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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 18-20, 2018

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29 family friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

9:30 AM –Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center – kids can explore big trucks and vehicles and meet the people who protect and serve in the Worthington Community! There will be over 40 vehicles on display along with other activities for kids. There will also be car seat checks, a food drive and the whole event will be “no horn”!

11:00 AM – Food Truck Friday at Easton Town Center – part of the 4th Annual Easton Food Fest, there will be over 20 food trucks on site plus live music!

10:00 AM – Sing-a-long and Dance Party Thyme with Jennifer Ellis at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets (Dublin) – this free Kids Music Show includes singing, dancing, instruments bubble and free snacks! This event will also happen at 11:30 at the Gahanna location.

6:30 PM – Music & Art in the Park at Stradley Park – this free summer concert includes live music, art demonstrations and family friendly activities! This week’s theme is Tribute to First Responders and music is by The Usual Suspects and the Repeat Offenders.

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – 2018 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure – Race for the Cure includes a 1 mile family fun walk and this year there will be activities for kids including a pink fire truck and brick pits from Legoland adjacent to the EXPO!

9:00 AM – The Children’s Garden Grand Opening at Franklin Park Conservatory – celebrate the grand opening of the Scotts Miracle Gro Foundation Children’s Garden! Remarks will begin at 9:30 AM and the gates will open shortly thereafter. See our Sneak Peek of the Children’s Garden!

9:00 AM – Cinderella and Friends Royal Princess Ball at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday – Cinderella and her princess friends will host a royal ball with singing, dancing, performances, crafts, games and more! There are two time slots to choose from! Register online.

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmers Market – perfect for kids ages 12 and under, check out a kid-friendly activity happening on the third Saturday of the month at the information table at the Worthington Farmers Market!

10:00 AM Historian in Training at Ohio History Center – Kids ages 7-11 can learn historical thinking skills as through hands on activities. This week’s theme is World War I. Register online.

10:00 AM – Touch a Truck at Grove City UMC – get up close and personal with big trucks! There will be a quiet break for kids with sensitivity to sounds at 11:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Kids and Cops Day – at Ohio University Lancaster/Pickerington – enjoy hands on fun for kids with a safety theme.

11:00 AM – Children’s Fishing at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kids can fish in Schrock Lake!

11:00 AM – UA Spring Fling at Sunny 95 Park – the Upper Arlington Spring Fling includes live music, a kids workshop, touch a truck activities, a fishing derby, inflatables, carnival games, arts and crafts and more!

11:00 AM – Sensory Friendly Films: The Wizard of Oz at Gateway Film Center – this is a free, sensory friendly screening of The Wizard of Oz for families and individuals with autism or developmental disabilities with lights kept up and a lower volume.

11:00 AM – New Albany Founders Day Parade & Festival in New Albany, OH – celebrate the founding of New Albany with rides, games and food! This is a free event that also includes a parade, concession booths, face painting, pony rides, meet and greet with Paw Patrol characters and more! The parade starts at 11:00 AM.

12:00 PM – Touch a Truck at Prairie Township Community Center – climb on big vehicles and trucks that keep Prairie Township safe!

12:00 PM – Community Fun Fest! at Bible Baptist Church of Grove City  – this free festival includes carnival games, hot dogs, cotton candy, inflatables, giveaways and more!

12:00 PM – Grove City Splash Pad Grand Opening at Grove City YMCA – celebrate the opening of the new Grove City Splash Pad at Fryer Park! Ribbon cutting is at noon! Park will be open for free use on weekdays from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM through Labor Day.

4:00 PM – Water Safety Day at Goldfish Swim School – this free event is being held at both the Dublin and the Westerville locations of Goldfish Swim School. There will be water safety clinics, a free family swim, entertainment for kids, refreshments and more!

5:30 – Father-Daughter Fairies and Pirates Night at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA – come in costume to this magical night filled with fairies, princesses and pirates! Make fairy dust, walk the plank, dance and more fun activities! Brothers are welcome, too! Recommended for ages 3-11. Register online.

