What Should We Do This Weekend? December 15-17, 2017 Holiday Edition!

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Tons of holiday events continue this weekend! Happy Weekend and Happy Holidays!


Wildlights – see fantastic light displays, special visitors and performances from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM each night through January 1, 2018.

Twelve Elves of Dublin – this is the last week for the 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt! Pick up your 12 Elves Card and hunt for an elf at each of the participating locations. This is a free activity and at each stop your kids will receive a prize when they find it!

Gardens Aglow – Gardens Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and special events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated for the holidays. From December 1-31 (except for the 24th and 25th) they are open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities happening all through the season!

Christmas Corner at State Auto Insurance – walk through a life-sized nativity following the Christmas story! Choirs are scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings through December 23rd and free hot chocolate (donations accepted!) will be available on those evenings!

Think Outside the Brick – visit the Columbus Museum of Art for a huge LEGO display, special LEGO open build hours on Saturdays and LEGO Holiday decorations!

Downtown Lights – visit Columbus Commons and Bicentennial Park for festive light displays!

Holiday Parties at Columbus Recreation and Parks – check the link for all the dates for the Holiday Parties at each Columbus Recreation Center!


10:00 AM – Storytime with Kara at Me and the Moon – enjoy a Welcome Winter! Storytime with tea and a pop up book sale afterwards!

10:30 AM – 614 Holiday Card Project at peapod play cafe – help make Christmas Cards for the 614 Holiday Card Project and learn how Christmas activities can promote the development of fine motor skills!

11:00 AM – Sounds of the Season at Polaris Fashion Place – there will be several performances from local musicians and choirs throughout the day!

5:30 – Columbus Historical Society Holiday Party & Open House – celebrate Columbus holidays throughout history, enjoy refreshments and learn about the Columbus Historical Society!

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a carriage ride through the Town Center, $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult! Happening all weekend – check the link for times.

7:00 PM – Christmas in Columbus: A Holiday Adventure hosted by Short North Stage – celebrate the holidays in Columbus with an original performance by some of Columbus’ favorite performers. This is a family friendly performances filled with songs and dancing. Several performance times are available throughout the weekend.

7:30 PM – Polar Express Weekends at COSI – watch Polar Express on the big screen at COSI. Several times available throughout the weekend.

8:00 PM – Matchgirl 2017 at Lincoln Theatre – Columbus Dance Theatre presents Matchgirl featuring a full orchestra and choir. 3 performances throughout the weekend.


9:00 AM – Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – enjoy hot apple cider and cookies and enjoy the gardens while you pick out your Christmas Tree. Happening on Sunday, too!

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – $5/person gets you a waffle with unlimited trimmings, juice and drip coffee!

9:00 AM – Visit with Santa at the Herb Center! – meet with Santa at the Ohio Herb Education Center, write a letter to Santa and get your photo taken with him, make a gift with Mrs. Claus.

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmers Market – kids under the age of 12 can stop by the information table at the Worthington Farmers Market for a kid-friendly activity.

9:30 AM – Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit Rhoads at Rhoads Garden Center – free photos with Santa (you take them), pick out a Christmas Tree and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

9:30 AM – Family Improv Class at Hilltop YMCA – the whole family can enjoy improv and acting games with CATCO is Kids.

10:00 AM – All Natural Cookie Decorating at Stratford Ecological Center – anyone age 6 and up can learn how to make natural food coloring for decorating cookies! Decorate cookies to bring home! Registration required.

10:00 AM – Kid’s Holiday Art Camp at Rhoads Garden Center – kids age 6-12 can paint a reindeer canvas. Register in advance.

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz Family Concert – Tony Monaco Trio: “Songs of the Season” at Lincoln Theatre – $5/person ($20/family) includes a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie for the kids and a 1 hour long jazz concert. Two show times are available: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM.

10:00 AM – Elf – Holiday Film Series at Drexel Theatre – watch the movie ELF in your PJ’s. There will also be a showing at 2:00 PM on Sunday.

11:00 AM – JCPenney Kids Zone Christmas party! at Indian Mound Mall – this event includes games, crafts, face painting, snacks and the live “Elf on the Shelf”

12:00 PM – Christmas Time Open House at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club – visit the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club to see model railroad train layouts including a Thomas the Train display!

