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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 1-3, 2018

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

FRIDAY:

7:00 AM – National Donut Day at Peace Love and Little Donuts – everyone gets a complimentary blueberry cake donut when they visit and you can get a free cup of coffee with the purchase of a dozen donuts! Check out this link: National Donut Day Deals for a list from Mission to Save featuring more local deals celebrating National Donut Day!

9:00 AM – BOGO Admission at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – buy one admission and get one free today from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM!

9:30 AM – BOGO Mini Golf at Olentangy Indian Caverns – to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post! Read 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – head down to Columbus Commons for bounce houses, special performances, crafts, games and more!

10:00 AM – Muffins with Mom at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – admission to the play space at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday includes muffins and coffee between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM!

10:30 AM –Read it, Make it, Eat it – Splat the Cat at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – this event includes a story, two crafts and a themed snack based on the book Splat the Cat! $15/child. 

11:00 AM – From Book to Film Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center – Gateway Film Center has partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to offer free showings of movies made from books! Present your library card to get free admission to the movie! There is a different movie each week and it is shown at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

11:00 AM – Kids Concert on the Green at Worthington Village Green – dance to the band Endless Recess at this kid-focused Concert on the Green in Old Worthington!

6:00 PM – Blank & Brush Block Party at Blank Slate Coffee – enjoy local music, local art and food available from Ajumama!

6:30 PM – Story Trail Celebration & Ribbon Cutting at Friendship Park – kick off the summer reading program and a new story at the Gahanna Story Trail with the ribbon cutting ceremony, live music and free activities or families! The story for this year is The Littlest Bee, written by Gahanna-Jefferson students!

7:00 PM – Youth Musical: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical at Alum Creek Amphitheater – watch this outdoor youth production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at the Alum Creek Amphitheater!

7:00 PM – Summer Sizzle Concert Series (Kids Concert) at George Edge Music Park – this weekend the Summer Sizzle Concert Series features Endless Recess playing children’s variety and family favorite songs! Southwest Public Libraries is partnering to provide activities and crafts for the whole family!

7:30 PM – Rhythm on the River: An Evening of Bluegrass at The Scioto Mile – enjoy a free evening of bluegrass music in Bicentennial Park!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Despicable Me 3 at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – watch Despicable Me 3 in the park! Movie starts at dusk.

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Baby Bargain Boutique and Maternity Sale at Westerville Community Center – shop for maternity clothes, children’s clothing and toys, furniture and more! Admission is a non-perishable item for donation to a local food bank.

9:00 AM – Short North Yard Sale – shop the city’s largest yardsale throughout the neighborhoods of the Short North! Click the link to check out a listing of addresses and what is for sale!

9:00 AM – Hubbard Bazaar at Hubbard Mastery School – if you’re shopping the Short North Yard Sale, check out Hubbard Mastery School for art work, clothing for women and children, handmade jewelry, and other handmade goods for sale!

9:30 AM – BOGO Mini Golf at Olentangy Indian Caverns – to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post! Read 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

9:30 AM – Historian in Training at Ohio History Center 9:30 AM – kids ages 3-6 can be a historian in training through hands on activities and learning historical thinking skills! Register online. $5/child. This month’s theme is C is for Conway.

10:00 AM – Heritage Celebration in Fryer Park – experience farm life in the 1880’s with hands on experiences, carriage rides and other demonstrations. There will be music and 1860’s style base ball, plus a whole lot more! This is a free event but donations to Grove City Food Pantry are being collected.

10:00 AM – Ostrander Annual Touch a Truck Event at Delaware County EMS – get up close with all kinds of vehicles and meet the people who operate them! This is a free event!

10:00 AM – Tractor Show at Gallant Farm Park – check out antique tractors and enjoy activities for the whole family. Free.

10:00 AM – Storytime with author Samantha Smith at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – listen to a reading of Samantha Smith’s book Cate’s Magic Garden at this story time geared for ages 4-8.

