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Labor Day Weekend Columbus Staycation 2017

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If you’re looking for some fun activities to do with your family over the long weekend, I’ve rounded up a list of events going on over Labor Day Weekend! Don’t worry, I’ll still have my full list of kid-friendly activities to publish later this week, but these are a few fun ideas to whet your appetite in the meantime! 😉 (See 18 things to do Labor Day Weekend 2017 right here!)

Friday:

Columbus Greek Festival at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The Columbus Greek Festival is going on Friday-Monday, so you make this a part of any day this weekend! However, you should stop in on Friday because your ticket ($5 for adults, kids 12 and under are free) is good for the entire weekend! That way, any time you don’t feel like cooking this weekend, you can head down to the festival for yummy greek food instead! 😉 Besides food, the festival also includes educational activities, shops, music and dancing, exhibits and a kids activity center! See the link for all the times and details!

McGuffey Lane in Concert at Columbus Commons

Kick off the weekend with a free concert at Columbus Commons! Drinks and food trucks begin at 5:30 PM and the opening act starts at 7:00, so even if the kiddos can’t stay up for a late concert (which starts at 8:00 PM), you can have dinner and enjoy some music before bedtime!


Saturday:

Grand Opening of Donatos Powell

Dontatos Powell celebrates it’s reopening of the new store and the new school year with a block party from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM! There will be face painting, guests from the Columbus Zoo, balloon animals and virtual reality games! The first 100 people will get Free 4D movie passes from The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and a Pepsi 2-Liter! There will also be free pizza!

44 Pages Screening Event at Gateway Film Center

Who remembers reading Highlights at the doctors’s office? I do! I do! Headquartered in Columbus, Highlights is celebrating it’s 70th Anniversary Issue with a new documentary called 44 PAGES. The Columbus screening takes place at Gateway Film Center and on Saturday, a special family-friendly event is being held that includes free giveaways, a book reading, games, crafts and more! Activities start at 2:00 PM and the movie will be shown at 3:00 PM, followed by a Q&A.

Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons

Head down to Columbus Commons for a free Family Fun Day, Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM! Activities include inflatables, face painting, balloon twisters, putt-putt, crafts, a photo booth and more! A $5 wristband is available for unlimited access to all activities. (Not all activities require a wristband.) Food trucks will be on site and the movie The Jungle Book will be shown at 4:00 PM.


Sunday:

Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival at Ohio History Center

The Ohio Cup features over 30 teams from all over the US who come to Ohio Village for one of the largest vintage base ball festivals in the nation! This is 1860’s style base ball (yes, it was two words back then)! There will also be fun games for the kids, dancing, a barbershop quartet, food trucks, rides in a Ford Model A, blacksmith demonstrations and the chance to try out base ball for yourself! This event is going on Saturday AND Sunday, so you can take your pick! Included with general admission or membership.

Shakespeare in the Park at Schiller Park

Thursday through Sunday you can see the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Schiller Park. The performances are “pay what you will” and donations are gladly accepted. You can reserve a seat ahead of time for $20 or reserve a blanket space for $20 which includes an ATC logo blanket!


Monday:

UA Labor Day Arts Festival in Northam Park

The Upper Arlington Arts festival is held in Northam Park and features around 200 local, regional and national artists. There is also live entertainment, vendors, art activities and food available for purchase! Admission is free!

Dime a Dog Night at Columbus Clippers

Sugardale Hot Dogs are only $.10 each all night (or afternoon) long! The Clippers play the Louisville Bats at 2:05 PM!


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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 3-5, 2017

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1. Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Through Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Daily
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

This is the last weekend for Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory! Thousands of orchids and tropical plants are on display with an Art Deco theme! On Saturday, you can see the Millennium Academy of Irish Dance perform traditional Irish Step Dancing!

2. Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras with CATCO is Kids

When: Friday – Sunday, March 3-5, 2017
Time: various times throughout the weekend
Location: Van Fleet Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

This is the world premiere of Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras, a story about an aspiring cowgirl who needs a horse! The show is 45 minutes long. See the link to purchase tickets!

3. Friday Fun at Northwest Library

When: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-807-2626

This program is for children 5 and under and includes stories, songs and rhymes!

4. Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theatres

When: Friday – Sunday, March 3-5, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM each day
Location: Marcus Theatre Locations

This weekend kicks off the Kids Dream Family Film Series going on through April 9! This week’s film is Kung Fu Panda 3! Tickets are just $3/person and there are special prices on popcorn and fountain drinks! You can get 2 FREE passes to the show by clicking on the link for American Family Insurance on their website!

5. First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

This family-oriented evening starts at 5:00 PM and museum admission is just $6 (5 and under are free)! There will be special activities and the movie The Princess Bride will be shown at 7:00 PM. Snacks will be available for purchase.

6. Maple Sugar Pancake Breakfast at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Breakfast includes whole wheat pancakes, Stratford sausage and local maple syrup! Afterwards you can hike to the sugar shack to learn about the sugaring process! Advanced registration is required.

7. Pancake Breakfast at Charity Newsies

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4300 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-263-4300

This pancake breakfast raises money for Charity Newsies, an organization that provides clothing for local school children! There will be pancakes with Chris Cakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice, as well as games and activities for kids!

8. Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Lots of events, demonstrations and activities for kids and teens are going on at the Bricker Building at Ohio Expo Center at the same time as the Arnold Sports Festival this weekend! See all the details here.

9. Maple Syrup Festival at Camp Lazarus

When: Saturday March 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Rain or Shine
Location: 4422 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH, 43015

This festival includes an all you can eat pancake breakfast or hot dog lunch! You can learn how maple syrup is made and participate in pioneer activities! Maple Syrup will also be available for purchase!

10. Makin’ Maple Syrup at Gallant Farm

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-362-0274

Come see how sap is extracted from trees and boiled down into syrup! This program is free for all ages!

11. K.I.D. Social Justice Story Time with Showing Up for Racial Justice Upper Arlington

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington, OH 43221

This story time sponsored by Kindness in Demonstration and Showing Up for Racial Justice Upper Arlington (geared toward preschoolers and early elementary) will feature books on fairness, snacks and fun!

12. Playdate in the Park with the Powell Library and Powell Parks and Recreation

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: 460 South Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-9160

This in-library playdate includes story time, a craft and other fun activities!

13. Signs of Spring Hike at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

All ages are welcome to take this one mile hunt in search of early signs of spring!

14. Ohio’s 214th Birthday Party at Ohio Statehouse

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location:  1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-752-9777

Celebrate Ohio’s 214th birthday with art projects, a tour of the Statehouse, a scavenger hunt, birthday treats and a special birthday surprise!

15. Let’s Go to Outer Space with Columbus Symphony

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 55 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215

This performance is a musical storytelling with a space theme geared toward young children! There will be pre-concert activities beginning at 2:00 PM, crafts, instruments to hold and to play and more! Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite space hero! See the link for tickets!

16. Decorate Diaper Donation Boxes for No Child Wet Behind with Columbus Kids Do Good

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Art With Anna, 420 N. Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

In support of the No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and Family Fun 5K Race & 1 Mile Walk/Run, you can bring the whole family to help decorate diaper donation boxes that will be dropped off to donation locations around Columbus! There are 40 boxes to be decorated! This is also an opportunity to bring a pack of diapers to donate! If Sunday night doesn’t work, a similar event is happening on Monday night!

 

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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 1-4, 2016 Holiday Edition!

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Hi Everyone! Each week in December I’ll be extending my weekend posts to include more holiday events going on throughout the week! There are so many fun things going on, why limit it to the weekend? 🙂

**Please also don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a family play pass to Recreations Outlet by telling me 3 Places You Love to take Your Kids in Columbus ➡️ click HERE to enter! I’m giving away 2 passes each week!**

Ongoing

12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt in Historic Dublin – pick up a 12 Elves Card at a participating location then find all 12 elves. Each time you find an elf you will get a special treat! Turn your card in to enter the Grand Prize drawing!

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – see the amazing light shows, special performances and holiday festivities!

Tribute to the Nutcracker at Grove City City Hall – see the animated window display Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival at Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds – a 5 week celebration of Chinese culture with amazing silk lanterns, traditional performances and food!

