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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 1-3, 2016: July 4th Edition!

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Yay for long weekends and holidays! Here is a mix of activities for your weekend, some are 4th of July related and some are not! Regardless, there is definitely no lack of entertainment this weekend! We’ll be celebrating my “baby’s” 2nd birthday! The second year goes so much faster than the first, don’t you think? I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

1. Ashland Balloonfest

When: Thursday, June 30 – Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: Begins Thursday at 4:00 PM and ends on Sunday morning (see link for schedule)
Location: 1256 Center Street, Ashland, OH 44805

If you’re looking to take a road trip this weekend, the Ashland Balloonfest is a whole weekend of fun events including a kids fun zone, exotic animals, fire trucks on display, COSI on Wheels, concessions and of course, hot air balloons!

2. KidX Club at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: the fountain at Polaris Lifestyle Center (outside), 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0180

KidX Club is happening every Friday at Polaris Mall through August 12, 2016. Each week has a theme and this week is Safe Smart! Make an ID bracelet and enter the raffle for a bike helmet!

3. Red White and Boom

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: Activities beginning at 12:00 PM
Location: Downtown Columbus

This huge event in downtown Columbus includes a parade, live music, Taste of BOOM, live broadcasts, a children’s park, fireworks and an after party! For kids, the Columbia Gas’ Children’s Park is at the corner of Neil Ave. and Long St.. There will be inflatables, a dunk tank, COSI on Wheels, Columbus Blue Jackets Slap Shot, face painting and more! It will be open from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The parade kicks off at 6:00 PM and will take place mainly on Front St. between Main and Long. Check the website for parking info and lots of details about attending the event!

4. Ballpark “Boom” at Huntington Park

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln, Columbus, OH 43215

For $5 you can enter Huntington Park for family-friendly fun at the ballpark. Activities include firecrackers, inflatables, zip lining, and two live concerts. Stay to view the fireworks and concert that continues afterwards. Tickets are available for resale or at the ticket office the night of. Some activities have additional costs.

5. Chalk it UP! in Downtown Delaware

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 20 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-362-6050

Check out the sidewalk chalk art competition during Delaware’s First Friday!

6. Reynoldsburg Independence Day Festival in Civic Park

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 1600 Daugherty Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This pre-fireworks festival includes inflatables, food trucks and live entertainment! Fireworks start at 9:45 PM!

7. Home Depot Kids Workshop

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

Parent and child can come together to build an Ice Age: Collision Course bowling game. Kids get a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin!

8. Family Days at Pizzuti Collection

When: Saturday, July 2 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N Park St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-280-4004

Family Days at the Pizzuti Collection has been moved to the first Saturday of the month, in conjunction with Gallery Hop! These special days include guided children’s tours at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM and a scavenger hunt. Each child will also be given their own sketchbook! You can read about our visit to the Pizzuti Collection here.

9. Ohio Roller Girls at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Ohio Building, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This Saturday is your last chance to see the Ohio Roller Girls at home! Children under 8 are always free and games are kid-friendly!

10. Independence Day at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Celebrate Independence Day with a parade, music, dancing and other old-fashioned family activities at Ohio Village!

11. Olentangy Summer Bash

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: Gates open at 6:00 PM
Location: Olentangy Braves Stadium, 675 Lewis Center Road, Lewis Center, OH 43035

This celebration features a Kids Zone and a Teen Zone, a live DJ and a fireworks show accompanied by a live soundtrack on Mix 107.9!

12. Creekside Family Day at the Independence Day Celebration

When: Monday, July 4, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 117 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Creekside Family Day includes activities throughout Creekside Park and Olde Gahanna such as face painting, inflatables, game truck, hamster balls and other family activities set up by featured sponsors! Live music takes place on the Rotary Stage! Some events require purchase of a wristband to participate.

Looking for more 4th of July celebrations around the Columbus area? Check out the list of 4th of July Fireworks and Parades from Columbus Moms Blog.

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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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A Day on the Farm: 5 Things to do at Stratford Ecological Center

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A friend and I took our kids to Stratford Ecological Center one afternoon in early June. It was a bright sunny day which made for a beautiful 30 minute drive to Delaware County. I took my oldest son, who, on the drive, became obsessed with the idea of being in the woods  (though he kept calling it “the wood,” as in, “are we in the wood now mommy?”) I think what he really meant was “wow, look at all these trees!” And when we turned into the driveway for the center it looked like this:

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And then yes, I could definitively say we were in “the woods”.  😉 We drove back through the property and arrived at the visitor’s center. Though the property managed by the Stratford Ecological Center is 236 acres, we spent about two hours just wandering through the small, educational farm. When visiting, you’re free to roam about the property at your own pace. Here are 5 things you can do!

1. Visit the animals in the barn

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The day we visited, there was a farm camp for kids going on. These camps are week-long day camps for kids ages 3-12. We got in on a goat-milking session with some of the kids.  (haha – no pun intended. 😉 )

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In the barn, there were also goats, sheep, a llama and a few barn cats that the kids went crazy trying to pet. Outside the barn, there were cows in the pasture, chickens and baby chicks, a rooster, a rabbit, and a mama with her baby goats.

