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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, January 13-16, 2023: MLK Jr Day Weekend

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

1. Totally PAWsome! Make Puppy Packs for Pilot Dogs in Training with Seeds of Caring

In this fun Anywhere Project from Seeds of Caring, kids 4-12 and their families can learn how guide dogs impact the lives of their owners. Then helping hands will share kindness by making DIY dog toys and filling Puppy Packs with treats, paper towels, and other supplies for Pilot Dogs in training. Participate at home, school, or wherever you are through Jan. 29!

2. Kids Dream Winter Film Series At Marcus Theatres

Starting January 13th through April 2nd visit Marcus Theatres for Kids Dream Winter Film Series. This event features a line up of family films and an opportunity for free tickets when you redeem vouchers through American Family Insurance. See link for tickets, times and pricing.

3. Riverside Crossing Park And Coffman Park Seasonal Ice Rink

Visit one of these two great ice rinks in Dublin for some winter time fun while skating! See link for times and pricing.


If you’re in the market for a new home, are on the fence about starting the process of looking for your future home or just want to get some ideas, come out to visit this gorgeous home during our open house on Saturday, January 14th from 1pm – 3pm. Come out, bring a friend, and get the chance to enter to win an Amazon gift card. Address is 2685 Newbern Drive E, Blacklick, Ohio 43004.

This home is featured in the Farms at Jefferson community, in the Gahanna School District. The community features a playground, community greenspace, pool and clubhouse. This home was built in 2020 and you’ll find 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms 2 half bathrooms, a gorgeous kitchen with white cabinets, backsplash and countertops, a finished basement and a fenced in backyard. It’s just waiting for you to call it your future home! 

Join us! Saturday, January 14th from 1-3pm. Read more info here!

4. Friday Storytime At Blendon Woods Metro Park

Friday January 13th at 10am visit Blendon Woods Metro Park for a storytime in the nature center.This event is for ages 2 and up. 

5. Mini Makers At The Works

Friday January 13th at 10am visit The Works for Mini Makers design and create STEM themed projects. This event is included with admission. Read more about The Works and fun things to do in Newark, Ohio!

6. Open Late At The Works

Friday January 13th starting at 4pm visit The Works for their Open Late event where there will be plenty of hands-on fun for the whole family after hours.

7. Wildlife Watch Night At Blacklick Woods Metro Park

Friday January 13th at 6pm visit Blacklick Woods Metro park for an evening of watching for what creatures come out at night.

8. Brick Fest Live At Greater Columbus Convention Center

Saturday January 14th through Sunday January 15th visit the Greater Columbus Convention Center for Brick Fest Live! Over a million bricks on display and plenty to play with. Life sized models, rare Lego merchandise and more! See link for tickets, times and pricing.

9. WOSU Second Saturday Kids Day At WOSU Public Media

Saturday January 14th at 9am visit WOSU Public Media for Second Saturday Kids Day! Join Donkey Hodie as you celebrate mental fitness month. Strengthen bodies and minds with hands-on activities. See link for registration.

10. Annual Tapping Of The Trees At Camp Lazarus

Saturday January 14th at 9am visit Camp Lazarus for the Annual Tapping Of The Trees. Spend a day in the woods as you learn about maple trees and how the process of tapping the trees is done.

11. West Gate Lodge Community Charity Breakfast

Saturday January 14th starting at 9am visit the West Gate Lodge #623 for their community charity breakfast benefiting Special Olympics and masonic youth groups. See link for tickets and pricing.

12. Kids Storage Craft At IKEA Polaris

Saturday January 14th starting at 10:30am visit IKEA Polaris to take part in their Kids Storage Craft event and decorate a storage cube at the Swedish restaurant. This event is free but registration is required.

13. Teen Open Studio At Columbus Museum Of Art

Saturday January 14th starting at 11am visit Columbus Museum Of Art for Teen Open Studio. This event features a free drop in studio for kids ages 12-19 years old. Learn from local artists, be creative with art supplies and technology. 

14. Experience More At The Works On Saturday! 

Saturday January 14th at 11:30am visit The Works for Experience More At The Works on Saturdays! This week a history brunch will be featured where senior archeologist at Ohio History Connection Brad Lepper will be discussing ancient Ohio and Newark Earthworks.

15. January HIke At Highbanks Metro Park

Saturday January 14th at Noon visit Highbanks Metro Park for a January Hike. This 2.6 mile hike will be followed by s’mores and hot cocoa.

16. Mandala Rock Painting At Pickerington Public Library

Saturday January 14th at 1pm visit Pickerington Public Library for an afternoon of rock painting. All ages are welcome!

17. Owl Prowl At Blendon Woods Metro Park

Saturday January 14th at 5:30pm visit Blendon Woods Metro Park as you go on an Owl Prowl. This event will feature a 1.5 mile walk as you look for owls and learn more about them.

18. Author Visit At Dublin Toy Emporium 

Sunday January 15th at 1pm visit Dublin Toy Emporium for an author visit featuring Julie Dinges and her latest book The Search For The Scepter. This magical afternoon will feature a scavenger hunt, reading from The Search For The Scepter and author meet and greet! 

19. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at National Veterans Memorial and Museum

On MLK Jr. Day only, The NVMM will offer $1 admission from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

20. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at Worthington United Methodist Church

This event beginning at 11:00 AM on Monday features a keynote speaker, musical performances and a light luncheon. This is a free event but you can bring a canned food item to be donated to the Worthington Resource Pantry. This event will also be streamed live online.

21. Kid’s MLK Day Art Camp at Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio

This Art Camp takes place on Monday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and will include different art projects and games.

22. MLK Day Open House at Ohio History Center

Attend the MLK Day Open House on Monday between from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Ohio History Center to enjoy musical and live theatrical performances, learn about the civil rights movement, view and make art an more!

23. MLK Day Skate at Skate Zone 71

There are 3 options to skate on MLK Jr. Day at Skate Zone 71. Each session has freebies including a Free Dinner Skate at 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!*