What Should We Do This Weekend? 4th of July 2017

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This weekend’s post is all about the 4th of July! Happy Independence Day!

1. The Lion King KIDS at Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: Thursday-Sunday, June 29 – July 2, 2017
Time: various times throughout the weekend
Location: 777 Evening St., Columbus, OH 43085
Phone: 614-224-6672

This performance of Disney’s Lion King by the Advanced Performance Academy (kids age 8-11) is 30 minutes long and recommended for ages 5 and up!

2. Ashland Ohio BalloonFest at Freer Field

When: Thursday – Saturday, June 29 – July 1, 2017
Time Begins Thursday at 4:00 PM and ends late Saturday night.
Location: State Route 60 at Morgan Ave., Ashland, OH 44805

Watch hot air balloons take off, enjoy pony rides, laser tag, inflatables, an exotic animal show, an interactive balloon glow and much more at this three day BalloonFest in Ashland, OH!

3. KidX Club at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, June 30, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

This weekly event for kids will take place at the fountain, outside at Polaris Fashion Place or inside near the play area if it rains! This week’s theme is Globe Trotting and there will be princesses in attendance!

4. Where’s the Penguin? in Downtown Delaware

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: varies by location
Location: 25 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-0290

Beginning July 1 through July 30, explore 25 downtown Delaware businesses in search of Penguin! Pick up a passport at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys and Games and start the hunt!

5. Worthington Hills Fourth of July

When: Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, July 1, 2 & 4, 2017
Time: various times
Location: Worthington Hills

Worthington Hills celebrates the 4th of July with a Firecracker Trot, softball games, a Fun Fest that includes carnival games,  inflatables, a DJ, raffles and food trucks and a parade and fireworks on Tuesday!

6. Independence Day at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Enjoy old-fashioned family fun including a Grand Procession, music, dancing, an Ohio Village Muffins base ball game, ice cream making, crafts, games on the green and more! This event is included with admission or membership.

7. Family Day at Pizzuti Collection

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N Park St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-280-4004

Admission is free all day for this event that includes tours of the exhibits, and an art inspired activity book! Tours take place at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. See our visit here.

8. MAKEbreak at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Make a wearable art t-shirt, tote bag or shoes. Purchase of the apparel item is required but the supplies are free. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

9. Olentangy Summer Bash

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 675 Lewis Center Rd., Lewis Center, OH 43035

This free event features family friendly activities, entertainment, food and drink that will culminate in a fireworks display at 10:00 PM! Alex Angelo and Liberty Deep Down will headline and there will be a Family Fun Zone a Food Truck Festival and more!

10. Red White and Boom

When: Monday, July 3, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Downtown Columbus

Ohio’s largest fireworks display is preceded by live music, a children’s park which includes inflatables, a bounce house, slides, an obstacle course, COSI on wheels, Columbus Blue Jackets Slap Shot, Face Painters and more! The parade begins at 6:00 PM at the Main St. Bridge. Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM!

11. Ballpark Boom at Huntington Park

When: Monday, July 3, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln., Columbus, OH 43215

If you’re heading down to Red, White and Boom, check out this family friendly event at Huntington Park which includes inflatables, a zipline, concessions and more! Live music includes the bands McGuffey Lane and Phil Dirt and the Dozers! They will play until 11:00 PM with a break for the fireworks! Admission is $5 and there is an additional cost for other activities.

12. City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: various locations throughout Dublin
Phone: 614-410-4545

Dublin’s Independence Day celebration includes a fishing derby, parade, kids zone, food vendors, live music and fireworks! Anyone over the age of 4 must have a purchased wristband for entrance into the Evening Celebration. See wristband info here.

13. Upper Arlington 4th of July Parade and Party in the Park

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: see link for parade route

The Upper Arlington celebration includes a parade, Party in the Park at Northam Park and fireworks at 10:00 PM!

14. Olentangy 4th of July Parade

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 2840 E. Orange Rd., Lewis Center, OH 43035

This parade in Lewis center begins at Olentangy Orange High School at 10:00 AM or you can take place in the Freedom 4 Miler or kids fun run at 8:00 AM and stay for the parade!

