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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 18-20, 2018

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29 family friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

9:30 AM –Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center – kids can explore big trucks and vehicles and meet the people who protect and serve in the Worthington Community! There will be over 40 vehicles on display along with other activities for kids. There will also be car seat checks, a food drive and the whole event will be “no horn”!

11:00 AM – Food Truck Friday at Easton Town Center – part of the 4th Annual Easton Food Fest, there will be over 20 food trucks on site plus live music!

10:00 AM – Sing-a-long and Dance Party Thyme with Jennifer Ellis at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets (Dublin) – this free Kids Music Show includes singing, dancing, instruments bubble and free snacks! This event will also happen at 11:30 at the Gahanna location.

6:30 PM – Music & Art in the Park at Stradley Park – this free summer concert includes live music, art demonstrations and family friendly activities! This week’s theme is Tribute to First Responders and music is by The Usual Suspects and the Repeat Offenders.

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – 2018 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure – Race for the Cure includes a 1 mile family fun walk and this year there will be activities for kids including a pink fire truck and brick pits from Legoland adjacent to the EXPO!

9:00 AM – The Children’s Garden Grand Opening at Franklin Park Conservatory – celebrate the grand opening of the Scotts Miracle Gro Foundation Children’s Garden! Remarks will begin at 9:30 AM and the gates will open shortly thereafter. See our Sneak Peek of the Children’s Garden!

9:00 AM – Cinderella and Friends Royal Princess Ball at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday – Cinderella and her princess friends will host a royal ball with singing, dancing, performances, crafts, games and more! There are two time slots to choose from! Register online.

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmers Market – perfect for kids ages 12 and under, check out a kid-friendly activity happening on the third Saturday of the month at the information table at the Worthington Farmers Market!

10:00 AM Historian in Training at Ohio History Center – Kids ages 7-11 can learn historical thinking skills as through hands on activities. This week’s theme is World War I. Register online.

10:00 AM – Touch a Truck at Grove City UMC – get up close and personal with big trucks! There will be a quiet break for kids with sensitivity to sounds at 11:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Kids and Cops Day – at Ohio University Lancaster/Pickerington – enjoy hands on fun for kids with a safety theme.

11:00 AM – Children’s Fishing at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kids can fish in Schrock Lake!

11:00 AM – UA Spring Fling at Sunny 95 Park – the Upper Arlington Spring Fling includes live music, a kids workshop, touch a truck activities, a fishing derby, inflatables, carnival games, arts and crafts and more!

11:00 AM – Sensory Friendly Films: The Wizard of Oz at Gateway Film Center – this is a free, sensory friendly screening of The Wizard of Oz for families and individuals with autism or developmental disabilities with lights kept up and a lower volume.

11:00 AM – New Albany Founders Day Parade & Festival in New Albany, OH – celebrate the founding of New Albany with rides, games and food! This is a free event that also includes a parade, concession booths, face painting, pony rides, meet and greet with Paw Patrol characters and more! The parade starts at 11:00 AM.

12:00 PM – Touch a Truck at Prairie Township Community Center – climb on big vehicles and trucks that keep Prairie Township safe!

12:00 PM – Community Fun Fest! at Bible Baptist Church of Grove City  – this free festival includes carnival games, hot dogs, cotton candy, inflatables, giveaways and more!

12:00 PM – Grove City Splash Pad Grand Opening at Grove City YMCA – celebrate the opening of the new Grove City Splash Pad at Fryer Park! Ribbon cutting is at noon! Park will be open for free use on weekdays from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM through Labor Day.

4:00 PM – Water Safety Day at Goldfish Swim School – this free event is being held at both the Dublin and the Westerville locations of Goldfish Swim School. There will be water safety clinics, a free family swim, entertainment for kids, refreshments and more!

5:30 – Father-Daughter Fairies and Pirates Night at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA – come in costume to this magical night filled with fairies, princesses and pirates! Make fairy dust, walk the plank, dance and more fun activities! Brothers are welcome, too! Recommended for ages 3-11. Register online.

SUNDAY

8:00 AM – Zoo Run 5K & Kids’ Ele-FUN-Run

 at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – participate in a 3.1 mile run/walk or the kids 1/4 mile “Ele-FUN-Run” taking place at Columbus Zoo. Participating in this race includes a free pass to the zoo! Register online.

10:00 AM – Kicking Cancer Soccer Camp and Walk-a-thon – the Kicking Cancer youth soccer camp is a nonprofit camp dedicated to teaching kids the game of soccer! Kids will be provided with coaching from the Otterbein Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams and other local soccer organizations. Proceeds from the camp are donated to the James Cancer Hospital and Solve Research Institute! There will also be special visitors from the Columbus Zoo! Register online.

11:00 AM – EMS and Safety Day at COSI – get up close to police officers, fire fighters and other first responders! Check out their vehicles and the Jaws of Life! Free with COSI admission or membership!

