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8 Ways to Enjoy Easton with your Family this Summer

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Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio is a one-stop destination for family-friendly fun! With unique shopping and dining options, weekly events and live entertainment, there is something for everyone in the family!

Thank you to Easton Town Center for sponsoring this post.

I love Easton! I love the way they’ve managed to make it feel like vacation whenever I’m there! Believe it or not, this year Easton is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

Train at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

I have always loved shopping at Easton and after I had kids, I would often bring them to Easton when they were babies just to push them around in the stroller and sip on an iced coffee from Starbucks. As they grew, they loved looking at the model train, running around the fountain and eventually graduated to coveting everything in The LEGO Store!  When it was built last year, we moved on to spending hours at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus!

fountain at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Easton has become a destination with live entertainment, the addition of LEGOLAND and a whole slew of summer activities you can enjoy your with your family! Read on and mark your calendar for the fun!

8 Ways to Enjoy Easton with your Family this Summer:

1. Movies by Moonlight

This year, in honor of their 20th anniversary, Movies by Moonlight is going to include movies released in 1999! Movies by Moonlight happen on Tuesday nights at dusk at the Town Square. (Actual start times will vary throughout the summer).

The 2019 Movies by Moonlight line up this year includes:

June 4 – The Wizard of Oz
June 11 – Stuart Little
June 18 – Tarzan
June 25 – Ralph Breaks the Internet
July 2 – Field of Dreams
July 9 – Pokémon: The First Movie
July 16 – Inspector Gadget
July 23 – The LEGO Movie 2
July 30 – Muppets from Space
August 6 – The Iron Giant
This year marks Easton Town Center’s 20th anniversary!
August 13 – Mary Poppins Returns
August 20 – Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
August 27 – Runaway Bride

2. Sounds on the Town

Sounds on the Town begins June 5th and runs through August 28th, featuring live music from local  and regional bands. Concerts begin at 6:00 PM at the Town Square.

2019 Sounds on the Town Concert line up includes:

June 5 – Teeny Tucker Band
June 12 – Divas of the 90’s
June 19 – Topher James & Biscuit Brigade opening for New Basics Brass Band
June 26 – Fool House
July 3 – Songs at the Center LIVE!
July 10 – Ark Band
July 17 – The Fabulous Johnson Brothers
July 24 – Tony Monaco Trio with Byron Stripling Quartet
July 31 – SWAGG
August 7 – Urban Jazz Coalition
August 14 – The Menus
August 21 – Yumbambe
August 28 – Funk Worthy opening for Who’s Bad

3. 20th Annual Easton Art Affair

sign for Easton Art Affair, Columbus, Ohio

The Easton Art Affair is a juried fine art show that features artists who work in all kinds of mediums and will take place June 21st -23rd, 2019. Admission is free to this fun event that is a combination of street fair and art gallery. You can enjoy seeing and shopping for paintings, photography, jewelry and more! There will also be art for kids!

4. Superhero Day

Superhero Day at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Mark your calendar for Superhero Day!  On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Superheroes will roam the streets of Easton with fun activities for the kids, games, live music, face painting, photo ops and a Superhero parade! 

Superhero Day at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

5. Fenlon Square Activities 

boy at the Frog Fountain, Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Hang out at the Frog Fountain outside American Girl on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer for kid-friendly happenings like caricature artists, face painting, balloon artists and more! Activities take place from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM beginning June 1, 2019.

6. Pop-up Fountains at Easton Town Square

splash pad at Easton Town Center, Columbus, ohio

The Pop-up Fountains at the Town Square offer a great way for the kids to cool off after a day of shopping! Complimentary towel service is available on the weekends and don’t miss the model train display just on the edge of the fountain area! Benches are available around the fountains or I recommend bringing your own blanket to sit on!

7. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

boy at LEGOLAND Columbus, Easton Town Center

LEGOLAND has been a huge draw to Easton for my family! My boys are LEGO fanatics so it’s hard to go to Easton without going to LEGOLAND or at the very least stopping in at the attached LEGO Store! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus offers 2 rides, 4D movies, 10 play areas, a MINILAND, cafe (they serve Starbucks!) and building workshops! To save time you can purchase a ticket time online.

Boy at LEGOLAND Columbus, Easton Town Center

8. Safelite AutoGlass Rally for The Ranch Car Show

Kids who love vehicles will love this free car show featuring 100 exotic, historical and racing cars! Wander the streets of Easton from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM to see the sights! The weekend of events (which also includes a banquet for car owners and a live auction) benefits The Buckeye Ranch, an organization that provides emotional, behavioral and mental health services for children and families in Central and Southwestern Ohio. 

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The Ultimate Guide to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

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Wondering what to expect at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus? Our sneak peek will tell you all you need to know about the new LEGOLAND at Easton Town Center!

