What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, February 15-18, 2019, President’s Day Weekend

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

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend and President’s Day:

FRIDAY

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

10:00 AM – The LEGO® Movie™ DAYS at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – LEGOLAND Columbus is celebrating The LEGO Movie 2 with special building activities, character appearances, photo opps and more!

10:00 AM – Kids “Drop-Off” at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – kids ages 15 mo to 5 years can be drop off for 3 hours of fun! Limited spaces available. $22/kid $10 for siblings.

10:30 AM – Mega Blok Pom Pom Sorting at Foundations Learning Academy (Dublin) – join FIT4MOM Dublin for a free playdate following the Stroller Strides workout!

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

12:15 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

5:00 PM – Worthington KidsFest & Summer Camp Expo at Worthington Community Center – learn all about your summer options at this event that includes bounce houses, inflatables, activities, crafts and prizes!

6:00 PM – Owl Hike at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – search for owls on a 1 mile hike. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

6:00 PM – Kids Night Out at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – drop the kids off for a 3 hour session of crafting, board games and pizza!

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Cheryl’s 2019 Bake Sale! at Ohio Expo Center-Lausche Building – this sale is one day only and offers up to 75% off the retail price of Cheryl’s Cookies!

9:30 AM – Project SKD Everyone Deserves Peace of Mind – this is a free event where families can learn about mental wellness through hands on activities and putting together a mental wellness kit to be donated to other kids and individuals struggling with mental health.

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

10:00 AM – 2019 Dispatch Home & Garden Show at Ohio Expo Center – Bricker & Celeste Buildings — the Dispatch Spring Home and Garden Show takes place February 16-24th and has special programming for families on February 18th and February 23rd. This Monday February 18th features Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin and The Shazzbots plus other kids activities. Saturday February 23rd is Family Day and features animals from the Columbus Zoo and more!

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

10:00 AM – Maple Sugar Tours at Stratford Ecological Center – join experienced Sugar Cookers as they teach participants how to tap a maple tree, collect sap and explain how the process works. $4/person. Registration required.

10:00 AM – The LEGO® Movie™ DAYS at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – LEGOLAND Columbus is celebrating The LEGO Movie 2 with special building activities, character appearances, photo opps and more!

10:00 AM – Feb Sketchbook Saturday: Hand Hearts at Art with Anna – kids ages 8 and up can learn a new drawing technique. $15/artist.

10:00 AM – Three Creeks: Winter Hike at Three Creeks Metro Park – Take a 1, 3 or 5.6 mile hike in the park. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Bring four non-perishable food items or make a $5 donation to Mid-Ohio Foodbank to receive a Metro Parks mug!

11:00 AM – The Bubble Lady at Franklin Park Conservatory – Sue, The Bubble Lady will create amazing bubble creations! Included in admission or membership.

12:00 PM – STEMfest! at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology – The Works is hosting STEMfest, a free event focused on hands on exploration of career and education opportunities in the STEM field! 

12:00 PM – Saturday Morning Storytime at Never Grow Up Boutique – this story time includes a fun craft and coffee for the parents! Space is limited.

12:15 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

2:00 PM – Maple Sugaring at Homestead Metro Park – learn how maple trees produce syrup and how sap is collected and made into syrup. Ages 5 and up.

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

3:00 PM – LEGO Club at Westland Area Library – drop in to make a LEGO creation! 

3:00 PM – Tinker Lab at Grove City Library – kids in grades 2-5 can learn about hologram projectors through a hands on, creative project.

4:00 PM – Ohio State Buckeyes Women’s Gymnastics vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Gymnastics at St. John Arena – OSU and Nebraska compete in this women’s gymnastics competition. Kids under 6 are free. Tickets are available online.

4:00 PM – $6 Saturday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – this event features $6 pony rides and a free petting zoo!

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

6:30 PM – Game Night with The Heart of the City Foundation at Broad Street United Methodist Church Columbus OH – this event features a family friendly game night in pot luck style!

