What Should We Do This Weekend? March 18-20, 2016

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You’ve got to love a weekend that ends with the first day of spring!  Congrats, fellow parents, we’ve made it!!  Special events really start to pick up around Columbus in the spring and summer and this weekend begins the Easter Egg Hunt season (is that a thing?).  Makes sure you read to the end for some upcoming freebies!  Enjoy!

1.  Annual Easter Egg Hunts on the Mini Golf Courses at both Magic Mountain Locations

When, Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time:  10:00 AM
Location:  Magic Mountain Polaris and Magic Mountain East

Bring your own basket for this egg hunt on the mini golf course!  $4 Admission also includes a visit from the Easter Bunny and kid friendly games!  Also available is the option to stay and play at the Egg Hunt Special including unlimited mini golf, go-karts and laser tag from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM!  Guests 12 and under: $10  Guests 13 and over: $15

2.  MORE Easter Egg Hunts and activities

There are several Easter-related events going on this weekend, you can check them out on this list I complied for the Columbus Mom’s Blog!

3.  Batman v. Superman Day at your local Barnes and Noble

When:  Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: all area Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Barnes and Noble hosts a trivia event to celebrate the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice including prizes and giveaways.  This event is geared toward teens and adults, but is family friendly.

4.  Aladdin Shrine Circus at the Ohio Expo Center

When:  Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: various showtimes throughout the weekend
Location: Ohio Expo Center – Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 614-475-2609

66th Annual Aladdin Shrine Circus takes place this weekend!  Featuring the Aladdin Shrine Clowns, Fuzzy and Toots!  Children 12 and under are half price.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

5.  Saturday Story Stomp!

When:  Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time:  11:00 – 11:30 PM
Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Karl Road Branch Road, 5590 Karl Road Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone: 614-645-2275

Join this story time for kids ages 2-6 and their families featuring books, music and lots of movement!

6.  Schoolhouse Rock Live! Presented by Shadowbox Live

When: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Shadowbox Live, 503 South Front Street, Ste #260, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-416-7625

All your favorite school subjects are covered in this family-friendly musical based on the popular cartoon series from the 1970’s!

7.  Kids Eat Free at City Barbeque

When:  Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: all day
Location:  your local City Barbeque

City Barbeque invites you to spend some one-on-one time with your kid!  One free kid’s meal with an adult meal purchased at $7 or more.  One free kid’s meal per check.  MUST mention the Kid’s Eat Free offer to the cashier.  Dine in only.

8.  Free Italian Ice at Rita’s

When:  Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time:  12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location:  your local Rita’s

To celebrate the first day of spring, Rita’s is giving away FREE Italian Ice!

9.  The cast of Snoopy visits Polaris Fashion Place!

When:  Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location:  Polaris Fashion Place

In anticipation of Snoopy coming to the Columbus Children’s Theater, he and the rest of the cast will join you at Polaris Mall for games, photos, prizes, crafts and more!

 

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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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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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