11:00 AM – Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room – Family Funday features free crafts for kids, beer and drink specials and chicken and waffles!

12:00 PM – KidX Club: Butterflies & Balloons at Polaris Fashion Place – this month’s KidX Club theme is butterflies and balloons! There will be colorful decorations and activities for kids!

12:00 PM – 3rd Westside Community Baby Shower!! at Hilltop YMCA – this event is for moms on the west side of Columbus who are pregnant! There will be prizes, giveaways, free diapers, resources and more! RSVP online! They are also accepting donations of baby items or diapers for this event!

1:00 PM – Sweet Sunday at Easton Town Center – sample sweets from Easton restaurants for $1 each with proceeds going to the Easton Community Foundation! There will be live music too!

1:00 PM – CANCELLED – April Showers Bring May Flowers at Clay Street Ceramics – this craft event is for kids and adults ages 12 and up. Learn the art of paper flower making! Cost is $20. Register in advance.

2:00 PM – Kid’s Bike Rodeo at Reynoldsburg City Hall – this event focuses on bike safety and police will be on site to teach about hand signals, wearing a helmet and more! Register in advance for this free event.


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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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7 Ways to Give Back in Columbus By Doing Things You Already Do

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Here are 7 ways to give back in Columbus by doing things you’re probably already doing!

In this age of social media and instant news, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to help when there are so many important causes, major issues and people in our own community who need help! Here are 7 ways you can help others in Columbus by doing things you’re already doing!

1. Light a Candle

Burning Candle from Eleventh Candle Co

Everyone likes their home to smell good, right? We’re already buying candles, diffusing oils and boiling cinnamon sticks on the stove, so put your money towards a good smelling candle or room spray that provides jobs for women who are at risk of or survivors of human trafficking right here in Columbus! The factory that makes the candles employs these women in Columbus and the profits from the company then go on to support an orphanage and at risk women in Ethiopia. Shop here (referral link): Eleventh Candle Co. Use my referral code “todaycolumbus” to get 10% off your purchase! They will also soon have a retail space at The Madery in Worthington!

2-4. Go Out for Coffee

Well, this is a no-brainer! If you’re planning a coffee date with your BFF, choose one of these 3 coffee shops where a portion of the profits are being given to a good cause:

Third Way Cafe

coffee mug at Third Way Cafe

Third Way Cafe is a venture of CleanTurn Enterprises whose mission is to “strengthen communities with an empowered workforce by creating profitable social enterprises.”

The cafe hosts a variety of community meetings, classes and informational sessions! Examples include: Entrepreneurship 101, Homework Clubs for neighborhood kids and meetings for parents of addicts. Join them for an open mic night, brunch pop up, card making class and more! Or just stop in for a bottomless cup of coffee for just $2 and browse their large book collection! Follow Third Way Cafe on Facebook to stay in the loop about all of their upcoming events.

Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op

Outside of Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op

Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op is on a mission to reduce infant mortality in Columbus! The coffee shop is also part co-working space and you can rent a work space in the form of a desk or an office on a monthly basis. A portion of the proceeds are given to local non-profits that are working to reduce infant mortality.

Bottoms Up is actively involved in the Franklinton neighborhood and the coffee shop offers coffee, speciality drinks (my favorite is the Canary Island) and baked goods. Read more about them in 5 on Friday: Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops.

Roosevelt Cafe

Coffee mug at The Roosevelt Coffee House

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is a coffee shop with a mission. Proceeds from the coffee shop support efforts in the areas of clean water, hunger and human trafficking. The coffeehouse partners with local and international organizations who are making a difference in these three areas.

Examples of local organizations the coffee shop supports are: Faith Mission, She Has a Name Cleaning Services (also part of CleanTurn Enterprises), Gracehaven, The Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition and the Salvation Army. Read more about the causes and organizations your coffee dollars support here.

5. Bring a Snack to Share

Plate of brownies from Fourteen Twenty Nine

Next time you have to take a birthday treat to school, bring dessert to a potluck or just want to surprise a friend or family member with a special treat, consider ordering your baked goods from Fourteen Twenty Nine. Owner Amanda’s goal is to open a bakery that will support, train and hire women who are survivors of human trafficking and who don’t have easy  access to traditional avenues of employment.

Order your brownies here! All proceeds from the sale of brownies will go towards procuring a commercial kitchen space where Amanda can bake her brownies and begin to accept women who want to volunteer to learn baking skills. As the business grows, Fourteen Twenty Nine will be able to hire women to work in the kitchen space! Read more about Amanda and Fourteen Twenty Nine at Fight Human Trafficking in Columbus One Delicious Brownie at a Time!

