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What Should We Do This Weekend? August 17-19, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – join a nature counselor for this weekly forest playtime. Enjoy a nature activity and a play time in the woods. Recommended for ages 2-5.

10:00 AM – Summer Book Sale at Upper Arlington Public Library – shop thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and more for $.25 to $2 each! The sale goes on through August 26th!

10:00 AM – The K12 Public School at Home Tour at COSI – this interactive mobile exhibit will offer an up-close look at education options available to students nationwide. There will be hands on activities, robots, augmented reality and more!

10:30 AM – Read it, Make it, Eat it-Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – enjoy a story, crafts and snack based on the Brown Bear theme! $15/child.

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week they are doing a Touch A Truck preview! There will be a preview of some of the trucks that will be at the Touch a Truck event on Saturday! The dates are wrong in their Facebook event, but I have confirmed that the preview is 8/17 and Touch a Truck is 8/18.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week’s movie is Wizard of Oz and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day! See this and more in:  35 Free Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus!

11:00 AM – The Columbus Food Truck Festival at The Scioto Mile – the Food Truck Festival happens on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM and is free for all! The festival includes live music, craft vendors and over 60 food trucks! Plus don’t miss the Columbus Duck Race benefitting Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

12:00 PM – Columbus Zoo Animals at Experience Columbus – come visit with animals from the Columbus Zoo at the Experience Columbus location in the Arena District. This is a free event.

5:00 PM – Learn More at Open House! at The Simplr STEAM Playground – check out the Open House at the SIMPLR STEAM playground from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM to learn about their Makerspace for kids! You can also drop your child off for one free hour. (Grades K-8).

6:00 PM – MusicBASH: The Richard Lynch Band at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – enjoy a night of country music at Slate Run Metro Park!

6:00 PM – Board Game Night! at Third Way Cafe – for a $3 cover charge you can play board games until 9:00 PM. Coffee is available and you can BYOB and food.

6:00 PM – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Community Festival at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grove City – this festival happens Friday and Saturday from 6:00 PM – midnight and includes rides, games, a silent auction, live entertainment, food and more! There is also a kids tent with games and activities!

7:00 PM – Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr. at Lincoln Theatre – CATCO is Kids takes your favorite movie to the stage! Check the link for several performance times throughout the weekend!

8:00 PM – Movie Series – Lego Batman at Sharon Woods Metro Park – watch The LEGO Batman Movie at dark! Bring your own seating!

8:30 PM – Movies in the Park – Star Wars the Last Jedi at Westgate Park – watch the movie Star Wars the Last Jedi at the park. Refreshments will be available for purchase! Bring your own blanket or chair!


Thank you to Branstool Orchards for sponsoring this post.

Read about our visit to Branstool Orchards here!

Pick  your own peaches at Branstool Orchards from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday! Dogs on leashes are welcome and there are picnic tables in the orchard for families that want to bring a picnic! Peaches should be available until the third week of September featuring nine varieties! We also have 32 varieties of apples left in the 2018 season!

Our farm market is stocked with fresh and local produce as well as many gourmet food items. If you don’t want to pick your own apples and peaches, we have plenty in the market to choose from as well! New this year we have organic milk and yogurt as well as local pasture raised eggs and single serve velvet ice cream!

Check our website for info on CSA subscriptions, farmers markets we attend and approximate ripening dates!


SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Hefty Hike at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – this 6 mile hike is recommended for ages 10 and older! Pack your own lunch!

8:00 AM – Harlem Township Days – celebrate Harlem Township with vendors, rides, live entertainment, fireworks and more! This festival happens Saturday and Sunday! On Saturday there will be free activities for kids including a bounce house, velcro wall, llamas and more from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM! On Sunday there will be a pancake breakfast, non denominational services and a kid’s tractor pull!

8:00 AM – KidsLinked.com’s 6th Annual Powell KidsFest at Adventure Park – enjoy a family friendly festival including a Free Fun Zone with a video game truck, contests, balloon artists, scavenger hunt and more!

