What Should We Do This Weekend? May 20-22, 2016

1. Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-436-2743

Another Touch-A-Truck this weekend! Kids can climb on and pretend to drive all kinds of vehicles – ambulances, fire trucks, military trucks and many more!  There will be a no horn hour from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  Event is free!

2. Bexley Main Event Movie at Capital University

When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 1 N. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209

Bring the family to watch Finding Nemo outside!  Events before the movie (which starts at 9:00 PM) include food trucks, crafts by piccadilly, a library story time, an inflatable obstacle course, carnival games, bubble machines and more!  Event is free!

3. Der Dutchman Heritage Day at Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery

When: Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21, 2016
Time:  Friday: 6:30 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 445 South Jefferson St., Rt 42, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-3414

Celebrate Plain City’s Amish heritage with a hog roast and concert, a horse parade, vintage baseball game, glass blowing, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, and much more!  See link for more info about food prices and times of events.

4. Easton Food Fest at Easton Town Center

When: Friday – Sunday, May 20-22, 2016
Time: Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Three days of food and music are on deck for this weekend at Easton Town Center!  Friday is Food Truck Friday, Saturday is Sippin’ Saturday (more for us adults! 😉 ) and Sunday is Sweet Sunday.  Live music is on the agenda on Friday and Sunday!

5. 2016 Metro Parks GeoTrail Kickoff Event at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

This Geocache hunt is designed for all ages and will encourage families to explore the trees and forests of Metro Parks!  This kick off event will give those in attendance early access to the coordinates, which will be posted online on May 22, 2016.

6. EMS & Safety Day at COSI

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

It’s National EMS Week and Saturday at COSI your kids can check out the vehicles first responders use to help others like fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars!  A MedFlight helicopter will be on site and you can try out a distracted driver simulator!  Free with COSI admission or membership.

 7. Hervé Tullet Family Workshop at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

CMA and Worthington Libraries have come together to offer a workshop with artist and author, Hervé Tullet, best known for the children’s book Press Here.  The workshop is for the whole family and will encourage attendees to explore their creativity!  The cost of the program includes a copy of Art Workshops for Children and a book signing will follow the workshop.

 8. New Albany Founders Day Festival at New Albany 2-5 Elementary School

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 87 N. High St., New Albany, OH 43054

Celebrate New Albany Founder’s Day with a parade, rides like The Graviton and Loop of Planes, and lots of carnival food!  See the link for the parade route and times!

9. Service Heroes Touch-A-Truck at Infirmary Mound Park

When: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4309 Lancaster Rd. SW, Granville, OH 43023

If you live on the eastern side of the city or are up for a day trip, there’s another location to touch, climb and pretend to drive big vehicles!  Fire engines, police cars and mail trucks will be on site along with their drivers!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 13-15, 2016

1. Indianola Informal Carnival at Indianola K-8

When: Friday, May 13, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 251 E. Weber Rd., Columbus, OH 43202

Help support Indianola Informal K-8 by attending their annual carnival!  Event includes bounce houses, activity booths, a silent auction, games, food and entertainment!  Money raised will help provide students with funds for field trips, technology, enrichment activities and more.

2. Ohio N-Scale Weekend at Franklin County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Model trains will be on display at the 8th annual Ohio N-Scale Weekend! Adults are $5.

3. Touch a Truck in Grove City and Pickerington

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: See links for locations in each city.

Two Touch a Truck events are going on on Saturday!  There will be lots of large vehicles for kids to learn about, touch, sit in and play on!

4. Countdown to Kindergarten at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215

If you have a child headed toward Kindergarten in Columbus City Schools, they’re invited to Countdown to Kindergarten at this fun event featuring games, activities, give-aways and a vist with Curious George!

5. 3 Year Anniversary Party at The Hills Market Downtown

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 95 N. Grant St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-702-7900

The Hills Market Downtown is celebrating turning three years old with a carnival-like, family-friendly party!  The party will include live music, carnival games, face painting, snacks and free samples from vendors all over Ohio.  The event is free, but if you register through Eventbrite (the link above) you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to The Hills Market Downtown and you will receive a 20% off coupon to use on the day of the party!

6. Food Trucks & Science Fest at Genoa Park

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 303 W Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Food Trucks will gather behind COSI to offer local food and fun science experiements! There will be kids’ activities and CD102.5 will broadcast live from 12:00 – 3:00 PM.  Entrance is free!

7. Dr. U.R. Awesome at Big Fun

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 672 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-8697

Dr. U.R. Awesome is a 2 x Guinness World Record Holder for the largest free floating soap bubbles indoors and outdoors!  He will be hanging around Big Fun as they celebrate their 3rd anniversary!  Big Fun will be open from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM and you can also receive 25% off on that day if you say the word “fun”!

8. Disney in Concert – Tale As Old As Time at Ohio Theatre

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2016
Time: Saturday: 8:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-0939

Many favorite Disney songs will be peformed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and four vocalists, including music from Frozen, Lion King, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid, to name a few.  Video clips from the movies will also be shown.  Tickets are still availble at the publishing of this post.

