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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 10-14, 2017 Valentine’s Day Edition

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I’m extending this weekend’s post to include Valentine’s events going on around town! I hope you have a great weekend!

All Weekend

All week – All You Can Eat Pancakes at IHOP – Need brunch plans? Sunday is the last day for all you can eat pancakes at IHOP!

All weekend – Peter Pan presented by Ballet Met – several performances take place this weekend at Ohio Theatre!

Friday, February 10, 2017

12:00 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets Open Practice – head down to Winter Park (across from Nationwide Arena) to see the Blue Jackets practice for free!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

9:30 AM – $5 Saturdays at piccadilly – Open play is only $5 on Saturday mornings!

10:00 AM – Bracelet Making at Wild Sage Collective – kids 4 and up can make 2 bracelets and 2 gift boxes. Must register in advance.

10:00 AM – Be My Valentine Party at piccadilly – crafts and treats are included with regular admission!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz at Lincoln Theatre – kids get a PB&J lunch while everyone enjoys a kid-oriented jazz concert!

10:00 AM – Make Valentines at Picassos – come make a valentine during Open Studio time!

11:00 AM – Circle of Love! Wreath at Lakeshore Learning – make a free heart wreath! Ages 3 and up.

11:00 AM – Heart Valentines and Cookies at Franklin Park Conservatory – make Valentines and decorate cookies! $1 per cookie.

11:00 AM – 2nd Anniversary at Diamond’s Ice Cream – everything will be buy one get one half off!

1:00 PM Snow Day Cbus 2017 at Genoa Park – have a snowball fight in the park (no snow required!), there will be food trucks, music and an art project! This event is for all ages and admission is free.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

12:00 PM – Spider-Man Roller Skate Glow Party at Skate Zone 71 – Spider Man will make a special appearance at Skate Zone 71! Wear Spider Man gear for a special discount!

1:00 PM – Valentine’s Princess Tea at Studio J: Sing Paint Play – several times are available for a princess tea! Make a jewelry box or treasure chest (boys are welcome too) and search for jewels!

1:30 PM – Make & Take Valentines at Naturally Curious Kids – drop in from 1:30 – 3:00 to make a free Valentine!

2:00 PM – Share the Love! Valentine Making at Bexley Public Library – drop in to make a Valentine in the Youth Services Department!

3:00 PM – Hubbard Lantern Festival at Hubbard Mastery School – the community is invited to this free festival which includes crafts, balloon art, wonton making, and more! Ajumama Food Truck will be on site!

3:30 PM – Birthday Kits for Broad Street Food Pantry with Seeds of Caring – help pack and decorate birthday kits to give out to local families through the Broad Street Food Pantry! There will be the opportunity to talk about hunger in our community with your kids.

3:30 PM – Family Clay Day: Ceramic Love Plaque at Art With Anna – the whole family can learn how to make a ceramic heart plaque! Ages 6 and up.

Tuesday, February, 14, 2017

All Day – Buy One Get One Valentine’s Day Sundaes at Graeter’s Ice Cream – buy one sundae get one at equal or lesser value for free all day!

3:00 PM Parent & Child Date Night at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – take your child on a “date” for ice cream sundaes and unlimited hot chocolate!

3:30 PM – Valentine’s Day Skate Party at Skate Zone 71 – special $2 entrance fee when you wear red!

5:00 PM – Kids Club Valentine’s Day Dinner at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill –  enjoy dinner and an Intentional Acts of Kindness activity! There will be live music and a valentine treat plus a special $25 meal deal for the family!

6:00 PM – Valentine’s Day Carriage Rides at Easton – $10 per adult, kids 15 and under are free with a paying adult!

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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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2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt: 25 Things to Find Before New Year’s Day!

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Welcome to What Should We Do Today’s Holiday Scavenger Hunt! If you’re out and about over the next two weeks, entertaining kids on winter break, doing last minute Christmas shopping or trying to squeeze in all Columbus has to offer during the holidays, here’s a list of 25 things to look for on your way! I’ve made a printable list so you can take it with you!

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Please, enjoy Columbus and have a Merry Christmas!

1. Glass Ornament Tree at Franklin Park Conservatory


2. Rotating Railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory


3. Polar Express Train at Ohio History Center


4. Book Tree at Grove City Library


5. Thomas Train at Main Library


6. Larger than Life Nutcrackers outside Grove City Library


7. Nutcracker display at Grove City City Hall


8. Christmas Tree in the Lazarus Building

 


9. Nativity Scene at Easton


10. The Three Wisemen at the State Auto Christmas Corner


11. Santa on the train at Easton


12. The Holiday Tree Farm at the Think Outside the Brick Exhibit


13. Santa’s Fire Truck at Columbus Commons


14. Large glowing balls at Bicentennial Park


15. Rudolph at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo


16. “Short North Pole” sign in Short North Arts District


17. Gingerbread Carousel at KDB Easton Town Center


18. Gingerbread North Market at Franklin Park Conservatory


19. Santa’s Gingerbread Camper at The Shops at Worthington Place


20. Life-sized Playmobil Knight at Learning Express Toys


21. Christmas Tree at Topiary Park


22. An underground world at Main Library


23. A painting snowman at Polaris Fashion Place


24. “Happy Holidays” on the Nationwide Building


 25. Large Hanging Wreaths at North Market


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