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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 1-3, 2017: Holiday Edition

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This weekend includes so many Christmas and Holiday related events! In order to include as many as I could, I had to shorten the information provided, so please check the link for all the important details! 🙂

Friday:

10:00 AM – Storytime with Kara at Me and the Moon – this week’s story time theme is Imagination!

10:30 AM – KidX Wake Up Santa! at Indian Mound Mall – this preschool story time includes music, snacks and a craft. After the story, the kids can go on a scavenger hunt to find Santa and wake him up!

5:00 PM – Olde Village Holiday Gathering in Olde Pickerington Village – includes tree lighting ceremony, shopping, games for kids, carriage rides, carolers, Santa and more!

6:00 PM – Winter Festival on the Mallway Park, Upper Arlington – includes caroling, carriage rides, bonfire, visits with Santa, ice sculpting and more!

6:00 PM – Christmas in the Village 2017 in the City of Canal Winchester -includes tons of activities all throughout downtown including the tree lighting, visits with Santa, cookies and card making, games, train rides, crafts and more! (Also happening Saturday night at 5:00 PM.)

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

6:00 PM – First Friday “Home for the Holidays” in Downtown Delaware – includes live reindeer, carolers, carriage rides, ice skating, tree lighting, visit from Santa and more!

7:00 PM – The Preschool Poets: An Animated Film Series – local artists have created a movie depicting kids’ poems. The film debut includes an onstage conversation with the directors and poets and a free public reception.

7:00 PM – Westerville Tree Lighting Ceremony at Westerville City Hall – live music, candle lighting, hot chocolate and the annual tree lighting.

8:00 PM – Holiday Pops with the Columbus Symphony – the Columbus Symphony and Chorus will perform your favorite holiday songs and Santa stops by! Several performances are happening throughout the weekend.

Saturday:

7:00 AM – Holiday All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at Aladdin Shrine – this all you can eat meal includes pancakes, sausage juice, milk and coffee.

9:00 AM – The Santa Race 5k and Little Reindeer Dash at Creekside Gahanna – this festive 5K event also includes a Little Reindeer Dash for the kids! Register by 12/2.

9:00 AM – Christmas Prelude at The GRAND of Dublin – event includes craft vendors, musical performances, silent auction, children’s crafts and games and breakfast with Santa!

9:00 AM – Kitty Adoption Party at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – adopt a plush kitten, paint it’s home, make a collar and take it home with you! The party includes cat themed snacks!

9:30 AM – Family Improv Class at Hilltop YMCA – this free event, presented by CATCO is Kids, includes improv and acting games for the whole family!

10:00 AM – Maker Mania – Gift Edition at PAST Innovation Lab: Kids can choose from one of the gift making options like Recycled Robot Art, Seed Bombs, Thumbprint Lights and more! This event is open house style and parents can join their kids in the process! Admission is $10 if you purchase it online, $12 at the door.

10:00 AM – National Lionel Train Day at Moody Street Trains – discounts will be available on train sets and accessories and kids can operate Lion Chief Trains in the store!

10:00 AM – Free Pictures With Santa at Saxton Real Estate – bring a toy donation for Firefighters for Kids and get a free picture with Santa!

10:00 AM – Sensitive Santa at Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities – – free pictures with Santa are done in a sensitive environment. Register online and consider a donation of a new hat or pair of gloves for the Common Grounds Free Store.

10:00 AM 2017 Grove City Christmas Celebration in Grove City Town Center – a full day of events includes visits with Santa, live entertainment, a parade, Mistletoe Market and more!

10:00 AM – Cheryl’s 2017 Annual Holiday Party at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies – event includes a visit with Santa, visitors from the Columbus Zoo, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, Secret Santa shop and more!

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – free nature-themed story time!

10:00 AM – Christmas Fairy Garden Workshop at Dutch Mill Greenhouse – make a winter-themed fairy garden! Register online.

10:00 AM – HOOT 81: Holiday HOOT at Gateway Film Center – kid-friendly short films with a holiday theme, music from The Shazzbots and crafts and kids activities!

10:00 AM – Holiday Open House at Main Street Delaware, Inc. – see Santa, shop local and enjoy community events for all ages!

10:45 AM – Family Yoga Class with Youth Yoga – School aged kids and their parents are invited to attend a family yoga class hosted by the Youth Yoga Project. Stay for The Shop for the Cause shopping party after class!

11:00 AM – WinterFest at Bicentennial Park Scioto Mile – the first annual WinterFest includes live music, food trucks, seasonal ales and the Empty Bowls project!

11:00 AM – Dash for Dasher at Main Street Delaware, Inc. – explore downtown Delaware in search of Dasher the reindeer! Visit the Santa House when your search is complete!

