What Should We Do This Weekend? August 26-28, 2016

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1. Obetz Zucchini Festival

When: Thursday-Sunday, August 25-28, 2016
Time: schedule varies each day, see link for details
Location: Memorial Park, 4175 Alum Creek Dr. Obetz, OH 43207
Phone: 614-491-1080

Celebrate zucchini with rides, food, a parade, live entertainment (like Clint Black), a cruise-in and more! Admission is free!

2. Kid’s Fest in Downtown Newark

When: Friday, August 26, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Downtown Newark

It’s Final Friday in downtown Newark and the Kid’s Fest will feature a petting zoo, bounce house, snow cones, a magic show and more! At dusk, the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! will be shown!

3. Railroad Open House at Preservation Parks

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Sandel Legacy Trail, 168 S. Vernon St., Sunbury OH 43074
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6.

Visit the Big Walnut Community Trailhouse to see model train displays by the The Delaware County Model Railroaders! The open house is free!

4. Hoot 66: Cats at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

Come watch family-friendly short films, dance to music by the Shazzbots! and enjoy activities with piccadilly! Admission is free when you bring a canned good to donate to The Open Shelter.

5. Ohio Proud Summer Fest at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Town Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Sample and purchase locally made products like snacks, sweets, cheese, salsa, jelly and more!

6. Good 4 U: A Health and Vendor Affair at Lynd Fruit Farm

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 9399 Morse Rd. SW, Pataskala, OH  43062
Phone: 740-927-7013

This health fair will include free health screenings, free samples as well as kids’ activities like face painting, wagon rides, the Bug Lady, horses, dogs and more! Gala apples are available for picking this weekend from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

7. Galena Summerfest

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: Galena Square, 19 Columbus St., Galena, OH 43021

This festival features live music, food, live performances and for the kids, pony rides, balloon twisting face painting, crafts and wagon tours! There will be a free shuttle to and from the Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds Festival!

8. Monarch Weekend at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-891-0700

Learn all about monarch butterflies and caterpillars! There will be crafts, activities and hikes with the naturalists at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM to try to catch wild monarchs in the field!

9. WALL -E at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Apple Ridge Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-891-0700

There will be family-friendly activities before the movie, which will start at dark. Popcorn will be provided! Bring your own seating.

10. Grandview Hop Block Party

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Grandview Avenue, Grandview Heights

Stroll down Grandview Avenue during the end of summer Block Party! This will be the last Grandview Hop of the summer! Check out street vendors, art, food and drinks, live music, local shopping and other fun activities!

11. Local Author Book Festival at Westerville Public Library

When: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081

Meet and greet 50 local authors, purchase books of all genres, including children’s books and enter to win door prizes! There will be food trucks on site!

12. Spirit Day at Columbus Clippers

When: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Time: 4:05 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln, Columbus, OH 43215

The Clippers have set a goal to get 600,000 fans in paid attendance this season! There are 5 home games left and they are dropping the price of all tickets to $5 for the rest of the season! There is a game on Saturday at 7:15 PM and a game on Sunday at 4:05 PM. Sunday will be Spirit Day, which means all kids 12 and under will get in free with any kind of Clippers shirt or cap! If they reach their goal of 600,000 fans, all play off games will be 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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Playdate in Uptown Westerville

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Confession: other than dropping off our taxes to the accountant, I haven’t spent any time in Uptown Westerville!  So who better to show me the ropes than a friend who grew up there? A playdate was in the plans so she suggested meeting for donuts before heading to Alum Creek Park North.  No one’s going to argue with that plan! We met up at Schneider’s Bakery to pick out our goodies before heading to the park.  This was my first time at Schneider’s Bakery, but from what I hear it is a Westerville institution.  The bakery opens at 1:30 AM.  Yes, in the morning.  I had to ask twice just to be sure!  This works well near a college campus and across the street from a bar . . . but keep this in mind if you get some middle of the night pregnancy cravings!  IMG_4007

IMG_3997There are a lot of goodies to choose from here including donuts, pastries, cookies and fresh bread and rolls.  Your kids will enjoy the I Spy Cake in the display case – a cake covered in lots of fun items with a list of things to look for.  We also got to sample a Celebration Donut, which is basically a humongous donut (10 inches in diameter, to be exact!) that you can order for special occasions!IMG_4003

Kids . . . they’re so funny.  They just haven’t learned yet that all that glitters isn’t gold.  They always choose sugar cookies with brightly colored sprinkles or bright blue ice cream with a name like Superman.  And then they spend the rest of the time asking me and their dad for bites of what we ordered – you know, the better tasting things like chocolate and normal colored foods.  Anyway . . . my kids both wanted a smiley face cookie, but then spent the morning asking for bites of my amazing glazed donut.  When will they learn?  And when will Mama get to eat her own food?  If you know the answer, do tell!  😉

The donut WAS one of the best I have ever had.  Really.

Don’t you, though?

Once we had our sweets, us mamas had to head down the street to Java Central for our daily dose of caffeine.  Don’t plan to eat your donut here (the signs are very clear about that), but pick up some coffee before you head to the park. (You probably already know this is a theme of mine.)  Java Central is a cute coffee shop with a lot of regulars, a lot of coffee choices, and a variety of food and snacks for sale.  (I didn’t try the Nitro, but I am definitely curious.)IMG_4021

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IMG_4014This day in particular was beautiful, not too hot, not too cold and it would have been totally possible to walk to the park, but I was on a time crunch, so we got back in our cars and drove to Alum Creek Park North.  The parking for the park is along Alum Park Dr.  The first time I came here, a few years ago, I took a few wrong turns around Otterbein, unsure where to enter.  There are spots lining the edge of the park and a small lot at the bottom of the hill.

This is a fun park with a lot of different areas to play in (I also featured it here.)  There’s a play train for the younger kids, an older kids play area, a climbing wall, a play-web structure, a sand pit and an Neos 360. There are also swings for all ages. The boys spent the majority of their time on the train and then in the sand pit.IMG_4047

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IMG_4031Something super serious is being discussed at this meeting of the minds – like, “is my smiley face cookie as good as your donut?”IMG_4066

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Caffeinated mamas are happy mamas!

I’ve seriously been thinking about that donut ever since our visit so I’m thinking a return visit to Uptown Westerville is in order! Anywhere else I need to visit while I’m there?

Know Before You Go:

Schneider’s Bakery
Location: 6 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-6611
Hours:
Monday: 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday -Thursday: 1:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: Apr-Oct: 1:30 AM – 9:00 PM; Nov-Mar: 1:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED
Cash or Check only!

Java Central
Location: 20B South State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081
Phone: 614-839-0698
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 7:00 AM-9:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM-10:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM-10:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Alum Creek Park North
Location: 221 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081

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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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