What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, May 24-27, 2019 – Memorial Day Weekend

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

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – May’s Summer Special at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – receive half of admission every Friday in May when your kid wears his or her favorite jammies!

9:30 AM – Our Village: Muffins with Mom! at Thompson Park – this is a free event with FIT4MOM UA following their Stroller Strides class beginning at 9:30 AM. Click the link for a free class!

9:30 AM – Toddler Play Time – Art Explorers at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – kids can enjoy several sensory stations and 2 crafting and art tables. Free coffee for the adults! Register online.

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! at Hannah Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for a Bear Hunt playdate! The playdate is free and takes place after the Stroller Strides workout.

6:00 PM – 4th Fridays on the Lawn at Westerville Public Library – head to Uptown Westerville’s 4th Friday celebration and hang out on the library lawn. This month’s theme is farm animals!

6:30 PM – Building Tasty Creations Workshop Event at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – this is a special workshop celebrating the release of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part! Register online.

6:30 PM – Kids Night Out! at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – drop the kids off for a hands-on cooking experience with a theme. Register online.

6:30 PM – Family Night Out at Goldfish Swim School – members and non-members are welcome for an open swim at all local Goldfish Swim School locations! $5/person or $15/family. First come, first served.

SATURDAY

8:30 AM – Where Does Your Food Come From Event at The Farm at Walnut Creek – at this event you can learn from the Amish staff about planting crops, milking cows, making butter, baking and more! there will be a corn box for the kids, a scavenger hunt and a cornhole slingshot!

9:00 AM – Barking and Breakfast at Three Creeks Metro Park – enjoy breakfast snacks and a 3 mile walk with your dog!

9:30 AM – Family Stroller Strides at Fancyburg Park – this workout is for the whole family! Register online.

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art: Patterned Fox at Art with Anna – drop in to make a patterned fox project! $20/student. Ages 4 and up. Register online.

10:00 AM – BrickUniverse Columbus LEGO Fan Expo at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair – LEGO lovers can enjoy building zones, vendors, hands on activities, LEGO displays and more!

10:00 AM – Kids Club Patriotic Cookie Decorations at Michaels Stores – $3 per project for kids ages 3 and up. Register online.

10:00 AM – Opening Day – “Jim Henson: Imagination Unlimited” at COSI – celebrate the new COSI exhibit featuring the work of Jim Henson! There will be performances, a puppet parade, and more!

10:00 AM – Grandview Heights Memorial Day Parade – this neighborhood parade begins at 10:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – Asian Festival at Franklin Park – this celebration of Asian culture includes food, games, a dragon boat, culture exhibits, martial arts, a market place, live performances and a children’s area with games, crafts and activities.

10:00 AM – Opening Day at Ohio Village – explore the 1890’s at Ohio Village, interact with its citizens, visit the shops and business and take part in what life was like during that time!

11:00 AM – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream – the Sertoma Ice Cream festival is $5 per car and includes live music, events for kids like egg toss, sack race, kiddie tractor pull, presentations from COSI and Columbus Zoo and more! Oh yeah, and ice cream!

2:00 PM – MAKE A Patriotic Pom-Pom Wreath at Michaels Stores – buy the wreath base and Michaels will provide the supplies to make a Pom Pom Wreath!

4:00 PM – Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons – kick off the summer with bounce houses, crafts, face painting, carousel rides and more! This event is free to attend and $5 for a hand stamp for inflatables. At 8:15 Ralph Breaks the Internet will be shown!

7:00 PM – Family Fun Night at Highbanks Metro Park – make s’mores around the campfire and enjoy crafts and activities.

8:00 PM – Movie in the Park: Lego Batman at Sharon Woods Metro Park – watch The Lego Batman Movie on the big screen in the park. There will be bat-themed activities starting at 8:00 PM and the movie starts at dark.

8:00 PM – Free Movie Night: Ralph Breaks the Internet at Columbus Commons – head to Columbus Commons for Family Fun Day including a showing of Ralph Breaks the Internet at 8:15 PM.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM  – BrickUniverse Columbus LEGO Fan Expo at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair – LEGO lovers can enjoy building zones, vendors, hands on activities, LEGO displays and more!

10:00 AM – Asian Festival at Franklin Park – this celebration of Asian culture includes food, games, a dragon boat, culture exhibits, martial arts, a market place, live performances and a children’s area with games, crafts and activities.

11:00 AM – Fairy Garden Sunday at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – create a Fairy Garden starting at $15. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Register online.

12:00 PM – Jeni’s Strawberry Jam at Land-Grant Brewing Company – celebrate strawberry season and the release of Jeni’s Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream with fresh strawberries, ice cream and special collaborations! There will be live music, food trucks, merchants and more!

1:00 PM – Toy Boat Building at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – build a wooden boat to sail!

