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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 18-20, 2018

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29 family friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!


9:30 AM –Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center – kids can explore big trucks and vehicles and meet the people who protect and serve in the Worthington Community! There will be over 40 vehicles on display along with other activities for kids. There will also be car seat checks, a food drive and the whole event will be “no horn”!

11:00 AM – Food Truck Friday at Easton Town Center – part of the 4th Annual Easton Food Fest, there will be over 20 food trucks on site plus live music!

10:00 AM – Sing-a-long and Dance Party Thyme with Jennifer Ellis at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets (Dublin) – this free Kids Music Show includes singing, dancing, instruments bubble and free snacks! This event will also happen at 11:30 at the Gahanna location.

6:30 PM – Music & Art in the Park at Stradley Park – this free summer concert includes live music, art demonstrations and family friendly activities! This week’s theme is Tribute to First Responders and music is by The Usual Suspects and the Repeat Offenders.


8:00 AM – 2018 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure – Race for the Cure includes a 1 mile family fun walk and this year there will be activities for kids including a pink fire truck and brick pits from Legoland adjacent to the EXPO!

9:00 AM – The Children’s Garden Grand Opening at Franklin Park Conservatory – celebrate the grand opening of the Scotts Miracle Gro Foundation Children’s Garden! Remarks will begin at 9:30 AM and the gates will open shortly thereafter. See our Sneak Peek of the Children’s Garden!

9:00 AM – Cinderella and Friends Royal Princess Ball at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday – Cinderella and her princess friends will host a royal ball with singing, dancing, performances, crafts, games and more! There are two time slots to choose from! Register online.

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmers Market – perfect for kids ages 12 and under, check out a kid-friendly activity happening on the third Saturday of the month at the information table at the Worthington Farmers Market!

10:00 AM Historian in Training at Ohio History Center – Kids ages 7-11 can learn historical thinking skills as through hands on activities. This week’s theme is World War I. Register online.

10:00 AM – Touch a Truck at Grove City UMC – get up close and personal with big trucks! There will be a quiet break for kids with sensitivity to sounds at 11:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Kids and Cops Day – at Ohio University Lancaster/Pickerington – enjoy hands on fun for kids with a safety theme.

11:00 AM – Children’s Fishing at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kids can fish in Schrock Lake!

11:00 AM – UA Spring Fling at Sunny 95 Park – the Upper Arlington Spring Fling includes live music, a kids workshop, touch a truck activities, a fishing derby, inflatables, carnival games, arts and crafts and more!

11:00 AM – Sensory Friendly Films: The Wizard of Oz at Gateway Film Center – this is a free, sensory friendly screening of The Wizard of Oz for families and individuals with autism or developmental disabilities with lights kept up and a lower volume.

11:00 AM – New Albany Founders Day Parade & Festival in New Albany, OH – celebrate the founding of New Albany with rides, games and food! This is a free event that also includes a parade, concession booths, face painting, pony rides, meet and greet with Paw Patrol characters and more! The parade starts at 11:00 AM.

12:00 PM – Touch a Truck at Prairie Township Community Center – climb on big vehicles and trucks that keep Prairie Township safe!

12:00 PM – Community Fun Fest! at Bible Baptist Church of Grove City  – this free festival includes carnival games, hot dogs, cotton candy, inflatables, giveaways and more!

12:00 PM – Grove City Splash Pad Grand Opening at Grove City YMCA – celebrate the opening of the new Grove City Splash Pad at Fryer Park! Ribbon cutting is at noon! Park will be open for free use on weekdays from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM through Labor Day.

4:00 PM – Water Safety Day at Goldfish Swim School – this free event is being held at both the Dublin and the Westerville locations of Goldfish Swim School. There will be water safety clinics, a free family swim, entertainment for kids, refreshments and more!

5:30 – Father-Daughter Fairies and Pirates Night at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA – come in costume to this magical night filled with fairies, princesses and pirates! Make fairy dust, walk the plank, dance and more fun activities! Brothers are welcome, too! Recommended for ages 3-11. Register online.


8:00 AM – Zoo Run 5K & Kids’ Ele-FUN-Run

 at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – participate in a 3.1 mile run/walk or the kids 1/4 mile “Ele-FUN-Run” taking place at Columbus Zoo. Participating in this race includes a free pass to the zoo! Register online.

