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51 Things to Do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus

Thanksgiving week is here! Maybe you have family in town and/or a few days off of work and are looking for something to do this week? If there’s a chance you’ll need to walk off an extra piece of pie (or two) or get bickering family members out of the house….tuck this list away! And have a happy week of thankfulness!

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1. Looking for more turkey? Watch the PBS movie, My Life as a Turkey, at Battelle Darby Metro Park on Friday at 11:00 PM.

2. Clifton Mill Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving! Gates open at 5:00 every night and the display runs through New Year’s Eve!

3. Participate in a Photo Scavenger Hunt on Friday at Blacklick Woods Metro Park! Use your digital camera or phone and get a prize for photographing all of the items on the list!

4. Olde Worthington Holiday Open House is on Sunday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM and it includes horse drawn carriage rides, live music and a visit from Santa! The evening ends with the tree lighting ceremony on the Village Green!

5. Everyone who enters the Columbus Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day gets a pumpkin pie! There’s also a Kids Tot Trot 100 yard dash!

6. Visit the Huntington Holiday Train display at Main Library!

7. If you’re looking to partake of something other than the usual turkey and pumpkin pie, Columbus Food Adventures has several tours going on this weekend!

8. Wildlights is in full swing all weekend at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!

9. Need something for the kids to do on Wednesday? Check out the Harvest Party – School Break Program at Sunbury Urban Farm. It’s a drop off program where kids can participate in Thanksgiving activities! Must preregister!

10. Take the kids to SuperGames Winter Open Play! on Wednesday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Arrive early because the play space is first come, first served! Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional child.

11. Friday through Sunday you can take a Holiday Carriage Ride at Easton Town Center!

12. Blue Monkey Parties & Events is celebrating their 1 year anniversary with a 1 Year Anniversary Open Play event from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Sunday! $5/child.

13. Kick off Thanksgiving Eve with a family meal deal and a glow skate at Skate Zone 71! They’re also offering $.99 admission on Thanksgiving Day and 50% off admission on Black Friday!

14. On Sunday, kids and adults alike can participate in the Make & Take Metal Stamping Event at The Smithery from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Check the link for pricing options. No registration needed.

15. Another option for the kids that are out of school on Wednesday is the Open Swim at Worthington Pools!  $5 to enter.

16. Get out of the house for a CBus: Thanksgiving Eve Back to the Future Trivia Night on Wednesday at 16 Bit Bar + Arcade! Winner gets a ride in the Delorean – among other things!

17. Get your shopping done kid-free after dropping the kids at Parents Day Out at Worthington Pools on Friday from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM!

18. When the Thanksgiving leftovers run out, head to Piada for Friendsgiving! Show the cashier that you follow Piada on Instagram and get a buy-one-get-one free entree from November 24-28!

19. Roller skate all week with these special deals at United Skates of America happening Wednesday through Sunday!

20. Visit the holiday lights at Columbus Commons from dusk to 11:00 PM each night and post a photo on Instagram using #CCHolidayLights or post the pic to their Facebook page using the hashtag to enter their photo contest. One winner each week wins a $25 gift card to Condado

21. Take a free tour at Anthony-Thomas Candy Company on Wednesday from from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM! (Regularly $2/person.)

22. See the amazing lanterns, watch cultural performances, shop and eat Chinese and traditional fair food at the Ohio Lantern Festival! Nightly from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

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MUSEUMS

23. Family Friday Night at COSI is this weekend – meaning they will stay open until 9:00 PM and admission is reduced!

24. Make a Gingerbread House Craft at Franklin Park Conservatory on Friday! This activity includes a hayride!

25. Friday, attend Thanksgiving Family Friday at Ohio History Center where you can visit with live animals such as an owl, wolf and snake and dissect an owl pellet! Also on Saturday and Sunday there are special activities like the Terrific Turkey Table and exploring Animal Bones!

26. Think Outside the Brick is now on display at Columbus Museum of Art! This LEGO set up shouldn’t be missed and would make a great weekend outing! Don’t forget the museum is free on Sundays!

27. On Saturday, head to Pizzuti Collection Family Day from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM for free admission, art inspired activity books, crafts and family tours!

THEATER

28. Mr. Scrooge starts on Friday at Columbus Children’s Theater! This 60 minute performance is recommended for ages 5 and up!

29. The Central Ohio Youth Ballet puts on Nutcracker this weekend only in Newark!

30. A Christmas Carol is playing this weekend only at Ohio Theatre!

31. Uptown Scrooge  is a unique walking tour performance taking place this weekend in Uptown Westerville! The production is 90 minutes and is suitable for ages 5 and up! Begins on Saturday!

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SHOPPING

32. Moonlight Madness and After Thanksgiving Sale takes place at Tanger Outlets Columbus! The first 200 shoppers receive a swag bag!

33. Christmas Trees will be on sale at the North Market on Saturday!

34. Shop Small Business Saturday at Never Grow Up Boutique in Grove City!

35. Small Business Saturday at Columbus Idea Foundry means a Maker Market from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM offering locally made goods like art, furniture, jewelry and more!

36. Get a Short North collectable tote while supplies last at Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in the Short North Arts District!

37. Visit the Small Business Saturday Market at Re:work Furnishings to shop for local goods from vendors like Plantropothy, Ridiculously Good Salsa, Pluma Jewelry and more! Pizza, beer and plenty of discounts will be available too!

