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What Should We Do This Weekend? August 11-13, 2017

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1. Maker Takeover at The Shops At Worthington Place

When: Now – Sunday, August 5-13, 2017
Time: Mall Hours
Location: 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Made LOCAL Marketplace is taking over The Shops at Worthington Place in a 9 day Maker Takeover!! All of the storefronts in the mall will be OPEN and filled with locally made items. Over the weekend there will be meet and greets with Moana, Sleeping Beauty, Elmo, Anna, Elsa, Micky and Minion! Check the link for details and times!

2. Farm Days at COSI

When: Thursday-Sunday, August 9-13, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

During Farm Days at COSI kids can climb tractors, milk COSI’s fiberglass cow, learn about farming and growing food and try out the pedal tractor course. Included with membership or admission.

3. All Ohio Balloon Fest at Union County Airport

When: Thursday-Saturday, August 10-12, 2017
Time: Thursday 5:00 PM – Saturday 10:00 PM
Location: 760 Clymer Rd., Marysville, OH 43040

The 2017 All Ohio Balloon Fest includes live entertainment, kid’s activities, helicopter rides, sky jumping and lots of hot air balloons! General admission is $10, kids 12 and under are free! Special area for kids, KIDZ City, is $10 for all you can jump! See all the ticket info at the link above!

4. Summer Music Series with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

When: Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, August 10, 12 & 13, 2017
Time: Starting at 7:00 PM each night
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-464-0066

This free Summer Music Series will be held on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for three outdoor live concerts. Pre-concert children’s activities start at 7:00 PM including an Orchestra Scavenger Hunt, crafts, activities and making music! Concerts start at 8:00 PM.

5. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, August 11, 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 guests include OSU Urban Arts Space, Hashtag Comedy, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Goldfish Swim School, Pretty Princess Parties and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with an animal display starting at 11:00 AM.

6. KidX Club: Aloha! Luau at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

This week’s KidX theme is an Island Beach Party! There will be a visit from the Polynesian Princess, a limbo contest and the opportunity to make your own grass skirt! KidX Summer Series will be at the fountain in the outdoor part of the mall. Rain location will be inside at the play area. Bring a book to donate to Columbus Metropolitan Library and you can pick a prize from the treasure chest!

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

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

Food Trucks this week include Rooster’s Wings, Sunnyside Tacos and Graeter’s Ice Cream and there will be a special appearance from Brutus Buckeye! Food trucks will be donating 10% of their proceeds to RMHC!

8. Arts in Uptown in Uptown Westerville

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Uptown Westerville

This family-friendly event includes live performances and music, a scavenger hunt, art displays, an art fair and more!

9. The Jungle Book at Columbus Performing Arts Center

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: Friday and Saturday: 7:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-3715

Tickets are $5 for this performance of The Jungle Book at Columbus Performing Arts Center!

10. DIY Terrarium Night at Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 5140 Cheshire Road, Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-909-4217

Eat ice cream and make an air plant terrarium! Kids and adults are welcome to do this activity! See the link to register online!

11. Movie in the Park: MOANA at Thompson Park

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 2020 McCoy Rd., Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Watch the movie Moana at the park, south of the Thompson South Shelter! Bring a chair or blanket and snacks. SNO-OH will be selling snowballs!

12. KidsFest 2017 at Groveport Park

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 7370 Groveport Rd., Groveport, OH 43125

KidsFest includes Touch-A-Truck, Cops & Kids and a Back to School Festival that includes school supplies, activities for kids, animals, food, freebies and more! The Shred-It truck will also be on site to shred your documents! Donations of non-perishable food items or money will be accepted for Groveport Madison Human Needs.

13. Peach Fest 2017 at Lynd Fruit Farm

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Hazelton Etna Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559

The Peach Fest at Lynd Fruit Farm will include watercolor classes, The Bug Lady, therapy dogs, face painting and balloons for kids, free wagon and barrel train rides, live music, food trucks and more!

14. Unchained Block Party at Westgate BusinessWorks

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 11 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

This celebration of local businesses includes live music, Empanadas and More, a gift basket giveaway and the Grand Opening of ME and the MOON, a new children’s resale shop!

