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Affordable (and Free!) Summer Fun at Local Marcus Theatres 

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Want to beat the heat or get out of the rain? Keep the kids entertained this summer with one of these fun, affordable family-friendly movie options at Marcus Theatres!

Thanks to Marcus Theatres for sponsoring this post!

Affordable (and Free!) Summer Fun at Local Marcus Theatres

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Ah summer…no school, warm days and long nights. Although the list of potential activities seems never ending, it’s always a good idea to have a fool-proof plan in your back pocket for those days when the kids say “I’m bored,” the rain ruins your outing or you just want to kick up your feet and RELAX!

That’s where Marcus Theatres comes to the rescue.  With two local theatres, the Marcus Crosswoods Cinema in Columbus and the Marcus Pickerington Cinema in Pickerington, there is plenty of affordable (and free!) family fun on tap all summer long. Both theatres also feature comfortable DreamLounger recliners, premium large format screens and two great dining options — the Take Five Lounge and Zaffiro’s Express — for a convenient outing all under one roof.

Kids Dream Summer Film Series (Crosswoods and Pickerington Cinemas)

The Kids Dream Summer Film Series presented by American Family Insurance brings recent family favorites back to the big screen for an admission price of just $3 per person. Better yet, popcorn and fountain drinks are only $2.75 each! All films will play now through August 14 on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. 

You can save even more by visiting an American Family Insurance agency owner or the Kids Dream website to receive two FREE tickets courtesy of American Family Insurance. Visit www.AmFam.com/KidsDream to get yours! 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Kids Dream films:

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Free Family Parties (Crosswoods Cinema)

Heads to the Crosswoods Cinema for free family parties to celebrate the opening of this summer’s biggest films. Pro tip: they are come as you please and a great way to burn off extra energy before or after the movie! 

Mark your calendar for these upcoming parties:

  • July 20 and 21: “The Lion King” Free Family Parties from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Get your picture taken in the photo booth; make-your-own paper plate lion mask, lion origami and animal scratch art; and enjoy free snacks! 
    • Stay for the movie! Film admission sold separately. Click here for showtimes.
  • August 17 and 18: “The Angry Birds Movie 2” Free Family Parties from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Partygoers will enjoy a variety of crafts, snacks and more — more details and showtimes will be available soon at www.MarcusTheatres.com.
    • Stay for the movie! Film admission sold separately.The Lion King movie shown at Marcus Theatres Columbus Ohio

Value Days (Select Locations)

From “Toy Story 4” to “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (opening August 9), it’s no secret that this summer’s line-up is packed with plenty of amazing movies for families — and with value days at Marcus Theatres a trip to the theatre doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out these great offerings:

  • $5 Movie Tuesday (both theatres): Every movie is just $5, plus Magical Movie Rewards (MMR) loyalty members receive free complimentary-size popcorn! (Not a MMR member? You can sign-up for free online or in theatre.)
  • Student Thursday* (Crosswoods Cinema): Every Thursday, students and faculty can enjoy a movie for $6, plus receive free complimentary-size popcorn. Simply show your student or faculty ID to receive this great deal!
*Ticket prices are subject to tax where applicable. An additional charge applies for 3D, SuperScreen DLX and UltraScreen DLX showings.

The next time you’re in the market for a fun and affordable summer activity, make sure to head to your nearest Marcus Theatre!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, April 26-28, 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

9:30 AM – Toddler Play Time – Art Explorers at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – this craft time includes 2 hours of sensory based activities and art projects! Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. RSVP required.

9:30 AM – Bring Your Kid to WorkOUT Day  with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington at Thompson Park – bring your family to work out for free then enjoy a playgroup afterwards!

9:30 AM – Bring your kid(s) to Work OUT Day! with FIT4MOM Columbus East – bring your kid to work out at this free class featuring healthy snacks afterward!

10:00 AM – Tots on the Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – this is a toddler friendly, half-mile walk to discover nature!

10:00 AM – Columbus Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Blooms exhibit features all of the flowers and blooms of spring – over 125,000 of them – throughout the gardens and the Children’s Garden! This lasts through April 30, 2019.

