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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 23-25, 2018

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

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1. Cheryl’s Bake Sale at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies

When: Saturday, February 17 – Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: regular business hours
Location: Cheryl’s retail locations
Phone: 614-776-1500, ext. 61400
Save up to 75% off on our favorite baked goods at this special bake sale going on through Sunday!

2. Read it, Make it, Eat it – The Very Hungry Caterpillar at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday

 When: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 7227 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-468-1159
Each week there will be a story time, crafts and snack based on a theme! This week is The Very Hungry Caterpillar! $15/child. Recommend for ages 2-5.

3. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, February 23, 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.)

4. Open Lab at The Simplr STEAM Playground

When: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 710 Cross Pointe Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-860-5012
Kids ages 5-14 can explore the Simplr STEAM Playground with guidance from instructors on site. This is an open play time where kids can check out the latest gadgets, robots, LEGOs, 3D printing, Minecraft and more! Children can be dropped off and picked up by 7:00 PM. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for members.

5. Parent’s Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus

When: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 1250 E Powell Rd., Lewis Center, OH 43035
Phone: 614-396-8773
Drop the kids off for a “date night”! There will be games, pizza and open play! You must call to register in advance. $30 for the first child and $20 for additional children.

6. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

$5 will get you a waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee!

6. Project SKD Healthy Food for All at Mid-Ohio Foodbank

 When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – several session times are available
Location: 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-429-3244

This service learning project involves learning about food insecurity in our own city through learning activities, a service project and a tour of Mid-Ohio Food Bank!  There is a discussion activity to do with your family before hand! This event is free but you must register by Thursday!

7. Saturday Studio Art: Whimsical Snowflakes at Art With Anna

 When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881
Kids ages 4 and up can be dropped off to create a whimsical snowflake project! $20/artist.

8. Kids Day at the Dispatch Home and Garden Show

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Ohio Expo Center – Bricker and Celeste Buildings, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Oh 43211

The Home and Garden Show is going on through Sunday, February 25th, but Saturday is Kids Day! On with special activities for kids will be Legoland Discovery Center, ID’s for kids, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio Wildlife Center, Lowe’s, and more! Show your library card and get $3 off admission! After 4:00 PM you can get 2 for 1 admission by showing your library card at the ticket window! On Sunday, check out the Arts Fest Pop UP!

9. Calling all Kids at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport, OH, 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

Kids of all ages can look for and discover animal tracks and signs!

10. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss Storytime at Barnes and Noble Booksellers

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a special story time and activities!

11. Tree Tappers Community Festival at Camp Ken-Jockety & The Elam Environmental Center

 When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1295 Hubbard Rd., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 800-621-7042

Learn how maple syrup is made, go for a hike, enjoy crafts and sweet treats at this family day! $5/person. There’s also an all you can eat pancake breakfast for an additional cost!

12. Maple Time at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM  both days
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-833-1880

Learn about making maple syrup and taste a sample! Take a short hike to the trees and collect sap!

13. Family Fun Event: Play with Your Food! at Licking County Library

 When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 101 W. Main St., Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-349-5500

If you’re on the east side of Columbus, it might be worth a drive to Newark for this special comedy event from The Spoon Man! Also learn about food science, do food projects and shop at the Winter Book Sale or Winter Farmer’s Market!

14. First Responder Face Off at The Schottenstein Center

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: 555 Borror Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

The Columbus Fire Department battles the Columbus Police Department in this hockey face off! Your ticket is good for this game AND Ohio State vs. Wisconsin. Ticket sales benefit the First Responder Face-Off Foundation. In addition, there will be a display of emergency and SWAT vehicles, K9 and horse mounted patrol and more in the Northeast Plaza of the Schottenstein Center. Tickets are available online.

15. Mister G at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 1125 College Ave., Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-237-7686

All are welcome to attend this performance by Mister G, a Latin Grammy winner who has been called a “kid-friendly bilingual rock star” by The Washington Post! Tickets are $15/family online or $20/family at the door! Purim Palooza activities will follow the concert at 11:30 AM!

