What Should We Do This Weekend? March 2-4, 2018

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20 Family Friendly Events happening around Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. The Cat in the Hat Reads The Cat in the Hat at Cover to Cover Bookstore

When: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Location: 2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-263-1624

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a reading of The Cat in the Hat! Can’t make Friday? There will be another story time on Saturday at 10:00 AM with author Roni Schotter.

2. Read it, Make it, Eat it – The Cat in the Hat at Party Like It’s Your Birthday

When: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 7227 N High St, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Phone: 614-468-1159

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Read The Cat in the Hat and create two crafts and have a snack based on the theme! Recommended for ages 2-5, this class is $15/child.

3. 3rd Year Anniversary at Diamonds Ice Cream

When: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Sawmill: 5461 Bethel Sawmill Ctr, Columbus, OH 43235 and Hilliard: 3870 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Celebrating 3 years of business, both Diamonds Ice Cream locations will offer 50% off everything! Read about our visit to Diamonds here!

 

4. First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Connection

When: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus Ohio, 43211
Phone: 1-800-686-6124

Ohio History Center stays open for special hours on the first Friday of the month! Admission after 5:00 PM is just $6, kids ages 6-12 are $3 and kids under 6 (and members) are free! There will be crafts and a showing of the movie Hidden Figures at 7:00 PM. Tickets are first come first served. See all there is to do at Ohio History Center!

5. Family Movie Night at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA

When: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 555 YMCA Pl, Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-416-9622

Family Movie Night features the movie Hop!

6. Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 3 & 4, 2018
Time: Sat: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sun: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Arnold SportsWorld is a fun-filled, two-day festival of sports, talent and fitness designed for families with children of all ages. It will feature more than 20 sports areas with an action-packed schedule of challenging contests, games, hands-on demonstrations and drills, a fun zone with zorb balls, bounce houses, bull riding, face painting and virtual reality video games. See all the details about the Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO here!

7. Camp Lazarus Maple Syrup Festival at Camp Lazarus

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4422 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015

This festival spans two weekends! There will be pancakes and sausage for $5 and hotdogs and chips for lunch! Learn how maple syrup is made and participate in fun activities! Admission to the festival is $5 and there may be a small charge for other activities.

8. Grand Bunny Arrival Eggstravaganza at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Center Court,
Phone: 614-846-1500

There will be games, crafts and the arrival of the Bunny! This is a free event but there is a charge for photos with the Bunny!

9. Central Ohio STEM Expo at Thomas Worthington High School

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 300 W. Dublin-Granville Rd, Worthington, OH 43085

This is a free event featuring interactive activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! This event is for students grades K-8 and their parents!

10. Saturday Studio Art: Peppy Penguin at Art With Anna

When: Saturday, March 3, 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 make a Peppy Penguin art project! $20/artist.

11. Columbus Parent’s Camp & Activities Expo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065

Learn all about local summer camp options at this expo held at Columbus Zoo! There will also be animal ambassadors at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM! Look for a coupon in the March issue of Columbus Parent, The Columbus Dispatch and ThisWeek Community News that provides you with $5 parking at the zoo and free expo admission (up to six people per coupon). After attending the expo, admission to the zoo is free!

12. Re-Use, Re-Think, Re-Build! Rube Goldberg Machine Competition at the Makoy Center

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 5462 Center St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Destination Hilliard is sponsoring this competition where students and businesses make an invention out of recycled materials that will pour a bowl of cereal! The public is invited to view these unique inventions on Saturday, March 3rd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Makoy Center. Admission and parking is free!

13. Dr. Seuss Birthday Party! at Kiddie Academy of Hilliard

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2525 Roberts Court, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-363-4169

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, birthday cake, crafts, face painting and more! email hilliard@kiddieacademy.net with your name, phone number and children’s names to RSVP!

14. Uptown Cookie Walk in Uptown Westerville

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Uptown Westerville

Visit 24 shops and businesses in Uptown Westerville and collect Cheryl’s Cookies along the way! Buy your ticket online. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the memorial being erected in honor of Officers Joering and Morelli at First Responders Park. Read about our Playdate in Uptown Westerville.

15. Free Family-Friendly Library Concert with ProMusica Brass Quintet at Grove City Library Library

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614.464.0066 ext. 109

This free, family-friendly concert explores music through different time periods! There will be corresponding books on display to enjoy!

16. Buckeye Comic Con at Courtyard Columbus West

When: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2350 Westbelt Dr., Columbus, OH 43228

This comic book show includes special guests, hourly prizes and several dealers! Admission is $4 and kids 6 and under are free.

17. Happy Birthday, Ohio! at Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center

When: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1 Capitol Sq, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-728-3726

Celebrate Ohio’s birthday with art projects, trivia, visits from local organizations and offices and special tours!

18. AHA!’s 10th Birthday Bash at AHA! A Hands-On Adventure, A Children’s Museum

When: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 315 S. Broad St., Lancaster, OH 43130
Phone: 740-653-1010

Celebrate 10 years at AHA! with food and fun! The celebration is included in admission and free for members! RSVP at the number above!

