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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 26-29, 2017 Memorial Day Edition

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1. The Main Event at Capital University Main Lawn

When: Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 2242 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

This family-oriented evening includes activities, food trucks and the movie Moana!

2. Story Trail Opening at Friendship Park

When: Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

Story Trail reopens for the summer with a ceremony and ribbon cutting, musical performance, games and activities! This year’s story is called The Friendship Bridge and was written and illustrated by students from Gahanna Lincoln High School.

3. Beauty and the Beast & Pirates of the Caribbean at South Drive-In

When: Opens Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 9:30 PM
Location: 3050 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: 614-491-6771

Beauty and the Beast (PG) playing with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG13) for a double feature this coming week at South Drive-In!

4. 43rd Annual Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival in Utica, Ohio

When: Saturday – Monday, May 27-29, 2017
Time: Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 11339 Mt. Vernon Rd., Utica, OH 43080

This annual celebration of ice cream also includes kids’ activities, a parade, artisans and vendors, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment and ice cream eating contests! Kid’s activities include bounce houses, COSI on Wheels, Egg Toss, Magic Show and more! Cost is $5/car. See our trip to the Ice Cream Festival here!

5. Ohio Village Opening Day at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Ohio Village celebrates a new era and it’s season opening with an 1890’s-style carnival! There will be special performers, music, fairy floss (cotton candy) and lots of family fun! See pictures from last year’s event here!

6. Asian Festival at Franklin Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 27-28, 2017
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1755 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43203

Celebrate and experience Asian culture in columbus with exhibits and demonstrations, entertainment, a children’s area, games, food and more! The children’s area will have games, crafts, ethnic costumes and the opportunity to make a handprint dragon. This is a free event and parking is free, too!

7. HOOT 75: Reading at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
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!

8. Let’s Plant Some Seeds at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614- 878-1301

Hear the story If You Plant a Seed? and plant real seeds to take home and watch them grow! This activity is recommended for ages Preschool through 3rd grade.

9. MAKEbreak Patriotic Projects at Michaels

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Make a red, white and blue craft: a tulle headband or patriotic slime! (A purchase is required for the headband.) The same day from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, kids 3 and up can decorate a patriotic cookie! $2 per cookie.

10. Family Funday at Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Family Funday at the Commons includes kids activities, inflatables, face painting, putt-putt, carousel rides, and more! The movie The Secret Life of Pets begins at 8:00 PM. It is free to enter the event and many activities are free. A $5 wristband gives you unlimited access to all paid activities. The event opens at 3:00 PM for families with children with sensory sensitivity to feature a less overwhelming environment.

11. Family Day at the Orange Johnson House

When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 956 High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

The theme of this Family Day is Grave Rubbings! Tour the Orange Johnson House and then make grave rubbings from plates depicting the grave markers of famous Worthington residents buried at St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery! This event is free for members, $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-16 and free for those under 5! Cash or check only!

12. Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players at Maple Grove UMC

When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7 W. Henderson Rd., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-262-1163

Grammy nominated Children’s musician Justin Roberts will perform at 4:00 PM and games and activities will begin at 3:00 PM.

13. Paw Patrol Memorial Day Skate at Skate Zone 71

When: Monday, May 29, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Chase and Marshall will visit Skate Zone 71 on Monday! If you arrive before 1:00 PM, admission is only $.99!

There are many ways to observe Memorial Day around Columbus. Check out Columbus on the Cheap for a full list of area Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies here!

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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? May 19-21, 2017

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1. Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-436-2743

There will be over 40 vehicles for kids to touch and explore! Kids can meet the drivers and participate in other children’s activities! Columbus Public Health will be doing car seat checks and the Ohio Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics will be handing out free bike helmets while they last! The whole event will be “no horn” and you can bring a canned or non-perishable food item to donate to Worthington Food Pantry!

2. Easton Food Fest at Easton Town Center

When: Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2017
Time: See link for times for each day.
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Easton’s 3rd Annual Food Fest is this weekend! There will be Food Truck Friday, Sippin’ Saturday and Sweet Sunday! Sunday might be particularly kid-friendly with samples of sweet treats and live music!

