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Columbus Christmas Staycation 2017

If you’ve got kids off school or family in town and you’re enjoying a Columbus staycation over winter break, you’re probably going to need to get out of the house! I’ve got some ideas for you! For each day, I’m featuring one main idea and a couple of other events going on that day! I suggest reading through the whole post first instead of taking it day by day, because many things on the list are going on more than one day!  You can mix and match your plan as needed! 🙂

Monday, December 25, 2017

Chinese Lantern Festival

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is open every day from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM through January 7, 2018. Enjoy cultural performances and eat Chinese and traditional fair food. The light displays are really something to see! There are traditional Chinese sculptures and also American Christmas sights like Santa and Mrs. Claus. On Mondays, you can receive a $2 discount for bringing a canned good donation.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Gardens Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

Gardens Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and special events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated for the holidays. From December 1-31 (except for the 24th and 25th) they are open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities and on Tuesday, December 26, Erica Carlson and her pet hedgehog will be at the Conservatory for a fun magic show at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM! Also, make sure not to miss the rotating railroad!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ohio Wildlife Center

The Ohio Wildlife Center is only open to the public a few times a month and today is one of them! Join them from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM for Celebrate with the Critters where kids can make a bird feeder and meet some of the resident animal ambassadors! Admission is $5/person or free with a donation from their wish list. Many animals can be seen on a tour of the grounds as well!  See our visit to Ohio Wildlife Center here!

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Thursday. December 28, 2017

Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio

Kids ages 1-7 can get out all of their energy in the ball pit, slides, rock climbing wall, tire swing, basketball hoop and more! Open Play is happening from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, December 27-29, 2017. Cost is $5 per child and parents must stay on the premises.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

COSI- Center of Science and Industry

COSI has extended its hours for Winter Break! From December 20th through January 6th they will be open from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM! (Closed Dec. 24th and 25th). On Friday, December 29th, they stay open even later for Family Friday Night! Family Friday Night includes reduced admission from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and access to all exhibits. If you haven’t seen the new American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, it’s included with membership or admission so Friday night would be a great chance to see it at a discount!

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

HOOT 82: Dance at Gateway Film Center

This family-friendly movie time is free with a canned good donation to benefit The Open Shelter! Watch short movies and cartoons and dance along to The Shazzbots! There are also activities in the lobby beforehand! This month there will be a special appearance by Movement Afoot Tap Dance Company! Activities start at 10:00 AM and movies end at 12:00 PM.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christmas Open House at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club

On each Saturday and Sunday in December COMRC is hosting their Christmas Open House! Admission and parking are free and the open house includes model train layouts and kids can run trains on a Thomas the Train display!

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Ohio History Center

The Ohio History Center will be offer special hours from Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. They will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. During this time you can see the Holiday Train and the Lustron House will be decorated for the holidays! The museum has recently updated the kids’ area near the wild animals and there is an exhibit towards that back where kids are free to touch “historical” items like rotary phones and typewriters. 😉 See all there is to do at Ohio History Center here!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Recreations Outlet

This retail store doubles as a play area with lots of playground equipment, trampolines, basketball hoops, soccer goals and more! There’s plenty of room to run, very few chances to break anything, and the best part is that during Charitable Play Hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, it’s only $2 per child to play! See more pictures and info about our visit here.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library

Don’t miss the Holiday Train at Main Library! Wednesday, January 3rd is the last day you can see it! Story times will be happening each morning throughout Winter Break at 10:30 AM. If you haven’t been to Main Library, it can be a full outing in itself! The kids will love the train, there’s a cafe in the library serving coffee, food and snacks and outside you can walk through Topiary Park, where you can see a tree-sculpture version of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte!

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Scioto Audubon Metro Park and Grange Audubon Center

The Grange Audubon Center offers a lot of indoor fun for kids! There is an indoor play area (pictured above) which also includes puppets and a cave to play in. There are animals to see, bird watching, and on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM they host a preschool story time in the library area. See 9 Things to Do with your Kids at Scioto Audubon for more ideas!

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Friday, January 5 2018

Ohio History Center

Another good day to visit Ohio History Center would be on Friday when they stay open late for a family movie night! Mrs. Doubtfire will be shown at 7:00 PM and the museum is open until 9:00 PM!

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7:00 PM – Family Pajama Jam Skate at Skate Zone 71


Saturday, January 6, 2018

piccadilly play cafe 

On $5 Saturdays, kids can play between the hours of 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM for just $5/child! piccadilly has a cafe serving coffee, small meals and snacks, a play area for the kids, a large stage area for kids to play on and an art space for painting and other crafts!

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Columbus Museum of Art

Admission to the Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sundays and this is a great chance to see Think Outside the Brick! This LEGO exhibit is a temporary exhibit that will only be on display until March 2, 2018. If your kids love Legos, it’s a must see! You can also check out the newly remodeled Wonder Room – a creative space just for kids!

If you’re still looking for more ideas, check out 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions, 5 on Friday: Holiday Trains and 6 of the Most Festive Things You Can Do in Columbus This Holiday Season!


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ICYMI: 6 of the Most Festive Things You Can Do in Columbus This Holiday Season

*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!*

 

Happy Holidays from Columbus: The Best Holiday Tips from Your Local Bloggers

I’ve joined together with a bunch of great Columbus bloggers to share our best tips for the holidays! Whether it’s healthy eating, gift giving, local events, family traditions, crafts or decorating, you’ll find some great ideas here!

I shared 10 of Our Favorite Christmas Traditions around Columbus! We are looking forward to doing each of these things during the upcoming holiday season!

