What Should We Do This Weekend? February 24-26, 2017

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1. Alice in Wonderland at Marcus Theatres

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 24-26, 2017
Time: Showtimes vary by location
Location: Ohio Locations of Marcus Theatres

As part of the Disney Enchanted Tales series at Marcus Theatres, you can watch Alice in Wonderland for just $5/ticket.

2. Imagination Station at Bexley Library

When: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time:  3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Youth Services Dept., 2411 E. Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

There will be open ended creativity at the art supply and LEGO stations every Friday afternoon at Bexley Public Library!

3. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

General admission is reduced to $11 after 5:00 PM on Family Friday Night and that includes a movie on the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

4. A Breakfast with Characters at Dublin Recreation Center

When: Saturday, February 24, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 5600 Post Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

Your kids can have breakfast with superheroes, princesses, fairytale favorites, Brutus Buckeye and more! The ticket cost includes meet and greet and activities. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Columbus Adopt-a-Backpack for Children (ABC) project. Must register in advance!

5. HOOT Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, February 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:1550 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

Watch family-friendly short films (this month’s theme is “Love”), hear music from the Shazzbots and enjoy dancing and other activities! (Helen shared about this activity in her guest post here.)

6. Central Ohio STEM Expo at COSI

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

The 4th annual Central Ohio STEM Expo serves to provide students in grades K-8 with fun activities to encourage engagement in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Tickets include reduced-price admission to COSI and there will be goody bags while supplies last!

7. Family Fun with American Girl at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

American Girl Easton will be visiting Franklin Park Conservatory! Bring your doll for crafts and giveaways! Free with admission.

8. Magic Key Story Hour at Westland Area Library

When: When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301

The Westland High School Key Club hosts this imaginative story time for ages 7 and under!

9. Play it Forward at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Have family fun at this open board game time at Coffee Connections!

10. Night at the Museum at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM (6:00-7:00 PM is for members only)
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 1-800-686-1541

The museum comes to life after dark at this special event! Special guests from the past will be in attendance and kids can collect their autographs throughout the evening! Advance tickets are required.

11. KidX: Mardis Gras Celebration at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Mardi Gras celebration at KidX will include a parade with the SupaFun Band, an appearance from the Frog Princess and the opportunity to create your own Mardi Gras mask!

12. Camp & Activities Expo at The Shops at Worthington Place

When: When: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

There will be nearly 30 exhibitors offering information about summer camps and other summer activity options for your kids at this expo! There will also be a bounce house, games, balloon artist, live entertainment and more!

13. Urban Strings Concert at Main Library

When: Sunday February 26, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

Urban Strings Columbus will be featuring the music of African-American composers at this concert in the atrium! The youth ensemble will play selections from Pharrell Williams, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince and more! The concert is free!

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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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Indoor Fun Around Columbus: 6 Things to Do Before Spring!

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Here are some indoor activities to do around Columbus before it gets warm! Though the winter has been pretty mild, I’m still counting down until park days, evening walks and no more winter coats! If you’re getting stir crazy in the house, pick one of these ideas for a fun outing with the kids!

1. Brick of Dreams

  • UPDATE: Brick of Dreams closed in the Fall of 2017
  • 6190 Shamrock Ct., Suite C, Dublin, OH 43016

Brick of Dreams is a fun way to spend an hour or two free-building with LEGO and DUPLO blocks! You pay per kid, per hour to have full access to the thousands of LEGO bricks available! Around the room are shelves full of containers filled with LEGOs, pick one out, sit at one of the many tables and go to town! There are also DUPLO blocks for the younger crowd and a race track for your creations with wheels! I took my 5 year old for an hour one morning and it flew by! Keep an eye out for the President’s Day special – $5/hour/kid. (Regular cost is $7/hour/kid).

2. Mindbender Mansion and Amazing Mazes at COSI

  • 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

COSI has a new exhibit going on until April 30, 2017. It’s on the second floor and it’s filled with illusions, mazes and mysteries! Kids can create their own mazes, solve mysteries, try to figure out optical illusions and wind their way through mazes themselves! (To be honest, it’s pretty fun for adults, too!) This exhibit is free with admission or membership. We were recently hosted by COSI and invited to try the new Bean Sprouts menu in the Atomic Café. The menu offers healthy options for kids (and adults!) The P-moji Pizza and Chicken Presto Chango sandwich were really good!

3. Milk and Cookie Happy Hour at Sassafras Bakery

I know, I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but cookies are always worth mentioning again, in my book! 😉 I often find the hardest hour of the day to pass is from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. So if you need a little cheer to get you through the last part of the afternoon, head to Sassafras Bakery for Milk and Cookie Happy Hour from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. You get a free glass of milk or cup of coffee with each cookie purchased. (Most cookies are $2).

