May 2010 Columbus family event calendar

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Mommy & Me for Tea

All 3- to 8-year-old girls are invited to attend a semiformal tea and fashion show with their moms or other favorite adults. Event will consist of a tea party with dainty finger foods, party favors and a fashion show performed by our little party guests. Location will be at the Everal Barn at Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave. in Westerville 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tickets are $8 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Please pre-register for this activity by calling (614) 901-6500.

Moms Are the Best Kids Camp

Paint a special Mother's Day present for Mom or Grandma. This piece will truly come alive. To find out how, you'll have to come to camp! The cost is $30 and includes a snack and drink. 2-5 p.m. Reservations are required by calling (614) 527-7752. Outside the Lines Studio is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard.

Three Bags Full Children's Consignment Sale

Come shop for children's clothes and much more at low prices. The sale is at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. For more information visit www.threebagsfull.com.

Baby What a Deal

The event, designed especially for new mommies and kids, will have gently used items like baby equipment, clothing, bedding, toys and books for parents to purchase. The event is at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave., from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. For more information call (614) 559-6295.

Moms Are the Best Kids Camp

Paint a special Mother's Day present for Mom or Grandma. This piece will truly come alive. To find out how, you'll have to come to camp! The cost is $30 and includes a snack and drink. 1-4 p.m. Reservations are required by calling (614) 527-7752. Outside the Lines Studio is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard.

Three Bags Full Children's Consignment Sale

See May1.

Alice in Wonderland

This classic story is performed by the young actors of Imaginating Dramatics. It is for ages 5 and older and admission is free. The play is at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 7-8 p.m. For questions and information call (614) 481-3778.

Music & Movement

Come to this free event to perfect your motor skills with songs and dancing. This is a great experience for ages 2-5 to enjoy. Come to the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 1-1:30 p.m. for an event the whole family will enjoy. For more information call (614) 481- 3778.

Release of the New Book Series Kane Chronicles

Barnes & Noble Easton at 4005 Townsfair Way is throwing a release party for the Kane Chronicles New Series by Rick Riordan. The event is at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. Call (614) 476-8480 for more information.

Tales for Toddlers

Bring your kids to enjoy great stories and meet new friends for free at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. This event is full of tales is from 10:15-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. and is for children ages 18-36 months. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

Baby Games

This free event is full of stories for young ones ages 6-17 months. Bring your baby to the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 10:15-10:45 a.m. to hear great tales. Call (614) 481-3778 for more information.

Family Story Time

Bring the family for stories at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 7-7:30 p.m. This free event is for ages 2-5. Call (614) 481-3778 for more information.

Keyholder 10/ Tributes with Diane Keaton

Beloved Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton will deliver an influential keynote address on empowering women and girls. Thousands of women and community members will gather for this one-of-a-kind event to celebrate the achievements of women and girls. The event will take place at the Ohio Theatre, 55 E. State St., from 5:30 -7 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes tribute. Call (614) 225-9926 for information.

Jack and the Beanstalk

This fairytale has it all - young boy, magic beans, a really big beanstalk and of course, a giant. It all begins in the usual way, but it wouldn't be a CCT show without a few surprises and a lot of laughter! Featuring audience participation. The show runs from May 6-16 and show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $9-$18. Visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org for more information.

Jack and the Beanstalk

See May 7.

Perkins Observatory Guest Night

Come enjoy the beauty of the night sky like you've never seen it before. The program begins at 9 p.m. at the Perkins Observatory in Delaware. Ticket prices change based on at-the-door or reservations. For more information visit www.perkins-obsrvatory.com or call (740) 363-1257.

Vernal Pool Monitoring

Join the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware, one hour after sunset (9:30 p.m.) to monitor the swamp as part of a state-wide preservation effort. Listen to sounds from nature while hiking the swamp, then go salamander hunting. What an exciting adventure. Bring the whole family on this late-night adventure. Wear mud boots and bring a bright flashlight for each person attending. Prices are $2/person per $5/family. No advance registration necessary. Call (740) 363-2548 or visit www.StrarfordEcologicalCenter.org for more information.

Clay in May for Adults

Come in and create some amazing things with just a slab of clay. We even let you throw it! Classes from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Snacks and drinks included. You will need to come back and paint the piece. $30 for both sessions. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (614) 527-7752. Outside the Lines Studio is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard.

