What Should We Do This Weekend? June 2-4, 2017

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It must be summer because there are SO MANY events this weekend! I’ve also updated all of my Days of the Week pages on the blog to include lots of recurring summer events like concerts, movies and more! Use the MENU to navigate to a specific day of the week for all the details! And, as always, thanks for reading! Happy Weekend!

1. Grand Opening Weekend at Johnson’s Real Ice Cream in Dublin

When: Thursday – Sunday, June 1-4, 2017
Time: Begins Thursday at 2:00 PM
Location: 55 W. Bridge St., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-328-5827

Join the Grand Opening Celebration at Johnson’s Real Ice Cream in Dublin! Some highlights include:
Thursday: Buy one scoop, get one free, Friday: $3 large shakes, Saturday: First 67 people get a free single scoop, Sunday: Specialty pints $3.99. (See the link for the entire schedule!) All weekend long there will be children’s activities including visits from Scoops, Johnson’s mascot! Dublin location only!

2. Free Squats and Tots Kickoff at piccadilly

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 2501 E Main St, Bexley, OH 43209

Sign up for this FREE class to kick off the summer session of Squats and Tots where you can exercise WITH your kids! Also, Jenni from Whole Kids Pediatrics will take you around the neighborhood for her class Stretch and Stroll. See the link for details about what to bring and how to register!

3. Grand Opening of the Children’s Play Area at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-798-3023

The Grand Opening of the new Children’s Play Area at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing will include a ribbon cutting, face painting, a balloon artist, a street magician, an opening statement from a Dublin Chamber of Commerce member and more! Make sure to read my post for all the details about the new play area!

4. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

The first Commons for Kids of the summer is this Friday! The carousel and bounce houses are free as well as all the usual crafts and games! This week there will be a visit from Butler Donut Trail and they will be giving away FREE donuts! There will be a donut-themed craft with OSU Urban Arts Space, music from Columbus Folk Music Society and lots more!

5. Touch a Truck at Mill Valley Park Central

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 703 Millwood Blvd., Marysville, OH 43040

At this free event, kids can explore police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tractors, backhoes and more! Bring a non-perishable food to donate to Marysville Food Pantry!

6. Children’s Concert on the Green on the Worthington Village Green

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 951 High St, Worthington, Ohio 43085

This is a free children’s concert on the Worthington Village Green by The Shazzbots! Sock Hop Soda Shop will be there for treats and/or you can pack your own picnic!

7. First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

Ohio History Center’s next First Friday Film is this Friday with Back to the Future.  First Friday events are free for Ohio History Connection members. Adults are $6 and kids (6-12) are $3. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase, including a full cash bar. Visitors can explore the museum after hours and take part in special First Friday activities. The fun starts at 5:00 PM with the movie at 7:00 PM. **I am giving away 4 tickets to this event on my Facebook page! Enter by leaving a comment!**

8. First Friday Walk-A-Bout in Downtown Lancaster

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: multiple locations

AHA!, the Georgian Museum, Ohio Glass Museum and Glassblowing Studio, Sherman House Museum & Decorative Arts Center of Ohio are participating in a Walk-A-Bout in Lancaster on First Friday! Each location will have kid-friendly activities like art projects, a scavenger hunt, bubbles and more!

9. SciDome Groundbreaking & Free Family Night at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 55 S 1st St., Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-349-9277

Join The Works for the offical groundbreaking for the newest addition to The Works – a SciDome planetarium slated to open in Summer 2018. There will be an evening of space and science activities, including rocket building and the movie, Muppets from Space, beginning at 8 PM. You can also take photos with characters from Star Wars! See the link for the schedule of activities! This event is free and open to the public!

10. Touch a Truck at DCEMS Station 8

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 6457 Marysville Rd., Ostrander, Ohio 43061

There will be all kinds of trucks to touch including a helicopter! There will also be free car seat checks at this free event!

11. WOSU Kids Launch Celebration at COSI

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 333 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

WOSU is launching a new, free children’s TV channel called WOSU Kids this Saturday! Celebrate by getting your photo with your favorite PBS KIDS character and checking out the new WOSU exhibit!

