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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, August 2-4, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 45 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

9:00 AM – Mini Camp- Intro/ to LEGO Boost Robotics at The SIMPLR STEAM Playground – build a robot made of LEGO blocks and electronic components while learning programming language and competing in an obstacle course! Register online.

10:00 AM – For Kids: Explore Natural Play Area at Highbanks Metro Park – go off trail to look for wildlife. Ages 6-12.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity plus free play in the woods. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – Commons for Kids offers activities for all ages including carousel rides, inflatables, activities and more! This week’s theme is Character Day!

10:00 AM – Back To School Kick Off at Once Upon A Child – Columbus, OH – tax free weekend includes shopping at Once Upon A Child! They are offering 50% off clearance plus the chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet. All locations.

10:00 AM – Wands and Wizards Weekend in Lancaster and Beyond  – locations throughout Lancaster and beyond will be offering wizard themed treats, art, contests, crafts and more! Check the link for the schedule of what’s going on where, August 1-3!

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission! 

10:30 AM – KidX: Game Time at Polaris Fashion Place – KidX is a free event featuring games, crafts, face painting, balloon artists and more! This week’s theme is all about sports, health and fitness safety!

3:30 PM – Open Gaming for Kids and Teens at Bexley Public Library – kids ages 8-18 can drop in to play Minecraft, board games, card games, video games and more in the auditorium!

4:00 PM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

4:00 PM  – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

5:30 PM – First Fridays at Reeb Avenue Center – COSI will be at this monthly event for families!

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Lancaster – enjoy a live concert in downtown Lancaster!

7:00 PM – Story Time at Night Under the Stars at Wyman Woods Park – kids of all ages can enjoy a camping story time hosted by Grandview Library and Grandview Heights Parks and Rec. There is a free camp out overnight – see link to register for the campout.

7:00 PM – Russell Blue Band | Summer Sizzle Concert Series in Grove City Town Center – this free concert takes place at the George Edge Music Park in Grove City Town Center. 

8:30 PM – Uptown Movie Series in Westerville – this is a free movie on the City Lawn Hall. This week’s movie is Jurassic Park (PG-13).

8:45 PM – Lights, Cameras, Movies at Polaris Fashion Place – watch a free movie int he Polaris Lifestyle Center, bring a blanket or chairs. This week’s movie is Dumbo.

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Westerville Mom2Mom Sale at Westerville Christian Church – shop for bargains at this consignment sale featuring baby, kids and maternity items.

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

9:00 AM – Market Day at Westgate Farmer’s Market – YMCA Hilltop Educare will be at this week’s market to do story times and offer sensory activities! There will be live music, vendors and Explorer’s Club food truck.

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

9:00 AM – FIT4MOM Columbus North’s Free Family Anniversary Party at Highbanks Metro Park – this is a free family event with FIT4MOM Columbus North! This celebration includes a family workout, a playdate and giveaways! RSVP online.

10:00 AM – Author Visit: Lindsay Bonilla at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – Lindsay Bonilla will read and sign copies of her book Polar Bear Island!

10:00 AM – Kingwood Kids Day – “Arts in the Garden” at Kingwood Center Gardens – take a road trip to Mansfield for this event that includes activities from local partners, art projects, demonstrations, music and activities! Food and ice cream will be available for purchase and admission is free for all.

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Wands and Wizards Weekend in Lancaster and Beyond  – locations throughout Lancaster and beyond will be offering wizard themed treats, art, contests, crafts and more! Check the link for the schedule of what’s going on where, August 1-3!

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

11:00 AM – Riddles me these, please at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – pick up a list of riddles at the farmhouse and explore the farm to find the answers!

11:00 AM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

11:00 AM – Back-To-School with Easton Town Center – take advantage of Tax Free Weekend at Easton where there will be live entertainment, a fashion preview, giveaways and more!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Carnival at Marysville Public Library – celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with games, prizes, treats and more!

11:30 AM – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

1:00 PM – 2019 Pickerington KidsFest at Pickerington Mount Carmel Sports Complex – this event features a foam run, a free family festival with contests, performances, food trucks, scavenger hunt, $5 bounce park and more.