Come Out & Walk, Garden & Play! at Franklin Park Conservatory

Children ages 8-18 spend an average of more than seven hours a day, outside of school, watching TV, playing video games and using the computer. In a typical week, only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 actually play outside on their own. This shift from outdoor activity to indoor sedentary lifestyles is partly responsible for the increases in obesity, diabetes, hypertension and vitamin D deficiency in children.

To kick off the spring/summer months and emphasize the importance of outdoor play, Nationwide Children's invites the community to Come Out & Walk, Garden & Play! on Saturday, May 8 on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory. This free back-to-basics spring wellness event begins at 9 a.m. with a community rally and Walk with a Doc - a one-mile walk in the park that gives kids and their families an opportunity to explore the outdoor campus of the Conservatory alongside more than 100 doctors from Nationwide Children's and central Ohio community health organizations. A gardening workshop in the new Scott's Miracle Gro Community Garden Campus will follow at 10 a.m. With admission to Franklin Park Conservatory, additional activities take place after Come Out & Walk, Garden & Play! until 5 p.m.

Family Farm Chores

Become a part of the family one morning a month as you take your turn helping with morning animal chores. Activities include feeding grain and hay, filling waterers, gathering and washing eggs and milking the goats. Location is Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware, and is from 9:20-11 a.m. Dress for dirt. Limit 6 families per month. Price is $10 per family. Advanced registration is required. For more information call (740) 363-2548 or visit www.StratfordEcologicalCenter.org.

Free Children's Day at Studio J

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join us for a magic show, costume characters, face painting and lots of activities! Studio J is located at 10516 Sawmill Rd. For more information call (614) 563-4807.

Indianola Children's Center Carnival

Enjoy food, games, raffles and prizes at this fundraiser for the Indianola Children's Center that will be fun for the whole family. The cost is $7 per person or $25 for a family of four or more. The event is at the Indianola Presbyterian Church, 1970 Waldeck Ave. from 3-6 p.m. For more information call (614) 262-1090.

Jack and the Beanstalk

See May 7.

May Herb Day and Spring Fling

Discover why Gahanna is named the Herb Capital of Ohio at this popular springtime celebration. The Ohio Herb Education Center and Gahanna Historical Society present an extravaganza sure to delight with fresh herb plants, renowned presenters, artisans, crafts, demonstrations, tours, children's activities and delicious food. This free festival is from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m and will be held at the Creekside Plaza, 123 Mill St. For more information call (614) 342-4380 or (614) 475-3342.

New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew

Enjoy the heart-pounding action of MLS soccer at Crew Stadium. The game begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (800) 745-3000.

Ohioana Book Festival

Bring your family to the free festival. Activities include a special area for children, author readings and discussions, including featured authors David Catrow, Dan Chaon, Lori Foster, Niki Giovanni, Andrew Hudgins, Angela Johnson, Lisa Klein, Martha Moody, David Lee Morgan, Jr. and Ted Rall. The festival will be held at 274 E. First Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with free parking onsite. For more information check www.ohioana.org, or call (614) 466-3831.

Storytime with Curious George

Barnes & Noble Easton on 4005 Townsfair Way at 11 a.m. is having a free storytime with Curious George. Call (614) 476-8480 for more information.

Wildflower Walk for Adults

Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware, was declared a state nature preserve because of the spectacular wildflower display in the forest: acres of wild hyacinth, hillsides full of trillium, hidden Jack-in-the-pulpits, green dragons, wild geranium, toothwort and a multitude of other beauties. Hikes are from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $5 per person. Limit 10 people per hike. For more information call (740) 363-2548 or visit www.StratfordEcologicalCenter.org.

Wildflower Walk for Kids

Children will step into the forest to discover the flowers through their senses: seeing, smelling, touching and tasting. Located at Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. It will be a fun quest to discover the wild gems of color. Parents are welcome to join the adult hike or stay with their children. $5 per person with a limit of 10 children. For more information call (740) 363-2548 or visit www.StratfordEcologicalCenter.org.

Jack and the Beanstalk

See May 7.

Music & Movement

See May 3.

Arty Food Party

Make tasty creations with Ruthanne James from the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Arts Council at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 3-4 p.m. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required. Sign up in Youth Services or call (614) 481-3778.

Child Check

Early Childhood Resource Network is offering a free developmental screening called Child Check for children ages 1 month through 5 years at Refugee Road Christian Academy, 3480 Refugee Rd. These screenings are in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, speech and language, and personal/social skills. A hearing screening also is provided and vision screenings are for children older than 3 years. The event is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Appointments are necessary and can be scheduled by calling ECRN at (614) 541-9000 ext. 216.

