The Daily Bulletin

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 ohiohistory.org/legocontest.

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 and the National Parks Adventure 3-D movie. COSI will reopen 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. MoneyAndStuff.info 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.

Book Drive

Posted on Aug 23, 2016

There’s still time to donate books to help Columbus City Schools’ youngest students improve their literacy skills.

Columbus Metropolitan Library partnered with Columbus City Schools and Panera Bread to collect new and gently used titles for the new Books for Breakfast program. The goal is to provide books that students in grades K-5 can read during breakfast at school and also take home with them. About 25,000 students participate in the district’s breakfast program each day.

Collection boxes can be found at library branches, and monetary contributions can be made at central Ohio Panera restaurants. Donations will be accepted through Aug. 30.

Customers at the German Village Panera Bread, 684 S. High St., who drop off new or gently used children’s books between 7 a.m. and noon Aug. 31 will get a coupon for a free breakfast entree.
 
Last year, CML collected about 8,000 items for Books on the Bus, a similar program aimed at getting students to read on the ride to and from school.

LEGO Invasion

Posted on Aug 19, 2016

Got a LEGO lover (or several) in your house? The BrickUniverse fan expo will be in town Saturday and Sunday with thousands of bricks, models of famous structures and Star Wars-themed activities.

The event, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, includes building areas filled with LEGO and Duplo blocks, more than 70 models (such as a 27-foot USS Missouri, a 24-foot diorama of the World War II Battle of Peleliu, a 6-foot Brandenburg Gate and an 8-foot version of New York City’s Woolworth Building), a store and lessons from LEGO experts and builders.

A Star Wars area will let kids build themed creations and participate in a meet-and-greet with characters.

Ticket sales end an hour before the event, which opens at 10 a.m., and can be purchased at brickuniverse.org/columbus.

Get Involved

Posted on Aug 17, 2016

Students shouldn’t be the only ones gearing up for the first day of school. It’s an ideal time for parents to commit to being a bigger part of their children’s education.

Volunteering at school is a great way to show children their education is important, according to the Nemours Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy lifestyles for children. It’s also a way to gain insights about your child’s day and how the school operates.

Nemours offers tips on how and why to get involved at kidshealth.org/en/parents/school.html.

Many central Ohio schools distribute information about volunteering at open houses and meet-the-teacher nights. Be prepared: A background check usually is required.

—Melissa Kossler Dutton

Homework Help

Posted on Aug 15, 2016

As central Ohio students head back to school, their backpacks soon will be laden with homework.

Fear not: All 23 of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Homework Help Centers reopened Aug. 15.

The centers offer free homework help to students in grades K-12, thanks to staff members and volunteers. Students can take advantage of study space as well as computers, printers, library materials and research tools.

Each center’s hours vary based on local school dismissal times. Hours of operation are:

3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
Canal Winchester, Driving Park, Franklinton, Livingston, New Albany, Northside (at Hubbard Mastery School), Whitehall
 
3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 3-6 p.m. Friday
Dublin, Gahanna, Karl Road, Main Library, Marion-Franklin, Martin Luther King, Northern Lights (at Brookhaven High School), Parsons, Shepard, Whetstone
 
3:30-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 3-6 p.m. Friday
Hilliard
 
4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 3-6 p.m. Friday
Hilltop, Linden, Reynoldsburg, South High, Southeast

For more information, call 614-645-2275 or go to columbuslibrary.org/hhc.

Back to School

Posted on Aug 12, 2016

Columbus Parent and ThisWeek Community News are helping families get ready for the start of class with a Back to School Expo.

The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, along Fenlon Street at Easton Town Center.

At the expo, presented by Marburn Academy, 35 exhibitors will offer back-to-school resources for preschool to college-age students on topics including education, finance, extracurricular activities, medicine and entertainment.

There also will be a Family Fun Zone with games and activities, a kids’ and parents’ fashion show from 1 to 2 p.m. and entertainment including a karaoke contest, a hockey suit-up contest, Columbus Children’s Theatre, a Marburn Academy robotics demonstration, the Westerville Central High School band and cheerleaders, a Girl Scouts science demonstration and more. Attendees also can complete an event passport for a chance to win prizes.

See Stars Wars inside the Shoe

Posted on Aug 9, 2016

The Ohio State University Pelotonia team needs help to “use the force” to fight cancer.

Team Buckeye, which includes OSU students, faculty and staff, will screen Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Shoe.

Admission is a $5 donation per person. Parking is free in the Ohio Stadium lots. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information, go to ohiostatebuckeyes.com/ot/pelotonia.html.

The Pelotonia bike ride raises money for cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

— Melissa Kossler Dutton

Sweet!

