Splash pads are a free way to cool off on these hot summer days.

Vintage Marketplace is Sunday.

A nice splash pad for dogs (and people) can be found at Heritage Trail Dog Park in Hilliard.

Splash Pads

It's getting hot and here's an inexpensive way to take the kids to cool off and get out of the house. Splash Pads can be found in various location in central Ohio and offer an inexpensive way for the kids to have fun and cool off. Free-of-charge splash pads can be found at:

-Village Green Park in downtown Powell

-Easton Town Center in front of Brio

-Dublin's Ballantrae Park

-Downtown at North Bank Park and Scioto Mile

-East Side at Barnett Rec Center at 1184 Barnett Road

If you'd rather go to the pool, most offer a discount on entry fees after 5 or 6 p.m.

* Worthington Pools offers a splash pad, but you have to pay to use the facility. Fees for non-members Daily/After 6 p.m. Adult (18 & up) $8.50/$6; Child (3-17) $6.50/$4.00; Infant (under age 3) Free and Senior (62 & up) $5/$3.

Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A

Dress like a cow tomorrow (July 11) for a free meal. Get a free entree with partial cow attire. Don't have a cow costume? Don't fret-download your "wardrobe" and cut it out and tape it on. http://media.chick-fil-a.com/Media/PDF/Cows/Appreciation-Day/Cow_Starter_Kit.pdf

Free fry day at Penn Station

Menion that it's "free fry day" tomorrow when you order a sub at Penn Station and get a free small fry. http://www.penn-station.com/fryday.php?gclid=CK2R_-6mu78CFVEYMgod7jsAXA

Vintage Marketplace

The Vintage Marketplace returns this Sunday to the Aladdin Shrine Temple near Easton. Admission is $5 and you can find all sorts of vintage, repurposed items and more. Some of my favorite pieces were vintage Ball jars (I bought some to use as solar lanterns for $4 each) old prints from books to use as framed art from $2 and reclaimed barn wood made into furniture. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. http://www.columbusvintagemarketplace.com/

*There's also lots of furniture so bring a van, truck or trailer if you plan on buying some big pieces. I especially liked the furniture for sale at Mister Landchester Vintage Style. He had a marble surfboard table and some cool mid-century modern pieces for reasonable prices.