What Should We Do This Weekend? June 9-11, 2017

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1. Fun Fridays: Pirate and Princess Day at Everal Barn and Homestead

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville , OH 43082
Phone: 614-901-6400

Pirates and princesses are welcome to search for treasure, play games and create notes in a bottle on an island of fun! $5, for ages 6 and under.


Commons for Kids – Safety Day

 at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 
1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This week’s Commons for Kids’ theme is Safety and in addition to the regular faceprinting, inflatables and carousel rides, there will be representatives from the Columbus Police and Fire Departments, a craft time making safety whistles and planting with Lowe’s! See more info about the activities at Columbus Commons here!

3. The 2017 Columbus Arts Festival

 at the Scioto Mile

When: Friday – Sunday, June 9-11, 2017
Time: Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Scioto Mile

The Columbus Arts Festival is a huge celebration of art including live music, local artists, a 5K, food trucks, art activities and more! Specifically for kids and families, look for hands-on activities and crafts, a Children’s Gallery with art for $5 and under,  the Art Shark, and Children’s Theater. Don’t miss The Shazzbots at the Arts Festival!?! for a kid-friendly performance, and the Art Makes Columbus Activity Village

 where you can screen print your own t-shirt, design video games, play instruments and more!

4. The Great Dean-O 

at Tree of Life Play + Cafe

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 3708 Fishinger Blvd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Phone: 614-363-4041

The Great Dean-O will put on a comedy-magic show for preschoolers!

5. KidX Dino Dig day with “The Works” at Indian Mound Mall

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 771 S. 30th St., Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-522-6620

If your kids are really into dinosaurs, you may want to take a little road trip on Friday! At this free event, kids can dig in the sand for their own dinosaur and do experiments, play games, win prizes and more – all with a dinosaur theme! The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology will have a hands-on show about the “Pleistocene Dentist”, kids can learn all about fossils and meet a real dinosaur at the photo station!

6. Credit Union of Ohio Carnival in Hilliard

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 5500 Britton Pkwy., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-487-6650

The family-friendly event is open to the public and will offer free activities for kids of all ages, including carnival game stations; prizes; live music entertainment; face painting; balloon twisting; a bounce house; popcorn; ice cream; water; and free food from The Angry Wiener and Empanadas and More food trucks. Check out their newly remodeled workshop space and take advantage of a special offer for families who open a Youth Account at the carnival. Carnival attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Credit Union of Ohio’s event page (link above).

7. Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Chic-fil-A on Sawmill

When: Friday – Saturday, June 9-10, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM on Friday – 10:00 AM Saturday
Location: 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH
Phone: 614-717-9404

Chick-fil-A on Sawmill is hosting a sleep over for your stuffed animals! Join Cow for dinner, story time and tuck in, then pick them back up on Saturday to hear see pictures and hear all about their overnight adventure! “Tuck-in” will be at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

8. Flicks on the Bricks: Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026

Flicks on the Bricks includes an outdoor movie, on-stage entertainment, a dunk tank, body art, art projects, stilt walkers, food trucks and more!

9. Father’s Day Craft with Ms. Mary! at TREEHIVE play + cafe

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 337 W. Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-681-1456

Little Van Gogh Art School is hosting a craft time to help kids create a fun Father’s Day gift! Make a ‘Love You to Pieces” picture frame out of puzzle pieces! $14.50 a ticket (price includes photo and DIY frame). Register at the link.

10. Grown Up & Me Art: Dad’s Day Gift

 at Art With Anna

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: 420 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

On the second Saturday of each month you can bring your child to do an art project together! $15/couple, $5 for each additional child!

11. Unchained at Westgate BusinessWorks

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 11 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Break away from chain stores and check out the businesses of Westgate BusinessWorks including the brand new Clay Street Ceramics where you and your kids can paint your own pottery items! This event take place on the second Saturday of each month through September and will feature local artisan goods, sidewalk sales, a raffle and a kid zone with face painting and crafts! For $2.50 you can get a hotdog, chips and a drink! Also happening in the neighborhood is the Westgate Home & Garden Tour


12. Family Fun Day
 at The Shops at Worthington Place

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 7227 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-841-1110

This free Family Fun Day includes a bounce house, face painting, games, prizes, music, activities and more!

13. PBJ & Jazz with Byron Stripling & The Bobby Floyd Trio

 at The Topiary Park

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E Town St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

This event includes a family story time at Main Library, a free, kid-friendly jazz concert in Topiary Park and a craft time afterwards!

14. Wonka Day

 at Lulu’s Sweet Shop and Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 14 W. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-394-8193

Join LuLu’s Sweet Shop and Naturally Curious Kids for an afternoon of games, crafts, and treats!

