Columbus Mom Guide to the Month of January


2022, is that YOU?! 2022 has got to be our year! With all we continued to endure in 2021, we are hopeful that January and the rest of 2022 brings lots of happiness and joy to you and your family.

As you finish out Christmas Break, be sure to check things we can all do at home or in a safe way for the month of January! In addition to our events, see the links below to find ways to stay entertained this winter.

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights will be on until January 2, 2022 as well as The Columbus Zoo, Columbus Commons and WonderLights’s Christmas Display if you are looking for a New Year’s Day idea or something to do at the end of break. The Conservatory Aglow will be running until January 9, 2022.

In addition, we also have a list of 75 Ideas to do this Winter Break!

Perhaps there will be a snowy day and you will be ready to hit the hills! Check out our list of sledding hills for many options.

Additional Entertainment Ideas

  • Check out the new ice rink at Riverside Crossing Park (located near Bridge Park, Dublin)
  • Make Hot Chocolate Bombs
  • Try a Radish Cooking Club Kit
  • Uplift Frontline Workers with a Seeds of Caring event
  • Try out the Winter Hike Series: Bundle up and put on your hiking boots – it’s time for Metro Parks annual winter hikes! This year, the winter hike series takes on a new look as your ticket to travel through 18 different parks and hike miles and miles of trails. Visitors can hike in six different parks per month and have their ticket to travel booklet stamped.

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January 1: Kids Skate at Skate Zone 71: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Come celebrate the New Year with family and friends during their Holiday skating sessions! They have many events going on all month long.

January 1- 3: Healthcare Appreciation Days at the Zoo: Free admission!

January 1-2: Merry on Main: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Marysville | Simulated ice rink will be open on New Year’s Day and beyond. Free! Begins December 11, 2021. Check the website for exact times each day. There are a maximum of 80 participants allowed at a time.

Having a great time ice skating!

January 1-2: Skate Around Easton: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Easton | Come skate around- rental is free!

January 1-January 9: Conservatory Aglow: Enjoy the lights even after the New Year!

January -March: Royce Winter Park Dining Experience at Polaris: 11:00 a.m. at Polaris Fashion Place | Winter Park will feature 9 heated igloo-style pods for outdoor dining, brought to guests in partnership with The Royce gastropub. See website for rules on times and reservations. Check out other igloo options as well!

January 1: Short North Gallery Hop: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in The Short North | Come shop and explore as shops stay open late!

January 1: Columbus Blue Jackets: Game at Nationwide Arena! Family Value pack available!

January 2: Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory: Free admission for Franklin County Residents.

January 2: Free Day at Columbus Museum of Art: See website for hours | Sundays are free at the museum!

January 5: Cookie Decorating with Plenty O’ Cookies New Year’s Edition: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory | Drag performer Plenty O’Smiles of Plenty O’ Cookies bakery will guide you through the art of cookie decorating.

January 7: Teen Night in Westerville: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Westerville Community Center | Teen Night will be the highlight of your weekend! For $5, teens will have access to the gymnasium, pool, climbing wall and adventure fitness. Pizza, snacks and drinks along with music and games will be provided.

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January 8: New Albany Farmer’s Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in New Albany | Enjoy their seasonal offerings as well as local fresh baked goods and so much more!

January 8: Winter Jam: 6:00 p.m. at Schottenstein Center | Various artists and speakers to enjoy!

January 9: Anna’s Frozen Bridal Shower: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Paulette’s Princess Studio in Worthington | Anna is getting married this month so join in for her surprise bridal shower!

January 10-22: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Tremont Library | Listen to Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, take a virtual tour of the National Civil Rights Museum, and check out books about civil rights activists and stories by Black authors and illustrators. Think about what is important to you, and write your own pledge to stand up for equality and against racism

January 10-30: Grimmz Fairy Tales: This is a free, virtual presentation that may be viewed anytime within the presentation window by registering online.

January 11-16: CATS: Showing at Ohio Theater!

January 15: World’s Toughest Rodeo: 7:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena | Come see the rodeo!