2:00 PM – Storytime LIVE! Hang Out with Curious George and Pinkalicious at Kiddie Academy of Reynoldsburg, OH – RSVP online for this free story time and character meet and greet!

6:00 PM – Free Concert featuring The Navigators at Columbus Commons – enjoy a free concert at Columbus Commons! Food trucks and bar open at 6:00 PM, concert starts at 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Game Night! at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – hang out in the Nature Center or play various outdoor yard games!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop at 3060 Artworks – this monthly Art Hop features live music, featured artists, snacks, games and various activities at the surrounding businesses at the Westgate BusinessWorks.

9:00 PM – Movie In The Park: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – watch a free movie in the park! Bring a blanket or chairs.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm.

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

11:00 AM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

11:30 AM – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

3:00 PM – Family Tram Rides at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a guided tour of the park on the tram! Hop on at one of the “tram stop” signs throughout the park.

6:00 PM – Climbing for Clouds at Vertical Adventures – support research for Clouded Leopards by participating gin an indoor obstacle course, visiting with animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo, enjoying outdoor games and more! $19/person includes a donation to the research. ($7 for members) Register online. 

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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? Columbus, Ohio May 10-12, 2019: Mother’s Day Weekend

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 70 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio Mother’s Day weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Free Stroller Strides Class and FIT4MOM Birthday Celebration at Thompson Park – celebrate one year of FIT4MOM Upper Arlington with a free Stroller Strides workout and a birthday party in the park with activities, giveaways, crafts and deals for new members!

9:00 AM – May’s Summer Special at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – receive half of admission every Friday in May when your kid wears his or her favorite jimmies!

9:30 AM – Preschoolers at Highbanks Metro Park – stop in to the Nature Center to learn about flowers through stories and crafts. Afterwards they will take a walk to look for flowers in the park.

10:00 AM – Operation Kidsafe Event at Kid’s Gym – Polaris – come to Toddler Time to get your kids finger printed and a get a free photo ID card and learn about kid safety. There will be coloring books and other fun activities.

10:00 AM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – Friends of the Upper Arlington Library Book Sale – thousands of books, videos and other items are on sale through May 19th in the atrium of the UA Main Library!

10:30 AM – Sound the Alarms! at Pickerington Main Library – meet a local firefighter, hear stories and learn about fire safety!

11:00 AM – Preschoolers at Highbanks Metro Park – stop in to the Nature Center to learn about flowers through stories and crafts. Afterwards they will take a walk to look for flowers in the park.

11:00 AM – Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration at Get Air Columbus – all weekend long, mothers jump for free with their kids! There will be other activities on Sunday for the family!

11:30 AM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

3:00 PM – Turtles & Turtle Sundaes at Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor – Preservation Parks of Delaware County will be on site with live turtles to meet!

4:00 PM – Lancaster Community Days Festival at Lancaster Ohio Community Days Festival – this community festival includes rides, food, and a live performance by a Bon Jovi tribute band on Saturday! Admission is $2 for adults and kids 17 and under are free. 

6:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays at 400 West Rich – head to Franklinton where the galleries stay open late with local vendors, food trucks and more!

6:30 PM – Kids Night Out! at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – drop your kids off to learn how to cook! This weekend’s theme is Mother’s Day. For ages 5 and up. Register online.

7:00 PM – Haroun and the Sea of Stories at Columbus School for Girls by CATCO for Kids – – this play is the story of Haroun, who sets off on an adventure filled with talking animals and magicians!

7:00 PM – Bishop Hartley High School presents “James and the Giant Peach” at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Bishop Hartley High School perform James and the Giant Peach!

SATURDAY

8:30 AM – Moms Get In Free for Mother’s Day at The Farm at Walnut Creek – all mothers will get free admission on Saturday only.

9:00 AM – West Gate Masonic Lodge Community Breakfast at West Gate Lodge No.623 F&AM – enjoy a large breakfast for a cause – $6 for adults and $3 for children and the proceeds benefit Special Olympics.