Homeschool Program: Beekeeping Series

A program for children 8 years and older that will teach the life cycle of bees, the social structure of a hive and how a beekeeper manages the hive for honey. Located at Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware, children also will be able to participate in beekeeping activities. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. $45 per child for the series and will be from 1-3:30 p.m. Limit 10 children. For more information call (740) 363-2548 or visit www.StratfordEcologicalCenter.org.

New to You Accessory Party

Grab your friends and go to the YWCA Columbus, 65 S. Fourth St., for the ultimate girls' night out. Your night will be filled with bargain-priced shopping, lively music, silent auctions, tasty appetizers and refreshing beverages. The party is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 for early registration and $30 for standard registration. Tickets and accessory sales benefit local women in need. For more information please contact Jessica Hackman at (614) 627-1246.

Story Time on the Farm

Stories are a wonderful way to teach, engaging the imagination and spirit of a child. Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware, is set against the backdrop of a farm, so the stories hold real-life meaning. Gather your young ones to hear a monthly story and participate in a craft or activity. Tickets are $5/family, with story times running from 10 a.m.- 11 p.m. For more information call (740)363-2548 or visit www.StratfordEcologicalCenter.org.

Tales for Toddlers

See May 4.

Baby Games

See May 5.

Family Story Time

See May 5.

Jack and the Beanstalk

See May 7.

Leadership Luncheon Series: Power of Humor

Women's Leadership Luncheon Series targets professional women of central Ohio. Speaker will include a member of the YWCA Academy who has previously been named a Woman of Achievement, a guest speaker and an emerging leader. The event will include time for panel discussion among all three speakers and a question and answer session. This event is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and is located at the YWCA Columbus, 65 S. Fourth St. Tickets are $30 for individuals. Call (614) 627-1226 for more information.

Yappy Hour

Bring your dogs for a friendly mingle on the library lawn at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. There will be treats, animal-themed music and visits from local pet businesses and veterinarians. The event is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Leash required. No aggressive dogs, please. Call (614) 486-2951 for more information.

Jack and the Beanstalk

See May 7.

Perkins Observatory Guest Night

See May 7.

Chivas USA vs. Columbus Crew

Enjoy the heart-pounding action of MLS soccer at Crew Stadium. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (800) 745-3000.

Guided Tour of Stratford Ecological Center

Bring your family and friends to the farm at Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware, for a farm and field trip around Stratford. Meet the animals, visit the gardens and greenhouses and explore the forest. Time is from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and prices are $5 per person. Limit 20 people per month. Advance registration required. For more information call (740)363-2548 or visit www.StratfordEcologicalCenter.org.

Horses Teaching People

Learn how horses think. Watch participants gain the trust of their horses under the direction of International Native American Trainer GaWaNi Pony Boy. The event is $35 per day and $50 for the weekend at Equi-Valent Riding Center, 3788 Olentangy River Rd., Delaware, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information call (614) 323-7301.

Jack and the Beanstalk

See May 7.

Red Cross Babysitter Training Course

Learn how to safely care for children and infants, handle emergencies, find babysitting jobs and more. The class is at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. For ages 11-15, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Material/instruction fee is $52 (non-refundable) due Tuesday, May 11; make check payable to The American Red Cross of Greater Columbus. Class minimum: 8. Registration required in Youth Services. Students should bring a bag lunch. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

Jack and the Beanstalk

See May 7.

Music & Movement

See May 3.

Herbal Study Group

Come together in a sharing circle to explore the many uses of wild and cultivated plants at Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. This is a hands-on group and a wonderful way to get more comfortable using herbs. Study groups every month. $10 per year with your first time free. The event is from 1-3 p.m. For more information call (740)363-2548 or visit www.StratfordEcologicalCenter.org.

Tales for Toddlers

See May 4.

Baby Games

See May 5.

Family Story Time

See May 5.

Perkins Observatory Guest Night

See May 7.

Adventure Base 100

In celebration of the organization's 100th anniversary, the Boy Scouts of America will be rolling in to the Columbus Zoo, 4850 W. Powell Rd. There will be a 10,000-square-foot campus of scout-related experiences, such as a ropes course, hands-on exhibits, digital interactives, a multi-sensory IMAX-like GO! Dome, stage and much more. This event is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is included with admission or membership to the zoo. Visit www.skcbsa.org/anniversary for more information.

