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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 3-5, 2017

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1. Kids Get in Free at Newport Aquarium

When: through February 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM most days, 7:00 PM on weekends
Location: One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071
Phone: 1-800-406-3474

If you’re in the mood for a road trip, the Newport Aquarium is about 2 minutes from downtown Cincinnati and throughout the month of February, you can get one free kids ticket for each adult ticket purchased!

2. Kid’s Meal Special at Nutcracker Family Restaurant

When: Through February, 2017
Location: 63 E. Broad St., Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-964-0056

Kids 10 and under can get a free Tin Lunch Box with the purchase of a special $5.99 Kid’s Meal!

3. First Friday at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum

When: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 44 W. 4th St., Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: 419-522-2332

If you’re interested in checking out Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, the museum is open late for Mansfield’s Shop Hop Night and admission is half price ($4/person)!

4. First Friday at Firefly Cafe

When: Friday, February 3, 3017
Time: until 8:00 PM
Location: 4822 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-230-2375

On the first Friday of each month, Firefly Cafe stays open for play until 8:00 PM! For dinner, Donatos in Clintonville will deliver to the cafe!

5. Blue Jackets Winter Park in the Arena District

When: Friday, February 3 – Sunday February 26, 2017
Time: hours to be announced
Location: Across from Nationwide Arena

Blue Jackets’ Winter Park begins on February 3! Open skate times will be announced but the Mad River Mountain Kids’ Slide hours are as follows: Monday – Friday: 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

6. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Cookie Dough Creamery

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
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 by opening at 7:00 AM and adding waffle bites and maple syrup to the self-serve sundae bar! Wear your pajamas! There will be gift cards for winners in the categories of funniest, wildest and sweetest pajamas! Afterwards, you can shop at the Worthington Farmer’s Market, starting at 9:00 AM at the Shops at Worthington Place!

7. Valentine’s Photo Box at Home Depot

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (until supplies last)
Location: your local Home Depot

In this free workshop for kids, your child can build and decorate a Valentine’s photo box! Participants receive a certificate, an apron and a commemorative pin!

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

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Location: All Columbus Jeni’s Ice Cream Locations

To celebrate National Ice Cream for Breakfast day, all Jeni’s scoop shops will open at 9:00 AM and 100% of sales from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM will benefit the Columbus Foundation’s Gift of Kindness fund!

9. Young Child Open House at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-4848

During this special open house you can learn about what CMA has to offer the 5 and under crowd! There will be kid-friendly activities, even for those under 2! Drop in anytime between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, no reservations required. Free with admission or membership.

10. Mini-Me Weekends at Level 1 Arcade

When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 130 Hutchinson Ave. Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-681-0518

All ages are welcome to play arcade games and skeeball for free with the purchase of a beverage (kids’ beverages available)! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

11. Playdate in the Park (Indoors!) at Powell Library

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: 460 South Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-9160

City of Powell Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the Delaware County District Library for this free indoor play time! There will be stories, parachutes, bubbles, a giant soccer ball and more!

12. Pre-Valentine’s Day Fun at The Honey House

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3937 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 740-542-1889

Daniel Cooper, Proprietor of Pure Imagination Chocolatier in Grandview, Ohio, will be in the store to demonstrate things you can make for Valentine’s Day at home with chocolate!

13. Super Bowl Sunday Skating at United Skates of America

When: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 3362 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-239-7202

There will be two skating sessions: 1-3:30 pm & 4-7 pm. If you wear your favorite team jersey, admission is only $2!

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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!*


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Indoor Programs for Toddlers and Preschoolers in Columbus: Winter 2017

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If you’re trying to survive winter with a toddler or preschooler, I’m with you! I’ve already started looking forward to summer, which is a dangerous thing to start doing at the beginning of January. But never fear, Columbus has so many indoor options for keeping toddlers busy! Here’s what’s going on this winter:

Little Adventurers at Franklin Park Conservatory – Thursdays at 10:30 AM – this is program for ages 3-5 with nature-themed stories and activities.

Pre School and Parent/Child Classes at Columbus Recreation and Parks – Registration for Winter Session opened January 3rd.  There are pages and pages of classes available for your young children and many of them are free or at an extremely low cost!

Pre School Open Gym at Dublin Rec Center – Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM  for ages 6 months to 6 years. Check the link for several other toddler programs at the Dublin Rec Center!

Toddler Theater

Toddler Theater at Abbey Theater of Dublin – select Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – recommended for ages 2-5, this is an interactive performance by Marlene Hartzler. Kids are encouraged to join her on stage to sing and dance! Often there is a special costumed visitor who joins in the fun!

Toddler Story Time at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library – Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – There are so many toddler and pre-K story times going on in the CML system. Make sure to check the link to search for your closest branch or explore a new one!

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Grandview Library

Tales for Toddlers at Grandview Library – Tuesdays from 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – story time for ages 18-36 mos. Check the link for all the other story times for young children going on this winter!

Toddler Time at Westerville Rec Center – Fridays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM – this is a drop in program for ages Kindergarten and under and their caregivers. The time includes play and crafts!

Pee Wee Play Gym at Westerville Rec Center – Mondays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM – this play time is a drop in program for ages 3 and under accompanied by an adult!

Little Explorers Base Camp at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – this is a free, drop in program where preschoolers and toddlers can learn and explore!

Curious Kids at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology – drop in preschool program on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – free with admission or membership! See the link for the weekly schedule and themes!

Winter Classes at piccadilly – classes are available for babies through preschoolers in things like Messy Art, Storybook Art, Squats and Tots and more! Drop in or sign up for a series!

Toddler Thursdays at Magic Mountain – from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can have unlimited KidsGym for just $2.50!

Scioto Audubon

Pre-K Storytime at Scioto Audubon – Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM – this time features nature stories for ages 3-5. Check the link for many other ongoing toddler and preschool programs at Columbus Metro Parks.

Mr. Eric’s Music at Firefly Cafe – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10:30 AM – a fun singing time with Mr. Eric is included with admission to the play cafe!

My Very First Art Class! Toddler Art at Zen Kidz Play Cafe – Thursdays – several classes are available throughout the morning for parents and children together!

Toddler Time at Get Air – this special toddler jump time is available on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM!

Toddler Time special with Get Air and Tree of Life Play Cafe – on Wednesdays and Thursdays, these neighboring businesses offer a special price to play at both locations!

Babytime and Tales for Twos and Threes at Worthington Libraries – lots of story times available for toddlers almost every day of the week!

Drop-in Preschool Storytime at Westerville Library – Monday and Thursday mornings from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – singing, books, instruments and more for ages 3-6!

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Metro Parks Preschool Programs – at least seven of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks have regular preschool programs that are free to attend! Most are for ages 3-5. Click the link to see the upcoming schedule at any given time and drop in!

Pre-K Classes at The Little Gym of Polaris – Gymnastics, sports and music and movement classes are available to engage the little ones and keep them moving!

Toddler/Preschool Enrichment classes at Studio J: Sing Paint Play – these classes are for kids age 1-5 and include stories, songs, instruments, art projects and more!

Did I miss anything? Leave a comment with more ideas and info if you have it! 🙂

Hang in there . . . spring is coming!

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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!*


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