The Daily Bulletin

Fun Fundraiser

Posted on Sep 23, 2016

One of central Ohio’s signature fundraisers is happening Sunday, with an emphasis on fun.

The 19th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wexner residence, 4584 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, New Albany 43054.

All event proceeds (more than $27 million in 18 years) benefit the Center for Family Safety and Healing, which works to end family violence. The nonprofit organization was founded and is chaired by Abigail Wexner.

The centerpiece of the Classic is an international show jumping competition, which this year features Olympic medal winners from the recent games in Rio. But the event also offers loads of other family fun, including sports activities, inflatables, amusement rides, a petting zoo, hands-on art activities, farm tours and dinosaur and movie exhibits.

The Concert at the Classic—a tween favorite—will feature headliner Kelsea Ballerini (the Academy of Country Music New Female Vocalist of the Year) as well as Jacob Whitesides, Plaid Brixx and AJ Lehrman. Other live entertainment will include Columbus Children’s Theatre, BalletMet and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Tickets are $23 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 4-10 and free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets are not sold at the gate, and online sales end four hours before the event. For more information, go to

Family Funday

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

The last major family event of the Columbus Commons season is on tap this weekend.

The Columbus Downtown Development Corp. will host the second Family Funday of 2016 from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park, 160 S. High St., downtown Columbus.

The Harvest Fair will feature hayrides, pumpkin decorating, inflatables, laser tag, carousel rides, a petting zoo, crafts, pumpkin-carving demonstrations and more. Many activities are free; some require a $5 wristband. For more information, go to

Fun on the Farm

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Family fun is the focus of Stratford Ecological Center’s annual Harvest Fair. The nonprofit facility, located in Delaware, hosts a day of “down-home fun” every fall.

The center, which includes a working organic farm, state nature preserve, a creek and pond, offers nature-oriented classes for children and adults. During the Harvest Fair, the farm is transformed into a playground that offers activities such as face painting, wagon rides, kite flying and farm toys. Families also can visit a portable sawmill, hear live music and make apple cider.

The Harvest Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, Delaware. Admission is $5 per person or $15 per family. Registration is not required.

To learn more about the event or the farm, go to

—Melissa Kossler Dutton


Posted on Sep 16, 2016

Dinosaurs are coming to COSI, thanks to a public-private partnership with the science center, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Columbus Downtown Development Corp.

The pact will bring two new areas to the science museum: the American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, which is expected to open in fall 2017, and the American Museum of Natural History Exhibition Gallery, whose first exhibit is set for February 2018.

According to the announcement from COSI, the Dinosaur Gallery will include a life-size model of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, as well as loaned specimens from AMNH’s dinosaur exhibits and interactive activities. The Exhibition Gallery will host rotating curated special exhibitions from the museum.

The project will be managed by the CDDC, which also is overseeing the creation of an 8-acre park and underground parking garage on the site of the current COSI surface lots.

COSI, the park and the new partnership all are pieces of the Scioto Peninsula Master Plan development. According to the announcement, COSI brings about 660,000 visitors a year to that area of downtown Columbus.

The state of Ohio is contributing $5 million toward the dinosaur exhibits, and Abigail and Leslie Wexner made a $2 million gift to the project.

Grand Evening

Posted on Sep 14, 2016

The Westerville Senior Association will help families celebrate Grandparents’ Day with a special evening event Sept. 17.

Members of the association, which has been holding a Grandparents’ Day celebration for about 10 years, enjoy organizing intergenerational events, said Chris Shirring, older adult services manager at the Westerville Senior Center.

“It’s a priority for us,” he said. “We try to do it on regular basis. The grandparents’ celebration is our banner event.”

This year’s festivities include a cookout, yard games and other entertainment for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy together. Families can enter a corn hole tournament. Kids can bounce in inflatables and have their faces painted.
The association also will screen the Ohio State University Buckeyes football game, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Registration is not required for the free event, which will be held at 6 p.m. at the Antrim Shelter at Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville 43081. For more information, go to or


—Melissa Kossler Dutton


Buckle Up

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

Ohio State University and its memorable mascot are reminding parents about the importance of car-seat safety.

To that end, a free Buckle up with Brutus event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Scarlet parking lot at the Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive, Columbus.

The OSU College of Medicine’s Injury Biomechanics Research Center will hold a car-seat installation and inspection event, staffed by certified child passenger safety technicians. Parent and caregivers can make sure their car seats are installed correctly, and a limited supply of free convertible and booster seats will be available to those who need one. Each visit will take about 30 minutes.

For more information, including a list of what to bring, go to

Classic Returns

Posted on Sep 9, 2016

Music lovers, horse enthusiasts, movie fans and dinosaur buffs all will find fun at the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day.

The 19th annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Wexner residence, 4584 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, New Albany 43054.

In addition to an international show jumping competition featuring Olympic medal winners, the Classic boasts sports activities, inflatables, amusement rides, a petting zoo, hands-on art activities, farm tours and dinosaur and movie exhibits.

The ScareFactory is bringing back the dinosaurs (including the T-rex), and a Magic of Hollywood interactive exhibit will showcase props and costumes from movies such as Batman and Robin, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

This year’s Concert at the Classic—a tween favorite—will feature Academy of Country Music New Female Vocalist of the Year Kelsea Ballerini as well as Jacob Whitesides, Plaid Brixx and AJ Lehrman.

