What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, April 26-28, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 45 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:30 AM – Toddler Play Time – Art Explorers at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – this craft time includes 2 hours of sensory based activities and art projects! Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. RSVP required.

9:30 AM – Bring Your Kid to WorkOUT Day  with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington at Thompson Park – bring your family to work out for free then enjoy a playgroup afterwards!

9:30 AM – Bring your kid(s) to Work OUT Day! with FIT4MOM Columbus East – bring your kid to work out at this free class featuring healthy snacks afterward!

10:00 AM – Tots on the Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – this is a toddler friendly, half-mile walk to discover nature!

10:00 AM – Columbus Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Blooms exhibit features all of the flowers and blooms of spring – over 125,000 of them – throughout the gardens and the Children’s Garden! This lasts through April 30, 2019.

10:30 AM – Paper Plate Flowers at Avery Park – join FIT4MOM for a spring workout and craft. The craft time takes place after the workout and is free.

12:00 PM – Kids Paint Free Day at Clay Cafe Clintonville – studio fees are waived for kids on Friday between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM!

12:00 PM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be for sale for just $5/book. There will be food trucks on site as well!

5:00 PM – Family Friday Night at COSI – COSI stays open late (until 9:00 PM) on the last Friday of the year with reduced admission! 

5:30 PM – Veleros “Día del Niño” – Clippers Hispanic Night at Huntington Park – celebrate Dia del Niño with the Columbus Clippers and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce! There will be activities for the kids, music, food, dancing and more! Purchase your tickets for the baseball game online.

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SATURDAY

8:00 AM – West Side Park Ribbon Cutting & Arbor Day Celebration in Gahanna – this event includes a ribbon cutting of the new park in Gahanna – including the revealing of its name! There will also be a tree planting event and a light pancake breakfast!

8:30 AM – Easter Adventure Helicopter Egg Drop at The Farm at Walnut Creek – a helicopter will drop hundreds of eggs for an egg hunt for kids up through 11 years old. Exchanged the eggs for prizes! There will be a giant corn box and a scavenger hunt plus rabbits and bunnies! Regular admission applies. There will be several egg drops throughout the day.

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – this waffle bar includes unlimited toppings, coffee and juice for $5/person.

9:00 AM – Welcome Spring Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – celebrate Spring with activities for kids, bounce house, food trucks, plus all kinds of gardening and landscaping resources!

9:00 AM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be for sale for just $5/book. There will be food trucks on site as well!

9:30 AM – Creative Crew Competition at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – head out to Easton (b to watch the finalists in the 2019 Creative Crew Competition compete in the next stage! Fro 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM, they will be creating masterpieces to win a spot on this year’s Creative Crew!

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art: Mixed Media Flowers at Art with Anna – kids ages 4 and up can make a mixed media project with a spring flower theme! $20/artist.

10:00 AM – HOOT 98: Books at Gateway Film Center – this family friendly film series features short films with a ‘book” theme, live music from The Shazzbots and activities in the lobby! Bring a canned good donation to the Open Shelter for free admission.

10:00 AM – Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral and Moovers & Shakers Open Weekends at Young’s Jersey Dairy – the Moovers and Shakers ride is open as well as Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral featuring a corn pit and slide, Tyke’s Tractors, a straw pit and bale climbing and more!

10:00 AM – Llama & Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center – watch sheep and llamas be sheared and learn how wool is produced. There will be hands on projects and an opportunity to explore the farm! Sock Hop Soda Shop will be on site, too! $5/person. Registration not required.

10:00 AM – Columbus Bookshop Crawl – Saturday is National Independent Bookstore Day and you can be entered to win a gift basket if you visit 3 out of 6 of the participating local bookstores this Saturday! There will be special deals at the various locations as well! Click the link to see all locations.

10:00 AM – Columbus Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Blooms exhibit features all of the flowers and blooms of spring – over 125,000 of them – throughout the gardens and the Children’s Garden! This lasts through April 30, 2019. Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM there will be a cactus and succulent sale!

