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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 25-28, 2018 Memorial Day Weekend

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27 family friendly events in Columbus, Ohio during Memorial Day Weekend!

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Free Cookie Friday at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – get a free cookie with admission!

10:30 AM – Our Village Playdate: Let’s go fly a kite! at Thompson Park – make and take a kite on this playdate with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington!

5:00 PM – $5 Friday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo! at Horse -N- Round Fun – take a $5 pony ride and visit with other animals from the petting zoo!

5:30 PM – Adventures in Flight Opening Weekend at Deer Haven Park – this summer’s theme at Preservation Parks is Adventures in Flight! To kick off the summer, you can take a hot air balloon ride from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (first come, first served). They will also show the movie Up at 9:00 PM

6:00 PM – Clintonville Songsters at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets Worthington – listen to free live music at the Fresh Thyme in Worthington!

6:00 PM – Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays in Westerville – there will be vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, kids activities and more! This month’s theme is Back to Nature and there will be live animals in town!

6:30 PM – The Main Event – Bexley – watch the movie Coco on Capital’s front lawn and enjoy fun activities from piccadilly!

7:00 PM – Family Fun Night at Highbanks Metro Park – enjoy a campfire, play games, do crafts and more!

8:30 PM – For Families: Wildlife Hike at Homestead Metro Park – take a 1 mile hike to look for nocturnal animals!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream Factory – this three day festival includes ice cream eating contests, local artisans, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment, food and, of course, ice cream!

9:00 AM – Barking and Breakfast at Three Creeks Metro Park – enjoy breakfast snacks for you and your dog and then take your dog on a 3 mile walk! The whole family can join in!

10:00 AM – Opening Day at Ohio Village – Opening Day features a 1890’s style carnival! There will be cooking demonstrations, traditional games, fairy floss, and you can meet all of the residents of Ohio Village. There will also be a baseball game played by the Ohio Village Muffins!

10:00 AM – HOOT 87: Art at Gateway Film Center – watch family friendly short films, enjoy dance breaks with the Shazzbots and fun craft activities in the lobby! This event is free with a canned good donation to the Open Shelter.

10:30 AM – Story Time with the Hungry Caterpillar at Polaris Fashion Place – hear an interactive reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and do a caterpillar craft! Price is $5 to enter the Butterflies! attraction.

2:00 PM – Creeking at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – explore the creek looking for fish, salamanders and more!

3:00 PM – Family Tram Trek at Sharon Woods Metro Park -take a 30 minute tram tour of Sharon Woods Metro Park!

3:00 PM – Family Crafternoon at AR Workshop Worthington – this is a family-friendly, DIY workshop where you can paint your own wood or canvas piece!

4:00 PM – Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons – this event included bounce houses, crafts, face painting, soccer, carousel rides an more! This event is free but you will need a $5 wristband to access the inflatables.

5:00 PM – Super Saturday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo! at Horse -N- Round Fun – another option this weekend for the $5 pony rides and free petting zoo! You can also purchase an unlimited ride wristband for $26.

8:15 PM – Free Movie Night: The Greatest Showman at Columbus Commons – stick around after the Family Fun Day to watch the movie The Greatest Showman.

9:00 PM – Late Night Fishing at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – fish after dark at Darby Bend Lakes.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream Factory – this three day festival includes ice cream eating contests, local artisans, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment, food and, of course, ice cream!

11:00 AM – Jim Young Memorial Car Show at Giant Eagle Market District – this event includes activities for the whole family including live music, a bounce house, scavenger hunt and car show. Proceeds benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

MONDAY

9:15 AM – Memorial Day Family Stroller Strides Class at Hannah Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for their Memorial Day class for the whole family! There will be a treat after the work out!

10:00 AM – – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream Factory – this three day festival includes ice cream eating contests, local artisans, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment, food and, of course, ice cream!

10:00 AM – Powell Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony – the annual Memorial Day Parade features more than 60 units and the ceremony takes place immediately following the parade.

