What Should We Do This Weekend? May 27-29, 2016

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The temperatures are in the 80’s, some schools are out, it’s Memorial Day Weekend and Columbus events are in full-swing!  It’s the unofficial start of SUMMER! (Just for saying that, it will probably snow next week (thanks, Ohio!) but I’ll take my chances!)

First off, this weekend kicks off the summer season at Columbus Commons, a great, multi-purpose green space in the middle of downtown.  All summer there will be concerts, festivals and my first event on the list, Commons for Kids!

1. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, May 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Free carousel rides, bouncy houses and open play are available every Friday, but each week has different special activities.  This week Lowe’s will be on hand to help your child plant a plant to take home and Mr. Puppet will give a performance!

2. Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Saturday at Columbus Commons you can join in lots of fun activities like face painting, inflatables, crafts, Lego play, maker space, photo booth and more!  Some (but not all) activities require a $5 wristband purchase. The event opens at a 3:00 PM for children with sensory sensitivities. There will be food trucks on location and visits from special characters!  Stick around for:

3. Free Movie Night at the Commons

When: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

The busy weekend at the Commons concludes with an outdoor showing of The Good Dinosaur, rated PG.

4. Story Trail Opening Day at Friendship Park

When: Friday, May 27, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 138 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

Celebrate the opening of the new Story Trail at Friendship Park, a collaboration between Gahanna Parks & Recreation, Columbus Metropolitan Library and Art Garden Studios. Attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, enjoy a live music performance by Casey Redmond and participate in games and other fun activities!

5. Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival

When: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 28-30, 2016
Time: Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 11339 Mt Vernon Rd., Utica, OH 43080

If you’re up for a short road trip this weekend, the Utica Ice Cream Festival offers tons of fun for kids (not to mention ice cream)! Kid friendly events include arts and crafts, magic shows, kiddie tractor pull, visits from the Columbus Zoo, water balloon toss and a whole lot more! Admission is $5 per car.

6. Asian Festival at Franklin Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1755 E Broad St, Columbus OH

This celebration of Asian culture includes performances, food, a marketplace, and more. Specifically for kids, there will be a children’s area with games, crafts, dress up and the opportunity to learn calligraphy and make a handprint dragon!

7. Opening Day at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus Ohio, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300 or 800-686-6124

Ohio Village opens for the season and steps into the 1890s!  Opening day offers a look at the changes the village has undergone and a chance to meet new residents of the village, try croquet, make ice cream, listen to live music and more! Check the link for the schedule of activities.

8. For Kids – Wildlife at Homestead Park

When: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: The Barn, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-971-5211

Homestead Metro Park offers kids ages 3-10 the opportunity to meet live animals and learn more about Ohio’s wildlife!

9. Bob Evans Family Days at the Columbus Clippers

When: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Time: 1:05 PM
Location: Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 462-5250
Ticket Line: (614) 462-2757

Family Day Admission is $15 for two adults and up to four youth ages 18 and under! Admission includes access to left-field bleachers, lawn seating and standing room only. After the game, kids can run the bases in the Commit to be Fit Fun Run!

10. Farmer’s Markets

Check out this link from Columbus Moms Blog where every Farmer’s Market in the Columbus area is listed by day!  Many take place on the weekend and would make for a fun outing this weekend as the season gets underway!

11. Memorial Day Parades and Other Events

Here is a link to Memorial Day events in the Columbus area, most happening on Monday, as we remember those we’ve lost in active military service.

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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? May 20-22, 2016

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1. Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-436-2743

Another Touch-A-Truck this weekend! Kids can climb on and pretend to drive all kinds of vehicles – ambulances, fire trucks, military trucks and many more!  There will be a no horn hour from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  Event is free!

2. Bexley Main Event Movie at Capital University

When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 1 N. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209

Bring the family to watch Finding Nemo outside!  Events before the movie (which starts at 9:00 PM) include food trucks, crafts by piccadilly, a library story time, an inflatable obstacle course, carnival games, bubble machines and more!  Event is free!

3. Der Dutchman Heritage Day at Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery

When: Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21, 2016
Time:  Friday: 6:30 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 445 South Jefferson St., Rt 42, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-3414

Celebrate Plain City’s Amish heritage with a hog roast and concert, a horse parade, vintage baseball game, glass blowing, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, and much more!  See link for more info about food prices and times of events.

4. Easton Food Fest at Easton Town Center

When: Friday – Sunday, May 20-22, 2016
Time: Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Three days of food and music are on deck for this weekend at Easton Town Center!  Friday is Food Truck Friday, Saturday is Sippin’ Saturday (more for us adults! 😉 ) and Sunday is Sweet Sunday.  Live music is on the agenda on Friday and Sunday!

5. 2016 Metro Parks GeoTrail Kickoff Event at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

This Geocache hunt is designed for all ages and will encourage families to explore the trees and forests of Metro Parks!  This kick off event will give those in attendance early access to the coordinates, which will be posted online on May 22, 2016.

6. EMS & Safety Day at COSI

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

It’s National EMS Week and Saturday at COSI your kids can check out the vehicles first responders use to help others like fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars!  A MedFlight helicopter will be on site and you can try out a distracted driver simulator!  Free with COSI admission or membership.

 7. Hervé Tullet Family Workshop at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

CMA and Worthington Libraries have come together to offer a workshop with artist and author, Hervé Tullet, best known for the children’s book Press Here.  The workshop is for the whole family and will encourage attendees to explore their creativity!  The cost of the program includes a copy of Art Workshops for Children and a book signing will follow the workshop.

 8. New Albany Founders Day Festival at New Albany 2-5 Elementary School

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 87 N. High St., New Albany, OH 43054

Celebrate New Albany Founder’s Day with a parade, rides like The Graviton and Loop of Planes, and lots of carnival food!  See the link for the parade route and times!

9. Service Heroes Touch-A-Truck at Infirmary Mound Park

When: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4309 Lancaster Rd. SW, Granville, OH 43023

If you live on the eastern side of the city or are up for a day trip, there’s another location to touch, climb and pretend to drive big vehicles!  Fire engines, police cars and mail trucks will be on site along with their drivers!

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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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