What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, April 19-21, 2019

Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 60 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend including Easter Egg Hunts and other Easter activities!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Eggs, Paws and Claws at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – this spring-themed event includes photos with the Bunny, character meet and greets, a story time at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, an egg hunt for the animals, plus other fun activities and performances!

10:00 AM – Hippity Hoppity Easter Egg Hunt! at Perry Park Playground – hunt for over 1000 eggs and enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny! There will be games and a free snack!

10:00 AM – For Kids: Go Fly a Kite at Homestead Metro Park – celebrate National Kite Month with Columbus Metro Parks. Fly a kite and make a kite to take home. Ages 15 and under.

10:00 AM – Bunny Photos at Easton Town Center – get your picture with the Easter Bunny – buy a 5X7 for $5 or take your own photo for free. Walk in or reserve your time online. Check the link for break times.

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.

10:15 AM – Our Village: Egg Hunt Play Date at Lazelle Woods Metro Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus North for an egg hunt! This free play date takes place after the workout and you do not need to be a member to participate in the playdate. 

10:30 AM – Easter Sensory Bin + Keepsake Bunny Canvas at Avery Park – join FIT4MOM Dublin for a free playgroup featuring an Easter craft! 

10:30 AM – Our Village: Shaving Cream Marbled Eggs Craft at Thompson Park – Join FIT4MOM Upper Arlington for a free playdate where kids will make shaving cream marbled Easter eggs! This playdate takes place after the workout.

11:00 AM – Pics With The Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place – get your picture taken with the Bunny through April 20th. Photo packages begin at $24.99.

11:00 AM – Brezelfest (Zoar Pretzel Day) at Historic Zoar Village – take a trip to Zoar Village for pretzel making demonstrations, museum tours and and an art exhibit.

12:00 PM – Pre-School Craft Easter Bunny at Prairie Township Community Center – make a sock Easter Bunny with your child. Snacks will be provided! Register online.

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!

1:00 PM – For Kids: Go Fly a Kite at Homestead Metro Park – celebrate National Kite Month with Columbus Metro Parks. Fly a kite and make a kite to take home. Ages 15 and under.

2:00 PM – Free Easter Event at Cabela’s – this event features photos and crafts and has hours throughout the week! Check the link for details on specific times!

3:00 PM – Disney On Ice presents Frozen at The Schottenstein Center – watch Disney’s Frozen portrayed on ice with a salute to Disney characters from every era. There are several performances this weekend!

5:00 PM – Easter Bunny, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – this event includes the Easter Bunny, pony rides and a free petting zoo. $8/rider for pony rides and meeting the Easter Bunny. Check the link for more details on pricing and a Family Deal.

6:00 PM – GAME NIGHT (tween/teen) @ Kreation’s Play Kafé at Dublin Toy Emporium – this is a game night for tweens and teens and features team games and individual play!

6:30 PM – Good Friday: Columbus International Children’s Choir at Linworth United Methodist Church – this is a free Good Friday concert featuring the Columbus International Children’s Choir.

7:00 PM – Disney On Ice presents Frozen at The Schottenstein Center – watch Disney’s Frozen portrayed on ice with a salute to Disney characters from every era. There are several performances this weekend!

8:00 PM – Howl at the Moon at Highbanks Metro Park – take a 3.5 mile hike with your dog!

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Annual Bunny Romp at The Hills Market in Worthington – enjoy the pancake breakfast for $5/person from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM! The Easter Bunny arrives at 11:30 AM and there will be an Egg Hunt at 12:00 PM.

9:00 AM – City of Delaware Easter Egg Hunt & Family Festival! at Delaware Veterans Park – there will be two Egg Hunt times at this event: 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. (Choose 1) There will be a family festival inside the YMCA with inflatables, photos with the Easter Bunny and other activities!

9:00 AM – Easter Bunny Brunch at The Barn at Blystone Farm – this brunch features an egg hunt, real bunny photos, ponies, face painting and more! There are two seating times (9:00 AM and 12:30 PM). Purchase tickets online.

9:00 AM – Eggs, Paws and Claws at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – this spring-themed event includes photos with the Bunny, character meet and greets, a story time at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, an egg hunt for the animals, plus other fun activities and performances!