SUNDAY

8:00 AM – Zoo Run 5K & Kids’ Ele-FUN-Run

 at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – participate in a 3.1 mile run/walk or the kids 1/4 mile “Ele-FUN-Run” taking place at Columbus Zoo. Participating in this race includes a free pass to the zoo! Register online.

10:00 AM – Kicking Cancer Soccer Camp and Walk-a-thon – the Kicking Cancer youth soccer camp is a nonprofit camp dedicated to teaching kids the game of soccer! Kids will be provided with coaching from the Otterbein Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams and other local soccer organizations. Proceeds from the camp are donated to the James Cancer Hospital and Solve Research Institute! There will also be special visitors from the Columbus Zoo! Register online.

11:00 AM – EMS and Safety Day at COSI – get up close to police officers, fire fighters and other first responders! Check out their vehicles and the Jaws of Life! Free with COSI admission or membership!

11:00 AM – Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room – Family Funday features free crafts for kids, beer and drink specials and chicken and waffles!

12:00 PM – KidX Club: Butterflies & Balloons at Polaris Fashion Place – this month’s KidX Club theme is butterflies and balloons! There will be colorful decorations and activities for kids!

12:00 PM – 3rd Westside Community Baby Shower!! at Hilltop YMCA – this event is for moms on the west side of Columbus who are pregnant! There will be prizes, giveaways, free diapers, resources and more! RSVP online! They are also accepting donations of baby items or diapers for this event!

1:00 PM – Sweet Sunday at Easton Town Center – sample sweets from Easton restaurants for $1 each with proceeds going to the Easton Community Foundation! There will be live music too!

1:00 PM – CANCELLED – April Showers Bring May Flowers at Clay Street Ceramics – this craft event is for kids and adults ages 12 and up. Learn the art of paper flower making! Cost is $20. Register in advance.

2:00 PM – Kid’s Bike Rodeo at Reynoldsburg City Hall – this event focuses on bike safety and police will be on site to teach about hand signals, wearing a helmet and more! Register in advance for this free event.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 2-4, 2018

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1. Gahanna Herbal Trail

When: Beginning January 22, 2018
Time: anytime
Location: 167 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-418-9114

Gahanna is the Herb Capital of Ohio and this year they are launching The Herbal Adventure Family Fun Pass to showcase local businesses! Pick up your Adventure Pass at Visit Gahanna or any of the participating businesses and begin visiting the local shops to collect stickers and special deals! When participants have collected 5 stickers, you can stop by Visit Gahanna to choose a gift! Click the link for participating locations!

2. The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit at Easton

When: Every day until March 25, 2018
Time: Hours vary during the week.
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

This new, temporary educational exhibit featuring The Wizard of Oz opens at Easton Town Center on Friday and lasts through March 25, 2018. Create your own tornado, explore Munchkin houses and much more! Weekend hours are F & S: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

3. Make and Take Valentines at Paper Source Easton

When: Now through February 5, 2018
Time: regular store hours
Location: 4004 Fenlon St, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-498-0154

Stop in to make a Valentine with an expert at Paper Source at Easton Town Center! All ages welcome!

4. Groundhog Fun at Scioto Grove Metro Park

When: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-508-8111

The whole family is invited to celebrate Groundhog Day with fun activities! This is a free event!

5. Make It Take It Play It at Hilltop YMCA

When: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 2879 Valleyview Dr., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-276-8224

Kids ages 3-5 are invited to this preschool fair to participate in hands on activities with themes of literacy, math, science and art! Each station has an activity to take home! Y membership is not required, all are welcome to attend!