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings with a special code – book online!

1:00 PM – Sunday in the Swamp at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – look for critters in the swamp!

2:00 PM – Fishing with the Rangers at Highbanks Metro Park – go fishing in the pond! Poles and bait provided. Recommended for ages 6-17.

3:00 PM – Nature Hike at Homestead Metro Park – take a one mile hike to learn about animals in the park.

6:00 PM – Music in the Garden: Summer ’19 at Olde Towne East Community Gardens – enjoy a free concert in the garden!

MONDAY – Memorial Day


Memorial Day Parades in Central Ohio:

9:00 AM – Marysville

10:15 AM – Worthington

10:00 AM – Powell

10:30 AM – Granville

11:00 AM – Dublin

11:00 AM – Grove City


6:30 AM – Summer Reading Challenge at Chick-fil-A Sawmill Road – the Summer Reading Challenge kicks off today at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill Rd. Record 4 books your child has read on the back of the bookmark and receive a reward!

8:30 AM – Where Does Your Food Come From Event at The Farm at Walnut Creek – at this event you can learn from the Amish staff about planting crops, milking cows, making butter, baking and more! there will be a corn box for the kids, a scavenger hunt and a cornhole slingshot!

9:30 AM – Our Village: Family Stroller Strides and Patriotic Popsicles at Amelita Mirolo Barn – join FIT4MOM UA for a family workout with patriotic popsicles afterwards! Your first class is free!

10:00 AM – Patriotic Popsicles & Splash Pad Picnic with FIT4MOM Columbus East – play at the splash pad and enjoy popsicles with FIT4MOM Columbus East following the Stroller Strides workout.

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – Story Time at Duck Donuts Dublin – take part in a story time, crafts and a behind the scenes look at donut making! Recommended for ages 3-6.

11:00 AM – Memorial Day Celebration at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – cook hot dogs, play yard games and splash in the creek or take a hike!

12:00 PM – Memorial Day Tram Tour at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a tram tour of the park! Learn about all there is to do in Sharon Woods!

12:00 PM – Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – stop by the Nature Center to pick up a scavenger hunt and return it for a prize!

1:00 PM – Toy Boat Building at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – build a wooden boat to sail!

1:00 PM – Canoe the Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – take a canoe ride in the park! All equipment provided.

2:00 PM – Creature Feature at Highbanks Metro Park – visit turtles and snakes in the Nature Center! Recommended for ages 3-10.

4:00 PM – Food Truck Festival & Jazz in the Park at Havenwood Park – enjoy food trucks and jazz in the park! Bring a chair or blanket!

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35 FREE Things to do with Your Kids This Summer in Columbus

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Summer is the best time to get out and explore lots of fun things with the kids! Luckily for us, Columbus is full of lots of FREE things to do this summer! If you need some inspiration, here are 35 things you can do for free around town!

35 Free Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus:

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1. Climb aboard the train at Homestead Metro Park.

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2. Check out a farmer’s market. See this list from Columbus Moms Blog, listed by day of the week!

3. Watch an outdoor movie. See this list from 614 Mom.

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4. Have fun at KidX at Polaris Fashion Place.

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5. Play at Commons for Kids every Friday.

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6. Climb into the tree house at Inniswood Metro Park.

7. Win prizes in a Summer Reading Club. Register at your local library or take advantage of one of these national programs listed by Mission to Save.

8. Try out one of Columbus’ many festivals. Check out this list of festivals around Columbus from Columbus Underground!

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9. Try out a new park. I have some ideas here and here!

10. Follow the path of the Dublin Irish Fairy Door Trail.

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11. Get wet at a local splash pad! See my list of Free Columbus and Central Ohio Splash Pads and Fountains!

12.. Bowl for free with the Kids Bowl Free program! There are 3 locations in the Columbus area!

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13. Attend the Hilltop Bean Dinner commemorating the role the Hilltop played in the Civil War! Admission is free and there is a huge car show, food vendors, arts and crafts and more!

14. Shop 100 local vendors at the Powell Street Market.

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15. Visit a Little Free Library to borrow or donate books.

16. Attend one of the Cap City Nights Festivals hosted by Columbus Recreation and Parks! (2019 info not yet released.)

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17. Learn about nature at one of the Preschool Programs at Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks.

18. Enjoy some music at Polaris Live every Thursday night beginning June 13, 2019. Also see Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week!

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19. Hear a story or two at the Storytime at Chic Fil A on Sawmill.

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20. Enjoy a free concert at Celebration at the Station at Hilliard’s Station Park – Thursdays at 6:00 PM beginning June 6, 2019.

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21. Explore IKEA and get free childcare and free coffee for IKEA Family Members (rewards card holders).

