Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…1/17-1/20

Martin Luther King Jr Celebrations and more!  What will your family choose?

🔥Seasons and Stories! @ Rocky Fork Metro Park

1/17, 10-11 AM

7180 Walnut St, New Albany

Bundle up to hear some stories by the roaring fire while enjoying a warm beverage! Ages 1-8 yrs. Meet at Millstone Shelter.

👦🏽Orange Playtime @ Orange Library

1/10, 10-10:30 AM

7171 Gooding Blvd, Lewis Center

Playing is a vital way to build a variety of early literacy skills and a great way to meet new friends. So join us for some fun, unstructured playtime. 

👧🏼Playtime @ Powell Library

1/17, 11-11:30 PM

460 South Liberty St. Powell

Playing is a vital way to build a variety of early literacy skills and a great way to meet new friends. So join us for some fun, unstructured playtime.

🎥Family Movie Matinee: The Lion King

1/17, 3:45-5:45 PM

2411 E Main St, Bexley

A young lion returns to reclaim the throne that was stolen from him and his father by his treacherous and fratricidal uncle after spending his childhood in exile under the care of a friendly warthog and meerkat. Popcorn and drinks provided. 

🏮Family Friendly Lantern Hike @ Blacklick Woods Metro Park

1/17, 6:30-7:30 PM

6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg

Take a 1.5-mile lantern-lit hike. All ages welcome. Meet at the nature center.

🖼Columbus Arts Festival Artist Selection Jury

1/18 8:30 AM-4 PM and 1/19 8:30 AM-2 PM

322 Mount Vernon Ave, Columbus

The public is invited to observe the jurying process for the 2020 Columbus Arts Festival.

Over the course of the weekend, the jury will review nearly 840 applications and select a maximum of 275 artists to participate in this year’s festival.

Each artist submits four images of their work, one booth photo and an artist statement. The jury is conducted as a blind jury, with no identifying names or demographics provided for the artists being reviewed.

🚂Winter Train Display @ Delaware Library

1/18, 9 AM-5 PM

84 E Winter St, Delaware

Winter Train Display featuring interactive play and model trains! Stop by the Delaware Main Library anytime from 9am to 5pm for an all ages Winter Train Display. Model Train Displays will feature multiple scales, a seek-and-find challenge, and interactive play.

🐶Dog Man Party @ Miller Park Library

1/18, 10 AM-12 PM

1901 Arlington Ave. Upper Arlington

Join us for some fun activities and crafts based on the graphic novel series Dog Man by Dav Pilkey!

🚂All Aboard for Railroad Fun @ Sandel Legacy Trail

1/18 10 AM-2 PM and 1/19 12-4 PM

168 S Vernon St, Sunbury

Join members of the Model Railroaders Group for an open house! Learn all about the history of railroads in the United States and see model railroads in action.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👧Family Fun @ Pickerington Public Library

1/18, 10-10:30 PM

201 Opportunity Way, Pickerington

Our Saturday early literacy classes are geared toward children ages 2-5, with all ages welcome to attend.

For more information, visit:

❄️2020 Winter Hike: Scioto Audubon

1/18, 10-11 AM

400 West Whittier St. Columbus

Join us for a 1- or 2-mile hike through the park. Leashed pets are welcome at this hike. Food and hot drinks served after the hike.

Hike to a greener place – Here’s how you can help:

– Bring a reusable mug or bowl 

– Buy a bowl from Friends of Metro Parks

– Car pool with friends

– Donate personal hygiene products or $5 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and receive a collector’s mug

🍩Dog Bones & Doughnuts @ Whitehall Community Park(Lower Level)

1/18,10-11 AM

Enjoy some dog friendly treats for you favorite 4 legged canine, while indulging in sugary goodness for yourself. Enjoy this winter wonderland with other dog lovers. All pets must remain on leash the whole time. 


Bon AppéCreek @ Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1/18, 1-1:30 PM

1415 Darby Creek Dr. 

Enjoy the fish feeding frenzy as you help feed them worms, crickets and other foods. All Ages Meet us at the Nature Center.

