What Should We Do This Weekend? April 1-3, 2016

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I’ve got 10 things for you to do with your kids this weekend!  We’ve run the gamut here – from tutus to monster trucks!  April showers may keep us indoors this coming week, but I’m feeling hopeful and excited about all the things there are to do now that spring is here!  I’ve got a lot of ideas in the works for future posts to share with you!  But for now, let’s look forward to the weekend!

1. Preschool Open Gym at Dublin Community Recreation Center

When:  Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location:  5600 Post R., Dublin, OH 43017, Gymnasium B
Phone: 614-410-4550

Children 6 months to 6 years can get their energy out during this open gym time!  Age appropriate toys and equipment are available.

2. Pop-Up Party at William H. Adams Community Center

When:  Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 854 Alton Ave., Columbus OH 43219
Phone: 614-645-3051

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is in the midst of their 2016 Spring Break Initiative which includes special programing at six area community centers.  Activities are “open to all” and the pop-up parties are sponsored by Radio One.

3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in German Village

When: Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 900 Mohawk St., Columbus, OH 43206

I thought it was worth noting that Jeni’s opens for the season in German Village on April 1!  Yay ice cream!

4. Monster Jam at Value City Arena, Schottenstein Center

When: Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, 2016
Time: Friday: 7:30 PM, Saturday: 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Location: 555 Borror Dr., Columbus, OH 43210

High energy, action packed show for motorsports fans!  Special passes are also available to see the trucks up close and meet the drivers!

5. Lady Tutu 5K at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Location: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Time: 5K: 8:00 AM, Little Princess Dash: 9:00 AM

This women’s only event benefits Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana.  The Little Princess Dash is for girls 8 and under and participants will receive a tiara, cotton shirt, princess wand and ribbon.  Walk up registrations are accepted.

6. Spring Puppet Show at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Hilliard Branch

When: Saturday April 2, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  Hilliard Branch, 4772 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-645-2275

Enjoy a spring-themed puppet show appropriate for ages 11 and under.  (Read about our visit to Hilliard Branch of CML here!)

7. Free Kid’s Fun Day at the Columbus Soap Box Derby

When:  Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Big Run Park 4201 Clime Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43228

Kids 7 and older (plus adults!) can test drive a soap box racer!  Event is free, but kids and adults must sign a waiver to participate.  (See link for details).

 8. PB&J and Jazz at the Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203, Ballroom
Phone: 614-294-5200

Enjoy a kid-friendly introduction to jazz!  Concerts are $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.  Children receive a lunch that includes a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie.

9. Ohio Roller Girls at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: First game is at 5:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211, Ohio Building
Phone: 614-859-OHRG

Cheer on the Ohio Roller Girls at their second game of the season against Ithaca League of Women Rollers!  Home games are double headers – you can stay for one or both bouts.  Children under 8 are always free and games are kid-friendly!

10. Baby Bonanza and Kids Expo at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Sunday, April 3, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211, Lausche Building

This event offers fun for the whole family: diaper derby races, play areas for the kids, a Mommy Relaxation Station, and the Dad’s Challenge!  Also featured are educational seminars, displays featuring the latest products and much more!  Kids 12 and under are 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 to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 25-27, 2016: Easter Edition!

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The city is full of bunnies and plastic eggs!  This weekend’s edition is all about Easter!  Enjoy your weekend!

1. Peter Rabbit Party at the Powell Branch Library

When:  Friday, March 25, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location:  Delaware County District Library, Powell Branch, 460 S. Liberty Rd. Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-9160

Celebrate Peter Rabbit with a party complete with bunny-themed crafts and activities!

2. EGGS, PAWS AND CLAWS at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When:  Saturday and Sunday, March 26 & 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Water’s Edge Events Park, 4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065

Visit treat stations, participate in an egg hunt, take your picture with the Easter Bunny and mingle with some V.I.B’s (Very Important Bunnies).

3. Dublin Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt at Coffman Park

When: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location:  Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, OH, 43017

Criss Cakes will make the pancakes for the annual pancake breakfast supporting the Kiwanis Eliminate Project, the Easter Bunny and (Frog Jump) Froggy arrive at 9:00 AM and the Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 10:00 AM.  There will be 7,000 eggs and they will go quickly!  Children will be divided into groups ages 4 and under, 5-7 and 8-10.  Parents may help kids 4 and under.

4. Community Easter Egg Hunt at Amazing Grace Church

When: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Amazing Grace Church, 2255 Quail Creek Blvd., Grove City, Ohio. 43123
Phone: 614-875-4470

This is an event for the whole family featuring an egg hunt at 12:00 noon for children 5th grade and younger.  There will be games, free food, bounce houses and you can register to win prizes!

5. Egg Display at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, March 27, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Blendon Woods Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-895-6221

If EASTER eggs aren’t your thing, native bird nests and eggs will be on display in the Nature Center this Sunday afternoon!

6. Easter Brunch at Whole Foods Market

When:  Sunday, March 27, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: All area Whole Foods Markets

All three Columbus stores are offering their own versions of a buffet style Easter brunch!  It looks like a tasty menu!  Prices, menu and whether or not you need reservations varies by location.

7. Many More Easter Egg Hunts and Activities

Don’t forget to check out the long list of Easter Egg Hunts I complied for the Columbus Moms Blog here!

And this one’s for the kids-at-heart:

8. Adults Only Flashlight Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt at Heritage Park

When: Friday, March 25, 2016
Time: 9:30 PM
Location: Heritage Park at Antrim Shelter, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville , Ohio, 43081
Phone: 614-901-6400

This one isn’t for the kiddos!  This after-dark egg hunt is only for the adults ages 18 and up!  Cost is $5 per adult. Candy and prizes are your reward for searching for and finding eggs with your flashlight!

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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 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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