Malini from Lakes and Lattes, shares Christmas in Columbus: A Family Adventure which includes 3 challenges to complete with your family including a scavenger hunt!

Shannon from My Life in the Blink shares How to Simplify Holiday Gift Giving with 5 simple guidelines!


The The Best of Christmas in Columbus from Eryn at 614 Mom includes the best holiday events around town!

Get some great ideas in Lindsay’s Healthy Columbus Holiday Gift Guide on her blog Find Where You Fit!

Kim from Wear Love Wanders is sharing a Columbus focused Holiday Gift Guide that features some beautiful AND yummy ideas for holiday gifts from local artists and businesses!

Ashley from Columbus For Kids has shared ideas for 3 Holiday Nature Crafts to keep the kiddos busy this time of year!

In From Walmart to Wow: How to Decorate Your Artificial Christmas Tree, Tara from Pennies From Heaven Home shares some great tips for decorating an artificial tree!

In How to Keep the Holidays Healthy but Still Fun! Kathleen from Just Keep it Simple Fitness shares some great tips for keeping it healthy during the holidays (including not being TOO hard on yourself)!

Mary from Mission to Save says it’s not too early (or too late) to get a game plan for your holiday shopping. Check out her Tips for Black Friday and Holiday Shopping.

Emily from Let’s Play the Speech and Language Way shares ways to encourage language development in your little ones throughout the holiday season with Santa Claus is Coming to Town!


Happy Holidays from Columbus!

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ICYMI: 10 of our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions


Columbus Christmas Staycation 2016

When I was a kid, this was the best week of the year: the week between Christmas and New Year’s!

I picture the week being filled with long, restful days filled with playing with new toys, padding around in pajamas, eating cookies  and sleeping in every morning. We all know that’s just a page out of a Pottery Barn Kids magazine. Real life looks more like kids fighting over toys, crashing from too much sugar and NEVER sleeping in!

If you’re enjoying a Columbus staycation this week, you’re probably going to need to get out of the house! I’ve got some ideas for you! For each day, I’m featuring one main idea and a couple of other events going on that day. This will be my only post for the week! Don’t forget to check out the 2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt to check off the list throughout the week!

MONDAY

Ohio History Center

Visit the museum (which is open for special holiday hours this week) to see the holiday train display, the Lustron home decorated for Christmas and the finalists in the LEGO Design Challenge!  The museum will be open every day through January 8th. Monday through Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Make sure to click here to read about all there is for kids to do at Ohio History Center!

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  • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – The Bugman at Franklin Park Conservatory
  • 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM – $1 Roller Skating at Skate Zone 71
  • 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

TUESDAY

Recreations Outlet

By Tuesday, you may be reaching all-time-high levels of cabin fever and sugar overload! Take the kids to Recreations Outlet to let them run around and get out all that energy! The retail store doubles as a play area with lots of playground equipment, trampolines, basketball hoops, soccer goals and more! There’s plenty of room to run, very few chances to break anything, and the best part is that during their special Winter Break Playtime, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, it’s only $2 per child to play! See more pictures and info about our visit here.

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  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Open Play at Easterseals
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Open Play at SuperGames
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Open Play at SuperGames

WEDNESDAY

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum

Take a road trip to the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum in Mansfield! Just one hour away from downtown Columbus, this hands-on children’s museum is great for children 12 and under! On Wednesday, The Little Ren Players, from Renaissance Theater will be there from 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM, acting out interactive fairy tales! My kids had a blast at the museum where there are cars to drive around, houses to play in, businesses to run, dinosaur bones to dig for, a water table and much more! See more about our visit here!

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THURSDAY

Blendon Woods Metro Park

All week long (Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM), the metro park is hosting their Winter Break Scavenger Hunt and Craft time! Stop in to the Nature Center to do a scavenger hunt and a winter-themed craft! The Nature Center at Blendon Woods has large viewing windows and some “please touch” bins full of all sorts of things kids can touch and feel! My kids were big fans of those boxes! 😉

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  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Open Play at Easterseals
  • 10:00 AM – PreK Storytime at Scioto Audubon
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Play to Learn at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklinton Branch

FRIDAY

Grove City Library

Check out the new Grove City Library! There’s a great kids area with a puppet theater, Duplos, toddler toys and cozy reading areas! During Winter Break, the library is having Winter Break at the Movies! At 2:00 PM every day December 27-30, they will be showing a movie with popcorn and crafts! If 2:00 PM doesn’t work for you, all day, each day they will be offering Building with Boxes, where children of all ages are welcome to pop in and create!

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SATURDAY

Grandview Library

Grandview Library has a great play area for kids with a train table, doll house, Duplos, puzzles, and there’s always an area for drawing and coloring. On New Year’s Eve you can join them for Noon Year’s Eve where you can count down to Noon with your Pre-K kids!

Looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids? Here are some more options!

SUNDAY

Columbus Museum of Art

The museum is open on New Year’s Day and this is a great chance to see Think Outside the Brick! PLUS, admission to the Museum is FREE on Sundays! This LEGO exhibit is a temporary exhibit that will only be on display until February 26, 2016. If your kids love Legos, it’s a must see! There are also Legos available for free building and the Wonder Room is across the hall for more fun with kids!

Happy New Year’s Day! The lights are still on at Columbus Commons, State Auto Christmas Corner, Wildlights, the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival and Bicentennial Park! See my post: 10 of our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions for more info!

Thanks for following along with us this year! I truly hope you enjoy your week and have a Happy New Year!

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ICYMI: 2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt