What Should We Do This Weekend? May 13-15, 2016

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1. Indianola Informal Carnival at Indianola K-8

When: Friday, May 13, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 251 E. Weber Rd., Columbus, OH 43202

Help support Indianola Informal K-8 by attending their annual carnival!  Event includes bounce houses, activity booths, a silent auction, games, food and entertainment!  Money raised will help provide students with funds for field trips, technology, enrichment activities and more.

2. Ohio N-Scale Weekend at Franklin County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Model trains will be on display at the 8th annual Ohio N-Scale Weekend! Adults are $5.

3. Touch a Truck in Grove City and Pickerington

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: See links for locations in each city.

Two Touch a Truck events are going on on Saturday!  There will be lots of large vehicles for kids to learn about, touch, sit in and play on!

4. Countdown to Kindergarten at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215

If you have a child headed toward Kindergarten in Columbus City Schools, they’re invited to Countdown to Kindergarten at this fun event featuring games, activities, give-aways and a vist with Curious George!

5. 3 Year Anniversary Party at The Hills Market Downtown

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 95 N. Grant St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-702-7900

The Hills Market Downtown is celebrating turning three years old with a carnival-like, family-friendly party!  The party will include live music, carnival games, face painting, snacks and free samples from vendors all over Ohio.  The event is free, but if you register through Eventbrite (the link above) you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to The Hills Market Downtown and you will receive a 20% off coupon to use on the day of the party!

6. Food Trucks & Science Fest at Genoa Park

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 303 W Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Food Trucks will gather behind COSI to offer local food and fun science experiements! There will be kids’ activities and CD102.5 will broadcast live from 12:00 – 3:00 PM.  Entrance is free!

7. Dr. U.R. Awesome at Big Fun

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 672 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-8697

Dr. U.R. Awesome is a 2 x Guinness World Record Holder for the largest free floating soap bubbles indoors and outdoors!  He will be hanging around Big Fun as they celebrate their 3rd anniversary!  Big Fun will be open from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM and you can also receive 25% off on that day if you say the word “fun”!

8. Disney in Concert – Tale As Old As Time at Ohio Theatre

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2016
Time: Saturday: 8:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-0939

Many favorite Disney songs will be peformed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and four vocalists, including music from Frozen, Lion King, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid, to name a few.  Video clips from the movies will also be shown.  Tickets are still availble at the publishing of this post.

9. Family Day at the Orange Johnson House

When: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 956 High St., Columbus, Ohio 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

A family-friendly tour of the house takes place at 2:30 PM and afterwards, kids can make a clothespin doll or a Jacob’s ladder to take home.  See link for more details on cost.

10. Grand Re-Opening at the Little Gym of Polaris

When: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8645 Sancus Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43240
Phone: 614-430-3355

The Little Gym of Polaris is celebrating new ownership with a Grand Re-Opening celebration that includes music, face painting, balloon twisting, gymnastics and more! The first 200 guests will recieve a goodie bag!

*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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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 25-27, 2016: Easter Edition!

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The city is full of bunnies and plastic eggs!  This weekend’s edition is all about Easter!  Enjoy your weekend!

1. Peter Rabbit Party at the Powell Branch Library

When:  Friday, March 25, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location:  Delaware County District Library, Powell Branch, 460 S. Liberty Rd. Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-9160

Celebrate Peter Rabbit with a party complete with bunny-themed crafts and activities!

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

When:  Saturday and Sunday, March 26 & 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Water’s Edge Events Park, 4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065

Visit treat stations, participate in an egg hunt, take your picture with the Easter Bunny and mingle with some V.I.B’s (Very Important Bunnies).

3. Dublin Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt at Coffman Park

When: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location:  Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, OH, 43017

Criss Cakes will make the pancakes for the annual pancake breakfast supporting the Kiwanis Eliminate Project, the Easter Bunny and (Frog Jump) Froggy arrive at 9:00 AM and the Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 10:00 AM.  There will be 7,000 eggs and they will go quickly!  Children will be divided into groups ages 4 and under, 5-7 and 8-10.  Parents may help kids 4 and under.

4. Community Easter Egg Hunt at Amazing Grace Church

When: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Amazing Grace Church, 2255 Quail Creek Blvd., Grove City, Ohio. 43123
Phone: 614-875-4470

This is an event for the whole family featuring an egg hunt at 12:00 noon for children 5th grade and younger.  There will be games, free food, bounce houses and you can register to win prizes!

5. Egg Display at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, March 27, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Blendon Woods Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-895-6221

If EASTER eggs aren’t your thing, native bird nests and eggs will be on display in the Nature Center this Sunday afternoon!