This post was written in partnership with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus opened to annual pass holders and media on September 21, 2018! My family got a sneak peak at all there is to do at this incredible indoor LEGO® heaven! The Grand Opening Ceremony and first day open to the public is September 28, 2018.

LEGOLAND Columbus Front Entrance

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram Stories for any amount of time, you already know that my boys LOVE LEGOS! I mean LOVE them. Like, eat, breathe and sleep with LEGOS. 😉 I was so excited to be able to take them to this special opening day that I picked my son up early from school to surprise him! And after spending several hours there, neither of my kids wanted to leave!

What is there to do at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus?

This space is guaranteed to provide hours of fun for the LEGO lovers in the family! It doesn’t matter how old you are – even my husband didn’t want to leave! 😉 (Seriously, once a month they are even having an Adult Night – no kids allowed!)

LEGOLAND Columbus entrance

Here are 15 things you can do at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus!

1. LEGO® Factory Tour

LEGOLAND Columbus Factory Tour

When you first enter, you’re taken behind the scenes into the LEGO Factory! There’s a little bit of info about how LEGO bricks are made and then the doors open into The Ultimate Indoor LEGO Playground!

2. Kingdom Quest

LEGOLAND Columbus Kingdom Quest Ride

The first attraction you come to is the Kingdom Quest ride. Take a ride in a chariot to help rescue the princess by zapping spiders, trolls and other obstacles in your way. You must be able to sit upright to ride this ride. Kids under 4’3” must be accompanied by someone over that height. Disclaimer, you’re not allowed to take pictures while on the ride but I didn’t see that sign until my second time riding it, so I got a picture of the “bad guy”! 😉

3. MINILAND®

LEGOLAND Columbus MINLAND

One of the highlights of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is MINILAND! It’s a LEGO-sized replica of many of your favorite Columbus spots including COSI, North Market, the State House, and more! Plus there are smaller areas featuring Cincinnati and Cleveland. The lights fade on and off so you can see the cities in the night and daytime. There are many moveable features that are fun to watch!

4. Creative Workshop

LEGOLAND Columbus Creative Workshop

Throughout the day special workshops are scheduled where kids can learn how to build anything! Check the sign for the times for each day.

5. LEGO® Friends

LEGOLAND Columbus Friend area

It was really hard to get my boys to leave the LEGO Friends area. If your kids are in MINILAND and wish they could play in the city, this is their chance! A lot of the buildings and fixtures are glued together here, but there are also bricks for building and mini figures for playing in the houses and buildings. My kids loved playing in the town – even though they really wanted to take the buildings apart! 😉

6. DUPLO® Farm and DUPLO® Village

LEGOLAND Columbus Duplo area

The DUPLO area is very bright and fun for the younger kids! There’s a farm, slide, large animals, plus extra big, soft DUPLO Blocks and regular size DUPLO Blocks for building.

7. LEGO® Racers: Build & Test

LEGOLAND Columbus Build and Test area

In this area, kids can build cars and race them down various roads and hills. Lots of fun for vehicle lovers in this area!

8. Earthquake Tables

LEGOLAND Columbus earthquake table
The Earthquake Table is right next to the LEGO Racers area. Kids can build a building as tall as they can and then see if it will withstand various degrees of earthquake tremors! The plates on the table literally shake as you turn up the intensity!

9. LEGO® 4D Cinema

LEGOLAND Columbus Discovery Center 4D Cinema

Three different LEGO Movies are being shown throughout the day in 4D – this means not only is the movie 3D but your seats will move and you may get wet!

10. LEGO® City Play Area

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus Indoor Play area

This area includes a climbing area, slides, a construction site and fire and police themed areas. It’s for running, climbing and jumping! Socks are required to play here.

My kids’ favorite LEGO sets are the LEGO City sets – especially fire and police! I thought they would eat this area up, but they didn’t stay long because they really wanted to play with actual LEGOS!

11. Merlin’s Apprentice Ride

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus Merlin Ride

This ride is something you would find at an amusement park! I couldn’t get my kids to ride it but I will be back! 😉 You must be 3 feet tall to ride this ride and if you are under 4 feet tall, you must be accompanied by someone over 4 feet tall.

12. Eat at the Coffee Shop

LEGOLAND Columbus Cafe

The cafe in LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus offers coffee (Starbucks!), snacks and meals. The Kids Meal Deal is $8 and includes a sandwich, a snack, a drink and for $4 more you can add a LEGO Lunchbox. Adult Meals are $11 and include a sandwich or salad, snack and drink. Of course you can buy items individually as well. There is a decent sized seating area inside the restaurant.

13. Have a Birthday Party

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

Kids can have a birthday party at LEGOLAND! There are 3 levels of birthday parties available and parties can be booked online!

