What Should We Do This Weekend? June 17-19, 2016

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Every week I want to start this post with, “there’s so much going on this weekend” – but I could pretty much just copy and paste that sentence for the rest of the summer! This weekend is Father’s Day and Monday is the official first day of summer so there’s lots to celebrate! I hope you enjoy celebrating the fathers and father figures in your life! Thanks, dads, for all you do!

1. Powell Family Time at the Powell Branch of Delaware County Library

When: Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 460 South Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-9160

Recommended for ages 6 and under, this story time includes flannel board stories, songs and activities to help kids develop reading skills in an interactive way!

2. KidX Club at Polaris Mall

When: Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: the fountain at Polaris Lifestyle Center (outside), 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0180

KidX Club is happening every Friday at Polaris Mall through August 12, 2016. Each week has a theme and this week is Summer Read Out! There will be a story time with some of your kids’ favorite characters. Bring a book to donate and you will receive a free treat!

3. COSI Summer Movie Series

When: Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2016
Time: see link for details
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

This weekend is a double feature with Jurassic Park and Godzilla 3D! On Friday before the film, there will be a Jurassic Park trivia time and Saturday’s Science on the Screen will feature a special talk from Dale Gnidovec, a Paleontologist, and animal expert, Harry Peachey, before the movie.

4. Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival

When: Friday-Sunday, June 17-19, 2016
Time: Hours vary each day. See link for details.
Location: 117 Mill St. in Gahanna OH 43230
Phone: 614-418-9114

The weekend is full of music and art at Creekside! Kids 12 and under are free and can participate in crafts, face painting, rides, playing musical instruments and much more! Check out the link for the Family Fun Zone for more specific information for kids. The festival is offering free admission on Sunday between the hours of 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM for each person who brings a non-expired, non-perishable food item to donate.

5. Family Fishing Day at Fryer Park

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Rotary Lake, 3899 Orders Rd, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone: 614-277-3050

Bring the kids for a morning of fishing at Fryer Park! Bait is provided along with a limited amount of fishing equipment for children. Catch and release, no license required!

6. Family Fun on the Farm at Gallant Farm

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6

All ages are welcome to learn about raising chickens, canning, planting and growing food, container gardening and more! There are children’s activities planned as well!

7. Columbus Children’s Festival at Fred Beekman Park

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2200 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 877-543-7801

This free children’s festival put on by offers sports tournaments, a dance competition, a fun zone, bounce park, food trucks, face painting, giveaways and much more! There is also a 5K run/walk. Parking is $5 and some activities may have a charge.

8. T-Shirt Art at Blendon Woods

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Bring a white t-shirt to decorate at this event for all ages!

9. Big Machines at COSI

When: Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Explore how big machines like bulldozers and dump trucks work to do their jobs! Kids can climb on board and learn about the science of construction! This special outdoor exhibit goes on for 9 days!

10. Storybook Village at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Your kids can visit with their favorite book and television characters like Curious George, Peg + Cat, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Daniel Tiger and more! There are lots of fun activities going on that day like a story time and petting zoo! Members are able to get in early at 9:00 AM. See the link for more details. (Also this weekend, the Ohio Village Muffins play “base ball” in Ohio  Village!)

11. Free Admission for Dads at the Columbus Zoo

When: Sunday, June 19, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Free admission to the Columbus Zoo for dads or granddads with the paid admission of a child or grandchild all day, Father’s Day!

*Don’t forget, you can also check out my Friday, Saturday and Sunday pages for more weekend events!


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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 20-22, 2016

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1. Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-436-2743

Another Touch-A-Truck this weekend! Kids can climb on and pretend to drive all kinds of vehicles – ambulances, fire trucks, military trucks and many more!  There will be a no horn hour from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  Event is free!

2. Bexley Main Event Movie at Capital University

When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 1 N. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209

Bring the family to watch Finding Nemo outside!  Events before the movie (which starts at 9:00 PM) include food trucks, crafts by piccadilly, a library story time, an inflatable obstacle course, carnival games, bubble machines and more!  Event is free!

