What Should We Do This Weekend? June 1-3, 2018

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

FRIDAY:

7:00 AM – National Donut Day at Peace Love and Little Donuts – everyone gets a complimentary blueberry cake donut when they visit and you can get a free cup of coffee with the purchase of a dozen donuts! Check out this link: National Donut Day Deals for a list from Mission to Save featuring more local deals celebrating National Donut Day!

9:00 AM – BOGO Admission at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – buy one admission and get one free today from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM!

9:30 AM – BOGO Mini Golf at Olentangy Indian Caverns – to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post! Read 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – head down to Columbus Commons for bounce houses, special performances, crafts, games and more!

10:00 AM – Muffins with Mom at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – admission to the play space at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday includes muffins and coffee between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM!

10:30 AM –Read it, Make it, Eat it – Splat the Cat at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – this event includes a story, two crafts and a themed snack based on the book Splat the Cat! $15/child. 

11:00 AM – From Book to Film Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center – Gateway Film Center has partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to offer free showings of movies made from books! Present your library card to get free admission to the movie! There is a different movie each week and it is shown at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

11:00 AM – Kids Concert on the Green at Worthington Village Green – dance to the band Endless Recess at this kid-focused Concert on the Green in Old Worthington!

6:00 PM – Blank & Brush Block Party at Blank Slate Coffee – enjoy local music, local art and food available from Ajumama!

6:30 PM – Story Trail Celebration & Ribbon Cutting at Friendship Park – kick off the summer reading program and a new story at the Gahanna Story Trail with the ribbon cutting ceremony, live music and free activities or families! The story for this year is The Littlest Bee, written by Gahanna-Jefferson students!

7:00 PM – Youth Musical: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical at Alum Creek Amphitheater – watch this outdoor youth production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at the Alum Creek Amphitheater!

7:00 PM – Summer Sizzle Concert Series (Kids Concert) at George Edge Music Park – this weekend the Summer Sizzle Concert Series features Endless Recess playing children’s variety and family favorite songs! Southwest Public Libraries is partnering to provide activities and crafts for the whole family!

7:30 PM – Rhythm on the River: An Evening of Bluegrass at The Scioto Mile – enjoy a free evening of bluegrass music in Bicentennial Park!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Despicable Me 3 at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – watch Despicable Me 3 in the park! Movie starts at dusk.

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Baby Bargain Boutique and Maternity Sale at Westerville Community Center – shop for maternity clothes, children’s clothing and toys, furniture and more! Admission is a non-perishable item for donation to a local food bank.

9:00 AM – Short North Yard Sale – shop the city’s largest yardsale throughout the neighborhoods of the Short North! Click the link to check out a listing of addresses and what is for sale!

9:00 AM – Hubbard Bazaar at Hubbard Mastery School – if you’re shopping the Short North Yard Sale, check out Hubbard Mastery School for art work, clothing for women and children, handmade jewelry, and other handmade goods for sale!

9:30 AM – BOGO Mini Golf at Olentangy Indian Caverns – to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post! Read 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

9:30 AM – Historian in Training at Ohio History Center 9:30 AM – kids ages 3-6 can be a historian in training through hands on activities and learning historical thinking skills! Register online. $5/child. This month’s theme is C is for Conway.

10:00 AM – Heritage Celebration in Fryer Park – experience farm life in the 1880’s with hands on experiences, carriage rides and other demonstrations. There will be music and 1860’s style base ball, plus a whole lot more! This is a free event but donations to Grove City Food Pantry are being collected.

10:00 AM – Ostrander Annual Touch a Truck Event at Delaware County EMS – get up close with all kinds of vehicles and meet the people who operate them! This is a free event!

10:00 AM – Tractor Show at Gallant Farm Park – check out antique tractors and enjoy activities for the whole family. Free.

10:00 AM – Storytime with author Samantha Smith at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – listen to a reading of Samantha Smith’s book Cate’s Magic Garden at this story time geared for ages 4-8.

11:00 AM – African-American Cultural Festival in the King-Lincoln District – this celebration of history is a family friendly event including live music, spoken word and dance performances, a KidsZone, science station, visual artists, a tribute to Rosa Parks and more!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff at CML Main Library – kick off the Summer Reading Challenge with activities, indoor/outdoor games, food and costumed characters! There will be two performances by Jim Gill at 11:00 AM and 12:15 PM.

12:00 PM – Jeni’s Strawberry Jam at Land-Grant Brewing Company – this free event includes family-friendly activities, live music, ice cream, local food and more!

7:00 PM – Youth Musical: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical at Alum Creek Amphitheater – watch this outdoor youth production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at the Alum Creek Amphitheater!

