What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, November 16-18, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 35 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Christmas Corner at Franklin County Fairgrounds – shop 65 vendors for hand crafted gift items!

10:00 AM – A Day Of Thanks/Friendsgiving at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – this event includes a Thanksgiving craft, photo booth, free hot chocolate or coffee, pumpkin pie and goodie bags for the kids! All of the activities are included in the regular admission price.

10:00 AM – The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio – shop for the best baked goods at this fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. There will also be vendors selling children’s apparel, books, holiday gift baskets and more!

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more! Friday is the annual Stuff the Truck Food Drive and each person who brings 5 non-perishable food items will get in free! This night will be busy so prepare to arrive as early as you can – as early as 10:00 AM!

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:30 PM – 20th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center – this tree lighting event includes a visit from Santa, photos with Santa, a parade and of course the lighting of the 56 foot tree at Easton Town Center!

7:00 PM – Ohio State Marching Band Hometown Concert at Ohio State Fair – Celeste Center – watch TBDBIL at their Hometown Concert featuring selections from their halftime shows, fan favorites and OSU tunes. Purchase tickets in advance.

7:00 PM – Christmas Tree Lighting / Holiday Experience at Tanger Outlets, Columbus – this event features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the SupaFun Band, stilt walkers, hot chocolate and cookies and the lighting of the Christmas tree!

7:00 PM – Unlimited Pizza Skate Night! at Skate Zone 71 – $10 per person includes admission, skate rental and unlimited cheese pizza!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – KidsLinked.com’s Columbus STEM & Arts Expo at The Point at Otterbein University – this free envoy includes contests in art and science, a spelling bee, vendors, a video game challenge, chess competition and more!

9:00 AM – Christmas Corner at Franklin County Fairgrounds – shop 65 vendors for hand crafted gift items!

9:00 AM – HOMAGE Gamedays

 at HOMAGE Easton Town Center and HOMAGE Short North – enjoy free donuts from Buckeye Donuts, coffee and special deals on Saturday mornings for each Buckeye game this season!

9:00 AM – Waffles and Ice Cream for Breakfast at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – $5 will get you a bowl of ice cream, waffles and an unlimited toppings bar!

10:00 AM – 2018 Lancaster Holiday Festival Parade at Fairfield County Fairgrounds – the Lancaster Holiday parade begins at the Fairgrounds and continues through Downtown Lancaster! This year’s theme is A Homespun Holiday.

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature focused story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory while it’s decked out for the season! Enjoy special performances and activities and this year the event extends into the Children’s Garden!

10:00 AM – Christmas on the Farm at The Olde Hayfield – this event features live music, shopping, a visit with Santa and the opportunity to purchase a live Christmas tree!

10:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get your family’s picture with Santa between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM (with 2 break periods (see link)). Get a professional 5×7 for $5 or take a photo with your own camera. Reservations are available!

10:00 AM – Gingerbread Competition of Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Masters’ submissions into the Gingerbread Competition AND it’s not too late to enter the amateur division! 

10:00 AM – All Aboard for Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail – see model trains in a miniature village and meet model railroaders at this free event!

11:30 AM – Kids Dance Fitness and Nutrition! at NK Fitness LLC – this activity includes a dance party and creating a healthy snack! $10 for non-members and $5 for members.

2:00 PM – Whiz Bang Science Show at Westerville Public Library – this show features science experiments in a fun and action-packed presentation! All ages are welcome.

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more!

5:30 PM – Pre Thanksgiving Celebration at Rancho Alegre – this event includes face painting, a balloon show and kids meals for $4.99 during the event. Upper Arlington location only!

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Sparkle Night at The Shops at Worthington Place – this free event includes face painting, a balloon artist, music, photos with Santa and the tree lighting at 6:30 PM.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory while it’s decked out for the season! Enjoy special performances and activities and this year the event extends into the Children’s Garden!

10:30 AM – Cookies with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – decorate your own cookie, write letters to Santa, meet The Sugar Plum Fairy and hear a story!

11:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get your family’s picture with Santa between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM (with 1 break period (see link)). Get a professional 5×7 for $5 or take a photo with your own camera. Reservations are available!

12:00 PM – All Aboard for Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail – see model trains in a miniature village and meet model railroaders at this free event!

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings in The Escape Room!

3:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

3:00 PM – Holiday Lights Celebration at Creekside Gahanna – this family friendly event includes inflatables, carriage rides, mascots, live entertainment, ice sculpture demonstrations, a live nativity, pony rides and a whole lot more including activities inside the local businesses!

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, November 9-11, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 30 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

10:30 AM – Our Village Playdate: DIY Dancing Ribbon Ring Teethers with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – this is a free playdate with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington! Make a dancing ribbon ring to promote physical play and exercise! (Doubles as a teether for the littlest kids!)

3:15 PM- Make & Take Snowflake Ornament at Grandview Heights Public Library – drop in between 3:15 PM and 5:00 PM to make a snowflake ornament! No registration required.

6:00 PM – SuperGames Open Play! at SuperGames – open play at SuperGames is offered on a first come, first served basis and is $10 per child. Don’t forget socks!

6:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays in Franklinton – Franklinton Fridays include open houses at local businesses like 400 Market and Columbus Idea Foundry, food truck, special demonstrations displays by local artists!

7:00 PM – Christmas Extravaganza! A Pop Up Shop in Pickerington at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish – shop for kids’ clothing, baby gear, holiday decor, toys and more at this holiday pop up shop! Check link for a discount on advanced tickets for Friday night. Santa makes an appearance on saturday and Sunday.

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Grove City Band Arts and Crafts Bazaar at Grove City High School – shop this huge craft market benefitting the Grove City Band including over 175 vendors! Children under 12 get in free.

9:00 AM – HOMAGE Game Days at HOMAGE Easton Town Center and HOMAGE Short North – enjoy free donuts from Buckeye Donuts, coffee and special deals on Saturday mornings for each Buckeye game this season!

9:30 AM – Squats & Tots Saturday Classes! at piccadilly – work out WITH your kids at this fun class for parents and caregivers of crawlers to preschoolers that uses games and activities to exercise together!

9:30 AM – Bulk Honey Sale at Stratford Ecological Center – bring your own container to fill with fresh honey. 2 Quarts per person limit. Expected to sell out quickly!

10:00 AM – Christmas Extravaganza! A Pop Up Shop in Pickerington at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish – shop for kids’ clothing, baby gear, holiday decor, toys and more at this holiday pop up shop! Check link for a discount on advanced tickets for Friday night. Santa makes an appearance on saturday and Sunday.

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature focused story time for preschoolers! Don’t miss the fun indoor play area!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz with Safety Squad at Lincoln Theater – the PBJ & Jazz concert includes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, juice and cookie for the kids plus a family-friendly jazz concert! Cost is $5/person or $20/family. This month’s jazz group is Safety Squad.

10:00 PM – 2018 Ohio Made Holiday Market at Hollywood Casino Columbus – shop for holiday gifts at this huge craft market with over 80 handmade vendors! Kids are welcome, but you must enter through the Event Center entrance. Check the link for Early Access info!

10:30 AM – November Grown-Up & Me Art: Tractors on the Farm! at Art with Anna – make tractor art at Art with Anna! Geared towards kids 3 and up with an adult. $15/couple. $5 for an additional artist.

12:00 PM – Story time with Belle! at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Ohio – join Belle for a Thanksgiving story at Barnes & Noble.

12:00 PM – OSU v Michigan State at Ten Pin Alley – reserve a Lane for the Game, enjoy discounted Laser tag and more!

2:00 PM – DIY Christmas Ornaments at Michaels Stores – buy an ornament and Michaels Stores will provide the decorations!

2:00 PM – Second Saturdays at CML Hilliard Library – make an art project with at the Hilliard Arts Council’s pop up studio!

3:00 PM – Tinker Lab at Grove City Library – kids in grades 2-5 can use problem solving to create unordinary things out of ordinary objects!

5:00 PM – Santa’s Arrival at Cabela’s – this event includes a free craft, magical tree lighting, free cookies and hot chocolate, giveaways and the unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland. Plus Santa will be giving away gift cards every half hour and you can get a free photo with Santa from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – November Baby + Art: Foxes in the Fall! at Art with Anna – kids ages 6 months to 3 years old can get messy making art! This month’s theme is Foxes in the Fall. $10/family.

10:00 AM – Holiday Open House at Cute As A Button – this holiday open house includes special discounts, product demos, and lots of holiday gift ideas!

