What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, February 1-3, 2019

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

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

7:00 AM – Doo Your Moo (for Free Ice Cream!) at Young’s Jersey Dairy – stop in at the Dairy Store at Young’s Jersey Dairy, order with a “MOO” and get a one-scoop upgrade to your order!

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids ages 2-5 can enjoy a 30 minute nature activity and free play time in the woods! $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. 

10:00 AM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

10:30 AM – Our Village: Valentine’s Day Popsicle Stick Craft with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – join FIT4MOM UA for a free playdate where kids will be making Valentine’s Day picture frames. An optional Stroller Strides workout begins at 9:30 before the play date.

11:24 AM – Imagination Station at Bexley Public Library – kids can use their imagination at LEGO and art supply stations at the library!

12:15 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

12:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

5:00 PM – Cold Hands, Warm Heart First Friday at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum – enjoy free admission to the museum during First Friday when you bring a donation of a hat or pair of gloves/mittens per person.

5:00 PM – First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Center – the museum stays open late for a special evening including a showing of the movie, Mighty Ducks at 7:00 PM. 

6:00 PM – Hot Chocolate and S’mores at Highbanks Metro Park – roast s’mores and enjoy hot chocolate at a campfire!

6:00 PM – Family Game Night at Prairie Township Community Center – families can come together to play board games and active games!

6:30 PM – Family Swim at Goldfish Swim Schools – families can enjoy the 90 degree water at all three Goldfish Swim School locations from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM every Friday. $5/person for non members or $15/family. 

7:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

7:00 PM – Unlimited Pizza Fridays! at Skate Zone 71 – $10 per person includes admission, skate rental and unlimited cheese pizza! 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM is Family Skate.


A BIG Thank You to Fourteen Twenty Nine for sponsoring this post!

You’re invited to join Fourteen Twenty Nine and What Should We Do Today? for a special event at The Design Refinery during the Hilltop Art Hop. Join us any time between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM at The Design Refinery at 11 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204.
 
This event is about more than just brownies. While there will be a variety of brownies and blondies, the real cause is helping our community. A portion of the proceeds will go to She Has a Name, an organization in Columbus that works directly with survivors of human trafficking. There will be desserts, drinks, and community and you don’t want to miss it!
 
Click going or interested on the Facebook event and follow Fourteen Twenty Nine on Facebook and Instagram for updates!

SATURDAY

7:00 AM – National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day 2019 at Cookie Dough Creamery – Cookie Dough Creamery will be adding waffle bites and maple syrup toppings to their line up for National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Roaming Goat Coffee will be available and guests are encouraged to wear their pajamas and post pictures for a chance to win gift cards!

7:00 AM – Doo Your Moo (for Free Ice Cream!) at Young’s Jersey Dairy – stop in at the Dairy Store at Young’s Jersey Dairy, order with a “MOO” and get a one-scoop upgrade to your order!

8:00 AM – National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Bake Me Happy – until 12:00 PM Bake Me Happy will be serving Lopaus Point waffles with ice cream and a full sundae bar! All items are gluten free. Waffles are dairy free and dairy free ice cream will also be available.

9:00 AM – Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be opening early for National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! 100% of all profits between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM will be donated to She Should Run!

9:00 AM – New Albany Indoor Farmers Market at Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany – shop for produce and local goods, enjoy live music and more!

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature based story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. 

10:00 AM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

10:00 AM – Nature Playdates at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids ages 5-8 can enjoy a 30 minute nature activity and free play in the woods! $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Blendon Woods: Winter Hike at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – take a 2 or 4 mile hike! Bring a $5 donation or 4 non perishable food items to donate to Mid-Ohio Foodbank to receive a Metro Parks mug!

10:30 AM – Our Village: Valentine’s Day Popsicle Stick Craft with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – join FIT4MOM UA for a free playdate where kids will be making Valentine’s Day picture frames. An optional Stroller Strides workout begins at 9:30 before the play date.

