51 Things to Do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus

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Thanksgiving week is here! Maybe you have family in town and/or a few days off of work and are looking for something to do this week? If there’s a chance you’ll need to walk off an extra piece of pie (or two) or get bickering family members out of the house….tuck this list away! And have a happy week of thankfulness!



1. Looking for more turkey? Watch the PBS movie, My Life as a Turkey, at Battelle Darby Metro Park on Friday at 11:00 PM.

2. Clifton Mill Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving! Gates open at 5:00 every night and the display runs through New Year’s Eve!

3. Participate in a Photo Scavenger Hunt on Friday at Blacklick Woods Metro Park! Use your digital camera or phone and get a prize for photographing all of the items on the list!

4. Olde Worthington Holiday Open House is on Sunday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM and it includes horse drawn carriage rides, live music and a visit from Santa! The evening ends with the tree lighting ceremony on the Village Green!

5. Everyone who enters the Columbus Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day gets a pumpkin pie! There’s also a Kids Tot Trot 100 yard dash!

6. Visit the Huntington Holiday Train display at Main Library!

7. If you’re looking to partake of something other than the usual turkey and pumpkin pie, Columbus Food Adventures has several tours going on this weekend!

8. Wildlights is in full swing all weekend at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!

9. Need something for the kids to do on Wednesday? Check out the Harvest Party – School Break Program at Sunbury Urban Farm. It’s a drop off program where kids can participate in Thanksgiving activities! Must preregister!

10. Take the kids to SuperGames Winter Open Play! on Wednesday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Arrive early because the play space is first come, first served! Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional child.

11. Friday through Sunday you can take a Holiday Carriage Ride at Easton Town Center!

12. Blue Monkey Parties & Events is celebrating their 1 year anniversary with a 1 Year Anniversary Open Play event from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Sunday! $5/child.

13. Kick off Thanksgiving Eve with a family meal deal and a glow skate at Skate Zone 71! They’re also offering $.99 admission on Thanksgiving Day and 50% off admission on Black Friday!

14. On Sunday, kids and adults alike can participate in the Make & Take Metal Stamping Event at The Smithery from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Check the link for pricing options. No registration needed.

15. Another option for the kids that are out of school on Wednesday is the Open Swim at Worthington Pools!  $5 to enter.

16. Get out of the house for a CBus: Thanksgiving Eve Back to the Future Trivia Night on Wednesday at 16 Bit Bar + Arcade! Winner gets a ride in the Delorean – among other things!

17. Get your shopping done kid-free after dropping the kids at Parents Day Out at Worthington Pools on Friday from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM!

18. When the Thanksgiving leftovers run out, head to Piada for Friendsgiving! Show the cashier that you follow Piada on Instagram and get a buy-one-get-one free entree from November 24-28!

19. Roller skate all week with these special deals at United Skates of America happening Wednesday through Sunday!

20. Visit the holiday lights at Columbus Commons from dusk to 11:00 PM each night and post a photo on Instagram using #CCHolidayLights or post the pic to their Facebook page using the hashtag to enter their photo contest. One winner each week wins a $25 gift card to Condado

21. Take a free tour at Anthony-Thomas Candy Company on Wednesday from from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM! (Regularly $2/person.)

22. See the amazing lanterns, watch cultural performances, shop and eat Chinese and traditional fair food at the Ohio Lantern Festival! Nightly from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.



23. Family Friday Night at COSI is this weekend – meaning they will stay open until 9:00 PM and admission is reduced!

24. Make a Gingerbread House Craft at Franklin Park Conservatory on Friday! This activity includes a hayride!

25. Friday, attend Thanksgiving Family Friday at Ohio History Center where you can visit with live animals such as an owl, wolf and snake and dissect an owl pellet! Also on Saturday and Sunday there are special activities like the Terrific Turkey Table and exploring Animal Bones!

26. Think Outside the Brick is now on display at Columbus Museum of Art! This LEGO set up shouldn’t be missed and would make a great weekend outing! Don’t forget the museum is free on Sundays!

27. On Saturday, head to Pizzuti Collection Family Day from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM for free admission, art inspired activity books, crafts and family tours!


28. Mr. Scrooge starts on Friday at Columbus Children’s Theater! This 60 minute performance is recommended for ages 5 and up!

29. The Central Ohio Youth Ballet puts on Nutcracker this weekend only in Newark!

30. A Christmas Carol is playing this weekend only at Ohio Theatre!

31. Uptown Scrooge  is a unique walking tour performance taking place this weekend in Uptown Westerville! The production is 90 minutes and is suitable for ages 5 and up! Begins on Saturday!



32. Moonlight Madness and After Thanksgiving Sale takes place at Tanger Outlets Columbus! The first 200 shoppers receive a swag bag!

33. Christmas Trees will be on sale at the North Market on Saturday!

34. Shop Small Business Saturday at Never Grow Up Boutique in Grove City!

35. Small Business Saturday at Columbus Idea Foundry means a Maker Market from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM offering locally made goods like art, furniture, jewelry and more!

36. Get a Short North collectable tote while supplies last at Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in the Short North Arts District!

37. Visit the Small Business Saturday Market at Re:work Furnishings to shop for local goods from vendors like Plantropothy, Ridiculously Good Salsa, Pluma Jewelry and more! Pizza, beer and plenty of discounts will be available too!

