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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 9-11, 2018

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

1. Member Night at COSI

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

This special night is for COSI Members only and includes special activities, a storyteller, a Deep Space Q&A, Dancemania, a Family Pizza Meal Deal and other discounts! Free for members, No reservations required.


2. Parents Night Out at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 555 YMCA Pl, Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-416-9622

Kids age 6-12 can be dropped off for a parent’s night out! The night’s theme is March Madness! There will be basketball, swimming and dinner provided! Register online or at the front desk. Cost: $15/members, $35/non members.


3. Family Game Night at Prairie Township Community Center

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 5955 W. Broad St., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-907-7990

Families can hang out and play board games and active games. Games include a live action Hungry, Hungry, Hippos, 4 Square, and Candy Land!

4. Night at the Cinema at Grace Polaris Church

When: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-888-7733

This free family-friendly concert includes clips from your favorite movies on the big screen accompanied by a live score from the Grace Orchestra and Big Band!

5. Oakland Nursery Spring Fling! at Oakland Nursery

When: March 10-18, 2018
Time: Store opens at 8:00 AM on Saturdays
Location: 1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-268-3511

This Saturday is Science Weekend! There will be a free kids carnival, The BUGMan with live insects from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, kid friendly science activities from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM and a crafts and game tent!


6. Camp Lazarus Maple Syrup Festival (2nd Saturday) at Camp Lazarus

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4422 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015

This is the second Saturday of this festival! There will be pancakes and sausage for $5 and hotdogs and chips for lunch! Learn how maple syrup is made and participate in fun activities! Admission to the festival is $5 and there may be a small charge for other activities.


7. Opening Day at Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The butterflies return to Franklin Park Conservatory! There will also be a color-themed scavenger hunt to create a rainbow necklace!


8. Unicorn Adoption PARTY at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: ​614-844-3846

Kids can adopt their own unicorn complete with an adoption certificate and a home they decorate for their unicorn! They will make their unicorn a necklace and participate in additional crafts and snacks!

9. 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in City of Dublin, Ohio

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Historic Dublin, Ohio

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade of over 100 units through Historic Dublin! Other events that day include a pancake breakfast, the Inflation Celebration, a performance by The Hooligans and the Blarney Bash!

10. Carnival of the Animals (sensory friendly) at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 100 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054
Phone: 614-245-4701

This sensory friendly concert is just $8/ticket at the door! The feature is Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals”!


11. Dublin Blarney Bash

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: 555 Metro Place N., Dublin, OH 43017

Continue the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the whole family! There will be a Wee Folk area for kid that includes games, crafts and fun from 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM, food trucks, Irish dancing, animal visitors from the Zoo, wandering magician acts, fairies, a balloon artist, cultural exhibits and more! Tickets are $10/person at the gate and free for 12 and under! All proceeds benefit the Dublin A.M. Rotary Charitable Foundation!


12. Card Making Class at Third Way Cafe

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 3058 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-349-6530

Come and make a St. Patrick’s Day or Easter card! $5/person covers all supplies and bottomless coffee/tea!

13. KidX Club: Mad Hatter Tea Party at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Enjoy a tea party with Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and Alice! You can also visit with the Easter Bunny!

14. Ohio State Buckeyes Women’s Gymnastics v. NC State & Central Michigan at St. John Arena

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 410 Woody Hayes Dr, Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 1-800-GO-BUCKS

Children under 6 are free to attend this OSU Women’s Gymnastics Meet! Regular tickets are $8-$11.

15. Lions Tigers and Bears – Oh My! at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 100 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054
Phone: 614-245-4701

This children’s concert features Carnival of the Animals performed by members of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and narrated by Jym Ganahl!  There is a sensory friendly performance at Saturday at 11:30 AM – see above!


16. St. Patrick’s Day Family Cookie Decorating at Loose Rail Brewing

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 37 W Waterloo St., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-321-6634

The whole family can decorate St. Patrick’s Day themed cookies! $6/person includes all supplies!

17. Tea Party featuring Belle at La Chatelaine

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 627 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Join Party Princess Productions for an interactive tea party with Belle! She will teach tea time etiquette, read a story, perform a sing a long and much more! This event also includes a French pastry and drink. Seating is limited! Tickets are available online.

18. Family Paint Class: Lucky Kitty (or Dog) at Art with Anna

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

The whole family can paint a pet themed project together! $15/artist, ages 6 and up!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? August 25-27, 2017

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1. Obetz Zucchini Festival

When: Thursday – Sunday, August 24-27, 2017
Time: See detailed schedule here.
Location: 1841 Williams Rd, Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: 614-491-1080

Celebrate the versatile zucchini with rides, entertainment, food, pageants, a parade, motorcycle show and cruse-in! Festival admission and concerts are free! Kids Day is Sunday and will feature free arts and crafts, a magic show and visits from COSI and The Columbus Zoo!

