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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 3-5, 2017

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1. Kids Get in Free at Newport Aquarium

When: through February 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM most days, 7:00 PM on weekends
Location: One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071
Phone: 1-800-406-3474

If you’re in the mood for a road trip, the Newport Aquarium is about 2 minutes from downtown Cincinnati and throughout the month of February, you can get one free kids ticket for each adult ticket purchased!

2. Kid’s Meal Special at Nutcracker Family Restaurant

When: Through February, 2017
Location: 63 E. Broad St., Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-964-0056

Kids 10 and under can get a free Tin Lunch Box with the purchase of a special $5.99 Kid’s Meal!

3. First Friday at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum

When: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 44 W. 4th St., Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: 419-522-2332

If you’re interested in checking out Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, the museum is open late for Mansfield’s Shop Hop Night and admission is half price ($4/person)!

4. First Friday at Firefly Cafe

When: Friday, February 3, 3017
Time: until 8:00 PM
Location: 4822 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-230-2375

On the first Friday of each month, Firefly Cafe stays open for play until 8:00 PM! For dinner, Donatos in Clintonville will deliver to the cafe!

5. Blue Jackets Winter Park in the Arena District

When: Friday, February 3 – Sunday February 26, 2017
Time: hours to be announced
Location: Across from Nationwide Arena

Blue Jackets’ Winter Park begins on February 3! Open skate times will be announced but the Mad River Mountain Kids’ Slide hours are as follows: Monday – Friday: 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

6. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Cookie Dough Creamery

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 7227 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-547-0660

Cookie Dough Creamery is celebrating National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day by opening at 7:00 AM and adding waffle bites and maple syrup to the self-serve sundae bar! Wear your pajamas! There will be gift cards for winners in the categories of funniest, wildest and sweetest pajamas! Afterwards, you can shop at the Worthington Farmer’s Market, starting at 9:00 AM at the Shops at Worthington Place!

7. Valentine’s Photo Box at Home Depot

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (until supplies last)
Location: your local Home Depot

In this free workshop for kids, your child can build and decorate a Valentine’s photo box! Participants receive a certificate, an apron and a commemorative pin!

8. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Location: All Columbus Jeni’s Ice Cream Locations

To celebrate National Ice Cream for Breakfast day, all Jeni’s scoop shops will open at 9:00 AM and 100% of sales from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM will benefit the Columbus Foundation’s Gift of Kindness fund!

9. Young Child Open House at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-4848

During this special open house you can learn about what CMA has to offer the 5 and under crowd! There will be kid-friendly activities, even for those under 2! Drop in anytime between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, no reservations required. Free with admission or membership.

10. Mini-Me Weekends at Level 1 Arcade

When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 130 Hutchinson Ave. Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-681-0518

All ages are welcome to play arcade games and skeeball for free with the purchase of a beverage (kids’ beverages available)! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

11. Playdate in the Park (Indoors!) at Powell Library

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: 460 South Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-9160

City of Powell Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the Delaware County District Library for this free indoor play time! There will be stories, parachutes, bubbles, a giant soccer ball and more!

12. Pre-Valentine’s Day Fun at The Honey House

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3937 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 740-542-1889

Daniel Cooper, Proprietor of Pure Imagination Chocolatier in Grandview, Ohio, will be in the store to demonstrate things you can make for Valentine’s Day at home with chocolate!

13. Super Bowl Sunday Skating at United Skates of America

When: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 3362 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-239-7202

There will be two skating sessions: 1-3:30 pm & 4-7 pm. If you wear your favorite team jersey, admission is only $2!

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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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Columbus Museum of Art: Think Outside the Brick

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If your kids love LEGOs, you’re gonna want to check out the Think Outside the Brick exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art!

This annual exhibit is only on display until February 26, 2017 and would make a great outing for winter break! In collaboration with Ohio LEGO User’s Group, the exhibit is a display of downtown Columbus, with some fun liberties taken! 😉 See for yourself:

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There’s really so much to see! You don’t have to be a LEGO lover to enjoy this display! On the walls of the room, the museum has listed some scenes to look for and find: a group of samurai warriors, a dragon chasing bicyclists and a horse at the drive in! My kids love the guy who got rolled up in a tire at the tire shop, the LEGO version of Barnes and Noble and a man riding an ostrich!

