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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 7-9, 2017

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1. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This week at Commons for Kids there will be cookie decorating, a free puppet show, a free craft and more! Every week at Commons for Kids there are free carousel rides, bounce houses, Imagination Playground and more! If the temperature is above 80 degrees, there will also be a water slide!

2. KidX Club: Game Time at Polaris Fashion Place

When: When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

KidX series takes place at the fountain outside Polaris Fashion Place! This week’s theme is Game Time! Learn about sports, health and fitness while playing games! Bring a book to donate for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and kids can pick out a treat from the treasure chest!

3. From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday-Thursday, July 7-13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

GFC has partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to bring your family these great films inspired by books! This week’s film is Shrek. Daytime admission is free with your library card!

4. Summer Carnival at Skate Zone 71

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Enjoy a summer carnival including a bounce house, balloon twisting, face painting, games and giveaways!

5. Sprouting Melodies at Hilltop Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Friday July 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 511 S. Hague Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-2275

A music therapist will be at this Summer Reading Club event to help promote early development through songs, play, movement and music! Recommended for kids ages 2-6.

6. First Friday at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

I’m doing a giveaway for this event on my Facebook page! After 5:00 PM you can enter the museum for a reduced price of $6 ($3 for children ages 6-12)! You can explore all of the exhibits until 9:00 with special activities and the movie Mary Poppins will be shown at 7:00 PM! Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Movie tickets are first come, first served. This event is free for members.

7. Weinland Park Movie Night

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 1280 Summit St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-297-8442

Watch a free movie in Weinland Park! This week’s movie is Storks! Free movie, free popcorn! Bring a chair or blanket.

8. Family Farm Chores at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

**This program is now full!** This happens on the second Saturday of each month so you can plan ahead for the future! Join Stratford’s farmer for morning chores! You and your family can feed the goats and sheep, collect eggs, feed hogs and more! $15/family. This is a limited event and advanced registration is required. Call to check availability and register! See more about Stratford here.

9. Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Take a canoe out on the lake, all equipment provided! Parents must be in the canoe with their child and children must fit into a life jacket to ride. There will be activities for families too!

10. Saturday Morning Cartoons at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch Saturday morning cartoons on the big screen for $5 which includes a bowl of cereal with milk!

11. Summer Jam West at Westgate Park

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave, Columbus, OH 43204

Summer Jam West is a grassroots, free arts and music festival that features live bands, local food trucks, and local arts and craft vendors! There will be many kids activities including police and fire trucks, Artists Wrestling League, sidewalk chalking, free face painting and more in the Children’s Art Zone!

12. PBJ & Jazz at Topiary Park

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-294-5200 x 117

Take in a family friendly jazz concert in the park! This weekend features Bright Moments Quintet. Start with a story time inside the Main Library at 11:00 AM, concert is at 12:00 PM and then follow up with a craft from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Bring a picnic and/or blanket for this free event!

13. Unchained at Westgate BusinessWorks

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 11 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Gypsy Soul, Clay Street Ceramics and The Moon and Me will be hosting a fun local shopping experience. There will be sidewalk sales and a gift basket giveaway! For $2.50 you can get a hotdog, chips and a drink!

14. Open to the Public at Ohio Wildlife Center

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 9000 Dublin Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-734-9453

Ohio Wildlife Center is open to the public on the second Sunday of the month! Learn how to identify birds, investigate the Milkweed and Monarch area, meet some of the wildlife ambassadors and more! $5/person, children 5 and under are free.

15. Little Free Library Storytime with Bexley Library

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 875 Pleasant Ridge, Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

The Bexley Public Library hosts a story time at a Little Free Library!

16. Mommy and Me Painting Class with Colorful Columbus

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Goodale Park, 120 West Goodale St., Columbus, OH 43215

This is a mom and child painting event – both paintings combine to create one piece! The theme is foxes! Cost is $35/pair which includes all supplies.

17. Bob Evans Family Day at the Columbus Clippers

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 2:05 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln., Columbus, OH 43215
Ticket Line: 614-462-2757

Family Day admission is $15 and includes 2 adults and up to 4 children for General Admission seating. The kids can run the bases at the end of the game in the 10TV Commit to be Fit Fun Run!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 23-25, 2017

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1. Easton Art Affair at Easton Town Square

When: Friday – Sunday, June 23-25, 2017
Time: Friday: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

The Easton Art Affair is a juried fine art show which includes art of all kinds plus art for the kids, too! Kids can do a free necklace craft at American Girl on Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM plus make button masks on the Town Square on Sunday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM!

