Each kid gets a free mineral specimen

The Central Ohio Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show happens this weekend at Veterans Memorial (300 W. Broad St. in downtown Columbus), and it's the only mineral show in Central Ohio that welcomes children. How so? Well, for starters, every kid who attends gets a free mineral specimen, plus there's a ton of educational exhibits, games and activities.

The theme for this year's show is "Ohio Underwater: Our Ancient Seas." Proceeds from the show benefit college scholarships for Ohio earth-science majors.

The show takes place on April 6 and 7, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 for kids ages 6 to 16, but - here's a deal - kids who attend in the Scout uniforms get in for free! Adult admission is $7 per day (or $12 for both days) and kids under 6 also get in for free.

For more information, go to www.columbusrockandmineralsociety.org.