6. Have a Family Night Out

Bowling Alley at Ten Pin Alley, Hilliard, Ohio

Ten Pin Alley has recently been remodeled and provides tons of family-friendly fun! There’s bowling, an arcade, laser tag, bocce ball and a full kitchen! (See New and Improved Ten Pin Alley Provides Family Friendly Fun in Hilliard!) But a night out can be more than just that. Ten Pin Alley has instituted Heart & Bowl, a way to give back to local non-profit organizations! For all of 2018, 2% of all sales will be given to Hilliard Food Pantry, Action for Children and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio! You can see all of the information about Heart & Bowl here.

7. Take your Kids to the Library

baked goods at Freedom a la Cart

You’re already taking your kids to the library to pick out books and I’m guessing you’re swinging through the Starbucks drive-thru on the way for your coffee fix. (Why do I assume that? Because I do it ALL. THE. TIME. 😉 ) Next time, save yourself the drive thru wait and check out Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch. This newly rebuilt library has a fun and bright children’s area AND it’s home to Annie Maude’s Café, named after Annie Maude Battelle, the first woman to serve on the Columbus Public Library Trustee Board, and run by Freedom a la Cart.

Freedom a la Cart employs survivors of human trafficking here in Columbus and by doing so gives them job skills and a safe place to learn, grow and heal. The cafe serves One Line Coffee drinks, snacks, cookies, brownies and other sweet treats. Read more about Freedom a la Cart here!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 6-8, 2018

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16 family friendly events in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Free Petting Zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

When: Monday – Sunday, April 2-8, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1779 Home Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-548-7917

Enjoy free admission to the petting zoo all week at Olentangy Indian Caverns! See 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

2. First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus Ohio, 43211
Phone: 1-800-686-6124

Ohio History Center stays open for special hours on the first Friday of the month! Admission after 5:00 PM is just $6, kids ages 6-12 are $3 and kids under 6 (and members) are free! There will be crafts and a showing of the movie Willow at 7:00 PM. Tickets are first come first served. See all there is to do at Ohio History Center!

3. Preschool Open Lab at The Simplr STEAM Playground

When: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 710 Cross Pointe Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-860-5012

This new Open Lab is for preschoolers! Kids age 3-5 can “Learn. Build. Play” in this open environment that offers toys and gadgets where kids can learn about STEAM concepts. Drop in. $10/child. Adults must stay. Have older kids? Check out Open Lab on Friday night or Open Lab Saturdays for ages 5-14.

4. Mother/Son Adventure Night at Prairie Township Community Center

When: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 5955 W. Broad St., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-907-7990

Moms and sons can enjoy dinner together and then activities and games in the gym!

5. International Kids’ Yoga Day – Youth Yoga Project Class at Rise Yoga Ohio

When: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4032 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone: 614-506-7255

On International Kids’ Yoga Day, Rise Yoga and Youth Yoga Project are offering a class for kids ages 6-13. There will be breathing exercises, yoga practice, coloring and games! The class is donation based (suggested donation $20) and all donations will benefit the Youth Yoga Project which is bringing yoga into under-resourced schools.

6. Lady Tutu 5k and Little Princess Dash at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Location: 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, OH 43219

This 5K run/walk and Princess Dash celebrates girls and women! Make sure to wear your tutu! Register online!

7. Spring Kiddie Consignment Sale at Grace Polaris Church

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-888-7733

This huge children’s consignment sale features children’s clothing for all ages, baby items, maternity clothes, toys, accessories and more! Half Price Sale begins at 1:00 PM!

8. Easter Adventure at The Farm at Walnut Creek

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Phone: 330-893-4200

Looking for a road trip? Enjoy food, a corn box, a scavenger hunt and several egg drops throughout the day! The animal park will also be open! See our trip to The Farm at Walnut Creek.

9. Window Birdhouse Workshop at Home Depot

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

Kids can build a birdhouse and decorate it with paint and stickers. Parents must accompany child. Kids receive a free certificate of achievement, an apron and commemorative pin.

10. Spring Break Special: Kids Fishing at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3860 Bixby Road Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-208-2874

Kids ages 15 and under can meet at Heron Pond to catch fish!

11. Open House 2018 at Museum of Biological Diversity at Ohio State University

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1315 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-292-7773

View collections of plants and animals, participate in activities for kids and adults, pet insects, see a giant outdoor fish tank and more!

12. Family Fun with Chris Rowlands at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000
Nature educator Chris Rowlands will perform original songs about nature and animals with his puppet friends! Shows at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Included in admission or membership.

13. Natural Play Area Adventures: Fairy, Elf & Bug Houses at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-315-5520

Gather natural items and plants to build fairy, elf and bug houses in the Natural Play area! Ideal for ages 5-12.

14. Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The Columbus Zoo visits Franklin Park Conservatory once a month bringing different animals to visit!

15. Free Family-friendly Library Concert w/ ProMusica Woodwind Trio at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

All ages are welcome to explore music from a different time period during this free family concert by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra!

16. Family Paint Class: Creative Peacock at Art With Anna

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Paint together as as a family! This week’s project is a Creative Peacock.  Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

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