What Should We Do This Weekend? March 30-April 1, 2018: Easter Edition

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

1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe presented by Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: Mar 29 – Apr 22, 2018
Time: multiple shows throughout the weekend
Location: Park Street Theatre, 512 Park Street, Columbus, OH  43215
Phone: 614-224-6672

Watch The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe performed by Columbus Children’s Theatre. The play lasts for 90 minutes and is appropriate for ages 6 and up.

2. Good Friday // Mini-Art-Camp at Art With Anna

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Ages 4 and up can paint, draw, cut and glue to make a cactus collage! $30/artist.

3. Early Bird 99 Cents Skate at Skate Zone 71

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Admission is just $.99 during these special Early Bird hours at Skate Zone 71!

4. Rain Sticks Craft with Fit4Mom Dublin at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd, Dublin, OH 43016

The Fit4Mom Dublin group is hosting a rain stick craft time! You can attend just the craft time or the workout too!

5. Super $5 Friday at Horse-N-Round-Fun

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 7042 Feder Rd. Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-204-5353

Super $5 Friday includes a pony ride, petting zoo, bounce house, small trampolines and pizza! The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance! It is an additional $2 to take your own picture with the Easter Bunny. All ages are welcome!

6. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, March 30, 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.)

7. National Take a Walk in a Park Day at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-890-7529

Celebrate National Take a Walk in a Park Day day with a 1.5-mile walk in the woods. Need more ideas? check out these 6 Central Ohio Metro Park Playgrounds!

8. For Families: Wildlife Night Hike at Glacier Ridge Metro Park

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 9801 Hyland Croy, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-891-0700

Families can take a one mile hike to look for animals! Meet at Picnic Shelter Bulletin Board.

9. KidsLinked.com’s Hilliard KidsFest & Bunny Run at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: registrations begin at 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 5035 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 877-543-7801

This free family event includes a Bunny Run, Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Camp Expo, bounce houses, character appearances, face painting, balloon artist and more!

20. 2018 Westerville Bunny Hop 5K at Westerville Sports Complex

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: 325 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-846-5625

The whole family can participate in the annual Westerville Bunny Hop 5K before the community Egg Hunt!

10. Last Day to Come and Play at the Old AHA! at AHA! A Hands-On Adventure, A Children’s Museum

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 315 S Broad St., Lancaster, OH 43130
Phone: 740-653-1010

AHA! is building a new location and this Saturday will be your last chance to play at the old location! The new location opens on April 23rd!

11. Easter Celebration at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday

When: Saturday, March 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 7227 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-468-1159

All ages are welcome at this Easter Celebration that includes crafts, adopt a bunny, fun egg decorating, games, snacks and more! Space is limited!

12. Community Easter Egg Hunt at Hanners Park

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 458 Groveport Rd, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Children ages 10 and under can participate in this free Easter Egg Hunt! The hunt will be divided by age group and there will be prizes in each category!

13. 10 Year Anniversary Sale and celebration at Moody Street Trains

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 3588 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-262-1945

Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Moody Street Trains with discounts and pizza!

14. Miss Marlene and the Easter Bunny at the Dublin Toy Emporium

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Location:  28 N High St, Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-389-1467

Miss Marlene will be singing your favorite songs at the new Dublin Toy Emporium! The Easter Bunny will be there, too! (Bring your camera!) Tickets are $5. Tickets may sell out so buy your ticket in advance at the store!

15. City of Delaware Easter Egg Hunt & Kite Flying Festival at Delaware Veterans park

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  1121 S. Houk Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This community Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 11:00 AM and will be divided by ages. Bring your own basket! There will also be pictures with the Easter Bunny! Afterwards you can fly your own kite on the fields! Food trucks will be available!

16. Easter Egg Hunt at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1375 State Route 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-891-0700

This egg hunt will be divided by age! Search for candy filled eggs in the fields! Meet at Buzzards Roost Picnic Area.

17. Baskin-Robbins Celebrate 31 at Baskin-Robbins Shops

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: all Baskin-Robbins locations

Celebrate the 31st day of the month with all 31 flavors at Baskin-Robbins! They’ll be selling $1.50 scoops!

