored, hit the trails and parks that Springboro offers. The North Park (195 Tamarack Trail, Springboro, Ohio), Community Park (666 West Market St, Springboro, Ohio) and Clearcreek Park (3500 Lower Springboro Rd, Springboro, Ohio) all have children's playgrounds that are perfect for the pint-sized set. If taking a leisurely stroll is more your style, and taking a brisk walk is your preschooler's idea of an outdoor adventure, enjoy the sounds and sights of the E. Milo Beck (Lower Springboro Rd, Springboro, Ohio) walking trails.
4. Outdoor Adventures
Turn a sunny summer Springboro day into a wet and wild adventure at one of the area's water and amusement parks. Nearby Kings Island's (visitkingsisland.com) Soak City Waterpark has more than 50 activities including Splash Landing. This totally kid-friendly part of the water park has tons of slide, activity stations and more that are perfect for preschooler guests. Your pint-sized paleontologist will get a kick out of the Dinosaurs Alive attraction with its animatronic giants. If that's not enough, the Planet Snoopy kids amusement area was voted "Best Kids Area in the World" for 12 years in a row by Amusement Today for 2001 to 2012. For another water-soaked option, check out Great Wold Lodge (greatwolf.com), with its bevy of water slides and spray activities.
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