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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, February 12-14, 2021: Valentine’s Day Edition

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend (including Valentine’s Day and President’s Day) in Columbus? Try out one of these 12 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Please double check the link and/or call to make sure events are still happening! Lots of things are changing during this time and this information may change after it is published!

Looking for some unique ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for your kids? Check out: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Kids in Central Ohio!

1. Half Priced Admission at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

From January 4-February 28, 2021, admission is half priced to Columbus Zoo! The Zoo will be open from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM daily. At this time, timed tickets are not required though capacity is limited. On Monday, February, 15, 2021 admission to the Columbus Zoo will be free in honor of President’s Day. Timed tickets are not required for this free day but capacity is limited.

2. Virtual Storytimes from ProMusica

ProMusica has many Musical Storytime episodes on their YouTube channel! These are for young kids and include stories and musicians who play instruments along with the stories! When you click the link you will also find links to their virtual family concert that was recorded in March.

3. Columbus Symphony Orchestra Kids Korner

Check out the Kids Korner website where you can take a virtual tour of Ohio Theatre, print coloring pages of instruments and composers, learn how to read music, learn about composers and play games!

4. DIY Winter Hike with Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Winter Hikes are happening at your own pace this year and each month different parks are featured. Pick up a Winter Hike Passport from a staff member and collect a patch for completing 7 hikes.

5. 80’s vs. 90’s Free Dinner Skate at Skate Zone 71

Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM dressed in your 80’s attire! $12 includes admission, skate rental, a slice of cheese pizza and a drink.

6. Children’s Book Brunch with Granville Public Library

On Saturday at 10:00 AM join the Children’s Department staff for book recommendations on Instagram @gpl_kids.

7. Black History Month with Ohio History Connection

In celebration of Black History Month, Ohio History Connection invites you to take part in special programming. All programming is virtual and free for Ohio History Connection members unless noted. Advanced registration is required. This Saturday at 10:00 AM they are offering the Underground Railroad Immersive Experience.

Participants will observe and talk to residents from Ohio Village to understand the Underground Railroad and identify the secret “conductor.” Through the use of highly researched first-person interpreters, participants are able to experience the moral and social struggles surrounding the anti-slavery movement. This program is recommended for children 11+ and their families.

8. Valentine’s Day Carriage Rides, Pony Rides and Sledding

On Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM you can enjoy horseback sledding, pony rides, carriage rides, petting zoo animals and more. No reservations needed.

9. Valentine’s Day Opening at Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor

For the first time ever, Sticky Fingers will be open on Valentine’s Day for your favorite ice cream and special treats! Hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM-8:00 PM

10. DIY Hot Chocolate Heart Bomb at Dublin Toy Emporium

Create 1 Jumbo Heart Bomb and 1 Heart Cup to fill with sweets. Ages 4 and up. Sessions are for 1 family at a time. Call or text to reserve your time on Saturday between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM.

11. Winter Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – CANCELLED due to weather

Winter Carriage Rides will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays until February 14, 2021. Rides are $10/person (cash only). Children under age 15 ride for free with a paying adult. Hours are Saturday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Sunday: 3:00 PM-7:00 PM.

12. Sweetheart Princess Valentine Zooms with BeautyBelle

Reserve your customized message from Belle via Zoom and Paulette’s Princess Parties. Call to schedule your time. Belle will sing, dance and deliver your customized message to your little prince or princess on Sunday.

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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. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, January 8-10, 2021

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 13 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Please double check the link and/or call to make sure events are still happening! Lots of things are changing during this time and this information may change after it is published!

ICYMI What’s New on the Blog:

1. Uplift Frontline Workers with Seeds of Caring 

This is an activity that can be done from home at anytime before January 31, 2021. Your family can create “cheer cards” and mail them to frontline healthcare workers at Mt. Carmel. This is a free opportunity. When you register you will receive an service project packet that will give you instructions and guided discussion ideas.

2. Half Priced Admission at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

From January 4-February 28, 2021, admission is half priced to Columbus Zoo! The Zoo will be open from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM daily. At this time, timed tickets are not required though capacity is limited.

3. Drawing with Sheldon the Snail and Grandview Heights Public Library

Join Miss Jean and Sheldon the Snail for a drawing time hosted by Grandview Heights Public Library on Facebook live! The event will be 15 minutes long and will start on Friday at 10:30 AM.

4. Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

Enjoy the amazing decorations at Franklin Park Conservatory that extend into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway. There is a special Candy Land exhibit with a life-sized gingerbread house! There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off. You must have a pre-purchased ticket for this event. This event takes place each evening from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM though January 10, 2020.

5. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Storytime (Livestream with Westerville Public Library)

On Saturday at 10:00 AM join in with Westerville Public Library for Daniel Tiger stories, visits with friends from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and bonus downloadable content for fun at home! This event will take place on Facebook Live. 

6. Zoo School with the Akron Zoo

Join in with Medina County District Library and the Akron Zoo for a virtual Zoo School! This one hour event will take place on Saturday at 10:30 AM over Zoom and you must register in advance.

7. Glow Skate – FREE Glow Stick! at United Skates of America

On Saturday from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM anyone who pays admission to skate at United Skates of America will receive a free glow stick!

8. Kids Korner Virtual Paint Party with Kym’s Kanvas

Register for a live stream painting class. $10/person. This Saturday the class takes place at 12:00 PM and will feature a ladybug painting.