15. PBJ & Jazz at Topiary Park with Liz Woolley Band

When: Saturday, August 12, 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 Liz Woolley Band. 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!

16. Festival Latino 2017 in Genoa Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM both days
Location: 303 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

This celebration of Latin American culture includes live music, dancing, free health screenings, artist showcase, and kids activities including a balloon artist, COSI, making Mexican flowers, mascots from Columbus sports teams and a creation station.

17. Superhero Day at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Superhero Day includes games, your favorite characters (including Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and more), activities for kids including face painting, making your own masks, lightsaber demonstrations and live music by Mousetrap!

18. Ice Cream Social at Ohio Wildlife Center

When: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 6131 Cook Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-793-9453

Meet the Ambassador Animals and enjoy an ice cream treat! $5/person, age 5 and under are free! See more about Ohio Wildlife Center here.

19. HAC Presents The Back to School Bash at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026

This free family-friendly concert celebrates Back to School with music by the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, Kids Drama Camp participants and more!

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 2-4, 2017

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It must be summer because there are SO MANY events this weekend! I’ve also updated all of my Days of the Week pages on the blog to include lots of recurring summer events like concerts, movies and more! Use the MENU to navigate to a specific day of the week for all the details! And, as always, thanks for reading! Happy Weekend!

1. Grand Opening Weekend at Johnson’s Real Ice Cream in Dublin

When: Thursday – Sunday, June 1-4, 2017
Time: Begins Thursday at 2:00 PM
Location: 55 W. Bridge St., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-328-5827

Join the Grand Opening Celebration at Johnson’s Real Ice Cream in Dublin! Some highlights include:
Thursday: Buy one scoop, get one free, Friday: $3 large shakes, Saturday: First 67 people get a free single scoop, Sunday: Specialty pints $3.99. (See the link for the entire schedule!) All weekend long there will be children’s activities including visits from Scoops, Johnson’s mascot! Dublin location only!

2. Free Squats and Tots Kickoff at piccadilly

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 2501 E Main St, Bexley, OH 43209

Sign up for this FREE class to kick off the summer session of Squats and Tots where you can exercise WITH your kids! Also, Jenni from Whole Kids Pediatrics will take you around the neighborhood for her class Stretch and Stroll. See the link for details about what to bring and how to register!

3. Grand Opening of the Children’s Play Area at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-798-3023

The Grand Opening of the new Children’s Play Area at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing will include a ribbon cutting, face painting, a balloon artist, a street magician, an opening statement from a Dublin Chamber of Commerce member and more! Make sure to read my post for all the details about the new play area!

4. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

The first Commons for Kids of the summer is this Friday! The carousel and bounce houses are free as well as all the usual crafts and games! This week there will be a visit from Butler Donut Trail and they will be giving away FREE donuts! There will be a donut-themed craft with OSU Urban Arts Space, music from Columbus Folk Music Society and lots more!

5. Touch a Truck at Mill Valley Park Central

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 703 Millwood Blvd., Marysville, OH 43040

At this free event, kids can explore police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tractors, backhoes and more! Bring a non-perishable food to donate to Marysville Food Pantry!

6. Children’s Concert on the Green on the Worthington Village Green

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 951 High St, Worthington, Ohio 43085

This is a free children’s concert on the Worthington Village Green by The Shazzbots! Sock Hop Soda Shop will be there for treats and/or you can pack your own picnic!

7. First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

Ohio History Center’s next First Friday Film is this Friday with Back to the Future.  First Friday events are free for Ohio History Connection members. Adults are $6 and kids (6-12) are $3. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase, including a full cash bar. Visitors can explore the museum after hours and take part in special First Friday activities. The fun starts at 5:00 PM with the movie at 7:00 PM. **I am giving away 4 tickets to this event on my Facebook page! Enter by leaving a comment!**

8. First Friday Walk-A-Bout in Downtown Lancaster

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: multiple locations

AHA!, the Georgian Museum, Ohio Glass Museum and Glassblowing Studio, Sherman House Museum & Decorative Arts Center of Ohio are participating in a Walk-A-Bout in Lancaster on First Friday! Each location will have kid-friendly activities like art projects, a scavenger hunt, bubbles and more!

