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Don’t rain on our parade, 7 ways to play inside around Columbus

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Rain, rain go away… or not? Dreary weather has a tendency to put a damper on your mood, but we’re here to challenge that. There are plenty of ways to get your kicks around town when the great outdoors isn’t being so great.

No need to be scared of the precipitation, Columbus, because we’re playing inside today. Here are seven of our favorite things to do on rainy days:

Kingmakers | 17 Buttles Ave, Columbus

The Short North is known for the hustle and bustle of its galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars, but did you know there is a little oasis right in the heart of the neighborhood dealing low-key sleepover vibes? Kingmakers brings people together with their curated library of over 400 board games. Just don’t spill your adult beverage when you shout, “UNO!”

16-Bit Bar+Arcade | Downtown and Dublin locations

Do you prefer to have your gaming take place on a screen? Uber to one of 16-Bit’s locations for a solid dose of Donkey Kong, Frogger, or Street Fighter nostalgia. Have your pick of over 40 classic arcade games to play free of charge, as long as you’re indulging in one of the bar’s signature cocktails or countless craft beers.

Get hooked on knitting!

Rainy days are the perfect excuse to stay inside and finally spend some time on that hobby you’ve been meaning to master. And with cold weather approaching, we think knitting would serve you well. To learn more about where to find materials and resources, click here.

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Visit Carfagna’s Market | 1405 E. Dublin Granville Rd.

You’re probably hungry after all that knitting. The only proper way to fuel up and warm up on a cool rainy day is with a home cooked Italian meal. Grab your groceries from famed local market Carfagna’s for all the most authentic ingredients. Not so smooth in the kitchen? Leave it to the experts at Carfagna’s nearby Ristorante.

P3 Magic Theater | 2575 N. High St.

Sit back, relax, and prepare to be amazed at this intimate magic theater, tucked along High Street. P3 Magic Theater is the local authority on all things mystical. From comedian magicians, to experts in mind control, to Guinness World Record holders, each Tuesday Night Magic show is always one-of-a-kind and FREE.

Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe | 3041 Indianola Ave, Columbus

Do you have a Scrooge-y landlord who won’t let you own a furry friend? Get your feline fix without the commitment at Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe. Guests socialize with adorable cats while sipping coffee in the comfortable cafe environment. And if you do happen to fall in love, the cats are adoptable!

Warm up at a coffee shop

Wrapping your paws around a steaming cup o’ joe could quite possibly be the coziest way to spend a drizzly day in Columbus. With shops on virtually every corner, picking the right one could present a problem that you don’t want to deal with. We’ve made it easy for you by narrowing down our top five favorites.

Did we miss your favorite rainy day activity? Let us know in the comments below!

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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap

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Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

See other flight options here.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

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It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at www.toasttab.com/cosecha-cocina/v3 and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

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With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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