15. For Kids: Nature Crafts at Homestead Metro Park

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: The Barn, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-971-5211

Drop in between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to do a craft made out of supplies found in nature! Ideal for ages 3-10. The craft station will be outside.

16. DIY Car Games Workshop

 at World Market

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3770 Easton Market, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-471-5042

Come to this craft time to make your own family road trip game! With the purchase of any polypropylene cutting board, you can learn how to create custom car games for your summer road trip! Other materials will be provided. Loriann Cargill Bustos of will be hosting at the Easton location!

17. Bling Out Your Spinners at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Buy a spinner and use Michaels’ supplies to bling them out! Can’t make it on Saturday? On Sunday there’s Free Slime Sunday from 1:00 PM -3:00 PM!

18. Movie in the Park: Moana 

 at Mill Valley Park South

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 1067 Creekview Dr., Marysville, OH 43040

The movie Moana will be shown at Mill Valley Park South beginning at dusk! Bring blankets or low stadium chairs!

19. Baby + Art

 at Art with Anna

When: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Another opportunity this weekend for Art with Anna! Bring your baby (suggested 9 mo-2.5 yrs) to a messy and casual morning making art together! Washable and edible paint is used and it is a time for baby to explore new things while moms hang out! $10/family. Register in advance.

20. Hunting for Bees in Bexley

 at Jeffrey Mansion

When: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 165 N. Parkview Ave., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

Learn about bees, their life and migration and go on a hunt for honeybees in the area!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 17-20, 2017 President’s Day Edition

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1. Open Play at Thompson Recreation Center

When: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1189 Dennison Ave, Columbus, OH 43201

The gym is open for this free play time for kids 6 and under! There are balls, basketball hoops, scooters, toys, jump ropes and more!

2. Story time at Tree of Life Play Cafe

When: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 10:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Location: 3708 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-363-4041

Local author Christy Sturtz will share her book Just Try It, Georgie! about a giraffe who tries new food. There will also be a craft time! There are two story times available.

3. Superhero Breakfast at  COSI

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

The Superhero Breakfast includes a breakfast buffet, meet and greet with Black Widow, Iron Man and Spiderman, a take home activity, entertainment and a photo! See the link for info on tickets.

4. STEMfest at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 55 S 1st St., Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-349-9277

Admission is FREE to The Works this weekend during the 2-day STEMfest! Watch students compete in STEM-based challenges designed by local industries and businesses!

5. Chase from Paw Patrol Meet and Greet at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229

Chase from Paw Patrol will be visiting Skate Zone 71! There will be a special Paw Patrol Meal Deal: $3.50 for 1 Slice of Cheese Pizza & Drink! See link for all details on pricing.

6. Maple Syrup Tours at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Hour-long tours are available to discover how maple syrup is collected and processed while enjoying the beautiful forest at Stratford Ecological Center! You must register in advance.

7. Mighty Mighty Construction Site Story Time at Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday February 18, 2017
Time:  11:00 AM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Sherri Duskey Rinker, the author of Good Night, Good Night Construction Site has a new book with a focus on working together! Hear the book read and take part in coloring and other activities!

8. Black History Storytime at Bexley Public Library

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2411 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2878

Each Saturday in February, the library is offering a Black History Storytime featuring the opportunity to celebrate and learn about famous black Americans!

9. Lego Club at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301

Kids can work in teams or on their own to complete a LEGO challenge!

10. Sunday Story Time at Gramercy Books

When: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 2424 East Main St., Bexley , OH 43209
Phone: 614-867-5515

This story time for kids happens on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at this new local bookstore.

President’s Day Activities:

11. President’s Day Art Morning at Picassos

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1974 North Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington, OH, 43221
Phone: 614-354-1930

Kids 6 and up can take part in a patriotic art project! Supplies and snack are included! Registration is available online.

12. President’s Day Free Day at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Admission is free all day at the Columbus Zoo! Parking is $10/car.

13. Special Hours at COSI

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

COSI (normally closed on Mondays) will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM! Their new exhibit Mindbender Mansion and Amazing Mazes will be on display!

14. Jazz Adventures at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Jazz Arts Group will be onsite to explore the history of jazz. There will be live music and audience participation!

15. President’s Day at Ohio History Center

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Ohio History Center will be open on Monday with special presidential crafts, activities and speakers!

16. $5/Hour Child Play Day at Brick of Dreams

When: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 6190 Shamrock Ct, Ste C., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-766-0000

Brick of Dreams will offer open play for $5/hour/kid! Regular price is $7/hour/kid.