10:30 AM – 2019 Ohioana Book Festival at Columbus Metropolitan Library – meet with Ohio authors, attend book signings, panel discussions, author talks and more! For kids there will be story times, children’s book authors, crafts, balloon twisting, characters, a LEGO building area and more!

11:00 AM – Turkish Food Festival at Bethel International United Methodist Church – try out Turkish food, enjoy music and traditional dances performed by TASO Youth Club! Tickets available at the event. 

12:00 PM – Planet-Palooza at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – celebrate Earth Day with crafts, live animals, games and other activities! 

1:00 PM – 2019 Geocaching Kickoff at Sharon Woods Metro Park – this geocache hunt includes all 19 Metro Parks! Kick off the season with this event including a special prize for the first 100 teams!

1:15 PM – You & Your Family Matter, A Free Financial Event! at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – this is a free event where you can learn about important financial information for families. There will be pizza and drinks served. 

5:00 PM – Eggciting Parent’s Night Out @ Kreation’s Play Café at Dublin Toy Emporium – register your child for a fun eventing while you get a night out! There will be egg painting, an egg hunt, playtime, dinner and more!

8:00 PM – Off-Trail Froggy Hike at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – take a 1 mile hike to search for frogs and toads! Ages 5 and up.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Earth Day at The Crest Gastropub – celebrate Earth Day with a petting zoo, craft stations, face painting, plus activities for the adults like yoga, music, finger foods and more!

10:00 AM – Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral and Moovers & Shakers Open Weekends at Young’s Jersey Dairy – the Moovers and Shakers ride is open as well as Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral featuring a corn pit and slide, Tyke’s Tractors, a straw pit and bale climbing and more!

10:00 AM – Welcome Spring Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – celebrate Spring with activities for kids, bounce house, food trucks, plus all kinds of gardening and landscaping resources!

10:00 AM – Mother/Daughter Tower Tea Party with Rapunzel! at Our CupCakery – learn to decorate cookies, create a sparkly craft, take part in a Grande Coronation, sing dance and enjoy a story time with Rapunzel! There are two event times on Sunday. Cost is $50/couple, $20 for an additional attendee.

10:00 AM – Columbus Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Blooms exhibit features all of the flowers and blooms of spring – over 125,000 of them – throughout the gardens and the Children’s Garden! This lasts through April 30, 2019.

11:00 AM – Sunlight Market in the Gay Street District – the Sunlight Market includes special hours at local businesses, vendors, street musicians and more!

11:00 AM – Fairy Garden Sunday at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – create your own fairy garden at this family friendly event! Register online to receive 10% off!

11:00 AM – German Village Makers Market in German Village – this outdoor artisan market features local artists, designers, growers, food and more!

12:30 PM – Mother/Daughter Tower Tea Party with Rapunzel! at Our CupCakery – learn to decorate cookies, create a sparkly craft, take part in a Grande Coronation, sing dance and enjoy a story time with Rapunzel! There are two event times on Sunday. Cost is $50/couple, $20 for an additional attendee.

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings with a special code – book online!

2:00 PM – Campfire & S’mores at Homestead Metro Park – make s’mores around the camp fire or bring your own food to cook over the fire!

2:00 PM – Go WILD! Kids Club: Soil Safari at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kids ages 5-12 can get dirty exploring what’s underground! Dress appropriately!

2:00 PM – For Kids: Amphibians Search at Highbanks Metro Park – kids ages 6-12 can search for amphibians along the Olentangy River. Bring your own nets and jars. Dress appropriately!

2:00 PM – Life on the Farm: Spring Opening at the Orange Johnson House – celebrate the Bicentennial of the Orange Johnson House with visits with fear animals, self-paced tours, log house building, hands on activities and birthday cake!

2:00 PM – Children’s Garden Day: Soup Garden at Inniswood Metro Gardens – learn how to grow and make your own vegetable soup. This event also includes crafts and gardening activities for families!

