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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 17-19, 2017

1. Wildlights Stuff The Truck at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3485

The Stuff The Truck food drive is a partnership between Columbus Zoo and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank! You can receive one free admission ticket for every 5 non-perishable food items that you bring to donate all day on Friday. You can get free parking by showing at least one canned good at the parking booth. The offer of free admission is good all day, but Wildlights activities begin at 5:00 PM. They expect it to be very busy, so you may want to arrive early!

2. The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3700

Support RMHC of Central Ohio by buying lots of yummy baked goods! Also on site will be craft vendors, a book sale, gift baskets and more!

3. Storytime with Kara at ME and the MOON

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 15 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-570-1124

This week’s story time theme is Thankfulness and includes stories, songs and games for the kids and tea and shopping for the parents! There will be a pop-up book shop immediately following the event.

4. Deck the District Tree Lighting 2017 in the Short North Arts District

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Short North Arts District
Phone: 614-299-8050

This holiday tree lighting event includes live music performances, photos with Santa, hot cocoa and the official tree lighting at 6:30 PM!

5. Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival 2017 at Ohio State Fairgrounds

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2017
Time: Nightly: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 888-484-2698

This festival runs through January 7th and will be lit nightly! There will be floating lanterns, handmade crafts, cultural performances and food!

6. Open Exploration with MinecraftEdu! at peapod play cafe

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 4874 Thompson Rd., Columbus, OH 43230
Phone: 614-656-8048

Kids ages 7-14 are welcome to catch, train and battle Pokemon! Dinner is provided for this kids night out!

7. Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-337-2200

Easton’s Christmas tree and light display will be lit on Friday night! Santa will visit and there will be Holiday Carriage Rides and special offers!

8. Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 182 Sunbury Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-0603

This Holiday Open House includes hot apple cider and cookies and a festive atmosphere! Pick out your Christmas tree while you’re at it!

9. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Celebrate the weekend with waffles! $5 gets you one Belgium waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee! See more about Coffee Connections here.

10. Poetry Day at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Poetry Day features kid-friendly writing activities and the opportunity to create your own magnetic  poetry!

11. PBJ & Jazz Family Concert: Rachel Sepulveda at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: Performances at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203, Ballroom
Phone: 614-294-5200

Enjoy a kid-friendly introduction to jazz!  Concerts are $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.  Children receive a lunch that includes a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie.

12. Gardens Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Gardens Aglow opens on this Friday for the holiday season! There will be special performances and activities as well as holiday light displays and decorations! On Saturday, kids can make a Paper Poinsettia Craft  at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The Goodwill Handbell Choir performs at 2:00 PM.

13. Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 168 S. Vernon St. Sunbury OH 43074
Phone: 740-524-8600

Check out a model train display and learn the history of railroading in America!

14. Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301

Kids 12 and under can watch a Disney movie and eat popcorn!

15. KidX Club: Cookies with Claus at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Decorate your own cookie with Santa, write letters to Santa and enjoy a story time with the sugar plum fairy!

16. Sensory Friendly Films: The Muppets Take Manhattan at Gateway Film Center

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

These free, sensory-friendly films, presented in conjunction with OSU’s Nisonger Center, offer a lower volume and lights up in a “no-shushing” atmosphere for families and individuals with autism of developmental disabilities. This month’s movie is The Muppets Take Manhattan!

17. Give Thanks at Sunbury Urban Farm

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 2140 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH
Phone: 614-285-5172

Kids ages 2-5 can enjoy this story time that also includes hands-on activities related to Thankfulness! Recommended donation is $5/child.

18. 2017 Holiday Lights Celebration at the Creekside District

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 117 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-418-9114

Gahanna’s holiday celebration includes over 100 activities including a puppet show, strolling carolers, ice sculpture demonstrations, live entertainment, train rides, pony rides, a live reindeer petting zoo, the arrival of Santa, lighting of the Community Tree and lots more!

19. Pet Photo Night at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016-1537
Phone: 614-798-3023

Pet Photo Night at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing will be on November 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.


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

1. Walk and Roll at Blacklick Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-508-8111

This 1.5 mile walk is designed for strollers in mind! Meet at the nature center (which is a pretty cool place for kids)!

2. Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC

When: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:50 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-868-0107

Drop in to this music class with WeJoySing for $5/child ($3/sibling) to sing, play and learn about music!