11:00 AM – Hot Chocolate Bar at Lucky’s Market Columbus – shop for artisan gifts and hot chocolate to support Columbus North International School.

11:00 AM – Paint with Santa! at Flutterby Ceramics – paint a ceramic piece with Santa! Photos welcome!

11:30 AM – Santa & the Symphony (sensory friendly) at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts – this event is a sensory-friendly symphony performance for the whole family. Tickets are $8 at the door.

12:00 PM – Santa Visit at Smith Farm Market and Bakery – Santa is coming to the Market! For $5 kids can visit with Santa, make a craft and decorate a cookie.

12:00 PM – The columbus holiday pop-up shop at The Hart Room – 4 local businesses are coming together for your holiday shopping needs including kids clothes by mrly.

12:00 PM – Scarlet and Grey Meet at St. John Arena – this is a free opportunity to watch the OSU Women’s Gymnastics Team!

3:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Visit with Santa! at Ohio Herb Education Center – visit Santa in a relaxed, accessible environment. Visit includes a photo. Register in advance.

12:00 PM – Sensory-Friendly Visits with Santa at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – visit with Santa in a quiet, low light environment. Sign up online.

12:00 PM – Letters To Santa 2017 – Day 3 at Ohio Railway Museum – Kids can write a letter to Santa and mail it in the Railway Post Office Car, visit with Mrs. Claus, make christmas crafts and ornaments and take a train ride!

12:30 PM – Uptown Scrooge in Uptown Westerville – this walking tour of Uptown Westerville takes place on Saturday and Sunday and includes a performance of Dicken’s The Christmas Carol.

2:30 PM – Black Nativity at King Arts Complex – there are 2 performance times for this live nativity performance based not he Langston Hughes classic. A Holiday Marketplace opens one hour before and after each performance. Tickets required.

3:00 PM – Winter Wildlife at Sunbury Urban Farm – this program is geared toward ages 2-5 and includes a story time and hands-on activities related to Winter Wildlife. Kids will make a bird feeder to take home. $5/child.
Sat Dec 16 · Sunbury Urban Farm

5:00 PM – Holiday Lights Trolley Tour at Rickenbacker Woods Learning Center – take a trolley ride to tour the holiday lights in surrounding communities. From 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM there will be a Holiday Bazaar inside the Center. Both events are free.


8:00 AM – Das Kaffeehaus Pancake Breakfast  at Das KaffeeHaus von Frau Burkhart – all you can eat pancake breakfast plus coffee is $9.99 and benefits CD102.5 for the Kids. Other food will be available as well.

10:00 AM – Doc McStuffins Toy PARTY – Holiday Toy Drive at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate and receive free admission. Doc McStuffins will be collecting the toys! There will be crafts, snacks and a visit from Santa.

11:00 AM – Sensory Friendly Films: The Secret of NIMH (1982) at Gateway Film Center – watch The Secret of Nimh in a sensory friendly environment with lower volume and lights up. This is a free event.
Sun Dec 17 · Gateway Film Center

11:00 AM – Family Gluten Free Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Bake Me Happy – decorate a gluten free Gingerbread House. A pre-assembled house and all decorations will be provided. Tickets available online.

2:00 PM – Christmas Open House at Orange Johnson House – Enjoy “An Old Time Christmas” at the Orange Johnson House which includes a musical ensemble and light refreshments.

2:00 PM – German Village Holiday Pet Parade at German Village Society – bring your pet all decked out for the holidays. There will be judges and awards for pets in costume!

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Beyond these technologies, we focus on mental development using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). STEAM is more than simply the content areas that make up the acronym. When children engage in “STEAM activities” they establish and increase their spatial intelligence, which is key in understanding and excelling in ALL aspects of life. Our philosophy centers around the following key areas: spatial intelligence, innovation, making, play, literacy, reasoning.

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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 14-16, 2017

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Did you see this week’s post: Summer Nights in Columbus: Something to do Every Night of the Week? Check it out for a list of summer events happening all throughout the week!

1. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. at the Coffman Park Amphitheater

When: Monday – Friday, July 10-14, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 5200 Emerald Pkwy., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-410-4550

Watch this adaptation of Disney’s Little Mermaid in the outdoor Amphitheater! Tickets are $5/person.

