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Indoor Programs for Toddlers and Preschoolers in Columbus: Winter 2017

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If you’re trying to survive winter with a toddler or preschooler, I’m with you! I’ve already started looking forward to summer, which is a dangerous thing to start doing at the beginning of January. But never fear, Columbus has so many indoor options for keeping toddlers busy! Here’s what’s going on this winter:

Little Adventurers at Franklin Park Conservatory – Thursdays at 10:30 AM – this is program for ages 3-5 with nature-themed stories and activities.

Pre School and Parent/Child Classes at Columbus Recreation and Parks – Registration for Winter Session opened January 3rd.  There are pages and pages of classes available for your young children and many of them are free or at an extremely low cost!

Pre School Open Gym at Dublin Rec Center – Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM  for ages 6 months to 6 years. Check the link for several other toddler programs at the Dublin Rec Center!

Toddler Theater

Toddler Theater at Abbey Theater of Dublin – select Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – recommended for ages 2-5, this is an interactive performance by Marlene Hartzler. Kids are encouraged to join her on stage to sing and dance! Often there is a special costumed visitor who joins in the fun!

Toddler Story Time at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library – Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – There are so many toddler and pre-K story times going on in the CML system. Make sure to check the link to search for your closest branch or explore a new one!

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Grandview Library

Tales for Toddlers at Grandview Library – Tuesdays from 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – story time for ages 18-36 mos. Check the link for all the other story times for young children going on this winter!

Toddler Time at Westerville Rec Center – Fridays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM – this is a drop in program for ages Kindergarten and under and their caregivers. The time includes play and crafts!

Pee Wee Play Gym at Westerville Rec Center – Mondays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM – this play time is a drop in program for ages 3 and under accompanied by an adult!

Little Explorers Base Camp at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – this is a free, drop in program where preschoolers and toddlers can learn and explore!

Curious Kids at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology – drop in preschool program on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – free with admission or membership! See the link for the weekly schedule and themes!

Winter Classes at piccadilly – classes are available for babies through preschoolers in things like Messy Art, Storybook Art, Squats and Tots and more! Drop in or sign up for a series!

Toddler Thursdays at Magic Mountain – from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can have unlimited KidsGym for just $2.50!

Scioto Audubon

Pre-K Storytime at Scioto Audubon – Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM – this time features nature stories for ages 3-5. Check the link for many other ongoing toddler and preschool programs at Columbus Metro Parks.

Mr. Eric’s Music at Firefly Cafe – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10:30 AM – a fun singing time with Mr. Eric is included with admission to the play cafe!

My Very First Art Class! Toddler Art at Zen Kidz Play Cafe – Thursdays – several classes are available throughout the morning for parents and children together!

Toddler Time at Get Air – this special toddler jump time is available on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM!

Toddler Time special with Get Air and Tree of Life Play Cafe – on Wednesdays and Thursdays, these neighboring businesses offer a special price to play at both locations!

Babytime and Tales for Twos and Threes at Worthington Libraries – lots of story times available for toddlers almost every day of the week!

Drop-in Preschool Storytime at Westerville Library – Monday and Thursday mornings from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – singing, books, instruments and more for ages 3-6!

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Metro Parks Preschool Programs – at least seven of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks have regular preschool programs that are free to attend! Most are for ages 3-5. Click the link to see the upcoming schedule at any given time and drop in!

Pre-K Classes at The Little Gym of Polaris – Gymnastics, sports and music and movement classes are available to engage the little ones and keep them moving!

Toddler/Preschool Enrichment classes at Studio J: Sing Paint Play – these classes are for kids age 1-5 and include stories, songs, instruments, art projects and more!

Did I miss anything? Leave a comment with more ideas and info if you have it! 🙂

Hang in there . . . spring is coming!

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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? April 1-3, 2016

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I’ve got 10 things for you to do with your kids this weekend!  We’ve run the gamut here – from tutus to monster trucks!  April showers may keep us indoors this coming week, but I’m feeling hopeful and excited about all the things there are to do now that spring is here!  I’ve got a lot of ideas in the works for future posts to share with you!  But for now, let’s look forward to the weekend!

1. Preschool Open Gym at Dublin Community Recreation Center

When:  Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location:  5600 Post R., Dublin, OH 43017, Gymnasium B
Phone: 614-410-4550

Children 6 months to 6 years can get their energy out during this open gym time!  Age appropriate toys and equipment are available.

2. Pop-Up Party at William H. Adams Community Center

When:  Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 854 Alton Ave., Columbus OH 43219
Phone: 614-645-3051

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is in the midst of their 2016 Spring Break Initiative which includes special programing at six area community centers.  Activities are “open to all” and the pop-up parties are sponsored by Radio One.

3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in German Village

When: Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 900 Mohawk St., Columbus, OH 43206

I thought it was worth noting that Jeni’s opens for the season in German Village on April 1!  Yay ice cream!

4. Monster Jam at Value City Arena, Schottenstein Center

When: Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, 2016
Time: Friday: 7:30 PM, Saturday: 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Location: 555 Borror Dr., Columbus, OH 43210

High energy, action packed show for motorsports fans!  Special passes are also available to see the trucks up close and meet the drivers!

5. Lady Tutu 5K at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Location: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Time: 5K: 8:00 AM, Little Princess Dash: 9:00 AM

This women’s only event benefits Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana.  The Little Princess Dash is for girls 8 and under and participants will receive a tiara, cotton shirt, princess wand and ribbon.  Walk up registrations are accepted.

6. Spring Puppet Show at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Hilliard Branch

When: Saturday April 2, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  Hilliard Branch, 4772 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-645-2275

Enjoy a spring-themed puppet show appropriate for ages 11 and under.  (Read about our visit to Hilliard Branch of CML here!)

7. Free Kid’s Fun Day at the Columbus Soap Box Derby

When:  Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Big Run Park 4201 Clime Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43228

Kids 7 and older (plus adults!) can test drive a soap box racer!  Event is free, but kids and adults must sign a waiver to participate.  (See link for details).

 8. PB&J and Jazz at the Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: 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.

9. Ohio Roller Girls at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: First game is at 5:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211, Ohio Building
Phone: 614-859-OHRG

Cheer on the Ohio Roller Girls at their second game of the season against Ithaca League of Women Rollers!  Home games are double headers – you can stay for one or both bouts.  Children under 8 are always free and games are kid-friendly!

10. Baby Bonanza and Kids Expo at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Sunday, April 3, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211, Lausche Building

This event offers fun for the whole family: diaper derby races, play areas for the kids, a Mommy Relaxation Station, and the Dad’s Challenge!  Also featured are educational seminars, displays featuring the latest products and much more!  Kids 12 and under are free!

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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 to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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