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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, September 7-9, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – recommended for ages 2-5, enjoy a forest play time and a nature activity!

11:00 AM – Dispatch Fall Home and Garden Show – the Dispatch Home and Garden Show goes on all weekend and features lots of home improvement ideas and exhibitors! Kids may enjoy Sunday’s activities which include animals from Columbus Zoo, Legoland and live bugs with Dr. Insecta!

2:15 PM – Big Bounce America at LVL UP Sports Paintball Park – the World Biggest Bounce House is coming to Central Ohio with 10,000 square feet of jumping and games! See the link for age restrictions and cost!

3:00 PM – Lithopolis Honeyfest 2018 – learn about all things honey bee including educational demonstrations, honey, samples, and beekeepers! There will be live music, arts and crafts, crafts for kids and more!

5:00 PM – Columbus Oktoberfest 2018 – This 3 day event includes live music, food, shopping, strolling musicians, food tasting, plus Kinderplatz, a free kids area that includes arts and crafts, inflatables, a juggler, plus a children’s parade on Sunday at 4:00 PM.

5:00 PM – Hot Times Community Arts & Music Festival – this 3 day festival features live music, artists, food, a display of art cars, vendors and more!

6:00 PM – Family Bingo Night at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – every Friday in September is Family Bingo Night!

6:00 PM – First Friday in Gahanna – First Friday includes food trucks, a maker market, live music and more!

6:30 PM – Uptown Westerville Cruise Nite – Casual Cruise-In in Uptown Westerville – watch a cruise-in on State St. in Uptown Westerville! There will be food and music.

7:30 PM – Sunset Cinema – Top Gun at Polaris Fashion Place – watch the movie Top Gun at 8:00 PM. Free activities begin at 7:30 PM. Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket.

7:30 PM – Bluegrass on the Patio at Ten Pin Alley – enjoy live bluegrass music on the patio at Ten Pin Alley featuring the Sandy Tar Brothers.

8:15 PM – Movie Series – Black Panther at Highbanks Metro Park – watch Black Panther in the park! Popcorn will be provided. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – The Dublin Market at Bridge Park – enjoy a farmers market that includes vendors, food trucks, live music and more!

9:15 AM – Big Bounce America | Columbus, OH at LVL UP Sports Paintball Park – the World Biggest Bounce House is coming to Central Ohio with 10,000 square feet of jumping and games! See the link for age restrictions and cost!

9:30 AM – Football Themed Family Stroller Strides at Fancyburg Park – join FIT4MOM UA for a football themed workout plus a special presentation on healthy snack and tailgate options! Your first class is free!

10:00 AM – Beavercreek Popcorn Festival – this festival includes vendors, food, crafts and lots of popcorn! There’s also a 5K run on Saturday and a car show on Sunday.

10:00 AM – 25th Annual Columbus Children’s Parade – join in or watch a one mile parade through the Near East Side including mascots, floats, marching bands and more! Stay afterwards for the Hot Times Festival!

10:00 AM – Lithopolis Honeyfest 2018 – learn about all things honey bee including educational demonstrations, honey, samples, and beekeepers! There will be live music, arts and crafts, crafts for kids and more!

10:00 AM – BrickUniverse Cleveland LEGO Fan Expo at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland – head up to Cleveland this weekend for a huge LEGO exhibit with building zones, vendors, displays and more!

10:00 AM – Nature Playdates at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids ages 5-8 can enjoy a forest play time in the woods and a 30 minute nature activity! $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Old Hilliardfest Art and Street Fair – this free event features live music, vendors, food, inflatables, games for kids, arts and crafts, touch a truck and more!

10:30 AM – Yankee Peddler Festival at Clay’s Park Resort – step back into pioneer America to enjoy a family friendly festival featuring crafters and artists, vendors, samples of colonial food, demonstrations and more!

11:00 AM – Dispatch Fall Home and Garden Show – the Dispatch Home and Garden Show features lots of home improvement ideas and exhibitors! Kids may enjoy Sunday’s activities which include animals from Columbus Zoo, Legoland and live bugs with Dr. Insecta!

11:00 AM – U-Pick Honeycrisp at The Orchard and Company – pick Honeycrisp apples while they last!

11:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz Family Concerts at The Topiary Park – enjoy a kid-friendly jazz concert in the park! Story time begins at the Main Library at 11:00 AM, the concert is at 12:00 PM and arts and crafts begin at 1:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Columbus Oktoberfest 2018 – This 3 day event includes live music, food, shopping, strolling musicians, food tasting, plus Kinderplatz, a free kids area that includes arts and crafts, inflatables, a juggler, plus a children’s parade on Sunday at 4:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Hot Times Community Arts & Music Festival – this 3 day festival features live music, artists, food, a display of art cars, vendors and more!

