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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 20-22, 2018 Earth Day Edition

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18 family friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild

When: Friday & Saturday, April 20-21, 2018
Time: Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 800-491-0174

The JLG’s Spring Warehouse sale is a great place to get children’s and young adult books! All books are $5 each, 100’s of title available. Food trucks will be onsite both days! Read my interview with Junior Library Guild!

2. $5 Friday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun

When: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 7042 Feder Rd. Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-204-5353

Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo! All ages are welcome, no reservations needed!

3. POP UP! Spring Clothing and Equipment Sale at Resolute Athletic Complex

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3599 Chiller Ln, Columbus, OH 43219

The Columbus Mothers of Twins Club’s semi-annual clothing and equipment sale happens this weekend! Get in early at 7:00 AM with a $2 donation to charity. General admission opens at 8:00 AM. No strollers or wagons.

4. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC

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! Read more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Party for the Planet™ at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3485

Celebrate Earth Day with activity stations, characters, animal enrichment and more!

6. Llama & Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Visit the farm on the annual shearing day! See sheep and llamas be sheared! Learn how wool is processed and enjoy hands on experiences. $5/person or $15 for a family of 4. No registration needed. Sock Hop Soda Shop will be on site with a hot and cold menu! Read A Day on the Farm: 5 Things to Do at Stratford Ecological Center!

7. Breakfast, Books and Your Farm at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 1377 N 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-506-7040

Enjoy a story, take home a plant and have a snack at 4th Street Farms!

8. MakerX at Reynoldsburg Performing Arts Center & Fablab

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8579 Summit Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This Columbus Maker Expo is a festival focused on digital design and creation. Expect exhibits featuring 3D printing, virtual reality, robotics, droves, electronic music, coding, hands-on building, LEGO robotics and more! Ages 18 and younger are free, adults are $5. There will be food trucks on site.

9. Earth Day Weekend at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days
Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Franklin County Metro Parks and COSI are hosting this Earth Day event that features hands-on activities and live animals! Learn about vernal pools, build seed pods, observe earthworms and more! Meet at the Nature Center. Read more about Highbanks Metro Park here!

10. Earth Day at The Crest Gastropub

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2875 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614-261-7128

The Crest and The Arts and College Preparatory Academy are hosting this Earth Day celebration with yoga, live music, locally made goods, local farmers, brewers and artists!

11. Sensory Friendly Films: Shaun the Sheep Movie at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Enjoy the movie Shaun the Sheep at a lower volume, lights up and a “no shushing” atmosphere. This is a free screening in conjunction with The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.

12. Aminah Robinson Workshop at Picassos

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1974 N Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-354-1930

Honor Aminah Robinson by creating your own hanging collage inspired by her work! Families will also work to create a community wall mural. $25/child. Spots are limited.

13. Girl Genius STEAM Lock-In at The Simplr STEAM Playground

When: Saturday & Sunday, , April 21 & 22, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 AM
Location: 710 Cross Pointe Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-860-5012

This overnight event is for girls in grades 3-6. There will be a guest speaker who will talk about her time at NASA, 3D printing, tech gadgets, a movie, pizza and snacks!

14. Celebrate Earth Day at Never Grow Up Boutique!

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 4048 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Celebrate Earth Day with discounts, special hours, prizes and more at Never Grow Up Boutique!

15. KidX Earth Day Jubilee at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Celebrate Earth Day by decorating a pot and planting flowers, learning about what can be done to make the Earth a better place and participating in other activities!

16. A Really Big Fun Earth Day at The Vanderelli Room

When: Sunday, Aril 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 218 McDowell St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-403-4689

Enjoy an art show from local students, music by The Shazzbots, vendors, games for kids, a food truck and more!

17. Make a Suncatcher at Burlap Sunflower

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3840 Lattimer St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-989-1638

Make a dragonfly or flower suncatcher. $15 for all materials and class. For ages 16 and older.

18. Earth Day Celebration: Cruddy Creek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway, Ohio 43119
Phone: 614-891-0700

Learn about pollution in rivers and creeks and learn how you can help the environment! Check out the living stream inside the Nature Center! Read more about Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park here.


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

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

1. Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Friday – Saturday, April 13-15, 2018
Time: Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Shop books and gifts on clearance at the CML’s Big Book Sale in the Larry Black Auditorium and meeting room 1A on the first floor! (The kids’ room is 1A.) Sunday is the clearance sale from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and bags of books will be $8.50/piece. Children’s books start at $1/each!

