Oh the weather outside is frightful, but I have some weekend fun to delight you!
🔴Orange Library Family Play Time
11/16, 10 AM
7171 Gooding Blvd. Delaware
Playing is a vital way to build a variety of early literacy skills and a great way to meet new friends, so join us on Fridays for some fun, unstructured play!
👨👩👧👦Family Night @ Worthington Community Center
Every Friday, 6:30-9 PM
A free night of family fun with crafts, games, and connecting as a family.
🎄Wildlights Stuff The Truck @ The Columbus Zoo
11/16, 10 AM-10 PM
4850 Powell Rd, Powell
The spirit of giving is in the air, so we invite you to attend the Wildlights Stuff The Truck Food Drive taking place from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16!
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Kroger and Mid-Ohio Foodbank are partnering to help feed families in need throughout Central Ohio. You can get one free admission ticket to Wildlights, efficiently powered by AEP Ohio, for every five non-perishable food items you donate on this night only. So if you have four people in your party be sure to bring 20 items! Plus, get free parking when you show one item at the parking booth.
Visitors can drop off their donations at the large Mid-Ohio Foodbank trucks located in the main parking lot of the Zoo, to the northeast of the parking attendants. This is a popular event for a good cause, so we recommend planning ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to arrive at the Zoo to enjoy the festivities.
⭐️Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights Opening Night!
11/16, 5:30-10:30 PM
3311 S Old State Rd, Delaware
2018 Opening Night at the Fantasy of Lights! A 3 mile drive thru light show from the comfort of your vehicle. This year purchase a 2018 Season Pass so you may enjoy the lights all season long. Passes may be purchased at the ticket gate.
🎄20th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony @ Easton Town Center
11/16, 6:30-7:30 PM
160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus
Help us celebrate the simple and unexpected joys of Christmas with entertainment that will involve, engage and surprise. Watch children’s eyes sparkle as Santa arrives, along with a special guest, to illuminate Easton’s 56 foot digital Christmas tree and a breathtaking display of lights! Cap the evening’s festivities with photos with Santa, along with extra surprises along the way. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season, and it’s only at Easton!
6:30 PM Pre-Parade Entertainment
7:00 PM Parade Begins
Our retailers and restaurants keep the festivities going after the lighting ceremony. Text “easton” to 313131 to receive offers on your mobile device!
🐎Holiday Carriage Rides @ Easton Town Center
11/16-11/17, 6-10 PM
60 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh…
At Easton this Holiday season, you can take a ride over the streets and through the Town Center…and rest assured that the horse knows the way!
Horse-drawn carriage rides will again be offered during the holiday season at Easton Town Center in the North District and through Fenlon Square. Rides begin November 16 after the Lighting Ceremony and continue Friday through Sunday through December 23. Cost is $10 per person. Children under 15 ride free with paying adult.
You can grab a carriage ride outside of Zara on Gramercy Street.
Weekends through December 23:
Fridays: 6-10 PM
Saturdays: 6-10 PM
Sundays: 3-7 PM
*Carriage Rides may be canceled at any time due to weather conditions for the safety of our guests.
🛍The Thanksgiving Market at Bridge Park
11/17, 9 AM-12 PM
The Dublin Market at Bridge Park
Longshore Street, Dublin
Fall is finally in the air at Bridge Park, so help us celebrate the season on Saturday, November 17 from 9am-12pm at The Thanksgiving Market at Bridge Park! We’re bringing back your favorite vendors along with a few new ones and will be featuring all the festive fall flavors. Bundle up and grab your snuggle buddy, you won’t want to miss this!
Click here to see the line up! https://www.thedublinmarket.com/thanksgiving
⚙️Family Day – Exploring Engineering
11/17, 9 AM-3 PM
100 Spaatz St, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
Learn about engineering through fun demos and hands-on activities.
The Museum’s Education Division hosts Family Days one Saturday a month. These programs are designed for children and adults of all ages and offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Each month features a new theme such as engineering, meteorology, gravity, and space. In the month of November learn about various aspects engineering through fun demonstrations and hands-on activities.
🌟Conservatory Aglow @ Franklin Park Conservatory
11/17 and 11/18, 10 AM-5 PM
1777 E Broad St, Columbus
This year’s annual holiday show is set to be the biggest and brightest in Conservatory history. Conservatory Aglow, presented by Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation, begins Nov. 17, with evening hours beginning Dec. 1. This experience is included in general admission to the Conservatory.