Posted on Aug 8, 2016

Get out the graham crackers and marshmallows because this is the month to celebrate s’mores.

National S’mores Day takes place Wednesday, Aug. 10. Families who don’t have a way to toast marshmallows in their backyard can visit any area Metro Park and use a grill at the picnic shelter. For tips on making the tasty treat, check out this article from the Columbus Parent archive.

If you’re willing to wait 10 days, the folks at Glacier Ridge Metro Park will do the heavy lifting. The park is hosting a Campfire & S’mores program at 5 p.m. Aug. 20. Glacier Ridge is located at 9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City, 43064. For details, go to reservations.metroparks.net/programs/37243.

— Melissa Kossler Dutton

Immunization Alert

Posted on Aug 5, 2016

The Ohio Department of Health is requiring a new vaccine for the 2016-17 school year for students entering seventh and 12th grades.

Be sure to check with your doctor to see if your child has had the required immunizations.

The new recommendations are:

• Seventh grade – One dose of the MCV4 (meningococcal) vaccine by the start of the school year, in addition to the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster already required of seventh-graders.

• Twelfth grade – Two doses of the MCV4 vaccine by the start of school. The vaccine requires at least eight weeks between the first and second doses. If the first dose was administered on or after a child’s 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.

The vaccine has been recommended for more than a decade, but is now mandatory for Ohio schoolchildren. Meningococcal disease, which has symptoms similar to the flu, can cause blindness, loss of limbs and death. For more information, read this ODH flier.

The Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics recently launched a mobile app called Fast VAX Facts for parents who have questions about immunizations. It includes customized vaccine schedules, answers to frequently asked questions, notifications about outbreaks and immunization-related news. It’s free in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

— Melissa Kossler Dutton

Going Green

Posted on Aug 3, 2016

Families will find plenty o’ fun at the Dublin Irish Festival this weekend.

The Aug. 5-7 event in Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway, features food, shopping, kids’ activities and loads of live entertainment (65-plus acts on seven stages). More than 100,000 people typically attend the festival, now in its 29th year.

Kids will enjoy strolling through the Celtic Canines area (don’t miss a chance to see and pet the enormous Irish Wolfhound), the numerous Irish step dance performances and sheep-herding demonstrations. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Celtic Sports area features the Kids Highland Games, where wee ones can toss a caber and shovel a sheep.

Other family-friendly activities include the Wendy’s Wee Folk Area, featuring free crafts, music and stories; the Pot o’ Gold Playground, where a $10 wristband allows unlimited play on inflatables and games; and Fairy Tea Parties and Pirate Parties ($5 per person, advance online registration is required) at select times throughout the weekend.

Admission at the gate is $12, but children 12 and younger are free. For more information, including event schedules, parking maps and discounts, go to dublinirishfestival.org.

Back to School

Posted on Aug 1, 2016

As the new academic year approaches, Columbus Parent and ThisWeek Community News are helping families prepare with a Back to School Expo.

The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, along Fenlon Street at Easton Town Center.

The expo, presented by Marburn Academy, will feature 35 exhibitors offering back-to-school resources for preschool to college-age students on topics including education, finance, extracurricular activities, medicine and entertainment.

There also will be a Family Fun Zone with games and activities, a kids’ and parents’ fashion show from 1 to 2 p.m. and main-stage performances and contests including a karaoke contest, a hockey suit-up contest, Columbus Children’s Theatre, a Marburn Academy robotics demonstration, the Westerville Central High School band and cheerleaders, a Girls Scouts science demonstration and more. Attendees also can complete an event passport for a chance to win prizes.

 

New Calendar

Posted on Jul 29, 2016

Starting Sunday, July 31, ColumbusParent.com will launch a new and improved interactive calendar.

Readers still may add as many events as they want on the calendar--for free--but the process for submitting and viewing events has been made easier.

To add an event, simply click on the “Add Event” box in the upper-right corner of the calendar page and fill in the required fields. Once your event is submitted, it should be live on the site within a few minutes.

Looking for things to do? Just click on “Events,” and results will appear nearby. You also may search by keyword, location and/or date.

As always, relevant family-friendly listings will appear online. Select events also will appear in our print edition each month.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

• Your old login will not work. You'll need to create a free user account.

• If you have an event you have entered on the previous calendar, it’s worth double-checking to make sure it made the jump. We transferred as many as possible, but some might not have made it.

• You can edit anything you post on the calendar, provided you are logged in.

• Access the calendar one of two ways: Go to ColumbusParent.com and look in the right rail or go to ColumbusParent.EvieSays.com.

Still have questions? Email contact@columbusparent.com or support@eviesays.com.