9. DIY Hot Chocolate Bomb (Kraft Sessions) at Kreation’s Play Kafé

Create 6 mini hot chocolate bombs or 2 large hot chocolate bombs at Kreation’s Play Kafé. Perfect for ages 4 and up. Text or call to reserve your spot for Saturday between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM.

10. Winter Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center

Winter Carriage Rides will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays until February 14, 2021. Rides are $10/person (cash only). Children under age 15 ride for free with a paying adult. Hours are Saturday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Sunday: 3:00 PM-7:00 PM.

11. One Night Only – Encore Event at Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

If you didn’t see Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights yet this year, you’re in luck! They’ve extended the show for one more night. This Saturday, January 9, 2020 from 5:30 PM-9:00 PM you can see the show at the weekday discounted price of $20/car.

12. Ohio Mosaic Paint Event at Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio

This class takes place on Sunday at 1:00 PM where participants will paint and create their own Ohio mosaic! There is limited seating capacity. Register online. 

13. Families In The Kitchen with Young Chef’s Academy in Gahanna

Join an interactive cooking class for all ages at Young Chef’s Academy in Gahanna on Sunday from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM. Classes are $25/person. Register online. 

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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 25-27, 2020: Christmas Weekend

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Looking for something to do with the kids Christmas weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 16 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Please double check the link and/or call to make sure events are still happening! Lots of things are changing during this time and this information may change after it is published!

1. A Nutcracker Holiday with BalletMet

Even though we can’t see The Nutcracker in person, you can have a virtual Nutcracker experience throughout the month of December. Click the link for a scavenger hunt, holiday crafts, seasonal recipes, playlists, coloring pages, and a short ballet performance to watch online. 

2. Uplift Frontline Workers with Seeds of Caring 

This is an activity that can be done from home at anytime before January 31, 2021. Your family can create “cheer cards” and mail them to frontline healthcare workers at Mt. Carmel. This is a free opportunity. When you register you will receive an service project packet that will give you instructions and guided discussion ideas.

3. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with Columbus Children’s Theatre

Even though we can’t have in-person performances this year, we can still enjoy a virtual performance from Columbus Children’s Theatre featuring ’Twas the Night Before Christmas! This performance can be purchased as a single day streaming pass (through December 27), an unlimited pass or a DVD package among other options!

4. Busy Book from the Beehive Alliance

Looking for some activities to entertain your little ones at home throughout this week (or this Winter)? Check out the Winter Busy Book and Activities which includes printable activities for kids ages 2-6 with a winter theme. Think counting and matching and sorting! Proceeds from your purchase of this downloadable activity book benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion. There is also a Christmas or Hanukkah ad on option!

5. Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

Enjoy the amazing decorations at Franklin Park Conservatory that extend into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway. There is a special Candy Land exhibit with a life-sized gingerbread house! There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off. You must have a pre-purchased ticket for this event. This event takes place each evening from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

6. WILDLIGHTS at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlights happens at the Columbus Zoo from November 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021 and includes animated light displays, socially distant visits with Santa, and more! Hours are Sunday-Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Friday and Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Timed tickets are required. Members do not need timed tickets before 3:00 PM.

7. Holiday Lights at Columbus Commons

Visit Columbus Commons for a festive light display. The lights will be lit every night from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM until January 3.

8. Light Displays at Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Blacklick Woods, Highbanks, Homestead and Scioto Grove Metro Parks will have light displays within the parks throughout the month of December. The lights will be turned on between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM each night. Check the individual park Facebook pages for locations at each park. (Click the link above – they are tagged in the post.)

9. WonderLight’s Christmas at National Trail Raceway

This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! This drive-through Christmas display is open rain or shine every evening beginning at 5:30 PM, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are free. A Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers is available for $30.


A BIG thanks to WonderLight’s Christmas for sponsoring this post!

Santa’s not the only one coming to town!! “WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, is back this year at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio! This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music!

Giant Christmas trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, dancing candy canes, and (a crowd favorite) enchanting tunnels of lights will illuminate the night! Guests will be able to watch the lights dance around them to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music from the warmth of their own vehicle.

This dazzling Christmas display is open rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is super affordable at $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! OR, you can purchase a Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30! Learn more at www.wonderlightschristmas.com!


10. Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek Campground 

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights is an annual holiday 3 mile drive thru light show, with over 140 LED brilliant light displays you can see in the comfort of your own car! Hours nightly 5:30 PM-9:30 PM, (entrance gates close at 9:00 PM). Cost is $20/car during the week and $30/car on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

11. Silent Night Holy Lights Show in Gahanna

See a holiday light show synced to music at a private home in Gahanna from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM during the week and until 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. 

12. Christmas Day Skate at Skate Zone 71

Christmas Day Annual Glow Skate takes place on Friday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Skate Zone 71.

13. Christmas Day Family Skating at United Skates of America

Family Skate on Christmas night at United Skates of America from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 

14. 21 Days of Lights at Pickerington Village

Drive through the Village of Pickerington between December 11-31, 2020 to enjoy the holiday lights and decorations. The center of the Village is at E. Columbus and N. Center St., Pickerington.

15. Mario & Sonic Skate at Skate Zone 71

Skate with Mario and Sonic on Saturday from 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM at Skate Zone 71. 

16. DIY Hot Chocolate Bomb (Kraft Sessions) at Kreation’s Play Kafé

Create 6 mini hot chocolate bombs or 2 large hot chocolate bombs at Kreation’s Play Kafé. Perfect for ages 4 and up. Text or call to reserve your spot for Saturday between 2:00 PM and 6:00 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. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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