What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, June 7-9, 2019

Spread the Love

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  

12:00 AM – National Donut Day at Amy’s Donuts – free bag of cake holes to every customer purchase while supplies last!

6:00 AM – National Donut Day at Krispy Kreme – one free donut per guest, no purchase necessary!

6:00 AM – National Donut Day with Flavvr App – download the Flavvr app and get a dozen donuts at Peace, Love and Little Donuts for $12.

6:00 AM – National Donut Day at Dunkin’ Donuts – get a free classic donut with any beverage purchase.

6:00 AM – National Donut Day at Dragon Donuts – celebrate with free classic mini donuts with every purchase!

7:00 AM – National Donut Day at Tupelo – make a donation to the Clintonville Resource Center and receive a free donut! Click the link for locations.

7:00 AM – National Donut Day! at Duck Donuts – get a free classic donut for each guest, no purchase necessary!

7:00 AM – National Donut Day at Bake Me Happy – Bake Me Happy will have gluten free donuts for sale to celebrate!

10:00 AM – The debut of “Chihuly: Celebrating Nature” at Franklin Park Conservatory – for the first time in almost 10 years you can view the entire Chihuly collection at Franklin Park Conservatory! The exhibit will run through March 29, 2020!

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity and playtime in the woods.

10:00 AM – School’s Out Party at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – kids up to 11 years old can enjoy a tattoo station, balloon artist, crafts, face painting and a special visitor! $12 for the first child, $6 for each additional child.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids – Pirate Day at Columbus Commons – the first Commons for Kids takes place this week with carousel rides, inflatables, and pirate-themed activities!

11:00 AM – Kid’s Concert on the Green with Endless Recess at Worthington Village Green – enjoy a free kids’ concert on the green with Kona Ice!

11:00 AM – The Columbus Arts Festival at The Scioto Mile – this 3 day festival includes over 250 artists, interactive activities, and 5 stages for music, poetry and dance! There will be food vendors, a Virtual Reality tent and a Hands-On Art Activities Village on the Dorrian Green featuring arts and crafts activities for kids. On Saturday and Sunday kids can visit The Children’s Gallery at the Columbus Arts Festival where kids can buy a piece of art work for $5 or less.

5:00 PM – Family MAKE Week at Michaels Stores – each day this week Michaels is offering a different event for families. This event is free and includes all supplies! Ages 3 and up. Click the link for details.

5:30 PM – Celebrate “Aladdin” Dance & Theatre Camp at The Shops at Worthington Place – enjoy an Aladdin themed n night with crafts, stories, dress up and a meal at Aladdins Eatery! Call to register.

5:30 PM – Credit Union of Ohio Carnival at Credit Union of Ohio – this event includes free activities for kids of all ages, including games, prizes, live music, face painting, balloon twisting, a bounce house, ice cream, water, and a free food item from one of the food trucks! (See more below!)

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Lancaster – enjoy a free outdoor concert in downtown Lancaster!

9:00 PM – Drive in Movie Night featuring The Grinch in Upper Arlington – watch The Grinch outside in the park! Bring a chair or blanket!


A BIG Thanks to Credit Union of Ohio for sponsoring this post!

The Credit Union of Ohio Carnival is this Friday, June 7, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Hilliard Branch!

This family-friendly event is open to the public and will offer free activities for kids of all ages, including games, prizes, live music, face painting, balloon twisting, a bounce house, ice cream, water, and a free food item from one of the following food trucks: Angry Wiener, Empanadas & More, and Holy Taco. Be sure to take advantage of a special offer for families who open a Youth Account at the carnival.

Carnival attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Credit Union of Ohio’s event page.

Free parking will be available in the branch parking lot as well as at BMW Financial, just past the branch.


SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Yellow Springs Street Fair – the yellow Spring Street Fair features 250 vendors, shops and eateries, and live music!

10:00 AM – The debut of “Chihuly: Celebrating Nature” at Franklin Park Conservatory – for the first time in almost 10 years you can view the entire Chihuly collection at Franklin Park Conservatory! The exhibit will run through March 29, 2020!

