10 cool things to do in Columbus the weekend of Feb. 10

Baby, it’s cold outside! But there’s still fun to be had around town.

It’s a weekend for wooing, with Valentine’s Day events lined up at COSI and an R&B concert at Nationwide Arena. There’s also a “Galentines” workshop if you’re looking for a girls’ day out.

If you’re over the blahs of winter, set your sights on springtime at a seed-sowing workshop hosted by the Delaware County Master Gardeners. If you haven’t gotten your fill of frosty air, catch some slap shot action by the Ohio State men’s hockey team or take a ‘Warm Your Heart’ hike.

Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor fun, there’s something for everyone in these and other weekend activities.

Getting scientific with love

Though COSI is typically a place for children to learn and play, every so often the science museum stays open at night for adults to come explore. A COSI After Dark program for those 21 and older will take place from 7 to 10 pm Feb. 10. The theme is “Science of Love,” so adults can make it a date night without the kids. Food, craft beer and themed cocktails will be available. Masks are required. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $30 at the door. (www.cosi.org)

Short dance films on tap

High kicks will meet high cinematic style in “Dance@30FPS.” At 7 pm Feb. 10, the Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., will present an annual program of short dance films. As in years past, the program, running a total of about 69 minutes, has been organized by Ohio State University’s Department of Dance. The show is presented free of charge. Masks are required. (www.wexarts.org)

‘Heidi Chronicles’: A feminist coming-of-age hit

Otterbein University’s Theater & Dance Department will present the Broadway hit “The Heidi Chronicles,” Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer-winning feminist coming-of-age drama about a woman struggling to be true to herself in her career and romantic relationships — from 1960s idealism and political radicalism through 1970s militant feminism and 1980s materialism — without sacrificing the ideals of her youth. Performances are 7:30 pm Feb. 10, 8 pm Feb. 11-12, 2 pm Feb.13, and 8 pm Feb. 17-19 at Cowan Hall’s Fritsche Theatre, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Masks required; ticketed parties will be separated by one empty seat. Tickets cost $22. (614-823-1109, www.otterbein.edu/drama)

R&B to fill Nationwide Arena

Get your fill of smooth R&B sounds at the Ohio Valentine’s Love Affair at 8 pm Feb. 12 at Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The lineup is likely, but not definitely, to include Atlanta-based music group Xscap3, which has been around in one configuration or another since the ’90s; singer-songwriter Monica; Stokley, formerly of Mint Condition and now performing solo; and Houston-based R&B group H-Town. Masks are required. Tickets start at $78. (www.nationwidearena.com)

Creating Galentine’s Day gifts

For those looking for a girls’ day out to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Studio 614, 2487 Summit St., has a number of art workshops this weekend and upcoming week that fit that bill. Beyond hosting its usual canvas-painting, candle-making or string-art classes that would make for a fun event, the studio has a Galentine’s Day Hoop Wreath Workshop scheduled for 1:30 pm Feb. 13. They’ll also host a Self-care Sunday event at 11 am where attendees will make body scrubs, face masks and body spray, which could be the perfect way to pamper yourself for the holiday. Classes range in price from $37 to $62. (www.studio614.com)

Chihuly in a new light

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., will stay open late a few nights this week for its special engagement “Chihuly Nights.” From 7 to 10 pm Feb. 11-13, visitors will be able to view the Chihuly Collection in a whole new light as all 18 pieces from the famous glass artist will be professionally lit. The conservatory will also be open to explore during this time and desserts and alcoholic beverages will be available, making this the perfect Valentine’s Day outing. Masks are required as is timed entry. Tickets cost $25, or $22 for senior citizens and students and $15 for children ages 3 to 12. (www.fpconsesrvatory.org)

‘Warm Your Heart’ hikes available

If you’re looking to get outside and get some exercise, the Winter Hike series continues at Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. February hikes are designed to “Warm Your Heart.” From 10 am to noon every Saturday in February, visit Glacier Ridge, Pickerington Ponds, Rocky Fork, Scioto Grove, Slate Run or Walnut Woods, and warm up after your hike in front of a roaring fire. While you’re out on the trails, keep your eyes open for wooden ornaments strung from the trees, which are free to finders. Admission is free. (www.metroparks.net)

Enjoying some action on the ice

If you’ve caught the fervor surrounding the Winter Olympics this year and you’re looking for ways to see all those wintry sports, the Ohio State men’s hockey can help. The team will be playing back-to-back nights at the Schottenstein Center, West Lane Avenue and Olentangy River Road, against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Feb. 11 (6:30 pm) and Feb. 12 (6 pm). So bundle up for this opportunity to cheer on the Buckeyes. Masks are required. Tickets cost $15, or $10 for youth and senior citizens and free for OSU students. (www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com)

Getting a start on spring

Had enough of winter? It’s not too early to start thinking about gardening. Prepare for spring and the growing season during a winter seed-sowing workshop put on by the Delaware County Master Gardeners from 9 to 11:30 am Feb. 12 at the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, Delaware. You will make a mini-greenhouse for starting native plants out of a milk jug and learn a simple way to craft a vegetable seed tape. Admission is $10. (delcomga.org)

Take in a day at the track

The Buckeye Quarter Midget Racing Association will be hosting one of its Buckeye Indoor Winternationals events from 9 am to 7 pm Feb. 12 at the Ohio Expo Center, Interstate 71 and East 17th Avenue. Come watch young racers, ages 5 to 16, maneuver their small vehicles around the track and give new meaning to “the need for speed.” Admission is free and parking is $5. Masks are encouraged. (www.bqmra.com)

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