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Indoor Programs for Toddlers and Preschoolers in Columbus: Winter 2017

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If you’re trying to survive winter with a toddler or preschooler, I’m with you! I’ve already started looking forward to summer, which is a dangerous thing to start doing at the beginning of January. But never fear, Columbus has so many indoor options for keeping toddlers busy! Here’s what’s going on this winter:

Little Adventurers at Franklin Park Conservatory – Thursdays at 10:30 AM – this is program for ages 3-5 with nature-themed stories and activities.

Pre School and Parent/Child Classes at Columbus Recreation and Parks – Registration for Winter Session opened January 3rd.  There are pages and pages of classes available for your young children and many of them are free or at an extremely low cost!

Pre School Open Gym at Dublin Rec Center – Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM  for ages 6 months to 6 years. Check the link for several other toddler programs at the Dublin Rec Center!

Toddler Theater

Toddler Theater at Abbey Theater of Dublin – select Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – recommended for ages 2-5, this is an interactive performance by Marlene Hartzler. Kids are encouraged to join her on stage to sing and dance! Often there is a special costumed visitor who joins in the fun!

Toddler Story Time at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library – Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – There are so many toddler and pre-K story times going on in the CML system. Make sure to check the link to search for your closest branch or explore a new one!

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Grandview Library

Tales for Toddlers at Grandview Library – Tuesdays from 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – story time for ages 18-36 mos. Check the link for all the other story times for young children going on this winter!

Toddler Time at Westerville Rec Center – Fridays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM – this is a drop in program for ages Kindergarten and under and their caregivers. The time includes play and crafts!

Pee Wee Play Gym at Westerville Rec Center – Mondays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM – this play time is a drop in program for ages 3 and under accompanied by an adult!

Little Explorers Base Camp at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – this is a free, drop in program where preschoolers and toddlers can learn and explore!

Curious Kids at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology – drop in preschool program on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – free with admission or membership! See the link for the weekly schedule and themes!

Winter Classes at piccadilly – classes are available for babies through preschoolers in things like Messy Art, Storybook Art, Squats and Tots and more! Drop in or sign up for a series!

Toddler Thursdays at Magic Mountain – from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can have unlimited KidsGym for just $2.50!

Scioto Audubon

Pre-K Storytime at Scioto Audubon – Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM – this time features nature stories for ages 3-5. Check the link for many other ongoing toddler and preschool programs at Columbus Metro Parks.

Mr. Eric’s Music at Firefly Cafe – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10:30 AM – a fun singing time with Mr. Eric is included with admission to the play cafe!

My Very First Art Class! Toddler Art at Zen Kidz Play Cafe – Thursdays – several classes are available throughout the morning for parents and children together!

Toddler Time at Get Air – this special toddler jump time is available on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM!

Toddler Time special with Get Air and Tree of Life Play Cafe – on Wednesdays and Thursdays, these neighboring businesses offer a special price to play at both locations!

Babytime and Tales for Twos and Threes at Worthington Libraries – lots of story times available for toddlers almost every day of the week!

Drop-in Preschool Storytime at Westerville Library – Monday and Thursday mornings from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – singing, books, instruments and more for ages 3-6!

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Metro Parks Preschool Programs – at least seven of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks have regular preschool programs that are free to attend! Most are for ages 3-5. Click the link to see the upcoming schedule at any given time and drop in!

Pre-K Classes at The Little Gym of Polaris – Gymnastics, sports and music and movement classes are available to engage the little ones and keep them moving!

Toddler/Preschool Enrichment classes at Studio J: Sing Paint Play – these classes are for kids age 1-5 and include stories, songs, instruments, art projects and more!

Did I miss anything? Leave a comment with more ideas and info if you have it! 🙂

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What Should We Do This Weekend? September 23-25, 2016

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Let’s just call this the weekend of the Harvest Festival! The only question is, which one will you choose?! Happy Weekend!

1. Breakfast with Paw Patrol at Magic Mountain Polaris

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: 8350 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-840-9600

Chase and Marshall will be in attendance at this Pancake and Sausage Buffet! Price is $9.99 plus tax. Kids 2 and under are free with a paid adult. Unlimited Laser Tag, Mini Golf and KidsGym from 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM for $10! Space is limited and you can buy your tickets online!

2. Kiddie Konsignment Sale at Grace Polaris Church

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Half Price Sale 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd, Westerville, Ohio 43081

I’m partial to this one because I’m selling here, but what’s cool about this year’s event is that there will now be food trucks on site! Trucks include Wooden Shoe Coffee, Short North Bagel Deli, Asian Persuasion, Explorer’s Club and Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops! Come buy my baby clothes! 😉 Looking for more consignment sales? Check out this list of local sales I made for Columbus Moms Blog!

4. Cartoon Weekend at the Columbus Zoo

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 24-25, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Characters will be available for meet and greet including Dora, Diego, Fred Flintstone, Tom and Jerry, Arthur and D.W., and more! There will also be a Pokemon Go Conservation Challenge! This is the first time for this event at the zoo!

