Labor Day Weekend Columbus Staycation 2017

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If you’re looking for some fun activities to do with your family over the long weekend, I’ve rounded up a list of events going on over Labor Day Weekend! Don’t worry, I’ll still have my full list of kid-friendly activities to publish later this week, but these are a few fun ideas to whet your appetite in the meantime! 😉 (See 18 things to do Labor Day Weekend 2017 right here!)


Columbus Greek Festival at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The Columbus Greek Festival is going on Friday-Monday, so you make this a part of any day this weekend! However, you should stop in on Friday because your ticket ($5 for adults, kids 12 and under are free) is good for the entire weekend! That way, any time you don’t feel like cooking this weekend, you can head down to the festival for yummy greek food instead! 😉 Besides food, the festival also includes educational activities, shops, music and dancing, exhibits and a kids activity center! See the link for all the times and details!

McGuffey Lane in Concert at Columbus Commons

Kick off the weekend with a free concert at Columbus Commons! Drinks and food trucks begin at 5:30 PM and the opening act starts at 7:00, so even if the kiddos can’t stay up for a late concert (which starts at 8:00 PM), you can have dinner and enjoy some music before bedtime!


Grand Opening of Donatos Powell

Dontatos Powell celebrates it’s reopening of the new store and the new school year with a block party from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM! There will be face painting, guests from the Columbus Zoo, balloon animals and virtual reality games! The first 100 people will get Free 4D movie passes from The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and a Pepsi 2-Liter! There will also be free pizza!

44 Pages Screening Event at Gateway Film Center

Who remembers reading Highlights at the doctors’s office? I do! I do! Headquartered in Columbus, Highlights is celebrating it’s 70th Anniversary Issue with a new documentary called 44 PAGES. The Columbus screening takes place at Gateway Film Center and on Saturday, a special family-friendly event is being held that includes free giveaways, a book reading, games, crafts and more! Activities start at 2:00 PM and the movie will be shown at 3:00 PM, followed by a Q&A.

Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons

Head down to Columbus Commons for a free Family Fun Day, Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM! Activities include inflatables, face painting, balloon twisters, putt-putt, crafts, a photo booth and more! A $5 wristband is available for unlimited access to all activities. (Not all activities require a wristband.) Food trucks will be on site and the movie The Jungle Book will be shown at 4:00 PM.


Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival at Ohio History Center

The Ohio Cup features over 30 teams from all over the US who come to Ohio Village for one of the largest vintage base ball festivals in the nation! This is 1860’s style base ball (yes, it was two words back then)! There will also be fun games for the kids, dancing, a barbershop quartet, food trucks, rides in a Ford Model A, blacksmith demonstrations and the chance to try out base ball for yourself! This event is going on Saturday AND Sunday, so you can take your pick! Included with general admission or membership.

Shakespeare in the Park at Schiller Park

Thursday through Sunday you can see the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Schiller Park. The performances are “pay what you will” and donations are gladly accepted. You can reserve a seat ahead of time for $20 or reserve a blanket space for $20 which includes an ATC logo blanket!


UA Labor Day Arts Festival in Northam Park

The Upper Arlington Arts festival is held in Northam Park and features around 200 local, regional and national artists. There is also live entertainment, vendors, art activities and food available for purchase! Admission is free!

Dime a Dog Night at Columbus Clippers

Sugardale Hot Dogs are only $.10 each all night (or afternoon) long! The Clippers play the Louisville Bats at 2:05 PM!


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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? August 4-6, 2017

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1. Ohio Tax Free Weekend

When: Friday – Sunday, August 4-6, 2017
Time: Friday at 12:00 AM- Sunday at 11:59 PM
Location: stores throughout Ohio

Clothing and school supplies will be sold without sales tax to help you stock up for the school year! Please check the link for all the fine print!

2. Friday Fun Day-Ice Cream Social at Color Me Mine

When: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 6375 Perimeter Dr., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-761-1153

This is a drop-off event for kids ages 6 and up where they can paint their own food-safe ice cream bowl! There will be prizes, crafts and ice cream! Price is $30/child or $25 each for multiples. You must register in advance by calling the number above.

3. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Head down to Columbus Commons for a fun morning that includes free carousel rides, bounce houses, the Imagination Playground, crafts, games and more! This week’s guests include OSU Urban Arts Space, Hashtag Comedy, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Goldfish Swim School, Pretty Princess Parties and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with an animal display starting at 11:00 AM.