3. Der Dutchman Heritage Day at Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery

When: Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21, 2016
Time:  Friday: 6:30 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 445 South Jefferson St., Rt 42, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-3414

Celebrate Plain City’s Amish heritage with a hog roast and concert, a horse parade, vintage baseball game, glass blowing, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, and much more!  See link for more info about food prices and times of events.

4. Easton Food Fest at Easton Town Center

When: Friday – Sunday, May 20-22, 2016
Time: Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Three days of food and music are on deck for this weekend at Easton Town Center!  Friday is Food Truck Friday, Saturday is Sippin’ Saturday (more for us adults! 😉 ) and Sunday is Sweet Sunday.  Live music is on the agenda on Friday and Sunday!

5. 2016 Metro Parks GeoTrail Kickoff Event at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

This Geocache hunt is designed for all ages and will encourage families to explore the trees and forests of Metro Parks!  This kick off event will give those in attendance early access to the coordinates, which will be posted online on May 22, 2016.

6. EMS & Safety Day at COSI

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

It’s National EMS Week and Saturday at COSI your kids can check out the vehicles first responders use to help others like fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars!  A MedFlight helicopter will be on site and you can try out a distracted driver simulator!  Free with COSI admission or membership.

 7. Hervé Tullet Family Workshop at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

CMA and Worthington Libraries have come together to offer a workshop with artist and author, Hervé Tullet, best known for the children’s book Press Here.  The workshop is for the whole family and will encourage attendees to explore their creativity!  The cost of the program includes a copy of Art Workshops for Children and a book signing will follow the workshop.

 8. New Albany Founders Day Festival at New Albany 2-5 Elementary School

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 87 N. High St., New Albany, OH 43054

Celebrate New Albany Founder’s Day with a parade, rides like The Graviton and Loop of Planes, and lots of carnival food!  See the link for the parade route and times!

9. Service Heroes Touch-A-Truck at Infirmary Mound Park

When: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4309 Lancaster Rd. SW, Granville, OH 43023

If you live on the eastern side of the city or are up for a day trip, there’s another location to touch, climb and pretend to drive big vehicles!  Fire engines, police cars and mail trucks will be on site along with their drivers!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Jan 29-31, 2016

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Here are five things you can do with your kids this weekend!

1.  Carpe Diem’s Free Family Concerts

Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016
Location: McConnell Arts Center
Hours: Sunday 1-1:45 p.m.
Address: 777 Evening Street, Worthington, 43085
Phone: 614-431-0329, 614-205-8160

Carpe Diem String Quartet’s free Sunday concerts for families are fun, hands on, and entertaining! All ages are welcome!

2.  Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Songbirds

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: $13 (free for members)
Address: 1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Make a colorful paper songbird to brighten up your winter day. Free with admission.

3.  Family Friday Night at COSI

COSI offers extended hours (open until 9PM!) and price reduced admission to families so you can visit, learn, and play late! General admission is only $11 after 5pm and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions. (Free for members.)

4.  Pre-K Storytime at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Join one of our dynamic volunteers for Preschool Story Time at 10am on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Enjoy a nature based story in our beautiful library and bird viewing room. After the story your little ones can romp and play in the Forest Room where they can dress up like birds, play with puppets and climb into the tree tops in our forest.

These are drop-in programs, registration is not required.

Place: Grange Insurance Audubon Center
505 W. Whittier St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Date:  Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Fee: Free
Age Range:  3-5

5.  Saturday Story Stomp!

Date: Saturday January 30, 2016
Time: 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Karl Road Library, 5590 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43229

Age Group: 2-6 years
An active storytime with plenty of books, music and movement for children ages 2-6 and their families


*Please be aware that most information has been taken from the websites of these organizations and is subject to change.  Please call ahead to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

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