4:00 PM – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day! at Palace Theatre – watch Daniel Tiger be King for a Day live on stage!

6:00 PM – LUSH Polaris Presents Mom and Me! at LUSH Cosmetics Polaris Fashion Place – make a handmade bath bomb and Mother’s Day card while enjoying a cup of tea!

 

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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: Lauren Goubeaux

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Each month I feature a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus!

Thanks to Lauren for sharing 3 of her family’s favorites with us this month – and because she’s a party planner, she’s sharing 3 of her favorite places to host a kid’s birthday party in Columbus!


There’s nothing more fun than planning my kids’ birthday parties. I know they love them and always have a blast, but let’s be real- as an event planner, I just might love it more! With having rambunctious boys, lots of friends/family, and a tiny house, I am always on the lookout for a great party venue.

Here are 3 of my favorite birthday party venues for kids in Columbus:

1. Recreations Outlet

We are frequent visitors to this place! It is a playset/trampoline/sports equipment showroom, where you can pay to play. Our favorite time to go is during their Charitable Play hours when we can get in for only $2 a kid.

We just hosted our son’s 4th birthday there in January, and it was the EASIEST party to throw! They have 2 party rooms available for rent. Each room has picnic tables and a counter to set up your food. 2 hour rentals start at $149, and include the party room and playtime for 15 kids. It was so perfect for a winter birthday because all the kids could run and play their hearts out!


2. Get Air

This is another favorite spot for our boys, and we visit at least a couple times a month. My nephew just had his 6th birthday party there last weekend. Let me tell you, Get Air knows how to execute a party! There is even a separate check-in desk for all the party guests where they pass out party socks.

They too have party rooms where you can set up decorations and drop off your shoes and gifts before jumping. They announced on the overhead speakers when it was time for our party to break for lunch. And after food, cake and gifts, there was still plenty of time for the kids to jump more! 2 hours of room rental and jump time for 10 kids starts at $199, including socks, pizza and drinks!


3. Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks


Central Ohio has the BEST metro parks, am I right?! We have hosted almost every birthday party for my July birthday boy at a Metro Park.
 
These are so great because the price is right (free!), and there is no limit on a guest list. The only catch is that you can’t reserve most shelter houses and picnic tables. Just make sure to get there early enough to claim your space! A few of our favorites are Slate Run, Walnut Woods, Battelle Darby Creek, Homestead and Scioto Audobon.

If you need any more party venue suggestions, custom decorations, or help with planning an event- reach out to my event planning business LACE at lacecolumbus@gmail.com or follow us on Instagram @lacecolumbus!


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What You Need to Know About Making Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist a Success!

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When should my kids first visit the dentist and what can I do to help them prepare? I’m partnering with River Park Dental to answer some of your questions about your child’s first trip to the dentist!

This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure here.

I waited, what I thought was, a really long time to take my kids to the dentist. I was dreading it, to be honest. My oldest son has some struggles with anxiety so I put off taking him, afraid that it was going to be a horrible experience. When I finally did take them, my oldest was in Kindergarten and my youngest son was 3.

kid getting teeth cleaned at first visit to the dentist

Thanks to the amazing staff at River Park Dental, our first visit to the dentist was 1000% better than I expected. It was so good, in fact, that my kids would ask when they could go back and when they did have another visit scheduled, my son woke up saying, “I can’t wait to go to the dentist!” Now if that isn’t a testament to the experience River Park Dental provides, I don’t know what is!

pictures of patients at River Park Dental

I want to use this post to answer some common questions about taking your kids to the dentist for the first time. Hopefully with a little preparation you can take your kids to the dentist with confidence! Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, or a dentist, and this advice was written in partnership with River Park Dental, but please consult your own doctor or dentist for advice pertaining to your own child!

