What Should We Do This Weekend? June 9-11, 2017

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1. Fun Fridays: Pirate and Princess Day at Everal Barn and Homestead

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville , OH 43082
Phone: 614-901-6400

Pirates and princesses are welcome to search for treasure, play games and create notes in a bottle on an island of fun! $5, for ages 6 and under.


Commons for Kids – Safety Day

 at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 
1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This week’s Commons for Kids’ theme is Safety and in addition to the regular faceprinting, inflatables and carousel rides, there will be representatives from the Columbus Police and Fire Departments, a craft time making safety whistles and planting with Lowe’s! See more info about the activities at Columbus Commons here!

3. The 2017 Columbus Arts Festival

 at the Scioto Mile

When: Friday – Sunday, June 9-11, 2017
Time: Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Scioto Mile

The Columbus Arts Festival is a huge celebration of art including live music, local artists, a 5K, food trucks, art activities and more! Specifically for kids and families, look for hands-on activities and crafts, a Children’s Gallery with art for $5 and under,  the Art Shark, and Children’s Theater. Don’t miss The Shazzbots at the Arts Festival!?! for a kid-friendly performance, and the Art Makes Columbus Activity Village

 where you can screen print your own t-shirt, design video games, play instruments and more!

4. The Great Dean-O 

at Tree of Life Play + Cafe

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 3708 Fishinger Blvd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Phone: 614-363-4041

The Great Dean-O will put on a comedy-magic show for preschoolers!

5. KidX Dino Dig day with “The Works” at Indian Mound Mall

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 771 S. 30th St., Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-522-6620

If your kids are really into dinosaurs, you may want to take a little road trip on Friday! At this free event, kids can dig in the sand for their own dinosaur and do experiments, play games, win prizes and more – all with a dinosaur theme! The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology will have a hands-on show about the “Pleistocene Dentist”, kids can learn all about fossils and meet a real dinosaur at the photo station!

6. Credit Union of Ohio Carnival in Hilliard

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 5500 Britton Pkwy., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-487-6650

The family-friendly event is open to the public and will offer free activities for kids of all ages, including carnival game stations; prizes; live music entertainment; face painting; balloon twisting; a bounce house; popcorn; ice cream; water; and free food from The Angry Wiener and Empanadas and More food trucks. Check out their newly remodeled workshop space and take advantage of a special offer for families who open a Youth Account at the carnival. Carnival attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Credit Union of Ohio’s event page (link above).

7. Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Chic-fil-A on Sawmill

When: Friday – Saturday, June 9-10, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM on Friday – 10:00 AM Saturday
Location: 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH
Phone: 614-717-9404

Chick-fil-A on Sawmill is hosting a sleep over for your stuffed animals! Join Cow for dinner, story time and tuck in, then pick them back up on Saturday to hear see pictures and hear all about their overnight adventure! “Tuck-in” will be at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

8. Flicks on the Bricks: Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026

Flicks on the Bricks includes an outdoor movie, on-stage entertainment, a dunk tank, body art, art projects, stilt walkers, food trucks and more!

9. Father’s Day Craft with Ms. Mary! at TREEHIVE play + cafe

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 337 W. Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-681-1456

Little Van Gogh Art School is hosting a craft time to help kids create a fun Father’s Day gift! Make a ‘Love You to Pieces” picture frame out of puzzle pieces! $14.50 a ticket (price includes photo and DIY frame). Register at the link.

10. Grown Up & Me Art: Dad’s Day Gift

 at Art With Anna

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: 420 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

On the second Saturday of each month you can bring your child to do an art project together! $15/couple, $5 for each additional child!

11. Unchained at Westgate BusinessWorks

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 11 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Break away from chain stores and check out the businesses of Westgate BusinessWorks including the brand new Clay Street Ceramics where you and your kids can paint your own pottery items! This event take place on the second Saturday of each month through September and will feature local artisan goods, sidewalk sales, a raffle and a kid zone with face painting and crafts! For $2.50 you can get a hotdog, chips and a drink! Also happening in the neighborhood is the Westgate Home & Garden Tour


12. Family Fun Day
 at The Shops at Worthington Place

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 7227 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-841-1110

This free Family Fun Day includes a bounce house, face painting, games, prizes, music, activities and more!

13. PBJ & Jazz with Byron Stripling & The Bobby Floyd Trio

 at The Topiary Park

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E Town St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

This event includes a family story time at Main Library, a free, kid-friendly jazz concert in Topiary Park and a craft time afterwards!

14. Wonka Day

 at Lulu’s Sweet Shop and Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 14 W. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-394-8193

Join LuLu’s Sweet Shop and Naturally Curious Kids for an afternoon of games, crafts, and treats!

