What Should We Do This Weekend? January 19-21, 2018

1. Little Red Riding Hood at Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: Thursday – Sunday, January 18-21, 2018
Time: T & F: 7:30 PM, S & S: 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Location: Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-6672

This 60 minute performance of the story of Little Red Riding Hood is perfect for kids ages 6 and up and includes audience participation! A Sensory friendly performance is also available on Friday, January 19 at 1:00 PM.

2. Nursery Rhyme Thyme at Fresh Thyme with Jennifer Ellis at Fresh Thyme Columbus

When: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM
Location: 6670 Sawmill Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43235

This Mommy and Me Nursery Rhyme Thyme includes free snacks for kids, singing, dancing, bubble and more! Kids of all ages are welcome!

3. Friday Family Nights at Amaze Columbus

When: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 989 N. Fourth St., Columbus OH 43201
Phone: 614-947-1010

Friday nights in January get a kid’s ticket for half price with the purchase of an adult ticket! Appropriate for ages 5 and up.

4. MAC Pajama Party with the Shazzbots at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

When: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Bronwyn Theatre, 777 Evening St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-431-0329

This pajama party includes pizza, art activities, music by The Shazzbots and the opportunity to explore the galleries at the MAC. Tickets are available online.

5. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at CATCO is Kids

When: Now through Sunday, June 21, 2018
Time: F: 7:30, S & S: 1:00 PM & 2:30 PM
Location: Van Fleet Theatre, CPAC, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-0939

Check out this family-friendly performance based on the book filled with song and dance! Tickets available online. In partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library, mention your library card for 10% off!

6. Market Sprouts with Cynthia’s Flowers at Worthington Farmers Market

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-285-5341

Join with Cynthia’s Flowers and OSUCCC-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at the Market Sprouts booth to make paper flowers to give to someone with cancer. Click the link to read Cynthia’s story.

7. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

$5 will get you a waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee!

8. National Popcorn Day at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Location: 15 N. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-800-4642

Celebrate National Popcorn Day with free theatre style popcorn and BOGO bags (limit 2 per customer)! The event link is for the Bluffton store but the event is happening at the Westerville location as well!

9. Drop in Discovery: Legos for Little Ones at Worthington Park Library

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 1389 Worthington Centre Dr., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-807-2626

This fun with LEGOs time features reading math and science games! Appropriate for ages 2-5.

10. Fiona’s First Birthday Celebration at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220

Looking for a road trip this weekend? Take a drive to Cincinnati for the 1st birthday party of baby hippo Fiona! There will be prizes, cake and cookies, Graeter’s ice cream, special activities and more!  Zoo admission is half price!

11. Winter Movie Series: The Lion King at COSI

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 20 & 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM both days
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Watch The Lion King on the National Geographic Giant Screen! Tickets are $5 for members, $6 for non-members.

12. Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

 Manivic’s Dance Company will perform traditional Polynesian dances in the John F. Wolfe Palm House with performances at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Free with admission or membership.

13. Sensory Friendly Films: Charlotte’s Web at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: (614) 247-4433

Watch Charlotte’s Web at a lower volume and the lights kept up. This screening is free in conjunction with The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.

14. Calling All Kids: Owl Pellets at Groveport KidSpace

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

Join the Three Creeks Metro Park for this program where kids ages 5-17 can learn about owls by dissecting an owl pellet!

15. Sunday Family Funday Part Deux at The Draft Room

When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 570 W. Schrock Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-394-8788

This special family day includes craft projects from Arts in Uptown, beer specials and brunch from Broke Johnny Food Truck!

16. Client and Friend Open House at Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center

When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 260 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-204-5380

The CyMacK Group/Keller Williams Capital Partners are inviting their clients and friends to a free safety presentation and entrance to the museum! (Donations accepted.)

17. CANCELLED “Frozen” Characters & Cookies at Our Cup Cakery

When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 16 N. High St., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-395-6330

Paulette’s Princess Parties brings the characters from Frozen to sing, dance, do crafts, hear stories, decorate cookies and drink hot chocolate! Tickets are available online.

18. Charlotte’s Web Teaser Performance at CML, Hilliard Branch

When: Sunday January 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 4772 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-645-2275

Families can get a sneak peak of Hilliard Darby High School’s performance of Charlotte’s Web! There will also be special activities! All ages welcome.