10:00 AM – Kicking Cancer Soccer Camp and Walk-a-thon – the Kicking Cancer youth soccer camp is a nonprofit camp dedicated to teaching kids the game of soccer! Kids will be provided with coaching from the Otterbein Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams and other local soccer organizations. Proceeds from the camp are donated to the James Cancer Hospital and Solve Research Institute! There will also be special visitors from the Columbus Zoo! Register online.

11:00 AM – EMS and Safety Day at COSI – get up close to police officers, fire fighters and other first responders! Check out their vehicles and the Jaws of Life! Free with COSI admission or membership!

11:00 AM – Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room – Family Funday features free crafts for kids, beer and drink specials and chicken and waffles!

12:00 PM – KidX Club: Butterflies & Balloons at Polaris Fashion Place – this month’s KidX Club theme is butterflies and balloons! There will be colorful decorations and activities for kids!

12:00 PM – 3rd Westside Community Baby Shower!! at Hilltop YMCA – this event is for moms on the west side of Columbus who are pregnant! There will be prizes, giveaways, free diapers, resources and more! RSVP online! They are also accepting donations of baby items or diapers for this event!

1:00 PM – Sweet Sunday at Easton Town Center – sample sweets from Easton restaurants for $1 each with proceeds going to the Easton Community Foundation! There will be live music too!

1:00 PM – CANCELLED – April Showers Bring May Flowers at Clay Street Ceramics – this craft event is for kids and adults ages 12 and up. Learn the art of paper flower making! Cost is $20. Register in advance.

2:00 PM – Kid’s Bike Rodeo at Reynoldsburg City Hall – this event focuses on bike safety and police will be on site to teach about hand signals, wearing a helmet and more! Register in advance for this free event.

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Franklin Park Conservatory’s Children’s Garden is Unlike Anything Else in Columbus

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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory will be one of the top family-friendly attractions in Columbus!

Today Mayson and I got a sneak peek of the new Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory! There is nothing else like this in the city! I walked away from the tour in awe!

The Children’s Garden is going to be a full-fledged attraction in itself, but it comes at no additional cost to visitors of the Franklin Park Conservatory! Access to the Children’s Garden is included with admission or membership and can only be entered through the Conservatory.

A special thanks to Franklin Park Conservatory and CEO, Bruce Harkey for giving us this special tour!

Here are some of the many highlights:

A kids only entrance made of willows!

The Sunshine Celebration Arch, featuring stained glass rainbows!

The Rainbow Welcome Terrace is where you  can orient yourself and peruse the map to decide where to go first!

Larger than life topiaries throughout the park!

Misting Boulders – kids can run around in the mist, which will also create rainbows in the air!

The Flower Kaleidoscope!

Take the road less travelled!

Explore the Sensory Garden full of instruments to play!

Give or watch a puppet show!

This playhouse is made of bamboo and straw bales  wrapped in mud and clay and is the largest natural children’s playhouse in the world!

The Sunrise Lawn for rolling and running and the Boulder Scramble for rock climbing!

The Fairy Garden.

The Whispering Wall – whisper at one end and your partner can hear on the other end of this curved bench!

The Reading Garden – grab a book and enjoy this peaceful area!

The Word Garden – make your own inspirational sentences!

In an area called, My Ohio Woods, This Sandstone Bluff is modeled after Hocking Hills! Water will cascade down the bluff and will fill this creek area for children to explore! (yes, they will get wet!)

The Wetland Explore includes a boardwalk and Floating Path. In this rain garden area, water will rise and fall with the rain. The area also includes a Pollywog Pool where kids can watch for tadpoles!

The Green Man!

This Floating Frame will be a spot for floating art! Drop in floating objects to create a moving piece of artwork within a stone frame!

A gardening and cooking area!

A Nature Play Zone that includes a Stump Jump, Sand Box and Web Climb!

An amazing Canopy Walk that gives you a bird’s eye view of the entire garden!

The Hammock Lounge, which is 12 feet off the ground, may look scary, but it can literally hold 7 elephants!

A Cork Tree Rope Walk – swaying bridges that allow you to walk through the heights.

Cardinal Corner – a life sized bird’s nest!

The Children’s Garden also has a Learning Pavilion where events will be held. In this building there are also family restrooms and hand washing stations.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden opens to the public on Saturday, May 19, 2018. There will be a brief ceremony at 9:30 AM. However, members can RSVP for a preview on May 18, by clicking here!

Know Before You Go:

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000
Open Daily: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 11-13, 2018

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29 family friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!  Happy Mother’s Day!


9:00 AM – Free Coffee Friday at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – get a free 12 oz drip coffee with admission Friday only!

