Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike- Friday Dec. 19, 5 - 7 p.m. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend the hike through collections, woodlands and trails on one of our most popular programs.
Wonderful World of Wiggly Worms Series- Saturday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Come along and find out about our planet's friends—the mighty earthworms! We'll use our worm bin to explore the worm's habitat, behavior, needs and place in our lives. There will be plenty of worm information and fun, so be sure to make it back on the second Saturday of each month in 2009 to take part in new projects and fascinating programs, free, meet at the Discovery Center.
Breakfast with the Birds and Bird Walk- Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. - noon. Enjoy a light breakfast while identifying birds at the feeders—possibly including blue jays, cardinals, American goldfinches, house finches, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, red-bellied woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, American tree sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, eastern towhees and more. Follow up with a bird walk through various areas of The Arboretum, $8/$5 members, meet at the Visitors Center.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www.dawesarb.org.
Licking Park District - Licking County. For more information, call (740) 587-2535.
• Dec. 19: Senior Ramble- We journey through the woods and fields of Infirmary Mound Park this month in search of signs that winter is on its way. Learn about goldenrod galls, rose hips and more as you exercise your mind and body. Infirmary Mound Park, shelter #5. 10 a.m.
• Dec. 30: Holiday Frivolity: Nature Detectives- Are you an aspiring CSI? If so, we have just the opportunity for you. Ohio Nature Education will test your skills as a nature detective and see if you are able to read clues left behind by wild animals! Aspiring private detectives will even have a chance to meet a few live animal ambassadors responsible for the clues. William C. Kraner Nature Center. 1 p.m.
Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Columbus. Brighten your holiday season with more than two million twinkling lights, iceskating, live reindeer, Santa Clause and many more family activities through Jan. 1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell, Ohio (800) 666-5397, www. columbuszoo.org.
COSI's Holiday Science of the Season - Columbus. Avoid brain freeze at COSI this holiday season. When it is chilly, we get silly with science in a winter wonderland! Don't miss our Holiday Lights Show where our Gadgeteer takes you on a whirlwind tour of holiday lighting, with fiery explosions, super-cold liquid nitrogen fun, and a "reindeerpowered" generator that triggers over ten thousand twinkling holiday lights! Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday noon-6 p.m., through Dec. 31. Admission: Adults $12.50. Seniors $10.50. Children age 2-12 $7.50., 333 W. Broad St., Columbus (614) 228-2674, 888-819-COSI, www.cosi.org.
Gingerbread Season - U.S. 40 East of Jacksontown. The herb garden surrounding Herb-n-Ewe will be transformed into a candyland through Dec. 23, 11755 National Road (US 40), Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (740) 323-2264, www. herbnewe.com.
First Night Co l Throughout Downtown. First Night Columbus, Central Ohio's awardwinning New Year's Eve celebration is a community-oriented, familyfriendly, alcohol-free event. There is something for everyone with more than 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children's festival. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 4:30 p.m.-midnight, Admission: $10-$12. Children 5 and under free. For more information visiti www. firstnightcolumbus.com
The Nutcracker - Columbus. BalletMet Columbus presents "The Nutcracker," Dec. 12 through 23, 'Twas the night before Christmas and a girl named Clara embarked upon a wonderous journey, thanks to the mysterious Herr Droselmeyer and his enchanted nutcracker; this unconventional party guest has the ability to bring toys to life, Ohio Theatre, 39 E State Street Columbus, (614) 229-4848, www.balletmet.org.
Cracked Nutz - Columbus. BalletMet Columbus presents, "Cracked Nutz," Dec. 26 through 28, 'Tis the season to lose your reason with this wacky adaptation of a holiday classic, which demands audience participation, BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus, Friday 8 to 10 pm, Sat. 2 to 4 pm, Sunday 1to 3 pm, www.balletmet.org.