What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, May 24-27, 2019 – Memorial Day Weekend

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend and Memorial Day? Here are over 55 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio over Memorial Day Weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – May’s Summer Special at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – receive half of admission every Friday in May when your kid wears his or her favorite jammies!

9:30 AM – Our Village: Muffins with Mom! at Thompson Park – this is a free event with FIT4MOM UA following their Stroller Strides class beginning at 9:30 AM. Click the link for a free class!

9:30 AM – Toddler Play Time – Art Explorers at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – kids can enjoy several sensory stations and 2 crafting and art tables. Free coffee for the adults! Register online.

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! at Hannah Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for a Bear Hunt playdate! The playdate is free and takes place after the Stroller Strides workout.

6:00 PM – 4th Fridays on the Lawn at Westerville Public Library – head to Uptown Westerville’s 4th Friday celebration and hang out on the library lawn. This month’s theme is farm animals!

6:30 PM – Building Tasty Creations Workshop Event at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – this is a special workshop celebrating the release of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part! Register online.

6:30 PM – Kids Night Out! at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – drop the kids off for a hands-on cooking experience with a theme. Register online.

6:30 PM – Family Night Out at Goldfish Swim School – members and non-members are welcome for an open swim at all local Goldfish Swim School locations! $5/person or $15/family. First come, first served.

SATURDAY

8:30 AM – Where Does Your Food Come From Event at The Farm at Walnut Creek – at this event you can learn from the Amish staff about planting crops, milking cows, making butter, baking and more! there will be a corn box for the kids, a scavenger hunt and a cornhole slingshot!

9:00 AM – Barking and Breakfast at Three Creeks Metro Park – enjoy breakfast snacks and a 3 mile walk with your dog!

9:30 AM – Family Stroller Strides at Fancyburg Park – this workout is for the whole family! Register online.

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art: Patterned Fox at Art with Anna – drop in to make a patterned fox project! $20/student. Ages 4 and up. Register online.

10:00 AM – BrickUniverse Columbus LEGO Fan Expo at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair – LEGO lovers can enjoy building zones, vendors, hands on activities, LEGO displays and more!

10:00 AM – Kids Club Patriotic Cookie Decorations at Michaels Stores – $3 per project for kids ages 3 and up. Register online.

10:00 AM – Opening Day – “Jim Henson: Imagination Unlimited” at COSI – celebrate the new COSI exhibit featuring the work of Jim Henson! There will be performances, a puppet parade, and more!

10:00 AM – Grandview Heights Memorial Day Parade – this neighborhood parade begins at 10:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – Asian Festival at Franklin Park – this celebration of Asian culture includes food, games, a dragon boat, culture exhibits, martial arts, a market place, live performances and a children’s area with games, crafts and activities.

10:00 AM – Opening Day at Ohio Village – explore the 1890’s at Ohio Village, interact with its citizens, visit the shops and business and take part in what life was like during that time!

11:00 AM – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream – the Sertoma Ice Cream festival is $5 per car and includes live music, events for kids like egg toss, sack race, kiddie tractor pull, presentations from COSI and Columbus Zoo and more! Oh yeah, and ice cream!

2:00 PM – MAKE A Patriotic Pom-Pom Wreath at Michaels Stores – buy the wreath base and Michaels will provide the supplies to make a Pom Pom Wreath!

4:00 PM – Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons – kick off the summer with bounce houses, crafts, face painting, carousel rides and more! This event is free to attend and $5 for a hand stamp for inflatables. At 8:15 Ralph Breaks the Internet will be shown!

7:00 PM – Family Fun Night at Highbanks Metro Park – make s’mores around the campfire and enjoy crafts and activities.

8:00 PM – Movie in the Park: Lego Batman at Sharon Woods Metro Park – watch The Lego Batman Movie on the big screen in the park. There will be bat-themed activities starting at 8:00 PM and the movie starts at dark.

8:00 PM – Free Movie Night: Ralph Breaks the Internet at Columbus Commons – head to Columbus Commons for Family Fun Day including a showing of Ralph Breaks the Internet at 8:15 PM.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM  – BrickUniverse Columbus LEGO Fan Expo at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair – LEGO lovers can enjoy building zones, vendors, hands on activities, LEGO displays and more!

10:00 AM – Asian Festival at Franklin Park – this celebration of Asian culture includes food, games, a dragon boat, culture exhibits, martial arts, a market place, live performances and a children’s area with games, crafts and activities.

11:00 AM – Fairy Garden Sunday at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – create a Fairy Garden starting at $15. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Register online.

12:00 PM – Jeni’s Strawberry Jam at Land-Grant Brewing Company – celebrate strawberry season and the release of Jeni’s Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream with fresh strawberries, ice cream and special collaborations! There will be live music, food trucks, merchants and more!

1:00 PM – Toy Boat Building at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – build a wooden boat to sail!

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

1:00 PM – Sunday in the Swamp at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – look for critters in the swamp!

