What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, June 14-16, 2019, Father’s Day Weekend

Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 50 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this Father’s Day weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY  

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – this activity includes a 30 minute nature activity plus free play time the woods! All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids – Sports Day at Columbus Commons – Commons for Kids offers activities for all ages including carousel rides, inflatables, activities and more! This week’s theme is Sports Day! There will be visits from local mascots, crafts, face painting, and activities with Columbus Crew SC and OSU athletics!

10:00 AM – Music Class at Hoot Studio – enjoy a 45 minute music class including instruments, singing and surprises! $15 for the first kid, siblings are $10.

10:15 AM – Music with Mr. Mark at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum – sing and dance with Mr. Mark at Little Buckeye Museum in Mansfield! Free with admission or membership. $3 per child just for the class.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film: Paddington 2 at Gateway Film Center – admission is free with your library card (up to 4 admissions)! This week’s movie is Paddington 2.

1:00 PM – Creature Feature: Reptiles at Highbanks Metro Park – meet live reptiles and learn how to care for the animals. 

2:00 PM – From Book to Film: Paddington 2 at Gateway Film Center – admission is free with your library card (up to 4 admissions)! This week’s movie is Paddington 2.

3:00 PM – Car Seat Safety Check at Hilltop YMCA – get your carseat checked for safety by Columbus Public Health and Safe Kids!

4:00 PM – Mithoff Revitalization Celebration in Downtown Lancaster – this block party in downtown Lancaster will include rock climbing walls, face painting, caricatures and free kids activities! Food will be available as well as a beer garden. The party goes to 11:00 PM and includes live music during the Friday Night Bandstand.

4:00 PM – Celebrate 614 Day! at Seventh Son Brewing – June 14th has been officially recognized as 614 Day! Celebrate with Columbus-based DJ’s, art installations, vendors and food trucks!

4:00 PM – Pelotonia HQ Open House! at Pelotonia – check out the brand new Pelotonia Headquarters! There will be Velvet Ice Cream, Donatos pizza and drinks! Take this opportunity to support Pelotonia and explore Franklinton during Franklinton Friday! 

4:00 PM – Sensory Art: Father’s Day Edition at Hoot Studio – enjoy a sensory art project that will turn into a Father’s Day gift! $15/child, $10 for siblings. Call or register online. 

4:30 PM – Franklinton Bike Fest at Franklinton Cycle Works – this festival includes food, games, kids’ activities, music, bike demos and more! 

5:00 PM – Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, OH – enjoy live jazz music, amusement rides, kayaking, shopping, and a family fun zone with Irish dance, juggling, storytelling, the Turtle Lady, petting zoo, and lots more! Tickets are available online and children under 4 are free.

5:00 PM – West Columbus Fair 2019 at Westland Mall – this event includes a petting zoo, pig races, a wild tiger exhibit, pony rides and a carnival midway! There will also be a Fearless Flores Thrill Show as seen on America’s Got Talent! 

5:00 PM – Grove City Wine and Arts Festival in the Heart of Grove City – experience 21 Ohio wineries and over 100 juried artists at this event in downtown Grove City! There will be food trucks and a Kids Craft with Never Grow Up Boutique on Saturday!

5:00 PM – St. Mary Parish Festival – the St. Mary Festival includes live music, food and drink, carnival rides, inflatables, midway games, a casino, kiddie land and more! A wristband for unlimited rides is $20.

6:00 PM – Friday Night Float at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe for a ride on the lake. Kids must be able to fit in life jackets.

6:30 PM – Family Night Out at Goldfish Swim School – Dublin – during this event, families can swim in the pool together! Cost is $5/person or $15/family. Tiger Woo’s World Class Tae Kwon Do and Operation Safe Kids will be the “featured friends” for the evening.

9:15 PM – Movies Under the Stars – Charade at Green Lawn Abbey – watch a movie at the Green Lawn Abbey! There will be a food truck at 8:00 PM and cartoons will be shown at dusk. The movie Charade begins at 9:15 PM. $5/person.


A BIG Thanks to Babies & Bumps for sponsoring this post!

