What Should We Do This Weekend? April 8-10, 2016

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So there’s a possibility of snow this weekend.  Big Deal.  We’re from Ohio . . . we’ve got this.  (Right?)  Sigh.  Well, here are 8 things you can do indoors this weekend!  I hope you enjoy the weekend!

1. Family Books and Build at Upper Arlington Main Library – Tremont Road

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: 2800 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

Story time is followed by hands-on building time with LEGO and Duplo blocks!  Registration is required.  Openings were still available at the time I published this.  See link for more details.

2. Kiddie Konsignment Sale at Grace Polaris Church

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (closed from 12:00PM – 1:00 PM, half price sale from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd, Westerville, Ohio 43081

Okay, I’ll be honest, I have a vested interest here because I’m selling like a bajillion toddler and baby toys at this sale.  But it’s a good one for baby items and clothes, kids clothes, maternity items, toys, etc.  The half price sale starts at 1:00 PM and there is usually a line, so plan to arrive a little early!

3. Let’s Play Storytime at your local Barnes and Noble Booksellers

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: all local B&N Booksellers

Story time and activities based on the book Let’s Play!

 4. Princess Party at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Location

When: Saturday April 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 1738 North Hill Road, Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-751-0927

Event features games, stories and a royal visitor!

5. Food, Fit and Fun Fest at Scioto Darby Elementary School

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 5380 Scioto Darby Rd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

This event features free health screenings for children and adults, food trucks and fitness information!  A $5 fun band provides access to lots of fun games for kids including a bounce house, relay races and more!  Proceeds support programs at Scioto Darby Elementary School.

6. Nisonger Sensory Friendly Screening: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1550 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

The movie E.T. will be shown in a sensory-friendly manner: lower volume and lights up in order to make the experience more comfortable for those with autism or developmental disabilities.  Tickets are free.

7. Kids Monarch Day at The Crest

When:  Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 2855 Indianola Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Phone: 614-261-7128

Wild Ones Columbus, OH and Simply Living will be teaching kids about Monarch Butterflies at this free event!  (Geared toward ages 12 and under, but all ages are welcome).  Kids also eat free every Sunday!

8. Concerts for Kids: Fairy Tales in Music at Ohio Theatre

When:  Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: 39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Tickets available: here

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents your favorite fairy tales in music form!  Pre-concert activities including crafts from the Columbus Museum of Art, a sing along, conducting lessons and more start at 2:00 PM.

 

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Coffee + Park: 3 Parks Within Walking Distance of a Coffee Shop

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Spring is in the air and park season is upon us.  All of us parents, weary from passing endless hours indoors, break out of our shells, stretch and yawn, opening our eyes to the bright sunshine.  It’s time to head outside.  And I know what you need:  coffee.  If I had a nickel for every parent I see at the park holding a cup of coffee, I would at least be drinking a Venti right now.

What am I giving you in this post?  Three coffee/park combinations.  And my promise to you is that these will be easy to do.  I have chosen three places where you can, with the least amount of effort, pick up your coffee and head to the park.  Sure, you could go through the drive through . . . but I’m all about making this an “outing” that’s fun for the child AND the parent.  Stop by the coffee shop and then head to the park . . . that’s what spring’s all about, isn’t it?

1. Luck Bros’ Coffee House + Pierce Field

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You can literally see the coffee shop from the park. Easy Peasy.

You can literally see the coffee shop from the park. Easy Peasy.

It doesn’t get much easier than this when it comes to coffee and park proximity!  I stopped in for coffee and got tempted by the yummy chocolate chip cookies.  We stayed here to share a cookie and then headed across the street to the park.  Pierce Field has two play areas, one for older kids and one for younger.  There is also a smaller slide and a lady bug to ride on for the toddler set.  The park is fenced in and restrooms are available.  This park also has free wi-fi!

Coffee:  Luck Bros’ Coffee House, 1101 W 1st Ave, Grandview Heights, OH, 43212

Park:  Pierce Field, 1st Ave, between Oxley and Northwest Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH, 43212

Where to Park: I recommend parking on 1st Ave, which separates the park from the coffee shop.  You can park in the parking lot in front of the shops or on the road along the park.

2. Caffe Apropos + Harrison Park

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Coffee to park is a mere 4 block walk in this case.  Caffe Apropos serves a large selection of coffee drinks and features a hopping happy hour if you’re arriving after nap time!  My favorites here are the Italian sodas, lattes and cookies from Pattycake Bakery.  Harrison Park (which is a different park from Harrison West Park if you happen to be Googling) is a newer park with a great play area for toddlers (and one for older kids, too!).  The park is along the Olentangy River and the bike path.  There’s a lot of green space here for running around, too.  There are no restrooms available (so you might want to limit your caffeine intake! 😉 ).

