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5 Lucky Things to do with Your Kids on St. Patrick’s Day in Columbus

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Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day themed outing to do with the kids? These activities will be fun and festive!

Kid-Friendly Events Happening on St. Patrick’s Day in Columbus, Ohio:

1. Our Village: St. Patty’s Day Class & Rainbow Necklace at Polaris Fashion Place

Join FIT4MOM Columbus North for a work out and a craft for kids. Kids can make their own Shamrock Rainbow Necklace! The workout starts at 9:00 AM. The craft time is free and anyone can join! Your first workout is free.

KSM Sports and Fitness Facility

KSM Sports and Fitness in Powell, Ohio

2. St. Patricks Day Open Play! Story Time, Crafts and More at KSM Sports and Fitness Indoor Facility

Your kids can enjoy open play at KSM which includes lots of opportunity for large muscle movement! This event starts at 10:00 AM and there will be a story time, crafts and a treasure hunt! Limited availability!

Indoor Play Area at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

Indoor Play Area at Coffee Connections

3. St. Patrick’s Day Fun! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

Starting at 10:00 AM, enjoy a puppet show and cookie decorating! $1.50 for each cookie. Coffee Connections also has a great indoor play area!

Indoor Stream at Battelle Darby Metro Park

Indoor Stream at Battelle Darby Metro Park Nature Center

4. St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt at Battelle Darby Nature Center

Stop by the Nature Center any time between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to participate in a scavenger hunt – there will be indoor and outdoor options! All ages welcome! The Nature Center has a really great indoor stream where you can interact with the creatures that live inside!

5. $2 St. Patrick’s Day Roller Skating at United Skates of America – Refugee Rd.

From 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM admission will be $2 to skate. Skate rental is $4.

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*Inclusion on this list is not a personal endorsement of an event. 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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2018 Holiday Guide from your Columbus Mom Bloggers

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The holidays are fast approaching! This holiday guide from Columbus Mom Bloggers will help you get a jump start on gift buying, party planning and maybe even making a little time for yourself this season!
 
I’ve joined together with some of my favorite Columbus Mom Bloggers to gather this list of holiday tips, ideas and gift guides so you will have them all in one place! I encourage you to participate in our “Holiday Hop” – hop from blogger to blogger to see what recommendations they have for the season and maybe find a new blog to follow in the coming year!

Do you find yourself more stressed than merry during the holidays? I mean really, there are so many ways you can really over do it during this time of year! And the pressure to put together a Pinterest Perfect holiday is real!

Hacking the Holidays
 
Take a step back. Breathe deep. And read The Exhausted Mama’s Guide to Hacking the Holidays. My friend Malini from Lakes and Lattes has got 5 ways to make this season easier by just saying “NO!” While you’re at it, visit her blog for travel tips and ideas and to see what’s new in the Columbus restaurant scene!

If you’re not following Lindsay’s blog Find Where You Fit, you might not know that you can do yoga with beer, goats or paddle boards. (or coffee, wine, crafts, crystals, or chocolate for that matter).

Gifts for Active Kids
 
And it’s not just yoga: Lindsay tries out all the gyms and latest exercise trends for you and reports back so you can find where YOU fit! She also puts out a monthly guide featuring unique fitness events happening around the city! For the holidays, Lindsay’s put together a list of Gifts for Active Kids so you can encourage the kids to play something other than video games over Winter Break!

Katie from Zen Life and Travel has a really awesome list of The Coolest Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers!

Travel Themed Gifts
 
I pretty much want everything on this list! Some of my favorites are the Travel Hacker Map and the Color Map Mugs! If you or someone you know travels a lot, there are so many good ideas on this list! Katie knows how to travel hack – did you know that’s a thing? – so make sure to follow her adventures around the world and her tips for how you can do it, too!

Kim from Wear Love Wanders has a knack for finding the CUTEST t-shirts and clothing for her kids (and moms too!).

Christmas Tees for Kids
 
This year she’s put out Your Guide to the Best Christmas Tees for Kids and Mamas. Where does she find these things?! How about a T-Shirt that says, “I’m only a morning person on Christmas” or “All I want for Christmas is a Silent Night” LOL! There are holiday t-shirts featuring Star Wars, Harry Potter and Disney and even one that’s perfect for a pregnancy announcement! You’ve gotta see this list. If nothing else it will make you laugh out loud!

Kathleen holds a special place in my heart for teaching me how to do strength training at home. I was totally intimidated to start lifting weights on my own so I joined her program and online support group and I have felt so empowered from doing it!

75 Fitness Gifts
 
I highly recommend her 12 Week Workout Program (sign up on her blog Just Keep it Simple Fitness) if you’re just starting out and need some help! (New Year’s resolutions anyone??) ALSO she’s put out a list of 75 Health and Fitness Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic in Your Life. One aspect of this list that I found fascinating was the list of subscription services! Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving and there were so many fun ideas: snacks, yoga classes, meal services, exercise equipment and more!

Ashley loves to explore Columbus and she often leans toward experiences in nature!

Gifts for Adventure Kids
 
You can follow her blog Columbus For Kids to keep tabs on the playground scene and learn about all there is to do with kids at our local Metro Parks! So it’s perfect that her list of holiday gift recommendations includes 19 Gifts for Adventure Kids! It’s full of fun toys and gadgets that you can use as you get out and explore nature with your kids! My youngest uses that Melissa and Doug flashlight in his bed at night! 😉

Allison has collected a list of tips for hosting the best holiday party!

