What Should We Do This Weekend? January 18-21, 2019, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend and Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend and Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

FRIDAY

7:00 AM – Young’s Jersey Dairy 150th Birthday Celebration at Young’s Jersey Dairy – celebrate Young’s Dairy’s birthday with specials on ice cream, kid’s meals, miniature golf and more! 

9:45 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in for a class with WeJoySing! $5/child and $3 for siblings. There are two class times: 9:45 and 10:30. You can preregister or drop in.  

10:00 AM – Our Village: Winnie the Pooh Play Date at Polaris Fashion Place – celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day with a play date with FIT4MOM Columbus North. Your first class is free and the play date is free. Appropriate for ages 5 and under. 

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. 

10:00 AM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

10:30 AM – Homemade Snow Craft at Foundations Learning Academy (Dublin) – join FIT4MOM Dublin for a free craft time. They will be making homemade snow! (A FIT4MOM workout takes place beforehand. 

10:30 AM – Our Village: Winnie the Pooh Play Date at The Shops at Worthington Place – celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day with a play date with FIT4MOM Columbus North. Your first class is free and the play date is free. Appropriate for ages 5 and under. 

10:30 AM – Happy Birthday Chick-fil-A at Chick-fil-A at Grandview Yard – celebrate the 1 year birthday of Chick-fil-A at Grandview Yard by saying Happy Birthday when you order and you can get a free cookie!

10:30 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in for a class with WeJoySing! $5/child and $3 for siblings. There are two class times: 9:45 and 10:30. You can preregister or drop in.

11:24 AM – Imagination Station at Bexley Public Library – kids can use their imagination at LEGO and art supply stations at the library!

12:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

6:30 PM – Family Swim at Goldfish Swim Schools – families can enjoy the 90 degree water at all three Goldfish Swim School locations from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM every Friday. $5/person for non members or $15/family. 

7:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

SATURDAY

7:00 AM – Young’s Jersey Dairy 150th Birthday Celebration at Young’s Jersey Dairy – celebrate Young’s Dairy’s birthday with specials on ice cream, kid’s meals, miniature golf and more! 

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature based story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. 

10:00 AM – Great Train Show at Ohio Expo Center – this model train show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, operating exhibits, activities for kids an more! Kids 11 and under are free. Adult admission is $10 on Saturday (good for both days) and $9 on Sunday. Save $1 of online tickets by using the code W11.

10:00 AM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

10:00 AM – Our Village: We Rock the Spectrum Play Date at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – join FIT4MOM Columbus North for a special playdate at We Rock the Spectrum. Kids 12 months and older can play for a discounted rate of $8/kid. All are welcome to attend!

11:00 AM – Author Story Time: Annie Martucci at Cub Shrub – autorh Annie Martucci will read her book, The Search For Your Best Furever Friend: An Animal Alphabet Adventure and there will be a craft after the story time! 

11:00 AM – Animals of the Night at Franklin Park Conservatory – Ohio Wildlife Center will be at Franklin Park Conservatory with a kid-friendly presentation about nocturnal animals featuring some of their animal residents!

11:00 AM – Logan Frozen Festival on Logan’s historic Main Street – head to Hocking Hills for this festival that includes over 25 ice sculptures, live sculpting demonstrations, ice games, iceless ice skating, live music, vendors, food trucks and more!

1:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

1:00 PM – Natural Play Area: Shelter Building at Three Creeks Metro Park – build a shelter out of materials found in the woods!

3:00 PM – LEGO Club at Southwest Public Libraries (Westland Area Library) – use your imagination to build with LEGOS!

3:00 PM – Tinker Lab at Southwest Public Libraries (Grove City Library) – take part in a challenge for kids in grades 2-5. This month’s theme is Squishy Circuits and will involve the power of electricity and play dough!

3:30 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

SUNDAY

7:00 AM – Young’s Jersey Dairy 150th Birthday Celebration at Young’s Jersey Dairy – celebrate Young’s Dairy’s birthday with specials on ice cream, kid’s meals, miniature golf and more! 

10:00 AM – Winter Residents at Rocky Fork Metro Park – search for winter birds in the park!

10:00 AM – Great Train Show at Ohio Expo Center – this model train show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, operating exhibits, activities for kids an more! Kids 11 and under are free. Adult admission is $9 on Sunday. Save $1 of online tickets by using the code W11.

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt.  (The Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sundays!)

