What Should We Do This Weekend? July 13-15, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

9:45 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – enjoy a drop in class with WeJoySing. There are two class times for different ages. See the link for details.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons –  this week’s theme is Animal Day featuring special guests. As always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities!

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Star Wars! See more about KidX here.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week’s movie is Jumanji and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

7:00 PM – Adventures of Robin Hood at Abbey Theater – enjoy a one hour, family friendly performance of The Adventures of Robin Hood. Tickets are $5/person. Performances take place July 9-13th at 7:00 PM.

7:00 PM – The Main Event in Bexley – this week the Main Event will take place at the Bexley pool! There will be a cookout, concessions, ice cream, water related activities and a showing of the Lion King around 9:00 PM.

7:00 PM – Family Movie Night at The Barn at Blystone Farm – enjoy a movie in the barn! This week’s movie will be Ratatouille. $3/ticket. Concessions will be available.

8:00 PM – Free Move Night: Coco at Columbus Commons – the movie begins around 8:15 PM. The park will be closed for a ticketed event prior to the movie. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Coco at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – bring a blanket or chairs to watch a movie in the park!

8:30 PM – Family Movie Night: Coco in Weinland Park – enjoy a free movie in the park!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Family Costume Breakfast for Force of Fandom at Columbus Museum of Art – come dressed as your favorite character, meet R2D2, and enjoy early access to the new Force of Fandom exhibit! Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children. $5 for kids 5 and under and members receive $5 off per ticket. Tickets can be purchased online.

10:00 AM – Westerville Music & Arts Festival in Heritage Park – The festival takes place July 14th from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and July 15th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and features art, live music and food! A special Anniversary Concert is taking place on Saturday at 7:30 PM on the Main Stage.

10:00 AM – Community Day 2018 at Pleasant Township Fire Department – this event features vendors and crafters, Kona Shaved Ice, balloon animals, face painting, bounce house, food trucks, Touch-A-Truck, dunk tank, games and more!

10:00 AM – TchotchkePalooza at the Hartman Rock Garden – enjoy a free Summer Garden Open House at the Hartman Rock Garden featuring a live indie-folk-rock band and short tours of the garden! The Rock Garden is 45 minutes from Columbus and you can read about the Hartman Rock Garden plus 5 other family friendly things to do in Springfield, Ohio here.

10:00 AM – Metro Parks and 10TV Outdoor Adventure at Highbanks Metro Park – celebrate summer with rock climbing, sack races, face painting, live animals and more!

10:00 AM – Storytime LIVE! Pet Play Date w/ Curious George & Pinkalicious at Kiddie Academy of Powell – you can bring your pet to this LIVE story time with Curious George and Pinkalicious! Reserve your free spot online.

10:00 AM – Teddy Bear Picnic at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – two times are available (10:00 AM and 12:00 PM) for this Teddy Bear Picnic featuring a story, bear themed crafts, games and snacks! Kids can make honey slime and there will be face painting and professional portraits.

10:30 AM – July Grown-Up & Me Art: My Sunshine at Art with Anna – kids ages 3 and up can join with an adult to make an art project! $15/couple, $5 for each additional artist.

11:00 AM – Summer Jam West at Westgate Park – enjoy a grassroots arts and music festival in Westgate Park featuring live bands, food trucks, art and crafts for sale plus free kids activities! The festival ends at 7:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Story time at Franklin Park Conservatory – local author Carlotta Penn will read her book, Dream A Rainbow. This story time will take place at the Learning Pavilion in the new Children’s Garden. Story times will take place at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. In between story times kids can create a bookmark. Read all about the Children’s Garden here.

11:00 – PBJ & Jazz Family Concert in Topiary Park – begin with a story time inside the library at 11:00 AM, continue with a family-friendly jazz concert at 12:00 PM and a craft time at 1:00 PM with CMA. This event is free.

11:00 AM – Delaware Family Festival at Andrews House – this block party features a bounce house, face painting, lawn games, crafts and free lunch from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM!

12:00 PM – Grand Opening Summer Party at Hoot Studio – celebrate the grand opening of this new inclusive play cafe! Drop in from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM for face painting, a balloon artist and crafts!

12:00 PM – See the BUGS! on Bird Day at Oakland Nursery – see bugs, birds and plants at Bird Day at Oakland Nursery!

1:00 PM – Family Creeking Adventure at Battelle Darby Creek – catch fish, bugs and crawdads while playing in the creek!

6:00 PM – Blank and Brush Block Party #2 at Blank Slate Coffee – enjoy live music, artists, food trucks and more in Gahanna!

6:30 PM – Monster Trucks and Thrill Show at Franklin County Fair – watch a monster truck show featuring Pro Quad Wars, Monster Truck Rides and more! Gates open at 6:30 for the Pit Party and the show starts at 8:00 PM

8:30 PM – DDL Saturday Cinema-July with Destination Downtown Lancaster – enjoy the movie Coco and pre-movie activities beginning 1 hour before the movie.

