Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…2/8-2/10

This week has flown by!  Who wants to meet a mermaid?  Travel expo, horse rides, lots of Valentine fun including a brunch, maker mart, nature and a real red fox.  What will you choose

📚F4M Storytime at B&N!

2/8, 10:30-11 AM

Fit4mom Columbus East-160 Easton Town Center

Join us for this special playgroup! Meet us after Stroller Strides for a private F4M story-time at Barnes and Noble Easton

Storytime plays an important role in introducing children to the magic of books! Don’t miss this one, mama 😉 

Did you know our playgroups are free? JOIN US! 

🌎Great Vacations Travel EXPO 2019

2/8 12-7 PM, 2/9 10 AM-7 PM, 2/10 11 AM-4 PM

717 E 17th Ave, Columbus

With more than 150 exhibits, your favorite travel spots will come alive Friday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Ohio Expo Center in Kasich Hall. Guests are invited to talk one-on-one with travel pros and take home the best advice, values and EXPO-only deals on everything from exotic cruises and European vacations to affordable close-to-home escapes.

Purchase tickets at your local AAA store or on-site!

Regular Adult Admission – $8.00

AAA Members save 50%!  Just $4 for adults.

Children 16 and under are free.

Go to www.aaagreatvacations.com for a full event schedule and exhibitor information!

🐴$5 Friday Pony Rides & Free Petting Zoo @ Horse -N- Round Fun

2/8, 5-7 PM

7042 Feder Rd, Galloway

Rain or Shine indoor $5 Friday Pony Rides.  Come join us for some affordable fun in our indoor arena, especially if you haven’t been around horses much or at all along with farm animals! Some of our petting zoo will also be there to check out and pet/brush for free!

$5 Friday’s are great to come for those who want to be introduced to horses before trying riding lessons, 4H, a pony party, day camps, trail riding and more. Or simply those who are horse lovers and want to get their horse therapy in.

We guarantee to help boost confidence trying new things while putting smiles on you and your children(s) faces. 

Adults, teens & children of all ages are welcome!

Our pony can accommodate riders up to 100lbs.

Our current full size horses can accommodate riders up to 250lbs.

It is only $5 for those who ride. No charge for those watching or for the petting zoo. 

👨‍👩‍👦‍👦Worthington Community Center’s Family Night

2/8, 6:30-9 PM

345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd. Worthington

Unplug and connect at Family Night! Leave the electronics at home and come to the Community Center for a free night of crafts, games, and connecting as a family. (Children must be accompanied by an adult and vice versa)

🦉Owl Prowl @ Char Mar Nature Preserve

2/8, 6:30-8 PM

7741 Lewis Center Road, Galena

Owls are designed perfectly for the night, but what makes them so unique? Join a Naturalist on a night hike as we call for owls and learn how they survive in the darkness! Free, ages 7+.

🦋Columbus Wildones Speaker Series: Butterfly Gardening- If you plant it, they will come! @ Shale Hollow

2/9, 10 AM-12 PM

6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center

Learn which native plants attract butterflies with speaker, Chris Kline, Director of Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center. Free, ages 12+.

❄️Highbanks: Winter Hike

2/9, 10 AM-12 PM

9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center

Join us for our winter hike with options for 2.5 or 5 miles. Refreshments afterward.

Please join us in supporting Mid-Ohio Foodbank this year! Bring four non-perishable food items or make a $5 donation (no cash, cards only) at any of the Winter Hikes and receive one Metro Parks mug. THANK YOU ❤️

👧🏼Kids Day sponsored by 104.9 The River @ Great Vacations Travel EXPO 2019

2/9, 10 AM-7 PM

717 E 17th Ave, Columbus

Designed to entertain youngsters while providing useful travel tips for parents, Kids Day offers families a day packed with costumed characters, live entertainment and fun for the whole family. 

Kids can meet the animals that travel with Jack Hanna as the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium takes the stage at 1 p.m. Eivin and Eve Kilcher from Discovery Channel’s Alaska: The Last Frontier follow at 2 p.m. The entire family can play the “Passport for Prizes” adventure game to be entered to win an unforgettable Hocking Hills weekend getaway.

Plus a special appearance from 104.9 The River! 

🖌Free Crafts for Kids – Valentine Mobile @Lakeshore Learning Center

2/9, 11 AM- 3 PM

2148 Polaris Parkway 

3 and older.  Your child can create a fun new craft each week (for FREE)! This week’s craft is making a Valentine mobile {you can see some images of the weekly crafts on-line here}.  

❤️Fiesta del día de San Valentín @ Westerville Public Library

2/9, 11 AM-1 PM

126 S State St, Westerville

Let’s play some games and exchange some valentines en español! If you can attend, please comment below with the number of kids you are bringing so we bring the right amount of valentines. Also, tell what activity and/or snack you will bring. The party Jen Scraggs organized last year was lots of fun. Let’s do it again! 

