What Should We Do This Weekend? August 19-21, 2016

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1. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, August 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This week’s Commons for Kids includes putt-putt golf, a bubble play zone and music from Columbus Folk Music Society! This is the next to last Commons for Kids of the summer! (Also Saturday night, there will be a free showing of The Good Dinosaur at Columbus Commons!)

2. Movie Night at Blacklick Woods

When: Friday, August 19, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Beech Maple Lodge, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-508-8111

During this program, kids can learn about beavers and then watch Leave it to Beavers, a movie. There will be free popcorn!

3. Great Columbus Duck Race at Creekside, Gahanna

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: Begins at 8:00 AM
Location: 101 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Races, family friendly activities, prizes, live music and a humongous duck race are all part of an event that supports the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital! See the link for info on how to register and/or purchase a duck for the Duck Race! Online purchasing ends Thursday night at 11:59 PM.

4. Back to School Party at Buffalo Wings & Rings

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 6325 E Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43213
Phone: 614-856-9464

Kick off the new school year with a bounce house, balloon animals, a magician and more! Other activities include a corn hole tournament, dance off, and karaoke!

5. BrickUniverse at Columbus Convention Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Hall E, 400 N High St., Columbus, OH 43215

See amazing Lego creations, enter building challenges, participate in free-building and enjoy all things Lego! There is also a Duplo building area for the younger kids! Tickets often sell out and can be bought online.

6. Grove City Eco Fest at Henceroth Park

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2075 Mallow Lane, Grove City, OH 43123

This festival is all about healthy living and sustainability! Activities include touring a tiny house, a family bike tour with Mayor Ike, planting trees, an Art Zone, a Kids Zone, a Zoo Tent and more!

7. International Fun Festival at Grace Polaris Church

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd, Westerville, Ohio 43081

This free outdoor party with an international theme celebrates unity in diversity! The event features food trucks, live entertainment, activity stations, bounce houses, crafts and more!

8. Family Fun Day at the Shops at Worthington Place

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 7227 N High St, Worthington, Ohio 43085

This free event includes a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, crafts, games and prizes!

9. Origami: Puppets at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Origami artists from Ohio Paper Folders will be on site to teach families how to fold origami puppets and toys. This event is free with admission or membership.

10. Hit Like an iGirl at Title Boxing

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 11:15 AM
Location: 955 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Girls ages 9-17 can attend a boxing session with iGirl and Title Boxing! iGirl is an organization “committed to providing young women with a safe place to discover and reach their full potential through self-awareness, self-confidence and personal goals.” Cost is $10 which includes wraps the girls can keep. Gloves are provided and so is lunch! Moms can also attend when accompanying a girl ages 9-17! Must register in advance.

11. I Spy Nature Challenge at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: meet at Schrock Lake Restrooms, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111
Families can pick up an Adventure Backpack and take the I-Spy Nature Challenge for a chance to win a prize.

12. Clintonville Quest

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Begins at the Quest Booth at Crest Fest, corner of Tulane and Calumet

Want to explore Clintonville for a good cause? The Clintonville Quest is a scavenger hunt in the style of Amazing Race! Earn points and complete challenges as you discover various checkpoints around Clintonville. The money raised supports the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center! If you want to do this event as a family with young kids, consider entering the Quest Mini, which is open to all ages but contains fewer checkpoints and a shorter distance to cover! Adults can save $10 by registering by 10:00 PM on Friday. The race ends at Crest Fest, a neighborhood festival including food trucks, live music and a kids’ activity zone!

13. Lego Build Event at Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday August 20, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Kids age 6 and older can build with Legos at this free event!

14. Glow in the Dark Trail Run for Kids at Grove City YMCA

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: 3600 Discovery Dr, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone: 614-384-2295

This fun run supports cancer survivors  in the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program! Ages 5-17 are welcome to participate and glow sticks and s’mores will be provided! Register here.

15. Back to School Bash with the Hilliard Arts Council at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Sunday, August 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 4021 Main St, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Another opportunity to kick off the back to school season with kid-friendly musical performances, pop-up art, face painting, a food truck and more!