New features at this year’s Conservatory Aglow:
– Rainbow color-blocking themes throughout the new Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden.
– Expert lighting by Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation to highlight the magnificent botanical structure of the old-growth trees at the Conservatory.
– A Grand Mallway experience, featuring one of the grandest views of the historic John F. Wolfe Palm House — when it is illuminated by the dreamy, color-shifting, James Turrell light installation, “Light Raiment II”
– The special return of the flamingo topiaries. A fan-favorite among the “Topiaries at the Conservatory” collection, these sculptures will be dressed in neon pink lights over a sea of electric blue.
– Visual projections by OBLSK
– Whirly Tree by Tork Collaborative Arts
PLUS traditional favorites, including:
– Hand-blown glass ornament trees
– Poinsettia trees
– Creative lighting to illuminate the botanical gardens
Stay tuned here or online (www.fpconservatory.org/conservatory-aglow) for updates about live performances and activities held throughout the Conservatory Aglow exhibition.
🛍Oak Creek Holiday Market @ Oak Creek Elementary
11/17, 10 AM-2 PM
1256 Westwood Dr. Lewis Center
The Oak Creek Holiday Market is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and features 50 local makers, bakers, and artists.
While adults enjoy shopping local businesses, kiddos can do their own shopping in our Secret Santa shop.
Santa will be available for visits and pictures between 12-2 p.m. Pictures are $3 and visits with the jolly ol’ fellow are free!
Get your holiday shopping started and help support the Oak Creek Elementary PTO!
🔍I-Spy Nature Challenge @ Sharon Woods Metro Park
11/17, 10 AM-3 PM
6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville
Can you find 10 different types of animals in the park?
Stop by the Naturalist Office to pick up the I-Spy Challenge Scavenger Hunt for a chance to earn a prize. You can also borrow an Adventure Backpack filled with field guides, binoculars, magnifying lens, a net and more (!) to help you complete the challenge!
🏠2018 Christmas Open House @ The Morgan House
11/17 10 AM-5 PM, 11/18 12-5 PM
5300 Glick Rd, Dublin
Come and see our best selection of Christmas decor. This truly can’t be beat in Columbus. Live music and refreshments. Start a new tradition with Christmas at The Morgan House.
🚂All Aboard for Railroad Fun @ Sandel Legacy Trail
11/17 10 AM-12 PM, 11/18 12-4 PM
168 S Vernon St, Sunbury
Join us at the Sandel Legacy Trail house for this model railroad open house. Watch the model trains (HO scale) travel through a miniature village and countryside, and take time to talk to the club Model Railroaders who can share their knowledge about railroading in America. Free, all ages.
☺️KindFest presented by Dreams Live Here @ Ill Mannered Brewing
11/17, 11 AM-1 PM
38 Grace Dr, Powell
We know there’s a ton of things grabbing for your attention, and you can’t be everywhere at once, but we’re hoping you can swing by for a bit, spread some kindness, pay it forward, let the kids have fun, grab a beer, and share in some laughs. Let’s make Kindness a priority in our community!
What is KindFest:
KindFest is a pay-it-forward event focused on raising kindness, empathy, and compassion throughout our community. We are on a mission to put Kindness in action!
Cost: FREE but we are suggesting a donation of $20. Our goal is pay the kindness forward, money donated will go directly towards buying turkey dinners for families struggling and hopefully have some left to buy Xmas gifts for kids, basically supporting those in need over the holidays.
Plenty of ways to donate:
• Ill Mannered has generously agree to donate $1 per beer sold during the event.
• Dreams Live Here will donate $5 from every Kindness is Cool shirt sold.
• You can of course just donate!
• More to come . . .
Food Truck: Seven Little Sliders
We will have many kind activities for kids and parents including:
Kind Chalk Talk – Amazing local chalk artist Jennifer Russell will be creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art. She will invite kids to create/write kind words/drawings around it. See Jennifer’s work here: https://www.facebook.com/chalkstix
Kindness Talk and Draw – Local author, illustrator, and speaker Jason Tharp will lead a short discussion about kindness, empathy, and embracing our uniqueness. Ending in a fun and easy “How-to-Draw” for parents and kids. See more about Jason here: http://www.wondervillestudios.com
Kind Chalk To Go
Release some Kindness Balloons
👍🏻Take A Hike Day @ Blendon Woods Metro Park
11/17, 12-1 PM
4265 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus
Join us for a 2-mile hike on the Sugarbush Trail (unimproved trail) to celebrate Take A Hike Day! Meet at the Nature Center.