Babies & Bumps is an exclusive event designed for parents with babies (newborn – 2 years old) and bumps; get answers to your questions, gain confidence in your decisions, resolve your fears…and become empowered about all aspects of pregnancy, birth, the transition to parenthood, and your baby’s development! No pressure. No judgment. Just support, resources, and community for you and your growing family.

At Babies & Bumps, we believe that information + connections = empowerment! So, every aspect is designed to connect you to valuable resources before you need them and to facilitate real conversations about all aspects of having a baby. From info-packed, expert-led seminars and demonstrations to local resources, shopping, complimentary activities, and giveaways galore…there’s nothing like Babies & Bumps!

See more info about the event and buy your tickets here.


SATURDAY

9:00 AM – The Great Inflatable Race Columbus at Franklin County Fairgrounds – this huge inflatable obstacle course is for all ages!

9:00 AM – Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – drop in to take the kids on a canoe ride. Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket to ride.

9:00 AM – Worthington Arts Festival at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington – this arts festival includes over 150 artists and vendors, food vendors, and community arts partners and activities. 

9:00 AM – Touch-A-Truck at the Westgate Farmers Market – kids can get up close to emergency and utility vehicles from AEP, Columbus Fire Department and Columbus Police Department! Plus enjoy the farmer’s market and Broke Johnny Food Truck!

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – $5 gets you one Belgium waffle with unlimited toppings! There will be animals to visit with from Heartland Conference Retreat Center. There will also be games and fun for the kids!

10:00 AM – Columbus Children’s Festival at Westerville North High School – this festival includes lots of activities for kids including a foam fun run, a A Whole New World Breakfast, a bounce park and fun zone, talent contest, balloon artist, petting zoo and lots more!

10:00 AM – The Big Splash at Three Creeks Metro Park – this event includes canoeing, a water slide, discovering pond life, a squirt gun zone and free snacks! Children must be able to fit into a life jacket to ride in the canoes.

10:00 AM – Babies & Bumps Columbus 2019 at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center – get answers to your questions, gain confidence in your decisions, resolve your fears…and become empowered about all aspects of pregnancy, birth, the transition to parenthood, and your baby’s development! No pressure. No judgment. Just support, resources, and community for you and your growing family.

10:00 AM – The Science of Big Machines at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – climb aboard big machines and construction vehicles and learn about the science and technology of construction vehicles! This event will run through June 23rd! Included in admission and membership.

10:00 AM – Kids Club at Michaels Stores – make a Father’s Day card for dad! $3/project.

10:10 AM – Our Village: Donut Decorating with Dad at the Powell Village Green – decorate donuts with dad at this Family Stroller Strides Class! Your first class with FIT4MOM is free!

10:30 AM – Pride Parade – the Pride Parade steps off at 10:30 AM from Poplar & High. From 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Family Area at the Pride Festival, kids can enjoy play, arts and crafts and more! There will be a bounce house, picnic area, dress up photos and more! There will also be vendors, live entertainment and food trucks.

11:00 AM – Grove City Wine and Arts Festival in the Heart of Grove City – experience 21 Ohio wineries and over 100 juried artists at this event in downtown Grove City! There will be food trucks and a Kids Craft with Never Grow Up Boutique on Saturday!

11:00 AM – From Book to Film: Paddington 2 at Gateway Film Center – admission is free with your library card (up to 4 admissions)! This week’s movie is Paddington 2.

11:00 AM – Kids Craft During the Wine and Arts Festival at Never Grow Up Boutique – stop by Never Grow Up to make a make a project during the Grove City Wine and Arts Festival. Make and take a craft for $5.

11:00 AM – Wild Saturday at Green Haven Living, LLC – visit with animal ambassadors from Ohio Wildlife Center until 3:00 PM!

11:30 AM – Indian Food Festival at Columbus Indian Church – taste home-cooked dishes from members of the congregation! Menu items are $3 and there is free ice cream for the kids and free beverages.

2:00 PM – MAKE a Father’s Day Mug at Michaels Stores – buy the mug and Michaels will provide the supplies to decorate it for dad!

2:00 PM – Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – drop in to take the kids on a canoe ride. Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket to ride.

2:00 PM – From Book to Film: Paddington 2 at Gateway Film Center – admission is free with your library card (up to 4 admissions)! This week’s movie is Paddington 2.