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*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? August 12-14, 2016

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Believe it or not, I cut a few things from this list – and still ended up with 15 things to do with your kids this weekend! 🙂 There are a lot of celebrations and festivals to squeeze in before summer comes to a close! Enjoy them! Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for tickets to the New Albany Classic – you can do that through my Facebook page under the NAC post (pinned to the top!) The contest ends Thursday night at 10:00 PM. Good luck! 🙂

1. Farm Days at COSI

When: Wednesday-Sunday, August 10-14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Meet local farmers, climb aboard tractors, navigate a pedal tractor course and more!

2. All-Ohio Balloon Fest at Union County Airport

When: Thursday-Saturday, August 11-13, 2016
Time: Gates open Thursday at 5:00 PM and Friday and Saturday at 2:00 PM
Location: 760 Clymer Road, Marysville, OH 43040

Kids 12 and under are free to enter the All-Ohio Balloon Fest! Besides watching amazing hot air balloons, this festival also features live music, food, helicopter rides and tons more! For an extra $10 there is a Kids City with bounce houses, a balloon artist, and visits with 2 Ninja Turtles and Batman! See the link for more details about attending the festival.

3. Food Truck Festival at Columbus Commons

When: Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This two day festival features over 65 food trucks and vendors, an arts alley and on Saturday there is a kids zone with bouncy houses, face painting and games! The festival is free from 12-6 on Friday and 12-5 on Saturday, see this link for more information about evening prices and ticketing.

4. Family Fun Night at Little Skippers Play Cafe

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 3615 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-771-9281

Your kids can meet Spiderman and Supergirl at this superhero-themed family night! Donato’s pizza is available for purchase and cost is $6 per child.

5. Music Bash: Classic Rock at Slate Run Metro Park

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Marquis66 is the featured artist at the last of three summer concerts sponsored by Friends of Metro Parks! This event is free and family friendly.

6. Archery for Kids at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Children 8 and over can learn to use a bow and arrow and shoot at targets. This event is also happening on Saturday.

7. Perseid Meteor Shower Campout at Blues Creek Park

When: Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM Friday – 9:00 AM Saturday
Location: 9627 Fontanelle Rd., Ostrander OH 43061
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6.

This year’s Perseid Meteor shower promises to be spectacular! Preservation Parks is hosting a overnight campout that includes a campfire, telescopes and activities! You must bring your own food and camping gear and register ahead of time (online or by calling), but the event is free!

8. Farmers’ Festival at North Market

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-463-9664

This free festival celebrates the North Market as the oldest running farmers’ market in Central Ohio. There will be children’s activities from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM including face painting, balloons, music by Mr. Eric, Sam Sizzle basketball spinning and more! Check the link for the schedule for the day.

9. Sugar Social at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

If you like sweets and are interested in the history of sweets and how they were made, you’ll enjoy the Sugar Social at Ohio Village! This event includes taste testing, contests, a pie eating contest, recipe swap and more! The Ohio Village Muffins also play base ball at 1:00 and 3:00.

10. Touch-a-Truck at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Parkway , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

See fire trucks, dump trucks and more outside at Polaris Fashion Place! The Sunny 95 treat truck will be there along with prizes and activities!

11. Columbus South Side Homecoming Festival at Barack Community Recreation Center

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 580 E Woodrow Ave, Columbus, OH 43207

Celebrate the rebirth of Columbus’ South Side! Meet your neighbors and neighborhood businesses at this community festival!

12. Back to School Expo at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Fenlon Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-337-2200

The Back to School Expo is full of resources for parents, whether your kids are in preschool or college! There will be exhibitors, a family fun zone, a fashion show, prizes and live entertainment!

13. PBJ & Jazz in Topiary Park

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

This Saturday’s guest artist is The Bobby Floyd Trio. There is a story time at 11:00 AM provided by Columbus Metropolitan Library, the concert at 12:00 PM and an art activity with Columbus Museum of Art at 1:00 PM!

14. Celebrating 35 Years at Slate Run Farm

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

In celebration of 35 years at Slate Run Farm, you can take your family on a self-guided tour and participate in activities at the farm!

15. 1st Birthday Bash at Rocky Fork Metro Park

When: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Millstone Picnic Area Bulletin Board, 7180 Walnut St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Come out and celebrate the first birthday of Rocky Fork Metro Park! There will be tram tours, activities and games, family-friendly songs and comedy by Musical Mark and cookie decorating!

