What Should We Do This Weekend? May 19-21, 2017

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1. Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-436-2743

There will be over 40 vehicles for kids to touch and explore! Kids can meet the drivers and participate in other children’s activities! Columbus Public Health will be doing car seat checks and the Ohio Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics will be handing out free bike helmets while they last! The whole event will be “no horn” and you can bring a canned or non-perishable food item to donate to Worthington Food Pantry!

2. Easton Food Fest at Easton Town Center

When: Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2017
Time: See link for times for each day.
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Easton’s 3rd Annual Food Fest is this weekend! There will be Food Truck Friday, Sippin’ Saturday and Sweet Sunday! Sunday might be particularly kid-friendly with samples of sweet treats and live music!

3. Der Dutchman Heritage Days at Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery

When: Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20, 2017
Time: Friday at 6:30 PM and Saturday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Location:445 S. Jefferson St., Rt 42, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-3414

Celebrate Plain City’s Amish heritage with a hog roast and concert on Friday night and celebration on Saturday! Saturday’s activities are free and include a horse parade, vintage baseball game, horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo and lots more!

4. Above the Noise at Westgate Community Recreation Center

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave. Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

The Olentangy Orange High School a cappella pop group, Above the Noise, will be performing an outdoor concert in front of the Rec Center! This is a free concert – bring a chair!

5. Market Sprouts at Worthington Farmer’s Market

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 646 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Check out the information tent at the Worthington Farmer’s Market every 3rd Saturday for activities for kids inspired by the farmer’s market!

6. Babies and Bumps 2017 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 100 Green Meadows Dr. S., Lewis Center, OH 43035

This convention is for new and soon-to-be parents! Meant to be a source of support and resources, there will be seminars and demonstrations, activities and organizations who will cater to you and baby!

7. Busy Bees Garden Club at Dutch Mill Greenhouse

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 18443 State Route 4, Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-0511 Ext 13

This free activity takes place on the third Saturday of each month and is ideal for ages 3 and up! This month’s theme will be DIY seed bombs!

8. Touch a Truck at Grove City UMC

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2684 Columbus St., Grove City, OH 43123

Check out big rigs, construction vehicles and more! There will be a quiet break from 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM for children with sensitivity to sound.

9. First Annual Book Bash at Maryland Avenue Elementary School

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2754 Maryland Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

This family-friendly event includes face painting, book-themed crafts, food trucks, author talks and a silent auction!

10. New Albany Founders Day at New Albany Elementary 2-8

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 177 N. High St., New Albany, OH 43054

This free community event includes a parade, carnival rides, vendors and food trucks! The parade begins at 11:00 AM!

11. Wild Wonders at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The new topiary exhibit, Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders, opens this weekend at FPC! To celebrate the grand opening and Endangered Species Day, animal ambassadors from Ohio Wildlife Center will be visiting at 11:00 AM! You can also learn about the endangered species of Ohio from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM!

12. Spring Fling at Sunny 95 Park

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.
Phone: 614-583-5000

The UA Parks and Recreation department hosts this fun event which includes a fishing derby, touch-a-truck, The Turtle Lady, arts and crafts, inflatables, live music and more!

13. Open House at Burnt Toast Farms

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM both days.
Location: 18230 Raymond Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 614-547-3276

Help Burnt Toast Farms kick off the season with this open house event which includes farm tours, games, flower picking, sunflower seed planting, photo booth, lawn games and more!

14. Water Safety Awareness Day at Goldfish Swim School

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Westerville and Dublin locations
Phone: Westerville: 614-407-3474 Dublin: 614-407-3474

This free event is open to the public and will include Water Safety Presentations, family entertainment, family swim, refreshments and visits from community helpers (including fire trucks!)! Drowning is the leading cause of accidental-injury death in kids age 1-4. Come learn about ways to say safe in and around water taught by Goldfish and safety professionals! Each child will receive a Water Safety Badge from Bubbles! Click the links for the details at each location!

15. EMS & Safety Day at COSI

When: Sunday May 21, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Check out a police cruiser, learn about what police officers, firefighters and other first responders do and watch the Columbus Fire Department use the Jaws of Life during a mock crash! Free with COSI admission or membership.

16. Natural Play Area Grand Reopening at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-891-0700

Celebrate the re-opening of the newly designed natural play area at Blendon Woods Metro Park! Kids can build forts, climb trees, dig in the dirt and more! There will also be free ice cream!


Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for sponsoring this post!

Goldfish Swim School offers perpetual, year-round swim lessons for kids ages 4 months to 12 years old. Our pools are warm and inviting (90 degrees) and our class sizes are small (4:1) so kids receive the personalized attention from our Ellis-trained swim instructors. Our curriculum focuses on water safety so we teach kids at all levels how to be safe in and around water. Goldfish Swim School has two Central Ohio locations, in Dublin and Westerville, and for more information, visit http://westerville.goldfishswimschool.comand http://dublin.goldfishswimschool.com.

