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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 20-22, 2018 Earth Day Edition

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

1. Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild

When: Friday & Saturday, April 20-21, 2018
Time: Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 800-491-0174

The JLG’s Spring Warehouse sale is a great place to get children’s and young adult books! All books are $5 each, 100’s of title available. Food trucks will be onsite both days! Read my interview with Junior Library Guild!

2. $5 Friday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun

When: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 7042 Feder Rd. Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-204-5353

Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo! All ages are welcome, no reservations needed!

3. POP UP! Spring Clothing and Equipment Sale at Resolute Athletic Complex

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3599 Chiller Ln, Columbus, OH 43219

The Columbus Mothers of Twins Club’s semi-annual clothing and equipment sale happens this weekend! Get in early at 7:00 AM with a $2 donation to charity. General admission opens at 8:00 AM. No strollers or wagons.

4. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC

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

$5 will get you a waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee! Read more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Party for the Planet™ at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3485

Celebrate Earth Day with activity stations, characters, animal enrichment and more!

6. Llama & Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Visit the farm on the annual shearing day! See sheep and llamas be sheared! Learn how wool is processed and enjoy hands on experiences. $5/person or $15 for a family of 4. No registration needed. Sock Hop Soda Shop will be on site with a hot and cold menu! Read A Day on the Farm: 5 Things to Do at Stratford Ecological Center!

7. Breakfast, Books and Your Farm at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 1377 N 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-506-7040

Enjoy a story, take home a plant and have a snack at 4th Street Farms!

8. MakerX at Reynoldsburg Performing Arts Center & Fablab

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8579 Summit Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This Columbus Maker Expo is a festival focused on digital design and creation. Expect exhibits featuring 3D printing, virtual reality, robotics, droves, electronic music, coding, hands-on building, LEGO robotics and more! Ages 18 and younger are free, adults are $5. There will be food trucks on site.

9. Earth Day Weekend at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days
Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Franklin County Metro Parks and COSI are hosting this Earth Day event that features hands-on activities and live animals! Learn about vernal pools, build seed pods, observe earthworms and more! Meet at the Nature Center. Read more about Highbanks Metro Park here!

10. Earth Day at The Crest Gastropub

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2875 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614-261-7128

The Crest and The Arts and College Preparatory Academy are hosting this Earth Day celebration with yoga, live music, locally made goods, local farmers, brewers and artists!

11. Sensory Friendly Films: Shaun the Sheep Movie at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Enjoy the movie Shaun the Sheep at a lower volume, lights up and a “no shushing” atmosphere. This is a free screening in conjunction with The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.

12. Aminah Robinson Workshop at Picassos

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1974 N Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-354-1930

Honor Aminah Robinson by creating your own hanging collage inspired by her work! Families will also work to create a community wall mural. $25/child. Spots are limited.

13. Girl Genius STEAM Lock-In at The Simplr STEAM Playground

When: Saturday & Sunday, , April 21 & 22, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 AM
Location: 710 Cross Pointe Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-860-5012

This overnight event is for girls in grades 3-6. There will be a guest speaker who will talk about her time at NASA, 3D printing, tech gadgets, a movie, pizza and snacks!

14. Celebrate Earth Day at Never Grow Up Boutique!

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 4048 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Celebrate Earth Day with discounts, special hours, prizes and more at Never Grow Up Boutique!

15. KidX Earth Day Jubilee at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Celebrate Earth Day by decorating a pot and planting flowers, learning about what can be done to make the Earth a better place and participating in other activities!

16. A Really Big Fun Earth Day at The Vanderelli Room

When: Sunday, Aril 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 218 McDowell St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-403-4689

Enjoy an art show from local students, music by The Shazzbots, vendors, games for kids, a food truck and more!

17. Make a Suncatcher at Burlap Sunflower

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3840 Lattimer St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-989-1638

Make a dragonfly or flower suncatcher. $15 for all materials and class. For ages 16 and older.

18. Earth Day Celebration: Cruddy Creek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway, Ohio 43119
Phone: 614-891-0700

Learn about pollution in rivers and creeks and learn how you can help the environment! Check out the living stream inside the Nature Center! Read more about Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park here.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 9-11, 2018

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18 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Member Night at COSI

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

This special night is for COSI Members only and includes special activities, a storyteller, a Deep Space Q&A, Dancemania, a Family Pizza Meal Deal and other discounts! Free for members, No reservations required.


