What Should We Do This Weekend? May 19-21, 2017

1. Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-436-2743

There will be over 40 vehicles for kids to touch and explore! Kids can meet the drivers and participate in other children’s activities! Columbus Public Health will be doing car seat checks and the Ohio Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics will be handing out free bike helmets while they last! The whole event will be “no horn” and you can bring a canned or non-perishable food item to donate to Worthington Food Pantry!

2. Easton Food Fest at Easton Town Center

When: Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2017
Time: See link for times for each day.
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Easton’s 3rd Annual Food Fest is this weekend! There will be Food Truck Friday, Sippin’ Saturday and Sweet Sunday! Sunday might be particularly kid-friendly with samples of sweet treats and live music!

3. Der Dutchman Heritage Days at Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery

When: Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20, 2017
Time: Friday at 6:30 PM and Saturday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Location:445 S. Jefferson St., Rt 42, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-3414

Celebrate Plain City’s Amish heritage with a hog roast and concert on Friday night and celebration on Saturday! Saturday’s activities are free and include a horse parade, vintage baseball game, horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo and lots more!

4. Above the Noise at Westgate Community Recreation Center

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave. Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

The Olentangy Orange High School a cappella pop group, Above the Noise, will be performing an outdoor concert in front of the Rec Center! This is a free concert – bring a chair!

5. Market Sprouts at Worthington Farmer’s Market

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 646 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Check out the information tent at the Worthington Farmer’s Market every 3rd Saturday for activities for kids inspired by the farmer’s market!

6. Babies and Bumps 2017 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 100 Green Meadows Dr. S., Lewis Center, OH 43035

This convention is for new and soon-to-be parents! Meant to be a source of support and resources, there will be seminars and demonstrations, activities and organizations who will cater to you and baby!

7. Busy Bees Garden Club at Dutch Mill Greenhouse

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 18443 State Route 4, Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-0511 Ext 13

This free activity takes place on the third Saturday of each month and is ideal for ages 3 and up! This month’s theme will be DIY seed bombs!

8. Touch a Truck at Grove City UMC

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2684 Columbus St., Grove City, OH 43123

Check out big rigs, construction vehicles and more! There will be a quiet break from 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM for children with sensitivity to sound.

9. First Annual Book Bash at Maryland Avenue Elementary School

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2754 Maryland Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

This family-friendly event includes face painting, book-themed crafts, food trucks, author talks and a silent auction!

10. New Albany Founders Day at New Albany Elementary 2-8

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 177 N. High St., New Albany, OH 43054

This free community event includes a parade, carnival rides, vendors and food trucks! The parade begins at 11:00 AM!

11. Wild Wonders at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The new topiary exhibit, Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders, opens this weekend at FPC! To celebrate the grand opening and Endangered Species Day, animal ambassadors from Ohio Wildlife Center will be visiting at 11:00 AM! You can also learn about the endangered species of Ohio from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM!

12. Spring Fling at Sunny 95 Park

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.
Phone: 614-583-5000

The UA Parks and Recreation department hosts this fun event which includes a fishing derby, touch-a-truck, The Turtle Lady, arts and crafts, inflatables, live music and more!

13. Open House at Burnt Toast Farms

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM both days.
Location: 18230 Raymond Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 614-547-3276

Help Burnt Toast Farms kick off the season with this open house event which includes farm tours, games, flower picking, sunflower seed planting, photo booth, lawn games and more!

14. Water Safety Awareness Day at Goldfish Swim School

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Westerville and Dublin locations
Phone: Westerville: 614-407-3474 Dublin: 614-407-3474

This free event is open to the public and will include Water Safety Presentations, family entertainment, family swim, refreshments and visits from community helpers (including fire trucks!)! Drowning is the leading cause of accidental-injury death in kids age 1-4. Come learn about ways to say safe in and around water taught by Goldfish and safety professionals! Each child will receive a Water Safety Badge from Bubbles! Click the links for the details at each location!

15. EMS & Safety Day at COSI

When: Sunday May 21, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Check out a police cruiser, learn about what police officers, firefighters and other first responders do and watch the Columbus Fire Department use the Jaws of Life during a mock crash! Free with COSI admission or membership.

16. Natural Play Area Grand Reopening at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-891-0700

Celebrate the re-opening of the newly designed natural play area at Blendon Woods Metro Park! Kids can build forts, climb trees, dig in the dirt and more! There will also be free ice cream!

Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for sponsoring this post!

Goldfish Swim School offers perpetual, year-round swim lessons for kids ages 4 months to 12 years old. Our pools are warm and inviting (90 degrees) and our class sizes are small (4:1) so kids receive the personalized attention from our Ellis-trained swim instructors. Our curriculum focuses on water safety so we teach kids at all levels how to be safe in and around water. Goldfish Swim School has two Central Ohio locations, in Dublin and Westerville, and for more information, visit http://westerville.goldfishswimschool.comand http://dublin.goldfishswimschool.com.

