Monday, February 1

Music & Movement
Come to this free event to perfect your motor skills with songs and dancing. This is a great experience for the little ones to enjoy, ages 2-5. Come to the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 1-1:30 p.m. for a great event the whole family will enjoy. For more information call (614) 486-2951.


Pee Wee Play Gym
Children can explore large and small motor skills toys in a safe environment. The cost is $3 at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information call (614) 601-6500.


Tuesday, February 2

MarioKart DS Tournament
Do your kids love video games? Bring them to this video gaming tournament for ages 8-17 from 3-5 p.m. Registration is required. The event is at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., and registration is in Youth Services. For more information contact (614) 486-2951.

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 full of tales is from 10:15-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. and great for children ages 18-36 months. For more information call (614) 486-2951.


Wednesday, February 3

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 great for ages 2-5. Call (614) 481-3778 for more information.


Thursday, February 4

Columbus Children's Theatre: The Boxcar Children
Generations of young readers have cherished the spirited Depression-era adventures of The Boxcar Children, and now the Alden children's story comes to life on stage. Orphaned and in danger of being sent to different foster homes, the four siblings run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. The children then discover the rewards and perils of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together. Show times are Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 6 at 1 and 6 p.m.; Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.; Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 13 at 1 and 5 p.m.; Feb. 14 at 3 p.m.; Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 20 at 1 and 5 p.m.; Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Come enjoy the show at the Columbus Children's Theatre, 512 Park St. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

Kids Cook
In this hands-on workshop, children ages 3-6 will taste a variety of oranges and cook a recipe or two. Kids get recipe cards to continue the fun at home. Parents are encouraged to stay. The cost of the class is $4 per child. The class meets from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. at Sprout Soup, 4310 High St. To register and for more information call (614) 598-3559.


Friday, February 5

The Boxcar Children
See February 4.

Father & Daughter Sweetheart Dance
Create memories for your special little girl as you dance the night away. Attend this semi-formal dance with your 6- 12-year-old and enjoy a delicious meal, music and a free promo-type photo. The dance is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Headliner Magic Show
The Headliner Magic/Variety Show is a family-friendly, annual magic show produced by the Columbus Magic Club, Inc., in conjunction with the Magifest magic convention. It always has outstanding performers, fair prices and a lovely evening for families. This event starts at 7:30 p.m. and is at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 300 W. Broad St. Ticket prices are $10 for children and $20 for adults. For more information visit www.magifest.org, or call (614) 299-8995.

MarioKart Madness
Come play MarioKart on the big screen after school! No registration required and no cost. This event is at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This event is great for ages 9-15. For more information visit www.ghpl.org.

Perkins Observatory
Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike, offers public programs on Friday nights, excluding holiday weekends. Program content varies depending on sky conditions. A program may include a planetarium show, tours of the Observatory, and/or observing with the 32-inch Schottland telescope and other telescopes, weather permitting starting at 8 p.m. To reserve tickets or request additional information call (740) 363-1257.

Toddler Time
Children can explore large and small motor skills toys in a safe environment. The cost is $3 at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information call (614) 601-6500.


Saturday, February 6

Babysitting 101
First-timers and seasoned sitters will benefit from this informative course discussing how to make a bed, snacks, baths and play fun and easy! This event is great for grades 5 and up. Come learn more about babysitting at the Worthington Library, 2280 Hard Rd., from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information contact Ann Badger at abadger@worthingtonlibraries.org, or call (614) 807-2626.

Bookopoly: Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Olympians, gods and monsters-oh my! How well do you know your Percy Jackson adventures? Test your memory with trivia at the Worthington Library, 820 High St., from 3-4 p.m. This is great for ages 5-7. For more information contact (614) 807-2626, or visit www.worthingtonlibraries.org.

The Boxcar Children
See February 4.

Saturday Story Stomp
Bring your family to enjoy stories, songs, and dancing, for ages 2-5 years. Come to the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 11-11:30 a.m. Free. For more information contact (614) 481-3778.

