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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, March 22-24, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

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Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

10:00 AM – The LEGO® Movie™ DAYS at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – LEGOLAND Columbus is celebrating The LEGO Movie 2 with special building activities, character appearances, photo opps and more!

10:00 AM – Tuck Everlasting with Columbus Children’s Theatre at Park Street Theatre – this show based on the book by Natalie Babbitt and the Disney movie is a 2 act musical with intermission lasting 2 hours. The show is about an 11 year old run away and her decision of whether or not to live forever! The show is recommended for ages 4th grade and up.

10:00 AM – Spring Break Hours at Ohio History Center – the OHC is open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM from March 9th through Sunday March 31st for Spring Break! Visit the new Ohio – Champion of Sports exhibit!

11:00 AM – Spring Break at Ten Pin Alley – for $15/person you will receive 1 hour of bowling with shoes, 1 laser tag mission and 1 $10 arcade card. This offer is good Monday through Friday throughout the whole month of March from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 

12:00 PM – The Rooms at Easton, presented by COSI at Easton Town Center – explore 5 rooms of fun featuring optical illusions and audience participation. This is a free exhibit that will be in the Station Building at Easton until May 19, 2019.

12:00 PM – Kids Paint Free Day at Clay Cafe Clintonville – studio fees are waived for kids on Friday between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM!

6:00 PM – Shazzbots Pizza & PJ Party at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington – wear your pajamas to this party with The Shazzbots! There will be pizza and an art activity for all ages! Tour the art galleries and enjoy the show! $10/adults $5/kids.

6:30 PM – Kids Night Out! at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – drop your kids off for a hands on cooking workshop with a pastry theme. Ages 8 and up. $35/kid.

6:30 PM – Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School – check out all 3 Goldfish Swim School locations for a night of family fun including free swimming in the 90 degree pool!

7:00 PM – The Wizard of Oz – Theater in the Hilltop at The Run the Race Center – this play, directed by a local 15 year old, is 1 hour long and features local actors in a premiere production of The Wizard of Oz! $5/person at the door.

7:00 PM – Tuck Everlasting with Columbus Children’s Theatre at Park Street Theatre – this show based on the book by Natalie Babbitt and the Disney movie is a 2 act musical with intermission lasting 2 hours. The show is about an 11 year old run away and her decision of whether or not to live forever! The show is recommended for ages 4th grade and up.

SATURDAY

10:00 AM – Museum Open House 2019 at Museum of Biological Diversity at Ohio State University 

– this is a free event that includes activities for all ages! Check out collections of insects, plants, fishes, birds and more! There will be hands on activities such as an Arthropod Petting Zoo, seedling planting and more!

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature based story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz with Bobby Floyd Trio feat. Mary McClendon at the Lincoln Theatre Complex – this kid-friendly jazz concert is a great way to introduce the little ones to jazz music. Each kid gets a PBJ sandwich, cookie and juice! $5/person $20 family max.

10:00 AM – Kids Clay Class at Clay Street Ceramics – this is a two session class that finishes April 6th (or at your convenience). Kids can make a Mother’s Day keepsake beaded plaque out of clay! $20/child. 

10:00 AM – The LEGO® Movie™ DAYS at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – LEGOLAND Columbus is celebrating The LEGO Movie 2 with special building activities, character appearances, photo opps and more!

10:00 AM – Tuck Everlasting with Columbus Children’s Theatre at Park Street Theatre – this show based on the book by Natalie Babbitt and the Disney movie is a 2 act musical with intermission lasting 2 hours. The show is about an 11 year old run away and her decision of whether or not to live forever! The show is recommended for ages 4th grade and up.

10:00 AM – Spring Break Hours at Ohio History Center – the OHC is open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM from March 9th through Sunday March 31st for Spring Break! Visit the new Ohio – Champion of Sports exhibit!

11:00 AM – Westland Library Expansion Dedication at Westland Area Library – celebrate the new Youth Services space at the library with tours and other fun activities!

11:00 AM – Ohio Wildlife Center Visits Franklin Park Conservatory – OWC will be on site to talk about animal habitats! Included with admission or membership.

11:00 AM – Aladdin Shrine Circus at the Ohio State Fairgrounds – this indoor circus includes clowns, aerialists, animals, carnival rides and more! 

11:30 AM – March Kids Dance Fitness and Nutrition! at United Faith Community Church – kids can take part in a fitness dance party and make a cool and healthy snack! $10 non-members, $5 members.