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art: Earth Day Art at Art with Anna – kids ages 4 and up can paint an Earth Day picture! Drop in for $20/student or purchase a package. Register online.

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

10:00 AM – Earth Day Festival at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – celebrate Earth Day with family friendly activities and service opportunities.

10:00 AM – GPS Egg Hunt at Sharon Woods Metro Park – use a GPS unit to look for eggs hidden in the park. There will be prizes for those who find 4 or more eggs. 

10:00 AM – Easter Egg Hunt at The Wagnalls Memorial – this event includes an egg hunt, prizes, crafts, brunch and an interactive story time. The hunt will be for toddlers through 4th graders but all ages can participate in the other activities.

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 – Clintonville’s Easter Egg Hunt at Whetstone Park Of Roses – this is a hunt for kids up through age 10, broken down by age groups. Donuts and hot drinks will be available for purchase.

10:00 AM – Community Easter Egg Hunt at Hanners Park – this free community event features and Egg Hunt with special prizes and will be divided by age.

10:00 AM – Bunny Photos at Easton Town Center – get your picture with the Easter Bunny – buy a 5X7 for $5 or take your own photo for free. Walk in or reserve your time online. Check the link for break times.

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.

10:00 AM – Family Easter Egg Hunt in the Maple Grove Park at Maple Grove UMC- this Egg Hunt is for kids through 3rd grade and begins promptly at 11:00 AM. There will be crafts, games, face painting, tattoos, refreshments and visits with the Easter Bunny.

10:30 AM – The GRAND’s Easter Egg Hunt at THE GRAND of Dublin – this egg hunt will be broken into age groups and also includes a petting zoo, bake sale and pictures with the Easter Bunny, 

10:30 AM – Springfest Egg Hunt in New Albany – this event takes place at the New Albany football stadium and includes a hunt for 60,000 eggs dropped by helicopter, music, face painting, bounce houses, characters, games, prizes, food trucks and more! 

11:00 AM – Disney On Ice presents Frozen at The Schottenstein Center – watch Disney’s Frozen portrayed on ice with a salute to Disney characters from every era. There are several performances this weekend!

11:00 AM – Free Easter Event at Cabela’s – this event features photos and crafts and has hours throughout the week! Check the link for details on specific times!

11:00 AM – Pics With The Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place – get your picture taken with the Bunny through April 20th. Photo packages begin at $24.99.

11:00 AM – Easter Egg Hunt and Splatter Party at Goodale Park – Paint Palette Parties is looking for kids and teens to participate in a paint activity and Easter Egg hunt that are willing to be photographed for promotional material. This is a free vent and snacks will be provided. Registration required.

11:00 AM – Easter Egg Hunt at Heritage Park Groveport Ohio – this family-friendly event includes food, games, giveaways and an egg hunt for kids and teens!

12:00 PM – Easter Celebration at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – take a road trip to Cincy to search for golden eggs, treat stations, animal enrichment activities and the Easter Bunny!

12:00 PM – 2019 Earth Day Celebration at Genoa Park – this is a free festival celebrating Earth Day! There will be live music, food trucks, family activities, vendors, arts and crafts and science demos from COSI!

1:00 PM – Easter EGG-splosion at Indian Trail Elementary School – this event includes a giant, explosive easter egg, an egg hunt, prizes and more! Register online for quicker check-in!

1:00 PM – Spring Open Farm at Harrison Farm – visit the farm to meet the new baby goats and lambs! There will be alpaca shearing and a market!

1:00 PM – Free Easter Carnival at CrossLink Community Church – this event features games, crafts, a photo booth, bounce house and free pictures with the Easter Bunny.

1:00 PM – Easter Traditions at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – learn about Easter traditions of the 1880’s including natural egg dyes, card making, egg rolling and more!

1:00 PM – Open Barn Days at Sunrise Sanctuary – visit the animals at Sunrise Sanctuary during this monthly open house. Admission is $10/adult, $5 for kids and children 3 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance.

1:00 PM – Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt at Whetstone Community Center – register by April 18th for this hunt for kids with special needs, ages 6-16. This hunt takes place indoors and no child leaves empty handed! The Easter Bunny will be there as well. Register online or through email. 

