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Two MORE Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids

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As I promised a few weeks ago, when I shared Two Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids, I’m sharing two MORE fun local libraries with you this week! If you’re tired of the same old, same old, these are some great options for a new outing with the kids!

1. Westerville Public Library

126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, 614-882-7277

I love the trees in the Children’s Place!

The little kid’s area has a school bus . . .

a kitchen, puzzles . . .

a police car . . .

and a great view of the new Northstar! A visit to the library and a double chocolate cookie from Northstar sounds like a fun outing we need to put on the calendar! 😉

The Westerville Library has Drop-In Preschool Storytime, Rhyme Time, Yoga Tales and more! See the whole list of events for kids and families here!

2. Worthington Libraries, Northwest Library

2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235, 614-807-2626

Northwest Library offers a unique area for kids called Story Garden! Around the children’s area, well known children’s stories are depicted in 3D!

It’s worth a trip to this library just to view this amazing artwork! Their website lists all of the stories depicted, including the author and a brief description of each story! Looking at the website, I see so many I missed on our visit!

Inside an area called Three Bears Cottage, there is a space for play for young children with lots of toys and seating!

Northwest Library currently has some kind of programming for children every weekday and at least one night a week! See the full calendar here.

What’s your favorite local library?

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

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1. Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory

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

This is the last weekend for Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory! Thousands of orchids and tropical plants are on display with an Art Deco theme! On Saturday, you can see the Millennium Academy of Irish Dance perform traditional Irish Step Dancing!

2. Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras with CATCO is Kids

When: Friday – Sunday, March 3-5, 2017
Time: various times throughout the weekend
Location: Van Fleet Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

This is the world premiere of Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras, a story about an aspiring cowgirl who needs a horse! The show is 45 minutes long. See the link to purchase tickets!

3. Friday Fun at Northwest Library

When: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-807-2626

This program is for children 5 and under and includes stories, songs and rhymes!

4. Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theatres

When: Friday – Sunday, March 3-5, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM each day
Location: Marcus Theatre Locations

This weekend kicks off the Kids Dream Family Film Series going on through April 9! This week’s film is Kung Fu Panda 3! Tickets are just $3/person and there are special prices on popcorn and fountain drinks! You can get 2 FREE passes to the show by clicking on the link for American Family Insurance on their website!

5. First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

This family-oriented evening starts at 5:00 PM and museum admission is just $6 (5 and under are free)! There will be special activities and the movie The Princess Bride will be shown at 7:00 PM. Snacks will be available for purchase.

6. Maple Sugar Pancake Breakfast at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Breakfast includes whole wheat pancakes, Stratford sausage and local maple syrup! Afterwards you can hike to the sugar shack to learn about the sugaring process! Advanced registration is required.

7. Pancake Breakfast at Charity Newsies

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4300 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-263-4300

This pancake breakfast raises money for Charity Newsies, an organization that provides clothing for local school children! There will be pancakes with Chris Cakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice, as well as games and activities for kids!

8. Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Lots of events, demonstrations and activities for kids and teens are going on at the Bricker Building at Ohio Expo Center at the same time as the Arnold Sports Festival this weekend! See all the details here.

9. Maple Syrup Festival at Camp Lazarus

When: Saturday March 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Rain or Shine
Location: 4422 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH, 43015

This festival includes an all you can eat pancake breakfast or hot dog lunch! You can learn how maple syrup is made and participate in pioneer activities! Maple Syrup will also be available for purchase!

10. Makin’ Maple Syrup at Gallant Farm

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-362-0274

Come see how sap is extracted from trees and boiled down into syrup! This program is free for all ages!

11. K.I.D. Social Justice Story Time with Showing Up for Racial Justice Upper Arlington

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington, OH 43221

This story time sponsored by Kindness in Demonstration and Showing Up for Racial Justice Upper Arlington (geared toward preschoolers and early elementary) will feature books on fairness, snacks and fun!

12. Playdate in the Park with the Powell Library and Powell Parks and Recreation

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

This in-library playdate includes story time, a craft and other fun activities!

13. Signs of Spring Hike at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

All ages are welcome to take this one mile hunt in search of early signs of spring!