12. Summer Reading Club Kick Off at Main Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

Beginning June 3, participants of all ages can sign up for the annual Summer Reading Club at all Columbus Metropolitan Library locations! On Saturday at 10:00 AM, the celebration will include activities, games, music and food! You can also sign up for the Summer Reading Club online!

13. Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Phone:  614-416-7000

There will be family-friendly fun around the Fenlon Square Fountain including caricature artists, face painters and balloon artists! This will happen every weekend from June 3 – August 27, 2017.

14. African-American Cultural Festival in the King-Lincoln District

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: King-Lincoln District, Columbus, Ohio 43203

This new, free, family-friendly festival celebrates freedom and equal rights through opportunities to experience the rich history of the African-American culture. There will be a KidsZone, community resources, food vendors and a walk along the Long Street Cultural Wall. Check the link for the list of live performances!

15. Family Day at Pizzuti Collection

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N. Park St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-280-4004

Families are invited to explore all three floors of the Pizzuti Collection during this family day which also includes activity books and tours! Admission is free all day!

16. Summer in the 614 Festival at Worthington Village Green

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 951 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Come to the Village Green for  local musicians, family activities, games, food vendors and more! Celebrate all that Columbus has to offer!

17. Concert on the Green on Worthington Village Green

When: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 951 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Head back to the Village Green for a family-friendly concert on Sunday night! This event happens every Sunday night through August.


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*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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IKEA Columbus Sneak Peek

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Today I attended the Press Preview for the new IKEA Columbus! I LOVE IKEA! When I lived in Philadelphia, there were two of them so I have been living in a deprived state for the past 13 years! 😉 I’m so excited to have an IKEA close by! I wanted to quickly share some info about the Grand Opening Celebration and some pictures from the day! All written information here is taken from the IKEA Columbus Press Release, May 31, 2017.

The bloggers and media got served a huge spread of food and desserts – all available for purchase in the store and restaurant!

IKEA Columbus is a fun day out for the family with: • Småland, a supervised children’s play area (for children 37”-54” in height) that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest; • Additional play areas throughout the store, offering activities for kids shopping with parents; • A “Children’s IKEA” area in the Showroom that also offers fun, interactive play; and • Attention-to-detail amenities such as family-friendly parking, strollers and baby care rooms.

(Kids must be potty trained: Goals for my 2 year old!) 😉

Part of the large cafeteria area!

These are pictures of some of the display set up at IKEA. You can shop the look and then use the tags on each item to locate them in the warehouse section! 

IKEA designers can work with you to create your customized room or you can pick it all out yourself! They will even come to your home for a consultation!

From home goods, bedding, bathrooms, furniture, pots and pans, pillows, rugs, toys, storage and organizational items, food, tables, candles, plants, to dressers and much more – it’s all here! And at prices that will make you stuff that blue IKEA bag full!

There are 26 checkout lines and more will be open during the Grand Opening Week! Ikea does not use bags, so bring your own or purchase an extra-large reusable bag for $.99 each.

You can see lots of info about the Grand Opening here!

Giveaways for the Grand Opening Week are as follows:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

• Rest Assured – The first 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our 44th U.S. store.
• Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!) – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free POÄNG armchair.
• For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy.
• Pick a Card, Any Card – The first 2,500 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or soft-serve frozen yogurt voucher.
• Happy Birthday to You and Us – The first 100 adults (18 & older) bringing proof to IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 their birthday is the same as the store’s will receive a gift card in the amount of $44, a tie-in corresponding to IKEA Columbus as the 44th U.S. IKEA store.
• Enter our Home, Enter to Win – From June 7 through June 11, 2017, visitors to IKEA Columbus may enter a drawing to win one of ten $1,000 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. IKEA is matching the prizes (a total of $10,000) with a donation of home furnishings to The Homeless Families Foundation, a local organization that provides housing assistance and educational services to homeless families living in Columbus.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

• Sleep Like Royalty – The first 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will receive a free queen-sized HAUGESUND mattress.
• Cozy Comfort – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will receive a free ALINA “sleep set” of bedspread and cushion covers and two FJADRAR pillows.
• Kid’s Best Friend – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Columbus on June 8, 2017 will receive a free GOSIG golden dog soft toy.

Friday, June 9, 2017

• Cook (& Store) Like a Pro – The first 44 adults in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive a free 365+ 6-piece cookware starter set and a FORTROLIG food container storage set.
• It’s in the Bag! – The next 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive freezer bags filled with five different Swedish meals, complete with beverages and desserts, from the store’s Swedish Food Market.
• A Cold Sweet-ish Treat – The first 100 children (17 & under) in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt that day at the Exit Bistro.

Wednesday, June 7 – Sunday, June 11, 2017

• Play Big If You’re Little – Balloon artists, entertainment and face-painting will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Columbus from June 7 through June 11, 2017.

You can begin lining up 48 hours in advance! Are you up for it?!

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NEW! Children’s Play Area at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

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On May 25, 2017, The Mall at Tuttle Crossing launched a soft opening of the new Children’s Play Area, beginning with an 8 AM sneak peek for local bloggers and their kids! Your kids can play here now, too, but the official Grand Opening is this Friday, June 2, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM! To celebrate, there will be a ribbon cutting, face painting, a balloon artist and an opening statement from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

The play area uses the theme STEAM. No, not STEM, STEAM! I’m happy to report they’ve added an “A” for Art, a movement created by the Rhode Island School of Design! Good for them!

There are 5 main activity areas, each representing a letter of the acronym STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

1. Science Scramble:

On one side of the square cards, you can put a science-themed puzzle together. With the other side, you can play tic-tac-toe with periodic elements!

2. Techno Tunes:

Make music with the power of technology! By stepping on the squares in front of the rainbow steps (which lead to a slide!) you can play a tune with the sounds of different instruments! One thing I appreciated here was that music was always playing, but it was NOT loud! 🙂

3. Wonder Wall:

At the Wonder Wall (who’s singing Oasis?) you can use levers, pulleys, wheels and other simple machines to move a ball up through the maze and back down again. This one was a hit with my kids!

4. My Art Gallery:

Tap, slide and pinch with your fingers to choose the scene of your art work, add items to it, enlarge them and then change the style. There are three “easels” to work on around the wall. When you’re done you can email the artwork to Grandma (or whomever you choose)! When you tap “Finish,” the screen says LOOK UP! and your artwork is then displayed on the screen above you! The look on my 2 year old’s face when this happened was priceless!

5. Tile Table:

The Tile Table was, by far, my 5 year old’s favorite station. This was popular with lots of the kids! I apologize to all the kids out there who wanted a literal piece of the action as he stood guarding his castle, making sure it didn’t get knocked down.

In addition to the 5 activity areas, there is an additional toddler zone, STEAM Jr., which is separated from the other areas by a soft, immovable barrier.

My kids, age 2 and 5, were engaged for 3.5 hours at this play area! Honestly, that’s the longest they’ve ever spent at a mall play area before begging me to move on! I had to pry them away because I was hungry!!

Let’s address the number one comment/question I received on social media! There are no more walls! Will this be an issue? For the majority of preschool-aged children? I don’t think so. For your 9 month old crawlers? I don’t think so. For your 18 month old runners? Yes it will be.

After the sneak peek, the mall opened and the play area got busy! There were one or two runners during that time, but most of the kids were engaged in the activities that were presented. There is definitely a shift in focus from large muscle play to fine muscle activities. This isn’t a play area for running around, climbing and sliding, though there is room for a little bit of that.

The truth is that the soft toddler barriers are not large enough to keep bigger kids out and the lack of a barrier around the general play area also allows teenagers in, which I did witness the day I was there.

These are some logistical things that we as parents will encounter, HOWEVER, in my mind, the benefits and engagement level of the activities here outweighs the negatives. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring my kids back here to play. The play area was designed by designers who create a lot of children’s museums, and I think if you shift your focus from what the play area at Tuttle used to be (gross/large muscle), to thinking of this as a small section of a STEAM children’s museum, you’ll be on target with what the play area is designed to be!

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