A Columbus Mom’s Blog Guide to the month of March 2018

Happy March! Are you thinking Spring and ready for warmer temps? It’s been a long winter and we are READY! We’ve rounded up some of the best activities going on in Columbus this month. The list is full of fun for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and activities to keep you entertained if you decide to stay here for spring break!  As we find additional events we will update the list, so be sure to check back throughout the month.  If we missed something, please comment below.  

 Also, be sure to read these posts for great ideas: Open Play Round-Up, 5 FREE Kid-Friendly Columbus Outingsand 4 Metroparks to Explore and 10 Parks to Check Out this SpringScroll to the bottom of this post for ongoing activities organized by day of the week. Don’t forget to check out our Summer Camp Guide as well! It is full of awesome opportunities! 

March Activities

March 1- 7

March 1-4: Mary Poppins: 7:00 p.m. (March 1-3) and 2:00 p.m. (March 4) at Westerville North High School | Tickets are $10

March 1-11: Jack and Phil, Slayers of Giants: various times at the Park Street Theatre | This is a one-act play with no intermission performed by Columbus Children’s Theatre.  Recommended for ages 6 and up. 

March 1- March 25: Wizard of Oz Exhibit at Easton: Monday – Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Educational Exhibit is the first-ever, licensed traveling educational exhibit based on the beloved movie classic.

March 2: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuess: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Hanna Andersson | Listen to a story and do an activity to celebrate Dr. Seuss. Check out this post for ideas on Fun Foods for Dr. Seuss Day

March 2: Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration: 6:30 p.m.  – 8:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble | Come celebrate with a special story hour! 

March 2-April 1: Visit the Easter Bunny: check the website for hours at Polaris Fashion Place | Free visit with the Easter Bunny. There is a fee for photos.

March 2-11Garfield The Musical with Cattitude: various times on Fridays-Sundays at the Van Fleet Theatre | This play is approximately 45 minutes long and is performed by CATCO is Kids. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

March 3: Maple Sugar Pancake Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Stratford Ecological Center | Enjoy breakfast, a hike through the woods and an opportunity to see the animals.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (2-12).  Advanced registration required.

March 3-4: Arnold SportsWorld Kid & Teen Expo: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday | A wide range of activities are planned including sports demonstrations, live entertainment and more.  Read our post: Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teen Expo for details.

March 3: Build a Periscope: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Home Depot | Build a periscope and then decorate it.  Register for FREE!

March 3Made Local Marketplace: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Bridgewater Banquet Center | Shop local from over 100 Ohio makers.  Admission is FREE

March 3Kids Club Crafts: 10:00 a.m. – noon at Michaels | Limited spots available for each class so be sure to use the link to register and check availability. They craft, you shop! $2 per child (Paper Flowers) 

March 3: Free Crafts for Kids: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning | Each week children can make and take home a special craft. FREE (Garden Wind Chime)

March 3: Uptown Cookie Walk: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Purchase a Cookie Passport and walk to 24 businesses in Uptown Westerville to get a different variety of Cheryl’s Cookies at each one. 100% of the proceeds will be given to the memorial being erected in honor of Officers Joering and Morelli at First Responders Park.

March 3: Mother Son Super Hero Dance: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Thomas Worthington High School | Calling all super moms and boys age k-6 for a night of fun! 

March 4: Red Carpet Bash: Doors open at 6:30 p.m at the Drexel Theater | Walk the red carpet, dress glamorously and watch the Academy Awards in HD on the big screen. 

March 6: Wine and Girl Scout Cookie Pairing: 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. at Wild Goose Creative | Sample cookies and wines to pair with it! Get your tickets in advance. 

March 6: Columbus Blue Jackets Family Value Pack: Game starts at 7:00 p.m. at Nationwide Arena | Get a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass starting at $30. Read more about the fun: A Night with the Jackets

March 6-11: An American in Paris: various times at The Ohio Theater | An American in Paris is the new hit musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

March 7Toddler Theater: 10:00 a.m. at the Dublin Recreation Center | This interactive musical performance is recommended for children ages 2-5. A costumed character is scheduled to make an appearance. $2 per child

March 7: Wild Story Time: 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at the Ohio Wildlife Center | Listen to a wildlife book with the theme of the month. Visit with animal ambassadors and walk around the grounds. $5 for adults and children 5 and under are free.