3. Der Dutchman Heritage Days at Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery

When: Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20, 2017
Time: Friday at 6:30 PM and Saturday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Location:445 S. Jefferson St., Rt 42, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-3414

Celebrate Plain City’s Amish heritage with a hog roast and concert on Friday night and celebration on Saturday! Saturday’s activities are free and include a horse parade, vintage baseball game, horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo and lots more!

4. Above the Noise at Westgate Community Recreation Center

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave. Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

The Olentangy Orange High School a cappella pop group, Above the Noise, will be performing an outdoor concert in front of the Rec Center! This is a free concert – bring a chair!

5. Market Sprouts at Worthington Farmer’s Market

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 646 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Check out the information tent at the Worthington Farmer’s Market every 3rd Saturday for activities for kids inspired by the farmer’s market!

6. Babies and Bumps 2017 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 100 Green Meadows Dr. S., Lewis Center, OH 43035

This convention is for new and soon-to-be parents! Meant to be a source of support and resources, there will be seminars and demonstrations, activities and organizations who will cater to you and baby!

7. Busy Bees Garden Club at Dutch Mill Greenhouse

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 18443 State Route 4, Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-0511 Ext 13

This free activity takes place on the third Saturday of each month and is ideal for ages 3 and up! This month’s theme will be DIY seed bombs!

8. Touch a Truck at Grove City UMC

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2684 Columbus St., Grove City, OH 43123

Check out big rigs, construction vehicles and more! There will be a quiet break from 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM for children with sensitivity to sound.

9. First Annual Book Bash at Maryland Avenue Elementary School

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2754 Maryland Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

This family-friendly event includes face painting, book-themed crafts, food trucks, author talks and a silent auction!

10. New Albany Founders Day at New Albany Elementary 2-8

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 177 N. High St., New Albany, OH 43054

This free community event includes a parade, carnival rides, vendors and food trucks! The parade begins at 11:00 AM!

11. Wild Wonders at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The new topiary exhibit, Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders, opens this weekend at FPC! To celebrate the grand opening and Endangered Species Day, animal ambassadors from Ohio Wildlife Center will be visiting at 11:00 AM! You can also learn about the endangered species of Ohio from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM!

12. Spring Fling at Sunny 95 Park

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.
Phone: 614-583-5000

The UA Parks and Recreation department hosts this fun event which includes a fishing derby, touch-a-truck, The Turtle Lady, arts and crafts, inflatables, live music and more!

13. Open House at Burnt Toast Farms

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM both days.
Location: 18230 Raymond Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 614-547-3276

Help Burnt Toast Farms kick off the season with this open house event which includes farm tours, games, flower picking, sunflower seed planting, photo booth, lawn games and more!

14. Water Safety Awareness Day at Goldfish Swim School

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Westerville and Dublin locations
Phone: Westerville: 614-407-3474 Dublin: 614-407-3474

This free event is open to the public and will include Water Safety Presentations, family entertainment, family swim, refreshments and visits from community helpers (including fire trucks!)! Drowning is the leading cause of accidental-injury death in kids age 1-4. Come learn about ways to say safe in and around water taught by Goldfish and safety professionals! Each child will receive a Water Safety Badge from Bubbles! Click the links for the details at each location!

15. EMS & Safety Day at COSI

When: Sunday May 21, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Check out a police cruiser, learn about what police officers, firefighters and other first responders do and watch the Columbus Fire Department use the Jaws of Life during a mock crash! Free with COSI admission or membership.

16. Natural Play Area Grand Reopening at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-891-0700

Celebrate the re-opening of the newly designed natural play area at Blendon Woods Metro Park! Kids can build forts, climb trees, dig in the dirt and more! There will also be free ice cream!


Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for sponsoring this post!

Goldfish Swim School offers perpetual, year-round swim lessons for kids ages 4 months to 12 years old. Our pools are warm and inviting (90 degrees) and our class sizes are small (4:1) so kids receive the personalized attention from our Ellis-trained swim instructors. Our curriculum focuses on water safety so we teach kids at all levels how to be safe in and around water. Goldfish Swim School has two Central Ohio locations, in Dublin and Westerville, and for more information, visit http://westerville.goldfishswimschool.comand http://dublin.goldfishswimschool.com.