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Powell Street Market – enjoy the last street market of the year featuring vendors, food trucks, artisans and more!

9:15 AM – Big Bounce America at LVL UP Sports Paintball Park – the World Biggest Bounce House is coming to Central Ohio with 10,000 square feet of jumping and games! See the link for age restrictions and cost!

10:00 AM – September Baby + Art: Dino-Mite! at Art with Anna – this is a messy and casual art time for kids up to 3 years old! Make a dino-themed craft together! $10/family

10:00 AM – BrickUniverse Cleveland LEGO Fan Expo at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland – head up to Cleveland this weekend for a huge LEGO exhibit with building zones, vendors, displays and more!

10:30 AM – Yankee Peddler Festival at Clay’s Park Resort – step back into pioneer America to enjoy a family friendly festival featuring crafters and artists, vendors, samples of colonial food, demonstrations and more!

11:00 PM – Hot Times Community Arts & Music Festival – this 3 day festival features live music, artists, food, a display of art cars, vendors and more! Sunday features a traditional drum circle.

11:00 AM – Beavercreek Popcorn Festival – this festival includes vendors, food, crafts and lots of popcorn! There’s also a 5K run on Saturday and a car show on Sunday.

11:00 AM – Dispatch Fall Home and Garden Show – the Dispatch Home and Garden Show features lots of home improvement ideas and exhibitors! Kids may enjoy Sunday’s activities which include animals from Columbus Zoo, Legoland and live bugs with Dr. Insecta!

11:00 AM – Outdoor Inclusive Adventures 2018 – get active with a day of fun including kids of all abilities! The day includes kayaking, fishing, therapy horses and dogs, creeping, hiking, live animals, crafts, a family yoga class, character meet and greet and much more!

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – visit Ohio Wildlife Center at their monthly open house, meet the resident animals and take part in an animal enrichment activity at 1:00 PM. $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

12:00 PM – Columbus Oktoberfest 2018 – This 3 day event includes live music, food, shopping, strolling musicians, food tasting, plus Kinderplatz, a free kids area that includes arts and crafts, inflatables, a juggler, plus a children’s parade on Sunday at 4:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Cops & Kids Day 2018 in Westerville – Cops and Kids Day features all kind of rescue vehicles and law enforcement equipment! You can “dunk-a-cop” and take part in other kids activities! The first 1500 children get a goodie bag.

12:00 PM – Goldfish Grab at Reed Road Water Park – catch a goldfish to take home as your pet! You must register in advance.

12:00 PM – 2018 Merion Village Festival in Moeler Park – this festival in Moeller Park will feature arts and crafts vendors, live music, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, kids activities, local businesses and more!

12:00 PM – 6th Annual Great Westerville Food Truck Fest at Nationwide Children’s Close to Home – this food truck festival benefits Westerville Area Resource Ministry and will feature 32 food trucks plus a climbing wall, face painting, games, live bands and more!

3:00 PM – Open Play Sunday at Blue Monkey Parties and Events – open play will be from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM and each cild will be $8.

3:00 PM – Delaware All Horse Parade – this parade includes horses, ponies, wagons and carriages, cowgirls and marching bands! The parade route is 3 miles long.

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3:30 PM – September Family Paint: Ohio Love at Art with Anna – the whole family can paint an Ohio-themed piece of artwork! $15/artist. Recommended for age 6 and up!

4:00 PM – Fall Festival 2018 at Linworth United Methodist Church – this festival features music from The Shazzbots, Super Games, a touch-a-truck event, free food and activities for the whole family!

7:00 PM – The Legacy Continues at Coffman High School – watch this annual drumming performance featuring students from Dublin City Schools.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 22-24, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

Don’t forget to check out: 35 Free Things to Do with Your Kids in Columbus This Summer and Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week for more ideas of things to do!

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM – Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center – shop the Half Price Books Clearance sale on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Everything is $2 or less! Parking is $5.

9:00 AM – Cake Ball with Admission at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – get a free cake ball with the purchase of admission today only from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – this week at the Commons features Ohio State Athletics, Pretty as a Princess, Columbus Folk Music Society, free kiddie fitness classes and Lowe’s Home Improvement! As always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities!

10:00 AM – Big Machines at COSI – kids can climb up and even operate some BIG machines outside of COSI through June 24th! Learn about the science and technology of construction! (This event is going on now through Sunday!)

10:30 AM – KidX at Polaris Fashion Place – this free event happens outside at the fountain and includes fun activities every week. This week’s theme is Teddy Bear Tidy Up. Bring your teddy bear for a check up from the Teddy Bear Doctor.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – join a nature counselor for a forest playtime! There will be a 30 minute nature activity plus free play time outside in the woods. Ideal for ages 2-5. This is a free event but donations are accepted.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week you can watch The Neverending Story any day (of the week!) at 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Kids Concert on the Green at Worthington Village Green – enjoy a kid-friendly concert with the band Endless Recess!

