Hello, 2020! We hope you all enjoyed the holiday season with your family! It feels great to start a new year and to have a chance to reset and recharge.
Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights will be on until January 1, 2020 and The Columbus Zoo will have lights on until January 5, 2020 if you are looking for a New Year’s Day idea or something to do at the end of break. In addition, we also have a list of 75 Ideas to do this Winter Break!
Special thanks to our friends at The Little Gym Polaris for making this guide possible. The Little Gym Polaris is the perfect place to beat the winter blues and allow your kiddo to wiggle out their cabin fever! Offering progressive structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Their trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of classes like parent/child classes and gymnastics, plus fun extras like parties, camps and more. Classes start at 4 months and continue to the age of 12! Join their amazing community! Watch how your child will grow skills, strength, confidence and independence over the Season! Continuous enrollment so join us at any time!
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January 1: New Year’s Day Hike: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Shale Hollow Park | 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. Warm-up after with hot cocoa and cookies by the fire!
January 1: Ohio Health First on the First 5K: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Westerville Community Center | 5k Run/Walk with a traditional New Year’s Day celebration. Yabo’s Tacos after the race!
January 1: Kids Skate at Skate Zone 71: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Come celebrate the New Year with family and friends during our Holiday skating sessions!
January 1-5: 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 14, 2019. Check the website for exact times each day.
January 2: Charitable Play at Recreation Outlet: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Powell | $4 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: Factory Tour of Anthony Thomas: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The Factory Shoppe | Open House Factory Tours are open to the public and appointments are not needed. September through May: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June through August: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
January 2-3 and January 20: Sports Ohio Open Play: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | With Open Play Days, kids have a ball in a variety of activities including playing on the inflatables, basketball, field sports, Thunderdome dodge ball and more.
January 3: Winter Break Kids Yoga: 10:00 a.m. at Go Yoga | Share yoga with your little ones at one or both of their winter kids yoga camp sessions, where they’ll move, play and embrace the things they love about the winter months! They will explore mindfulness through kid-friendly exercises that cultivate gratitude and new year’s goal setting.
January 3: Forest Fridays: 10:00 a.m at Sunbury Farm | Families, come join a SUF naturalist for forest playtime! During each 2-hour session, they’ll lead a 30-minute nature activity followed by free playtime in the woods. Children of all ages are welcome! Forest Fridays occur on the first Friday of the month, September through May.
January 3: Toddler Open Gym: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Thompson Recreation Center | Come and burn off some energy and connect with other Short North Families at the free open gym playtime at Thomspon Rec Center. An assortment of toys are available for free play.
January 3: Picasso Preschoolers: 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Grandview Heights Library | Learn about an illustrator or illustration style as you listen to stories, then create your own masterpiece to take home. Make sure to dress for a mess! Registration required.
January 3: Kid X: Frozen Fun: 11:00 a.m. at Polaris Fashion Place | Visit your favorite snowy movie characters for a winter wonderland of fun! Take pictures with the fairest snow queen and snow princess in the land. Don’t forget about the silly smiling snowman! Take a break from the cold and enjoy crafts, giveaways, music and more on Friday, January 3 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM on the Lower Level by the Play Area.
January 3: Open Play at KSM Sports: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at KSM Sports | Indoor fun for all ages!
January 4,11,18,25: 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 4: Home Depot Workshop: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Face off with fun in this Mini Hockey Game Workshop. Kids develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. With help from parents and Store Associates, your child will create and own their own game. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
January 4,11,18,25: New Albany Farmer’s Market: 10:00 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 4: Winter Hike at Blacklick Woods: 10:00 a.m. | Join them for a 2- or 4-mile hike through the park. Food and hot drinks served after the hike.
January 4: Free Craft at Lakeshore Learning: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Come out and make a dancing robot this week! Also crafts on January 11, 18, and 25.
January 4: Short North Gallery Hop: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in The Short North | Visitors celebrate art throughout the evening with new gallery exhibitions, street performers, special events, food, and drinks throughout the District on the first Saturday of each month.
January 4: Date Night Lantern Stroll: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Highbanks | Carry lanterns to light the way on a hike to learn more about animals. Adults only!
January 4,14,16,18,22: 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.
January 5: Free Day at Columbus Museum of Art: See website for hours | Sundays are free at the museum!
January 7: Culver’s Nights: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Culver’s in Powell | Free face painting at this location!
January 7: Champagne and French Fries Tasting: 5:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. at The Market Italian Village | Did you know that french fries and champagne are a wonderful pairing?! A french fry service from the kitchen will be offered that night as well. $20 for both the tasting and the service. Tickets sell out fast!
January 9: Little Kid Sing A Long: 11:00 a.m. at High Banks | Come sing songs with Joanie Calem. An hour of fun-filled folk songs, from all over the world. Something for everyone in this multi-generational experience! Ages 2-5.
January 9: COSI after Dark: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at COSI | Grab your magic wand for Wizard School and enjoy themed activities as well as adult beverages and concessions.
January 10, 17, 24, 31: Family Night at The Worthington Community Center: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Unplug with your family and enjoy a family night out.
January 10-12: Cat in the Hat: Various showtimes at The Shedd Theater | Everyone’s favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. But what will mum find when she gets home…?
January 10-11: Jersey Boys: 3 showings at The Palace Theater (8:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) | They were just four guys from Jersey until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.
January 11: 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 11: Growth Chart at JC Penney’s Kid Zone: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | On the second Saturday of every month, take your school-age kids to JCPenneys for a free craft and one-day coupon to use in-store. All children must be accompanied by a parent.
