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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 20-22, 2018 Earth Day Edition

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18 family friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild

When: Friday & Saturday, April 20-21, 2018
Time: Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 800-491-0174

The JLG’s Spring Warehouse sale is a great place to get children’s and young adult books! All books are $5 each, 100’s of title available. Food trucks will be onsite both days! Read my interview with Junior Library Guild!

2. $5 Friday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun

When: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 7042 Feder Rd. Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-204-5353

Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo! All ages are welcome, no reservations needed!

3. POP UP! Spring Clothing and Equipment Sale at Resolute Athletic Complex

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3599 Chiller Ln, Columbus, OH 43219

The Columbus Mothers of Twins Club’s semi-annual clothing and equipment sale happens this weekend! Get in early at 7:00 AM with a $2 donation to charity. General admission opens at 8:00 AM. No strollers or wagons.

4. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC

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! Read more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Party for the Planet™ at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3485

Celebrate Earth Day with activity stations, characters, animal enrichment and more!

6. Llama & Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Visit the farm on the annual shearing day! See sheep and llamas be sheared! Learn how wool is processed and enjoy hands on experiences. $5/person or $15 for a family of 4. No registration needed. Sock Hop Soda Shop will be on site with a hot and cold menu! Read A Day on the Farm: 5 Things to Do at Stratford Ecological Center!

7. Breakfast, Books and Your Farm at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 1377 N 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-506-7040

Enjoy a story, take home a plant and have a snack at 4th Street Farms!

8. MakerX at Reynoldsburg Performing Arts Center & Fablab

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8579 Summit Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This Columbus Maker Expo is a festival focused on digital design and creation. Expect exhibits featuring 3D printing, virtual reality, robotics, droves, electronic music, coding, hands-on building, LEGO robotics and more! Ages 18 and younger are free, adults are $5. There will be food trucks on site.

9. Earth Day Weekend at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days
Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Franklin County Metro Parks and COSI are hosting this Earth Day event that features hands-on activities and live animals! Learn about vernal pools, build seed pods, observe earthworms and more! Meet at the Nature Center. Read more about Highbanks Metro Park here!

10. Earth Day at The Crest Gastropub

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2875 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614-261-7128

The Crest and The Arts and College Preparatory Academy are hosting this Earth Day celebration with yoga, live music, locally made goods, local farmers, brewers and artists!

11. Sensory Friendly Films: Shaun the Sheep Movie at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Enjoy the movie Shaun the Sheep at a lower volume, lights up and a “no shushing” atmosphere. This is a free screening in conjunction with The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.

12. Aminah Robinson Workshop at Picassos

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1974 N Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-354-1930

Honor Aminah Robinson by creating your own hanging collage inspired by her work! Families will also work to create a community wall mural. $25/child. Spots are limited.

13. Girl Genius STEAM Lock-In at The Simplr STEAM Playground

When: Saturday & Sunday, , April 21 & 22, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 AM
Location: 710 Cross Pointe Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-860-5012

This overnight event is for girls in grades 3-6. There will be a guest speaker who will talk about her time at NASA, 3D printing, tech gadgets, a movie, pizza and snacks!

14. Celebrate Earth Day at Never Grow Up Boutique!

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 4048 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Celebrate Earth Day with discounts, special hours, prizes and more at Never Grow Up Boutique!

15. KidX Earth Day Jubilee at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Celebrate Earth Day by decorating a pot and planting flowers, learning about what can be done to make the Earth a better place and participating in other activities!

16. A Really Big Fun Earth Day at The Vanderelli Room

When: Sunday, Aril 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 218 McDowell St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-403-4689

Enjoy an art show from local students, music by The Shazzbots, vendors, games for kids, a food truck and more!

17. Make a Suncatcher at Burlap Sunflower

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3840 Lattimer St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-989-1638

Make a dragonfly or flower suncatcher. $15 for all materials and class. For ages 16 and older.

18. Earth Day Celebration: Cruddy Creek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway, Ohio 43119
Phone: 614-891-0700

Learn about pollution in rivers and creeks and learn how you can help the environment! Check out the living stream inside the Nature Center! Read more about Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park 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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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Kathleen Murray

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

1. Homestead Park

We LOVE being outside and because my son is very active, this park is perfect for him!  There are so many different areas so he never gets bored.  He especially loves the fun tunnels that connect the different areas!  Plus, it has plenty of shade and picnic tables, and access to the Rails to Trails bike path that we enjoy running on.


2. Hilliard’s Station Park Splash Pad

The Hilliard splash pad is a great spot to cool off on a hot summer day!  It’s right off Main Street in Old Hilliard (and bonus, right across the street from Coffee Connections!) but it’s sunken down a bit which gives it a much more private feel.  The whole space isn’t huge or overwhelming and there’s plenty of spots to sit and watch your little one play!  We always pack a picnic because it tends to be less crowded during lunch! 


3. Frank’s Park/Little Ice Cream Shoppe

Another outdoor option (can you tell we like to be outside??)!  Frank’s Park is a little playground tucked in-between neighborhoods in Hilliard!  It’s not a huge park, but has a nice pond and picnic tables, plus lots of space to play soccer!  There’s also a great path that circles the whole park.  Another huge perk is that you can walk over to the Little Ice Cream Shoppe to grab a sweet treat!


