A Boy Mom Does American Girl

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American Girl Columbus asked me to share some of their events with you – – which is right in line with What Should We Do Today? So I said, “sure!” Then they said I could bring my kids to one of their events. I said, “Sounds great!” I read through the list . . . tea parties, hair salon events, etc. Ahhh…this probably isn’t going to work with 2 boys! 😉 But luckily for me I am an aunt to an awesome niece who LOVES American Girl! Wouldn’t I be the coolest aunt in the world if I could surprise her with tickets for one of these events? (Now you know my true motives…) Well, I was the cool aunt for at least 24 hours (I think.) 🙂

In mid-June my niece, Ava, was able to attend a Doll Hair Salon Spectacular event where she learned how to style her doll’s hair, received some cool hair accessories, a snack and a goodie bag!

All of the girls arrived at American Girl at 9:00 AM – one hour before the doors opened. The event took place in a special room closed off from the rest of the store. Each doll had it’s own stool, cape and hair supplies for the duration of the event. While the girls learned how to take care of their doll’s hair and style it, the moms waited in the store (or if they were me, they went around trying to take fancy pictures). (Oh, lets be honest, they also snuck out for coffee!)

The first time I ever walked through American Girl shortly after they opened at Easton Town Center, I was overwhelmed! When I was growing up, the American Girls were just characters in historical fiction books I shelved at the library where I worked in high school. After that, I went off to college, went about my life, got married, had kids and then opened the door to American Girl at Easton. Obviously, I had no idea what had transpired with the American Girls since 1995!

   

At first I was cynical. I’ll be honest. I couldn’t believe there could be so much stuff for dolls! But what I have since come to appreciate is that there are 10 year olds still playing with dolls. In fact, if you’ve been to Easton, you can probably attest that there are kids a lot older than 10 still into American Girl. And I can really get behind the fact that my niece, who could be doing all sorts of things that rush her into maturity at lightning speed, is still interested in dressing a doll, getting its hair done and hopefully learning some history and reading a book or two in the process!

If you’ve stepped inside American Girl, you know it’s not cheap. But let me tell you, I was truly impressed with the value of the event. Now granted, in full disclosure, we didn’t have to pay for it, but the Doll Hair Salon Spectacular was $20. In addition to the experience of the event, what was included was Bright Highlights for the dolls hair (retail value $10), a snack of yogurt, fruit and a muffin, plus a goodie bag full of things like the American Girl Magazine, a paper doll, and a doll accessory. To me, that’s a deal!

If you’ve been putting off doing something like eating at the cafe because of the price, an event like this would probably thrill your daughter even more for a great price!

Looking to have an American Girl experience with a special girl in your life?

Your girl and her doll can also have a meal in the American Girl Bistro! Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served. Click on the links to see the menus! It is highly recommended that you make reservations in advance – which you can do from the website.

Dolls can also have their hair styled, ears pierced, a spa package, and nails polished. Dolls can also get hearing aids on one or both ears! See all services here.

American Girl also offers all-inclusive Birthday Party packages! View all options here!

 

Thanks to American Girl for allowing me to be the cool aunt for a day! 🙂

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7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day with Your Kids

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On Mother’s Day my basic goal is not to be stressed. My kids are pretty young so I don’t desire to go to a fancy brunch where I just end up stressed out because they can’t sit still or won’t listen. I’ve only been at this mom thing for 5 Mother’s Days, but it seems to me that moms fall into two camps: those who just want some time ALONE to get pampered or go shopping or take a nap, and those who want to spend the day doing special things WITH their kids. Well, I’ve got a foot in both camps because I like to have lunch out with my kids and THEN get to take a nap! 😉

If you’re looking for something different to do WITH you kids that doesn’t involve glaring at them over a Belgian waffle because they’re telling potty jokes during brunch, then pick one of these kid-friendly, yet special for Mom, events going on next week!

1. No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and Fundraiser at Wolfe Park

The whole family is invited to participate in this event that raises money for families in Franklin County who are in need. Focused on providing diapers to families in our community who need them most, Columbus Birth and Parenting hosts this 5K and 1 mile walk/run plus kiddie dash each year to raise support for the cause. 1 in 3 families must REUSE soiled diapers again and again because they cannot afford to keep their children clean, dry and healthy!

You can feel good about spending your Mother’s Day weekend helping families in need by participating in the race, walk or kiddie dash and your family can enjoy a fun morning filled with food trucks, face painting, fun kid’s activities, flowers for purchase and fabulous raffles.  It’s a Saturday morning out at a park to celebrate Mother’s Day as a family while helping struggling mothers in Columbus at the same time.

I will be participating in the 1 mile run/walk (let’s just admit it: walk. I’ve only run one 5K in my life and it’s not happening again any time soon.) And I would love if you would consider joining this cause on May 13th! No Child Wet Behind is offering my readers $5 off with the code WHATSHOULDWEDOTODAY ! (Cost is $35 without code.) Enter the code at checkout!

Can’t make it on the 13th? You can still help out by donating a pack of diapers at any of these locations:

2. Mother’s Day Build at the Lego Store (Easton)

On May 13th and 14th, VIP members (join here or inquire in the store) can come in with Mom to build a mini tulip for free! Recommended for ages 6-14 and you must register in advance by calling the store (Easton: 614-342-2710).

3. Fit4Mom Columbus North Mother’s Day Celebration

I know a couple of people involved in Fit4Mom and they LOVE it! One of them shared about it on the blog here. It sounds so great and if I had joined a few months ago maybe I would be running the 5K mentioned above instead of the 1 mile walk. 😉 haha. Anyway . . . new moms are always welcome to join and on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 9:30 AM, they are having a Mother’s Day Celebration which includes free coffee and donuts (an exercise program with donuts?! how great is that??) AND they will be making a Mother’s Day keepsake craft. See the link for info on how to register!

