What Should We Do This Weekend? July 28-30, 2017

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1. Ohio State Fair

When: July 26 – August 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: 717 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Head out to the Ohio State Fair for rides, exhibits, food, concerts, animals and so much more!

2. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Head down to Columbus Commons for a fun morning that includes free carousel rides, bounce houses, the Imagination Playground, crafts, games and more!

3. KidX Club: Up, Up, & Away at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Parkway , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

The KidX Club takes place at the outdoor fountain area. This week’s theme is Superheroes and Villains! Come dressed in costume! Charleys Philly Steaks will be on site with free lemonade and a prize wheel! If you mention this event at the Charleys Philly Steaks at Polaris mall you can get a free kids meal with the purchase of any combo.

**ALSO – if you post a photo at this event and tag Charleys Philly Steaks AND my blog (What Should We Do Today Columbus? or @whatshouldwedotoday_cbus) you will be entered into a drawing to win $50 in Charleys Cash! Be sure to use the hashtag #mycharleys ! Your post will need to be public to be seen and entered into the drawing!

4. Food Truck Fridays at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205

Have lunch  at Mya’s Fried Chicken, The Cheesy Truck and Kona Ice of Lancaster and Buckeye and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to RMHC. There will also be a live band!

5. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of the night, COSI stays open late and offers reduced admission! General admission is $11 after 5:00 PM and includes a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

6. Flicks on the Bricks Toy Story at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

This fun evening at Hilliard’s Station Park includes the movie Toy Story! There will also be live music, Toy Story Characters, COSI on Wheels and more!

7. Night Under the Stars at Wyman Woods Park

When: Friday – Saturday, July 28-29, 2017
Time: Starts Friday at 7:00 PM
Location: 1450 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH 43212

Grandview Parks & Recreation and Grandview Library are hosting a free family-friendly campout! Bring your tent and sleeping bag, enjoy camp stories and songs, a campfire, snacks and a walk in the woods! Must register on line. See the link for details.

8. Pancake Breakfast at Grandview Middle School

When: Saturday July 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Location: 1240 Oakland Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

The Tri-Village Lions are hosting a Pancake Breakfast that includes sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. There will be a fully functioning model train display and a supervised craft table for the kids. This year’s craft is a firefly that can be decorated and will light-up for hours when finished. There will also be themed raffle baskets and a silent auction which includes Cleveland Browns tickets and Ohio State University items. Tickets are $7, buy 4 get 1 free. Children under 6 are free!

9. Pancake Breakfast at Goldfish Swim School Dublin

When: Saturday July 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 6175 Shamrock Ct., Ste G, Dublin, Ohio, OH 43016
Phone: 614-407-3474

Goldfish Swim School is partnering with Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to grant wishes to a few special children! Stop by the Dublin location of GSS for all you can eat pancakes from Chris Cakes! $6/per person. All proceeds go directly to Make-A-Wish!

10. DINO Weekend at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Meet the Flintstones, Rubbles and Buddy the Dinosaur, learn all about dinosaurs at the Paleontology Station and check out an animal enrichment activity at many of the animal habitats! There will also be a special guide on the Dinosaur Island ride!

11. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Celebrate the weekend with waffles! $5 gets you one Belgium waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee!

12. HOOT 77: The Ocean at Gateway Film Center·

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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 Ocean! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter! Recommended for ages 1-8.

13. Super Hero Day at Blue Monkey Parties & Events

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 591 Hill Rd. N, Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-828-8236

Come jump, slide and meet some of your favorite Super Heroes including Spiderman, Wonder Woman and Blue Monkey! $10/child.

14. Food Truck & Fun Fest in Whitehall

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: Yearling Road, between Etna and Langley, Whitehall, OH 43213

This Food Truck and Fun Fest includes free family fun, vendors, bands and of course, food trucks!

15. Powell Street Market

When: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: downtown Powell

This is the 2nd of 3 Street Markets of the year! There will be over 100 vendors, food trucks and pony rides!

