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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 28-30, 2017

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1. Arbor Day Celebration at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

This fun and educational event includes tree climbing for kids AND adults, a scavenger hunt, tree ring counting, and more opportunities to learn about trees and how important they are! While supplies last, those who attend will get a free tree sapling! There will be food trucks on site and a raffle for free tree work from Ahlum & Arbor. Kids can make Tree Cookie Necklaces on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

2. Customer Appreciation Weekend at PizzaFire Dublin

When: Friday – Sunday, April 28-30, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM Friday – 9:00 PM Sunday
Location: Perimeter Loop Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-698-0937

This weekend only all pizzas will be half price with unlimited toppings! (Dublin location only!) The proceeds from the weekend will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Club! There will be a Kids’ Pizza Contest on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and everyone wins something!

3. Fourth Friday in Uptown Westerville

When: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Uptown Westerville
Phone: 614-794-0401

Stroll Uptown Westerville as the shops stay open late! Enjoy live music, art, performing art, street vendors and family-friendly activities like bounce houses, a caricature artist, book characters and fire and rescue vehicles! Before hand (5:15 PM -5:45 PM) the Westerville Library will host “4th Friday Stories and Fun” which will feature a storytime!

4. Healthy Kids Day at your local YMCA

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: your local YMCA

This free event will include active play and educational activities with the goal of improving the health and well-being of families!  Click here to see the times and events specific to each YMCA location around Central Ohio!

5. Meet Z Yang at American Girl – Columbus

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4040 The Strand E, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 877-247-5223

Celebrate the debut of American Girl’s newest contemporary character, a filmmaker from Seattle! There will be a special give way and girls can make their own stop-motion film craft!

6. HOOT Family Film Series at the Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Flowers! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter!

7. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: Cardinal Hall, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This walk-through exhibit offers the chance to be up close with a Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and T-Rex! Kids can dig for fossils, play and bounce and do crafts in the Kids Adventure Zone!

8. 31st Annual Duckling Day at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whetstone Branch

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3909 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Clintonville Rotary hosts the annual Duckling Day which includes a parade, live ducks, a puppet show and literacy activities with a ducky theme! You can pick up a duck costume packet at the library before the event or duck masks will be available the day of the program!

9. Week of the Young Child Family Day at COSI

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

COSI is celebrating early childhood with hands-on science activities and visits from community partners who are educating, protecting and nurturing young children! Free with admission or membership!

10. Blacklick Woods Outdoor Adventure

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 6975 East Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-835-6073 or 614-300-7867

This special event is a collaboration between Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks & ECRN+ (YMCA of Central Ohio) with the goal of getting children and youth of all abilities outdoors to play games, see wildlife and have fun! There will be free tram rides, exploring the nature center, archery, crafts, lawn games, snacks and more! See the link for all the details and to register. The event is free.

11. Fit4Baby Open House at Babies “R” Us

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1400 Gemini Place Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43240

Fit4Baby is a new prenatal fitness class designed to strengthen your changing body during pregnancy! Visit the open house to meet instructors, learn about the program and see a short demo of what to expect during the classes.

12. MAKEbreak Slime Bar at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Customize your own Slime creation at this free event! All supplies are included while they last!

13. Swim to End Cancer at Aqua Tots Swim School

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4018 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065

Sign up for a 30 minute swimming lesson for your child and 100% of the proceeds will go to support Pelatonia riders! If you have more than one child, there is a code for a 15% discount for siblings! There will also be a raffle for gift baskets with items from Aqua-Tots, The Little Gym and more!

14. Reading Buddies featuring the 4-H PetPALs! at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Parsons Branch

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1113 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age 5-11 can meet, greet and listen to a story with dogs trained by 4H PetPALS!

15. Children’s Garden Day: Strawberry Garden Party at Inniswood Gardens

When: Sunday April 30, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

At this free, family-friendly event you can learn how to grow and harvest strawberries! There will be crafts and ideas for using strawberries at home!

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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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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Helen Bosacki

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Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus! Thanks to Helen for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

1. Scioto Audubon Metro Park

This park is gorgeous! Just like all of our wonderful metro parks, you can roam the trails and view wildlife. But, the Grange Center is where my kids really have a ball. Preschool story time is every Thursday and Saturday at 10am. Afterwards make sure to head to the Forest Room to play in the treehouse, dress up, and explore! Weekdays we’ve been known to head down post work and get in a little play time in the Forest Room before they close at 5, but typically we are all in for Saturday morning story time.