SUNDAY:

9:30 AM – BOGO Mini Golf at Olentangy Indian Caverns – to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post! Read 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – beginning this month, admission to the Franklin Park Conservatory will be free to Franklin County and City of Columbus residents from 10:00 AM – 5:00PM on the first Sunday of each month! This would be a great time to visit the new Children’s Garden! Must have a valid ID.

10:00 AM – Buckeye Reptile Expo at American Legion Post 144- reptile fans might enjoy this expo featuring all kinds of snakes, turtles, amphibians and more! Tickets are $5 and under and you can get a discount by buying your tickets online.

1:00 PM – TangerKids DIY at Tanger Outlets, Columbus  – Auntie Anne’s will be teaching kids the history of the pretzel and demonstrating how pretzels are made! Kids will get to make their own pretzel. Kids will also take a tour of the Auntie Anne’s store and receive a twisted pretzel and small lemonade. RSVP online.

2:00 PM Summer Comunity Read: Kick Off Party at Bexley Public Library – kick of the Summer Community Read at Bexley Public Library with a party for all ages! There will be instruments to explore and a family friendly concert beginning at 3:00 PM!

3:00 PM – Youth Musical: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical at Alum Creek Amphitheater – watch this outdoor youth production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at the Alum Creek Amphitheater!


A BIG thank you to Olentangy Indian Caverns for sponsoring this post!

Central Ohio’s first Treasure Hunt Maze is now open, just in time for summer! Featuring three special treasure stops as you find your way out, it’s sure to add extra fun to your visit. Admission is $5.00 / person and includes three coins to be used at the treasure stations, which feature rotating goodies like arrowheads, gemstones, and minerals throughout 10,000 square feet of amazin’ fun.

Also, to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post.

When: Open 7 days a week
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1779 Home Road, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-548-7917


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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 25-28, 2018 Memorial Day Weekend

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27 family friendly events in Columbus, Ohio during Memorial Day Weekend!

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Free Cookie Friday at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – get a free cookie with admission!

10:30 AM – Our Village Playdate: Let’s go fly a kite! at Thompson Park – make and take a kite on this playdate with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington!

5:00 PM – $5 Friday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo! at Horse -N- Round Fun – take a $5 pony ride and visit with other animals from the petting zoo!

5:30 PM – Adventures in Flight Opening Weekend at Deer Haven Park – this summer’s theme at Preservation Parks is Adventures in Flight! To kick off the summer, you can take a hot air balloon ride from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (first come, first served). They will also show the movie Up at 9:00 PM

6:00 PM – Clintonville Songsters at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets Worthington – listen to free live music at the Fresh Thyme in Worthington!

6:00 PM – Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays in Westerville – there will be vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, kids activities and more! This month’s theme is Back to Nature and there will be live animals in town!

6:30 PM – The Main Event – Bexley – watch the movie Coco on Capital’s front lawn and enjoy fun activities from piccadilly!

7:00 PM – Family Fun Night at Highbanks Metro Park – enjoy a campfire, play games, do crafts and more!

8:30 PM – For Families: Wildlife Hike at Homestead Metro Park – take a 1 mile hike to look for nocturnal animals!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream Factory – this three day festival includes ice cream eating contests, local artisans, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment, food and, of course, ice cream!

9:00 AM – Barking and Breakfast at Three Creeks Metro Park – enjoy breakfast snacks for you and your dog and then take your dog on a 3 mile walk! The whole family can join in!

10:00 AM – Opening Day at Ohio Village – Opening Day features a 1890’s style carnival! There will be cooking demonstrations, traditional games, fairy floss, and you can meet all of the residents of Ohio Village. There will also be a baseball game played by the Ohio Village Muffins!

10:00 AM – HOOT 87: Art at Gateway Film Center – watch family friendly short films, enjoy dance breaks with the Shazzbots and fun craft activities in the lobby! This event is free with a canned good donation to the Open Shelter.

10:30 AM – Story Time with the Hungry Caterpillar at Polaris Fashion Place – hear an interactive reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and do a caterpillar craft! Price is $5 to enter the Butterflies! attraction.

2:00 PM – Creeking at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – explore the creek looking for fish, salamanders and more!

3:00 PM – Family Tram Trek at Sharon Woods Metro Park -take a 30 minute tram tour of Sharon Woods Metro Park!

3:00 PM – Family Crafternoon at AR Workshop Worthington – this is a family-friendly, DIY workshop where you can paint your own wood or canvas piece!

4:00 PM – Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons – this event included bounce houses, crafts, face painting, soccer, carousel rides an more! This event is free but you will need a $5 wristband to access the inflatables.

5:00 PM – Super Saturday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo! at Horse -N- Round Fun – another option this weekend for the $5 pony rides and free petting zoo! You can also purchase an unlimited ride wristband for $26.

