What Should We Do This Weekend? April 15-17, 2016

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It looks like a beautiful weekend ahead!  I hope everyone can get outside and enjoy it! Here are 7 things to do with your kids this weekend:

1. Snoopy!!! at Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Location: Park Street Theatre, 512 Park Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-224-6672 (Call for Tickets)

This musical (recommended for ages 5 and up) is based on the comic strip “PEANUTS” by Charles M. Schulz.  Canine Companions will be in attendance for the April 16th performances with a pre-show demonstration featuring their puppies-in-training!  At the writing of this post, the Sunday show is sold out and the 3:00 PM Saturday show has limited seats available.  Call for more info and tickets.

2. Hike it Baby at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-746-5000

Meet other moms and their toddlers/preschoolers for a kid-paced hike on the Edward S. Thomas (orange) trail!  Meet at the last parking area near Schock Lake and pack a lunch if you’d like to picnic at the playground after the hike!

3. Week of the Young Child Family Day at COSI

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00PM
Location: 333 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-COSI

COSI will offer special activities celebrating young children and early education! Free with COSI admission/membership.

4. Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Show at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Lausche Building, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211

Older kids and model train enthusiasts may enjoy Ohio’s largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show!

5. Fractured Fairytales at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Shepard Branch

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 790 N. Nelson Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43219
Phone: 614-645-2275

Geared for ages 6-11, this story time features stories and activities involving fairytales with a twist!

6. Spring Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild

When: Friday and Saturday, April 15 & 16, 2016
Time: Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City OH 43064

Hundreds of titles available for $5/book!  Pictures books are available and kids are welcome at the sale!  Younger children can spin the prize wheel for prizes and teens will enjoy ALA Youth Media Award Winners!  More information including a warehouse map is also available here.

 7. Spring Opening of the Orange Johnson House: Life at the Farm with the Worthington Historical Society

When: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 956 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

Visit the Orange Johnson property to celebrate the season opening!  Admission includes face painting, a child-friendly tour of the Orange Johnson House, visual exhibits, and visiting with live animals such as goats, chickens and rabbits.  Kids can build their own log houses with Lincoln Logs, make quilt patterns, try on pioneer outfits and participate in other hands-on activities to learn about life on the Johnson farm!


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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 to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

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8 Reasons to Take Your Kids to North Market

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North Market is an exciting place for kids.  There are so many colors, smells and sights to be seen!  In fact, while walking through the market, my 4 year old exclaimed, “I love this place!”  Here are 8 reasons why you should take your kids to North Market:

1. Live lobster!  One of the things my kids are intrigued by are the fresh fish at the counter at The Fish Guys.  There is also a tank of live lobster that gets a lot of attention.


2.  Destination Donuts!  It’s hard to walk by this stand and not stop and stare.  The owner, Heather Morris, recently won The Donut Showdown on the Cooking Channel!  Jaden chose Vanilla and was not disappointed!


3. Lan Viet Market!  Okay this is my personal favorite and go to dish at the North Market so I had to include it.  #9 on the menu right here.  Mmmmmm.


4. The Murals!  My 4 year old loved sitting by the mural of Columbus while we ate our lunches upstairs.  He’s kind of obsessed with cities.  So am I.


5. The Mac and Cheese at Holy Smoke BBQ!  I don’t have a picture of this because my kids pretty much inhaled it.  I didn’t get a bite but I’m assuming it was pretty darn good.

6. Flowers.  I love to look down from the balcony at all the colors of the North Market.  So did my kids.  The flowers from Market Blooms only add to the beauty!


7. The scale.  Seriously, only kids could be excited about weighing themselves.  I don’t necessarily recommend standing on it yourself after eating, but my kids were really into it.


8. Colorful dishes.  Maybe this one is for me, too.  I like to check out the unique offerings of The Source by Wasserstrom and I think the colors on display make this experience all the more cheerful!


