Weekend Roundup 7/23-7/25

Weekend’s almost here, whoop, whoop!  There are lots of outdoor adventures waiting.  Archery, Ultraviolet Night Walk or Full Moon Hike, canoeing and more. Virtual and in person library offerings.   And a visit from Santa himself!

2021 Summer Letterbox Adventure

Preservation Parks

Get ready for a summer full of exploration! Registration for the Summer Letterbox Adventure begins May 27 and runs through September 6. Please read carefully for exciting changes! Preservation Parks’ staff has worked diligently over the last several months to make this year’s adventure fun and safe for everyone. This includes making touch-less letterbox locations, which have been replaced by hidden animal plaques. Registration is 100% online through 1.) Create a free account by setting up everyone in your household who will be 


Have you heard of the Lancaster festival?  The week-long festival is filled with activities sure to wow children and parents alike!  July 23-31st.  

Some exciting features include:

  • Shazzbots: This intergalactic rock band will be performing Thursday, July 29 at noon. With dynamic songs like “Snowday!” and “Gravy Boat,” your child will be dancing the day away.
  • Family Concert – A Musical ZOO! With the Lancaster Festival Orchestra: After jamming with the Shazzbots, stick around until 7 p.m. to catch the family concert!

While at the festival you can also enjoy: 

  • Children’s Corner: Everyday of the festival from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., head to the Children’s Corner for laughs and great fun. A puppet show, ventriloquist, Rick Kelley the entertainer and more will be making an appearance!
  • Coffee + Eats: You can’t leave Lancaster hungry! 

See all of the details here…


Chick Hatching @ Powell – Bring the Farm to You @ Powell Library

Friday, July 23rd, all day

Powell’s chicks hatch this week! Visit the library and see if there is any action, or meet the brand new chicks!


KidX Summer Series 2021

Friday, July 23rd 10:30 AM-12 PM

Location: At the Lifestyle Center Fountain near Cheesecake Factory. Rain Location: Main Entrance between Molly Woo’s and Brio underneath the pergola 


Are you more of a swimmer or tennis player? Would you rather do a backflip or make a basket? Celebrate the 2021 Olympic games and dress as your favorite athlete or sport! (You just might take home a gold medal)!


Family Fun: Zoo Animals – Early Literacy Class

Friday, July 23rd, 10-10:30 AM

Outdoor storytimes for ages 2-5

Try it! Archery @Scioto Grove

Friday, July 23rd, 5-7 PM

Ages 8+. Learn the basics of archery using compound bows. Instruction and equipment is provided. Meet at archery range.

Canoe the Lake @Sharon Woods

Friday, July 23rd @6-9 PM

Stop by anytime and take a canoe out for a ride on the lake. Canoes and equipment provided. Kids must fit into a life jacket to ride.

Full Moon Hike @Battelle Darby Creek Ranger Station

Friday, July 23rd, 7:30-10 PM

Take a brisk 4-mile hike through fields and forests.

Canoe the Lake @Sharon Woods

Saturday, July 24th 9AM -12 PM, and 2-5 PM

Stop by anytime and take a canoe out for a ride on the lake. Canoes and equipment provided. Kids must fit into a life jacket to ride.

Don’t Bug Me, I’m Reading: Grab & Go

Saturday, July 24: All Day

PPL Main



Keep the bugs on the page and off you!

Climbing Animals: Grab & Go

Saturday, July 24: All Day

PPL Main



Take your creativity to new heights with a critter climber!

Puppy Chew Toy: Grab & Go

Saturday, July 24: All Day

PPL Main



Make a tug-of-war chew toy for your favorite dog!

Summer Morning Yoga & Stretch

Saturday, July 24: 9:00am – 10:00am

PPL Main



Registration required.  Join wellness instructors from the Jerry L. Garver YMCA of Central Ohio for morning stretching and yoga on the lawn at Pickerington Main Library.

Butterfly Pursuit @Highbanks Big Meadow Picnic Area

Saturday, July 24th @12:30-1:30 PM

Take a 1-mile hike to look for some of the most beautiful butterflies of the season and learn how to identify them. Hike is along a paved trail and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All ages welcome. Program meets in Big Meadows. Big Meadows is at the back of the park. Take the first left when you reach the bottom of the hill, and park in the first lot you come to. Program will begin near the restrooms and bulletin board.

Virtual Baby Storytime: Animals

Friday, July 23, Saturday July 24th, Sunday July 25th, All Day

Marysville Public Library



Join us on the Marysville Public Library’s Facebook page to enjoy some songs, bouncing rhymes, and a story about animals!

Virtual Storytime: Unicorns

Friday, July 23: Saturday July 24th, Sunday July 25th, All Day

Marysville Public Library



Join us on the Marysville Public Library Facebook for a virtual storytime! This week’s theme will be unicorns and the video will be up to enjoy all week.