14. Shop at the Store

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

The store attached to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is larger than the regular LEGO Store at Easton! I mean it is HUGE! Almost any current set you can imagine is there along with lots of other special things you don’t usually see at the LEGO Store like costumes, unique extra pieces and lots of fun gifts. I will never be able to walk my kids through Easton Station without stopping here!

15. Complete an Adventure Pack

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

Last but not least, you should know that at the Entrance you will be offered the chance to buy an Activity Pack. This is a packet of several pages about each section of LEGOLAND Columbus. Using a stamp machine located in each area, you can mark in your Activity Pack when you have completed each area. There are also stickers and activities inside. I don’t think this is something you need to buy more than once but it’s kind of fun for the first time. Activity Packs are $5 each.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

That’s the round up! These are the main activity areas but there is so much more than what is pictured here! I hope you get a chance to take your kids – we’re so lucky to have this in Columbus! What do you think your kids will enjoy the most?

What To Expect at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus:

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is located in Easton Town Center at 165 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

  • Tickets range in price from $20 – $34 per person depending on your level of flexibility and whether or not you buy online or in person.
  • An annual pass can be purchased for $65 for an individual or $60/person for families of 3 or more and include express entry and discounts in the coffee shop and LEGO store.
  • Children 2 and under are free.
  • Adults MUST be accompanied by a child to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus.
  • LEGOLAND is open 365 days a year beginning at 10:00 AM and closing at 7:00 PM except on Saturday when it is open until 8:00 PM.
  • The last admission is two hours before closing.
  • There is a limited number of guests allowed inside at a time so there will be a “Timed Tickets” line you will enter. If you purchase on line, you may be able to choose your ideal time to enter.
  • There is no limit to how long you can stay.

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A Boy Mom Does American Girl

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American Girl Columbus asked me to share some of their events with you – – which is right in line with What Should We Do Today? So I said, “sure!” Then they said I could bring my kids to one of their events. I said, “Sounds great!” I read through the list . . . tea parties, hair salon events, etc. Ahhh…this probably isn’t going to work with 2 boys! 😉 But luckily for me I am an aunt to an awesome niece who LOVES American Girl! Wouldn’t I be the coolest aunt in the world if I could surprise her with tickets for one of these events? (Now you know my true motives…) Well, I was the cool aunt for at least 24 hours (I think.) 🙂

In mid-June my niece, Ava, was able to attend a Doll Hair Salon Spectacular event where she learned how to style her doll’s hair, received some cool hair accessories, a snack and a goodie bag!

All of the girls arrived at American Girl at 9:00 AM – one hour before the doors opened. The event took place in a special room closed off from the rest of the store. Each doll had it’s own stool, cape and hair supplies for the duration of the event. While the girls learned how to take care of their doll’s hair and style it, the moms waited in the store (or if they were me, they went around trying to take fancy pictures). (Oh, lets be honest, they also snuck out for coffee!)

The first time I ever walked through American Girl shortly after they opened at Easton Town Center, I was overwhelmed! When I was growing up, the American Girls were just characters in historical fiction books I shelved at the library where I worked in high school. After that, I went off to college, went about my life, got married, had kids and then opened the door to American Girl at Easton. Obviously, I had no idea what had transpired with the American Girls since 1995!

   

At first I was cynical. I’ll be honest. I couldn’t believe there could be so much stuff for dolls! But what I have since come to appreciate is that there are 10 year olds still playing with dolls. In fact, if you’ve been to Easton, you can probably attest that there are kids a lot older than 10 still into American Girl. And I can really get behind the fact that my niece, who could be doing all sorts of things that rush her into maturity at lightning speed, is still interested in dressing a doll, getting its hair done and hopefully learning some history and reading a book or two in the process!

If you’ve stepped inside American Girl, you know it’s not cheap. But let me tell you, I was truly impressed with the value of the event. Now granted, in full disclosure, we didn’t have to pay for it, but the Doll Hair Salon Spectacular was $20. In addition to the experience of the event, what was included was Bright Highlights for the dolls hair (retail value $10), a snack of yogurt, fruit and a muffin, plus a goodie bag full of things like the American Girl Magazine, a paper doll, and a doll accessory. To me, that’s a deal!

If you’ve been putting off doing something like eating at the cafe because of the price, an event like this would probably thrill your daughter even more for a great price!

Looking to have an American Girl experience with a special girl in your life?

Your girl and her doll can also have a meal in the American Girl Bistro! Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served. Click on the links to see the menus! It is highly recommended that you make reservations in advance – which you can do from the website.

Dolls can also have their hair styled, ears pierced, a spa package, and nails polished. Dolls can also get hearing aids on one or both ears! See all services here.

American Girl also offers all-inclusive Birthday Party packages! View all options here!

 

Thanks to American Girl for allowing me to be the cool aunt for a day! 🙂

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