What Should We Do This Weekend? August 5-7, 2016

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Lots of fun things going on this weekend! If I can combine a little shopping, superheroes and a free root beer float, it will be a success! 🙂

1. Tax Free Holiday

When: Friday – Sunday, August 5-7, 2016
Time: Starts Friday at 12:00 AM and ends Sunday at 11:59 PM
Location: Everywhere in Ohio!

This weekend only you can purchase clothing items that cost $75 or less and classroom supplies and instructional materials priced at $20 or less tax free! THIS INCLUDES DIAPERS, my friends! They count as clothing! As long as you’re not buying a case of diapers over $75, now is the time to stock up! This tax free holiday happens everywhere you shop in the state of Ohio!

2. Dublin Irish Festival in Coffman Park

When: Friday – Sunday, August 5-7, 2016
Time: Friday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017

This weekend is Dublin’s celebration of Irish culture, the largest 3 day Irish festival in the world! For kids there will be Fairy Tea and Pirate Parties (register online here), a Wendy’s Wee Folk area with crafts, music and activities just for kids, several fun kids vendors with face painting, photo booth, WeJoySing music, sand art and more! On Sunday, gates open at 9:30 AM for Sunday Services and breakfast. Free admission will be given until 11:00 AM on Sunday if you bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Dublin Food Pantry. At the gate, general tickets are $12 and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at a discount online ($10) until Thursday night at midnight.

3. Peppa Pig Party at Worthington Libraries, Northwest Library

When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-807-2626

Enjoy a Peppa Pig-themed party with songs, stories and games! Ages 5 and under.

4. Back to School at the Bay at Zoombezi Bay

When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3600

WNCI sponsors a Back-to-School concert at Zoombezi Bay! Tickets are $14.99 for that day only. The movie Minions will be shown that same evening at 9:00 PM

5. Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile at the Scioto Mile

When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: Music starts at 7:30 PM, but food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 PM
Location: 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Head down to the Scioto Mile for a free outdoor concert and movie! JD Eicher plays at 7:30 and the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens plays at dusk! Donatos sells pizza on site. This is the last movie of the summer!

6. Mom 2 Mom Consignment Sale at Westerville Christian Church

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 471 E College Ave, Westerville, OH 43081

Shop for gently used baby and kids clothing as well as toys, baby gear, maternity clothes and more. Regular Sale: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Half Price Sale: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

7. Junior Garden Volunteers at Inniswood Gardens

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Innis House, 940 S. Hempstead Rd. Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

If your teen or tween is looking for opportunities to volunteer, check out the Junior Garden Volunteer program with the Metro Parks. This weekend kids ages 11-17 can help with cleaning up the gardens at Inniswood Metro Park. They must be pre-registered and have a parent’s permission.

8. Superhero Day at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Fenlon Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Superhero day will be filled with activities like face painting, live music, a parade, costumed characters and a concerts by the Shazzbots at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Come dressed as a superhero and/or make a super mask at one of the activity stations!

9. Weinland Park Community Festival in Weinland Park

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 211 E. 7th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 (Behind Weinland Park Elementary School)

This family friendly neighborhood festival celebrates summer with food trucks, face painting, a bounce house, farm animals, a live DJ, a pie eating contest, over 50 vendors, and more!

10. 6-1-Pho 1 Year Anniversary

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4386 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-706-4903

6-1-Pho in Clintonville is celebrating it’s 1st anniversary! There will be  half off bowls, a performance by 5-star dragon dancers at 1:00 PM, free treats and door prizes! You can also get 1/2 banh mi and kids bowl for $8.

11. National Root Beer Float Day at A&W

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – close
Location: 3 A&W Locations in the Columbus Area

Get a free root beer float at any Columbus area A&W location to celebrate National Root Beer Float Day!

12. Family Night at Paper Moon Art Studio

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-332-9149

The whole family can experience the Magic of Art during this open house style Family Night full of arts and crafts! Cost is $25 per family. Call to register – space is limited!

13. Olympic Fever at Sharon Woods

When: Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Apple Ridge Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Kids ages 3-8 can test their skills against some of nature’s world record holders!

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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? May 20-22, 2016

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1. Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-436-2743

Another Touch-A-Truck this weekend! Kids can climb on and pretend to drive all kinds of vehicles – ambulances, fire trucks, military trucks and many more!  There will be a no horn hour from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  Event is free!

2. Bexley Main Event Movie at Capital University

When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 1 N. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209

Bring the family to watch Finding Nemo outside!  Events before the movie (which starts at 9:00 PM) include food trucks, crafts by piccadilly, a library story time, an inflatable obstacle course, carnival games, bubble machines and more!  Event is free!

3. Der Dutchman Heritage Day at Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery

When: Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21, 2016
Time:  Friday: 6:30 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 445 South Jefferson St., Rt 42, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-3414

Celebrate Plain City’s Amish heritage with a hog roast and concert, a horse parade, vintage baseball game, glass blowing, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, and much more!  See link for more info about food prices and times of events.

