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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 1-3, 2018

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

FRIDAY:

7:00 AM – National Donut Day at Peace Love and Little Donuts – everyone gets a complimentary blueberry cake donut when they visit and you can get a free cup of coffee with the purchase of a dozen donuts! Check out this link: National Donut Day Deals for a list from Mission to Save featuring more local deals celebrating National Donut Day!

9:00 AM – BOGO Admission at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – buy one admission and get one free today from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM!

9:30 AM – BOGO Mini Golf at Olentangy Indian Caverns – to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post! Read 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – head down to Columbus Commons for bounce houses, special performances, crafts, games and more!

10:00 AM – Muffins with Mom at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – admission to the play space at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday includes muffins and coffee between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM!

10:30 AM –Read it, Make it, Eat it – Splat the Cat at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – this event includes a story, two crafts and a themed snack based on the book Splat the Cat! $15/child. 

11:00 AM – From Book to Film Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center – Gateway Film Center has partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to offer free showings of movies made from books! Present your library card to get free admission to the movie! There is a different movie each week and it is shown at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

11:00 AM – Kids Concert on the Green at Worthington Village Green – dance to the band Endless Recess at this kid-focused Concert on the Green in Old Worthington!

6:00 PM – Blank & Brush Block Party at Blank Slate Coffee – enjoy local music, local art and food available from Ajumama!

6:30 PM – Story Trail Celebration & Ribbon Cutting at Friendship Park – kick off the summer reading program and a new story at the Gahanna Story Trail with the ribbon cutting ceremony, live music and free activities or families! The story for this year is The Littlest Bee, written by Gahanna-Jefferson students!

7:00 PM – Youth Musical: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical at Alum Creek Amphitheater – watch this outdoor youth production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at the Alum Creek Amphitheater!

7:00 PM – Summer Sizzle Concert Series (Kids Concert) at George Edge Music Park – this weekend the Summer Sizzle Concert Series features Endless Recess playing children’s variety and family favorite songs! Southwest Public Libraries is partnering to provide activities and crafts for the whole family!

7:30 PM – Rhythm on the River: An Evening of Bluegrass at The Scioto Mile – enjoy a free evening of bluegrass music in Bicentennial Park!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Despicable Me 3 at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – watch Despicable Me 3 in the park! Movie starts at dusk.

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Baby Bargain Boutique and Maternity Sale at Westerville Community Center – shop for maternity clothes, children’s clothing and toys, furniture and more! Admission is a non-perishable item for donation to a local food bank.

9:00 AM – Short North Yard Sale – shop the city’s largest yardsale throughout the neighborhoods of the Short North! Click the link to check out a listing of addresses and what is for sale!

9:00 AM – Hubbard Bazaar at Hubbard Mastery School – if you’re shopping the Short North Yard Sale, check out Hubbard Mastery School for art work, clothing for women and children, handmade jewelry, and other handmade goods for sale!

9:30 AM – BOGO Mini Golf at Olentangy Indian Caverns – to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post! Read 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

9:30 AM – Historian in Training at Ohio History Center 9:30 AM – kids ages 3-6 can be a historian in training through hands on activities and learning historical thinking skills! Register online. $5/child. This month’s theme is C is for Conway.

10:00 AM – Heritage Celebration in Fryer Park – experience farm life in the 1880’s with hands on experiences, carriage rides and other demonstrations. There will be music and 1860’s style base ball, plus a whole lot more! This is a free event but donations to Grove City Food Pantry are being collected.

10:00 AM – Ostrander Annual Touch a Truck Event at Delaware County EMS – get up close with all kinds of vehicles and meet the people who operate them! This is a free event!

10:00 AM – Tractor Show at Gallant Farm Park – check out antique tractors and enjoy activities for the whole family. Free.

10:00 AM – Storytime with author Samantha Smith at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – listen to a reading of Samantha Smith’s book Cate’s Magic Garden at this story time geared for ages 4-8.

11:00 AM – African-American Cultural Festival in the King-Lincoln District – this celebration of history is a family friendly event including live music, spoken word and dance performances, a KidsZone, science station, visual artists, a tribute to Rosa Parks and more!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff at CML Main Library – kick off the Summer Reading Challenge with activities, indoor/outdoor games, food and costumed characters! There will be two performances by Jim Gill at 11:00 AM and 12:15 PM.

12:00 PM – Jeni’s Strawberry Jam at Land-Grant Brewing Company – this free event includes family-friendly activities, live music, ice cream, local food and more!

7:00 PM – Youth Musical: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical at Alum Creek Amphitheater – watch this outdoor youth production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at the Alum Creek Amphitheater!

SUNDAY:

9:30 AM – BOGO Mini Golf at Olentangy Indian Caverns – to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post! Read 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – beginning this month, admission to the Franklin Park Conservatory will be free to Franklin County and City of Columbus residents from 10:00 AM – 5:00PM on the first Sunday of each month! This would be a great time to visit the new Children’s Garden! Must have a valid ID.

