What Should We Do This Weekend? June 22-24, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

Don’t forget to check out: 35 Free Things to Do with Your Kids in Columbus This Summer and Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week for more ideas of things to do!

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM – Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center – shop the Half Price Books Clearance sale on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Everything is $2 or less! Parking is $5.

9:00 AM – Cake Ball with Admission at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – get a free cake ball with the purchase of admission today only from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – this week at the Commons features Ohio State Athletics, Pretty as a Princess, Columbus Folk Music Society, free kiddie fitness classes and Lowe’s Home Improvement! As always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities!

10:00 AM – Big Machines at COSI – kids can climb up and even operate some BIG machines outside of COSI through June 24th! Learn about the science and technology of construction! (This event is going on now through Sunday!)

10:30 AM – KidX at Polaris Fashion Place – this free event happens outside at the fountain and includes fun activities every week. This week’s theme is Teddy Bear Tidy Up. Bring your teddy bear for a check up from the Teddy Bear Doctor.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – join a nature counselor for a forest playtime! There will be a 30 minute nature activity plus free play time outside in the woods. Ideal for ages 2-5. This is a free event but donations are accepted.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week you can watch The Neverending Story any day (of the week!) at 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Kids Concert on the Green at Worthington Village Green – enjoy a kid-friendly concert with the band Endless Recess!

1:00 PM – Summer Parenting Workshop at Little Arrows Play Cafe – let the kids play at the play area while you learn about positive discipline from local experts!

2:00 PM – Harry Potter Escape Room at Grove City Library – solve puzzles and escape the Harry Potter themed escape room! Grades 5 and up.

4:00 PM – 19th Annual Easton Art Affair at Easton Town Center – the Easton Art Affair happens Friday from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and features a juried fine art show, street fair and art made by kids too!

6:00 PM – Sprouts Night Out at Hilliard’s Station Park – enjoy live music, food trucks and activities including body art, stilt walkers and pop up art with the Arts Council!

6:00 PM – Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Safety Fest in Uptown Westerville – this month’s theme is Safety! There will be fun activities for all ages, street vendors, food trucks, live entertainment and more!

6:00 PM – Creekside Live at Creekside Gahanna – enjoy live music by Will Freed and the Reaganomics!

7:00 PM – Summer Sizzle Concert Series at Grove City Town Center – enjoy a live concert by Agent 99 who plays 70’s and 80’s music!

7:00 PM – Folk Songs Around the Fire at Gallant Farm Park – all ages are welcome to sing, play or listen to music around the campfire! Bring your own instrument!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Beauty and the Beast at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – this free movie begins at dusk! Bring a chair and/or blanket.

8:30 PM – Family Movie Night: The Lion King at Weinland Park, Columbus – watch a free movie in the park! Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

9:00 PM – Movie in the Park – Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Sunny 95 Park – watch a free movie in the park! Movie begins at dusk. Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket!

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – enjoy a waffle with unlimited toppings, coffee and juice for $5/person.

9:30 AM – National Day of Play! at Gymboree Play and Music of Gahanna – enjoy a free day of play and activities for kids ages 0-5!

10:00 AM – Dressing Victorian at Ohio Village – learn what it means to dress like a Victorian, enjoy crafts from the 1890’s and learn more about fashion in the 1890’s! Included with admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Dublin Kiwanis 51st Annual Frog Jump Festival at Coffman Park – kids 12 and under can participate in the frog jump! Come and cheer on the competitors!

10:00 AM – Author and Illustrator Daniel Kirk at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers  – enjoy a story time and book signing with award winning author and illustrator, Daniel C. Kirk.

10:00 AM – Playdates at the Park w/ 614Mom– at Hilliard’s Station Park – moms and kids are welcome to join Eryn from 614Mom and Coffee Connections for a playdate in the park.

11:00 AM – Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory – celebrate National Pollinator Week with food trucks, food demonstrations, live music, The Bugman, Stinger from the Columbus Blue Jackets, a walk through the garden to observe bees in action and lots of other educational information and activities!

11:00 AM – Tanger Food Truck Festival at Tanger Outlets, Columbus – this food truck festival includes activities for kids like face painting, caricatures, arts and crafts and a DJ!

1:00 PM – Family Fun with the Bison at Battelle Darby Nature Center – learn about the bison of Ohio with games, crafts and snacks! Take a walk out to view the bison with a naturalist.