9:30 AM – Free Mother’s Day Stroller Strides Class at Highbanks Park – join Fit4Mom Columbus North for a free Stroller Strides class and a mini Mommy and Me photo session!

9:30 AM – Mini Touch-a-Truck at Hilliard’s Station Park – kids can explore their favorite trucks up close!

9:45 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – join WeJoySing for music and play! Two class times are available $5 for the first child, $3 for siblings.

10:00 AM – Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park at Hannah Park – join Fit4Mom Columbus East for their first Mother’s Day Picnic!

5:00 PM – Dino-ROAR! at Lancaster Community Days – view an interactive show where you can touch the dinosaurs, see fossils and more! There will be 6 shows throughout the weekend on Friday and Saturday.

6:00 PM – PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero at Palace Theatre – watch your favorite PJ Masks characters save the day live!

7:00 PM – The Little Mermaid Jr. at Westgate Recreation Center – there will be two showings of this musical rendition of The Little Mermaid Jr.: Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM. Cost is $5/ticket.


9:00  AM – Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – waffles, unlimited toppings and coffee for just $5/person!

9:30 AM – Free Family Stroller Strides & Playdate at Fancyburg Park – join Fit4Mom Upper Arlington for a free family workout, play date and Mommy & Me mini photo shoots!

10:00 AM – Touch-A-Truck at Pickerington Community Pool – at this free event, kids can get up close to big trucks and other vehicles! Kids can even get their own driver’s license!

10:00 AM – Babies & Bumps 2018 at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center – – new and soon to be parents can get answers to all their questions by meeting local health care providers, attending seminars and demonstrations, enjoying activities and meeting with organizations that cater to you and your baby at this one day event! There are a limited number of tickets still available to this exclusive event — save $5 on ticket by using promo code GOBABY and registering here:

10:00 AM – Roses for Youth FunShop at Miller’s Country Gardens – this is a free event where kids can learn how to grow and care for miniature roses. There are two session available: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Click the link for info on how to register.

10:00 AM – Mommy and Me – Mother’s Day Paint Workshop at Quantum 51 – The Discovery Workshop is hosting this opportunity for kids and moms to spend time together making art! There are 4 sessions throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday. See the link for instructions on how to register.

10:00 AM – Saturday Morning Cartoons: Comic Book Edition at Gateway Film Center – watch your favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons in your PJ’s and with your own bowl of cereal! $5/person.

10:00 AM – Charlotte’s Web at Drexel – The Drexel Family Screening this month is Charlotte’s Web! Kids 12 and under are $1, 13 and older are $3.

11:00 AM – Mother’s Day Celebration at Fresh Thyme Worthington – celebrate Mother’s Day with a build your own bouquet station, chocolate dipped strawberries and a card making station!

11:00 AM – COSI Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – celebrate Mother’s Day with a brunch buffet, live entertainment, hands on science activities and access to COSI for the day. Ticket sales end THURSDAY at 5:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Tram Ride at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a tram ride through the park!

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Frame at Michaels Stores – kids can make a hand painted frame for Mother’s Day! Ages 3 and up are welcome, first come first served. Participants must by the frame, all other supplies will be provided.

1:00 PM – Big Foot Escape Room at Sharon Woods Metro Park – solve a puzzle, unlock the mystery box and find Bigfoot before time runs out!

1:00 PM – A Walk Through Time at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – learn about the research and preservation behind the living history program by taking a tour of Slate Run Historical Farm.

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Tea Party at Picassos – create special crafts, enjoy treats from Purple Sage Bakery and get your family photo taken! Register online.

1:00 PM – Natural Play Area: First Birthday at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – celebrate the first birthday of the Natural Play Area with crafts, learning about animals and plants and, of course, play!

2:00 PM – Canal Winchester Art Stroll at Canal Winchester Art Guild – – the 7th annual Art Stroll features local artists and artwork, open studios, live entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities and more! This is a free event!


9:00 AM – Mother’s Day at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – moms and grandmas get in free to the Columbus Zoo all day with a paid child’s admission!

9:00 AM – Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – if you’re looking for a road trip for Mother’s Day, moms get in free to the Cincinnati Zoo all day! You can get your ticket online.

12:00 PM – Flowers for Mom at Sharon Woods Metro Park – make a flower craft and do a scavenger hunt for flowers in Sharon Woods Metro Park!

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Photos at Easton Town Center – complimentary photos will be taken from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Central Park Fountain! Expecting mothers can stop in at A Pea in the Pod for a refresh before your picture! Easton will also be doing carriage rides for $10/adult, children 15 and under are free.

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