4. KidX Club: Dare to Design at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

This week’s KidX program is all about fashion! There will be a fashion show at 11:00 AM plus other fun activities for kids. KidX Summer Series will be at the fountain in the outdoor part of the mall. Rain location will be inside at the play area. Bring a book to donate to Columbus Metropolitan Library and you can pick a prize from the treasure chest!

5. Pelotonia

When: Friday-Sunday, August 4-6, 2017
Time: Beginning Friday at 3:00 PM
Location: Beginning in Columbus

This weekend is Pelotonia, a weekend long cycling event that raises money for cancer research. Nearly 8,000 riders from more than 40 states and 10 countries will be participating! Pelotonia’s opening ceremony is Friday, August 4th from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM at a new location—McFerson Commons and North Bank Park in the Arena District. Rides start Saturday morning August 5th. Check out the ride routes here and come out and cheer them on!

6. Dublin Irish Festival at Coffman Park

When: Friday – Sunday, August 4-6, 2017
Time: Friday: 4:00 PM – Midnight, Saturday: 11:00 AM – Midnight, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: 5600 Post Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

This weekend is the 30th Dublin Irish Festival – the largest 3-day Irish Festival in the world! There will be 7 stages, 65 acts and more than 535 performers! Tickets are on sale online and at the event. Kids 12 and under are free! There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities including the Pot O’ Gold Playland!

7. First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

After 5:00 PM, museum admission will be $6/person, $3 for ages 6-12, free for members and kids 5 and under! There will be special First Friday activities and the movie The Brave Little Toaster starting at 7:00 PM! Snacks will be available for purchase. Movie tickets are first come, first served. There will be an additional cost ($5) for parking due to the Ohio State Fair taking place, but parking is free for members.

8. First FARM Friday

When: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Main St., Coshocton, OH 43812

If you’re in the mood for a road trip this weekend, head to Coshocton for farm animals, food samples, a kids’ pedal pull, farm machinery, and more! Kids can complete a stamp card for a free cup of Whit’s Custard! This event will take place on Main Street between 3rd and 4th Streets.

9. Movie in the Park: Jurassic Park at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 9466 US-23, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Phone: 614-508-8111

Come learn about the science of dinosaurs, enjoy activities and then watch Jurassic Park in the park! The movie starts around 8:40 PM. Popcorn is provided. Bring seating and other snacks as desired. It is recommended you bring bug repellent as well!

10. Fit4Mom Columbus North Grand Reopening at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 9466 US-23, Lewis Center, OH 43035

FIT4MOM Columbus North is having a FREE Grand Reopening celebration! Registration begins at 9:00 AM, there is a Stroller Strides Family workout at 9:30 AM and a playdate and giveaways from local and national sponsors at 10:40 AM.

11. Westgate Farmers Market at the West Gate Masonic Lodge

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2925 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

The Westgate Farmers Market happens on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month and includes local vendors, fresh produce, food trucks, kids activities and live music! This week’s food trucks are Explorers Club, Short North Bagel Deli and Cream & Sugar. Free activities include Local Matters Cooking Demos starting every hour at 9:30 AM and music by Scott Brooks!

12. FCCS and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s FamJam at Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location:160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Franklin County Children Services and the City of Columbus are hosting this free, family enrichment festival that will include community resources, vendors, information tables, fun and entertainment! Rain or shine!

13. Back to School Event at Sharon Woods Primary Care

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43229

The Sharon Woods Back-to-School Event is focused on prevention and safety! There will be stations for arts and crafts, face painting, giveaways, prizes and more! Representatives will be available on site from Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire Department, Columbus City Schools, Columbus Metropolitan Library, MidOhio Foodbank and CareSource. All ages welcome!

14. Maker Takeover at The Shops At Worthington Place

When: Saturday – Sunday, August 5-13, 2017
Time: Mall Hours
Location: 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Made LOCAL Marketplace is taking over The Shops at Worthington Place in a 9 day Maker Takeover!! All of the storefronts in the mall will be OPEN and filled with locally made items. There will be a kick-off celebration on August 5th which will feature additional makers with tables throughout the mall from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. ALSO Juggle will be providing onsite childcare for FREE while you shop! Sign up here!

