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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 23-25, 2018

19 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

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1. Cheryl’s Bake Sale at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies

When: Saturday, February 17 – Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: regular business hours
Location: Cheryl’s retail locations
Phone: 614-776-1500, ext. 61400
Save up to 75% off on our favorite baked goods at this special bake sale going on through Sunday!

2. Read it, Make it, Eat it – The Very Hungry Caterpillar at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday

 When: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 7227 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-468-1159
Each week there will be a story time, crafts and snack based on a theme! This week is The Very Hungry Caterpillar! $15/child. Recommend for ages 2-5.

3. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of each month, COSI offers extended hours (open until 9PM!) and price reduced admission to families so you can visit, learn, and play late! General admission Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for youth and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions plus a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater! (Free for members.)

4. Open Lab at The Simplr STEAM Playground

When: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 710 Cross Pointe Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-860-5012
Kids ages 5-14 can explore the Simplr STEAM Playground with guidance from instructors on site. This is an open play time where kids can check out the latest gadgets, robots, LEGOs, 3D printing, Minecraft and more! Children can be dropped off and picked up by 7:00 PM. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for members.

5. Parent’s Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus

When: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 1250 E Powell Rd., Lewis Center, OH 43035
Phone: 614-396-8773
Drop the kids off for a “date night”! There will be games, pizza and open play! You must call to register in advance. $30 for the first child and $20 for additional children.

6. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, February 24, 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!

6. Project SKD Healthy Food for All at Mid-Ohio Foodbank

 When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – several session times are available
Location: 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-429-3244

This service learning project involves learning about food insecurity in our own city through learning activities, a service project and a tour of Mid-Ohio Food Bank!  There is a discussion activity to do with your family before hand! This event is free but you must register by Thursday!

7. Saturday Studio Art: Whimsical Snowflakes at Art With Anna

 When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881
Kids ages 4 and up can be dropped off to create a whimsical snowflake project! $20/artist.

8. Kids Day at the Dispatch Home and Garden Show

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Ohio Expo Center – Bricker and Celeste Buildings, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Oh 43211

The Home and Garden Show is going on through Sunday, February 25th, but Saturday is Kids Day! On with special activities for kids will be Legoland Discovery Center, ID’s for kids, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio Wildlife Center, Lowe’s, and more! Show your library card and get $3 off admission! After 4:00 PM you can get 2 for 1 admission by showing your library card at the ticket window! On Sunday, check out the Arts Fest Pop UP!

9. Calling all Kids at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport, OH, 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

Kids of all ages can look for and discover animal tracks and signs!

10. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss Storytime at Barnes and Noble Booksellers

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a special story time and activities!

11. Tree Tappers Community Festival at Camp Ken-Jockety & The Elam Environmental Center

 When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1295 Hubbard Rd., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 800-621-7042

Learn how maple syrup is made, go for a hike, enjoy crafts and sweet treats at this family day! $5/person. There’s also an all you can eat pancake breakfast for an additional cost!

12. Maple Time at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM  both days
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-833-1880

Learn about making maple syrup and taste a sample! Take a short hike to the trees and collect sap!

13. Family Fun Event: Play with Your Food! at Licking County Library

 When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 101 W. Main St., Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-349-5500

If you’re on the east side of Columbus, it might be worth a drive to Newark for this special comedy event from The Spoon Man! Also learn about food science, do food projects and shop at the Winter Book Sale or Winter Farmer’s Market!

14. First Responder Face Off at The Schottenstein Center

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: 555 Borror Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

The Columbus Fire Department battles the Columbus Police Department in this hockey face off! Your ticket is good for this game AND Ohio State vs. Wisconsin. Ticket sales benefit the First Responder Face-Off Foundation. In addition, there will be a display of emergency and SWAT vehicles, K9 and horse mounted patrol and more in the Northeast Plaza of the Schottenstein Center. Tickets are available online.

15. Mister G at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 1125 College Ave., Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-237-7686

All are welcome to attend this performance by Mister G, a Latin Grammy winner who has been called a “kid-friendly bilingual rock star” by The Washington Post! Tickets are $15/family online or $20/family at the door! Purim Palooza activities will follow the concert at 11:30 AM!

16. Cooking Class–Kitchen Science/Pavlovas at 1400 Food Lab

 When: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM
Location: 1400 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215

There are two sessions for this kid’s cooking class featuring pavlovas! The 12:00 class is for ages 4-7 and the 1:00 class is for ages 6 and up. Email uakidscook@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

17. Family Yoga at The Yoga Loft

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Location: 9280 Dublin Rd., Powell, OH, 43065
Phone: 614-705-6399

The 4th Sunday of each month is for Family Yoga! This will be a fun class that includes a variety of poses and partner poses for 90 minutes! Register online.

18. Maple Sugarin’: Syrup Time at Homestead Metro Park

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH, 43026
Phone: 614-508-8111

Learn how to collect sap and make maple syrup! Try samples to see if you can tell the difference between corn syrup and maple syrup!

19. Free Family-friendly Library Concert w/ ProMusica Brass Quintet at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whetstone Branch

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: 3909 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-645-2275

These free concerts combine classical music and children’s literature! Each concert will offer a display of books that correspond with the theme of the day’s music!


