2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt: 25 Things to Find Before New Year’s Day!

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Welcome to What Should We Do Today’s Holiday Scavenger Hunt! If you’re out and about over the next two weeks, entertaining kids on winter break, doing last minute Christmas shopping or trying to squeeze in all Columbus has to offer during the holidays, here’s a list of 25 things to look for on your way! I’ve made a printable list so you can take it with you!


Please, enjoy Columbus and have a Merry Christmas!

1. Glass Ornament Tree at Franklin Park Conservatory

2. Rotating Railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory

3. Polar Express Train at Ohio History Center

4. Book Tree at Grove City Library

5. Thomas Train at Main Library

6. Larger than Life Nutcrackers outside Grove City Library

7. Nutcracker display at Grove City City Hall

8. Christmas Tree in the Lazarus Building


9. Nativity Scene at Easton

10. The Three Wisemen at the State Auto Christmas Corner

11. Santa on the train at Easton

12. The Holiday Tree Farm at the Think Outside the Brick Exhibit

13. Santa’s Fire Truck at Columbus Commons

14. Large glowing balls at Bicentennial Park

15. Rudolph at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo

16. “Short North Pole” sign in Short North Arts District

17. Gingerbread Carousel at KDB Easton Town Center

18. Gingerbread North Market at Franklin Park Conservatory

19. Santa’s Gingerbread Camper at The Shops at Worthington Place

20. Life-sized Playmobil Knight at Learning Express Toys

21. Christmas Tree at Topiary Park

22. An underground world at Main Library

23. A painting snowman at Polaris Fashion Place

24. “Happy Holidays” on the Nationwide Building

 25. Large Hanging Wreaths at North Market



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ICYMI: Columbus Museum of Art: Think Outside the Brick

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Columbus Museum of Art: Think Outside the Brick

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If your kids love LEGOs, you’re gonna want to check out the Think Outside the Brick exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art!

This annual exhibit is only on display until February 26, 2017 and would make a great outing for winter break! In collaboration with Ohio LEGO User’s Group, the exhibit is a display of downtown Columbus, with some fun liberties taken! 😉 See for yourself:




There’s really so much to see! You don’t have to be a LEGO lover to enjoy this display! On the walls of the room, the museum has listed some scenes to look for and find: a group of samurai warriors, a dragon chasing bicyclists and a horse at the drive in! My kids love the guy who got rolled up in a tire at the tire shop, the LEGO version of Barnes and Noble and a man riding an ostrich!

If you have train lovers, there are trains here too, as well as a fire station, a police station, a zombie scene and a holiday tree farm, just to name a few!


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Throughout the rest of the museum, the OhioLUG members have created 7 Pokemon models to be found! As part of the scavenger hunt, you can post a picture of them online with the hashtag #mycma !



After seeing the display, don’t miss the Creativity Lounge on the other end of the hallway. There you can make your own creation out of white LEGOs and put it on display against the black wall!




Round out the day with a trip to the Wonder Room, where kids can make bird nests, do puzzles, build creations out of cardboard and lots more!


Know Before You Go:

Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

A few tips:

    • Kids age 5 and under are free! Students ages 6-17 are $5. Adults are $14. (Members are free!)
    • There is free admission for active military and their families.
    • Admission is FREE to the museum on Sundays and on Thursdays from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM you can “pay what you want”.
    • The museum is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and closes at 3:00 PM on New Year’s Eve.
    • Parking is available for free in the lot on E. Gay St. and at meters surrounding the museum. I have never had trouble finding a spot in the lot.
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