If you have train lovers, there are trains here too, as well as a fire station, a police station, a zombie scene and a holiday tree farm, just to name a few!

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Throughout the rest of the museum, the OhioLUG members have created 7 Pokemon models to be found! As part of the scavenger hunt, you can post a picture of them online with the hashtag #mycma !

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After seeing the display, don’t miss the Creativity Lounge on the other end of the hallway. There you can make your own creation out of white LEGOs and put it on display against the black wall!

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Round out the day with a trip to the Wonder Room, where kids can make bird nests, do puzzles, build creations out of cardboard and lots more!

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Know Before You Go:

Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
614-221-6801

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

A few tips:

    • Kids age 5 and under are free! Students ages 6-17 are $5. Adults are $14. (Members are free!)
    • There is free admission for active military and their families.
    • Admission is FREE to the museum on Sundays and on Thursdays from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM you can “pay what you want”.
    • The museum is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and closes at 3:00 PM on New Year’s Eve.
    • Parking is available for free in the lot on E. Gay St. and at meters surrounding the museum. I have never had trouble finding a spot in the lot.
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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 22-24, 2016

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As we get closer to summer, the events across the Columbus area really start to pick up!  This looks like a nice weekend for being outside!  Enjoy it!

1. National Park Week all across America

National Park Week is April 16-24, 2016 and America’s national parks are free!  Check out the list of parks in Ohio here.

2. Free Book Fair for Kids and Teens at Columbus Metropolitan Library, South High Branch

When: Friday, April 22, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 3540 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: 614-645-2275

Each child or teen can choose one free book at this free book fair!  Recommended for grades K-12.

3. Ohioana Book Festival at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: 75 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-3831

Books for all ages are available at the Book Festival.  There will be a Kids’ Room featuring author/illustrator sessions, balloon twisting, crafts, a dress up area, Lego construction zone, door prizes and more!  Be sure to check the schedule for more specific times and details regarding the special events and authors!

4. Young Child Studios at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM and 1:30PM-3:00PM
Location: 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

Led by CMA’s artist educators, children 18 months to 5 years can participate in opportunities to play and create together with their caregivers!  No reservations are required, but there is an additional (to admission) cost of $8 per child to participate.

5. Kids Cooking Class at The Hills Market Downtown

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 95 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

During this hands on cooking class taught by Hills chefs, kids will learn to make Bistro Style Hand Rolled Pizza, Chocolatey Chocolate Brownies and Raspberry Lemonade! Recommended for ages 4-18.  Reservations must be made in advance.

6. Free Green Columbus Earth Day Celebration at Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

This Earth Day celebration, brought to you by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, features live music, food trucks, and kids’ activities including free carousel rides until 7:00 PM!  Kids’ favorites Mr. Eric and the Shazzbots are performing at 4:00 and 4:30 PM.

*Check out this  link on the Columbus Moms Blog for more Earth Day activities around the Columbus area!

7. Grand Opening of Glenwood Community Center

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1888 Fairmont Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223

Sample classes like floor hockey and ceramics, win prizes including a family 4-pack to COSI, try the climbing wall and much more to celebrate the grand opening of Glenwood Community Center!  Free samples from City Barbeque and give aways start at 2:00 PM and the ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Ginther is at 3:30 PM.  (There is also a Family Fun Night and Open House on the Friday night before!)

8. Dancity-Doo & Story Time Too! at Whetstone Community Center Auditorium

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: 3923 North High Street Columbus, 43214
Phone: 614-561-1635

This performance features Dr. Seuss stories accompanied by dance!  Perfect for the whole family, this performance is approximately 30 minutes long and tickets are available at the door.

9. Bob Evans Family Day with the Columbus Clippers

When:  Sunday, April 24, 2016
Time: 1:05 PM
Location: Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 462-5250
Ticket Line: (614) 462-2757

Family Day Admission is $15 for two adults and up to four youth ages 18 and under! Admission includes access to left-field bleachers, lawn seating and standing room only. After the game, kids can run the bases in the Commit to be Fit Fun Run!

10. Children’s Garden Day: Spaghetti Dinner Gardening at Inniswood Metro Gardens

When: Sunday, April 24, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville, OH 43081, Sisters’ Garden
Phone: 614-895-6216

This family-friendly event teaches children how to grow the ingredients needed to make pasta!  Kids can learn how to plant lettuce and participate in pasta crafts!

*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 to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

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