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7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day with Your Kids

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On Mother’s Day my basic goal is not to be stressed. My kids are pretty young so I don’t desire to go to a fancy brunch where I just end up stressed out because they can’t sit still or won’t listen. I’ve only been at this mom thing for 5 Mother’s Days, but it seems to me that moms fall into two camps: those who just want some time ALONE to get pampered or go shopping or take a nap, and those who want to spend the day doing special things WITH their kids. Well, I’ve got a foot in both camps because I like to have lunch out with my kids and THEN get to take a nap! 😉

If you’re looking for something different to do WITH you kids that doesn’t involve glaring at them over a Belgian waffle because they’re telling potty jokes during brunch, then pick one of these kid-friendly, yet special for Mom, events going on next week!

1. No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and Fundraiser at Wolfe Park

The whole family is invited to participate in this event that raises money for families in Franklin County who are in need. Focused on providing diapers to families in our community who need them most, Columbus Birth and Parenting hosts this 5K and 1 mile walk/run plus kiddie dash each year to raise support for the cause. 1 in 3 families must REUSE soiled diapers again and again because they cannot afford to keep their children clean, dry and healthy!

You can feel good about spending your Mother’s Day weekend helping families in need by participating in the race, walk or kiddie dash and your family can enjoy a fun morning filled with food trucks, face painting, fun kid’s activities, flowers for purchase and fabulous raffles.  It’s a Saturday morning out at a park to celebrate Mother’s Day as a family while helping struggling mothers in Columbus at the same time.

I will be participating in the 1 mile run/walk (let’s just admit it: walk. I’ve only run one 5K in my life and it’s not happening again any time soon.) And I would love if you would consider joining this cause on May 13th! No Child Wet Behind is offering my readers $5 off with the code WHATSHOULDWEDOTODAY ! (Cost is $35 without code.) Enter the code at checkout!

Can’t make it on the 13th? You can still help out by donating a pack of diapers at any of these locations:

2. Mother’s Day Build at the Lego Store (Easton)

On May 13th and 14th, VIP members (join here or inquire in the store) can come in with Mom to build a mini tulip for free! Recommended for ages 6-14 and you must register in advance by calling the store (Easton: 614-342-2710).

3. Fit4Mom Columbus North Mother’s Day Celebration

I know a couple of people involved in Fit4Mom and they LOVE it! One of them shared about it on the blog here. It sounds so great and if I had joined a few months ago maybe I would be running the 5K mentioned above instead of the 1 mile walk. 😉 haha. Anyway . . . new moms are always welcome to join and on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 9:30 AM, they are having a Mother’s Day Celebration which includes free coffee and donuts (an exercise program with donuts?! how great is that??) AND they will be making a Mother’s Day keepsake craft. See the link for info on how to register!

4. Celebrate Mom Open House at Picassos

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Picassos is having a Celebrate Mom Open House from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Kids can decorate a flower pot for free and Portraits by Laura will be there for mini sessions ($30 for 5 poses and 5 digital images). You can shop for Mother’s Day gifts and check out discounted classes!

5. Celebrate Mom! at Franklin Park Conservatory

The Franklin Park Conservatory would be a beautiful place to spend Mother’s Day Weekend! On Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can paint a flower pot for Mom and plant a flower in it! It’s also one of the last weekends to see the Fairy Gardens – the last day of the exhibit is May 29, 2017.

6. Mommy and Me Painting Class with Colorful Columbus

On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017) you can paint a picture with your child! The theme is elephants and the cost is $35 which includes supplies for Mom and one child. All skill levels are welcome for this event and you must register in advance!

7. Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl Columbus (Easton)

Another option for Sunday is the Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl at Easton! You must register ahead for this event which includes a meal in the restaurant, a flower for your daughter, games, a craft, a spiral notebook and a picture frame! This is recommended for girls ages 8 and up.

One More Thing . . .