March 7: Moms Coffee Break: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Coffee Connections | Bring your little ones and be encouraged by other moms! Enjoy a puppet show of a bible story and drink coffee while it’s hot! 

March 8-15

March 8: Columbus Blue Jackets Family Value Pack: Game starts at 7:00 p.m. at Nationwide Arena | Get a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass starting at $30. Read more about the fun: A Night with the Jackets

March 8-11: Just Between Friends: various times each day at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard | Check out this sale of previously owned items to save a lot of money on purchasing baby, kid and maternity items. 

March 9-11: Columbus Kids Winer Fun Festival: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Sunday at The Ohio Expo & State Fair Building (Buckeye Building)  | Fun activities for kids are planned such as an obstacle course, petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, carnival games and more. The All About Cats Expo will also be taking place in the same building.

March 10-11: All About Cats Expo: various times at The Ohio Expo & State Fair Building (Buckeye Building) | Cats will compete in contests and vendors will be on site.  On Saturday and Sunday, the Columbus Kids Winter Fun Festival will also take place. 

March 10Kids Club Crafts: 10:00 a.m. – noon at Michaels | Limited spots available for each class so be sure to use the link to register and check availability. They craft, you shop! $2 per child (Foam Eggs) 

March 10: Greenest, Grandest St. Patrick’s Day Parade: 11:00 a.m. starting at Metro Place in Dublin | The parade route is approximately one mile long and lasts an hour and a half.  Be sure to read the FAQ for more information and check out our post: 5 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

March 10: Free Crafts for Kids: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning | Each week children can make and take home a special craft. FREE (What’s Next Clock) 

March 10: Spring Fling at Oakland Nursery: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Come on out and see Bugman as he presents his live insects, as well as crafts and science activities. 

March 10: Carnival of the Animals: 11:30 a.m. at McCoy Center | Never longer than 45 minutes, these concerts are perfect for the first time concert goer or those needing a more relaxed, sensory friendly experience. Each performance includes an instrument petting zoo, an art project in the lobby and a special treat for each audience member.

March 11: Ohio Wildlife Open to the Public: 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Ohio Wildlife Center | Explore the 20-acre wildlife animal sanctuary. $5 per person and children 5 and under are free.

March 11: Mat Hatter Tea Party: 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Polaris Fashion Place in the Center Court near JCPenny | Join the Mad Hatter, Bunny and Alice for this FREE event.

March 11: Vernal Pool Extravaganza: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Rocky Fork Metro Park | Stomp through the swampy fields and search for frogs, salamanders, and toads at the height of their breeding season. 

March 11: Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!: 3:00 p.m. at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts | Annual children’s concert with pre-activities too.

March 12-18: Hannah-me-downs| Give back to local charity by donating your gently used hannas and receive 15% off your purchase. 

March 12: Columbus Blue Jackets Family Value Pack: Game starts at 7:00 p.m. at Nationwide Arena | Get a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass starting at $30. Read more about the fun: A Night with the Jackets

March 15: KidsLinked Healthy New Albany: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Face painting, popcorn, crafts, summer camps and many activities for the kids!

March 15: Slice of Worthington: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Shops at Worthington Place | Taste pizza for 12 different pizza shops and help decide who has the best pizza in Worthington. 100% of proceeds from tickets will help feed kids in Worthington. 

March 15-17: Fame The Musical: 7:30 p.m. (March 15-17) and 2 p.m. (March 17) at Dublin Jerome High School | $10 adults and $7 students/seniors.

March 16-23

With Easter just around the corner, there are numerous egg hunts that start this weekend. Be sure to check out our list of Columbus Area Egg Hunts and Activities for a complete schedule. Our list spans the entire city, and includes places to visit with the Bunny, breakfasts with the Bunny, visiting Anthony Thomas for candy and tours, egg hunts and so much more! 