Large Animal Farm Visit – Bring the Farm to You @South High

Saturday, July 24th @1-3 PM

3540 South High St. Columbus

Chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, sheep, goats and pigs provide a real-life farm experience allowing participants to touch the animals that provide our food and fiber. Groups call ahead.


Biking and Botany @Glacier Ridge Metro Park

Saturday, July 24th @4 PM

Join the naturalist for a bike ride around Glacier Ridge, stopping to ID native plants along the way! Meet at the flagpole, located by the shelter and restrooms. All ages welcome.


Go Bucks! @ Deer Haven Park

Saturday, July 24th , 3-5 PM

Deer Haven Park, All ages What do dollar bills and the Ohio State mascot have in common? Both are named after a familiar Ohio animal, bucks! Stop by our table in front of the Visitor Center to learn about our state mammal the white-tailed deer, their antlers, and more!


Night Hike By the Light of the Buck Moon

Saturday, July 24th @9-10 PM

Deer Haven Park, Ages 8+. Join us for a night hike under the light of the Buck Moon, the full moon of July. Why do we call it the “Buck Moon”? Where do full moons get their names? On this night hike, we will answer these questions and many more!


Going Batty @Blacklick Woods Ash Grove Picnic Area

Saturday, July 24th @9-10 PM

Learn about bats and watch them fly and catch insects.

Ultraviolet Night Walk @Battelle Darby Creek Indian Ridge 

Saturday, July 24th @9-10 PM

Use a Blacklight to see the hidden colors of the night. Meet us at the bulletin board in Indian Ridge.

Canoe the Lake @Sharon Woods

Sunday, July 25th, 9AM -12 PM, and 2-5 PM

Stop by anytime and take a canoe out for a ride on the lake. Canoes and equipment provided. Kids must fit into a life jacket to ride.

Christmas in July with Santa & Holiday Friends 

Sunday, July 25th,12-2 PM

Coffman Park Pavilion, 5200 Emerald Parkway , Dubin 43017

Celebrate Christmas in July with Santa & Mrs Claus! Enjoy a stage performance with Santas, Elves, Grinchy, Buddy & more. Meet/Greet & Pics !!!


Produced and Presented by Paulettes Princess Parties

$35 per family unit (Mom & Dad or Caregivers with Kiddos)

What to expect:

* HO HO HO ! Enjoy a Holiday spectacular ! Featuring Santa, Mrs Claus, Santas Elves, Buddy & Jovie, Grinchy & Cindy and of course a surprise guest !

* Sing and Dance the day away! Laugh at the antics of Buddy and Jovie, enjoy a reading of “The Grinch stole Christmas” with the crazy Grinchy at his best, do the Limbo with 99 1/2 foot pole ( 8ft pole lol)., Holiday Carol Sing a Long, Interactive story with Mrs Claus and so much more !!!!!

* SIT ON SANTAS LAP for a picture FINALLY !!!!!

* Bring you Letter to Santa to put in his mailbox!

* Receive a Family Snow Ball Upon Arrival $1.00 for extra

* Grab a Festive Item….. $3.00 each cash and carry

* Bring a picnic and enjoy time with family

* Any questions? Call Mrs Claus at the North Pole @ 614-395-6330

If the weather does not cooperate the event will be rescheduled . No Refunds . Can also be rolled over to one of our other park events.


Stream Explorers @Blacklick Woods

Sunday, July 25th, 1-3 PM

Take a 2-mile (round-trip) hike to Blacklick Creek. Wear shoes that can get wet as we explore the creek and look for crayfish and other critters.

Natural Play Area Explorers @Blendon Woods

Sunday, July 25th, 2-5 PM

Drop by the Natural Play Area to borrow some nature tools for your exploration adventure.

Let’s Go Creeking @Three Creeks

Sunday, July 25th, 2-4 PM

Ages 3+.  Take a 20 minute walk to the creek to search for critters using nets and your hands. Please wear closed-toed footwear to explore the creek. If water levels are too high for safe creeking we’ll do something different! (We won’t know what that activity is until right before the program so it will be a surprise)

Evening Garden Tour @Inniswood Metro Gardens

Sunday, July 25th, 7-8 PM

Enjoy a guided stroll through the Gardens.

Bison @Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center

Sunday, July 25th, 6:30-7:30 PM

Not a cow, not a buffalo, it’s a bison! Join us for a 1-mile hike as we learn about this 2,000 lb mammal.

Metro Parks events here…


Please note-Events can be changed by hosts, please check the event before attending. I try my best to provide up to date information. Please stay safe and do what you feel is most comfortable for your family with COVID-19 risks.

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