What Should We Do This Weekend? December 1-4, 2016 Holiday Edition!

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Hi Everyone! Each week in December I’ll be extending my weekend posts to include more holiday events going on throughout the week! There are so many fun things going on, why limit it to the weekend? 🙂

**Please also don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a family play pass to Recreations Outlet by telling me 3 Places You Love to take Your Kids in Columbus ➡️ click HERE to enter! I’m giving away 2 passes each week!**

Ongoing

12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt in Historic Dublin – pick up a 12 Elves Card at a participating location then find all 12 elves. Each time you find an elf you will get a special treat! Turn your card in to enter the Grand Prize drawing!

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – see the amazing light shows, special performances and holiday festivities!

Tribute to the Nutcracker at Grove City City Hall – see the animated window display Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival at Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds – a 5 week celebration of Chinese culture with amazing silk lanterns, traditional performances and food!

For more ongoing ideas like the Huntington Holiday Train, Think Outside the Brick Lego Exhibit, Merry and Bright and more, click here for 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

5:00 PM – Hilliard Holiday Hop – carolers, hot chocolate, trolley rides, Santa, cookie decorating and the official Tree Lighting!

5:30 PM – Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting at The Ohio Statehouse  – this indoor ceremony features a short program, welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus and continues with snacks, crafts, games and live performances! Pictures with Santa are free!

6:00 PM – Illuminating Shopping in Old Worthington – luminaries will line the streets and retailers will stay open late for special shopping hours. Horse drawn carriage rides will take you around the neighborhood!

Friday, December 2, 2016

2:00 PM – Sip & Shop at piccadilly – enjoy personal shoppers, free hot cocoa and complimentary gift wrapping while searching for the perfect toy!

5:00 PM – First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Connection – watch A Christmas Story and enjoy special First Friday activities before the movie which starts at 7:00.

5:00 PM – Grand Illumination at the Scioto Mile – lots of live entertainment including BalletMet, Comedy Jugglers, OSU Urban Art Space, Santa and the official lighting of the Scioto Mile. You can also support the Empty Bowls Project and Mid-Ohio Food Bank by purchasing a hand made bowl filled with soup!

6:00 PM – Winter Festival in Upper Arlington – the city’s tree lighting ceremony also includes horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving, carols and a visit from Santa!

6:30 PM – Mama & Me Handprint Ornament Class hosted by Mini Market – make a keepsake clay ornament of your child’s hand!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

9:00 AM – Lionel Train Day at Moody Street Trains – enjoy door prizes, face painting, a visit from Santa and operating train displays!

9:00 AM – Christmas Prelude at The Grand of Dublin – enjoy breakfast with Santa, a coloring contest, gingerbread house decorating, and ornament contest, craft fair, bake sale, hot chocolate bar, musical performances and more!

CANCELLED due to illness . . . 10:00 AM – Make a Christmas Ornament at Lowe’s Build and Grow – register online to receive an apron, goggles and a patch along with your ornament project!

10:00 AM – Cheryl’s Annual Holiday Party in Westerville – free pictures with Santa from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, frost a cookie with Mrs. Claus, free samples, special prices and a Secret Santa Shop!

10:00 AM – Christmas Celebration in Grove City Town Center – a full day celebration includes visits with santa, live entertainment, a parade, the Mistletoe Market and much more!

11:00 AM – Holiday Gift Making at Franklin Park Conservatory – children can make and take their own gifts! $2 per gift!

11:00 AM – Made Local Marketplace at Brookshire – Ohio made products by local vendors for your shopping enjoyment!

12:00 PM – Bexley Holiday Hop in Bexley  – Bexley merchants will offer special promotions, entertainment and samples! There will be princesses and Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Fill your snowman card to enter the drawing for prizes!

12:00 PM – Holiday Hop in the Short North Arts District – the biggest Gallery Hop of the year includes a visit with Santa, decorated windows, and lots of holiday cheer!

12:00 PM – Christmastime Open House at the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club – visit the club during these special open house days (Saturdays and Sundays throughout December) to view large model railroads and try out the interactive Thomas the Tank Engine lay out!

12:30 PM – Secret Gift Shoppe at Cruz Candy and Studio J – Spin the wheel for free candy at Cruz Candy, taste free chocolate and kids can create surprise gifts for family members at Studio J upstairs!