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. For more ideas on how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Columbus or at home, check out this post: St. Patrick’s Day

March 17: Worthington Annual Easter Egg Hunt: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Boundless Worthington Campus | Snacks and refreshments and family Easter Egg hunt. 

March 17: Easter Open House: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The Anthony Thomas Factory | Come along for a free tour of the chocolate factory and meet the Easter Bunny! 

March 17Kids Club Crafts: 10:00 a.m. – noon at Michaels | Limited spots available for each class so be sure to use the link to register and check availability. They craft, you shop! $2 per child (Easter Characters)

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Skate: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m. at Skate Zone 71 | Wear green and get $2 dollars off admission.

March 17-18: All Aboard for Railroad Fun: 10:00 a.m. –  2:00 p.m. (March 17) and 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (March 18) at Sandel Legacy Trail | Each month the Delaware County Model Railroaders group holds open houses at the Trailhouse at Sandel Legacy Trail.  Watch the trains and learn about model railroading.

March 17: Free Crafts for Kids: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning | Each week children can make and take home a special craft. FREE (Finger Puppets)

March 17: Spring Fling at Oakland Nursery | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Bring the farm to you with live farm animals from 12- 2 p.m. and free kids carnival.

March 17: Columbus Blue Jackets Family Value Pack: Game starts at 7:00 p.m. at Nationwide Arena | Get a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass starting at $30. Read more about the fun: A Night with the Jackets

March 18: The Toy Symphony: 3:00 p.m at the Ohio Theatre | Listen to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra play music geared towards children. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite toy and one to donate as well. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. Pre-concert activities begin at 2 p.m. 

March 20: Musical P.E. with Jennifer Ellis: 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. at Fresh Thyme Westerville | Free Mommy and Me Musical P.E. sing along and dance party. See her website for locations all around Columbus! 

March 20-: KidsLinked Reynoldsburg Kidsfest: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Reynoldsburg Methodist Church | Summer Camp Expo, bounce houses, video game fun, face painting and balloon artists! 

March 22: Columbus Blue Jackets Family Value Pack: Game starts at 7:00 p.m. at Nationwide Arena | Get a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass starting at $30. Read more about the fun: A Night with the Jackets

March 22-April 3: The Mountaintop: various dates and times at the Short North Stage | Tickets for this musical start at $32. This is a commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life. 

March 23: Worthington Egg Scramble: 6:00 p.m. at McCord Park | Come out at 6 p.m. sharp for different age groups and hunt for eggs! 

March 23-March 25: Aladdin Shriners Circus: various times at the Ohio Expo Center | You’ll find carnival rides, concessions and circus acts.

March 24-31

March 24-March 25: Junk Bash: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center in Lausche Building| Shop for vintage-inspired, hand-made, fashion and craft goods. $8 per person. Ages 14 and under are free. 

March 24: Organic Gardening for Kids: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Stratford Ecological Center | For ages 6-12, children will get excited about growing in the garden while learning the basic needs of soil, plants, insects, and animals.

March 24: All Ohio Reptile Show: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Fairgrounds | Admission is $5 and kids 10 and under are $1

March 24: PBJ & Jazz: 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Theatre | Children receive a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, cookie, and juice at this jazz performance. $5 per person with a maximum of $20 per family.

March 24: Easter Egg Hunt: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Westerville Central High School | Morning filled with activities, prizes, and Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny. 15,000 Easter Eggs will be waiting to be scooped up! 

March 24: Easter Bunny Brunch: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Columbus Zoo | Bring the whole family for a special brunch with the Easter Bunny! 

March 24: Free Crafts for Kids: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning | Each week children can make and take home a special craft. FREE (Birdwatcher Binoculars)

March 24: Peeps and Pups Easter Egg Hunt: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Worthington | You and your pup will explore the different local businesses in the Worthington Historic District where you will receive goodies and a map to find your way! 

