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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Jaclyn Davis

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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 Jaclyn for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

1. Naturally Curious Kids 

This isn’t your average toy store. Once you walk in, your imagination and sense of wonder are fully invoked. On the first level is the sweetest little play house for your kids to play in while you are looking around. There are also other little play areas set up, ready to be played with and tested out. The store is arranged by age; starting with 0-2 on the first floor and ending with older kids/adults on the second level. Our favorite time to go is on Wednesday mornings for their Story/Craft time from 11:30 AM -12:00 PM.

2. CATCO/CATCO is Kids

Columbus is loaded with options for introducing your kids to preforming arts. Going to the theater has become one of our favorite outings. One theater specifically we frequent often is CATCO/CATCO is Kids. They perform at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. They provide shows for all ages and at different lengths. Our two favorite this year have been Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The theater is small and intimate, which is perfect for little ones. CATCO does an amazing job not only supplying an outlet for those who want to preform but also for the children who enjoy attending.

3. Home Depot Kids Workshops

My girls love the first Saturday of the month! Home depot offers a different project monthly that is perfect for little hands, with the help of an adult. We use this opportunity as a Daddy date. At your first visit you receive a workshop apron, just like the employees wear. You’ll also receive a commemorative pin for that month’s project and a certificate of achievement. Each following workshop you attend, you collect the commemorative pins and add them to your apron.  They’ve made great projects, including picture ornaments, monster trucks, boats, picture frames and airplanes.


Hi! I’m Jaclyn over on Instagram @sew_many_stitches. I’m a full time working mama to 2 sweet little girls. I love taking adventures with my husband and our cuties. Our tastes are all quite eclectic so you will find us anywhere between the theater, enjoying a ballet to digging in the mud finding worms.  When not around town with my girls, I am sharing my passion for sewing. I enjoy teaching private and group lessons for garment sewing and quilting. I’m on facebook at Sew Many Stitches. My passion for sewing is my second obsession behind my girls. I love Columbus for all the amazing opportunities it gives so many while still being a hometown feeling city!


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

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1. Model Railroad Days at COSI

When: Wednesday – Saturday, November 16-20, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

See model railroad displays from local model railroad clubs and play with trains, color trains and more! (There’s a lot of construction around COSI (including the demolishing of the closest parking lots) but there is still a parking lot available, just allow a little extra time for walking to and from! See more info and a map on their website!)

2. The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3735
This bake sale is the longest-running fundraiser at RMHC of Central Ohio! There will be baked goods as well as chili, sandwiches, soup, hot dogs and hamburgers! There will also be craft vendors and other holiday gifts available for purchase to support RMHC!

3. Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Town Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Celebrate the lighting of the Easton Christmas Tree! Santa will arrive and be available for pictures and many stores will have special offers!

4. Wildlights Stuff the Truck at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065

You can get one free admission ticket to Wildlights for every 5 non-perishable food items you bring on Friday night from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Parking is free too, when you show one item at the parking booth! Large Mid-Ohio Foodbank trucks will be located in the main parking lot where you can leave your donations!

5. B-Well Food Drive at Bibibop, Henderson Rd.

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 1836 W. Henderson Rd., Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: 614-459-2991

Bibibop is collecting canned and boxed foods for Mid-Ohio Foodbank from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. If you bring three items (per person), your meal is free!

6. Deck the District Tree Lighting in the Short North

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Short North

Come to the Short North for live holiday music, pictures with Santa and the official tree lighting at 6:30 PM!

7. Christmas Tree Lighting Holiday Experience at Tanger Outlets, Columbus

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 400 South Wilson Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074

Tanger Outlets Columbus kicks off the holidays with live music, hot chocolate, cookies and Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving to light the tree!

8. Brio Train Play Day at Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 13 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

There will be trains, tracks and accessories all available for lots of free play!

9. Christmas on the Farm at The Olde Hayfield

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4515 Grove City Rd., Grove City, OH 43123

This local vendor event also features food, live music and pictures with Santa!

10. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live at Palace Theatre

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM
Location: 34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Join Daniel and friends for a live production of songs, dancing and adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe!

11. Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228

Enjoy a family-friendly Disney movie with popcorn. All movies are rated G or PG and children age 12 and under are welcome!

12. Sensitive Santa at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0120

Children with special needs and their families are invited to visit with Santa in an environment sensitive to their sensory and developmental needs. Each family will receive one free photo!

13. Visit Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Gahanna’s Creekside District
Phone: 614-418-9114

This family Holiday Lights celebration includes a live reindeer petting zoo, train rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, food trucks, live music and the lighting of Gahanna’s community tree! See the full list of 90 activities here!

14. Family Craft Workshop at Inniswood Metro Gardens

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Innis House, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Bring the family to create holiday gifts! All ages are welcome and all materials are provided!

15. A Delaware Christmas Story Parade

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 20 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

Christmas kicks off in Delaware with a parade and a visit from Santa!

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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? November 11-13, 2016

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1. Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Thursday-Sunday, November 10-13, 2016
Time: Times vary by day.
Location: Larry Black Auditorium, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

This huge book sale is made up from donations and previously circulated books from the library. Friends of the Library can shop on Friday and Sunday offers Clearance prices!

2. PBJ & Jazz at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Ballroom, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203

There will be two performances of these special family-friendly concerts: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. Children receive a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie. The concerts are $5 per person with a family maximum of $20.

3. International Festival at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This celebration of international culture includes ethnic foods and cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, an international fashion show, a Parade of Nations, free flu shots and other medical screenings, arts and crafts and other children’s activities.

4. Mini Market Columbus at Bexley United Methodist Church

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 2657 E Broad St., Bexley, OH 43209

This is Columbus’ first craft market focused on handmade baby and children’s items! Admission is free!

5. Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: 13 E College Ave, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Phone: 614-568-8590

National Neighborhood Toy Store Day is a real thing! Celebrate at Naturally Curious Kids with 15% off your total purchase, cookies from 2 Chicks and a Cookie, raffles and other giveaways!

6. Pine Cone Animals at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Kids can create an owl, fox, or other critter out of a pinecone. This activity is free with your paid admission or membership!

7. LEGO Club at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43228

There will be a theme and challenge to complete at this LEGO Club get together!

8. Dancing with the Nutcracker at BalletMet

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM
Location: 322 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

This free event allows kids to dance with costumed dancers from the Nutcracker! There will also be coloring and discounts on Nutcracker tickets. BalletMet asks that you bring a donation of one or more of the following: adult socks, adult gloves or mittens, baby sleepers to be given to Faith Mission. RSVP online!

9. Holiday Cheer Kick Off Parade at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

Santa arrives with a holiday parade! There will be entertainment, face painting, balloon artists, crafts and more! Activities will occur in Center Court by JC Penney.

10. Family Adventures Tour at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801

These family friendly tours are given by a docent and involve fun and creative ways to learn about and explore art together! Admission to the museum is free on Sundays!

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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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