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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? December 15-18, 2016 Holiday Edition!

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Welcome to another big Holiday weekend post! Christmas is almost here and New Year’s is around the corner! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Ongoing

Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out the huge LEGO display and make your own LEGO creation!

12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt in Historic Dublin – pick up a 12 Elves Card at a participating location then find all 12 elves. Each time you find an elf you will get a special treat! Turn your card in to enter the Grand Prize drawing!

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – see the amazing light shows, special performances and holiday festivities!

Tribute to the Nutcracker at Grove City City Hall – see the animated window display Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival at Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds – a 5 week celebration of Chinese culture with amazing silk lanterns, traditional performances and food!

Uptown Scrooge – an interactive, walking performance through Uptown Westerville! Appropriate for ages 5 and up!

State Auto Christmas Corner – walk around inside a life-size telling of the Christmas Story and check out their schedule for each weekend’s choir performances! For every photo posted on Instagram with #StateAutoChristmas2016, State Auto will donate $1 to Manna Café (up to $500)!

Merry and Bright – FPC is open until 9:00 PM December 14-23, 2016 with special musical performances, a gingerbread house display, a holiday train, holiday lights and seasonal plantings!

Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village – celebrate a Dickens-inspired Christmas at Ohio Village!

Downtown Columbus Holiday Lights Photo Contest – share your pictures on Instagram or post to their Facebook page with the hashtag #DowntownColumbus to enter the contest for a $20 gift card to a downtown restaurant!

Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds – take an in-car tour of this light show!

For more ongoing ideas click here for 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

12:00 PM – Holiday Choir Performances at the Statehouse – lunchtime concerts happen on weekdays through December 18, 2016!

2:30 PM – Santa at Tremont Goodie Shop – come see Santa until 5:30 PM!

6:30 PM – PJ’s and Pages at Westland Area Library – this family story time will feature holiday stories, books and crafts!

Friday, December 16, 2016

12:00 PM – Holiday Choir Performances at the Statehouse – lunchtime concerts happen on weekdays through December 18, 2016!

5:00 PM – Ice Sculpture Tour in Uptown Westerville – illuminated ice sculptures will be on display all weekend, weather permitting!

6:30 PM – Free Family Movie Night at The Shops at Worthington Place – watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and Toy Story 3 with free popcorn!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

8:00 AM – Breakfast with Santa at Worthington Pools – three time slots are available and you must register online!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz Songs of the Season at  Lincoln Theatre – there are two performances (second is at 11:30) of holiday selections and your entry fee includes lunch for the kids!

11:00 AM – Santa and Mrs. Claus at North Market – visit Santa AND his live reindeer! There will live music, too!

11:00 AM – Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen at Franklin Park Conservatory – make cookies with Mrs. Claus! Santa and 2 live reindeer will also make an appearance!

12:00 PM – Santa at Global Gifts Short North – take you own picture with Santa who will be around until 4:00 as part of Wrap it Up Saturday in the Short North!

12:00 PM – Horse-drawn Carriage Rides at Oakland Nursery, Columbus Garden Center – weekends also include live music, lights and the Santa Wonderland!

12:00 PM – Christmas Time Open House at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club – see the model railroads and enjoy some treats!

12:00 PM – Secret Elf Shoppe & Vendor Fair at Studio J and Cruz Candy – kids can shop for gifts while adults shop the vendor fair! There will be prizes, candy and a book signing!

12:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Visits with Santa at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – see the link to schedule a visit!

1:00 PM – ‘Tis the Season at Slate Run Farm – string popcorn and make an ornament to take home at this family friendly event! (this event is also happening on Sunday.)

1:30 PM – Hockey Santa at The Chiller Ice Rinks – skate with Santa with free skating instruction and cookie decoration!

4:00 PM – A Christmas Evening at Slate Run Farm – enjoy 1880’s holiday activities at the farm!

6:00 PM – Live Choir Performances at State Auto Christmas Corner – three choirs perform, beginning at 6:00 PM!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

12:00 PM – Horse-drawn Carriage Rides at Oakland Nursery, Columbus Garden Center – weekends also include live music, lights and the Santa Wonderland!

1:30 PM – Hockey Santa at The Chiller Ice Rinks – skate with Santa with free skating instruction and cookie decoration!