15. July 4th Parade in Hilliard

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 5035 Northwest Pkwy., Hilliard, OH

Hilliard’s parade departs from the Franklin County Fairgrounds and ends at Memorial Middle School. The theme of this year’s parade is Home of the Free Because of the Brave. Parade awards are given at 6:00 PM at Hilliard’s Station Park.

16. The Gahanna Independence Day Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: Parade begins at 10:30 AM
Location: various locations in Gahanna

Gahanna’s Independence Day celebration includes a parade, Creekside Family Day (which includes live music, food and family activities) and a fireworks display! See the link for all the times and details.

17. 4th of July in Delaware

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: Parade begins at 3:00 PM
Location: various locations in Delaware

Delaware’s Independence Day events include a parade, outdoor concert and fireworks!

18. Grove City Independence Day Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123

Grove City’s celebration of Independence Day includes live music, children’s activities including games, inflatables and rock climbing, concessions and fireworks! Parking lots open at 5:30 PM and the fireworks start at 9:50 PM.

19. 4th of July in Westerville

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: various locations in Westerville

Westerville’s 4th of July celebration includes a Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run, a parade, live music, food trucks, a Kids Zone and fireworks! This year’s theme is “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave.”

20. Clintonville July 4th Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: 3901 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Celebrate the 4th of July at Whetstone Park of Roses with a community breakfast, a Run/Walk, flag raising, pet parade, bike decorating contest, fishing derby, concessions and fireworks!


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A Boy Mom Does American Girl

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American Girl Columbus asked me to share some of their events with you – – which is right in line with What Should We Do Today? So I said, “sure!” Then they said I could bring my kids to one of their events. I said, “Sounds great!” I read through the list . . . tea parties, hair salon events, etc. Ahhh…this probably isn’t going to work with 2 boys! 😉 But luckily for me I am an aunt to an awesome niece who LOVES American Girl! Wouldn’t I be the coolest aunt in the world if I could surprise her with tickets for one of these events? (Now you know my true motives…) Well, I was the cool aunt for at least 24 hours (I think.) 🙂

In mid-June my niece, Ava, was able to attend a Doll Hair Salon Spectacular event where she learned how to style her doll’s hair, received some cool hair accessories, a snack and a goodie bag!

All of the girls arrived at American Girl at 9:00 AM – one hour before the doors opened. The event took place in a special room closed off from the rest of the store. Each doll had it’s own stool, cape and hair supplies for the duration of the event. While the girls learned how to take care of their doll’s hair and style it, the moms waited in the store (or if they were me, they went around trying to take fancy pictures). (Oh, lets be honest, they also snuck out for coffee!)

The first time I ever walked through American Girl shortly after they opened at Easton Town Center, I was overwhelmed! When I was growing up, the American Girls were just characters in historical fiction books I shelved at the library where I worked in high school. After that, I went off to college, went about my life, got married, had kids and then opened the door to American Girl at Easton. Obviously, I had no idea what had transpired with the American Girls since 1995!

   

At first I was cynical. I’ll be honest. I couldn’t believe there could be so much stuff for dolls! But what I have since come to appreciate is that there are 10 year olds still playing with dolls. In fact, if you’ve been to Easton, you can probably attest that there are kids a lot older than 10 still into American Girl. And I can really get behind the fact that my niece, who could be doing all sorts of things that rush her into maturity at lightning speed, is still interested in dressing a doll, getting its hair done and hopefully learning some history and reading a book or two in the process!

If you’ve stepped inside American Girl, you know it’s not cheap. But let me tell you, I was truly impressed with the value of the event. Now granted, in full disclosure, we didn’t have to pay for it, but the Doll Hair Salon Spectacular was $20. In addition to the experience of the event, what was included was Bright Highlights for the dolls hair (retail value $10), a snack of yogurt, fruit and a muffin, plus a goodie bag full of things like the American Girl Magazine, a paper doll, and a doll accessory. To me, that’s a deal!

If you’ve been putting off doing something like eating at the cafe because of the price, an event like this would probably thrill your daughter even more for a great price!