1:00 PM – Summer Parenting Workshop at Little Arrows Play Cafe – let the kids play at the play area while you learn about positive discipline from local experts!

2:00 PM – Harry Potter Escape Room at Grove City Library – solve puzzles and escape the Harry Potter themed escape room! Grades 5 and up.

4:00 PM – 19th Annual Easton Art Affair at Easton Town Center – the Easton Art Affair happens Friday from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and features a juried fine art show, street fair and art made by kids too!

6:00 PM – Sprouts Night Out at Hilliard’s Station Park – enjoy live music, food trucks and activities including body art, stilt walkers and pop up art with the Arts Council!

6:00 PM – Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Safety Fest in Uptown Westerville – this month’s theme is Safety! There will be fun activities for all ages, street vendors, food trucks, live entertainment and more!

6:00 PM – Creekside Live at Creekside Gahanna – enjoy live music by Will Freed and the Reaganomics!

7:00 PM – Summer Sizzle Concert Series at Grove City Town Center – enjoy a live concert by Agent 99 who plays 70’s and 80’s music!

7:00 PM – Folk Songs Around the Fire at Gallant Farm Park – all ages are welcome to sing, play or listen to music around the campfire! Bring your own instrument!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Beauty and the Beast at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – this free movie begins at dusk! Bring a chair and/or blanket.

8:30 PM – Family Movie Night: The Lion King at Weinland Park, Columbus – watch a free movie in the park! Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

9:00 PM – Movie in the Park – Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Sunny 95 Park – watch a free movie in the park! Movie begins at dusk. Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket!

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – enjoy a waffle with unlimited toppings, coffee and juice for $5/person.

9:30 AM – National Day of Play! at Gymboree Play and Music of Gahanna – enjoy a free day of play and activities for kids ages 0-5!

10:00 AM – Dressing Victorian at Ohio Village – learn what it means to dress like a Victorian, enjoy crafts from the 1890’s and learn more about fashion in the 1890’s! Included with admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Dublin Kiwanis 51st Annual Frog Jump Festival at Coffman Park – kids 12 and under can participate in the frog jump! Come and cheer on the competitors!

10:00 AM – Author and Illustrator Daniel Kirk at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers  – enjoy a story time and book signing with award winning author and illustrator, Daniel C. Kirk.

10:00 AM – Playdates at the Park w/ 614Mom– at Hilliard’s Station Park – moms and kids are welcome to join Eryn from 614Mom and Coffee Connections for a playdate in the park.

11:00 AM – Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory – celebrate National Pollinator Week with food trucks, food demonstrations, live music, The Bugman, Stinger from the Columbus Blue Jackets, a walk through the garden to observe bees in action and lots of other educational information and activities!

11:00 AM – Tanger Food Truck Festival at Tanger Outlets, Columbus – this food truck festival includes activities for kids like face painting, caricatures, arts and crafts and a DJ!

1:00 PM – Family Fun with the Bison at Battelle Darby Nature Center – learn about the bison of Ohio with games, crafts and snacks! Take a walk out to view the bison with a naturalist.

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – hang out by the frog fountains outside American Girl for caricature artists, face painting and balloon artists! This happens on Saturdays AND Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Pelotonia: Movie Night in The Shoe – Ohio State Buckeyes – watch Coco in The Shoe! $5 donation per person supports Pelotonia!

6:30 PM – Exotics on Scioto Mile 2018 at The Scioto Mile – enjoy a display of over 100 exotic cars! There will also be food trucks on site!

7:00 PM – Summer Nights Series at Miller Pool – “Dive-In” Movie at Miller Pool – watch the movie Early Man from the pool! Free popcorn! Kids under two are admitted free. Advance tickets are recommended.

SUNDAY: 

11:00 AM – German Village Makers Market in German Village – enjoy an outdoor artisan market at the corner of City Park & Thurman Ave featuring local artists, designers and growers. There will also be food trucks and live music. This event is pet and family friendly!

11:00 AM – Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room – kids can enjoy free crafts provided by Arts in Uptown and there will be drink specials for the adults!

2:00 PM – For Families: Wildlife Hike at Highbanks Metro Park – take a one mile hike along the Scenic River Trail with a naturalist!

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – hang out by the frog fountains outside American Girl for caricature artists, face painting and balloon artists! This happens on Saturdays AND Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

6:30 PM – Summer Solstice Celebration at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – welcome summer with snacks, stories, crafts and a hike! RSVP by 5:00 on Thursday!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 11-13, 2018

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29 family friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Friday:

9:00 AM – Free Coffee Friday at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – get a free 12 oz drip coffee with admission Friday only!