3:00 PM – Tinker Lab at Southwest Public Libraries – kids in grades 2-5 can solve problems by using their imagination and thinking outside the box!

3:00 PM – Disney On Ice presents Frozen at The Schottenstein Center – watch Disney’s Frozen portrayed on ice with a salute to Disney characters from every era. There are several performances this weekend!

4:00 PM – Easter Bunny, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – this event includes the Easter Bunny, pony rides and a free petting zoo. $8/rider for pony rides and meeting the Easter Bunny. Check the link for more details on pricing and a Family Deal.

5:00 PM – The Easter Bunny at Chick-fil-A Sawmill Road – visit with the Easter Bunny at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill between 5:00 and 7:00 PM!

5:00 PM – Easter Celebration-Free Facepainting/Pinta Caritas at Dulce Vida North – celebrate Easter with free face painting by Pretty as a Princess Party! Easter eggs will be given away with purchase!

7:00 – Disney On Ice presents Frozen at The Schottenstein Center – watch Disney’s Frozen portrayed on ice with a salute to Disney characters from every era. There are several performances this weekend!

SUNDAY

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 – 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 – The Great Hunt: Kids and Adult Easter Hunt at BrewDog DogTap – get your tickets for a Easter Egg Hunt for everyone in the family! There will be an Egg hunt for the kids and a beer hunt for the adults. There will also be a bounce house, live music, cotton candy and more! Purchase tickets in advance!

12:00 PM – Free Easter Event at Cabela’s – this event features photos and crafts and has hours throughout the week! Check the link for details on specific times!

12:00 PM – Easter Egg Hunt at Church in the Wild – this event features a hunt for 25,000 Easter Eggs, Disney princesses, superheroes, obstacles courses and more!

2:00 PM – 37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Young’s Jersey Dairy – this is a free event for kids up through age 10! Check the link for hunt times divided by age.

3:00 PM – Disney On Ice presents Frozen at The Schottenstein Center – watch Disney’s Frozen portrayed on ice with a salute to Disney characters from every era. There are several performances this weekend!

5:00 PM – Easter Celebration-Free Facepainting/Pinta Caritas at Dulce Vida West – celebrate Easter with free face painting by Pretty as a Princess Party! Easter eggs will be given away with purchase!

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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, April 12-14, 2019

Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 75 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend including Easter Egg Hunts and other Easter activities!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

10:00 AM – Drama Kids KinderKids Playtime at Delaware County District Library – kids can enjoy a dramatic playtime with Drama Kids! Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers.

10:00 AM – Just Between Friends 2019 Spring Summer Sale at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio – shop for gently used kids clothing, toys, baby equipment, maternity items and more! Check the link for discount days/times this weekend.

10:00 AM – Bunny Photos at Easton Town Center – get your picture with the Easter Bunny – buy a 5X7 for $5 or take your own photo for free. Walk in or reserve your time online. Check the link for break times.

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 – Alphabet Egg Match at Avery Park – join FIT4MOM Dublin for an kids’ activity with plastic eggs and letters.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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10:30 AM – Hop with The Easter Bunny at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – this event includes a visit from the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, arts, crafts, music and more! Included in admission to the play area.

10:30 AM – Our Village: Mama’s Coffee Break at Thompson Park – join FIT4MOM UA for a coffee break/play date at Thompson Park.

11:00 AM – Pics With The Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place – get your picture taken with the Bunny through April 20th. Photo packages begin at $24.99.

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!

2:00 PM – Free Easter Event at Cabela’s – this event features photos and crafts and has hours throughout the week! Check the link for details on specific times!

5:30 PM – Krafting with Kreation’s by Kaitlyn (Parent&Child Class) at Dublin Toy Emporium – kids ages 4-7 can join with a parent to create a Fairy Pot! There will be a playtime while you wait for your pot to dry. All materials will be included in the cost. Call to register.

6:30 PM – Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School – check out all 3 Goldfish Swim School locations for a night of family fun including free swimming in the 90 degree pool!

7:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at Westgate Rec Center – watch the story of Aladdin performed by kids ages 6-17 at the Westgate Rec Center. Tickets are $5 at the door.

8:00 PM – Cinderella at Ohio Theatre – watch Cinderella performed by the dancers of BalletMet! This is a three act , family friendly performance. Check the link for 4 performance times this weekend!

