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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 8-10, 2016

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1. Family Fun Night at Blacklick Woods

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Ash Grove Picnic Area, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-508-8111

This fun (and free) evening features nature crafts, games and a campfire!

2. LuLu’s 1st Anniversary Party at LuLu’s Sweet Shop

When: Friday & Saturday, July 8 & 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday until 5:00 PM
Location: 14 W. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

Celebrate the 1st Anniversary of LuLu’s Sweet Shop with live music, free samples, crafts for kids and lawn games!

3. Through the Eyes of a Child at Glass Axis

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 610 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

Children from Columbus area schools drew pictures of and wrote stories about an imaginary creature and nine of them were chosen to be brought to life by the artists at Glass Axis. You’re invited to watch the glass-making demonstrations for each piece! The CD102.5 Ice Cream Truck will be on location to pass out free Velvet Ice Cream and you can play the Piada Plinko Board!

4. Parade of Lights at the Ohio Truck Show and Benefit Auction

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kidron, OH
Phone: 330-465-4587

I’m throwing this one out there for someone who is up for a road trip to Amish Country and whose kids might love seeing a parade of 200 trucks!!   The parade of vehicles starts in the daylight and as it gets dark, the trucks turn on their lights (hence the name “Parade of Lights”). The truck parade starts at 7:00 PM on Friday night, but is just one part of a weekend of bluegrass music, kids activities, a pancake breakfast, homemade ice cream and more! See more info here.

5. Finding Dory at Barnes and Noble

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

This event will include a scavenger hunt, crafts and coloring and free giveaways like posters, stickers and bookmarks!

6. Westerville Music and Arts Festival

When: Friday – Sunday, July 8-10, 2016
Time: Time varies each day, see link for details.
Location: Uptown Westerville and Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-8917

This festival is packed full of live music acts, food trucks and an art show. There is also a youth art and craft exhibit. Kids 16 and under get in free, all others are $1.

7. Pirate Weekend at the Columbus Zoo

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Pirate Island is back at the Columbus Zoo and this weekend kids can play pirate games, celebrate with the gang of pirates AND if they come dressed as a pirate (with a paying adult) they will get in free!

8. Family Storytime: The Little Red Hen at Slate Farm

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

Hear the story of the Little Red Hen and enjoy activities that show how bread is made! Can’t make it on Saturday? This event happens Friday, too!

9. Special Needs Screening: The BFG at Studio Movie Grill

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location:175 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-456-1298

Children with special needs and their families can watch The BFG with the lights up and volume down. Kids can move around and talk as needed.  Kids are free and adult tickets are available at the “before-noon” price. Tickets available at the box office only.

10. Continent Fun Fest at the French Quarter

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 6200 Busch Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229

This family festival includes carnival rides, bounce houses, food trucks, face painting, live music and a meet and greet with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

11. PBJ&Jazz at Topiary Park

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

This jazz concert in the park takes place after a story time at Main Library. Story time starts at 11:00 AM. Following the concert, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, there will be an art activity. In case of rain, the concert will take place at the Main Library.

12. Critter Clues: Nature’s “Who Done It” at Emily Traphagen Park

When: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 5094 Seldom Seen Road, Powell OH 43065
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6.

During this program, kids age 6-9 can join a park ranger to investigate a “crime scene,” look for clues and solve a mystery in the park!

13. Preschool Plus: Finding Dory at Sharon Woods

When: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Schrock Lake West Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

This activity, for kids aged 3-8, includes decorating a t-shirt and fishing in Schrock Lake. Kids ages 15 and under can fish without a license in the lake and adults may assist. Limited bait and poles will be provided.

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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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5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus PART 2

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Last month I shared with you 5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus and this is my second round of “things we’ve actually done”! 😉 I hope you enjoy exploring Columbus with your kids! Here are 5 more things to do together this summer:

1. Attend Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

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Columbus Commons is a great downtown park and on Fridays there are all kinds of special FREE activities for kids like bounce houses, story time, crafts, sports activities and special visitors. One of the weeks we attended there was a show by Ronald McDonald and the Columbus Zoo brought live animals to see and touch. Carrousel rides (normally $1) are free during this time and there is a parking garage right across the street if you can’t snag a meter.

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Tortilla is open for lunch at the park and there is also Jeni’s ice cream on site! Commons for kids lasts from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Check their schedule here for what is going on each week.

2. Make Origami Art at the Franklin Park Conservatory

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The latest exhibit at the Conservatory is Origami in the Garden. On display are several works of origami art and there are related family activities going on during the exhibit. On Saturdays, kids can learn how to fold an origami crane from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

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In the children’s area there are tables set up with paper and instructional booklets about how to fold different things like cranes, airplanes, boats and more. Throughout the Conservatory, Japenese Garden is the theme! Outdoors, there are origami sculptures as well. During the summer, the Franklin Park Conservatory is open until 9:00 PM on Wednesdays (through August 31st). See the full listing of family activities here.

3. Try Out a New Splash Pad

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So far, my kids aren’t big fans of splash pads! We’ve tried out Ballantrae Park/Bunny Fountains in Dublin, the fountains at Easton, FountainSide at Bicentennial Park, and the fountains at Polaris Mall and my kids still are unsure about getting water splashed in their faces at unpredictable times. I feel like I might be reaching the limit of how many times I should try this activity, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! 😉 Here’s a list of 8 Columbus Splash Pads from Columbus Moms Blog!