19. Sham-ROCKS! at Clay Street Ceramics

When: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 13 N. Westmoor, Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-657-2255

Paint your own “sham-rocks” to hide around the community for others to find! Event is $6/person and includes snacks!

20. Free Family-Friendly Library Concert with ProMusica Brass Quintet at CML – Hilliard Branch

When: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4772 Cemetery Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614.464.0066 ext. 109

This free, family-friendly concert explores music through different time periods! There will be corresponding books on display to enjoy! Read more about the CML Hilliard Branch here!

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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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New and Improved Ten Pin Alley Provides Family Friendly Fun in Hilliard

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Ten Pin Alley has been newly renovated to provide a super fun, family-friendly night out in Hilliard!

My husband and I attended the Grand Opening VIP Party at the newly expanded and remodeled Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard earlier this month, and later in the month, Ten Pin Alley hosted my family, and a few other local bloggers’ families, for a night of family fun!

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I think we can all agree that the indoor smoking ban has much improved the bowling alley experience for everyone involved! Bowling alleys are seeing a resurgence that offers activities for the whole family to enjoy together!

Picture of family at bowling alley

I had never been to Ten Pin Alley before its renovation, but I have been told by others that it is much improved! Some of the changes include 8 additional bowling lanes, a 2-story laser tag arena, a new patio and bar, 2 bocce courts and an arcade!

bowling alley in Hilliard Ohio

Having had two very different Ten Pin Alley experiences – one as a date night, and one with kids in tow – I am actually torn between which experience I enjoyed more! Which, I guess, is a good sign that you can’t go wrong doing either!

couple at Ten Pin Alley

Here are all the fun things you can do at Ten Pin Alley:

1. Bowl

Let’s start with the obvious. There is a larger bowling alley with 16 lanes, and a smaller, private area with 8 lanes called The Brooklyn Side, which features its own bar and restrooms. Kids can bowl with ramps and bumpers!

Kids bowling at Ten Pin Alley

Bowling with a 6 and 3 year old pretty much requires putting any competitiveness on the back burner. It’s more of an exercise in letting go – literally and figuratively. My kids, however, had a blast!

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kid bowling at Ten Pin Alley

2. Eat

Whether you decide to eat pizza while bowling or eat a meal in the full restaurant, there are tons of options for dining!

food at Ten Pin Alley

There is a kid’s menu which includes a choice of a main dish (cheeseburger, pizza, chicken tenders or grilled cheese) plus a side (fries or celery and peanut butter) plus a drink for $6. (Add on Vanilla ice cream for $1!)

The huge main menu includes loads of appetizers, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and dessert! The drink menu is extensive, too, and includes local beers.

pizza at Ten Pin Alley

Happy Hour, which is Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM includes $2 off appetizers, $2 off all bar selections, 1/2 off one topping 10 inch pizzas and for the kids, $5 for one round of laser tag and double game play!

kid eating pizza at Ten Pin Alley

3. Laser Tag

laser tag arena at Ten Pin Alley

The new laser tag arena, called Steampunk H2O, simulates an underwater world with giant sea creatures and glow in the dark sea creatures!

Laser tag arena at Ten Pin Alley

There are no age regulations to play, but each child must be able to wear the vest. My 3 year old got scared and didn’t finish the game, but my 6 year old, who started out scared, ended up loving it!

Monday through Thursday and Friday before 5:00 PM, you can play one game of laser tag for $5, 2 games for $8 and 3 Games for $11.

4. Arcade

arcade at Ten Pin Alley

My kids were HUGE fans of the arcade! The arcade uses a card system and the cards can be taken home and brought back to continue to rack up tickets to win whatever prize your child covets! (Or they can be like mine and turn them in immediately for 14 pieces of individually wrapped candy and plastic fangs.) 😉

arcade at Ten Pin Alley

kid at arcade at Ten Pin Alley

I will say my husband and I had a pretty good time doing the arcade just the two of us. I highly recommend challenging your spouse to a high stakes game of Pac Man whenever you get the chance.

man at arcade at Ten Pin Alley

5. Birthday Parties

Bowling Alley in Hilliard, Ohio

The space is available for parties and social events, including kids birthday parties! You can see all the packages available for birthday parties here.

6. Daily Specials

Bowling Sign at Ten Pin Alley

Aside from Happy Hour, each day has its own theme in terms of discounts and deals! You can see all of the daily specials here, but a few of the family friendly highlights include Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays: A free kids meal and $5 game card with an adult entree purchase and the Sunday Family Fun Pack: 1 hour of bowling, 4 pairs of shoes, 1 large 1 topping pizza and 4 sodas for $49.99.

7. Give Back

Bowling Alley in Hilliard, Ohio

Ten Pin Alley has instituted Heart & Bowl, a way to give back to local non-profit organizations! For all of 2018, 2% of all sales will be given to Hilliard Food Pantry, Action for Children and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio! You can see all of the information about Heart & Bowl here.

My kids are already asking to go back to Ten Pin Alley! I’m anticipating hitting up a Kids Eat Free night sometime in the very near future! See you there!

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

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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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