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51 Things to Do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus

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Thanksgiving week is here! Maybe you have family in town and/or a few days off of work and are looking for something to do this week? If there’s a chance you’ll need to walk off an extra piece of pie (or two) or get bickering family members out of the house….tuck this list away! And have a happy week of thankfulness!

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1. Looking for more turkey? Watch the PBS movie, My Life as a Turkey, at Battelle Darby Metro Park on Friday at 11:00 PM.

2. Clifton Mill Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving! Gates open at 5:00 every night and the display runs through New Year’s Eve!

3. Participate in a Photo Scavenger Hunt on Friday at Blacklick Woods Metro Park! Use your digital camera or phone and get a prize for photographing all of the items on the list!

4. Olde Worthington Holiday Open House is on Sunday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM and it includes horse drawn carriage rides, live music and a visit from Santa! The evening ends with the tree lighting ceremony on the Village Green!

5. Everyone who enters the Columbus Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day gets a pumpkin pie! There’s also a Kids Tot Trot 100 yard dash!

6. Visit the Huntington Holiday Train display at Main Library!

7. If you’re looking to partake of something other than the usual turkey and pumpkin pie, Columbus Food Adventures has several tours going on this weekend!

8. Wildlights is in full swing all weekend at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!

9. Need something for the kids to do on Wednesday? Check out the Harvest Party – School Break Program at Sunbury Urban Farm. It’s a drop off program where kids can participate in Thanksgiving activities! Must preregister!

10. Take the kids to SuperGames Winter Open Play! on Wednesday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Arrive early because the play space is first come, first served! Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional child.

11. Friday through Sunday you can take a Holiday Carriage Ride at Easton Town Center!

12. Blue Monkey Parties & Events is celebrating their 1 year anniversary with a 1 Year Anniversary Open Play event from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Sunday! $5/child.

13. Kick off Thanksgiving Eve with a family meal deal and a glow skate at Skate Zone 71! They’re also offering $.99 admission on Thanksgiving Day and 50% off admission on Black Friday!

14. On Sunday, kids and adults alike can participate in the Make & Take Metal Stamping Event at The Smithery from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Check the link for pricing options. No registration needed.

15. Another option for the kids that are out of school on Wednesday is the Open Swim at Worthington Pools!  $5 to enter.

16. Get out of the house for a CBus: Thanksgiving Eve Back to the Future Trivia Night on Wednesday at 16 Bit Bar + Arcade! Winner gets a ride in the Delorean – among other things!

17. Get your shopping done kid-free after dropping the kids at Parents Day Out at Worthington Pools on Friday from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM!

18. When the Thanksgiving leftovers run out, head to Piada for Friendsgiving! Show the cashier that you follow Piada on Instagram and get a buy-one-get-one free entree from November 24-28!

19. Roller skate all week with these special deals at United Skates of America happening Wednesday through Sunday!

20. Visit the holiday lights at Columbus Commons from dusk to 11:00 PM each night and post a photo on Instagram using #CCHolidayLights or post the pic to their Facebook page using the hashtag to enter their photo contest. One winner each week wins a $25 gift card to Condado

21. Take a free tour at Anthony-Thomas Candy Company on Wednesday from from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM! (Regularly $2/person.)

22. See the amazing lanterns, watch cultural performances, shop and eat Chinese and traditional fair food at the Ohio Lantern Festival! Nightly from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

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MUSEUMS

23. Family Friday Night at COSI is this weekend – meaning they will stay open until 9:00 PM and admission is reduced!

24. Make a Gingerbread House Craft at Franklin Park Conservatory on Friday! This activity includes a hayride!

25. Friday, attend Thanksgiving Family Friday at Ohio History Center where you can visit with live animals such as an owl, wolf and snake and dissect an owl pellet! Also on Saturday and Sunday there are special activities like the Terrific Turkey Table and exploring Animal Bones!

26. Think Outside the Brick is now on display at Columbus Museum of Art! This LEGO set up shouldn’t be missed and would make a great weekend outing! Don’t forget the museum is free on Sundays!

27. On Saturday, head to Pizzuti Collection Family Day from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM for free admission, art inspired activity books, crafts and family tours!

THEATER

28. Mr. Scrooge starts on Friday at Columbus Children’s Theater! This 60 minute performance is recommended for ages 5 and up!

29. The Central Ohio Youth Ballet puts on Nutcracker this weekend only in Newark!

30. A Christmas Carol is playing this weekend only at Ohio Theatre!

31. Uptown Scrooge  is a unique walking tour performance taking place this weekend in Uptown Westerville! The production is 90 minutes and is suitable for ages 5 and up! Begins on Saturday!

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SHOPPING

32. Moonlight Madness and After Thanksgiving Sale takes place at Tanger Outlets Columbus! The first 200 shoppers receive a swag bag!

33. Christmas Trees will be on sale at the North Market on Saturday!

34. Shop Small Business Saturday at Never Grow Up Boutique in Grove City!

35. Small Business Saturday at Columbus Idea Foundry means a Maker Market from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM offering locally made goods like art, furniture, jewelry and more!