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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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Three Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Julie Borm

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1. Millstone Creek Park

Millstone Park in Westerville is by far one of our favorite parks. This sprawling park has everything you’d ever want for all ages. Endless slides, a futuristic NEOS game, soft rubber ground, lots of things to climb, swings, climbing walls, instruments and great little spots for young walkers that’s just their size. It’s a central location and easy parking, and it’s so big that no matter how many people are there it never feels crowded. There is also a serene wetlands play area with a walking path for kids to explore.

2. COSI

My older son is really into space and astronauts and has been for a long time, so once we got our membership we’ve been coming almost on a weekly basis. Sometimes we just pop in to say hi to our “astronaut friend,” (lifesize astronaut in a real costume on display) and play in the little kidspace, which could be a museum all on its own. There are lots of little details I love about this space – like how easy it is for young kids who are potty-training to use the kids’ bathrooms, or the nursing area and the giant foam blocks that are great for some gross motor building. They have lots of creative activities throughout the year for kids and families, and now that the weather is warm again, we can’t wait to play out in the outdoor play space again! Also be sure to check out the Ocean exhibit, which we missed the first few times we went there. This water playspace is breathtakingly beautiful and fun for all ages.

3. Peapod Play Café

There are lots of great play cafes in Columbus, but this one is my favorite lately because it’s ideal for crawlers and let’s be honest, it’s close by. Sometimes you just need to get out that energy, and Peapod does it. There’s a wide array of toys that foster creativity and imagination and it never feels cluttered. I love the bright décor, especially on a rainy day. And don’t miss the Magna Tiles or art/craft options in the front area if kids want a little more of a relaxed activity.


Photo by Aaron Taylor Photography

As a mom of two boys, Shepard, 3, and Beau, 1, Julie is constantly on the go and looking for energy-burning activities for her boys. She and her husband Clint moved to Columbus in September of 2016 from Tampa, FL, and since then, she’s been blogging about their adventures together in a new city and how to find balance and joy in the parenting trenches at Borm & Co. blog. She is a part-time communications consultant and enjoys being outdoors with her family, dark coffee and home decorating.


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Columbus Zoo: Little Explorers Base Camp

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Last week we were meeting a friend at the Zoo and she texted me saying, “We’re at Little Explorers by the pond.” I texted back, “What is that?” And before I got a reply, we stumbled right into this fun set up by the lake, right near the entrance! I have Little Explorers Base Camp on my Tuesday page as an idea of something to do, but we had never experienced it ourselves! There are only a few weeks left in the season, but I got a lot of questions about it on social media, so I thought I’d put together a post with the details.

Exploring pond life!

Little Explorers Base Camp is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM throughout the school year. Each theme runs for two weeks and is held at a different location at the Zoo. Last week the theme was Around the Pond and all of the activities featured something related to pond life.

Fishing!

No registration is required for this activity – you just show up, play for as long as you like and move on when you’re ready. The stations were set up around the area and were really easy to navigate.

Learning about nests and birds!

Feeding worms to baby birds!

There were several staff members there who were really good with the kids, asking them questions about what colors they saw, what things felt like, etc. My kids were really engaged! If we didn’t prod them on to see the polar bears, they probably would have stayed forever!

Building a beaver dam!

You still have the opportunity to do this activity during the rest of May! The theme will be Pollinators and will take place at My House (the house you can walk through in the North American exhibit before you get to the petting zoo!) Little Explorer’s Base Camp will take place on these dates: May 16, 18, 23, and 25 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

And just in case you haven’t heard, there are baby polar bears at the Zoo! Aurora has twins and Anana has one cub. Their names were just announced over the weekend! Anana’s cub is Amelia Gray, chosen by public vote, and Aurora’s twins are Nuniq and Neva, chosen by The Zoo and The Wilds staff.

When we visited last week the twins were nursing, so of course that meant they went right down for a nap and we only saw a head pop up once or twice! These pictures are from a few weeks ago, but I wanted to include them just for the cuteness factor! The twins and the cub alternate days of being out and can be out and about as long as they desire! The schedule is not as tight as it was for baby Nora so you have a good chance of seeing them without as long of a line! 🙂

Edited 1/4/2018:

Upcoming Dates for 2018:

Rockin’ Reptiles:  March 6, 8, 13, 15 at Reptile House
Tons O’ Fun:  March 20, 22, 27, 29 at Pachyderm Building
Barnyard Bonanza: April 3, 5, 10, 12 at My Barn
Celebrate the Sea: April 17, 19, 24, 26 at Manatee Coast
Outback Adventures: May 1, 3, 8, 10 at Australia Roadhouse
Backyard Explorers: May 15, 17, 22, 24 at North American Aviary

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