12:00 PM – Winter Fest in Downtown Lancaster – event includes free carriage rides, music, elf scavenger hunt, pictures with Santa, local shopping and the Tour of Trees!

12:00 PM – Toys For Tots DRIVE THRU Toy Drive at Mikey’s Late Night Slice – drive thru with your donation for Toys for Tots and receive a coupon!

12:30 PM – Uptown Scrooge in Uptown Westerville – take a walking tour of Uptown Westerville in this walking theater performance featuring a local version of Dickens’ The Christmas Carol. Several times available this weekend.

1:00 PM – Nutcracker Celebration at Licking County Library – this celebration includes a performance of The Nutcracker by Central Ohio Youth Ballet, a hand bell choir, visit from Santa, hot chocolate, a holiday train and more!

1:00 PM – Historic Dublin Holly Days in Historic Dublin – kick off the season with tons of activities going on around Historic Dublin including craft activities, tours of fire trucks (bring a donation for Firefighters for Kids), letters to Santa, carolers and more!

1:00 PM – 12 Elves of Dublin – during the month of December you can go on the 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt! Pick up your 12 Elves Card and hunt for an elf at each of the participating locations. At each stop you will receive a treat when  you find it!

2:00 PM – Holidays in Powell in the City of Powell – event includes free children’s activities and crafts, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more!

2:00 PM – Lazarus Santa’s Workshop at the Lazarus Building– see Santa at the iconic Lazarus Building! There will also be crafts for kids, refreshments, free carousel rides at Columbus Commons and more!

3:00 PM – Columbus Police vs Fire Basketball Challenge to Benefit RMHC at Columbus Fire Training Academy  – watch the Police take on the Fire Department in this game that benefits Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio! Kids 12 and under are free!

3:30 PM – 2017 Main Street Christmas Cookie Walk & Lighted Parade in Downtown Pataskala – walk downtown Pataskala for the annual Cookie Walk! Other activities include kids crafts, letters to Santa, hot chocolate, face painting, a lighted Christmas Parade and more!

4:00 PM – Short North Arts District Holiday Hop 2017 in the Short North Arts District – this special Gallery Hop includes street performers, holiday window displays, photos with Santa and more!

4:00 PM – Free Family Portrait Day at Jerry L. Garver YMCA – all families are welcome to have their family pictures taken for free! See link for info on RSVPing.

6:00 PM – GRAND OPENING EVENT at AR Workshop Grove City – celebrate the grand opening of AR Workshop in Grove City with live music, food, drinks, desserts, Santa and goodie bags for the kids! There will also be swag bags, raffles and more giveaways!

Sunday:

12:00 PM – HolidayVille 2017 in Clintonville – this neighborhood-wide event includes hoping, carolers, cookies, sales and activities like a make and take ornament station, free s’mores, samples, cookie decorating, a visit from Santa and more!

2:00 PM – Christmas Open House at Orange Johnson House – enjoy “An Old Time Christmas” with live music performances and refreshments!

2:00 PM – Rudolph Run/Walk 5k (kid-encouraged!) on State Street in Westerville – this family friendly run/walk kicks off the Westerville Children’s Parade!

5:00 PM – Hilliard Holiday Hop & Tree Lighting in Old Hilliard – event includes balloon twisting, face painting, food trucks, hot chocolate, live reindeer, petting zoo, Santa, the Empty Bowls Project and more!

5:00 PM – Village Lights in German Village – stroll through a candlelit German Village enjoying treats, specials, live music, story time with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more!


A big thank you to the Historic Dublin Businesses Association for sponsoring this post!

Historic Dublin is kicking off the holiday season in a Merry way beginning December 2nd. It’s the start to the popular 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt. Stop by one of the following locations December 2 through December 16 to pick up your 12 elves card: La Chatelaine, Boho 72, Dean Insurance Group, Chelsea Borough Home, Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland, Winan’s, Our CupCakery, Donatos, or the Dublin Library.

Pick up your card and search through the shops of Historic Dublin to find the 12 Elves. Each time you find an elf you will be rewarded with a special treat from each shop!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 27-29, 2017

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Just like last week, I did not duplicate anything that is already on my Halloween Events Around Columbus post! So make sure to also check out that post if you’re looking for family-friendly Halloween events happening this weekend (there are lots more)! 🙂 This is also the last weekend for many of the Fall Festival Weekends going on at local farms that are listed here!

1. Model Railroad Days at COSI

When: Wednesday-Sunday, October 25-29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

See several large model railroads on display, this weekend only, at COSI! While you’re there, make sure to see the Thomas and Friends exhibit for more train fun too!

2. Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

When: Now through October 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 182 Sunbury Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-0603

The haunted maze at Hoover Gardens is free to walk through and kid-friendly! The maze is open during regular businesses hours and is appropriate for ages 7 and up!