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MEGA Train List for Central Ohio and Beyond

My kids love trains! I have been to *almost* every place on this list! When Jaden was 3, he could have gone to Barnes and Noble every single day to play with Thomas. This list isn’t so much for your kids as it is for you! Of course your kids will love these places, but this list is to keep YOU from going insane from doing the same thing every day! 😉 A good number of these things are special events that are only available for a short time! So check the list and mark your calendars because many of those are coming up this month! You, too, can be a really useful engine! 😉

1. Paul Busse Model Garden Railway at Franklin Park Conservatory, downtown Columbus


The train in the picture below is up nearly year round, but the one above makes a special appearance during the holidays! Check the link for info on Merry and Bright!


2. Grandview Library, Grandview Heights


One great library with a train table!

3. Huntington Holiday Train at Columbus Metropolitan Library, downtown Columbus


The Huntington Holiday Train arrives in mid-November and the Main Library hosts an Open House on November 30th, which will include hot chocolate and cookies, crafts and the lighting of Topiary Park! For even more trains, keep an eye on the Hilliard and Gahanna branches which will offer Polar Express programs this year!

4. Ohio Railway Museum, Worthington

The museum has been working on repairing the tracks so no train rides are available as of today, but they hope to be up and running for the holidays!

5. The Train Station, Clintonville


Model trains are for sale here and they also have a small play area for kids!


6. Moody Street Trains, Clintonville


Model trains are for sale here and there is a train table for playing. On Saturday, December 3, 2016, they will host the 2nd Annual National Lionel Train Day which will feature prizes, face painting and a visit from Santa!


7. Model Railroad Days at COSI, downtown Columbus

Model Railroad Days are November 16-20, 2016 this year and large model train sets are available for viewing and there are also trains to play with! During the weekend you can watch the movie Rocky Mountain Express in the theater. At Christmastime, The Polar Express is shown as well! (p.s. there is also a train to play with in the little kidspace at COSI!)



8. Barnes and Noble, various locations


Barnes and Noble offers the hope that your children will play with trains while you quietly sip coffee and read a magazine.

9. Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Hilliard


The Hilliard Branch is a fun library for kids and has a Chuggington train table.

10. Von Maur, Polaris Fashion Place

In the children’s section of the store, there is a train that runs along the wall and a train table for playing!

11. Easton Express Railway, Easton Town Center


This outdoor train track is always decorated for whatever season it happens to be and is a big hit with the kids!

12. BrickUniverse, Columbus Convention Center


There are lots of working LEGO trains at this once-a-year LEGO Expo!

13. Delaware County Model Railroaders’ Open Houses, Delaware

Model railroads are set up on these special open-house dates!

14. Great Train Show at Ohio Expo Center

This expo is coming January 14-15, 2017 and includes model railroads, train dealers, hands-on exhibits and more!

15. Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville

We stumbled upon this train track behind the offices at Inniswood. I couldn’t find any info on if/when it is used, but if you know, please leave a comment below!


16. Holiday Train Display at Ohio History Center

This special train is on exhibit during the holiday season! It will be on display November 28, 2016 – January 4, 2017.



There are other trains on the grounds of the Ohio History Center year round, including one inside the building that can be sat in, and the one seen below that sits outside.


17. Schiller Park in German Village

This is a great park with a train that can be played on!


18. Alum Creek Park North, Westerville

This park is affectionately known as “the train park” – and aptly so!


19. Henceroth Park, Grove City

This park offers lots of vehicles to play on including a jeep, boat and this wooden train!


20. North America Train Ride at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

For $1 per person, you can ride a train around the North American exhibit at the zoo!


21. Christmas Time Open House at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club

For 4 weekends in December, the club puts on an open house featuring giant model railroad layouts, an interactive Thomas the Tank Engine display and more! Admission is free!

22. Open Garden Tour by the members of Columbus Garden Railway Society

On the second Sunday in September, members of the Columbus Garden Railway Society open their houses (gardens!) for a tour of their own Garden Railroads!


23. Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, Mansfield

One of the larger exhibits at the Little Buckeye Museum is the model train display and nearby train tables for playing!



24. Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum, Bellevue


There are tons of trains on display here, may of which you can climb aboard! This museum has indoor and outdoor components and the gift shop has a train table for playing!

25. Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc., Findlay

This organization offers train rides and holiday events (including the North Pole Express), a museum, gift shop and model train displays!

26. The Buckeye Express Diner, Bellville



Eat dinner in an OSU-themed train car! There is a train playground outside too!

27. Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, Dennison

This museum has a railroad car just for kids, model trains and a scavenger hunt just for kids!

 28. Lodi Station Outlets, Lodi


This outlet mall is built with a train theme! You can purchase tickets to take a train ride around the property!

29. EnterTAINment Junction, West Chester

This venue offers displays, a museum, seasonal rides and a funhouse!

30. Day Out with Thomas, various locations

These special days only happen a few times a year at Ohio locations and include a 25-minute train ride, kids activities, live music and more!

31. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Northeast Ohio

The trains here run mainly on the weekends and there are several events scheduled throughout the year, including a Christmas Tree Adventure!

32. Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Nelsonville

This railway offers special trips throughout the year including a Santa Train on December 18, 2016. Tickets are limited.

33. LM & M Railroad, Lebanon, Lebanon

This historic railroad offers special events including the Day out with Thomas and North Pole Express!

34. Train-O-Rama, Marblehead

One of Ohio’s largest multi-gauge model railroad displays open to the public! Trains are for sale in the gift shop as well!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? September 9-11, 2016

1. Marion Popcorn Festival

When: Thursday – Saturday, September 8 – 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: Downtown Marion
Phone: 740-387-3378

Did you know Marion, Ohio is one of the top popcorn producers in the country? If you’re up for a road trip this weekend, you can celebrate popcorn with live musical acts like Kellie Pickler, rides, a parade, contests, a 5K, talent show and more!

2. Pearl Market

When: Friday, September 9, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Pearl Alley, between Gay and Broad Streets
Phone: 614-591-4559

Visit Columbus’ downtown Farmer’s and Merchant’s Market for lots of fall goodies! The market runs through October 14, so you only have a few more weeks to do so!

3. Shekinah Festival and Auction at Shekinah Christian School

When: Friday & Saturday, September 9 & 10, 2016
Time: Friday: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Saturday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 10040 Lafayette-Plain City Rd, OH 43064
Phone: 614-504-3066

The “Biggest Little Festival in Ohio” includes BBQ, homemade ice cream, hot air balloons (including rides), live entertainment, crafts and baked goods for sale and a silent auction! Admission is free! If you attend, check out more things to do in Plain City!

4. The Main Event in Bexley

When: Friday, September 9, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: Capital University Lawn, 2242 E Main St., Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-559-4200

Check out the Bexley’s Got Talent Show, play games and do crafts!  The movie Inside Out will be shown at 8:00 PM! Food options include Hot Chicken Takeover and Johnson’s Real Ice Cream!

5. Grand Reopening at Driving Park Community Center

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1100 Rhoads Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

Celebrate the Grand Reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony, food, and activities like a bounce house, climbing wall, live entertainment and a showing of the OSU game! See more information here.

6. Old Hilliardfest

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Main St., downtown Hilliard

This street fair is full of fun including live music, food, carnival rides, games and activities for kids, a sunflower show, a Kids Fair and a car show, just to name a few!

7. Touch at Truck at the Columbus Zoo

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Jungle Jack’s Landing, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

See emergency vehicles, utility trucks, safari vehicles and more up close while visiting the zoo!

8. Community Rock Climbing Festival at Scioto Audubon

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Climbing Wall, 400 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43206

The events for the day include yoga, a climbing competition, visits from local mascots, volleyball, music, sumo wrestling and climbing clinics! This festival is open to families and all ages can climb! The day will end with a showing of the movie Everest! While you’re there, check out what else there is to do with kids at Scioto Audubon!

9. Columbus Toy and Collectable Show at Ohio Expo Center

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Laushe Building, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This family-friendly toy show may very well be a walk down memory lane for us parents! Click here for information on how to dress up to be entered into a drawing for door prizes! Kids under 12 are free!

10. Daniel Tiger Brunch at Skate Zone 71

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Meet Daniel Tiger at this brunch buffet with roller skating afterwards! Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child over 2. You MUST have reservations for this event – call the number above for tickets!

11. Cops and Kids Day at Westerville Sports Complex

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 325 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-901-6893

This special day aims to allow children to learn about the vehicles, equipment, and technology used by law enforcement officers as well as meet officers in person! There will also be crafts, inflatables, and a “dunk-a-cop” tank! The 1st 1,000 children in attendance receive a free bag and water bottle. Admission and refreshments are free! Cops and Kids Day is part of Community Day, which also includes The Great Westerville Food Truck Fest and the 9/11 Memorial Observation. Here are some more ideas for things to do in Uptown Westerville.

12. Young Chef’s Academy Open House

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 425 Beecher Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-933-9700

Check out Young Chef’s Academy for cooking demonstrations, sample recipes, door prizes and special deals! Register online!


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