19. Jon Scieszka at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

When: Sunday January 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2116 Arlington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221
Phone: 1-800-838-3006

New York Times best-selling author Jon Scieszka will be at the new location of Cover to Cover bookstore! Tickets are $26.52 and include your own “Frank Einstein and the Bio-Action Gizmo” book. One ticket admits one child and one adult. Stop in early at Picassos to make a robot costume for free from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Call the bookstore for reservations!

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Bethia Woolf

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 Bethia for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month! Bethia is an expert in the ethnic food scene in Columbus so, naturally, she is sharing 3 places she loves to take her daughter to EAT in Columbus!

1. Sunflower Dim Sum

Sunflower is not only one of our daughter’s favorite restaurants, but also one of our favorite places to take her. During their weekend ‘dim sum’, a wide variety of appetizer-sized dishes are wheeled around on carts and to your table soon after you’re seated – useful since hungry children (and adults) don’t have to wait long for sustinence. You can order dishes in the traditional manner if you know of something specific your child would like, but you can also indulge their curiosity by letting them point and choose dishes on the carts. Dim sum at Sunflower is noisy and bustling, with plenty for the kids to watch, and the din of other diners seems to drown out low-level fussiness. They’re also well equipped with slings and high chairs, and very accommodating with kid’s water cups. A fish tank outside the entrance is a great diversion for restless toddlers.

Good starting dishes for kids new to dim sum are: shu mai, shrimp dumplings, sticky rice in lotus leaf, and silver needle noodles. Also the char siu bao, which comes in both steamed and baked varieties. We recommend the pandan jello and coconut jello on the dessert cart!

Tip: there are some great kids books about dim sum that can introduce the concept and some dishes before you go. We love Dim Sum For Everyone by Grace Lin.

2. Japanese Marketplace

Japanese restaurants in Columbus always seem to be particularly welcoming to children, and at Japan Marketplace you can choose from 4 unique Japanese food establishments offering a wide variety of child-friendly takes on the cuisine. Our daughter loves sushi so we often find ourselves at Sushi Ten where she craves either futomaki or a California roll with miso soup. Sushi Ten also offers appreciated diversions for young ones with their large and well-stocked aquarium and quirky Japanese kids shows on the TV.

Tensuke Express offers a variety of noodle, rice, and snack dishes and also has an overtly kid friendly atmosphere. For a fuller menu and table service there is Akai Hana which provides a distinct kids menu. Belle’s Bread offers sweet and savory pastries, crepes, parfaits and soft serve as well as some prepared sandwiches.

Tips: Japanese Marketplace also houses Tensuke Market where you can buy frozen dumplings, noodles, snacks and other kid-friendly Japanese food to take home. At Belle’s the changing table is conveniently located outside of the restrooms.

3. Menya Ramen

Menya is a uniquely popular destination for our daughter, and in no small part due to their dining room play area replete with a toy stove and kitchen utensils.

Though Menya doesn’t have a dedicated kids menu, their regular menu has proven exceptionally popular with the toddlers in my and my friend’s lives. We steer clear of the traditional ramen dishes for our three year old and instead share dipping noodles with her and order from the sides, including: dumplings, edamame (soy beans), onigiri (rice balls). You can also ask for side orders from the ‘extra topping’ menu, which includes traditional ramen toppings including sliced pork, soft boiled eggs, and extra noodles. Menya features shaved ice, ice cream and almond tofu for dessert. They also eager to please the little ones by providing child sized plastic plates, cups and utensils.

Tip: ask for a table near the play area so when the kids get bored at the table they can play close by while you finish your ramen or chat.

Bethia is the co-founder of Columbus Food Adventures, a business offering guided food tours in Columbus. You can find her on Instagram at @cbusadventures to see what she’s been eating. She lives in Victorian Village with her husband Andy and 3 year old daughter Zoe. They are really passionate about ethnic food and write for Columbus Monthly and blog at alteatscolumbus.com.

Bethia is originally from the UK, has traveled extensively and has lived on this side of the Atlantic for 15 years. Among other things she has worked as a financial regulator, high school teacher and rowing coach. Bethia is one of the founders of both tacotruckscolumbus.com, and streeteatscolumbus.com and is a board member of Slow Food Columbus and Dine Originals Columbus.


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Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Columbus, Ohio

Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Columbus Ohio

Columbus has so much to offer families! It’s a great place to live, work, play and visit! Every day it seems I run across something new going on or a special event to check out! My family moved here 10 years ago and we have fallen in love!

