The Daily Bulletin

Family Faves

Posted on Jul 1, 2016

Time is running out to cast your ballot in the 2016 Columbus Parent Family Faves survey.

Family Faves is our annual quest to find the best family-friendly businesses, dining, activities and events in central Ohio. There are 33 categories, each of which has multiple nominees and an option to write in your own choice. Listed nominees are those that earned at least 5 percent of the vote in last year’s survey.

Find the ballot at columbusparent.com/familyfaves. Each person can vote only once. The deadline is noon July 6.

Results will be announced in our September issue, which will list winners, second- and third-place finishers and runners-up (those who receive at least 5 percent of the vote).

Boom Is Back

Posted on Jun 29, 2016

Get ready for the 36th annual Red, White & Boom! to take over downtown Columbus.

The daylong celebration along the Scioto riverfront will be held Friday, July 1. (Boom is never held July 4 to avoid competing with suburban fireworks, and it’s also not held on weekends—hence the early date this year.)

In addition to a high-impact fireworks show, there’s plenty of other activity on tap, including a children’s area, a parade, food vendors and on-stage entertainment.

The Columbus Gas Children’s Park will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at the corner of Neil Avenue and Long Street. For the sixth year, the area will offer interactive activities for all ages, including inflatables, a dunk tank, COSI on Wheels, Columbus Blue Jackets Slap Shot, face painting and more.

Taste of Boom, which features various food vendors, will be held along Arena District streets from 3 to 11 p.m. The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from the Main Street Bridge and follows a one-mile route north on Front Street before ending at Front and Spring streets. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 10 p.m.

For more information, including the entertainment schedule, parade route and road closures, go to redwhiteandboom.org.

Origami Originals

Posted on Jun 27, 2016

If Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s latest exhibit, Origami in the Garden, has piqued your youngsters’ curiosity about the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more.

Central Ohio is home to the Ohio Paper Folders Club, a group of origami enthusiasts who enjoy sharing their craft. The club will host an origami exhibit July 29 and 30 at the Holiday Inn in Worthington, 7007 N. High St.

The club’s exhibit will be more traditional than the conservatory’s display, which is made up of monumental sculptures and large-scale installations designed to tell the story of origami. The conservatory exhibit runs through Nov. 13.

The Ohio Paper Folders Club also hosts regular meetings on the third Sunday of the month at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St.

For more information, go to fpconservatory.org/the-experience/exhibitions/current/origami-in-the-garden or ohiopaperfolders.com.

— Melissa Kossler Dutton

 

Family Faves

Posted on Jun 24, 2016

If you haven’t yet cast your ballot in the 2016 Columbus Parent Family Faves survey, fear not. The voting period is more than halfway over, but is open until July 6.

Family Faves is our annual quest to find the best family-friendly businesses, dining, activities and events in central Ohio. There are 33 categories, each of which has multiple nominees and an option to write in your own choice. Listed nominees are those that earned at least 5 percent of the vote in last year’s survey.

Find the ballot at columbusparent.com/familyfaves. Each person can vote only once. The deadline is noon July 6.

Results will be announced in our September issue, which will list winners, second- and third-place finishers and runners-up (those who receive at least 5 percent of the vote).

Filthy Fun

Posted on Jun 21, 2016

If you’re always telling the kids to stay out of the mud, here’s a chance for them to play—on purpose—in the muck.

You have International Mud Day to thank.

The World Forum Foundation organized the first of these events June 29, 2011, with the goal of connecting children around the globe through the earth.

This year, Metro Parks will hold three International Mud Day events:

• From 1-3 p.m. June 25 at Three Creeks Park (3860 Bixby Road, Groveport), participants can muck around in the Natural Play Area’s giant mud pit. Meet at the Confluence Trails bulletin board.

• At Highbanks Metro Park (9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center) from 10 a.m. to noon June 29, kids can make mud pies and dirt dessert, dig for worms and paint a muddy mural. Meet at the Big Meadows Picnic Area.

• From 12:30-2:30 p.m. June 29 at Blendon Woods Metro Park (4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville), kids can play and also make a “dirt cup” snack. Meet at the Natural Play Area at Cherry Ridge.

Worth the Wait

Posted on Jun 20, 2016

After a 14-month closure, Main Library is almost ready to reopen.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has a big party planned for the June 25 unveiling. Highlights include:

• A noon dedication and ribbon cutting.

• A grand opening celebration from 12:30 to 3 p.m. with entertainment and special activities (including the chance to get a commemorative library card).

• A PBJ & Jazz concert in nearby Topiary Park from 2 to 3 p.m. featuring Caribbean Jazz Sextet.

• An outdoor screening of The Lorax at dusk.

• The debut of the latest art unbound exhibit, which runs through Aug. 27.

• Author David Baldacci will speak in the new Grand Reading Room on June 26, but that event is sold out.

Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. in downtown Columbus, closed April 13, 2015, for a massive renovation project. Learn more about it in The Go-To Guide in our July issue, which comes out June 22.

 

Fighting Hunger

Posted on Jun 17, 2016

Help is available for families in which the end of school means the loss of nutritious meals for children.

The Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to children ages 1-18 at various locations throughout central Ohio. In some instances, individuals between age 19 and 21 also may be eligible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture program is administered through the Ohio Department of Education. Meals are provided on a first come, first serve basis.

There are more than 1,600 participating sites across the state. To find a nearby location, go to education.ohio.gov/topics/other-resources/food-and-nutrition/2016-summer-food-service-program.

— Melissa Kossler Dutton

Creekside Concerts

Posted on Jun 14, 2016

The annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival is well-known as a top-notch event for music lovers. But it’s also a great spot for family fun.

The 18th annual event will be held June 17-19 in Creekside Park, 117 Mill St., Gahanna 43230. In addition to three days of music, visitors also can browse numerous food and beverage vendors and retailers.

For families, in addition to a chance to broaden children’s musical horizons, there are free crafts, games and activities in the Family Fun Zone, located in Veterans Memorial Park. The Musical Discovery Zone has free hands-on activities, such as playing and making musical instruments, and a chance to meet members of Jazz Arts Group and the Columbus Blues Alliance. Admission to the Family Fun Zone is free, but there is a fee for the inflatables and amusement rides.

For more information, including the schedule of events and ticket prices, go to creeksidebluesandjazz.com. Admission is free for children under age 12.

Game On

Posted on Jun 13, 2016

Columbus-area gamers will want to check out COSI’s latest offering, Game Masters: The Exhibition, which opened June 11. The special exhibit features five decades of video-game history and explains how arcade, console, handheld and mobile games go from idea to reality.

The exhibition, which has more than 100 playable games, shares details about key designers who have shaped gaming history. COSI is one of only two venues in the nation hosting the production, which runs June 11 through Sept. 5.

Game Masters: The Exhibition is included in COSI admission and membership. COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus 43215, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week this summer, but is closed July 1. For more information, go to http://cosi.org/exhibits/gamemasters.

— Melissa Kossler Dutton

Artsy Adventures

Posted on Jun 10, 2016

If you think arts festivals are just crowded vendor tents full of breakable items, the city’s largest such event might change your mindset.

The 55th annual Columbus Arts Festival, produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, kicks off today along the Scioto Mile. In addition to more than 300 artists and craftspeople selling their creations, the event offers numerous hands-on art activities—many of them free—from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The popular Children’s Gallery allows kids age 12 and younger to buy artwork for $5 or less.

Unique this year is a chance to see artist Daniel McCauley assemble his metal dinosaur T-REX Delilah outside COSI. The 11-by-30-foot sculpture will join COSI’s new dinosaur collection just outside the front entrance. Festival-goers can meet and talk with McCauley at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, see the Event Spotlight from our June issue.

Fountain Fun

Posted on Jun 7, 2016

The popular FountainSide program returns to the Scioto Mile this week.

The weekly series, produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, offers a chance to frolic in the Bicentennial Park fountain and enjoy other free fun—including a frozen treat. FountainSide takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

Each week has a different theme. For June 8, it’s Summer on the Scioto with the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, the Turtle Lady, crafts, acting, bubbles and more. June 15 is Walk on the Wild Side, followed by Reptile Round-Up on June 22.

For more information, go to sciotomile.com.

‘Parent’ Wins Award

Posted on Jun 6, 2016

Columbus Parent was honored in the 2016 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Freelance writer Denise Trowbridge won third place in the Best Departments or Columns category for her monthly Family Finance column. Parent competed in the General Circulation Magazines division.

The statewide awards, which are presented by the Press Club of Cleveland, were given out June 3 at the House of Blues.

Congratulations also to Joel Oliphint, who placed first in the Best in Ohio: Freelance Writer category. Oliphint writes our Good News, Dad News column as well as occasional feature stories. Though he recently accepted a full-time job as associate editor of Columbus Alive!, we’re happy to say his column still will appear in Parent every other month.

Family Faves

Posted on Jun 3, 2016

It’s time to cast your ballot in the 2016 Columbus Parent Family Faves survey.

Voting is now open in our annual quest to find the best family-friendly businesses, dining, activities and events in central Ohio. There are 33 categories, each of which has multiple nominees and an option to write in your own choice. Listed nominees are those that earned at least 5 percent of the vote in last year’s survey.

You’ll find the ballot at columbusparent.com/familyfaves. Each person can vote only once. The deadline is noon July 6.

Results will be featured in our September issue, which will list winners, second- and third-place finishers and runners-up (those who receive at least 5 percent of the vote).