2. Puppets & Pajama Sing-a-long with Jennifer Ellis at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets (Dublin)

When: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: 6670 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-210-0349

This Mommy & Me music show includes puppets and a sing along party! Wear your pajamas and enjoy free snacks, bubbles, instruments and more! Can’t make it to Dublin? The same event takes place in Gahanna at 11:30!

3. Community Cultural Event at Hilltop YMCA

When: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 2879 Valleyview Dr., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-276-8224

Celebrate African culture with dance, attire, drums, and poetry!

4. Kids Resale at The Naz

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4770 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-875-2551

Shop the children’s clothing and equipment consignment sale at Grove City Church of the Nazarene! Cash or check only!

5. Children’s Business Fair at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-519-9331

The kids participating in the Children’s Business Fair hosted by Learning Leaf have created a product or service, a marketing strategy and a brand and will open for business during this one day marketplace! Come shop and see what they have created!

6. Summer Opportunities & Engagement Fair at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-365-5297

Find out how to keep your kids busy over the summer! This is a free event for Columbus City Schools families! There will be free activities for students in grades K-3! Register online.

7. Spirited Away – Drexel Family Screening at Drexel Theatre

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2254 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-1050

This family screening features the movie Spirited Away, an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Tickets for kids 12 and under are $1, Adults are $3.

8. Code Ninjas Grand Opening at Code Ninjas (Hilliard, OH)

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 3971 Truman Blvd., Hilliard, OH, 43026
Phone: 614-664-7976

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Code Ninjas in Hilliard with free, family friendly activities for kids and parents! There will be robot races, building your own video games and more! Learn about all the programs that will be offered at this new coding center for kids!

9. First Steps in Music Class at Little Arrows Play Cafe

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:15 AM
Location: 29 W. Church Street, Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-348-5661

Enjoy music, songs and games with your kids at this new play cafe in Newark! Parents must attend with their child. Cost is $3 for admission to the cafe and $2 for the class.

10. Ohioana Book Festival at Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 75 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-3831

This free event offers the chance to meet nearly 100 Ohio authors! This is a free, public event with book signings, panel discussions and a kids’s area that includes author appearances, balloon twisting, face painting, crafts, dress up, LEGO construction zone, prizes, a teen space and more!

11. Saturday Morning Cartoons – Sports Edition at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch Saturday morning cartoons in your PJ’s with a bowl of cereal at Gateway Film Center! The theme this week is Sports! Cost is $5.

12. Storytime at the Fancyburg Park StoryWalk

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3375 Kioka Ave., Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

Upper Arlington Public Library will host an interactive reading of Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson by following story book panels around the playground. There will also be a craft afterwards!

13. Sheep on the Farm at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1375 State Route 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-891-0700

Meet sheep and lambs, watch sheep be sheared and learn about the uses of wool!

14. Mother’s Day Card Making Class at Third Way Cafe

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 3058 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-349-6530

Make a Mother’s Day Card for mom or special woman in your life! $5 covers instruction and supplies. $3 for each additional card. $2 for bottomless coffee and tea. All ages welcome. Explorers Club Food Truck will be on site from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

 

15. Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room

When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 570 W. Schrock Rd. Columbus, OH 43081
Phone: 614-394-8788

Enjoy free crafts for kids and beer specials for the grown ups during Sunday Family Funday! Broke Johnny Food Truck will be on site for brunch!

16. Pizzuti Collection Family Day at Pizzuti Collection

When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N. Park St., Columbus, OH 43215

All three floors of the Pizzuti Collection will be open to explore with your family including tours, art inspired activity books and free admission! There is also a story time at 12:30 PM! See our visit to Pizzuti Collection here.

17. Little Sprouts: Behind The Scenes Tour at Wilson’s Garden Center

When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 10923 Lambs Ln, Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-763-2873

Take a short trip to Newark to get a behind the scenes tour of the greenhouses at Wilson’s Garden Center. Learn how to seed, transplant and grow flowers. Kids will plant seeds to take home. Open to all kids up to age 12. Register in advance online. $3/child.

