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4 Nature-Themed Story Times Around Columbus

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These four nature-themed story times around Columbus combine stories with great educational, hands on experiences!

I’ve mentioned probably more than a few times that my kids are really into bugs right now. So, when I saw that Ohio Wildlife Center had a story time about insects, we were there! It prompted the idea to put together a list of story times with a nature theme.

The bonus is that these story times also come with so much more than just a story! Maybe there’s a craft, animals to meet or a woods to explore – whatever the case may be, these story times make a for a great way learn AND have an up-close, hands-on experience with nature!

1. Ohio Wildlife Center

Times: Second Wednesday of the month
Location: 6131 Cook Rd. Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-734-9453
Cost: $5 for anyone over 5, including adults.

Ohio Wildlife Center hosts a Wild Story Time on the first Wednesday of each month. Check the calendar here. We went in July and the theme was Insects. As I said, my boys are REALLY into bugs right now so they were completely enthralled! There were a couple of stories with an insect theme and then a visit from a resident opossum!

After the story time, we all got to take a tour of the grounds, check out the animals that live there, and then do an insect-themed craft!

When the program part was over, we were allowed to explore the grounds on our own so we borrowed some binoculars and went on a hike through the woods and looped back around to visit the animals again! Ohio Wildlife Center cares for wild animals that have been hurt or abandoned and then releases them as they are able. Some of the animals housed on the grounds included raccoons, coyotes, owls, turkeys and more.

The Ohio Wildlife Center is not open to the public on a daily basis so in order to visit, you need to attend a story time or one of their “Open to the Public” events which takes place on the second Sunday of each month.

2. Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Times: Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM
Location: 505 W. Whittier St. Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-545-5475
Cost: Free

Twice a week the Pre-K Storytime is held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in partnership with Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. See the calendar of events here (search for Scioto Audubon program). The story time takes place in the beautiful library at the Audubon Center with a stunning view of downtown Columbus.

Afterwards you can visit the aquatic animals and play in the indoor play area. Outside the Audubon Center is a sandbox, playground and rock climbing wall. See 9 Things to do with Your Kids at Scioto Audubon.

3. Franklin Park Conservatory

Times: Thursdays at 10:30 AM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000
Cost: Included with admission or membership

Franklin Park Conservatory is currently hosting a Nature Storytime on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 AM in the Scotts Miracle Grow Foundation Children’s Garden. This is appropriate for kids ages 3-8 and features stories that celebrate gardens, plants and nature. Of course afterwards you can enjoy the amazing Children’s Garden which is full of hands on activities!

Franklin Park Conservatory hosts several new events and programs in the garden. See the upcoming schedule of events here.

We attended the Little Adventurers Program last summer, which took place indoors. The book was The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle and the craft was making a firefly with a glittery (“glowing”) body. Ok, let’s be honest, due to a rain storm and circumstances beyond my control, we were about 10 minutes late and missed the story, but you get the point! 😉 The boys had just spent the previous weekend catching fireflies at their grandparents’ house so this craft was extra appealing to them! The Little Adventurers program is free with admission or membership!

 

Afterwards, check out the Enchanted Forest, a children’s play area on the lower level and take a walk through Blooms and Butterflies (open March – September) to see butterflies up close and personal. Newly emerged butterflies are released every day at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

4. Stratford Ecological Center

Times: Second Tuesday of the month from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548
Cost: $5 per family

Stratford Ecological Center hosts Story Time on the Farm on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 AM starting in March and running through November. See the Calendar of Events. We haven’t actually been to the story time here yet, but we have been to the farm and I have heard that the story time is very popular! The story time lasts an hour and is based on what is going on at the farm during the current season! After the story time, you can explore the farm, dig in the dirt and visit the animals! See A Day on the Farm: 5 Things to do at Stratford Ecological Center.

 

Where is your favorite local story time?

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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 5-7, 2017

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1. Free Spicy Chicken Biscuit at Chic-fil-A on Sawmill

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-717-9404

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a free Spicy Chicken Biscuit! Mention their Facebook ad (see link) when you order for a free sandwich between 6:30 AM and 10:30 AM on Friday at the Sawmill location only! (Dine in only).

2. Touch a Truck

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Adventure Park Dr, Powell, OH 43065

Kids can touch and tryout dozens of vehicles around Adventure Park!

3. Build a Flower Pot at Home Depot

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

You and your child can make and paint a flower pot to keep or give to Mom! Each child gets a certificate, apron and commemorative pin! See more info about these workshops at Home Depot here!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

This $5 waffle bar includes one waffle, unlimited toppings and coffee or juice! There will be face painting and a raffle! Money raised from this event will benefit Hilliard teacher, Lisa Vroom who is fighting cancer. See more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Mini Market Spring Fling at Bexley United Methodist Church

When: Saturday May 6th, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2657 E Broad St., Bexley, OH 43209

This market features over 25 local vendors who make items for babies and kids (and some special stuff for moms, too)!

6. Central Ohio Folk Music Festival at Battle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017
Time: starts at 10:00 AM both days
Location: 2705 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119

This weekend of folk music includes concerts, dance instruction, a Showcase of Young Musicians, free children’s activities, nature displays, workshops and more! See the complete schedule here.

7. Little Kids Fun Skate: Cat in the Hat! at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Little kids ages 2-8 can meet Cat in the Hat and win Dr. Seuss books during this special time for beginning skaters!

