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5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus PART 2

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Last month I shared with you 5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus and this is my second round of “things we’ve actually done”! 😉 I hope you enjoy exploring Columbus with your kids! Here are 5 more things to do together this summer:

1. Attend Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

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Columbus Commons is a great downtown park and on Fridays there are all kinds of special FREE activities for kids like bounce houses, story time, crafts, sports activities and special visitors. One of the weeks we attended there was a show by Ronald McDonald and the Columbus Zoo brought live animals to see and touch. Carrousel rides (normally $1) are free during this time and there is a parking garage right across the street if you can’t snag a meter.

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Tortilla is open for lunch at the park and there is also Jeni’s ice cream on site! Commons for kids lasts from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Check their schedule here for what is going on each week.

2. Make Origami Art at the Franklin Park Conservatory

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The latest exhibit at the Conservatory is Origami in the Garden. On display are several works of origami art and there are related family activities going on during the exhibit. On Saturdays, kids can learn how to fold an origami crane from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

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In the children’s area there are tables set up with paper and instructional booklets about how to fold different things like cranes, airplanes, boats and more. Throughout the Conservatory, Japenese Garden is the theme! Outdoors, there are origami sculptures as well. During the summer, the Franklin Park Conservatory is open until 9:00 PM on Wednesdays (through August 31st). See the full listing of family activities here.

3. Try Out a New Splash Pad

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So far, my kids aren’t big fans of splash pads! We’ve tried out Ballantrae Park/Bunny Fountains in Dublin, the fountains at Easton, FountainSide at Bicentennial Park, and the fountains at Polaris Mall and my kids still are unsure about getting water splashed in their faces at unpredictable times. I feel like I might be reaching the limit of how many times I should try this activity, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! 😉 Here’s a list of 8 Columbus Splash Pads from Columbus Moms Blog!

4. Visit a Brand New Library

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I can’t go without mentioning the new Main Library! It’s a must visit this summer! Enjoy the remodeled Children’s Department and then take a walk through the outdoor reading room to Topiary Park. There are PBJ&Jazz concerts in the park on the second Saturday of each month this summer (which happens to be this weekend, July 9!). We were able to catch a little bit of the first one which took place at the Grand Opening Celebration of Main Library in June.

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Main Library is not the only new library opened this year! The Parson’s Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library (seen above) opened earlier this summer and it has a open area for story times and a Ready For Kindergarten area that has fun, educational toys. We’re also keeping an eye on the new Grove City Library, slated to open sometime late this summer or early fall! Summer is also a great time to try out a new-to-you library! Here are a few of my recommendations: Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing! Part 1 and Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing! Part 2. Make sure to join the Summer Reading Clubs available at most libraries around the Columbus area and win prizes just for reading!

5. Play on the “Little” Big Machines at COSI

Hopefully you got to see the Big Machines exhibit a few weeks ago, but if not, these “little” big machines are on display for driving and climbing for the rest of the summer! Inside the little kidspace there is a special construction area with pretend tools for lots of fun play!

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COSI is open every day during the summer and until 9:00 PM on the last Friday of each month. They do close down for most of September for their yearly cleaning, so make sure you get to see this exhibit before summer ends! Mark your calendars for August 10-14, 2016 for the next outdoor exhibit at COSI, Farm Days! There are plenty of big machines at this one, too (mostly in the form of tractors)!

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We’re having a lot of fun this summer and I hope you are, too! Columbus has so many things to do and places to explore! In fact, I’ve already started on a Part 3 to this post, so check back soon! 🙂

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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 13-15, 2016

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1. Indianola Informal Carnival at Indianola K-8

When: Friday, May 13, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 251 E. Weber Rd., Columbus, OH 43202

Help support Indianola Informal K-8 by attending their annual carnival!  Event includes bounce houses, activity booths, a silent auction, games, food and entertainment!  Money raised will help provide students with funds for field trips, technology, enrichment activities and more.

2. Ohio N-Scale Weekend at Franklin County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Model trains will be on display at the 8th annual Ohio N-Scale Weekend! Adults are $5.

3. Touch a Truck in Grove City and Pickerington

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: See links for locations in each city.

Two Touch a Truck events are going on on Saturday!  There will be lots of large vehicles for kids to learn about, touch, sit in and play on!

4. Countdown to Kindergarten at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215

If you have a child headed toward Kindergarten in Columbus City Schools, they’re invited to Countdown to Kindergarten at this fun event featuring games, activities, give-aways and a vist with Curious George!

5. 3 Year Anniversary Party at The Hills Market Downtown

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 95 N. Grant St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-702-7900

The Hills Market Downtown is celebrating turning three years old with a carnival-like, family-friendly party!  The party will include live music, carnival games, face painting, snacks and free samples from vendors all over Ohio.  The event is free, but if you register through Eventbrite (the link above) you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to The Hills Market Downtown and you will receive a 20% off coupon to use on the day of the party!

6. Food Trucks & Science Fest at Genoa Park

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 303 W Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Food Trucks will gather behind COSI to offer local food and fun science experiements! There will be kids’ activities and CD102.5 will broadcast live from 12:00 – 3:00 PM.  Entrance is free!

7. Dr. U.R. Awesome at Big Fun

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 672 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-8697

Dr. U.R. Awesome is a 2 x Guinness World Record Holder for the largest free floating soap bubbles indoors and outdoors!  He will be hanging around Big Fun as they celebrate their 3rd anniversary!  Big Fun will be open from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM and you can also receive 25% off on that day if you say the word “fun”!