12:00 PM – Shazzbots Pizza & PJ Party at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington – this pajama-themed party includes an art activity, free pizza and live music by The Shazzbots! While you’re there you can tour the galleries!

1:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday bookings at The Escape Room USA!

1:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

3:00 PM – The Moonbats Play The Beatles at Bexley Public Library – the band The Moonbats will be performing Beatles classics. Tea and cookies will be served!

3:30 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

MONDAY – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

7:00 AM – Young’s Jersey Dairy 150th Birthday Celebration at Young’s Jersey Dairy – celebrate Young’s Dairy’s birthday with specials on ice cream, kid’s meals, miniature golf and more! 

9:00 AM – MLK Art Camp at Picassos – create art inspired by the hopes and dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. There is also an afternoon session at 2:00 PM.

9:30 AM – Our Village: Ice Sensory Play Date with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – join FIT4MOM UA for a sensory playdate featuring ice! The workout begins at 9:30 AM and the playdate begins at 10:30 AM. The playdate is free to attend.

9:30 AM – Calling all Kids: Owl Pellets at Three Creeks Heritage Nature Center – learn all about owls by dissecting an owl pellet!

10:00 AM – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Story Time and Craft at Cub Shrub (Grandview) – honor MLK Jr. with stories and a craft based on his life and message. Bring one non-perishable food item to be donated to Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

10:00 AM – Holiday Open Play at SuperGames – enjoy free play on MLK Day for $10/child!  

10:00 AM – Free Admission to the Columbus Zoo – The zoo is offering free admission on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

10:00 AM – Holiday Hours at Ohio History Center – Ohio History Center will be open on MLK Jr. Day from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM! This is the last day to see the juried art show Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms.

11:00 AM – Schools Out! with The Shazzbots at Franklin Park Conservatory – rock out with The Shazzbots at Franklin Park Conservatory! Included with membership or admission. (Second performance is at 2:00 PM).

11:00 AM – Grand Opening Celebration at Zoup! (Tuttle Crossing) – Zoup is celebrating their grand opening at Tuttle Crossing with a deal for each day. Monday’s deal is free mini cookies with any purchase!

11:00 AM – Calling all Kids: Owl Pellets at Three Creeks Heritage Nature Center – learn all about owls by dissecting an owl pellet!

12:00 PM – Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the Nature Center and return it for a prize and hot chocolate!

2:00 AM – MLK Art Camp at Picassos – create art inspired by the hopes and dreams of Martin Luther King Jr.

2:00 PM – Natural Play Area Adventures: Fort Building at Sharon Woods Metro Park – build forts and tree tee pees in the Natural Play Area!

2:00 PM – Schools Out! with The Shazzbots at Franklin Park Conservatory – rock out with The Shazzbots at Franklin Park Conservatory! Included with membership or admission.

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ICYMI: Story Times for Kids in Columbus, Ohio


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Story Times For Kids in Columbus Ohio

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These story times in Columbus, Ohio will keep your kids entertained with stories, crafts, treats and other fun activities! 

There are so many fun story times for kids around Columbus! I especially love the addition of story times at restaurants! Books + Food = a perfect combination! But whether or not you want a snack, a walk on the farm or a themed craft, there’s something on this list for everyone! Make sure to double check with each location’s calendar to make sure the story time is still on!

Story Times for Kids in Columbus Ohio:

LL Bean

  • 4222 Easton Loop W., Columbus, OH 43219

Tent Tales for Tykes – Storytime at L.L.Bean takes place on Tuesdays at 10:30. Each week features a different nature or outdoor theme, and related activities, games or crafts. Recommended for children ages 3-6. Register online.

Duck Donuts (Dublin)

  • 7717 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

Takes place every other Monday morning from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Includes story, coloring and a demonstration of how donuts are made! Recommended for ages 3-6. Double check their Facebook page for updates.

Chick fil A on Sawmill

woman reading a story at chick fil a on sawmill

  • 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

Takes place on the First and Third Mondays of the month at 10:00 AM. The theme varies each time! (Plus CFA Sawmill serves breakfast until 11:00 AM!) Double check their Facebook page for updates.

Cheryl’s Cookies

  • 646 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville, OH 43082

Story time takes place every Wednesday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Story time includes reading 2 stories, a craft and a snack size cookie for all participants. (Take advantage of their daily value on Wednesdays: 5 cookies for $5). Call 614-901-0046 with questions.

