What Should We Do This Weekend? May 26-29, 2017 Memorial Day Edition

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1. The Main Event at Capital University Main Lawn

When: Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 2242 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

This family-oriented evening includes activities, food trucks and the movie Moana!

2. Story Trail Opening at Friendship Park

When: Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

Story Trail reopens for the summer with a ceremony and ribbon cutting, musical performance, games and activities! This year’s story is called The Friendship Bridge and was written and illustrated by students from Gahanna Lincoln High School.

3. Beauty and the Beast & Pirates of the Caribbean at South Drive-In

When: Opens Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 9:30 PM
Location: 3050 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: 614-491-6771

Beauty and the Beast (PG) playing with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG13) for a double feature this coming week at South Drive-In!

4. 43rd Annual Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival in Utica, Ohio

When: Saturday – Monday, May 27-29, 2017
Time: Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 11339 Mt. Vernon Rd., Utica, OH 43080

This annual celebration of ice cream also includes kids’ activities, a parade, artisans and vendors, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment and ice cream eating contests! Kid’s activities include bounce houses, COSI on Wheels, Egg Toss, Magic Show and more! Cost is $5/car. See our trip to the Ice Cream Festival here!

5. Ohio Village Opening Day at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Ohio Village celebrates a new era and it’s season opening with an 1890’s-style carnival! There will be special performers, music, fairy floss (cotton candy) and lots of family fun! See pictures from last year’s event here!

6. Asian Festival at Franklin Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 27-28, 2017
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1755 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43203

Celebrate and experience Asian culture in columbus with exhibits and demonstrations, entertainment, a children’s area, games, food and more! The children’s area will have games, crafts, ethnic costumes and the opportunity to make a handprint dragon. This is a free event and parking is free, too!

7. HOOT 75: Reading at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, May 27, 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 Reading! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter!

8. Let’s Plant Some Seeds at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614- 878-1301

Hear the story If You Plant a Seed? and plant real seeds to take home and watch them grow! This activity is recommended for ages Preschool through 3rd grade.

9. MAKEbreak Patriotic Projects at Michaels

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Make a red, white and blue craft: a tulle headband or patriotic slime! (A purchase is required for the headband.) The same day from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, kids 3 and up can decorate a patriotic cookie! $2 per cookie.

10. Family Funday at Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Family Funday at the Commons includes kids activities, inflatables, face painting, putt-putt, carousel rides, and more! The movie The Secret Life of Pets begins at 8:00 PM. It is free to enter the event and many activities are free. A $5 wristband gives you unlimited access to all paid activities. The event opens at 3:00 PM for families with children with sensory sensitivity to feature a less overwhelming environment.

11. Family Day at the Orange Johnson House

When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 956 High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

The theme of this Family Day is Grave Rubbings! Tour the Orange Johnson House and then make grave rubbings from plates depicting the grave markers of famous Worthington residents buried at St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery! This event is free for members, $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-16 and free for those under 5! Cash or check only!

12. Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players at Maple Grove UMC

When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7 W. Henderson Rd., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-262-1163

Grammy nominated Children’s musician Justin Roberts will perform at 4:00 PM and games and activities will begin at 3:00 PM.

13. Paw Patrol Memorial Day Skate at Skate Zone 71

When: Monday, May 29, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Chase and Marshall will visit Skate Zone 71 on Monday! If you arrive before 1:00 PM, admission is only $.99!

There are many ways to observe Memorial Day around Columbus. Check out Columbus on the Cheap for a full list of area Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies here!

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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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Exploring Ohio with Kids: Bellevue

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This post has kind of been a long time coming! We did this late last summer and it seemed too late to post it, so I’m sharing it with you now as an idea for a fun road trip this summer! Bellevue, Ohio is a small Lake Erie town about 2 hours from downtown Columbus. We spent a week at Sandusky Bay and this is how we spent one of our days. It could be done in a one day road trip or you could spend the night somewhere near Sandusky and also visit the African Wildlife Safari Park!

Here are 3 activities that will fill your day in Bellevue, Ohio!

1. Jungle Junction

110 Cherry Blvd. Bellevue, OH 44811
Phone: 419-484-5532

Jungle Junction claims to be the largest indoor play structure in Ohio. I cannot verify this, but I will take their word for it! 🙂 This play area is designed for kids ages 12 and under and you must wear socks. I forgot socks and I was able to purchase a pair at the counter.

Around the periphery of the main play area is a toddler play area with animals to climb and slide on.

My kids had spent a lot of time in the toddler area until they gained the courage to enter the Tree Top Play area!

Inside the Tree Top Play area there are lots of climbing structures, slides, tunnels, etc. There are also air cannons that shoot plastic balls all around the area. (If your kids are sensitive to this kind of thing, they do have a Sensory Day on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM where the air cannons cannot be used.) My oldest is sensitive to noise and it took him a while to get used to the noise and have the courage to go inside!