3. Pumpkin Picking and Hayrides at Kuhlweins Farm Market & Deli

When: Now through October 31, 2017 (closed Wednesdays)
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1859 Walker Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-2833

Fall Fun at Kuhlweins Market and Deli includes a hayride, animal zoo, corn maze and pumpkin picking! Inflatables, pony rides, balloon twisting and face painting on the weekends!

4. Great Pumpkin Fun Center at Pigeon Roost

When: Tuesday-Sunday through October 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4413 National Rd. SW, Hebron, OH 43025
Phone: 740-928-4925

Pigeon Roost features a pumpkin patch, farm animals and The Great Pumpkin Fun Center with giant slides, mazes, a fort, play areas, and tons more! Weekends include wagon rides, face painting, crafters and concessions!

5. Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farms

When: Thursday, September 28-October 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Daily
Location: 9015 London Groveport Rd. Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-878-7980

Fall Fun Days start on September 28 and run through October 31, 2017. This farm is one of the few open during the week! Fall Fun Days feature hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm market, petting zoo, corn and sunflower mazes, bale cave and more!

6. Corn Maze at Lynd Fruit Farm

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until October 29, 2017
Time: Fri and Sat: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Sun: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 9851 Morse Rd. SW., Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559

At Lynd Fruit Farm you can pick your own apples and pumpkins and enjoy the farm market on its own or also head over to the giant corn maze where there is also a barrel train, fun zone, bounce house, wagons rides and more!

7. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of each month, COSI offers extended hours (open until 9PM!) and price reduced admission to families so you can visit, learn, and play late! General admission is only $11 after 5pm and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions plus a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater! (Free for members.)

8. The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

When: Fridays-Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: Fridays: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturdays: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sundays: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 8657 Axe Handle Rd., Milford Center, OH 43045
Phone: 937-349-4781

The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek features a huge corn maze plus a cow train, barnyard bouncer, petting zoo, kiddie maze, ball zone, slides, laser tag, pedal carts, kids fun barn, tether ball and more! Hayrides are also available! This weekend includes a costume contest! This weekend is the Great Pumpkin Smash!

9. Midnight Madness

 in Uptown Westerville

When: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Location: throughout Uptown Westerville

Explore Uptown Westerville’s decorated shops and get treats, surprises and deals while you do! There will be kid-friendly activities and the merchants will be passing out treats to the kids! Costumes welcome!

10. Movies in the Park!  at Westgate Recreational Center

When: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

The movie Zootopia will be shown at this free event!  Bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs! Movie will be inside if it rains.

11. Family Fun Night

 at Homestead Metro Park

When: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Lakeside Pavilion, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-971-5211

Families can enjoy crafts, activities and stargazing!

12. Horseradish and Apple Butter Day at Lawrence Orchard

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-389-3019

This is a free event that includes the opportunity to take a turn at stirring apple butter and experience horseradish grinding in an authentic setting! There will also be a corn maze and corn bin!

13. Fall Farm Fun at Leeds Farm

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8738 State Route 36, Ostrander, OH 43061
Phone: 740-666-2020

Leeds Farm is open six weekends only through October 29 with hayrides, farm animals, farm pond, pumpkins and gourds! Back 40 Barn Pass admission includes Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, Big Zip and mini zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, the biggest corn box in Ohio, and more!

14. Fall Fun Festival at Dill’s Greenhouse

When: Saturdays and Sundays, September 30 through October 31, 2017
Time: Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 5800 Rager Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-836-3700

Fall festivals are happening on the weekends, September 30 – October 31, 2017. Hayrides, corn maze, fire pit and hotdogs and s’mores for roasting (bring your own or purchase there), straw maze, sand box, pumpkins, games and activities!

15. Fall Festival at Freeman’s Farm

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: Sat: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sun: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-548-7866

The Fall Festival weekends at Freeman’s Farm include hayrides, kettle corn, campfire foods, scarecrow making, a petting zoo and apple butter making! Admission is free, but there is a charge for some activities. See our visit to Freeman’s Farm here!

16. Fall Festival at Hidden Creek Farms

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 581 S. Galena Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074
Phone: 740-815-9371

Festival weekends offer hayrides, pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting, fall decorations, food, pony rides, slide, kids play barn, corn pit, farm animals, straw maze, and more!

17. Fall Harvest Weekends at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 2920 St. Rt. 203, Radnor, OH 43066
Phone: 740-595-3207

There is a really long list of activities going on throughout all of the weekends now through October at this pumpkin farm in Delaware County! Activities include a corn maze, play barn, barrel rides, pumpkin picking and tons more! Visit the website for pricing and more info! Click here to get a coupon for one free adult with a paid child!