2. Parents Night Out at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 555 YMCA Pl, Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-416-9622

Kids age 6-12 can be dropped off for a parent’s night out! The night’s theme is March Madness! There will be basketball, swimming and dinner provided! Register online or at the front desk. Cost: $15/members, $35/non members.


3. Family Game Night at Prairie Township Community Center

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 5955 W. Broad St., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-907-7990

Families can hang out and play board games and active games. Games include a live action Hungry, Hungry, Hippos, 4 Square, and Candy Land!

4. Night at the Cinema at Grace Polaris Church

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-888-7733

This free family-friendly concert includes clips from your favorite movies on the big screen accompanied by a live score from the Grace Orchestra and Big Band!

5. Oakland Nursery Spring Fling! at Oakland Nursery

When: March 10-18, 2018
Time: Store opens at 8:00 AM on Saturdays
Location: 1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-268-3511

This Saturday is Science Weekend! There will be a free kids carnival, The BUGMan with live insects from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, kid friendly science activities from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM and a crafts and game tent!


6. Camp Lazarus Maple Syrup Festival (2nd Saturday) at Camp Lazarus

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4422 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015

This is the second Saturday of this festival! There will be pancakes and sausage for $5 and hotdogs and chips for lunch! Learn how maple syrup is made and participate in fun activities! Admission to the festival is $5 and there may be a small charge for other activities.


7. Opening Day at Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The butterflies return to Franklin Park Conservatory! There will also be a color-themed scavenger hunt to create a rainbow necklace!


8. Unicorn Adoption PARTY at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: ​614-844-3846

Kids can adopt their own unicorn complete with an adoption certificate and a home they decorate for their unicorn! They will make their unicorn a necklace and participate in additional crafts and snacks!

9. 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in City of Dublin, Ohio

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Historic Dublin, Ohio

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade of over 100 units through Historic Dublin! Other events that day include a pancake breakfast, the Inflation Celebration, a performance by The Hooligans and the Blarney Bash!

10. Carnival of the Animals (sensory friendly) at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 100 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054
Phone: 614-245-4701

This sensory friendly concert is just $8/ticket at the door! The feature is Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals”!


11. Dublin Blarney Bash

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: 555 Metro Place N., Dublin, OH 43017

Continue the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the whole family! There will be a Wee Folk area for kid that includes games, crafts and fun from 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM, food trucks, Irish dancing, animal visitors from the Zoo, wandering magician acts, fairies, a balloon artist, cultural exhibits and more! Tickets are $10/person at the gate and free for 12 and under! All proceeds benefit the Dublin A.M. Rotary Charitable Foundation!


12. Card Making Class at Third Way Cafe

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 3058 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-349-6530

Come and make a St. Patrick’s Day or Easter card! $5/person covers all supplies and bottomless coffee/tea!

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

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Enjoy a tea party with Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and Alice! You can also visit with the Easter Bunny!

14. Ohio State Buckeyes Women’s Gymnastics v. NC State & Central Michigan at St. John Arena

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 410 Woody Hayes Dr, Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 1-800-GO-BUCKS

Children under 6 are free to attend this OSU Women’s Gymnastics Meet! Regular tickets are $8-$11.

15. Lions Tigers and Bears – Oh My! at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 100 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054
Phone: 614-245-4701

This children’s concert features Carnival of the Animals performed by members of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and narrated by Jym Ganahl!  There is a sensory friendly performance at Saturday at 11:30 AM – see above!


16. St. Patrick’s Day Family Cookie Decorating at Loose Rail Brewing

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 37 W Waterloo St., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-321-6634

The whole family can decorate St. Patrick’s Day themed cookies! $6/person includes all supplies!

17. Tea Party featuring Belle at La Chatelaine

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 627 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Join Party Princess Productions for an interactive tea party with Belle! She will teach tea time etiquette, read a story, perform a sing a long and much more! This event also includes a French pastry and drink. Seating is limited! Tickets are available online.

18. Family Paint Class: Lucky Kitty (or Dog) at Art with Anna

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

The whole family can paint a pet themed project together! $15/artist, ages 6 and up!


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6 Free or Cheap Indoor Places for Kids to Run Wild in Columbus

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These 6 indoor play areas offer inexpensive options for getting out all that pent up energy!

