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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 28-30, 2017

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1. Ohio State Fair

When: July 26 – August 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: 717 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Head out to the Ohio State Fair for rides, exhibits, food, concerts, animals and so much more!

2. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Head down to Columbus Commons for a fun morning that includes free carousel rides, bounce houses, the Imagination Playground, crafts, games and more!

3. KidX Club: Up, Up, & Away at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Parkway , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

The KidX Club takes place at the outdoor fountain area. This week’s theme is Superheroes and Villains! Come dressed in costume! Charleys Philly Steaks will be on site with free lemonade and a prize wheel! If you mention this event at the Charleys Philly Steaks at Polaris mall you can get a free kids meal with the purchase of any combo.

**ALSO – if you post a photo at this event and tag Charleys Philly Steaks AND my blog (What Should We Do Today Columbus? or @whatshouldwedotoday_cbus) you will be entered into a drawing to win $50 in Charleys Cash! Be sure to use the hashtag #mycharleys ! Your post will need to be public to be seen and entered into the drawing!

4. Food Truck Fridays at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205

Have lunch  at Mya’s Fried Chicken, The Cheesy Truck and Kona Ice of Lancaster and Buckeye and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to RMHC. There will also be a live band!

5. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, July 28, 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 night, COSI stays open late and offers reduced admission! General admission is $11 after 5:00 PM and includes a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

6. Flicks on the Bricks Toy Story at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

This fun evening at Hilliard’s Station Park includes the movie Toy Story! There will also be live music, Toy Story Characters, COSI on Wheels and more!

7. Night Under the Stars at Wyman Woods Park

When: Friday – Saturday, July 28-29, 2017
Time: Starts Friday at 7:00 PM
Location: 1450 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH 43212

Grandview Parks & Recreation and Grandview Library are hosting a free family-friendly campout! Bring your tent and sleeping bag, enjoy camp stories and songs, a campfire, snacks and a walk in the woods! Must register on line. See the link for details.

8. Pancake Breakfast at Grandview Middle School

When: Saturday July 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Location: 1240 Oakland Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

The Tri-Village Lions are hosting a Pancake Breakfast that includes sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. There will be a fully functioning model train display and a supervised craft table for the kids. This year’s craft is a firefly that can be decorated and will light-up for hours when finished. There will also be themed raffle baskets and a silent auction which includes Cleveland Browns tickets and Ohio State University items. Tickets are $7, buy 4 get 1 free. Children under 6 are free!

9. Pancake Breakfast at Goldfish Swim School Dublin

When: Saturday July 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 6175 Shamrock Ct., Ste G, Dublin, Ohio, OH 43016
Phone: 614-407-3474

Goldfish Swim School is partnering with Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to grant wishes to a few special children! Stop by the Dublin location of GSS for all you can eat pancakes from Chris Cakes! $6/per person. All proceeds go directly to Make-A-Wish!

10. DINO Weekend at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Meet the Flintstones, Rubbles and Buddy the Dinosaur, learn all about dinosaurs at the Paleontology Station and check out an animal enrichment activity at many of the animal habitats! There will also be a special guide on the Dinosaur Island ride!

11. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Celebrate the weekend with waffles! $5 gets you one Belgium waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee!

12. HOOT 77: The Ocean at Gateway Film Center·

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Ocean! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter! Recommended for ages 1-8.

13. Super Hero Day at Blue Monkey Parties & Events

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 591 Hill Rd. N, Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-828-8236

Come jump, slide and meet some of your favorite Super Heroes including Spiderman, Wonder Woman and Blue Monkey! $10/child.

14. Food Truck & Fun Fest in Whitehall

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: Yearling Road, between Etna and Langley, Whitehall, OH 43213

This Food Truck and Fun Fest includes free family fun, vendors, bands and of course, food trucks!

15. Powell Street Market

When: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: downtown Powell

This is the 2nd of 3 Street Markets of the year! There will be over 100 vendors, food trucks and pony rides!

16. Harry Potter Birthday Bash at Gateway Film Center·

When: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

Celebrate Harry’s 37th birthday with a special screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! For $37 you get a collectible lanyard, t-shirt, pre-show party with butterbeer cake, early seating, trivia, and the movie! There will also be a Harry Potter costume parade!

Need more? Make sure to check out Summer Nights in Columbus: Something to do Every Night of the Week!


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6 Ways to Enjoy Columbus Commons this Summer

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My family has enjoyed many events at the Columbus Commons over the past few years! Many of the events have become traditions, especially the Downtown Live Concerts and Commons for Kids! My son still routinely asks when they are having the Harvest Festival because he remembers “making bread” there a few years ago!

Get out your calendars because this summer is packed full of free fun at Columbus Commons. In fact, the Commons has developed a 2017 Summer Checklist to make sure you don’t miss a thing! This year, I am a Columbus Commons Ambassador, so you will definitely see us checking off many of the items on this list!

Download the CHECKLIST here!

Here are 6 ways you can enjoy Columbus Commons with your kids this summer:

1. Food Truck Food Court

Now through October 26 (with the exception of September 14) from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, head down to the Commons for a fun lunch date! There will be 8 regular trucks and 2 rotating trucks each week!

2. Commons for Kids

Beginning June 2 through August 18 (with the exception of June 30) from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, the Commons hosts a fun Friday morning for kids! The carousel and bounce-houses are FREE during this time and there are other activities like arts and crafts, ball play, Imagination Playground, Art Box and a life-sized chess board! There are different visitors each week and we have seen Ronald McDonald, Columbus Zoo, Daniel Tiger from Visit Pittsburgh, and others!