March 24: SpringFling, Egg hunt and Craft Show: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at World of Wonders Childcare | Local vendors, free egg hunt, bake sale, book sale, free family activities and crafts! 

March 24: Underwater Easter Egg Hunt: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The Worthington Pools | $4 per child if you pre-register! Different age groups and everyone gets a bag! Open swim times as well. 

March 24: Great Egg Hunt {Adults}: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | You must be 21+ to attend this Egg Hunt. Walk to 6 different bars in the Arena District looking for eggs stuffed with prizes. 

March 24: The Jungle Book Kids: 2:30 p.m. at Shedd Theater | Catco is kids presents this classic tale. Get your tickets today!

March 24: Columbus Blue Jackets Family Value Pack: Game starts at 7:00 p.m. at Nationwide Arena | Get a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass starting at $30. Read more about the fun: A Night with the Jackets

March 25: Kids Cook the Meal: Waffles, Bacon, and Berry Compote: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. | Kids come and cook with their parents! A fun and tasty play date! 

March 28: Olaf and Snow Queen Themed Cupcake Baking Kids Camp: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Our Cupcakery |Mini Spring Baking Camp where you learn to mix, bake, measure, and decorate with fondant. Ages 8 and up. 

March 29- April 8: Sleeping Beauty Kids: Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at The Abbey Theatre | Get your tickets today for $13 each. 

March 30Family Swim Event: 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Goldfish Swim School (Dublin and Westerville) | The whole family can enjoy open swim, crafts and more. $5 per person with a maximum of $15 per family. Call/email to register.

March 30-March 31: Eggs, Paws, and Claws: 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. at The Columbus Zoo | Two-day event with pictures with the bunny at the zoo, and numerous bunny characters! 

March 31Kids Club Crafts: 10:00 a.m. – noon at Michaels | Limited spots available for each class so be sure to use the link to register and check availability. They craft, you shop! $2 per child (Easter Treat Bags)    

March 31: Hilliard Kidsfest and Bunny Run: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Franklin County Fairgrounds | Summer camp browse day, 5k bunny run, free pancake breakfast with registration.

March 31: Spring Break Lua with the Trolls: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Skate Zone 71: Free Lei with admission and meet Poppy, Branch and the Trolls! 

Ongoing Activities

Sundays: Free Sundays at the Columbus Art Museum 

Mondays: Manic Mondays: all day at Star Lanes Polaris | $3 games of bowling and $3 shoe rental

Tuesdays: $5 Tuesdays: Watch the latest movies for $5 admission and enjoy $2 hot dogs and $2 candy with a beverage purchase.  Be sure to visit the link for more details.

Tuesdays, Wednesday, ThursdaysCharitable Play at Recreations Unlimited: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. $2 per child

Tuesdays & Fridays: Preschool Open Gym at Integrity Athletics: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Children have the freedom to choose from a wide variety of equipment.  $5 for enrolled students and $8 for non-enrolled students. (If you have multiple children, all additional children after 1 will receive the member rate.) 

Wednesdays: Family Story Time: 6:30-7:00 p.m. at Grandview Library | Pajama Story Time: 7:00 – 7: 30 p.m. at Northwest Library in Worthington | Children five and under will enjoy the interactive rhymes, songs, and stories.

Tuesdays & Thursdays & Sundays: Toddler Time with Get Air at Tree of Life Play + Cafe: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Get Air and then a daily admission to Tree of Life Play + Cafe.

Thursdays: Toddler Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Labor Day-Memorial Day) at Magic Mountain Fun Centers | Enjoy unlimited KidsGym plus 10 arcade tickets for $2.50 per person.

Fridays: School Year Open Gym at Integrity Athletics: 7:30-9:00 p.m. for ages 6 to 16. $7 for enrolled students and $10 for non-enrolled students.

Saturdays: Craft times–  Kids Club Crafts: 10:00 a.m. – noon at Michaels | 12 spots available for each class so be sure to use the link to register and check availability.  $2 per child | Free Crafts for Kids: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning | Kid Crafts: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Pat Catan’s |  

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