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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 8-10, 2016

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1. Family Fun Night at Blacklick Woods

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Ash Grove Picnic Area, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-508-8111

This fun (and free) evening features nature crafts, games and a campfire!

2. LuLu’s 1st Anniversary Party at LuLu’s Sweet Shop

When: Friday & Saturday, July 8 & 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday until 5:00 PM
Location: 14 W. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

Celebrate the 1st Anniversary of LuLu’s Sweet Shop with live music, free samples, crafts for kids and lawn games!

3. Through the Eyes of a Child at Glass Axis

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 610 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

Children from Columbus area schools drew pictures of and wrote stories about an imaginary creature and nine of them were chosen to be brought to life by the artists at Glass Axis. You’re invited to watch the glass-making demonstrations for each piece! The CD102.5 Ice Cream Truck will be on location to pass out free Velvet Ice Cream and you can play the Piada Plinko Board!

4. Parade of Lights at the Ohio Truck Show and Benefit Auction

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kidron, OH
Phone: 330-465-4587

I’m throwing this one out there for someone who is up for a road trip to Amish Country and whose kids might love seeing a parade of 200 trucks!!   The parade of vehicles starts in the daylight and as it gets dark, the trucks turn on their lights (hence the name “Parade of Lights”). The truck parade starts at 7:00 PM on Friday night, but is just one part of a weekend of bluegrass music, kids activities, a pancake breakfast, homemade ice cream and more! See more info here.

5. Finding Dory at Barnes and Noble

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

This event will include a scavenger hunt, crafts and coloring and free giveaways like posters, stickers and bookmarks!

6. Westerville Music and Arts Festival

When: Friday – Sunday, July 8-10, 2016
Time: Time varies each day, see link for details.
Location: Uptown Westerville and Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-8917

This festival is packed full of live music acts, food trucks and an art show. There is also a youth art and craft exhibit. Kids 16 and under get in free, all others are $1.

7. Pirate Weekend at the Columbus Zoo

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Pirate Island is back at the Columbus Zoo and this weekend kids can play pirate games, celebrate with the gang of pirates AND if they come dressed as a pirate (with a paying adult) they will get in free!

8. Family Storytime: The Little Red Hen at Slate Farm

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

Hear the story of the Little Red Hen and enjoy activities that show how bread is made! Can’t make it on Saturday? This event happens Friday, too!

9. Special Needs Screening: The BFG at Studio Movie Grill

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location:175 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-456-1298

Children with special needs and their families can watch The BFG with the lights up and volume down. Kids can move around and talk as needed.  Kids are free and adult tickets are available at the “before-noon” price. Tickets available at the box office only.

10. Continent Fun Fest at the French Quarter

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 6200 Busch Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229

This family festival includes carnival rides, bounce houses, food trucks, face painting, live music and a meet and greet with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

11. PBJ&Jazz at Topiary Park

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

This jazz concert in the park takes place after a story time at Main Library. Story time starts at 11:00 AM. Following the concert, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, there will be an art activity. In case of rain, the concert will take place at the Main Library.

12. Critter Clues: Nature’s “Who Done It” at Emily Traphagen Park

When: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 5094 Seldom Seen Road, Powell OH 43065
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6.

During this program, kids age 6-9 can join a park ranger to investigate a “crime scene,” look for clues and solve a mystery in the park!

13. Preschool Plus: Finding Dory at Sharon Woods

When: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Schrock Lake West Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

This activity, for kids aged 3-8, includes decorating a t-shirt and fishing in Schrock Lake. Kids ages 15 and under can fish without a license in the lake and adults may assist. Limited bait and poles will be provided.

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ICYMI: 5Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus PART 2

*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? June 10-12, 2016

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I’m really excited about all there is to do this summer in Columbus! I’ve got a calendar full of ideas and we’re trying to make the most of each day! Though one of these days, I’m going to need to make the most of my laundry piles . . . but until then here’s some things to do instead!  🙂

1. Weekend Kick-Off Craft and Story – Rainbows at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081

Kids 12 and under can kick off the weekend with a story and craft about rainbows.

2. Carnival at Credit Union of Ohio

When: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM
Location: 5500 Britton Pkwy, Hilliard, OH 43026

The Credit Union of Ohio sponsors this totally free Carnival! The carnival features live music, games, inflatables, and free food from The Angry Weiner food truck!

3. B – Fest Teen Book Festival at your local Barnes and Noble

When: Friday – Sunday, June 10 – 12, 2016
Time: various times each day
Location: Local Barnes and Nobles stores

This special event for teens includes author visits, trivia, games, giveaways and the opportunity to sample upcoming novels and win books!  Each day of the festival has a different theme with workshops and specific giveaways! Search for events at your closest Barnes and Noble!

4. Columbus Arts Festival at the Riverfront

When: Friday – Sunday, June 10-12, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Along the Scioto Mile and in front of COSI

So many artists, events and special activities are going on this weekend at the Columbus Arts Festival! Specifically for kids, check out the Columbus Makes Art Activity Village presented by Kroger, where kids can do arts and craft activities and the Children’s Art Gallery on Saturday and Sunday, where kids can enter a kid-sized art gallery and purchase artwork for $5 and under! Outside of COSI, artist Daniel McCauley will assemble a metal T-Rex! There will also be a Student and Community Art Exhibition and a performance of the Lorax by local actors on Saturday and Sunday. Check out the Festival Guidebook for detailed information about all of the events and the special activities for children on pages 18-20!

5. Pickerington Teen Book Fest 2016 at Pickerington High School North

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7800 Refugee Road, Pickerington, OH 43147

A day of workshops, book signings, break out sessions, food trucks and meetings with community organizations will take place during this celebration of teen fiction! See the complete Schedule of Events here.

6. Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic at your local Lowe’s!

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: your local Lowe’s

Build your own Captain America! Get a free apron, goggles, and patch! Register online.

7. Ready, Set, Race at Grandview Heights Public Library

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room, 1685 W. 1st  Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

All ages are invited to build and race airplanes and cars made out of Legos!

8. Nature Fair at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Heritage Nature Center, 551 Wirt Road, Groveport, OH 43125

The City of Groveport Community Affairs Department is hosting this nature fair featuring a scavenger hunt, kid’s fishing derby, nature displays and the chance to learn about bees!

9. Inside Out at Whetstone Park

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM
Location: 3923 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214

Join Clintonville Rotary for their 6th Annual Movie in the Park! It’s free!

10. Kid’s Day: Dispersing Seeds at The Crest Gastropub

When: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2855 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202

The Clintonville Farmers’ Market will show kids 12 and under how to plant seeds and start their own garden! Plus, kids eat free every Sunday!

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ICYMI: Day Trip: Downtown Mansfield

*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

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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!

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve posted 10 of My Favorite Parenting Articles!  Enjoy!

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ICYMI: Little Buckeye Children’s Museum


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