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8 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Columbus over Spring Break

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It might not be the beach, but there’s lots of fun to be had for families during Spring Break in Columbus!

1. Play at Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio

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Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio has two things going on this month you should know about! The first is this week of Open Play during spring break! Monday through Friday (April 2 – April 6, 2018) the play area at Easterseals will be open for special play hours. Price is $5/child for ages 7 and under! Availability is subject to maximum capacity reached. There are also special hours for special needs families. See the link for times. (P.S. This space is also available for birthday parties!)

football field at Ohio State University Horseshoe

ALSO, thinking ahead to later in the month, on April 28, 2017, Easterseals will be hosting their annual fundraiser, Romancing the Grape at The Huntington Club of Ohio Stadium! This is an adults only event that will offer you the opportunity to try over 100 varieties of the finest wines and sample food from some of Columbus’ finest restaurants! (Think The Guild House, The Refectory, The Blackwell Inn, etc.) Tickets are $85 per person until March 31st and $100 per person beginning April 1. The VIP ticket is $175 until March 31 and $200 starting April 1 and includes a VIP reception and tour of the stadium and locker room!

The proceeds directly fund the local Easterseals programs such as their Early Intervention program for kids with special needs, which is offered at no cost to participants who qualify for the service! I’m looking forward to attending this event and supporting Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio! Click here for more info about the event!


2. Free Petting Zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

petting zoo at Olentangy Indian Caverns

Olentangy Indian Caverns opens for the season on April 2! They will be offering free petting zoo admission for the whole first week (April 2-8, 2018)! Olentangy Indian Caverns would make a fun day trip during Spring Break! Besides the petting zoo there is gem mining, a play area, yard games and of course tours of the caverns! You can read more about it here: 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns.


3. Spring Thaw at Ohio History Center

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Take the kids to Ohio History Center for their special spring break hours. From Wednesday, March 14 to Sunday, April 8, 2018, they will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM every day! (Except Easter, April 1) There will be special programming with an Ice Age theme! There will be scavenger hunts, bones from ice-age mammals and special weekend programs!

There will also be a special pop-up cafe from Taste of Country Monday through Saturday (through April 8) from 11:0 AM – 2:00 PM! You don’t even need to pack a lunch! 🙂 See all there is to do at Ohio History Center here!


4. Family Fun at Ten Pin Alley

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Ten Pin Alley has recently reopened in Hilliard and is offering several Early Bird Spring Break specials!

From 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM during the week and 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on weekends they are offering the following specials through April 1, 2018:

  • Family Fun Pack: $44.95 (bowling for 1 hour, 4 shoes, 1 large one topping pizza, 4 sodas)
  • $5 Game of Laser Tag
  • $10 game card for $5

ALSO, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 is National Laser Tag Day!  Ten Pin Alley will be offering $3 missions all day in their arena!

See all there is to do for families at the New and Improved Ten Pin Alley!


5. Family Open Gym at Vertical Adventures

Vertical Adventures will be offering additional hours for families to drop in and climb! Cost is $10/climber and kids 3 and under are free! These special hours will be offered on the WEEKDAYS March 19 – April 6, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. No need to sign up, just drop in!


6. Do Something Crafty at Aprons and Easels

Aprons and Easels in Hilliard is offering 1/2, 1 and 2 day Art Camps! Check their schedule for availability. Most classes are for kids ages 8 and up!


7. Go on an Easter Egg Hunt

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I helped contribute to this HUGE list of Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Bunny Events and more for Columbus Moms Blog! There are so many Easter-related events going on over the next few weeks!


8. School’s Out CBUS: Summer Break at Columbus Museum of Art

wonder room at columbus museum of art

The Columbus Museum of Art is offering several activities for kids of all ages during the Spring Break including Young Child Studios for kids 18 months to 5 years on Tuesdays and Saturdays, free, drop-in Teen Open Studio for teens on Thursdays and Fridays, and free admission on Sundays! The Wonder Room is always available for kids and offers hands-on, artistic activities!


These ideas not enough? You might need to check out this list: “50 Fun Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio with Kids” compiled by First Community Village of Columbus!

Have a safe and happy Spring Break!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 15-17, 2017 Holiday Edition!

