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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.

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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 23-25, 2017

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1. Easton Art Affair at Easton Town Square

When: Friday – Sunday, June 23-25, 2017
Time: Friday: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

The Easton Art Affair is a juried fine art show which includes art of all kinds plus art for the kids, too! Kids can do a free necklace craft at American Girl on Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM plus make button masks on the Town Square on Sunday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM!

2. Powell Festival at Village Green Park

When: Friday & Saturday, June 23 & 24, 2017
Time: Friday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM Saturday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-885-5380

This two day festival includes live entertainment, food, kid zone, vendors and fireworks!

3. Flicks on the Bricks-Lego Movie at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

This free evening includes live music, sand art, Matt the Balloon Guy, face painting, inflatables, lego characters, a duck race, food truck and The Lego Movie!

4. Movie in the Park: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-620-1865

This fun movie night includes a visit from owls from Ohio Wildlife Center and other activities! The movie starts at dusk.

5. Movie in the Park: Angels In The Outfield at Thompson Park

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: 4395 Carriage Hill Ln., Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: 614-583-5345

Watch Angels In The Outfield on the big screen! Bring your own chairs and snacks!

6. Eastside Movie Night: Sing at Veritas East

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: 2866 Noe Bixby Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-604-6729

This free movie starts at sunset! Bring your own seating!

7. Community Health Day 2017 at OSU CarePoint East

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 543 Taylor Ave., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-688-6400

This free community event offers are health screenings and serves as well as fun activities like a live band, dancers, free turkey dogs, corn and fruit! There will also be free sports physicals for school-aged children plus face painters, balloon artists and activities from COSI and PBS Kids!

8. Hilltop Bean Dinner at Westgate Park

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 455 S Westgate Ave, Columbus, OH 43204

This 80+ yr old event commemorates the role the Hilltop played during the Civil War. The area used to be a Civil War prison Camp where soldiers subsisted on beans! At the dinner not only can you can eat beans, cornbread and hotdogs, but there will also be food trucks, pizza, ice cream and more! There will be activities for kids including inflatables, an antique car show, arts and craft vendors and the whole neighborhood will be having yard sales all day!

9. HOOT 75: Summer at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
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 Summer! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter!

10. Summertime Craft with Ms. Mary at TREEHIVE cafe + play

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 337 W Olentangy St, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-681-1456

Make a summertime craft with Ms. Mary from Little Van Gogh Art School! Appropriate for ages 2-5. Your ticket also gets you a discounted rate for 30 minutes of play and $1 off the Patriotic T-Shirt Craft event at 11:30!

11. Books, Berries & Breakfast at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1377 N 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-506-7040

Pick fresh berries in the garden and enjoy a story time!

12. Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Celebrate pollinators and the plants they pollinate with hands-on learning opportunities, crafts, The Bugman, music, food demonstration, food trucks and more!

13. Reynoldsburg KID FEST at Cotner Park

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 7347 E Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This free festival includes a bounce house, bike parade, face painting, free food and much more! Bring a canned good to donate to Reynoldsburg Helping Hands!

14. The Grandview Hop on Grandview Avenue

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Grandview Ave. between 1st Ave. and 5th Ave.

Enjoy live music, shopping, art, food and fun activities along Grandview Avenue during this free event that happens once a month during the summer!

15. The Family FUN Rock Block At Comfest!

When: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Live Arts Stage, 120 W. Goodale St., Columbus, OH 43215

Sunday is for kids at Comfest! Featuring The Shazzbots, The Muppet Mayhem Band and Favor’d Flow Studio, the theme will be kid-friendly music and dance!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 16-18, 2017 Father’s Day Edition!

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1. Kid Fest 2017 – Summer Film Series Kickoff at Drexel Theatre

When: Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: Friday: 10:00 AM, Saturday: 10:00 AM, Sunday: 1:00 PM
Location: 2254 E. Main St, Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-1050

This weekend’s movie is The Lego Movie! Kids age 14 and under and Drexel members are free, 15 and older are $3/piece.

2. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Head down to Columbus Commons for a fun morning that includes free carousel rides, bounce houses, the Imagination Playground, crafts, games and more! This week’s activities also include a Kiddie Fitness Class, a magic show from The Great Randini, improv for kids with #HastagComedy, and music from Columbus Folk Music Society!

3. KidX Club: Pirates & Princesses

 at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

The summer KidX program at Polaris Fashion Place takes place at the fountain in the outdoor area. The first one of the summer has a Pirates and Princesses theme and includes a treasure hunt, visit with princesses and pirates and more! If it rains, this free event will take place at the play area inside.