Other live entertainment will include Columbus Children’s Theatre, BalletMet, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and Caylsta Bevier from America’s Got Talent, who will sing the national anthem to kick off the Grand Prix.

Families can help complete an oversized “Art Makes Columbus” mural by local cartoon artist Bryan Moss (a Columbus College of Art & Design alumnus), which will be installed at Easton Town Center.

Tickets are $23 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 4-10. Admission is free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets are not sold at the event. All proceeds benefit the Center for Family Safety and Healing. For more information, go to

Off the Wall

Posted on Sep 7, 2016

An indoor rock-climbing gym in north Columbus will host an adaptive clinic for those with disabilities this weekend.

Vertical Adventures (6513 Kingsmill Court, Columbus 43229) will hold the free Adaptive Ascents event from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 10. More than 100 people are expected to participate. Both novice and experienced climbers who live with a disability are welcome.

The business also will offer a free climbing event for military veterans and their families from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 11. Heights for Heroes is open to both active-duty personnel and veterans. Adaptive climbing opportunities will be available.

For more information or to register, go to or

Child-care Basics

Posted on Sep 2, 2016

Is your tween interested baby-sitting? Several central Ohio organizations provide training classes that teach kids the ins and outs of the job. They also help potential customers, the sitters and their parents feel more comfortable about the process.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the American Red Cross of Central Ohio and the nonprofit Safe Sitter organization, among others, offer basic training classes that cover how to care for children, first aid, handling medical and household emergencies, snack and food preparation, and other key topics. The classes range in price from $30 to $85.

For more information, go to, and

—Melissa Kossler Dutton

Happy Campers

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

There’s still time to help a local company send sick children to summer camp.

The A&F Challenge has raised more than $10 million since it was started in 2001 by New Albany-based retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. This year, proceeds will go to SeriousFun Children’s Network, a network of programs founded by actor Paul Newman where children with serious illnesses can attend a week of summer camp at no cost.

The A&F Challenge includes a 5K run/walk, a fun run, a Camp Fitch kids’ area, live music featuring Bleachers, X Ambassadors and CAAMP, and food and drink from local merchants.

The event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 9 at Abercrombie & Fitch headquarters, 6301 Fitch Path, New Albany. For more information, go to

Outdoor Dance

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The outdoor Rhythm on the River series wraps up its season with a presentation from BalletMet.

At 8 p.m. Friday, dancers will perform numbers from BalletMet’s upcoming 2016-17 season, including Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Twisted 2, which is a collaboration between BalletMet, Opera Columbus and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Rhythm on the River, a lineup of 10 free outdoor performances from the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, takes place at the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion, 233 Civic Center Drive in downtown Columbus. For more information, go to

If You Build It

Posted on Aug 29, 2016

The Ohio History Connection is asking central Ohioans to flex their creative muscles for the 2016 LEGO Design Challenge.

The competition honors the golden anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Entrants are asked to create a structure from 50 years ago or imagine one 50 years in the future. The contest is open to all ages and experience levels in the categories of youth, group/family and adult. The deadline is Sept. 26.

The competition is being conducted in partnership with the Ohio History Connection, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Ohio Statehouse and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington.

Finalists’ work will be shown in a special exhibit called 50 Years Past, 50 Years Future, which will be on rotating display from November through March at the four partner sites.

For more information, including submission guidelines, go to

COSI Closures

Posted on Aug 26, 2016

If you promised the kids a trip to COSI in the near future, don’t forget the science museum will soon close for its annual maintenance regimen.

COSI will be closed for cleaning and maintenance from Sept. 6-23, according to Jaclyn Reynolds, director of communications.

That means Sept. 5 is the last chance to see some exhibits and shows, including Game Masters: The Exhibition. The National Parks Adventure 3-D movie will return after the break and run through Nov. 20.

COSI will reopen Sept. 24 with a new exhibit and a different lineup of planetarium shows, though Reynolds said Jr. Star Safari will continue.

The new exhibit, How People Make Things, is based on factory tours shown on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The touring exhibit, which includes hands-on activities, was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Fred Rogers’ company, Family Communications Inc.

According to COSI, How People Make Things, which runs through Jan. 8, includes activities such as cutting wax with hand tools, deforming a wire, learning how vacuum forming is used to make ice cream cups, assembling a golf cart and trolley, trying out injection molding and learning how crayons, baseball gloves and carousels are made.

Money Talks

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

It’s never too early to start teaching children about money, at least according to the Ohio Credit Union League.

The state trade association, which represents 325 credit unions, offers a website full of lessons and activities to teach kids—and adults—about money. has information geared toward preschoolers through college-age students, on topics such as saving, budgeting, credit and investing. There are worksheets, games, glossaries and more to boost site visitors’ financial literacy.

The OCUL and its members also provide education through reality fairs, student-run credit union branches and classroom instruction.

Looking for more? Try Biz Kid$, an Emmy Award-winning television series whose website has activities and lesson plans for teachers and parents. According to the site, lessons come from credit union professionals, accountants, the IRS and others.