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Indoor Programs for Toddlers and Preschoolers in Columbus: Winter 2017

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If you’re trying to survive winter with a toddler or preschooler, I’m with you! I’ve already started looking forward to summer, which is a dangerous thing to start doing at the beginning of January. But never fear, Columbus has so many indoor options for keeping toddlers busy! Here’s what’s going on this winter:

Little Adventurers at Franklin Park Conservatory – Thursdays at 10:30 AM – this is program for ages 3-5 with nature-themed stories and activities.

Pre School and Parent/Child Classes at Columbus Recreation and Parks – Registration for Winter Session opened January 3rd.  There are pages and pages of classes available for your young children and many of them are free or at an extremely low cost!

Pre School Open Gym at Dublin Rec Center – Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM  for ages 6 months to 6 years. Check the link for several other toddler programs at the Dublin Rec Center!

Toddler Theater

Toddler Theater at Abbey Theater of Dublin – select Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – recommended for ages 2-5, this is an interactive performance by Marlene Hartzler. Kids are encouraged to join her on stage to sing and dance! Often there is a special costumed visitor who joins in the fun!

Toddler Story Time at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library – Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – There are so many toddler and pre-K story times going on in the CML system. Make sure to check the link to search for your closest branch or explore a new one!

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Grandview Library

Tales for Toddlers at Grandview Library – Tuesdays from 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – story time for ages 18-36 mos. Check the link for all the other story times for young children going on this winter!

Toddler Time at Westerville Rec Center – Fridays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM – this is a drop in program for ages Kindergarten and under and their caregivers. The time includes play and crafts!

Pee Wee Play Gym at Westerville Rec Center – Mondays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM – this play time is a drop in program for ages 3 and under accompanied by an adult!

Little Explorers Base Camp at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – this is a free, drop in program where preschoolers and toddlers can learn and explore!

Curious Kids at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology – drop in preschool program on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – free with admission or membership! See the link for the weekly schedule and themes!

Winter Classes at piccadilly – classes are available for babies through preschoolers in things like Messy Art, Storybook Art, Squats and Tots and more! Drop in or sign up for a series!

Toddler Thursdays at Magic Mountain – from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can have unlimited KidsGym for just $2.50!

Scioto Audubon

Pre-K Storytime at Scioto Audubon – Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM – this time features nature stories for ages 3-5. Check the link for many other ongoing toddler and preschool programs at Columbus Metro Parks.

Mr. Eric’s Music at Firefly Cafe – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10:30 AM – a fun singing time with Mr. Eric is included with admission to the play cafe!

My Very First Art Class! Toddler Art at Zen Kidz Play Cafe – Thursdays – several classes are available throughout the morning for parents and children together!

Toddler Time at Get Air – this special toddler jump time is available on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM!

Toddler Time special with Get Air and Tree of Life Play Cafe – on Wednesdays and Thursdays, these neighboring businesses offer a special price to play at both locations!

Babytime and Tales for Twos and Threes at Worthington Libraries – lots of story times available for toddlers almost every day of the week!

Drop-in Preschool Storytime at Westerville Library – Monday and Thursday mornings from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – singing, books, instruments and more for ages 3-6!

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Metro Parks Preschool Programs – at least seven of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks have regular preschool programs that are free to attend! Most are for ages 3-5. Click the link to see the upcoming schedule at any given time and drop in!

Pre-K Classes at The Little Gym of Polaris – Gymnastics, sports and music and movement classes are available to engage the little ones and keep them moving!

Toddler/Preschool Enrichment classes at Studio J: Sing Paint Play – these classes are for kids age 1-5 and include stories, songs, instruments, art projects and more!

Did I miss anything? Leave a comment with more ideas and info if you have it! 🙂

Hang in there . . . spring is coming!

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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? January 6-8, 2017

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Life is back to normal, so it seems! Back to work, back to school, snow in the forecast. We’re headed into the long stretch of winter that I tend to dread! Sigh. But hey, this week is also the last giveaway for a play pass to Recreations Outlet! Now there’s something fun to do inside on a cold day! You can enter by telling me 3 places you love to take your kids in Columbus! Click here to enter! Thank you to all those who have! I will be using those suggestions in future posts! 🙂 Have a happy weekend!

1. Grand Opening at Duck Donuts

When: Thursday – Sunday, January 5-8, 2017
Time: 6:00 AM Thursday – 9:00 PM Sunday
Location: 825 Polaris Parkway, Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-896-6450

Duck Donuts at Polaris celebrates its grand opening this weekend with a coupon for a free donut for the first 100 customers on Thursday and Friday beginning at 6:00 AM and free coffee all weekend (through Sunday)! There will be activities for kids and giveaways all weekend!

2. Toddler/Preschool Enrichment at Studio J: Sing Paint Play

When: Friday, January 6, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Location: 27 S. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-563-4807

This class is appropriate for ages 1-5 and will feature a story, fingerplay, songs, an art project and more!