Coffee:  Caffe Apropos, 443 W. 3rd Ave., Columbus OH, 43201 (on the corner of 3rd Ave. and Michigan Ave.)

Park:  Harrison Park, on Harrison Park Place between W. 1st and W. 2nd avenues.

Where to Park:  There is only street parking available here but it is free and without a time limit.  I recommend parking on Harrison Park Place, right along the park and then walking to the coffee shop.  If parking is unavailable there, one of the parallel streets will work just fine – Michigan tends to be busy so try Perry, or Oregon between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue.

3. Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees + Schiller Park

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Be forewarned that your kids will want chocolate when you get to Winans to order your coffee.  Who wouldn’t?!  The coffee is good and perusing the beautifully made chocolates is worth the stop on its own!  When we visited, the friendly staff gave my kids a free treat – which was awesome!  The walk to the playground will set you back about a half a mile through the park, but walking through the park is, well, a walk in the park.  Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!  You could add in a detour around the pond to feed the ducks or through Huntington Garden, around the Statue of Schiller, which is beautiful in the springtime!  The playground area is great for all ages.  My kids have loved playing on the train.  The playground is pretty well fenced in and shady!  Restrooms are available.

Coffee: Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees, 897 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206,  Hours: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Park:  Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St., Columbus, OH 43206

Where to Park:  My first suggestion would be to park on Reinhard, along the park.  Winans is about 2 blocks from the park entrance on Reinhard.  The playground is on the other side of the park, and there is also a parking lot inside the park, closer to the playground area, if you want to start there.  (Enter at the corner of Jaeger and Deshler).

I hope you have as much fun trying out these combinations as we did!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 18-20, 2016

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You’ve got to love a weekend that ends with the first day of spring!  Congrats, fellow parents, we’ve made it!!  Special events really start to pick up around Columbus in the spring and summer and this weekend begins the Easter Egg Hunt season (is that a thing?).  Makes sure you read to the end for some upcoming freebies!  Enjoy!

1.  Annual Easter Egg Hunts on the Mini Golf Courses at both Magic Mountain Locations

When, Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time:  10:00 AM
Location:  Magic Mountain Polaris and Magic Mountain East

Bring your own basket for this egg hunt on the mini golf course!  $4 Admission also includes a visit from the Easter Bunny and kid friendly games!  Also available is the option to stay and play at the Egg Hunt Special including unlimited mini golf, go-karts and laser tag from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM!  Guests 12 and under: $10  Guests 13 and over: $15

2.  MORE Easter Egg Hunts and activities

There are several Easter-related events going on this weekend, you can check them out on this list I complied for the Columbus Mom’s Blog!

3.  Batman v. Superman Day at your local Barnes and Noble

When:  Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: all area Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Barnes and Noble hosts a trivia event to celebrate the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice including prizes and giveaways.  This event is geared toward teens and adults, but is family friendly.

4.  Aladdin Shrine Circus at the Ohio Expo Center

When:  Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: various showtimes throughout the weekend
Location: Ohio Expo Center – Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 614-475-2609

66th Annual Aladdin Shrine Circus takes place this weekend!  Featuring the Aladdin Shrine Clowns, Fuzzy and Toots!  Children 12 and under are half price.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

5.  Saturday Story Stomp!

When:  Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time:  11:00 – 11:30 PM
Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Karl Road Branch Road, 5590 Karl Road Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone: 614-645-2275

Join this story time for kids ages 2-6 and their families featuring books, music and lots of movement!

6.  Schoolhouse Rock Live! Presented by Shadowbox Live

When: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Shadowbox Live, 503 South Front Street, Ste #260, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-416-7625

All your favorite school subjects are covered in this family-friendly musical based on the popular cartoon series from the 1970’s!

7.  Kids Eat Free at City Barbeque

When:  Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: all day
Location:  your local City Barbeque

City Barbeque invites you to spend some one-on-one time with your kid!  One free kid’s meal with an adult meal purchased at $7 or more.  One free kid’s meal per check.  MUST mention the Kid’s Eat Free offer to the cashier.  Dine in only.

8.  Free Italian Ice at Rita’s

When:  Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time:  12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location:  your local Rita’s

To celebrate the first day of spring, Rita’s is giving away FREE Italian Ice!

9.  The cast of Snoopy visits Polaris Fashion Place!

When:  Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location:  Polaris Fashion Place

In anticipation of Snoopy coming to the Columbus Children’s Theater, he and the rest of the cast will join you at Polaris Mall for games, photos, prizes, crafts and more!

 

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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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