April 2010 Columbus family event calendar

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Free Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

HUD certified Housing Counseling Agency is offering two hours of foreclosure prevention education designed to teach you about the default and foreclosure process. After the workshop you will be able to meet with a counselor. Classes are free but space is limited, so please call (614) 221-8889 x 134 to reserve your spot. The classes are at Homeport by Columbus Housing Partnership, 562 E. Main St., at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Kids Cook - Butter

Join food educator Rachel Tayse to make butter and create dishes with butter for kids ages 3-6 years. E-mail Rachel@houndsinthekitchen.com for more information. The event is at Sprout Soup, 4310 N. High St., from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. and the cost is $4 per child.

Dino Egg Dig

Bring the kids to the William Kraner Nature Center, 10380 Fairview Rd., Newark. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to have lunch with the Easter Bunny. During your visit, be sure the kids hunt for dinosaur eggs in the archeological dig. There is a fee for both activities and reservations are required. For more information and to register call (740) 323-0520 or visit www.lickingparkdistrict.com.

Perkins Observatory Guest Night

Come enjoy the beauty of the night sky like you've never seen it before. The program begins at 8 p.m. and is located at the Perkins Observatory in Delaware. For more information visit www.perkins-observatory.org.

The Easter Egg-stravaganza

The Easter Egg-stravaganza is great family fun for all ages from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Rd. S.E., Granville. The egg hunt is divided into five age categories, including adults. Over 5,000 candy and prize-filled eggs dot the hunting grounds, just waiting to be scooped up by little hands. Participants can play several egg games, enjoy a petting zoo and pony rides or get their face painted. The event will take place at Infirmary Mound Park's shelter #5. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. with events starting at 2 p.m. The actual hunt begins promptly at 3 p.m. $3 fee per participant, free for Park Express members. For more information visit www.lickingparkdistrict.com.

Spring Eggstravaganza

Come to the annual Spring Eggstravaganza at the softball fields of Highlands Park for a fun-filled morning of crafts, an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Areas are separated by age. Don't forget to bring your basket. The free hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp at the Highlands Park, 245 S. Spring Rd., Westerville. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Saturday Story Stomp

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

Music & Movement

Come to this free event to perfect your motor skills with songs and dancing. This is a great experience for ages 2-5 to enjoy. Come to the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 1-1:30 p.m. for an event the whole family will enjoy. For more information contact (614) 481-3778.

Pee Wee Play Gym

Come join us for a morning of fun, play and arts and crafts. A wide variety of large and small motor skills equipment will be available. This is a drop-in program, no registration is required and is for children ages 3 and under with parent. Class meets every Monday in April from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. The cost is $3 per child. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Celebrate Peace and Love Spring Break Camp

Bring your groovy self in to celebrate peace and love. Peace-themed projects that kids design themselves will be the cool craft. The camp includes a snack and drink. Cost is $30 and is from 2-5 p.m. Children 6 and older can be left alone if they are able to paint by themselves. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (614) 527-7752. Outside the Lines Studio is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

HUD certified Housing Counseling Agency is offering two hours of foreclosure prevention education designed to teach you about the default and foreclosure process. After the workshop you will be able to meet with a counselor. Classes are free but space is limited so please call (614) 221-8889 x 134 to reserve your spot. The classes are at Homeport by Columbus Housing Partnership, 562 E. Main St. at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.

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 is for children ages 18-36 months. For more information contact (614) 481-3778.

Baby Games

This free event is full of stories for young ones ages 6-17 months. Bring your baby to Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., from 10:15-10:45 a.m. to hear great tales. Contact (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 for ages 2-5. Contact (614) 481-3778 for more information.

Home School Program: From Sheep to Sweater

In this program for children age 8 and older. Students will get a thorough understanding of what it takes to create clothing and other fiber products. The day will begin with watching the skills of sheep shearing. Students will then wash fleece, make a simple CD spindle, spin yarn and create felt. The children will leave with some wool, their own spindle and some felting needles. The cost of the class is $25. Space is limited so register by calling (740) 363-2548. Classes are at the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Center, Delaware, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sign Language with your Baby, Toddler or Preschooler

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers can bring their special adults with them to learn to communicate. Work to early literacy through music, movement and play. Classes are taught by a certified Sign2Me instructor at City Books, 6150 E. Main St. every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The first class is free and additional classes are $15 weekly. For more information call (614) 483-3748.

