What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, May 29-31, 2020

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Need something to do with the kids this weekend? Try out one of these Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your family  this weekend!

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This week I’m going back to the original format in terms of title and dates of What Should We Do This Weekend? But I will still continue to offer mostly at-home activities with some other things that are happening out and about sprinkled in. 

*Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions. Read my disclaimer here.

The previous weeks’ lists are really applicable at all times, so make sure you check back through the older lists for more ideas! 

If you’re interested in updated Farmers Market info for this weekend, check out my post on Farmer’s Markets in Columbus and Central Ohio! Also, don’t forget you can sign up for a local Summer Reading Club!

1. Sign up for Virtual Zoo Camp at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Zoo Camp2U will be taking place online this year and includes a list of perks like one free admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium good through summer 2021, live interaction with a camp counselor and downloadable family activities. 

2. Make Calm-Down Dough with Columbus Recreation and Parks

Make a soft, calming dough using hair conditioner and cornstarch!


3. Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Enjoy a story time from Grange Insurance Audubon Center featuring birds of course! The book featured here is Say Hello Like This!

4. Watch a drive in Movie at Easton Sunset Series Drive-in Movies

Drive in movies will be shown in the newest Easton development east of Nordstrom’s parking lot. They will take place every night and you must purchase your ticket in advance! Cost is $10 per car.

5. Print Out and Color this Coloring Page from Roosevelt Coffee

Maybe this is one more for the adults! LOL But you gotta love a coffee-themed coloring page!


6. Make your own set of lungs with Grandview Heights Public Library Youth Services Department

Join in on Science Sunday to make a fake lung! You need a plastic bottle, 2 regular sized balloons and scissors.


7. Order a DIY Sundae Bar from Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor!

Ice cream, sauces and toppings, what’s not to love? The post says to DM them for info!


8. Watch Rat Basketball from COSI

Missing Rat Basketball? Watch these rats play online (the announcing is hilarious!) and then some of your burning questions will be answered!


9. SciDome Planetarium at The Works presents Dinosaurs at Dusk

Watch a free planetarium video formatted for your screen about dinosaurs! (Available through May 31, 2020.)

10. Join Captain Captain from The Shazzbots for Toy Day Tuesday!

Captain Captain gets in on the unboxing trend in his latest Facebook Live. Watch him open Superheroes, Ugly Dolls and more! 

** Bonus: COSI is offering BOGO Free memberships if you purchase by May 31, 2020! Read more here about this membership deal!**

In case you missed it, click the picture below for more online activities!

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15 Must Follow Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You to Explore Columbus

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Follow these 15 Columbus Instagram Accounts to stay on top of what’s going on in Columbus, Ohio!

Whenever I’m looking for inspiration or ideas of things to do, I automatically turn to Instagram! I love the community on Instagram and I have enjoyed connecting with many of my readers (that’s you!) through Instagram! 

While there are countless Instgrammers based in Columbus, the Instagram accounts on this list are very specifically focused on THINGS TO DO in Columbus! If you’re looking for ideas of things to do with your kids, the newest restaurant in town, local fitness classes or ideas for date nights, these 15 Instagram accounts will not let you down.

In fact, when your friends start asking how you know about all the cool things there are to do in Columbus, you will have these people to thank!

15 Instagram Accounts to follow in Columbus, Ohio:

1. @sweetlycbus – Sweetly Cbus

Sweetly Cbus focuses on the Columbus food scene with a penchant for all things sweet!


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2. @columbusdatenightguide – Columbus Date Night Guide

If you’re looking for the best happy hours, sweet date night spots or the perfect date night, look here first!


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3. @lakesandlattes – Lakes and Lattes

Lakes and Lattes will take you on a culinary tour of Columbus including date night ideas and kid-friendly eats!


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4. @breakfastwithNick – Breakfast with Nick

Breakfast with Nick offers an inside guide to Columbus restaurants with strong inclination for Breakfast!


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5. @columbusnavigator – Columbus Navigator

Columbus Navigator is always digging up the most interesting things you need to know about Columbus including where to eat, play and plan your next adventure!