3. Winter Sale and Gallery Hop in the Short North Arts District

When: Friday, January 6-29, 2017
Location: Various stores throughout the Short North

Many stores throughout the Short North are offering sale prices on their items! Combine this shopping opportunity with Gallery Hop on Saturday from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM for extra fun!

4. Fitness Resolution Solution at Glenwood Recreation Center

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1888 Fairmont Ave., Columbus, OH 43223

The whole family is invited to learn about the ways Columbus Recreation and Parks can help them stay healthy this year! There will be activities and prizes! (Also, registration opened earlier this week for the next session at Columbus Rec and Parks, search for available classes here.)

5. Opening Day of Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

This weekend marks the opening of the Orchids exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory as well as the exhibition Nightime Tropicals. On Saturday, families are invited to make paper flower collages from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This craft is free with membership or admission.

6. Story Time with Belle at Barnes and Noble Pickerington

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 1738 North Hill Rd., Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-751-0927

Come meet Princess Belle at this free event!

7. Indoor Binocular Hunt at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Do an indoor hunt for animals inside the Nature Center! Free! All ages welcome!

8. Tinker Lab at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-875-6716

Kids in grades 4-7 are welcome to come to the library to create, use team work and learn about how things work!

9. Dream Catcher Class at Sew to Speak

When: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 752 High St. Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-547-7380

Kids 8 and up, accompanied by a parent are welcome to this beginner level class where they can learn to make a traditional dream catcher with a modern twist! Cost is $40.

10. Family Treasure Hunt at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Meet at the Nature Center to take part in a treasure hunt!

11. January Family Paint Class at Art With Anna

When: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Time: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: 420 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Each member of your family can paint a small canvas that can be hung together to create a larger mural! This event is appropriate for ages 6 and up and costs $15 per artist!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 14-16, 2016

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This is another busy fall weekend with a lot of fun options! Don’t forget to refer back to this post if you’re looking for a fall festival weekend at a local pumpkin patch! Most are still going on throughout the whole month of October!

1. Farm Festival at Bob Evans Farm

When: Friday – Sunday, October 14-16, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 791 Farmview Road, Bidwell, OH 45614
Phone: 1-800-994-3276

This festival includes food, give aways, live music and children’s activities like a hay bale maze, game tent, corn pile, horseback rides, wagon rides, a pedal tractor pull and more!

2. Fall Farm Fun at Leeds Farm

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8738 Marysville Rd., Ostrander, OH 43061.

Leeds Farm and pumpkin patch is open one Friday only this season and this week is it! They’re also open one evening of the season, and that’s Saturday for the Harvest Moon Festival!

3. Big Top Halloween at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 6:30- 8:30 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085

This annual Halloween party is free and features carnival games, a trick or treat trail and live music!

4. PBR Rodeo at Ohio Expo Center

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Some of the nation’s top bull riders will be competing in Columbus this weekend as part of the All American Quarter Horse Congress!

5. Touch a Truck Story Time at Northwest Library

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-807-2626

Touch a truck at the library and enjoy a story time about vehicles!

6. Jackson Team Pumpkin Giveaway at COVA

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 3770 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43214

Bring a canned good to donate to Neighborhood Services and get a free pumpkin!

7. BREAD! Community and Arts Festival in Dublin

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Downtown Dublin
Phone: 614-889-7444

This free festival will feature food, music, dancing and art as well as a focus on traditional breads!

8. Trick or Treat Trail at Oakland Nursery

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Location: 1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-268-3511

Kids ages 10 and under are invited to participate in a trick or treat trail including goodie bags and a costume contest!

9. Scare at the Square at Georgesville Community Center

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 8020 Rush St, Grove City, OH 43123

This community event includes hayrides, a costume contest, games, food and a “Trail of Terror”! Admission is one non-perishable food item per person.

10. Powell Community Bonfire and Tailgate at Village Green Park

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065

Tailgate before the OSU game with free hot dogs, apple cider, donut holes and marshmallows! The game will be shown on the Technicare Amphitheater Stage starting at 8 p.m.

11. Kids Eat Free at City Barbeque

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: all day
Location: all area locations

On Sunday, get a free kid’s meal with an adult meal purchase of $7 or more! Mention that you’re there for “family time” to receive this offer!

12. Grand Opening at Grove City Library

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 3359 Park St., Grove City, OH 43123

Join the Grove City library for the dedication and grand opening celebration of the new Grove City Library! The day includes a flag raising, ribbon cutting ceremony, dedication of the early literacy area, Harper’s Grove, instillation of a time capsule and more! Take a last look at the old library here!

13. Fall Fun Day at Blendon Woods

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville, OH 43081
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This fun day will include tram rides, roasting marshmallows, jumping in leaves and making crafts! Read about our day at Blendon Woods here!

14. Harvest Festival at Orange Johnson House

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 50 W New England Ave., Worthington, OH 43085

This festival will feature a hands-on area for kids, Lincoln Logs building, pioneer games, cider pressing, and more! This event is free for members.

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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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