2. Tree of Life Play Cafe

Play cafes, as awesome as they are, typically haven’t been something we have been able to enjoy because many close at earlier hours. Once this new play cafe opened we were so excited to be able to come and stay until evening! Even having dinner there. They are open until 8pm and on Mondays and Tuesdays you can include a kids meal with entry for 9.99. And it’s actually a lot of food which I was so pleased to see. This has been our go to spot to take the kids while my husband renovates the house.

3. Gateway Film Center

Our newest favorite location is Gateway Film Center. We just recently discovered the Hoot Family Film Series and my only complaint is that we missed the last 12 opportunities! On the last Saturday of every month the whole family can enjoy cartoons and short films all following a particular theme. These short films are periodically interrupted by performances by the Shazzbots. There are also lobby activities and the only cost is $2 for parking in the garage. Make sure to get your parking validated at the ticket booth!


Helen is a mother of three and the owner of Diaperbag Diaries and HB Photography. Diaperbag Diaries is a Columbus based travel blog inspiring parents to get ot of the house with their littles and experience all the adventures Columbus can provide. She is also a family photographer and can be contacted for sessions through www.hb-photos.com.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? January 27-29, 2017

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I’ll admit to being really hungry when I made this list! It’s hard to say which came first, my hunger or the unusual amount of food related things to do this weekend! Regardless, I think this weekend is going to include BBQ, ice cream, pastries and waffles! 😉

1. Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big at Nationwide Arena

When: Wednesday – Sunday, January 25-29, 2017
Time: Various Times (see link)
Location: 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.,  Columbus,  OH  43215

Disney on Ice descends upon Columbus this weekend with several shows throughout the weekend!

2. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of the month, COSI stays open late to offer reduced admission! General admission is $11 and includes a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

3. Grand Opening Weekend at Gramercy Books

When: Friday – Sunday, January 27-29, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM on Friday – 3:30 PM on Sunday
Location: 2424 E. Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-867-5515

Kid-friendly highlights at the grand opening of this beautiful book store include a reading, meet and greet and book signing with children’s author Will Hillenbrand, live music and a visit from R.L. Stine, the author of the Goosebumps series! Tickets are sold out for the day with R.L. Stine, but check the link for all the other details of the weekend!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

This special offering includes a waffle bar, complete with all the trimmings for just $5 – juice and drip coffee included! Plus upstairs there is a free kid’s play area!

5. Beauty and the Beast at COSI

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM both days
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Beauty and the Beast is the movie showing at COSI this weekend! Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door. $5 for members, $6 for non-members. (Also this weekend is opening weekend for the exhibit Mindbender Mansion!)

6. Hoot 71 Winter at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

The theme of this month’s HOOT Family Film Series is Winter! There will be child-friendly short films, activities before the show and music by the Shazzbots!

7. Mozart’s 261st Birthday Celebration at Mozart’s

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 4784 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-268-3687

Mozart (the composer) turns 261 and Mozart’s (the restaurant) is celebrating! There will be live music, complimentary pastries, special guests and more!

8. Thai Inspired Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 970 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-914-8624

Check out this unique rolled ice cream for a limited time at Oats and Barley Market!

9. Snowmen in the Snow at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Kids ages 4-8 can celebrate the best parts of a snowy day: making snow people, doing science activities, and participating in indoor snowballing!

10. Small Steps Giant Leaps Book Release Party at Midwest Photo

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2887 Silver Dr, Columbus, OH 43211

You may have followed @smallstepsaregiantleaps on Instagram, if not, check out the cutest pictures of Astronaut Harrison exploring Columbus and beyond! Their book launch party is this Saturday and there will be snacks, astronaut coloring pages, a rocket balloon launchpad and a Fujifilm Instax photo booth with helmets for the kids to wear! Click here to sign up for free tickets!

11. Kids Eat Free at City Barbeque

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: all day
Location: your local City BBQ

All day on Sunday get one free kid’s meal with each adult purchase of $7 or more – or take $5 off a Family Pack! Mention “Family Time” when ordering!

12. Kids Sewing 101 at Sew to Speak

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 752 High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-547-7380

Kids ages 8 and up can learn to sew a pillowcase. They can learn the basic operation of a sewing machine as well as basic sewing terminology and operation. Class cost is $35. Call to register.

13. Family Friends and Funday at Lifetown Columbus

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 6220 E Dublin-Granville Rd, New Albany, Ohio 43054

The community is invited to this annual Family Friends & Fun Day which includes story time, music and movement, face painting, a movie and popcorn, crafts and more! Tickets are required for some activities and can be purchased at the door. Adults are free to enter.

 

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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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