What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, January 11-13, 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

9:30 AM – Our Village: Pipe Cleaner Snowflake Craft and Play Date with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – create a snowflake craft out of pipe cleaners and beads! Playdates are free and take place after the Stroller Strides workout!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt.

10:30 AM – Cardboard Parking Garage at Foundations Learning Academy (Dublin) – join FIT4MOM Dublin for this playdate, bring a pizza box to let your kid turn it into a parking garage for cars! 

11:24 AM – Imagination Station at Bexley Public Library – kids can use their imagination at LEGO and art supply stations at the library!

12:00 PM – Ohio Home + Remodeling Show at Greater Columbus Convention Center – find fresh inspiration, helpful renovation tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, décor and outdoor spaces! At the Recreations Outlet KidZone, kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky, enjoying some good old-fashioned playground fun. (Kids 5 and under are free!) What Should We Do Today Columbus? followers can save $5 when they use promo code WSWDTC.

3:45 PM – Friday Arts & Crafts at Art with Anna – do arts and crafts after school! For kids ages 3 and up, $15/artist, $6 for siblings. 

6:00 PM – SuperGames Open Play! – enjoy open play at SuperGames! Availability is for the first 150 children so make sure to arrive early! $10/child.

7:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays in the Franklinton Arts District – explore the arts district of Franklinton by visiting local businesses, enjoying live music and more!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – West Gate Lodge Community Breakfast – a large breakfast is served, $6 per adult and $3 for children. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics.

9:30 AM – Our Village: Pipe Cleaner Snowflake Craft and Play Date with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – create a snowflake craft out of pipe cleaners and beads! Playdates are free and take place after the Stroller Strides workout!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz with Anthony Stanco Ensemble at the Lincoln Theatre Complex – enjoy a kid-friendly jazz concert! For $5/person ($20/family max) kids get a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie. 

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt.

10:00 AM – Preschool Expo at City of Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department – – if you live in Hilliard you may want to check out this expo featuring local preschools all in one location! Other vendors will be on site, too.

10:00 AM – Ohio Home + Remodeling Show at Greater Columbus Convention Center – find fresh inspiration, helpful renovation tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, décor and outdoor spaces! At the Recreations Outlet KidZone, kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky, enjoying some good old-fashioned playground fun. (Kids 5 and under are free!) What Should We Do Today Columbus? followers can save $5 when they use promo code WSWDTC.

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

10:00 AM – Sharon Woods: Winter Hike at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a hike through fields and forests. Hot soup and drinks will be provided. Bring 4 non perishable items (or $5) to donate to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and you will receive a Metro Parks mug!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. 

11:00 AM – Manivic’s Dance Company Polynesian Dance at Franklin Park Conservatory – watch a traditional Polynesian dance performance! Performances are at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Included with admission.

11:00 AM – Saturday Play Cafè – Dinosaur Romp at Marysville Public Library – this activity is geared toward kids ages 3-5 and features crafts and activities with a dinosaur theme!

12:00 PM – Disney’s Ohio Connections at Ohio History Center – learn about the connections between Disney and the Buckeye State!

12:00 PM – Ice Cream Rollery’s 1 Year Anniversary at Ice Cream Rollery – celebrate the one year anniversary of Ice Cream Rollery with BOGO free between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM and Buy two get one free between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Story time with Snow White! at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Ohio – enjoy a special story time with Snow White!

1:00 PM – Monthly STEM Workshop Grades 3-5 at STEM U – kids can work on various STEM projects. Drop in for $30 or register for the 9 month series.

2:00 PM – Free Family-Friendly Library Concert w/ ProMusica at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whetstone Branch – enjoy a free concert featuring music from all over the world!

2:00 PM – The LEGO Movie 2 the Second Part: Meet and Greet at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – Meet Emmet, Lucy and General Mayhem from the upcoming The LEGO Movie 2. There will also be special movie prizes!

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Ohio Home + Remodeling Show at Greater Columbus Convention Center – find fresh inspiration, helpful renovation tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, décor and outdoor spaces! At the Recreations Outlet KidZone, kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky, enjoying some good old-fashioned playground fun. (Kids 5 and under are free!) What Should We Do Today Columbus? followers can save $5 when they use promo code WSWDTC.