5. Fall Festival at Cheryl’s Cookies

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 646 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-901-0046

This festival includes a pumpkin fun zone, hot dog stand, balloon animals, face painting, and a visit from the Columbus Zoo from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM! There will be a free gift for the first 50 customers!

6. Harvest Fair at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

This celebration of Stratford includes live music, apple cider making, barn animals, raffle prizes, exhibits from local organizations and a toddler area with farm toys and more! Read about our trip to Stratford Ecological Center here.

7. Harvest Festival at Four Seasons City Farm

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 913 E. Mound St., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-252-2237

This Harvest Festival will be held at the Garden of New Freedom and will offer hay rides, face painting, cooking demonstrations and more! On Friday, you can attend an ice cream social at Lucky’s Market to benefit Four Seasons City Farm!

8. Harvest Fair at Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Celebrate fall at Columbus Commons with a pumpkin patch, crafts, a petting zoo, demonstrations and a $5 wristband (cash only) can be purchased for access to activities like laser tag, putt-putt, carousel rides, hay rides and more!

9. Chalk the Block at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 24-25, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday – 6:00 PM Sunday
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Saturday is drawing day at Easton Town Center! Over 30 artists will be working on chalk drawings on the town square and there will be live music! Sunday you can visit to see the completed chalk drawings and find out who was given awards!

10. Fall Festival in Downtown Lancaster

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Downtown Lancaster (N. Broad and N. Columbus Streets)

This fall festival is free and offers arts and crafts vendors, live music, activities for kids like face painting, hay rides, and crafts and activities from local organizations. Food is available and the Peanuts Movie will be shown at 7:30 PM.

11. New Albany Classic at the Wexner Residence

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4584 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Watch Olympic riders compete in the Grand Prix, see real movie props come to life, enjoy rides, tons of kids’ activities and a concert by Kelsea Ballerini! See lots more details about all the fun to be had here.

12. Outdoor Adaptive Adventures at Prairie Oaks Metro Park

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Rd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Children with special needs and their families are invited to participate in a day full of outdoor activities, arts and crafts, nature displays, face paining, games, and lunch! Click the link for more details!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 18-20, 2016

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You’ve got to love a weekend that ends with the first day of spring!  Congrats, fellow parents, we’ve made it!!  Special events really start to pick up around Columbus in the spring and summer and this weekend begins the Easter Egg Hunt season (is that a thing?).  Makes sure you read to the end for some upcoming freebies!  Enjoy!

1.  Annual Easter Egg Hunts on the Mini Golf Courses at both Magic Mountain Locations

When, Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time:  10:00 AM
Location:  Magic Mountain Polaris and Magic Mountain East

Bring your own basket for this egg hunt on the mini golf course!  $4 Admission also includes a visit from the Easter Bunny and kid friendly games!  Also available is the option to stay and play at the Egg Hunt Special including unlimited mini golf, go-karts and laser tag from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM!  Guests 12 and under: $10  Guests 13 and over: $15

2.  MORE Easter Egg Hunts and activities

There are several Easter-related events going on this weekend, you can check them out on this list I complied for the Columbus Mom’s Blog!

3.  Batman v. Superman Day at your local Barnes and Noble

When:  Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: all area Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Barnes and Noble hosts a trivia event to celebrate the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice including prizes and giveaways.  This event is geared toward teens and adults, but is family friendly.

4.  Aladdin Shrine Circus at the Ohio Expo Center

When:  Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: various showtimes throughout the weekend
Location: Ohio Expo Center – Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 614-475-2609

66th Annual Aladdin Shrine Circus takes place this weekend!  Featuring the Aladdin Shrine Clowns, Fuzzy and Toots!  Children 12 and under are half price.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

5.  Saturday Story Stomp!

When:  Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time:  11:00 – 11:30 PM
Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Karl Road Branch Road, 5590 Karl Road Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone: 614-645-2275

Join this story time for kids ages 2-6 and their families featuring books, music and lots of movement!

6.  Schoolhouse Rock Live! Presented by Shadowbox Live

When: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Shadowbox Live, 503 South Front Street, Ste #260, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-416-7625

All your favorite school subjects are covered in this family-friendly musical based on the popular cartoon series from the 1970’s!

7.  Kids Eat Free at City Barbeque

When:  Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: all day
Location:  your local City Barbeque

City Barbeque invites you to spend some one-on-one time with your kid!  One free kid’s meal with an adult meal purchased at $7 or more.  One free kid’s meal per check.  MUST mention the Kid’s Eat Free offer to the cashier.  Dine in only.

8.  Free Italian Ice at Rita’s

When:  Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time:  12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location:  your local Rita’s

To celebrate the first day of spring, Rita’s is giving away FREE Italian Ice!

9.  The cast of Snoopy visits Polaris Fashion Place!

When:  Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location:  Polaris Fashion Place

In anticipation of Snoopy coming to the Columbus Children’s Theater, he and the rest of the cast will join you at Polaris Mall for games, photos, prizes, crafts and more!

 

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