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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, February 19-21, 2021

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Looking for something to do with the family this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 13 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Please double check the link and/or call to make sure events are still happening! Lots of things are changing during this time and this information may change after it is published!

1. Virtual Nature Story Time from Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory has begun to offer virtual story times for free for families! They will be released on Thursdays. Click the link for Faery Garden in Winter.

2. Half Priced Admission at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

From January 4-February 28, 2021, admission is half priced to Columbus Zoo! The Zoo will be open from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM daily. At this time, timed tickets are not required though capacity is limited.

3. Virtual Storytimes from ProMusica

ProMusica has many Musical Storytime episodes on their YouTube channel! These are for young kids and include stories and musicians who play instruments along with the stories! When you click the link you will also find links to their virtual family concert that was recorded in March.

4. Columbus Symphony Orchestra Kids Korner

Check out the Kids Korner website where you can take a virtual tour of Ohio Theatre, print coloring pages of instruments and composers, learn how to read music, learn about composers and play games!

5. DIY Winter Hike with Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Winter Hikes are happening at your own pace this year and each month different parks are featured. Pick up a Winter Hike Passport from a staff member and collect a patch for completing 7 hikes. There is a selfie station this month at Scioto Audubon Metro Park!

6. Free Dinner Family Skate at Skate Zone 71

Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM $12 includes admission, skate rental, a slice of cheese pizza and a drink.

7. Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory

Beginning February 20, 2021, the butterflies will be back in the Pacific Island Water Garden biome at Franklin Park Conservatory! Daily butterfly demonstrations will not be taking place but there will be virtual opportunities to watch the butterflies be released!

8. Handmade Hat and Scarf Giveaway at Southwest Public Libraries

In need of a hat or scarf? Stop by the Grove City or Westland libraries to pick up a hand made hat and/or scarf on Saturday between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM while supplies last.

9. Fluffy the Cat Virtual Paint Party with Kym’s Kanvas

Sing up for a virtual art class to paint fluffy the cat on Saturday at 12:00 PM! $10/per participant plus supplies. Register online.

10. Skate Around the Town at Easton Town Center

From February 20-March 20 ice skating will be offered at Easton’s Town Square from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Skates are available to borrow and skating is free! There will be 15 skaters on the rink at a time and masks are required.

11. Mouse Sweethearts Meet and Greet with Paulettes Princess Parties

Reserve a 10 minute time slot with your favorite Sweetheart Mouse friends! These are private time slots available on Sunday afternoon. There will be singing, dancing and fun!

12. Kids Skate Free Sunday at United Skates of America

Claim your ticket online for free kids admission (ages 12 and under) on Sunday at 1:00 PM. While supplies last.

13. Amped for Amphibians with Cleveland Metroparks

Register online for this virtual event on Sunday at 2:00 PM featuring a presentation where you can learn all about amphibians of the Cleveland Metroparks.

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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. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 20-22, 2020

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 12 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Check out more holiday related activities here:

Please double check the link and/or call to make sure events are still happening! Lots of things are changing during this time and this information may change after it is published!

1. Kindermusik Playdate with Kindermusik with Emily

Register in advance for this THANKFULNESS playdate on Friday at 12:45 PM! This activity is for kids ages 4 months to 4 years and includes play, song, dance and making music! 

2. WILDLIGHTS at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlights happens at the Columbus Zoo from November 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021 and includes animated light displays, socially distant visits with Santa, and more! Hours are Sunday-Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Friday and Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Timed tickets are required. Members do not need timed tickets before 3:00 PM.

3. Easton’s Grand Illumination at Easton Town Center

Meet and greet festive characters, start your holiday shopping, sample hot chocolate and more from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Easton! Easton’s two million lights will be lit at 7:00 PM on Friday night.


A BIG thanks to WonderLight’s Christmas for sponsoring this post!

Santa’s not the only one coming to town!! “WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, is back this year at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio! This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music!

Giant Christmas trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, dancing candy canes, and (a crowd favorite) enchanting tunnels of lights will illuminate the night! Guests will be able to watch the lights dance around them to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music from the warmth of their own vehicle.

This dazzling Christmas display is open rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is super affordable at $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! OR, you can purchase a Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30! Learn more at www.wonderlightschristmas.com!


4. WonderLight’s Christmas at National Trail Raceway

This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! This drive-through Christmas display is open rain or shine every evening beginning at 5:30 PM, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are free. A Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers is available for $30.

5. Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek Campground 

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights is an annual holiday 3 mile drive thru light show, with over 140 LED brilliant light displays you can see in the comfort of your own car! Hours are Sunday-Thursday 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Cost is $20/car during the week and $30/car on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

6. Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center

Carriage rides will take place through Easton Town Center on this Friday from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM during the Grand Illumination and on Saturdays from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Sundays from from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM throughout the season. Rides are $10/person. Cash only. Children under 15 ride free with a paying adult. There will be a virtual line this year. Click the link for all the details. 

7. Westerville Farmers Market – Holiday Market

Shop for holiday dinner items, crafts and more at this holiday market on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. There will be live music and Santa will visit from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.Food trucks will be on site as well.

8. Virtual Storytime with Brian Wray and Shiloh Penfield with Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

Author Brian Wray and illustrator Shiloh Penfield will join in this virtual book reading featuring Maia and the Very Tall Wall on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Register online. 

9. Kroger Our Brands Social Social Series

Download a digital kit for everything you need to host your own virtual Friendsgiving hosted by Kroger! The kit includes printable activities, digital invitations, kid-friendly recipes and more! Join live on Saturday at 4:00 PM for cooking demos and special guest performances.

10. *Online* Pen and Tell It! Writing Workshops

Register for this virtual Pen and Tell It hosted by Thurber House! Classes last one hour and cost $20. Your registration comes with a bag of supplies that will help your budding writer participate! This is recommended for kids in grades 2-8 at takes place Sunday at 12:30 PM on Zoom. The deadline to register is Friday.

11. Card Making & Ornament Workshop at AR Workshop Grove City

Make 6 winter/holiday themed cards and 3 wood ornaments at AR Workshop in Grove City. This workshop takes place on Sunday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Register in advance. 

12. Gahanna’s Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony

You can watch Gahanna’s virtual tree lighting ceremony on Facebook Live on Sunday at 6:30 PM. There will be entertainment leading up to the lighting so tune in at 6:00 PM!

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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. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, November 6-8, 2020

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 12 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

1. Mural Scavenger Hunt at 934 Gallery

Take the kids to explore the colorful Outdoor Gallery at 934 Gallery in the Milo Grogan neighborhood of Columbus! Download the scavenger hunt and look for details to answer the questions about each mural! Four of the murals include Augmented Reality! Even if you don’t do the scavenger hunt, the murals are lots of fun to see!

2. Junior Scientists at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

Explore “The Way Things Work” on Friday from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM with activities, demonstrations and more! This is an in person experience and is included with admission. Recommended for ages 3-5. 

3. Sleepy Hollow Drive-In at Ohio History Center

Watch a “spooktacular” movie at this drive-in experience at Ohio History Center! There will also be drive-thru scenes from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This weekend’s movie is Nightmare Before Christmas and there are two times: 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM. You must get your tickets in advance. 

4. $5.00 Skating at Skate Zone 71

Saturday mornings in November offer $5 admission from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Non-skating adults are free. 

5. Handmade Holiday Market at The Design Refinery

Shop from local artisans for handmade gifts for the holiday season! There will be door prizes and each guest will be entered to win a vintage Christmas tree! Hours will be Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM during the Hilltop Art Hop.

6. Llama Llama Lifestream Storytime with Westerville Public Library

Log on to the Westerville Library Facebook page on Saturday at 10:00 AM for a live story time featuring the adventures of Llama Llama. There will be stories, songs and rhymes plus bonus content to download for fun at home! Recommended for ages 2-6.

7. Author Vicky Fang Virtual Book Event (Online) hosted by Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

During this virtual event, author Vicky Fang will show you how to make a balloon speedboat (see link for supplies). She will do a STEM-based reading and you can also download and design your own doggy amusement ride! This event takes place on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Register online.

8. The Harvest Market at Bridge Park

Shop vendors at this outdoor fall market! Enjoy yoga, a caramel apple creation station, acoustic music and specials at local bars and restaurants! Free parking is available. The market takes place on Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

9. Fall Fest at Dog Tap Columbus

This event on Saturday from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM features live music, seasonal food and drink specials, a “best mask” competition, a dog costume competition and a coloring contest! At 6:00 PM they will be showing the movie The Addams Family. Kid tickets are free!

10. The Great Mrs. Claus Book Signing at City Style Children’s Boutique

Author Chris Shoemaker and The Great Mrs. Claus will be providing entertainment and a book signing at City Style Children’s Boutique in Dublin on Saturday from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

11. March Through Time Virtual Event with Ohio History Connection

Learn about Ohio’s military history during this virtual event on Saturday at 6:00 PM. There will be historic re-enactors who will share about soldier life on a virtual panel. Tickets available online.

12. Families in the Kitchen at Young Chef’s Academy in Gahanna

This is an interactive class for kids and adults to create recipes together! The class is Sunday at 4:30 PM. Cost is $25/person. Register in advance. 

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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. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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