2:00 PM – Holidays in Powell – event includes a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, activities in downtown Powell, and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Village Green Park!

6:00 PM – A Holiday Evening on the Farm at Gallant Farm Preserve – live Christmas music, roast chestnuts, eat cookies and make holiday decorations at this celebration of the holidays set in the 1930’s!

Sunday

11:00 AM – Made Local Vintage Marketplace at Brookshire – Ohio made market that features 60 local vintage vendors and makers!

12:00 PM – HolidayVille in Clintonville – take the Jolly Trolley throughout Clintonville to visit with santa, decorate cookies, make crafts and much more!

5:00 PM – Village Lights in German Village – stroll the streets of German Village to visit business who will stay open late to offer holiday specials and free treats. There will be live music and lots of holiday festivities throughout German Village!

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ICYMI: November in Review: Amy’s Donuts, Louisville, Toddler Theater and More!

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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November in Review: Amy’s Donuts, Louisville, Toddler Theater and More!

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As I’ve gotten older, fall has started to lose its charm. Especially since I became a parent, fall has been overshadowed by the reminder that winter is coming. As a mom, to me, winter means finding indoor activities, braving the cold to leave the house, dark nights after dinner, watching the clock crawl backwards until bedtime. Winter means a lot of extra effort to get out of the house, battling bulky coats and losing gloves. It means getting out to the car and then realizing you forgot to allow time to defrost and scrape icy windows. It means standing outside in the cold while my kids build snowmen, staying at home when the roads get bad. UGH. I’m depressing myself just writing this paragraph. BUT the point I’m getting to is that this year, fall was amazing!

Sure, November was rough in a few ways: the Indians lost the World Series in a rain-delayed, extra inning Game 7, the election craziness, the loss of sleep due to staying up to watch both events unfold on TV! But there were a lot of great things about November too: abnormally high temperatures, the leaves staying full of color throughout the month, the beginning of the holidays! We had a lot of fun in November, soaking up the extra unanticipated month of warmth!

Today I wanted to share about some of the things we did in November in hopes that you might take away an idea or two!

The first weekend in November, my husband and I met my parents at the Buckeye Express Diner in Bellville, OH! I had been wanting to take the kids to eat in this train car for some time! I knew they would love it and I also wanted to personally experience it before including in my MEGA Train List!

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The diner is decorated with an OSU theme . . .

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there is a train playground outside . . .

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and they have huge burgers!

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This restaurant is about an hour drive from downtown Columbus and you could combine it with a trip to Little Buckeye Children’s Museum.

After dinner at Buckeye Express, we actually sent the kids back with my parents and my husband and I had a weekend away in Louisville – which is only 3.5 hours from Columbus! We were attending a benefit for Thistlebend Ministries, an organization that hired my husband to design their website (shameless plug), and we turned it into a little getaway to celebrate our 10 year anniversary! The two things I remember most from our trip are the walk across the Big Four Bridge:

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and Joella’s Hot Chicken:

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We checked out Tanger Outlets, Columbus for the first time! Our main goal was shoe shopping and we did succeed – new shoes for both boys! They were still wearing their rubber summer shoes made for getting wet and going in the washing machine and the warm November had lulled me into forgetting that all it would take was one cold day to freeze off their toes!

The playground at the outlets is really cute, completely closed in and my kids had a lot of fun playing there! However, it is NOT toddler friendly, there are several really high drop offs!

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While we were there, we had lunch at Rise Pies – a cheese pizza was under $6 and was pretty tasty!

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The kids and I went on a tour of Amy’s Donuts with a couple of other blogger friends from Columbus Moms Blog! It was a short, fun tour where we watched the donuts get cut, friend and iced. Each kid got to decorate two donuts at the end! You can read Helen’s post on her blog, Diaper Bag Diaries for more info and pictures! Tours are done every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Just give them a call (614-641-7721) to schedule.

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Mayson and I attended our first Toddler Theater at the Abbey Theater of Dublin with Miss Marlene – Dance and Sing! Clifford the Big Red Dog was in attendance and Mayson had absolutely no interest in getting anywhere near him! These Toddler Theaters are $2 per child and take place on select Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (see the link for dates).

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One of our favorite annual November activities is Model Railroad Days at COSI. Always the weekend before Thanksgiving, the displays here are a hit with my kids! There are several large models set up across two rooms and each room has train tables for playing as well!