9:00 AM – Lynd PEACH FEST ’18 at Lynd Fruit Farm – enjoy free wagon rides, kids crafts, games and more! There will be live music, food trucks, peach pie and more!

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – for $5 you can get a waffle with unlimited toppings plus juice and drip coffee! Coffee Connections has a fun play area for kids, see more here!

10:00 AM – All Aboard for Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail – check out the model trains at the Sandel Legacy Trail House and meet local model railroaders! This open house also takes place Sunday at 12:00 PM.

10:00 AM – Touch a Truck in New Albany – kids can get up close to fire engines, snow plows, street sweepers and more plus meet firefighters, police officers and public service department personnel!

10:00 AM – WAG! Fest 2018 – this is a free, family-friendly festival focused on dogs! There is a doggie beach, activities, vendors, educational advice, product samples and more!

10:00 AM – Touch-A-Truck at Polaris Fashion Place – get up close to fire trucks, dump trucks, classic trucks and more! Mr. Sunny from Sunny 95 will be there with cold treats!

10:00 AM – Fairy Garden Building at Scioto Grove Metro Park – kids can build a fairy garden with things they find in the woods. Bring your own container.

11:00 AM – Columbus Duck Race at Genoa Park – enjoy children’s activities, entertainment and watch thousands of ducks race to the finish line along the Scioto mile! A purchase of a racer duck benefits The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital plus you may win prizes including up to $5000! Family activities begin at 11:00 AM, Duck Drop happens at approximately 6:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Weinland Park Festival at Weinland Park Elementary School – this neighborhood festival includes free food, a bounce house, hamster balls, face painting, games, raffles and more!

1:00 PM – Open Barn Days 2018 at Sunrise Sanctuary – open barn days offer the opportunity to visit the animals at Sunrise Sanctuary which have been previously abused or neglected. Tickets can be purchased online and space is limited.

6:00 PM – RULE (3)’s 9th Birthday Party at Rule 3 – celebrate Rule 3’s 9th birthday with live music, bounce houses, corn hole, photo booth, characters, prizes games and more!

6:30 PM – Music Under the Paper Moon at Gallant Farm Park – visit the farm, get your photo taken under a paper moon, enjoy refreshments, games and live music!

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Pick Your Own Peaches at Branstool Orchards – this weekend, peach options include the ever popular contender Peaches, and you can pick your own apples, including Tsugaru and Zestar! apples. On Sunday, J-POPS gourmet Popsicles will be set up from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

11:00 AM – 5 Years of BIBIBOP – celebrate 5 years of BIBIBOP at the original location in Grandview between and 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM for $5 bowls and Plinko!

11:00 AM – Family Funday August Edition at The Draft Room – enjoy free crafts for kids and beer specials for the grown ups! Plus Broke Johnny Food Trck will be on site for brunch!

1:00 PM – The Muddy Miler at Gahanna Pool – this free adventure includes a muddy obstacle course where you WILL get dirty! This is free for the whole family and no preregistration is required! Arrive between 12:30 and 3:00 PM to be released in heats. First come first served.

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – Sundays from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM admission is $5 for all and kids 4 and under are free! Skate rental is $3 for those over 4. All locations.

6:00 PM – Free Movie Night: Toy Story at Columbus Commons – enjoy free bounce houses, slides, face painting, carousel rides and more at Columbus Commons then watch Toy Story at 7:00 PM!

8:00 PM – Sunset Bison Walk at Battelle Darby Nature Center – take a one mile walk to see the bison at sunset!

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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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Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Columbus and Central Ohio

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Save a few dollars by choosing one of these Kids Eat Free (or cheap!) options around Columbus and Central Ohio!

When kids can eat free, it sure does help! When you don’t feel like cooking, check this list for kids eat free (or cheap) locations around Columbus and Central Ohio! It’s always a good idea to click the link to verify that the offer still exists or call ahead to double check!

Where Can Kids Eat Free in Columbus and Central Ohio?