22. Get artistic at Arts in Uptown on the Second Friday of each month!

23. Watch a free movie at Gateway Film Center! Admission to their Book to Film series is free with your library card!

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24. Explore the Blendon Woods Natural Play Area where kids can build forts, swing through the woods on a wooden swing, go creeking and more!

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25. Attend Gallery Hop in the Short North on the first Saturday night of each month from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM! Enjoy street performers, special deals and treats and the shops stay open late!

26. Watch a movie and have fun at Bexley Main Event.

27. Visit Franklin Park Conservatory on Community Day – the first Sunday of each month when Columbus and Franklin County residents (with valid ID) get in free! Make sure to play in the Children’s Garden!

28. Stop to smell the roses at Columbus Park of Roses.

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29. Explore Columbus Museum of Art when admission is free on Sundays! Don’t miss The Wonder Room, an area just for kids!

30. Explore an ancient burial mound, Shrum Mound.

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31. Take a ride on the CBUS. All rides are free and the buses go in a loop around the Short North, downtown, Brewery District and German Village.

32. Take a ride on the Smart Circuit – a self driving shuttle that will take you around the Scioto Mile!

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33. Beat the heat with a free indoor play area.

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34. Enjoy music, activities and movies at Hoot Family Film Series – free with a non-perishable donation to the Open Shelter.

35. Do a craft, hear a story and listen to jazz music at PBJ & Jazz.

Feel free to share what kind of free activities your family likes to do around Columbus in the comments!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, April 26-28, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 45 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:30 AM – Toddler Play Time – Art Explorers at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – this craft time includes 2 hours of sensory based activities and art projects! Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. RSVP required.

9:30 AM – Bring Your Kid to WorkOUT Day  with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington at Thompson Park – bring your family to work out for free then enjoy a playgroup afterwards!

9:30 AM – Bring your kid(s) to Work OUT Day! with FIT4MOM Columbus East – bring your kid to work out at this free class featuring healthy snacks afterward!

10:00 AM – Tots on the Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – this is a toddler friendly, half-mile walk to discover nature!

10:00 AM – Columbus Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Blooms exhibit features all of the flowers and blooms of spring – over 125,000 of them – throughout the gardens and the Children’s Garden! This lasts through April 30, 2019.

10:30 AM – Paper Plate Flowers at Avery Park – join FIT4MOM for a spring workout and craft. The craft time takes place after the workout and is free.

12:00 PM – Kids Paint Free Day at Clay Cafe Clintonville – studio fees are waived for kids on Friday between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM!

12:00 PM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be for sale for just $5/book. There will be food trucks on site as well!

5:00 PM – Family Friday Night at COSI – COSI stays open late (until 9:00 PM) on the last Friday of the year with reduced admission! 

5:30 PM – Veleros “Día del Niño” – Clippers Hispanic Night at Huntington Park – celebrate Dia del Niño with the Columbus Clippers and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce! There will be activities for the kids, music, food, dancing and more! Purchase your tickets for the baseball game online.

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SATURDAY

8:00 AM – West Side Park Ribbon Cutting & Arbor Day Celebration in Gahanna – this event includes a ribbon cutting of the new park in Gahanna – including the revealing of its name! There will also be a tree planting event and a light pancake breakfast!

8:30 AM – Easter Adventure Helicopter Egg Drop at The Farm at Walnut Creek – a helicopter will drop hundreds of eggs for an egg hunt for kids up through 11 years old. Exchanged the eggs for prizes! There will be a giant corn box and a scavenger hunt plus rabbits and bunnies! Regular admission applies. There will be several egg drops throughout the day.

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – this waffle bar includes unlimited toppings, coffee and juice for $5/person.

9:00 AM – Welcome Spring Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – celebrate Spring with activities for kids, bounce house, food trucks, plus all kinds of gardening and landscaping resources!

9:00 AM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be for sale for just $5/book. There will be food trucks on site as well!

9:30 AM – Creative Crew Competition at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – head out to Easton (b to watch the finalists in the 2019 Creative Crew Competition compete in the next stage! Fro 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM, they will be creating masterpieces to win a spot on this year’s Creative Crew!

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art: Mixed Media Flowers at Art with Anna – kids ages 4 and up can make a mixed media project with a spring flower theme! $20/artist.

10:00 AM – HOOT 98: Books at Gateway Film Center – this family friendly film series features short films with a ‘book” theme, live music from The Shazzbots and activities in the lobby! Bring a canned good donation to the Open Shelter for free admission.

10:00 AM – Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral and Moovers & Shakers Open Weekends at Young’s Jersey Dairy – the Moovers and Shakers ride is open as well as Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral featuring a corn pit and slide, Tyke’s Tractors, a straw pit and bale climbing and more!

10:00 AM – Llama & Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center – watch sheep and llamas be sheared and learn how wool is produced. There will be hands on projects and an opportunity to explore the farm! Sock Hop Soda Shop will be on site, too! $5/person. Registration not required.