2:00 PM – Live Music at North Market – the Worthington High School Chorale will perform!

2:00 PM – Holiday Kids Crafts at Blacklick Woods – make a holiday craft and drink hot cocoa!

2:00 PM – Elf Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – this event for preschoolers involves a short hike searching for elves and drinking hot chocolate when it’s done!

3:00 PM – Urban Strings Columbus Holiday Concert at Main Library – this family friendly holiday concert takes place in the 2nd floor Reading Room!

**Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a family play pass to Recreations Outlet by telling me 3 Places You Love to take Your Kids in Columbus ➡️ click HERE to enter! ⬅️ I’m giving away 2 passes each week!**

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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 21-23, 2016

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1. Circleville Pumpkin Show

When: Wednesday-Saturday, October 19-22, 2016
Time: click here for the schedule of events
Location: click here for maps and directions

This famous local celebration of pumpkins features lots of live music, story times, parades, pumpkin carving, a baby parade, big wheel races, food and craft vendors, rides and anything pumpkin you can imagine!

2. Halloween and Fall Harvest Parties at Columbus Recreation and Parks

When: Various Dates
Time: Various Times
Location: Your Local Recreation Center

Halloween and Fall Harvest parties start this weekend at your local Columbus Recreation and Parks locations! See the link for the dates and times at each location!

3. Roscoe Village 47th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival

When: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH 43812
Phone: 740-622-7644 or 800-877-1830

If you’re looking for a road trip this weekend, Roscoe Village is about 90 minutes from Columbus and this festival will offer artisan, craft and food vendors, bluegrass music, canal boat rides, a children’s activity area, Living History Tours, Spirit of Roscoe tours and of course, apple butter!

4. Fall Book Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild

When: Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016
Time: Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City, OH 43064

If your kids love books, don’t miss this warehouse sale featuring children’s and young adult books for just $5 each!

5. Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo

When: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: (614) 645-3400

Tour the zoo while trick or treating for goodies, visiting with special characters and more!

6. Haunted Statehouse Tours

When: Friday & Saturday, October 21-22, 2016
Time: Every half hour between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Location: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-728-9234

These tours, recommended for ages 12 and up, involve touring the Statehouse by lantern light, learning about the history and legends of the haunted Ohio Statehouse! There will be art activities prior to the tour! Tickets should be bought in advance online or by calling the number above.

7. The Wizard of Oz at Westgate Community Center

When: Friday – Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday: 7:00 PM, Saturday: 7:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: Auditorium, 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

Tickets are $5 for this presentation of The Wizard of Oz by the Westgate Theater Co. and Carriage Place Players! See the link for information about the Empty Bowls event preceding the Saturday night performance!

8. Ghost Tours with Worthington History Museum

When: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Old Rectory, 50 West New England Ave., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

Take part in this spooky walking tour to learn about reported hauntings in Worthington! These tours are recommended for age 13 and up and tickets can be purchased for $15.00 at Fritzy Jacobs or The Shop at the Old Rectory!

9. Great Pumpkin Run in Grandview Heights

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 8:15 AM and 9:00 AM
Location: 1240 Oakland Ave., Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Phone: 614-488-3111

You can still register for this weekend’s 38th Annual Great Pumpkin Run 5K featuring a Kids Tiny Tot Race!

10. Fall Festival at Freeman’s Farm

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-548-7866

I shared earlier this week about our trip to Freeman’s Farm! This weekend you can take a hayride, cook your own food over a campfire, pick a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, pet animals and shop the market!

11. Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: along Main St. in Old Hilliard

Hilliard’s businesses will be celebrating Halloween with trick or treat, a scavenger hunt, fun activities and a costume contest for kids and dogs!

12. All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Ohio Village will be open for Halloween 1890’s style, including a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

13. Sundays at Ohio Railway Museum

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 990 Proprietors Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-7345

Sundays will feature Halloween themed tours and goodie bags for the kids!

14. Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival at Easton

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Fenlon St., 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Bring your costumed pet for this fun fall event including prizes for the best costumes plus kids activities and carriage rides!

15. Trick or Treat Trail at Deer Haven Park

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4183 Liberty Rd., Delaware OH 43015
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 3

Children are invited to come in costume and collect treats from characters along a spooky trail! There will also be hayrides and pumpkin decorating!

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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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