7:30 PM – Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo – Let’s Rodeo Columbus! at Nationwide Arena – this rodeo event includes bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding! During the pre-show from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM fans can meet and greet cowboys and cowgirls and get autographs and take pictures! There is also a post-rodeo cancer by Chris Lane.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

10:00 AM – The LEGO® Movie™ DAYS at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – LEGOLAND Columbus is celebrating The LEGO Movie 2 with special building activities, character appearances, photo opps and more!

11:00 AM — 2019 Dispatch Home & Garden Show at Ohio Expo Center – Bricker & Celeste Buildings — the Dispatch Spring Home and Garden Show takes place February 16-24th and has special programming for families on February 18th and February 23rd. This Monday February 18th features Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin and The Shazzbots plus other kids activities. Saturday February 23rd is Family Day and features animals from the Columbus Zoo and more!

11:00 AM – Princess Poppy & Princess’ Brunch at Skate Zone 71 – meet Princess Poppy and other characters at a breakfast brunch. There will be prizes for costumes, sing a longs and more. Skate for free afterwards. Tickets can be purchased online.

12:00 PM – STEMfest! at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology – The Works is hosting STEMfest, a free event focused on hands on exploration of career and education opportunities in the STEM field!

12:15 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

2:00 PM – Slate Run: Winter Hike at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – take a 2 or 5 mile hike through the park. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Bring four non-perishable food items or make a $5 donation to Mid-Ohio Foodbank to receive a Metro Parks mug!

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

MONDAY, President’s Day

8:00 AM – Mommy & Me – Valentine’s Hearts & Owls at Sunny Street Café (Sawmill) – bring your kids for breakfast featuring $1 dino pancakes and toppings plus Valentine’s themed crafts and candy! 

9:00 AM – School’s Out Program – Frosty Fun at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids can go on a winter scavenger hunt, make a take home project and bake homemade pretzels! This program runs from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM with aftercare available. $40/child, ages 5-12.

10:00 AM – Dollhouse Camp at Picassos – this drop off program includes painting and designing your own dollhouse, furniture and accessories. All supplies are included in the cost. Register online.

10:00 AM – Geocaching Hide & Seek at Sharon Woods Metro Park – search for items in the park using a GPS unit!

10:00 AM – SuperGames Holiday Open Play at SuperGames – kids can play at SuperGames for $10/child. 

10:00 AM – The LEGO® Movie™ DAYS at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – LEGOLAND Columbus is celebrating The LEGO Movie 2 with special building activities, character appearances, photo opps and more!

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

10:00 AM – President’s Day at Ohio History Center – Ohio History Center will have special hours on Presidents Day (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and during the day there will be special programming including a story time, a visit from the author of Young Lincoln and more!

10:15 AM – Parachute Play! at The Sanctuary – join FIT4MOM East for a free playgroup after Stroller Strides. The theme of the playgroup is Parachute Play!

11:00 AM – – Schools Out! Columbus Children’s Theatre presents Balloonacy at Franklin Park Conservatory – Columbus Children’s Theatre will perform Balloonacy, a story about The Old Man who prepares to celebrate his birthday alone! There will be puppets and interaction from the audience! Included with admission or membership.

11:00 AM – Library Day at the 2019 Dispatch Home & Garden Show at Ohio Expo Center – Bricker & Celeste Buildings — the Dispatch Spring Home and Garden Show takes place February 16-24th and has special programming for families on February 18th and February 23rd. This Monday February 18th features Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin and The Shazzbots plus other kids activities. Saturday February 23rd is Family Day and features animals from the Columbus Zoo and more!

11:00 AM – School’s Out Skate on Presidents Day at Worthington Community Center – try out “ice-less ice skating” for free at the Worthington Community Center from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

12:15 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

2:00 PM – February Fun Day at Homestead Metro Park – this event includes hot chocolate making, snow experiments and an outdoor scavenger hunt. Ages 3-13.

