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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, February 14-16, 2020: Featuring Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio for Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day Weekend? Here are over 50 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY, VALENTINE’s DAY:

6:30 AM – Valentine’s Day at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill – celebrate Valetine’s Day at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill with Chick-fil-A® Nuggets 30-count, Chick-n-Minis®* 10-count and Chocolate Chunk Cookies 6-count in a heart-shaped Chick-fil-A® red tin this Thursday and Friday. (Chick-n-Minis are only available during breakfast hours.) 

9:30 AM – Our Village: Valentine’s Day – We Love You a Latte! at Thompson Park – celebrate Valentine’s Day with FIT4MOM UA with a Valentine’s craft for the kids and coffee! The party is free and will take place after the Stroller Strides class.

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

10:00 AM – First Responder Appreciation Month at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – throughout the month of February, First Responders will receive free admission and their immediate family members will receive $10 single day admission tickets. First Responders must present proof of employment. See the link for the list of qualifying professions. 

10:00 AM – Seasons and Stories! at Rocky Fork Metro Park – listen to stories by the fire! Ages 1-8. Warm beverages provided.

10:00 AM – Young Explorers: Amorous Animals at Homestead Metro Park – learn about how animals take care of each other and make a craft! Ages 5-12.

10:00 AM – Valentine’s Fun Party at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts, music, snacks and a free goodie bag! This party is included in regular admission to the play cafe.

10:00 AM – Toddler Open Gym at Thompson Recreation Center – drop in for a free Open Gym time at the rec center!

10:00 AM – Valentine’s Day Fun! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – take a coffee break and the kids can enjoy a Valentine’s themed puppet show! Decorate a cookie for $1.50, too!

10:00 AM – School’s Out Open Play at KSM Sports and Fitness Indoor Facility – enjoy sports, dodgeball, soft play and more! You must purchase a ticket in advance!

11:00 AM – Family Valentine’s Day at Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern – Rusty Bucket is holding their Family Valentine’s Day event. Kids ages 12 and under can get a free meal off the kid’s menu!

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

12:15  – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

1:00 PM – Young Explorers: Amorous Animals at Homestead Metro Park – learn about how animals take care of each other and make a craft! Ages 5-12.

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

4:00 PM – Valentine’s Day $2.00 Family Roller Skating at United Skates of America – Refugee Rd. – wear pink or read to receive $2 admission per person. All ages welcome.

4:00 PM – Family Night Fridays at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – for $30 enjoy a family pass to the play area and a large 1 topping pizza and a drink pitcher.

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

5:30 PM – Valentine’s Day Open Play at Blue Monkey Parties & Events – enjoy inflatables, basketball and cookie decorating! Purchase a ticket online!

6:30 PM – Pajama Jam Skate Party at United Skates of America – Refugee Rd. – wear your pajamas and get $2 admission! All ages, family friendly Hip-Hop R&B Skate.

7:00 PM – Friday Nights Unlimited Pizza Skate at Skate Zone 71 – family skate is available from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM for $10/person. That includes admission, skate rental and unlimited cheese pizza!

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Roller Skating Lessons at Skate Zone 71 – walk-in for skating lessons for all skill levels! Fisher Price skates are available for kids. Adults are welcome too!

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

10:00 AM – First Responder Appreciation Month at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – throughout the month of February, First Responders will receive free admission and their immediate family members will receive $10 single day admission tickets. First Responders must present proof of employment. See the link for the list of qualifying professions. 

10:00 AM – It’s Okay To Be A Unicorn Book Launch! at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – enjoy a storytime with author and illustrator Jason Tharp as he reads his book “It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn”.

10:00 AM – International Day of Women & Girls in Science: Panel Discussion at Blendon Woods Metro Park – listen to local women talk about their successful careers in the natural sciences. There will be a Q&A session following the talk. All ages.

10:00 AM – 2020 Winter Hike: Three Creeks at Three Creeks Metro Park – take a 1, 3 or 5.6 mile hike in the park. Food and hot beverages will be available afterwards. Donate a personal hygiene product or $5 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank to receive a collectors mug.

10:00 AM – Preschool Story Time at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature-themed story time for preschoolers!

11:00 AM – Bad Kitty Party at Westland Area Library – help convince Bad Kitty to like Valentine’s Day with books, games, crafts and more!

11:00 AM – Sensory Friendly Films at Gateway Film Center – enjoy a sensory family screening of “The Secret Life of Pets” with lower volume and a “no-shushing” atmosphere. Tickets are free in conjunction with OSU’s Nisonger Center.

12:00 PM – Uptown Cookie Walk in Uptown Westerville – visit 24 locations in Uptown Westerville and receive a Cheryl’s Cookie at each location! Tickets available online.

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

12:15  – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

1:00 PM – Author & Artist Oge Mora at Upper Arlington Public Library – enjoy a presentation and Q&A with Oge Mora, local author and Illustrator of “Thank You, Omu!”. She will also be available to sell and sign her books.

2:00 PM – Lichen You Very Moss at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a 1.5 mile hike to look for mosses and lichens. 

