The Daily Bulletin

Family Day Fun

Posted on Oct 26, 2016

Halloween fun is about to land at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The museum’s Family Day will offer themed hands-on activities for all ages from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Costumes are encouraged, and a limited number of goody bags will be distributed.

Aerospace-related activity stations (all free) include lessons on: vortices, through “shooting” at Halloween targets; density, by “bobbing” for apples; and sound waves, using screaming cups and balloons. Visitors also can play Halloween Skee-Ball and jack-o-lantern cornhole.

Story times for preschool and elementary-age children are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., followed by a craft. Other activities include an informational scavenger hunt and the chance to build and fly a ring glider between 1:30-3 p.m.

Admission and parking at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St. at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, are free. For more information, go to or call 937-255-4646.

Making Music

Posted on Oct 24, 2016

If you have an unused musical instrument lying around the house, a local Eagle Scout would be happy to give it a new home.

Seth Ho, a 16-year-old Canal Winchester resident, is collecting the instruments for an Eagle Scout service project with Boy Scout Troop 241.

All donations will be given to the Bloom-Carroll Local School District, where they will be used by students who cannot afford to purchase their own instrument. Ho, a junior at Bloom-Carroll High School, plays a borrowed baritone in the band and wanted others to have the same opportunity.

Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St., Canal Winchester. Those unable to drop off instruments can make alternate arrangements by sending an email to The collection ends Oct. 31.

Boo at the Zoo

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

Superheroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other visitors will drop by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for the venue’s popular annual Halloween celebration.

Boo at the Zoo will be held Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30. In addition to the chance for children to wear their costumes and visit treat stations, the event offers special animal enrichment activities (in the form of pumpkin smashing), character meet-and-greets, hayrides and more.

Special entertainment includes a “Howl-oween” themed Animals on Safari show; the chance to meet Superman, Batman and those pizza-loving turtles; the Happy Family 4-D movie;  Frogwortz Academy Open House and Wizardry 101 Lessons; and Pumpkin Junction, which will host hayrides, seek-n-finds and the Oak Ridge Bears’ Halloween Hoedown.

Event hours are 5-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. For more information and the event schedule, go to

Stop By Science

Posted on Oct 19, 2016

There’s only one type of litter that’s acceptable in the Metro Parks: leaf litter.

Turns out it’s home to animals.

Park staff members will help visitors sort through fallen leaves in search of the critters that live there. Be prepared to get a little dirty during this Stop By Science program, set for 2-4 p.m. Oct. 22 at Battelle Darby Creek Park, 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway 43119. “Looking Through Leaf Litter” is free and suitable for all ages.

For more information, go to

—Melissa Kossler Dutton

Help the Hungry

Posted on Oct 17, 2016

Families can see a presentation of The Wizard of Oz while supporting a community program that helps feed the hungry this weekend.

The Carriage Place Players and the Westgate Theatre Co. are teaming to raise money for Empty Bowls, a program that supports the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

The play, which features local actors, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at the Westgate Recreation Center, 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus 43204. Tickets cost $5 at the door.

Audience members will have opportunities during the Friday and Saturday shows to help the food pantry. During intermission on Friday, playgoers can participate in a silent auction to raise funds for the cause. A soup supper will be served at 5 p.m. before the Saturday performance. For a minimum donation of $10, diners will receive a bowl of soup and bread—and they get to keep the handmade bowl.

For more information, call 614-645-3264 or look on Facebook for GCP Players.


—Melissa Kossler Dutton

Seasonal Scare

Posted on Oct 14, 2016

A Grandview Heights business is putting a seasonal spin on the escape-room trend.

Breakout Games, 835 Grandview Ave., is offering a Haunted Schoolhouse challenge in addition to the rest of its lineup through Nov. 13.

Not familiar with escape rooms? They’re immersive challenges where participants must solve puzzles and clues to get out of a tricky situation. The entertainment phenomenon’s origins stem from Japanese video games.

Haunted Schoolhouse is $16 per person for a 30-minute game, in which participants are tasked with trying to recover the gradebook of a teacher whose ghost haunts the classroom.

Organizers say all games at the venue are family-friendly. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If your child spooks easily, check out this teaser video before booking a reservation: (Note that the venue does not actually lock the door of the room, and participants can exit if necessary.)

For more information, go to

Maker Mania

Posted on Oct 12, 2016

Otterbein University is reaching out to a younger-than-usual crowd with a series of four upcoming “maker” events.

Maker Mania, held in partnership with the PAST Innovation Lab, will allow students to team with parents and teachers to create and build take-home projects. Activities include a paper speaker, smartphone microscope, wooden glider and more.