15. Find the Joy Magic Show at Hilliard Branch of CML

When: Saturday August 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4772 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-645-2275

Erica Carlson will perform magic tricks with lots of laughs, audience participation and surprises! Appropriate for ages 2-8.

16. Back-To-School Expo at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Columbus Parent & ThisWeek News host a “Back To School Expo” at Easton Town Center this weekend including live entertainment, giveaways and the opportunity to shop during Ohio’s Tax Free Weekend! There will be booths from local representatives, a Sky Zone Family Fun Zone, a Pie Eating Contest, a school supply drive and lots of other goodies!

17. Returning Wildlife at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Children’s book author and former assistant to Jack Hanna, Dr. John Becker, will talk about conservation, endangered species and his animal adventures! Free with admission.

18. Pizzuti Collection Family Day

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N. Park St., Columbus, OH 43215

All three floors of the Pizzuti Collection will be open to explore with your family including tours, art inspired activity books and free admission! See our visit to Pizzuti Collection here.

19. MakeBreak at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Decorate your back to school stuff with pom-poms, gemstones and more! Items to be decorated are available for purchase and decorations are provided for free!

20. Rock Mill Weekends at Rock Mill Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1429 Rockmill Pl. NW, Lancaster, OH 43130

The grist mill at Rock Mill Park was recently restored and this weekend you can tour the mill, watch demonstrations of the grinding methods of the mill and see the Rock Mill Covered Bridge. This event is free!

21. Authors at the Loft at The Book Loft of German Village

When: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 631 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206

This free family event will feature local authors of all genres! They will be on site for a meet and greet, to sign books and answer questions!

Need more? Make sure to check out Summer Nights in Columbus: Something to do Every Night of the Week!

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2 Columbus Christmas Tree Farms + Family Photos

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I think people fall into two categories: those who decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving and those who are adamant about waiting until after. *Someone* in my household is adamant about waiting until after Thanksgiving before the tree goes up and Christmas music is played. So we usually get our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. BUT we did get our family photos taken by HB Photography at a Christmas tree farm in mid November, so I kind of feel like I got to cheat a little!

If you haven’t got your tree yet, I’ve got two great options for you with slightly different experiences! AND I’m going to share some of our family photos! 🙂 It’s not to late to book your own holiday session with Helen – send her a message through her website or Facebook page using the links here! These are going to make great Christmas presents! (I hope my mom isn’t reading my blog!) 😉

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I can’t give you a personal rundown about a ton of Christmas tree farms, but here’s two I’ve been to and at the end of this post, I have a link to the longest list I’ve found to date! 🙂

1. Cackler Family Farms

4971 Cackler Rd.
Delaware, OH 43015

After we got our pictures taken, we explored a little bit of Cackler Farms. There was a play area for kids:


And a lamb and miniature donkey for petting!


You can choose and cut down your own tree! Everything you need to do so is provided by the farm!


2. HTH Farm Market

2340 W. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235

For the past couple of years, we have picked out a tree at HTH Farm Market. The Market is open April through December and sells a variety of fresh produce, cheese and meats and other local products like honey, maple syrup and even some local crafts. 100% of the proceeds from the market benefit Hope Thru Housing, which is a residential substance abuse treatment center.




There are some fun photo ops at HTH Farm Market:


And plenty of trees to choose from!



Really, what my kids care the most about is that they get to pick a candy cane off the tree inside the market!

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The market is right next to train tracks, so that is a plus for my train-loving kids! (Though we were advised to wait inside while it passed due to the loud whistle!)



The first two years after Mayson was born, we ended up getting our tree in the evening and decorating it the next morning. The first year was by default. Trying to decorate that first night with a fussy baby and a 3 year old was proving wildly unsuccessful. We learned our lesson, and the next year we did it on purpose! Since the kids are up ridiculously early most days, it just made sense.

We changed things up a little bit this year. We got our tree on the day of the “incident” at OSU – though I kind of felt like delaying our plans, it turned out to be a nice way to spend the afternoon and early evening of that crazy day.

If you haven’t got your tree yet and are looking for more options, the biggest list of tree farms I have found is on This Week Community News! Through some personal contacts, I also know that Trees of Hope is donating their proceeds to an orphanage in Haiti this year.

One last thing . . . please take a minute to tell me about some of your Columbus Favorites! Click the link here to tell me and you will be entered into a GIVEAWAY for a family play pass to Recreations Outlet! Thank you so much!! 🙂


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