2. Powell Festival at Village Green Park

When: Friday & Saturday, June 23 & 24, 2017
Time: Friday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM Saturday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-885-5380

This two day festival includes live entertainment, food, kid zone, vendors and fireworks!

3. Flicks on the Bricks-Lego Movie at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

This free evening includes live music, sand art, Matt the Balloon Guy, face painting, inflatables, lego characters, a duck race, food truck and The Lego Movie!

4. Movie in the Park: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-620-1865

This fun movie night includes a visit from owls from Ohio Wildlife Center and other activities! The movie starts at dusk.

5. Movie in the Park: Angels In The Outfield at Thompson Park

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: 4395 Carriage Hill Ln., Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: 614-583-5345

Watch Angels In The Outfield on the big screen! Bring your own chairs and snacks!

6. Eastside Movie Night: Sing at Veritas East

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: 2866 Noe Bixby Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-604-6729

This free movie starts at sunset! Bring your own seating!

7. Community Health Day 2017 at OSU CarePoint East

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 543 Taylor Ave., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-688-6400

This free community event offers are health screenings and serves as well as fun activities like a live band, dancers, free turkey dogs, corn and fruit! There will also be free sports physicals for school-aged children plus face painters, balloon artists and activities from COSI and PBS Kids!

8. Hilltop Bean Dinner at Westgate Park

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 455 S Westgate Ave, Columbus, OH 43204

This 80+ yr old event commemorates the role the Hilltop played during the Civil War. The area used to be a Civil War prison Camp where soldiers subsisted on beans! At the dinner not only can you can eat beans, cornbread and hotdogs, but there will also be food trucks, pizza, ice cream and more! There will be activities for kids including inflatables, an antique car show, arts and craft vendors and the whole neighborhood will be having yard sales all day!

9. HOOT 75: Summer at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Summer! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter!

10. Summertime Craft with Ms. Mary at TREEHIVE cafe + play

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 337 W Olentangy St, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-681-1456

Make a summertime craft with Ms. Mary from Little Van Gogh Art School! Appropriate for ages 2-5. Your ticket also gets you a discounted rate for 30 minutes of play and $1 off the Patriotic T-Shirt Craft event at 11:30!

11. Books, Berries & Breakfast at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1377 N 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-506-7040

Pick fresh berries in the garden and enjoy a story time!

12. Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Celebrate pollinators and the plants they pollinate with hands-on learning opportunities, crafts, The Bugman, music, food demonstration, food trucks and more!

13. Reynoldsburg KID FEST at Cotner Park

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 7347 E Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This free festival includes a bounce house, bike parade, face painting, free food and much more! Bring a canned good to donate to Reynoldsburg Helping Hands!

14. The Grandview Hop on Grandview Avenue

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Grandview Ave. between 1st Ave. and 5th Ave.

Enjoy live music, shopping, art, food and fun activities along Grandview Avenue during this free event that happens once a month during the summer!

15. The Family FUN Rock Block At Comfest!

When: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Live Arts Stage, 120 W. Goodale St., Columbus, OH 43215

Sunday is for kids at Comfest! Featuring The Shazzbots, The Muppet Mayhem Band and Favor’d Flow Studio, the theme will be kid-friendly music and dance!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 16-18, 2017 Father’s Day Edition!

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1. Kid Fest 2017 – Summer Film Series Kickoff at Drexel Theatre

When: Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: Friday: 10:00 AM, Saturday: 10:00 AM, Sunday: 1:00 PM
Location: 2254 E. Main St, Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-1050

This weekend’s movie is The Lego Movie! Kids age 14 and under and Drexel members are free, 15 and older are $3/piece.

2. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Head down to Columbus Commons for a fun morning that includes free carousel rides, bounce houses, the Imagination Playground, crafts, games and more! This week’s activities also include a Kiddie Fitness Class, a magic show from The Great Randini, improv for kids with #HastagComedy, and music from Columbus Folk Music Society!

3. KidX Club: Pirates & Princesses

 at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

The summer KidX program at Polaris Fashion Place takes place at the fountain in the outdoor area. The first one of the summer has a Pirates and Princesses theme and includes a treasure hunt, visit with princesses and pirates and more! If it rains, this free event will take place at the play area inside.

4. Looney Tunes Rewind at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

For one week only you can watch Looney Tunes cartoons on the big screen! See the link for the line up of cartoons that will be shown!

