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What Should We Do This Weekend? August 12-14, 2016

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Believe it or not, I cut a few things from this list – and still ended up with 15 things to do with your kids this weekend! 🙂 There are a lot of celebrations and festivals to squeeze in before summer comes to a close! Enjoy them! Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for tickets to the New Albany Classic – you can do that through my Facebook page under the NAC post (pinned to the top!) The contest ends Thursday night at 10:00 PM. Good luck! 🙂

1. Farm Days at COSI

When: Wednesday-Sunday, August 10-14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Meet local farmers, climb aboard tractors, navigate a pedal tractor course and more!

2. All-Ohio Balloon Fest at Union County Airport

When: Thursday-Saturday, August 11-13, 2016
Time: Gates open Thursday at 5:00 PM and Friday and Saturday at 2:00 PM
Location: 760 Clymer Road, Marysville, OH 43040

Kids 12 and under are free to enter the All-Ohio Balloon Fest! Besides watching amazing hot air balloons, this festival also features live music, food, helicopter rides and tons more! For an extra $10 there is a Kids City with bounce houses, a balloon artist, and visits with 2 Ninja Turtles and Batman! See the link for more details about attending the festival.

3. Food Truck Festival at Columbus Commons

When: Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This two day festival features over 65 food trucks and vendors, an arts alley and on Saturday there is a kids zone with bouncy houses, face painting and games! The festival is free from 12-6 on Friday and 12-5 on Saturday, see this link for more information about evening prices and ticketing.

4. Family Fun Night at Little Skippers Play Cafe

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 3615 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-771-9281

Your kids can meet Spiderman and Supergirl at this superhero-themed family night! Donato’s pizza is available for purchase and cost is $6 per child.

5. Music Bash: Classic Rock at Slate Run Metro Park

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Marquis66 is the featured artist at the last of three summer concerts sponsored by Friends of Metro Parks! This event is free and family friendly.

6. Archery for Kids at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Children 8 and over can learn to use a bow and arrow and shoot at targets. This event is also happening on Saturday.

7. Perseid Meteor Shower Campout at Blues Creek Park

When: Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM Friday – 9:00 AM Saturday
Location: 9627 Fontanelle Rd., Ostrander OH 43061
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6.

This year’s Perseid Meteor shower promises to be spectacular! Preservation Parks is hosting a overnight campout that includes a campfire, telescopes and activities! You must bring your own food and camping gear and register ahead of time (online or by calling), but the event is free!

8. Farmers’ Festival at North Market

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-463-9664

This free festival celebrates the North Market as the oldest running farmers’ market in Central Ohio. There will be children’s activities from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM including face painting, balloons, music by Mr. Eric, Sam Sizzle basketball spinning and more! Check the link for the schedule for the day.

9. Sugar Social at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

If you like sweets and are interested in the history of sweets and how they were made, you’ll enjoy the Sugar Social at Ohio Village! This event includes taste testing, contests, a pie eating contest, recipe swap and more! The Ohio Village Muffins also play base ball at 1:00 and 3:00.

10. Touch-a-Truck at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Parkway , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

See fire trucks, dump trucks and more outside at Polaris Fashion Place! The Sunny 95 treat truck will be there along with prizes and activities!

11. Columbus South Side Homecoming Festival at Barack Community Recreation Center

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 580 E Woodrow Ave, Columbus, OH 43207

Celebrate the rebirth of Columbus’ South Side! Meet your neighbors and neighborhood businesses at this community festival!

12. Back to School Expo at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Fenlon Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-337-2200

The Back to School Expo is full of resources for parents, whether your kids are in preschool or college! There will be exhibitors, a family fun zone, a fashion show, prizes and live entertainment!

13. PBJ & Jazz in Topiary Park

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

This Saturday’s guest artist is The Bobby Floyd Trio. There is a story time at 11:00 AM provided by Columbus Metropolitan Library, the concert at 12:00 PM and an art activity with Columbus Museum of Art at 1:00 PM!

14. Celebrating 35 Years at Slate Run Farm

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

In celebration of 35 years at Slate Run Farm, you can take your family on a self-guided tour and participate in activities at the farm!

15. 1st Birthday Bash at Rocky Fork Metro Park

When: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Millstone Picnic Area Bulletin Board, 7180 Walnut St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Come out and celebrate the first birthday of Rocky Fork Metro Park! There will be tram tours, activities and games, family-friendly songs and comedy by Musical Mark and cookie decorating!

