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

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Looking for something to do with the kids 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. 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.

2. 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!

3. 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. 

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4. Drawing with Sheldon the Snail

Learn to draw with Sheldon the Snail and Miss Jean from Grandview Heights Public Library! This event will take place on Facebook Live on Friday at 10:30 AM.

5. Unicorn Magic Storytime (Livestream) with Westerville Public Library

Kids ages 3-6 will enjoy stories, songs and rhymes about unicorns! Watch on Facebook Live on Saturday at 10:00 AM.

6. Little Kid Fun Skates at Skate Zone 71

On Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, little kids ages 2-5 can use Skate Mates and Fisher Price Skates to learn to skate!

7. Spring has Sprung l Pottery Event at Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio

Paint your own pottery on Saturday between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. A $10 registration fee will be taken off the total price of your project.

8. Spring Fling: Bunny Arrival at Polaris Fashion Place

An Easter Eggstravaganza will take place at Polaris Fashion Place Lower Level on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. There will be free activities, a take home craft and welcoming the Bunny!

9. Minecraft – Virtual Paint Party- Just for Kids

Kids ages 5-12 can take part in a virtual painting class on Saturday at 12:00 PM to paint a Minecraft Creeper. Cost is $10 per artist.

10. Crafting with Characters! Presented by The Junior League of Columbus

This is a virtual event on Saturday at 1:00 PM that includes craft making, cookie decorating, stories and virtual interaction with the characters! You will receive a materials and ingredients list when you register.

11. Spring Krespie Treat! (DIY Basket Box) at Dublin Toy Emporium

Make a DIY Basket and a Krespie Kraft. Call or text to register. Times available on Saturday afternoon.

12. March Madness Skate at Skate Zone 71

Watch college basketball on the big screen while skating! Get reduced admission if you come in your favorite basketball jersey! This takes place on Sunday 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 

13. All Ages Event! Colorful Butterfly with Maria at Wine and Canvas Columbus

All ages can paint a beautiful butterfly. Supplies are included. This event takes place on Sunday from 1:00 PM – 3:00 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, September 4-7, 2020 Labor Day Weekend

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Looking for something to do over Labor Day Weekend? Try out one of these 13 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Check out this list of events for the upcoming weekend and if you need even more ideas make sure to check out:

1. School’s Out Open House at Glass Axis

Reserve your spot in advance for kids 18 and under to make a glass art project for any age! Friday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. 

2. Labor Day Family Value Weekend at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Purchase a Family Value wristband for $15 for ages 12 and up and $9 for ages 11 and under. The wristband is good for unlimited play, all day! Activities include mini golf, batting cages, driving range, Cowvin’s Fast Slide, Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral, a wagon ride and more! This deal will be available September 4-7, 2020.

3. Wag Wilderness Walk

WAG! Fest has been canceled due to COVID, but its organizers and Franklin Co Metro Parks came together to reimagine what they could do this year in order to address a serious issue: people are unable to feed their pets due to financial hardship in the wake of this pandemic and pet food pantries are in high demand.

Knowing this, the producers of WAG! Fest and its partners came up with the WAG! Wilderness Walk. This is a self-guided dog walk, where people can register and walk their dog socially distanced at their convenience at any time during Labor Day weekend at any Metro Park in central Ohio. ALL proceeds will go to Columbus Humane Pet Food Assistance Program! Register at the link!

4. SummerFEST with ProMusica

Purchase your tickets ahead of time for these drive-in, socially distant concerts by ProMusica! Options this weekend include Friday at  7:00 PM in Headley Park in Gahanna, Saturday at 7:00 PM in Headley Park in Gahanna and Sunday at 5:00 PM in Dublin Coffman Park. (Read on for a kid-friendly concert this weekend at Main Library!)

5. Harvest Saturdays at Lawrence Orchards

On Harvest Saturdays you can pick your own apples, enjoy orchard activities and food trucks! The farm will be open this Saturday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. 

6. Sunflower Pick and Pics at Lohstroh Family Farm

Pick sunflowers at Lohstroh Family Farm for $5/person. Price includes 1 sunflower and additional flowers can be purchased for $1 each. Hours are Saturday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Labor Day 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

7. Saturday Studio Art Canvas // Rainbow Cactus Art with Anna

Saturday at 9:30 AM, paint a Rainbow Cactus! Ages 4 and up. You must register before 8:00 AM on Saturday. 