18. Cookie Decorating at The Burlap Sunflower

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 3840 Lattimer St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-989-1638

Decorate your own spring-themed cookies with fondant and edible markers! The cost is 6 cookies for $12 or 12 cookies for $20.00. First come-first served unless you prepay. Contact info@sophisticakeit.com to prepay! All ages are welcome.

19. Easter Slime at Michaels

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels store

All supplies will be provided for this activity including pre-made slime! Fill a cute Easter container with slime and see a demo of Elmer’s Magical liquid!

20. Easter Egg Hunt at lilylimes

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Location: 7227 N High St Ste 94A, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-448-1222

lilylimes’ annual Easter Egg Hunt starts at 2:00 PM but the Easter Bunny will be roaming the mall from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and available for pictures from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (bring your own camera).

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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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8 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Columbus over Spring Break

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It might not be the beach, but there’s lots of fun to be had for families during Spring Break in Columbus!

1. Play at Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio

play area at Easterseals of Central Ohio

Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio has two things going on this month you should know about! The first is this week of Open Play during spring break! Monday through Friday (April 2 – April 6, 2018) the play area at Easterseals will be open for special play hours. Price is $5/child for ages 7 and under! Availability is subject to maximum capacity reached. There are also special hours for special needs families. See the link for times. (P.S. This space is also available for birthday parties!)

football field at Ohio State University Horseshoe

ALSO, thinking ahead to later in the month, on April 28, 2017, Easterseals will be hosting their annual fundraiser, Romancing the Grape at The Huntington Club of Ohio Stadium! This is an adults only event that will offer you the opportunity to try over 100 varieties of the finest wines and sample food from some of Columbus’ finest restaurants! (Think The Guild House, The Refectory, The Blackwell Inn, etc.) Tickets are $85 per person until March 31st and $100 per person beginning April 1. The VIP ticket is $175 until March 31 and $200 starting April 1 and includes a VIP reception and tour of the stadium and locker room!

The proceeds directly fund the local Easterseals programs such as their Early Intervention program for kids with special needs, which is offered at no cost to participants who qualify for the service! I’m looking forward to attending this event and supporting Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio! Click here for more info about the event!


2. Free Petting Zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

petting zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

Olentangy Indian Caverns opens for the season on April 2! They will be offering free petting zoo admission for the whole first week (April 2-8, 2018)! Olentangy Indian Caverns would make a fun day trip during Spring Break! Besides the petting zoo there is gem mining, a play area, yard games and of course tours of the caverns! You can read more about it here: 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.


3. Spring Thaw at Ohio History Center

ohio history center, columbus, ohio

Take the kids to Ohio History Center for their special spring break hours. From Wednesday, March 14 to Sunday, April 8, 2018, they will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM every day! (Except Easter, April 1) There will be special programming with an Ice Age theme! There will be scavenger hunts, bones from ice-age mammals and special weekend programs!

There will also be a special pop-up cafe from Taste of Country Monday through Saturday (through April 8) from 11:0 AM – 2:00 PM! You don’t even need to pack a lunch! 🙂 See all there is to do at Ohio History Center here!


4. Family Fun at Ten Pin Alley

ten pin alley, hilliard, ohio

Ten Pin Alley has recently reopened in Hilliard and is offering several Early Bird Spring Break specials!

From 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM during the week and 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on weekends they are offering the following specials through April 1, 2018:

  • Family Fun Pack: $44.95 (bowling for 1 hour, 4 shoes, 1 large one topping pizza, 4 sodas)
  • $5 Game of Laser Tag
  • $10 game card for $5

ALSO, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 is National Laser Tag Day!  Ten Pin Alley will be offering $3 missions all day in their arena!

See all there is to do for families at the New and Improved Ten Pin Alley!


5. Family Open Gym at Vertical Adventures

Vertical Adventures will be offering additional hours for families to drop in and climb! Cost is $10/climber and kids 3 and under are free! These special hours will be offered on the WEEKDAYS March 19 – April 6, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. No need to sign up, just drop in!


6. Do Something Crafty at Aprons and Easels

Aprons and Easels in Hilliard is offering 1/2, 1 and 2 day Art Camps! Check their schedule for availability. Most classes are for kids ages 8 and up!


7. Go on an Easter Egg Hunt

easter eggs

I helped contribute to this HUGE list of Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Bunny Events and more for Columbus Moms Blog! There are so many Easter-related events going on over the next few weeks!