8:00 PM – Frog Frenzy at Three Creeks Metro Park – wade through the pond to search and listen for frogs! Bring a flashlight and wading shoes.

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Hilliard Pancake Day & Easter Egg Hunt at Hilliard United Methodist Church – enjoy all you can eat pancakes and sausage, a plant sale, cookie sale and Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 10:30 AM. Click the link to see pricing.

8:00 AM – Record Store Day 2019 at Used Kids Records – celebrate Record Store Day with 10% off everything in store, swag bags, ticket giveaways and live entertainment!

8:00 AM – Record Store Day at Spoonful Records – celebrate Record Store Day with 25% off used records, swag bags, ticket giveaways and Tupelo donuts!

8:30 AM – Breakfast with the Bunny at Grove City YMCA – breakfast with the Bunny includes a hot breakfast, crafts, egg hunt and pictures! (Bring your own camera.) Must preregister – click the link for info.

9:00 AM – Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Groveport Recreation Department – the Easter Bunny will help out with this Underwater Egg Hunt! The person who finds the golden egg will take home a prize! The time slots are divided by age. $3/child. Register online by April 10.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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9:00 AM – West Gate Lodge Community Breakfast at West Gate Lodge No.623 F&AM – this huge breakfast is $6/adults and $3/children. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics.

9:00 AM – Easter Extravaganza at Franklin Church – this event features over 40 indoor and outdoor vendors, an Easter egg hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny and more!

9:00 AM – Saturday Morning Cartoons at the Columbus International Film Festival – watch Saturday Morning Cartoons as part of the Columbus International Film Festival at either Studio 35 or Grandview Theater from 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM. These will be kid-friendly!

9:00 AM – Breakfast with Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place – California Pizza Kitchen will be catering breakfast with the Bunny. There will also be a balloon artist and face painter. RSVP at the Mall Management Office by Friday. $8/person.

9:00 AM – Grove City High School Band Spring Bazaar at Grove City High School – this event benefits the Grove City High School Band and features over 175 vendors! Breakfast and lunch are available. 

9:00 AM – Just Between Friends 2019 Spring Summer Sale at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio – shop for gently used kids clothing, toys, baby equipment, maternity items and more! Check the link for discount days/times this weekend.

9:00 AM – Cheryl’s 2019 Easter Egg-stravaganza at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies – this is a free advent with an Easter Egg Hunt, visits with the Bunny, in store specials, raffles and games! The egg hunt will be divided by age. Bring your own basket.

9:00 AM – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! at Dave & Buster’s Polaris – this event features a breakfast buffet, arts and crafts, face painting, an egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, plus a $15 power card for ticket games and unlimited video game play. Purchase your tickets online.

9:30 AM – Easter Candy Hunt And Bunny Trail in Upper Arlington – this event features a candy hunt at 10:00 AM, a Bunny Trail with interactive games and free coffee for adults! Open to children 9 and under.

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art: Colored Pencil Ostrich at Art with Anna – kids 4 and up can create an ostrich during this drop in studio time! $20/student.

10:00 AM – Easter Egg Hunt in Genoa Township – this celebration includes inflatables, games, photos with the Easter Bunny, refreshments and 15,000 Easter Eggs to be found! For ages 1-10. Bring a basket.

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

10:00 AM – Olentangy Community Easter Egg Hunt at Olentangy Orange High School – this free community celebration features games, food, inflatables, the Eater Bunny and an Egg Hunt for 20,000 Easter Eggs!

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 – Egg-stravaganza! at Waltham Woods Park – this is a free event featuring an exploding Easter Egg!

10:00 AM – Grand Opening Celebration at The Learning Academy – this event features an Easter Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny, face painting, arts and crafts, prizes and more!

10:00 AM – Bunny Photos at Easton Town Center – get your picture with the Easter Bunny – buy a 5X7 for $5 or take your own photo for free. Walk in or reserve your time online. Check the link for break times.

10:00 AM – Come meet the Easter Bunny! at Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co. – meet the Easter Bunny at Mrs. Goodman’s from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

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.

