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The 934 Outdoor Gallery and Scavenger Hunt will Brighten Your Day

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Looking for a unique way to introduce your kids to art? Check out 934 Gallery’s Outdoor Gallery and Mural Scavenger Hunt in the Milo Grogan neighborhood of Columbus!

934 Gallery Sign in Milo Grogan

934 Gallery on the corner of Cleveland Avenue and E. 3rd Street is home to exhibitions from local, national and international artists, 934 Fest and a colorful Outdoor Gallery. The unique murals in the Outdoor Gallery are a fun way to open your kids’ eyes to a broader definition of art! Through Augmented Reality and a Scavenger Hunt, families can interact with art in a new way!

Two Kids in Mural Alley at 934 Gallery in Columbus

Even if you choose not to do the structured activities, you’ll love exploring the murals and taking some fun, colorful pictures!

Milo Arts District Mural


“934 Gallery’s mission is to provide relevant programming as a publicly accessible arts anchor within the neighborhood fabric of Milo-Grogan; to foster an interest in the arts among all ages in the local community; to provide a space for programming that will showcase the skills of emerging visual & performance artists; & to provide established artists recognition among the greater community.”


What You Need To Know About Visiting the 934 Outdoor Gallery:

Pick up a Map

pick up a map at 934 Gallery

First of all, the most important thing to do is to pick up a map in the box that is just to the south of 3rd Avenue at the entrance to the parking lot. This map will help you find all of the murals and includes a list of the artists who created them. You can see a list of mural titles here.

boy looking at a mural at 934 Gallery on Cleveland Ave.

What to Expect

The 934 Outdoor Gallery is home to 36 murals. Four of the murals are permanent, but the other spaces will change each year. A call for muralists is issued in the spring, the murals are painted during the summer and then revealed in September!

The scavenger hunt mentioned here will be active until the Spring of 2021 when the walls are primed for new artists. In the spring, there may be a new scavenger hunt or a new activity involving the new murals!

Every Day is a Good Day Mural in Milo Grogan

Parking

Free parking is available in the lot at the gallery or on 3rd Avenue. We had no problem finding parking!

boy looking at colorful murals in Columbus, Ohio

Augmented Reality at the 934 Outdoor Gallery:

There are four murals that have an Augmented Reality experience. On the map you can scan the QR code to access the Augmented Reality information. I was prompted to download an app when I scanned the code. This is available for iOS devices only.

When you view the murals through the app on your phone, they have moving parts that are super fun for the kids to watch. I love how this activity uses technology (which kids are naturally drawn to) to pique their interest in art!

The Four Murals That Have Augmented Reality Are:

1. “Mural Ensemble” by Daniel Rona

Mural Ensemble by Daniel Rona

2. “Falling In” by Dillon Beck

Falling Down Mural at 934 Gallery

3. “Wondering When” by Ariel Peguero

Wondering When Mural at 934 Gallery

4. “Moongazer” by Dan Slutz

Moongazer Mural at 934 Gallery

The Mural Scavenger Hunt at the 934 Outdoor Gallery:

The map of the Outdoor Gallery contains a QR code that will open a Mural Scavenger Hunt. You can also access the scavenger hunt by clicking this link. The Scavenger Hunt has questions about 35 of the murals for two skill levels. 

Mural Scavenger Hunt at 934 Gallery

Enjoy some more pictures from our mural exploration:

Black Lives Matter Mural in Columbus, Ohio

colorful murals at 934 Gallery in Columbus, Ohio

Mural Alley in Milo Grogan

Arise and Let Your Light Shine for All to See!

I definitely recommend checking out these murals before they change spring! It will be a fun way to bring some color to winter and it’s a free activity with educational value! What’s not to love?!

Know Before You Go:

Address: 934 Cleveland Ave Columbus, OH 43201

Hours: The Outdoor Gallery is open 24/7 and the indoor gallery is available by appointment.

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How to Rock the Twelve Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt

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Over the weekend we spent Saturday morning exploring Historic Downtown Dublin doing the Twelve Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt! This is a totally fun outing with something for the whole family! I’m partnering with Historic Dublin to tell you how to Rock the Scavenger Hunt in this December!

Found the Elf at Daso Custom Cabinetry!

In 12 participating businesses around Historic Dublin, an elf is hiding, just waiting to be found by your eager kiddos! You can begin the hunt at any one of the 12 locations by picking up an Elf Card and finding the elf. At each stop, the kids can point out the Elf to the employee and they will receive a small prize and a stamp on their card. The small prizes are a mix of candy, stickers, tattoos, etc.

Finding the Elf at Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland brought this little guy lots of satisfaction!

Head to all 12 locations, in no particular order, collecting your stamps and prizes. When finished, you can turn your Elf Card into any of the participating businesses and the accompanying adult will be entered into a drawing to win a prize basket filled with prizes from each of the participating businesses! (See, there’s a win for the parents, too! 😉 )

Dublin Ohio CVB Visitor Center was one of our first stops!

Getting our cards at Boho 72 Boutique!

My kids were totally into the hunt! They were surprisingly focused on finding each elf. Well, let me clarify, my first born, type A child was focused on the exact number they had found and how many more were left to find. My second child, just 3 years old, was focused on where to get the next piece of candy! 😉

Candy cane prizes at Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland!