2. Steam Threshers Festival in Pastime Park

When: Thursday – Sunday, July 13 – 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 344-350 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-270-0007

This annual show includes a large tractor and engine display as well as nightly entertainment featuring lawnmower races, horse pulls, truck and tractor pulls and a parade! $5/person. Children 12 and under are free.

3. Picktown Palooza in Olde Pickerington Village

When: Thursday – Sunday, July 13-16, 2017
Time: Thursday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 100 Lockville Rd., Pickerington, OH 41347
Phone: 614-379-2099

This is a 4 day celebration of community that includes live entertainment, the Freedom 5K and Kids Fun Run, carnival rides, a car and bike show, food vendors and Kids’Corner and more! Tickets can be purchased online.

4. 80th Birthday Celebration at Krispy Kreme

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: participating Krispy Kreme locations

If you buy one dozen donuts at regular price, Krispy Kreme will sell you a second dozen donuts for $.80 on Friday to celebrate their 80th birthday!

5. KidX Club: Backyard Biologist

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy. , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Preservation Parks of Delaware County will be at this week’s KidX Club to help kids explore life outdoors! This event takes place at the outdoor fountain area of the mall. Bring a book to donate for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and children will pick out a treat from the treasure chest! Also, kids eat free at the Pub on Fridays!

6. From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday-Thursday, July 14-20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

GFC has partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to bring your family these great films inspired by books! This week’s film is Spy Kids. Daytime admission is free with your library card!

7. Flicks on the Bricks at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

This fun evening at Hilliard’s Station Park has a Christmas theme! There will be live reindeer, santa, a snow machine and live snow globe, snowball game and more! The movie being shown is Christmas Vacation!

8. Movie at the Park at Stradley Park

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: 36 S. High St., Canal Winchester, OH 32926

Storks is the free movie being shown in the park on Friday night! Canal Winchester Human Services will be collecting donations of diapers and baby items for the Community Food Pantry. It is suggested you arrive early to get a seat!

9. Westgate Farmer’s Market the West Gate Masonic Lodge

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2925 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

The Westgate Farmers Market happens on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month and includes local vendors, fresh produce, food trucks, kids activities and live music! This week’s food trucks are Explorers Club, Erin’s Lunchbox and Cream & Sugar!

10. 10TV & Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Big Meadows Picnic Area, 9466 US-23, Lewis Center, OH 43035

This free family celebration of summer includes playing in the creek, rock climbing, sack races, live animals and lots of other outdoor activities! Channel 10 news anchors will be on site all day as well!

11. Franklin County Fair

When: Saturday-Sunday, July 15-22, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM Friday & Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday – Thursday
Location: 5043 Northwest Pkwy., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-7235

This is the 100th Anniversary of the Franklin County Fair. Visit the kids tent for activities for games, crafts and other activities!

12. Sensory Friendly Films: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

This special showing is for families and individuals with autism or developmental disabilities. The show will be at a lower volume and brighter atmosphere. This is a free event featuring the movie based on the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

13. The Turtle Lady at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The Turtle Lady will be on site with her turtles! Kids can make a turtle craft, too! Free with admission.

14. Delaware Family Festival at Andrews House

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 39 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

This Block Party style event includes music, food, face painting, free haircuts, caricatures, games, crafts and more! Free lunch from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM!

15. From Book to Film in Topiary Park

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: Dusk
Location: ​480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

Movies at Topiary Park include free popcorn, a food truck and activities. This weekend’s movie is Curious George!

16. National Ice Cream Day Deals around Columbus

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017

Make sure to follow my Facebook Page for a fun giveaway on National Ice Cream Day (Sunday)!

17. West Side Community Baby Shower

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2622 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

If you live on the West side of Columbus and are pregnant or have a baby under 3 months old, you are invited to the Westside Community Baby Shower! There will be prizes, giveaways, free diapers, food, Community Health Workers and more! You can also donate diapers, food and baby items to this event. See all the info at the link above!

18. Summer Reading Road Trip at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys, and Games

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 25 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-0290

Join in this reading festival hosted by Scholastic and Fundamentals  where there will be giveaways, crafts, games and your favorite Scholastic book characters! There will be 3 author/illustrators in attendance as well! See more about Fundamentals here.

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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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