Looking to have an American Girl experience with a special girl in your life?

Your girl and her doll can also have a meal in the American Girl Bistro! Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served. Click on the links to see the menus! It is highly recommended that you make reservations in advance – which you can do from the website.

Dolls can also have their hair styled, ears pierced, a spa package, and nails polished. Dolls can also get hearing aids on one or both ears! See all services here.

American Girl also offers all-inclusive Birthday Party packages! View all options here!

 

Thanks to American Girl for allowing me to be the cool aunt for a day! 🙂

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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 23-25, 2017

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1. Easton Art Affair at Easton Town Square

When: Friday – Sunday, June 23-25, 2017
Time: Friday: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

The Easton Art Affair is a juried fine art show which includes art of all kinds plus art for the kids, too! Kids can do a free necklace craft at American Girl on Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM plus make button masks on the Town Square on Sunday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM!

2. Powell Festival at Village Green Park

When: Friday & Saturday, June 23 & 24, 2017
Time: Friday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM Saturday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-885-5380

This two day festival includes live entertainment, food, kid zone, vendors and fireworks!

3. Flicks on the Bricks-Lego Movie at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

This free evening includes live music, sand art, Matt the Balloon Guy, face painting, inflatables, lego characters, a duck race, food truck and The Lego Movie!

4. Movie in the Park: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-620-1865

This fun movie night includes a visit from owls from Ohio Wildlife Center and other activities! The movie starts at dusk.

5. Movie in the Park: Angels In The Outfield at Thompson Park

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: 4395 Carriage Hill Ln., Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: 614-583-5345

Watch Angels In The Outfield on the big screen! Bring your own chairs and snacks!

6. Eastside Movie Night: Sing at Veritas East

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: 2866 Noe Bixby Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-604-6729

This free movie starts at sunset! Bring your own seating!

7. Community Health Day 2017 at OSU CarePoint East

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 543 Taylor Ave., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-688-6400

This free community event offers are health screenings and serves as well as fun activities like a live band, dancers, free turkey dogs, corn and fruit! There will also be free sports physicals for school-aged children plus face painters, balloon artists and activities from COSI and PBS Kids!

8. Hilltop Bean Dinner at Westgate Park

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 455 S Westgate Ave, Columbus, OH 43204

This 80+ yr old event commemorates the role the Hilltop played during the Civil War. The area used to be a Civil War prison Camp where soldiers subsisted on beans! At the dinner not only can you can eat beans, cornbread and hotdogs, but there will also be food trucks, pizza, ice cream and more! There will be activities for kids including inflatables, an antique car show, arts and craft vendors and the whole neighborhood will be having yard sales all day!

9. HOOT 75: Summer at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Summer! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter!

10. Summertime Craft with Ms. Mary at TREEHIVE cafe + play

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 337 W Olentangy St, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-681-1456

Make a summertime craft with Ms. Mary from Little Van Gogh Art School! Appropriate for ages 2-5. Your ticket also gets you a discounted rate for 30 minutes of play and $1 off the Patriotic T-Shirt Craft event at 11:30!

11. Books, Berries & Breakfast at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1377 N 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-506-7040

Pick fresh berries in the garden and enjoy a story time!

12. Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Celebrate pollinators and the plants they pollinate with hands-on learning opportunities, crafts, The Bugman, music, food demonstration, food trucks and more!

13. Reynoldsburg KID FEST at Cotner Park

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 7347 E Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This free festival includes a bounce house, bike parade, face painting, free food and much more! Bring a canned good to donate to Reynoldsburg Helping Hands!

14. The Grandview Hop on Grandview Avenue

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Grandview Ave. between 1st Ave. and 5th Ave.

Enjoy live music, shopping, art, food and fun activities along Grandview Avenue during this free event that happens once a month during the summer!

15. The Family FUN Rock Block At Comfest!

When: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Live Arts Stage, 120 W. Goodale St., Columbus, OH 43215

Sunday is for kids at Comfest! Featuring The Shazzbots, The Muppet Mayhem Band and Favor’d Flow Studio, the theme will be kid-friendly music and dance!


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