38. More local shopping is available at Shop Local Saturday with the Marysville Art League!

39. Small Business Saturday in Powell is full of special offers!

40. Historic Dublin  is ready for the Holiday Shopping Weekend!

41. The Christmas Market at Canal Market District takes place on Friday and will feature music, food trucks, holiday treats, free family photos, the lighting of the Licking County Courthouse and a visit from Santa!

42. On Small Business Saturday in Downtown Lancaster, there are tons of special deals going on from free goodies and gifts, prizes, demonstrations and discounts!

43. At the Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center on Saturday and Sunday, you can pick out your Christmas tree while you enjoy refreshments and a festive atmosphere!

44. While you pick your your Christmas tree at HTH Farm Market, you can help support and learn about a local dog rescue at the Stop the Suffering Bake Sale taking place on Sunday!

45. Shop for the trendiest kids clothing at the mrly popup shop at the Hart Room at Creekside Gahanna! There will be complimentary holiday treats and kids are welcome!


If taking a road trip sounds like a fun way to spend your extra days off this week, here are some special events going on around Ohio!

46. Thanksgiving at the Zoo is FREE at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo!

47. Head to Newark for Holiday Homecoming 2017 at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology on Friday to learn about the heritage of the community! The event includes 3D ornament printing, a science show, glass blowing and more!

48. Santa will arrive at Brickopolis on Friday at the Cincinnati Museum Center with live music and a tree lighting! Visit Holiday Junction to see model trains, LEGO displays and a ride on train!

49. Christmas at the Castle, a Kingdom of Lights! at Landoll’s Mohican Castle features over 100,000 lights, a Christmas tree, holiday music and visits from Santa! This is a free event! This event happens every night starting Friday!

50. Head to Mansfield for the Grinch Scavenger Hunt at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum! Find all the hidden Grinches and receive a prize! Then spend a fun day at the museum! Starts on Saturday!

51. The Mt. Vernon Christmas Parade and Walk is on Sunday and includes train and carousel rides, photos with Santa and shopping!


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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 24-26, 2017

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1. Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus at Ohio Expo Center

When: Friday – Sunday, March 24-26, 2017
Time: Various times throughout the weekend
Location: Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave.,  Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: To purchase tickets: 800-745-3000

This circus offers lots of fun including clowns, aerialists, animal acts, indoor carnival rides and more! The ticket window opens 1 hour before each show.

2. Spring Break Scavenger Hunt and Craft at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111
Participate in a scavenger hunt and a nature craft! See more to do at Blendon Woods here!

3. Sesame Street Live at Palace Theatre

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Time: Various times throughout the weekend
Location: 34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

See all your favorite Sesame Street characters live on stage! Meet Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, and celebrate through singing, dancing and more!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

There will be a waffle bar with toppings for $5 per person! Also includes juice and drip coffee! See more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Little Kids Fun Skate Pajama Party at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

This event is recommended for ages 2-8 and beginner skaters! Wear your pajamas and receive $2 admission! There will be a free glow stick with each child’s paid admission and there will be 10 winners of the Going-to-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton! Fisher Prices skates are available and adults are allowed to assist children on the floor in tennis shoes!

6. HOOT Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch family friendly short films, enjoy music by the Shazzbots and activities in the lobby! This month’s theme is Spring! See more about this activity here.

7. PBJ & Jazz at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: Ballroom, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-294-5200

These Jazz concerts, designed to introduce children to Jazz music are $5/person with a family max of $20. Each child receives a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie! There are two performances.

8. Suzy Ultman Book Signing at Igloo Letterpress

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 661 High St., Ste B, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-787-5528

Suzy Ultman’s new children’s book is called Masha and Her Sisters and you can celebrate at Igloo Letterpress with a reading, craft, and milk and cookies! Geared toward children ages 4-8 but siblings are welcome!

9. Grand Opening Family Fun Day at Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4696 Cosgray Rd..Hilliard, OH
Phone: 614-528-4555

Admission is free during this Grand Opening celebration! The facility will be open for guests to see the facility and enjoy all it has to offer: Sports Performance, The Gauntlet, Football, Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball and Soccer! Register online!

10. Opening Day for Simply Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM both days
Location: 970 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Simply Rolled Ice Cream will now be rolling Thai-inspired ice cream every Saturday and Sunday inside Oats and Barley Market! This will be their first official weekend!

11. Fairy Garden Class at DeMonye’s Greenhouse, Inc.

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2500 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-252-6046

Plant your own miniature fairy garden! Cost is $45/class which covers one fairy garden and supplies!

12. Ironwood Wolves presents Foxes in Folklore at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614.715.8000

Learn about the red fox and where foxes appear as characters in stories and fairytales! Also meet a fox!

13. KidX: Mad Hatter Tea Party at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240 (Center Court)
Phone: 614-846-1500

Join the Mad Hatter, the Bunny and Alice for a tea party! Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, enjoy tea time, create your own “mad hat” and play croquet like the Queen of Hearts!

14. Family Maker Date Night at Columbus Idea Foundry

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 421 W. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-653-8068

Families can create a keepsake Family Casting by making a plaster casting of each person’s hands, entwined! Event includes one kit per family plus a meal!


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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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