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Tons of holiday events continue this weekend! Happy Weekend and Happy Holidays!

Ongoing:

Wildlights – see fantastic light displays, special visitors and performances from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM each night through January 1, 2018.

Twelve Elves of Dublin – this is the last week for the 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt! Pick up your 12 Elves Card and hunt for an elf at each of the participating locations. This is a free activity and at each stop your kids will receive a prize when they find it!

Gardens Aglow – Gardens Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and special events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated for the holidays. From December 1-31 (except for the 24th and 25th) they are open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities happening all through the season!

Christmas Corner at State Auto Insurance – walk through a life-sized nativity following the Christmas story! Choirs are scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings through December 23rd and free hot chocolate (donations accepted!) will be available on those evenings!

Think Outside the Brick – visit the Columbus Museum of Art for a huge LEGO display, special LEGO open build hours on Saturdays and LEGO Holiday decorations!

Downtown Lights – visit Columbus Commons and Bicentennial Park for festive light displays!

Holiday Parties at Columbus Recreation and Parks – check the link for all the dates for the Holiday Parties at each Columbus Recreation Center!

Friday:

10:00 AM – Storytime with Kara at Me and the Moon – enjoy a Welcome Winter! Storytime with tea and a pop up book sale afterwards!

10:30 AM – 614 Holiday Card Project at peapod play cafe – help make Christmas Cards for the 614 Holiday Card Project and learn how Christmas activities can promote the development of fine motor skills!

11:00 AM – Sounds of the Season at Polaris Fashion Place – there will be several performances from local musicians and choirs throughout the day!

5:30 – Columbus Historical Society Holiday Party & Open House – celebrate Columbus holidays throughout history, enjoy refreshments and learn about the Columbus Historical Society!

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a carriage ride through the Town Center, $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult! Happening all weekend – check the link for times.

7:00 PM – Christmas in Columbus: A Holiday Adventure hosted by Short North Stage – celebrate the holidays in Columbus with an original performance by some of Columbus’ favorite performers. This is a family friendly performances filled with songs and dancing. Several performance times are available throughout the weekend.

7:30 PM – Polar Express Weekends at COSI – watch Polar Express on the big screen at COSI. Several times available throughout the weekend.

8:00 PM – Matchgirl 2017 at Lincoln Theatre – Columbus Dance Theatre presents Matchgirl featuring a full orchestra and choir. 3 performances throughout the weekend.

Saturday:

9:00 AM – Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – enjoy hot apple cider and cookies and enjoy the gardens while you pick out your Christmas Tree. Happening on Sunday, too!

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – $5/person gets you a waffle with unlimited trimmings, juice and drip coffee!

9:00 AM – Visit with Santa at the Herb Center! – meet with Santa at the Ohio Herb Education Center, write a letter to Santa and get your photo taken with him, make a gift with Mrs. Claus.

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmers Market – kids under the age of 12 can stop by the information table at the Worthington Farmers Market for a kid-friendly activity.

9:30 AM – Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit Rhoads at Rhoads Garden Center – free photos with Santa (you take them), pick out a Christmas Tree and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

9:30 AM – Family Improv Class at Hilltop YMCA – the whole family can enjoy improv and acting games with CATCO is Kids.

10:00 AM – All Natural Cookie Decorating at Stratford Ecological Center – anyone age 6 and up can learn how to make natural food coloring for decorating cookies! Decorate cookies to bring home! Registration required.

10:00 AM – Kid’s Holiday Art Camp at Rhoads Garden Center – kids age 6-12 can paint a reindeer canvas. Register in advance.

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz Family Concert – Tony Monaco Trio: “Songs of the Season” at Lincoln Theatre – $5/person ($20/family) includes a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie for the kids and a 1 hour long jazz concert. Two show times are available: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM.

10:00 AM – Elf – Holiday Film Series at Drexel Theatre – watch the movie ELF in your PJ’s. There will also be a showing at 2:00 PM on Sunday.

11:00 AM – JCPenney Kids Zone Christmas party! at Indian Mound Mall – this event includes games, crafts, face painting, snacks and the live “Elf on the Shelf”

12:00 PM – Christmas Time Open House at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club – visit the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club to see model railroad train layouts including a Thomas the Train display!

