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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 4-6, 2020

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 21 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. Photos with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place

Reservations are strongly encouraged to visit Santa at Polaris Fashion Place. You can also reserve a Digital Santa Experience. Hours are Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM with a break from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM with a break from 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM. 

2. Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

Enjoy the amazing decorations at Franklin Park Conservatory that extend into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway. There is a special Candy Land exhibit with a life-sized gingerbread house! There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off. You must have a pre-purchased ticket for this event. This event takes place each evening from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

3. 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.

4. Holiday Lights at Columbus Commons!

Visit Columbus Commons for a festive light display. The lights will be lit every night from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM until January 3.

5. 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.


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!


6. 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.

7. Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center

Carriage rides will take place through Easton Town Center 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. 

8. VIRTUAL Tree Lighting in Dublin

This Virtual Tree Lighting in Coffman Park will start at 7:00 PM on Friday night. You can watch the tree lighting on the City’s website, Facebook page or YouTube channel.  Take a drive down Coffman Park Drive beginning December 4 through January 3 to enjoy a display of 40,000 LED lights and a 30-foot illuminated tree! 

9. North Market Holiday Market

North Marekt’s Holiday Market includes trees and holiday decor, vendors selling baked goods and gifts, live music, a DJ, a roaming Santa and Rudolph, kids crafts to go and specials from the permanent merchants. The market takes place on Saturday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

10. Handmade Holiday Market at The Design Refinery

Shop for local and handmade goods at this holiday market that takes place on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

11. Virtual Storytime with Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

Author and illustrator Jacob Grant will join participant for a virtual story time on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Register online. 

12. First Annual Christmas on the Farm at Van Buren Acres

On Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM you can shop for handcrafted items from local vendors, purchase holiday treats and visit with Santa. Admission is free and socially distant Santa photos are available from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM for a small fee. 

13. Take & Make Kit: Color with Peace and Joy at Southwest Public Libraries

Pick up a selection of coloring pages at either the Grove City Library or the Westland Area Library beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday while supplies last. 

14. Kindermusik FREE Demo Class

Try out a free demo class on Saturday at 11:15 AM where kids 6 months to 4 years can move, sing, jump and dance with Miss Emily! Register online.

15. Santa and More at Kuhlwein’s Farm Market & Deli

On Saturday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM enjoy carriage rides, reindeer/pony rides, and visits with Santa. Click the link for the cost of each event. There will be a petting zoo with 11 types of animals and visits from The Grinch! 

16. DIY Hot Chocolate Bomb at Dublin Toy Emporium

Kids can create their own mini hot chocolate bombs with Kreation’s Play Kafé. Text or call to register. 

17. Drive-By LIVE NATIVITY at Mount Sterling First Church of the Nazarene

Drive through this live nativity on Saturday night from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 

18. Village of Obetz Trail of Lights

Drive through Recreation Trail to see 1 mile of lighted Christmas displays, giant inflatables and live reindeer! Santa will also make an appearance! This event is taking place Saturday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 

19. Meet Santa at the Christmas Tree Farm at Needle & Pine Christmas Tree Farm

Meet Santa on Sunday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. You can also build your own Christmas tree and mail a Christmas list to the North Pole! 

20. Santa on the Farm at Mink Street Market

Get your child’s photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy baked goods, hot chocolate and more! This is a donation based event for Get Behind the Badge. 

21. Hilliard Virtual Tree Lighting

Watch the Hilliard tree lighting live on Facebook on Sunday at 8:00 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, October 30-November 1, 2020

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 10 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 for Fall make sure to check out:

1. Pumpkin Picking and Fall Festivals

Fall festivals around Central Ohio are beginning and many of them include pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, outdoor activities, food and all kinds of fall-themed fun! Click the link for a complete list of fall festivals and pumpkin farms to choose your fun this weekend!

2. Attend a Halloween Event

Click the link for a list of Halloween Events and Trick or Treat times around Columbus and the suburbs! There is something fun for every day or night of the week! Several events are happening this weekend that are not included on this list so click the link for more ideas!

3. Westerville Pumpkin Glow

Get your tickets for this drive-thru Pumpkin Glow in Westerville! The event is happening October 21-25 and October 28-November 1 at Everal Barn from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. There will be thousands of carved pumpkins to drive through! (Be prepared for a long wait in line!)