3. Junk Bash: Holiday Boutique at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair

When: Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days
Location: Cardinal Hall, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This vintage boutique show features shopping, DIY supplies, a bloody mary bar and more! Tickets are $8 and children 14 and under are free.

4. Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Friday, November 10, 2017 – March 2, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

Think Outside The Brick, a huge LEGO display, opens at CMA this weekend! This is one of our favorite Holiday Traditions! This year there will also be LEGO holiday decorations throughout the atrium! See our visit in 2016 here.

5. Open House on Franklinton Friday at Columbus Idea Foundry

When: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 421 W. State St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-653-8068

On Franklinton Fridays, local businesses stay open late for exploring! At Columbus Idea Foundry you can tour their space, enjoy make and takes and meet the artists!

6. Grove City High School Fall Band Bazaar at Grove City High School

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 2017
Time: Sat: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sun: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4665 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123

The Bazaar offers vendors, crafts, home goods, food, clothing and more for your holiday shopping needs!

7. Saturday Morning Cartoons at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch Saturday Morning Cartoons on the big screen! $5 admission includes a bowl of cereal and milk! Wear your PJ’s!

8. Breakfast, Books and Your Farm at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 1377 N. 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-506-7040

Enjoy a story and plant some seeds at the farm!

9. Fall Fest at Vertical Adventures

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 6513 Kingsmill Ct, Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-888-8393

This fall festival includes face painting, pumpkin chunking, s’more making and more!

10. Ohio Made Holiday Market at Hollywood Casino Columbus

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 200 Georgesville Rd., Columbus, OH 43228

This holiday market features 100 vendors selling Ohio-Made products and is free to enter! Children are welcome, but make sure you enter through the “All Ages Entrance”!

11. Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 13 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-8590

Celebrate your neighborhood toy store with a holiday open house including cookies, raffles, Santa letters and 15% off your purchase!

12. Craftin’ Outlaws – Holiday Showdown at Greater Columbus Convention Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 400 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This alternative craft fair includes tons of local artists. Bring a donation of diapers to be registered in a raffle for prizes! Kids can shop from donated crafts at the Craft Crawl open at 2:00 each day. Items will be priced from $5-$10. There will also be make and take opportunities!

13. The Sketchy Show at Mug & Brush Barber Shop

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 153 N. High St., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-414-6544

A local dad and artist, Jeff Stelle, drew on his son’s snack bag every day and his son saved each bag. Now it’s an art collection on display at Mug & Brush Barber Shop. I’ve seen them and they’re amazing! Saturday night you can attend the opening show! “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll snack.” And you might get some Blank Slate Coffee!

14. 2nd Westside Community Baby Shower at Mount Carmel College of Nursing

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 127 S. Davis Ave., Columbus, OH 43222

Bottoms-Up Coffee Co-Op is hosting the 2nd Westside Community Baby Shower open to Westsiders who are pregnant or have a baby under 3 months old. There will be prizes, giveaways, free diapers and more! RSVP on Facebook.

15. Nature Crafts at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Make crafts with materials found in nature! This event is free and open to all ages!

16. Annual Holiday Kickoff Parade at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

This holiday parade welcomes Santa and features the Worthington Kilbourne High School Band and other holiday characters!

17. Family Adventures Tour at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

Sundays are free at CMA and you can take a fun, family-friendly tour at 2:00 PM! The tour is also free!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 2-4, 2017

It must be summer because there are SO MANY events this weekend! I’ve also updated all of my Days of the Week pages on the blog to include lots of recurring summer events like concerts, movies and more! Use the MENU to navigate to a specific day of the week for all the details! And, as always, thanks for reading! Happy Weekend!

1. Grand Opening Weekend at Johnson’s Real Ice Cream in Dublin

When: Thursday – Sunday, June 1-4, 2017
Time: Begins Thursday at 2:00 PM
Location: 55 W. Bridge St., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-328-5827

Join the Grand Opening Celebration at Johnson’s Real Ice Cream in Dublin! Some highlights include:
Thursday: Buy one scoop, get one free, Friday: $3 large shakes, Saturday: First 67 people get a free single scoop, Sunday: Specialty pints $3.99. (See the link for the entire schedule!) All weekend long there will be children’s activities including visits from Scoops, Johnson’s mascot! Dublin location only!

