Columbus Mom Guide to the Month of January


2021, is that YOU?! Who knew we would be so excited to see the month of January? 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 after all we endured in 2020. We are hopeful that things will be different in 2021.

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, check out the links below to find ways to stay entertained this winter.

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights will be on until January 3, 2021 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 10, 2021.

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 At Home Entertainment Ideas

January 1- 7

January 1: Kids Skate at Skate Zone 71: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 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: Minerva Park Festival of Lights: This is the last night for the lights! The neighborhood does a yearly competition for lights.

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

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, 2020. Check the website for exact times each day. 25 participants at a time.

Having a great time ice skating!

January 1-January 10: Conservatory Aglow: New this year is a Candyland scene complete with a life-size gingerbread house and the magical train display, Paul Busse Garden Railway.

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.

January 2: Kids Workshop at Home Depot: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Enjoy this hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a project together. Once your child’s project is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers.  Be sure to check closer to the date as this could be a virtual or pick up event.

January 2,9,16,23,30: Worthington Farmer’s Market: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at The Shops at Worthington Place | Face masks are required, and 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. is reserved for high risk patrons. You can also pre-order or use the Grocery Boss to shop for you at the market!

January 2: Drive Thru Clintonville Market: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Pre-order from Tuesday to Thursday for Saturday pickup at the Ohio History Center.

January 2: New Year’s Horseback Sledding: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Come celebrate the New Year and enjoy some winter fun horseback sledding(if snow) and/or pony rides, sleigh rides(if snow) and/or carriage rides and our full petting zoo at Horse N Around in Hilliard.

January 2: Short North Gallery Hop: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in The Short North | Virtual event this month!

January 3,17,31: New Albany Farmer’s Market: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in New Albany | Enjoy their seasonal offerings as well as local fresh baked goods and so much more with their drive thru market!

January 3: Free Day at Columbus Museum of Art: See website for hours | Sundays are free at the museum!

January 8-15

January 9: January Craft and Vendor Event: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Come out and shop different vendors at Franklin County Fairgrounds.

January 9: Stockhands with Horses: 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. | Register for this event to read with the horses!

January 10:Workouts for Wildlife at Safari Golf ClubInteractive based yoga that benefits the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Emergency and Animal Care Fund. Visit with animals after too!

January 10: Be a Superhero Portrait Experience: 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Pearlscent Luxury Portraits | Lift a boulder over your head, tear chains apart, throw steal gerters, tie up your opponent… all to be captured so they can add in special effects to create amazing portraits. They add in flames, rain, smoke, lightening bolts and more to customize your Superhero portrait!

January 15: Virtual Paint and Sip: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The Franklin Park Conservatory | Learn to paint a cool winter scene inspired by Ohio’s woodlands. All painting experience levels can participate thanks to Sarah’s step by step instructions. A painting supplies list will be provided in advance or opt for the optional add-on supply box for an additional $10.The supply boxes must be picked up from the Conservatory.

January 15-18: I Have A Dream Mailbox: Starting Friday, drop off a dream or reflection at the newly dedicated Merchant Park.

January 16-23

January 16: Snowman Melts at Dublin Toy Emporium | Come into the Dublin Toy Emporium store on any Saturday (reservation must be made) to “kreate” a Snowman Melt for your hot chocolate drink!!

January 16: New Year’s Horseback Sledding, Pony Rides, Carriage Rides: 12:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m. at Kuhlwein’s Farm | Come celebrate the New Year with us and enjoy some winter fun horseback sledding(if snow) and/or pony rides, sleigh rides(if snow) and/or carriage rides and our full petting zoo of animals.

January 16: Free Saturdays at Columbus Museum of Art: Registration is required but free on Saturdays during the month of January!

January 18: Free MLK Day at Columbus Zoo: Free admission!

January 18: Hike for Hope: To Honor Dr. King, the city of Dublin invites residents and visitors to participate in a self guided hike from January 16-22. 20 signs will be placed along the preserve.

January 18:Kids Craft Day at Center Street Market: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Come have lunch and a craft at the market while the kids are off school!

January 20: Virtual Cookie Decorating with Plenty O Cookies: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. |Bake up your own batch of cookies before the class and tune in as Plenty O’Smiles guides you through the art of cookie decorating. She will instruct and guide you through decorating creatively inspired sugar cookies, all while putting a huge smile on you and your friends’ faces.

January 23: 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. For 2021, the concerts can be viewed online on Jag TV.

January 23: DIY Hot Chocolate Heart Bombs: Come and Kreate 1 jumbo heart bomb and 1 heart cup to fill with sweets for your special someone this season. Book a session for your family from 2-6 p.m.

January 23-24: Columbus Museum of Art: Free Weekends at the Museum. The museum is typically free on Sundays but this January it’s also free Saturdays.

January 23-24: Heat Wave in Hilliard at Center Street Market: Starting at 11:00 a.m., the vendors in Center Street Market will have a special spicy food or drink item.

January 23-24: Winter Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center: Winter carriage rides will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays until February 14, 2021. Children under age 15 ride for free with a paying adult. Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

January 24: Paper Charades on Zoom with Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: Three popular YA cartoonists will be leading this event. It’s free but registration is required.

January 24-31

January 25-30: Columbus Restaurant Week: Over 100 restaurants are participating and are offering great deals for dining in, plus carry out options are available. Get a three course meal between $15-$40 at wonderful Columbus area restaurants. Use the link to see which restaurants are participating and browse the featured menu.

January 30-31: Columbus Museum of Art: Free Weekends at the Museum. The museum is typically free on Sundays but this January it’s also free Saturdays.

January 30: Painting with a Princess: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 am. at Paulettes Palace & Productions in partnership with Canvas Creations For You | Painting with Cinderella and the Fairy God Mother, enchanting singing, dancing, dress up and coronation party. The cost is $40 per child with a limit of 15 kids.

January 30 : Wonderball 2020: 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. at The Columbus Museum of Art | The last Saturday of January will again be alive with wonder, unexpected experiences, and creative black & white fashion. Columbus Museum of Art will present Wonderball virtually on Saturday, January 30, 2021 with free registration, enabling more people than ever to experience this celebration of the creative spirit of Columbus.

January 31: Workouts for Wildlife at Safari Golf ClubInteractive based yoga that benefits the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Emergency and Animal Care Fund. Visit with animals after too!

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 2021!

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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!