10:00 AM – Grove City Band Arts and Crafts Bazaar at Grove City High School – shop this huge craft market benefitting the Grove City Band including over 175 vendors! Children under 12 get in free.

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – Second Sunday includes the opportunity to visit with the resident animals, an animal enrichment activity and more! $5/person over 5.

12:00 PM – Armistice Day 100: Remembering the End of the Great War at Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center – commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. There will be family friendly activities, actors, and a Bells of Peace program. This is a free event.

12:00 PM – Kids Paint Free Day! at Clay Cafe Clintonville – painting fee is waved for kids this Sunday!

1:00 PM – Storytime at Book Loft of German Village – join local author Renee Casteel Cook for a reading of her new children’s book Meet Maddie about a fashionable monkey named Miss Maddie!

1:00 PM – Christmas Extravaganza! A Pop Up Shop in Pickerington at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish – shop for kids’ clothing, baby gear, holiday decor, toys and more at this holiday pop up shop! Check link for a discount on advanced tickets for Friday night. Santa makes an appearance on saturday and Sunday.

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings through November 25th! See the link for the discount code and book online.

1:00 PM – Sundays at Jubilee – this is a FREE family art experience that includes a make and share art project and a visit from the Artmobile. Recommended for age 5-14 accompanied by an adult. There will also be live music by Eric Clemens.

1:00 PM – Annual Holiday Kickoff Parade at Polaris Fashion Place – welcome Santa with the Worthington Kilbourne High School Marching band and other holiday characters!

2:00 PM – Thanksgiving Platter at Picassos – the whole family can work together to create a Thanksgiving serving platter, table cards and thankful notes for guests! $35/family.

2:00 PM – Melted Snowman Jar at Michaels Stores – buy the jar and Michaels Stores will provide the supplies to decorate a melted snowman!

3:30 PM – November Family Paint: Birch Tree Forest at Art with Anna – the whole family can create a group of paintings to hang together or separately. This month’s theme is Birch Tree Forest.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, November 2-4, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – visit COSI to see model railroad displays, meet the model railroaders that construct them and play with trains!

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids ages 2-5 are invited for a 30 minute nature activity and free play time in the woods! $5 donation. No registration required.

10:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn – this weekend there will be special promotions, giveaways and more! Bring your tin in for a refill and get a free small bag of any flavor!

11:00 AM – 2018 Uptown Marysville Holiday Open House – shops in Uptown Marysville will have specials and snacks to kick off the holiday season!

3:00 PM – Jurassic Quest at I-X Center – take a road trip to Cleveland for all kinds of dinosaur fun! There are rides, movies, science stations, crafts, face painting, a dinosaur exhibit and more!

5:30 PM – Pizza & Pajamas: Racecars at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – this program is for ages 2-5 and includes pizza, open exploration at COSI featuring the new Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit and a dance party! You must register in advance.

7:30 PM – High Water Drifters – Live at Ten Pin Alley – live music this Friday night at Ten Pin Alley features High Water Drifters!

8:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!


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Holiday Sip ‘n’ Shop

When: Saturday: Nov. 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Combustion Brewery Loft 80 W. Church St. Pickerington, OH 43147

Register at: http://combustionsipshop.eventbrite.com 

Shop for everyone on your “nice list” as you browse some of the best local businesses, boutiques and makers while sipping Combustion Brewery’s finest brews or wines. Head downstairs to the Taproom afterwards where there’s even more fun (and food!) on tap! It’s a kid-friendly brewery, so bring the kiddos! Bring a canned good (or $3 donation) for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for free entry, swag bag and complimentary gift wrapping.

Brought to you by Combustion Brewery and Cbus Chic, an online lifestyle publication for women in Central Ohio.


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SATURDAY

9:00 AM – GRAND RE-OPENING at Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co. – celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co. with free samples, giveaways, face painting and door prizes!

9:00 AM – HOMAGE Gamedays

 at HOMAGE Easton Town Center and HOMAGE Short North – enjoy free donuts from Buckeye Donuts, coffee and special deals on Saturday mornings for each Buckeye game this season!

9:00 AM – Buckeye Book Fair at Fisher Auditorium – take a trip to Wooster for the Buckeye Book Fair held at the OSU ATI Campus. This event features the opportunity to meet and greet Ohio authors, buy their books and have them signed. There will be speakers, and activities for kids including crafts, draw alongs, hands-on science activities, book readings and more!