38. More local shopping is available at Shop Local Saturday with the Marysville Art League!

39. Small Business Saturday in Powell is full of special offers!

40. Historic Dublin  is ready for the Holiday Shopping Weekend!

41. The Christmas Market at Canal Market District takes place on Friday and will feature music, food trucks, holiday treats, free family photos, the lighting of the Licking County Courthouse and a visit from Santa!

42. On Small Business Saturday in Downtown Lancaster, there are tons of special deals going on from free goodies and gifts, prizes, demonstrations and discounts!

43. At the Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center on Saturday and Sunday, you can pick out your Christmas tree while you enjoy refreshments and a festive atmosphere!

44. While you pick your your Christmas tree at HTH Farm Market, you can help support and learn about a local dog rescue at the Stop the Suffering Bake Sale taking place on Sunday!

45. Shop for the trendiest kids clothing at the mrly popup shop at the Hart Room at Creekside Gahanna! There will be complimentary holiday treats and kids are welcome!

ROAD TRIP

If taking a road trip sounds like a fun way to spend your extra days off this week, here are some special events going on around Ohio!

46. Thanksgiving at the Zoo is FREE at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo!

47. Head to Newark for Holiday Homecoming 2017 at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology on Friday to learn about the heritage of the community! The event includes 3D ornament printing, a science show, glass blowing and more!

48. Santa will arrive at Brickopolis on Friday at the Cincinnati Museum Center with live music and a tree lighting! Visit Holiday Junction to see model trains, LEGO displays and a ride on train!

49. Christmas at the Castle, a Kingdom of Lights! at Landoll’s Mohican Castle features over 100,000 lights, a Christmas tree, holiday music and visits from Santa! This is a free event! This event happens every night starting Friday!

50. Head to Mansfield for the Grinch Scavenger Hunt at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum! Find all the hidden Grinches and receive a prize! Then spend a fun day at the museum! Starts on Saturday!

51. The Mt. Vernon Christmas Parade and Walk is on Sunday and includes train and carousel rides, photos with Santa and shopping!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? January 27-29, 2017

I’ll admit to being really hungry when I made this list! It’s hard to say which came first, my hunger or the unusual amount of food related things to do this weekend! Regardless, I think this weekend is going to include BBQ, ice cream, pastries and waffles! 😉

1. Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big at Nationwide Arena

When: Wednesday – Sunday, January 25-29, 2017
Time: Various Times (see link)
Location: 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.,  Columbus,  OH  43215

Disney on Ice descends upon Columbus this weekend with several shows throughout the weekend!

2. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of the month, COSI stays open late to offer reduced admission! General admission is $11 and includes a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

3. Grand Opening Weekend at Gramercy Books

When: Friday – Sunday, January 27-29, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM on Friday – 3:30 PM on Sunday
Location: 2424 E. Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-867-5515

Kid-friendly highlights at the grand opening of this beautiful book store include a reading, meet and greet and book signing with children’s author Will Hillenbrand, live music and a visit from R.L. Stine, the author of the Goosebumps series! Tickets are sold out for the day with R.L. Stine, but check the link for all the other details of the weekend!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

This special offering includes a waffle bar, complete with all the trimmings for just $5 – juice and drip coffee included! Plus upstairs there is a free kid’s play area!

5. Beauty and the Beast at COSI

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM both days
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Beauty and the Beast is the movie showing at COSI this weekend! Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door. $5 for members, $6 for non-members. (Also this weekend is opening weekend for the exhibit Mindbender Mansion!)

6. Hoot 71 Winter at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

The theme of this month’s HOOT Family Film Series is Winter! There will be child-friendly short films, activities before the show and music by the Shazzbots!

7. Mozart’s 261st Birthday Celebration at Mozart’s

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 4784 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-268-3687

Mozart (the composer) turns 261 and Mozart’s (the restaurant) is celebrating! There will be live music, complimentary pastries, special guests and more!

8. Thai Inspired Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 970 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-914-8624

Check out this unique rolled ice cream for a limited time at Oats and Barley Market!

9. Snowmen in the Snow at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Kids ages 4-8 can celebrate the best parts of a snowy day: making snow people, doing science activities, and participating in indoor snowballing!

10. Small Steps Giant Leaps Book Release Party at Midwest Photo

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2887 Silver Dr, Columbus, OH 43211

You may have followed @smallstepsaregiantleaps on Instagram, if not, check out the cutest pictures of Astronaut Harrison exploring Columbus and beyond! Their book launch party is this Saturday and there will be snacks, astronaut coloring pages, a rocket balloon launchpad and a Fujifilm Instax photo booth with helmets for the kids to wear! Click here to sign up for free tickets!

11. Kids Eat Free at City Barbeque

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: all day
Location: your local City BBQ

All day on Sunday get one free kid’s meal with each adult purchase of $7 or more – or take $5 off a Family Pack! Mention “Family Time” when ordering!

12. Kids Sewing 101 at Sew to Speak

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 752 High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-547-7380

Kids ages 8 and up can learn to sew a pillowcase. They can learn the basic operation of a sewing machine as well as basic sewing terminology and operation. Class cost is $35. Call to register.

13. Family Friends and Funday at Lifetown Columbus

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 6220 E Dublin-Granville Rd, New Albany, Ohio 43054

The community is invited to this annual Family Friends & Fun Day which includes story time, music and movement, face painting, a movie and popcorn, crafts and more! Tickets are required for some activities and can be purchased at the door. Adults are free to enter.

 

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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!*