💕Valentine’s Brunch: I Love You a Waffle Lot @ Hoot Studio

2/9, 11 AM-1 PM

337 West Olentangy Street, Powell

Join us for our Valentine’s themed waffle bar, the perfect Daddy-Daughter or Mother-Son date! We’ll have ALL the toppings 🙂  Bring your favorite valentine(s) and enjoy some yummy brunch, crafts, and play! 

All family members are welcome to join the fun. $15/child, $10/adult. 

Call us to reserve your spot!

And as always, MEMBERS SAVE 10% 🙂

🧜🏻‍♀️Meet Mermaid Tami@Aquarium Adventure

2/9, 12-3 PM

3649 Fishinger Blvd. Hilliard

Mermaid fans of all ages can meet and take a picture with Mermaid Tami. 

🐺Foxes of North America presented by Ironwood Wolves

2/9, 1-2 PM

1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway

Come learn about all wild canid species native to North America, and meet Ena, our ambassador Red Fox! 

🌕Night at the Museum @ Ohio History Center

2/9, 7-9 PM

800 E 17th Ave, I-71 & 17th Ave (Across From the Expo Center)

We will be present at the Ohio History Connection’s “Night at the Museum” which is a fun little event based off of the movie. Where the displays come to life at night. Those portraying various characters from history will be acting in character during this event, us included! So be on your best behavior. Buy tickets in advance online.

🦅Winter Hawks @ Rocky Fork Metro Park

2/10, 9-10 AM

7180 Walnut St, New Albany

Look for hawks that hunt in the park in winter. Meet at Millstone Shelter

❤️KidX Bestie Bash: Hearts & Crafts @ Polaris Fashion Place

2/10, 12-1:30 PM

Ready for a blast from the past? Coloring pages, crafts, face painting, a balloon artist, entertainers, Sunny 95 and so much more! Bring your kiddos and their besties, and spend some time together craftin’ up a storm at this super cool, FREE KidX event. Just head to the Play Area on February 10th from 12:00-1:30 PM. We’re excited to spread a little love this Valentine’s with you! 

🛍Ohio Explored Midwest Maker Mart

2/10, 12-6 PM

620 N High St, Columbus

Join us for our 2019 Midwest Maker Mart at Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph! Our curated market will feature some of our favorite Makers from all over the Midwest!

This event is free to the public. All ages welcome.

2019 Midwest Vendors:

American Nut Company, Andra Bogdan Art, Area57, BAQETTE, Barefoot Girl Soap Company LLC, Bella Studio, Bloom and Brush Studio, Blu Made

Deep Valley Crafts, EarthBorn By L&K, Ellebrux, Emily June Handmade, Entwine, Everybody Collective, Fat T’s Cookies, Flocktails, Four Acre Clothing Co, Glitteracy, Hooked for Life Crochet, Humble hive Homemade, Ink & Co Made in Ohio,  Ink + Craft, Jessica Dubis Jewelry, JiemeiCo, Justin Morales, Keep, Knotted Yarns, Lateral Gig, Legend, Lily Noelle, Lisa Robin Jewelry, Little Chicago Clothing Co., Little Hiker Bird, Lucca, LuvKt, Mae’s Boutique, Maison de Lyons, Mallory, Markgraf Clayworks, Middle Flur, MRLY, NOSH Butters, OH Fuudge, Ol’ Dirty Sheets, Pälish, Pierce Jewelry, Pink Moon Essentials, Pot Head Pottery, Prospect Jam Co., Questionable Press, Rust Belt Pepper Co., SEA and SALT, Silvermoon Cantina, Simple Times Mixers, SmoorePaper, Southern Hospitality, The Baker’s Rack, The Bee and The Crown, The Boutique Truck, The Makist, The Oakley Soap Co., The Seed Collective, Third Arrow Design, Too Legit to Quilt, Whippoorwill Design Company, Wolfpack

🦉Columbus Zoo at the Conservatory @ Franklin Park Conservatory

2/10, 2 PM

1777 E Broad St, Columbus

Animal ambassadors from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium make a special appearance at Franklin Park Conservatory every second Sunday of the month! Every animal guest is a surprise, so be sure to visit often! Included with admission. 

For more Family Fun activities, visit fpconservatory.org/calendar.

⛄️Nature Center Winter Discovery Day @ Blacklick Woods

2/10, 2-3:30 PM

Enjoy a special visit to the nature center and learn about pond life, feed the nature center critters, decorate an animal cookie and make a craft.

🐾Go WILD! Kids Club: Who Goes There? @ Sharon Woods Metro Park

2/10, 2-3 PM

1069 W. Main St. Westerville

We’ll explore the State Nature Preserve on this off-trail hike in search of tracks, scat and other clues animals leave behind. Meet at Spring Hollow Lodge. Ages 5-12.

Please note: Spring Hollow Lodge is NOT accessible from the main park entrance. Please use the entrance at 1069 W. Main St.

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