16. Harry Potter Birthday Bash at Gateway Film Center·

When: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

Celebrate Harry’s 37th birthday with a special screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! For $37 you get a collectible lanyard, t-shirt, pre-show party with butterbeer cake, early seating, trivia, and the movie! There will also be a Harry Potter costume parade!

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Lea Delaveris

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Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus! Thanks to Lea for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

1. The Zoo

Yes, it’s totally cliche. But I just love love love our zoo so much! I can’t get enough, and the kids are typically game to tag along with me. I’m totally the person who is talking to the docents and zookeepers. There is just so much to see and learn and watch and do, and even though we’ve been a zillion times, it seems like there is always something that wows us each time we go (even if it is just seeing an elephant pee). My kids have done zoo camp each summer for the past few years, and I can’t say enough good things about that program. We’re also thrilled the dinosaur ride is back this year! And of course, we always hit Wildlights in the winter.

{Lea designed a Something New to do at the Zoo Scavenger Hunt printable for Columbus Moms Blog! See it here!}

2. Carsonies’ Kids Night

We don’t typically eat out on weeknights, but it’s really hard to beat Carsonies’ kids’ night on Mondays. The kids are obsessed with their meatball sliders (I am too, actually), plus, Erica Carlson is there doing her balloon creations and she’s awesome. Super sweet and highly entertaining (for kids and parents), she can create some phenomenal balloon masterpieces (forget just animals – we’ve gotten Yoda, a jetpack, a Pokeball). If you have a spouse traveling or working late on a Monday night, it’s the perfect spot to avoid cooking – you get two kid meals with one adult meal purchase!

3. OSU Airport

This is such a gem that I don’t think a ton of people consider as something to do. We’ve loved going up to the tower on a nice day and watching planes take off and land. The pilots coming in and out have also always been incredibly friendly and taken the kids to tour planes and even an army helicopter!


I’m Lea Delaveris – wife, mom and attempt-to-work-from-home stationery designer. I love creating announcements, invitations and holiday greetings and learning to hand letter (and hopefully create my own font!). You can see my work at minted.com/store/leadelaveris and zazzle.com/leadelaverisdesign and follow along at @lea_d_design on Instagram.

 


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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 21-23, 2017

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1. Franklin County Fair

When: Saturday-Sunday, July 15-22, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM Friday & Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday – Thursday
Location: 5043 Northwest Pkwy., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-7235

This is the 100th Anniversary of the Franklin County Fair. Visit the kids tent for activities for games, crafts and other activities!

2. Cheryl’s Summer 2017 Bake Sale at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies

When: Thursday & Friday, July 20-21, 2017
Time: Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 646 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 800-443-8124

This huge 2-day sale at Cheryl’s Cookies includes up to 75% off, a free gift for the first 50 customers at the Flagship Store, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital tent with crafts, face painting, snacks and more! Each day there will be visits from your kids’ favorite characters like Anna, Snow White, Iron Man and more! Check the link for character appearance times!

3. Westerville’s Touch A Truck at the Westerville Sports Complex

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 325 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-901-6500

Kids can get up close to fire and police vehicles, construction equipment, the Westerville Public Library delivery van  and more!

4. KidX Club: To the Moon & Back at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

The KidX Club takes place at the outdoor fountain area. This week there’s a space theme and kids can explore space with Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Rey and make slime! In addition, Charleys Philly Steaks will be on site with free lemonade and a prize wheel! If you mention this event at the Charleys Philly Steaks at Polaris mall you can get a free kids meal with the purchase of any combo.

**ALSO – if you post a photo at this event and tag Charleys Philly Steaks AND my blog (What Should We Do Today Columbus? or @whatshouldwedotoday_cbus) you will be entered into a drawing to win $50 in Charleys Cash! Be sure to use the hashtag #mycharleys ! Your post will need to be public to be seen and entered into the drawing!

5. ArtWalk in Downtown Lancaster

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Downtown Lancaster
Phone: 740-277-6607

This is the 30th annual ArtWalk in downtown Lancaster! Event includes a juried art show, live music, street performers, food trucks, and local vendors! Specifically for kids, Aha! A Hands-On Adventure will be making hosting an art activity for kids and there will be face painting, tattoos and hair painting!