1:00 PM – Canoe and Kayak the Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – canoe or kayak Darby Bend Lakes. Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket tot ride.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 13-15, 2018

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18 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Friday – Saturday, April 13-15, 2018
Time: Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Shop books and gifts on clearance at the CML’s Big Book Sale in the Larry Black Auditorium and meeting room 1A on the first floor! (The kids’ room is 1A.) Sunday is the clearance sale from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and bags of books will be $8.50/piece. Children’s books start at $1/each!

2. Puppets & Pajama Sing-a-long with Jennifer Ellis at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets (Dublin)

When: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: 6670 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-210-0349

This Mommy & Me music show includes puppets and a sing along party! Wear your pajamas and enjoy free snacks, bubbles, instruments and more! Can’t make it to Dublin? The same event takes place in Gahanna at 11:30!

3. Community Cultural Event at Hilltop YMCA

When: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 2879 Valleyview Dr., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-276-8224

Celebrate African culture with dance, attire, drums, and poetry!

4. Kids Resale at The Naz

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4770 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-875-2551

Shop the children’s clothing and equipment consignment sale at Grove City Church of the Nazarene! Cash or check only!

5. Children’s Business Fair at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-519-9331

The kids participating in the Children’s Business Fair hosted by Learning Leaf have created a product or service, a marketing strategy and a brand and will open for business during this one day marketplace! Come shop and see what they have created!

6. Summer Opportunities & Engagement Fair at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-365-5297

Find out how to keep your kids busy over the summer! This is a free event for Columbus City Schools families! There will be free activities for students in grades K-3! Register online.

7. Spirited Away – Drexel Family Screening at Drexel Theatre

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2254 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-1050

This family screening features the movie Spirited Away, an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Tickets for kids 12 and under are $1, Adults are $3.

8. Code Ninjas Grand Opening at Code Ninjas (Hilliard, OH)

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 3971 Truman Blvd., Hilliard, OH, 43026
Phone: 614-664-7976

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Code Ninjas in Hilliard with free, family friendly activities for kids and parents! There will be robot races, building your own video games and more! Learn about all the programs that will be offered at this new coding center for kids!

9. First Steps in Music Class at Little Arrows Play Cafe

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:15 AM
Location: 29 W. Church Street, Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-348-5661

Enjoy music, songs and games with your kids at this new play cafe in Newark! Parents must attend with their child. Cost is $3 for admission to the cafe and $2 for the class.

10. Ohioana Book Festival at Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 75 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-3831

This free event offers the chance to meet nearly 100 Ohio authors! This is a free, public event with book signings, panel discussions and a kids’s area that includes author appearances, balloon twisting, face painting, crafts, dress up, LEGO construction zone, prizes, a teen space and more!

11. Saturday Morning Cartoons – Sports Edition at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch Saturday morning cartoons in your PJ’s with a bowl of cereal at Gateway Film Center! The theme this week is Sports! Cost is $5.

12. Storytime at the Fancyburg Park StoryWalk

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3375 Kioka Ave., Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

Upper Arlington Public Library will host an interactive reading of Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson by following story book panels around the playground. There will also be a craft afterwards!

13. Sheep on the Farm at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1375 State Route 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-891-0700

Meet sheep and lambs, watch sheep be sheared and learn about the uses of wool!

14. Mother’s Day Card Making Class at Third Way Cafe

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 3058 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-349-6530

Make a Mother’s Day Card for mom or special woman in your life! $5 covers instruction and supplies. $3 for each additional card. $2 for bottomless coffee and tea. All ages welcome. Explorers Club Food Truck will be on site from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

 

15. Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room

When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 570 W. Schrock Rd. Columbus, OH 43081
Phone: 614-394-8788

Enjoy free crafts for kids and beer specials for the grown ups during Sunday Family Funday! Broke Johnny Food Truck will be on site for brunch!

