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Summer Reading Clubs are Launching Now at Columbus and Central Ohio Libraries!

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Summer Reading Clubs can keep kids entertained and motivated over the summer! Check out this list of Columbus and Central Ohio Summer Reading Programs hosted by local libraries!

As an adult winner of a Summer Reading Challenge prize a few years ago, I can personally say that these Summer Reading Programs are for all ages! And what else do we have to do during the Summer of 2020 than to read?!

Check out one (or more) of these Central Ohio Summer Reading Programs to keep your kids focused on the goal! There are prizes involved and some of them are pretty cool! 

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Columbus Metropolitan Library

Theme: Summer Reading Challenge
Dates: May 30 – August 4, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Log in to the website or download the new Reading Challenge App. Enter your reading minutes on to your Game Board and compete your Reading Activity Bingo in order to be entered into raffles for prizes like gift cards, free food, books, a bike and more!

A sign that says Ready for Kindergarten at a columbus metropolitan library

Worthington Libraries

Theme: Magic Unbound: A Summer Reading Quest
Dates: May 20 – July 20, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Receive prizes by filling in the amount of time you’ve read on your Reading Record. You can also DIY activities at home to make progress toward your prizes. You can print your Reading Record from the library website.

Westerville Public Library

Theme: Read & Imagine
Dates: May 22 – August 2, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Set your own reading goal and once you reach your goal, stop by the library to pick up your prize!

library books on a shelf

Grandview Heights Public Library

Theme: Summer Reading Club
Dates: June 1 – August 1, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Use the App to track your reading online and win prizes from the library!

grove city library

Southwest Public Libraries

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: May 30 – July 25, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Register online to read, watch online programs and do online activities in order to earn raffle entries and prizes! The program includes special online performances!

Bexley Public Library

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: June 1
Ages: All ages
How it works: Keep track of your participation online. More information coming soon!

Upper Arlington Public Library

Theme:
Dates: June 1
Ages: All ages
How it works: More information coming soon!

 

I will continue to add more as they are announced! In the meantime if you’re missing library story times, check out this list of  17 Columbus Based Virtual Story Times for Kids!

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8 Ways to Enjoy Easton with your Family this Summer

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Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio is a one-stop destination for family-friendly fun! With unique shopping and dining options, weekly events and live entertainment, there is something for everyone in the family!

Thank you to Easton Town Center for sponsoring this post.

I love Easton! I love the way they’ve managed to make it feel like vacation whenever I’m there! Believe it or not, this year Easton is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

Train at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

I have always loved shopping at Easton and after I had kids, I would often bring them to Easton when they were babies just to push them around in the stroller and sip on an iced coffee from Starbucks. As they grew, they loved looking at the model train, running around the fountain and eventually graduated to coveting everything in The LEGO Store!  When it was built last year, we moved on to spending hours at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus!

fountain at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Easton has become a destination with live entertainment, the addition of LEGOLAND and a whole slew of summer activities you can enjoy your with your family! Read on and mark your calendar for the fun!

8 Ways to Enjoy Easton with your Family this Summer:

1. Movies by Moonlight

This year, in honor of their 20th anniversary, Movies by Moonlight is going to include movies released in 1999! Movies by Moonlight happen on Tuesday nights at dusk at the Town Square. (Actual start times will vary throughout the summer).

The 2019 Movies by Moonlight line up this year includes:

June 4 – The Wizard of Oz
June 11 – Stuart Little
June 18 – Tarzan
June 25 – Ralph Breaks the Internet
July 2 – Field of Dreams
July 9 – Pokémon: The First Movie
July 16 – Inspector Gadget
July 23 – The LEGO Movie 2
July 30 – Muppets from Space
August 6 – The Iron Giant
This year marks Easton Town Center’s 20th anniversary!
August 13 – Mary Poppins Returns
August 20 – Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
August 27 – Runaway Bride

2. Sounds on the Town

Sounds on the Town begins June 5th and runs through August 28th, featuring live music from local  and regional bands. Concerts begin at 6:00 PM at the Town Square.

2019 Sounds on the Town Concert line up includes:

June 5 – Teeny Tucker Band
June 12 – Divas of the 90’s
June 19 – Topher James & Biscuit Brigade opening for New Basics Brass Band
June 26 – Fool House
July 3 – Songs at the Center LIVE!
July 10 – Ark Band
July 17 – The Fabulous Johnson Brothers
July 24 – Tony Monaco Trio with Byron Stripling Quartet
July 31 – SWAGG
August 7 – Urban Jazz Coalition
August 14 – The Menus
August 21 – Yumbambe
August 28 – Funk Worthy opening for Who’s Bad

3. 20th Annual Easton Art Affair

sign for Easton Art Affair, Columbus, Ohio

The Easton Art Affair is a juried fine art show that features artists who work in all kinds of mediums and will take place June 21st -23rd, 2019. Admission is free to this fun event that is a combination of street fair and art gallery. You can enjoy seeing and shopping for paintings, photography, jewelry and more! There will also be art for kids!

4. Superhero Day

Superhero Day at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Mark your calendar for Superhero Day!  On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Superheroes will roam the streets of Easton with fun activities for the kids, games, live music, face painting, photo ops and a Superhero parade! 

Superhero Day at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

5. Fenlon Square Activities 

boy at the Frog Fountain, Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

Hang out at the Frog Fountain outside American Girl on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer for kid-friendly happenings like caricature artists, face painting, balloon artists and more! Activities take place from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM beginning June 1, 2019.

6. Pop-up Fountains at Easton Town Square

splash pad at Easton Town Center, Columbus, ohio

The Pop-up Fountains at the Town Square offer a great way for the kids to cool off after a day of shopping! Complimentary towel service is available on the weekends and don’t miss the model train display just on the edge of the fountain area! Benches are available around the fountains or I recommend bringing your own blanket to sit on!

7. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

boy at LEGOLAND Columbus, Easton Town Center

LEGOLAND has been a huge draw to Easton for my family! My boys are LEGO fanatics so it’s hard to go to Easton without going to LEGOLAND or at the very least stopping in at the attached LEGO Store! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus offers 2 rides, 4D movies, 10 play areas, a MINILAND, cafe (they serve Starbucks!) and building workshops! To save time you can purchase a ticket time online.

Boy at LEGOLAND Columbus, Easton Town Center

8. Safelite AutoGlass Rally for The Ranch Car Show

Kids who love vehicles will love this free car show featuring 100 exotic, historical and racing cars! Wander the streets of Easton from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM to see the sights! The weekend of events (which also includes a banquet for car owners and a live auction) benefits The Buckeye Ranch, an organization that provides emotional, behavioral and mental health services for children and families in Central and Southwestern Ohio. 

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