10:30 AM – Tunes and Tales at Westerville Library – the Westerville Symphony will be performing while a librarian narrates The Frog Prince! Meet and greet the musicians afterwards! Each family will receive a copy of Prince Ribbit while supplies last! Recommended for kids ages 3-8 and their families.

10:30 AM – Workshop! Victorian valentine cards & Tea Party at The Carpenter’s Daughter – enjoy a tea party and the supplies to make your own Valentine’s Day Cards! $20/person. 

11:00 AM – Ohio Wildlife Center Presents Animal Adapations at Franklin Park Conservatory – Ohio Wildlife Center will be on site with ambassador animals!

11:00 AM – Sensory Storytime at Pickerington Public Library – this story time is designed for children with special needs and stimulates all 5 senses in a fun and educational way! Registration required.

11:00 AM – Kids Valentine’s Plate at Clay Street Ceramics – kids can create a Valentine’s Plate by painting with bubbles! Cost is $20 plus tax and kids 8 and up can be dropped off and picked up later! Register in advance!

12:15 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

1:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

1:00 PM – Frozen Swamp at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – break through the ice to find tiny swimmers!

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

3:30 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

6:00 PM – Fourteen Twenty Nine at the Design Refinery – stop by the Hilltop Art Hop for live music, featured artists and brownies from Fourteen Twenty Nine! Proceeds from brownie and baked goods sales will benefit She Has a Name, an organization supporting survivors of human trafficking.

SUNDAY

7:00 AM – Doo Your Moo (for Free Ice Cream!) at Young’s Jersey Dairy – stop in at the Dairy Store at Young’s Jersey Dairy, order with a “MOO” and get a one-scoop upgrade to your order!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. Admission is free to the museum on Sundays!

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

10:00 AM – Community Day at Franklin Park Conservatory including 1:00 PM – Franklin Park Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours on the first Sunday of each month! This month will include a Ballet Met 2 Performance!

11:00 AM – Big Game Tailgate Party at Worthington Community Center – this event features swimming, inflatables and a football related crafts and activities! Preregister for discounted admission.

12:00 PM – KidsLinked.com’s Baby & Kids Galleria at Polaris Fashion Place – this event features all things baby and kids including vendors, activities, swag bags, prizes, face painting, balloon artist, crafts, character appearances and more!

12:15 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday bookings at The Escape Room USA!

1:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

1:00 PM – Buddy Box 4000 at Rev1 Ventures – families can volunteer to pack bags of food that will be given out to kids in need during the school year.

2:00 PM – Scioto Grove: Winter Hike at Scioto Grove Metro Park – take a 1 or 2 mile hike! There will be food and  hot drinks afterwards! Bring a $5 donation or 4 non perishable food items to donate to Mid-Ohio Foodbank to receive a Metro Parks mug!

2:00 PM – Nature School: Reptiles & Amphibians at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – learn about the history and identification of Ohio’s reptiles and amphibians.

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

3:30 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing Lilo and Stitch this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

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25 Free Things to do with Kids in Columbus, Ohio this Winter

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This list of free things to do in Columbus, Ohio will keep you and the kids busy and cabin-fever free this Winter!

Winter is tough with kids. I’m sure some of you die hards will disagree, but for me it takes so much more effort to get out of the house: coats, gloves, hats, taking off coats for carseats, defrosting the car. And the list goes on. But I’ve put together a list of free kid-friendly things to do around Columbus that will make all the effort worth it! Good luck! 🙂

25 Free Things to do with Kids in Columbus, Ohio this Winter:

1. Watch planes take off at Ohio State University Airport

boys watching planes take off at Ohio State University Airport

2. Tour Anthony Thomas Chocolate Factory. Tours take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the winter. (I consider this free because at the end you get to use your admission price ($2 for adults and $1 for kids) towards a purchase of candy in the gift shop! 😉 ).

kid getting buckeye candy at Anthony Thomas Candy Factory in Columbus, OH

3. Play at The Naz indoor play area in Grove City. This one’s open until 8:00 PM or 9:00 PM on weekdays!

4. See the Living Stream at Battelle Darby Metro Park.

5. Look for the bison at Battelle Darby Metro Park. (A brisk .5 mile walk from the Nature Center!)

6. Attend a story time at Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Afterwards play in the free indoor play area!