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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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12 Columbus Parks to Try This Summer

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These 12 Columbus Parks and Playgrounds will keep your kids from being bored this summer in Columbus!

1. Friendship Park, Gahanna

  • 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

This park has a play area for younger kids and older kids, and the Gahanna Story Trail, where a story is on display for reading as you follow a path through the woods. Restrooms are available on site.

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2. Carriage Place Park, Columbus

  • 4900 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

This park is part of the Carriage Place Community Recreation Center and has a play area for older kids and younger kids. There is also a path around the park for walking, jogging, etc. Restrooms are available inside the Rec Center.

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3. Fancyburg Park, Upper Arlington

  • 3375 Kioka Avenue, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

This park has play areas for all ages, including toddlers. There is a shelter house with restrooms close to the playground. This park is also shady, which is nice! This is the site of several festivals in Upper Arlington throughout the year!

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4. Planet Westerville Playground, Westerville

  • 362 Huber Village Blvd., Westerville, OH 43081

This playground is part of the larger Huber Village Park and has a lot of opportunity for climbing and sliding for all ages! This park is fenced in, which is really nice. There is a restroom nearby and a shelter with picnic tables.

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5. Whetstone Park, Clintonville

  • 3923 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

The park pictured here is not the park next to the Westerville Community Recreation Center, though there is a playground there as well! This play area is further into the park, past the Park of Roses. There is a super high slide here for your daredevils and a metal fire engine for climbing on. There are port-a-potties near the park, but to get to an indoor restroom you’ll need to go back to the Rec Center or Library which is close by, but not within walking distance. There are picnic tables here and a pond nearby.

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6. Wyman Woods, Grandview Heights

  • 1016 Grandview Ave., Grandview Heights, OH 43212

This park just opened a few years ago and offers a lot of space for rock climbing! This park isn’t the best for toddlers (it’s recommended for ages 5-12), but there are some toddler swings and a small tunnel slide. Seasonal restrooms are available at the shelter house and there are sand volleyball courts on site. Several picnic tables are also available. Another bonus here: free Wifi!

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7. Scioto Audubon, Columbus

  • 400 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215

This playground is part of the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. There is a play area for older and younger kids and a mister for really hot days! There are several picnic tables with umbrellas overhead. The closest restrooms are at the nature center, which is a bit of a walk from the playground. There is a rock climbing wall and an obstacle course nearby, not to mention the gorgeous views of downtown from the park!

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8. Rocky Fork Metro Park, Westerville

  • 7180 Walnut St, Westerville, OH 43081

This metro park opened in 2015 and the playground here is simple, but unique. It’s mainly a slide and a wooden bridge, but it was fun for my kids to run around on. There is also a rope climbing area. If you visit this park, make sure to check out the large shelter area nearby where there are big wooden chairs for sitting and watching for wildlife! Restrooms are right by the playground. See 6 Metro Park Playgrounds6 Central Ohio Metro Park Playgrounds for more!

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9. Henceroth Park, Grove City

  • 2075 Mallow Lane, Grove City, OH 43123

This park is a great park for younger kids, though there is a play structure for older kids as well. There is a train, boat, and jeep for climbing and driving. There’s also a butterfly garden and a wooded path for walking. No restrooms on site. (Someone please visit this one just to make it worth all the times I had to stop auto correct from making this Henceforth Park!) 😉

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10. Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

  • 2405 Wickliffe Rd, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221

Here’s a unique park to check out this summer! This park is the playground for Wickliffe Progressive School and is only available during non-school hours. This park made up of a large, wooden structure also known as the Castle Park, and my kids love running around in here! There are also swings and, on the other side of the school, another play area set up like a little town. Restrooms are not available.

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11. Blendon Woods, Westerville

  • 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road Westerville, OH 43081

This playground at Blendon Woods Metro Park is on the west side of the park near the Natural Play Area. My kids loved the tunnels to climb through. While you’re at the park, be sure to check out the Nature Center, too! There are restrooms at several locations in the Metro Park. You can also read Exploring Blendon Woods Metro ParkExploring Blendon Woods Metro Park!

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12. Westgate Park, Columbus

  • 455 S. Westgate Ave. Columbus, OH 43204

This fun playground is part of the Westgate Community Recreation Center. There are two playgrounds here, a pond, two murals and a small shelter with picnic tables. Restrooms are available in the Rec Center.

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If that’s not enough for you, I’ve also got more parks listed in these posts: 6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers and Coffee + Park: 3 Parks Within Walking Distance of a Coffee Shop. Happy park hopping! 🙂

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