What Should We Do This Weekend? June 22-24, 2018

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

Don’t forget to check out: 35 Free Things to Do with Your Kids in Columbus This Summer and Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week for more ideas of things to do!

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM – Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center – shop the Half Price Books Clearance sale on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Everything is $2 or less! Parking is $5.

9:00 AM – Cake Ball with Admission at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – get a free cake ball with the purchase of admission today only from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – this week at the Commons features Ohio State Athletics, Pretty as a Princess, Columbus Folk Music Society, free kiddie fitness classes and Lowe’s Home Improvement! As always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities!

10:00 AM – Big Machines at COSI – kids can climb up and even operate some BIG machines outside of COSI through June 24th! Learn about the science and technology of construction! (This event is going on now through Sunday!)

10:30 AM – KidX at Polaris Fashion Place – this free event happens outside at the fountain and includes fun activities every week. This week’s theme is Teddy Bear Tidy Up. Bring your teddy bear for a check up from the Teddy Bear Doctor.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – join a nature counselor for a forest playtime! There will be a 30 minute nature activity plus free play time outside in the woods. Ideal for ages 2-5. This is a free event but donations are accepted.

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 you can watch The Neverending Story any day (of the week!) at 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Kids Concert on the Green at Worthington Village Green – enjoy a kid-friendly concert with the band Endless Recess!

1:00 PM – Summer Parenting Workshop at Little Arrows Play Cafe – let the kids play at the play area while you learn about positive discipline from local experts!

2:00 PM – Harry Potter Escape Room at Grove City Library – solve puzzles and escape the Harry Potter themed escape room! Grades 5 and up.

4:00 PM – 19th Annual Easton Art Affair at Easton Town Center – the Easton Art Affair happens Friday from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and features a juried fine art show, street fair and art made by kids too!

6:00 PM – Sprouts Night Out at Hilliard’s Station Park – enjoy live music, food trucks and activities including body art, stilt walkers and pop up art with the Arts Council!

6:00 PM – Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Safety Fest in Uptown Westerville – this month’s theme is Safety! There will be fun activities for all ages, street vendors, food trucks, live entertainment and more!

6:00 PM – Creekside Live at Creekside Gahanna – enjoy live music by Will Freed and the Reaganomics!

7:00 PM – Summer Sizzle Concert Series at Grove City Town Center – enjoy a live concert by Agent 99 who plays 70’s and 80’s music!

7:00 PM – Folk Songs Around the Fire at Gallant Farm Park – all ages are welcome to sing, play or listen to music around the campfire! Bring your own instrument!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Beauty and the Beast at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – this free movie begins at dusk! Bring a chair and/or blanket.

8:30 PM – Family Movie Night: The Lion King at Weinland Park, Columbus – watch a free movie in the park! Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

9:00 PM – Movie in the Park – Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Sunny 95 Park – watch a free movie in the park! Movie begins at dusk. Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket!

SATURDAY:

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

9:30 AM – National Day of Play! at Gymboree Play and Music of Gahanna – enjoy a free day of play and activities for kids ages 0-5!

10:00 AM – Dressing Victorian at Ohio Village – learn what it means to dress like a Victorian, enjoy crafts from the 1890’s and learn more about fashion in the 1890’s! Included with admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Dublin Kiwanis 51st Annual Frog Jump Festival at Coffman Park – kids 12 and under can participate in the frog jump! Come and cheer on the competitors!

10:00 AM – Author and Illustrator Daniel Kirk at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers  – enjoy a story time and book signing with award winning author and illustrator, Daniel C. Kirk.

10:00 AM – Playdates at the Park w/ 614Mom– at Hilliard’s Station Park – moms and kids are welcome to join Eryn from 614Mom and Coffee Connections for a playdate in the park.

11:00 AM – Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory – celebrate National Pollinator Week with food trucks, food demonstrations, live music, The Bugman, Stinger from the Columbus Blue Jackets, a walk through the garden to observe bees in action and lots of other educational information and activities!

11:00 AM – Tanger Food Truck Festival at Tanger Outlets, Columbus – this food truck festival includes activities for kids like face painting, caricatures, arts and crafts and a DJ!