10:30 AM – Paper Plate Flowers at Avery Park – join FIT4MOM for a spring workout and craft. The craft time takes place after the workout and is free.

12:00 PM – Kids Paint Free Day at Clay Cafe Clintonville – studio fees are waived for kids on Friday between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM!

12:00 PM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be for sale for just $5/book. There will be food trucks on site as well!

5:00 PM – Family Friday Night at COSI – COSI stays open late (until 9:00 PM) on the last Friday of the year with reduced admission! 

5:30 PM – Veleros “Día del Niño” – Clippers Hispanic Night at Huntington Park – celebrate Dia del Niño with the Columbus Clippers and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce! There will be activities for the kids, music, food, dancing and more! Purchase your tickets for the baseball game online.

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SATURDAY

8:00 AM – West Side Park Ribbon Cutting & Arbor Day Celebration in Gahanna – this event includes a ribbon cutting of the new park in Gahanna – including the revealing of its name! There will also be a tree planting event and a light pancake breakfast!

8:30 AM – Easter Adventure Helicopter Egg Drop at The Farm at Walnut Creek – a helicopter will drop hundreds of eggs for an egg hunt for kids up through 11 years old. Exchanged the eggs for prizes! There will be a giant corn box and a scavenger hunt plus rabbits and bunnies! Regular admission applies. There will be several egg drops throughout the day.

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – this waffle bar includes unlimited toppings, coffee and juice for $5/person.

9:00 AM – Welcome Spring Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – celebrate Spring with activities for kids, bounce house, food trucks, plus all kinds of gardening and landscaping resources!

9:00 AM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be for sale for just $5/book. There will be food trucks on site as well!

9:30 AM – Creative Crew Competition at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – head out to Easton (b to watch the finalists in the 2019 Creative Crew Competition compete in the next stage! Fro 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM, they will be creating masterpieces to win a spot on this year’s Creative Crew!

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art: Mixed Media Flowers at Art with Anna – kids ages 4 and up can make a mixed media project with a spring flower theme! $20/artist.

10:00 AM – HOOT 98: Books at Gateway Film Center – this family friendly film series features short films with a ‘book” theme, live music from The Shazzbots and activities in the lobby! Bring a canned good donation to the Open Shelter for free admission.

10:00 AM – Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral and Moovers & Shakers Open Weekends at Young’s Jersey Dairy – the Moovers and Shakers ride is open as well as Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral featuring a corn pit and slide, Tyke’s Tractors, a straw pit and bale climbing and more!

10:00 AM – Llama & Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center – watch sheep and llamas be sheared and learn how wool is produced. There will be hands on projects and an opportunity to explore the farm! Sock Hop Soda Shop will be on site, too! $5/person. Registration not required.

10:00 AM – Columbus Bookshop Crawl – Saturday is National Independent Bookstore Day and you can be entered to win a gift basket if you visit 3 out of 6 of the participating local bookstores this Saturday! There will be special deals at the various locations as well! Click the link to see all locations.

10:00 AM – Columbus Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Blooms exhibit features all of the flowers and blooms of spring – over 125,000 of them – throughout the gardens and the Children’s Garden! This lasts through April 30, 2019. Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM there will be a cactus and succulent sale!

10:30 AM – 2019 Ohioana Book Festival at Columbus Metropolitan Library – meet with Ohio authors, attend book signings, panel discussions, author talks and more! For kids there will be story times, children’s book authors, crafts, balloon twisting, characters, a LEGO building area and more!

11:00 AM – Turkish Food Festival at Bethel International United Methodist Church – try out Turkish food, enjoy music and traditional dances performed by TASO Youth Club! Tickets available at the event. 

12:00 PM – Planet-Palooza at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – celebrate Earth Day with crafts, live animals, games and other activities! 

1:00 PM – 2019 Geocaching Kickoff at Sharon Woods Metro Park – this geocache hunt includes all 19 Metro Parks! Kick off the season with this event including a special prize for the first 100 teams!