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I also took my kids on a blogger tour of Downtown Powell! Hosted by Storgē, the tour included stops in Espresso 22:

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Cute as a Button:

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And Storgē:

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All three shops were beautiful, the owners were friendly (and gracious, as I was the only one toting around two kids . . . haha), and there were kid friendly items for sale at each location! Keep these places in mind for unique Christmas gifts!

We finished up November with a Thanksgiving trip to my brother’s house in Barlow, KY! It was a long drive, but we survived with a lot of new library books and DVD’s. When we visit them, we love to go see the Christmas lights at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement in Grand Rivers, KY.

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It’s almost December! I love our Columbus Christmas traditions and I’m looking forward to trying some new things as well! There is a lot to enjoy during the holiday season, but I think it’s also important to pace yourself and choose your activities wisely. I can tend to cram too much in, but having kids has made me more realistic in what I can accomplish and what I should even attempt! I still overdo it (just ask my husband) but I’m looking forward to a busy yet peaceful holiday season and I wish you the same!

***I’m working on a new feature spotlighting my readers and their favorite places! Would you take a minute to tell me about YOUR favorite places to take your kids in Columbus? Pretty please?! You will be entered into a drawing for a free family play pass at Recreations Outlet! Click HERE to participate! *******

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ICYMI: MEGA Train List for Central Ohio and Beyond (MORE items have been added!)


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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 18-20, 2016

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1. Model Railroad Days at COSI

When: Wednesday – Saturday, November 16-20, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

See model railroad displays from local model railroad clubs and play with trains, color trains and more! (There’s a lot of construction around COSI (including the demolishing of the closest parking lots) but there is still a parking lot available, just allow a little extra time for walking to and from! See more info and a map on their website!)

2. The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3735
This bake sale is the longest-running fundraiser at RMHC of Central Ohio! There will be baked goods as well as chili, sandwiches, soup, hot dogs and hamburgers! There will also be craft vendors and other holiday gifts available for purchase to support RMHC!

3. Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Town Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Celebrate the lighting of the Easton Christmas Tree! Santa will arrive and be available for pictures and many stores will have special offers!

4. Wildlights Stuff the Truck at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065

You can get one free admission ticket to Wildlights for every 5 non-perishable food items you bring on Friday night from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Parking is free too, when you show one item at the parking booth! Large Mid-Ohio Foodbank trucks will be located in the main parking lot where you can leave your donations!

5. B-Well Food Drive at Bibibop, Henderson Rd.

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 1836 W. Henderson Rd., Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: 614-459-2991

Bibibop is collecting canned and boxed foods for Mid-Ohio Foodbank from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. If you bring three items (per person), your meal is free!

6. Deck the District Tree Lighting in the Short North

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Short North

Come to the Short North for live holiday music, pictures with Santa and the official tree lighting at 6:30 PM!

7. Christmas Tree Lighting Holiday Experience at Tanger Outlets, Columbus

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 400 South Wilson Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074

Tanger Outlets Columbus kicks off the holidays with live music, hot chocolate, cookies and Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving to light the tree!

8. Brio Train Play Day at Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 13 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

There will be trains, tracks and accessories all available for lots of free play!

9. Christmas on the Farm at The Olde Hayfield

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4515 Grove City Rd., Grove City, OH 43123

This local vendor event also features food, live music and pictures with Santa!

10. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live at Palace Theatre

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM
Location: 34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Join Daniel and friends for a live production of songs, dancing and adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe!

11. Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228

Enjoy a family-friendly Disney movie with popcorn. All movies are rated G or PG and children age 12 and under are welcome!

12. Sensitive Santa at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0120

Children with special needs and their families are invited to visit with Santa in an environment sensitive to their sensory and developmental needs. Each family will receive one free photo!

13. Visit Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Gahanna’s Creekside District
Phone: 614-418-9114

This family Holiday Lights celebration includes a live reindeer petting zoo, train rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, food trucks, live music and the lighting of Gahanna’s community tree! See the full list of 90 activities here!

14. Family Craft Workshop at Inniswood Metro Gardens

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Innis House, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Bring the family to create holiday gifts! All ages are welcome and all materials are provided!

15. A Delaware Christmas Story Parade

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 20 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

Christmas kicks off in Delaware with a parade and a visit from Santa!

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ICYMI: MEGA Train List for Central Ohio and Beyond

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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