2:00 PM – FRIENDS & COOKIES! (Parent/Child) at Dublin Toy Emporium – decorate 3 cookies and go on a “Friendship Hunt” in the store. $2/child. Call to reserve your spot.

2:00 PM – Wolves: Fact vs. Myth at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – learn the facts and fiction about wolves!

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

3:30 PM – FRIENDS & COOKIES! (Parent/Child) at Dublin Toy Emporium – decorate 3 cookies and go on a “Friendship Hunt” in the store. $2/child. Call to reserve your spot.

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

SUNDAY:

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

10:00 AM – Princess Breakfast at Skate Zone 71 – sing, dance and dine with Cinderella, Tianna and Snowy White. Plus roller-skate for free after the breakfast. Reservations required.

10:00 AM – First Responder Appreciation Month at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – throughout the month of February, First Responders will receive free admission and their immediate family members will receive $10 single day admission tickets. First Responders must present proof of employment. See the link for the list of qualifying professions. 

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

12:15  – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

2:00 PM – For Families: Birds of Prey at Highbanks Metro Park – meet owls and hawks from the Ohio Wildlife Center and learn about how they survive. This is a free program for ages 6 and up.

2:00 PM – 2020 Winter Hike: Slate Run at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – take a 2.5 or 5 mile hike through the park. Food and hot beverages will be available afterwards. Donate a personal hygiene product or $5 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank to receive a collectors mug.

2:00 PM – Blendon Ravines: Winter Tree ID at Blendon Woods Metro Park – explore the forest and learn how to ID trees by their bark. All ages welcome.

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

5:30 PM – Sunday PM Open Play at Blue Monkey Parties and Events – enjoy open play including 5 bounces houses and 3 basketball hoops.  

6:00 PM – Night at the Nature Center at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – explore the living stream after dark. All ages welcome.

MONDAY, PRESIDENTS’ DAY:

9:00 AM – School’s Out Camps at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a day on the farm with forest activities. There will be outdoor games, a nature activity, free play, snacks and more. Register online.

10:00 AM – Monday Madness at Clay Street Ceramics – drop in any time for cookies and painting! Half-price studio fees will be offered all day! Free cookie cutter shape to paint for all kids with a pottery purchase – the shape will be made into a magnet! 

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

10:00 AM – President’s Day at the Ohio History Center – this special day will include interactive programs exploring Ohio’s presidential heritage, special speakers, a presidential selfie station and more!

10:00 AM – Presidents’ Day Family Tour & Craft at the Doll Museum – take a 30 minute, family-friendly tour of the exhibits and then make a clothespin doll. Register in advance. 

10:00 AM – Homeschoolers: Animal Tracks and Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – learn how to identify signs of wildlife and make a track. Ages 6-12.

10:00 AM – $1 President’s Day Roller Skating at United Skates of America – Refugee Rd. – admission is just $1 on President’s Day featuring Family Top 40 Pop.

10:00 AM – First Responder Appreciation Month at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – throughout the month of February, First Responders will receive free admission and their immediate family members will receive $10 single day admission tickets. First Responders must present proof of employment. See the link for the list of qualifying professions. 

10:00 AM – Presidents’ Day – Free Admission at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – get free admission to the Zoo from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Parking is $10.

11:00 AM – KidX: Bestie Bash Hearts and Crafts at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy crafts, coloring, face painting, a balloon artist and more! 

11:00 AM – Rocket League Madden at KSM Sports & Fitness Facility – participate in this first ever e-sports tournament, bring a teammate or come on your own! Tickets available online.

12:15  – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

1:00 PM – Homeschoolers: Animal Tracks and Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – learn how to identify signs of wildlife and make a track. Ages 6-12.

2:30 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

4:45 PM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Pocahontas and it has been extended through Monday for President’s Day! Tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

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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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3 Valentine’s Day Dinner Deals for Families in Columbus

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Take the whole family out for one of these family-friendly Valentine’s Day Dinner Deals in Columbus!

Who can get a babysitter on Valentine’s Day? If you’re raising your hand, then feel free to scroll on past! “Stuck” with the kids on Valentine’s Day? Take the kids to one of these 3 Columbus restaurants who are offering you a little extra incentive for spending the day of love with your dependents.

3 Valentine’s Day Dinner Deals for Families in Columbus, Ohio:

1. Piada Italian Street Food

From 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Valentine’s Day, (Friday, February 14th) all Piada restaurants in Columbus will be offering a buy-one-get-one-free entree promotion. You must mention this promo to the cashier to redeem. This deal is good for dine in and carryout orders only while supplies last. Limit one per person. Check this link for your nearest Piada location!

Piada offers a kid’s menu that includes a kids pasta, chicken fingers or a kids meatball. Meals come with your choice of chocolate milk or apple juice. Kids meals are for kids ages 12 and under and range from $4.99 – $5.99.

True story, my oldest son cries every time I say we’re going to Piada. “Why don’t you ever take me where I want to go?” he whines. And then legitimately says, “I love this place” every time he eats his food. I am not lying. I try to remind him of this each time but it’s futile. My kids love the pasta with alfredo sauce and the chicken fingers.