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt.  The museum is free on Sundays.

12:00 PM – Sunny Sunday Family Day at Seventh Son Brewing – this family-friendly event includes face painting, art projects and other activities for kids! A portion of beer sales will be donated to Godman Guild.

12:00 PM – Anniversary Celebration! at Freeze Style Ice Cream – Freeze Style Ice Cream is celebrating their one year anniversary by offering BOGO ice creams and drinks! (Show the FB event photo on your phone to redeem!)

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

2:00 PM – Family Fun with The Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit with animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Included with admission.

2:00 PM – Prairie Oaks: Winter Hike at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – take a hike through the prairie! Bring 4 non perishable items (or $5) to donate to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and you will receive a Metro Parks mug!

3:00 PM – Free Maple Syrup Demo at City Folk’s Farm Shop – watch a demo of maple syrup tapping and learn how to make maple syrup. No registration required.

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, January 4-6, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 20 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

10:00 AM – Winter Break Play Date at KSM Sports and Fitness Indoor Facility Join Columbus Moms Blog for an indoor play date for kids of all ages! There will be space for kids to run around, play, and explore. The facility will have sports equipment, building blocks, and Nerf wars available. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – this morning includes a 30 minute nature activity plus free play time in the woods! Recommended for ages 2-5. $5 donation suggested.

11:24 AM – Imagination Station at Bexley Public Library – kids can use their imagination at LEGO and art supply stations at the library!

12:30 PM – Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Sycamore Plaza Library – no registration is required for this overnight event for your favorite stuffed animal! Drop off your furry friend between Wednesday and Friday for a special overnight adventure. Pick them up on Saturday morning and enjoy stories and a craft together.

3:45 PM – Friday Arts & Crafts at Art with Anna – do art with a Happy New Year theme! For kids ages 3 and up, $15/artist, $6 for siblings. 

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!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – New Albany Indoor Farmers Market at Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany – this indoor market includes live music, vendors, food trucks, and locally grown produce and goods!

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

10:00 AM – Blacklick Woods: Winter Hike at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a 2 or 4 mile hike through the woods. Hot drinks and snackswill be provided. Bring 4 non perishable items or a $5 donation to Mid Ohio Food Bank and receive a Metro Parks mug!

10:00 AM – Nature Playdates at Sunbury Urban Farm – this play date includes a 30 minute nature activity and a free play time in the woods. Recommended for ages 5-8. $5 donation suggested.

10:00 AM – Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange at Old Worthington Library – bring a jigsaw puzzle to trade in for a new one!

10:00 AM – Kids Club Fuzzy Snow Friends at Michaels Stores – kids 3 and up can make a fuzzy snowman. $5/project.

11:00 AM – Sensory Storytime at Sycamore Plaza Library – this is a class specifically for children with special needs that will feature dim lights, quite music, fidget toys and more accommodations. It will include books, songs, movement and other sensory activities!

11:00 AM – Ready for Kindergarten Family Storytime at Main Library – the whole family can enjoy books and activities that will help get your preschooler ready for Kindergarten!

1:00 PM – MAKEBREAK Snowman Mason Jar at Michaels Stores – buy a jar and supplies will be provided to make a snowman!

2:00 PM – Feed the Stream at Battelle Darby Nature Center – give the fish worms and crickets and watch them eat! Meet at the Nature Center.

2:00 PM – Go WILD! Kids Club: Off-trail Hike at Sharon Woods Metro Park – explore the Natural Play area on a 1 mile hike! Recommended for ages 5-12 and their caregivers.

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!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop – explore the art district of The Hilltop with featured artists, live music, coffee, snacks and more! 

6:30 PM – For Families: Lantern Stroll at Highbanks Metro Park – carry lanterns on a 1 mile hike on the Dripping Rock Trail.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, Franklin Park Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours.

11:00 AM – Simon + Friends Sensory Friendly Open Play at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – this special play time will be sensory friendly with dim lights, quiet play and a less busy environment. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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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Christmas Staycation: 50 Things to do Over Winter Break in Columbus

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If you’ve got kids off school or family in town and you’re enjoying a Columbus staycation over Winter Break, you’re probably going to need to get out of the house! I’ve got some ideas for you! 