11:00 AM – African-American Cultural Festival in the King-Lincoln District – this celebration of history is a family friendly event including live music, spoken word and dance performances, a KidsZone, science station, visual artists, a tribute to Rosa Parks and more!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff at CML Main Library – kick off the Summer Reading Challenge with activities, indoor/outdoor games, food and costumed characters! There will be two performances by Jim Gill at 11:00 AM and 12:15 PM.

12:00 PM – Jeni’s Strawberry Jam at Land-Grant Brewing Company – this free event includes family-friendly activities, live music, ice cream, local food and more!

7:00 PM – Youth Musical: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical at Alum Creek Amphitheater – watch this outdoor youth production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at the Alum Creek Amphitheater!

SUNDAY:

9:30 AM – BOGO Mini Golf at Olentangy Indian Caverns – to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post! Read 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – beginning this month, admission to the Franklin Park Conservatory will be free to Franklin County and City of Columbus residents from 10:00 AM – 5:00PM on the first Sunday of each month! This would be a great time to visit the new Children’s Garden! Must have a valid ID.

10:00 AM – Buckeye Reptile Expo at American Legion Post 144- reptile fans might enjoy this expo featuring all kinds of snakes, turtles, amphibians and more! Tickets are $5 and under and you can get a discount by buying your tickets online.

1:00 PM – TangerKids DIY at Tanger Outlets, Columbus  – Auntie Anne’s will be teaching kids the history of the pretzel and demonstrating how pretzels are made! Kids will get to make their own pretzel. Kids will also take a tour of the Auntie Anne’s store and receive a twisted pretzel and small lemonade. RSVP online.

2:00 PM Summer Comunity Read: Kick Off Party at Bexley Public Library – kick of the Summer Community Read at Bexley Public Library with a party for all ages! There will be instruments to explore and a family friendly concert beginning at 3:00 PM!

3:00 PM – Youth Musical: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical at Alum Creek Amphitheater – watch this outdoor youth production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at the Alum Creek Amphitheater!


A BIG thank you to Olentangy Indian Caverns for sponsoring this post!

Central Ohio’s first Treasure Hunt Maze is now open, just in time for summer! Featuring three special treasure stops as you find your way out, it’s sure to add extra fun to your visit. Admission is $5.00 / person and includes three coins to be used at the treasure stations, which feature rotating goodies like arrowheads, gemstones, and minerals throughout 10,000 square feet of amazin’ fun.

Also, to celebrate The Memorial Tournament, mini-golf is buy one get one FREE May 31 – June 3 when you mention this post.

When: Open 7 days a week
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1779 Home Road, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-548-7917


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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? May 11-13, 2018

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29 family friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Friday:

9:00 AM – Free Coffee Friday at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – get a free 12 oz drip coffee with admission Friday only!

9:30 AM – Free Mother’s Day Stroller Strides Class at Highbanks Park – join Fit4Mom Columbus North for a free Stroller Strides class and a mini Mommy and Me photo session!

9:30 AM – Mini Touch-a-Truck at Hilliard’s Station Park – kids can explore their favorite trucks up close!

9:45 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – join WeJoySing for music and play! Two class times are available $5 for the first child, $3 for siblings.

10:00 AM – Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park at Hannah Park – join Fit4Mom Columbus East for their first Mother’s Day Picnic!

5:00 PM – Dino-ROAR! at Lancaster Community Days – view an interactive show where you can touch the dinosaurs, see fossils and more! There will be 6 shows throughout the weekend on Friday and Saturday.

6:00 PM – PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero at Palace Theatre – watch your favorite PJ Masks characters save the day live!

7:00 PM – The Little Mermaid Jr. at Westgate Recreation Center – there will be two showings of this musical rendition of The Little Mermaid Jr.: Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM. Cost is $5/ticket.

Saturday:

9:00  AM – Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – waffles, unlimited toppings and coffee for just $5/person!

9:30 AM – Free Family Stroller Strides & Playdate at Fancyburg Park – join Fit4Mom Upper Arlington for a free family workout, play date and Mommy & Me mini photo shoots!