7. Take a ride on the Smart Circuit. There’s a stop just outside COSI!

kid waiting at a stop for the Smart Circuit in Columbus, Ohio

8. Go to Columbus Museum of Art on a Sunday. Admission is free from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

9. Visit Franklin Park Conservatory on Community Days (the first Sunday of each month).

10. Get a free cup of coffee or glass of milk when you buy a cookie at Sassafras Bakery during Milk and Cookie Happy Hour.

cookie and cup of coffee at Sassafras Bakery

11. Play in the kids area at Coffee Connections in Hilliard. (After you buy a cup of coffee, of course!)

12. Visit the totally cute Story Garden at Northwest Library in Worthington.

Story Garden in Worthington Library

13. Play in Småland, the awesome indoor childcare area for free for one hour at IKEA. IKEA Family Members (rewards card holders) get an extra half hour (and free coffee)!

14. Watch for birds at the Blacklick Woods Metro Park Nature Center.

15. Play at Central Park at Westerville Christian Church. Check the link for hours because they are very specific!

play area at Westerville Christian Church

16. Attend KidX at Polaris Fashion Place! This monthly event features free activities for kids!

17. Participate in the Winter Reading Challenge at Columbus Library. Kids get a pencil and book mark just for signing up!

18. Look for fairies on the Dublin Irish Fairy Door Trail.

19. Enjoy music, activities and movies at Hoot Family Film Series! This activity is free with a non-perishable donation to the Open Shelter.

20. Look at art on Pizzuti Collection Family Day – Family Day (one special Sunday each month) offers free admission, special activities and a family centered tour! 

pizzuti collection free sundays columbus ohio

21. Attend one of these story times. The Cheryl’s Cookies story time includes a free mini cookie!

22. Read 5 books and get a free kid’s meal at Rusty Bucket. (Check the link for a whole list of Kids Eat Free options!)

23. Go on a Winter Hike with Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. Hot drinks and food provided afterwards!

24. Visit the dinosaur at Orton Hall.

dinosaur bones at Orton Hall

25. Visit the fish (and other interesting sea creatures) at Aquarium Adventure in Hilliard!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, January 11-13, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 30 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:30 AM – Our Village: Pipe Cleaner Snowflake Craft and Play Date with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – create a snowflake craft out of pipe cleaners and beads! Playdates are free and take place after the Stroller Strides workout!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt.

10:30 AM – Cardboard Parking Garage at Foundations Learning Academy (Dublin) – join FIT4MOM Dublin for this playdate, bring a pizza box to let your kid turn it into a parking garage for cars! 

11:24 AM – Imagination Station at Bexley Public Library – kids can use their imagination at LEGO and art supply stations at the library!

12:00 PM – Ohio Home + Remodeling Show at Greater Columbus Convention Center – find fresh inspiration, helpful renovation tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, décor and outdoor spaces! At the Recreations Outlet KidZone, kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky, enjoying some good old-fashioned playground fun. (Kids 5 and under are free!) What Should We Do Today Columbus? followers can save $5 when they use promo code WSWDTC.

3:45 PM – Friday Arts & Crafts at Art with Anna – do arts and crafts after school! For kids ages 3 and up, $15/artist, $6 for siblings. 

6:00 PM – SuperGames Open Play! – enjoy open play at SuperGames! Availability is for the first 150 children so make sure to arrive early! $10/child.

7:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays in the Franklinton Arts District – explore the arts district of Franklinton by visiting local businesses, enjoying live music and more!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – West Gate Lodge Community Breakfast – a large breakfast is served, $6 per adult and $3 for children. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics.

9:30 AM – Our Village: Pipe Cleaner Snowflake Craft and Play Date with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – create a snowflake craft out of pipe cleaners and beads! Playdates are free and take place after the Stroller Strides workout!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz with Anthony Stanco Ensemble at the Lincoln Theatre Complex – enjoy a kid-friendly jazz concert! For $5/person ($20/family max) kids get a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie. 

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt.

10:00 AM – Preschool Expo at City of Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department – – if you live in Hilliard you may want to check out this expo featuring local preschools all in one location! Other vendors will be on site, too.

10:00 AM – Ohio Home + Remodeling Show at Greater Columbus Convention Center – find fresh inspiration, helpful renovation tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, décor and outdoor spaces! At the Recreations Outlet KidZone, kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky, enjoying some good old-fashioned playground fun. (Kids 5 and under are free!) What Should We Do Today Columbus? followers can save $5 when they use promo code WSWDTC.

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature based story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Sharon Woods: Winter Hike at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a hike through fields and forests. Hot soup and drinks will be provided. Bring 4 non perishable items (or $5) to donate to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and you will receive a Metro Parks mug!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. 

11:00 AM – Manivic’s Dance Company Polynesian Dance at Franklin Park Conservatory – watch a traditional Polynesian dance performance! Performances are at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Included with admission.

11:00 AM – Saturday Play Cafè – Dinosaur Romp at Marysville Public Library – this activity is geared toward kids ages 3-5 and features crafts and activities with a dinosaur theme!

12:00 PM – Disney’s Ohio Connections at Ohio History Center – learn about the connections between Disney and the Buckeye State!

12:00 PM – Ice Cream Rollery’s 1 Year Anniversary at Ice Cream Rollery – celebrate the one year anniversary of Ice Cream Rollery with BOGO free between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM and Buy two get one free between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Story time with Snow White! at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Ohio – enjoy a special story time with Snow White!

1:00 PM – Monthly STEM Workshop Grades 3-5 at STEM U – kids can work on various STEM projects. Drop in for $30 or register for the 9 month series.

2:00 PM – Free Family-Friendly Library Concert w/ ProMusica at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whetstone Branch – enjoy a free concert featuring music from all over the world!

2:00 PM – The LEGO Movie 2 the Second Part: Meet and Greet at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – Meet Emmet, Lucy and General Mayhem from the upcoming The LEGO Movie 2. There will also be special movie prizes!

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Ohio Home + Remodeling Show at Greater Columbus Convention Center – find fresh inspiration, helpful renovation tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, décor and outdoor spaces! At the Recreations Outlet KidZone, kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky, enjoying some good old-fashioned playground fun. (Kids 5 and under are free!) What Should We Do Today Columbus? followers can save $5 when they use promo code WSWDTC.

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt.  The museum is free on Sundays.

12:00 PM – Sunny Sunday Family Day at Seventh Son Brewing – this family-friendly event includes face painting, art projects and other activities for kids! A portion of beer sales will be donated to Godman Guild.

12:00 PM – Anniversary Celebration! at Freeze Style Ice Cream – Freeze Style Ice Cream is celebrating their one year anniversary by offering BOGO ice creams and drinks! (Show the FB event photo on your phone to redeem!)

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday bookings at The Escape Room USA!

2:00 PM – Family Fun with The Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit with animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Included with admission.

2:00 PM – Prairie Oaks: Winter Hike at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – take a hike through the prairie! Bring 4 non perishable items (or $5) to donate to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and you will receive a Metro Parks mug!

3:00 PM – Free Maple Syrup Demo at City Folk’s Farm Shop – watch a demo of maple syrup tapping and learn how to make maple syrup. No registration required.

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