6. Packing Meals with Columbus Kids Do Good

When: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 36 S. Center St., West Jefferson, OH 43162

Bring your kids help others in the community by packing meals for Blessings in a Backpack with Sufficient Grace and Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter! Pizza will be provided! Sign up by emailing columbuskidsdogood@gmail.com

7. Mom & Me Doll Hair Salon at American Girl Columbus

When: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 4040 The Strand East, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 877-247-5223

Mom and daughter can have a dinner together at the American Girl Bistro and afterwards girls can learn how to care for their doll’s hair! Girls get a goody bag that includes a craft and coupon! Reservations are required! Read about the time I took my niece to a Doll Hair Salon event at American Girl!

8. Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day 2018 at Cookie Dough Creamery

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 7227 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-547-0660

Cookie Dough Creamery is celebrating National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day with Waffle Bites and Maple Syrup toppings plus additional cereal toppings! You are encouraged to wear pajamas and there will be a chance to win a gift card for the funniest, wildest and sweetest pajamas! See the yumminess there is to be had at Cookie Dough Creamery!

9. National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Bake Me Happy

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 106 E. Moler St., Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: 614-477-3642

For National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, Bake Me Happy will be offering Lopaus Point waffles and The Toasted Oat granola – all gluten free – with a full sundae bar! There will also be coffee specials and dairy free options available!

10. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: all Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams locations

All Jeni’s locations will be opening early to celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 50% of all sales will be donated to She Should Run!

11. Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast at Coffee Connections Hilliard

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

For National Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day, Coffee Connections will be offering a glazed donut sundae! For $5 you’ll can get a glazed donut topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream plus your choice of toppings! There will also be coffee affogatos available while supplies last! Coffee Connections has a fun indoor play area for young kids!

12. PBJ & Jazz Family Concert – Kelly McLennan at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: Performances at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203, Ballroom
Phone: 614-294-5200

Enjoy a kid-friendly introduction to jazz!  Concerts are $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.  Children receive a lunch that includes a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie.

13. Aminah’s World Book Launch at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-4848

Celebrate the launch of the children’s book Aminah’s World by CMA Curator-at-Large Carole Genshaft! There will be a reading and the chase for kids to create their own mini-book and enjoy a special treat! Included with admission and membership. Plus don’t miss the Think Outside The Brick Lego Exhibit and the newly remodeled Wonder Room!

14. Book Swap at Granville Public Library

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 217 E. Broadway, Granville, OH 43023
Phone: 740-587-0196

Looking for a short road trip with a fun pay off? The Granville Public Library is holding a book swap for kids! Bring 5 kids books to trade in for 5 new-to-you books.

15. COSI Winter Movie Series: Cars at COSI

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 3 & 4, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM both days
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Watch the movie Cars on the National Geographic Giant Screen! In addition to admission, tickets are $5 for members and $6 for non members. You can also check out the new Dinosaur Gallery while you’re there!

16. Storytime at Cover to Cover Children’s Books

When: Saturday February 3, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-263-1624

The new location of Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers is now open in Upper Arlington! This Saturday’s story time is all about Groundhogs and Springtime!

17. Children’s Dental Health Storytime at Pataskala Public Library

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: 101 S. Vine St., Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-9986

Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with a story, craft and other activities that will help kids learn how to take care of their teeth!

18. Six More Weeks at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-370-6254

Celebrate Groundhog’s Day with a story, craft and making shadows on the wall! This event takes place in the Nature Center. Check out more to do at the Nature Center while you’re there!

19. Family Fun: Groundhog and Friends at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Ohio Wildlife Center will be bringing an ambassador groundhog to learn about his prediction for spring and all his other wild animal friends! Included with membership or admission.

20. Game Thyme Celebration at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: all Central Ohio Fresh Thyme Locations

Fresh Thyme wants to get you ready for the “Big Game” by sampling new snacks and drinks! There will also be activities for kids!

21. Crayon Creations at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Phone: 614-508-8111

Drop in to let kids get creative with crayons and drawing! See more to do at the Nature Center while you’re there!

22. The Magic of Bill Blagg Live at Southern Theatre

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 21 E. Main St.., Columbus, OH 43215

This family-friendly interactive magic show includes floating and vanishing objects and lots more to amaze you!