8. Disney in Concert – Tale As Old As Time at Ohio Theatre

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2016
Time: Saturday: 8:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-0939

Many favorite Disney songs will be peformed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and four vocalists, including music from Frozen, Lion King, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid, to name a few.  Video clips from the movies will also be shown.  Tickets are still availble at the publishing of this post.

9. Family Day at the Orange Johnson House

When: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 956 High St., Columbus, Ohio 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

A family-friendly tour of the house takes place at 2:30 PM and afterwards, kids can make a clothespin doll or a Jacob’s ladder to take home.  See link for more details on cost.

10. Grand Re-Opening at the Little Gym of Polaris

When: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8645 Sancus Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43240
Phone: 614-430-3355

The Little Gym of Polaris is celebrating new ownership with a Grand Re-Opening celebration that includes music, face painting, balloon twisting, gymnastics and more! The first 200 guests will recieve a goodie bag!

*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 6-8, 2016

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In case anyone is sitting at home wondering how I pick these items (which I’m sure no one probably is 😉 ), mostly it’s what jumps out at me or what I find interesting.  This list is never meant to be all-inclusive and I try not to be too repetitive. I have learned a lot researching events that go on during the weekends in Columbus and if I think “I didn’t know about that!” then I try to pass it on, because chances are there are others like me!

It was kind of hard for me to pare down the list this week!  I have a feeling as we head into summer it’s going to get increasingly difficult!  But that’s a good thing!  Also, if you have an event you’d like me to consider, feel free to send me a message from my webpage or Facebook!  No promises, but I love to keep learning about new things and passing them on to other parents!  If you’re a mother, married to a mother, or have a mother, Happy Mother’s Day!  This week definitely has a Mother’s Day theme!  Enjoy!

1. Grand Opening of Scioto Grove

When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City 43123

Columbus’ 19th Metro Park opens on Saturday!  The public is invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony followed by tours and family-friendly activities!  Attendees can take a hike along the river or tour the park by tram.  Instructors from the REI school will be on hand to conduct educational sessions like map reading, knot tying and more!  The park also has two picnic areas and a kid’s play area!

2. Powell Touch-a-Truck at Adventure Park

When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 260 Adventure Park Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065

All kinds of vehicles will be available for kids to climb on, pretend to drive and learn about at this Touch-a-Truck event!

3. Food Truck Friday at Ronald McDonald House

When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, 711 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43205

This week is the kick off of Food Truck Fridays!  Every Friday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, different food trucks will be on the premises at RMH for your enjoyment!  10% of the proceeds will be donated to RMH!  This week, Hot Chicken Takeover and Jeni’s Bexley are on location!

4. First Friday at Firefly Play Cafe

When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4822 N High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-230-2375

The first Friday of each month, Firefly Play Cafe stays open until 8:00 PM and Donatos Clintonville offers a special discount on delivery!

5. 5th Birthday Party of Little Buckeye Children’s Museum during First Friday Shop Hop in Downtown Mansfield

When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 44 W 4th St, Mansfield, OH, 44902
Phone: 419-522-2332

If you read my post about Little Buckeye Children’s Museum earlier this week, you know that the museum is turning 5 years old!  Friday night they will be throwing a birthday party complete with crafts, cupcakes, prizes and more! This event is free to members and $7 for non-members.

6. Free Comic Book Day at World’s Greatest Comics

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 5992 Westerville Rd, Westerville, Ohio 43081

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day where each person attending can pick 4 free comic books from this year’s FCBD selection (while supplies last)!

7. Plant Zinnia Seeds with Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands/Worthington Garden Club

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2638-2674 Sawmill Place Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43235

During this special Mother’s Day event, kids can explore the wetlands and will also be given a clay pot to decorate and then plant with zinnia seeds!

8. Mother’s Day Story Time at your local Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday May 7, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Find the closest Barnes and Noble here

Story time will feature the books How to Babysit a Grandma and Mom School!  Afterwards, kids can make a card for their moms or special caregivers.

9. Mother’s Day Craft at your local Michaels Store

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: find the closest Michaels store here

Supplies are included at this free event where your child can make a card and bracelet for Mom!

10. Dia de los Niños at Worthington Park Library

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-807-2626

This family-friendly event will celebrate El Dia de los Niños with games, crafts, activities and a special performer.

11. Folk Music Festival at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8, 2016
Time: Event begins at 10:00 AM each day and ends indefinitely.  Daily schedule is on the website.
Location: 1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway, OH 43119

Lots of music, workshops, concerts and activities are going on this weekend at the Folk Music Festival.  Specifically for kids, there is the Children’s Tent where you will find storytelling, performances and sing-alongs, a craft area and an instrument “petting zoo” where kids can touch and try out different instruments.  The Metro Parks will host nature displays with hands-on activities for kids.  There is also a Young Musician’s Showcase Stage where younger musicians will be featured!

12. Moms Get in Free at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Sunday, May 8, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 West Powell Rd., Powell, Ohio 43065

All moms get free admission on Mother’s Day with a paid admission for their child or grandchild!  Also, the Cheetah runs start up again beginning Saturday, May 7th at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM!

13. Mother’s Day Concert at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Sunday, May 8, 2016
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 1777 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The Music Men of London, a barbershop quartet, will provide a concert for Mother’s Day!  Free with admission.  The Conservatory is having Mother’s Day events on Saturday as well, so check the link!

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve posted 10 of My Favorite Parenting Articles!  Enjoy!

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