Storytime Theatre Presents: Topsy Turvy
Enjoy the fun when picture books come to life, thanks to the library's Teen Readers' Theatre Troupe. Join us for the free fun! This event is great for ages 4-6 and will take place at the Worthington Library, 820 High St., from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. For more information contact Sarah Cofer at scoffer@worthingtonlibraries.org, or call
(614) 807-2626.


Sunday, February 7

The Boxcar Children
See February 4.

Monday, February 8

A Valentine's 'Mom and Me' Paint Pottery
Our program will begin with storytime. Then one of our artists will lead you through a ceramic project to create a timeless Valentine with your little one's handprint. Snacks and paper crafts will be provided at no additional charge. Cost: $7 plus the cost of the ceramic piece you select. Painting begins at 10 a.m. at Marcy's Clayground, 9842 Brewster Ln., Powell. For more information go to www.marcysclayground.com.

Music & Movement
See February 1.


Tuesday, February 9

ECRN Developmental Screenings
ECRN is offering free developmental screening called Child Check for children ages 1 month to 5 years at Worthington United Methodist church, 600 High St., from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. These screenings are in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, speech and language, and personal/social skills. A hearing and vision screening is also provided for children over 3 years. Appointments are necessary and can be scheduled by calling ECRN at (614) 543-9000 ext. 216.

Tales for Toddlers
See February 2.


Wednesday, February 10

Baby Games
See February 3.

Family Story Time
See February 3.


Thursday, February 11

The Boxcar Children
See February 4.

Kids Cook
In this hands-on workshop, children ages 3-6 will and cook a recipe or two with honey. Kids go home with recipe cards to continue the fun at home. Parents are encouraged to stay. This session features a special Valentine's Day treat. The cost of the class is $4 per child and is from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. at Sprout Soup, 4310 High St. To register and for more information call (614) 598-3559.


Friday, February 12

The Boxcar Children
See February 4.

Perkins Observatory
See February 5.

Yeah, No School Camp!
Drop the kids off to work on a project and learn new techniques. They will choose a project and a technique that interests them. The day also includes lunch and drink. $30. Reservations required. The camp is from 12-4 p.m. at Outside the Lines Studio, 5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard. To register and for more information call (614) 527-7752.


Saturday, February 13

Acting 101
This brand-new course is designed for the budding theatre artist. We will touch on the basics of theatre and being on stage including stage direction, basic terminology, auditioning for a play and discuss what goes into a production and much more! This class is for ages 12-16 and will take place at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd., from 1-3 p.m. for five consecutive Saturdays. Cost is $90 for the session. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

The Actor's Craft Series: Dialect Workshop
One of the most important keys to being a professional actor is versatility, and mastering dialects is one of those tools that it is beneficial and fun to have! We will explore the sounds, rhythms and intonation patterns of these accents while working with text. This is a great class for young film, TV, and stage actors. This class is for ages 12-16 and will take place at the Downtown Studio, 177 E. Naghten Street, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for five consecutive Saturdays. Cost is $90 for the session. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

Adventures with Robin Hood
You think you know Robin Hood and his Merry Men, but you have no idea! Come and explore the fun-filled, comedic world of The Somewhat True Tales of Robin Hood, and then join us at the Park Street Theatre to watch it performed live, March 11-28, with your own complimentary ticket! This class is for ages 8-11 and will take place at Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for five consecutive Saturdays. Cost is $90 for the session. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

Beginning Acting
Calling all aspiring young actors! This beginning acting class will teach you the basics of what it takes to become an actor. You'll learn basic theatre terminology, what goes into a production, how to build a scene and a character and how to conquer stage fright. We'll also discuss the audition process and the difference between prepared auditions and cold readings. This class is for ages 8-11 and will take place at the Vista Plaza, 1141 N. Hamilton Rd., from 12-2 p.m. for five consecutive Saturdays. Cost is $90 for the session. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

The Boxcar Children
See February 4.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Kick off the Year of the Tiger with games and a discussion of the graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Kuen Yang at the Worthington Library, 820 High St., from 2-3 p.m. This celebration is great for 5- to 7-year-olds and it is free. For more information contact Mandy Simon at msimon@worthingtonlibraries.org, or call (614) 807-2626.

