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5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus PART 2

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Last month I shared with you 5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus and this is my second round of “things we’ve actually done”! 😉 I hope you enjoy exploring Columbus with your kids! Here are 5 more things to do together this summer:

1. Attend Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

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Columbus Commons is a great downtown park and on Fridays there are all kinds of special FREE activities for kids like bounce houses, story time, crafts, sports activities and special visitors. One of the weeks we attended there was a show by Ronald McDonald and the Columbus Zoo brought live animals to see and touch. Carrousel rides (normally $1) are free during this time and there is a parking garage right across the street if you can’t snag a meter.

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Tortilla is open for lunch at the park and there is also Jeni’s ice cream on site! Commons for kids lasts from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Check their schedule here for what is going on each week.

2. Make Origami Art at the Franklin Park Conservatory

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The latest exhibit at the Conservatory is Origami in the Garden. On display are several works of origami art and there are related family activities going on during the exhibit. On Saturdays, kids can learn how to fold an origami crane from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

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In the children’s area there are tables set up with paper and instructional booklets about how to fold different things like cranes, airplanes, boats and more. Throughout the Conservatory, Japenese Garden is the theme! Outdoors, there are origami sculptures as well. During the summer, the Franklin Park Conservatory is open until 9:00 PM on Wednesdays (through August 31st). See the full listing of family activities here.

3. Try Out a New Splash Pad

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So far, my kids aren’t big fans of splash pads! We’ve tried out Ballantrae Park/Bunny Fountains in Dublin, the fountains at Easton, FountainSide at Bicentennial Park, and the fountains at Polaris Mall and my kids still are unsure about getting water splashed in their faces at unpredictable times. I feel like I might be reaching the limit of how many times I should try this activity, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! 😉 Here’s a list of 8 Columbus Splash Pads from Columbus Moms Blog!

4. Visit a Brand New Library

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I can’t go without mentioning the new Main Library! It’s a must visit this summer! Enjoy the remodeled Children’s Department and then take a walk through the outdoor reading room to Topiary Park. There are PBJ&Jazz concerts in the park on the second Saturday of each month this summer (which happens to be this weekend, July 9!). We were able to catch a little bit of the first one which took place at the Grand Opening Celebration of Main Library in June.

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Main Library is not the only new library opened this year! The Parson’s Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library (seen above) opened earlier this summer and it has a open area for story times and a Ready For Kindergarten area that has fun, educational toys. We’re also keeping an eye on the new Grove City Library, slated to open sometime late this summer or early fall! Summer is also a great time to try out a new-to-you library! Here are a few of my recommendations: Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing! Part 1 and Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing! Part 2. Make sure to join the Summer Reading Clubs available at most libraries around the Columbus area and win prizes just for reading!

5. Play on the “Little” Big Machines at COSI

Hopefully you got to see the Big Machines exhibit a few weeks ago, but if not, these “little” big machines are on display for driving and climbing for the rest of the summer! Inside the little kidspace there is a special construction area with pretend tools for lots of fun play!

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COSI is open every day during the summer and until 9:00 PM on the last Friday of each month. They do close down for most of September for their yearly cleaning, so make sure you get to see this exhibit before summer ends! Mark your calendars for August 10-14, 2016 for the next outdoor exhibit at COSI, Farm Days! There are plenty of big machines at this one, too (mostly in the form of tractors)!

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We’re having a lot of fun this summer and I hope you are, too! Columbus has so many things to do and places to explore! In fact, I’ve already started on a Part 3 to this post, so check back soon! 🙂

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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 3-5, 2016

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Here we are, the first weekend in June already! I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine! I know I, for one, am happy to be able to get these kids out of the house every day! I always start out the day with the goal of letting them run around and get tired out, but they just seem to keep on going no matter how much running they do! 😉 Here are 12 things to do this weekend! Enjoy it!

1. Kids Concert on the Green on Worthington Village Green

When: Friday, June 3, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: 2 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Worthington, OH 43085

Mr. Eric will perform at this interactive and fun Kids Concert!