16. Cooking Class–Kitchen Science/Pavlovas at 1400 Food Lab

 When: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM
Location: 1400 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215

There are two sessions for this kid’s cooking class featuring pavlovas! The 12:00 class is for ages 4-7 and the 1:00 class is for ages 6 and up. Email uakidscook@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

17. Family Yoga at The Yoga Loft

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Location: 9280 Dublin Rd., Powell, OH, 43065
Phone: 614-705-6399

The 4th Sunday of each month is for Family Yoga! This will be a fun class that includes a variety of poses and partner poses for 90 minutes! Register online.

18. Maple Sugarin’: Syrup Time at Homestead Metro Park

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH, 43026
Phone: 614-508-8111

Learn how to collect sap and make maple syrup! Try samples to see if you can tell the difference between corn syrup and maple syrup!

19. Free Family-friendly Library Concert w/ ProMusica Brass Quintet at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whetstone Branch

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: 3909 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-645-2275

These free concerts combine classical music and children’s literature! Each concert will offer a display of books that correspond with the theme of the day’s music!


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Columbus Ohio

What Should We Do This Weekend? July 7-9, 2017

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1. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This week at Commons for Kids there will be cookie decorating, a free puppet show, a free craft and more! Every week at Commons for Kids there are free carousel rides, bounce houses, Imagination Playground and more! If the temperature is above 80 degrees, there will also be a water slide!

2. KidX Club: Game Time at Polaris Fashion Place

When: When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

KidX series takes place at the fountain outside Polaris Fashion Place! This week’s theme is Game Time! Learn about sports, health and fitness while playing games! Bring a book to donate for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and kids can pick out a treat from the treasure chest!

3. From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday-Thursday, July 7-13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

GFC has partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to bring your family these great films inspired by books! This week’s film is Shrek. Daytime admission is free with your library card!

4. Summer Carnival at Skate Zone 71

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

Enjoy a summer carnival including a bounce house, balloon twisting, face painting, games and giveaways!

5. Sprouting Melodies at Hilltop Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Friday July 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 511 S. Hague Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-2275

A music therapist will be at this Summer Reading Club event to help promote early development through songs, play, movement and music! Recommended for kids ages 2-6.

6. First Friday at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

I’m doing a giveaway for this event on my Facebook page! After 5:00 PM you can enter the museum for a reduced price of $6 ($3 for children ages 6-12)! You can explore all of the exhibits until 9:00 with special activities and the movie Mary Poppins will be shown at 7:00 PM! Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Movie tickets are first come, first served. This event is free for members.

7. Weinland Park Movie Night

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 1280 Summit St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-297-8442

Watch a free movie in Weinland Park! This week’s movie is Storks! Free movie, free popcorn! Bring a chair or blanket.

8. Family Farm Chores at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

**This program is now full!** This happens on the second Saturday of each month so you can plan ahead for the future! Join Stratford’s farmer for morning chores! You and your family can feed the goats and sheep, collect eggs, feed hogs and more! $15/family. This is a limited event and advanced registration is required. Call to check availability and register! See more about Stratford here.

9. Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Take a canoe out on the lake, all equipment provided! Parents must be in the canoe with their child and children must fit into a life jacket to ride. There will be activities for families too!

10. Saturday Morning Cartoons at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch Saturday morning cartoons on the big screen for $5 which includes a bowl of cereal with milk!

11. Summer Jam West at Westgate Park

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave, Columbus, OH 43204

Summer Jam West is a grassroots, free arts and music festival that features live bands, local food trucks, and local arts and craft vendors! There will be many kids activities including police and fire trucks, Artists Wrestling League, sidewalk chalking, free face painting and more in the Children’s Art Zone!

12. PBJ & Jazz at Topiary Park

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-294-5200 x 117

Take in a family friendly jazz concert in the park! This weekend features Bright Moments Quintet. Start with a story time inside the Main Library at 11:00 AM, concert is at 12:00 PM and then follow up with a craft from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Bring a picnic and/or blanket for this free event!

13. Unchained at Westgate BusinessWorks

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 11 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Gypsy Soul, Clay Street Ceramics and The Moon and Me will be hosting a fun local shopping experience. There will be sidewalk sales and a gift basket giveaway! For $2.50 you can get a hotdog, chips and a drink!

