What Should We Do This Weekend? June 15-17, 2018 Father’s Day Edition

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening this weekend in Columbus, Ohio!

Don’t forget to check out: 35 Free Things to Do with Your Kids in Columbus This Summer and Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week for more ideas of things to do!


9:30 AM – Stay & Play Open Gym at Gym Skills – enjoy playtime and gymnastics during this open play time at Gym Skills! Kids walking up to age 10 are welcome. Kids 6 and up can be dropped off.

10:00 AM –The Science of Big Machines at COSI – Big Machines will be at COSI from June 16-24, 2018, every day from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Kids can climb up and get behind the wheel of bulldozers, dump trucks and more! Try out various construction activities and meet real life engineers! Included in admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – enjoy inflatables, free carousel rides, music with Columbus Folk Music Society, a free puppet show, balloon animals, planting vegetables with Lowe’s and more!

10:00 AM – Dublin Wet Suits and Way-Cool Trucks – at Dublin Community Recreation Parking Lot – tour Sparky’s fire safety house, watch a dive team in action, get your bicycle helmet checked and climb inside fire and medic trucks!

10:30 AM – Kid X Club at Polaris Fashion Place – kick off the summer KidX Club at Polaris Fashion place with Pirates & Princesses! This free event takes places outside by the fountain unless it is raining and in that case, it’s moved inside.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch the movie Shrek for free when you present your library card! Showings are at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day.

12:00 PM – Columbus Zoo at the Experience Columbus Arena District Visitor Center – this free event offers the opportunity to meet some animal friends from the Zoo up close and personal!

5:00 PM  – 20th Anniversary Creekside Blues & Jazz Fest at Creekside Gahanna – June 15th – 17th is the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival! The Festival will feature over 50 live performances, amusement rides and a free Kids Zone! Kids under 12 are free to enter the festival!

5:00 PM – 2018 St. Mary Festival  at St. Mary Parish Church – enjoy carnival rides, inflatables, midway games, a casino, baked goods, and a kiddie land! Festival happens Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM until midnight.

6:30 PM – The Main Event on Capital’s Main Lawn – enjoy activities and food trucks, live music from the Shazzbots,inflatables, yard games, crafts and more before watching The Princess Bride at dusk.

7:00 PM – Swim Under The Stars at Tremont Swimming Pool – free admission is available to the pool after 7:00 PM so you can swim under the stars!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: The Lego Ninjago Movie at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – bring a blanket and chairs to watch The Lego Ninjago Movie at dusk!

8:30 PM – Movie at Mingo – Wonder at Mingo Park – watch the movie Wonder at 8:30 PM. Family friendly activities begin at 8:00 PM.


8:00 AM – Strawberry Festival at Bauman Orchards, Inc. – take a short road trip to Rittman, Ohio for all things strawberry including pies, ice cream, slashes an more! There will be other food available plus pony rides!

8:00 AM – Youth Fishing Derby at Delaware State Park – kids under 16 can fish at Delaware State Park! Poles and bait are provided!

9:00  AM – The Great Inflatable Race Columbus at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio – run through an inflatable obstacle course or enjoy The Inflatable Village!

9:00 AM – Natural Play Area Adventure at Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park – kids 13 and under can enjoy the creek, build a fort, climb trees and more in the Natural Play Area! Read about all there is to do at the Battelle Darby Metro Park here.

9:15 AM – Father’s Day Donuts with Dad – Family Stroller Strides Class at Hannah Park – bring dad for a family workout with Fit4Mom Columbus East and enjoy donuts and play time afterwards!

9:30 AM – Family Farm Day at Home of Joy Farm – head out to Lancaster for family fun including a petting zoo, a barnyard parade, peacocks, an indoor obstacle course and more! $10 per car.

9:30 AM – Daddies and Donuts at Ballantrae Park – workout with dad and Baby Boot Camp Columbus and enjoy donuts after class!

10:00 AM – Father’s Day Expo at Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA – enjoy fun and a barbeque honoring the fathers in the community. There will be games raffles, prizes, workshops, vendors and more!

10:00 AM – Passport to Metro Parks Kickoff at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kick off new Passport to Metro Parks program at this festival! Get your passport and start exploring the Metro Parks this summer! There will be snacks, local organizations and lots of fun!

10:00 AM – Kidslinked Columbus Childrens Festival at Westerville North High School – this festival includes a food truck fest, contests and competitions, a Bounce Park and Fun Zone, balloon artist, face painting, scavenger hunt, pony rides and lots more! Admission and parking are free.

10:00 AM – Descendant Pancake Breakfast at the Columbus Children’s Festival – kick off new Passport to Metro Parks program at this festival! Get your passport and start exploring the Metro Parks this summer! There will be snacks, local organizations and lots of fun! Purchase tickets online.

10:00 AM – Donuts with Dad at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – bring dad to play at the play space at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday and enjoy donuts, milk and coffee between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

10:30 AM – Visits with Max, the K9 Dog at Grove City Library – visit with Max, Grove City Police Department’s K9 dog and Officer Kitko. Read more about the Grove City Library kids’ space here.

12:00 PM – Northern Olentangy Watershed Festival at Mingo Park – this festival includes food trucks, children’s activities, raffle giveaways and more!

12:00 PM – COSI Presents Energy! at the Main Library – COSI will be at the Main Library to talk about electricity, magnetism and motion! Kids 6-11 yrs old can build circuits, create chain reactions and more!

1:00 PM – Shark Cart at Westerville Library – the WAVE Foundation from Newport Aquarium will be bringing live sharks to this event where you can learn about sharks and get up close to other animal artifacts! Must register in advance. Read more about the Westerville Library here!

6:00 PM – Flicks After Dark in Muni Park & Fishing Derby at Hilliard Municipal Park – this event includes a fishing derby at 6:00 PM, slingo and a food truck! The movie Daddy Daycare begins at dusk.


12:00 PM – Family Day at Pizzuti Collection – the three floors of the Pizzuti Collection will be free on Sunday and there will be activity books, a story time at 1:30 PM and crafts! Read about our visit to Pizzuti Collection here.

11:00 AM – Dad’s, Draft & Donuts at The Draft Room – enjoy brunch from the Buckeye Donuts Food truck and special Dad’s Day Drink specials!

1:00 PM – Judy Carey Nevin – What Daddies Like at The Book Loft of German Village – enjoy a story time and book signing with a Father’s Day theme!

2:00 PM – Father’s Day Fishing at Highbanks Metro Park – go fishing with dad! Bait and light snacks will be provided! Poles are also available. Read about the Highbanks Metro Park Nature Center here!

2:00 PM – Father’s Day Special: Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe out on Schrock Lake! Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket to ride.

2:00 PM – Family Creek Adventure at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – take a half mile walk to the creek and catch fish, bugs and crawdads!

3:00 PM – Father’s Day Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a horse drawn carriage ride throughout Easton. cost is $10/person, kids under 15 ride for free with a paying adult.

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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!


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.


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:

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!


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.

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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:

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