Weekend Roundup 4/22-4/24

Earth Day festivities, unicorn party, plowing days, shearing, archery, geocaching, crafts, makers market and more! 

♻️Earth Day Recycling Drive

Friday, 8 am-2 pm

Join Integrated Building Systems for our 10th annual Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive! 

Help us keep our landfills clean by dropping off electronics for recycling and confidential paperwork for secure, professional shredding.

Stick around at lunchtime for yummy food trucks!

For details, visit:  https://www.ibswebsite.com/ewaste 

EWASTE ITEMS ACCEPTED — No fee for these items, which can be working or non-working:

Laptops and tablets

Computers, LCD/flat-screen monitors, mouse and keyboard

Cell phones, desk phones

Cabling, cords, wires

Stereos, VCRs, gaming systems

Toner and ink cartridges

Servers and network equipment


LCD flat-screen TV $10

Tube-style TV $3/per inch screen size

CRT monitors $30

Desktop printer, scanner, fax $2 each

Large office copier $150


Anything with Freon or hazardous materials

Alkaline batteries

Household appliances

Items built with wood

Light bulbs

Smoke detectors

Floppy disks, VCR tapes


Limit of 5 boxes

Acceptable: Envelopes, junk mail, sticky notes, paper with staples or paper clips, legal pads, colored paper, index cards, books, magazines

Not Accepted: Hanging file folders (too much metal), cardboard, paper towels, Tyvek envelopes, blue prints, 3-ring binders, hard drives, x-rays, disks, food waste/trash


Contact Integrated Building Systems at [email protected] or 614-240-5999


🌳Celebrate Tree Planting on Earth Day @ Dawes Arboretum 

Friday, April 22, 2022, 9am-12 pm


🔎Mystery Adventure on the Farm

Start time: 

Friday 04/22/2022 12:00 PM

End time: 

Sunday 4/24/2022 5:00 PM


Gallant Farm

April 1 -30, Thurs – Sun, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Gallant Farm, Ages 5 – 12 Bring the kiddos to the farm in April and follow the clues to solve a puzzle. The young detectives will have so much fun exploring they won’t notice they are learning along the way.

✅Blacklick Creek Clean-up @Blacklick Woods

Friday, 2-4 pm

Help us remove litter from Blacklick Creek. Gloves and shoes that can get wet are recommended.


⚙️The Works – Kitchen Chemistry

Friday, April 22: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Canal Winchester



Explore the world of STEAM! Join The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology for an exciting program filled with hands-on experiments and activities! Programming made possible by Battelle.

🌎3rd Fridays on the Village Greens in Powell


Celebrate Earth Day


🦙Llama and Sheep Shearing Day @Stratford Ecological 

Saturday 9 am-2 pm

Bring the whole family to Stratford for a WOOLY experience! Stratford will provide visitors with an engaging experience while the resident sheep and llamas receive their annual shearing. The flock will be shorn throughout the day, and our shearers will interpret the process from start to finish. Your family can visit stations to learn how wool is processed and enjoy lunch from a local food truck. Participate in hands-on fiber projects, visit the barn and walk the farm.

$5 per person, walk-ins welcome, but register now to let us know you’re coming to help us estimate the attendance for the day and guarantee a speedy check-in process when you get here!

IMPORTANT EVENT PARKING INFORMATION: Due to the amount of rain we’ve recently had, the farm is very muddy and parking will be limited.  We have arranged with the local township hall to utilize their parking lot and will have passenger vehicles operating as shuttles for event attendees.  Please plan to arrive at Stratford first to drop off everyone in your group, except the driver.  The driver will then park at the township located at 2590 Liberty Road (just a half mile north of Stratford on the left hand side).  There will be a vehicle to bring the driver back to enjoy the event with their group.   The same process will be utilized upon your departure as well.   We will keep a select amount of spots at Stratford reserved for those who are unable to shuttle to and from the township.  Thank you in advance for your understanding to help us be able to put in a fantastic community event!


🌳Woodland Wildflower Restoration & Tour

Saturday, April 23 | 9am – 12pm

Join our team by assisting with wildflower rescues and native plant transplanting.

Participation is free and registration is required to participate in these hands-on opportunities!


✍🏼Free Kraft-n-Play

FREE Krafts! 

FREE Play!