SUNDAY

It’s National Ice Cream Day! You may want to read: The Unofficial West Side Ice Cream Trail or 5 on Friday: Unique Ice Cream Spots for some inspiration to try something new!

9:00 AM – Powell Street Market in Downtown Powell – this event features over 100 local vendors, food trucks and family friendly activities! Read about things to do in Powell with your kids.

10:00 AM – Westerville Music & Arts Festival in Heritage Park – The festival takes place July 14th from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and July 15th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and features art, live music and food! A special Anniversary Concert is taking place on Saturday at 7:30 PM on the Main Stage.

10:00 AM – National Ice Cream Day at Raspados y Nieves La Laguna – celebrate National Ice Cream day at Raspados y Nieves La Laguna! Buy 1 get one half off on all ice cream!

10:00 AM – Buckeye Comic Con at Courtyard Columbus West – this comic book show features special guests, prizes, and free parking. Kids ages 6 and under are free. Admissions $4.

12:00 PM – National Ice Cream Day at Diamonds Ice Cream Hilliard – celebrate National Ice Cream day at Diamonds Hilliard! Buy 2 gourmet popsicles and get the 3rd one free!

12:00 PM – Pizzuti Collection Family Day at Pizzuti Collection – this is a family-friendly day at Pizzuti Collection featuring activity books, crafts and a story time at 1:30 PM. Read about our visit to Pizzuti Collection Family Day here.

12:00 PM – CAC 40th Anniversary Community Celebration at Columbus Cultural Arts Center – celebrate 40 years at The Columbus Cultural Arts Center with food, artwork, demonstrations and special performances. This is a free event!

1:00 PM – Sunny Glen Garden Educational Tour & Children’s Garden Craft Day at Sunny Glen Garden – this event features a children’s garden craft, an open garden tour, garden munchies, door prizes and an optional educational program about organic pest control for $10.

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – Sundays from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM admission is $5 for all and kids 4 and under are free! Skate rental is $3 for those over 4. All locations.

7:30 PM – Family Movie in the Grandstand: Disney Pixar’s Coco at Franklin County Fair – watch the movie Coco in the Grandstand during Franklin County Fair’s Family Day! The pre-party starts at 8:00 PM, the movie starts at dusk. Free with admission.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 6-8, 2018

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Over 25 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY:

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity followed by a forest playtime in the woods! Suitable for ages 2-5. This is a free event but donations are welcome.

10:00 AM – Hilliard Library Concert  – check out the new Hilliard Library and see Miss Marlene perform new and favorite songs! There will be two shows: 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Super Heroes and Villains! See more about KidX here.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week’s movie is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

6:00 PM – Summer Sizzle at Gantz Park – this week’s concert series will move to Gantz Park to kick of National Parks and Recreation Month. You can explore the farmhouse, gardens, barn and scenic walking path and enjoy a special concert beginning at 7:00 PM featuring the Central Ohio Brass Band in the gazebo.

6:00 PM – First Friday Arts in the Alley in Gahanna – this makers market and street festival features street vendors, food carts and live entertainment!

7:00 PM – Friday Night Float at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe out on the lake, all equipment provided! Kids must be abel to fit into a life jacket.

7:00 PM – MoMM Foundation Christmas in July at Westerville Pool – this family fun night includes swimming, water games, inflatables, face painting, balloon artist, food, drinks and more! Celebrating Christmas in July, kids can also get their picture taken with Santa and decorate a holiday cookie. Proceeds benefit the Holiday Blessings program which helps to provide Christmas gifts to local families in need.

7:00 PM – Music in the Park: Concert On The Green at Kingsdale – celebrate Upper Arlington’s Centennial with 100 minutes of music each week! This week features the Charlie Foxtrot Quintet

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Kids Workshop at Home Depot Stores – kids can build a fishing game and decorate it with paint and stickers. Kids get a certificate, apron and commemorative pin for completing their project. Recommended for ages 5-12.

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art at Art with Anna – Kids 4 and up can be dropped off to make an art project. This week’s class is a Sailboat Collage. $20/artist.

10:00 AM – Discovery Stations in The Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory – from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM kids can drop by the Discovery Station in The Children’s Garden to participate in hands on activities. This weekend’s theme is Red, White and Bloom. Included in admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Preschool Story Time at Scioto Audubon, Grange Insurance Audubon Center – hear nature inspired stories for preschoolers! Check out my list of 9 Things to do with Your Kids at Scioto Audubon for before or after!

10:00 AM – Storytime, music and fun! at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – Brian Griffin, award winning artist and musician, will read and perform stories and songs. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

10:30 AM – Family Storytime at Slate Run Farm – enjoy The Little Red Hen and activities where kids can learn how grain becomes bread.

