What Should We Do This Weekend? November 11-13, 2016

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1. Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Thursday-Sunday, November 10-13, 2016
Time: Times vary by day.
Location: Larry Black Auditorium, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

This huge book sale is made up from donations and previously circulated books from the library. Friends of the Library can shop on Friday and Sunday offers Clearance prices!

2. PBJ & Jazz at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Ballroom, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203

There will be two performances of these special family-friendly concerts: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. Children receive a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie. The concerts are $5 per person with a family maximum of $20.

3. International Festival at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This celebration of international culture includes ethnic foods and cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, an international fashion show, a Parade of Nations, free flu shots and other medical screenings, arts and crafts and other children’s activities.

4. Mini Market Columbus at Bexley United Methodist Church

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 2657 E Broad St., Bexley, OH 43209

This is Columbus’ first craft market focused on handmade baby and children’s items! Admission is free!

5. Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: 13 E College Ave, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Phone: 614-568-8590

National Neighborhood Toy Store Day is a real thing! Celebrate at Naturally Curious Kids with 15% off your total purchase, cookies from 2 Chicks and a Cookie, raffles and other giveaways!

6. Pine Cone Animals at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Kids can create an owl, fox, or other critter out of a pinecone. This activity is free with your paid admission or membership!

7. LEGO Club at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43228

There will be a theme and challenge to complete at this LEGO Club get together!

8. Dancing with the Nutcracker at BalletMet

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM
Location: 322 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

This free event allows kids to dance with costumed dancers from the Nutcracker! There will also be coloring and discounts on Nutcracker tickets. BalletMet asks that you bring a donation of one or more of the following: adult socks, adult gloves or mittens, baby sleepers to be given to Faith Mission. RSVP online!

9. Holiday Cheer Kick Off Parade at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

Santa arrives with a holiday parade! There will be entertainment, face painting, balloon artists, crafts and more! Activities will occur in Center Court by JC Penney.

10. Family Adventures Tour at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

These family friendly tours are given by a docent and involve fun and creative ways to learn about and explore art together! Admission to the museum is free on Sundays!

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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? August 12-14, 2016

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Believe it or not, I cut a few things from this list – and still ended up with 15 things to do with your kids this weekend! 🙂 There are a lot of celebrations and festivals to squeeze in before summer comes to a close! Enjoy them! Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for tickets to the New Albany Classic – you can do that through my Facebook page under the NAC post (pinned to the top!) The contest ends Thursday night at 10:00 PM. Good luck! 🙂

1. Farm Days at COSI

When: Wednesday-Sunday, August 10-14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Meet local farmers, climb aboard tractors, navigate a pedal tractor course and more!

2. All-Ohio Balloon Fest at Union County Airport

When: Thursday-Saturday, August 11-13, 2016
Time: Gates open Thursday at 5:00 PM and Friday and Saturday at 2:00 PM
Location: 760 Clymer Road, Marysville, OH 43040

Kids 12 and under are free to enter the All-Ohio Balloon Fest! Besides watching amazing hot air balloons, this festival also features live music, food, helicopter rides and tons more! For an extra $10 there is a Kids City with bounce houses, a balloon artist, and visits with 2 Ninja Turtles and Batman! See the link for more details about attending the festival.

3. Food Truck Festival at Columbus Commons

When: Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This two day festival features over 65 food trucks and vendors, an arts alley and on Saturday there is a kids zone with bouncy houses, face painting and games! The festival is free from 12-6 on Friday and 12-5 on Saturday, see this link for more information about evening prices and ticketing.

4. Family Fun Night at Little Skippers Play Cafe

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 3615 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-771-9281

Your kids can meet Spiderman and Supergirl at this superhero-themed family night! Donato’s pizza is available for purchase and cost is $6 per child.

5. Music Bash: Classic Rock at Slate Run Metro Park

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Marquis66 is the featured artist at the last of three summer concerts sponsored by Friends of Metro Parks! This event is free and family friendly.

6. Archery for Kids at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Children 8 and over can learn to use a bow and arrow and shoot at targets. This event is also happening on Saturday.

7. Perseid Meteor Shower Campout at Blues Creek Park

When: Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM Friday – 9:00 AM Saturday
Location: 9627 Fontanelle Rd., Ostrander OH 43061
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6.

This year’s Perseid Meteor shower promises to be spectacular! Preservation Parks is hosting a overnight campout that includes a campfire, telescopes and activities! You must bring your own food and camping gear and register ahead of time (online or by calling), but the event is free!

8. Farmers’ Festival at North Market

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-463-9664

This free festival celebrates the North Market as the oldest running farmers’ market in Central Ohio. There will be children’s activities from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM including face painting, balloons, music by Mr. Eric, Sam Sizzle basketball spinning and more! Check the link for the schedule for the day.

9. Sugar Social at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

If you like sweets and are interested in the history of sweets and how they were made, you’ll enjoy the Sugar Social at Ohio Village! This event includes taste testing, contests, a pie eating contest, recipe swap and more! The Ohio Village Muffins also play base ball at 1:00 and 3:00.

