Dispatch event features authors, Legos and other activities

The 2018 Columbus Dispatch Spring Home & Garden show features an abundance of advice for Central Ohio homeowners, but there also are ample opportunities for family fun.

Two days in particular have special children’s activities on tap: Library Day, on Feb. 19, and Kids Day, on Feb. 24. 

Library Day

Library Day, which coincides with Presidents Day, will feature two appearances by New York Times best-selling author Eric Litwin, who penned the “Pete the Cat” series, at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Additionally, these local published authors will participate in a special spotlight at 2 p.m.: Julia DeVillers, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Ruth Emmie Lang, Jen Maschari, Mindy McGinnis, Wolfgang Parker, Edith Pattou, Natalie D. Richards, Nancy Roe Pimm and Scott Zanon.

Earlier in the day, visitors can meet Jessica Fries-Gaither, Patricia Sargeant (Olivia

Matthews), Linda Stanek, Jeff Wilson, Kerry Winfrey and Robin Yocum.

Other Library Day events include:

Information about My Special Word, a nonprofit initiative where founder Dwight Smith aims to empower children to believe in themselves. A special “G” is for Garden storytime with Columbus Metropolitan Library. Presentations on spiders and creating school gardens.

A literary theme carries throughout this year’s Spring Home & Garden Show. CML helped to create “Storybook Gardens,” a series of 10 displays inspired by: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “The Lorax,” “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Wind in the Willows,” “The Secret Garden,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Kids Day

Kids Day offers a different lineup of activities for kids of all ages.

Legoland Discovery Center Columbus, which opens this fall at Easton, will be at the show all day. Children can meet the Bertie the Builder mascot and build their own designs in giant brick pits.

There also will be appearances by animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Ohio Wildlife Center. Other special activities include a Lowe’s Plant & Grow station and free child IDs from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

The 2018 Columbus Dispatch Spring Home & Garden, which features presentations, special events and more than 250 exhibitors, runs Feb. 17-25 at the Ohio Expo Center. Hours vary daily. Tickets are $13 at the door, free for ages 17 and younger. Online and other discounts are available. K-12 teachers receive free admission with school ID Feb. 19-23. Library cardholders will receive two admissions for the price of one every day after 4 p.m. Parking is $5. For more information, go to dispatchshows.com/spring-home-and-garden-show.