1:00 PM – Family Fun with the Bison at Battelle Darby Nature Center – learn about the bison of Ohio with games, crafts and snacks! Take a walk out to view the bison with a naturalist.

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – hang out by the frog fountains outside American Girl for caricature artists, face painting and balloon artists! This happens on Saturdays AND Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Pelotonia: Movie Night in The Shoe – Ohio State Buckeyes – watch Coco in The Shoe! $5 donation per person supports Pelotonia!

6:30 PM – Exotics on Scioto Mile 2018 at The Scioto Mile – enjoy a display of over 100 exotic cars! There will also be food trucks on site!

7:00 PM – Summer Nights Series at Miller Pool – “Dive-In” Movie at Miller Pool – watch the movie Early Man from the pool! Free popcorn! Kids under two are admitted free. Advance tickets are recommended.

SUNDAY: 

11:00 AM – German Village Makers Market in German Village – enjoy an outdoor artisan market at the corner of City Park & Thurman Ave featuring local artists, designers and growers. There will also be food trucks and live music. This event is pet and family friendly!

11:00 AM – Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room – kids can enjoy free crafts provided by Arts in Uptown and there will be drink specials for the adults!

2:00 PM – For Families: Wildlife Hike at Highbanks Metro Park – take a one mile hike along the Scenic River Trail with a naturalist!

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – hang out by the frog fountains outside American Girl for caricature artists, face painting and balloon artists! This happens on Saturdays AND Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

6:30 PM – Summer Solstice Celebration at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – welcome summer with snacks, stories, crafts and a hike! RSVP by 5:00 on Thursday!


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Join us at the corner of City Park & Thurman Ave in historic German Village for an outdoor artisan market promoting local artists, designers and growers. Food trucks, live music, pet and family friendly!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 15-17, 2018 Father’s Day Edition

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

Don’t forget to check out: 35 Free Things to Do with Your Kids in Columbus This Summer and Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week for more ideas of things to do!

FRIDAY:

9:30 AM – Stay & Play Open Gym at Gym Skills – enjoy playtime and gymnastics during this open play time at Gym Skills! Kids walking up to age 10 are welcome. Kids 6 and up can be dropped off.

10:00 AM –The Science of Big Machines at COSI – Big Machines will be at COSI from June 16-24, 2018, every day from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Kids can climb up and get behind the wheel of bulldozers, dump trucks and more! Try out various construction activities and meet real life engineers! Included in admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – enjoy inflatables, free carousel rides, music with Columbus Folk Music Society, a free puppet show, balloon animals, planting vegetables with Lowe’s and more!

10:00 AM – Dublin Wet Suits and Way-Cool Trucks – at Dublin Community Recreation Parking Lot – tour Sparky’s fire safety house, watch a dive team in action, get your bicycle helmet checked and climb inside fire and medic trucks!

10:30 AM – Kid X Club at Polaris Fashion Place – kick off the summer KidX Club at Polaris Fashion place with Pirates & Princesses! This free event takes places outside by the fountain unless it is raining and in that case, it’s moved inside.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch the movie Shrek for free when you present your library card! Showings are at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day.

12:00 PM – Columbus Zoo at the Experience Columbus Arena District Visitor Center – this free event offers the opportunity to meet some animal friends from the Zoo up close and personal!

5:00 PM  – 20th Anniversary Creekside Blues & Jazz Fest at Creekside Gahanna – June 15th – 17th is the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival! The Festival will feature over 50 live performances, amusement rides and a free Kids Zone! Kids under 12 are free to enter the festival!

5:00 PM – 2018 St. Mary Festival  at St. Mary Parish Church – enjoy carnival rides, inflatables, midway games, a casino, baked goods, and a kiddie land! Festival happens Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM until midnight.

6:30 PM – The Main Event on Capital’s Main Lawn – enjoy activities and food trucks, live music from the Shazzbots,inflatables, yard games, crafts and more before watching The Princess Bride at dusk.

7:00 PM – Swim Under The Stars at Tremont Swimming Pool – free admission is available to the pool after 7:00 PM so you can swim under the stars!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: The Lego Ninjago Movie at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – bring a blanket and chairs to watch The Lego Ninjago Movie at dusk!