2:00 PM – Fishing with the Rangers at Highbanks Metro Park – go fishing in the pond! Poles and bait provided. Recommended for ages 6-17.

3:00 PM – Nature Hike at Homestead Metro Park – take a one mile hike to learn about animals in the park.

6:00 PM – Music in the Garden: Summer ’19 at Olde Towne East Community Gardens – enjoy a free concert in the garden!

MONDAY – Memorial Day


Memorial Day Parades in Central Ohio:

9:00 AM – Marysville

10:15 AM – Worthington

10:00 AM – Powell

10:30 AM – Granville

11:00 AM – Dublin

11:00 AM – Grove City


6:30 AM – Summer Reading Challenge at Chick-fil-A Sawmill Road – the Summer Reading Challenge kicks off today at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill Rd. Record 4 books your child has read on the back of the bookmark and receive a reward!

8:30 AM – Where Does Your Food Come From Event at The Farm at Walnut Creek – at this event you can learn from the Amish staff about planting crops, milking cows, making butter, baking and more! there will be a corn box for the kids, a scavenger hunt and a cornhole slingshot!

9:30 AM – Our Village: Family Stroller Strides and Patriotic Popsicles at Amelita Mirolo Barn – join FIT4MOM UA for a family workout with patriotic popsicles afterwards! Your first class is free!

10:00 AM – Patriotic Popsicles & Splash Pad Picnic with FIT4MOM Columbus East – play at the splash pad and enjoy popsicles with FIT4MOM Columbus East following the Stroller Strides workout.

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – Story Time at Duck Donuts Dublin – take part in a story time, crafts and a behind the scenes look at donut making! Recommended for ages 3-6.

11:00 AM – Memorial Day Celebration at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – cook hot dogs, play yard games and splash in the creek or take a hike!

12:00 PM – Memorial Day Tram Tour at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a tram tour of the park! Learn about all there is to do in Sharon Woods!

12:00 PM – Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – stop by the Nature Center to pick up a scavenger hunt and return it for a prize!

1:00 PM – Toy Boat Building at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – build a wooden boat to sail!

1:00 PM – Canoe the Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – take a canoe ride in the park! All equipment provided.

2:00 PM – Creature Feature at Highbanks Metro Park – visit turtles and snakes in the Nature Center! Recommended for ages 3-10.

4:00 PM – Food Truck Festival & Jazz in the Park at Havenwood Park – enjoy food trucks and jazz in the park! Bring a chair or blanket!

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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: Jeanyne Jakubowski

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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 Jeanyne for sharing 3 of her family’s favorites with us this month!

3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Jeanyne Jakubowski:

1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

We love this large zoo with an aquarium toward the back. One of our favorite activities is the petting zoo with goats. The zoo offers brushes that you can use to pet the goats and they just walk around you. We like to go early when the park opens to get a zoo parking spot and avoid the crowds. In the summer, their sister park, Zoombezi Bay, opens and included large water slides perfect to tire older kids or husbands.


2. Center Of Science and Industry

COSI is great for older kids who love and have an interest in learning and viewing different traveling exhibits. Since we have a toddler, we head to the upstairs and play in the play area designated for little people. Outside there is also a small play area where little ones can run and climb. When the weather gets nice, COSI also hosts lots of outdoor activities.


3. Short North

Short North offers a variety of places that we love to go for brunch, lunch or dinner. We typically will go for brunch/lunch and, if the weather is nice, walk around with a stroller/wagon checking out new eateries. If you want to go to Short North for dinner be prepared to wait for seating or call ahead for reservations. We’ve had past experiences with restaurants being full and wasting time going from restaurant to restaurant seeking a table. So take a tip from me, call ahead!


Jeanyne is a mom influencer/blogger in Columbus who focused on empowering women to create timeless moments with their families within a limited schedule even if they have to do so alone. Jeanyne is also author of a recent Summer Series called, “While the Kids are Sleeping,” giving moms weekly projects that take 1 hour (or less) to complete. You can read more of her content at www.thebloomingaks.com.

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Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week

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With over 40 recurring nightly events going on around Columbus there will always be something to do all summer!

Who’s up for enjoying warm summer nights when it stays light until 9:00 or later? Here’s a list of things going on in the evenings around Columbus! Just a note: A lot of these do not happen every single week, so make sure to check the link for all the details!

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Summer Events in Columbus for Every Night of the Week:

Monday

Columbus Skyline

Tuesday

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Wednesday

carousel at Columbus Commons, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday

More Summer Fun: Free Columbus and Central Ohio Splash Pads and Fountains

ART Sign in the Discovery District, Columbus, Ohio

Friday

Explore new parks and playgrounds with 12 Columbus Parks to Try This Summer!

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Saturday

More Park Fun: 6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers

Topiary Park in Columbus, Ohio

Sunday

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change and events may be cancelled due to inclement weather. 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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