12:00 PM – The Rooms at Easton, presented by COSI at Easton Town Center – explore 5 rooms of fun featuring optical illusions and audience participation. This is a free exhibit that will be in the Station Building at Easton until May 19, 2019.

12:00 PM – Story time & PARADE with Rapunzel! at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Ohio – parade around the store with Rapunzel and then enjoy a story time and pictures with her!

1:00 PM – Open Barn Days 2019 at Sunrise Sanctuary – visit the animals at the sanctuary on one of their Open Barn Days! Register in advance.

1:00 PM – Tuck Everlasting with Columbus Children’s Theatre at Park Street Theatre – this show based on the book by Natalie Babbitt and the Disney movie is a 2 act musical with intermission lasting 2 hours. The show is about an 11 year old run away and her decision of whether or not to live forever! The show is recommended for ages 4th grade and up.

2:30 PM – Seussical KIDS at Columbus Performing Arts Center – this kid-friendly musical performance features characters from Dr. Seuss’s books.

5:00 PM – Tuck Everlasting with Columbus Children’s Theatre at Park Street Theatre – this show based on the book by Natalie Babbitt and the Disney movie is a 2 act musical with intermission lasting 2 hours. The show is about an 11 year old run away and her decision of whether or not to live forever! The show is recommended for ages 4th grade and up.

6:00 PM – The Wizard of Oz – Theater in the Hilltop at The Run the Race Center – this play, directed by a local 15 year old, is 1 hour long and features local actors in a premiere production of The Wizard of Oz! $5/person at the door.

6:30 PM – Mother/Son (& Daughter) Superhero Party! at Liberty Township / Powell YMCA – this event includes inflatables, obstacle course, games and other superhero themed activities! Register online or at the branch.

7:30 PM – Aladdin Shrine Circus at the Ohio State Fairgrounds – this indoor circus includes clowns, aerialists, animals, carnival rides and more!

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – The LEGO® Movie™ DAYS at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – LEGOLAND Columbus is celebrating The LEGO Movie 2 with special building activities, character appearances, photo opps and more!

10:00 AM – Spring Break Hours at Ohio History Center – the OHC is open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM from March 9th through Sunday March 31st for Spring Break! Visit the new Ohio – Champion of Sports exhibit!

11:00 AM – Sunday PJs Family Sunday at The Draft Room – jammies are welcome at this kid-friendly event including crafts and specials for the adults! 

12:00 PM – The Rooms at Easton, presented by COSI at Easton Town Center – explore 5 rooms of fun featuring optical illusions and audience participation. This is a free exhibit that will be in the Station Building at Easton until May 19, 2019.

12:00 PM – Community Day at Pizzuti Collection of CMA – the museum is free for this special family-friendly event that includes tours and other kid-friendly activities! Visit the new exhibition LIGHT!

1:00 PM – Seussical KIDS at Columbus Performing Arts Center – this kid-friendly musical performance features characters from Dr. Seuss’s books.

2:30 PM – Seussical KIDS at Columbus Performing Arts Center – this kid-friendly musical performance features characters from Dr. Seuss’s books.

3:00 PM – The Wizard of Oz – Theater in the Hilltop at The Run the Race Center – this play, directed by a local 15 year old, is 1 hour long and features local actors in a premiere production of The Wizard of Oz! $5/person at the door. Dinner is served after the play on Sunday for an additional $5.

3:00 PM – Tuck Everlasting with Columbus Children’s Theatre at Park Street Theatre – this show based on the book by Natalie Babbitt and the Disney movie is a 2 act musical with intermission lasting 2 hours. The show is about an 11 year old run away and her decision of whether or not to live forever! The show is recommended for ages 4th grade and up.

4:30 PM – The Royals Project Family Fun Night at Skate America – skate with princesses and superheroes in this fundraiser for The Royals Project! Admission is $5/skater plus skates. Recommended for ages 10 and under. 

5:00 PM – Aladdin Shrine Circus at the Ohio State Fairgrounds – this indoor circus includes clowns, aerialists, animals, carnival rides and more!

6:30 PM – Families in the Kitchen at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – all ages can join in this hands on cooking class! $25/person.

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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? September 1-4, 2017 Labor Day Weekend!