9:00 AM – Mother’s Day Stroller Strides Class at Highbanks Metro Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus North for a workout, snacks and a Mommy and Me photo session. Your first workout with FIT4MOM is free.

9:30 AM – Mommy and Me Picnic at Highbanks Metro Park – enjoy coffee and treats plus Mommy and Me photos. There will also be a chance to win prizes from Shred415.

10:00 AM – Mother’s Day Weekend at Franklin Park Conservatory – enjoy several activities throughout the weekend including releasing a butterfly, decorating a planter for mom, meeting animals from the Columbus Zoo and shopping the Mother’s Day Patio Sale!

10:00 AM – Mother’s Day Workshop at Columbus Printed Arts – learn how to carve styrofoam blocks to make relief prints and play with other printmaking techniques to create gifts for mom! Recommended for ages 3 and up. Snacks will be provided. Ticket sales end Thursday at 11:59 PM.

10:00 AM – Friends of the Upper Arlington Library Book Sale – thousands of books, videos and other items are on sale through May 19th in the atrium of the UA Main Library!

10:00 AM – Touch-A-Truck at Pickerington Community Pool – get up close to big trucks, engines and more!

10:00 AM – Healthy Kids Day 2019 at Scioto Audubon Metro Park – this free community event will encourage keeping your mind and body active during the summer. There will be games, obstacle courses, volleyball, entertainment, arts and crafts and more.

10:00 AM – Mommy and Me Mini Sessions at Franklin Park Community Gardens – $50 includes a 20 minute photo session and online gallery of 8 images. email to RSVP.

10:00 AM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

10:00 AM – Princess Tea Party at Amish Door – head to Holmes County for a Princess Tea Party which includes horse-drawn wagon rides, nail painting, crafts a story time and dancing!

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.]

10:00 AM – Columbus Children’s Theatre Presents Balloonacy at Hilliard’s Station Park – enjoy a free, live performance of “Balloonacy” by CCT in Hilliard’s Station Park.

10:00 AM – Kids Club Potted Paper Flower for Mom at Michaels Stores – for $3 kids can make a potted paper flower for mom. Sign up online.

10:15 AM – Oh là là, It’s French Storytime! at Upper Arlington Public Library – enjoy stories and songs in french! There will be two story times: ages 2-3 at 10:15 and ages 4-7 at 11:15.

10:30 AM – Mommy & Me at Never Grow Up Boutique – celebrate Mother’s Day by making an herb planter! Supplies will be provided. Tickets available online.

11:00 AM – Downtown Newark Food Truck and Soda Festival – head to Newark to try a large selection of food trucks and craft sodas!

11:00 AM – Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration at Get Air Columbus – all weekend long, mothers jump for free with their kids! There will be other activities on Sunday for the family!

11:00 AM – Charlie Tractor Storytime with Carrie Weyler at Prologue Bookshop – author Carrie Weyler will read from her Charlie Tractor Series inspired by growing up in Ohio! All ages welcome.

11:30 AM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

12:00 PM – Lancaster Community Days Festival at Lancaster Ohio Community Days Festival – this community festival includes rides, food, and a live performance by a Bon Jovi tribute band on Saturday! Admission is $2 for adults and kids 17 and under are free.

12:30 PM – Lancaster Princess Ball at The Mill Event Center – this event includes singing, dancing, music, meet and greets with the Princesses, and more! Tickets available online.

12:00 PM – Silhouette Artist Chris Casey at Pottery Barn Kids Columbus – – get a hand-cut classic silhouette of your little one! Schedule an appointment online.

1:00 PM – Monthly STEM Workshop Grades 3-5 at STEM U – drop in for STEM activities like coding, building and tinkering! Register online.

1:00 PM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

1:00 PM – Open Barn Days 2019 at Sunrise Sanctuary – visit Sunrise Sanctuary to meet the animals they care for. Purchase ticket online or day of if not sold out.

