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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 14-16, 2017 Easter Edition!

1. EGGS, PAWS AND CLAWS at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Friday & Saturday, April 14 & 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

There will be stories, animals searching for eggs, a Bunny Bonanza meet and greet with tons of famous Bunnies, and more!

2. Skate with the Easter Bunny at United Skates of America

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 3362 Refugee Rd., Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-239-7202

Skate with the Easter Bunny during 2 sessions: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM! Bring your camera for pictures!

3. Spring Bloom Hunt at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Go on a scavenger hunt for spring blooms and find them all for a prize!

4. Family Movie Matinee at Bexley Public Library

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: 2411 E Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

Come watch the movie Moana with the family! Popcorn and drinks are provided!

5. Annual Bunny Romp & Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 7860 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-846-3220

Join the Hills Market for their $5 pancake breakfast followed by an egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny!

6. Spring Eggstravaganza at the Westerville Sports Complex

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 325 N. Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43082

This Egg Hunt event also includes the opportunity to visit the Easter Bunny, a Kidz Zone, music, crafts, games, inflatables and more! If you click on the link, go to page 16 of the recreation guide for more details!

7. Easter Bunny Fun at Blue Monkey Parties and Events

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 591 Hill Rd N, Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-828-8236

This event will include bouncing, games, a craft, collecting eggs, pictures with the Easter Bunny! Admission is $10/child.

8. Easter Saturday at North Market

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: 59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-463-9664

This event will include an Easter Egg Hunt, a craft activity, live music from Mr. Eric, pictures with the Easter Bunny and dogs, cats and bunnies from the Capital Area Humane Society!

9. Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Magic Mountain

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Polaris and East

This event includes an Easter Egg Hunt for kids 10 and under, a charity raffle, games and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Stay and play with the Egg Hunt Special which includes unlimited mini-golf, go-karts and laser tag! (See link for pricing.)

10. GPS Egg Hunt at Sharon Woods

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Maple Grove Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Use your GPS to search for eggs throughout the park! There are prizes and limited GPS units that can be borrowed!

11. Canal Winchester Community Easter Egg Hunt at Hanners Park

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 458 Groveport Rd., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-834-9915

This egg hunt for kids up to age 10 includes 5,000 eggs and special prizes!

12. Easter Egg Hunt at Slate Run Farm

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

Meet and greet and take photos with the Easter Bunny starting at 10:00 AM, the hunt starts at 11:00 AM and is divided into 3 age groups!

13. Annual All Star Saturday at Bruce Howard Recreation Center

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 2303 North Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43219

Columbus’ largest Easter Egg Hunt includes free food and drinks, face painting, balloons and an egg hunt divided by age! This is a free event and children 12 and under can participate!

14. Little Kids Fun Skate: Easter Bunny Visit at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

The Easter Bunny will be on site for this little kids skate (recommended for ages 2-8)! Every child will receive an egg with a prize inside! Bring your camera for pictures!

15. Community Touch a Truck at Charity Newsies

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4300 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

Kids can see all kinds of vehicles up close including a fire truck, SWAT car, race car and more! “Stuff the Charity Newsies Van” by bringing new and used children’s books to donate! The first 150 people who bring a book will receive a free ticket to Monster Jam!

16. Columbus Recreation and Parks Easter Egg Hunts

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time:  10:00 AM SHARP!
Location: Your closest Rec Center

Participate in an Egg Hunt at your local Columbus Recreation Center! All hunts start at 10:00 AM sharp!

17. SpringFest at the New Albany High School Football Stadium

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time:  10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 7250 Fodor Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

This free Easter event includes thousands of eggs dropped by helicopter! There will be bounce houses, music, prizes and food trucks!

18. City of Delaware Easter Egg Hunt and Kite Festival at Veterans Park

When: Saturday, April 15. 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1121 S. Houk Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This free event for ages 1-9 includes an Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny, food trucks and kite flying! Bring your own basket.

 

See a full list of Easter Egg Hunts on Columbus Moms Blog: Columbus Area Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2017!