9:00 AM – Jurassic Quest at I-X Center – take a road trip to Cleveland for all kinds of dinosaur fun! There are rides, movies, science stations, crafts, face painting, a dinosaur exhibit and more!

9:30 AM – $5 Saturday at piccadilly – Open play from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM is just $5/kid on Saturdays!

10:00 AM – Holiday Sip ‘n’ Shop at Combustion Brewery & Taproom – browse some of the best local businesses, boutiques and makers while sipping Combustion Brewery’s finest brews or wines. Head downstairs to the Taproom afterwards where there’s even more fun (and food!) on tap! It’s a kid-friendly brewery, so kids are welcome! Bring a canned good (or $3 donation) for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for free entry, swag bag and complimentary gift wrapping.

10:00 AM – 2018 Uptown Marysville Holiday Open House – shops in Uptown Marysville will have specials and snacks to kick off the holiday season!

10:00 AM – Nature Playdates at Sunbury Urban Farm – this activity is for kids ages 5-8 and includes a 30 minute nature activity and free play in the woods! $5 donation. Registration not required.

10:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn – this weekend there will be special promotions, giveaways and more! Bring your tin in for a refill and get a free small bag of any flavor!

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – visit COSI to see model railroad displays, meet the model railroaders that construct them and play with trains!

11:00 AM – Celebrate Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead! at Gateway Film Center – this celebration includes a family celebration including face painting, free taco vouchers, a screening of the movie Coco, a Dia de los Muertos procession, an exhibit an more!

11:00 AM – Holiday Open House at Never Grow Up Boutique – visit Never Grow Up Boutique for their Holiday Open House featuring specials on toys, snacks and more!

1:00 PM – Decorate a Mini Tree at Michaels Stores – decorate a mini Christmas tree – you buy the tree and Michaels will supply the decorations. No registration required.

1:00 PM – Wolves and Bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – learn about prairie habitats, wolves and bison!

2:00 PM – Native Animals in Urdu / Hindi at Homestead Metro Park – learn about our native animals at the Nature Center at Homestead Metro Park. This will be in English, Urdu and Hindi.

2:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

4:00 PM – Random Fandom: Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts – at Hilliard Library, CML – this event is for teens ages 12-17 and includes a celebration of Gryffindors and Slytherins!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop at 3060 ARTWORKS – the Hilltop Art Hop features live music, art, holiday shopping, snacks and more!

7:00 PM – Artisan Ballet Company Presents, “Cinderella” at Northland Performing Arts Center – watch a performance of Cinderella by local actors and dancers!

8:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Jurassic Quest at I-X Center – take a road trip to Cleveland for all kinds of dinosaur fun! There are rides, movies, science stations, crafts, face painting, a dinosaur exhibit and more!

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – visit COSI to see model railroad displays, meet the model railroaders that construct them and play with trains!

10:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn – this weekend there will be special promotions, giveaways and more! Bring your tin in for a refill and get a free small bag of any flavor!

11:00 AM – Princess Brunch at Skate Zone 71 – meet Princess Poppy and other princess characters, take part in a breakfast buffet and skate from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Reservations recommended.

12:00 PM – Kid Paint Free Day! at Clay Cafe Clintonville – painting fee is waved for kids this Sunday!

1:00 PM – The Great Pumpkin Drop in Marysville – watch pumpkins get dropped from a 100 foot ladder truck! There will also be tours of the fire station, fire trucks, bounce houses and treats!

1:00 PM – Hop-O-Ween Bash & Fall Festival at DogTap Columbus – this event includes live music, face painting, a pumpkin carving competition, costume contests, plus a showing of the movie Rudy.

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings through November 25th! See the link for the discount code and book online.

1:00 PM – Centennial Cycle at Sunny 95 Park – register by Friday at noon for this bike ride through Upper Arlington, beginning and ending at Amelita Mirolo Barn! There will be rest stops along the way with drinks and snacks, food at the finish line and live music by Agent 99.

1:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

2:00 PM – Artisan Ballet Company Presents, “Cinderella” at Northland Performing Arts Center – watch a performance of Cinderella by local actors and dancers!

3:00 PM – Christmas Doodle Slime at Michaels Stores – all supplies are included for this holiday slime class! Recommended for ages 3 and up. First come, first served.

6:30 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!


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