8. School’s Out CBUS: Summer Break at Columbus Museum of Art

wonder room at columbus museum of art

The Columbus Museum of Art is offering several activities for kids of all ages during the Spring Break including Young Child Studios for kids 18 months to 5 years on Tuesdays and Saturdays, free, drop-in Teen Open Studio for teens on Thursdays and Fridays, and free admission on Sundays! The Wonder Room is always available for kids and offers hands-on, artistic activities!


These ideas not enough? You might need to check out this list: “50 Fun Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio with Kids” compiled by First Community Village of Columbus!

Have a safe and happy Spring Break!

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These are 5 things we love about the great state of Ohio!

Thank you to Bob Evans for partnering with us on this post!

My husband, my kids and I were all born in Ohio! While my husband and I have lived in other cities and states, we both eventually moved back to Ohio and have come to love this state for all the great things it has to offer! Here are 5 of the best things about Ohio:

1. Lake Erie Has A Lot to Offer Ohioans

Boy on Lake Erie beach

I grew up in Northeast Ohio and took Lake Erie for granted for most of my life. But after having kids, my husband and I started searching for vacation spots that didn’t require flying or a long drive in the car. We were still craving being at the beach and by water, so we started to explore Lake Erie. We have vacationed at Lake Erie for the past three years now and we have made many treasured memories with our young kids. In just a 2 hour drive from Columbus you can enjoy beaches, lighthouses, boat rides, water skiing, fishing and fresh fish to eat!

2. In Ohio You Can Experience a Variety of Landscapes

Waterfall at Hayden Falls, Dublin, Ohio

If you’re not from Ohio, the variety in landscape within this great state might just surprise you! From the hills of Hocking Hills and Southern Ohio to the rolling cornfields of Amish Country to the beaches of Lake Erie to the skyscrapers of the major cities, no matter what your scene is, you can find it in Ohio. It doesn’t take too long to get from one view to the next! You can easily spend your summer weekends road tripping through Ohio and experience a wide variety of scenery!

3. Ohio is the Birthplace of So Many Amazing Restaurants

Buckeye Hotcakes at Bob Evans Restaurants

We enjoy and take full advantage of so many local restaurants! The Ohio food scene is growing and with Ohio’s agriculture, we are able to enjoy so many local, seasonal ingredients. Living in Columbus we also enjoy being a “test market” for new products before much of the rest of the country! While there are tons of local food options, it can be easy to forget that many large restaurant chains also had their start in Ohio!

Bob Evans himself started his own restaurant in Rio Grande, Ohio nearly 65 years ago! Bob Evans was a generous man who was fiercely proud of his home state of Ohio! In celebration of Ohio, Bob Evans Restaurants has added Bob Evans Buckeye Hotcakes to the menu for a limited time and is calling all Buckeyes to share their state pride on social media by posting a picture or video of whatever it is that makes them proud to be an Ohioan, using the hashtag: #TheOhioWay. Make sure to hop over to my Instagram page where I am hosting a giveaway! You could have a chance to win a $25 Bob Evans gift card!

4. Ohio Has a Vibrant Capital City

downtown skyline, Columbus, Ohio

If you already follow my blog then it’s no secret that we love Columbus! Columbus is the Midwest’s hidden gem, offering all of the amazing things about a large city, without a lot of the stressors of urban living. I lived in one of the top 5 largest cities in the US for 4 years and when I moved to Columbus I traded away the frustrations of parking, traffic jams, high crime and high costs of living while still enjoying all the benefits of a big city: theater, museums, job opportunities, a vibrant food scene and so much more! When it comes to things for kids and families to do, there is really no end in sight!

5. In Ohio You Experience All Four Seasons

fall trees at Inniswood Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

I can’t believe I’m about to say this because I am not a huge fan of Winter: but what is it that makes Spring in Ohio so sweet? The fact that we survived the preceding Winter! And when it comes down to it, I am actually happy that we get to experience all four seasons in Ohio. As much as I like warmer weather and sunshine, I do love the beauty of fall, my kids love playing in the snow and I have been attempting to try to embrace each season and enjoy the rhythm that the changing seasons naturally builds into our lives.

We are proud to be Ohioans and these are just 5 of the things that make this state GREAT! What do you love about Ohio? Make sure to share your Ohio pride on social media using #TheOhioWay!

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