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7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day with Your Kids

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On Mother’s Day my basic goal is not to be stressed. My kids are pretty young so I don’t desire to go to a fancy brunch where I just end up stressed out because they can’t sit still or won’t listen. I’ve only been at this mom thing for 5 Mother’s Days, but it seems to me that moms fall into two camps: those who just want some time ALONE to get pampered or go shopping or take a nap, and those who want to spend the day doing special things WITH their kids. Well, I’ve got a foot in both camps because I like to have lunch out with my kids and THEN get to take a nap! 😉

If you’re looking for something different to do WITH you kids that doesn’t involve glaring at them over a Belgian waffle because they’re telling potty jokes during brunch, then pick one of these kid-friendly, yet special for Mom, events going on next week!

1. No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and Fundraiser at Wolfe Park

The whole family is invited to participate in this event that raises money for families in Franklin County who are in need. Focused on providing diapers to families in our community who need them most, Columbus Birth and Parenting hosts this 5K and 1 mile walk/run plus kiddie dash each year to raise support for the cause. 1 in 3 families must REUSE soiled diapers again and again because they cannot afford to keep their children clean, dry and healthy!

You can feel good about spending your Mother’s Day weekend helping families in need by participating in the race, walk or kiddie dash and your family can enjoy a fun morning filled with food trucks, face painting, fun kid’s activities, flowers for purchase and fabulous raffles.  It’s a Saturday morning out at a park to celebrate Mother’s Day as a family while helping struggling mothers in Columbus at the same time.

I will be participating in the 1 mile run/walk (let’s just admit it: walk. I’ve only run one 5K in my life and it’s not happening again any time soon.) And I would love if you would consider joining this cause on May 13th! No Child Wet Behind is offering my readers $5 off with the code WHATSHOULDWEDOTODAY ! (Cost is $35 without code.) Enter the code at checkout!

Can’t make it on the 13th? You can still help out by donating a pack of diapers at any of these locations:

2. Mother’s Day Build at the Lego Store (Easton)

On May 13th and 14th, VIP members (join here or inquire in the store) can come in with Mom to build a mini tulip for free! Recommended for ages 6-14 and you must register in advance by calling the store (Easton: 614-342-2710).

3. Fit4Mom Columbus North Mother’s Day Celebration

I know a couple of people involved in Fit4Mom and they LOVE it! One of them shared about it on the blog here. It sounds so great and if I had joined a few months ago maybe I would be running the 5K mentioned above instead of the 1 mile walk. 😉 haha. Anyway . . . new moms are always welcome to join and on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 9:30 AM, they are having a Mother’s Day Celebration which includes free coffee and donuts (an exercise program with donuts?! how great is that??) AND they will be making a Mother’s Day keepsake craft. See the link for info on how to register!

4. Celebrate Mom Open House at Picassos

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Picassos is having a Celebrate Mom Open House from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Kids can decorate a flower pot for free and Portraits by Laura will be there for mini sessions ($30 for 5 poses and 5 digital images). You can shop for Mother’s Day gifts and check out discounted classes!

5. Celebrate Mom! at Franklin Park Conservatory

The Franklin Park Conservatory would be a beautiful place to spend Mother’s Day Weekend! On Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can paint a flower pot for Mom and plant a flower in it! It’s also one of the last weekends to see the Fairy Gardens – the last day of the exhibit is May 29, 2017.

6. Mommy and Me Painting Class with Colorful Columbus

On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017) you can paint a picture with your child! The theme is elephants and the cost is $35 which includes supplies for Mom and one child. All skill levels are welcome for this event and you must register in advance!

7. Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl Columbus (Easton)

Another option for Sunday is the Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl at Easton! You must register ahead for this event which includes a meal in the restaurant, a flower for your daughter, games, a craft, a spiral notebook and a picture frame! This is recommended for girls ages 8 and up.

One More Thing . . .