2. Free Squats and Tots Kickoff at piccadilly

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 2501 E Main St, Bexley, OH 43209

Sign up for this FREE class to kick off the summer session of Squats and Tots where you can exercise WITH your kids! Also, Jenni from Whole Kids Pediatrics will take you around the neighborhood for her class Stretch and Stroll. See the link for details about what to bring and how to register!

3. Grand Opening of the Children’s Play Area at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-798-3023

The Grand Opening of the new Children’s Play Area at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing will include a ribbon cutting, face painting, a balloon artist, a street magician, an opening statement from a Dublin Chamber of Commerce member and more! Make sure to read my post for all the details about the new play area!

4. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

The first Commons for Kids of the summer is this Friday! The carousel and bounce houses are free as well as all the usual crafts and games! This week there will be a visit from Butler Donut Trail and they will be giving away FREE donuts! There will be a donut-themed craft with OSU Urban Arts Space, music from Columbus Folk Music Society and lots more!

5. Touch a Truck at Mill Valley Park Central

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 703 Millwood Blvd., Marysville, OH 43040

At this free event, kids can explore police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tractors, backhoes and more! Bring a non-perishable food to donate to Marysville Food Pantry!

6. Children’s Concert on the Green on the Worthington Village Green

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 951 High St, Worthington, Ohio 43085

This is a free children’s concert on the Worthington Village Green by The Shazzbots! Sock Hop Soda Shop will be there for treats and/or you can pack your own picnic!

7. First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

Ohio History Center’s next First Friday Film is this Friday with Back to the Future.  First Friday events are free for Ohio History Connection members. Adults are $6 and kids (6-12) are $3. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase, including a full cash bar. Visitors can explore the museum after hours and take part in special First Friday activities. The fun starts at 5:00 PM with the movie at 7:00 PM. **I am giving away 4 tickets to this event on my Facebook page! Enter by leaving a comment!**

8. First Friday Walk-A-Bout in Downtown Lancaster

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: multiple locations

AHA!, the Georgian Museum, Ohio Glass Museum and Glassblowing Studio, Sherman House Museum & Decorative Arts Center of Ohio are participating in a Walk-A-Bout in Lancaster on First Friday! Each location will have kid-friendly activities like art projects, a scavenger hunt, bubbles and more!

9. SciDome Groundbreaking & Free Family Night at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 55 S 1st St., Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-349-9277

Join The Works for the offical groundbreaking for the newest addition to The Works – a SciDome planetarium slated to open in Summer 2018. There will be an evening of space and science activities, including rocket building and the movie, Muppets from Space, beginning at 8 PM. You can also take photos with characters from Star Wars! See the link for the schedule of activities! This event is free and open to the public!

10. Touch a Truck at DCEMS Station 8

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 6457 Marysville Rd., Ostrander, Ohio 43061

There will be all kinds of trucks to touch including a helicopter! There will also be free car seat checks at this free event!

11. WOSU Kids Launch Celebration at COSI

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 333 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

WOSU is launching a new, free children’s TV channel called WOSU Kids this Saturday! Celebrate by getting your photo with your favorite PBS KIDS character and checking out the new WOSU exhibit!

12. Summer Reading Club Kick Off at Main Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

Beginning June 3, participants of all ages can sign up for the annual Summer Reading Club at all Columbus Metropolitan Library locations! On Saturday at 10:00 AM, the celebration will include activities, games, music and food! You can also sign up for the Summer Reading Club online!

13. Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Phone:  614-416-7000

There will be family-friendly fun around the Fenlon Square Fountain including caricature artists, face painters and balloon artists! This will happen every weekend from June 3 – August 27, 2017.

14. African-American Cultural Festival in the King-Lincoln District

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: King-Lincoln District, Columbus, Ohio 43203

This new, free, family-friendly festival celebrates freedom and equal rights through opportunities to experience the rich history of the African-American culture. There will be a KidsZone, community resources, food vendors and a walk along the Long Street Cultural Wall. Check the link for the list of live performances!

15. Family Day at Pizzuti Collection

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N. Park St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-280-4004

Families are invited to explore all three floors of the Pizzuti Collection during this family day which also includes activity books and tours! Admission is free all day!

16. Summer in the 614 Festival at Worthington Village Green

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 951 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Come to the Village Green for  local musicians, family activities, games, food vendors and more! Celebrate all that Columbus has to offer!

17. Concert on the Green on Worthington Village Green

When: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 951 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Head back to the Village Green for a family-friendly concert on Sunday night! This event happens every Sunday night through August.


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