There are lots of places to play inside in Columbus – for that we are extremely thankful come winter! So many of them are free (see a list of over 20 here!) and we also have our fair share of fun play cafes (see a complete list here!) but this list is about places where kids can really run and play – places for LARGE muscle movement and getting out all the pent up energy that threatens to explode after being stuck inside in sub zero temperatures!

As my kids transition from toddler play to big kid play, I’m finding the answer to What Should We Do Today? requires a little closer assessment of their current energy level. There are lots of things we could do indoors, but some days they really need a space where they can run, jump, slide and climb!

These 6 places accomplish just that and, if you play your cards right, they don’t break the bank! 😉 All of these places are FREE or less (some way less) than $8/kid!

1. Recreations Outlet

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484 W. Olentangy/Powell Rd., Powell, Ohio 43065, 614-792-3700

This play equipment showroom features an area for kids to play during select hours. It includes large indoor play area features play equipment like slides, swings, climbing, etc., small soccer field, basketball hoops, play houses, trampolines and more.

Price: Monday-Friday: $6/child ages 1 and up for 2 hours of play, Weekends: $8/child ages 1 and up for 2 hours of play, School Holidays: $8/child ages 1 and up for 2 hours of play. Charitable play happens on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM for a donation of $2/child. Donations are given to local non-profit organizations.

More Details: See $2 Tuesdays: Recreations Outlet, Columbus Zoo and Tacos!

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2. Galaxy Games and Golf

Galaxy Golf and Games in Columbus, Ohio

3700 Interchange Rd., Columbus, OH 43204, 614-351-8400

The FunGym at Galaxy Games and Golf includes ball pits, climbing, slides, tunnels and more. There is also a toddler area with a play house, ball pit and ride-on toys. The whole facility also includes mini-golf, an arcade and party rooms.

Price: Ages 1-2: $2.99, Ages 3-10: $4.99

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3. Central Park at Westerville Christian Church

Central Park at Westerville Christian Church, Westerville, Ohio

471 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081, 614-891-6842

This play area is open mid September through May: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM – 11:25 AM, Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:30AM. It has an indoor climbing area including slides and a rock climbing area. Shoes must be removed for play!

Price: Free!

Central Park at Westerville Christian Church

Central Park at Westerville Christian Church


4. The Naz Playplace

The Naz Playplace in Grove City, Ohio

4770 Hoover Rd, Grove City, OH 43123, 614-305-2034

This indoor play area has lots of opportunity for climbing, sliding and large muscle movement! Shoes must be removed and socks worn for play. Socks can be purchased for $1. There is a story time with crafts on Tuesday mornings! You can also register online before your first visit to save time! Outside the play area there is a cafe where you can purchase food and lots of seating!

Hours are: Sun: 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Price: Free!

The Naz Play place in Grove City, Ohio

The Naz Playplace in Grove City, Ohio


5. KidsGym Playland at Magic Mountain

Kids Gym at Magic Mountain Polaris, Ohio

Polaris: 8350 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH 43240, East: 5890 Scarborough Blvd., Columbus, OH 43232, Polaris: 614-840-9600 East: 614-892-3335

Besides all of the outdoor activities and arcade, Magic Mountain offers an indoor KidsGym Playland. (These pictures are from the Polaris location.) The Playland is for kids 58 inches and under and includes a climbing gym with interactive elements and smaller climbing elements for toddlers.

Price: Ages 3 and up: $5 on weekdays and $6.50 on weekends Kids under age 3: $3 Toddler Thursdays: $2.50/child from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Labor Day through Memorial Day you can purchase a season pass for $35/person ($15 for additional siblings). Pass offers admission 7 days a week plus special discounts on additional add ons such as $1 off a kids combo meal.

KidsGym at Magic Mountain Polaris, Ohio

Kids Gym at Magic Mountain, Polaris, Ohio


6. Fun in the Jungle

Fun in the Jungle, Sunbury, Ohio

345 McGill St., Sunbury, OH 43074, 740-913-0692

Inside Fun in the Jungle there is a large indoor play area, toddler soft play zone, mini bowling, virtual reality games, cafe with food and drinks, arcade games and room for parties. There are special needs sensory hours on the first Sunday of each month.

Price: Play place (for ages 0-10): $7/child for all day, Kids 2 and under are $2 during the week and $4 on the weekend, Additional costs for bowling, arcade  and virtual reality. Keep an eye on their social media pages for specials throughout the week!

Fun in the Jungle, Sunbury, Ohio

Fun in the Jungle, Sunbury, Ohio


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