Click, Clack, Moo
Farmer Brown has a problem -- the cows in the barn have learned to type and they want to change how things are being run on the farm! Who knew animals were so talented? Your child will have a blast recreating this popular children's book and performing it for you. This class is for ages 5-7 and will take place at Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., from 9-10 a.m. for five consecutive Saturdays. Cost is $80 for the session. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

Clifford Party
Happy Birthday, Clifford! Kids in preschool through second grade can celebrate the big red dog's big day with books and activities. You can even meet the Clifford costumed character at the Worthington Library, 820 High St. Bring your family to this free event from 2-2:45 p.m. and enjoy tons of fun. For more information call (614) 807-2626.

Fairytales Around the World
Let your imagination take you away to the lands of fairies and trolls. Create your own characters and stories in magical kingdoms across the seas! Who knows what treasures you may discover on Share Day. This class is for ages 5-7 and will take place at the Grandstand Pizza Parlor, 4034 Broadway, from 9-10:30 a.m. for five consecutive Saturdays. Cost is $80 for the session. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

Intermediate Acting
For those of you who have taken our Beginning Acting class, this class is your next step! Now that you have the basics down, we'll be focusing more on character development and how to work with a partner in order to develop your scene. This class is for ages 8-11 and will take place at the Park Street Theatre, 512 N. Park St., from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for five consecutive Saturdays. Cost in $90 for the session. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

Puppet Party
Bring your kids to enjoy a puppet show and then make their own puppets. This free event is great for grades K-4. Come join the fun at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information contact (614) 481-3778.

Sing it Out
Your child will learn the basics of performing in a stage musical, and begin to develop the skills and habits of a professional performer, while learning how project and move on stage. This class is a good introduction to musical theatre and the stage. Come to Share Day prepared to hear them sing it out! This class is for ages 8-11 and will take place at the Downtown Studio, 177 E. Naghten St., and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for five consecutive Saturdays. Cost is $90 for the session. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

Singing for the Stage
It's never too early to start singing! This fun and clever class will teach your youngsters the fundamentals of singing in a stage musical. They'll learn some of the tricks of the trade and begin to develop the confidence it takes to belt out the tunes on Share Day! This class is for ages 6-8 and will take place at the Downtown Studio, 177 E. Naghten St., from 9-10:30 a.m. for five consecutive Saturdays. Cost is $85 for the session. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

Storybook Theatre
In this creative drama class, you will bring fabulous stories to life on stage. Learn the basics of acting and movement while telling a story that will have everyone on the edge of their seats. Get ready for characters from your favorite stories to come to life! This class is for ages 5-7 and will take place at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd., from 10-11 a.m. for five consecutive Saturdays. Cost is $80 for the session. For more information visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.


Sunday, February 14

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Marcy's Clayground
Join the hottest Valentine's party in Columbus (Our kilns get to almost 1900 degrees!) Enjoy Valentine's themed music, dcor and treats as you paint with your loved ones while creating lasting memories. The cost is the price of the items you choose to paint. Painting is from 12-6 p.m. at Marcy's Clayground, 9842 Brewster Ln., Powell. For more information go to www.marcysclayground.com

The Boxcar Children
See February 4.


Tuesday, February 16

Middle School Book Discussion Club
Come and discuss Kerry Spinelli's Stargirl with teen librarian Jen from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This event is great for grades 6-8 and requires no registration or cost. Come join the discussion at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. For more information contact (614) 481-3778.

Tales for Toddlers
See February 2.


Wednesday, February 17

Baby Games
See February 3.

Family Story Time
See February 3.


Thursday, February 18

The Boxcar Children
See February 4.

