Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Home School Investigations: Wiggly Worms- Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, $3 per child, registration required, meet at the Discovery Center. Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each session will include a hands–on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Science. Sessions are for homeschoolers ages six to ten. Guardians are free.
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. Don’t miss these Licking Park District events:
• Dec. 29: A Mantle of White- William C. Kraner Nature Center, 10380 Fairview Road, Newark. Join us for a snow extravaganza from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29! Through fun crafts and hands-on activities, children will get a firsthand look at different snowflake shapes, learn how to save snowflakes and even make their own snow! If we are lucky to have snow on the ground we will venture outside and have even more fun! Dress for inside and outside activities. Registration deadline is December 22. $3.00 per person, $10.00 per family max, Park Express Members free. Call (740) 587-2535 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
• Jan. 2: Heavenly Bodies III- Infirmary Mound Park, James Bradley Center, 4309 Lancaster Road (Ohio 37), Granville. Help us kick off 2010 with our last handson astronomy program in the series from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2. This time around we will be focusing on the moon. Our friends from Ohio Nature Education will help us learn the answers to common questions and more as we study the full moon in all its splendor through a telescope. Dress for both indoor & outdoor activities. Ages 8 years and up. Registration deadline is December 16. $3.00 per person, $10.00 per family max, Park Express Members free. Call (740) 587-2535 or e-mail mail@lickingparkdistrict. com to register.
Live Nativity - Hebron. New Life United Methodist Church will present a live nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 130 W. Main Street, Hebron.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast on from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 19 at 8474 High Street, Thurston. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu is: sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Carry-out orders are welcome; call 740-862-6542.
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Powell. Turn up the wattage on your holiday season with Wildlights at the Zoo, presented by American Electric Power. Brighter and “greener” than ever, Central Ohio’s favorite family tradition is back with a whole new look. . Don’t miss the Wildlights Model Train Railway located in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen. With more interactive features, animation and a real steam whistle, this railway is sure to delight! Visitors can jump into the engineer’s seat Monday through Thursday evenings. Get your picture taken with Santa and finish up your holiday shopping at the Zoo’s Market Place and Jungle Jack Hanna’s Adventure Store. Oh, and don’t worry about the cold, we have indoor animal exhibits to keep you warm all night and enough hot chocolate to quench an elephant’s thirst! Now through January 3. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. Admission: Adults $10. Seniors/children 2-9 $7. Children under 2 free.
Dickens Victorian Village - Cambridge. Now through January 17, visitors are invited to stroll amidst 60 vignettes of 160 lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society in historic downtown Cambridge. Explore the charming streetscape, striking historic architecture, and eclectic shops and eateries of Cambridge. The Dickens scenes are stationed along Wheeling Avenue at each antique lamppost and bench between 6th and 11th Streets. Wheeling Avenue is also the historic National Road/Route 40, and features an outstanding streetscape of original buildings from the 1800s. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A selfguided walking tour brochure is available at downtown shops and area hotels for your convenience. For more information visit www. dickensvictorianvillage.com