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7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day with Your Kids

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On Mother’s Day my basic goal is not to be stressed. My kids are pretty young so I don’t desire to go to a fancy brunch where I just end up stressed out because they can’t sit still or won’t listen. I’ve only been at this mom thing for 5 Mother’s Days, but it seems to me that moms fall into two camps: those who just want some time ALONE to get pampered or go shopping or take a nap, and those who want to spend the day doing special things WITH their kids. Well, I’ve got a foot in both camps because I like to have lunch out with my kids and THEN get to take a nap! 😉

If you’re looking for something different to do WITH you kids that doesn’t involve glaring at them over a Belgian waffle because they’re telling potty jokes during brunch, then pick one of these kid-friendly, yet special for Mom, events going on next week!

1. No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and Fundraiser at Wolfe Park

The whole family is invited to participate in this event that raises money for families in Franklin County who are in need. Focused on providing diapers to families in our community who need them most, Columbus Birth and Parenting hosts this 5K and 1 mile walk/run plus kiddie dash each year to raise support for the cause. 1 in 3 families must REUSE soiled diapers again and again because they cannot afford to keep their children clean, dry and healthy!

You can feel good about spending your Mother’s Day weekend helping families in need by participating in the race, walk or kiddie dash and your family can enjoy a fun morning filled with food trucks, face painting, fun kid’s activities, flowers for purchase and fabulous raffles.  It’s a Saturday morning out at a park to celebrate Mother’s Day as a family while helping struggling mothers in Columbus at the same time.

I will be participating in the 1 mile run/walk (let’s just admit it: walk. I’ve only run one 5K in my life and it’s not happening again any time soon.) And I would love if you would consider joining this cause on May 13th! No Child Wet Behind is offering my readers $5 off with the code WHATSHOULDWEDOTODAY ! (Cost is $35 without code.) Enter the code at checkout!

Can’t make it on the 13th? You can still help out by donating a pack of diapers at any of these locations:

2. Mother’s Day Build at the Lego Store (Easton)

On May 13th and 14th, VIP members (join here or inquire in the store) can come in with Mom to build a mini tulip for free! Recommended for ages 6-14 and you must register in advance by calling the store (Easton: 614-342-2710).

3. Fit4Mom Columbus North Mother’s Day Celebration

I know a couple of people involved in Fit4Mom and they LOVE it! One of them shared about it on the blog here. It sounds so great and if I had joined a few months ago maybe I would be running the 5K mentioned above instead of the 1 mile walk. 😉 haha. Anyway . . . new moms are always welcome to join and on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 9:30 AM, they are having a Mother’s Day Celebration which includes free coffee and donuts (an exercise program with donuts?! how great is that??) AND they will be making a Mother’s Day keepsake craft. See the link for info on how to register!

4. Celebrate Mom Open House at Picassos

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Picassos is having a Celebrate Mom Open House from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Kids can decorate a flower pot for free and Portraits by Laura will be there for mini sessions ($30 for 5 poses and 5 digital images). You can shop for Mother’s Day gifts and check out discounted classes!

5. Celebrate Mom! at Franklin Park Conservatory

The Franklin Park Conservatory would be a beautiful place to spend Mother’s Day Weekend! On Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can paint a flower pot for Mom and plant a flower in it! It’s also one of the last weekends to see the Fairy Gardens – the last day of the exhibit is May 29, 2017.

6. Mommy and Me Painting Class with Colorful Columbus

On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017) you can paint a picture with your child! The theme is elephants and the cost is $35 which includes supplies for Mom and one child. All skill levels are welcome for this event and you must register in advance!

7. Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl Columbus (Easton)

Another option for Sunday is the Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl at Easton! You must register ahead for this event which includes a meal in the restaurant, a flower for your daughter, games, a craft, a spiral notebook and a picture frame! This is recommended for girls ages 8 and up.

One More Thing . . .

Looking for a way to pamper yourself? Join 614Mom for Celebrating You, an event to celebrate Columbus Moms with a lipstick bar, swag bags and more! This is a FREE event for moms but it will also be a location where you can bring a pack of diapers for No Child Wet Behind! 🙂

No matter what you choose to do, I hope you have a happy Mother’s Day and do something YOU enjoy! Next week I will be celebrating my readers with a week of giveaways in honor of Mother’s Day, so make sure to follow me on social media (links below) for all the fun giveaways!

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