1:15 PM – You & Your Family Matter, A Free Financial Event! at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – this is a free event where you can learn about important financial information for families. There will be pizza and drinks served. 

5:00 PM – Eggciting Parent’s Night Out @ Kreation’s Play Café at Dublin Toy Emporium – register your child for a fun eventing while you get a night out! There will be egg painting, an egg hunt, playtime, dinner and more!

8:00 PM – Off-Trail Froggy Hike at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – take a 1 mile hike to search for frogs and toads! Ages 5 and up.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Earth Day at The Crest Gastropub – celebrate Earth Day with a petting zoo, craft stations, face painting, plus activities for the adults like yoga, music, finger foods and more!

10:00 AM – Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral and Moovers & Shakers Open Weekends at Young’s Jersey Dairy – the Moovers and Shakers ride is open as well as Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral featuring a corn pit and slide, Tyke’s Tractors, a straw pit and bale climbing and more!

10:00 AM – Welcome Spring Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – celebrate Spring with activities for kids, bounce house, food trucks, plus all kinds of gardening and landscaping resources!

10:00 AM – Mother/Daughter Tower Tea Party with Rapunzel! at Our CupCakery – learn to decorate cookies, create a sparkly craft, take part in a Grande Coronation, sing dance and enjoy a story time with Rapunzel! There are two event times on Sunday. Cost is $50/couple, $20 for an additional attendee.

10:00 AM – Columbus Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Blooms exhibit features all of the flowers and blooms of spring – over 125,000 of them – throughout the gardens and the Children’s Garden! This lasts through April 30, 2019.

11:00 AM – Sunlight Market in the Gay Street District – the Sunlight Market includes special hours at local businesses, vendors, street musicians and more!

11:00 AM – Fairy Garden Sunday at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – create your own fairy garden at this family friendly event! Register online to receive 10% off!

11:00 AM – German Village Makers Market in German Village – this outdoor artisan market features local artists, designers, growers, food and more!

12:30 PM – Mother/Daughter Tower Tea Party with Rapunzel! at Our CupCakery – learn to decorate cookies, create a sparkly craft, take part in a Grande Coronation, sing dance and enjoy a story time with Rapunzel! There are two event times on Sunday. Cost is $50/couple, $20 for an additional attendee.

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

2:00 PM – Campfire & S’mores at Homestead Metro Park – make s’mores around the camp fire or bring your own food to cook over the fire!

2:00 PM – Go WILD! Kids Club: Soil Safari at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kids ages 5-12 can get dirty exploring what’s underground! Dress appropriately!

2:00 PM – For Kids: Amphibians Search at Highbanks Metro Park – kids ages 6-12 can search for amphibians along the Olentangy River. Bring your own nets and jars. Dress appropriately!

2:00 PM – Life on the Farm: Spring Opening at the Orange Johnson House – celebrate the Bicentennial of the Orange Johnson House with visits with fear animals, self-paced tours, log house building, hands on activities and birthday cake!

2:00 PM – Children’s Garden Day: Soup Garden at Inniswood Metro Gardens – learn how to grow and make your own vegetable soup. This event also includes crafts and gardening activities for families!

4:00 PM – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day! at Palace Theatre – watch Daniel Tiger be King for a Day live on stage!

6:00 PM – LUSH Polaris Presents Mom and Me! at LUSH Cosmetics Polaris Fashion Place – make a handmade bath bomb and Mother’s Day card while enjoying a cup of tea!

 

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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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Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Columbus and Central Ohio

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Save a few dollars by choosing one of these Kids Eat Free (or cheap!) options around Columbus and Central Ohio!

When kids can eat free, it sure does help! When you don’t feel like cooking, check this list for kids eat free (or cheap) locations around Columbus and Central Ohio! It’s always a good idea to click the link to verify that the offer still exists or call ahead to double check!

Where Can Kids Eat Free in Columbus and Central Ohio?

Every Day:

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketeer Bookworm Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Monday:

Carsonies Upper Arlington – Kids eat free! (2 kids meals per adult entree!)