Looking for a way to pamper yourself? Join 614Mom for Celebrating You, an event to celebrate Columbus Moms with a lipstick bar, swag bags and more! This is a FREE event for moms but it will also be a location where you can bring a pack of diapers for No Child Wet Behind! 🙂

No matter what you choose to do, I hope you have a happy Mother’s Day and do something YOU enjoy! Next week I will be celebrating my readers with a week of giveaways in honor of Mother’s Day, so make sure to follow me on social media (links below) for all the fun giveaways!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 28-30, 2017

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1. Arbor Day Celebration at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

This fun and educational event includes tree climbing for kids AND adults, a scavenger hunt, tree ring counting, and more opportunities to learn about trees and how important they are! While supplies last, those who attend will get a free tree sapling! There will be food trucks on site and a raffle for free tree work from Ahlum & Arbor. Kids can make Tree Cookie Necklaces on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

2. Customer Appreciation Weekend at PizzaFire Dublin

When: Friday – Sunday, April 28-30, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM Friday – 9:00 PM Sunday
Location: Perimeter Loop Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-698-0937

This weekend only all pizzas will be half price with unlimited toppings! (Dublin location only!) The proceeds from the weekend will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Club! There will be a Kids’ Pizza Contest on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and everyone wins something!

3. Fourth Friday in Uptown Westerville

When: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Uptown Westerville
Phone: 614-794-0401

Stroll Uptown Westerville as the shops stay open late! Enjoy live music, art, performing art, street vendors and family-friendly activities like bounce houses, a caricature artist, book characters and fire and rescue vehicles! Before hand (5:15 PM -5:45 PM) the Westerville Library will host “4th Friday Stories and Fun” which will feature a storytime!

4. Healthy Kids Day at your local YMCA

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: your local YMCA

This free event will include active play and educational activities with the goal of improving the health and well-being of families!  Click here to see the times and events specific to each YMCA location around Central Ohio!

5. Meet Z Yang at American Girl – Columbus

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4040 The Strand E, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 877-247-5223

Celebrate the debut of American Girl’s newest contemporary character, a filmmaker from Seattle! There will be a special give way and girls can make their own stop-motion film craft!

6. HOOT Family Film Series at the Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 29, 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 Flowers! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter!

7. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: Cardinal Hall, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This walk-through exhibit offers the chance to be up close with a Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and T-Rex! Kids can dig for fossils, play and bounce and do crafts in the Kids Adventure Zone!

8. 31st Annual Duckling Day at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whetstone Branch

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3909 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Clintonville Rotary hosts the annual Duckling Day which includes a parade, live ducks, a puppet show and literacy activities with a ducky theme! You can pick up a duck costume packet at the library before the event or duck masks will be available the day of the program!

9. Week of the Young Child Family Day at COSI

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

COSI is celebrating early childhood with hands-on science activities and visits from community partners who are educating, protecting and nurturing young children! Free with admission or membership!

10. Blacklick Woods Outdoor Adventure

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 6975 East Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-835-6073 or 614-300-7867

This special event is a collaboration between Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks & ECRN+ (YMCA of Central Ohio) with the goal of getting children and youth of all abilities outdoors to play games, see wildlife and have fun! There will be free tram rides, exploring the nature center, archery, crafts, lawn games, snacks and more! See the link for all the details and to register. The event is free.

11. Fit4Baby Open House at Babies “R” Us

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1400 Gemini Place Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43240

Fit4Baby is a new prenatal fitness class designed to strengthen your changing body during pregnancy! Visit the open house to meet instructors, learn about the program and see a short demo of what to expect during the classes.

12. MAKEbreak Slime Bar at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Customize your own Slime creation at this free event! All supplies are included while they last!

13. Swim to End Cancer at Aqua Tots Swim School

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4018 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065

Sign up for a 30 minute swimming lesson for your child and 100% of the proceeds will go to support Pelatonia riders! If you have more than one child, there is a code for a 15% discount for siblings! There will also be a raffle for gift baskets with items from Aqua-Tots, The Little Gym and more!

14. Reading Buddies featuring the 4-H PetPALs! at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Parsons Branch

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1113 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age 5-11 can meet, greet and listen to a story with dogs trained by 4H PetPALS!