Every Day:

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Monday:

Carsonies Upper Arlington – Kids eat free! (2 kids meals per adult entree!)

Chocolate Cafe – Kids eat for $1.99 all day! From 11:30 – 1:00 PM Inflatin’ Clayton makes balloon creations!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

Buffalo Wings and Rings – Kids 10 and under eat free with a paying adult ($5 minimum purchase).

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Tuesday:

Kids meal at IKEA Kids Eat Free

Kids eat free at IKEA on Tuesdays!

IKEA – Get up to two kids meals with purchase of one adult entree for kids 12 and under.

El Vaquero – all day, buy one regular dinner and get one free kid`s meal. Only for kids under 12 years old.

McAlister’s Deli – after 4:00 PM kids eat for $.99 with the purchase of an adult entree.

Miller’s Ale House – 1 Free Kids Meal with the purchase of 1 regularly priced Adult Entree. Ages 12& under. Dine in only.

Sweet Carrot – Kids 10 and under eat free. One free kids meal for every adult meal purchase.

Bob Evans – from 4:00 PM to close one free kids meal with the purchase of each adult meal!

The Mudflats Bar and Grill – kids 12 and under get a free meal from the kids menu with each adult meal. Dine-in only. All day.

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Kids Meal at MELT Bar and Grilled in the Short North.

MELT Bar and Grilled – Kids eat for $2 every Tuesday (Limit of 3 discounted meals per adult with entree purchase.)

Carfagnas Kitchen – kids eat free!

Sawmill Skyline Chili – one free kid’s meal for each paying adult. Includes a kids craft!

Moe’s – free kids meal with an adult’s purchase.

El Vaquero – one free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Dine-in only.

Max & Erma’s – free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree!

Fazoli’s – Tuesday night is Kids Night and with the purchase of one adult entree you can get up to 3 kids meals at $.99 each.

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Wednesday:

Ten Pin Alley – Receive one free kids meal with the purchase of one adult entree at regular price. Read more about all there is to do at Ten Pin Alley here!

Rise Pies – kids get a free cheese pizza with any pizza or large salad purchase. Age 10 and under.

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

Columbus Clippers – kids 12 and under can customize their own free meal. Limit one per child. To receive a voucher to eat free you must take your ticket to the Advanced Ticket Booth in center field. Child must be accompanied by an adult.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Thursday:

Quaker Steak and Lube – Free Kids’ Lube Cruiser Meal for ages 10 and under with adult entree purchase! All day.

kids meal at Old Bag of Nails

Kids meal at Old Bag of Nails

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Friday:

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Saturday:

The Olive Tree Mediterranean Cafe – free kids meal from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM every Saturday with a $10 purchase.

Steak ‘n Shake – kids eat free all weekend! Get 1 free Kids’ Plate for every $9 you spend. Dine-in only, Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under.

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Sunday:

Steak ‘n Shake – kids eat free all weekend! Get 1 free Kids’ Plate for every $9 you spend. Dine-in only, Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under.

The RAM Restaurant and Brewery – Kids eat for $1 with the purchase of an adult entree.

The Mudflats Bar and Grill – kids 12 and under get a free meal from the kids menu with each adult meal. Dine-in only. All day.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – kids eat free on Sundays!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Where else do kids eat free in Columbus? Leave a comment below and I will add it to the list!

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

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Over 25 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY:

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity followed by a forest playtime in the woods! Suitable for ages 2-5. This is a free event but donations are welcome.

10:00 AM – Hilliard Library Concert  – check out the new Hilliard Library and see Miss Marlene perform new and favorite songs! There will be two shows: 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Super Heroes and Villains! See more about KidX here.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week’s movie is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

6:00 PM – Summer Sizzle at Gantz Park – this week’s concert series will move to Gantz Park to kick of National Parks and Recreation Month. You can explore the farmhouse, gardens, barn and scenic walking path and enjoy a special concert beginning at 7:00 PM featuring the Central Ohio Brass Band in the gazebo.