10:00 AM – Buckeye Reptile Expo at American Legion Post 144- reptile fans might enjoy this expo featuring all kinds of snakes, turtles, amphibians and more! Tickets are $5 and under and you can get a discount by buying your tickets online.

1:00 PM – TangerKids DIY at Tanger Outlets, Columbus  – Auntie Anne’s will be teaching kids the history of the pretzel and demonstrating how pretzels are made! Kids will get to make their own pretzel. Kids will also take a tour of the Auntie Anne’s store and receive a twisted pretzel and small lemonade. RSVP online.

2:00 PM Summer Comunity Read: Kick Off Party at Bexley Public Library – kick of the Summer Community Read at Bexley Public Library with a party for all ages! There will be instruments to explore and a family friendly concert beginning at 3:00 PM!

3:00 PM – Youth Musical: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical at Alum Creek Amphitheater – watch this outdoor youth production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at the Alum Creek Amphitheater!


A BIG thank you to Olentangy Indian Caverns for sponsoring this post!

Central Ohio’s first Treasure Hunt Maze is now open, just in time for summer! Featuring three special treasure stops as you find your way out, it’s sure to add extra fun to your visit. Admission is $5.00 / person and includes three coins to be used at the treasure stations, which feature rotating goodies like arrowheads, gemstones, and minerals throughout 10,000 square feet of amazin’ fun.

Also, to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post.

When: Open 7 days a week
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1779 Home Road, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-548-7917


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ICYMI:  35 Free Things to Do with Your Kids This Summer in Columbus


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35 FREE Things to do with Your Kids This Summer in Columbus

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Summer is the best time to get out and explore lots of fun things with the kids! Luckily for us, Columbus is full of lots of FREE things to do this summer! If you need some inspiration, here are 35 things you can do for free around town!

1. Climb aboard the train at Homestead Metro Park.

2. Check out a farmer’s market. See this list from Columbus Moms Blog, listed by day of the week!

3. Watch an outdoor movie. See this list from 614 Mom.

4. Have fun at KidX at Polaris Fashion Place.

5. Play at Commons for Kids every Friday.

6. Climb into the tree house at Inniswood Metro Park.

7. Win prizes in a Summer Reading Club. Register at your local library or take advantage of one of these national programs listed by Mission to Save.

8. Try out one of Columbus’ many festivals. Check out this list of free summer events from Columbus Moms Blog!

9. Try out a new park. I have some ideas here and here!

10. Follow the path of the Dublin Irish Fairy Door Trail.

11. Get wet at a local Splash Pad.

12.. Bowl for free with the Kids Bowl Free program! There are 3 locations in the Columbus area!

13. Attend the Hilltop Bean Dinner commemorating the role the Hilltop played in the Civil War! Admission is free and there is a huge car show, food vendors, arts and crafts and more!

14. Shop 100 local vendors at the Powell Street Market.

15. Visit a Little Free Library to borrow or donate books.

16. Attend one of the Cap City Nights Festivals hosted by Columbus Recreation and Parks!

17. Learn about nature at one of the Preschool Programs at Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks.

18. Enjoy some music at Polaris Live every Thursday night.

19. Hear a story or two at the Storytime at Chic Fil A on Sawmill.

20. Enjoy a free concert at Celebration at the Station at Hilliard’s Station Park – Thursdays from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

21. Explore IKEA and get free childcare and free coffee for IKEA Family Members (rewards card holders).

22. Get artistic at Arts in Uptown on the Second Friday of each month!

23. Watch a free movie at Gateway Film Center! Admission to their Book to Film series is free with your library card!

24. Explore the new Blendon Woods Natural Play Area.

25. Attend Gallery Hop in the Short North on the first Saturday night of each month from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM! Enjoy street performers, special deals and treats and the shops stay open late!

26. Watch a movie and have fun at Bexley Main Event.

27. Get cultured at Pizzuti Family Days – you can enter for free on the 3rd Sunday of the month and there are special activities for kids!

28. Stop to smell the roses at Columbus Park of Roses.

29. Explore Columbus Museum of Art for free on Sundays.

30. Explore an ancient burial mound, Shrum Mound.

31. Take a ride on the CBUS. All rides are free and the buses go in a loop around the Short North, downtown, Brewery District and German Village.

32. Explore the new Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory for free on the 1st Sunday of each month! Residents of Columbus and Franklin County can enter for free with a valid ID from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM!

33. Beat the heat with a free indoor play area.

34. Enjoy music, activities and movies at Hoot Family Film Series – free with a non-perishable donation to the Open Shelter.

35. Do a craft, hear a story and listen to jazz music at PBJ & Jazz.

Feel free to share what kind of free activities your family likes to do around Columbus in the comments!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 27-29, 2018

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

1. Annie by Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: April 26 – May 13, 2018
Time: Th & F: 7:30 PM, Sat: 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM, Sun: 3:00 PM
Location: Park Street Theatre, 512 Park Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-6672

Take your kids to see this adaptation of the beloved “Little Orphan Annie”! This is a 2 act musical with an intermission. Recommended for ages 6 and up. On Fridays April 27 and May 4 there will be a 10:00 AM performance that is sensory friendly.