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – hang out by the frog fountains outside American Girl for caricature artists, face painting and balloon artists! This happens on Saturdays AND Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Pelotonia: Movie Night in The Shoe – Ohio State Buckeyes – watch Coco in The Shoe! $5 donation per person supports Pelotonia!

6:30 PM – Exotics on Scioto Mile 2018 at The Scioto Mile – enjoy a display of over 100 exotic cars! There will also be food trucks on site!

7:00 PM – Summer Nights Series at Miller Pool – “Dive-In” Movie at Miller Pool – watch the movie Early Man from the pool! Free popcorn! Kids under two are admitted free. Advance tickets are recommended.

SUNDAY: 

11:00 AM – German Village Makers Market in German Village – enjoy an outdoor artisan market at the corner of City Park & Thurman Ave featuring local artists, designers and growers. There will also be food trucks and live music. This event is pet and family friendly!

11:00 AM – Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room – kids can enjoy free crafts provided by Arts in Uptown and there will be drink specials for the adults!

2:00 PM – For Families: Wildlife Hike at Highbanks Metro Park – take a one mile hike along the Scenic River Trail with a naturalist!

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – hang out by the frog fountains outside American Girl for caricature artists, face painting and balloon artists! This happens on Saturdays AND Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

6:30 PM – Summer Solstice Celebration at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – welcome summer with snacks, stories, crafts and a hike! RSVP by 5:00 on Thursday!


A BIG Thanks to German Village Makers Mart for sponsoring this post!

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Join us at the corner of City Park & Thurman Ave in historic German Village for an outdoor artisan market promoting local artists, designers and growers. Food trucks, live music, pet and family friendly!

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Kim Barnes

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

1. Delaware County Library

The libraries in Columbus and the surrounding areas have so many great resources and programs for kids and the Delaware Library is one of our favorites. It’s located in the heart of downtown Delaware. They’ve got music programs and story time during the week, but there’s also a fun toy area available all the time. Liam likes to bounce back and forth between building things with blocks and using some educational programs on the computers they have available for the kids. Since our family travels a lot, especially during the summer, we try to stop in before every trip so Liam can pick out a book and a DVD to bring along.


2. Dari Point

My husband and I were thrilled to discover a few local ice cream shops here in Delaware when we first moved to town. There’s something so special about creating memories with your kids over ice cream. The Dari Point is our favorite, as it’s the closest to our home and offers lots of options. I love that they have both soft serve and hand-dipped cones with a variety of flavors. Papa Smurf cones seem to be a favorite, especially with the kiddos, but I like choosing a new hand-dipped ice cream flavor to try every time we go. They even serve food like hot dog and hamburgers if you want to grab dinner too.


3. The playground at Tanger Outlets

One of the things we love about the Tanger Outlets (aside from the shopping, of course) is the playground. It’s easy to miss, since it’s tucked away in the corner, but it is so much fun. Liam loves climbing up and down the nature-themed ladders and slides. The whole playground is enclosed within a fence, so it makes for easy play and parenting. Liam’s free to roam anywhere around the playground and I don’t have to worry about him running off somewhere. My favorite thing about this playground is that it’s generally pretty quiet. I think because it’s connected to the outlet mall, people forget it’s there or only visit while they’re on a shopping trip. Most of the time there are only two or three other children there. It’s definitely a nice break from some of busier parks in Delaware.


BIO: Hi! I’m Kim! I’m a mama of two littles, Liam and Caleb, fire wife, blogger, photographer and fiber artist. So basically I wear all the hats and do all the things. My blog Wear Love Wanders is all about my love for kid’s fashion, the latest in baby gear and traveling together as a family. Our boys are the greatest little road trippers and we love exploring new places around the U.S. We moved to Columbus a few years ago and we’ve fallen in love with this city! There is always something new to discover and there really isn’t another place quite like it.

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Blog: www.wearlovewanders.com
IG: instagram.com/wearlovewanders
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Photography: www.kimberlybarnesphotography.com
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ICYMI: Ohio Road Trip: Geneva on the Lake

 


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A visit to family friendly Geneva-on-the-Lake makes for a great family vacation in Ohio this summer!

This post was written in partnership with The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake and Lake Erie Canopy Tours.

I continue to be surprised by the variety of getaways there are to be found in Ohio! {Read 5 of the Best Things About Ohio} Ohio is underrated, as far as I am concerned, and recently we took a trip that proved that point to me yet again!

