What Should We Do This Weekend? January 19-21, 2018

1. Little Red Riding Hood at Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: Thursday – Sunday, January 18-21, 2018
Time: T & F: 7:30 PM, S & S: 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Location: Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-6672

This 60 minute performance of the story of Little Red Riding Hood is perfect for kids ages 6 and up and includes audience participation! A Sensory friendly performance is also available on Friday, January 19 at 1:00 PM.

2. Nursery Rhyme Thyme at Fresh Thyme with Jennifer Ellis at Fresh Thyme Columbus

When: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM
Location: 6670 Sawmill Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43235

This Mommy and Me Nursery Rhyme Thyme includes free snacks for kids, singing, dancing, bubble and more! Kids of all ages are welcome!

3. Friday Family Nights at Amaze Columbus

When: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 989 N. Fourth St., Columbus OH 43201
Phone: 614-947-1010

Friday nights in January get a kid’s ticket for half price with the purchase of an adult ticket! Appropriate for ages 5 and up.

4. MAC Pajama Party with the Shazzbots at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

When: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Bronwyn Theatre, 777 Evening St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-431-0329

This pajama party includes pizza, art activities, music by The Shazzbots and the opportunity to explore the galleries at the MAC. Tickets are available online.

5. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at CATCO is Kids

When: Now through Sunday, June 21, 2018
Time: F: 7:30, S & S: 1:00 PM & 2:30 PM
Location: Van Fleet Theatre, CPAC, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-0939

Check out this family-friendly performance based on the book filled with song and dance! Tickets available online. In partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library, mention your library card for 10% off!

6. Market Sprouts with Cynthia’s Flowers at Worthington Farmers Market

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-285-5341

Join with Cynthia’s Flowers and OSUCCC-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at the Market Sprouts booth to make paper flowers to give to someone with cancer. Click the link to read Cynthia’s story.

7. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

$5 will get you a waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee!

8. National Popcorn Day at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Location: 15 N. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-800-4642

Celebrate National Popcorn Day with free theatre style popcorn and BOGO bags (limit 2 per customer)! The event link is for the Bluffton store but the event is happening at the Westerville location as well!

9. Drop in Discovery: Legos for Little Ones at Worthington Park Library

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 1389 Worthington Centre Dr., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-807-2626

This fun with LEGOs time features reading math and science games! Appropriate for ages 2-5.

10. Fiona’s First Birthday Celebration at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220

Looking for a road trip this weekend? Take a drive to Cincinnati for the 1st birthday party of baby hippo Fiona! There will be prizes, cake and cookies, Graeter’s ice cream, special activities and more!  Zoo admission is half price!

11. Winter Movie Series: The Lion King at COSI

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 20 & 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM both days
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Watch The Lion King on the National Geographic Giant Screen! Tickets are $5 for members, $6 for non-members.

12. Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

 Manivic’s Dance Company will perform traditional Polynesian dances in the John F. Wolfe Palm House with performances at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Free with admission or membership.

13. Sensory Friendly Films: Charlotte’s Web at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: (614) 247-4433

Watch Charlotte’s Web at a lower volume and the lights kept up. This screening is free in conjunction with The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.

14. Calling All Kids: Owl Pellets at Groveport KidSpace

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

Join the Three Creeks Metro Park for this program where kids ages 5-17 can learn about owls by dissecting an owl pellet!

15. Sunday Family Funday Part Deux at The Draft Room

When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 570 W. Schrock Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-394-8788

This special family day includes craft projects from Arts in Uptown, beer specials and brunch from Broke Johnny Food Truck!

16. Client and Friend Open House at Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center

When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 260 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-204-5380

The CyMacK Group/Keller Williams Capital Partners are inviting their clients and friends to a free safety presentation and entrance to the museum! (Donations accepted.)

17. CANCELLED “Frozen” Characters & Cookies at Our Cup Cakery

When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 16 N. High St., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-395-6330

Paulette’s Princess Parties brings the characters from Frozen to sing, dance, do crafts, hear stories, decorate cookies and drink hot chocolate! Tickets are available online.

