What Should We Do This Weekend? May 5-7, 2017

1. Free Spicy Chicken Biscuit at Chic-fil-A on Sawmill

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-717-9404

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a free Spicy Chicken Biscuit! Mention their Facebook ad (see link) when you order for a free sandwich between 6:30 AM and 10:30 AM on Friday at the Sawmill location only! (Dine in only).

2. Touch a Truck

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Adventure Park Dr, Powell, OH 43065

Kids can touch and tryout dozens of vehicles around Adventure Park!

3. Build a Flower Pot at Home Depot

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

You and your child can make and paint a flower pot to keep or give to Mom! Each child gets a certificate, apron and commemorative pin! See more info about these workshops at Home Depot here!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

This $5 waffle bar includes one waffle, unlimited toppings and coffee or juice! There will be face painting and a raffle! Money raised from this event will benefit Hilliard teacher, Lisa Vroom who is fighting cancer. See more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Mini Market Spring Fling at Bexley United Methodist Church

When: Saturday May 6th, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2657 E Broad St., Bexley, OH 43209

This market features over 25 local vendors who make items for babies and kids (and some special stuff for moms, too)!

6. Central Ohio Folk Music Festival at Battle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017
Time: starts at 10:00 AM both days
Location: 2705 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119

This weekend of folk music includes concerts, dance instruction, a Showcase of Young Musicians, free children’s activities, nature displays, workshops and more! See the complete schedule here.

7. Little Kids Fun Skate: Cat in the Hat! at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Little kids ages 2-8 can meet Cat in the Hat and win Dr. Seuss books during this special time for beginning skaters!

8. Free Comic Book Day at Packrat Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 3864 Lattimer St., Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Phone: 614-527-8450

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with giveaways, a costume contest for humans AND pets, a mac and cheese eating contest, and more! Do you have a child who is sensitive to a lot of noise and hubbub of events like this? Packrat Comics is offering a Quiet Free Comic Book Evening that same night with dimmed lighting and a quieter setting. Click the link for all the details!

9. Free Comic Book Day and 1 Year Anniversary Celebration at Skylarks Toys and Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4060 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-317-7766

Celebrate Skylarks’ 1 year anniversary and Free Comic Day with visits from superheroes, face painting, popcorn and more!

10. Free Comic Book Day at Capital City Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 1915 State Route 256, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-577-0220

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with free comics, face paint, balloon animals and more!

11. Touch a Truck at Tanger Outlets, Jeffersonville

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 8000 Factory Shops Blvd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128

Kids can climb on and explore a fire truck, police car, helicopter and more! Free gift for kids while supplies last! Parents will get a free coupon book!

12. Japanese Children’s Day Festivities at Worthington at the Old Rectory

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 55 W. New England, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

The Worthington Historical Society is celebrating Japanese Children’s Day by flying Koinobori flags and displaying a set of dolls from Worthington’s sister city, Sayama. $2/person.

13. Fairy Gardens at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301 Ext. 602

Kids can create a fairy or miniature garden with live plants and accessories! Recommended for ages 5-11. Call to reserve your spot!

14. First Avenue Park Dedication in Grandview Yard

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: First Avenue (between Bobcat and Yard Streets)

This family-friendly celebration of the new park in Grandview yard will included inflatables, music, food and fun!

15. MommyMile Columbus 2017 at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

Celebrate Mom with a 5K or 1 Mile race with an after party that includes champagne, roses, food, music, swag and more! There will be special deals for runners at Polaris Fashion Place after the race!

16. Powell Street Market in Downtown Powell

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 50 S. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-1090

This is the first Powell Street Market of the year! Vendors will line the streets of downtown Powell selling hand-made goods, crafts, food and more! During this time Cruz Candy is offering free spins to win candy and Studio J: Sing Paint Play (above Cruz Candy) will be giving kids the chance to make Mother’s Day gifts for $2-$10! There will be a free sing-along on the porch at Cruz Candy at 1:00 PM!

17. Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Sunday is the day of the annual shearing for the sheep at llamas at Stratford! Learn how wool is processed with hands on activities, visit the barn and enjoy the Sock Hop Soda Shop! $5/family. See more about Stratford Ecological Center here!