8:15 PM – Free Movie Night: The Greatest Showman at Columbus Commons – stick around after the Family Fun Day to watch the movie The Greatest Showman.

9:00 PM – Late Night Fishing at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – fish after dark at Darby Bend Lakes.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream Factory – this three day festival includes ice cream eating contests, local artisans, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment, food and, of course, ice cream!

11:00 AM – Jim Young Memorial Car Show at Giant Eagle Market District – this event includes activities for the whole family including live music, a bounce house, scavenger hunt and car show. Proceeds benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

MONDAY

9:15 AM – Memorial Day Family Stroller Strides Class at Hannah Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for their Memorial Day class for the whole family! There will be a treat after the work out!

10:00 AM – – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream Factory – this three day festival includes ice cream eating contests, local artisans, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment, food and, of course, ice cream!

10:00 AM – Powell Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony – the annual Memorial Day Parade features more than 60 units and the ceremony takes place immediately following the parade.

1:00 PM – Canoe and Kayak the Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – canoe or kayak Darby Bend Lakes. Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket tot ride.


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6 Super Fun Things to do with Kids in Butler County, Ohio

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Just 90 minutes from Columbus, Butler County makes a surprisingly fun weekend trip for families! We spent Spring Break in Butler County and my kids LOVED it! What is there to do in Butler County, Ohio? Let me tell you. Here are 6 things to do with your kids that will keep the whole family entertained and having fun!

1. The WEB Extreme Entertainment

7172 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester, OH 45069

Arcade at The WEB

Full of indoor fun, The Web offers mini bowling, an arcade, indoor go carts, laser tag, glow putt, climbing wall, escape room and a full cafe and eating area. My kids had a blast at The Web! There is really something for every kid here! You can choose any combination of activities or purchase one of their Family Packages to do all of the attractions! On Mondays you can buy one attraction and get the second 50% off. Check the website for more daily specials!

Go Karts at The WEB

2. The Studio

118 Main St., Hamilton, OH 45013

Boy painting pottery at The Studio in Hamilton, OH

The Studio is the cutest paint your own pottery shop! My kids were way more into this than I expected! You can choose your own piece of pottery to paint and all paint supplies are included. There are stencils to choose from, paints with different effects and pieces to fit whatever your budget might be. Make sure to do this early in your trip so you have time for your pieces to be fired and finished before picking them up!

Boy painting pottery at The Studio in Hamilton, OH

3. EnterTRAINment Junction

7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, OH 45069

Boys at EnterTRAINment Junction

EnterTRAINment Junction is loads of fun for kids AND adults! My husband was just as much a fan of the two miles of model railroad as my kids (maybe more!). Check out the model train as it runs through the history of trains in the US, check out the model of Cincinnati’s Coney Island upstairs, play in the indoor play area that includes a small train ride, indoor climbing area and a space for toddlers and enjoy the A-Maze-N Funhouse! You can read my full blog post about EnterTRAINment Junction here.

play area at EnterTRAINment Junction

4. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum

1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013

Art Cart at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park offers a fun outdoor activity for all ages! The 300+ acre property is filled with a once private collection of sculptures and pieces of art! You can rent an Art Cart by the hour to make sure you see the more than 60 outdoor sculptures! Don’t miss the Ancient Sculpture Museum, open from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM daily. Children 5 and under are free to enter the park.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

5. Jungle Jim’s International Market

5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield, OH 45014

Jungle Jim's

Whether your a foodie or not, Jungle Jim’s will entertain! With lots of interesting displays to spot within the store, kids will be entertained while you peruse aisles upon aisles of food finds from all over the world!

Jungle Jim's International Market

6. The Butler County Donut Trail

Butler County Donut Trail

You can’t go to Butler County without hitting up the Donut Trail! Butler County is home to the largest number of donut shops per capita in the Midwest! There are 12 stops on the trail and if you get your passport stamped at all of them you can earn a t-shirt! Pace yourself over your visit or make a couple trips this summer! Read Everything You Need to Know About the Butler County Donut Trail!

Butler County Donut Trail

Where to Eat:

While you’re visiting, you can’t go wrong with one of these local, family-friendly restaurants:

Bagger Dave’s

Bagger Dave's

Troy’s Cafe

Troy's Cafe

High St. CafeHigh St. Cafe

Jolly’s Drive In

Jolly's Drive In

Fratelli’s Pizzeria

Fratelli's Pizzeria

The Cone

The Cone

We had a great stay at Courtyard Hamilton! The hotel is right on the Great Miami River in Hamilton, OH! And as a complete coincidence, our hotel room was number 614!!

1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, OH 45011

Courtyard Marriott

We did all of these things during a 3 night stay. Whether you stay a few nights or pick one or two of these things to make a day trip out of it, Butler County makes an easy road trip with kids for this summer!

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