18. Charlotte’s Web Teaser Performance at CML, Hilliard Branch

When: Sunday January 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 4772 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-645-2275

Families can get a sneak peak of Hilliard Darby High School’s performance of Charlotte’s Web! There will also be special activities! All ages welcome.

19. Jon Scieszka at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

When: Sunday January 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2116 Arlington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221
Phone: 1-800-838-3006

New York Times best-selling author Jon Scieszka will be at the new location of Cover to Cover bookstore! Tickets are $26.52 and include your own “Frank Einstein and the Bio-Action Gizmo” book. One ticket admits one child and one adult. Stop in early at Picassos to make a robot costume for free from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Call the bookstore for reservations!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? January 12-15, 2017: MLK Day Edition

Updated 1/12/18: Please double check links and/or call to confirm events as many are being cancelled due to weather! I’ve tried to update a few that I’ve seen, but I’m sure I haven’t got all of them!

Got an extra day off this weekend? There are so many great events for kids going on on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that are included here! There were so many events this weekend – so I shortened the info to be able to offer more – please click the link for all the details!! Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday

6:00 AM – Happy 3rd Birthday Bexley Coffee Shop – celebrate the 3rd birthday of Bexley Coffee Shop with free slices of cake, special dessert options and live music! Read more about Bexley Coffee Shop.

9:00 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – Drop in for a fun and informal music class for your toddler or preschooler! Check the link for various time slots based on age. $5/child and $3/sibling. Read more about Coffee Connections.

10:00 AM – The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit at Easton Town Center – this new, temporary educational exhibit featuring The Wizard of Oz opens at Easton Town Center on Friday and lasts through March 25, 2018. Create your own tornado, explore Munchkin houses and much more!

4:00 PM – Mohican Winterfest in Loudonville – for a short road trip – this 3 day event includes a stuffed animal workshop, live penguins, ice carving demos, live music, a model train expo and more! Goes through 4:00 on Sunday.

5:00 PM – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER – Cat-Stravaganza Franklinton Friday at The STEAM Factory – meet, play with and adopt cats from Colony Cats, learn about cats from veterinarians and an animal behaviorist, make your own catnip toy and more! This takes place during Franklinton Fridays.

6:00 PM – Friday Family Nights at Amaze Columbus – Friday nights in January get a kid’s ticket for half price with the purchase of an adult ticket! Appropriate for ages 5 and up.

6:30 PM – Family Fort Night at Worthington Libraries, Northwest Library – bring sheets blankets and pillows to build a fort with your family and stay warm with some hot chocolate! You can register online to spend the night if interested!

Saturday

9:00 AM – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER 2018 Annual Tapping Of The Trees! at Camp Lazarus – help tap over 800 maple trees for syrup! Hot chocolate and coffee with be provided! No experience necessary.

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – enjoy a waffle bar with unlimited toppings plus juice and drip coffee for $5/person!

10:00 AM – The Great Train Show at Ohio Expo Center – this event is happening on Saturday and Sunday and includes huge model train displays, a riding train, door prizes, train accessories, activities for kids and more! Adults $10, kids are free! If you buy a ticket for Saturday, you can get in on Sunday, too!

10:00 AM – Saturday Morning Cartoons – Monsters Edition at Gateway Film Center – for $5 you can watch Saturday morning cartoons in your PJ’s with a bowl of cereal and milk! The theme this week is Monsters!

10:00 AM  – Poppy & Branch Pizza Party: Kids Fun Skate at Skate Zone 71 – skate with Poppy and Branch and enjoy $1 cheese pizza slices. Recommended for ages 2-8.

10:00 AM & 11:30 AM – PBJ & Jazz Family Concert at Lincoln Theatre – enjoy a 1 hour, family-friendly jazz concert by Ohio Jaztet! Children receive a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, juice and a cookie. $5/person.

10:30 AM – Reel Movies for Real Needs: Paddington 2 at Marcus Pickerington Cinema – watch Paddington 2 with lights up and volume down for families with special needs.