Kathleen Murray is a health and fitness blogger at Just Keep it Simple Fitness.  She is an ACE certified personal trainer and enjoys teaching others that leading a healthy life does not need to be fancy, complicated, expensive, or time consuming.  Her background in soccer and her young son motivate her to stay active every day!  Apart from blogging, she works part time as a chemical engineer and enjoys going on runs with her family.  You can follow her simple fitness tips on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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7 Ways to Give Back in Columbus By Doing Things You Already Do

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Here are 7 ways to give back in Columbus by doing things you’re probably already doing!

In this age of social media and instant news, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to help when there are so many important causes, major issues and people in our own community who need help! Here are 7 ways you can help others in Columbus by doing things you’re already doing!

1. Light a Candle

Burning Candle from Eleventh Candle Co

Everyone likes their home to smell good, right? We’re already buying candles, diffusing oils and boiling cinnamon sticks on the stove, so put your money towards a good smelling candle or room spray that provides jobs for women who are at risk of or survivors of human trafficking right here in Columbus! The factory that makes the candles employs these women in Columbus and the profits from the company then go on to support an orphanage and at risk women in Ethiopia. Shop here (referral link): Eleventh Candle Co. Use my referral code “todaycolumbus” to get 10% off your purchase! They will also soon have a retail space at The Madery in Worthington!

2-4. Go Out for Coffee

Well, this is a no-brainer! If you’re planning a coffee date with your BFF, choose one of these 3 coffee shops where a portion of the profits are being given to a good cause:

Third Way Cafe

coffee mug at Third Way Cafe

Third Way Cafe is a venture of CleanTurn Enterprises whose mission is to “strengthen communities with an empowered workforce by creating profitable social enterprises.”

The cafe hosts a variety of community meetings, classes and informational sessions! Examples include: Entrepreneurship 101, Homework Clubs for neighborhood kids and meetings for parents of addicts. Join them for an open mic night, brunch pop up, card making class and more! Or just stop in for a bottomless cup of coffee for just $2 and browse their large book collection! Follow Third Way Cafe on Facebook to stay in the loop about all of their upcoming events.

Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op

Outside of Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op

Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op is on a mission to reduce infant mortality in Columbus! The coffee shop is also part co-working space and you can rent a work space in the form of a desk or an office on a monthly basis. A portion of the proceeds are given to local non-profits that are working to reduce infant mortality.

Bottoms Up is actively involved in the Franklinton neighborhood and the coffee shop offers coffee, speciality drinks (my favorite is the Canary Island) and baked goods. Read more about them in 5 on Friday: Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops.

Roosevelt Cafe

Coffee mug at The Roosevelt Coffee House

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is a coffee shop with a mission. Proceeds from the coffee shop support efforts in the areas of clean water, hunger and human trafficking. The coffeehouse partners with local and international organizations who are making a difference in these three areas.

Examples of local organizations the coffee shop supports are: Faith Mission, She Has a Name Cleaning Services (also part of CleanTurn Enterprises), Gracehaven, The Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition and the Salvation Army. Read more about the causes and organizations your coffee dollars support here.

5. Bring a Snack to Share

Plate of brownies from Fourteen Twenty Nine

Next time you have to take a birthday treat to school, bring dessert to a potluck or just want to surprise a friend or family member with a special treat, consider ordering your baked goods from Fourteen Twenty Nine. Owner Amanda’s goal is to open a bakery that will support, train and hire women who are survivors of human trafficking and who don’t have easy  access to traditional avenues of employment.

Order your brownies here! All proceeds from the sale of brownies will go towards procuring a commercial kitchen space where Amanda can bake her brownies and begin to accept women who want to volunteer to learn baking skills. As the business grows, Fourteen Twenty Nine will be able to hire women to work in the kitchen space! Read more about Amanda and Fourteen Twenty Nine at Fight Human Trafficking in Columbus One Delicious Brownie at a Time!

6. Have a Family Night Out

Bowling Alley at Ten Pin Alley, Hilliard, Ohio

Ten Pin Alley has recently been remodeled and provides tons of family-friendly fun! There’s bowling, an arcade, laser tag, bocce ball and a full kitchen! (See New and Improved Ten Pin Alley Provides Family Friendly Fun in Hilliard!) But a night out can be more than just that. 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.

7. Take your Kids to the Library

baked goods at Freedom a la Cart

You’re already taking your kids to the library to pick out books and I’m guessing you’re swinging through the Starbucks drive-thru on the way for your coffee fix. (Why do I assume that? Because I do it ALL. THE. TIME. 😉 ) Next time, save yourself the drive thru wait and check out Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch. This newly rebuilt library has a fun and bright children’s area AND it’s home to Annie Maude’s Café, named after Annie Maude Battelle, the first woman to serve on the Columbus Public Library Trustee Board, and run by Freedom a la Cart.

Freedom a la Cart employs survivors of human trafficking here in Columbus and by doing so gives them job skills and a safe place to learn, grow and heal. The cafe serves One Line Coffee drinks, snacks, cookies, brownies and other sweet treats. Read more about Freedom a la Cart here!

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