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6. @eatplaycbus – Eat Play Cbus

Eat Play Cbus shares a wide range of ideas of things to do in Columbus including local businesses, the foodie scene and things to do with kids!


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7. @cbusadventures – Columbus Food Adventures

Columbus Food Adventures provides guided in-person tours of some of the best hidden gems in Columbus when it comes to restaurants – luckily for us, a tour of their Instagram page is available to anyone!


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8. @findwhereyoufit – Find Where You Fit

Find Where You Fit encourages you do do just that when it comes to the Columbus Fitness Scene. FWYF will offer you an honest and thorough breakdown of Columbus gyms, classes and workout spots before you try them yourself!


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9. @614parks – 614 Parks

If you’re looking for outdoor fun, 614 Parks gives you the scoop on the parks and playgrounds of Columbus and Central Ohio!


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10. @cravecolumbus – Crave Columbus

You’ll drool over your screen as you peruse the best of the Columbus restaurant scene! Where will you eat next? Crave Columbus will help you decide!


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11. @cbusfoodauthority – Cbus Food Authority

We can’t argue with her authority, Cbus Food Authority knows where it’s at when it comes to the best of Columbus eats and treats!


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12. @cbus4kids – Cbus 4 Kids

Cbus 4 Kids focuses on fun and frugal outings for you and your kids with an extra dose of Mother Nature!


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13. @midwestfoodfest – Midwest Food Fest

Midwest Food Fest is a self-proclaimed Pizza Queen, but her Instagram account will also inspire you to venture beyond pizza take out for your next Columbus meal!


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14. @whatshouldwedotoday_cbus – What Should We Do Today? (Columbus)

Yeah, this one’s your’s truly! Focused on family friendly things to do in Columbus, you’ll find playgrounds, museums, food, indoor play areas and more!


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15. @cbusfoodbloggers – Cbus Food Bloggers

Cbusfoodbloggers is a community of Columbus food bloggers so following this account is a great way to find out about even more Columbus bloggers – especially if you’re looking for your next great meal in Columbus!


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Looking for more inspiration to explore Columbus? Try: 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio


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Columbus Businesses Offering Meals and Take-Home Activities for Kids During the COVID-19 School Closures

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Columbus business and restaurants are offering free meals and take home activities to help families during the COVID-19 school closures.

We are seeing an unprecedented number of closings and kids will be out of school for at least 3 weeks in Ohio. Many Columbus business and organizations are offering free meals for kids and several are offering activities for kids that we can pick up and bring home to keep them busy during this time. 

Local Businesses Offering Things to do at Home:

Clay Street Ceramics

Clay Street Ceramics is offering “Pottery to Go” kits to paint at home. Stop by to pick one up or contact them and they will have the kit ready to go when you arrive.

AR Workshop Worthington

AR Workshop in Worthington is offering DIY to Go kits for adults and youth! Pick up is this Friday and Saturday.


Art With Anna

Art with Anna is creating take-home art kits with a free instructional video with purchase! Or if you already have the supplies, you can purchase just the video! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more info! 

Paulette’s Princess Parties

Paulette’s Princesses will be going live with singing , answering questions, reading a book and having so much fun! They will also be soon announcing virtual playdates, phone calls,fairytale experiences and character day at the parks, plus live kid exercise and dance classes by the characters! 

Bakes by Lo

Bakes by Lo is offering DIY Decorated Cookie Kits! Keep an eye on her social media for the next availability!


InHome Creations

In Home Creations is putting together home craft kits that will be based on your kids’ favorite movies! They will be available for pick up soon! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates!

Canvas Creations for You

Canvas Creations for You is offering take home canvas painting kits and a live paint along. They will be posting the hours to pick up supplies – the first opportunity is Sunday, March 15.


Young Chef’s Academy of Gahanna

Young Chef’s Academy is offering virtual cooking classes for kids!


Sweetpeas Cakery

Sweetpeas Cakery is offering cookie decorating kits for #10. Email to order!


