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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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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10 Things to be Excited About at New Main Library!

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It would be hard to overstate exactly how excited I was to be invited to take a hard hat tour of the new Main Library (or #newmain as all the cool kids are calling it – seriously, though, search the hashtag and you’ll get a great look at its progress over time!).  But let’s just say I semi-purposely scheduled the tour on my birthday because I thought it would be an awesome thing to do!  Since the two libraries closest to me are under renovation (or completely demolished) I am currently without library. Main Library was my go-to, so I am counting down the days until June 25th!  Here are 10 things we have to look forward to at Main Library:

1. These Fun Doors


The children’s area is in the same location as it was before, only when you enter, there will be a big door for the adults and a small door for the kids.  (That’s the reddish, metal structures you see in the picture).  How fun is that?

2. Open Area for Story Times


Gone is the room with the sea creatures on the walls where many of us have attended story time and special events. Now story times will be done in the open, in the middle of the children’s area so no one misses out!

3. A Mother’s Room


New Main has a Mother’s Room!  Three cheers for this one!  Though I don’t plan on nursing any new babies (sorry, Mom), this is a total win for moms!  I know from my experience, just knowing a Mother’s Room is available relieves a lot of stress when planning outings with babies.  This isn’t a picture of the Mother’s Room, but it is facing the children’s area and is a great view of the 3 floors of Main Library.

4. Access to the Historic Carnegie Building From Upstairs


Previously, it was not possible to access the Carnegie portion of the library from the upper floors of the newer building.  If you wanted to access the galleries on the second floor of the Carnegie building, you had to go downstairs, over to the historic Carnegie building and back up again on the other side. When the library reopens, there will be walkways connecting the Carnegie building to the second floor of the newer portion of the library.

5. Carnegie Cafe


The cafe has been given a new name and moved further inside the first floor of the library. Carnegie Cafe will sell snacks, coffee and other drinks.  There will be a nice open seating area and opposite will be the new Friends of the Library store.

6. Teen Space


Older kids will have their own space that is no longer attached to the Children’s area – in fact it’s on a separate floor!  This special teen space will be on the 2nd floor.  I think this distinction is a great thing for both the teens and the younger kids!

7. Open Reading Room


Part of the 3rd floor was taken down to open up this area and make it into a large space for comfortable seating and reading, as well as for special events and speakers.

8. Awesome View of Downtown


The facade of the building was taken down and replaced by windows and now you have an amazing view of downtown!  I think I could sit here all day!

9. Outdoor Reading Room


Okay, this might be my favorite one on the list! I’m super excited about the outdoor reading room with free Wi-fi and and opening to Topiary Park.

10. Access to Topiary Park from the Library


I remember nervously walking my kids past the entrance and exit of the library parking garage to get from the library to Topiary park.  Now all you need to do is just walk through the outdoor reading room!  Another huge win for parents!

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Grand Opening Celebration on June 25th!  The ribbon cutting ceremony happens at 12:00 PM!  Following that, there will be tours, entertainment and time to explore the library.  There will be a special PBJ & Jazz concert at 2:00 in Topiary Park and the movie, The Lorax, will be shown outdoors at dusk.  On Sunday, June 26th, author David Baldacci will speak.  These events are free, but the Sunday event will require registration.  See this link for information on the Grand Opening Celebration. I’m really looking forward to this downtown institution being reopened with all the new things it has to offer!  See you there!

If you’re looking for a library to visit in the meantime, check out my posts about 4 great branches of Columbus Metropolitan Library: North, South, East and West: Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing, Part 1 and North, South, East and West: Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing, Part 2.


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