10. Touch-a-Truck at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Parkway , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

See fire trucks, dump trucks and more outside at Polaris Fashion Place! The Sunny 95 treat truck will be there along with prizes and activities!

11. Columbus South Side Homecoming Festival at Barack Community Recreation Center

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 580 E Woodrow Ave, Columbus, OH 43207

Celebrate the rebirth of Columbus’ South Side! Meet your neighbors and neighborhood businesses at this community festival!

12. Back to School Expo at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Fenlon Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-337-2200

The Back to School Expo is full of resources for parents, whether your kids are in preschool or college! There will be exhibitors, a family fun zone, a fashion show, prizes and live entertainment!

13. PBJ & Jazz in Topiary Park

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

This Saturday’s guest artist is The Bobby Floyd Trio. There is a story time at 11:00 AM provided by Columbus Metropolitan Library, the concert at 12:00 PM and an art activity with Columbus Museum of Art at 1:00 PM!

14. Celebrating 35 Years at Slate Run Farm

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

In celebration of 35 years at Slate Run Farm, you can take your family on a self-guided tour and participate in activities at the farm!

15. 1st Birthday Bash at Rocky Fork Metro Park

When: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Millstone Picnic Area Bulletin Board, 7180 Walnut St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Come out and celebrate the first birthday of Rocky Fork Metro Park! There will be tram tours, activities and games, family-friendly songs and comedy by Musical Mark and cookie decorating!

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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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5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus Part 3

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My oldest son starts preschool in September and with that, we will enter the stage of life where our days are dictated by a school schedule. I’m looking at this summer as our last slice of compete freedom! We’re trying out lots of new things which I’ve written about in PART 1 and PART 2 of this Summer post. Here is PART 3:  5 more things you can do this summer with your kids!

1. Play in the Sandbox at Scioto Audubon

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We’ve enjoyed the Scioto Audubon a few times this summer! You know one of the great things about it? There’s this awesome sand pit behind the Center and all of the sand toys are already provided for you. Also it’s shady. Also my 2 year old is sitting next to me while I’m typing and he’s saying, “I want to go to that sandbox,” so I would take that as a good sign! 😉 There’s also an outdoor chalk board for drawing and a play area inside. And also this playground. It’s so great there!

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2. KidX Club at Polaris Fashion Place

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KidX happens on Friday mornings at the fountains at Polaris Fashion Place. Each week has a different theme. We went on safety day. We did a scavenger hunt to find little plastic firemen hidden around the fountain area and when we marked them all off, the kids each got to pick a prize out of the treasure chest. Sunny 95’s treat truck is on site giving out free ice cream and each week has different activities, sponsors and give aways! Of course kids can jump in the fountains so bring your swimsuits! There are just two more opportunities to do this, this summer: August 5 and August 12!

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3. Visit the Animals at Stratford Ecological Center

We spent at afternoon at Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware County in early June. When we were there, there were baby goats, baby chicks, and baby piglets, as well as lots of other animals like cows, llamas, and the adult forms of the aforementioned babies. 😉 The gardens were just starting to come in, so only lettuce was available for picking, but you can pick and purchase your own vegetables from the garden all summer and there should be many more options now! See my full post about our visit here!

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4. Play at Shores Park at Columbus Zoo

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Shores Park is a new interactive playground. With animal structures to climb in and through, this was a lot of fun for my kids. Several of the features have water that shoots out at random times, which provided a suspense-filled play time for lots of kids, including my youngest who got drenched by one of the fountains! There is also a life-sized board game where you can move along the path on the ground to become an Ocean Explorer! Also new in the area is a 4-D theater. In case you’re wondering what 4-D is, like I did, the films are 3-D with the addition of multi-sensory effects. I can’t tell you for sure what those effects are because we haven’t tried it yet, but the tickets are $5/person or $4 for Zoo members (Free for Gold Members and those with a Zoo-It-All wristband). Current films being shown are short, 8 minute offerings from Ice Age and Happy Feet. My kids enjoyed it here and could have stayed longer, but we pushed them along in search of dinner! 😉

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5. See a $1 Movie at Studio Movie Grill’s Children’s Summer Series

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On a hot morning, we cooled off with a kid’s movie at Studio Movie Grill This was my kids’ first movie theater experience and, for the most part, it was a success.  There was that excruciatingly long Ice Age snippet before the movie that was a bit overwhelming and loud for my kids, but after that, they settled in pretty happily with Peanuts. Peanuts was a sweet movie and rated G. You can see a list of their upcoming movies here. There is a different kids’ movie each week through September 2, 2016. The $1 showings are at 11:00 AM. Studio Movie Grill also serves food while you watch. You order by pressing a button on your seat table and a server will come to take your order. Parking in the garage is $2 with validation. $4 for the movie tickets and $2 for parking made the $7 popcorn (with free refills!) a little more bearable! There is also the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse with $1 movies at 10:00 AM on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but that ends this week!

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I don’t want to think about summer coming to an end . . . but it’s not over yet, so we’ll keep exploring and sharing our ideas with you! Thanks for reading!

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