10:00 AM – The Columbus Arts Festival at The Scioto Mile – this 3 day festival includes over 250 artists, interactive activities, and 5 stages for music, poetry and dance! There will be food vendors, a Virtual Reality tent and a Hands-On Art Activities Village on the Dorrian Green featuring arts and crafts activities for kids. On Saturday and Sunday kids can visit The Children’s Gallery at the Columbus Arts Festival where kids can buy a piece of art work for $5 or less.

10:00 AM – We’re Having Potty Party and You’re Invited! at All buybuy BABY store locations – learn potty training tips from the experts! There will be prizes, fun and games! RSVP online.

10:00 AM – Storybook Village at Ohio Village – meet your favorite PBS Kids characters, do a fairytale obstacle course, enjoy music from The Shazzbots, do activities and more! Included with general admission to Ohio History Center/Ohio Village.

11:00 AM – Scholastic Read-A-Palooza at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys, and Games – this celebration includes visits from Dog Man and Clifford the Big Red Dog, crafts and activities! Bring books to donate to a local charity!

11:00 AM – Father’s Day Designs at A&R Workshop Grove City – drop in between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to create a make and take project for Father’s Day. Projects starting at $10.

11:00 AM – StoryTrail™ Opening and Founders Day Celebration at The Dawes Arboretum – admission is free all day June 8th as they celebrate the opening of the 2019 StoryTrail. There will be a book giveaway, visitors from Ohio Nature Education , an art installation and tours!

12:00 PM – PBJ & Jazz: Such Sweet Thunder at Topiary Park – this event includes a story time inside the library, a jazz concert and an art activity from Columbus Museum of Art. This week’s performance is by Such Sweet Thunder.

12:00 PM – Marion, Ohio Touch A Truck at Marion Harding High School – take a trip to Marion to see big trucks up close! There will be food, first response vehicles, construction trucks, service providers and more.

2:00 PM – Monster Truck Summer Heat Tour — head to Chillicothe for giant monster trucks, a pit party with a Kid’s Fun Zone, a bounce house and more!

4:00 PM – Second Saturdays at Creekside Gahanna – this event includes Arts in the Alley, live music, food trucks, Meet the Maker and more!

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – The debut of “Chihuly: Celebrating Nature” at Franklin Park Conservatory – for the first time in almost 10 years you can view the entire Chihuly collection at Franklin Park Conservatory! The exhibit will run through March 29, 2020!

10:00 AM – The Columbus Arts Festival at The Scioto Mile – this 3 day festival includes over 250 artists, interactive activities, and 5 stages for music, poetry and dance! There will be food vendors, a Virtual Reality tent and a Hands-On Art Activities Village on the Dorrian Green featuring arts and crafts activities for kids. On Saturday and Sunday kids can visit The Children’s Gallery at the Columbus Arts Festival where kids can buy a piece of art work for $5 or less.

10:00 AM – TALK AND PLAY WITH CASA SPEECH! at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – learn about speech and language therapy for your child. There will be community resources, snacks and special giveaways!

10:00 AM – June Baby + Art: Pop, You’re the Coolest! at Art with Anna – do a messy art project with your babe for Father’s Day. For ages 6 months to 3 years old.

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – visit the Ohio Wildlife Center and their 59 resident animals. Cost is $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

12:00 PM – Dad’s Day Out at New Uses Dublin and Reynoldsburg – New Uses is offering 25% off the entire store plus giveaways, raffles and free hot dogs!

2:00 PM – Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – meet special animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo. Included with admission or membership.

3:00 PM – JuniorChefs Weekend Workshop at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – kids ages 6 and up can learn kitchen safety, flavor profiles and culinary techniques. $50/class.

3:30 PM – June Family Paint: Father’s Day Abstract Gift at Art with Anna – families can paint a group of pieces to hang together or separately. $15/artist. Register online.