10:00 AM – Touch-A-Truck at Pickerington Community Pool – at this free event, kids can get up close to big trucks and other vehicles! Kids can even get their own driver’s license!

10:00 AM – Babies & Bumps 2018 at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center – – new and soon to be parents can get answers to all their questions by meeting local health care providers, attending seminars and demonstrations, enjoying activities and meeting with organizations that cater to you and your baby at this one day event! There are a limited number of tickets still available to this exclusive event — save $5 on ticket by using promo code GOBABY and registering here: http://bit.ly/BBColTix18

10:00 AM – Roses for Youth FunShop at Miller’s Country Gardens – this is a free event where kids can learn how to grow and care for miniature roses. There are two session available: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Click the link for info on how to register.

10:00 AM – Mommy and Me – Mother’s Day Paint Workshop at Quantum 51 – The Discovery Workshop is hosting this opportunity for kids and moms to spend time together making art! There are 4 sessions throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday. See the link for instructions on how to register.

10:00 AM – Saturday Morning Cartoons: Comic Book Edition at Gateway Film Center – watch your favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons in your PJ’s and with your own bowl of cereal! $5/person.

10:00 AM – Charlotte’s Web at Drexel – The Drexel Family Screening this month is Charlotte’s Web! Kids 12 and under are $1, 13 and older are $3.

11:00 AM – Mother’s Day Celebration at Fresh Thyme Worthington – celebrate Mother’s Day with a build your own bouquet station, chocolate dipped strawberries and a card making station!

11:00 AM – COSI Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – celebrate Mother’s Day with a brunch buffet, live entertainment, hands on science activities and access to COSI for the day. Ticket sales end THURSDAY at 5:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Tram Ride at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a tram ride through the park!

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Frame at Michaels Stores – kids can make a hand painted frame for Mother’s Day! Ages 3 and up are welcome, first come first served. Participants must by the frame, all other supplies will be provided.

1:00 PM – Big Foot Escape Room at Sharon Woods Metro Park – solve a puzzle, unlock the mystery box and find Bigfoot before time runs out!

1:00 PM – A Walk Through Time at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – learn about the research and preservation behind the living history program by taking a tour of Slate Run Historical Farm.

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Tea Party at Picassos – create special crafts, enjoy treats from Purple Sage Bakery and get your family photo taken! Register online.

1:00 PM – Natural Play Area: First Birthday at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – celebrate the first birthday of the Natural Play Area with crafts, learning about animals and plants and, of course, play!

2:00 PM – Canal Winchester Art Stroll at Canal Winchester Art Guild – – the 7th annual Art Stroll features local artists and artwork, open studios, live entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities and more! This is a free event!

Sunday:

9:00 AM – Mother’s Day at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – moms and grandmas get in free to the Columbus Zoo all day with a paid child’s admission!

9:00 AM – Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – if you’re looking for a road trip for Mother’s Day, moms get in free to the Cincinnati Zoo all day! You can get your ticket online.

12:00 PM – Flowers for Mom at Sharon Woods Metro Park – make a flower craft and do a scavenger hunt for flowers in Sharon Woods Metro Park!

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Photos at Easton Town Center – complimentary photos will be taken from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Central Park Fountain! Expecting mothers can stop in at A Pea in the Pod for a refresh before your picture! Easton will also be doing carriage rides for $10/adult, children 15 and under are free.


A BIG thank you to Babies & Bumps for sponsoring this post!

New and soon-to-be parents can connect with Babies & Bumps at one of our signature, curated annual events, or online anytime. Everything we do is designed to support parents during pregnancy, the transition to parenthood, life with an infant…and everything in between. Get answers to your questions, gain confidence in your decisions, resolve your fears…and become empowered about all aspects of having a baby! No pressure. No judgment. Just support, resources, and community for you and your growing family. Find out more about this weekend’s Babies & Bumps by watching this video: http://bit.ly/bbeventday and visiting the event page on Facebook!


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