5. Food Truck Fridays at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3700

On Food Truck Fridays, you can eat from some of your favorite food trucks AND 10% of the proceeds will be donated to RMHC! This week there will be live music and the food trucks Tortilla Street Food, Fork in the Road and Graeter’s Ice Cream!

6. Movies at Mingo at Mingo Park

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 7:45 PM
Location:  500 E. Lincoln Ave., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This month’s movie at Mingo Park is Sing! Activities in the park start at 7:45 PM and the movie starts at 8:15 PM. Bring a blanket or chair and snacks!

7. Touch-A-Truck

 at Pleasant Township Fire Department

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 2925 Lancaster Thornville Rd. NE, Lancaster, OH 43130

This free event includes a tour of the fire department, a Pancake Breakfast (donations accepted) and the opportunity to check out a helicopter, fire trucks, fire safety info and a fire demo! There will also be Junior Firefighter Activities for the kids!

8. Westgate Farmer’s Market the West Gate Masonic Lodge

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2925 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

The Westgate Farmers Market happens on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month and includes local vendors, fresh produce, food trucks, kids activities and music! This week there will be cooking demos every hour by Local Matters and music by Scott Brooks. Food trucks are Alice’s Abelskabels and Cream & Sugar!

9. Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmer’s Market

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 646 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Kids can take part in Market Sprouts activities at the information tent each third Saturday at the Worthington Farmers Market! Examples of monthly activities are scavenger hunts, vegetable painting, cookie decorating and more!

10. Storybook Village at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Storybook Village is a special day at Ohio Village where your kids’ favorite storybook characters come to life! Meet Peg + Cat, Super Why, Curious George and more! Explore the village to meet the characters and take part in special story times and activities! This year’s theme is storytelling from around the world! The Shazzbots will be there as well as a petting zoo, library card sign-ups and the opportunity to donate children’s books to Books for Bedtime. Members can take advantage of early entrance at 9:00 AM. (Do it, it’s worth it! 😉 ) (P.S. I’m doing a giveaway for 4 tickets on my Facebook page! Click here!)

11. Donuts with Dad at Grandview Library

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-481-3778

Bring dad to the library for DK Diner donuts, games gifts and photo ops! There will be a story time and a visit from Arnie the Doughnut!

12. KidsLinked’s Columbus Children’s Festival at Westerville North High School

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 950 County Line Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 877-543-7801

KidsLinked’s Annual Columbus Children’s Festival is a sports and fitness extravaganza! New location this year is at Westerville North High School. Admission and parking are free and the event features a bounce park and fun zone, ice cream eating contest, a fashion contest, food truck fest, trampolines, live entertainment and much more!

13. Busy Bees Garden Club at Dutch Mill Greenhouse

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 18443 State Route 4, Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-0511 Ext 13

On the third Saturday of each month kids can enjoy a garden-themed activity. This month’s workshop will be making mini terrariums! Recommended for kids age 3 and up.

14. Daddy Donut Superhero Day! at Indian Mound Mall

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 771 S 30th St., Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-522-6620

Kids can make superhero capes and shields, play superhero games, win prizes and more while dads enjoy donuts and beverages! Come dressed in costume or make your own at the event for a daddy and me photo shoot! Outside the mall, enjoy the Land Of Legend Antique Tractors from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM!

15. Father’s Day Ice Cream Social

 at Lehman’s Hardware

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4779 Kidron Rd, Dalton, OH 44618
Phone: 800-438-5346

If a road trip to Amish Country sounds like a fun Father’s Day adventure, the whole family can celebrate dad at a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar for $1! Lehman’s Hardware is a store in Amish Country dedicated to a simpler way of life! Lots of unique gifts available too!

16. Topiary Park Summer Movies at The Topiary Park

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

Topiary Park hosts a Book-to-Film classic this weekend in the park! This weekend is Jurassic Park! Bring a blanket and enjoy free popcorn! There will be a food truck on site as well.

17. Canoe the Lake (Father’s Day Special)

 at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Dads can canoe with their child for a special Father’s Day event! Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket. If there is a wait for canoes, you can enjoy the playground and a fun activity in the meantime! Canoes and all equipment provided!

18. Father’s Day Ohio POUS Party at Ohio Statehouse

When: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1 Capitol Square. Columbus, OH 43215

Ohio has the most presidents of any state! On Sunday you can celebrate dads AND the Fathers of the US! There will be free tours, a selfie booth and activity tables featuring each of the presidents from Ohio!


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