Other visitors this year include The Great Randini Magic Show, Aha! Children’s Museum, Franklin Park Conservatory and more! If the temperature is 80 degrees or higher there will also be a water slide!

3. Downtown Live Concert Series

For the past few summers we have hit at least a few of these FREE concerts on Thursday nights! We like to pack a picnic dinner and then get ice cream at Jeni’s while we enjoy live music in the background! My kids love watching live bands and this is a relaxed and family-friendly way to do it!

Downtown Live Concerts happen on Thursdays in July from 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM. There are food trucks and an artisan market as well! The bands this year are as follows:

  • July 6: Mojo Flo / Nick D & the Believers
  • July13: Popgun / Forest & the Evergreens
  • July 20: Conspiracy / Reaganomics
  • July 27: Floorwalkers / Spikedrivers

There are other FREE concerts happening at Columbus Commons throughout the summer! See the list here.

4. Free Movie Nights

There are 2 more Free Movie Nights throughout the summer! You can bring your own picnic or purchase food at the park. Each Movie Night has a different time and set of events going on that day. You can see all the details here.

The dates and movies are as follows:

  • July 21: The LEGO Batman Moive
  • September 2: The Jungle Book

5. Family Fundays

Family Fundays are FREE events on select Saturdays with activities for families! There are two more this summer! There will be free carousel rides, arts and crafts, a planting station with Lowe’s and more! A $5 wristband will get your child unlimited access to activities like laster tag, inflatables, face painting and Putt-Putt.

If your child has a sensory sensitivity, you can come one hour early for a low-key atmosphere, thanks to Autism Speaks.

Upcoming Family Fundays this summer include:

  • September 2
  • September 30: Harvest Fair

In addition to the regular activities, the Harvest Fair also includes a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, and carving!

6. Open Play

You don’t have to wait for a special event to play at Columbus Commons! Activities like Art Box (a cabinet full of free art supplies), Bocce Ball, the NEOS electronic playground, and the carousel ($1/ride) are open throughout the week! Open Play hours begin May 31 and end on October 2 and are Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, weather permitting.

The carousel is open through October 2 and the hours are as follows:

  • Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

In addition to Open Play, there are two permanent cafes at the Commons, Jeni’s and Tortilla.

For convenient parking, use the Main Garage at 55 E. Rich St. Parking is usually $5 for special events, but this may vary. That garage is directly across the street from Columbus Commons and takes the stress out of parking. Or you can be me and circle around the one way streets, trying to find a meter in the area. (I recommend arriving very early if you plan to do this!) 😉  There is also an underground parking garage. You can see all the parking info here.

Which Columbus Commons event is your family’s favorite?

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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 10-12, 2017

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1. St. Patrick’s Day Craft at Tree of Life Play Cafe

When: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: 3708 Fishinger Blvd, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-363-4041

Come in for a St. Patrick’s Day themed craft and snack!

2. Fun Friday at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Karl Road Branch

When: Friday March 10, 2017
Time: 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 5590 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-645-2275

This program helps school-aged kids find their S.P.A.R.K.!

3. Square Dance at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

The whole family can participate in traditional square dances, novelty and folk dances! Recommended for school aged children. $5/person.

4. Spring Fling at Oakland Nursery

When: Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-268-3511

This week long Spring Fling includes workshops, sales and family-friendly events! There will be a Kid’s Carnival on March 11th and March 18th from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  On Saturday, March 11, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, you can see The Bug Man!

5. Spring Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-508-8111

Families can pick up a scavenger hunt at the nature center, look for signs of animals getting ready for spring and turn it in for a small prize! Appropriate for ages 3-10.

6. Tales @ 10 at Westerville Public Library

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-7277

This family-oriented story time is geared toward ages 2-6. There will be stories, songs, play and more!

7. Liberty Tree Artisan Market at Liberty Tree Elementary School

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 6877 Sawmill Pkwy., Powell, OH 43065

There will be over 40 vendors at this annual market! There will be a free make and take craft station and photo booth for kids! Admission is a donation of your choice which benefits the Liberty Tree Elementary School PTO.

8. Commit To Be Fit Expo at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 717 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This free expo presented by 10TV is focused on helping families live healthier lives! Activities include a giant rock wall, vendors, events like Kids Yoga and a Baby Race and the opportunity to learn how to make healthy snacks for kids! See the entire list of events by clicking on the link.

9. Blooms and Butterflies Opening Day at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Daily
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Saturday is opening day for Blooms and Butterflies! Watch butterflies be released in the Pacific Island Water Garden! From 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, children can decorate a butterfly house to take home. $4 per butterfly house.

10. Kids Club at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

For $2, kids ages 3 and up can make their own Fairy House!

11. Odd Squad Live at Ohio Theatre

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 39 E State St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: CAPA office: 614-469-0939

This interactive performance will include new music, action and the opportunity to put STEM skills to the test!

12. Celebrate Lego Batman at Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Kids can make their very own LEGO Batman Speedwagon and collect limited edition trading cards! This event is while supplies last!

13. Family Night at Paper Moon Art Studio

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4145 N High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-332-9149

The second Saturday of each month, Paper Moon Art Studio stays open late for Family Night! This Saturday’s theme is Mardi Gras Fun! Call ahead to reserve your spot as space may be limited. $25/family.

14. Troll Roll at Skate Zone 71

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Skate and take pictures with the Trolls! There will be games and prizes!

15. Salamander Hike at Glacier Ridge Metro Park

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 9801 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-971-5211

Families can take a hike to discover salamanders and other amphibians at a vernal pool where they lay their eggs. See the link for recommendations on what to wear and what to expect!


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