Note: there will be no regular What Should We Do This Weekend? post for December 28-30, 2018. This will substitute for that post!

Here is a list of family-friendly winter break ideas for your Columbus Christmas Staycation:

Activities You Can Do Anytime over Winter Break:

1. See the Huntington Train at Columbus Library, Main Library! This model railroad is a holiday classic! Stop in and see it before it’s gone on January 2!

huntington train at Main Library, Columbus, Ohio

2. See 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!

outdoor lights at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

3. Visit the Think Outside the Brick display at Columbus Museum of Art – this LEGO exhibit will be on display until February 22, 2018! There’s an amazing model to see and a section where kids can build with LEGOs themselves!

Think Outside the Brick Exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art

4. Join Ohio History Center for their extended hours during Winter Break! The museum will be open daily: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 – Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. On Friday, January 4th they will be open until 9:00 PM with a showing of Bedknobs and Broomsticks at 7:00 PM.

5. Walk through 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!

Trees at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo

6. Drive through Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek Campground – families can enjoy a 3 mile drive through holiday light show with over 140 LED light displays! $30/car on the weekends, $20 Monday through Thursday. This display will be open through January 1!

drive thru at Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights

 7. Walk through an amazing display of Chinese lanterns and holiday light sculptures at Dragon Lights Columbus. Special cultural performances, food and shopping will also be available. Save money by purchasing your tickets online. 

Dragon sculpture at Dragon Lights Columbus

8. Visit COSI for their extended Winter Break Hours! COSI will have extended hours from December 26-30th and January 1-5. They will be open from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. On Friday, December 28th, COSI will stay open until 9:00 PM for Family Friday Night and admission will be reduced.

boy outside COSI

9. Ride the Smart Circuit to view the holiday lights around The Scioto Mile! Take this 1.5 mile loop on a self-driving shuttle for the warmest way to see the lights on the Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park!

Holiday lights on the Scioto Mile

10. Take your kids to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus for lots of LEGO fun including Holiday Bricktacular during the weekends in December or visit during the week for fewer crowds! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is open 365 days a year!

boy playing at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

11. Visit State Auto’s Christmas Corner to see a life sized nativity and listen to live choir music! There is hot chocolate available for a donation and on Christmas Eve, Baby Jesus will be placed in the manger at 3:00 PM.

Life Sized Nativity at State Auto Christmas Corner

12. Go on a Winter Break Scavenger Hunt at Blendon Woods Metro Park. From 12/22/18 – 1/2/19 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can stop by the Nature Center to search for hidden creatures!

13. Participate in the Winter Reading Challenge at Columbus Library – join CML’s Winter Reading Challenge to earn a book kids can keep and a pair of ear buds. Kids get a pencil and book mark just for signing up!

14. APPS Program Winter Break – Columbus Recreation and Parks is offering free programs for kids and young adults ages 14-23 with sports tournaments, cooking classes, free pizza and more! December 26 – January 5, 2019

One Time Events Happening Over Winter Break:

December 26: Celebrate with the Critters at Ohio Wildlife Center – celebrate with the resident Animal Ambassadors, make and take winter crafts and make bird feeders for wild birds! $5/person. Children under 5 are free. 

December 27 & 28: Winter Warm Up Days at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center – from 10:00 – 5:00 PM enjoy crafts, games, stories, movies and songs by the fire. No registration required.

Indoor play area at the Audubon Center

December 28: Super Games Open Play – come in for free play at SuperGames! $10/child.

December 28: Family Friday Night at COSI – admission is reduced from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM!

December 28: KidX: Frozen Fun at Polaris Fashion Place – visit with your favorite movie characters at the Santa Set at Polaris Fashion Place!

December 29: The Big Explore – on December 29th, The Columbus Foundation celebrates it’s 75th anniversary by offering free admission to Columbus Museum of Art, COSI, Franklin Park Conservatory, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Ohio History Center and Wexner Center for the Arts! Rides on COTA will be free and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be offering $.75 scoops! 

two scoops of ice cream at Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

December 29: LEGO Design Challenge Day at Columbus Museum of Art – compete in creative challenges using LEGO bricks between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM! Included in admission to the museum (which happens to be free that day thanks to The Big Explore!)