4. Easton Food Fest at Easton Town Center

When: Friday – Sunday, May 20-22, 2016
Time: Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Three days of food and music are on deck for this weekend at Easton Town Center!  Friday is Food Truck Friday, Saturday is Sippin’ Saturday (more for us adults! 😉 ) and Sunday is Sweet Sunday.  Live music is on the agenda on Friday and Sunday!

5. 2016 Metro Parks GeoTrail Kickoff Event at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

This Geocache hunt is designed for all ages and will encourage families to explore the trees and forests of Metro Parks!  This kick off event will give those in attendance early access to the coordinates, which will be posted online on May 22, 2016.

6. EMS & Safety Day at COSI

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

It’s National EMS Week and Saturday at COSI your kids can check out the vehicles first responders use to help others like fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars!  A MedFlight helicopter will be on site and you can try out a distracted driver simulator!  Free with COSI admission or membership.

 7. Hervé Tullet Family Workshop at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

CMA and Worthington Libraries have come together to offer a workshop with artist and author, Hervé Tullet, best known for the children’s book Press Here.  The workshop is for the whole family and will encourage attendees to explore their creativity!  The cost of the program includes a copy of Art Workshops for Children and a book signing will follow the workshop.

 8. New Albany Founders Day Festival at New Albany 2-5 Elementary School

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 87 N. High St., New Albany, OH 43054

Celebrate New Albany Founder’s Day with a parade, rides like The Graviton and Loop of Planes, and lots of carnival food!  See the link for the parade route and times!

9. Service Heroes Touch-A-Truck at Infirmary Mound Park

When: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4309 Lancaster Rd. SW, Granville, OH 43023

If you live on the eastern side of the city or are up for a day trip, there’s another location to touch, climb and pretend to drive big vehicles!  Fire engines, police cars and mail trucks will be on site along with their drivers!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 1-3, 2016

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I’ve got 10 things for you to do with your kids this weekend!  We’ve run the gamut here – from tutus to monster trucks!  April showers may keep us indoors this coming week, but I’m feeling hopeful and excited about all the things there are to do now that spring is here!  I’ve got a lot of ideas in the works for future posts to share with you!  But for now, let’s look forward to the weekend!

1. Preschool Open Gym at Dublin Community Recreation Center

When:  Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location:  5600 Post R., Dublin, OH 43017, Gymnasium B
Phone: 614-410-4550

Children 6 months to 6 years can get their energy out during this open gym time!  Age appropriate toys and equipment are available.

2. Pop-Up Party at William H. Adams Community Center

When:  Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 854 Alton Ave., Columbus OH 43219
Phone: 614-645-3051

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is in the midst of their 2016 Spring Break Initiative which includes special programing at six area community centers.  Activities are “open to all” and the pop-up parties are sponsored by Radio One.

3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in German Village

When: Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 900 Mohawk St., Columbus, OH 43206

I thought it was worth noting that Jeni’s opens for the season in German Village on April 1!  Yay ice cream!

4. Monster Jam at Value City Arena, Schottenstein Center

When: Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, 2016
Time: Friday: 7:30 PM, Saturday: 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Location: 555 Borror Dr., Columbus, OH 43210

High energy, action packed show for motorsports fans!  Special passes are also available to see the trucks up close and meet the drivers!

5. Lady Tutu 5K at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Location: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Time: 5K: 8:00 AM, Little Princess Dash: 9:00 AM

This women’s only event benefits Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana.  The Little Princess Dash is for girls 8 and under and participants will receive a tiara, cotton shirt, princess wand and ribbon.  Walk up registrations are accepted.

6. Spring Puppet Show at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Hilliard Branch

When: Saturday April 2, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  Hilliard Branch, 4772 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-645-2275

Enjoy a spring-themed puppet show appropriate for ages 11 and under.  (Read about our visit to Hilliard Branch of CML here!)

7. Free Kid’s Fun Day at the Columbus Soap Box Derby

When:  Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Big Run Park 4201 Clime Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43228

Kids 7 and older (plus adults!) can test drive a soap box racer!  Event is free, but kids and adults must sign a waiver to participate.  (See link for details).

 8. PB&J and Jazz at the Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203, Ballroom
Phone: 614-294-5200

Enjoy a kid-friendly introduction to jazz!  Concerts are $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.  Children receive a lunch that includes a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie.

9. Ohio Roller Girls at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: First game is at 5:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211, Ohio Building
Phone: 614-859-OHRG

Cheer on the Ohio Roller Girls at their second game of the season against Ithaca League of Women Rollers!  Home games are double headers – you can stay for one or both bouts.  Children under 8 are always free and games are kid-friendly!

10. Baby Bonanza and Kids Expo at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Sunday, April 3, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211, Lausche Building

This event offers fun for the whole family: diaper derby races, play areas for the kids, a Mommy Relaxation Station, and the Dad’s Challenge!  Also featured are educational seminars, displays featuring the latest products and much more!  Kids 12 and under are free!

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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 to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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