11:00 AM – Ready for Kindergarten Family Story Time at Main Library – the whole family can join in on this story time at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library.

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – on Saturday and Sunday kids can enjoy caricature artist, face painters and balloon artists on Fenlon Squre!

11:00 AM – Pete the Cat Party at Upper Arlington Public Library (Main Library)  – Pete the Cat will make a guest appearance at this party that includes stories, crafts and games!

12:00 PM – Wheat Threshing at Gallant Farm Park – learn how to thresh and winnow wheat by hand and watch demonstrations of wheat being ground into flour. This event is free.

8:00 PM – Campfire & S’mores at Homestead Metro Park – enjoy s’mores around the campfire. S’mores ingredients and roasting sticks provided.

SUNDAY:

10:00 AM – Discovery Stations in The Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory – from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM kids can drop by the Discovery Station in The Children’s Garden to participate in hands on activities. This weekend’s theme is Red, White and Bloom. Included in admission or membership.

12:00 PM – $1 Cone Day at Handel’s Columbus – single scoop regular or sugar cones are $1 this Sunday only!

12:00 PM – Ray Ray’s Westerville First Anniversary Party at Ray Ray’s Maxtown – celebrate Ray Ray’s 1st anniversary of their Westerville location with a hog roast, live chalk murals, kids activities, music and more!

1:00 PM – Ice Cream Social at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – enjoy a free ice cream social with 614 Mom. Read more about the free play area at Coffee Connections here!

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – on Sundays until 3:30 PM through August, admission will be $5 for all ages, skate rental will be $3 and kids 4 and under are free!

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – on Saturday and Sunday kids can enjoy caricature artist, face painters and balloon artists on Fenlon Squre!

2:00 PM – Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit with animals from the zoo! Included with membership or admission.

2:00 PM – Base Ball – Adena Worthington’s vs Ohio Village Muffins at Adena Mansion & Garden Society – take a trip to Chillicothe to watch 1860’s style “base ball”. The Adena Worthingtons play the Ohio Village Muffins!

3:30 PM – July Family Paint: Ice Cream Sundae at Art with Anna – kids ages 6 and up can paint a ice cream themed painting with the whole family! $15/artist.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 29-July 1, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening this weekend in Columbus Ohio!

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Free Admission for You & A New Guest at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – bring a first time guest to Tree of Life Play + Cafe and you both get in free. (Admission fee is for children.)

10:00 AM – Water Fun Stroller Strides Class at Highbanks Metro Park – workout with a water theme for you AND the kids! Your first workout with FIT4MOM is free!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – – this week’s event includes kiddie fitness, live music, a magic show by The Great Randini, OSU Urban Arts Space and more! See more about Commons for Kids here.

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Chef Junior and Polaris restaurants will be hosting competitions and kids can meet professional chefs! See more about KidX here.

10:30 AM – Read it, Make it, Eat it – Elephant & Piggie Ice Cream Social at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – read the book and create two crafts and have a snack based on the story! Recommended for ages 2-5, $15 per child.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week’s movie is The Princess Bride and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

11:00 AM – Pop Tab Donation Day at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio – The Ronald McDonald House will be collecting your pop tabs during a fun celebration that includes contests and games, food trucks and Brutus Buckeye!

12:00 PM – International Mud Day at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – celebrate International Mud Day by playing in the mud in the Natural Play Area at Blendon Woods Metro Park! See all there is to do at Blendon Woods Metro Park here.

5:00 PM – Family Friday Night at COSI – on the last Friday of the month COSI stays open until 9:00 PM with reduced admission! Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

7:00 PM – The Little Mermaid Jr. presented by Summer Theater Workshop – watch a free performance of The Little Mermaid Jr.! Performances are 1.5 hours long and take place June 29 at 7:00 PM, June 30 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and July 1 at 2:00 PM. Donations are accepted at the door.

7:00 PM – Popcorn Pops: Super Heroes Soundtrack at Columbus Commons – dress as your favorite super hero as the Columbus Symphony performs super hero theme songs! There will also be a costume concert and a free movie follows afterwards. This is a ticketed event.

8:15 PM – Free Movie Night – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Columbus Commons – watch this movie for free at Columbus Commons. Note: the park will be closed to the public until 8:00 PM for Popcorn Pops, a ticketed event. Movie begins afterwards.

8:30 PM – Family Movie Night: The Lion King in Weinland Park – watch a free movie in the park! Bring your own chairs and blankets!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Beethoven at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – bring a blanket and chair for this free movie that begins at dusk!

SATURDAY

7:00 AM – Ridge Runner Ramble – this bike ride to benefit Homeless Family Foundation can be done for 25, 50 or 80 miles or you can do a 3 mile Family Ride! There will be food, music and raffles! Family ride starts at 10:00 AM.