10:00 AM – Easter Eggs and Activities at Living Word Lutheran Church – Galena, Ohio – this is a free event featuring a family Easter Egg hunt, crafts and learning about the story of Easter.

10:00 AM – Old Hilliard Bunny Hop in Old Hilliard – hop through the local businesses to collect candy, participate in activities and do a scavenger hunt for prizes!

10:15 AM – Oh là là, It’s French Storytime! at Upper Arlington Public Library – enjoy stories and songs in French! There are two times divided by age. Click the link for details.

11:00 AM – FREE Make And Take Class Just In Time For Easter at Golden Hobby Gift Shop – create a decorative Easter wreathe and little chick candy cup. Face painting will be available and you can visit with the Easter Bunny!

11:00 AM – Pics With The Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place – get your picture taken with the Bunny through April 20th. Photo packages begin at $24.99.

11:00 AM – Easter Egg Hunt at New Horizons Community Church – kids through 5th grade can hunt for eggs and get their picture with the Easter Bunny! There will be juggling, balloon art, face painting, games and free lunch. Register online.

11:00 AM – Free Easter Event at Cabela’s – this event features photos and crafts and has hours throughout the week! Check the link for details on specific times!

11:00 AM – Open House at Pickaway Place – celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Pickaway Place, a place for people of all ages and abilities that will offer classes, summer camp options and other community gatherings. The event will feature activities, prizes and food trucks! 

11:00 AM – Easter Eggstravaganza 2019! at Briggs Road Baptist Church – this annual event includes eggs hidden in a maze, photos with bunnies, crafts and games, food and beverages an more! Click the link for the age group divisions and schedule.

12:00 PM – Kids Kite Flying Workshop at Prairie Township Community Center – decorate and make your own 6ft kite and fly it outside. Snacks provided. Ages 5-12. Register online.

1:00 PM – Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Worthington Pools – all ages are welcome at this underwater Easter egg hunt. that includes open swim and prizes. Register online. 

2:00 PM – Free Family Easter Event at Michaels Stores – take part in an Easter scavenger hunt with a prize at the end at Michaels Stores from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

2:00 PM – Ear-resistible Easter Slime – you buy the jar to decorate and Michaels will provide the pre-made slime

2:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at Westgate Rec Center – watch the story of Aladdin performed by kids ages 6-17 at the Westgate Rec Center. Tickets are $5 at the door.

2:00 PM – Cinderella at Ohio Theatre – watch Cinderella performed by the dancers of BalletMet! This is a three act , family friendly performance. Check the link for 4 performance times this weekend!

3:00 PM – Free Kids Financial Literacy Storytime & Lesson at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – this session includes a hands on lesson and story time about earning, saving and spending money. Geared toward ages 4-9. Sign up in the store or by calling. Check the link for ways to prepare for the class. 

3:00 PM – LEGO Club at Grove City Library – kids will build a LEGO creation based on a theme. Work in teams or individually.

6:00 PM – Easter Egg Hunt at Olde Sawmill Park – this event features 15,000 Easter Eggs, character visits, face painting and giveaways!

6:00 PM – Creekside Art Walk in Gahanna – visit local businesses and artists throughout Creekside on Second Saturday to see various art exhibitions and meet local artists.

8:00 PM – Cinderella at Ohio Theatre – watch Cinderella performed by the dancers of BalletMet! This is a three act , family friendly performance. Check the link for 4 performance times this weekend!

8:00 PM – Frog Frenzy at Three Creeks Metro Park – wade through the pond to search and listen for frogs! Bring a flashlight and wading shoes.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Just Between Friends 2019 Spring Summer Sale at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio – shop for gently used kids clothing, toys, baby equipment, maternity items and more! Check the link for discount days/times this weekend.

10:00 AM – Not Another Home Show 2019 at Vue Columbus – walk through demos and displays, take classes, enjoy free samples, enter a raffle, visit the vendor market and more! Pre-sale tickets are $7, $10 at the door. Kids under 13 get in free.

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!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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 – Easter Party at Kidz Corner – this event features crafts, egg coloring, face paint, free play and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Photos are $5, crafts and activities are $10.

11:00 AM – Bunny Photos at Easton Town Center – get your picture with the Easter Bunny – buy a 5X7 for $5 or take your own photo for free. Walk in or reserve your time online. Check the link for break times.