2. Kids Sing Along Thyme at Dublin Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

When: Friday, August 25, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 6670 Sawmill Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-943-7005

Join Jennifer Ellis Music for a sing-a-long and dance party at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market!

3. Food Truck Fridays at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Friday, August 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 711 E Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205

This is the last Food Truck Friday of the season! Food Trucks this week include Hot Chicken Takeover, Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Kona Ice Little Buckeye! There will also be a special visit from Stinger from the Columbus Blue Jackets! Food trucks will be donating 10% of their proceeds to RMHC!

4. America’s Best Dinosaur Show at the Columbus Convention Center

When: Friday-Sunday, August 25-27, 2017
Time: Friday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 400 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Event includes over 80 life-size dinosaurs that “walk”! Activities include dino rides, face painting, dinosaur-themed bounce houses, science stations, crafts, fossil dig, and much more! Police and military families save $2 on each ticket with ID.

5. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, August 25, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

COSI stays open late on the last Friday of each month and admission is reduced to $11 AND includes a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

6. Shakespeare and Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by CATCO is Theatre

When: Friday-Sunday, August 25–27, 2017
Time: Friday: 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 2:30 PM
Location: Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203

Enjoy this family-friendly retelling of Star Wars in the style of Shakespeare!  Thanks to PNC Arts Alive, all remaining tickets to Shakespeare and Star Wars are free! Availability may be limited! See the link for details on how to get tickets!

7. Barnyard Breakfast at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-717-9404

Bring your cowboys and cowgirls for a fun morning that includes a petting zoo, pony rides and face painting! Activities are free and breakfast is available for purchase!

8. March Through Time at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Learn about Ohio’s military history this weekend including reenactments, military-themed board games, uniform talks and displays of uniforms, weapons and gear. The day also includes an advance screening of the upcoming Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary, The Vietnam War taking place at the Ohio History Center. All activities are included with admission or membership.

9. Hoot Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Back to School! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter! Recommended for ages 1-8.

10. Mud & Madness at Blacklick Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, August 26, 2107
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 6975 E Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-891-0700

This event includes a 1.5 mile family-friendly course through obstacles and MUD! No registration required, just bring a towel to dry off with at the end!

11. Storytime Live! Hang Out with Curious George & The Columbus Zoo at Kiddie Academy of Powell

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2069 Summit View Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-336-8444

Meet Curious George at Kiddie Academy with animals from the Columbus Zoo! There will also be food and games! The event is free but it is requested that you pre-register!

12. Community Rock Climbing Festival at Scioto Audubon Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2017
Time: Saturday: 12:00 PM – Sunday 12:00 PM
Location: 400 W. Whittier St.., Columbus, OH 43215

This 2-day festival includes climbing clinics, climbing competitions, sumo wrestling, obstacle course races, live music, the movie Everest, overnight camping, yoga and more! Kids are welcome and this event is free!

13. Urban Scrawl 11 in the Franklinton Arts District

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2017
Time: Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 400 W. Rich St., Columbus, OH 43215

This two-day arts festival features the live creation of murals at 400 West Rich as part of Central Ohio’s largest ongoing urban renewal project. Festival includes food trucks, coffee from Bottoms Up Coffee, ice pops from J-Pops and live entertainment such as beatboxing, breakdancing, and music!

14. Musicologie’s 3rd Anniversary Bash

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1400 W 3rd Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-407-8740

Musicologie turns 3 this month and they are having an open studio including food, drinks, balloon animals, face painting, and performances!

15. Movie Nights in Huber Park

When: Saturday August 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 1520 Davidson Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This week’s movie is Finding Dory! Family activities start at 6:00 PM and the movie begins at dusk!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 21-23, 2017

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1. Franklin County Fair

When: Saturday-Sunday, July 15-22, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM Friday & Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday – Thursday
Location: 5043 Northwest Pkwy., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-7235

This is the 100th Anniversary of the Franklin County Fair. Visit the kids tent for activities for games, crafts and other activities!

2. Cheryl’s Summer 2017 Bake Sale at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies

When: Thursday & Friday, July 20-21, 2017
Time: Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 646 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 800-443-8124

This huge 2-day sale at Cheryl’s Cookies includes up to 75% off, a free gift for the first 50 customers at the Flagship Store, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital tent with crafts, face painting, snacks and more! Each day there will be visits from your kids’ favorite characters like Anna, Snow White, Iron Man and more! Check the link for character appearance times!

3. Westerville’s Touch A Truck at the Westerville Sports Complex

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 325 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-901-6500

Kids can get up close to fire and police vehicles, construction equipment, the Westerville Public Library delivery van  and more!