4:00 PM – Sprouts Night Out at Hilliard’s Station Park – this event includes live music by Endless Recess, kids’ activities, food trucks and more!

6:30 PM – The Reaganomics at Sounds of Summer! – enjoy a free, family-friendly concert at Alum Creek Park North Amphitheater! 

IMG_8735

*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!*


Spread the Love

What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, OH, May 31 – June 2, 2019

Spread the Love

Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 39 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this 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!

10:00 AM – For Families: Go Creeking at Highbanks Metro Park Look for water animals in the Olentangy River. Ages 3-15.

10:00 AM – Tots on the Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a slow paced, half-mile walk with your 1-4 year old!

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.

1:00 PM – For Families: Go Creeking at Highbanks Metro Park Look for water animals in the Olentangy River. Ages 3-15.

3:30 PM – Family Movie Matinee – Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse at Bexley Public Library – Bexley Public Library is celebrating the launch of their Summer Community Read program with a screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Popcorn and drinks provided!

5:00 PM – Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Chick-fil-A Sawmill Road – bring your kid’s favorite stuffed animal for a story time and tuck-in at Chick-fil-A Sawmill! Pick up is Saturday morning between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM where you can learn about their wild and crazy night!

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.

6:30 PM – Story Trail Opening & Ribbon Cutting at Friendship Park – celebrate the kick off of the summer reading program with a ribbon cutting of the newest story at the Gahanna Story Trail in Friendship Park! This year’s story is titled “The Big Walnut Country Club” and has been written by students from Gahanna. There will be live music and free activities!

6:30 PM – Summer Reading Launch Party at Delaware County District Library – Delaware County District Library is kicking off their Summer Reading Club with music from Zak Morgan and magic from Erica Carlson! There will also be a visit from COSI and ice cream from Sticky Fingers! 

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Downtown Lancaster – enjoy a live performance from Bad Influence Ohio!

7:00 PM – Shazzbots | Summer Sizzle Concert Series at George Edge Music Park – celebrate the kick off of the Summer Reading Club with music from The Shazzbots, crafts and activities!

7:00 PM – Flicks in the Heights at Buck Park – the movie Angels in the Outfield starts at sunset. Free popcorn will be served!

9:00 PM – Sunset Cinemas at The Daily Growler: Remember the Titans at The Daily Growler – Polaris – watch a free screening of Remember the Titans on the patio! Bring a chair or blanket!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – 2019 Opening Market in Westgate – in addition to the usual food, produce and arts vendors, the first market of the season will also include the opportunity for kids to plant seeds in a pot and take them home with them!

9:00 AM – Healthy Community Day at OSU Outpatient Care East – this event includes free health screenings and consultations, giveaways, entertainment and activities!

9:00 AM – Dairy Day at Berry Farm – learn about dairy farming at Mitchell’s Berry Farm, milk a cow, meet a calf and enjoy milk and donuts!

9:00 AM – Short North Yard Sale – scour the neighborhoods of the Short North for treasure!

9:00 AM – Hike all the Trails in Blacklick Woods Metro Park – this event includes a fast-paced hike of 6 miles of trails!

10:00 AM – The debut of “Chihuly: Celebrating Nature” at Franklin Park Conservatory – for the first time in almost 10 years you can view the entire Chihuly collection at Franklin Park Conservatory! This weekend marks the opening of the exhibit which will run through March 29, 2020!

10:00 AM – Read & Blast Off! at Westerville Public Library – celebrate the kick off of the Summer Reading Club with all kinds of space-themed activities! There will be games, science activities, astronaut training, space-themed BINGO and more! 

10:00 AM – Heritage Celebration in Grove City – explore an 1800’s farm community with hands-on experiences, carriage rides, historical demonstrations and a vintage base ball game at 1:00 PM. Donations to the Grove City Food Pantry will be accepted.

10:00 AM – Family Archery Day: Morning Session at Stratford Ecological Center – this activity is for kids 8 and up and an accompanying adult! Learn the fundamentals of archery! $10/child. Call to register.