FIT4MOM Columbus North

FIT4MOM Columbus North is going virtual with virtual workouts, virtual playdates and “coffee chats”! 


Dublin Toy Emporium

The Dublin Toy Emporium is offering curbside pick up for anything you order from their store.


Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co.

Mrs. Goodman’s has cookie decorating kits available for you to take home. Please pre-order at least one day in advance!


Capital City Cakes

Capital City Cakes is offering cupcake and cookie decorating kits. Call to order.


Kreation’s Play Kafé

Kreation’s Play Kafé will be offering Kraft Bag Curbside pick up and drop offs (with a delivery fee). There will be crafting videos available online. Follow them on Facebook for more details. 


Food Resources for Families with Children:

*Please note, all sit down restaurants and bars will be closed beginning 9:00 PM, Sunday, March 15th. Carry Out is available so please double check with the restaurants listed here before visiting them!

Emergency Food Supplies

Check out Cap4Kids website featuring Walk-In Food Pantries for emergency food assistance.

Columbus City Schools

Breakfast and Lunch are available for ALL children and students under age 18. Children who are not Columbus City School students are welcome. These meals will be grab and go bags and at breakfast you can pick up a lunch or at lunch you can pick up breakfast for tomorrow. NOTE: East High School has been added as a location but is not on this map.


Piada Italian Street Food

Piada is offering a free kids pasta with sauce, cheese and a fountain drink on Monday-Friday (March 16-April 3) from 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM. This will continue – carry out only.

Greek Express

Greek Express is giving free lunch to school age kids Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM until April 3rd at any of their 5 locations. Planning to continue with carry out.



FUSIAN is offering $1 Peanut Butter and Jelly Rolls through their app and in-store! 


The Lox Bagel Shop

Lox Bagel Shop will offer free bagels to kids affected by school closures.


Smoked on High BBQ

Smoked On High is offering kids an order of Drummies or Pulled Chicken for free for the next 3 weeks while supplies last. Now carryout only.


El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant 

– El Rodeo will be handing out free meals to go for kids K-12 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM on weekdays. No purchase necessary.


Third Way Cafe

Beginning March 17, 2020, Third Way Cafe is offering a free hot chocolate to ALL kids under 12 until April 4th!! Limit 1 per kid. Carry out only.


Legacy Smokehouse (Hilliard)

Free lunch for kids from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Includes a pulled pork slider or turkey hotdog, applesauce and drink. No purchase necessary. 


Tim Hortons

All of our Tim Hortons locations will be offering meals to kids 12 & under. Stop by between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Mondays through Friday until April 2nd. Available at participating Columbus, OH locations. No substitutions. One per child. 















Moody Trudy Food Truck

Moody Trudy Food Truck is offering free meals for kids plus other specials for service industry employees and nurses and hospital staff.


The Lunch Box

The Lunch Box Ohio will be packing and delivering bags of food for kids who cannot access their school’s food program. You can donate food or help pack bags. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for how to access this resource if you are in need.


Updates on Popular Local Organizations and Museums:


All local libraries are closed but Upper Arlington Library has put together a calendar of live streaming events on their website!

Columbus Metropolitan Libraries – Currently closed. Many resources are available online including ebooks, audio books, movies, magazines and educational resources. How to Access Books, Magazines, Movies and More for Free Online with Your Central Ohio Library Card

Columbus Museum of Art and Pizzuti Collection – Closed for 3 weeks beginning March 15, 2020.

COSI – Closed for beginning March 13, 2020. COSI will be extending memberships by the amount of time they are closed. COSI is offering their Digital Doorway for fun, at-home science learning online!

Ohio History Center – Closed indefinitely beginning March 14, 2020. Educational resources are available online and will continue to be updated.

Franklin Park Conservatory – Closed beginning March 13, 2020.

Columbus Recreation and Parks – All community centers, golf courses, athletic complexes closed through April 3, 2020. All programing is cancelled.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Closed indefinitely beginning March 16, 2020.

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks – Nature Centers are closed, parks remain open.


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