36. Get a Short North collectable tote while supplies last at Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in the Short North Arts District!

37. Visit the Small Business Saturday Market at Re:work Furnishings to shop for local goods from vendors like Plantropothy, Ridiculously Good Salsa, Pluma Jewelry and more! Pizza, beer and plenty of discounts will be available too!

38. More local shopping is available at Shop Local Saturday with the Marysville Art League!

39. Small Business Saturday in Powell is full of special offers!

40. Historic Dublin  is ready for the Holiday Shopping Weekend!

41. The Christmas Market at Canal Market District takes place on Friday and will feature music, food trucks, holiday treats, free family photos, the lighting of the Licking County Courthouse and a visit from Santa!

42. On Small Business Saturday in Downtown Lancaster, there are tons of special deals going on from free goodies and gifts, prizes, demonstrations and discounts!

43. At the Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center on Saturday and Sunday, you can pick out your Christmas tree while you enjoy refreshments and a festive atmosphere!

44. While you pick your your Christmas tree at HTH Farm Market, you can help support and learn about a local dog rescue at the Stop the Suffering Bake Sale taking place on Sunday!

45. Shop for the trendiest kids clothing at the mrly popup shop at the Hart Room at Creekside Gahanna! There will be complimentary holiday treats and kids are welcome!

ROAD TRIP

If taking a road trip sounds like a fun way to spend your extra days off this week, here are some special events going on around Ohio!

46. Thanksgiving at the Zoo is FREE at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo!

47. Head to Newark for Holiday Homecoming 2017 at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology on Friday to learn about the heritage of the community! The event includes 3D ornament printing, a science show, glass blowing and more!

48. Santa will arrive at Brickopolis on Friday at the Cincinnati Museum Center with live music and a tree lighting! Visit Holiday Junction to see model trains, LEGO displays and a ride on train!

49. Christmas at the Castle, a Kingdom of Lights! at Landoll’s Mohican Castle features over 100,000 lights, a Christmas tree, holiday music and visits from Santa! This is a free event! This event happens every night starting Friday!

50. Head to Mansfield for the Grinch Scavenger Hunt at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum! Find all the hidden Grinches and receive a prize! Then spend a fun day at the museum! Starts on Saturday!

51. The Mt. Vernon Christmas Parade and Walk is on Sunday and includes train and carousel rides, photos with Santa and shopping!

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ICYMI: 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions

*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 22-25, 2016 Holiday Edition!

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Christmas Weekend is upon us! If you have kids on winter break or toddlers that have a lot of extra energy to get out, there are a lot of things to do this week and weekend! Don’t forget to check out my 2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt and print out the printable to take it a long with you as you’re out and about! It includes 25 things to find in Columbus before New Year’s Day! I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

10:00 AM – Winter Warm Up Week at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – the center is offering a couple days worth of activities for kids including movies, story times, crafts, scavenger hunts and more! Admission is free!

10:00 AM – Holiday Open Play at SuperGames – the first 150 children (first come, first served) will be allowed to play during these open hours!

10:00 AM – Winter Break Scavenger Hunt and Craft at Blendon Woods Metro Park – stop by the nature center for crafts and a scavenger hunt!

10:00 AM – Merry and Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory –  the Conservatory stays open until 9:00 with special musical performances, a gingerbread house display, a holiday train, holiday lights and seasonal plantings!

1:00 PM – Lego Class at Level One Bar + Arcade – sign up in advance to attend a class teaching the kids how to create a special Lego figure! There is also a class at 3:00 PM

5:00 PM – Visit with Santa at Partner’s Park – last chance to visit with Santa before he gets ready for Christmas Eve!

6:45 PM – Family Night Painting and Cocoa at John E. Bickley YMCA – paint a picture on canvas, watch a holiday movie and enjoy a hot cocoa bar! $5 per person.

7:30 PM – Movie Night at Coffee Underground – watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas for free, with popcorn!

7:30 PM – Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Palace Theatre – Cirque’s holiday performance is in Columbus this weekend!

7:30 PM – Holiday Wishes at the Disney Store at Polaris Fashion Place – make a holiday wish every night at 7:30!

Friday, December 23, 2016

10:00 AM – Winter Warm Up Week at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – the center is offering a couple days worth of activities for kids including movies, story times, crafts, scavenger hunts and more! Admission is free!

10:00 AM – Winter Break Scavenger Hunt and Craft at Blendon Woods Metro Park – stop by the nature center for crafts and a scavenger hunt!

10:00 AM – Merry and Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory –  the Conservatory stays open until 9:00 with special musical performances, a gingerbread house display, a holiday train, holiday lights and seasonal plantings!

10:30 AM – Jingle and Mingle with Seniors with Seeds of Caring – join residents from Jaycee Arms Senior Apartments at their annual holiday party to play games, sing songs and give gifts to the residents! See the link for more info about registering.

11:00 AM – The Shazzbots at Franklin Park Conservatory – join this fun band for two sets (11:00 AM and 2:00 PM) of Shazzbots classics and holiday tunes!