We were invited to spend the night at The Lodge at Geneva On the Lake, a beautiful resort with great lakeside views, fine dining and it’s own adventurous attraction: Lake Erie Canopy Tours.

boys at The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

We arrived at the Lodge on a Friday afternoon and the boys enjoyed exploring our hotel rooms.

The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

We’ve only recently just begun to re-try hotels with kids (after one scarring experience with our then 2 year old)! I’m happy to report that hotel experiences have since improved, so if you’re in that “oh my gosh no one gets any sleep staying in a hotel room with our kids is the worst I’ll never do this again” phase, there’s hope. 😉

The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

The Lodge generously provided us with adjoining hotel rooms, so that was a huge plus, I’ll admit! But the rooms with a sitting area are a great size on their own!

We had dinner at Horizons Restaurant, located inside The Lodge, which has a kids menu, and a great view. There is a dress code for the restaurant but it doesn’t have to be super fancy. I was relieved to find that were not the only ones eating there with kids, either.

Horizons Restaurant

Horizons Restaurant

The Lodge has an indoor and an outdoor pool, outdoor fire pits and a rec room with board games and a few arcade games. My kids enjoyed playing checkers in the lobby and exploring the gift shop! The grounds are beautiful and provide opportunity for walking along the water or sitting outside to relax.

The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

In the morning, Horizons Restaurant hosts a really great breakfast buffet.

breakfast buffet at Horizons Restaurant

We had our choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, quiche, potatoes, oatmeal, stuffed pancakes, french toast plus all the usuals of a continental breakfast: cold cereal, pastries, toast and bagels, etc. There was also an omelet station with a designated chef!

breakfast food at Horizons Restaurant

On Saturday morning, the kids took to the trees for the Kids Adventure Course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours, which is owned by The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake and, conveniently, on the same property.

Kids at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

I’ll admit when I was booking this trip I had my doubts. My kids are a little bit on the young end for this course and they can both be pretty cautious at times.

kids course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

But both of my kids jumped into this, proving me wrong! The kids go through a course of ropes, bridges, balance beams and at the end, a zip line! We had some struggles along the way with our 3 year old but he made it through!

kids course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

lake erie canopy tours

They were pretty proud of themselves for making it through the course, however we couldn’t get them to conquer the zip line and both had to be rescued at the end!

kid on course at Lake Erie Canopy Tours

The course is geared for ages 4 to 10. I’d say it totally depends on the kid, but I think kids 6 and up would enjoy it the most.

There is an Adventure Course for adults available for older kids and adults. It looked amazing. I’ll admit I would have been scared, but my husband was itching to do it! Also available for adults is the Canopy Tour – a 2.5 hour guided zip line tour!

Lake Erie Canopy Tours

The adult Adventure Course is a two hour course, so it wasn’t possible for us to do it while we had the kids there. If you’d like to do the adult course, this would be an obstacle to consider, so maybe going with another family or having grandpa and grandma along on the trip could be a solution. (And honestly a trip to The Lodge at Geneva would make a great couples getaway!)

the strip in Geneva on the Lake, Ohio

After completing the kids course, we headed down the strip at Geneva on the Lake. We were there before Memorial Day when things really open up for the season, but it was still a fun outing!

The Strip at Geneva-on-the-Lake

The Strip at Geneva on the Lake

I could just imagine how the strip comes alive during the summer!

the Strip at Geneva on the Lake

One stop that was highly recommended to us was Madsen Donuts – we stopped in for a yummy glazed donut. We also hit up Sports Center Arcade.

Madsen Donuts at Geneva on the Lake

Sports Arcade at Geneva on the Lake

Also along the strip is a ferris wheel, restaurants, mini golf, shopping, ice cream and Adventure Zone Family Fun Center!

Geneva on the Lake

Geneva on the Lake Ohio

This would make such a fun Ohio getaway this summer! Geneva on the Lake is a 3 hour drive from Columbus. You could easily spend one or two nights at the Lodge and have a fun family getaway.

Know Before You Go:

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the Lake
4888 North Broadway (State Route 534)
Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio 44041
866-806-8066

Lake Erie Canopy Tours
4888 North Broadway (SR 534)
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041
Open weekends in May and daily May 25 – October 31.
Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
866-601-1973

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