18. Darci Lynne at Palace Theatre

When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 34 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 800-745-3000

Darci Lynne is a 13-yr old ventriloquist who puts on a family-friendly show with her puppets! Darci has been seen on America’s Got Talent, and Ellen and has opened for Fergie at Caesar’s Palace!


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The fastest growing kids coding franchise is coming to Hilliard in April (and Powell in May)! Hilliard is enrolling now and has its Grand Opening celebration this Saturday, April 14th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. It is going to be a day full of fun for the whole family! There will be Code Ninjas activities for kids AND parents to enjoy! From racing robots to building your own video games,  be sure to stop by to learn more about their unique programs. Find out more at: http://bit.ly/codeninjas614


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

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16 family friendly events in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Free Petting Zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

When: Monday – Sunday, April 2-8, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1779 Home Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-548-7917

Enjoy free admission to the petting zoo all week at Olentangy Indian Caverns! See 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

2. First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus Ohio, 43211
Phone: 1-800-686-6124

Ohio History Center stays open for special hours on the first Friday of the month! Admission after 5:00 PM is just $6, kids ages 6-12 are $3 and kids under 6 (and members) are free! There will be crafts and a showing of the movie Willow at 7:00 PM. Tickets are first come first served. See all there is to do at Ohio History Center!

3. Preschool Open Lab at The Simplr STEAM Playground

When: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 710 Cross Pointe Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-860-5012

This new Open Lab is for preschoolers! Kids age 3-5 can “Learn. Build. Play” in this open environment that offers toys and gadgets where kids can learn about STEAM concepts. Drop in. $10/child. Adults must stay. Have older kids? Check out Open Lab on Friday night or Open Lab Saturdays for ages 5-14.

4. Mother/Son Adventure Night at Prairie Township Community Center

When: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 5955 W. Broad St., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-907-7990

Moms and sons can enjoy dinner together and then activities and games in the gym!

5. International Kids’ Yoga Day – Youth Yoga Project Class at Rise Yoga Ohio

When: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4032 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone: 614-506-7255

On International Kids’ Yoga Day, Rise Yoga and Youth Yoga Project are offering a class for kids ages 6-13. There will be breathing exercises, yoga practice, coloring and games! The class is donation based (suggested donation $20) and all donations will benefit the Youth Yoga Project which is bringing yoga into under-resourced schools.

6. Lady Tutu 5k and Little Princess Dash at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Location: 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, OH 43219

This 5K run/walk and Princess Dash celebrates girls and women! Make sure to wear your tutu! Register online!

7. Spring Kiddie Consignment Sale at Grace Polaris Church

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-888-7733

This huge children’s consignment sale features children’s clothing for all ages, baby items, maternity clothes, toys, accessories and more! Half Price Sale begins at 1:00 PM!

8. Easter Adventure at The Farm at Walnut Creek

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Phone: 330-893-4200

Looking for a road trip? Enjoy food, a corn box, a scavenger hunt and several egg drops throughout the day! The animal park will also be open! See our trip to The Farm at Walnut Creek.

9. Window Birdhouse Workshop at Home Depot

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

Kids can build a birdhouse and decorate it with paint and stickers. Parents must accompany child. Kids receive a free certificate of achievement, an apron and commemorative pin.

10. Spring Break Special: Kids Fishing at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3860 Bixby Road Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-208-2874

Kids ages 15 and under can meet at Heron Pond to catch fish!

11. Open House 2018 at Museum of Biological Diversity at Ohio State University

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1315 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-292-7773

View collections of plants and animals, participate in activities for kids and adults, pet insects, see a giant outdoor fish tank and more!

12. Family Fun with Chris Rowlands at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000
Nature educator Chris Rowlands will perform original songs about nature and animals with his puppet friends! Shows at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Included in admission or membership.

13. Natural Play Area Adventures: Fairy, Elf & Bug Houses at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-315-5520

Gather natural items and plants to build fairy, elf and bug houses in the Natural Play area! Ideal for ages 5-12.

14. Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The Columbus Zoo visits Franklin Park Conservatory once a month bringing different animals to visit!

15. Free Family-friendly Library Concert w/ ProMusica Woodwind Trio at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

All ages are welcome to explore music from a different time period during this free family concert by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra!

16. Family Paint Class: Creative Peacock at Art With Anna

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Paint together as as a family! This week’s project is a Creative Peacock.  Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

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