Celebrate Peace and Love Spring Break Camp

Bring your groovy self in to celebrate peace and love. Peace-themed projects that kids design themselves will be the cool craft. The camp includes a snack and drink. Cost is $30 and is from 12-3 p.m. Children 6 and older can be left alone if they are able to paint by themselves. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (614) 527-7752. Outside the Lines Studio is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

See April 1.

Kids Cook - Sushi

Kids ages 3-6 years will roll several types of cooked sushi with food educator Rachel Tayse. E-mail Rachel@houndsinthekitchen.com for more information. The event is at Sprout Soup, 4310 N. High St., from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. $4 per child.

Underwater Egg Hunt

Grab your swimsuit and get ready for a "splashing" good time during this unusual egg hunt. Enjoy carnival games before the hunt. The hunt will be divided into age groups and costs $1 per child. 7 p.m. at the Westerville Community Center Pool, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Perkins Observatory Guest Night

See April 2.

Toddler Time

Come join us for a morning of fun, play and arts and crafts. A wide variety of large and small motor skills equipment will be available. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required and is for children kindergarten age and under with parent. The event I from 9: 30 - 11 a.m. at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N Cleveland Ave. The cost is $3 per child. Call (614) 901-6500 for more information.

Celebrate Peace and Love Spring Break Camp

See April 6.

Free Autism, Reiki and Meditation Tele-Seminar

If you are curious how Reiki and meditation can address your child's autism diagnosis, register to listen how our daughter went from catatonic to an expression of life in one year. Register for the 11 a.m. conference at http://meetup.com/Exceptional-Beyond-lables/calendar/12809480/ to receive the conference number and access code. Positions are limited, so register early.

Garden Party

Learn a crafty way to plant a seed, for grades K-4 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. Space is limited to 25 participants so please call (614) 481-3778 to register.

Math Monkey Games-a-palooza

We are sending the teachers home and turning up the fun as we celebrate our second birthday monkey-style. From navigating your way out of rush hour traffic to mind-bending brainteasers, there'll be challenging games and puzzles that you and your kids will love. Everyone at the party will have a chance to win a new iPod Touch. The free party is at 9681 Sawmill Rd., Powell, from 3-6 p.m. For more information visit www.mathmonkey.com/powell.

Music & Movement

See April 5.

Pee Wee Play Gym

See April 5.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

See April 6.

Story Time on the Farm

Stories are a wonderful way to teach, engaging the imagination and spirit of a child. Set against the backdrop of the farm, stories hold real-life meaning. Gather your little ones and come listen to a story and participate in a craft. The cost of the class is $5 per family. For more information call (740) 363-2548. Classes are at the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Center, Delaware from 10 - 11 a.m.

Tales for Toddlers

See April 6.

Baby Games

See April 7.

Family Story Time

See April 7.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

HUD certified Housing Counseling Agency is offering two hours of foreclosure prevention education designed to teach you about the default and foreclosure process. After the workshop you will be able to meet with a counselor. Classes are free but space is limited so please call (614) 221-8889 x 134 to reserve your spot. The classes are at Homeport by Columbus Housing Partnership, 562 E. Main St., at 9 a.m.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

See April 1.

Kids Cook - Lettuce

Kids ages 3-6 years will join food educator Rachel Tayse to make and eat several dishes featuring fresh spring lettuce. E-mail Rachel@houndsinthekitchen.com for more information. The event is at Sprout Soup, 4310 N. High St., from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. and the cost is $4 per child.

Nutrition: It has to be Eaten to Count

Whether we are vegan, vegetarian, or omnivorous, we all have one question in common: How do we get the right food into the child? Should you cave in and give that snack bar just so they get something? How many meals can a child miss? Do good parents eat at McDonalds? We'll address picky eaters, allergies, social pressure, family pressure and other obstacles to good eating. You'll also get practical help learning to make some simple, nutrient-dense foods. This free meeting is at Sprout Soup, 4310 N. High St., from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information call (614) 769-3563.