It had been a while since I walked around Downtown Dublin on foot, so I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of getting the kids around. It turned out that all of the locations were surprisingly close! My 3 year old had no trouble keeping up without a stroller. We even back-tracked a few times to go to places that hadn’t opened yet when we started the hunt.

If you aren’t in the holiday spirit before walking around Downtown Dublin, you will be! The city is beautifully decorated! It’s kind of like walking around in a Christmas card!

Historic Dublin

This was such a fun thing to do as a family! It took us about 2 1/2 hours, but that included a leisurely stop for lunch. I would allow 1-2 hours to complete the hunt depending on your family and your schedule.

This scavenger hunt is NOT hard and we accomplished it with very little planning ahead! BUT I’m going to give you 5 tips to rock the scavenger hunt so you have a fun family time with very few hiccups!

1. View the Elf Card and Map online

Click here to view the Elf Card and Map! The kids loved having the official Elf Card, so I would suggest picking the actual card up at your first stop, but having the map printed out will help you plan out your path ahead of time if you are so inclined!

2. Know your parking options before you get there

There are several public parking lots in Historic Dublin. See this map for ideas.

3. Check the hours of the stores

We got a jump start on Saturday morning, and some of the shops did not open until 11:00 AM or 12:00 PM so we had to backtrack. Also Daso Custom Cabinetry generally closes at 1:00 PM on Saturdays, so this is something to keep in mind if you’re doing it on the weekend. (Though they will be staying open until 4:00 PM this Saturday, December 9th.) Backtracking wasn’t that big of a deal for us because everything is so close, but if you’re on a time crunch, you’ll want to pay closer attention to this. See the list of participating locations here.

4. Plan out your options for snacks and meals

There are two stops on the hunt where you can have a full meal. We had lunch at Donatos about halfway through the hunt. La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro is the other option with a full menu. You may also want to consider your timing when stopping into the other restaurants! Perhaps pick Winans for a coffee stop before lunch or Johnson’s Ice Cream or Our CupCakery for dessert afterwards! (Though I do want to say you are not required to purchase anything to participate in the hunt and we felt no pressure to do so at any of the locations!)

Chocolate is the prize at Winans Dublin!

Can’t beat pizza at Donatos for a mid-hunt break!

Finding the Elf was tricky at La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro!

Find the Elf and a little ice cream treat at Johnson’s Real Ice Cream!

The cutest holiday cupcakes at Our CupCakery!

5. Build in time for the adults to enjoy the hunt, too!

This hunt doesn’t have to be just for the kids. This is a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done, pick up a few decorating tips or take care of some business! We even took a few minutes to appreciate fine art at Terra Gallery! (P.S. There is an Adult Holiday Hunt taking place on December 9, 2017!)

Perusing the finer side of art at Terra Gallery!

Decorate for the holidays at Chelsea Borough Home!

Kids you can pick out a Christmas gift for mom at Boho 72 Boutique . . . Hint Hint!

A Christmas Story throwback at Dean Insurance Group!

We had a blast seeing Dublin in a new way! I highly recommend this activity for a low-cost holiday outing that is fun for the whole family!

The boys were very proud of their completed Elf Cards!

Mail a letter to Santa while you’re at it!

Know Before You Go:

-The 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt takes place between December 2 – December 16, 2017.

-The participating locations are as follows:

Boho 72 Boutique
Chelsea Borough Home
Daso Custom Cabinetry
Dean Insurance Group
Donatos Pizza
Dublin (Ohio) Historical Society at Dublin Ohio CVB Visitor Center
Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland
Johnson’s Real Ice Cream – Dublin
La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro
Our CupCakery
Terra Gallery
Winans Dublin

-Your completed card must be returned to any of the participating businesses by the end of day December 16, 2017.

-The winner of the grand prize drawing will be awarded Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

See all the details here!

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2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt: 25 Things to Find Before New Year’s Day!

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Welcome to What Should We Do Today’s Holiday Scavenger Hunt! If you’re out and about over the next two weeks, entertaining kids on winter break, doing last minute Christmas shopping or trying to squeeze in all Columbus has to offer during the holidays, here’s a list of 25 things to look for on your way! I’ve made a printable list so you can take it with you!

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Please, enjoy Columbus and have a Merry Christmas!

1. Glass Ornament Tree at Franklin Park Conservatory


2. Rotating Railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory


3. Polar Express Train at Ohio History Center


4. Book Tree at Grove City Library


5. Thomas Train at Main Library


6. Larger than Life Nutcrackers outside Grove City Library


7. Nutcracker display at Grove City City Hall


8. Christmas Tree in the Lazarus Building

 


9. Nativity Scene at Easton


10. The Three Wisemen at the State Auto Christmas Corner


11. Santa on the train at Easton


12. The Holiday Tree Farm at the Think Outside the Brick Exhibit


13. Santa’s Fire Truck at Columbus Commons


14. Large glowing balls at Bicentennial Park


15. Rudolph at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo


16. “Short North Pole” sign in Short North Arts District


17. Gingerbread Carousel at KDB Easton Town Center


18. Gingerbread North Market at Franklin Park Conservatory


19. Santa’s Gingerbread Camper at The Shops at Worthington Place


20. Life-sized Playmobil Knight at Learning Express Toys


21. Christmas Tree at Topiary Park


22. An underground world at Main Library


23. A painting snowman at Polaris Fashion Place


24. “Happy Holidays” on the Nationwide Building


 25. Large Hanging Wreaths at North Market


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