18. Trick or Tweet at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

When: Saturday, October 28, 2107
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-545-5475

This event is geared toward preschoolers and includes snacks, stories, costume parade, games, a scavenger hunt, goodie bags and a not-so-scary storytime!

19. Family Fun: Awesome Autumn

 at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-891-0700

Families can enjoy games, crafts and fall activities! Recommended for ages 3-8.

20. Fall Festival Weekends at Orchard and Company

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 7255 US HWY 42 North, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510

Fall Festival weekends include apple picking, fishing, hay rides, corn pit, farm animals, barrel train rides, pedal car track, tire climb, zip line, gem mining and more! Read about our Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!

21. Make A Difference Day with CKDG

 at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Make a difference with Columbus Kids Do Good as they make snack packs for families at Ronald McDonald House, put together hygiene kits for children, complete a project for Blessings in a Backpack and more! Spider-Man and Rapunzel will visit and there will be food vendors and raffle prizes! Families can come and go at their convenience between 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

22. Flashlight Cave Tour

 at Olentangy Indian Caverns

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Location: 1779 Home Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-548-7917

This is the last weekend to tour the caverns with just a flashlight! Flashlights will be provided for these special tours and children must be at least 8 years old to participate.

23. Lewis Center Fall Fest

 at Little Bear Golf Club

When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1940 Little Bear Loop. Lewis Center, OH 43035

This event includes bounce houses, balloon twisting, face painting, craft tables, a magician, free pictures with the Snow Queen, vendors, raffles, food trucks and more! Admission is one canned-food donation per person.

24. Picassos Halloween Party at Picassos

When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Location: 1974 N. Mallway Dr., Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-354-1930

Kids age 5 and up can enjoy a slime bar, skeleton hunt, trick or treat bag making, cookie decorating and more! Come in costume!

25. Fallapalooza at Everal Barn At Heritage Park

When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 60 N Cleveland Ave., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Fallapalooza includes pumpkin painting, games, hay rides, live music, marshmallow roasting and more!

26. Peppa Pig Live!

 at Ohio Theatre

When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: 39 E State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-1045

Peppa Pig Live includes life-sized puppets, dancing, songs, games and all the members of Peppa’s family!


Thanks to Columbus Kids Do Good for sponsoring this post!

Columbus Kids Do Good strives to empower, inspire, and eduacate the youth in our community to promote kindness and compassion in their everyday lives. As a group we strive to make a difference through monthly service projects, small focus groups, and other activities while creating a family like atmosphere for all of our volunteers. All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer with us!! Follow them on Facebook and check out more info about The Make a Difference Day Celebration here!


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Columbus Tip Sheet: October 2017

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The What Should We Do Today? Columbus Tip Sheet serves to inspire you to try something new, explore Columbus and keep on top of what’s happening around town this month!


Reader Favorites

I love hearing suggestions from my readers because it always turns up new places we need to visit! I’m going to be sharing these Reader Favorites once a month! Click on the links to find out more about each place. Want to share three places you love to take your kids in (and around) Columbus? Click here to submit your favorites!

Mary G:
1. Franklin Park
2. Slate Run Farm
3. Main Library

Brooke P:
1. Piccadilly Play Cafe
2. Graeter’s Ice Cream on Bethel
3. Franklin Park Conservatory

Karen H:
1. COSI
2. Wexner Center for the Arts
3. Gateway Film Center


5 Tips for October

1. During the first week of October, Papa John’s of Central Ohio is celebrating hockey season and the Columbus Blue Jackets by offering 50% off ALL Large Pizzas all week long! Use the promo code: JACKETS50 (online only).

2. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 is National Taco Day! Celebrate with one of these 5 Favorites! There’s a party at Park Street Cantina and tacos will be half-price! There will also be $2 tacos all day at Local Cantina!

3. If you like the idea of saving money on a costume for Halloween that your kid only wears once, you can drop off your kid’s previously worn Halloween costume at Worthington Community Center before October 8th. You will receive a ticket to come back on Sunday, October 8, 2017 for their Costume Swap and swap it for another previously worn costume!

4. On Tuesday, October 10 at the Kids Club at Chic-fil-a on Sawmill, special guest Silly Dee will be there to teach your kids how to do a simple balloon twist. There will be sessions at 5, 5:45 and 6:15!

5. On Wednesdays, Kids 10 and under eat for free at Charritos Mexican Grill in Upper Arlington!

Got a good tip? Email me here!


CBUS Blogger Buzz

Want to keep up on what other Columbus bloggers are up to? Here are some fall and Halloween-themed posts from local bloggers!

13 Halloween Fashion Must Haves from Wear Love Wanders

My 6 Favorite Fall and Winter Activities in Columbus from Zen Life and Travel

My Little Pumpkin Keepsake Craft from Fireflies and Mudpies


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