8. Free Comic Book Day at Packrat Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 3864 Lattimer St., Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Phone: 614-527-8450

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with giveaways, a costume contest for humans AND pets, a mac and cheese eating contest, and more! Do you have a child who is sensitive to a lot of noise and hubbub of events like this? Packrat Comics is offering a Quiet Free Comic Book Evening that same night with dimmed lighting and a quieter setting. Click the link for all the details!

9. Free Comic Book Day and 1 Year Anniversary Celebration at Skylarks Toys and Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4060 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-317-7766

Celebrate Skylarks’ 1 year anniversary and Free Comic Day with visits from superheroes, face painting, popcorn and more!

10. Free Comic Book Day at Capital City Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 1915 State Route 256, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-577-0220

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with free comics, face paint, balloon animals and more!

11. Touch a Truck at Tanger Outlets, Jeffersonville

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 8000 Factory Shops Blvd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128

Kids can climb on and explore a fire truck, police car, helicopter and more! Free gift for kids while supplies last! Parents will get a free coupon book!

12. Japanese Children’s Day Festivities at Worthington at the Old Rectory

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 55 W. New England, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

The Worthington Historical Society is celebrating Japanese Children’s Day by flying Koinobori flags and displaying a set of dolls from Worthington’s sister city, Sayama. $2/person.

13. Fairy Gardens at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301 Ext. 602

Kids can create a fairy or miniature garden with live plants and accessories! Recommended for ages 5-11. Call to reserve your spot!

14. First Avenue Park Dedication in Grandview Yard

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: First Avenue (between Bobcat and Yard Streets)

This family-friendly celebration of the new park in Grandview yard will included inflatables, music, food and fun!

15. MommyMile Columbus 2017 at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

Celebrate Mom with a 5K or 1 Mile race with an after party that includes champagne, roses, food, music, swag and more! There will be special deals for runners at Polaris Fashion Place after the race!

16. Powell Street Market in Downtown Powell

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 50 S. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-1090

This is the first Powell Street Market of the year! Vendors will line the streets of downtown Powell selling hand-made goods, crafts, food and more! During this time Cruz Candy is offering free spins to win candy and Studio J: Sing Paint Play (above Cruz Candy) will be giving kids the chance to make Mother’s Day gifts for $2-$10! There will be a free sing-along on the porch at Cruz Candy at 1:00 PM!

17. Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Sunday is the day of the annual shearing for the sheep at llamas at Stratford! Learn how wool is processed with hands on activities, visit the barn and enjoy the Sock Hop Soda Shop! $5/family. See more about Stratford Ecological Center here!

18. KidX Club: Crafternoon at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0180

Come to the children’s play area for crafts, face painters and Matt the Balloon Guy!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 10-12, 2017

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1. St. Patrick’s Day Craft at Tree of Life Play Cafe

When: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: 3708 Fishinger Blvd, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-363-4041

Come in for a St. Patrick’s Day themed craft and snack!

2. Fun Friday at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Karl Road Branch

When: Friday March 10, 2017
Time: 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 5590 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-645-2275

This program helps school-aged kids find their S.P.A.R.K.!

3. Square Dance at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

The whole family can participate in traditional square dances, novelty and folk dances! Recommended for school aged children. $5/person.

4. Spring Fling at Oakland Nursery

When: Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-268-3511

This week long Spring Fling includes workshops, sales and family-friendly events! There will be a Kid’s Carnival on March 11th and March 18th from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  On Saturday, March 11, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, you can see The Bug Man!

5. Spring Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-508-8111

Families can pick up a scavenger hunt at the nature center, look for signs of animals getting ready for spring and turn it in for a small prize! Appropriate for ages 3-10.

6. Tales @ 10 at Westerville Public Library

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-7277

This family-oriented story time is geared toward ages 2-6. There will be stories, songs, play and more!

7. Liberty Tree Artisan Market at Liberty Tree Elementary School

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 6877 Sawmill Pkwy., Powell, OH 43065

There will be over 40 vendors at this annual market! There will be a free make and take craft station and photo booth for kids! Admission is a donation of your choice which benefits the Liberty Tree Elementary School PTO.

8. Commit To Be Fit Expo at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 717 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This free expo presented by 10TV is focused on helping families live healthier lives! Activities include a giant rock wall, vendors, events like Kids Yoga and a Baby Race and the opportunity to learn how to make healthy snacks for kids! See the entire list of events by clicking on the link.

9. Blooms and Butterflies Opening Day at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Daily
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Saturday is opening day for Blooms and Butterflies! Watch butterflies be released in the Pacific Island Water Garden! From 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, children can decorate a butterfly house to take home. $4 per butterfly house.

10. Kids Club at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

For $2, kids ages 3 and up can make their own Fairy House!

11. Odd Squad Live at Ohio Theatre

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 39 E State St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: CAPA office: 614-469-0939

This interactive performance will include new music, action and the opportunity to put STEM skills to the test!

12. Celebrate Lego Batman at Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Kids can make their very own LEGO Batman Speedwagon and collect limited edition trading cards! This event is while supplies last!

13. Family Night at Paper Moon Art Studio

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4145 N High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-332-9149

The second Saturday of each month, Paper Moon Art Studio stays open late for Family Night! This Saturday’s theme is Mardi Gras Fun! Call ahead to reserve your spot as space may be limited. $25/family.

14. Troll Roll at Skate Zone 71

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Skate and take pictures with the Trolls! There will be games and prizes!

15. Salamander Hike at Glacier Ridge Metro Park

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 9801 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-971-5211

Families can take a hike to discover salamanders and other amphibians at a vernal pool where they lay their eggs. See the link for recommendations on what to wear and what to expect!


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