2. Unplugged Family Fun at CML, Reynoldsburg Branch

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: 1402 Brice Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age K-12th grade can take part in fun (non-screen) activities like board games, crafts and more!

3. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of each month, COSI offers extended hours (open until 9PM!) and price reduced admission to families so you can visit, learn, and play late! General admission Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for youth and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions plus a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater! (Free for members.)

4. 4th Friday on the Lawn: Storybook Village at Westerville Library

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Front Lawn, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-7277

Hear stories on the lawn and meet a storybook character! This is part of the 4th Friday event going on in Uptown Westerville!

5. Monty Python’s Spamalot at Marina Davis Performing Arts Center

When: Friday – Sunday, April 27-29, 2018
Time: Friday: 8:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 4000 Hard Rd., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 617-717-2464

See Dublin Scioto High School’s performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot! Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students! Play is rated “PG”.

6. STEM Adventures at Kiddie Academy of Hilliard

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2525 Roberts Court, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-363-4169

This is a free community event for kids to explore STEM activities with hands on activities! RSVP online!

7. Independent Bookstore Day at The Book Loft

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: 631 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-464-1774

The Book Loft of German Village is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day and it’s forty-first year with prizes and special give aways of Advanced Reader’s Editions of upcoming children’s books! There will be special guests signing books including Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Kenneth Wright, Michael J. Rosen, Dan Koboldt and David Meyers and Elise Meyers!

8. HOOT 86: Reading at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Reading! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter! Recommended for ages 1-8.

9. 32nd Annual Duckling Day at CML, Whetstone Branch

When: Saturday April 28, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3909 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-645-2275

Recommended for ages 2-6 years, this event includes a parade, live ducks, a puppet show and literacy activities! Dress like a duck or pick up a duck mask the day of the program.

10. Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 7770 Jacksontown Rd, Newark, OH 43056
Phone: 740-323-2355

The Columbus Bonsai Society is hosting an Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum in Newark. There will be educational activities, tree climbing, displays, animals from Columbus Zoo, food trucks, crafts and more activities! The first 500 families in attendance will receive a free tree to take home and plant!

11. Touch a Truck in West Jefferson

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 221 S. Center S.t, West Jefferson, OH 43162
Phone: 614-589-7453

Real Living Anders is sponsoring a touch a truck event, to benefit Santino’s Crusade for a cancer free world. There will be a touch a truck event as well as a home expo and food available!

12. Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Celebrate Arbor Day by making tree cookie necklaces and learning how trees grow!

13. Save the Frogs Weekend at Deer Haven Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM both days
Location: 4183 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-362-0283

This free event includes crafts, games and refreshments! Meet frogs up close and catch tadpoles! Learn how to save the frogs!

14. Nature Walk in Whitehall Community Park

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 402 N. Hamilton Rd., Whitehall, OH 43213
Phone: 614-863-0121

Walk with a ranger through Whitehall Community Park!

15. Supersize Tie-Dye Slime at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Spiral premade slime together to make tie-dye slime! This is a free event.

16. Battle of the Badges to honor First Responders at MAPFRE Stadium

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 1 Black And Gold Blvd., Columbus, OH 43211

The Columbus Fire Department Football Club will play a soccer squad from the Columbus Police Department before the Crew SC vs. San Jose Quakes game on Saturday! Use the link in the event to purchase discounted tickets! $5 of every ticket purchase will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund.

 

17. Dia del Niño at La Plaza Tapatia

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: 4233 Shoppers Ln., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-276-0333

Celebrate the Day of the Child with bounce houses, piñatas, food and specials within the store!

18. German Village Makers Market

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1108 City Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

This outdoor market will feature live music, food trucks, artists, designers, makers, growers, bakers and more! The event is family and pet friendly.

 

19. Nationwide Children’s Superhero Run 2018 at Hilliard Davidson High School

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 5100 Davidson Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026

This is a family-friendly event with a 5K and Kids Dash as well as other kid-friendly activities supporting Orphan World Relief and the Hilliard Davidson Band Program.

20. Zane Grey Family Day at National Road & Zane Grey Museum

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 8850 East Pike, Norwich, OH 43767
Phone: 800-752-2602

Just about an hour from Columbus, Zane Grey Family Day includes live music from The Wayfarers and Sweet Adelines, vintage baseball with the Ohio Village Muffins, fishing for kids and other kid-friendly activities. Admission is by donation.

21. Michael J. Rosen at UAPL at Upper Arlington Public Library

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

UAPL and Cover to Cover Children’s Books are hosting children’s book author, Michael J. Rosen at the Upper Arlington Public Library Friend’s Theater. His newest book, The Horse’s Haiku, will be for sale and he will be available to sign. Admission is free but you should reserve your seat online.

22. Science Sunday: Discover Ohio’s Earthworks at Blacklick Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Beech Maple Lodge, 6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-891-0700

An earthwork was recently discovered at Blacklick Woods Metro Park. Archaeologist Dr Jarrod Burks, President of Heartland Earthworks Conservancy will share about it and you can take a tram ride to see the Blacklick Circle for yourself.

 


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