🌳Forts, Fire & Fun @ Blacklick Woods Metro Park

1/18, 4-5 PM

6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg

Build a fort, try your hand at fire building and have fun exploring our natural play area. Ages 4-15. Meet at the nature center.

🎥Family Movie Night @ Pataskala Library

1/18, 6-8 PM

101 S Vine St, Pataskala

Join us on January 18 at 6:00 PM for Family Movie Night. Stay warm and comfy and wear your pajamas for a free screening of ‘Abominable’. Free popcorn and a soda. Children must have an adult present.


For Families: Backyard Birds Open House @Highbanks Metro Park 

1/19, 11 AM-1 PM

9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center

Come enjoy the birds at the Highbanks feeders and learn how to tell them apart. We might see Pileated Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, sparrows, hawks, and more. Ages 6 and older. 

🦖Teeth, Jaws, and Claws @Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1/19, 2-3 PM

415 Darby Creek Dr. Galloway

Everyone give a warm welcome to Dale Gnidovec!

He is the Collections Manager & Curator at OSU’s Orton Geological Museum, and he’ll be talking about “The Carnivorous Dinosaurs and Why Birds Are Dinosaurs.” This talk looks at the tremendous diversity of theropods and carnivorous dinosaurs and why scientists say birds are living dinosaurs. All Ages welcome, meet us at the Nature Center.

🌲Tracks and Signs

1/19, 2-3 PM

4265 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus

Hike 2-mi to search for some common animal tracks & signs. All ages. Meet at Nature Center.

🐑Wool Spinning (with Sign Language Interpretation)

1/19, 2-3 PM

126 S State St, Westerville

Spin a tale of history, necessity, and technique with an expert from Bring the Farm to You. Witness wool washing, spindle and wheel spinning, and touch a basket of different plant and animal fibers.

Sign language interpretation for this event is made possible through a generous donation from the Westerville Lions Club.

For all ages. No registration required. 

👍🏾Freedom Riders Scavenger Hunt at Delaware Main Library

1/20, 9 AM-9 PM

84 East Winter St. Delaware

Follow clues around the library to learn more about Dr. King and the freedom riders!  Win a prize if you solve the puzzle!  

We always recommend confirming details before attending.

🙌🏼MLK Activity Day @ Powell Library

1/20, 9 AM-9 PM

460 South Liberty St. Powell

Stop by the Powell branch on Martin Luther King day to learn about Dr. King through games, activities, and art!

👧🏼Let’s Play! @ Bexley Library

1/20, 10:30-11 AM

2411 East Main Street Bexley

We believe in the positive impact of play, and invite you and your child to join us in this meaningful and fun playtime.

👍🏾Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration @Worthington United Methodist Church

1/20, 11 AM-1:30 PM

600 High St, Worthington

Join the Worthington community to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s community celebration takes place on Monday, January 20th at 11am at the Worthington United Methodist Church and features musical performances by Capriccio Columbus, Capriccio Youth Choir and soprano soloist, Karolyn Lee Gholston. A community luncheon will follow, and the entire event is free and open to the public. As a tribute to Dr. King’s commitment to help those in need, everyone attending the program is asked to bring canned food items to be donated to the Worthington Resource Pantry.  The 2020 Martin Luther King Community Celebration is presented by the Worthington Community Relations Commission, in partnership with the Worthington Libraries, Worthington Schools and Worthington United Methodist Church.

❄️Young Explorers: Frosty Scavenger Hunt@Homestead Metro Park

1/20, 12-2 PM

4675 Cosgray Rd, Hilliard

Enjoy a winter scavenger hunt and win a prize. Recommended for ages 5-12. Meet at the Nature Center. 

🌳Natural Play Area Adventures: Fort Building @ Sharon Woods Metro Park

1/20, 1-2 PM

6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville

Build a fort using natural materials found off-trail.

Meet at the Natural Play Area.

🙌🏼Celebrate MLK Jr. Day at Orange Branch Library

1/20, 2-3 PM

7171 Gooding Blvd. , Delaware

Come to the library for a reading of the book “Martin Luther King Jr. A Peaceful Leader,” discuss the book together, and participate in activities around the library.

Recommended for ages 6 and up and their families.

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