2:00 PM – Schools Out! Columbus Children’s Theatre presents Balloonacy at Franklin Park Conservatory – Columbus Children’s Theatre will perform Balloonacy, a story about The Old Man who prepares to celebrate his birthday alone! There will be puppets and interaction from the audience! Included with admission or membership.

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Beauty and the Beast this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!


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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 Valentine’s Day Dinner Deals for Families in Columbus

Take the whole family out for one of these family-friendly Valentine’s Day Dinner Deals in Columbus!

Who can get a babysitter on Valentine’s Day? If you’re raising your hand, then feel free to scroll on past! “Stuck” with the kids on Valentine’s Day? Take the kids to one of these 3 Columbus restaurants who are offering you a little extra incentive for spending the day of love with your dependents.

3 Valentine’s Day Dinner Deals for Families in Columbus, Ohio:

1. Piada Italian Street Food

From 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Valentine’s Day, (Thursday, February 14th) all Piada restaurants in Columbus will be offering buy-one-get-one-free on all entrees. Check this link for your nearest Piada location! Piada offers a kid’s menu that includes a kids pasta, chicken fingers or a kids meatball. Meals come with your choice of chocolate milk or apple juice. Kids meals are for kids ages 12 and under and range from $4.99 – $5.99.

True story, my oldest son cries every time I say we’re going to Piada. “Why don’t you ever take me where I want to go?” he whines. And then legitimately says, “I love this place” every time he eats his food. I am not lying. I try to remind him of this each time but it’s futile. My kids love the pasta and the chicken fingers. 

Disclosure: I am a Piada partner.

2. Rusty Bucket

On February 14, Rusty Bucket is holding their Family Valentine’s Day event. Kids ages 12 and under can get a free meal off the kid’s menu, and they will also get a Cupid’s Cup Kiddie Beverage. For a full list of participating restaurants and to make a reservation, visit www.myrustybucket.com.

Can’t make it to Rusty Bucket on Valentine’s Day? Pick up the Bucketed Bookworm Bookmark Tracker and fill it out with 5 books your child has read. The next time you eat there, your child will earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

3. Chick-fil-A on Sawmill

Also a true story: my kids LOVE Chick-fil-A and would eat there every time we ate out if we let them choose. But who can blame them? They truly do  have the best chicken nuggets!

On Valetine’s Day at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill you can get your Nuggets or Chick-n-Minis in a heart-shaped pan! This fun twist is going on February 13-15, 2019 while supplies last! Chick-n-Minis are only available during breakfast hours (6:30 AM – 10:30 AM). Remember to request your heart shaped tin when ordering! 

Disclosure: I am a partner of Chick-fil-A on Sawmill

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is coming to the Palace Theatre

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific and it will be playing in Columbus on March 8 & 9, 2019!

I’m partnering with CINDERELLA and Palace Theatre to bring you this post! Pictures provided by CINDERELLA.

This family-friendly rendition of Cinderella takes place March 8th and 9th at Palace Theatre featuring a live orchestra and all of your favorite Cinderella moments: the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more!

My family is excited to see this modern day version of CINDERELLA featuring music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. CINDERELLA was originally written for television in 1957 and starred Julie Andrews.

CINDERELLA debuted on Broadway in 2013. Some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/ It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” will be featured in the show!

One special part of this show is that Natalie Girard, who stars as stepsister Gabrielle, is a Columbus native and Wright State University graduate! 

This is a limited engagement show with performances taking place Friday, March 8th at 7:30 PM and Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and prices start at $32/ticket. 

The show is 2 hours and 10 minutes long including a 20 minute intermission. This is a family-friendly performance and kids may come dressed as princes and princesses!

For more information please visit www.cinderellaonbroadway.com or visit the page on Facebook: Facebook.com/CinderellaTheMusical or Twitter: @CinderellaBway


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