The MSA welcomes families and children to the conference. The hotel will provide a conveniently-located lactation room during the conference.

Here are some resources for childcare.

Attendees can advertise for a babysitter on the OSU student job site.

Visiting Columbus with Children


Huge award-winning science and natural history museum with hands-on exhibits for kids ranging from toddlers up to teens. Dinosaurs, IMAX, Planetarium. Also has a new, large playground out front. A 25 minute walk from hotel.

Scioto Mile/Bicentennial Park

A nice new walkway/park by the river downtown—great place for kids to run around. Right across the river from COSI. A 15 minute walk from hotel

Goodale Park

Great park for kids to run around less than a ten minute walk from the hotel.

Franklin Park Conservatory

Indoor and outdoor gardens and exhibitions on a variety of ecosystems and climates. Also a Chihuly glass collection. A special exhibit featuring interactive visual projections will be on during the conference. A 12 minute drive.

Columbus Museum of Art

A lot of collections and special exhibitions appealing to conference attendees (see special events page), but also a particularly welcoming museum for children, with a number of interactive displays on the lower level. A 25 minute walk from hotel.

Columbus Zoo

World-famous zoo and aquarium. A half-hour drive north.

Columbus Children’s Theatre

Check the website to see if any productions are going to be on. Right around the corner from the hotel.