Seussical the Musical

Enjoy the mischievous Cat in the Hat in this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! This musical lovingly brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville. Tickets are $11-$21 and can be purchased by calling (614) 224-6672. Times vary by day and are listed on www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

Three Bags Full Children's Consignment Sale

Come shop for many different children's clothes and more at low prices. The sale is at the Hartford Fairgrounds, 14028 Fairgrounds Rd., Croton, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The sale is also on April 16 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., 6-9 p.m., and April 17 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information visit www.threebagsfull.com.

Perkins Observatory Guest Night

See April 2.

Three Bags Full Children's Consignment Sale

See April 15.

Kids Garden - Make an Edible Container Garden

Kids ages 3 and older join food educator Rachel Tayse to make a container full of edible plants. Each child or family who registers will take home their container along with growing instructions. There are 10 spots available on a first-come first-serve basis. E-mail Rachel@houndsinthekitchen.com for more information. The event is at Sprout Soup; 4310 N. High St., from 2-3 p.m. and the cost is $20 per child.

Open House and Puppet Story

Briar Rose Children's Center, 636 Chase Rd. is Columbus's only Waldorf Preschool. Come visit from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and see a puppet story with silk marionettes, have some warm cider and do a craft. The puppet show starts at 10:30 a.m. with the craft to follow. The cost is $5. For more information call (614) 769-3563.

Saturday Story Stomp

See April 3.

Three Bags Full Children's Consignment Sale

See April 15.

Music & Movement

See April 5.

Pee Wee Play Gym

See April 5.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

See April 6.

Tales for Toddlers

See April 6.

Baby Games

See April 7.

Family Story Time

See April 7.

Captain Captain

Come out for a free, kids show with the leader of local children's music group the Shazzbots at 7 p.m. at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 486-2951.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

See April 1.

Kids Cook - Earth Day

It's Earth Day and kids ages 3-6 years can celebrate by making Earth-friendly foods with food educator Rachel Tayse. E-mail Rachel@houndsinthekitchen.com for more information. The event is at Sprout Soup, 4310 N. High St., from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. and the cost is $4 per child.

Mystery Night

Solve a mystery and win prizes after hours at the library for grades 5 and higher from 7-9 p.m. at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. Call (614) 481-3778 to register to this event as it is required. To help offset the cost of this program a $2 donation is requested.

Perkins Observatory Guest Night

See April 2.

Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew

Enjoy the heart pounding action of MLS soccer at Crew Stadium. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (800) 745-3000.

Moms are the Best Kids Camp

Paint a special Mother's Day present for Mom or Grandma. This piece will truly come alive. To find out how you'll have to come to the camp! The cost of the camp is $30 and includes a snack and drink. The camp is from 2-5 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (614) 527-7752. Outside the Lines Studio is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard.

Reiki (First Degree) for Exceptional Parents

Reiki is a natural Japanese healing technique. This class will empower parents of special needs children to use hands-on Reiki. Be prepared to learn Reiki, what it is, the origins, and hand positions. Other materials covered will include how autism and other disorders are related to bio-energy. The lesson is at the Ki Empowerment Holistic Center in Worthington from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and costs $75. For more information visit http://www.meetup.com/Exceptional-Beyond-Labels/calendar/12809592/.

Moms are the Best Kids Camp

Paint a special Mother's Day present for Mom or Grandma. This piece will truly come alive. To find out how you'll have to come to the camp! The cost of the camp is $30 and includes a snack and drink. The camp is from 1-4 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (614) 527-7752. Outside the Lines Studio is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard.

Music & Movement

See April 5.

Pee Wee Play Gym

See April 5.

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Tales for Toddlers

See April 6.

Baby Games

See April 7.

Family Story Time

See April 7.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

See April 1.

Kids Cook - Mint

Fresh mint is at peak flavor in spring. Kids ages 3-6 will make and eat several dishes featuring mint with food educator Rachel Tayse. E-mail Rachel@houndsinthekitchen.com for more information. The event is at Sprout Soup, 4310 N. High St., from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. and the cost is $4 per child.

Perkins Observatory Guest Night

See April 2.

Three Bags Full Children's Consignment Sale

Come shop for many different children's clothes and more at low prices. The sale is at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. For more information visit www.threebagsfull.com.

Upcoming Events

You Are Not Alone Conference

This is a conference for mothers of special needs children to connect with other mothers in similar situations. The cost is $13 and the conference is at Northwest Bible Church, 6639 Scioto Darby Rd., from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information visit www.nwbible.org.