4. Looney Tunes Rewind at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

For one week only you can watch Looney Tunes cartoons on the big screen! See the link for the line up of cartoons that will be shown!

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

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3700

On Food Truck Fridays, you can eat from some of your favorite food trucks AND 10% of the proceeds will be donated to RMHC! This week there will be live music and the food trucks Tortilla Street Food, Fork in the Road and Graeter’s Ice Cream!

6. Movies at Mingo at Mingo Park

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 7:45 PM
Location:  500 E. Lincoln Ave., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This month’s movie at Mingo Park is Sing! Activities in the park start at 7:45 PM and the movie starts at 8:15 PM. Bring a blanket or chair and snacks!

7. Touch-A-Truck

 at Pleasant Township Fire Department

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 2925 Lancaster Thornville Rd. NE, Lancaster, OH 43130

This free event includes a tour of the fire department, a Pancake Breakfast (donations accepted) and the opportunity to check out a helicopter, fire trucks, fire safety info and a fire demo! There will also be Junior Firefighter Activities for the kids!

8. Westgate Farmer’s Market the West Gate Masonic Lodge

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2925 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

The Westgate Farmers Market happens on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month and includes local vendors, fresh produce, food trucks, kids activities and music! This week there will be cooking demos every hour by Local Matters and music by Scott Brooks. Food trucks are Alice’s Abelskabels and Cream & Sugar!

9. Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmer’s Market

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 646 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Kids can take part in Market Sprouts activities at the information tent each third Saturday at the Worthington Farmers Market! Examples of monthly activities are scavenger hunts, vegetable painting, cookie decorating and more!

10. Storybook Village at Ohio History Center

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

Storybook Village is a special day at Ohio Village where your kids’ favorite storybook characters come to life! Meet Peg + Cat, Super Why, Curious George and more! Explore the village to meet the characters and take part in special story times and activities! This year’s theme is storytelling from around the world! The Shazzbots will be there as well as a petting zoo, library card sign-ups and the opportunity to donate children’s books to Books for Bedtime. Members can take advantage of early entrance at 9:00 AM. (Do it, it’s worth it! 😉 ) (P.S. I’m doing a giveaway for 4 tickets on my Facebook page! Click here!)

11. Donuts with Dad at Grandview Library

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-481-3778

Bring dad to the library for DK Diner donuts, games gifts and photo ops! There will be a story time and a visit from Arnie the Doughnut!

12. KidsLinked’s Columbus Children’s Festival at Westerville North High School

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 950 County Line Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 877-543-7801

KidsLinked’s Annual Columbus Children’s Festival is a sports and fitness extravaganza! New location this year is at Westerville North High School. Admission and parking are free and the event features a bounce park and fun zone, ice cream eating contest, a fashion contest, food truck fest, trampolines, live entertainment and much more!

13. Busy Bees Garden Club at Dutch Mill Greenhouse

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 18443 State Route 4, Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-0511 Ext 13

On the third Saturday of each month kids can enjoy a garden-themed activity. This month’s workshop will be making mini terrariums! Recommended for kids age 3 and up.

14. Daddy Donut Superhero Day! at Indian Mound Mall

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 771 S 30th St., Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-522-6620

Kids can make superhero capes and shields, play superhero games, win prizes and more while dads enjoy donuts and beverages! Come dressed in costume or make your own at the event for a daddy and me photo shoot! Outside the mall, enjoy the Land Of Legend Antique Tractors from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM!

15. Father’s Day Ice Cream Social

 at Lehman’s Hardware

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4779 Kidron Rd, Dalton, OH 44618
Phone: 800-438-5346

If a road trip to Amish Country sounds like a fun Father’s Day adventure, the whole family can celebrate dad at a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar for $1! Lehman’s Hardware is a store in Amish Country dedicated to a simpler way of life! Lots of unique gifts available too!

16. Topiary Park Summer Movies at The Topiary Park

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

Topiary Park hosts a Book-to-Film classic this weekend in the park! This weekend is Jurassic Park! Bring a blanket and enjoy free popcorn! There will be a food truck on site as well.

17. Canoe the Lake (Father’s Day Special)

 at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Dads can canoe with their child for a special Father’s Day event! Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket. If there is a wait for canoes, you can enjoy the playground and a fun activity in the meantime! Canoes and all equipment provided!

18. Father’s Day Ohio POUS Party at Ohio Statehouse

When: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1 Capitol Square. Columbus, OH 43215

Ohio has the most presidents of any state! On Sunday you can celebrate dads AND the Fathers of the US! There will be free tours, a selfie booth and activity tables featuring each of the presidents from Ohio!


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