6. Summer Family Night at Hilltop YMCA

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 2879 Valleyview Dr., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-276-8224

This activity at the outdoor pool includes family-friendly activities! It’s free for members or $15 per family.

7. Gahanna’s Great Outdoors Annual Summer Park & Rec Party

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 150 Oklahoma Ave, Columbus, OH 43230
Phone: 614-342-4250

Gahanna Department of Parks and Recreation is celebrating National Parks and Recreation month with karaoke, kayaking and canoeing, games, inflatables, food trucks, live music and a showing of the movie SING at 9:30 PM!

8. The Main Event at the Bexley Community Pool

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 2100 Clifton Ave., Bexley, OH 43209

Bexley Main Event is happening at the Bexley Pool this month! There will be food for sale, Johnson’s Ice Cream truck and the opportunity to watch Zootopia from the pool! No rafts allowed! The movie will start at dusk.

9. Popcorn Pops We’ve Got Rhythm at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This is a special kid-friendly concert with the Columbus Symphony that also includes free popcorn, activities like face painting, art projects and trying out musical instruments! There will also be the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities. Gates open at 5:30 PM for the activities and the concert begins at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10/piece. Children under 2 are free. Afterwards, stay for the . . .

10. Free Movie at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 8:15 PM
Location: 160 S High St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you come for the Popcorn Pops, you can continue your fun evening by watching The LEGO Batman Movie! Or come down to the park after the ticketed event and watch the movie for free!

11. Movies at Mingo

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 500 E. Lincoln Ave., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This month’s movie is Moana! Activities like hula dancing and hula hooping start at 7:45 and the movie begins at 8:15 PM! Kona Ice will be sold! Bring blankets or chairs and snacks!

12. Eastside Movie Night – “Pete’s Dragon” at Veritas East

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: 2866 Noe Bixby Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-297-8442

The free movie this week will be Pete’s Dragon! Bring a chair or blanket!

13. Movies in the Park at Westgate Recreation Center

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

Celebrate Christmas in July by watching A Christmas Story in Westgate Park. There will be Christmas cookies for sale to benefit the Westgate Recreation Center.

14. Dressing Victorian at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Try on Victorian fashions, make crafts from the 1890’s, see demonstrations from the Victorian era and more at Ohio Village! Included with general admission or membership.

15. A Day in the Park at American Legion Park

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 500 Park Ave, Marysville, Ohio 43040
Phone: 937-645-7350

This celebration of the City of Marysville’s Park system includes free admission to the Municipal Pool from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, a mechanical shark, live music, free hot dogs and refreshments and activities for all ages!

16. Movie Night in Huber Park

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 1520 Davidson Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-322-6800

Family-friendly activities begin at 6:00 PM and the movie, The Good Dinosaur, starts at dusk!

17. Sundays Farmdays at Burnt Toast Farms

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 18230 Raymond Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 614-547-3276

Sundays on the farm include the opportunity to meet the alpaca, stroll through meadows, play games or volleyball and have a picnic. There will be complimentary refreshments and impromptu barn tours, lessons and garden walks!

18. WOSU Kids at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St.., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-4848

WOSU Kids is a new 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and they are providing a fun day of art exploration at CMA! Peg + Cat will be there and the art museum is free on Sundays! (Parking is $5 for non-members).

19. 2017 Chadwick Arboretum Open House

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-3479

This annual open house event includes canoeing, fishing, entertainment from Sock Hop Soda Shop, a display of local bees, tours, educational displays, a tree scavenger hunt, and free root beer floats for the first 300 guests! Make sure to check the link for the exact location of the Arboretum and parking info!

20. Zoo Animals at the Library at Bexley Public Library

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2411 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

The Columbus Zoo will be visiting the library to teach kids about the animals that travel with Jack Hanna. They will be bringing some animal friends with them for an up-close encounter!

Need more? Make sure to check out Summer Nights in Columbus: Something to do Every Night of the Week!


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