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – 2nd Sundays are your chance to meet the animals at Ohio Wildlife Center. There will be an animal enrichment activity at 1:00 PM. Kids 5 and under are free. $5 /person for everyone else.

12:00 PM – Pics With The Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place – get your picture taken with the Bunny through April 20th. Photo packages begin at $24.99.

12:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Character Event with A Moment of Magic at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – meet your favorite characters in a sensory friendly environment with lower lights and softer music. Cost is $9 per child and includes free play in the gym.

12:00 PM – Free Easter Event at Cabela’s – this event features photos and crafts and has hours throughout the week! Check the link for details on specific times!

1:00 PM – Sheep on the Farm at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – watch sheep shearing at the farmhouse!

2:00 PM – Helicopter Marshmallow Drop at Cruiser Park – this is a free event that features a helicopter dropping thousands of marshmallows on the ground for kids to collect. Kids can turn in the marshmallows for candy. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance.

2:00 PM – Family Friendly Concert with ProMusica at Upper Arlington Main Library – ProMusica’s String Quartet will play a family-friendly concert with a theme and corresponding books and stories.

2:00 PM – Natural Play Area Adventures: Fairy, Elf and Bug Houses at Sharon Woods Metro Park – help clean up the Natural Play area and make a house for a fairy, elf or bug! 

2:00 PM – Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – meet animals and enjoy a presentation from the Columbus Zoo. Included with membership or admission.

2:00 PM – Eggstravaganza at Northwest United Methodist Church – this event includes an egg hunt for kids up through 5th grade, crafts, a cake walk, snacks, pictures with the Easter Bunny and more! This is a free event but they are collection donations of cereal, pasta and peanut butter for Blessing Bags.

2:00 PM – Cinderella at Ohio Theatre – watch Cinderella performed by the dancers of BalletMet! This is a three act , family friendly performance. Check the link for 4 performance times this weekend!

4:00 PM – Easter Bunny, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – this event includes the Easter Bunny, pony rides and a free petting zoo. $8/rider for pony rides and meeting the Easter Bunny. Check the link for more details on pricing and a Family Deal.

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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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No matter what the weather outside, it’s 82 degrees and tropical at Castaway Bay, a super fun indoor water park in Sandusky, Ohio!

Thanks to Castaway Bay for sponsoring this post!

Ohio Winters seem to drag on even when the calendar says it’s officially “Spring”. The end of March is when this dragging on gets particularly hard! Luckily we had scheduled an overnight trip to Castaway Bay in Sandusky to help cure us of our winter blues!

Castaway Bay view from room

I have two cautious kids who are not exactly the water slide type. I was hoping there would be something at Castaway Bay that they would enjoy and we as parents could enjoy as well! They might not have attempted the Tropical Twister, but, as you can see, they did at least warm up to the slide in the Toddler Tide Pool! 🙂 

kids on waterslide at Castaway Bay

As it turned out, when our trip rolled around, my husband was too sick to go so my mom accompanied us on this trip. This turned out to be a total bonus because my kids are way better behaved for Grandma than they are for me! 

Wave Pool at Castaway Bay

5 Things to Enjoy at Castaway Bay:

1. The Hotel

inside hotel at Castaway Bay

The real draw for this whole water park experience is that it’s all inclusive! With the hotel, restaurants and other activities provided, you never need to leave the property!

lobby of hotel at Castaway Bay

The hotel is decorated in a fun way with a tropical theme. Everything was clean and our hotel room was clean and comfortable! It was nice to be able to come back and shower and change in the privacy of our own room. (Though showers and changing rooms are provided within the water park.)

beds in hotel room at Castaway Bay

The rooms also include a microwave and refrigerator, adding the convenience of coming back to the room for snacks or to eat leftovers! Most of the rooms also offer a balcony or private deck.

I was a little bit nervous that the hotel would be loud at night but I ended up getting a surprisingly good night’s sleep!

2. Water Park

My mom and I basically let the kids dictate our time in the water park and they spent most of it running from the wave pool to the toddler pool! When the waves took a break we would head for the toddler pool, and when Jaden heard the buzzer announcing the waves were about to start back up, we would head back over to the wave pool!