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Pizzuti Collection + Le Chocoholique

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I have to tell you, looking at the pictures for this post makes me feel all warm and fuzzy . . . not just because this was a great time with my son, but specifically because I was having a really rough parenting week (season?) and this outing was a little bit of healing.  My son is 4 and since the arrival of his little brother on the scene, almost 2 years ago, every day is a competition for mom’s attention. But when he has my undivided attention, he is like a different child. We had such a sweet and special time doing this together. The other thing about little brother arriving on the scene is, though they are competitive with each other, they are also attached at the hip. I literally had to drag Jaden out of the house, crying, to do this.  I almost gave up, but my husband encouraged me to keep going. Sometimes for parents, our gratification is REALLY delayed, but shortly after getting to the museum, Jaden said to me, “This is a lot funner than crying!” THANK YOU. (Now remember that the next time I have to drag you out of the house to do something fun, for pete’s sake!)

I especially wanted to share this post this week in particular because this weekend is Family Day at the Pizzuti Collection and I wanted to encourage you to give it a try! Family Days happen the first Sunday of each month through December, 2016. [Updated June 22, 2016: Family Days now happens on the first Saturday of the month during Gallery Hop!] Admission is free, there are guided children’s tours, an art-themed scavenger hunt and your child gets a free sketchbook. AND the meters are free in Columbus on Sundays, so that makes this outing extra easy on the wallet!


The hours on these special Sundays are 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We didn’t get to the museum until 4:00 PM, but for a 4 year old, that was plenty of time. We didn’t make it for a guided tour, but that was probably okay for a 4 year old’s attention span as well! We picked up the booklet for the scavenger hunt, but didn’t do that either. (Boy, I’m really selling it here, aren’t I?) 😉 What WAS a hit was the sketchbook. I saw my little boy come alive as he pretended to be an artist and draw the things he saw in the museum. Don’t get me wrong, I think the tours and the scavenger hunt are a great idea for engaging older kids and you should definitely do them! For my son, this was an introduction to the art world, a chance for him to dip his toe in the water. And, in my book, it was a rousing success!

We walked around the 3 floors of the museum, looking at paintings, pictures and sculptures and then spent a good amount of time outside in the sculpture garden. Here’s a little taste of our time:


Drawing in his sketchbook.






Jaden really loved finding the surprising things built into the stone benches. A toilet flusher? Awesome! A light switch? Cool!




And don’t forget to check out the statue of a man peeing . . . it might help with the last nudge over the potty training hill.

Obviously, the age of your child is going to determine what they get out of this experience. One thing I wanted to mention was that there is an exhibit referencing the shootings at Columbine High School and a few of the pieces have images of guns in them. My son did not notice this at all, so it never came up, but you may want to be prepared for that conversation, depending on the age of your kids.

After the museum, we walked over to Le Chocoholique for a little treat. We each picked out a chocolate that turned out to be pretty kid friendly: a chocolate covered Oreo and a chocolate covered Nutter Butter! Le Chocoholique serves all kinds of amazing chocolates (most of them a little more high brow than Oreos and Nutter Butters!), coffee and alcoholic drinks and other fancy desserts. On beautiful days like the day we went, the windows open to the street and it’s a great space for people watching!




After eating our chocolates, on a last minute whim, we headed across the street to Blick Art Materials. I thought it would be a great opportunity to connect the dots between the art work and the supplies that artists use to make it. Unfortunately we arrived at literally the last minute and they were closing, but we walked through one aisle full of paint and paint brushes and I was still glad we did it. (Learn from my mistakes, though, and go a bit earlier!).



Sunday would be a great afternoon for exploring the Short North! You could combine your trip to the museum with lunch or dinner. Some kid-friendly options for eating out in the area would be Melt Bar and Grilled, Fabian’s Chicago Style Pizza Place, or Stack City Burger Bar. You could also have dessert at Jeni’s or Whit’s. The museum is across the street from Goodale Park so you could take a walk around the park or head to the playground! For some more ideas, you can check out my post, Saturday Morning in the Short North!

Another option for continuing the art theme of this outing would be to print this map of the Short North Mural Series: Blank Spaces, and use it as a scavenger hunt for the murals that are on buildings all around the neighborhood.


Let me know if you give this outing a try! I’d love to hear what your kids thought!

Know Before You Go:

Pizzuti Collection
632 North Park St., Columbus, OH 43215

Le Chocoholique
601 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Sunday – Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Blick Art Materials
612 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Parking: as I mentioned, the meters are free on Sunday! You can try to find a spot in front of the museum on N. Park St. along Goodale Park, or on W. Goodale St., on the south end of Goodale Park. There is also The Joseph Garage right behind the museum at 33 W. Russell St. Check out this link for more parking options.


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