11:00 AM –Grand opening Saturday at Freeze Style Ice Cream – ice cream rolls are BOGO free when you check in on social media at the Grand Opening of Freeze Style Ice Cream.

12:00 PM – Drop in Discovery: Marvelous Animals at Deer Haven Park – discover marvelous animals, create a craft and enjoy a snack!

12:00 PM – Ice Cream Rollery Grand Opening! – the first 100 customers get BOGO free ice cream! There will also be arcade games, edible cookie dough and music!

1:00 PM – Level One Lego Class at Level One Bar + Arcade – attend a LEGO class taught by a LEGO master! $25 includes the class, a drink and a Level One Lego figure to take home.

1:00 PM – Clay Slime at Michaels Stores – make shapable clay slime! All supplies provided!

Sunday

9:00 AM – Columbus Fairytale Ball at the Columbus Convention Center – dance, read, create and play with your favorite princesses. This event includes a professional portrait, plus crafts, games, stories, songs and more!

12:00 PM – KidX Club: Enchanted Forest of Fairies  – this event includes a story time with a fairy and face painting as well as other fun activities for kids!

1:00 PM – Science of Star Wars at Highbanks Metro Park – learn about how the science of Star Wars relates to our own world! Read more about Highbanks Metro Park.

Monday – MLK Jr. Day

9:00 AM – MLK Art at Picassos – kids 5 and up can make art inspired by MLK Jr. All supplies and a snack are included in the price. Register online.

9:15 AM –MLK Family & Friends Fitness Day at Olde Gahanna Sanctuary – join FIT4MOM Stroller Strides for their Family & Friends free workout! Afterwards there will be treats!

9:30 AM – Kids Story Time at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill – join up for a kid’s story time featuring penguins and polar bears!

10:00 AM – Schools Out Open Play at Blue Monkey Parties & Events – Blue Monkey will be open for play for $10/child over 3 and $5 for 2 and under. Read more about Blue Monkey Parties & Events.

10:00 AM & 1:00 PM – SuperGames Winter Open Play! at SuperGames – open play is available at Super Games at two time slots. $10 for the first child, $8 for siblings.

10:00 AM – MLK Day Art Camp at Art With Anna – kids ages 4 and up can spend the morning celebrating MLK Jr at this drop off camp.

10:00 AM – Kids Day Out at Highbanks Metro Park – learn about animal tracks throughout a hike and other activities!

10:00 AM – Animals & Art at Blendon Woods Metro Park – drop in to make an animal craft and see animal furs, skulls and shells on display! Read Exploring Blendon Woods Metro Park.

10:00 AM – MLK Jr. Day at Ohio History Center – OHC offers special hours on Monday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and there will be family-friendly activities available as well as all of the regular exhibits. Read more about Ohio History Center.

11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory – come see live science experiments that explore Weather Wonders! Free with admission.

11:00 AM – Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Worthington United Methodist Church – Worthington Libraries presents this annual event which features live musical and historical performances in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

11:00 AM – School’s Out Skate at Worthington Community Center Worthington Community Center – a section of the parking lot will be turned into an iceless skating rink for one day only! This event is free!

11:30 AM – MLK Skate at Skate Zone 71 – arrive before 12:30 PM for $.99 admission!

12:00 PM – MLK Open House at King Arts Complex – this community event explores the life and legacy of Dr. Martin luther King Jr. Learn about the civil rights movement, participate in art activities, listen to speakers and more.

1:00 PM – REGISTRATION FULL Feed the Birds Workshop for Kids at A La Carte Food Tours – make birdseed ornaments to hang in your yard!

1:00 PM – Frosty Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – pick up a winter time scavenger hunt at the Nature Center and return the completed sheet for a prize! For ages 3-10.

3:00 PM – Parent & Child Painting at Quantum 51 – create your own masterpiece with your child! Each person gets their own canvas to paint.


A BIG Thank You to Amaze Columbus for sponsoring this post!