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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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Two Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids

Around this time last year, I shared some of our favorite libraries for reading AND playing (here and here). Since then, we’ve got quite a few more library visits under our belt and I wanted to share them with you (two this week and two more in a few weeks)! If you’re looking to shake up the routine a little bit, branch out and try one of these fun libraries! (No pun intended! 😉 )

1. Bexley Public Library

2411 E. Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209, 614-231-2793

The Bexley Library is amazing for kids! I can’t believe I’d missed out on it for so long! There is a play area for kids that is huge! My kids could have stayed here ALL day!

Seriously, we need this play rug!

There’s a castle play house, a theater for puppet shows, a table for drawing, magna tiles, letters, dinosaurs, and the list goes on!

  

The library offers story times followed by play times in the play area for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. They also have a pajama story time on Wednesday nights and an Imagination Station on Friday afternoons. See the full calendar of events here. Plus Kitties is DIRECTLY across the street with my favorite chocolate chip cookie ever!

2. Grove City Library

3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, 614-875-6716

The Grove City Library opened up in the fall of 2016 and we visited around the holidays. Another GREAT kids’ area here!

The space is large and open with lots of natural light!

The children’s area is called Harper’s Grove, named after Laura Harper, the president emeritus of the Friends of Southwest Public Libraries Board of Trustees. Her donation to the library was in honor of her husband and his aunt, Irene Harper who was the first librarian of Southwest Public Libraries!

Harper’s Grove includes, reading areas, a puppet theater, an interactive learning wall, light table, duplos, and baskets full of educational toys in the Play Corner!

The library offers several story times throughout the week, programs for teens and activities on Saturdays, too! See the entire event calendar here.

If you’re looking to shake up your library routine, these two libraries would make for a GREAT morning out with the kids!

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5 on Friday: Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops

As a freelance and contract worker, my husband spends most of his days in some kind of coffee shop setting. When I told him I was putting together a list of kid-friendly coffee shops, he said, “There is such a thing?” The fact that my own husband said such a thing is proof enough this post is needed. 😉 Coffee is a big part of my life, so the kids are gonna have to come along. Here are 5 best-bets for the times when you need to bring the kids:

1. Coffee Connections of Hilliard, Hilliard

This spot has to win the most kid-friendly coffee shop, hands down! Coffee Connections of Hilliard has two buildings. In the front (on Main St.) there is a full-sized coffee shop with two floors of seating areas and in a separate building in the back there is a community room with a play area just for kids upstairs! My kids were so entertained here recently that my husband and I had a nearly uninterrupted coffee date with friends! There is a changing table and even an area for babies to play!

4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

2, Grandview Grind, Grandview Heights

Grandview Grind has a large seating area and, in the back, there is a couch with a book shelf full of books, games and crayons! I was there recently with my two year old and he even found an Elmo book! There is a large drink menu and treats for sale as well.

1423 A Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

3. Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op, Franklinton

Bottoms Up is a new coffee shop/co-working space in Franklinton. I have been known to stop by this coffee shop with two kids when we’re on our way to somewhere else just to get the Canary Island (an espresso drink made with condensed milk!). You don’t just “stop by” coffee shops with kids, getting them in and out of car seats just for fun, unless the reward is worth it! Also, they have a cute little table where kids can color and great food options!

1069 W.Broad St., Columbus, OH 43222

4. The Bexley Coffee Shop, Bexley

Bexley Coffee Shop is another safe bet for taking the kids! The coffee shop is a pretty good size and there are yummy treats like the chocolate chip coffee cake (pictured above). My 2 year old said, “this is the best chocolate chip cake in the whole galaxy!” so that must be saying something! I like their fun selection of local handmade items and during the summer they have a story time for kids hosted by Bexley Public Library!

492 N. Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

5. Espresso 22, Powell

If you’re wandering around downtown Powell and you need a pick-me-up, stop in at Espresso 22! They serve One Line Coffee and every day they have a fresh selection of Der Dutchman donuts!  There is a good amount of seating here and it’s very open. These are two things I associate with being kid-friendly! Last time I was there they had a Nutella Latte on the menu. Just sayin’

22 Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065

What coffee shops have you braved with the kids in tow?

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