23. KidsLinked.com’s Baby & Kids Galleria Event at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 877-543-7801

This expo is for all things baby and includes over 60 vendors activities and resources for families! There will be a fitness event with FIT4MOM, a photo contest, swag bags for the first 100 expectant families, prizes, performances and more!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 10-12, 2017

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1. Walk and Roll at Blacklick Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-508-8111

This 1.5 mile walk is designed for strollers in mind! Meet at the nature center (which is a pretty cool place for kids)!

2. Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC

When: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:50 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-868-0107

Drop in to this music class with WeJoySing for $5/child ($3/sibling) to sing, play and learn about music!

3. Junk Bash: Holiday Boutique at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair

When: Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days
Location: Cardinal Hall, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This vintage boutique show features shopping, DIY supplies, a bloody mary bar and more! Tickets are $8 and children 14 and under are free.

4. Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Friday, November 10, 2017 – March 2, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

Think Outside The Brick, a huge LEGO display, opens at CMA this weekend! This is one of our favorite Holiday Traditions! This year there will also be LEGO holiday decorations throughout the atrium! See our visit in 2016 here.

5. Open House on Franklinton Friday at Columbus Idea Foundry

When: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 421 W. State St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-653-8068

On Franklinton Fridays, local businesses stay open late for exploring! At Columbus Idea Foundry you can tour their space, enjoy make and takes and meet the artists!

6. Grove City High School Fall Band Bazaar at Grove City High School

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 2017
Time: Sat: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sun: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4665 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123

The Bazaar offers vendors, crafts, home goods, food, clothing and more for your holiday shopping needs!

7. Saturday Morning Cartoons at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch Saturday Morning Cartoons on the big screen! $5 admission includes a bowl of cereal and milk! Wear your PJ’s!

8. Breakfast, Books and Your Farm at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 1377 N. 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-506-7040

Enjoy a story and plant some seeds at the farm!

9. Fall Fest at Vertical Adventures

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 6513 Kingsmill Ct, Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-888-8393

This fall festival includes face painting, pumpkin chunking, s’more making and more!

10. Ohio Made Holiday Market at Hollywood Casino Columbus

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 200 Georgesville Rd., Columbus, OH 43228

This holiday market features 100 vendors selling Ohio-Made products and is free to enter! Children are welcome, but make sure you enter through the “All Ages Entrance”!

11. Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 13 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-8590

Celebrate your neighborhood toy store with a holiday open house including cookies, raffles, Santa letters and 15% off your purchase!

12. Craftin’ Outlaws – Holiday Showdown at Greater Columbus Convention Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 400 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This alternative craft fair includes tons of local artists. Bring a donation of diapers to be registered in a raffle for prizes! Kids can shop from donated crafts at the Craft Crawl open at 2:00 each day. Items will be priced from $5-$10. There will also be make and take opportunities!

13. The Sketchy Show at Mug & Brush Barber Shop

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 153 N. High St., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-414-6544

A local dad and artist, Jeff Stelle, drew on his son’s snack bag every day and his son saved each bag. Now it’s an art collection on display at Mug & Brush Barber Shop. I’ve seen them and they’re amazing! Saturday night you can attend the opening show! “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll snack.” And you might get some Blank Slate Coffee!

14. 2nd Westside Community Baby Shower at Mount Carmel College of Nursing

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 127 S. Davis Ave., Columbus, OH 43222

Bottoms-Up Coffee Co-Op is hosting the 2nd Westside Community Baby Shower open to Westsiders who are pregnant or have a baby under 3 months old. There will be prizes, giveaways, free diapers and more! RSVP on Facebook.

15. Nature Crafts at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Make crafts with materials found in nature! This event is free and open to all ages!

16. Annual Holiday Kickoff Parade at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

This holiday parade welcomes Santa and features the Worthington Kilbourne High School Band and other holiday characters!

17. Family Adventures Tour at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

Sundays are free at CMA and you can take a fun, family-friendly tour at 2:00 PM! The tour is also free!


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