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Chocolate Cafe – Kids eat for $1.99 all day! From 11:30 – 1:00 PM Inflatin’ Clayton makes balloon creations!

bd’s Mongolian Grill – all day kids ages 4-10 eat for $3 including a drink. Kids 3 and under always eat free!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketeer Bookworm Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

Buffalo Wings and Rings – Kids 10 and under eat free with a paying adult ($5 minimum purchase).

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

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Golf Club of Dublin – kids eat free all day on Mondays!

Tuesday:

boy at bd's Mongolian Grill, Columbus, Ohio

 

Zassy’s Tap Room – kids eat free every Tuesday all day at Zassy’s Tap Room until 9pm! Limit 2 free kids meals per 1 regular priced item purchased. Children 12 & under.

bd’s Mongolian Grill – all day kids ages 4-10 eat for $3 including a drink. Kids 3 and under always eat free!

El Vaquero – all day, buy one regular dinner and get one free kid`s meal. Only for kids under 12 years old.

McAlister’s Deli – after 4:00 PM kids eat for $.99 with the purchase of an adult entree.

Miller’s Ale House – 1 Free Kids Meal with the purchase of 1 regularly priced Adult Entree. Ages 12& under. Dine in only.

Sweet Carrot – Kids 10 and under eat free. One free kids meal for every adult meal purchase.

Bob Evans – from 4:00 PM to close one free kids meal with the purchase of each adult meal!

The Mudflats Bar and Grill – kids 12 and under get a free meal from the kids menu with each adult meal. Dine-in only. All day.

mac and cheese kids eat free at MELT Bar and Grilled, Columbus, Ohio

Kids Meal at MELT Bar and Grilled in the Short North.

MELT Bar and Grilled – Kids eat for $2 every Tuesday (Limit of 3 discounted meals per adult with entree purchase.)

Carfagnas Kitchen – kids eat free!

Sawmill Skyline Chili – one free kid’s meal for each paying adult. Includes a kids craft!

Moe’s – free kids meal with an adult’s purchase.

El Vaquero – one free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Dine-in only.

Max & Erma’s – free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree!

Fazoli’s – Tuesday night is Kids Night and with the purchase of one adult entree you can get up to 3 kids meals at $.99 each.

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketeer Bookworm Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Wednesday:

kids eat free at Ten Pin Alley, Hilliard Ohio

Ten Pin Alley – Receive one free kids meal with the purchase of one adult entree at regular price. Read more about all there is to do at Ten Pin Alley here!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketeer Bookworm Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

kids eat free Tanger Outlets, Columbus, Ohio

Rise Pies – kids get a free cheese pizza with any pizza or large salad purchase. Age 10 and under.

Columbus Clippers – kids 12 and under can customize their own free meal. Limit one per child. To receive a voucher to eat free you must take your ticket to the Advanced Ticket Booth in center field. Child must be accompanied by an adult.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Thursday:

Quaker Steak and Lube – Free Kids’ Lube Cruiser Meal for ages 10 and under with adult entree purchase! All day.

kids meal at Old Bag of Nails, Columbus, Ohio

Kids meal at Old Bag of Nails

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketeer Bookworm Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s – one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Friday:

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketeer Bookworm Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Saturday:

The Olive Tree Mediterranean Cafe – free kids meal from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM every Saturday with a $10 purchase.

Steak ‘n Shake – kids eat free all weekend! Get 1 free Kids’ Plate for every $9 you spend. Dine-in only, Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under.

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketeer Bookworm Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Sunday:

Steak ‘n Shake – kids eat free all weekend! Get 1 free Kids’ Plate for every $9 you spend. Dine-in only, Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under.

The RAM Restaurant and Brewery – Kids eat for $1 with the purchase of an adult entree.

The Mudflats Bar and Grill – kids 12 and under get a free meal from the kids menu with each adult meal. Dine-in only. All day.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – kids eat free on Sundays!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketeer Bookworm Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Where else do kids eat free in Columbus? Leave a comment below and I will add it to the list!

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