11:00 AM – Hot Chocolate Bar at Lucky’s Market Columbus – shop for artisan gifts and hot chocolate to support Columbus North International School.

11:00 AM – Paint with Santa! at Flutterby Ceramics – paint a ceramic piece with Santa! Photos welcome!

11:30 AM – Santa & the Symphony (sensory friendly) at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts – this event is a sensory-friendly symphony performance for the whole family. Tickets are $8 at the door.

12:00 PM – Santa Visit at Smith Farm Market and Bakery – Santa is coming to the Market! For $5 kids can visit with Santa, make a craft and decorate a cookie.

12:00 PM – The columbus holiday pop-up shop at The Hart Room – 4 local businesses are coming together for your holiday shopping needs including kids clothes by mrly.

12:00 PM – Scarlet and Grey Meet at St. John Arena – this is a free opportunity to watch the OSU Women’s Gymnastics Team!

3:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Visit with Santa! at Ohio Herb Education Center – visit Santa in a relaxed, accessible environment. Visit includes a photo. Register in advance.

12:00 PM – Sensory-Friendly Visits with Santa at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – visit with Santa in a quiet, low light environment. Sign up online.

12:00 PM – Letters To Santa 2017 – Day 3 at Ohio Railway Museum – Kids can write a letter to Santa and mail it in the Railway Post Office Car, visit with Mrs. Claus, make christmas crafts and ornaments and take a train ride!

12:30 PM – Uptown Scrooge in Uptown Westerville – this walking tour of Uptown Westerville takes place on Saturday and Sunday and includes a performance of Dicken’s The Christmas Carol.

2:30 PM – Black Nativity at King Arts Complex – there are 2 performance times for this live nativity performance based not he Langston Hughes classic. A Holiday Marketplace opens one hour before and after each performance. Tickets required.

3:00 PM – Winter Wildlife at Sunbury Urban Farm – this program is geared toward ages 2-5 and includes a story time and hands-on activities related to Winter Wildlife. Kids will make a bird feeder to take home. $5/child.
Sat Dec 16 · Sunbury Urban Farm

5:00 PM – Holiday Lights Trolley Tour at Rickenbacker Woods Learning Center – take a trolley ride to tour the holiday lights in surrounding communities. From 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM there will be a Holiday Bazaar inside the Center. Both events are free.

Sunday:

8:00 AM – Das Kaffeehaus Pancake Breakfast  at Das KaffeeHaus von Frau Burkhart – all you can eat pancake breakfast plus coffee is $9.99 and benefits CD102.5 for the Kids. Other food will be available as well.

10:00 AM – Doc McStuffins Toy PARTY – Holiday Toy Drive at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate and receive free admission. Doc McStuffins will be collecting the toys! There will be crafts, snacks and a visit from Santa.

11:00 AM – Sensory Friendly Films: The Secret of NIMH (1982) at Gateway Film Center – watch The Secret of Nimh in a sensory friendly environment with lower volume and lights up. This is a free event.
Sun Dec 17 · Gateway Film Center

11:00 AM – Family Gluten Free Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Bake Me Happy – decorate a gluten free Gingerbread House. A pre-assembled house and all decorations will be provided. Tickets available online.

2:00 PM – Christmas Open House at Orange Johnson House – Enjoy “An Old Time Christmas” at the Orange Johnson House which includes a musical ensemble and light refreshments.

2:00 PM – German Village Holiday Pet Parade at German Village Society – bring your pet all decked out for the holidays. There will be judges and awards for pets in costume!


A big Thank You to The SIMPLR STEAM Playground for sponsoring this post!

Our goal at The SIMPLR STEAM Playground (located at 710 Cross Pointe Rd. in Gahanna, OH) is to prepare your child for the future. That means that our classes, which we call labs, are designed to expose your child to the technologies, concepts, and ideas that will impact their lives. These technologies include (but are not limited to): drones, virtual reality, computer science, augmented reality, and 3D printing.

