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8 Reasons to Take Your Kids to the New Albany Classic

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I used to think the New Albany Classic was a horse race. I honestly never gave it much thought or considered going. But now, I honestly can’t wait to go! I was recently invited to spend the morning with a group of bloggers at Abigail Wexner’s horse barn learning about the mission of The Center for Family Safety and Healing from its president Karen Days and hearing the heart of Abigail Wexner as she explained the history and mission of the New Albany Classic.

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Not only is the NAC a good cause, it’s much more than a horse race! In fact, it’s not even a race, it’s a jumping event! Well, you learn something new every day! 😉 If there’s a chance you, like me, didn’t think this was something to take the kids to, I’m here to convince you otherwise! Taking place on Sunday, September 25, 2016, the NAC is really a Family Day and here are 8 reasons why you should take your kids!

1. Concert at the Classic presented by Justice

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Kelsea Ballerini, a 22-year-old country pop singer headlines the concert which takes place at 10:30 AM. Maybe you’re an old mom like me and you’ve never heard of Kelsea Ballerini, but check with the teens and tweens because she has 127K followers on Twitter and recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The concert is included in your ticket price, which automatically makes it a pretty amazing deal! (Look guys, I took a few minutes to scout out tickets to Kelsea Ballerini’s concerts and the cheapest tickets I found were $31. Tickets to the NAC are less than that, and you’re going to get a lot more in addition! Read on!) Past performers have included The Jonas Brothers, Ariana Grande and Jordin Sparks, just to name a few! The opening act(s) are still to be named, so stay tuned!

2. Carnival Rides

The Wexners really want this to be a day of magic for families. The feel of the day will be that of a classic county fair. Contributing to that will be carnival rides and games that are all included in the price of the ticket! No wristbands or tickets needed!

3. Invitational Grand Prix

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The main event is the Invitational Grand Prix which has been named by the North American Rider’s Group as the #1 Specialty Equestrian Event for four years in a row! What’s really exciting about this year’s event is that it will be taking place shortly after the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio! Three out of the four members of this year’s US Olympic Show Jumping team have previously won the New Albany Classic! Keep an eye out for McClain Ward, Beezie Madden and Kent Farrington as you watch the Olympics this year! These three riders will also be competing in the NAC in September! It will make attending the Classic and seeing these riders in person even more special for your kids! If your kids catch the equestrian bug, make sure to visit Equus Now! at the event. They gave us bloggers a rundown on the meaning behind why equestrians wear what they do and how fashion and usage has changed for riders over time. Here’s me trying to look like an equestrian:

Photo by Basic Columbus

Photo by Basic Columbus

4. Real Movie Props

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One of the most magical parts of the day for kids (and adults too, let’s be honest) will be the chance to see go behind the scenes of Hollywood magic! You will be able to see real movie props up close and personal. There will be the actual dinosaurs used in the movie Jurassic Park! You can hold Katniss’s bow from The Hunger Games, ride Harry Potter’s broom, take your picture next to the Batman suit worn by George Clooney and more!

5. Animals and Petting Zoo

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Not only will there be horses, but there will be a petting zoo on site as well as representation from several local animal-related organizations like Canine Companions, The Capital Area Humane Society, Columbus Zoo and several local farms. Be on the look out for llamas, zebras and more!

6. So Many Activities for Kids

Carys Wasil, 10, of Blacklick signs the Ohio State University Equine Department's horse statue during the New Albany Classic Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

Carys Wasil, 10, of Blacklick signs the Ohio State University Equine Department’s horse statue during the New Albany Classic Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Photo provided by New Albany Classic

We’re talking face painting, roaming storybook characters, inflatables, a high ropes truck, a pumpkin patch and carnival games! There will be an ice rink, zip lining, polo and fencing! Your local sports favorites like the Columbus Crew, the Columbus Clippers and the OSU Equine Program will be on site to provide more fun! If you’re more inclined towards the arts look for the Columbus Children’s Theater stage, Ballet Met Columbus, or help make a mural with the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Sunny 95! I don’t think it will be possible for a child to be bored at this event!

Photo provided by New Albany Classic

Photo provided by New Albany Classic

7. Food Trucks

There will be a wide range of food options, from the food you traditionally think of at fairs and carnivals, to healthier food options, all available for purchase at food trucks like Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Graeters, En Place, Dan’s Deli and more!

8. The Center for Family Safety and Healing

Photo provided by New Albany Classic

Photo provided by New Albany Classic

I’ve saved the most important reason for last. Horse jumping may be the main event, but the heart and soul of the New Albany Classic is its mission to support The Center for Family Safety and Healing. What you need to know is that 100% of the proceeds of this day go to the The Center for Family Safety and Healing. Since it’s start in 1988, the Classic has raised over $27 million dollars for The Center! TCFSH provides counseling services, medical services, prenatal and early intervention services, and community training programs to address all aspects of family violence. Whether it is child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence or elder abuse, the Center is working to provide support, counseling and treatment to break the cycle of violence in families.

When you attend the Classic, you can know that, not only will your family have an amazing day, but you are helping to support families in our own community who are in desperate need of the services The Center for Family Safety and Healing so diligently provides!

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Know Before You Go:

Event takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ages 10 and up are $24 each, Children ages 3-10 are $7.50 and those under 3 are free!

Tickets for the New Albany Classic are available through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000), at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Kroger stores, and the CAPA Ticket Center. You can get them WITHOUT fees at Equus Now! (cash or check only), the Easton Guest Services kiosk (credit card only), and The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany (credit card only).

Tickets are NOT available at the gate! Parking is free! The event will go on, rain or shine!

Address:
Wexner Home
4584 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd.
New Albany, OH 43054

Event Schedule:
10:00 AM – Gates Open
10:30 AM – Concert at The Classic presented by Justice, an ascena retail company
2:00 PM – 19th Annual New Albany Classic Grand Prix Welcoming Ceremony – John G. McCoy Show Field
4:30 PM – Award Presentation, Parade of Champions, Presentation of Authentic Cup and Winner Check – John G. McCoy Show Field
5:00 PM – Event Concludes

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ICYMI: 5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus PART 3


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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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*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 13-15, 2016

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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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