1:00 PM  – Mother’s Day Workshop at Columbus Printed Arts – learn how to carve styrofoam blocks to make relief prints and play with other printmaking techniques to create gifts for mom! Recommended for ages 3 and up. Snacks will be provided. Ticket sales end Thursday at 11:59 PM.

1:00 PM – Fire Truck & Ice Cream Social at Inspire Elementary School – meet local firemen and see their trucks! There will be family friendly activities and an ice cream social.

2:00 PM – Eagle Walk at Highbanks Metro Park – take a 3 mile hike to look for eagles. Ages 8 and up.

2:00 PM – MAKE A Mother’s Day Jewelry Holder at Michaels Stores – buy the wood frame and Michaels will supply the materials to decorate it.

2:30 PM – Haroun and the Sea of Stories at Columbus School for Girls by CATCO for Kids – – this play is the story of Haroun, who sets off on an adventure filled with talking animals and magicians!

6:00 PM – Creekside Art Walk at Creekside, Gahanna – visit Creekside businesses to see local artists and make sure to visit the Small steps pop-up gallery show at The Mug & Brush Barber Shop Creekside.

7:00 PM – Bishop Hartley High School presents “James and the Giant Peach” at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Bishop Hartley High School perform James and the Giant Peach!

SUNDAY 

9:00 AM – Mother’s Day at Columbus Zoo – enjoy free admission to mothers and grandmothers who are accompanied by at least one of their children/grandchildren, regardless of age.

9:00 AM – Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration at Get Air Columbus – all weekend long, mothers jump for free with their kids! There will be other activities on Sunday for the family!

10:00 AM – Mother’s Day Weekend at Franklin Park Conservatory – enjoy several activities throughout the weekend including releasing a butterfly, decorating a planter for mom, meeting animals from the Columbus Zoo and shopping the Mother’s Day Patio Sale!

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

11:00 AM – Lancaster Community Days Festival at Lancaster Ohio Community Days Festival – this community festival includes rides, food, and a live performance by a Bon Jovi tribute band on Saturday! Admission is $2 for adults and kids 17 and under are free. 

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – learn how to co-exist with your wild neighbors at this monthly open house! There will be an animal enrichment activity at 1:00 PM. $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

12:00 PM – Mother’s Day in the Park  at Homestead Metro Park – make crafts with mom and take part in a scavenger hunt!

12:30 PM – Mother’s Day Garden Adventure at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – help plant the vegetable and pollinator garden!

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings with a special code – book online!

1:00 PM – Friends of the Upper Arlington Library Book Sale – thousands of books, videos and other items are on sale through May 19th in the atrium of the UA Main Library!

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Photos at Easton Town Center – celebrate Mother’s Day with free photos at the Central Park Fountain!

1:00 PM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

1:30 PM – Mother’s Day – Kids Cook Dinner at 1400 Food Lab – Food For Thought Kitchen will host this cooking class where kids will learn how to make a Mother’s Day dinner! Each ticket includes a seat at the table for one child and one mother or accompanying adult. Space is limited.

2:00 PM – Bishop Hartley High School presents “James and the Giant Peach” at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Bishop Hartley High School perform James and the Giant Peach!

2:30 PM – Haroun and the Sea of Stories at Columbus School for Girls by CATCO for Kids – – this play is the story of Haroun, who sets off on an adventure filled with talking animals and magicians!

2:30 PM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

3:00 PM – Mother’s Day Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – enjoy horse drawn carriage rides for $10/person, kids under 15 ride free. 

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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? Columbus, Ohio, November 16-18, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 35 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Christmas Corner at Franklin County Fairgrounds – shop 65 vendors for hand crafted gift items!

10:00 AM – A Day Of Thanks/Friendsgiving at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – this event includes a Thanksgiving craft, photo booth, free hot chocolate or coffee, pumpkin pie and goodie bags for the kids! All of the activities are included in the regular admission price.

10:00 AM – The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio – shop for the best baked goods at this fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. There will also be vendors selling children’s apparel, books, holiday gift baskets and more!

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more! Friday is the annual Stuff the Truck Food Drive and each person who brings 5 non-perishable food items will get in free! This night will be busy so prepare to arrive as early as you can – as early as 10:00 AM!