1:00 PM – Open Swim at Worthington Pools – $5 per person during these open swim hours!

7:30 PM – Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Palace Theatre – Cirque’s holiday performance is in Columbus this weekend!

7:30 PM – Holiday Wishes at the Disney Store at Polaris Fashion Place – make a holiday wish every night at 7:30!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

11:00 AM – Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Palace Theatre – Cirque’s holiday performance is in Columbus this weekend! Also at 2:00 PM!

6:00 PM – Christmas Eve Ceremony at State Auto Christmas Corner – this life-sized nativity display will be completed when baby Jesus is placed in the manger!

7:30 PM – Holiday Wishes at the Disney Store at Polaris Fashion Place – make a holiday wish every night at 7:30!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

5:00 PM – $1 Roller Skating at Skate Zone 71 – admission is only $1 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM!

Ongoing

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

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!

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)!

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!

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ICYMI: 2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt


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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 7-9, 2016

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Various Fall Festivals are going on during the weekends throughout the whole month of October!. Check out my post from last weekend to see what farms are hosting them!

1. Skidsteer Rodeo at Franklin Equipment

When: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4141 Hamilton Square Blvd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 844-401-RENT

Come watch a competition between construction vehicles (and their drivers)!  The initial rounds go on all day and the finals begin at 6:30 PM. There is live music, free food and a mechanical bull from 3:00 – 7:00 PM.

2. Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek

When: Friday, Saturday and Monday, October 7, 8 & 10
Time: Opens at 8:30 AM, last ride at 6:00 PM
Location: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Phone: 330-893-4200

Even though it’s a bit of a drive, I’m sharing this one because I’ve told you about The Farm at Walnut Creek before, so if you’ve thought of visiting, this event might be fun! This weekend (and next!) in addition to the horse drawn wagon rides, there will be special activities like a corn box, sheep shearing, basket weaving, horseshoeing, a pumpkin slingshot and more!

3. Fall Foliage on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

When: Friday – Sunday, October 7-9, 2016
Time: 1:00 on Fridays, 12:00 and 2:30 on Saturdays and Sundays
Location: 33 West Canal St., Nelsonville, OH 45764
Phone: 740-249-1452

For the month of  October, the Railway adds Friday trips to their weekend scenic tours! The round trip ride is about 2 hours.

4. Columbus Italian Festival

When: Friday – Sunday, October 7-9, 2016
Time: Friday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Saturday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 720 Hamlet St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-294-8259

This celebration of Italian heritage features live performances, food, kiddie rides, a parade and even a bocce ball tournament!

5. Pumpkinpalooza at Emswiler Farms

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 13329 Morse Rd., SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 614-355-5432

This festival is presented by TWIG of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and benefits Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Nationwide Children’s. The festival includes hayrides, live entertainment, bounce houses, face painting, a pumpkin patch, the Shazzbots, crafts, food and more!  Tickets are are $13 for adults and $10 for kids, but you can buy them online (see link) in advance through THURSDAY, October 6th for $10 and $7. Children under 2 are free.

6. Touch a Tractor at Buehler’s Fresh Foods

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: various locations

Another road trip idea for this weekend is at Buehler’s Fresh Foods. The closest store is in Ashland, OH. Touch a tractor, enjoy free samples from Hartzler’s Family Dairy and Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken, participate in activities for the kids and buy Ruggles ice cream for $1 a scoop!

7. Too Much Stuff Sale at Big Fun Columbus

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: 672 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-8697

Big Fun says, “we have too much stuff, help us make room” and everything is 25% off if you say the secret word: “Fun”! I wrote about taking your kids to Big Fun for Columbus Moms Blog here!

8. Royals Project Fall Festival at Amazing Grace Christian Church

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2255 Quail Creek Blvd, Grove City, OH 43123

Princesses, Princes, Superheroes and more will be in attendance at this fall festival which also features crafts, games, face painting, and more! There will also be a fire truck and fire fighters on site from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM! Donations of unused toys will also be accepted for the Royals Project!

9. Fall Festival at Oakland Nurseries

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: various locations locally

Each location of Oakland Nurseries is having it’s own set of events, check the link for information specific to each store! The Columbus location will feature hay rides, pumpkin painting, pig racing, a kid-friendly haunted forest, concessions and live music!

10. Farm Festival at Miller’s Country Gardens

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2488 St. Rt. 37 West, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-5021

This fall festival features hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, barrel rides, a kids’ play area, face painting, straw tunnel and food by Sock Hop Soda Shop! Admission is free but some activities have a charge.

11. Fall Fest at Fancyburg Park

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 3375 Kioka Avenue, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

This fall festival includes hay rides, a corn box , pumpkin carving, making apple cider, a petting zoo and more! Admission is free but some activities require $1 tokens.

12. Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Different animals are featured in this family program at the Conservatory on the 2nd Sunday of each month!

13. Peppa Pig Live at Palace Theatre

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: 34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

See Peppa Live! What else is there to say? 😉

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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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