9:30 AM – Free Mother’s Day Stroller Strides Class at Highbanks Park – join Fit4Mom Columbus North for a free Stroller Strides class and a mini Mommy and Me photo session!

9:30 AM – Mini Touch-a-Truck at Hilliard’s Station Park – kids can explore their favorite trucks up close!

9:45 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – join WeJoySing for music and play! Two class times are available $5 for the first child, $3 for siblings.

10:00 AM – Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park at Hannah Park – join Fit4Mom Columbus East for their first Mother’s Day Picnic!

5:00 PM – Dino-ROAR! at Lancaster Community Days – view an interactive show where you can touch the dinosaurs, see fossils and more! There will be 6 shows throughout the weekend on Friday and Saturday.

6:00 PM – PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero at Palace Theatre – watch your favorite PJ Masks characters save the day live!

7:00 PM – The Little Mermaid Jr. at Westgate Recreation Center – there will be two showings of this musical rendition of The Little Mermaid Jr.: Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM. Cost is $5/ticket.

Saturday:

9:00  AM – Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – waffles, unlimited toppings and coffee for just $5/person!

9:30 AM – Free Family Stroller Strides & Playdate at Fancyburg Park – join Fit4Mom Upper Arlington for a free family workout, play date and Mommy & Me mini photo shoots!

10:00 AM – Touch-A-Truck at Pickerington Community Pool – at this free event, kids can get up close to big trucks and other vehicles! Kids can even get their own driver’s license!

10:00 AM – Babies & Bumps 2018 at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center – – new and soon to be parents can get answers to all their questions by meeting local health care providers, attending seminars and demonstrations, enjoying activities and meeting with organizations that cater to you and your baby at this one day event! There are a limited number of tickets still available to this exclusive event — save $5 on ticket by using promo code GOBABY and registering here: http://bit.ly/BBColTix18

10:00 AM – Roses for Youth FunShop at Miller’s Country Gardens – this is a free event where kids can learn how to grow and care for miniature roses. There are two session available: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Click the link for info on how to register.

10:00 AM – Mommy and Me – Mother’s Day Paint Workshop at Quantum 51 – The Discovery Workshop is hosting this opportunity for kids and moms to spend time together making art! There are 4 sessions throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday. See the link for instructions on how to register.

10:00 AM – Saturday Morning Cartoons: Comic Book Edition at Gateway Film Center – watch your favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons in your PJ’s and with your own bowl of cereal! $5/person.

10:00 AM – Charlotte’s Web at Drexel – The Drexel Family Screening this month is Charlotte’s Web! Kids 12 and under are $1, 13 and older are $3.

11:00 AM – Mother’s Day Celebration at Fresh Thyme Worthington – celebrate Mother’s Day with a build your own bouquet station, chocolate dipped strawberries and a card making station!

11:00 AM – COSI Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – celebrate Mother’s Day with a brunch buffet, live entertainment, hands on science activities and access to COSI for the day. Ticket sales end THURSDAY at 5:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Tram Ride at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a tram ride through the park!

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Frame at Michaels Stores – kids can make a hand painted frame for Mother’s Day! Ages 3 and up are welcome, first come first served. Participants must by the frame, all other supplies will be provided.

1:00 PM – Big Foot Escape Room at Sharon Woods Metro Park – solve a puzzle, unlock the mystery box and find Bigfoot before time runs out!

1:00 PM – A Walk Through Time at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – learn about the research and preservation behind the living history program by taking a tour of Slate Run Historical Farm.

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Tea Party at Picassos – create special crafts, enjoy treats from Purple Sage Bakery and get your family photo taken! Register online.

1:00 PM – Natural Play Area: First Birthday at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – celebrate the first birthday of the Natural Play Area with crafts, learning about animals and plants and, of course, play!

2:00 PM – Canal Winchester Art Stroll at Canal Winchester Art Guild – – the 7th annual Art Stroll features local artists and artwork, open studios, live entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities and more! This is a free event!

Sunday:

9:00 AM – Mother’s Day at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – moms and grandmas get in free to the Columbus Zoo all day with a paid child’s admission!

9:00 AM – Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – if you’re looking for a road trip for Mother’s Day, moms get in free to the Cincinnati Zoo all day! You can get your ticket online.

12:00 PM – Flowers for Mom at Sharon Woods Metro Park – make a flower craft and do a scavenger hunt for flowers in Sharon Woods Metro Park!

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Photos at Easton Town Center – complimentary photos will be taken from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Central Park Fountain! Expecting mothers can stop in at A Pea in the Pod for a refresh before your picture! Easton will also be doing carriage rides for $10/adult, children 15 and under are free.


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