January 16-23

January 15-18: Dinosaur Adventure: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Greater Columbus Convention Center | There are lots of Dino-mite activities for families to enjoy.

January 15: 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.

January 17: Hilliard Story Hour: 9:30-10:00 and 10:30-11:00 | Learn how you can use books, rhymes, and songs to help your child be ready for kindergarten. Space is limited. Mask required for ages 2 and up. Meeting Room 1A. Many additional story hours return this month!

January 19: 1/2 off Admission to Play Cbus in Worthington: A great deal after 4 pm! Every Tuesday and Wednesday.

January 20-22: Cheaper by the Dozen7:00 p.m. at Dublin Coffman High School | Buy tickets for this play and support high schoolers in this production.

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January 21: Friday Family Game Night: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Westerville Community Center | Enjoy access to a wide range of board games, card games, backyard games and more to play with your family. Snacks, music and refreshments included.

January 21-22: Columbus Beer Fest: 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | Over 130 breweries to choose from!

January 23: Anna and Kristoff’s Wedding: 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 at Greek Orthodox Church | Imagine 16 Characters as Bridesmaids and Groomsmen to celebrate the wedding of Anna & Kristoff! Then a performance with singing & dancing, the throwing of the bouquet, cake cutting, and the wedding dance! Then, everyone will hit the dance floor for a meet and greet!

January 24-29: Restaurant WeekThis is a great opportunity to try new restaurants or visit one of your favorites. The participating restaurants have certain menu items that are available for this special pricing. There are 150 restaurants and it’s a perfect way to support local!

January 26: Dancing with the Stars: Get your tickets for this show at the Palace Theater!

January 27: Teen Trivia Night: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Bring your cell phone or another device to compete in this exciting trivia night! Participants will compete individually against their friends and receive prizes. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

January 27-31: School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play: Various times at The Riffe Center.

January 28-January 30: Jurassic Quest: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Ohio Expo Center | Largest exhibition of moving life-size dinosaurs!

January 29: Workouts with Wildlife: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Interactive based yoga that benefits the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Emergency and Animal Care Fund. Visit with animals after too!

January 29: Winterfest at Buckeye Lake Winery: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. | Benny the Bass determines the fate of spring on the lake for 2022! Groundhogs just aren’t trustworthy with this monumental task. Live music and lots of fun!

If more in person events become available this month, we will be sure to add them in so check back often! We hope you and your family stay safe and well. We are hopeful for a happy 2022!

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Maureen Ingham has enjoyed living in the great city of Columbus for nearly 13 years! Originally from Canton, Ohio, Maureen attended Ohio University and will always be a bobcat at heart! After completing her education degree in Athens, she made her way to The Ohio State University to obtain a Masters degree in Special Education. She fell in love with Columbus then and convinced her now husband to join her in this awesome city! She taught 5th grade for 6 years, before deciding to stay home to raise two beautiful girls. Their family has recently moved to Worthington with their two girls and are excited to plant their roots here! Their first daughter, Maeve is 6 and her sister, Reese will soon be 5 years old. They welcomed a son, Miles in March 2020. Maureen has been with The Columbus Moms Blog since the beginning and now enjoys working on editing and events for the blog. She also works as a Postpartum Doula with her sister at a company called Together Wee Grow. They provide night nursing services, as well as daytime support to local families and babies in Columbus. It is a wonderful job to work along her sister and help families with their precious little ones in a vulnerable time period. In between the night shifts, sweeping up crumbs, exploring Columbus, and getting kids to where they need to be, Maureen enjoys working out, trying new recipes and restaurants, traveling, spending time with family, being crafty and trying to help others whenever she can! Maureen has many Columbus favorites. Her go-to restaurant is Third and Hollywood, she enjoys a sweet treat at Sassafrass Bakery or Fox in the Snow, a slice of pizza at Dewey's Pizza and a warm cup of joe at Highline Coffee. A perfect Saturday involves an outdoor activity with her family and trying a new restaurant when they can! She is excited to be a part of an excellent team here at Columbus Moms blog and hopes to be able to inspire mothers that small acts of kindness go a long way in raising their kids and the city they live in!


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