**RSVP** by contacting Kreation’s Play Kafé

Text / Call / Email 


[email protected]

**By pressing “going”, this is not a reservation.


Come and see what we are all about! 


Our sensory play area is a fun STEAM experience! Roll around on our fluffy rugs or soft foam woodland play area. Kreate your own town and knock it down…where will your train tracks lead you?…so much exploration.

Spring Krafts!

Please view the discussion part of this page for more info on krafts and activites we will bring! 

There will will be tables available for families that RSVP, those families may stay the entire time and are welcome to join our Minute 2 Win It: Family Challenge. Prizes for those that do the Challenge. Shortest Minute Challenge wins a special prize!

There will be tables available for walk-ins, those families will have unlimited time in the play area, but only have their table for 30minutes to kraft on. Those tables are for 30minutes only, so that other families that walk-in may experience our pop-up too. Thank you. 


Please go to the Dublin Library website for up to date mask requirements and covid procedures. Thank you!


✅Sustainability Fair @Upper Arlington Tremont Library

Saturday, 10 am-2 pm

Talk with organizations that support green initiatives and find out how you can make your home and yard greener and more sustainable. Organizations include Sustainable UA, Franklinton Cycle Works, UA High School Environmental Club, City of Upper Arlington, Climate Smart Handbook, Reuse Revolution, Plantable Seed Paper, Friends of UA Parks, and Wild Ones Columbus.


🐴Spring Plowing Days @Malabar Farms

Saturday, 10am

Watch as a local Draft Horse Club demonstrate their plowing skills and participate in fun contests at the working farm area on Malabar Farm State Park. Free Event. Concessions available. 


🌳Tree Planting Palooza @Sharon Woods

Drop by anytime between 10am-2pm to celebrate Earth Day and help us plant baby trees in the Natural Play Area. You can even decorate a small flag to mark your tree so you can find and visit it each time you come to the park.


🌎Grove City Earth Day

Saturday, 10 am-2 pm

Join Grove City Parks and Recreation and many community partners 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 23, at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road, for the 2022 Grove City Earth Day Celebration! The event includes a variety of activities including info booths, games and challenges like a scavenger hunt, fun and useful giveaways, fishing, interacting with animals and so much more! Stop by one of several food trucks for refreshments. Most of the activities are located near Rotary Lake and the Eagle Pavilion, 3670 Discover Dr., but some adventures include other areas of the park.

Participating organizations include The Bugman, Hinton Apiaries, Class2Trail, SWACO, the Gardens at Gantz Farm Volunteers, Keep Grove City Beautiful, Columbus and Franklin County MetroParks, the Grove City YMCA, Grove City Tree Commission and Grove City Service Department.

Learn more: bit.ly/gcEarthDay.


🗑Green Lawn Cementary Litter Cleanup

Saturday, 10 am

In celebration of Earth Day Columbus 2022. Volunteers are needed to help keep Green Lawn Cemetery green, clean, and dignified!

Founded in 1848, Green Lawn Cemetery is the second largest cemetery in Ohio. Spanning over 300 acres it represents a vast treasure of history and architecture. A registered arboretum that is home to several state champion trees, and a designated Audubon Important Bird Area. 

All supplies & tools provided: litter grabbers, gloves, trash bags.

Safety briefing and orientation at 10am.

Meet at the main cemetery office. Drive a short distance into the cemetery and office is on your right.

This service event will proceed rain or shine. It will be cancelled only if unsafe weather (lightning, thunderstorms, high winds) is occurring or imminent.

Learn more about Earth Day Columbus https://www.earthdaycolumbus.org/  


🐓Backyard Chickens 101

Start time: 

Saturday 04/23/2022 10:00 AM

End time: 

Saturday 04/23/2022 11:00 AM


Gallant Farm

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. Gallant Farm, Ages 12+ Have you ever thought of owning chickens? Not sure if it is for you? Discover what it takes to raise and care for backyard chickens. Learn about different breeds, housing requirements, and brooding chicks.

🧚🏻‍♀️Fairy House Building

Saturday, April 23: 10:30am – 11:30am

Miller Park Library



Use your imagination to build a house fit for a fairy in the little woods of Miller Park. Materials will be provided. You may bring natural materials from home. Registration as a family is required.