8:30 PM – Movie at Mingo – Wonder at Mingo Park – watch the movie Wonder at 8:30 PM. Family friendly activities begin at 8:00 PM.

SATURDAY:

8:00 AM – Strawberry Festival at Bauman Orchards, Inc. – take a short road trip to Rittman, Ohio for all things strawberry including pies, ice cream, slashes an more! There will be other food available plus pony rides!

8:00 AM – Youth Fishing Derby at Delaware State Park – kids under 16 can fish at Delaware State Park! Poles and bait are provided!

9:00  AM – The Great Inflatable Race Columbus at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio – run through an inflatable obstacle course or enjoy The Inflatable Village!

9:00 AM – Natural Play Area Adventure at Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park – kids 13 and under can enjoy the creek, build a fort, climb trees and more in the Natural Play Area! Read about all there is to do at the Battelle Darby Metro Park here.

9:15 AM – Father’s Day Donuts with Dad – Family Stroller Strides Class at Hannah Park – bring dad for a family workout with Fit4Mom Columbus East and enjoy donuts and play time afterwards!

9:30 AM – Family Farm Day at Home of Joy Farm – head out to Lancaster for family fun including a petting zoo, a barnyard parade, peacocks, an indoor obstacle course and more! $10 per car.

9:30 AM – Daddies and Donuts at Ballantrae Park – workout with dad and Baby Boot Camp Columbus and enjoy donuts after class!

10:00 AM – Father’s Day Expo at Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA – enjoy fun and a barbeque honoring the fathers in the community. There will be games raffles, prizes, workshops, vendors and more!

10:00 AM – Passport to Metro Parks Kickoff at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kick off new Passport to Metro Parks program at this festival! Get your passport and start exploring the Metro Parks this summer! There will be snacks, local organizations and lots of fun!

10:00 AM – Kidslinked Columbus Childrens Festival at Westerville North High School – this festival includes a food truck fest, contests and competitions, a Bounce Park and Fun Zone, balloon artist, face painting, scavenger hunt, pony rides and lots more! Admission and parking are free.

10:00 AM – Descendant Pancake Breakfast at the Columbus Children’s Festival – kick off new Passport to Metro Parks program at this festival! Get your passport and start exploring the Metro Parks this summer! There will be snacks, local organizations and lots of fun! Purchase tickets online.

10:00 AM – Donuts with Dad at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – bring dad to play at the play space at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday and enjoy donuts, milk and coffee between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

10:30 AM – Visits with Max, the K9 Dog at Grove City Library – visit with Max, Grove City Police Department’s K9 dog and Officer Kitko. Read more about the Grove City Library kids’ space here.

12:00 PM – Northern Olentangy Watershed Festival at Mingo Park – this festival includes food trucks, children’s activities, raffle giveaways and more!

12:00 PM – COSI Presents Energy! at the Main Library – COSI will be at the Main Library to talk about electricity, magnetism and motion! Kids 6-11 yrs old can build circuits, create chain reactions and more!

1:00 PM – Shark Cart at Westerville Library – the WAVE Foundation from Newport Aquarium will be bringing live sharks to this event where you can learn about sharks and get up close to other animal artifacts! Must register in advance. Read more about the Westerville Library here!

6:00 PM – Flicks After Dark in Muni Park & Fishing Derby at Hilliard Municipal Park – this event includes a fishing derby at 6:00 PM, slingo and a food truck! The movie Daddy Daycare begins at dusk.

SUNDAY:

12:00 PM – Family Day at Pizzuti Collection – the three floors of the Pizzuti Collection will be free on Sunday and there will be activity books, a story time at 1:30 PM and crafts! Read about our visit to Pizzuti Collection here.

11:00 AM – Dad’s, Draft & Donuts at The Draft Room – enjoy brunch from the Buckeye Donuts Food truck and special Dad’s Day Drink specials!

1:00 PM – Judy Carey Nevin – What Daddies Like at The Book Loft of German Village – enjoy a story time and book signing with a Father’s Day theme!