6:00 PM – First Friday Arts in the Alley in Gahanna – this makers market and street festival features street vendors, food carts and live entertainment!

7:00 PM – Friday Night Float at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe out on the lake, all equipment provided! Kids must be abel to fit into a life jacket.

7:00 PM – MoMM Foundation Christmas in July at Westerville Pool – this family fun night includes swimming, water games, inflatables, face painting, balloon artist, food, drinks and more! Celebrating Christmas in July, kids can also get their picture taken with Santa and decorate a holiday cookie. Proceeds benefit the Holiday Blessings program which helps to provide Christmas gifts to local families in need.

7:00 PM – Music in the Park: Concert On The Green at Kingsdale – celebrate Upper Arlington’s Centennial with 100 minutes of music each week! This week features the Charlie Foxtrot Quintet

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Kids Workshop at Home Depot Stores – kids can build a fishing game and decorate it with paint and stickers. Kids get a certificate, apron and commemorative pin for completing their project. Recommended for ages 5-12.

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art at Art with Anna – Kids 4 and up can be dropped off to make an art project. This week’s class is a Sailboat Collage. $20/artist.

10:00 AM – Discovery Stations in The Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory – from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM kids can drop by the Discovery Station in The Children’s Garden to participate in hands on activities. This weekend’s theme is Red, White and Bloom. Included in admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Preschool Story Time at Scioto Audubon, Grange Insurance Audubon Center – hear nature inspired stories for preschoolers! Check out my list of 9 Things to do with Your Kids at Scioto Audubon for before or after!

10:00 AM – Storytime, music and fun! at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – Brian Griffin, award winning artist and musician, will read and perform stories and songs. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

10:30 AM – Family Storytime at Slate Run Farm – enjoy The Little Red Hen and activities where kids can learn how grain becomes bread.

11:00 AM – Ready for Kindergarten Family Story Time at Main Library – the whole family can join in on this story time at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library.

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – on Saturday and Sunday kids can enjoy caricature artist, face painters and balloon artists on Fenlon Squre!

11:00 AM – Pete the Cat Party at Upper Arlington Public Library (Main Library)  – Pete the Cat will make a guest appearance at this party that includes stories, crafts and games!

12:00 PM – Wheat Threshing at Gallant Farm Park – learn how to thresh and winnow wheat by hand and watch demonstrations of wheat being ground into flour. This event is free.

8:00 PM – Campfire & S’mores at Homestead Metro Park – enjoy s’mores around the campfire. S’mores ingredients and roasting sticks provided.

SUNDAY:

10:00 AM – Discovery Stations in The Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory – from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM kids can drop by the Discovery Station in The Children’s Garden to participate in hands on activities. This weekend’s theme is Red, White and Bloom. Included in admission or membership.

12:00 PM – $1 Cone Day at Handel’s Columbus – single scoop regular or sugar cones are $1 this Sunday only!

12:00 PM – Ray Ray’s Westerville First Anniversary Party at Ray Ray’s Maxtown – celebrate Ray Ray’s 1st anniversary of their Westerville location with a hog roast, live chalk murals, kids activities, music and more!

1:00 PM – Ice Cream Social at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – enjoy a free ice cream social with 614 Mom. Read more about the free play area at Coffee Connections here!

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – on Sundays until 3:30 PM through August, admission will be $5 for all ages, skate rental will be $3 and kids 4 and under are free!

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – on Saturday and Sunday kids can enjoy caricature artist, face painters and balloon artists on Fenlon Squre!

2:00 PM – Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit with animals from the zoo! Included with membership or admission.

2:00 PM – Base Ball – Adena Worthington’s vs Ohio Village Muffins at Adena Mansion & Garden Society – take a trip to Chillicothe to watch 1860’s style “base ball”. The Adena Worthingtons play the Ohio Village Muffins!

3:30 PM – July Family Paint: Ice Cream Sundae at Art with Anna – kids ages 6 and up can paint a ice cream themed painting with the whole family! $15/artist.


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