🔍Whiz Bang Science Show @ Westerville Library
11/17, 2-3 PM
126 S. State Street, Westerville
Come see Dr. Dave with his States of Matter Show. Dr. Dave puts on a science show you will never forget and will excite kids and spark their interest in science.
🔹LEGO Club @ Grove City Library
11/17, 3-4 PM
3959 Broadway, Grove City
Join us for creativity and imagination in action! Work individually or in teams to create the challenge. The theme will be revealed at the program.
👨👩👧👦Family Fun Night @ HIghbanks Metro Park
11/17, 5-7 PM
9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center
Enjoy a campfire and explore the world of nature at dusk through displays and crafts.
🎄Wildlights @ The Columbus Zoo
Wildlights, efficiently powered by AEP Ohio, is brighter than ever this year! The season kicks off with a special preview night for members only on Nov. 15. Then Wildlights takes place from Nov. 16, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019. For a complete list of activities, please see our website here: bit.ly/adventuretracker
Hours: Zoo opens daily at 10 a.m.
Wildlights activities operating hours:
–Sundays through Thursdays: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
–Fridays and Saturdays: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
–The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25). Wildlights is closed on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24).
Cost: Regular admission rates apply. Free for Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Members!
🌟Sparkle Night @ The Shops of Worthington Place
11/17, 6-8 PM
7227 N High St, Worthington
Join us for fun, music and celebration!
Tree Lighting at 6:30pm
• Visit with and have photos taken with Santa!
• Face Painting
• Balloon Artist
While supplies last. Event subject to change without notice.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
🎅🏻Cookies with Santa @ Polaris Fashion Place
11/18, 10:30 AM-12 PM
Enjoy cookies with Santa Claus! Decorate your own cookie, write letters to Santa and enjoy storytime near the Santa Set.
🧗🏻♀️First Time Visitors Free @ VA Training Center
11/18, 11-6 PM
6295 Busch Blvd., Columbus
All first time visitors are FREE on Sundays from 11 AM-6 PM. Members are always free.
For full rates and hours, check out our website: verticaladventuresohio.com/vatc/facility/
Come experience the joys and challenges of rock climbing in our family-focused space.
🎄Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair @ Worthington Community Center
11/18,m 12-4 PM
345 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington
Join us on Sunday, November 18th from 12:00-4:00pm for our annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair. The holidays will be here before you know it so let us help you get a jump start on your shopping! We will have many of your favorite vendors and crafters together to help ring in the holiday season. We have local craft vendors selling their homemade items as well as direct sales vendors. Gobble up some gifts and get some items on your list checked off! Admission is free and there will be plenty of raffle items! We are currently full in all vendor categories.
🐶Happy Tails-n-Trails @ Sharon Woods
11/18, 2 PM
6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville
Bring your canine companion for a 2-mile hike on the Spring Creek Trail, and a doggie treat. Meet at Apple Ridge Bulletin Board.
🖌Family Craft Workshop @ Inniswoods Metro Park
11/18, 2-4 PM
940 S Hempstead Rd. Westerville
Create holiday gifts with family and friends. Materials provided. Bring a bag to carry home your creations.
⭐️Holiday Lights Celebration- Gahanna
167 Mill St, Gahanna
Celebrate the magic of the season by attending Visit Gahanna’s unforgettable Holiday Lights Celebration! Held from 3-6:30 pm Sunday, Nov 18 in the beautiful Creekside District (117 Mill St.) the event promises free family festivities, including a Reindeer Petting Zoo, Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, the Ohio Dominican University Holiday Stage, a Live Nativity (presented by 104.9 The River), a Holly Jolly Holiday Train, Pony Rides, Ice Sculptures, Camel Rides, a Calliope, Holiday Storytime with Columbus Metropolitan Library – Gahanna Branch, the Holiday Tree Lighting AND Santa … arriving by Firetruck! To become a sponsor and part of this beloved community event, call 614/418-9114. To learn more, follow the Visit Gahanna Facebook page or go to VisitGahanna.com
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