5 on Friday: Tacos

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Of course this month’s Five on Friday has to be TACOS!! I love tacos! My kids don’t love tacos. How can that be? They like plain tortillas and chips and salsa, so we make it work! Four of these options I would consider to be kid-friendly. One is more of a date night . . . but we’ll get to that . . . Enjoy!

1. Junior’s Tacos

184 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Junior’s Tacos is a taco truck that sits in the parking lot of a convenience store called Dairy Family. This was one of my very first, if not first, taco truck experiences, so it is dear to my heart. 🙂 It’s not too hard to find parking in the surrounding area and across the street from the truck is a park with several picnic tables. In the past, Junior’s has set up a tent with tables next to the truck. But it’s not up now so I don’t know if they will during the summer or if that’s a thing of the past. Tacos are $1.75 a piece and you can choose between Mexican or American tacos. (American have lettuce, cheese and sour cream!).

2. Zacatecas

3528 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

We recently moved to Westgate and we tried Zacatecas upon recommendation of one of our new neighbors! One thing I’m excited about on the west side of Columbus is all of the authentic Mexican food! Zacatecas does not disappoint! I am especially in love with their salsa! If you’re looking to venture out and try more authentic ethnic restaurants, I highly recommend alt.eats.columbus or Taco Trucks in Columbus Ohio! I could read those blogs for days, making lists of places to try!

3. Los Gauchos Taqueria

  • 5221 Godown Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
  • 376 Cherry Bottom Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
  • 461 Commerce Square, Columbus, OH 43228 – truck

I’ve shared about Los Gauchos before because their famous tacos al pastor are BOGO free on Mondays! (The tacos are $1.50 a piece, so you can get a TON of tacos without even coming close to breaking the bank on a Monday!) Nearly everyone on the planet agrees these are the best tacos in the world. Haha. No seriously. I honestly have never had anything else at the restaurant but the tacos al pastor! There are two restaurant locations and one food truck. I’ve been to them all. Give me all the tacos. 🙂

4. Katalina’s

1105 Pennsylvania Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

I’m including Katalina’s breakfast tacos on my list because they are one of my favorite meals in Columbus! When we first moved to Columbus, the restaurant was called Cafe Corner and we lived 3 blocks away. The breakfast tacos were one of the first things I tried – and continued to choose for years! I have since learned it is best to go with a friend or spouse, order these AND the pancake balls and share both meals! Is Katalina’s kid-friendly? I would say that depends on the kid, their age and the time/day you go. This place is so popular on the weekends, the line is out the door! There is not a lot of indoor seating, so plan to be out on the patio (which was expanded a few years ago)! The patio is kid-friendly, but if it were me, personally, I would try to pick an off-peak time to go so the kids don’t have to wait in line as long. But my kids are 2 and 5. If you have older kids, by all means, go on Saturday morning! 😉 Seriously though, just look at these tacos:

5. Balboa

1312 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Maybe someone will argue with me here, but I don’t consider Balboa kid-friendly. So this one I’ve added as a fun date night option for your taco fix! (They have 2 items on their “kid’s menu,” so to me that says we don’t expect there to be a lot of kids, but we have actually considered that there might be.) 😉 On Taco Tuesday, you can get 3 tacos for $8! They are good tacos with a lot of toppings! (I loved the pork belly taco the best!) I also have to include these babies below! The Balboa Island Bananas! Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate with hazelnuts, white chocolate, caramel sauce and whipped cream! Yum!

There are SO many place to get tacos in Columbus! What’s your favorite?

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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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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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