Columbus Mom’s Blog Guide to January 2018

Hello, 2018! It feels great to start a new year and to have a chance to reset and recharge. 

With the colder temps, we have plenty of indoor activities to keep you entertained. There are so many shows and productions to see this month including Disney on Ice and Little Red Riding Hood.  Perhaps you gave the gift of experiences for Christmas- so what a great way to put that into action!

As you finish out Christmas Break, be sure to check out 35 ways to Spend Quality Time Together. We have gathered Indoor Play Places on the Westside and 20 Things to Do Inside as well.

The lights will still be at The Chinese Lantern Festival until January 7th, 2018.  The Columbus Commons will have their lights on until January 2nd, 2018. Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights and The Columbus Zoo will have lights on until January 1, 2018 if you are looking for a New Year’s Day idea. Don’t forget the Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sundays too! 

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January 1: New Year’s Day Hike: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Gallant Woods | Kick off the new year on the right foot, and the left foot, by joining in for their annual first hike of the year through woods and prairies, highlighting the new primitive loop trail at Gallant Woods. Afterward, warm up with a hot beverage, cookies, and soup at the Gallant Farm House. All ages.

January 1: Winter Break Craft and Scavenger Hunt: 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. at Blendon Woods Metro Park | Make a holiday craft and try an indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt. 

January 2-5: Winter Break Adventure Camp: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Explorer Club | Exciting adventures for winter break- full day or half day options for grades K- 8th grade. Magicians, Columbus Museum of Art, The Works and much more!

January 2-4: Charitable Play at Recreation Outlet: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Powell | $2 donation per child- come out and burn off some energy before your kids are back in school! Typically every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 

January 2-5: Winter Camp: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Sunbury Urban Farm | Spend your winter break at Sunbury Urban Farm where you’ll play in the woods, go sledding and make snow sculptures. Kids age K-5.  

January 2: Puppet Workshop: 4:15 p.m. at Westerville Public Library | Make your own puppets, explore different types of puppetry and practice scripts as you prepare to perform for family in the final session of this five-week workshop. Ages 9-12. Activity Center. Registration required.

January 3: Free Zumbini Demo Class: 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Designed for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers. It combines music and movement to create the ultimate bonding experience. 

January 3-14: Phantom of the Opera: Various Times at The Ohio Theater | Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera comes to Columbus as part of a brand new North American Tour. 

January 3: Wild Story Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Ohio Wildlife Center | Join in for a monthly Story Time with a unique animal or wildlife theme. Listen to a reading of nature-based or animal-themed book(s). Experience a visit from one of their Ambassador Animals, followed by crafts and activities to accompany the book. $5. 

January 4: Indoor Snowball Fight: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (additional activities and skating until 8:30 p.m.) at Skate Zone 71 | Come skate and have the World’s largest indoor snowball fight with their Minion!

January 5, 12, 19, 26: Open Play at Sports Ohio: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. |  Kids can have a ball in a variety of activities including playing on the inflatables*, basketball, field sports, thunderdome dodgeball and more. They provide the equipment for many sports or activities including: soccer balls, footballs, dodgeballs, basketballs, kickballs and more! $8 per session. 

January 5: Free Movies at Grandview Heights Library | 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Ages K-5, bring a snack and a friend!  

January 5: Sip and Spa Wine Tasting: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The Hills Market Downtown | $15 Fridays the first Friday of each month where you can try 10 wines and have access to spa worthy cheeses and appetizers! Local health and beauty vendors will be there as well. 

January 5: Family Pajama Jam Skate: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Skate Zone 71 | Wear your pj’s and get 2.00 off admission. 

January 6, 13, 20, 27: Worthington Farmer’s Market: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at The Shops at Worthington Place | Come warm up and enjoy local and fresh food! 

January 6: Peppa Pig Party: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Party Like It’s Your Birthday | Peppa Party with themed decor, Peppa themed snacks, multiple crafts, muddy puddles and a special gift.

January 7, 12, 18, 30: Columbus Blue Jackets Family Pack: Various Times at Nationwide Arena | A great deal to catch a game as a family! Get a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass starting at $30.

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January 8: Rock the Blocks: 4:30 p.m. at Northwest Library in Worthington | Join your fellow LEGO artists for some building fun! 

January 11-28: Little Red Riding Hood: A variety of showtimes at The Columbus Children’s Theater | Over the river and through the woods! 60 minute show. 

January 11: Little Adventurers: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory | A weekly program for children ages 3–5 and their adult(s) that features a nature-related story or theme and a related activity. The program lasts 30–45 minutes.

January 11: COSI after Dark: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at COSI | Grab your magic wand and enjoy themed activities as well adult beverages and concessions. 

January 12-21: Knuffle Bunny: Various times typically 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Van Fleet Theater | The perfect show for a family-friendly outing, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical is based on the beloved Caldecott Honor-winning picture book series.

January 13: Worthington Indoor Farmer’s Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Shops at Worthington Place | Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean you cant shop local and eat fresh food! 

January 13-14: Columbus Fairytale Ball: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Get your tickets for this event that is full of magic! Dance with Cinderalla, read with Belle, share treats with Tinkerbelle, create a wand with Rapunzel. 

