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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 30-April 1, 2018: Easter Edition

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

1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe presented by Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: Mar 29 – Apr 22, 2018
Time: multiple shows throughout the weekend
Location: Park Street Theatre, 512 Park Street, Columbus, OH  43215
Phone: 614-224-6672

Watch The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe performed by Columbus Children’s Theatre. The play lasts for 90 minutes and is appropriate for ages 6 and up.

2. Good Friday // Mini-Art-Camp at Art With Anna

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Ages 4 and up can paint, draw, cut and glue to make a cactus collage! $30/artist.

3. Early Bird 99 Cents Skate at Skate Zone 71

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Admission is just $.99 during these special Early Bird hours at Skate Zone 71!

4. Rain Sticks Craft with Fit4Mom Dublin at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd, Dublin, OH 43016

The Fit4Mom Dublin group is hosting a rain stick craft time! You can attend just the craft time or the workout too!

5. Super $5 Friday at Horse-N-Round-Fun

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 7042 Feder Rd. Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-204-5353

Super $5 Friday includes a pony ride, petting zoo, bounce house, small trampolines and pizza! The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance! It is an additional $2 to take your own picture with the Easter Bunny. All ages are welcome!

6. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of each month, COSI offers extended hours (open until 9PM!) and price reduced admission to families so you can visit, learn, and play late! General admission Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for youth and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions plus a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater! (Free for members.)

7. National Take a Walk in a Park Day at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-890-7529

Celebrate National Take a Walk in a Park Day day with a 1.5-mile walk in the woods. Need more ideas? check out these 6 Central Ohio Metro Park Playgrounds!

8. For Families: Wildlife Night Hike at Glacier Ridge Metro Park

When: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 9801 Hyland Croy, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-891-0700

Families can take a one mile hike to look for animals! Meet at Picnic Shelter Bulletin Board.

9. KidsLinked.com’s Hilliard KidsFest & Bunny Run at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: registrations begin at 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 5035 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 877-543-7801

This free family event includes a Bunny Run, Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Camp Expo, bounce houses, character appearances, face painting, balloon artist and more!

20. 2018 Westerville Bunny Hop 5K at Westerville Sports Complex

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: 325 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-846-5625

The whole family can participate in the annual Westerville Bunny Hop 5K before the community Egg Hunt!

10. Last Day to Come and Play at the Old AHA! at AHA! A Hands-On Adventure, A Children’s Museum

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 315 S Broad St., Lancaster, OH 43130
Phone: 740-653-1010

AHA! is building a new location and this Saturday will be your last chance to play at the old location! The new location opens on April 23rd!

11. Easter Celebration at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday

When: Saturday, March 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 7227 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-468-1159

All ages are welcome at this Easter Celebration that includes crafts, adopt a bunny, fun egg decorating, games, snacks and more! Space is limited!

12. Community Easter Egg Hunt at Hanners Park

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 458 Groveport Rd, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Children ages 10 and under can participate in this free Easter Egg Hunt! The hunt will be divided by age group and there will be prizes in each category!

13. 10 Year Anniversary Sale and celebration at Moody Street Trains

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 3588 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-262-1945

Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Moody Street Trains with discounts and pizza!

14. Miss Marlene and the Easter Bunny at the Dublin Toy Emporium

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Location:  28 N High St, Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-389-1467

Miss Marlene will be singing your favorite songs at the new Dublin Toy Emporium! The Easter Bunny will be there, too! (Bring your camera!) Tickets are $5. Tickets may sell out so buy your ticket in advance at the store!

15. City of Delaware Easter Egg Hunt & Kite Flying Festival at Delaware Veterans park

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  1121 S. Houk Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This community Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 11:00 AM and will be divided by ages. Bring your own basket! There will also be pictures with the Easter Bunny! Afterwards you can fly your own kite on the fields! Food trucks will be available!

16. Easter Egg Hunt at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1375 State Route 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-891-0700

This egg hunt will be divided by age! Search for candy filled eggs in the fields! Meet at Buzzards Roost Picnic Area.

17. Baskin-Robbins Celebrate 31 at Baskin-Robbins Shops

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: all Baskin-Robbins locations

Celebrate the 31st day of the month with all 31 flavors at Baskin-Robbins! They’ll be selling $1.50 scoops!

18. Cookie Decorating at The Burlap Sunflower

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 3840 Lattimer St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-989-1638

Decorate your own spring-themed cookies with fondant and edible markers! The cost is 6 cookies for $12 or 12 cookies for $20.00. First come-first served unless you prepay. Contact info@sophisticakeit.com to prepay! All ages are welcome.

19. Easter Slime at Michaels

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels store

All supplies will be provided for this activity including pre-made slime! Fill a cute Easter container with slime and see a demo of Elmer’s Magical liquid!

20. Easter Egg Hunt at lilylimes

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Location: 7227 N High St Ste 94A, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-448-1222

lilylimes’ annual Easter Egg Hunt starts at 2:00 PM but the Easter Bunny will be roaming the mall from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and available for pictures from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (bring your own camera).

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