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Try out one of these Columbus-based activities at home this weekend!

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Every week this is what I do. I tell you what you can go out and do, what events are happening in Columbus. Pretty much the whole basis of blog is currently off limits! Not to fear. I’m still here for you. Each week I am going to be featuring some resources you can use to entertain the kids at home!

This is NOT my area of expertise, so it’s great that we have so many local people and organizations who can inspire us with their creative ideas and educational resources! This list is specifically focused on Columbus based resources! 

10 Things to do at Home with the Kids this Weekend:

1. Download books, movies, educational activities and more with your Central Ohio library card.

2. Try out one of these awesome crafts for kids from Columbus based blog, Fireflies and Mudpies

3. Learn history at home with videos and lessons provided by Ohio History Center!

4. Make these oatmeal muffins from Columbus blogger NeighborFood. (They’re a go-to for our household!)

5. Try out one of these fun and easy at home activities from EatPlayCbus.

6. Watch this video from Molly the paleontologist from Orton Geological Museum!

 

7. Watch a fun and educational video from Highlights for Kids, based in Columbus, Ohio!

8. Listen to a story and songs from Captain of the Shazzbots!

 

  • Download or buy their album Lightspeed to enjoy at home!

9. Have a virtual playdate with a princess featuring Paulette’s Princess Parties!

10. Watch an online science lesson from COSI!

In case you missed it, click the picture below for more online activities!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, March 13-15, 2020

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*There is currently a state-wide ban on public gatherings of more than 100 people. Most of these events will be cancelled this weekend. If you’re looking for something to do, try out the amazing resources that are available online through our local libraries: How to Access Books, Magazines, Movies and More for Free with Your Central Ohio Library Card

Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

I feel this post and probably the WSWDTW? posts for the next few weeks will need a few disclaimers! First off, I am seeing events get cancelled left and right due to the coronavirus so please triple check the link or call before you plan to attend a public event!

Governor DeWine has recommended cancelling large public gatherings. I will continue to offer info about events that are still happening and allow you the responsibility of making your own choices about attending them! And remember to wash your hands! 😉

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:30 AM – Preschool: Amphibians at Highbanks Metro Park – learn about amphibians with crafts, stories and activities! Recommended for ages 3-5.

10:00 AM – Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theaters – see a family-friendly movie for just $3/ticket. This weekend’s movie is The Addams Family. Click the link for a special deal where you can get your tickets for free! Showings are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM at Marcus Pickerington and Marcus Crosswoods.

10:00 AM – The Box Show at Columbus Childrens Theater – this performance is a 30 minute musical with no intermission recommended for ages 2-6. The show features a young girl who meets an imaginary friend in her new house!

10:00 AM – Press Start!: A New 8-Bit Musical at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch your favorite classic video game characters come to life in a fun musical!

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

11:00 AM – Preschool: Amphibians at Highbanks Metro Park – learn about amphibians with crafts, stories and activities! Recommended for ages 3-5.

11:30 AM – The Box Show at Columbus Childrens Theater – this performance is a 30 minute musical with no intermission recommended for ages 2-6. The show features a young girl who meets an imaginary friend in her new house!

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.

6:00 PM – Mother Son Dance at Prairie Township Community Center – enjoy dinner, a DJ and pictures taken at this semi-formal event for kids and a special woman in their lives. Wear your favorite superhero costume. Register in advance.

6:00 PM – Dublin KidsFest & Summer Camp Expo at Deer Run Elementary School – learn about summer camp options for kids in Dublin and enjoy a community festival featuring free food, carnival games, mini golf and more.

6:00 PM – Woodland Wonders: Vernal Pool Edition at Gallant Woods Park – explore the vernal pools looking for mole salamanders!

6:30 PM – Family Night Out at Goldfish Swim School – Dublin – enjoy an open swim with your family. $5/person or $15 max per family. First come, first served.

6:30 PM – Mother/Son Super Hero Party at Mingo Park – enjoy a party in the gym, an ice cream bar, inflatables, costume contest, games and more! Dress as your favorites superhero! Limited spots remain, register online.

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!

7:00 PM – Press Start!: A New 8-Bit Musical at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch your favorite classic video game characters come to life in a fun musical!

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – West Gate Lodge Community Breakfast at West Gate Lodge No.623 F&AM – enjoy a huge breakfast – $6/adults and $3/children. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics.

9:00 AM – Frozen Breakfast with Queen Elsa! at Gardenia Market at Historic Dublin – no reservations are needed for this breakfast with Queen Elsa! Get your picture taken! First come, first served.

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!

9:30 AM – Our Village: Sensory Bag Craft with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – join FIT4MOM UA for a fun craft for babies, preschoolers and toddlers. Make a sensory bag! The playgroup is free.

10:00 AM – Bird Hike: Woodpeckers at Blendon Woods Metro Park – take a 2 mile walk to look for woodpeckers. 

