Columbus Tip Sheet: December 2017

The What Should We Do Today? Columbus Tip Sheet serves to inspire you to try something new, explore Columbus and keep on top of what’s happening around town this month!

I love hearing suggestions from my readers because it always turns up new places we need to visit! I’m going to be sharing these Reader Favorites once a month! Click on the links to find out more about each place. Want to share three places you love to take your kids in (and around) Columbus? Click here to submit your favorites!

Karilyn K.

1. Locker Soccer Academy in Powell
2. All the parks in Dublin
3. Pancakes at First Watch

Lindsay W.

1. All of the local splash pads
2. Graeters on Bethel Rd.
3. Events at Columbus Commons

Amanda P.

1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
2. Whetstone Park of Roses, Whetstone Park and Whetstone Branch of CML
3. Clintonville Farmers Market

December Tips:

1. You can get a $2 discount to the Chinese Lantern Festival on Mondays by bringing a donation of a canned food donation. Additionally, admission for college students is $12 on Thursdays and regular admission for active and veteran military members and senior citizens is $12 with ID. See info here:

2. State Auto’s Christmas Corner will have it’s official lighting on Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30 PM and Columbus Children’s Choir will perform!

3. Paw Patrol Live is coming to Ohio Theatre December 28-30, 2017!

4. Each Saturday in December you can watch Regal Holiday Classics for $5/ticket at Regal Georgesville Square. Movies featured are: 12/2: A Christmas Story, 12/9: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 12/16: Elf, and 12/23: Gremlins. Regal Crown Club members can also get a $5 medium popcorn and soft drink combo.

5. Gateway Film Center offers a full month of Holiday Film Classics with your choice of Naughty or Nice! The movies selections range from classic to modern to horror and also include a special holiday edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons on Saturday, December 9, 2017. See the full list of movies and dates here!

6. During the month of December you can go on the 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt. Pick up your 12 elves card and hunt for an elf in each of the participating locations – at each stop you will receive a treat for finding it!

7. This December, the YMCA Family Center is raising money during the Give Her Hope Campaign to help families in Central Ohio who are experiencing homelessness. Your donation provides blankets, care packages,and more. For a donation of $10 or more, you can receive a Bracelet of Hope as a reminder of the difference you have made! See all of the details here.

CBUS Blogger Buzz

Want to keep up on what other Columbus bloggers are up to? Here are some must-read posts from our local bloggers:

Shannon from My Life in the Blink shared her Pumpkin Pie Truffle Recipe which contains many of my favorite ingredients all rolled up into one recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

Lindsay shares On Motherhood, Self-Care and Inclusion and how she created her class Squats and Tots, which allows you to exercise WITH your kids! Classes are going on now!

I recently started a 12-week strength training program with Kathleen from Just Keep it Simple Fitness. She’s kicking my butt, but I still love her. She shared How to Keep the Holidays Healthy But Still Fun!


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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!*

What Should We Do This Weekend? November 17-19, 2017

1. Wildlights Stuff The Truck at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3485

The Stuff The Truck food drive is a partnership between Columbus Zoo and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank! You can receive one free admission ticket for every 5 non-perishable food items that you bring to donate all day on Friday. You can get free parking by showing at least one canned good at the parking booth. The offer of free admission is good all day, but Wildlights activities begin at 5:00 PM. They expect it to be very busy, so you may want to arrive early!

2. The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3700

Support RMHC of Central Ohio by buying lots of yummy baked goods! Also on site will be craft vendors, a book sale, gift baskets and more!

3. Storytime with Kara at ME and the MOON

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 15 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-570-1124

This week’s story time theme is Thankfulness and includes stories, songs and games for the kids and tea and shopping for the parents! There will be a pop-up book shop immediately following the event.

4. Deck the District Tree Lighting 2017 in the Short North Arts District

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Short North Arts District
Phone: 614-299-8050

This holiday tree lighting event includes live music performances, photos with Santa, hot cocoa and the official tree lighting at 6:30 PM!

5. Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival 2017 at Ohio State Fairgrounds

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2017
Time: Nightly: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 888-484-2698

This festival runs through January 7th and will be lit nightly! There will be floating lanterns, handmade crafts, cultural performances and food!

6. Open Exploration with MinecraftEdu! at peapod play cafe

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 4874 Thompson Rd., Columbus, OH 43230
Phone: 614-656-8048

Kids ages 7-14 are welcome to catch, train and battle Pokemon! Dinner is provided for this kids night out!

7. Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-337-2200

Easton’s Christmas tree and light display will be lit on Friday night! Santa will visit and there will be Holiday Carriage Rides and special offers!

8. Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 182 Sunbury Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-0603

This Holiday Open House includes hot apple cider and cookies and a festive atmosphere! Pick out your Christmas tree while you’re at it!

9. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, November 18, 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! See more about Coffee Connections here.

10. Poetry Day at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Poetry Day features kid-friendly writing activities and the opportunity to create your own magnetic  poetry!

11. PBJ & Jazz Family Concert: Rachel Sepulveda at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: Performances at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203, Ballroom
Phone: 614-294-5200

Enjoy a kid-friendly introduction to jazz!  Concerts are $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.  Children receive a lunch that includes a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie.

12. Gardens Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Gardens Aglow opens on this Friday for the holiday season! There will be special performances and activities as well as holiday light displays and decorations! On Saturday, kids can make a Paper Poinsettia Craft  at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The Goodwill Handbell Choir performs at 2:00 PM.

13. Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 168 S. Vernon St. Sunbury OH 43074
Phone: 740-524-8600

Check out a model train display and learn the history of railroading in America!

14. Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301

Kids 12 and under can watch a Disney movie and eat popcorn!

15. KidX Club: Cookies with Claus at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Decorate your own cookie with Santa, write letters to Santa and enjoy a story time with the sugar plum fairy!

16. Sensory Friendly Films: The Muppets Take Manhattan at Gateway Film Center

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

These free, sensory-friendly films, presented in conjunction with OSU’s Nisonger Center, offer a lower volume and lights up in a “no-shushing” atmosphere for families and individuals with autism of developmental disabilities. This month’s movie is The Muppets Take Manhattan!

17. Give Thanks at Sunbury Urban Farm

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 2140 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH
Phone: 614-285-5172

Kids ages 2-5 can enjoy this story time that also includes hands-on activities related to Thankfulness! Recommended donation is $5/child.

18. 2017 Holiday Lights Celebration at the Creekside District

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 117 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-418-9114

Gahanna’s holiday celebration includes over 100 activities including a puppet show, strolling carolers, ice sculpture demonstrations, live entertainment, train rides, pony rides, a live reindeer petting zoo, the arrival of Santa, lighting of the Community Tree and lots more!

19. Pet Photo Night at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016-1537
Phone: 614-798-3023

Pet Photo Night at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing will be on November 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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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!*

3 Things to do With Your Kids in Pickerington

1. Blue Monkey Parties & Events

591 Hill Rd N, Pickerington, OH 43147, 614-828-8236

While Blue Monkey is primarily a party and event center, they do have open play hours and Toddler Time. I suggest checking their event calendar before planning your visit! Toddler Time currently takes place on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 and includes a craft time! There is also open play available during certain evenings each week!

Several play areas are available including a sports arena, a dual slide, an inflatable obstacle course and other bounce houses! Blue Monkey hosted my family during open play a few months ago and that was the first time the kids really embraced a tall inflatable slide like that! 🙂 It was fun to watch them enjoy it!

2. Sweet Persuasions Bakery

1260 Hill Rd. N, Pickerington, OH 43147, 614-604-6714

Looking for a sweet treat during your day out? Sweet Persuasions Bakery has just about every kind of sweet treat available! I was doing Whole 30 during our visit so I can’t personally recommend a specific treat, but I can tell you I was very sad I couldn’t try any of them! My kids, of course, picked a donut with sprinkles because: sprinkles. But the brownies looked amazing! The shop is adorable inside and would make a cute spot for a Mommy-Daughter date!


3. Pickerington Ponds

4071 Bowen Rd. Canal Winchester, OH 43110, 614-208-4329

So the address for Pickerington Ponds is technically Canal Winchester, but the park is just about 3 miles from Blue Monkey and is called PICKERINGTON Ponds, so I rest my case. 😉 We had packed a lunch the day we visited Blue Monkey, so we stopped here to eat it.

There are two picnic pavilions and 5 trails. We had lunch at the Wood Duck Picnic area and followed the sign to the Wood Duck Viewing Deck which is pictured here. There were lots of birds to be seen! I learned from the website that there is also an observation deck near the other picnic pavilion as well.

There is no Nature Center or playground here, but if you want to get out and walk or ride bikes or just enjoy nature, this is a great stop in the area!


Do you have a favorite spot in Pickerington we should visit?


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