December 29: HOOT Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center – enjoy family friendly short films and live music from The Shazzbots! This is a free event with a donation of a non perishable food item for the Open Shelter.

HOOT Family Film Series

December 30: Pizzuti Collection Family Day – Family Day offers free admission and will include a mini chair building workshop, story time and a family centered tour! 

December 30: – Harlem Globetrotters at The Schottenstein Center – see the Harlem Globetrotters in action! There are two game times on Sunday!

January 2: Winter Wonderland Carnival Skate at Skate Zone 71 – in addition to roller skating, this event features a bounce house, face painting, balloon twisting and more!

January 3: $2.00 Roller Skating! at Skate Zone 71 – enjoy $2 admission at all 3 skating sessions!

Winter Break Camp Options:

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Winter Camps at Code Ninja Hilliard

Winter Brain Camp at Learning Rx

Winter Break Camp at We Rock the Spectrum

Mary Poppins Returns Camp with Paulette’s Princesses

Winter Break Camp at Vertical Adventures

Mini Art Camps at Art with Anna

Winter Break Youth DIY Camp at AR Workshop Pickerington

Family Friendly New Years Events in Columbus:

Family Fun: New Years Open House Party at Sharon Woods Metro Park – this party takes place on December 30th and includes activities for kids ages 3-8 such as games, activities and crafts! There will be a countdown for a ball drop on every hour!

Countdown to Noon Year’s Eve at KSM Sports and Fitness Indoor Facility – there will be a countdown to Noon Year’s Eve, coffee, snacks, pictures with the Snow Queen, sports, nerf wars and more!

New Year’s Eve at Ten Pin Alley – Ten Pin Alley will be family friendly all day and evening with bowling, $3 laser tag missions, arcade games and the restaurant! Walk in or call ahead to reserve a package!

bowling at Ten Pin Alley

Happy “Noon” Year Celebration! at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – celebrate “Noon” Year with crafts, snacks and a balloon drop during open play time! No registration required.

Noon Years’ Eve! at Sycamore Plaza Library – this event includes a noontime balloon drop, crafts, games and “mocktail” toast! 

Noon Year’s Eve at Marysville Public Library – this celebration includes crafts and a countdown to noon!

NYE Kids Countdown! at Skate Zone 71 – this event takes place from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and will include an early countdown to 2019! $12 per person includes admission, skate rental, unlimited cheese pizza and drink.

First Night Columbus at COSI – this huge New Year’s Eve event includes live music appropriate for all ages, a magician, creation stations, special movies, holiday lights, a story time, an animal show, fireworks and more! Tickets are $10 before 12/30 and $15 the day of the event. 

New Years Eve Family Skate Celebration at Skate Zone 71 – ring in 2019 on skates with unlimited cheese pizza and drink, noisemakers and a countdown!

New Year’s Day Hike at Deer Haven Park – celebrate the New Year with a healthy hike through the woods and prairies and enjoy a hot drink and cookies by the fire place afterwards!

Visit COSI on New Year’s Day – COSI will be open on New Year’s Day from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM!

Ohio Road Trip Ideas for Winter Break:

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – enjoy a “Wild Wonderland” at the Cincinnati Zoo through December 31. This includes 3 million LED lights, a black-light puppet show, a ride on the BB&T Toyland Express and more!

Christmas at the Castle in Loudonville – see the castle decorated with over 100,000 lights and listen to holiday music! Kids eat free at the Copper Mug Bar and Grille with the purchase of an adult entree. Through January 6.

Holiday Celebration at EnterTRAINment Junction – the holidays at EnterTRAINment junction include visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Winter Wonderland and Elf Workshop. Santa does not appear after Christmas but special activities continue until January 2.

Train Track at EnterTRAINment Junction

Christmas at Kingwood – visit Kingwood Gardens to see the Tree Walk, a special Greenhouse display, live music and an outdoor Trail of Lights! Through December 30.

Christmas Lights at Clifton Mills – the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill are on display each evening through New Years Eve and feature over 4 million lights including a 100 foot “waterfall” of lights! There is also a Santa Claus Museum, a toy collection, a synchronized light show and more! Children 6 and under are free. 

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