2. Rusty Bucket

On February 14, Rusty Bucket is holding their Family Valentine’s Day event. Kids ages 12 and under can get a free meal off the kid’s menu. For a full list of participating restaurants and to make a reservation, visit www.myrustybucket.com.

Can’t make it to Rusty Bucket on Valentine’s Day? Pick up the Bucketeer Bookworm Bookmark Tracker and fill it out with 5 books your child has read. The next time you eat there, your child will earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

3. Chick-fil-A on Sawmill

Also a true story: my kids LOVE Chick-fil-A and would eat there every time we ate out if we let them choose. But who can blame them? They truly do have the best chicken nuggets!

On Valentine’s Day (as well as Thursday the 13th) at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill you can get your 30-count Nuggets, 10-count Chick-n-Minis or 6-count Chocolate Chunk Cookies in a heart-shaped pan! This fun twist is going on February 13-14, 2020 while supplies last! Chick-n-Minis are only available during breakfast hours (6:30 AM – 10:30 AM). Remember to request your heart shaped tin when ordering! 

Disclosure: I am a partner of Chick-fil-A on Sawmill.

More Food in Columbus

Feeding your family? Here are some more ideas for Columbus and Central Ohio restaurants, bakeries, desserts and more!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 10-14, 2017 Valentine’s Day Edition

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I’m extending this weekend’s post to include Valentine’s events going on around town! I hope you have a great weekend!

All Weekend

All week – All You Can Eat Pancakes at IHOP – Need brunch plans? Sunday is the last day for all you can eat pancakes at IHOP!

All weekend – Peter Pan presented by Ballet Met – several performances take place this weekend at Ohio Theatre!

Friday, February 10, 2017

12:00 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets Open Practice – head down to Winter Park (across from Nationwide Arena) to see the Blue Jackets practice for free!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

9:30 AM – $5 Saturdays at piccadilly – Open play is only $5 on Saturday mornings!

10:00 AM – Bracelet Making at Wild Sage Collective – kids 4 and up can make 2 bracelets and 2 gift boxes. Must register in advance.

10:00 AM – Be My Valentine Party at piccadilly – crafts and treats are included with regular admission!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz at Lincoln Theatre – kids get a PB&J lunch while everyone enjoys a kid-oriented jazz concert!

10:00 AM – Make Valentines at Picassos – come make a valentine during Open Studio time!

11:00 AM – Circle of Love! Wreath at Lakeshore Learning – make a free heart wreath! Ages 3 and up.

11:00 AM – Heart Valentines and Cookies at Franklin Park Conservatory – make Valentines and decorate cookies! $1 per cookie.

11:00 AM – 2nd Anniversary at Diamond’s Ice Cream – everything will be buy one get one half off!

1:00 PM Snow Day Cbus 2017 at Genoa Park – have a snowball fight in the park (no snow required!), there will be food trucks, music and an art project! This event is for all ages and admission is free.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

12:00 PM – Spider-Man Roller Skate Glow Party at Skate Zone 71 – Spider Man will make a special appearance at Skate Zone 71! Wear Spider Man gear for a special discount!

1:00 PM – Valentine’s Princess Tea at Studio J: Sing Paint Play – several times are available for a princess tea! Make a jewelry box or treasure chest (boys are welcome too) and search for jewels!

1:30 PM – Make & Take Valentines at Naturally Curious Kids – drop in from 1:30 – 3:00 to make a free Valentine!

2:00 PM – Share the Love! Valentine Making at Bexley Public Library – drop in to make a Valentine in the Youth Services Department!

3:00 PM – Hubbard Lantern Festival at Hubbard Mastery School – the community is invited to this free festival which includes crafts, balloon art, wonton making, and more! Ajumama Food Truck will be on site!

3:30 PM – Birthday Kits for Broad Street Food Pantry with Seeds of Caring – help pack and decorate birthday kits to give out to local families through the Broad Street Food Pantry! There will be the opportunity to talk about hunger in our community with your kids.

3:30 PM – Family Clay Day: Ceramic Love Plaque at Art With Anna – the whole family can learn how to make a ceramic heart plaque! Ages 6 and up.

Tuesday, February, 14, 2017

All Day – Buy One Get One Valentine’s Day Sundaes at Graeter’s Ice Cream – buy one sundae get one at equal or lesser value for free all day!

3:00 PM Parent & Child Date Night at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – take your child on a “date” for ice cream sundaes and unlimited hot chocolate!

3:30 PM – Valentine’s Day Skate Party at Skate Zone 71 – special $2 entrance fee when you wear red!

5:00 PM – Kids Club Valentine’s Day Dinner at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill –  enjoy dinner and an Intentional Acts of Kindness activity! There will be live music and a valentine treat plus a special $25 meal deal for the family!

6:00 PM – Valentine’s Day Carriage Rides at Easton – $10 per adult, kids 15 and under are free with a paying adult!

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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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