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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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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Shannon Gallatin

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 Shannon for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

1. Party Like It’s Your Birthday

Now with locations at the Worthington Mall and Polaris Mall, there is even more to love about Party Like It’s Your Birthday. It’s a party boutique and craft bar that caters to your every need. They take the stress out of planning parties and do an amazing job thinking of every little detail. If it’s not time to plan a birthday party or that’s not in the budget this year, then make sure to catch one of their amazing classes, camps or open play times. They provide a fun, full sensory experience for kids (and adults)  of all ages!

2. Peace Love and Little & Donuts

Peace Love & Little Donuts in Old Worthington is our favorite spot for donuts these days. When you walk in you are immediately greeted with a free donut (for first timers). Their donuts are made fresh throughout the day, meaning your donuts will most likely still be warm as you eat them! Not only do you get to watch the assembly process, but you get to direct it! You can choose from a amazing assortment of yummy toppings. Whether you’re looking for a fun breakfast spot or a little afternoon adventure, this is a fun and tasty outing for the whole family.

3. Firefly Play Cafe

Firefly Play Cafe, located in Clintonville, has been one of my favorite spots to take my daughter since she was an infant. Not only do they have tons of activities for kids including a bounce house, play kitchen, slides, trains, climbing area, infant area and more, they host story times and events throughout the week. They have snacks for sale for kids and adults and always have freshly brewed coffee! It acts as the perfect meet up spot for play dates, especially on cold or rainy days. Kids under one are free and kids 12-24 months are $5/each.


My name is Shannon. Things that I am passionate about: my family, friends, lifestyle blogging individuals with disabilities, baking, traveling, Jesus…oh, and bargains….I’m a sucker for a good bargain! Some might call it being frugal…I call it being  thrifty! I was born and raised in Columbus and love exploring the magic of this city.

I hope that you find my blog, mylifeintheblink.com,  to be a safe haven for you, a place where you find that you’re not alone, a place where encouragement, ideas, hope and maybe even a few laughs meet you along the way.


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ICYMI: Arnold SportsWorld Kids and Teen EXPO is Coming to Columbus

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Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO is Coming to Columbus

The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO, a kid-centered portion of the Arnold Sports Festival will be held March 3-4, 2018 in the Bricker Building at the Ohio Expo Center.
Thank you to Arnold SportsWorld EXPO for sponsoring this post!
All photos were provided by Arnold SportsWorld Expo

Everyone in Columbus knows when the Arnold Sports Festival is in town! The ratio of bodybuilders to normal people walking around the city is turned on its head! 😉 But did you know that a portion of the Arnold Sports Festival is specifically dedicated to kids and teens? Last year was the first I had heard about it and my family is looking forward to attending the Arnold SportsWorld Kids and Teen Expo this year!
This two day festival includes family-friendly activities such as contests, games, a fun zone with zorb balls, face painting, virtual reality video games, bounce houses, bull riding and so much more!
Local organizations such as the Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Clippers, Columbus Crew, Ohio Machine, ZipZone Canopy Tours, Ohio State Chess Club and more will participate in the EXPO, giving kids and teens hands on experiences, clinics and the chance to watch sports demonstrations by some of their favorite teams! There will be over 20 different sports areas for kids to explore!
Kids and adults will be participating in competitions such as baton twirling, gymnastics, taekwondo, archery and more! Make sure to check the full schedule of performances so you don’t miss jugglers, magicians, Irish dancers, musicians and many other live acts! Other highlights include Ronda Rousey, Mike Gillette and Randy Couture, Arnold’s Quest for Talent and the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant!
The Arnold Fitness EXPO takes place at the Columbus Convention Center Friday through Sunday, March 2-4, 2018 and the Kids and Teens EXPO will take place at the Ohio Expo Center on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Kids and Teens EXPO is included with your Daily EXPO ticket. Children 14 and under are free to enter both EXPOs!
Ticket options:
  • The Daily EXPO Ticket: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
  • Ages 14 and under are free if accompanied by an adult.
  • 3 Daily EXPO Tickets: $40 (pre-sale only, offer ends 2/28/18)

*Advance Ticket Sales are only available through February 28, 2018. Beginning March 1, all tickets are $20 and available at the door only.

The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teen EXPO will be held in the Bricker Building at Ohio Expo Center. Parking will be available there for $10. While much of the Arnold Sport Festival will be taking place at the Columbus Convention Center, a shuttle will be available between Ohio Expo Center and the Columbus Convention Center during the following times:
  • Friday, March 2, 2018: 7:00 AM to 2:30 AM (Saturday)
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018: 7:00 AM – 2:30 AM (Sunday)
  • Sunday, March 4, 2018: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
There are so many options, no matter what kind of sport or activity your kids are interested in! We’re looking forward to experiencing this all first hand for the first time since we moved to Columbus 10 years ago!
Know Before You Go:
Address: Ohio Expo Center: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Hours for the Kids and Teens EXPO will be:
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 4, 2018: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Parking: $10

Purchase tickets in advance here: www.ticketmaster.com/arnold

Tips: No strollers allowed!

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