8. Hello Kitty Cafe Truck East – Columbus Appearance

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be at Easton on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM selling treats and merchandise near Crate&Barrel.

9. DIY Butterfly Bash at Blendon Woods Metro Park

Learn about butterflies as you complete the self-guided Butterfly Challenge Trail! Look for butterflies, learn how to start your own butterfly garden, do a craft and more! You can do this activity any time between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday through Monday (Labor Day)!

10. Musical Storytime with ProMusica at Columbus Metropolitan Library (Main Library)

Reserve your ticket in advance for this free outdoor Musical Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM! This musical experience is perfect for preschoolers and features story and song, letters and physically distant activities!

11. Frozen Meet/Greet & Open House at Paulettes Princess Parties

Visit with the Frozen Sisters for singing, dancing and socially distant pictures! Two time slots are available on Saturday: 10:00 and 10:30 AM. This is a free opportunity to learn about opportunities and upcoming classes at Paulette’s Palace and Productions. Register in advance.

12. Cowvin’s Corny Maze Open Weekends at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Cowvin’s Corny Maze is open on Saturdays and Sundays at Young’s Jersey Dairy beginning at 11:00 AM through 6:00 PM. Price is $7.50/person. Age 4 and under are free. Children age 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Price includes a wagon ride to and from the maze!

13. Free Dinner Night at United Skates of America – Refugee Rd.

This Sunday night from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM $9/person admission includes skate rental, 1 slice of cheese pizza and a small drink. 

–>> Need more ideas? Try 5 Cool Outdoor Activities for Kids in the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks or one of these 12 Columbus Parks to Try this Summer <<–

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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? February 16-19, 2018 President’s Day Edition

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33 family-friendly events in Columbus, Ohio this President’s Day weekend!

There were so many events this weekend, including President’s Day, so I shortened the info to be able to offer more – please click the link for all the important details!! Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday:

10:30 AM – Kindermusik with Emily – kids ages 0-7 are welcome to try out their first Kindermusik class for free! Classes include diving into the concept of up and down, having fun with tempo changes, and enjoying bumpy bounces and the challenge of stop-and-go games! Register for a FREE preview at learnsingandgrow.kindermusik.com

5:00 PM – Open Lab at The Simplr STEAM Playground – learn, build and play with the greatest STEAM toys and cadets in a free play environment! Parents can drop their kids off at 5:00 and pick them up at 7:00 PM. Ages 5-14. $15/child. Register online.

5:00 PM – KidsLinked.com’s Worthington KidsFest at Worthington Community Center – browse summer camp options for your kids and enjoy a free KidFest with bounce houses, video games, character appearances, crafts, face painting, swimming and much more!

7:00 PM – Suessical The Musical Jr. at Ecole Kenwood Alternative K-8 School – this is a free performance of the musical put on by the 3rd to 6th graders. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

Saturday:

8:00 AM – DC Superhero Breakfast at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center – have breakfast with your favorite DC Superheroes! There will be a breakfast buffet, meet and greet, a take-home activity and early access to COSI’s exhibits! Purchase tickets online for a specific time slot.

9:00 AM – Powell Book Sale at Powell Library – bargain prices available at this book sale at the Powell Branch!

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at Worthington Farmers Market – check out seasonal and healthy eating activities for kids at the information table every third Saturday at the Worthington Farmer’s Market!

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art: Winter Woods at Art With Anna – Kids 4 and up can be dropped off to make an art project with a winter theme!

10:00 AM – Maple Sugar Tours at Stratford Ecological Center – learn how to tap a maple tree, collect sap and learn about making maple syrup. Each tour is an hour long and you can register for a time slot online. $4/person.

10:00 AM – COSI’s Winter Movie Series: The Lego Batman Movie at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center – watch The LEGO Batman Movie on the big screen at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Saturday AND Sunday!

10:00 AM – 2nd Annual A Breakfast with Characters at Limited Brands D3 Cafe – have breakfast with your favorite characters! This event includes a full breakfast buffet, activities, a silent auction and benefits the Adopt-A-Backpack for Children Project, providing local children with school supplies!

10:00 AM – Super Movers! – Monster Edition at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington – Kids ages 3-5 can enjoy this introduction to dance through stories and acting out characters with props and costumes!