Beyond these technologies, we focus on mental development using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). STEAM is more than simply the content areas that make up the acronym. When children engage in “STEAM activities” they establish and increase their spatial intelligence, which is key in understanding and excelling in ALL aspects of life. Our philosophy centers around the following key areas: spatial intelligence, innovation, making, play, literacy, reasoning.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 14-16, 2017 Easter Edition!

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1. EGGS, PAWS AND CLAWS at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Friday & Saturday, April 14 & 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

There will be stories, animals searching for eggs, a Bunny Bonanza meet and greet with tons of famous Bunnies, and more!

2. Skate with the Easter Bunny at United Skates of America

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 3362 Refugee Rd., Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-239-7202

Skate with the Easter Bunny during 2 sessions: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM! Bring your camera for pictures!

3. Spring Bloom Hunt at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Go on a scavenger hunt for spring blooms and find them all for a prize!

4. Family Movie Matinee at Bexley Public Library

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: 2411 E Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

Come watch the movie Moana with the family! Popcorn and drinks are provided!

5. Annual Bunny Romp & Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 7860 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-846-3220

Join the Hills Market for their $5 pancake breakfast followed by an egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny!

6. Spring Eggstravaganza at the Westerville Sports Complex

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 325 N. Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43082

This Egg Hunt event also includes the opportunity to visit the Easter Bunny, a Kidz Zone, music, crafts, games, inflatables and more! If you click on the link, go to page 16 of the recreation guide for more details!

7. Easter Bunny Fun at Blue Monkey Parties and Events

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 591 Hill Rd N, Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-828-8236

This event will include bouncing, games, a craft, collecting eggs, pictures with the Easter Bunny! Admission is $10/child.

8. Easter Saturday at North Market

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: 59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-463-9664

This event will include an Easter Egg Hunt, a craft activity, live music from Mr. Eric, pictures with the Easter Bunny and dogs, cats and bunnies from the Capital Area Humane Society!

9. Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Magic Mountain

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Polaris and East

This event includes an Easter Egg Hunt for kids 10 and under, a charity raffle, games and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Stay and play with the Egg Hunt Special which includes unlimited mini-golf, go-karts and laser tag! (See link for pricing.)

10. GPS Egg Hunt at Sharon Woods

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Maple Grove Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Use your GPS to search for eggs throughout the park! There are prizes and limited GPS units that can be borrowed!

11. Canal Winchester Community Easter Egg Hunt at Hanners Park

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 458 Groveport Rd., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-834-9915

This egg hunt for kids up to age 10 includes 5,000 eggs and special prizes!

12. Easter Egg Hunt at Slate Run Farm

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

Meet and greet and take photos with the Easter Bunny starting at 10:00 AM, the hunt starts at 11:00 AM and is divided into 3 age groups!

13. Annual All Star Saturday at Bruce Howard Recreation Center

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 2303 North Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43219

Columbus’ largest Easter Egg Hunt includes free food and drinks, face painting, balloons and an egg hunt divided by age! This is a free event and children 12 and under can participate!

14. Little Kids Fun Skate: Easter Bunny Visit at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

The Easter Bunny will be on site for this little kids skate (recommended for ages 2-8)! Every child will receive an egg with a prize inside! Bring your camera for pictures!

15. Community Touch a Truck at Charity Newsies

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4300 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

Kids can see all kinds of vehicles up close including a fire truck, SWAT car, race car and more! “Stuff the Charity Newsies Van” by bringing new and used children’s books to donate! The first 150 people who bring a book will receive a free ticket to Monster Jam!

16. Columbus Recreation and Parks Easter Egg Hunts

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time:  10:00 AM SHARP!
Location: Your closest Rec Center

Participate in an Egg Hunt at your local Columbus Recreation Center! All hunts start at 10:00 AM sharp!

17. SpringFest at the New Albany High School Football Stadium

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time:  10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 7250 Fodor Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

This free Easter event includes thousands of eggs dropped by helicopter! There will be bounce houses, music, prizes and food trucks!

18. City of Delaware Easter Egg Hunt and Kite Festival at Veterans Park

When: Saturday, April 15. 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1121 S. Houk Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This free event for ages 1-9 includes an Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny, food trucks and kite flying! Bring your own basket.

 

See a full list of Easter Egg Hunts on Columbus Moms Blog: Columbus Area Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2017!

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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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