10:00 AM – Tractor Show at Gallant Farm Park – learn about tractors during the family-fun day that includes a kiddie pedal tractor pull!

10:00 AM – 2019 Troy Strawberry Festival – just around an hour from Columbus, this festival includes live entertainment, over 100 arts and crafts vendors, and strawberries!

11:00 AM – Summer Kick Off Block Party at Westgate BusinessWorks – celebrate Summer in Westgate/Hilltop! After you stroll through the Westgate Farmers Market, head over to The Design Refinery for a free craft for the kids hosted by What Should We Do Today Columbus?! Popsicles will be available for purchase from Too Good Eats! Next door, at Clay Street Ceramics you can paint an ice cream cone or dish and make an ice cream cone magnet for $15.  

11:00 AM – Rhythm on the River Music Festival in Bicentennial Park – this is an all-day music festival featuring 6 bands and food trucks!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff at Columbus Metropolitan Library – celebrate the kick off of the Summer Reading Challenge with two concerts from Jim Gill and animals from Bring the Farm to You! There will be indoor and outdoor games, food and costumed characters!

11:00 AM – Kick Off to Summer at Pro-Football Hall of Fame – take a trip to Canton for this free event that includes a touch-a-truck display, football activities, food trucks, inflatables and more! One child can get in free to the museum with each adult admission purchase. 

1:00 PM – Family Archery Day: Afternoon Session at Stratford Ecological Center – this activity is for kids 8 and up and an accompanying adult! Learn the fundamentals of archery! $10/child. Call to register.

3:00 PM – Family Tram Rides at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a guided tour of the park aboard one of the park trams. Last tour departs at 5:45 PM.

4:00 PM – 10 Year Anniversary Party! at Art with Anna – celebrate 10 years of Art With Anna with food, drinks, games and, of course, art! This event is free!

5:30 PM – “FORE!!!!” Parent’s Night Out at Dublin Toy Emporium – drop your kids off for a golf-themed night at Kreation’s Play Kafe! The night includes putt putt golf, cupcake decorating and dinner! Call to reserve your spot. 

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm.

10:00 AM – The debut of “Chihuly: Celebrating Nature” at Franklin Park Conservatory – for the first time in almost 10 years you can view the entire Chihuly collection at Franklin Park Conservatory! This weekend marks the opening of the exhibit which will run through March 29, 2020!

10:00 AM – 2019 Troy Strawberry Festival – just around an hour from Columbus, this festival includes live entertainment, over 100 arts and crafts vendors, and strawberries!

2:00 PM – StrawBerry Fairy Tea Party at Mitchell’s Berries LLC – enjoy a garden tea party with the “Berry Fairy”. Reservations are for one adult and one child. Purchase tickets online.

3:00 PM – Family Tram Rides at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a guided tour of the park aboard one of the park trams. Last tour departs at 5:45 PM.

3:00 PM – Family Concert: Muppet Mayhem Band at Bexley Public Library – celebrate the launch of Bexley Library’s Summer Community Read with a concert from the Muppet Mayhem Band!

IMG_8735

*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!*


Spread the Love

8 Ways to Enjoy Easton with your Family this Summer

Spread the Love

Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio is a one-stop destination for family-friendly fun! With unique shopping and dining options, weekly events and live entertainment, there is something for everyone in the family!

Thank you to Easton Town Center for sponsoring this post.

I love Easton! I love the way they’ve managed to make it feel like vacation whenever I’m there! Believe it or not, this year Easton is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

Train at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

I have always loved shopping at Easton and after I had kids, I would often bring them to Easton when they were babies just to push them around in the stroller and sip on an iced coffee from Starbucks. As they grew, they loved looking at the model train, running around the fountain and eventually graduated to coveting everything in The LEGO Store!  When it was built last year, we moved on to spending hours at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus!

fountain at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Easton has become a destination with live entertainment, the addition of LEGOLAND and a whole slew of summer activities you can enjoy your with your family! Read on and mark your calendar for the fun!