Honestly, there is very little about the North Market I’m not excited about!  It can be, of course, very busy at lunchtime and on Saturdays.  If you’re planning to push a stroller through the crowd (like me) I suggest going in the morning during the week, if possible. The hours of the market are Sunday – Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.  You can pick up a coffee at Staffs or an amazing pastry at Pistacia Vera.  Or try an afternoon visit after nap time for ice cream at Jeni’s and a walk to Goodale Park.  There is an elevator to the second floor with lots of seating and great views of the market.


You can also sit outside if the weather suits!


There is a parking lot at North Market – make sure to get your ticket stamped by a vendor.  A stamped ticket will get you parking for $1/hour for up to 2 hours.  Also, I often park at the meters on Goodale, along the south side of Goodale Park.

On our last visit to North Market we had lunch and then walked to Goodale Park.  This is a very doable walk and if you happen to park on Goodale you can split the difference.  We were happy for the walk in the sunshine on one of the unusually warm days in early March.  The playground at Goodale Park is a lot of fun for my kids.  They also enjoy going to the pond and watching ducks and playing in the gazebo.




During the summer, the North Market hosts an outdoor Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and there are multiple festivals held there throughout the year.  Check out the schedule here.  A trip to North Market and Goodale park will be great outing for a warm spring day!

Know Before You Go:

North Market
Address: 59 Spruce Street · Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-463-9664
Hours: Sunday – Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Goodale Park
Address:  120 W. Goodale St., Columbus, OH 43215


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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 8-10, 2016

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So there’s a possibility of snow this weekend.  Big Deal.  We’re from Ohio . . . we’ve got this.  (Right?)  Sigh.  Well, here are 8 things you can do indoors this weekend!  I hope you enjoy the weekend!

1. Family Books and Build at Upper Arlington Main Library – Tremont Road

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: 2800 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

Story time is followed by hands-on building time with LEGO and Duplo blocks!  Registration is required.  Openings were still available at the time I published this.  See link for more details.

2. Kiddie Konsignment Sale at Grace Polaris Church

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (closed from 12:00PM – 1:00 PM, half price sale from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd, Westerville, Ohio 43081

Okay, I’ll be honest, I have a vested interest here because I’m selling like a bajillion toddler and baby toys at this sale.  But it’s a good one for baby items and clothes, kids clothes, maternity items, toys, etc.  The half price sale starts at 1:00 PM and there is usually a line, so plan to arrive a little early!

3. Let’s Play Storytime at your local Barnes and Noble Booksellers

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: all local B&N Booksellers

Story time and activities based on the book Let’s Play!

 4. Princess Party at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Location

When: Saturday April 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 1738 North Hill Road, Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-751-0927

Event features games, stories and a royal visitor!

5. Food, Fit and Fun Fest at Scioto Darby Elementary School

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 5380 Scioto Darby Rd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

This event features free health screenings for children and adults, food trucks and fitness information!  A $5 fun band provides access to lots of fun games for kids including a bounce house, relay races and more!  Proceeds support programs at Scioto Darby Elementary School.

6. Nisonger Sensory Friendly Screening: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1550 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

The movie E.T. will be shown in a sensory-friendly manner: lower volume and lights up in order to make the experience more comfortable for those with autism or developmental disabilities.  Tickets are free.

7. Kids Monarch Day at The Crest

When:  Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 2855 Indianola Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Phone: 614-261-7128

Wild Ones Columbus, OH and Simply Living will be teaching kids about Monarch Butterflies at this free event!  (Geared toward ages 12 and under, but all ages are welcome).  Kids also eat free every Sunday!

8. Concerts for Kids: Fairy Tales in Music at Ohio Theatre

When:  Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: 39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Tickets available: here

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents your favorite fairy tales in music form!  Pre-concert activities including crafts from the Columbus Museum of Art, a sing along, conducting lessons and more start at 2:00 PM.



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