Admission is for the day, so you can come and go with a stamp on your hand. There is no charge for parents/caregivers and the price for children (as of May, 2017) is as follows:

  • Children 1 and under: $2
  • Ages 2-12: $6
  • Twilight Special – $4 (After 5:00 PM, Monday-Thursday)

2. Bone Boy’s BBQ

109 W. Main St., Bellevue, OH 44811
Phone: 419-483-7447

We’ve only eaten at one restaurant in Bellevue, but I can highly recommend this one if you like BBQ and it is kid friendly! I loved to see the meat being grilled right out back of the restaurant!

A big bonus here is that kids under 5 eat free!

Yum!

3. Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

253 Southwest St., Bellevue, Ohio 44811
Phone: 419-483-2222

Wow. I took a lot of pictures here! There is SO MUCH to see! If you have kids that love trains, they will be in heaven at this museum! The museum is open every day from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends during May, September and October.

You buy your tickets in the gift shop – and then try to tear the kids away from the play area so you can see the actual museum! 😉

This museum is very hands on! It has an indoor and an outdoor area. You can walk through train cars, climb into the cabs and see historical artifacts.

The outdoor portion of the museum is across the street and there are many trains to climb into. Many of the trains have displays for viewing inside.

Admission (as of May, 2017) is as follows:

  • $10.00 Adults
  • $9.00 Senior (60+)
  • $5.00 Children (5-12)
  • Under 5 FREE

We played at Jungle Junction in the morning, had lunch and then headed over to the Railroad Museum for the afternoon. With kids under 5 (at the time), we didn’t even have to spend that much money! It was a full day, and as you can imagine, the boys looked like this on the way back to where we were staying:

We love to spend time around Lake Erie! Do you have a favorite place to visit there?

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Cirque du Soleil: Ovo

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Disclaimer: I received two tickets to Cirque du Soleil Ovo in exchange for a review on my blog.

Cirque du Soleil never fails to entertain! Ovo is a story about the life of bugs and the performances and entertainment revolve around this theme! The costumes are bright and fun and the music is lively with Brazilian influences.

Jaden and I had the opportunity to visit behind the scenes at The Schottenstein Center as several of the acts rehearsed the day of the opening show in Columbus.

We saw the Butterflies on the duo straps and the Male Spider on the slack wire rehearsing their acts:

Cirque du Soleil is based in Montreal and 100 people work on the tour representing 20 countries! Performers are former circus performers, Olympic gymnasts, world champion athletes and the like! When you see the feats performed at the show, you will be amazed at what people can do with their bodies. If you’re like me, you might also have thoughts like, “Wow, I really need to start lifting weights!”

The costumes are amazing and each performer’s costume is handmade. We learned that each performer has 2-3 costumes and each costume takes 40 hours to make! To top it off, there are 50 performers! I haven’t done the math on that, but that is a LOT of hours of work!

Here are the Butterflies in the live performance:

And the Male Spider on the slack wire:

The show is 2 hours long with a 20 minute intermission in the middle. The music is all performed live, which is just amazing. The leader of the band travels with his family, which includes his wife and 1.5 yr old! They travel from city to city, baby-proofing each hotel room as they go! And I thought my life with littles was challenging! 🙂

There are 10 acts with colorful characters who perform in between: bugs who entertain, fall in love and engage the audience in the process!

Let’s talk about Foot Jugglers. First of all, that’s a thing. Second of all, it was my husband’s favorite act of the show! It was amazing that they could juggle these round “kiwis” with their feet, perfectly in sync with each other. Just amazing. (I’m going to say amazing a lot, be forewarned.) Also, you can buy your very own “kiwi” at the souvenir counter. . . I’m thinking Father’s Day gift for hubby?!

The crickets on the Trampo Wall were probably my favorite act, which came towards the very end. The performers scaled the wall with the help of a trampoline! It looked like so much fun!

         

My husband and I saw the show as a date night, but the show is kid-friendly. There were plenty of kids there on opening night! My personal thought is that I would take my 5 year old, but my 2 year old would have trouble sitting there for 2 hours. The show is non-stop action and it is really captivating, so I think my 5 year old would have been riveted. This is just my own opinion for my own children – I definitely saw children younger than 5 there at the show!

I do feel like I should add that there are a few sexual innuendos between the bugs (I know, that sounds weird! 😉 ) . It’s probably something my 5 year old wouldn’t notice and not something your 10 year old hasn’t seen on a TV commercial. But I didn’t want anyone coming back and saying, “You told me it was kid friendly and now my child is scarred for life.” So there. You have that.

The Details: Ovo: Cirque du Soleil

Show runs May 17-21, 2017

Times:
Thursday: 7:30 PM
Friday: 7:30 PM
Saturday:  4:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Sunday: 1:30 PM, 5:00 PM

Adult tickets start at $53 and Child tickets start at $25 Family 4 packs are also available.

Thanks so much to Cirque du Soleil and The Schottenstein Center for a fun night out!

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