Family May Festival

Come to Indianola Park on Indianola and N. Selby in Worthington to enjoy maypole dancing for children and adults, live music, games and raffles. The event is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and admission is free. For more information call (614) 769-3563.

Kid's Nature Club

This group of 15 children will discover their place amongs the forest and fields of Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. Event time is 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The children will plant and tend a giving garden for the local food bank and go on adventures. For ages 6-12. Price is $40 per year. For more information call (740) 363-2548 or visit www.StratfordEcologicalCenter.org.

Wagon Ride and Campfire

Join the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware, for an evening of fun. We'll take a wagon ride out to the pond, play games, sign songs and tell stories around a campfire. Bring a blanket to sit on and tales and tunes to share. The event time is 7:20-9:30 p.m. Price is $10 per family. Advanced registration required. For more information call (740) 363-2548 or visit www.StratfordEcologicalCenter.org

Adventure Base 100

See May 22.

Family Day at Roll on Lane Ave

Bring in your used gently-used bikes and receive money off your next bike purchase. Also join us for a family bike ride, safety town, ice cream social and more. Roll will tune up the used bikes and donate them to local charities. Visit www.roll-online.com for more information.

Family Farm Chores

See May 8.

Pre-Service Foster Parent Informational Night

This informational meeting is from 6-7:30 p.m. and is free. The location is 301 Obetz Rd. in Columbus. Call (614) 491-5784 for more information.

Perkins Observatory Guest Night

See May 7.

Clay in May kids camp

Clay projects that kids will design themselves from a slab of clay. They will need to come back and paint their piece at a convenient time. Ages 6 and up. Price is $30 for both sessions and includes a snack and drink. This event is from 2-4 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (614) 527-7752. Outside the Lines Studio is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard.

LA Galaxy vs. Columbus Crew

Enjoy the heart pounding action of MLS soccer at Crew Stadium. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (800) 745-3000.

Featured Events

16th Annual Tour de Cure: Take the Ride of Your Life

On Saturday, June 5, The Central Ohio Diabetes Association will host the 16th Annual Tour de Cure at Westerville Central High School. Rides leave between 6:30 and 11:30 a.m. depending on the distance. Tour de Cure is the only ride dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes in central Ohio. Whether you're an occasional or expert cyclist, we have a route that matches your ability. All of our routes feature full-service rest stops with SAG support along the way. Over the finish line you will find a delicious lunch, massage tent, kids' zone with bouncy house, music and the Health & Wellness Village. For more information contact Tisha Horst at (614) 436-1917 ext. 6622, or thorst@diabetes.org. You also may register at www.diabetes.org/tour.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents ZINGZANGZOOM!

Through the mystery of magic and the mastery of skill, audiences will be spellbound as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey(r) presents ZING ZANG ZOOM, a thrill-filled, mind-blowing circus spectacular where family fun is no illusion. Magical Zingmaster Alex and his assistant, the alluring Levitytia, lead audiences through a kaleidoscope of color and imagery revealing extraordinary worlds of fantasy, flight and phenomena that celebrate the uplifting spirit of the circus and wards off a cynical Mr. Gravity and his team of Heavies, who try to bring everyone down. May 13 - 16 at Nationwide Arena

The fun begins an hour before the show with Ringling Bros. Clown College(r) at the All Access Pre-show - free with your ticket! The Fun Begins at just $10! For ticket information go to www.Ringling.com, www.Ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 745-3000.

Mothers Day 5K and McDonald's 'Future Olympian' Kids Run presented by Columbus Parent Magazine

Join us on Saturday, May 8, at 9 a.m. at Griggs Reservoir in Upper Arlington for our annual Mother's Day 5K presented by Pinney Kelly Paper. Your morning will consist of a beautiful 3.1-mile run or walk along the banks of the Scioto River and our traditional McDonald's "Future Olympian Kids Run" presented by Columbus Parent Magazine. A portion of the proceeds from the Mother's Day 5K will benefit Flying Horse Farms.

Be sure to bring the kids (12 and younger) for our "Future Olympian" Kids Run! Our kids races will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a 100-yard dash for ages 5 and younger, and a 200-yard dash for ages 6 and older. T-shirts and finish line ribbons will be given to all children. All kids must pre-register by May 5. No race day kids registration! Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Look for parking and registration signs when you enter the park. Entry fees are $32 before the event and on race day: $35. Kids are $10 and must pre-register by May 5. Visit www.ultrafit-usa.com for more information.