18. KidX Club: Crafternoon at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0180

Come to the children’s play area for crafts, face painters and Matt the Balloon Guy!

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7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day with Your Kids

On Mother’s Day my basic goal is not to be stressed. My kids are pretty young so I don’t desire to go to a fancy brunch where I just end up stressed out because they can’t sit still or won’t listen. I’ve only been at this mom thing for 5 Mother’s Days, but it seems to me that moms fall into two camps: those who just want some time ALONE to get pampered or go shopping or take a nap, and those who want to spend the day doing special things WITH their kids. Well, I’ve got a foot in both camps because I like to have lunch out with my kids and THEN get to take a nap! 😉

If you’re looking for something different to do WITH you kids that doesn’t involve glaring at them over a Belgian waffle because they’re telling potty jokes during brunch, then pick one of these kid-friendly, yet special for Mom, events going on next week!

1. No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and Fundraiser at Wolfe Park

The whole family is invited to participate in this event that raises money for families in Franklin County who are in need. Focused on providing diapers to families in our community who need them most, Columbus Birth and Parenting hosts this 5K and 1 mile walk/run plus kiddie dash each year to raise support for the cause. 1 in 3 families must REUSE soiled diapers again and again because they cannot afford to keep their children clean, dry and healthy!

You can feel good about spending your Mother’s Day weekend helping families in need by participating in the race, walk or kiddie dash and your family can enjoy a fun morning filled with food trucks, face painting, fun kid’s activities, flowers for purchase and fabulous raffles.  It’s a Saturday morning out at a park to celebrate Mother’s Day as a family while helping struggling mothers in Columbus at the same time.

I will be participating in the 1 mile run/walk (let’s just admit it: walk. I’ve only run one 5K in my life and it’s not happening again any time soon.) And I would love if you would consider joining this cause on May 13th! No Child Wet Behind is offering my readers $5 off with the code WHATSHOULDWEDOTODAY ! (Cost is $35 without code.) Enter the code at checkout!

Can’t make it on the 13th? You can still help out by donating a pack of diapers at any of these locations:

2. Mother’s Day Build at the Lego Store (Easton)

On May 13th and 14th, VIP members (join here or inquire in the store) can come in with Mom to build a mini tulip for free! Recommended for ages 6-14 and you must register in advance by calling the store (Easton: 614-342-2710).

3. Fit4Mom Columbus North Mother’s Day Celebration

I know a couple of people involved in Fit4Mom and they LOVE it! One of them shared about it on the blog here. It sounds so great and if I had joined a few months ago maybe I would be running the 5K mentioned above instead of the 1 mile walk. 😉 haha. Anyway . . . new moms are always welcome to join and on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 9:30 AM, they are having a Mother’s Day Celebration which includes free coffee and donuts (an exercise program with donuts?! how great is that??) AND they will be making a Mother’s Day keepsake craft. See the link for info on how to register!

4. Celebrate Mom Open House at Picassos

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Picassos is having a Celebrate Mom Open House from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Kids can decorate a flower pot for free and Portraits by Laura will be there for mini sessions ($30 for 5 poses and 5 digital images). You can shop for Mother’s Day gifts and check out discounted classes!

5. Celebrate Mom! at Franklin Park Conservatory

The Franklin Park Conservatory would be a beautiful place to spend Mother’s Day Weekend! On Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can paint a flower pot for Mom and plant a flower in it! It’s also one of the last weekends to see the Fairy Gardens – the last day of the exhibit is May 29, 2017.

6. Mommy and Me Painting Class with Colorful Columbus

On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017) you can paint a picture with your child! The theme is elephants and the cost is $35 which includes supplies for Mom and one child. All skill levels are welcome for this event and you must register in advance!

7. Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl Columbus (Easton)

Another option for Sunday is the Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl at Easton! You must register ahead for this event which includes a meal in the restaurant, a flower for your daughter, games, a craft, a spiral notebook and a picture frame! This is recommended for girls ages 8 and up.

One More Thing . . .