10:00 AM – Columbus Bookshop Crawl – Saturday is National Independent Bookstore Day and you can be entered to win a gift basket if you visit 3 out of 6 of the participating local bookstores this Saturday! There will be special deals at the various locations as well! Click the link to see all locations.

10:00 AM – Columbus Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Blooms exhibit features all of the flowers and blooms of spring – over 125,000 of them – throughout the gardens and the Children’s Garden! This lasts through April 30, 2019. Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM there will be a cactus and succulent sale!

10:30 AM – 2019 Ohioana Book Festival at Columbus Metropolitan Library – meet with Ohio authors, attend book signings, panel discussions, author talks and more! For kids there will be story times, children’s book authors, crafts, balloon twisting, characters, a LEGO building area and more!

11:00 AM – Turkish Food Festival at Bethel International United Methodist Church – try out Turkish food, enjoy music and traditional dances performed by TASO Youth Club! Tickets available at the event. 

12:00 PM – Planet-Palooza at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – celebrate Earth Day with crafts, live animals, games and other activities! 

1:00 PM – 2019 Geocaching Kickoff at Sharon Woods Metro Park – this geocache hunt includes all 19 Metro Parks! Kick off the season with this event including a special prize for the first 100 teams!

1:15 PM – You & Your Family Matter, A Free Financial Event! at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – this is a free event where you can learn about important financial information for families. There will be pizza and drinks served. 

5:00 PM – Eggciting Parent’s Night Out @ Kreation’s Play Café at Dublin Toy Emporium – register your child for a fun eventing while you get a night out! There will be egg painting, an egg hunt, playtime, dinner and more!

8:00 PM – Off-Trail Froggy Hike at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – take a 1 mile hike to search for frogs and toads! Ages 5 and up.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Earth Day at The Crest Gastropub – celebrate Earth Day with a petting zoo, craft stations, face painting, plus activities for the adults like yoga, music, finger foods and more!

10:00 AM – Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral and Moovers & Shakers Open Weekends at Young’s Jersey Dairy – the Moovers and Shakers ride is open as well as Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral featuring a corn pit and slide, Tyke’s Tractors, a straw pit and bale climbing and more!

10:00 AM – Welcome Spring Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – celebrate Spring with activities for kids, bounce house, food trucks, plus all kinds of gardening and landscaping resources!

10:00 AM – Mother/Daughter Tower Tea Party with Rapunzel! at Our CupCakery – learn to decorate cookies, create a sparkly craft, take part in a Grande Coronation, sing dance and enjoy a story time with Rapunzel! There are two event times on Sunday. Cost is $50/couple, $20 for an additional attendee.

10:00 AM – Columbus Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Blooms exhibit features all of the flowers and blooms of spring – over 125,000 of them – throughout the gardens and the Children’s Garden! This lasts through April 30, 2019.

11:00 AM – Sunlight Market in the Gay Street District – the Sunlight Market includes special hours at local businesses, vendors, street musicians and more!

11:00 AM – Fairy Garden Sunday at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – create your own fairy garden at this family friendly event! Register online to receive 10% off!

11:00 AM – German Village Makers Market in German Village – this outdoor artisan market features local artists, designers, growers, food and more!

12:30 PM – Mother/Daughter Tower Tea Party with Rapunzel! at Our CupCakery – learn to decorate cookies, create a sparkly craft, take part in a Grande Coronation, sing dance and enjoy a story time with Rapunzel! There are two event times on Sunday. Cost is $50/couple, $20 for an additional attendee.

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings with a special code – book online!

2:00 PM – Campfire & S’mores at Homestead Metro Park – make s’mores around the camp fire or bring your own food to cook over the fire!

2:00 PM – Go WILD! Kids Club: Soil Safari at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kids ages 5-12 can get dirty exploring what’s underground! Dress appropriately!

2:00 PM – For Kids: Amphibians Search at Highbanks Metro Park – kids ages 6-12 can search for amphibians along the Olentangy River. Bring your own nets and jars. Dress appropriately!

2:00 PM – Life on the Farm: Spring Opening at the Orange Johnson House – celebrate the Bicentennial of the Orange Johnson House with visits with fear animals, self-paced tours, log house building, hands on activities and birthday cake!

2:00 PM – Children’s Garden Day: Soup Garden at Inniswood Metro Gardens – learn how to grow and make your own vegetable soup. This event also includes crafts and gardening activities for families!

4:00 PM – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day! at Palace Theatre – watch Daniel Tiger be King for a Day live on stage!

6:00 PM – LUSH Polaris Presents Mom and Me! at LUSH Cosmetics Polaris Fashion Place – make a handmade bath bomb and Mother’s Day card while enjoying a cup of tea!

 

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