Amaze has 3 Columbus-themed rooms perfect for family nights and birthday parties! Lock up your phones and come together to solve riddles, find clues and tackle high-tech props to save the day! Our rooms are not scary and kids 5 years and up are welcome with parents or adults. Give us a try any Friday in January as we bring back Family Night! Kids tickets are 1/2 off with the purchase of an adult ticket! Visit www.amazecolumbus.com to book tickets and learn more.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? January 5-7, 2018

1. Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival at the Ohio State Fair Fairgrounds

When: Now through Sunday, January 7, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 888-484-2698

Walk through a display of incredible light sculptures, enjoy cultural performances and eat Chinese and traditional fair food. This is the last weekend for this event! See more details here.

2. Winter Warm Up! at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

When: Friday, January 5, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone:614-545-5475

There will be stories, sing-alongs, scavenger hunt, crafts and movies during normal business hours at this free event! Read 9 Things to do with Your Kids at Scioto Audubon!

3. Winter Break: Mini-Art-Camp! at Art With Anna

When: Friday, January 5, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 420 N, Cassady Ave., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Kids ages Kindergarten and up can make a winter-themed art project to take home at this winter-break camp! Kids will need to pack a lunch. Register online.

4. First Friday FREE-ze Fest in Downtown Delaware

When: Friday, January 5, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 20 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-362-6050

First Friday in Downtown Delaware will include crafts, shows, entertainment and samples and they’re all FREE!

5. Family Pajama Jam Skate at Skate Zone 71

When: Friday, January 5, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Wear your pajamas to this Family Skate and  receive $2.00 admission!

6. APA Junior Ensemble Showcase at Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: Friday, January 5, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 512 N. Park St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-6672

The Junior Ensemble of the Advanced Performance Academy will perform songs and scenes! Tickets are $10 and reservations via telephone are recommended.

7. Block Calendar Kid’s Workshop at Home Depot

When: Saturday, January 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

Kids can make and decorate a wooden block calendar for 2018! Attendees will receive a certificate, apron and commemorative pin.

8. Saturday Studio Art at Art With Anna

When: Saturday, January 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: 420 N, Cassady Ave., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Kids ages 4 and up can come and make a fun art project! $20/artist. Register online.

9. Peppa Pig PARTY at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday

When: Saturday, January 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-468-1159

This party will have Peppa Pig themed snacks, crafts and activities! Kids will also receive a special gift! Tickets can be purchased online.

10. Daniel Tiger & Elmo Meet & Greet: Kids Fun Skate at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, January 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Skate with Daniel Tiger and Elmo! Recommended for ages 2-8. Skate Mates, which help younger children, are available for $5.

11. Ready For Kindergarten Family Story Time at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library

When: Saturday, January 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, Oh 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

This story time is perfect for kids ages 2-6 and will include stories, songs and other activities that encourage early literacy skills! Read 10 Things to be Excited About at New Main Library!

12. You & Me Seal & Pup Poms at Pat Catans

When: Saturday, January 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 159 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-362-8119

At this free event kids can make a seal pup and adults can make a parent seal! All materials are provided. Also happening on Sunday!

13. Family Movie and Popcorn at Upper Arlington Public Library, Main Library

When: Saturday, January 6, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2800 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

Watch a movie and enjoy free popcorn and snacks! Free tickets will be available in the Youth Department 20 minutes before the movie starts. Movies are rated G or PG.

14. Winter Wings Trivia Walk at Deer Haven Park

When: Sunday, January 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4183 Liberty Rd., Delaware, Ohio 43015
Phone: 740-362-0283

Take a self-guided hike while answering questions on a nature trivia sheet. Turn in your answer sheet to receive a prize!

15. Bison: Behind the Scenes at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Sunday, January 7, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-370-6254

Meet at the Nature Center to see how the staff at the Metro Park tend to the bison! Read 2 Great Metro Park Nature Centers for Columbus Kids!

16. Natural Play Area Scavenger Hunt at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Sunday, January 7, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

Take a scavenger hunt in the forest and play in the Natural Play Area!


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