14. Open to the Public at Ohio Wildlife Center

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 9000 Dublin Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-734-9453

Ohio Wildlife Center is open to the public on the second Sunday of the month! Learn how to identify birds, investigate the Milkweed and Monarch area, meet some of the wildlife ambassadors and more! $5/person, children 5 and under are free.

15. Little Free Library Storytime with Bexley Library

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 875 Pleasant Ridge, Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

The Bexley Public Library hosts a story time at a Little Free Library!

16. Mommy and Me Painting Class with Colorful Columbus

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Goodale Park, 120 West Goodale St., Columbus, OH 43215

This is a mom and child painting event – both paintings combine to create one piece! The theme is foxes! Cost is $35/pair which includes all supplies.

17. Bob Evans Family Day at the Columbus Clippers

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 2:05 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln., Columbus, OH 43215
Ticket Line: 614-462-2757

Family Day admission is $15 and includes 2 adults and up to 4 children for General Admission seating. The kids can run the bases at the end of the game in the 10TV Commit to be Fit Fun Run!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 17-20, 2017 President’s Day Edition

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1. Open Play at Thompson Recreation Center

When: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1189 Dennison Ave, Columbus, OH 43201

The gym is open for this free play time for kids 6 and under! There are balls, basketball hoops, scooters, toys, jump ropes and more!

2. Story time at Tree of Life Play Cafe

When: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 10:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Location: 3708 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-363-4041

Local author Christy Sturtz will share her book Just Try It, Georgie! about a giraffe who tries new food. There will also be a craft time! There are two story times available.

3. Superhero Breakfast at  COSI

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

The Superhero Breakfast includes a breakfast buffet, meet and greet with Black Widow, Iron Man and Spiderman, a take home activity, entertainment and a photo! See the link for info on tickets.

4. STEMfest at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 55 S 1st St., Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-349-9277

Admission is FREE to The Works this weekend during the 2-day STEMfest! Watch students compete in STEM-based challenges designed by local industries and businesses!

5. Chase from Paw Patrol Meet and Greet at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229

Chase from Paw Patrol will be visiting Skate Zone 71! There will be a special Paw Patrol Meal Deal: $3.50 for 1 Slice of Cheese Pizza & Drink! See link for all details on pricing.

6. Maple Syrup Tours at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Hour-long tours are available to discover how maple syrup is collected and processed while enjoying the beautiful forest at Stratford Ecological Center! You must register in advance.

7. Mighty Mighty Construction Site Story Time at Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday February 18, 2017
Time:  11:00 AM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Sherri Duskey Rinker, the author of Good Night, Good Night Construction Site has a new book with a focus on working together! Hear the book read and take part in coloring and other activities!

8. Black History Storytime at Bexley Public Library

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2411 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2878

Each Saturday in February, the library is offering a Black History Storytime featuring the opportunity to celebrate and learn about famous black Americans!

9. Lego Club at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301

Kids can work in teams or on their own to complete a LEGO challenge!

10. Sunday Story Time at Gramercy Books

When: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 2424 East Main St., Bexley , OH 43209
Phone: 614-867-5515

This story time for kids happens on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at this new local bookstore.

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11. President’s Day Art Morning at Picassos

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1974 North Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington, OH, 43221
Phone: 614-354-1930

Kids 6 and up can take part in a patriotic art project! Supplies and snack are included! Registration is available online.

12. President’s Day Free Day at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Admission is free all day at the Columbus Zoo! Parking is $10/car.

13. Special Hours at COSI

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

COSI (normally closed on Mondays) will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM! Their new exhibit Mindbender Mansion and Amazing Mazes will be on display!

14. Jazz Adventures at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Jazz Arts Group will be onsite to explore the history of jazz. There will be live music and audience participation!

15. President’s Day at Ohio History Center

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Ohio History Center will be open on Monday with special presidential crafts, activities and speakers!

16. $5/Hour Child Play Day at Brick of Dreams

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 6190 Shamrock Ct, Ste C., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-766-0000

Brick of Dreams will offer open play for $5/hour/kid! Regular price is $7/hour/kid.

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