The programs will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 30 and Nov. 13 and 20 at The Point (the new name for the STEAM Innovation Center) at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Road.

The cost is $10 per student per session, free for parents and teachers. Advance registration is not required. For more information and to register online, go to

Seasonal Fun

Posted on Oct 10, 2016

Find yourself brewing with creativity this month? Several kid-friendly central Ohio venues are offering free opportunities to get crafty.

Make a Silly Snake Finger Puppet

Where: Lakeshore Learning Materials, 2148 Polaris Parkway, Columbus 43240

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15

Tuesdays at One

This installment of the recurring program lets children make a beaded spider web.

Where: Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., Groveport 43125

When: 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18

Registration is required. Call 614-836-3333.

Halloween Family Funday

Little ones can participate in crafting, trick-or-treating and more.

Where: The North Market, 59 Spruce St., Columbus 43215

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30

For more free fall activities, check out our online event calendar.

—Melissa Kossler Dutton


Down to Earth

Posted on Oct 7, 2016

The Ohio State University’s Newark Earthworks Center will hold an open house with guided tours and activities from 1 to 4 p.m. Grounds will be open from sunrise to sunset. It is the final day of full public access for 2016.

The Newark Earthworks, of which the Octagon Earthworks is part, was built 2,000 years ago. According to the Ohio History Connection, it is the world’s largest set of geometric earthen enclosures and is a National Historic Landmark.

The Newark Earthworks Center conducts programs and research about earthen architecture to promote an understanding of American Indian histories and cultures in the Great Lakes region.

The Octagon Earthworks is at 125 N. 33rd St. For more information, go to

Gourd Show

Posted on Oct 6, 2016

Now that it’s October, it’s time for pumpkins and gourds. So what better way to spend some free time than to attend a show centered around them?

The 54th annual Ohio Gourd Show is slated Oct. 7-9 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, and will feature gourd arts and crafts, competitions, workshops, make-and-take opportunities and even gourd music.

Admission is free for those ages 12 and younger. Parking also is free.

For more information visit

Treadmill Risks

Posted on Oct 3, 2016

Most parents already know that treadmills pose a safety threat to children, who are at risk of falling on or being thrown from the machines.

But new research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows the devices also are associated with a significant -- and rising -- risk of pediatric burns.

According to the study, which was published in the Journal of Burn Care and Research, treadmills are the second most common source of pediatric hand burns, second only to stovetops.

Researchers said treadmill-related injuries are more severe and require more care (51 days versus 11) than other contact hand burns. Most of the patients in the study were young children whose hands got stuck in the treadmill and received friction burns from a running belt. Younger children were more likely to be injured because they often explore with their hands and do not understand the danger posed by hot objects or machinery.

More than 12,000 minors are treated each year in U.S. emergency departments for exercise equipment-related injuries, according to Nationwide Children’s.

Making Friends

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

The new school year brings new teachers and new routines, but also an opportunity for kids to make new friends. Parents should not try to select their children’s playmates, but they can help them make good choices.

It’s OK for parents to help their children facilitate friendships, according to PBS Parents. The website suggests encouraging playdates and meeting the other children’s parents. That conveys the message that you value friendship. The site also offers tips on how to help children manage friendships and rejection. For more information, go to

If you’re concerned your child is having difficulty making friends, the Child Mind Institute recommends coaching him at home. The institute, a nonprofit organization that offers parenting advice, suggests talking to kids about sharing, taking turns and making a guest feel welcome. For information about building social skills and overcoming social anxiety, check out

—Melissa Kossler Dutton

Family Meals

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

Did you know September is National Family Meals Month? The Food Marketing Institute Foundation initiative promotes the benefits of having meals together as a family.

As part of the effort, Meijer and the nonprofit Produce for Kids organization aim to educate families about the benefits of healthy eating while raising money for nutrition education. Through Oct. 1, shoppers can find meal tips and recipes, and purchases of certain produce brands will help fund performances of Jump with Jill, a musical program that teaches kids about health and nutrition. Since 2014, 75 shows have been funded in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.

The recipes, which also are available online, cater to various tastes and include snacks, entrees and desserts. Offerings include seven-layer taco dip, baked avocado fries, Asian noodle soup and chicken veggie wraps. Check them out here:

New at COSI

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

COSI has reopened after its annual maintenance closure with several new shows for visitors.

A new exhibit, How People Make Things, is based on factory tours shown on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The touring show, which includes hands-on activities, was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Fred Rogers’ company (Family Communications Inc.) and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments.

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.

Families also can check out three new planetarium shows: Secrets of the Sun, Starry Night Live and Cell! Cell! Cell!. The popular Jr. Star Safari continues.

Fall hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.