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(I swear, the wearing of the tractor shirt was a total coincidence, I’m not THAT coordinated!)

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This is the famous unfriendly rooster. (That’s what the sign says, I’m not just being mean.) It’s famous at our house because whenever we talk about the farm, this is pretty much always what Jaden brings up. These are the things that leave impressions on kids!

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2. Walk out to the pond

Make sure you take a walk out to the pond. We got directions from the friendly staff inside the visitor’s center. It’s a short walk, though this path looks like it could go on forever!

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We saw birds and tadpoles and we could hear frogs croaking around the pond.

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It was beautiful and peaceful.

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As a bonus, there are lots of farm machines/equipment to see on the way down the path!

3. Pick your own fruits and vegetables

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Since we visited in early June, the only crops available for picking were various kinds of lettuce. But throughout the growing season, you can pick and purchase your own organic fruits and vegetables grown here in the garden. Inside the center you can also purchase eggs, meat, honey and seasonal maple syrup. Anything that is not purchased is donated to People In Need, a Delaware food bank.

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4. Dig in dirt

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I’ll be honest, of all the things on the farm, this was probably the most fun for Jaden. He loves to dig in the dirt and there is a small shed full of shovels, rakes and hoes and a huge pile of dirt with a sign that says, “dig here,” which is pretty much every little boy’s dream!

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5. Attend a story time or family program

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We weren’t at the farm during any special programing so I can’t tell you personally about this, but the center does offer a story time on the second Tuesday of each month, March through November ($5/family). On the second Saturday of the month, your family can participate in chores around the farm from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM ($12/family). There are other special events scheduled this fall as well, so check out the event calendar here.

This is an outing is one you can totally do at your own (or your kids’) pace. The farm, garden, pasture and pond are all fairly close to each other so it’s doable even for small children (though not stroller friendly). Let me know what your kids enjoy doing on the farm!

Know Before You Go:

Stratford Ecological Center
Address: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Visitors are encouraged to give a $3 donation per person or $6 per family.

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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 24-26, 2016

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This weekend I want to be about 5 different places at once! Luckily, a lot of these events are  happening either all weekend or at multiple times! So get out your calendar and plan away! Have a great weekend!

1. Half Price Books Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Friday – Sunday, June 24-26, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43211

Hundreds of thousands of books, movies and music are on clearance at this huge sale! Everything is $2 or less!

2. Tanger Family Festival at Tanger Outlets

When: Friday – Sunday, June 24-26, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 400 S. Wilson Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074
Phone: 740-965-2927

The new outlet mall opens this weekend with special events happening all weekend! There will be games, crafts, entertainment and even a ferris wheel! Saturday is Superhero Saturday!

3. Fun Fridays: Playdough Play at Everal Barn

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

Children 6 years and under (accompanied by a parent or caregiver) are invited to play with dough! Experiment with different kinds of dough and make new colors! Cost is $5.

4. Family Storytime at Slate Run Farm

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Kids of all ages can take part in a story time, help with chores around the garden and taste vegetables grown at the farm! This is also happening on Saturday at 10:30 as well!

5. Powell Festival at Village Green Park

When: Friday – Saturday, June 24 & 25, 2016
Time: Begins at 5:00 PM on Friday and 12:00 PM on Saturday (see link for schedule)
Location: 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065

This festival features live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, fireworks and plenty of kids activities in the Mount Carmel Kid’s Zone! There’s even something called “Endless Recess” – how could that not be fun?

6. Music Bash: Bluegrass at Slate Run Metro Park

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

The Slate Ridge Bluegrass Band is featured at the first of three summer concerts sponsored by Friends of Metro Parks! This event is free and family friendly.

7. Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

It’s free to watch Honey I Shrunk the Kids (Rated PG) at Columbus Commons!

8. Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone:  614-715-8000

Did you know there is such a thing as National Pollinators Week? The Franklin Park Conservatory wants to help you celebrate by making bee and butterfly crafts, talking with beekeepers, watching cooking demonstrations, listening to live music and more! See the link for a detailed schedule of the day!

9. Honey Bee Festival at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Another chance to celebrate the honey bee this weekend with kids crafts, hay rides, beeswax demonstrations, live music and Dan’s Deli Food Truck. Event is $5 per person or $15 per family. If you come in a bee-themed costume, you can get in for free!

10. Grand Opening Celebration at Main Library

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

After 16 months of renovation, Main Library opens with a dedication and ribbon cutting, concert in the park, an outdoor movie and more! See my sneak peek here!

11. Hilltop Bean Dinner Festival in Westgate Park

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43204

Westgate park was a Civil War prison camp where the prisoners survived on a serving of beans, twice a day. This family-friendly festival commemorates that history and celebrates unity with music, food (including beans!) arts and craft vendors and an antique car show!

12. International Mud Day at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Confluence Trails Bulletin Board, 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

Your kids can get as muddy as they want in the giant mud pit in the Natural Play Area at the park. Can’t make it this weekend?  It’s also happening at Blendon Woods on Wednesday, June 29.

13. Family Fun Day at Strand Theatre

When: Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 28 E. Winter St., Delaware, Ohio 43015

The Strand Theater in Delaware is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a day of family fun including a free showing of E.T.!IMG_8735

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