15. For Kids: Nature Crafts at Homestead Metro Park

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: The Barn, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-971-5211

Drop in between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to do a craft made out of supplies found in nature! Ideal for ages 3-10. The craft station will be outside.

16. DIY Car Games Workshop

 at World Market

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3770 Easton Market, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-471-5042

Come to this craft time to make your own family road trip game! With the purchase of any polypropylene cutting board, you can learn how to create custom car games for your summer road trip! Other materials will be provided. Loriann Cargill Bustos of will be hosting at the Easton location!

17. Bling Out Your Spinners at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Buy a spinner and use Michaels’ supplies to bling them out! Can’t make it on Saturday? On Sunday there’s Free Slime Sunday from 1:00 PM -3:00 PM!

18. Movie in the Park: Moana 

 at Mill Valley Park South

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 1067 Creekview Dr., Marysville, OH 43040

The movie Moana will be shown at Mill Valley Park South beginning at dusk! Bring blankets or low stadium chairs!

19. Baby + Art

 at Art with Anna

When: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Another opportunity this weekend for Art with Anna! Bring your baby (suggested 9 mo-2.5 yrs) to a messy and casual morning making art together! Washable and edible paint is used and it is a time for baby to explore new things while moms hang out! $10/family. Register in advance.

20. Hunting for Bees in Bexley

 at Jeffrey Mansion

When: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 165 N. Parkview Ave., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

Learn about bees, their life and migration and go on a hunt for honeybees in the area!

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Plain City Apple Picking Adventures

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We had beautiful weather for apple picking with friends at The Orchard and Company: blue skies, sunshine, fluffy white clouds and 70-some degrees! Now I’m officially in the mood for fall, looking up recipes for apple crisp and making note of all the fall festivals going on around town!


The grounds of the orchard are beautiful and the apple picking was close to the parking lot and the whole process was very easy!





The Orchard and Company has fall festival weekends on Saturdays and Sundays, September 10 – October 30, 2016. They happened to be open for Gala picking on a Friday – the first Friday of September, so we jumped on it since Gala apples are a household favorite! However, that did mean missing out on the festival fun – but our kids didn’t know any different and they still had a blast!






One of the activities available at the orchard is fishing! You can also feed the fish from the dock!




If you make this a yearly tradition, make sure to get your pictures at this cute sign!


To enjoy the festival weekends, you must purchase a Farm Yard Pass to enjoy the extra activities. The pass is $10 for adults and children over 2. This pass is good for activities like the animal barn, pedal cart track, zip line, a corn box and more! Fishing is $2 extra and Gem Mining is $5. You do not need to buy a Farm Yard Pass to pick apples.


September U-Pick dates are estimated as follows (check the website for updates and pricing!):

Golden Supreme: September 10th & 11th 11 AM- 5 PM

Honeycrisp: September 10th & 11th 11 AM- 5 PM

Jonamac: September 10th & 11th 11 AM – 5 PM

Macoun: September 17th & 18th

Jonagold: September 24th & 25th

After picking our apples, we weren’t ready to end our fall fun! My friend Jaclyn had spied a sign for a Yutzy’s Farm Market on the way to the orchard, so we decided to check it out! It ended up being the perfect place to sit down and eat our packed lunches, let the kids play and then lure them off the playground equipment for an amish-made snack!



Yutzy’s sells all kinds of fresh produce, local meats, bulk food items and has a really popular deli. I say popular because there was always a line (and I know this because we had to excuse ourselves through it a few times to take the kids to the restrooms!)



They also sell homemade baked goods, pumpkins and other fall squash!



Out in the yard, there is a play area with several picnic tables!





Besides this unique playground equipment, there were also llamas and ponies! My youngest is somehow really into horses, so he LOVED this!





I was feeling extra generous with the sugar because it was Friday and beautiful outside and these cupcakes were only $1.50, but this is how that ended up:


The funny part was, he looked at me and whined, “It’s on my arm!” and held his arm out for me to wipe. (Never mind that hair/eye incident!) The clerk at the counter must have had some foresight (or parenting experience) because she had insisted on giving me paper towels when I asked her for a few plastic forks to eat the cupcakes with!

We headed home in time for a late nap, but if you want to make a full day of it, try stopping at The Cheese House just around the corner, or attending the Shekinah Festival on Saturday (9/10)!

Know Before You Go:

The Orchard and Company, 7255 US Hwy 42 N., Plain City, OH 43064, 614-873-0510

2016 Fall Festival
Saturdays & Sundays, September 10th – October 30th
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Hours of operation are weather permitting.)
Phone: 614-873-0510

Yutzy’s Farm Market

6010 Converse Huff Road, Plain City, Ohio 43064
Phone: 614-873-3815
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


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