2. Music + Movie at Bicentennial Park

When: Friday, June 3, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

A fun combination of Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile brings you the Arnett Howard band at 7:30 PM and a showing of the movie Inside Out at dusk! This event is free!

3. Strawberries on the Square in Newark

When: Friday – Sunday, June 3 – 5, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 5 S. 3rd St, Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-983-4797

Live music, rides, games, crafts, food and, of course, strawberry shortcakes are what this festival is all about in downtown Newark! If you’re looking for a short road trip this weekend, it sure sounds tasty!

4. Hubbard School Bazaar and the Short North Yard Sale

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 104 W Hubbard Ave, Columbus, OH 43215 (and surrounding neighborhood)

Search for treasure at the Short North Yard Sale – individual yard sales happen all around the neighborhood! Stop by Hubbard School Bazaar to support the school and shop for kids stuff, sample coffee from Boston Stoker, and more! Bring a pair of shoes in any condition to donate to help the school raise money. See more here.

5. Summer at Reeb: A Community Celebration at Reeb Avenue Center

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 280 Reeb Ave, Columbus, OH 43207

Kick off the summer with a family-friendly celebration while learning more about the services at the Reeb Avenue Center! The event features free food and live music by the OSU Alumni Marching Band and Supafun Band! If your kids love our local heroes, they’ll enjoy the Columbus Police Mounted Unit and a Columbus Fire Department truck. The celebration also includes face painting, balloon twisting, and more fun provided by the Columbus Zoo, COSI and Columbus Museum of Art.

6. Touch A Truck at CenterPoint Gahanna

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 620 McCutcheon Rd, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Children can climb on, touch and pretend to drive all kinds of large vehicles! A bounce house and food trucks will also be on location!

7. Grand Opening of Columbus Metropolitan Library, Parsons Branch

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1113 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206

Join Columbus Metropolitan Library for a dedication ceremony (12:00 PM – 12:30 PM) of the new Parsons Branch! The celebration that follows will include family friendly activities and entertainment! You can enter a drawing for an eReader and sign up for a commemorative library card!

June 4th is also the kick-off of the Summer Reading Club at Columbus Metropolitan Library! Sign up online or at any location to start reading books and winning prizes! (As a side note, I once won tickets to The Nutcracker in the adult summer reading program! Reading to your kids counts, so Mom and Dad, you should sign up, too! 😉 )

8. Touch a Turtle at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

An opportunity for kids of all ages to learn all about turtles! If you need more up close interaction with outdoor creatures you could also check out What’s That Bug on Sunday!

9. Summer in the 614 Festival on Worthington Village Green

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 2 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Worthington, OH 43085

Enjoy local musicians, family-friendly activities, games, food and more! Music from 4-8:30 PM. Activities from 4-7 PM.

10. Cap City Nights Festival at Linden Community Center

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 1254 Briarwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 614-645-3067

This is the first of 8 summer festivals at Columbus Recreation and Parks Community Centers aiming to bring together neighborhood partners and empower them to work together to reduce violence. The festivals will feature free food, live entertainment, inflatable games, a video game truck, community art projects and more! The link will take you to the list of all 8 festivals and their respective dates.

11. Family Days at Pizzuti Collection

When: Sunday, June 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N Park St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-280-4004

Free admission to the Pizzuti Collection will be offered on the first Sunday of each month through December! These special days include guided children’s tours at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM and a scavenger hunt. Each child will also be given their own sketchbook! You can read about our visit to the Pizzuti Collection here.

12. Forest Discovery Tour at Camp Mary Orton’s ZipZone Canopy Tours

When: Sunday, June 5, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Highbanks Metro Park, 7925 North High St. (Rt.23), Columbus, Ohio 43235
Phone: 614-847-9477

Learn about nature from the tree tops as you zip line through this guided tour! This activity is open to anyone ages 7 and up! Call for pricing and reservations.

ALSO . . . Make sure to bookmark these two posts from Columbus Moms Blog: Best of  Columbus: Free Summer Events and Best of Columbus: Free and Cheap Summer Activities and I promise you will never run out of things to do this summer!! 🙂

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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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