Throwing a Holiday Party
 
In Wherever you find love: Throwing a Holiday Party, she shares a lot of what she’s learned from her friends and family about throwing a party that makes guests feel comfortable and creates a festive environment. From sustainable party supplies to custom cocktails to the perfect music, she’s got you covered on her blog Radiance Reflected!

Eryn Gilson from 614 Mom features all the best Columbus has to offer for us moms!

Cosi Gift Membership

She values giving experiences over things when it comes to celebrating holidays with her family! Memberships in particular are great gifts because they keep on giving for the whole year! For the holidays she’s recommending gifting a COSI membership! Read her post 5 Reasons to Give a COSI Gift Membership This Year to find out why!


What did I contribute to the Blogger Holiday Hop? The thing I know best: Toys for Boys!

Gift Ideas for Young BoysDon’t worry it’s not just an entire list of LEGO sets, even though that’s what my boys’ Christmas Lists are made of. Tried and True Gift Ideas for Young Boys is a list of toys, books and crafts that have stood the test of time at our house. I wanted to create a list of gifts that wouldn’t just be tossed away after the holidays. These are items that have been used over and over again! I hope it helps spark an idea for the perfect gift for a boy in your life! 


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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 22-25, 2016 Holiday Edition!

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Christmas Weekend is upon us! If you have kids on winter break or toddlers that have a lot of extra energy to get out, there are a lot of things to do this week and weekend! Don’t forget to check out my 2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt and print out the printable to take it a long with you as you’re out and about! It includes 25 things to find in Columbus before New Year’s Day! I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

10:00 AM – Winter Warm Up Week at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – the center is offering a couple days worth of activities for kids including movies, story times, crafts, scavenger hunts and more! Admission is free!

10:00 AM – Holiday Open Play at SuperGames – the first 150 children (first come, first served) will be allowed to play during these open hours!

10:00 AM – Winter Break Scavenger Hunt and Craft at Blendon Woods Metro Park – stop by the nature center for crafts and a scavenger hunt!

10:00 AM – Merry and Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory –  the Conservatory stays open until 9:00 with special musical performances, a gingerbread house display, a holiday train, holiday lights and seasonal plantings!

1:00 PM – Lego Class at Level One Bar + Arcade – sign up in advance to attend a class teaching the kids how to create a special Lego figure! There is also a class at 3:00 PM

5:00 PM – Visit with Santa at Partner’s Park – last chance to visit with Santa before he gets ready for Christmas Eve!

6:45 PM – Family Night Painting and Cocoa at John E. Bickley YMCA – paint a picture on canvas, watch a holiday movie and enjoy a hot cocoa bar! $5 per person.

7:30 PM – Movie Night at Coffee Underground – watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas for free, with popcorn!

7:30 PM – Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Palace Theatre – Cirque’s holiday performance is in Columbus this weekend!

7:30 PM – Holiday Wishes at the Disney Store at Polaris Fashion Place – make a holiday wish every night at 7:30!

Friday, December 23, 2016

10:00 AM – Winter Warm Up Week at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – the center is offering a couple days worth of activities for kids including movies, story times, crafts, scavenger hunts and more! Admission is free!

10:00 AM – Winter Break Scavenger Hunt and Craft at Blendon Woods Metro Park – stop by the nature center for crafts and a scavenger hunt!

10:00 AM – Merry and Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory –  the Conservatory stays open until 9:00 with special musical performances, a gingerbread house display, a holiday train, holiday lights and seasonal plantings!

10:30 AM – Jingle and Mingle with Seniors with Seeds of Caring – join residents from Jaycee Arms Senior Apartments at their annual holiday party to play games, sing songs and give gifts to the residents! See the link for more info about registering.

11:00 AM – The Shazzbots at Franklin Park Conservatory – join this fun band for two sets (11:00 AM and 2:00 PM) of Shazzbots classics and holiday tunes!

1:00 PM – Open Swim at Worthington Pools – $5 per person during these open swim hours!

7:30 PM – Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Palace Theatre – Cirque’s holiday performance is in Columbus this weekend!

7:30 PM – Holiday Wishes at the Disney Store at Polaris Fashion Place – make a holiday wish every night at 7:30!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

11:00 AM – Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Palace Theatre – Cirque’s holiday performance is in Columbus this weekend! Also at 2:00 PM!

6:00 PM – Christmas Eve Ceremony at State Auto Christmas Corner – this life-sized nativity display will be completed when baby Jesus is placed in the manger!

7:30 PM – Holiday Wishes at the Disney Store at Polaris Fashion Place – make a holiday wish every night at 7:30!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

5:00 PM – $1 Roller Skating at Skate Zone 71 – admission is only $1 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM!

Ongoing

Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out the huge LEGO display and make your own LEGO creation!

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – see the amazing light shows, special performances and holiday festivities!

Tribute to the Nutcracker at Grove City City Hall – see the animated window display Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival at Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds – a 5 week celebration of Chinese culture with amazing silk lanterns, traditional performances and food!

State Auto Christmas Corner – walk around inside a life-size telling of the Christmas Story and check out their schedule for each weekend’s choir performances! For every photo posted on Instagram with #StateAutoChristmas2016, State Auto will donate $1 to Manna Café (up to $500)!

Downtown Columbus Holiday Lights Photo Contest – share your pictures on Instagram or post to their Facebook page with the hashtag #DowntownColumbus to enter the contest for a $20 gift card to a downtown restaurant!

Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds – take an in-car tour of this light show!

For more ongoing ideas click here for 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions!

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ICYMI: 2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt


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