16. Pizzuti Collection Family Day at Pizzuti Collection

When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N. Park St., Columbus, OH 43215

All three floors of the Pizzuti Collection will be open to explore with your family including tours, art inspired activity books and free admission! There is also a story time at 12:30 PM! See our visit to Pizzuti Collection here.

17. Little Sprouts: Behind The Scenes Tour at Wilson’s Garden Center

When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 10923 Lambs Ln, Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-763-2873

Take a short trip to Newark to get a behind the scenes tour of the greenhouses at Wilson’s Garden Center. Learn how to seed, transplant and grow flowers. Kids will plant seeds to take home. Open to all kids up to age 12. Register in advance online. $3/child.

18. Darci Lynne at Palace Theatre

When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 34 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 800-745-3000

Darci Lynne is a 13-yr old ventriloquist who puts on a family-friendly show with her puppets! Darci has been seen on America’s Got Talent, and Ellen and has opened for Fergie at Caesar’s Palace!


A BIG thank you to Code Ninjas for sponsoring this post!

The fastest growing kids coding franchise is coming to Hilliard in April (and Powell in May)! Hilliard is enrolling now and has its Grand Opening celebration this Saturday, April 14th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. It is going to be a day full of fun for the whole family! There will be Code Ninjas activities for kids AND parents to enjoy! From racing robots to building your own video games,  be sure to stop by to learn more about their unique programs. Find out more at: http://bit.ly/codeninjas614


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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 23-25, 2018

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20 Family Friendly Events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Aladdin Shrine Circus at Ohio Expo Center – Bricker & Celeste Buildings

When: Friday-Sunday, March 23-25, 2018
Time: Several performances throughout the weekend.
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 614-475-2609

Aladdin Shrine Circus features incredible circus acts such as acrobats, motorcycles, trapeze artists and more. The events also features concessions and an indoor carnival with rides!

2. Pancake/Waffle Breakfast at Hilltop YMCA

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 2879 Valleyview Dr, Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-276-8224

This event includes a pancake or waffle breakfast and an egg hunt!

3. Cheryl’s 2018 Easter Egg-stravaganza at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 646 McCorkle Blvd., Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-901-0046

This free event includes an Easter Egg Hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny, raffles and games for the kids, the opportunity to make your own Easter baskets, and in-store specials! The Egg Hunt will be divided by age (bring your own basket)! Click the link for times for all of the events. Also, until April 1, 2018, you can get a dozen free cookies with the purchase of one dozen or more! Mention this post or show this flyer on your phone!

4. PBJ & Jazz Family Concert – New Basics Brass Band at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: 769 E. Long St. Lincoln Ballroom, Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-294-5200

These kid-friendly jazz concerts help introduce jazz to the next generation! Concerts are $5 per person and kids receive a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie!

5. Old Hilliard Bunny Hop in Old Hilliard

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Main Street, Old Hilliard

Local businesses will pass out candy, offer activities and entertainment during this free event! Pick up a scavenger hunt card at one of the 3 welcome booths and complete the hunt for a chance to win a prize! There will be photo opps and an pop up art activity at Max and Erma’s. The Easter Bunny and Carrot will be walking around to meet and greet!

6. PJ’s, Doughnuts & Saturday Morning Cartoons at Drexel Theatre

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 2254 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-1050

Watch kid-friendly Saturday Morning Cartoons From Around the World in your PJ’s! This event is part of the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival and is included in your festival pass or tickets are available for $3/person. Children 12 and under are free! The Tupelo Doughnuts truck will be on site and coffee and hot cocoa will be available at the concession!

7. Community Scavenger Hunt at Grove City UMC

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2684 Columbus St., Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-875-5612

Pick up your first clue at the Purple Door Church and collect all the pieces of the scavenger hunt throughout the community. (You will need a car.) Return with all the clues to the church to pick up a goodie bag and participate in activities such as crafts, cookies, a photo booth, the Easter story and more!

