Columbus City Schools is on Spring Break this coming week! Whether you have school aged kids or not, here are some ideas to keep you and the kiddos busy throughout the week! It might not be the beach, but there’s lots of fun to be had in CBUS! ūüôā

1. Play at Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio

Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio has two things going on this month you should know about! The first is this week of Open Play during spring break! Monday through Friday (April 17-21, 2017) the play area at Easterseals will be open from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Price is $5/child for ages 7 and under! Availability is subject to maximum capacity reached. (This space is also available for birthday parties!)

ALSO, thinking ahead to next week, on April 29, 2017, Easterseals will be hosting their annual fundraiser, Romancing the Grape! This is an adults only event that will offer you the opportunity to try over 100 varieties of the finest wines and sample food from some of Columbus’ finest restaurants! (Think The Guild House, The Refectory, Tucci’s, etc.) Tickets are $100 per person. The proceeds directly fund the local Easterseals programs such as¬†their Early Intervention program for kids with special needs, which is offered at no cost to participants who qualify for the service! I’m looking forward to attending this event and supporting Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio! Click here for more info about the event!

2. Kids Eat Free at Your Pie

We’ve been enjoying Your Pie, a new pizza shop in Grandview lately! Think pizza Chipotle style: you customize your pizza as you go through the line and you can have as many toppings as you want at no extra charge! Or, if you’re like my husband, you just order one of the signature pizzas so you don’t have to think too hard on the spot! ūüėČ ¬†Your Pie recently hosted a group of us bloggers and I taste tested each of the signature pies for you (a rough job, I know) and I can attest that they are all tasty, but my favorite was the BBQ chicken! Try them out on¬†Monday night when you get a FREE¬†kids combo with the purchase of a full-price entree! (This deal is good every Monday night!) The kids’ combos come with a panini or pizza, gelato and drink!¬†Yes, they have gelato. Yum!

3. Storytime at Chic-Fil-A on Sawmill

Chic-fil-A on Sawmill offers a couple of options that really cater to families (I mean, besides being a restaurant with a kid’s play area, which already puts them a few steps ahead of the rest!) Recently they launched a new story time which will happen on the first and third Mondays in April and May from 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM! (Third Monday is THIS Monday, April 17!)¬†There will be stories, crafts and songs! They also host a Kid’s Club¬†on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM! You can check their Facebook page to keep updated on their events!

4. Special Hours at Ohio History Center Plus BOGO FREE

Take the kids to Ohio History Center for their special spring break hours. From Wednesday, March 15 to Sunday, April 23, 2017, they will be hosting special spring break themes each day:

Mondays: Mystery at the Museum
Tuesdays: Natural History
Wednesdays: Military History
Thursdays: Art & History
Fridays: Inventors

Click this link to see all the details and for a special Buy One Get One Free admission coupon!

5. Special Activities for Teens at Columbus Rec Centers

If you have older kids, from April 18-22, 2017, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is offering special activities at Rec Centers around the city for ages 14-23! Click here to see the special events happening this week only, as well as a list of ideas of things to do around the city!

6. Buy a Happy Meal

Only during the month of April, when you purchase a Happy Meal at a McDonald’s in Central Ohio, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and The Ohio Association of Foodbanks! That’s an easy way to give back to fight hunger in Central Ohio! Also, this week only, on Tuesday, April 18th, McDonalds will be offering Big Macs and Quarter Pounders with Cheese at a special price to give you some relief on Tax Day! Each sandwich will be buy one, get one for $.18!

7. See the Fairy Gardens at Franklin Park Conservatory

Not only are the spring blooms at the Conservatory beautiful these days, but the Fairy Garden display is adorable! I seriously want to crawl into those little worlds and stay a while! ūüėČ I had a great time there with my 2 year old last week! The kid’s area has a new Farmer’s Market set up, too! The fairy gardens are on display through May 29th, so you have a little more time on this one!

These ideas not enough? You might need to check out this list:¬†“50 Fun Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio with Kids”¬†compiled by First Community Village of Columbus!

Have a safe and happy Spring Break!

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Written by Julie Miller