9. SciDome Groundbreaking & Free Family Night at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 55 S 1st St., Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-349-9277

Join The Works for the offical groundbreaking for the newest addition to The Works – a SciDome planetarium slated to open in Summer 2018. There will be an evening of space and science activities, including rocket building and the movie, Muppets from Space, beginning at 8 PM. You can also take photos with characters from Star Wars! See the link for the schedule of activities! This event is free and open to the public!

10. Touch a Truck at DCEMS Station 8

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 6457 Marysville Rd., Ostrander, Ohio 43061

There will be all kinds of trucks to touch including a helicopter! There will also be free car seat checks at this free event!

11. WOSU Kids Launch Celebration at COSI

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 333 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

WOSU is launching a new, free children’s TV channel called WOSU Kids this Saturday! Celebrate by getting your photo with your favorite PBS KIDS character and checking out the new WOSU exhibit!

12. Summer Reading Club Kick Off at Main Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

Beginning June 3, participants of all ages can sign up for the annual Summer Reading Club at all Columbus Metropolitan Library locations! On Saturday at 10:00 AM, the celebration will include activities, games, music and food! You can also sign up for the Summer Reading Club online!

13. Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Phone:  614-416-7000

There will be family-friendly fun around the Fenlon Square Fountain including caricature artists, face painters and balloon artists! This will happen every weekend from June 3 – August 27, 2017.

14. African-American Cultural Festival in the King-Lincoln District

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: King-Lincoln District, Columbus, Ohio 43203

This new, free, family-friendly festival celebrates freedom and equal rights through opportunities to experience the rich history of the African-American culture. There will be a KidsZone, community resources, food vendors and a walk along the Long Street Cultural Wall. Check the link for the list of live performances!

15. Family Day at Pizzuti Collection

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N. Park St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-280-4004

Families are invited to explore all three floors of the Pizzuti Collection during this family day which also includes activity books and tours! Admission is free all day!

16. Summer in the 614 Festival at Worthington Village Green

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 951 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Come to the Village Green for  local musicians, family activities, games, food vendors and more! Celebrate all that Columbus has to offer!

17. Concert on the Green on Worthington Village Green

When: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 951 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Head back to the Village Green for a family-friendly concert on Sunday night! This event happens every Sunday night through August.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 4-6, 2016

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1. Kids Club at Whole Foods Easton

When: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4100 Easton Gateway Dr., Columbus, OH 43219

This free event includes snacks and a fall craft! All ages are welcome!

2. Pre-K Storytime at Scioto Audubon

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-508-8111

This story time for ages 3-5 features stories about nature!

3. Hot Chocolate Mug Craft at Michael’s Stores

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Michael’s Store

Kids ages 3 and up can drop in to do a hot cocoa mug craft. Cost is $2 per project.

4. Bugman at Grandview Heights Public Library

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-481-3778

All ages are welcome to visit with the Bugman and some creepy crawly friends!

5. Grand Reopening at Cruz Candy

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 27 S. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-481-3778

Cruz Candy closed briefly and is now reopening on Saturday! Spin the prize wheel, cram candy in a tin for $2, and make crafts for $1! Throughout the day there will be a magic show, face painting, a sing-a-long, a visit from a princess, and more! See pictures and read about our visit here!

6. National Bison Day at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

A movie and activities will celebrate the national mammal of the United States!

7. Gallery Hop

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: High St. in the Short North

This is the first weekend of the month and that means Gallery Hop! Some kid-friendly things that actually happen during the afternoon include Family Days at Pizzuti Gallery (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM), where the will be Cuban-inspired coloring sheets to celebrate their newest exhibit, Cuban Forever Revisited, and Thai Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market (from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)!

8. Chess in the Neighborhood at Martin Luther King Branch, CML

When: Saturday November 5, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1600 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age 8-17 are welcome to come to play or learn to play chess!

9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Northland Performing Arts Center

When: Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016
Time: Saturday: 7:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229

The Artisan Ballet Company presents an original production of a beloved classic!

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