8. Cookie Decorating at The Burlap Sunflower

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 3840 Lattimer St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-989-1638

Decorate your own spring-themed cookies with fondant and edible markers! The cost is 6 cookies for $12 or 12 cookies for $20.00. First come-first served unless you prepay. Contact info@sophisticakeit.com to prepay! The Easter Bunny will be in the store afterwards from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. All ages are welcome.

9. Easter Egg Hunt at Huber Park

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time:  11:30 AM – 11:35 AM
Location: 1600 Davidson Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This free Easter Egg Hunt is open to children ages 10 and under! It will begin promptly at 11:30!

10. Make a Magic Mirror with Snow White! at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Ohio

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1738 Hill Road N., Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-751-0927

Snow White will be at this event to help all the princesses make their own magic mirror! There will be an opportunity for a meet and greet and pictures with the princess!

11. Easter Egg Hunt at North Free Will Baptist Church

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 3596 Brandon St., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-471-7700

This Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 12:00 PM! There will be 10k eggs and the hunt area will be separated by age! This event includes a free lunch and other activities!

12. Muppet Babies Play Date at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Lower Level JC Penney Court, 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-798-3023

This Disney Junior Play Date event includes a color BINGO game, craft projects and surprises! (There are no character appearances as this event.)

13. Hop Into Spring Festival at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Lower Level, 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-798-3023

This free Spring Festival includes activities for all ages including the Great Dean-O, face painting, goodies and giveaways and more! Registration in the lower level JCPenney Court near the play area.

14. HOMAGE Opening Day at HOMAGE Columbus Locations

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 12:05 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: HOMAGE Short North: 783 N High St., Columbus, OH 43215
HOMAGE Easton, 4032 Easton Station Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

HOMAGE is celebrating Opening Day of baseball with free food, beer and giveaways! FREE La Rosa’s Pizza (12-2 PM), Melt Bar and Grilled (2-4 PM), Skyline Chili (4-6 PM) and Rhinegeist beer (12-6 PM). Also take advantage of 15% off their new MLB gear!

15. Helicopter Marshmallow Drop at Cruiser Park

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM; Registration is from 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
Location: 4677 Bixby Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-836-1000

Bring your own basket for this alternative Easter Hunt! A helicopter will drop thousands of marshmallows for kids to collect and exchange for a goody bag! There will be an appearance by the Easter Bunny as well! This event is for kids 12 and under!

 16. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Concert at CML, Reynoldsburg Branch

When: Saturday March 24, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1402 Brice Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-645-2275

All ages are welcome to explore music from a different time period during this free family concert by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra!

 17. Cheer on the Jackets & support the Columbus RMH! at Nationwide Arena

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215

Buy your tickets through the link in the Facebook event listed and a portion of your ticket proceeds will support Ronald McDonald House! The first 100 attendees also receive a special RMHC/CBJ puck!

18. Kids Cook the Meal: Waffles, Bacon & Berry Compote at 1400 Food Lab

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 1400 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-315-0987

Food for Thought Kitchen hosts this class where kids of all ages can learn how to make waffles from scratch, cook bacon and make a berry compote! There will be tasks available for all skill levels! Parents are welcome to participate! Register online!

19. Ice Cream with Sam’s Fans and The Shazzbots at Amelita Mirolo Barn

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4395 Carriage Hill Ln., Upper Arlington, OH 43220

Sam’s Fans is a non-profit organization that supports music & art therapy for seriously ill children. Sam’s Fans was created in memory of Samantha Jane McCarthy who died from Fanconi Anemia in 2009. Celebrate Sam’s birthday month with an ice cream party with Velvet Ice Cream, pizza from Donatos Pizza and music by The Shazzbots! There will also be activities and crafts, goodies for parents and kids and more! Your ticket price supports Sam’s Fans and the Ohio University Scholarship Fund for students in the Music Therapy program. Purchase tickets online!

20. Lunch and Egg Hunt with Bunny at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 555 YMCA Pl, Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-416-9622

This event includes lunch, crafts, bounce house, Easter Egg Hunt and a visit with the Easter Bunny! $5/person. Register online or at the front desk!

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