4. KidX Club: To the Moon & Back at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

The KidX Club takes place at the outdoor fountain area. This week there’s a space theme and kids can explore space with Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Rey and make slime! In addition, Charleys Philly Steaks will be on site with free lemonade and a prize wheel! If you mention this event at the Charleys Philly Steaks at Polaris mall you can get a free kids meal with the purchase of any combo.

**ALSO – if you post a photo at this event and tag Charleys Philly Steaks AND my blog (What Should We Do Today Columbus? or @whatshouldwedotoday_cbus) you will be entered into a drawing to win $50 in Charleys Cash! Be sure to use the hashtag #mycharleys ! Your post will need to be public to be seen and entered into the drawing!

5. ArtWalk in Downtown Lancaster

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Downtown Lancaster
Phone: 740-277-6607

This is the 30th annual ArtWalk in downtown Lancaster! Event includes a juried art show, live music, street performers, food trucks, and local vendors! Specifically for kids, Aha! A Hands-On Adventure will be making hosting an art activity for kids and there will be face painting, tattoos and hair painting!

6. Summer Family Night at Hilltop YMCA

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 2879 Valleyview Dr., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-276-8224

This activity at the outdoor pool includes family-friendly activities! It’s free for members or $15 per family.

7. Gahanna’s Great Outdoors Annual Summer Park & Rec Party

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 150 Oklahoma Ave, Columbus, OH 43230
Phone: 614-342-4250

Gahanna Department of Parks and Recreation is celebrating National Parks and Recreation month with karaoke, kayaking and canoeing, games, inflatables, food trucks, live music and a showing of the movie SING at 9:30 PM!

8. The Main Event at the Bexley Community Pool

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 2100 Clifton Ave., Bexley, OH 43209

Bexley Main Event is happening at the Bexley Pool this month! There will be food for sale, Johnson’s Ice Cream truck and the opportunity to watch Zootopia from the pool! No rafts allowed! The movie will start at dusk.

9. Popcorn Pops We’ve Got Rhythm at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This is a special kid-friendly concert with the Columbus Symphony that also includes free popcorn, activities like face painting, art projects and trying out musical instruments! There will also be the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities. Gates open at 5:30 PM for the activities and the concert begins at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10/piece. Children under 2 are free. Afterwards, stay for the . . .

10. Free Movie at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 8:15 PM
Location: 160 S High St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you come for the Popcorn Pops, you can continue your fun evening by watching The LEGO Batman Movie! Or come down to the park after the ticketed event and watch the movie for free!

11. Movies at Mingo

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 500 E. Lincoln Ave., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This month’s movie is Moana! Activities like hula dancing and hula hooping start at 7:45 and the movie begins at 8:15 PM! Kona Ice will be sold! Bring blankets or chairs and snacks!

12. Eastside Movie Night – “Pete’s Dragon” at Veritas East

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: 2866 Noe Bixby Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-297-8442

The free movie this week will be Pete’s Dragon! Bring a chair or blanket!

13. Movies in the Park at Westgate Recreation Center

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

Celebrate Christmas in July by watching A Christmas Story in Westgate Park. There will be Christmas cookies for sale to benefit the Westgate Recreation Center.

14. Dressing Victorian at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Try on Victorian fashions, make crafts from the 1890’s, see demonstrations from the Victorian era and more at Ohio Village! Included with general admission or membership.

15. A Day in the Park at American Legion Park

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 500 Park Ave, Marysville, Ohio 43040
Phone: 937-645-7350

This celebration of the City of Marysville’s Park system includes free admission to the Municipal Pool from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, a mechanical shark, live music, free hot dogs and refreshments and activities for all ages!

16. Movie Night in Huber Park

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 1520 Davidson Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-322-6800

Family-friendly activities begin at 6:00 PM and the movie, The Good Dinosaur, starts at dusk!

17. Sundays Farmdays at Burnt Toast Farms

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 18230 Raymond Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 614-547-3276

Sundays on the farm include the opportunity to meet the alpaca, stroll through meadows, play games or volleyball and have a picnic. There will be complimentary refreshments and impromptu barn tours, lessons and garden walks!

18. WOSU Kids at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St.., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-4848

WOSU Kids is a new 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and they are providing a fun day of art exploration at CMA! Peg + Cat will be there and the art museum is free on Sundays! (Parking is $5 for non-members).

19. 2017 Chadwick Arboretum Open House

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-3479

This annual open house event includes canoeing, fishing, entertainment from Sock Hop Soda Shop, a display of local bees, tours, educational displays, a tree scavenger hunt, and free root beer floats for the first 300 guests! Make sure to check the link for the exact location of the Arboretum and parking info!

20. Zoo Animals at the Library at Bexley Public Library

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2411 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

The Columbus Zoo will be visiting the library to teach kids about the animals that travel with Jack Hanna. They will be bringing some animal friends with them for an up-close encounter!

Need more? Make sure to check out Summer Nights in Columbus: Something to do Every Night of the Week!


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