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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 27-29, 2018

22 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

1. Annie by Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: April 26 – May 13, 2018
Time: Th & F: 7:30 PM, Sat: 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM, Sun: 3:00 PM
Location: Park Street Theatre, 512 Park Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-6672

Take your kids to see this adaptation of the beloved “Little Orphan Annie”! This is a 2 act musical with an intermission. Recommended for ages 6 and up. On Fridays April 27 and May 4 there will be a 10:00 AM performance that is sensory friendly.

2. Unplugged Family Fun at CML, Reynoldsburg Branch

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: 1402 Brice Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age K-12th grade can take part in fun (non-screen) activities like board games, crafts and more!

3. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of each month, COSI offers extended hours (open until 9PM!) and price reduced admission to families so you can visit, learn, and play late! General admission Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for youth and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions plus a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater! (Free for members.)

4. 4th Friday on the Lawn: Storybook Village at Westerville Library

When: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Front Lawn, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-7277

Hear stories on the lawn and meet a storybook character! This is part of the 4th Friday event going on in Uptown Westerville!

5. Monty Python’s Spamalot at Marina Davis Performing Arts Center

When: Friday – Sunday, April 27-29, 2018
Time: Friday: 8:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 4000 Hard Rd., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 617-717-2464

See Dublin Scioto High School’s performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot! Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students! Play is rated “PG”.

6. STEM Adventures at Kiddie Academy of Hilliard

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2525 Roberts Court, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-363-4169

This is a free community event for kids to explore STEM activities with hands on activities! RSVP online!

7. Independent Bookstore Day at The Book Loft

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: 631 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-464-1774

The Book Loft of German Village is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day and it’s forty-first year with prizes and special give aways of Advanced Reader’s Editions of upcoming children’s books! There will be special guests signing books including Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Kenneth Wright, Michael J. Rosen, Dan Koboldt and David Meyers and Elise Meyers!

8. HOOT 86: Reading at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Reading! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter! Recommended for ages 1-8.

9. 32nd Annual Duckling Day at CML, Whetstone Branch

When: Saturday April 28, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3909 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-645-2275

Recommended for ages 2-6 years, this event includes a parade, live ducks, a puppet show and literacy activities! Dress like a duck or pick up a duck mask the day of the program.

10. Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 7770 Jacksontown Rd, Newark, OH 43056
Phone: 740-323-2355

The Columbus Bonsai Society is hosting an Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum in Newark. There will be educational activities, tree climbing, displays, animals from Columbus Zoo, food trucks, crafts and more activities! The first 500 families in attendance will receive a free tree to take home and plant!

11. Touch a Truck in West Jefferson

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 221 S. Center S.t, West Jefferson, OH 43162
Phone: 614-589-7453

Real Living Anders is sponsoring a touch a truck event, to benefit Santino’s Crusade for a cancer free world. There will be a touch a truck event as well as a home expo and food available!

12. Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Celebrate Arbor Day by making tree cookie necklaces and learning how trees grow!

13. Save the Frogs Weekend at Deer Haven Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM both days
Location: 4183 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-362-0283

This free event includes crafts, games and refreshments! Meet frogs up close and catch tadpoles! Learn how to save the frogs!

14. Nature Walk in Whitehall Community Park

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 402 N. Hamilton Rd., Whitehall, OH 43213
Phone: 614-863-0121

Walk with a ranger through Whitehall Community Park!

15. Supersize Tie-Dye Slime at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Spiral premade slime together to make tie-dye slime! This is a free event.

16. Battle of the Badges to honor First Responders at MAPFRE Stadium

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 1 Black And Gold Blvd., Columbus, OH 43211

The Columbus Fire Department Football Club will play a soccer squad from the Columbus Police Department before the Crew SC vs. San Jose Quakes game on Saturday! Use the link in the event to purchase discounted tickets! $5 of every ticket purchase will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund.


17. Dia del Niño at La Plaza Tapatia

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: 4233 Shoppers Ln., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-276-0333

Celebrate the Day of the Child with bounce houses, piñatas, food and specials within the store!

18. German Village Makers Market

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1108 City Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

This outdoor market will feature live music, food trucks, artists, designers, makers, growers, bakers and more! The event is family and pet friendly.


19. Nationwide Children’s Superhero Run 2018 at Hilliard Davidson High School

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 5100 Davidson Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026

This is a family-friendly event with a 5K and Kids Dash as well as other kid-friendly activities supporting Orphan World Relief and the Hilliard Davidson Band Program.

20. Zane Grey Family Day at National Road & Zane Grey Museum

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 8850 East Pike, Norwich, OH 43767
Phone: 800-752-2602

Just about an hour from Columbus, Zane Grey Family Day includes live music from The Wayfarers and Sweet Adelines, vintage baseball with the Ohio Village Muffins, fishing for kids and other kid-friendly activities. Admission is by donation.

21. Michael J. Rosen at UAPL at Upper Arlington Public Library

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-486-9621

UAPL and Cover to Cover Children’s Books are hosting children’s book author, Michael J. Rosen at the Upper Arlington Public Library Friend’s Theater. His newest book, The Horse’s Haiku, will be for sale and he will be available to sign. Admission is free but you should reserve your seat online.

22. Science Sunday: Discover Ohio’s Earthworks at Blacklick Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Beech Maple Lodge, 6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-891-0700

An earthwork was recently discovered at Blacklick Woods Metro Park. Archaeologist Dr Jarrod Burks, President of Heartland Earthworks Conservancy will share about it and you can take a tram ride to see the Blacklick Circle for yourself.


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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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