January 13: 45th Annual Winter Hike: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Sharon Woods | Enjoy a 2 or 4 mile hike through fields and forests. Hot soup and drinks provided! 

January 13: PBJ and Jazz Family Concert: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Lincoln Theater | One hour interactive concert for kids and families to introduce them to Jazz music. Children receive a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, juice and a cookie for $5 per child or $20 per family. Performances are at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 

January 13: Bad Moms Painting Party: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Grub House | Come paint the word of your choice while enjoying wine, beer, salad, breadsticks, pizza and cookies! 

January 14: Route 33 Brew Hop: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Board the shuttle bus and visit Dog Tap Columbus, Loose Rail Brewing, Combustion Brewery, and Rockmill Brewery. 

January 14: Family Fun with Columbus Zoo: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The Franklin Park Conservatory | Family friendly presentations feature different animals each month.

January 15: Storytime in the Park: 10:00 a.m. at Deer Haven Park | Join staff from the Delaware County District Library as they read “Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs.” then take part in an activity or craft. Ages 0-3, with an adult.

January 15: Open Swim at Worthington Pools: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | All families and friends can enjoy an afternoon of swimming and relaxing at the pool. Only $5. 

January 16-23

January 19: PJ Party at the McConnell Center: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Enjoy an exciting pajama-themed party at the MAC with the Shazzbots! There will be pizza along with a fun art activity for all ages. Tour the galleries while going on an outer space adventure with the Shazzbots, a local rock and roll band for kids. Don’t forget to wear your coziest pajamas! $10 adults, $5 kids

January 20: All Aboard for Railroad Fun: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Sunbury | The Delaware Count Model Railroaders open their model train (HO scale) displays one weekend a month at the Sandel Legacy Trailhouse in Sunbury. Visitors can watch the trains travel through a miniature village and countryside, and ask club members about the history of railroading in America. Free, all ages.

January 20: World’s Toughest Rodeo: 7:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena | Bull Riding, bareback riding, pony rides, cowboy meet and greets, autographs and photos! Get your tickets today! 

January 22-27: Restaurant Week: Times and Location Vary | Try a new spot this week with great deals! Enjoy a 3-course meal at over 120 local restaurants. 

January 24-31

Runs through March 25, 2018: Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit: hours vary by day at Easton Town Center | THE WIZARD OF OZ Educational Exhibit is a journey of self-discovery for the whole family! Guests travel from the Gale Farm to the colorful Land of Oz, where they explore Munchkinland, The Crossroads, The Witch’s Castle and The Emerald City before heading back over the rainbow to Columbus, because, of course, “There’s no place like home.”

Runs through January 27: Restaurant Week: Times and Location Vary | Try a new spot with great deals! Enjoy a 3-course meal at over 120 local restaurants. 

Runs through January 28: Little Red Riding Hood: A variety of showtimes at The Columbus Children’s Theater | Over the river and through the woods! 60 minute show. 

January 24- 27: Disney on Ice Reach for the Stars: Various showtimes at Nationwide Arena: Get your tickets today as Mickey and his pals set the stage for a star studded extravaganza! Belle, Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sebastian and others will be a part of the show!

January 26: Open Play at Sports Ohio: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. |  Kids can have a ball in a variety of activities including playing on the inflatables*, basketball, field sports, thunderdome dodgeball and more. They provide the equipment for many sports or activities including: soccer balls, footballs, dodgeballs, basketballs, kickballs and more! $8 per session. 

January 26: Family Night “Brings the Farm to You”: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Worthington Community Center | Visit the indoor petting area and enjoy homesteading activities.

January 27: Worthington Farmer’s Market: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at The Shops at Worthington Place | Come warm up and enjoy local and fresh food! 

January 27: Making Sausage: 10:00 a.m. at Gallant Farm | Learn how to make fresh sausage; then sample the product with fresh eggs. All ages.

January 27: Hoot: 10:00 a.m. at Gateway Film Center | Listen to live music from the Shazzbots, dance and watch kid-friendly short films from around the world. Free with a canned food donation.

January 27: The Women’s Wealth and Wellness Expo: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Columbus State Community Center | Community event that brings together hundreds of women for a day of education, inspiration, and fun. 

January 27: Hot Cocoa and Canvas: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Coffee Connections | Designed with kids in mind to paint a canvas. Cost is $25. 

January 27: Wonderball 2018: 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. at The Columbus Museum of Art | Dress up, play, and dance the night away at Wonderball. This imaginative evening features DJs, live music, bites from Columbus’ best eateries, artisan cocktails, creative experiences, artist performances and more. Your attendance supports a vibrant arts community at the Museum.

January 27-28: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at The Ohio Theater | This concert features Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition while the Columbus Symphony performs John Williams’ otherworldly score.

January 30: Kids Etiquette Class: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Local Roots | For boys and girls age 7-14 to learn proper table conversation, table setting, ordering, paying a bill and leaving a tip. 3-course meal will be provided. 

January 31: Daddy Long Legs: Various Times at Studio Two Riffe Center | A heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor, based on the treasured novel that inspired the classic 1955 film! The show plays Wednesday- Sunday from January 31- February 18.

We hope your January gives you a chance to relax, reset, and enjoy time spent exploring! Be sure to check back often to see new events that are added. 

 

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