2:00 PM – Father’s Day Fishing at Highbanks Metro Park – go fishing with dad! Bait and light snacks will be provided! Poles are also available. Read about the Highbanks Metro Park Nature Center here!

2:00 PM – Father’s Day Special: Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe out on Schrock Lake! Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket to ride.

2:00 PM – Family Creek Adventure at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – take a half mile walk to the creek and catch fish, bugs and crawdads!

3:00 PM – Father’s Day Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a horse drawn carriage ride throughout Easton. cost is $10/person, kids under 15 ride for free with a paying adult.


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The Dublin Market is a new, vibrant farmers’ market that offers food, produce, retail, live entertainment and a family-friendly Saturday morning out!

This post was written in partnership with The Dublin Market.

This past Saturday my family explored The Dublin Market on it’s opening morning! It was a beautiful morning and the first market of the summer was bustling!

The Dublin Market is a really fun new weekly market that offers a lot more than just produce! Though it is considered a farmers’ market, The Dublin Market boasts an impressive list of vendors selling retail goods, food and sweets, homemade products and locally grown produce.

The Market kicked off it’s first season last Saturday and will run through September 29, 2018 at Bridge Park from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Here are 5 things my family really enjoyed about The Dublin Market and I think you will, too!

1. A Wide Variety of Vendors

What I appreciated about The Dublin Market was the good balance of vendors. It felt like a pretty equal mix of produce and grocery items, retail items and food to eat on the spot. Here are a few examples, but this is certainly not an exhaustive list! You can see the whole list here.

Baked goods at The Dublin Market

Dan the Baker

Strawberries at The Dublin Market

Rhoads Farm

Flowers at The Dublin Market

Juniper’s Flower Truck

2 Boys holding honey at The Dublin Market

Whetstone Bee Garden

boys tasting juice at The Dublin Market

Bubbles The Tea and Juice Company

boy sampling jam at The Dublin Market

Impossible Jams

shopping at The Dublin Market

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Kennedy Farms

Beets at The Dublin Market

New Century CSA

2. Live Music

live music at The Dublin Market

My kids love to watch musicians. They hung around on the rocks behind this artist, watching and listening! Having live music was a nice touch while we explored the market!

3. Convenient Free Parking

A big plus when it comes to this market is that there is a large parking garage at the end of the street where the market begins! In my experience, one of the hardest things about attending a neighborhood farmers’ market is finding parking! Having a close parking garage is especially handy when you are toting around small children! And to top it off, the parking is free!

4. Bridge Park and the Bridge Street District

Buildings in the Bridge Street District

So much is happening in the newly developed Bridge Street District! The area is blossoming with restaurants, shops and other businesses! A few of the local businesses participated in the Market, but you could also spend time visiting their brick and mortar locations or pop into one of the local restaurants for lunch after shopping!

coffee shop in the bridge street district

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea just opened up in the area. You can get a coffee at the market or visit the shop for more options or a refreshment break!

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Kilwins Dublin has a stand at The Dublin Market but also a shop around the corner for yummy chocolate treats and ice cream!

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It was fun to see our kids’ dental office handing out insulated, reusable shopping bags and sugar free suckers!

5. Donuts

kids ordering donuts at the dublin market

Donuts gets its own category because it was definitely a highlight of the market for my kids! There are two options for donuts: Duck Donuts and The Donut Experiment.

donuts being made at the dublin market

boy eating a donut at the dublin market

The boys had a fun time picking out all of their own toppings for their donuts! In case you’re wondering, orange glaze, crushed Oreos and marshmallow topping is not a bad combo!

boy eating donut at the dublin market

With all of the unique vendors at The Dublin Market, the live entertainment and the surrounding shops and restaurants, your family will enjoy a fun morning exploring the Bridge Street District!

Know Before You Go:

  • The Dublin Market takes place on Longshore St. between Tuller Ridge Dr. and Bridge Park Ave.
  • Free parking is available in the Longshore Garage: 6650 Longshore St, Dublin, OH 43017
  • Market Dates: Saturdays from June 9 through September 29, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • The Dublin Market is held rain or shine.

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