10:00 AM – The Box Show at Columbus Childrens Theater – this performance is a 30 minute musical with no intermission recommended for ages 2-6. The show features a young girl who meets an imaginary friend in her new house!

10:00 AM – Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theaters – see a family-friendly movie for just $3/ticket. This weekend’s movie is The Addams Family. Click the link for a special deal where you can get your tickets for free! Showings are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM at Marcus Pickerington and Marcus Crosswoods.

10:00 AM – Storytime with illustrator Joe Sutphin at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – enjoy a story time with Ohio children’s illustrator Joe Sutphin! His latest book is Monster’s Trucks by Rebecca Van Slyke.

10:00 AM – Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour – explore Ohio on a driving tour of maple syrup sugar houses! This event is taking place March 7&8 and 14&15 and features locations all around Ohio. Download the map and brochure online.

10:10 AM – Our Village: Leprechaun Binoculars at Polaris Fashion Place – join FIT4MOM Columbus North for a leprechaun hunt! Kids can create their own binoculars. This is a free event appropriate for ages 5 and under.

11:00 AM – Storytime- Pete the Cat at Barnes & Noble Dublin – enjoy a story time featuring Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase. There will be activities afterward!

11:30 AM – The Box Show at Columbus Childrens Theater – this performance is a 30 minute musical with no intermission recommended for ages 2-6. The show features a young girl who meets an imaginary friend in her new house!

11:30 AM – OHIO: Sensory Friendly at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts – watch a sensory friendly, more relaxed concert experience with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra. There will be lobby activities beforehand! 

12:00 PM – Spring Fling at Oakland Nurseries! – visit the your nearest Oakland Nurseries location for their annual Spring Fling event! Activities vary by location but include a petting zoo, The Bugman, fairy garden workshops, treats, door prizes and more! Click the link for activities by location. 

12:00 PM – Family YOGA at Jade Yoga and Wellness – this family yoga event is geared toward kids ages 18 months to 8 years old and will teach fun and animated poses! $20/family (up to 4 participants).

1:00 PM – Read with the Horses at Stockhands Horses For Healing – children of all ages and abilities can come to read with a horse. This is a free event to encourage a love of reading!

1:00 PM – Press Start!: A New 8-Bit Musical at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch your favorite classic video game characters come to life in a fun musical!

2:30 PM – Press Start!: A New 8-Bit Musical at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch your favorite classic video game characters come to life in a fun musical!

3:00 PM – Kids Day w/ Wild Cat! Women’s History Month Edition at The Crest – Kid’s Day this month is featuring Women’s History Month with crafts based on conservationist Rosalie Edge. There will be three crafts to choose from, a letter writing station and a treat!

3:00 PM – LEGO Club (Westland) at Westland Area Library – kids in grades K-6 can participate in a LEGO building challenge!

SUNDAY:

10:00 AM – Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theaters – see a family-friendly movie for just $3/ticket. This weekend’s movie is The Addams Family. Click the link for a special deal where you can get your tickets for free! Showings are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM at Marcus Pickerington and Marcus Crosswoods.

10:00 AM – Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour – explore Ohio on a driving tour of maple syrup sugar houses! This event is taking place March 7&8 and 14&15 and features locations all around Ohio. Download the map and brochure online.

1:00 PM – Family Spectacular-Celebrate Seuss at Grove City YMCA – participate in Dr. Seuss-themed crafts, stories and more! This is a drop in event and you can get a guest pass or day pass from the Y to participate if you are not a member. 

1:00 PM – The Box Show at Columbus Childrens Theater – this performance is a 30 minute musical with no intermission recommended for ages 2-6. The show features a young girl who meets an imaginary friend in her new house!

1:00 PM – Press Start!: A New 8-Bit Musical at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch your favorite classic video game characters come to life in a fun musical!

1:00 PM – St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – hunt for green things hidden in the park! Start at the Nature Center.

2:00 PM – Creature Feature: Reptiles & Amphibians at Highbanks Metro Park – meet turtles, snakes and frogs and learn about them! Recommended for ages 3-10. 

2:30 PM – The Box Show at Columbus Childrens Theater – this performance is a 30 minute musical with no intermission recommended for ages 2-6. The show features a young girl who meets an imaginary friend in her new house!

2:30 PM – Press Start!: A New 8-Bit Musical at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch your favorite classic video game characters come to life in a fun musical!

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*Inclusion on this list is not a personal endorsement of an event. 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? Columbus, Ohio, February 28-March 1, 2020

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:45 AM – We Joy Sing Drop in Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in for a music class featuring music-based play! Ages 1-23 months.

10:00 AM – Tots on the Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a slow-paced half mile walk through the woods. Ages 4 and under.

