What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, May 29-31, 2020

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Need something to do with the kids this weekend? Try out one of these Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your family  this weekend!

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This week I’m going back to the original format in terms of title and dates of What Should We Do This Weekend? But I will still continue to offer mostly at-home activities with some other things that are happening out and about sprinkled in. 

*Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions. Read my disclaimer here.

The previous weeks’ lists are really applicable at all times, so make sure you check back through the older lists for more ideas! 

If you’re interested in updated Farmers Market info for this weekend, check out my post on Farmer’s Markets in Columbus and Central Ohio! Also, don’t forget you can sign up for a local Summer Reading Club!

1. Sign up for Virtual Zoo Camp at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Zoo Camp2U will be taking place online this year and includes a list of perks like one free admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium good through summer 2021, live interaction with a camp counselor and downloadable family activities. 

2. Make Calm-Down Dough with Columbus Recreation and Parks

Make a soft, calming dough using hair conditioner and cornstarch!

 

3. Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Enjoy a story time from Grange Insurance Audubon Center featuring birds of course! The book featured here is Say Hello Like This!

4. Watch a drive in Movie at Easton Sunset Series Drive-in Movies

Drive in movies will be shown in the newest Easton development east of Nordstrom’s parking lot. They will take place every night and you must purchase your ticket in advance! Cost is $10 per car.

5. Print Out and Color this Coloring Page from Roosevelt Coffee

Maybe this is one more for the adults! LOL But you gotta love a coffee-themed coloring page!

 

6. Make your own set of lungs with Grandview Heights Public Library Youth Services Department

Join in on Science Sunday to make a fake lung! You need a plastic bottle, 2 regular sized balloons and scissors.

 

7. Order a DIY Sundae Bar from Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor!

Ice cream, sauces and toppings, what’s not to love? The post says to DM them for info!

 

8. Watch Rat Basketball from COSI

Missing Rat Basketball? Watch these rats play online (the announcing is hilarious!) and then some of your burning questions will be answered!

 

9. SciDome Planetarium at The Works presents Dinosaurs at Dusk

Watch a free planetarium video formatted for your screen about dinosaurs! (Available through May 31, 2020.)

10. Join Captain Captain from The Shazzbots for Toy Day Tuesday!

Captain Captain gets in on the unboxing trend in his latest Facebook Live. Watch him open Superheroes, Ugly Dolls and more! 

** Bonus: COSI is offering BOGO Free memberships if you purchase by May 31, 2020! Read more here about this membership deal!**

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10 Things to do at Home This Weekend Volume 9

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Need something to do with the kids this weekend? Try out one of these Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your kids at home this weekend!

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I’m continuing to give you ideas for things to do with the kids while we are asked to stay home! Each week’s list is really applicable at all times, so make sure you check back through the older lists for more ideas! 

If you’re interested in updated Farmers Market info for this weekend, check out my post on Farmer’s Markets in Columbus and Central Ohio!

10 Things to do at Home with the Kids this Weekend:

1. Learning with Miss Allie

This local childcare provider has started her own YouTube channel to keep in touch with her daycare kids during quarantine, but hey, anyone can benefit from her stories, games and recipes! This story is a bedtime story Little One’s Bedtime!

 

2. Piccadilly Story Time

Piccadilly Play Cafe is getting in on the virtual story time game with a reading of The Big Hungry Bear!

3. Glassblowing at Hocking Hills

This is a good one for the older kids who might be interested in watching this video from Exploring Hocking Hills at Jack Pine Studio as they make a vase by glass blowing.

4. Storytime Series with My Bookworm Box

Head over to IGTV to watch the Storytime Series videos with My Bookworm Box. For older kids you can find the videos reading from The Babysitter’s Club book The Truth About Stacey!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Meet the Turtles with Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Come meet the largest known turtle at Blendon Woods Metro Park! Pretty cool!

6. Join in the Virtual Club Experience with Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus!

All kids are welcome to join in on the Virtual Club at Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus! There are educational videos, activities and more!

7. Swim-Inspired Kids Exercises with Goldfish Swim School

Missing your swim lessons? Try out some of these exercises that are inspired by swimming!

8. Make Wind Spinners with Columbus Recreation and Parks

Thanks to CRPD for a fun craft for kids: making Wind Spinners!