♻️The Green Bexley Fair

The Green Bexley Fair is a fun, hands-on festival to celebrate the Earth and sustainable living. This year, we’ll be celebrating on April 23 from 11 am – 2 pm at Schneider Park, a former landfill which now is part of a long trail system and houses the Bexley Community Gardens. What a way to recognize how far we’ve come! See our exciting list of partners at greenbexley.org/fair and details about all of our Earth Month celebrations at greenbexley.org/earthmonth.


🐴Picturetime with a Pony @Malabar 

Saturday 11 am-1 pm

Come to Malabar, meet our herd of horses, dress like a farmer, snap a picture and you may even get to pet and brush one of our mini horses.  Bring your own camera or phone to snap a picture with one of our mini horses, featuring the historic barn as the beautiful background. Cowboy hat and bandanas provided for photo op.  Everything will be set up in the paddock across from the visitor center.


🌎IKEA Columbus hosts Earth Day Festival this April

WHAT:On Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, IKEA Columbus will host a weekend-long Earth Day Festival to showcase how we can create a more sustainable life at home. Customers can register for workshops about induction solutions, reducing food waste, and easy recycling and composting routines, as well as sample some of IKEA’s sustainable food options and pick up a kids’ take-and-make craft kit, while supplies last. Registration is necessary for participation in workshops.
WHEN:Saturday, April 23, 2022Sunday, April 24, 202211:00 am to 3:30 pm
WHERE:IKEA Columbus1900 IKEA WayColumbus, OH 43240

🔎Mystery Adventure on the Farm

Start time: 

Friday 04/22/2022 12:00 PM

End time: 

Sunday 4/24/2022 5:00 PM


Gallant Farm

April 1 -30, Thurs – Sun, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Gallant Farm, Ages 5 – 12 Bring the kiddos to the farm in April and follow the clues to solve a puzzle. The young detectives will have so much fun exploring they won’t notice they are learning along the way.

🐑Sheep Shearing @ Slate Run Historical Farm

Saturday 1-3pm

Watch sheep shearing, meet the lambs, and learn about the uses of wool.


💐Children’s Garden Day @Inniswood Metro Gardens

Saturday, 2-4 pm

Join us for an open house event in the Sisters’ Garden as we celebrate “ A Feast of Flowers” with gardening activities, crafts, and baby animals from Slate Run Farm.


🦄Unicorn Party

Rainbows, sparkles and unicorns! Bring your imagination to the library anytime between 2 – 3:30 PM and meet a unicorn or two! Fun for families with children of all ages!

Enjoy an afternoon of crafts, activities and a visit with real miniature horses! Our new friend and mascot, Percival, will also make an appearance!


🎶OWU A Cappela Concert

Saturday 2-4 pm

We will be hosting the A Cappella groups from Ohio Wesleyan University for a FREE concert at the Park!  Groups include the OWtsiders, Pitch Black, Jay Walkers and Go Four Broke. Popcorn will be available, along with the Ciao Cafe cart for purchase.


🏹Try it-Archery

Saturday 3-4:30pm

Join us at the Scioto Grove Metro Park Archery Range for a fun, free day of archery! All equipment provided. Recommended for ages 8+, but all ages are welcome to try with parental supervision.


💧Wetland Edge Restoration & Tour

Sunday, April 24 | 9am – 12pm

Assist with transplanting native aquatic plants into the wetland to improve water quality and promote a healthy ecosystem.

Participation is free and registration is required to participate in these hands-on opportunities!


🛍German Village Makers Market

Sunday 11 am-4 pm

An outdoor artisan market in historic German Village with over 60 makers, food trucks, and more. Free and open to the public. Kid friendly!


🔥Firestarters and Smores @Blacklick Woods

Sunday, 2 pm

Come join us to create your own homemade fire starters out of recycled materials to take home.  Afterward we will be making smores!

This program will be taking place at our snack bar in our Pro Shop facility (Brick building at the top of the hill, through the covered breezeway).


🌎Earth Day Scavenger Hunt @Homestead

Sunday, 3 pm

Come to Homestead for fun, Earth Day-themed scavenger hunt and win a prize! All ages welcome. Meet outside the nature center. 


🔎Geocaching in Metro Parks

Sunday, 4 pm

Learn about the low-cost, hi-tech treasure hunt called geocaching! We’ll show you how to use your smartphone to find hidden items all over the world, including right here in Metro Parks. Meet at the Apple Ridge Picnic Shelter.

*If interested, you can download the free app found at https://www.geocaching.com/play to follow along during portions of the program.