4. Visit a Brand New Library

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I can’t go without mentioning the new Main Library! It’s a must visit this summer! Enjoy the remodeled Children’s Department and then take a walk through the outdoor reading room to Topiary Park. There are PBJ&Jazz concerts in the park on the second Saturday of each month this summer (which happens to be this weekend, July 9!). We were able to catch a little bit of the first one which took place at the Grand Opening Celebration of Main Library in June.

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Main Library is not the only new library opened this year! The Parson’s Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library (seen above) opened earlier this summer and it has a open area for story times and a Ready For Kindergarten area that has fun, educational toys. We’re also keeping an eye on the new Grove City Library, slated to open sometime late this summer or early fall! Summer is also a great time to try out a new-to-you library! Here are a few of my recommendations: Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing! Part 1 and Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing! Part 2. Make sure to join the Summer Reading Clubs available at most libraries around the Columbus area and win prizes just for reading!

5. Play on the “Little” Big Machines at COSI

Hopefully you got to see the Big Machines exhibit a few weeks ago, but if not, these “little” big machines are on display for driving and climbing for the rest of the summer! Inside the little kidspace there is a special construction area with pretend tools for lots of fun play!

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COSI is open every day during the summer and until 9:00 PM on the last Friday of each month. They do close down for most of September for their yearly cleaning, so make sure you get to see this exhibit before summer ends! Mark your calendars for August 10-14, 2016 for the next outdoor exhibit at COSI, Farm Days! There are plenty of big machines at this one, too (mostly in the form of tractors)!

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We’re having a lot of fun this summer and I hope you are, too! Columbus has so many things to do and places to explore! In fact, I’ve already started on a Part 3 to this post, so check back soon! 🙂

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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 24-26, 2016

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This weekend I want to be about 5 different places at once! Luckily, a lot of these events are  happening either all weekend or at multiple times! So get out your calendar and plan away! Have a great weekend!

1. Half Price Books Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Friday – Sunday, June 24-26, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43211

Hundreds of thousands of books, movies and music are on clearance at this huge sale! Everything is $2 or less!

2. Tanger Family Festival at Tanger Outlets

When: Friday – Sunday, June 24-26, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 400 S. Wilson Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074
Phone: 740-965-2927

The new outlet mall opens this weekend with special events happening all weekend! There will be games, crafts, entertainment and even a ferris wheel! Saturday is Superhero Saturday!

3. Fun Fridays: Playdough Play at Everal Barn

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

Children 6 years and under (accompanied by a parent or caregiver) are invited to play with dough! Experiment with different kinds of dough and make new colors! Cost is $5.

4. Family Storytime at Slate Run Farm

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Kids of all ages can take part in a story time, help with chores around the garden and taste vegetables grown at the farm! This is also happening on Saturday at 10:30 as well!

5. Powell Festival at Village Green Park

When: Friday – Saturday, June 24 & 25, 2016
Time: Begins at 5:00 PM on Friday and 12:00 PM on Saturday (see link for schedule)
Location: 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065

This festival features live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, fireworks and plenty of kids activities in the Mount Carmel Kid’s Zone! There’s even something called “Endless Recess” – how could that not be fun?

6. Music Bash: Bluegrass at Slate Run Metro Park

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

The Slate Ridge Bluegrass Band is featured at the first of three summer concerts sponsored by Friends of Metro Parks! This event is free and family friendly.

7. Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

It’s free to watch Honey I Shrunk the Kids (Rated PG) at Columbus Commons!

8. Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone:  614-715-8000

Did you know there is such a thing as National Pollinators Week? The Franklin Park Conservatory wants to help you celebrate by making bee and butterfly crafts, talking with beekeepers, watching cooking demonstrations, listening to live music and more! See the link for a detailed schedule of the day!

9. Honey Bee Festival at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Another chance to celebrate the honey bee this weekend with kids crafts, hay rides, beeswax demonstrations, live music and Dan’s Deli Food Truck. Event is $5 per person or $15 per family. If you come in a bee-themed costume, you can get in for free!

10. Grand Opening Celebration at Main Library

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

After 16 months of renovation, Main Library opens with a dedication and ribbon cutting, concert in the park, an outdoor movie and more! See my sneak peek here!

11. Hilltop Bean Dinner Festival in Westgate Park

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43204

Westgate park was a Civil War prison camp where the prisoners survived on a serving of beans, twice a day. This family-friendly festival commemorates that history and celebrates unity with music, food (including beans!) arts and craft vendors and an antique car show!

12. International Mud Day at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Confluence Trails Bulletin Board, 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

Your kids can get as muddy as they want in the giant mud pit in the Natural Play Area at the park. Can’t make it this weekend?  It’s also happening at Blendon Woods on Wednesday, June 29.

13. Family Fun Day at Strand Theatre

When: Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 28 E. Winter St., Delaware, Ohio 43015

The Strand Theater in Delaware is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a day of family fun including a free showing of E.T.!IMG_8735

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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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