14. Ohio’s 214th Birthday Party at Ohio Statehouse

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location:  1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-752-9777

Celebrate Ohio’s 214th birthday with art projects, a tour of the Statehouse, a scavenger hunt, birthday treats and a special birthday surprise!

15. Let’s Go to Outer Space with Columbus Symphony

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 55 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215

This performance is a musical storytelling with a space theme geared toward young children! There will be pre-concert activities beginning at 2:00 PM, crafts, instruments to hold and to play and more! Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite space hero! See the link for tickets!

16. Decorate Diaper Donation Boxes for No Child Wet Behind with Columbus Kids Do Good

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Art With Anna, 420 N. Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

In support of the No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and Family Fun 5K Race & 1 Mile Walk/Run, you can bring the whole family to help decorate diaper donation boxes that will be dropped off to donation locations around Columbus! There are 40 boxes to be decorated! This is also an opportunity to bring a pack of diapers to donate! If Sunday night doesn’t work, a similar event is happening on Monday night!

 

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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 14-16, 2016

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This is another busy fall weekend with a lot of fun options! Don’t forget to refer back to this post if you’re looking for a fall festival weekend at a local pumpkin patch! Most are still going on throughout the whole month of October!

1. Farm Festival at Bob Evans Farm

When: Friday – Sunday, October 14-16, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 791 Farmview Road, Bidwell, OH 45614
Phone: 1-800-994-3276

This festival includes food, give aways, live music and children’s activities like a hay bale maze, game tent, corn pile, horseback rides, wagon rides, a pedal tractor pull and more!

2. Fall Farm Fun at Leeds Farm

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8738 Marysville Rd., Ostrander, OH 43061.

Leeds Farm and pumpkin patch is open one Friday only this season and this week is it! They’re also open one evening of the season, and that’s Saturday for the Harvest Moon Festival!

3. Big Top Halloween at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 6:30- 8:30 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085

This annual Halloween party is free and features carnival games, a trick or treat trail and live music!

4. PBR Rodeo at Ohio Expo Center

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Some of the nation’s top bull riders will be competing in Columbus this weekend as part of the All American Quarter Horse Congress!

5. Touch a Truck Story Time at Northwest Library

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-807-2626

Touch a truck at the library and enjoy a story time about vehicles!

6. Jackson Team Pumpkin Giveaway at COVA

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 3770 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43214

Bring a canned good to donate to Neighborhood Services and get a free pumpkin!

7. BREAD! Community and Arts Festival in Dublin

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Downtown Dublin
Phone: 614-889-7444

This free festival will feature food, music, dancing and art as well as a focus on traditional breads!

8. Trick or Treat Trail at Oakland Nursery

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Location: 1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-268-3511

Kids ages 10 and under are invited to participate in a trick or treat trail including goodie bags and a costume contest!

9. Scare at the Square at Georgesville Community Center

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 8020 Rush St, Grove City, OH 43123

This community event includes hayrides, a costume contest, games, food and a “Trail of Terror”! Admission is one non-perishable food item per person.

10. Powell Community Bonfire and Tailgate at Village Green Park

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065

Tailgate before the OSU game with free hot dogs, apple cider, donut holes and marshmallows! The game will be shown on the Technicare Amphitheater Stage starting at 8 p.m.

11. Kids Eat Free at City Barbeque

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: all day
Location: all area locations

On Sunday, get a free kid’s meal with an adult meal purchase of $7 or more! Mention that you’re there for “family time” to receive this offer!

12. Grand Opening at Grove City Library

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 3359 Park St., Grove City, OH 43123

Join the Grove City library for the dedication and grand opening celebration of the new Grove City Library! The day includes a flag raising, ribbon cutting ceremony, dedication of the early literacy area, Harper’s Grove, instillation of a time capsule and more! Take a last look at the old library here!

13. Fall Fun Day at Blendon Woods

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone:

This fun day will include tram rides, roasting marshmallows, jumping in leaves and making crafts! Read about our day at Blendon Woods here!

14. Harvest Festival at Orange Johnson House

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 50 W New England Ave., Worthington, OH 43085

This festival will feature a hands-on area for kids, Lincoln Logs building, pioneer games, cider pressing, and more! This event is free for members.

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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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