4. Gramercy Books

  • 2424 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

Gramercy Books is a new independent bookstore in Bexley. There is a great selection of children’s books! If your kids love books and reading, they will love it here! On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, they will host Sunday Storytime for kids at 12:00 PM. Attached to the bookstore is Kittie’s, a wonderful little coffee shop and bakery! Put the two together and you have a perfect outing!

5. Coffee Connections of Hilliard

  • 4004 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026

Coffee Connections is a coffee shop with a mission to build community. Located in Old Hilliard, the shop has two buildings. The front (on Main St.) is where the coffee is made and served and in the back building, on the second floor, there is a play area for kids! As long as you’ve got coffee in hand, this play area is free! It is geared toward the younger crowd, I’d say 5 and under, but there is a lot of space to sit and catch up with a friend while your kids play!

6. Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art

  • 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

There are just a few more weeks to see Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art.The exhibit is on display until February 26, 2017 and is included in admission or membership. Also, remember that admission is free on Sundays! Along with the large LEGO display, there are bricks for free building, and a LEGO Pokemon scavenger hunt!

If you’re looking for more fun {INDOOR} ideas, check out 20 FREE Indoor Play Areas in Columbus or my post for Columbus Moms Blog: 5 FREE Kid-Friendly Columbus Outings!

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ICYMI: Save Money on LEGO Sets with BrickSmarts

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Save Money on LEGO® Sets with BrickSmarts

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If you’ve followed my Instagram account for more than 2 seconds, you probably already know that my oldest son lives and breathes LEGO® bricks! I can vividly remember the time I walked through the LEGO store when he was just a toddler and thought to myself, “These sets are so cool! I can’t wait until he’s into LEGO!” And then I looked at the price tag and said, “just kidding!” Well, that day is here, and now he’s the one drooling over the amazing sets at the LEGO store!

Since the first moment my son locked eyes with those multi-colored bricks, I have been on the prowl for used LEGO sets! Whether it be at consignment sales, second hand stores or directly from friends and relatives, I have made it my mission to save as much money as I can because let’s be honest, they’re not cheap! When I was offered the opportunity to partner with BrickSmarts, it was a no-brainer! In full disclosure, I received a free LEGO set from BrickSmarts in exchange for this blog post, but the story of my experience and any opinions are my own! While we’re talking disclaimers, here’s another one: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site. Okay, now on to the details!

(Make sure to read to the end for a special discount for my readers!!)

Mandy Gandhi is a mom, just like us, who has boys with a LEGO brick obsession! When her sons stopped playing with certain sets, she would resell them online and use the money to buy new sets! Like mine, her sons didn’t care if the LEGO sets they were playing with were used or not! Mandy turned this practice into an awesome online business called BrickSmarts. By taking used LEGO sets, finding missing pieces and manuals, cleaning them and packaging them up in reusable pouches, she can provide you with a “like-new” LEGO set at a fraction of the cost! You can read her story here!

Honestly, I don’t know how she does it! My son’s manuals look like they went through the washer, dryer and then a paper shredder. The manuals we received looked brand new! The bricks were completely clean and looked brand new as well! I’ve had to clean some used LEGO blocks in my lifetime, and this was not the case with BrickSmarts! BrickSmarts LEGO sets are cleaned without any harsh chemicals. The best part is the price! Most of the sets on BrickSmarts are sold for 40% off the retail price and some are at an even greater discount! There is even a page for sets that are selling for under $10!

The set I chose for my son was #76005 Daily Bugle Showdown featuring Spider Man! The pieces were in excellent condition and there wasn’t a single piece missing from the set!

The set came packaged in a resealable plastic bag. The only one issue I had in this entire process is that the bag had a tear in it. No pieces fell out in the process, but I’m guessing that one of the LEGO bricks tore a hole in it during transport. Mandy let me know that they are looking into a different option for bags. This wasn’t a big deal to me because I knew we were ultimately not going to store the LEGO bricks in the bag (sounds nice, but it’s just not going to happen at my house (yet!)).

My son loves this set and has taken it apart and put it back together more times than I can count!

I will be checking BrickSmarts first before every birthday and holiday!

Thanks to BrickSmarts for offering my readers a special discount! On top of the already reduced prices, through the end of February, BrickSmarts is offering my readers a 10% discount on their online purchases! By using the code BLOG10, you will receive an extra 10% off at check out! You can shop the current inventory here! Please share this opportunity with your friends whose kids are into LEGO bricks!

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