8 Ways to Enjoy Easton with your Family this Summer:

1. Movies by Moonlight

This year, in honor of their 20th anniversary, Movies by Moonlight is going to include movies released in 1999! Movies by Moonlight happen on Tuesday nights at dusk at the Town Square. (Actual start times will vary throughout the summer).

The 2019 Movies by Moonlight line up this year includes:

June 4 – The Wizard of Oz
June 11 – Stuart Little
June 18 – Tarzan
June 25 – Ralph Breaks the Internet
July 2 – Field of Dreams
July 9 – Pokémon: The First Movie
July 16 – Inspector Gadget
July 23 – The LEGO Movie 2
July 30 – Muppets from Space
August 6 – The Iron Giant
This year marks Easton Town Center’s 20th anniversary!
August 13 – Mary Poppins Returns
August 20 – Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
August 27 – Runaway Bride

2. Sounds on the Town

Sounds on the Town begins June 5th and runs through August 28th, featuring live music from local  and regional bands. Concerts begin at 6:00 PM at the Town Square.

2019 Sounds on the Town Concert line up includes:

June 5 – Teeny Tucker Band
June 12 – Divas of the 90’s
June 19 – Topher James & Biscuit Brigade opening for New Basics Brass Band
June 26 – Fool House
July 3 – Songs at the Center LIVE!
July 10 – Ark Band
July 17 – The Fabulous Johnson Brothers
July 24 – Tony Monaco Trio with Byron Stripling Quartet
July 31 – SWAGG
August 7 – Urban Jazz Coalition
August 14 – The Menus
August 21 – Yumbambe
August 28 – Funk Worthy opening for Who’s Bad

3. 20th Annual Easton Art Affair

sign for Easton Art Affair, Columbus, Ohio

The Easton Art Affair is a juried fine art show that features artists who work in all kinds of mediums and will take place June 21st -23rd, 2019. Admission is free to this fun event that is a combination of street fair and art gallery. You can enjoy seeing and shopping for paintings, photography, jewelry and more! There will also be art for kids!

4. Superhero Day

Superhero Day at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Mark your calendar for Superhero Day!  On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Superheroes will roam the streets of Easton with fun activities for the kids, games, live music, face painting, photo ops and a Superhero parade! 

Superhero Day at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

5. Fenlon Square Activities 

boy at the Frog Fountain, Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Hang out at the Frog Fountain outside American Girl on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer for kid-friendly happenings like caricature artists, face painting, balloon artists and more! Activities take place from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM beginning June 1, 2019.

6. Pop-up Fountains at Easton Town Square

splash pad at Easton Town Center, Columbus, ohio

The Pop-up Fountains at the Town Square offer a great way for the kids to cool off after a day of shopping! Complimentary towel service is available on the weekends and don’t miss the model train display just on the edge of the fountain area! Benches are available around the fountains or I recommend bringing your own blanket to sit on!

7. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

boy at LEGOLAND Columbus, Easton Town Center

LEGOLAND has been a huge draw to Easton for my family! My boys are LEGO fanatics so it’s hard to go to Easton without going to LEGOLAND or at the very least stopping in at the attached LEGO Store! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus offers 2 rides, 4D movies, 10 play areas, a MINILAND, cafe (they serve Starbucks!) and building workshops! To save time you can purchase a ticket time online.

Boy at LEGOLAND Columbus, Easton Town Center

8. Safelite AutoGlass Rally for The Ranch Car Show

Kids who love vehicles will love this free car show featuring 100 exotic, historical and racing cars! Wander the streets of Easton from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM to see the sights! The weekend of events (which also includes a banquet for car owners and a live auction) benefits The Buckeye Ranch, an organization that provides emotional, behavioral and mental health services for children and families in Central and Southwestern Ohio. 

IMG_8735

Use the share buttons to share this post with your friends!

Save this post on Pinterest!

8 Ways to Enjoy Easton with Your Kids this Summer


Spread the Love