9. Creative Art Bar Hilliard

Looking for a craft to do at home? Creative Art Bar Hilliard hosts a “Slime Day” with instructions on how to make slime! You need standard school glue, clear glue and liquid starch. You can also use food coloring. glitter and other add ins as you desire.

 

10. Participate in Virtual Opening Day at Ohio Village

Ohio Village is celebrating their traditional Memorial Day Weekend Opening with a Virtual Opening Day on Saturday, May 23! Highlights include Craft and activity ideas for kids like a kazoo band, making a paper hat, meeting Ohio Village Residents through video, a bluegrass concert, singalong and much more! 

** Bonus: COSI is offering BOGO Free memberships if you purchase by May 31, 2020! Read more here about this membership deal!**

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17 Columbus Based Virtual Story Times for Kids

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When you can’t go to the library for a traditional story time, watch one of these virtual story times for kids provided by Columbus area businesses and libraries!

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With library programs on pause, we miss our local story times! If your voice is getting hoarse from reading the same book over and over to your kids, let one of these local businesses and libraries take over for a little bit! This list includes options for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary aged kids!

So many local organizations (and of course Columbus area libraries) have been providing online story times for kids over the past few months! I’ve compiled an example for each and also a link to where you can find more stories from each organization! 

Virtual Story Times for Kids from Columbus Libraries and Other Local Organizations: 

I’m going to start out this list with our traditional library story times and then end it with story times that are being offered by other local organizations that are not libraries!

1. Columbus Metropolitan Library

Virtual story times from Columbus Metropolitan Library can be found on their YouTube Channel and the story featured below is The Widemouthed Frog, a cute pop up book!

2. Grandview Heights Public Library

Online story times from Grandview Library can be found on their YouTube page! The Story below features the book Go Away, Big Green Monster!

 

3. Worthington Libraries

Worthington Libraries has a whole list of online story times available on their YouTube Page. The story below is one of the beloved Elephant and Piggie Books: Should I Share My Ice Cream?

 

4. Bexley Library

Bexley Library has rhymes, stories and other activities on their YouTube page. The story below is for elementary ages: I am Jane Goodall.

 

5. Southwest Public Libraries

Southwest Public Libraries is offering stories and songs on their YouTube Channel. The story below is the colorful book Elmer.

 

6. Upper Arlington Public Library

The UA Public Library has a collection of videos for kids including story times songs and crafts. The video below features Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow.

Visit their YouTube page for more story times!

7. Delaware County District Library

The Delaware County District Library has family friendly videos on their Facebook page including craft time, story times, a kids cookbook club and crafts. The video below features the book Not Quite Snow White.

 

8. Westerville Public Library

Westerville Public Library has family storytimes, baby story times, toddler story times, and more on their YouTube page! There are stories, songs, activities and more!

 

9. The Underground Railroad Museum

The Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, Ohio is doing a weekly story time. This one features the book Frederick Douglass.

 

10. Paulette’s Princess Parties

Paulette’s Princess Parties has done several online story times featuring various princesses and super heroes! On their Facebook page, you can view the story times, dances, songs and more!

 

11. CATCO is Kids

CATCO is Kids offers CATCO is Storytime, Playwriting lessons and artist spotlights! The video below features the classic Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham!

 

12. Spanish for Niños

Spanish for Ninos has an online story time available in Spanish! They are also offering online Spanish classes! This story time video features the book Hormigas En Mis Pantalones / Ants in My Pants!

Visit their Facebook page for more videos!

 

13. Columbus Police Department

The Columbus Police Department offers Books and Badges via Facebook video! In the video below, the officer reads from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein and has a visit from his dog!

 

14. Little Bottoms Free Store

Little Bottoms Free Store has been providing story times via Facebook Live. This video features the book How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?.

 

15. The Shazzbots!

Captain Captain from The Shazzbots! has been doing daily songs and stories via Facebook Live! If you visit their Facebook page, there are months worth of videos to watch! 

 

16. Piccadilly Play Cafe

Piccadilly Play Cafe has a YouTube channel with stories and online art camp classes. Below, a staff member reads the book The Big Hungry Bear!

17. Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Grange Insurance Audubon Center has several online videos that feature story times, singalongs, science experiments and more! The video below features the book Say Hello Like This!.

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