10:00 AM – 2018 Aminah Robinson Family Day at King Arts Complex – celebrate the life of one of Columbus’ well known artists! Her work will be on display and there will be a variety of artistic activities for the whole family.

11:00 AM – Sensory Friendly Films: An American Tail at Gateway Film Center – watch this classic movie at a lower volume and the lights kept up. This is a free event!

11:00 AM – Winter Weekend Survival at High Banks Metro Park – come to the Nature Center for activities that will teach kids how animals survived the cold. These activities will also be available on Sunday!

11:00 AM – Kids on the Move at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington – kids ages 6-9 can learn basic dance steps, play games and learn other skills to exercise their bodies, minds and imaginations!

2:00 PM – Skate with a Cop – Skate with a Fire Fighter at The Chiller, Easton – meet, greet and skate members of the teams preparing for the First Responder Face Off! There will be a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog! Purchase tickets online.

2:00 PM – Maple Sugaring at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – learn how trees are tapped to collect sap and make maple syrup!

3:00 PM – Cozy Storytime at Bexley Public Library – Kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade can practice mindfulness and breathing techniques, read Zen stories and enjoy light snacks.

6:15 PM – Owl Prowl at Rocky Fork Metro Park – all ages are invited to take a 1.5 mile walk and use recorded calls to try to attract barred and screech owls.

Sunday: 

10:00 AM – COSI’s Winter Movie Series: The Lego Batman Movie at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center – watch The LEGO Batman Movie on the big screen at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Saturday AND Sunday!

11:00 AM – Winter Weekend Survival at High Banks Metro Park – come to the Nature Center for activities that will teach kids how animals survived the cold.

4:00 PM – Local Artist Sunday at Picassos – kids can meet a local artist and learn about their techniques through a unique project. All supplies included. Ages 8-14. This week’s artist is Bryan Moss.

Monday:

10:00 AM –President’s Day Art Camp at Art With Anna – kids ages 4 and up can be dropped off for a 3-hour mini art camp! Pack a lunch and register online.

10:00 AM – Library Day at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair – it’s library day at the Home and Garden Show! There will be two appearances by Eric Litwin, author of the Pete the Cat series and a local author spotlight. K-12 teachers get free admission and library card holders get two-for-one pricing! There will be several authors available to meet and buy their books!

10:00 AM – Happy Family Presidents Day Play date at Olde Gahanna Sanctuary – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for a President’s Day playdate! The playgroup is free!

10:00 AM – President’s Day at Ohio History Center – Ohio History Center has special hours and activities for President’s Day including making your own campaign ribbon, presidential trivia, an interactive photo booth and more!

10:00 AM – Free Admission at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – admission to the Zoo is free on President’s Day from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

10:00 AM – Special Hours at COSI – COSI is open on President’s Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM!

10:30 AM – Kindermusik with Emily – kids ages 0-7 are welcome to try out their first Kindermusik class for free! Classes include diving into the concept of up and down, having fun with tempo changes, and enjoying bumpy bounces and the challenge of stop-and-go games! Register for a FREE preview at learnsingandgrow.kindermusik.com

11:00 AM and 2:00 PM – Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory  – Columbus Children’s Theater presents The Snow Queen, a fairytale about true friendship!

11:30 AM – February Kids Art Afternoon-Starry Night, Friday Lights! at Ol’ 42 Grub House  – Kids can paint a Starry Night canvas while enjoying pizza, soft drinks and cookies! Recommended for ages Kindergarten and up! Register online.

1:00 PM – Frosty Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – kids ages 3-10 can enjoy a winter scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the nature center and turn it in for a prize!


A BIG Thank You to Kindermusik with Emily for sponsoring this post!

Experience a Kindermusik music class with your child and see why we’re the leading music-and-movement program for your child in early childhood. Each class provides research-based activities that stimulate your child’s growing mind and body.

Your child will love singing, dancing, and playing instruments with you and new friends and you’ll love helping them practice a wide variety of abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, turn-taking, social skills, and active listening. And the learning will continue after you leave the classroom! We’ll provide practical tools, tips and ideas to continue supporting your child’s development through singing and playing once class is over.

Visit the website at: learnsingandgrow.kindermusik.com and follow Kindermusik with Emily on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LearnSingAndGrow/ to keep up to date on all her classes!


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