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

10:00 AM – Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theaters – see a family-friendly movie for just $3/ticket. This weekend’s movie is Abominable. Click the link for a special deal where you can get your tickets for free! Showings are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM at Marcus Pickerington and Marcus Crosswoods.

10:30 AM – We Joy Sing Drop in Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in for a music class featuring music-based play! Ages 2-4 years.

11:00 AM – Preschoolers: Woodpeckers in Winter at Battelle Darby Nature Center – kids ages 3-5 can learn all about woodpeckers!

11:00 AM – 2020 Dispatch Home & Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center – the Home and Garden Show takes place through March 1, 2020 an includes how-to sessions, cooking demos, celebrity appearances, kids activists, indoor gardens and more!

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!

1:00 PM – Preschoolers: Woodpeckers in Winter at Battelle Darby Nature Center – kids ages 3-5 can learn all about woodpeckers!

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.

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:

7:00 AM – Leap of Love Event to Benefit Ronald McDonald House at Just Love Coffee Cafe – celebrate the grand opening of the new cafe Just Love Coffee Café! A portion of the proceeds during this day will go to Ronald Mcdonald House Charities of Central Ohio. There will be prizes, games a raffle and more!

8:00 AM – Cheryl’s 2020 Bake Sale! at Westpointe Plaza Shopping Center – shop this annual sale for up to 75% off retail prices! The first 50 customers in line will receive a free gift! 

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 – Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theaters – see a family-friendly movie for just $3/ticket. This weekend’s movie is Abominable. Click the link for a special deal where you can get your tickets for free! Showings are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM at Marcus Pickerington and Marcus Crosswoods.

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 – MakerX 2020 at The Lausche Building at Ohio Expo Center – this is a free event that features creating with technology. There is an extensive list of exhibitors including VR games, hands on experiences, robots, video games, 3D printing and more! Parking is $5.

10:00 AM – Maple Sugar Time at Blendon Woods Metro Park – see a demonstration of maple syrup making in the Sugarbush Day Camp area.

11:00 AM – 2020 Dispatch Home & Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center – the Home and Garden Show takes place through March 1, 2020 an includes how-to sessions, cooking demos, celebrity appearances, kids activists, indoor gardens and more!

12:00 PM – STEMfest! at  The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology – this is a free event at The Works in Newark featuring hands on STEM opportunities! This event is geared toward middle and high school students.

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!

1:00 PM – Bon AppéCreek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – feed worms, crickets and more to the fish  in the living stream!

3:00 PM – Lego Club Westland at Westland Area Library – kids in grades K-6 can work individually or in teams to complete a LEGO challenge!

3:00 PM – Leap into Leap Day at Grove City Library – enjoy a story and fun activities including creating your own stuffed frog. You must register in advance for this event!

3:00 PM – Dough Day In The Kafé at Dublin Toy Emporium – play with edible play dough and take home your creations. Reserve your spot in advance. See link for pricing options.

6:00 PM – Princess & Pirate Night at East Side Grace Brethren Church – this event includes activities for the whole family like dancing, face painting, games, food, prizes and more! 

7:00 PM – Night at the Museum at the Ohio History Center – advanced tickets are required for this event where the exhibits will come to life after dark! Meet figures from history and have them sign an autograph book! 

SUNDAY:

8:00 AM – St. Mary Magdalene Media Sale at St. Mary Magdalene – shop for children’s and adult books, CD’s, DVD’s, records, board games, puzzles and more! 

9:00 AM – Kids Yoga & Storytime – GoYoga + Cover to Cover at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – join GoYoga for games, storytelling and physical activities. $10/child, ages 5-8.

10:00 AM – Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theaters – see a family-friendly movie for just $3/ticket. This weekend’s movie is Abominable. Click the link for a special deal where you can get your tickets for free! Showings are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM at Marcus Pickerington and Marcus Crosswoods.

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.

11:00 AM – 2020 Dispatch Home & Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center – the Home and Garden Show takes place through March 1, 2020 an includes how-to sessions, cooking demos, celebrity appearances, kids activists, indoor gardens and more!

12:00 PM – STEMfest! at  The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology – this is a free event at The Works in Newark featuring hands on STEM opportunities! This event is geared toward middle and high school students.

1:00 PM – Skunk Cabbage at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – go off trail to look for these spring wildflowers! All ages.

1:00 PM – Author Visit: Rajani LaRocca at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – meet author Rajani LaRocca and celebrate her debut book Midsummer’s Mayhem, recommended for ages 8-12 years. 

2:00 PM – Go WILD Kids Club: Frogs, Toads & Salamanders, Oh My! at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kids ages 5-12 can learn about amphibians and meet some animal ambassadors. Held in the Spring Hollow Lodge.

2:00 PM – Free Family Fun Day! at SOS of Ohio Spay & Neuter Clinic – Shelter Outreach Services – celebrate their new location with animals, games, prizes, auctions and more!

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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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