Looking for a way to pamper yourself? Join 614Mom for Celebrating You, an event to celebrate Columbus Moms with a lipstick bar, swag bags and more! This is a FREE event for moms but it will also be a location where you can bring a pack of diapers for No Child Wet Behind! 🙂

No matter what you choose to do, I hope you have a happy Mother’s Day and do something YOU enjoy! Next week I will be celebrating my readers with a week of giveaways in honor of Mother’s Day, so make sure to follow me on social media (links below) for all the fun giveaways!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 10-14, 2017 Valentine’s Day Edition

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I’m extending this weekend’s post to include Valentine’s events going on around town! I hope you have a great weekend!

All Weekend

All week – All You Can Eat Pancakes at IHOP – Need brunch plans? Sunday is the last day for all you can eat pancakes at IHOP!

All weekend – Peter Pan presented by Ballet Met – several performances take place this weekend at Ohio Theatre!

Friday, February 10, 2017

12:00 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets Open Practice – head down to Winter Park (across from Nationwide Arena) to see the Blue Jackets practice for free!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

9:30 AM – $5 Saturdays at piccadilly – Open play is only $5 on Saturday mornings!

10:00 AM – Bracelet Making at Wild Sage Collective – kids 4 and up can make 2 bracelets and 2 gift boxes. Must register in advance.

10:00 AM – Be My Valentine Party at piccadilly – crafts and treats are included with regular admission!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz at Lincoln Theatre – kids get a PB&J lunch while everyone enjoys a kid-oriented jazz concert!

10:00 AM – Make Valentines at Picassos – come make a valentine during Open Studio time!

11:00 AM – Circle of Love! Wreath at Lakeshore Learning – make a free heart wreath! Ages 3 and up.

11:00 AM – Heart Valentines and Cookies at Franklin Park Conservatory – make Valentines and decorate cookies! $1 per cookie.

11:00 AM – 2nd Anniversary at Diamond’s Ice Cream – everything will be buy one get one half off!

1:00 PM Snow Day Cbus 2017 at Genoa Park – have a snowball fight in the park (no snow required!), there will be food trucks, music and an art project! This event is for all ages and admission is free.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

12:00 PM – Spider-Man Roller Skate Glow Party at Skate Zone 71 – Spider Man will make a special appearance at Skate Zone 71! Wear Spider Man gear for a special discount!

1:00 PM – Valentine’s Princess Tea at Studio J: Sing Paint Play – several times are available for a princess tea! Make a jewelry box or treasure chest (boys are welcome too) and search for jewels!

1:30 PM – Make & Take Valentines at Naturally Curious Kids – drop in from 1:30 – 3:00 to make a free Valentine!

2:00 PM – Share the Love! Valentine Making at Bexley Public Library – drop in to make a Valentine in the Youth Services Department!

3:00 PM – Hubbard Lantern Festival at Hubbard Mastery School – the community is invited to this free festival which includes crafts, balloon art, wonton making, and more! Ajumama Food Truck will be on site!

3:30 PM – Birthday Kits for Broad Street Food Pantry with Seeds of Caring – help pack and decorate birthday kits to give out to local families through the Broad Street Food Pantry! There will be the opportunity to talk about hunger in our community with your kids.

3:30 PM – Family Clay Day: Ceramic Love Plaque at Art With Anna – the whole family can learn how to make a ceramic heart plaque! Ages 6 and up.

Tuesday, February, 14, 2017

All Day – Buy One Get One Valentine’s Day Sundaes at Graeter’s Ice Cream – buy one sundae get one at equal or lesser value for free all day!

3:00 PM Parent & Child Date Night at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – take your child on a “date” for ice cream sundaes and unlimited hot chocolate!

3:30 PM – Valentine’s Day Skate Party at Skate Zone 71 – special $2 entrance fee when you wear red!

5:00 PM – Kids Club Valentine’s Day Dinner at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill –  enjoy dinner and an Intentional Acts of Kindness activity! There will be live music and a valentine treat plus a special $25 meal deal for the family!

6:00 PM – Valentine’s Day Carriage Rides at Easton – $10 per adult, kids 15 and under are free with a paying adult!

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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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