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:30 PM – 20th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center – this tree lighting event includes a visit from Santa, photos with Santa, a parade and of course the lighting of the 56 foot tree at Easton Town Center!

7:00 PM – Ohio State Marching Band Hometown Concert at Ohio State Fair – Celeste Center – watch TBDBIL at their Hometown Concert featuring selections from their halftime shows, fan favorites and OSU tunes. Purchase tickets in advance.

7:00 PM – Christmas Tree Lighting / Holiday Experience at Tanger Outlets, Columbus – this event features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the SupaFun Band, stilt walkers, hot chocolate and cookies and the lighting of the Christmas tree!

7:00 PM – Unlimited Pizza Skate Night! at Skate Zone 71 – $10 per person includes admission, skate rental and unlimited cheese pizza!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – KidsLinked.com’s Columbus STEM & Arts Expo at The Point at Otterbein University – this free envoy includes contests in art and science, a spelling bee, vendors, a video game challenge, chess competition and more!

9:00 AM – Christmas Corner at Franklin County Fairgrounds – shop 65 vendors for hand crafted gift items!

9:00 AM – HOMAGE Gamedays

 at HOMAGE Easton Town Center and HOMAGE Short North – enjoy free donuts from Buckeye Donuts, coffee and special deals on Saturday mornings for each Buckeye game this season!

9:00 AM – Waffles and Ice Cream for Breakfast at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – $5 will get you a bowl of ice cream, waffles and an unlimited toppings bar!

10:00 AM – 2018 Lancaster Holiday Festival Parade at Fairfield County Fairgrounds – the Lancaster Holiday parade begins at the Fairgrounds and continues through Downtown Lancaster! This year’s theme is A Homespun Holiday.

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature focused story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory while it’s decked out for the season! Enjoy special performances and activities and this year the event extends into the Children’s Garden!

10:00 AM – Christmas on the Farm at The Olde Hayfield – this event features live music, shopping, a visit with Santa and the opportunity to purchase a live Christmas tree!

10:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get your family’s picture with Santa between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM (with 2 break periods (see link)). Get a professional 5×7 for $5 or take a photo with your own camera. Reservations are available!

10:00 AM – Gingerbread Competition of Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Masters’ submissions into the Gingerbread Competition AND it’s not too late to enter the amateur division! 

10:00 AM – All Aboard for Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail – see model trains in a miniature village and meet model railroaders at this free event!

11:30 AM – Kids Dance Fitness and Nutrition! at NK Fitness LLC – this activity includes a dance party and creating a healthy snack! $10 for non-members and $5 for members.

2:00 PM – Whiz Bang Science Show at Westerville Public Library – this show features science experiments in a fun and action-packed presentation! All ages are welcome.

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more!

5:30 PM – Pre Thanksgiving Celebration at Rancho Alegre – this event includes face painting, a balloon show and kids meals for $4.99 during the event. Upper Arlington location only!

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Sparkle Night at The Shops at Worthington Place – this free event includes face painting, a balloon artist, music, photos with Santa and the tree lighting at 6:30 PM.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory while it’s decked out for the season! Enjoy special performances and activities and this year the event extends into the Children’s Garden!

10:30 AM – Cookies with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – decorate your own cookie, write letters to Santa, meet The Sugar Plum Fairy and hear a story!

11:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get your family’s picture with Santa between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM (with 1 break period (see link)). Get a professional 5×7 for $5 or take a photo with your own camera. Reservations are available!

12:00 PM – All Aboard for Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail – see model trains in a miniature village and meet model railroaders at this free event!

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings in The Escape Room!

2:00 PM – Make Mini Turkey Signs at AR Workshop Grove City – kids can walk in to make and take a mini turkey sign!

3:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

3:00 PM – Holiday Lights Celebration at Creekside Gahanna – this family friendly event includes inflatables, carriage rides, mascots, live entertainment, ice sculpture demonstrations, a live nativity, pony rides and a whole lot more including activities inside the local businesses!

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more!


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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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