When should kids first visit the dentist?

kids watching videos at first dentist visit

Missy, our dental hygienist at River Park Dental, recommends that age 3 is a great age to take your child to the dentist for the first time. Of course if you have concerns, by all means take your child earlier, but age 3 is when kids will start to be a little more open to the experience!

What if my kid freaks out and doesn’t cooperate?

Or am I the only one asking that question? ha! The ladies at River Park Dental have been around the block a few times when it comes to this teeth cleaning thing. In other words, this will not be the first time they’ve experienced a toddler tantrum when trying to stick their fingers in a child’s mouth!

Missy said, “Don’t be disappointed if the first visit doesn’t go as you hope.” “Don’t be frustrated,” she continued, “We don’t think anything about it. We’re not looking at you any different. We just go with it.” Basically, no judgement here. They’ve seen it all before!

What should I expect at my kid’s first dentist appointment?

At River Park Dental, they try to make the first (and every) visit as fun as possible and if the child is not cooperating, they aren’t going to push anything. The main goal is to try to at least get a good visual of what’s going on inside your child’s mouth!

kids picking from the treasure chest at first dentist visit

At River Park Dental, kids can choose a video to watch on the screen overhead. There are a lot of fun books and 2 iPads in the waiting room. At the end of the visit, kids get to pick a prize from the treasure chest! The whole experience is kind of a treat for my kids!

kid at iPad visiting the dentist for the first time

When should a child brush their own teeth?

I talked with Missy about this because, though my pediatrician recommends that I let my 4 year old brush his own teeth, I am still doing it. The dental hygienist sides with me! Missy told me, “Brush your children’s teeth as long as you can.” Baby enamel is thin and prone to cavities. She recommends children age 5 and up can begin brushing their own teeth but that parents should still follow up.

What do I have as proof of this? My 4 year old’s teeth had way less plaque on them than my 7 year old’s. So I’m continuing to brush. 

How do I prepare my child for their first dentist visit?

When you take your child to the dentist for the first time, the hygienist is going to wear gloves and a mask and it can be a little bit scary for kids. One way to prepare them is to read some books about going to the dentist that show a dentist with a mask and using some of the equipment they will see. That way your kids will know what to expect when they get there.

This is a sampling of some of the books that River Park Dental has in their office.

These books give a good overview of what it’s like for kids to go to the dentist for the first time:

going to the dentist book by mercer mayer

Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer

berenstain bears go to the dentist book for toddlers

The Berenstain Bears Visit The Dentist by Stan & Jan Berenstain

curious george goes to the dentist book for toddlers

Curious George Visits the Dentist by H.A. Rey

There is, of course, a Daniel Tiger episode about his first trip to the dentist! Check out the book adaptation here: Daniel Goes to the Dentist adapted by Alexandra Cassel

These books are geared toward elementary school kids and deal with loose teeth:

Loose tooth book for first readers

Freckleface Strawberry Loose Tooth by Julianne Moore (Step 2)

My wobbly tooth must not ever never fall out book

My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out by Lauren Child

Loose Tooth Book

Loose Tooth by Lola M. Schaefer (I can read book)

These books talk about taking care of your teeth and why kids need to do so:

cutie sue fights the germs book

Cutie Sue Fights the Germs by Kate Melton

no place for sugar bugs book for dental visits

No Place for Sugar Bugs by Rose O. Waderya DMD

Also:

Sugarbug Doug by Dr. Ben Magleby (There’s also a Sugarbug Doug coloring book!)

The Tooth Book A guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums by Edward Miller

Does my baby need to go to the dentist?

While it was recommended that age 3 is a great age to take your child to the dentist, there are some cases where River Park Dental can help your infant. River Park Dental performs frenulectomies and frenectomies for infants and children
“Tongued-tied” babies can struggle with bottle or breast feeding. Being tongue tied can also result in a speech impediment when kids get older. River Park Dental can perform tongue and lip tie revisions with a Solea laser right in the office.

What other questions do you have about taking your kids to the dentist?

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