Best Bets for November

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The holiday season is almost here and it's time to celebrate with friends and family. Check out these family-friendly activities around Columbus during November.

Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO

There's a new exhibition on display beginning this month at the Columbus Museum of Art, and it's full of LEGOs. Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO features structures from artists all over world using LEGO bricks. It's on display at the museum from Nov. 8 until Feb. 16, so there are plenty of opportunities to check it out if you can't make it there in November. The exhibition is included in admission, which ranges from $8-$12 (children 5 and under are always free, and admission is also free on Sundays).

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-221-6801,

Columbus Soup and Bread

Share soup and bread the first Tuesday of each month during the school year to benefit worthy charities like the Children's Hunger Alliance or Mid-Ohio Foodbank. This month, Seventh Son Brewing Co. is not only hosting this fundraising community meal on Nov. 12 from 6-8 p.m., they're also providing free beer the week before that you can use as a soup base if you choose to make and bring your own! Donations requested.

Seventh Son Brewing Co., 1101 N. Fourth St. (Italian Village), Columbus 43201.

St. Jude Give Thanks Walk

Spend the Saturday before Thanksgiving giving back to the community at the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk. Held at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Nov. 23, the walk raises money for those affected by childhood cancer. The event begins at 8 a.m., and features a one mile walk, activities, eats and more. There's no registration fee, but fundraising is strongly encouraged. Sign up or learn more online.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. (East Side), Columbus 43203,

Village Lights

Each year during the holidays, German Village lights up during Village Lights. This year, the festivities are Sunday, Dec. 1. It's presented by beloved German Village restaurant Schmidt's, and that evening, restaurants and shops will stay open late so people can stroll the streets. Plus, there will be plenty of holiday lights and luminaries, caroling and more. Grab your friends and family to celebrate!

German Village,, 614-221-8888

Ohio Statehouse Tree Lighting

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Dec. 3 and take a trip Downtown Columbus for the annual Ohio Statehouse Tree Lighting. During the free event, not only will the tree be illuminated, you'll find crafts, games, musical performances and more family-friendly activities. Best of all, it's free and open to all! The festivities run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. And a little birdie told us that Santa Claus might be making an appearance…

Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 888-OHIO-123,