9. Family Day at the Orange Johnson House

When: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 956 High St., Columbus, Ohio 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

A family-friendly tour of the house takes place at 2:30 PM and afterwards, kids can make a clothespin doll or a Jacob’s ladder to take home.  See link for more details on cost.

10. Grand Re-Opening at the Little Gym of Polaris

When: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8645 Sancus Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43240
Phone: 614-430-3355

The Little Gym of Polaris is celebrating new ownership with a Grand Re-Opening celebration that includes music, face painting, balloon twisting, gymnastics and more! The first 200 guests will recieve a goodie bag!

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 6-8, 2016

In case anyone is sitting at home wondering how I pick these items (which I’m sure no one probably is 😉 ), mostly it’s what jumps out at me or what I find interesting.  This list is never meant to be all-inclusive and I try not to be too repetitive. I have learned a lot researching events that go on during the weekends in Columbus and if I think “I didn’t know about that!” then I try to pass it on, because chances are there are others like me!

It was kind of hard for me to pare down the list this week!  I have a feeling as we head into summer it’s going to get increasingly difficult!  But that’s a good thing!  Also, if you have an event you’d like me to consider, feel free to send me a message from my webpage or Facebook!  No promises, but I love to keep learning about new things and passing them on to other parents!  If you’re a mother, married to a mother, or have a mother, Happy Mother’s Day!  This week definitely has a Mother’s Day theme!  Enjoy!

1. Grand Opening of Scioto Grove

When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City 43123

Columbus’ 19th Metro Park opens on Saturday!  The public is invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony followed by tours and family-friendly activities!  Attendees can take a hike along the river or tour the park by tram.  Instructors from the REI school will be on hand to conduct educational sessions like map reading, knot tying and more!  The park also has two picnic areas and a kid’s play area!

2. Powell Touch-a-Truck at Adventure Park

When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 260 Adventure Park Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065

All kinds of vehicles will be available for kids to climb on, pretend to drive and learn about at this Touch-a-Truck event!

3. Food Truck Friday at Ronald McDonald House

When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, 711 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43205

This week is the kick off of Food Truck Fridays!  Every Friday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, different food trucks will be on the premises at RMH for your enjoyment!  10% of the proceeds will be donated to RMH!  This week, Hot Chicken Takeover and Jeni’s Bexley are on location!

4. First Friday at Firefly Play Cafe

When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4822 N High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-230-2375

The first Friday of each month, Firefly Play Cafe stays open until 8:00 PM and Donatos Clintonville offers a special discount on delivery!

5. 5th Birthday Party of Little Buckeye Children’s Museum during First Friday Shop Hop in Downtown Mansfield

When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 44 W 4th St, Mansfield, OH, 44902
Phone: 419-522-2332

If you read my post about Little Buckeye Children’s Museum earlier this week, you know that the museum is turning 5 years old!  Friday night they will be throwing a birthday party complete with crafts, cupcakes, prizes and more! This event is free to members and $7 for non-members.

6. Free Comic Book Day at World’s Greatest Comics

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 5992 Westerville Rd, Westerville, Ohio 43081

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day where each person attending can pick 4 free comic books from this year’s FCBD selection (while supplies last)!

7. Plant Zinnia Seeds with Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands/Worthington Garden Club

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2638-2674 Sawmill Place Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43235

During this special Mother’s Day event, kids can explore the wetlands and will also be given a clay pot to decorate and then plant with zinnia seeds!

8. Mother’s Day Story Time at your local Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday May 7, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Find the closest Barnes and Noble here

Story time will feature the books How to Babysit a Grandma and Mom School!  Afterwards, kids can make a card for their moms or special caregivers.

9. Mother’s Day Craft at your local Michaels Store

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: find the closest Michaels store here

Supplies are included at this free event where your child can make a card and bracelet for Mom!

10. Dia de los Niños at Worthington Park Library

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-807-2626

This family-friendly event will celebrate El Dia de los Niños with games, crafts, activities and a special performer.

11. Folk Music Festival at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8, 2016
Time: Event begins at 10:00 AM each day and ends indefinitely.  Daily schedule is on the website.
Location: 1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway, OH 43119

Lots of music, workshops, concerts and activities are going on this weekend at the Folk Music Festival.  Specifically for kids, there is the Children’s Tent where you will find storytelling, performances and sing-alongs, a craft area and an instrument “petting zoo” where kids can touch and try out different instruments.  The Metro Parks will host nature displays with hands-on activities for kids.  There is also a Young Musician’s Showcase Stage where younger musicians will be featured!

12. Moms Get in Free at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Sunday, May 8, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 West Powell Rd., Powell, Ohio 43065

All moms get free admission on Mother’s Day with a paid admission for their child or grandchild!  Also, the Cheetah runs start up again beginning Saturday, May 7th at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM!

13. Mother’s Day Concert at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Sunday, May 8, 2016
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 1777 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The Music Men of London, a barbershop quartet, will provide a concert for Mother’s Day!  Free with admission.  The Conservatory is having Mother’s Day events on Saturday as well, so check the link!

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