Kids Cook
In this hands-on workshop, children ages 3-6 will and cook a recipe or two with garlic. Kids go home with recipe cards to continue the fun at home. Parents are encouraged to stay. In addition, each child will go home with a garlic chives plant. The cost of the class is $4 per child. The class meets from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. at Sprout Soup, 4310 High St. To register and for more information call (614) 598-3559.


Friday, February 19

The Actors Craft Series: Dialect Workshop
See February 13.

Adventures with Robin Hood
See February 13.

The Boxcar Children
See February 4

Family Fun Night
Bring family and friends and paint together. You may bring your own snacks and drinks and make it a real party. Don't stay cooped up inside, come out and unlock your creative side. Have fun as a group. Reservations needed as space is limited. The Family Night is from 6-9 p.m. at Outside the Lines Studio, 5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard. To register and for more information call (614) 527-7752.

Perkins Observatory
See February 5.


Saturday, February 20

Acting 101
See February 13.

Beginning Acting
See February 13.

The Boxcar Children
See February 4.

Click, Clack, Moo
See February 13.

Fairytales Around the World
See February 13.

Family Night
Enjoy a night of family fun including snacks, climbing walls, game room fun, and access to the gymnasium and pool. This event is $5 per person at the Westerville Community Center, 305 N. Cleveland Ave., from 6:30-9 p.m. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Intermediate Acting
See February 13.

Saturday Story Stomp
See February 6.

Sing it Out
See February 13.

Singing for the Stage
See February 13.

Storybook Theatre
See February 13.

The Write Stuff: Memoir
This free workshop will help teens brush up on a variety of writing styles. Bring your teens to get guidance on writing their personal stories during this session at the Worthington Library, 820 High St., from 2-3:30 p.m. Registration is required; call (614) 807-2626.

Write On! Pop-Ups
Learn more about this fascinating genre and try your hand at making your own pop-up book during this writing and illustration workshop. This workshop is best for ages 5-7. Come enjoy this free learning experience at the Worthington Library, 820 High St., from 2-3 p.m. For more information e-mail Amy Brown at abrown@worthingtonlibraries.com, or call (614) 807- 2626.


Sunday, February 21

The Boxcar Children
See February 4.


Monday, February 22

Arts & Crafts
Come share an evening of arts and crafts with your child. This $3 per child program is for ages 6 and younger. The program is at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Music & Movement
See February 1.


Wednesday, February 24

Baby Games
See February 3.

Family Story Time
See February 3.

Pirate for a Day
Come play games and make your own pirate bandana with your family. This event is great for grades K-3 and is free. Join the fun at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 3-4 p.m. Registration is required and begins on February 10 in Youth Services. Call (614) 481-3778.


Thursday, February 25

Kids Cook
In this hands-on workshop, children ages 3-6 will and cook a recipe or two with black beans. Kids go home with recipe cards to continue the fun at home. Parents are encouraged to stay. The cost of the class is $4 per child. The class meets from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. at Sprout Soup, 4310 High St. To register and for more information call (614) 598-3559.


Friday, February 26

Perkins Observatory
See February 5.


Saturday, February 27

Acting 101
See February 13.

The Actors Craft Series: Dialect Workshop
See February 13.

Adventures with Robin Hood
See February 13.

Beginning Acting
See February 13.

Click, Clack, Moo
See February 13.

Fairytales Around the World
See February 13.

Intermediate Acting
See February 13.

Maple Syrup Festival
Join us for our 23rd annual Maple Syrup Festival. Enjoy activities including tree tapping, Indian dancing, BB shooting, branding irons, pioneer-era tomahawk throw, a blacksmith shop and so much more. The event is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Camp Lazarus, 4422 Columbus Pike, Delaware. The cost is $2 per person. For more information visit www.skcbsa.org.

Science Secrets
Explore the secrets of science using stories, songs and activities. This event is best for grades K-3. Come and learn about science for free at the Worthington Library, 820 High St., from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information contact Amy Brown at abrown@worthingtonlibraries, or call (614) 807-2626.

Sing it Out
See February 13.

Singing for the Stage
See February 13.

Storybook Theatre
See February 13.