4. Celebrate Mom Open House at Picassos

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Picassos is having a Celebrate Mom Open House from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Kids can decorate a flower pot for free and Portraits by Laura will be there for mini sessions ($30 for 5 poses and 5 digital images). You can shop for Mother’s Day gifts and check out discounted classes!

5. Celebrate Mom! at Franklin Park Conservatory

The Franklin Park Conservatory would be a beautiful place to spend Mother’s Day Weekend! On Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can paint a flower pot for Mom and plant a flower in it! It’s also one of the last weekends to see the Fairy Gardens – the last day of the exhibit is May 29, 2017.

6. Mommy and Me Painting Class with Colorful Columbus

On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017) you can paint a picture with your child! The theme is elephants and the cost is $35 which includes supplies for Mom and one child. All skill levels are welcome for this event and you must register in advance!

7. Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl Columbus (Easton)

Another option for Sunday is the Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl at Easton! You must register ahead for this event which includes a meal in the restaurant, a flower for your daughter, games, a craft, a spiral notebook and a picture frame! This is recommended for girls ages 8 and up.

One More Thing . . .

Looking for a way to pamper yourself? Join 614Mom for Celebrating You, an event to celebrate Columbus Moms with a lipstick bar, swag bags and more! This is a FREE event for moms but it will also be a location where you can bring a pack of diapers for No Child Wet Behind! 🙂

No matter what you choose to do, I hope you have a happy Mother’s Day and do something YOU enjoy! Next week I will be celebrating my readers with a week of giveaways in honor of Mother’s Day, so make sure to follow me on social media (links below) for all the fun giveaways!

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Columbus Ohio

What Should We Do This Weekend? April 14-16, 2017 Easter Edition!

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1. EGGS, PAWS AND CLAWS at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Friday & Saturday, April 14 & 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

There will be stories, animals searching for eggs, a Bunny Bonanza meet and greet with tons of famous Bunnies, and more!

2. Skate with the Easter Bunny at United Skates of America

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 3362 Refugee Rd., Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-239-7202

Skate with the Easter Bunny during 2 sessions: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM! Bring your camera for pictures!

3. Spring Bloom Hunt at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Go on a scavenger hunt for spring blooms and find them all for a prize!

4. Family Movie Matinee at Bexley Public Library

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: 2411 E Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

Come watch the movie Moana with the family! Popcorn and drinks are provided!

5. Annual Bunny Romp & Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 7860 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-846-3220

Join the Hills Market for their $5 pancake breakfast followed by an egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny!

6. Spring Eggstravaganza at the Westerville Sports Complex

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 325 N. Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43082

This Egg Hunt event also includes the opportunity to visit the Easter Bunny, a Kidz Zone, music, crafts, games, inflatables and more! If you click on the link, go to page 16 of the recreation guide for more details!

7. Easter Bunny Fun at Blue Monkey Parties and Events

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 591 Hill Rd N, Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-828-8236

This event will include bouncing, games, a craft, collecting eggs, pictures with the Easter Bunny! Admission is $10/child.

8. Easter Saturday at North Market

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: 59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-463-9664

This event will include an Easter Egg Hunt, a craft activity, live music from Mr. Eric, pictures with the Easter Bunny and dogs, cats and bunnies from the Capital Area Humane Society!

9. Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Magic Mountain

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Polaris and East

This event includes an Easter Egg Hunt for kids 10 and under, a charity raffle, games and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Stay and play with the Egg Hunt Special which includes unlimited mini-golf, go-karts and laser tag! (See link for pricing.)

10. GPS Egg Hunt at Sharon Woods

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Maple Grove Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Use your GPS to search for eggs throughout the park! There are prizes and limited GPS units that can be borrowed!

11. Canal Winchester Community Easter Egg Hunt at Hanners Park

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 458 Groveport Rd., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-834-9915

This egg hunt for kids up to age 10 includes 5,000 eggs and special prizes!

12. Easter Egg Hunt at Slate Run Farm

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

Meet and greet and take photos with the Easter Bunny starting at 10:00 AM, the hunt starts at 11:00 AM and is divided into 3 age groups!

13. Annual All Star Saturday at Bruce Howard Recreation Center

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 2303 North Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43219

Columbus’ largest Easter Egg Hunt includes free food and drinks, face painting, balloons and an egg hunt divided by age! This is a free event and children 12 and under can participate!

14. Little Kids Fun Skate: Easter Bunny Visit at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

The Easter Bunny will be on site for this little kids skate (recommended for ages 2-8)! Every child will receive an egg with a prize inside! Bring your camera for pictures!

15. Community Touch a Truck at Charity Newsies

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4300 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

Kids can see all kinds of vehicles up close including a fire truck, SWAT car, race car and more! “Stuff the Charity Newsies Van” by bringing new and used children’s books to donate! The first 150 people who bring a book will receive a free ticket to Monster Jam!

16. Columbus Recreation and Parks Easter Egg Hunts

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time:  10:00 AM SHARP!
Location: Your closest Rec Center

Participate in an Egg Hunt at your local Columbus Recreation Center! All hunts start at 10:00 AM sharp!

17. SpringFest at the New Albany High School Football Stadium

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time:  10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 7250 Fodor Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

This free Easter event includes thousands of eggs dropped by helicopter! There will be bounce houses, music, prizes and food trucks!

18. City of Delaware Easter Egg Hunt and Kite Festival at Veterans Park

When: Saturday, April 15. 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1121 S. Houk Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This free event for ages 1-9 includes an Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny, food trucks and kite flying! Bring your own basket.

 

See a full list of Easter Egg Hunts on Columbus Moms Blog: Columbus Area Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2017!

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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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