If you’re new to Columbus, planning a trip to Columbus or a new parent in Columbus, these are the top 10, can’t miss family-friendly things to do in this amazing city!

1. Center of Science and Industry

One of the top science museums in the country, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) has something for kids (and adults) of all ages! There are 2 full floors of hands-on science exhibits with different themes from Oceans to Gadgets to Energy, a cafe, a little kidspace that’s perfect for the 6 and under crowd, a permanent American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery and seasonal, traveling exhibits.

2. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Another gem in Columbus is the Zoo and Aquarium! Highlights include the Heart of Africa, the Polar Frontier and the new Shores Play Park! The Zoo is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Don’t miss the special shows, programs for kids and holiday events like Boo at the Zoo and Wildlights! During the summer you can combine your visit with water play at Zoombezi Bay (additional tickets required)!

3. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library and Topiary Park

The Main Library in downtown Columbus was remodeled in 2016 and offers a large children’s area, reading rooms, a coffee shop and cafe, gift shop with unique items, and outdoor patio and access to the internet. It’s worth stopping here even if just to check out the unique Topiary Park just East of the library. There is access to the park from the library. The park is a sculptural interpretation of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte. There are 54 people made of plants and bushes as well as boats, dogs and other animals, standing up to 12 feet tall!

4. Columbus Commons

Looking for a green space in the middle of the city to put your feet up and let the kids run around? Look no further than Columbus Commons. Not only is there a huge green space for kids to run around in, during the warmer months there is access to art supplies and books on most days and a carousel! There are two permanent cafes in the park, Tortilla – Mexican street food and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – some of the best ice cream in Columbus! Throughout the season the park hosts many events, concerts and festivals including Commons for Kids on Friday mornings during the summer.

5. Columbus Museum of Art

Believe it or not, there is a lot for kids to do at the Columbus Museum of Art! Check out the Wonder Room, a space completely dedicated to kids where they can explore various textiles and activities to inspire the artist inside. Throughout the museum there are rotating activities for kids to make connections to the art on the walls. Each year the museum is home to Think Outside the Brick, a huge LEGO display and opportunities for free building. Look for opportunities to take a Family Adventures Tour or drop in on a Young Child Studio. Bonus: the museum is FREE on Sundays!

6. Inniswood Metro Gardens

Many of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks offer amazing play and learning opportunities for kids, indoors and outdoors, but Inniswood Metro Gardens is especially magical for children. The park includes a Sister’s Garden with places for kids to play, look for frogs and hide in the Secret Garden. Kids can walk amongst the trees on suspension bridges and climb into a treehouse. The park also offers programs for children throughout the year.

7. Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory offers the opportunity to step into another climate, be it the desert or the rain forest! Amazing botanical displays are a guarantee and exhibits rotate throughout the seasons. In the spring Blooms & Butterflies opens and your family can watch newly emerged butterflies be released into the habitat. There is a small children’s play area, preschool programs and family friendly activities on Saturdays. The conservatory has indoor and outdoor components. The grounds of the park are beautiful in themselves and also include a playground!

8. Scioto Audubon Metro Park

The only Metro Park in downtown Columbus is the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Within it is the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. The best views of downtown Columbus can be seen from the Center and inside there is a children’s play area, live animals on display and lots of opportunities for bird watching! Walk through the park, over the boardwalk to the climbing wall and playground area for extra exercise! Outside the Audubon Center there is a sand box for kids to play in, a chalk board and overlook decks to spot wildlife! See 9 Things to do with Your Kids at Scioto Audubon for more ideas!

9. Ohio History Center

The Ohio History Center is the hub of the Ohio History Connection, which includes 58 historic sites around Ohio. The Ohio History Center features exhibits highlighting the history of Ohio including a life in the 1950’s, pioneer Ohio, Ohio animals, including a large Mastodon on display, a children’s play area, vehicles and airplanes on display and much more. During the summer months, Ohio Village, an outdoor village that recreates life in the 1800’s is open for exploring and special events.

10. Easton Town Center

Easton Town Center is your one stop destination for shopping, eating, playing and more! This open air mall offers just about any store you can imagine, fountains for splashing, a model train and kid-friendly stores like Build-A-Bear, American Girl, The LEGO Store and coming in the fall of 2018, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center! Beyond shopping, Easton offers tons of stand-alone restaurants to choose from as well as a food court.


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