7:00 AM – Ashland BalloonFest – BalloonFest includes live entertainment and shows, music, food and a Kids Fun Zone including pony rides, laser tag, inflatables and more! There will be Disney princesses, bumper bubbles and, of course, lots of hot air balloons! Ashland BalloonFest is going on June 28-30, 2018

9:00 AM – 5th Annual Chloe 5K Run & Stroller Stroll – help support young moms in Franklin County by participating in this 5K and Stroller Stroll! FIT4MOM will host a pre-race workout and ZUMBA will host a post-race workout!

9:00 AM – Grand Opening & Smart Mobility Block Party at the Smart Columbus Experience Center – celebrate the grand opening of the Smart Columbus Experience Center with a block party! There will bell kinds of vehicles on display, music, food, entertainment and more!

9:30 AM – Crafty Independence Day at Grove City Library – drop in between 9:30 AM and 6:00 PM to make a patriotic craft!

10:00 AM – Hilltop Bean Dinner in Westgate Park – celebrate the significance of the Hilltop in the Civil War with live music, a bean dinner, food vendors, craft vendors and an antique car show! The whole neighborhood will also be having yard sales beginning at 8:00 AM! This event is one of my 35 Free Things to do With Your Kids This Summer in Columbus!

10:00 AM – Patriot’s Day at South Columbus Preparatory Academy – meet Olympic medalist Butch Reynolds and former Buckeye wide receiver Dee Miller, enjoy food, snow cones, music, a petting zoo and more!

10:00 AM – HOOT 88: Ice Cream at Gateway Film Center – enjoy activities for kids in the lobby before watching family-friendly short films from around the world and enjoying music by the Shazzbots! This month’s theme is Ice Cream! See more about HOOT activities here!

11:00 AM – The Great Escape Outdoor Inflatable Bounce House Carnival at Delaware County Fair – enjoy a wide array of bounce houses including waterslides and sporting matches taking place in a full length inflatable court! There will be food available for purchase.

11:00 AM – Luau Party at Putt N Play Family Fun Center – enjoy a beach theme with music, games, prizes and more!

11:00 AM- Fenlon Five Year Celebration at Easton Town Center – celebrate 5 years of Fenlon Squre with games, treats and prizes!

11:00 AM – Playdate on the Playground – check out the new playground at Kiddie Academy of Hilliard, play in bounce houses, enjoy face painting, free food, balloon twisting, clowns and more!

12:00 PM – Summer Fest at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets – stop by any of the Central Ohio Fresh Thyme locations for an outdoor market, brats on the grill, live entertainment, samples and more! The link is for Worthington but this event is happening at the Westerville, Worthington and Columbus locations.

12:00 PM – Young Entrepreneur Bake Sale at Smidge and Pinch – come support the young bakers at this bake sale put on by bakers age 8 and up by buying their yummy treats!

2:00 PM – First Responder Appreciation Day at The Point on Main Street – celebrate our first responders with food and drink specials and live music! Process benefit the First Responder Face-Off Foundation and their Hockey Helping Heroes initiative.

2:00 PM – Block Party in the Short North at High St. and 1st Ave. – businesses in the Short North are pretty excited about having their sidewalks back! Celebrate with them with free samples, giveaways, sales, music and more!

3:00 PM – Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Library – watch a G rated Disney movie with free popcorn!

4:00 PM – 2018 Olentangy Summer Bash at Olentangy Braves High School – this celebration includes live music, fireworks, a Family Fun Zone, Teen Zone, food trucks and more!

5:00 PM – Grandview Hop – Grandview’s sidewalk market takes place 4 times a summer and this Saturday is one of them! Enjoy art, food, live music, hand crafted goods, ice sculpture carving, and more!

7:00 PM – E-Flat at Rule 3 – enjoy music by local jazz band E-Flat, games for the kids, food and bowling! No cover charge.

9:00 PM – Saturday Late Night Fishing at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – fish Darby Bend Lakes and Beaver Lake at night!

SUNDAY

7:00 AM – Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day on the Hilliard Ice Cream Trail – Destination Hilliard has created the Hilliard Ice Cream Trail with six Hilliard businesses within a mile and a half of each other! Pick up your passport at one of the participating shops and purchase an ice cream treat to receive a stamp. Take your completed passport to Coffee Connections to receive a commemorative draw string bag!

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus get free admission to the Conservatory. Must have a valid ID. See the amazing new Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory here.

10:00 AM – Independence Day at Ohio Village – celebrate an old-fashioned Independence Day with music, dancing, an Ohio Village Muffins base ball game, a pie eating contest and more!

2:05 PM – Bob Evans Family Day at the Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians – Family Day Admission is $15 for two adults and up to 4 youth. Kids can run the bases after the game!


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