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*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? August 5-7, 2016

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Lots of fun things going on this weekend! If I can combine a little shopping, superheroes and a free root beer float, it will be a success! 🙂

1. Tax Free Holiday

When: Friday – Sunday, August 5-7, 2016
Time: Starts Friday at 12:00 AM and ends Sunday at 11:59 PM
Location: Everywhere in Ohio!

This weekend only you can purchase clothing items that cost $75 or less and classroom supplies and instructional materials priced at $20 or less tax free! THIS INCLUDES DIAPERS, my friends! They count as clothing! As long as you’re not buying a case of diapers over $75, now is the time to stock up! This tax free holiday happens everywhere you shop in the state of Ohio!

2. Dublin Irish Festival in Coffman Park

When: Friday – Sunday, August 5-7, 2016
Time: Friday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017

This weekend is Dublin’s celebration of Irish culture, the largest 3 day Irish festival in the world! For kids there will be Fairy Tea and Pirate Parties (register online here), a Wendy’s Wee Folk area with crafts, music and activities just for kids, several fun kids vendors with face painting, photo booth, WeJoySing music, sand art and more! On Sunday, gates open at 9:30 AM for Sunday Services and breakfast. Free admission will be given until 11:00 AM on Sunday if you bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Dublin Food Pantry. At the gate, general tickets are $12 and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at a discount online ($10) until Thursday night at midnight.

3. Peppa Pig Party at Worthington Libraries, Northwest Library

When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-807-2626

Enjoy a Peppa Pig-themed party with songs, stories and games! Ages 5 and under.

4. Back to School at the Bay at Zoombezi Bay

When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3600

WNCI sponsors a Back-to-School concert at Zoombezi Bay! Tickets are $14.99 for that day only. The movie Minions will be shown that same evening at 9:00 PM

5. Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile at the Scioto Mile

When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: Music starts at 7:30 PM, but food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 PM
Location: 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Head down to the Scioto Mile for a free outdoor concert and movie! JD Eicher plays at 7:30 and the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens plays at dusk! Donatos sells pizza on site. This is the last movie of the summer!

6. Mom 2 Mom Consignment Sale at Westerville Christian Church

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 471 E College Ave, Westerville, OH 43081

Shop for gently used baby and kids clothing as well as toys, baby gear, maternity clothes and more. Regular Sale: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Half Price Sale: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

7. Junior Garden Volunteers at Inniswood Gardens

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Innis House, 940 S. Hempstead Rd. Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

If your teen or tween is looking for opportunities to volunteer, check out the Junior Garden Volunteer program with the Metro Parks. This weekend kids ages 11-17 can help with cleaning up the gardens at Inniswood Metro Park. They must be pre-registered and have a parent’s permission.

8. Superhero Day at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Fenlon Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Superhero day will be filled with activities like face painting, live music, a parade, costumed characters and a concerts by the Shazzbots at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Come dressed as a superhero and/or make a super mask at one of the activity stations!

9. Weinland Park Community Festival in Weinland Park

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 211 E. 7th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 (Behind Weinland Park Elementary School)

This family friendly neighborhood festival celebrates summer with food trucks, face painting, a bounce house, farm animals, a live DJ, a pie eating contest, over 50 vendors, and more!

10. 6-1-Pho 1 Year Anniversary

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4386 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-706-4903

6-1-Pho in Clintonville is celebrating it’s 1st anniversary! There will be  half off bowls, a performance by 5-star dragon dancers at 1:00 PM, free treats and door prizes! You can also get 1/2 banh mi and kids bowl for $8.

11. National Root Beer Float Day at A&W

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – close
Location: 3 A&W Locations in the Columbus Area

Get a free root beer float at any Columbus area A&W location to celebrate National Root Beer Float Day!

12. Family Night at Paper Moon Art Studio

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-332-9149

The whole family can experience the Magic of Art during this open house style Family Night full of arts and crafts! Cost is $25 per family. Call to register – space is limited!

13. Olympic Fever at Sharon Woods

When: Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Apple Ridge Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Kids ages 3-8 can test their skills against some of nature’s world record holders!

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*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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