For more ongoing ideas like the Huntington Holiday Train, Think Outside the Brick Lego Exhibit, Merry and Bright and more, click here for 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

5:00 PM – Hilliard Holiday Hop – carolers, hot chocolate, trolley rides, Santa, cookie decorating and the official Tree Lighting!

5:30 PM – Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting at The Ohio Statehouse  – this indoor ceremony features a short program, welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus and continues with snacks, crafts, games and live performances! Pictures with Santa are free!

6:00 PM – Illuminating Shopping in Old Worthington – luminaries will line the streets and retailers will stay open late for special shopping hours. Horse drawn carriage rides will take you around the neighborhood!

Friday, December 2, 2016

2:00 PM – Sip & Shop at piccadilly – enjoy personal shoppers, free hot cocoa and complimentary gift wrapping while searching for the perfect toy!

5:00 PM – First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Connection – watch A Christmas Story and enjoy special First Friday activities before the movie which starts at 7:00.

5:00 PM – Grand Illumination at the Scioto Mile – lots of live entertainment including BalletMet, Comedy Jugglers, OSU Urban Art Space, Santa and the official lighting of the Scioto Mile. You can also support the Empty Bowls Project and Mid-Ohio Food Bank by purchasing a hand made bowl filled with soup!

6:00 PM – Winter Festival in Upper Arlington – the city’s tree lighting ceremony also includes horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving, carols and a visit from Santa!

6:30 PM – Mama & Me Handprint Ornament Class hosted by Mini Market – make a keepsake clay ornament of your child’s hand!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

9:00 AM – Lionel Train Day at Moody Street Trains – enjoy door prizes, face painting, a visit from Santa and operating train displays!

9:00 AM – Christmas Prelude at The Grand of Dublin – enjoy breakfast with Santa, a coloring contest, gingerbread house decorating, and ornament contest, craft fair, bake sale, hot chocolate bar, musical performances and more!

CANCELLED due to illness . . . 10:00 AM – Make a Christmas Ornament at Lowe’s Build and Grow – register online to receive an apron, goggles and a patch along with your ornament project!

10:00 AM – Cheryl’s Annual Holiday Party in Westerville – free pictures with Santa from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, frost a cookie with Mrs. Claus, free samples, special prices and a Secret Santa Shop!

10:00 AM – Christmas Celebration in Grove City Town Center – a full day celebration includes visits with santa, live entertainment, a parade, the Mistletoe Market and much more!

11:00 AM – Holiday Gift Making at Franklin Park Conservatory – children can make and take their own gifts! $2 per gift!

11:00 AM – Made Local Marketplace at Brookshire – Ohio made products by local vendors for your shopping enjoyment!

12:00 PM – Bexley Holiday Hop in Bexley  – Bexley merchants will offer special promotions, entertainment and samples! There will be princesses and Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Fill your snowman card to enter the drawing for prizes!

12:00 PM – Holiday Hop in the Short North Arts District – the biggest Gallery Hop of the year includes a visit with Santa, decorated windows, and lots of holiday cheer!

12:00 PM – Christmastime Open House at the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club – visit the club during these special open house days (Saturdays and Sundays throughout December) to view large model railroads and try out the interactive Thomas the Tank Engine lay out!

12:30 PM – Secret Gift Shoppe at Cruz Candy and Studio J – Spin the wheel for free candy at Cruz Candy, taste free chocolate and kids can create surprise gifts for family members at Studio J upstairs!

2:00 PM – Holidays in Powell – event includes a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, activities in downtown Powell, and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Village Green Park!

6:00 PM – A Holiday Evening on the Farm at Gallant Farm Preserve – live Christmas music, roast chestnuts, eat cookies and make holiday decorations at this celebration of the holidays set in the 1930’s!

Sunday

11:00 AM – Made Local Vintage Marketplace at Brookshire – Ohio made market that features 60 local vintage vendors and makers!

12:00 PM – HolidayVille in Clintonville – take the Jolly Trolley throughout Clintonville to visit with santa, decorate cookies, make crafts and much more!

5:00 PM – Village Lights in German Village – stroll the streets of German Village to visit business who will stay open late to offer holiday specials and free treats. There will be live music and lots of holiday festivities throughout German Village!

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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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