I was happy to see my kids get more comfortable in the water! Castaway Bay offers life jackets for whoever wants to use them and my kids wore them the whole time. 

Within the Caribbean themed water park are several different areas for kids, teens and adults to play in! Check this list of attractions for the various height, weight and life jacket requirements. Towels are provided for you within the park.

Castaway Bay Wave Pool

Wave Pool at Castaway Bay

Kids under 48 inches and under must wear a life vest in the Castaway Bay Wave Pool and kids 42 inches and under must be accompanied by a “supervising companion” – which means someone who is 14 years old or over.

Toddler’s Tide Pool

Toddler Tide Pool at Castaway Bay

This area is 18 inches deep and perfect for the little ones! There are two slide areas, fountains and a gradual entry. Kids must be under 52 inches to play here.

Toddler Tide Pool at Castaway Bay

Cargo Crossings

Cargo Crossings at Castaway Bay

Take the challenge at Cargo Crossings – can you get across the water without falling?

Tropical Tube Slides

These are enclosed body tube slides! Kids must be 46 inches tall to ride the Tropical Tube Slides.

Rendezvous Run

Castaway Bay

Rendezvous Run is a water coaster featuring a boat that two people can ride in. You must be able to walk up the steps of the tower to ride.

Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse

Lookout Lagoon at Castaway Bay

The Lookout Lagoon is a play area for all ages. Water is no deeper than six inches and the play structure includes sprayers, net crawls, rope bridges and more! There is a huge pail that spills when it gets full for a humongous splash! The area also has 4 body slides with height requirements ranging from 36 inches to 40 inches.

The Grotto

MY favorite area was The Grotto – the hot tub area that opens up to the outside! The weather outside was in the 40’s so the breeze from outside was the perfect accompaniment to the hot water! The water is 3 feet deep so my kids were also able to be in the area comfortably.

3. Restaurants 

One great thing about staying at Castaway Bay is that there are several restaurant options to choose from so that you never have to leave the hotel!

Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube at Castaway Bay

We had dinner at Quaker Steak & Lube the evening we arrived. The menu is huge so there is definitely something for everyone and there is a decent kids’ menu as well. It was our first visit to a Quaker Steak & Lube and My kids were big fans of the car and vehicle oriented decor!

Mango Mikes

For breakfast, Mango Mikes offers an all you can eat buffet. The price was $12.95 for adults and $6.95 for kids. It’s a great option for families but since my kids eat like birds, we opted to save a little money and get a smaller breakfast at Ebb & Eddy’s Sweets & Eats. You can purchase packages that include the breakfast buffet – definitely something to look into!

Ebb & Eddy’s Sweets & Eats 

Ebb & Eddy's at Castaway Bay

Ebb & Eddy’s serves smaller options for breakfast like yogurt, bagels, fresh fruit, donuts, baked goods and Starbucks coffee drinks. Toft’s Ice Cream is also served here as well! Ebb & Eddy’s is also open into the evening for your snacking convenience! 

Big Daddy’s Snack Shack

Big Daddy's Snack Shack at Castaway Bay

Big Daddy’s Snack Shack is accessible from INSIDE the water park serving pizza, ice cream, adult beverages and other snacks. You are allowed to have food purchased inside Castaway Bay in the water park area!

4. Crabbie’s Quarter Deck Arcade

arcade at Castaway Bay

The Crabbie’s Quarter Deck Arcade is a fairly large arcade! Play cards are available at the machine just inside the door and can be reloaded at a discount. There are also packages available. 

Arcade at Castaway Bay

5. Family Activities

Snoopy at Castaway Bay

In the evenings, kids can gather at Club Castaway on the third floor for a 30 minute Peanuts movie, a story time and visits from Peanut’s characters. During select hours, Club Castaway also offers crafts and activities that kids can do if you need a break from the water park! There are some crafts that are an additional cost and some free coloring activities. There are also toys available to play with!

Know Before You Go:

Visit the Website

Address: 2001 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky, OH 44870
Reservations: 419-627-2106
Information: 419-627-2500

  • Make sure to check out the Special Offers page for package deals that include meals and other entertainment!
  • Day passes are also available for $29/ticket. Check the website for group ticket rats and discounts for Cedar Fair Platinum Passholders.

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