6. Easter Brunch at Whole Foods Market

When:  Sunday, March 27, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: All area Whole Foods Markets

All three Columbus stores are offering their own versions of a buffet style Easter brunch!  It looks like a tasty menu!  Prices, menu and whether or not you need reservations varies by location.

7. Many More Easter Egg Hunts and Activities

Don’t forget to check out the long list of Easter Egg Hunts I complied for the Columbus Moms Blog here!

And this one’s for the kids-at-heart:

8. Adults Only Flashlight Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt at Heritage Park

When: Friday, March 25, 2016
Time: 9:30 PM
Location: Heritage Park at Antrim Shelter, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville , Ohio, 43081
Phone: 614-901-6400

This one isn’t for the kiddos!  This after-dark egg hunt is only for the adults ages 18 and up!  Cost is $5 per adult. Candy and prizes are your reward for searching for and finding eggs with your flashlight!


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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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Exploring Grove City: Library, Lollipop Stop and Welcome Center and Museum

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{Updates: The Lollipop Stop unfortunately closed during the summer of 2016. The new Grove City Library was completed in October, 2016 and is now at 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123}

After a lot of sick days at home, I forced the three of us out of the house, into the snow and wind, for an outing to Grove City. I’m in a weird place here. You see, the two libraries closest to me are now closed for renovations. There is going to be a good 4 month overlap where I have no home library. I like exploring new libraries, to be sure, but I need a home base where I can reserve and return all these Lego books my son likes to check out and read 35,000 times!

Well, a few of the books had come due and it was time to venture out and return them somewhere. I chose the Grove City Library. Turns out Grove City is building a new library too! But luckily for us, in this case, the old one is still open! It looks like the new one will be awesome – so we’ll definitely revisit come summer!

The kids area is pretty low key here. There was no story time when we went, but they do offer several times during the week for different age groups. My goal here was to return books and spend a little time playing.


My boys did some puzzles and took turns picking out books and reading them in the large open area on these comfy seats.


One plus about this location is that the Police Department is across the street and you can look out the tall windows and see police vehicles, which is always a plus for my boys!


Look at the police cars!

I told the boys if they listened to me at the library, we would go to the candy store around the corner. So, of course when it was time to leave, my oldest yelled through the library to my youngest, “Come on, Mayson, Mommy said we could go to the candy store!” Now I am loudly pronounced that mom who might be bribing her kids AND lets them eat CANDY! “Shh!” I said, “that sign right there says to use your library voice!” (Luckily for me, that was true!) haha. Oh, well.

As planned, we walked through the wind and snow to the Lollipop Stop. Honestly it’s just 1 tenth of a mile from the library and totally doable, even in the snow! On the way we passed these cute puppies which were fun to “pet”.

The Lollipop Stop is a cute little store (so little, I left my umbrella stroller outside).


So much to see and lots of fun for kids to pick out a few pieces of candy! There are chocolates, bulk candy, cupcakes and fun trinkets and toys. In warmer weather, they also sell ice cream.


YUM is right!


Admittedly, this was a little tough for my toddler who doesn’t exactly understand that you can’t just reach in and eat whatever candy you want. He spent a few minutes flat out on the floor in his typical tantrum pose. But can you blame him? He’s a kid in a candy shop! (A kid with very little control over his emotions and impulses, to boot!)  I let the kids pick out just a few pieces of candy. There is a $2.50 minimum purchase on the bulk candy so we also picked out two rubber balls. It was a bright, fun respite from the winter weather.


On the walk back, I took an unplanned detour into the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum. I’m glad we did! I would recommend this stop as part of your day in downtown Grove City! There is a lot more to see here than I expected! An old-fashioned car, early firefighter uniforms, old tools, cameras and record players, to name a few! A very friendly employee gave us a short tour and let us hear music played on the record player and gramophone. The building is an old bank and the vault is full of local artifacts including a large cash register from the 1920’s (that also still works!). The Welcome Center also offers flyers and pamphlets about things to do in Grove City and the surrounding area.



Firefighters are popular at my house!


Show your kids what electronic devices used to look like!




Entering the vault!

After 8 years of living here, though I had driven through, this was the first time I had set foot in downtown Grove City! I’m looking forward to coming back to the new library and adding the Lollipop Stop to my ice cream exploits! You could easily pass a morning here, and I’m sure there’s even more to do! What else should I check out in Grove City? Feel free to comment with ideas!

Know Before You Go:

Grove City Library
3359 Park St, Grove City, OH 43123
Monday – Thursday – 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday – 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 614-875-6716

Lollipop Stop
4002 Broadway Grove City, OH 43123

Grove City Welcome Center and Museum
3378 Park Street, Grove City, OH, 43123
Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Phone: 614-277-3061

Also:  The library has its own parking lot.  I used free, 2 hour street parking in front of the library and walked to the other places, which are all within 1-2 blocks.

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