Stratford Ecological Center

Stratford Ecological Center

  • 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

Story Time takes place the second Tuesday of the month from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and is $5/family. The theme is seasonal based on what is going on on the farm at the time! Double check their events page for updates.

Ohio Wildlife Center

story time at Ohio Wildlife Center

  • 6131 Cook Rd. Powell, OH 43065

 Wild Story Time takes place on the first Wednesday of each month and includes stories, a craft, a tour of the grounds and a visit from an animal resident! Double check their events page for updates.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Story time at Scioto Audubon Columbus, Ohio

  • 505 W. Whittier St. Columbus, OH 43215

Takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM and features nature themed stories. Inside the Center is also an indoor play area for young kids! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Lifeway

  • Multiple Locations

Story Time at Lifeway takes place at 10:00 AM on Saturdays with several stories! Kids of all ages are welcome. Click the link for store locations.

Franklin Park Conservatory

story time at Franklin Park Conservatory Columbus Ohio

  • 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

Nature Storytime takes place on Thursdays at 10:30 AM. This is appropriate for kids ages 3-5 and features stories that celebrate gardens, plants and nature. During the spring and summer, the story time takes place in the Children’s Garden. Storytime is included with admission or membership. Check their calendar to stay current on the location.

Cover to Cover Bookstore 

  • 2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43221

Story times take place on Saturdays at 10:30 AM and Sundays (including kids yoga) at 9:00 AM. Double check the calendar for times and stories. There are also frequent author visits and other events!

Barnes and Noble

  • Multiple locations

Most Barnes and Noble locations have story times on at 11:00 AM on Saturdays. Each week there is a new book and theme. More info.

Dublin Toy Emporium

  • 28 N. High St., Dublin, OH 43017

Story times take place monthly along with other kid-friendly classes. Check the website for events

Prairie Township Fire Department

Reading with a Fire Fighter Columbus Ohio

  • 123 Inah Ave., Columbus, OH 43228

Reading with a Firefighter takes place weekly in July and August and includes stories read by Firefighters, snacks and climbing on the fire trucks afterward! Double check their Facebook page for exact dates.

Fundamentals

Fundamentals Toys and Books, Delaware, Ohio

  • 25 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

Takes place once a month! Story time includes picture books, and a craft or music activity around a common theme. Story Time will last for 30 minutes, and is appropriate for children 2+. Double check their Facebook page for dates. 

Pottery Barn Kids at Polaris Fashion Place

Pottery Barn Kids Play area, Columbus, Ohio

  • 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240

Takes place every Tuesday at 11:00 AM and includes stories, activities and more. Check the website for more info.

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indoor play area at the shops at worthington place

Locations with Occasional Story Times for Kids in Columbus:

Cub Shrub

  • 1257 Grandview Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43212

Follow their Facebook page for updates.

Prologue Bookshop

  • 841 N High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215 

Follow their Facebook page for updates.

Gramercy Books

gramercy books bexley, ohio

  • 2424 E. Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209

Check the events on their website for current information.

IKEA

  • 1900 Ikea Way, Columbus, OH 43240

Check in on the restaurant level for information on story times for kids!

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

So many of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks offer story times or special programs for kids of all ages. Start by searching their Event Listing by choosing “All Parks” and Preschool as an age group!

Library Story Times in Columbus:

Of course there are tons of story times happening at our local libraries! Too many to list! But here are the websites for each of the local libraries where you can check for their most recent and updated story times!

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Southwest Public Libraries

Bexley Public Library

Worthington Libraries

Westerville Public Library

Delaware County District Library

Grandview Heights Public Library

Upper Arlington Public Library

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, January 11-13, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 30 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:30 AM – Our Village: Pipe Cleaner Snowflake Craft and Play Date with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – create a snowflake craft out of pipe cleaners and beads! Playdates are free and take place after the Stroller Strides workout!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt.

10:30 AM – Cardboard Parking Garage at Foundations Learning Academy (Dublin) – join FIT4MOM Dublin for this playdate, bring a pizza box to let your kid turn it into a parking garage for cars! 

11:24 AM – Imagination Station at Bexley Public Library – kids can use their imagination at LEGO and art supply stations at the library!

12:00 PM – Ohio Home + Remodeling Show at Greater Columbus Convention Center – find fresh inspiration, helpful renovation tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, décor and outdoor spaces! At the Recreations Outlet KidZone, kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky, enjoying some good old-fashioned playground fun. (Kids 5 and under are free!) What Should We Do Today Columbus? followers can save $5 when they use promo code WSWDTC.