Looking for a way to pamper yourself? Join 614Mom for Celebrating You, an event to celebrate Columbus Moms with a lipstick bar, swag bags and more! This is a FREE event for moms but it will also be a location where you can bring a pack of diapers for No Child Wet Behind! 🙂

No matter what you choose to do, I hope you have a happy Mother’s Day and do something YOU enjoy! Next week I will be celebrating my readers with a week of giveaways in honor of Mother’s Day, so make sure to follow me on social media (links below) for all the fun giveaways!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 28-30, 2017

1. Arbor Day Celebration at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

This fun and educational event includes tree climbing for kids AND adults, a scavenger hunt, tree ring counting, and more opportunities to learn about trees and how important they are! While supplies last, those who attend will get a free tree sapling! There will be food trucks on site and a raffle for free tree work from Ahlum & Arbor. Kids can make Tree Cookie Necklaces on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

2. Customer Appreciation Weekend at PizzaFire Dublin

When: Friday – Sunday, April 28-30, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM Friday – 9:00 PM Sunday
Location: Perimeter Loop Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-698-0937

This weekend only all pizzas will be half price with unlimited toppings! (Dublin location only!) The proceeds from the weekend will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Club! There will be a Kids’ Pizza Contest on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and everyone wins something!

3. Fourth Friday in Uptown Westerville

When: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Uptown Westerville
Phone: 614-794-0401

Stroll Uptown Westerville as the shops stay open late! Enjoy live music, art, performing art, street vendors and family-friendly activities like bounce houses, a caricature artist, book characters and fire and rescue vehicles! Before hand (5:15 PM -5:45 PM) the Westerville Library will host “4th Friday Stories and Fun” which will feature a storytime!

4. Healthy Kids Day at your local YMCA

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: your local YMCA

This free event will include active play and educational activities with the goal of improving the health and well-being of families!  Click here to see the times and events specific to each YMCA location around Central Ohio!

5. Meet Z Yang at American Girl – Columbus

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4040 The Strand E, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 877-247-5223

Celebrate the debut of American Girl’s newest contemporary character, a filmmaker from Seattle! There will be a special give way and girls can make their own stop-motion film craft!

6. HOOT Family Film Series at the Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Flowers! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter!

7. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: Cardinal Hall, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This walk-through exhibit offers the chance to be up close with a Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and T-Rex! Kids can dig for fossils, play and bounce and do crafts in the Kids Adventure Zone!

8. 31st Annual Duckling Day at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whetstone Branch

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3909 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Clintonville Rotary hosts the annual Duckling Day which includes a parade, live ducks, a puppet show and literacy activities with a ducky theme! You can pick up a duck costume packet at the library before the event or duck masks will be available the day of the program!

9. Week of the Young Child Family Day at COSI

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

COSI is celebrating early childhood with hands-on science activities and visits from community partners who are educating, protecting and nurturing young children! Free with admission or membership!

10. Blacklick Woods Outdoor Adventure

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 6975 East Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-835-6073 or 614-300-7867

This special event is a collaboration between Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks & ECRN+ (YMCA of Central Ohio) with the goal of getting children and youth of all abilities outdoors to play games, see wildlife and have fun! There will be free tram rides, exploring the nature center, archery, crafts, lawn games, snacks and more! See the link for all the details and to register. The event is free.

11. Fit4Baby Open House at Babies “R” Us

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1400 Gemini Place Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43240

Fit4Baby is a new prenatal fitness class designed to strengthen your changing body during pregnancy! Visit the open house to meet instructors, learn about the program and see a short demo of what to expect during the classes.

12. MAKEbreak Slime Bar at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Customize your own Slime creation at this free event! All supplies are included while they last!

13. Swim to End Cancer at Aqua Tots Swim School

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4018 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065

Sign up for a 30 minute swimming lesson for your child and 100% of the proceeds will go to support Pelatonia riders! If you have more than one child, there is a code for a 15% discount for siblings! There will also be a raffle for gift baskets with items from Aqua-Tots, The Little Gym and more!

14. Reading Buddies featuring the 4-H PetPALs! at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Parsons Branch

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1113 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age 5-11 can meet, greet and listen to a story with dogs trained by 4H PetPALS!

15. Children’s Garden Day: Strawberry Garden Party at Inniswood Gardens

When: Sunday April 30, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

At this free, family-friendly event you can learn how to grow and harvest strawberries! There will be crafts and ideas for using strawberries at home!

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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!*