15. Children’s Garden Day: Strawberry Garden Party at Inniswood Gardens

When: Sunday April 30, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

At this free, family-friendly event you can learn how to grow and harvest strawberries! There will be crafts and ideas for using strawberries at home!

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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? March 31-April 2, 2017

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1. Three Bags Full at Franklin County Fairgrounds

When: Wednesday, March 29 – Saturday April 1, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM on Wednesday – 3:00 PM on Saturday
Location: 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Find some great deals on baby and kids’ clothing, equipment and toys at this huge consignment sale!

2. Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Friday – Sunday, March 31-April 2, 2017
Time: Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

There will be thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books for sale, beginning at $1 each! Children’s books are $1! Sunday is the clearance day and you purchase by the bag. It’s $8.50 per bag and you receive a complimentary Friends of the Library tote. If you bring your own similar sized bag, it’s just $5/bag. This sale will take place in the Larry Black Auditorium.

3. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

*I am giving away 4 tickets to this event on my Facebook page beginning Thursday! Check it out here to enter!!*

COSI stays open for special hours and pricing on the last Friday night of each month! This month’s Family night will be extra special as COSI debuts “Mysteries of China,” a National Geographic film and OSU’s Lion Dance Team will be performing!

4. Egg Scramble and Family Night Bunny Hop at McCord Park

When: Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Columbus, OH 43085

This Easter Egg Hunt also includes crafts, activities, free play in the gyms, swimming and the visits with bunny mascots!

5. Lady Tu Tu 5K and Little Princess Dash at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, OH 43219

Bring your little princess for a run focused on celebrating girls and women! See the link for registration info!

6. Bunny Basket at Home Depot

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

Kids can build and decorate a bunny basket at Home Depot this Saturday! Along with their basket they get a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin!

7. Easter Open House at Anthony Thomas Candy

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 Arlingate Ln., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-274-8405

Meet the Easter Bunny, tour the factory and sample chocolate at this free Easter Open House! There will be one-day-0nly specials available too!

8. Little Kids Fun Skate with Daniel Tiger at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

This Little Kids Skate is recommended for ages 2-8 and Fisher Price Skates are available. Adults are allowed to assist in tennis shoes. Daniel Tiger will be on site for a meet and greet!

9. Princess Breakfast Skating Party at United Skates of America

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3362 Refugee Rd., Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-239-7202

Come to skate in your princess outfit! The skate includes a donut hole and fruit breakfast and complimentary coffee for parents! There will be princesses to visit with and goodie bags! Advanced reservations are encouraged!

10. 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Leaf Chiropractic

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1012 State Route 521, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-9705

There will be thousands of eggs at this hunt where kids are divided into 3 age groups! There will also be prizes (including 6 bicycles!), Tim Horton’s hot chocolate, coffee and Tim Bits!

11. Tinker Lab at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone:

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to attend this time to “think outside the box” to create, use team work and learn how things work!

12. Sensitive Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Lower Level Center Court, 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

This is a special time to visit the Easter Bunny, reserved for children with autism and their families. The Easter Bunny area will be “sensory friendly,” with lower lighting and quieter surroundings. Participants receive a free photo and can enjoy sensory friendly games while they wait! Wear blue for World Autism Awareness Day and receive a free gift!

13. Easter Bunny Brunch at American Girl, Easton Town Center

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 4040 The Strand East, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 877-247-5223

Meet the Easter Bunny and share brunch with your American Girl Doll! Bring your own camera! Call for reservations!

14. Underwater Egg Hunt at Westerville Community Center Watering Hole

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-901-6400

Kids will be divided into age groups (4-5, 6, 7-8, 9-11) to hunt for eggs in the leisure pool! The eggs can be exchanged for candy and toys! There will also be carnival games before the hunt!

15. Egg Hunt at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Big Meadows Picnic Area, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Phone: 614-508-8111

This candy-filled egg hunt is for ages 12 and under!

*Plan ahead for April with my latest post for Columbus Moms Blog: Columbus Area Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2017!

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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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