3:45 PM – Friday Arts & Crafts at Art with Anna – do arts and crafts after school! For kids ages 3 and up, $15/artist, $6 for siblings. 

6:00 PM – SuperGames Open Play! – enjoy open play at SuperGames! Availability is for the first 150 children so make sure to arrive early! $10/child.

7:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays in the Franklinton Arts District – explore the arts district of Franklinton by visiting local businesses, enjoying live music and more!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – West Gate Lodge Community Breakfast – a large breakfast is served, $6 per adult and $3 for children. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics.

9:30 AM – Our Village: Pipe Cleaner Snowflake Craft and Play Date with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – create a snowflake craft out of pipe cleaners and beads! Playdates are free and take place after the Stroller Strides workout!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz with Anthony Stanco Ensemble at the Lincoln Theatre Complex – enjoy a kid-friendly jazz concert! For $5/person ($20/family max) kids get a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie. 

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt.

10:00 AM – Preschool Expo at City of Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department – – if you live in Hilliard you may want to check out this expo featuring local preschools all in one location! Other vendors will be on site, too.

10:00 AM – Ohio Home + Remodeling Show at Greater Columbus Convention Center – find fresh inspiration, helpful renovation tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, décor and outdoor spaces! At the Recreations Outlet KidZone, kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky, enjoying some good old-fashioned playground fun. (Kids 5 and under are free!) What Should We Do Today Columbus? followers can save $5 when they use promo code WSWDTC.

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature based story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Sharon Woods: Winter Hike at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a hike through fields and forests. Hot soup and drinks will be provided. Bring 4 non perishable items (or $5) to donate to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and you will receive a Metro Parks mug!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. 

11:00 AM – Manivic’s Dance Company Polynesian Dance at Franklin Park Conservatory – watch a traditional Polynesian dance performance! Performances are at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Included with admission.

11:00 AM – Saturday Play Cafè – Dinosaur Romp at Marysville Public Library – this activity is geared toward kids ages 3-5 and features crafts and activities with a dinosaur theme!

12:00 PM – Disney’s Ohio Connections at Ohio History Center – learn about the connections between Disney and the Buckeye State!

12:00 PM – Ice Cream Rollery’s 1 Year Anniversary at Ice Cream Rollery – celebrate the one year anniversary of Ice Cream Rollery with BOGO free between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM and Buy two get one free between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Story time with Snow White! at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Ohio – enjoy a special story time with Snow White!

1:00 PM – Monthly STEM Workshop Grades 3-5 at STEM U – kids can work on various STEM projects. Drop in for $30 or register for the 9 month series.

2:00 PM – Free Family-Friendly Library Concert w/ ProMusica at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whetstone Branch – enjoy a free concert featuring music from all over the world!

2:00 PM – The LEGO Movie 2 the Second Part: Meet and Greet at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – Meet Emmet, Lucy and General Mayhem from the upcoming The LEGO Movie 2. There will also be special movie prizes!

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Ohio Home + Remodeling Show at Greater Columbus Convention Center – find fresh inspiration, helpful renovation tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, décor and outdoor spaces! At the Recreations Outlet KidZone, kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky, enjoying some good old-fashioned playground fun. (Kids 5 and under are free!) What Should We Do Today Columbus? followers can save $5 when they use promo code WSWDTC.

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt.  The museum is free on Sundays.

12:00 PM – Sunny Sunday Family Day at Seventh Son Brewing – this family-friendly event includes face painting, art projects and other activities for kids! A portion of beer sales will be donated to Godman Guild.

12:00 PM – Anniversary Celebration! at Freeze Style Ice Cream – Freeze Style Ice Cream is celebrating their one year anniversary by offering BOGO ice creams and drinks! (Show the FB event photo on your phone to redeem!)

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday bookings at The Escape Room USA!

2:00 PM – Family Fun with The Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit with animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Included with admission.

2:00 PM – Prairie Oaks: Winter Hike at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – take a hike through the prairie! Bring 4 non perishable items (or $5) to donate to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and you will receive a Metro Parks mug!

3:00 PM – Free Maple Syrup Demo at City Folk’s Farm Shop – watch a demo of maple syrup tapping and learn how to make maple syrup. No registration required.

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ICYMI: Explore the Scioto Mile with Your Kids on the Smart Circuit


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