4. Monsters and Mochas at Community Grounds: Coffee & Meeting House

Visit the Monsters in the abandoned Meeting House on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM! There will be a hands-free tour, family-friendly activities and you will get a bag of fun activities to do at home! Appropriate for all ages. Get your tickets in advance.

5. Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Boo at The Zoo is a not-scary Halloween event where kids can dress up and collect candy at 13 treat stations around the zoo! There will be a Jack-O-Lantern Journey Seek and Find, musical, rolling celebrations, a self-guided tour at Frogwortz Academy and more! This event is included in membership or admission and takes place Fridays from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sundays from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. All visits require a timed ticket purchased in advance! Members will need to have tickets before 5:00 PM.

6. Spooktacular Halloween Drive-Thru with Crew SC

Come dressed in costume and trick-or-treat drive through style! Bring a winter hat or gloves to donate to the Boys an Girls Club of Central Ohio! Trick-or-treaters will receive bags filled with candy and treats plus other goodies as they drive through! No registration is required. This event takes place Friday night from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

7. Sleepy Hollow Drive-In at Ohio History Center

Each Friday night in October you can 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 Hocus Pocus and there are two times: 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM. You must get your tickets in advance. 

8. Trick or treat! at Saint Mary Farmers Market

Come in costume to the farmer’s market to get a Halloween Goodie Bag (while they last)! The Market runs from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday.

9. Halloween Family Fun! at at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus 

This event on Saturday at 12:00 PM includes Open Play, prepackaged snacks and a goodie bag for kids! Register in advance and come in costume! 

10. The Great Pumpkin Smash – COVID Style at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

On Sunday beginning at 12:00 PM there will be The Great Pumpkin Smash Contest! There will be 10 winners who will receive prizes including Visa Gift Cards! Everyone who enters with their pre-purchased ticket will be entered. 

 

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, September 25-27, 2020

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Try out one of these 10 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 for Fall make sure to check out:

1. Fourteen Twenty Nine at Land Grant Brewing

Get your brownie and baked good fix at Land Grant Brewing on Friday night from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Way back at the beginning, Amanda invited me to her house to learn about her mission and taste her brownies. I’ve been a big fan ever since!

2. FREE Dinner Skate at Skate Zone 71

On Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Family Skate features admission, skate rental, 1 slice of cheese pizza and 1 small drink for $10.

3. 2020 Water Circus Show at Colony Square Mall

If you’re looking for an interesting road trip this weekend, this event takes place in Zanesville. I don’t know much about it but an Italian Water Circus sounds very intriguing! There are several performances this weekend.

4. Gahanna Fall Drive-In Series

The Gahanna Fall Drive-In Series features movies and performances outside in Sunpoint Park! Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Friday night’s movie is Back to the Future and it starts at 7:45! Tickets are $10/vehicle.

5. Pumpkin Picking and Fall Festivals

Fall festivals around Central Ohio are beginning and many of them include pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, outdoor activities, food and all kinds of fall-themed fun! Click the link for a complete list of fall festivals and pumpkin farms to choose your fun this weekend!

6. Harvest Saturdays at Lawrence Orchards

Pick your own apples, enjoy the Story Stroll, food tucks and other orchard activities! Saturday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

7. Harvest Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory

Beginning this Saturday through November 1, 2020, Franklin Park Conservatory will be decked out with fall foliage, pumpkins, mums, gourds and more in the outdoor gardens! The Pumpkin House will be on display! This is included in regular admission or membership.

8. $5 Pony Rides at Kuhlwein’s Farm in Hilliard

Horse-N-Round Fun will be offering $5 pony rides on Saturdays and Sundays at Kuhlwein’s Farm Market beginning at 12:00 PM. Kuhlwein’s will be offering their fall activities like pumpkin picking, hayrides, petting zoo and more!

9. Sharp Farms Night Maze

Beginning this Saturday night and each Saturday night in October, the Sharp Farms Corn Maze will be open from 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM for those who want to try out the corn maze in the dark! This year’s maze has a women’s suffrage theme!

10. Princesses in the Park Series: Rapunzel & The Mermaid in Scioto Park

Join Rapunzel and the Mermaid in the park on Sunday from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM for singing, dancing, princess lessons, a treasure chest an more! $20/child. Adults are free. Get your tickets online.

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