January 11: January Grown Up and Me Art with Anna: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. in Bexley | Make a mixed media unicorn with your little one!
January 12, 19, 26: Sunday Swim at Upper Arlington Natatorium: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | The Upper Arlington Aquatics Division is again offering the Sunday Swim at the Upper Arlington High School Natatorium. The Sunday Swim is held every Sunday from 1-3 pm beginning October 6, 2019, and ending May 3, 2020, except when UA Schools are not in session or the UA Swim Club hosts an age-group swim meet.
January 14: Storytime at Homestead Park: 9:30 a.m. | Enjoy stories about animals in the winter. Recommended for ages 5 and under. Meet at the Nature Center.
January 15: The Magic School Bus: 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at The Southern Theater | Recommended for kids age K-5.
January 17-19: Cat in the Hat: Various times at the Shedd Theater | Everyone’s favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. But what will mum find when she gets home…?
January 17-19: Pete the Cat: Various times at The Abbey Theater | Recommended for Pre-K and Up. The coolest cat is back in town! Based on the bestselling book series, Pete the Cat makes his way to the stage in this hilarious, music-filled adventure.
January 17: Snapshots at Gallant Farm: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!
January 17: Family Night at Tree of Life Cafe: 4:00 p.m. | For $30 enjoy a family pass to the play area and a large 1 tipping pizza and a drink pitcher.
January 17: January Parents Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Drop the kids off for parents night out!
January 18: Columbus Fairy Tale Ball: See website for various time slots at Noah’s Event Center | Meet the Princesses at The Fairytale Ball! This Fairytale Event is full of magical moments you won’t want to miss! Dance with Cinderella. Read with Rapunzel. Share Sweet Treats with Tinkerbell. Create a craft with Elena! The event focuses on making sure your little one feels royal throughout all of our activities.
January 18-19: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert: See website for times at The Ohio Theater | Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™! For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while a live symphony orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.
January 19: Frozen Fun: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Princess Paulette’s inside the Worthington Mall | This is an independent camp, parents are welcome to leave or enjoy the many shops and restaurants at Worthington Place. Age Appropriate 3 1/2 to 7. The children will be broken up into appropriate age groups 🙂 for maximum enjoyment!
January 20: 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Convention Center | Ceremony and breakfast event to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.
January 20-25: Restaurant Week: Times and Location vary | Try a new spot this week with great deals! Enjoy a three-course meal at over 120 local restaurants.
January 20-21: The Office: A Musical Parody: 7:30 p.m. on both nights at The Southern Theater | A musical parody of your favorite sitcom!
January 22-26: Pete the Cat: Various times at the Abbey Theater | Recommended for Pre-K and Up. The coolest cat is back in town! Based on the bestselling book series, Pete the Cat makes his way to the stage in this hilarious, music-filled adventure.
January 23-February 16 (Thursdays-Sundays): Application Pending: Various times at Studio Three, Riffe Center | Visit Edgely Prep, an elite Manhattan private preschool with an acceptance rate that rivals Harvard’s. Applications are due, and with telephones ringing off the hooks, admissions head Christine Evans battles an army of parents who will stop at nothing in this high-stakes game to secure a spot for their kids. This show is for adults and is performed by CATCO.
January 24-26: Cat in the Hat: Various times at Shedd Theater | Everyone’s favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. But what will mum find when she gets home…?
January 25: 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 25-26: Dinosaur Adventure: All day at the Greater Convention Center | Dinosaur Adventure is an all-new, one of a kind exhibit featuring realistic, life-sized dinosaurs that come alive with their life-like movement and roars. Learn about the most popular dinosaurs -Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Diplodocus, Velociraptor, and explore recent finds with exciting discoveries!
January 25: Parents’ Night Out: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA | Parents drop the kids off for a night of fun (swim, games, movie and more!) Must pre-register and price varies on number of children and if you are a member or not.
January 25: Wonderball 2019: 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 26: Yoga with the Animals: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Ohio Wildlife Center | Get your tickets for yoga in the barn with animals.
January 26: Columbus Donut Fest: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Strongwater | Columbus Donut Fest is back in 2020 and they are bigger and better than ever! Get ready for Columbus’s Biggest Donut Celebration at Strongwater Food & Spirits. They’re bringing together Donut Makers, Donut Enthusiasts, Coffee Shops and Craft Drinks for a food lovers dream event.
January 26: Family Fun Day: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Seventh Son Brewing | There will be coloring, cartoons, and face painting for the kids, and some low ABV drinks for the adults in the room.
January 28-February 1: Pete the Cat: Various times at The Abbey Theater | Recommended for Pre-K and Up. The coolest cat is back in town! Based on the bestselling book series, Pete the Cat makes his way to the stage in this hilarious, music-filled adventure.
January 28: Champagne and French Fries Tasting: 5:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. at The Market Italian Village | Did you know that french fries and champagne are a wonderful pairing?! A french fry service from the kitchen will be offered that night as well. $20 for both the tasting and the service. Tickets sell out fast!
January 28-February 1: Anastasia: 7:30 p.m. at The Ohio Theater | Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is at home in Columbus at last! This dazzling show will transport you from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out on a journey to discover the mystery of her past.
January 29-February 2: Disney on Ice: various times at Nationwide Arena | Join Moana, Maui and other Disney characters as they dream big.
January 31:Family Night at COSI: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | On the last Friday of every month, after 5pm, COSI offers extended hours and price reduced admission to families so you can visit, learn, and play late! General Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per youth, free for COSI Members, and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions. Watch and participate in learning about science in a fun way through hands-on activities and demonstrations.
January 31: Zoo Night with Disney on Ice at Nationwide Arena: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Join your zoo friends before the show!