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1. 71st Millersport Sweet Corn Festival

When: Wednesday-Saturday, August 30-September 2, 2017
Time: see the full schedule here
Location: Gate 6, 2718 Blacklick Eastern Rd., Millersport, OH 43046
Phone: 740-467-3639

The Millersport Sweet Corn Festival includes free concerts, food, sweet corn, rides, games, prizes, pony rides, contests and more! Admission to the festival is free but parking is $10 and there is a cost for rides.

2. Storytime with Kara at ME and the MOON

When: Friday, September 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 15 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-570-1124

Me and the Moon is a new children’s consignment store and they will be hosting Storytime with Kara every 1st and 3rd Friday at 10:00 AM. There will be stories, songs, and games for the children, and parents can sip tea and shop! Afterwards there will be a pop-up book shop! This Friday’s theme is Animals: Past and Present, Land and Sea!

3. Columbus Greek Festival at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

When: Friday-Monday, September 1-4, 2017
Time: Fri & Sat: 11:00 AM to Midnight, Sun: Noon to Midnight, Mon: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: 555 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-9020
Your ticket ($5 for adults, kids 12 and under are free) to the Greek Festival is good for the entire weekend! The festival features food, educational activities, shops, music and dancing, exhibits and a kids activity center!

4. McGuffey Lane in Concert at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, September 1, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Kick off the weekend with a free concert by McGuffey Lane at Columbus Commons! Drinks and food trucks begin at 5:30 PM and the opening act starts at 7:00. McGuffey Lane starts at 8:00 PM.

5. Jennifer Maschari Book Signing at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys, and Games

When: Friday, September 1, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 25 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-0290

Jennifer Maschari, the author of The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price and Things That Surprise You will be signing books at Fundamental’s Children’s Books, Toys and Games! See more about Fundamentals here.

6. St. Michael Festival

When: Friday-Sunday, September 1-3, 2017
Time: Friday: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 5750 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-7814

This festival includes live entertainment, rides, food and games! See the entire schedule at the link above!

7. Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival at Ohio Village

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 2 & 3, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM both days
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

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! 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! It’s also First Friday this weekend at Ohio History Center featuring the movie A League of Their Own. All activities are included with general admission or membership.

8. Historic Dublin Street Bazaar

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: South High St., Dublin, OH 43017

This event is an open air market featuring local artists, artisans, crafters, and food trucks and is free to attend! There will be live music, 14 food trucks and over 70 street vendors and a Kid Zone!

9. Giant Sunflower Craft at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Kids can make a giant sunflower with yellow petals and real sunflower seeds! Included with membership or admission!

10. Grand Opening of Donatos Powell

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 9764 Sawmill Pkwy, Powell, OH 43065

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!

11. Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival

When: Saturday-Monday, September 2-4, 2017
Time: see schedule here
Location: downtown Canal Winchester

This 3 day festival offers live entertainment, food, rides, games, a car show, and a parade! On Saturday, kids ride the rides for free from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM!

12. Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Head down to Columbus Commons for a free Family Fun Day! 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.

13. 44 Pages Screening Event at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 2:00PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Headquartered in Columbus, Highlights is celebrating it’s 70th Anniversary Issue with a new documentary called 44 PAGES. You can see the film from September 3-7, 2017 but 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.

14. Family Movie and Popcorn at Upper Arlington Public Library

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2800 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

Come watch Beauty and the Beast with free popcorn and candy! Tickets are free and are available 20 minutes boefre the start of the movie in the Youth Department.

15. Flashlight Cave Tours at Olentangy Indian Caverns

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Location: 1779 Home Rd, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-548-7917

Explore the caverns with just a flashlight! Children must be at least 8 years old to participate and flashlights will be provided. This is a limited tour of the caverns and online reservations are required (click here)! If you can’t get in this weekend, it’s going to happen every Saturday in September and October! Read about 10 Things to do at Olentangy Indian Caverns here!

16. Movies in the Park at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location:  Big Meadows Picnic Area, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Enjoy a free screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the outdoor screen. There will be costumed characters and opportunities to learn about the science behind the movie! Bring a chair or a blanket!

17. Bob Evans Family Day at Columbus Clippers

When: Sunday, September 3, 2017
Time: 4:05 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln, Columbus, OH 43215

Family Day Admission ($15) is good for two Adults and up to four youth 18 and under to Bleachers, Lawn, or Standing Room. Reserved seating is $25. Kids can run the bases in the 10TV Commit to be Fit Fun Run after the game!

18. UA Labor Day Arts Festival in Northam Park

When: Monday, September 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2070 Northam Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

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!


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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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