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

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My kids and I have played outside 3 days this week – that means it’s spring, right?  Also, don’t forget to “spring forward” this Sunday!  Those of us with early risers might get to “sleep in” for a week or so until the little ones adjust!  I’ve never looked forward to losing an hour of sleep so much in my life!

As always, there’s a lot of interesting stuff going on this weekend!  The forecast for Saturday looks good so far, so without further ado, here we go . . .

1.  Donato’s Short North Supports Local Music

When:  Friday, March 11, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 920 North High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-421-5100

Local musician (and children’s entertainer) you may know as “Mr. Eric” plays adult music in the Short North at a restaurant that serves kid friendly food at kid friendly hours.  Sounds like a win/win for kids and adults to me.

2.  Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

When:  Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: Various Locations in Dublin (see link)

Event kicks off with the annual pancake breakfast, followed by giant helium balloons, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and continues on until 11:00 PM at the Blarney Blast which features a Wee Folk area for kids from 12:00 – 5:00!

3.  Opening Day of Blooms and Butterflies at the Franklin Park Conservatory

When:  Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Spring is in bloom at the Conservatory!  Opening day features Dr. Seuss-themed activities and characters.  At 11:00 and 2:00, the Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theater will perform songs from Seussical the Musical!

4.  All American Columbus Pet Expo: “The Greatest Pet Show on Earth”

When:  Friday – Sunday, March 11-13, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday
Location:  Ohio Expo Center, Buckeye Building, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Dock Diving, Grooming Competitions, Stupid Pet Tricks, Llama World, rescue dogs, a dog comedy act, and more!

5.  Spring Egg Hunt at Highbanks Metro Park

When:  Sunday, March 13, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location:  Northern Reservable Shelter, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Phone: 614-508-8111

Children 12 and under can learn about eggs and the animals that hatch from them!  Park rangers will lead an egg hunt after the program!

6.  Sensitive Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place

When:  Sunday, March 13, 2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location:  Easter set at Center court, Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway , Columbus, OH 43240

This is a special time for children with autism to visit with the Easter Bunny featuring quiet surroundings, low lighting and sensory friendly games.  This event is free and you will receive a free photo!

 

*Please be aware that 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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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 4-6, 2016

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Spring is in the air – or at least in our hearts, right?  We’re starting to think flowers and Easter and little baby chicks!  I’m feeling warmer already!  I hope you enjoy your weekend with your kids!

1.  Kids Carnival at Whole Foods Market, Dublin

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 3670 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-760-5556

Kids carnival with balloon animals, face painting, games and prizes! Make clown faces out of veggies and enjoy the musical stylings of Robyn Jackson. Cost is $5 to play, all proceeds benefit the Whole Planet Foundation!

2.  The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO

When:  Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: the Bricker Building at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211

A variety of kids and teen sporting events, clinics, demonstrations and vender booths. Admission is included with the Daily EXPO Ticket.

3.  Orchids on Display at the Franklin Park Conservatory

When: through Sunday, March 6, 2016
Time: Daily, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

This is the LAST weekend to view the orchids on display throughout the Franklin Park Conservatory. Saturday includes family friendly activities like making a paper orchid and exploring the enchanted forest!

4.  Make Mine Chocolate! at Eagle Family Candy Company, LLC

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4590 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-262-2255

Free Crimson Cup coffee and juice, chocolate samples, coloring and crafts at this event to support local rescue rabbits and the Columbus House Rabbit Rescue. Solid chocolate bunnies will be for sale to encourage giving chocolate or plush bunnies instead of a live rabbit for easter.

5.  Chat about Chicks

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time:  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-807-2626

Learn all about chicks from a Bring the Farm to You representative.  The chicks will be hatching at the library and you can check on their progress throughout March and April!

6.  Let’s Have a Blast Magic Show

When:  Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location:  Miller Park Library, 1901 Arlington Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
Phone:  614-488-5710

Join Erica Carlson and Sedgewick the (live) Hedgehog as they explore space!  Expect magic tricks, audience participation and lots of laughs!

 

Okay, this one’s mostly for adults, but I couldn’t resist:

7.  Downton Abbey Season 6 Finale Party and Fond Farewell

When: Sunday, March 6, 2016
Time:  8:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location:  Upper Arlington Main Library, 2800 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

Registration is required for this event.  View the last episode of Downton Abbey on the big screen while enjoying scones, tea and trivia!

 

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

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Do you have a toddler in the Daniel Tiger phase?  Oh my.  I have a distinct memory of getting up in the middle of the night to feed my newborn and the ditty “it’s ok to feel sad sometimes . . . little by little, you’ll feel better, again,” running through my head.  My oldest son was 3 at the time and in a major Daniel Tiger phase.  I’m not going to read into why that song was running through my head . . . ANYWAY, I digress . . . If you have a little one in that phase, you (I mean your little one) has the chance to see him live . . . There are some other fun things going on this weekend.  I learned a few new things putting together this post and I’m looking forward to trying them out!  ALSO – there’s a link for free movie tickets!

1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live at Palace Theatre

When: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM
Location: 34 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

The cartoon spin off of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood is a musical with lots of singing and dancing and all of your favorite characters from the show.

2.  Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! at your local Barnes and Noble Store

When:  Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location:  all Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by making your own Cat in the Hat hat, pinning the tail on Horton and enjoying a special story.

3.  The Bubble Lady at the Franklin Park Conservatory

When:  Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time:  11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

The Bubble Lady entertains with unbelievable bubble creations!  Free with admission.

4.  The Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center

When:  Saturday February 20 – Sunday, February 28, 2016
Location: 717 E 17th Avenue Columbus, OH

The Home and Garden show is going on and there are two events on Saturday tailored to children that you might want to check out:

12:00 PM See Animals from The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium – “Get up close and personal with a selection of animals from the zoo. Learn more about their habitats, what they eat and how they act.”

3:00 PM Dr. Insecta’s Bug Lab Experience “Ready to get bugged? Children and grownups will get to meet the stars of the bug lab stage show, including Rhonda The Roach, Morticia The Tarantula and Darth Vader The Scorpion. Get ready for a close encounter of an insect kind.”

5.  Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Center, Polaris 

When:  Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time:  11:00 – 3:00 PM
Location:  2148 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240

Children ages 3 and up can create a “Fantastically Funny Fish” for free!  No registration required.

6.  Kids Dream Winter Film Series featuring Pan

When:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 26, 27 and 28, 2016
Time:  10:00 AM
Location: Marcus Theaters, two locations:

Crosswoods Cinema
200 Hutchinson Ave.
Columbus, OH 43235

Pickerington Cinema
1776 Hill Road North
Pickerington, OH 43147

Admission is only $3.00 to see favorite family movies.  There are also concession specials.  You can get free tickets to the show by visiting an American Family Insurance agency – OR there is a link on the website above  (or here) to print FREE passes – no catch!

7.  Ohio’s Birthday Party at the Ohio State House

When: Sunday, February 28, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: 1 Capital Square, Columbus, OH 43215

Free, family-friendly event celebrates Columbus’ 213th birthday!  Includes crafts, tours, a scavenger hunt and a birthday surprise at 2:00 PM!

 

*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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