2:00 PM – West Columbus Fair 2019 at Westland Mall – this event includes a petting zoo, pig races, a wild tiger exhibit, pony rides and a carnival midway! There will also be a Fearless Flores Thrill Show as seen on America’s Got Talent!

4:30 PM – The Royals Project Family Skate Night at Skate America – skate with Disney, Marvel and DC characters! $5 for admission. Recommended for ages preschool through 4th grade. Non-skating adults are free.

5:00 PM – St. Mary Parish Festival – the St. Mary Festival includes live music, food and drink, carnival rides, inflatables, midway games, a casino, kiddie land and more! A wristband for unlimited rides is $20.

6:00 PM – Moonlight Market on Gay Street – this outdoor street festival and market includes over 100 sidewalk vendors, street musicians and more!

SUNDAY – FATHER’S DAY

9:00 AM – Father’s Day Special: Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – drop in to take the kids on a canoe ride. Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket to ride.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film: Paddington 2 at Gateway Film Center – admission is free with your library card (up to 4 admissions)! This week’s movie is Paddington 2.

11:00 AM – Worthington Arts Festival at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington – this arts festival includes over 150 artists and vendors, food vendors, and community arts partners and activities. 

2:00 PM – West Columbus Fair 2019 at Westland Mall – this event includes a petting zoo, pig races, a wild tiger exhibit, pony rides and a carnival midway! There will also be a Fearless Flores Thrill Show as seen on America’s Got Talent!

2:00 PM – From Book to Film: Paddington 2 at Gateway Film Center – admission is free with your library card (up to 4 admissions)! This week’s movie is Paddington 2.

2:00 PM – Father’s Day Special: Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – drop in to take the kids on a canoe ride. Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket to ride.

2:00 PM – Fishing with the Rangers at Highbanks Metro Park – limited bait and poles will be provided for this fishing time! 

3:00 PM – Father’s Day Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Easton for $10/person. Children under 15 ride free with a paying adult. 

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, June 7-9, 2019

Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 45 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY  

12:00 AM – National Donut Day at Amy’s Donuts – free bag of cake holes to every customer purchase while supplies last!

6:00 AM – National Donut Day at Krispy Kreme – one free donut per guest, no purchase necessary!

6:00 AM – National Donut Day with Flavvr App – download the Flavvr app and get a dozen donuts at Peace, Love and Little Donuts for $12.

6:00 AM – National Donut Day at Dunkin’ Donuts – get a free classic donut with any beverage purchase.

6:00 AM – National Donut Day at Dragon Donuts – celebrate with free classic mini donuts with every purchase!

7:00 AM – National Donut Day at Tupelo – make a donation to the Clintonville Resource Center and receive a free donut! Click the link for locations.

7:00 AM – National Donut Day! at Duck Donuts – get a free classic donut for each guest, no purchase necessary!

7:00 AM – National Donut Day at Bake Me Happy – Bake Me Happy will have gluten free donuts for sale to celebrate!

10:00 AM – The debut of “Chihuly: Celebrating Nature” at Franklin Park Conservatory – for the first time in almost 10 years you can view the entire Chihuly collection at Franklin Park Conservatory! The exhibit will run through March 29, 2020!

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity and playtime in the woods.

10:00 AM – School’s Out Party at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – kids up to 11 years old can enjoy a tattoo station, balloon artist, crafts, face painting and a special visitor! $12 for the first child, $6 for each additional child.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids – Pirate Day at Columbus Commons – the first Commons for Kids takes place this week with carousel rides, inflatables, and pirate-themed activities!

11:00 AM – Kid’s Concert on the Green with Endless Recess at Worthington Village Green – enjoy a free kids’ concert on the green with Kona Ice!

11:00 AM – The Columbus Arts Festival at The Scioto Mile – this 3 day festival includes over 250 artists, interactive activities, and 5 stages for music, poetry and dance! There will be food vendors, a Virtual Reality tent and a Hands-On Art Activities Village on the Dorrian Green featuring arts and crafts activities for kids. On Saturday and Sunday kids can visit The Children’s Gallery at the Columbus Arts Festival where kids can buy a piece of art work for $5 or less.

5:00 PM – Family MAKE Week at Michaels Stores – each day this week Michaels is offering a different event for families. This event is free and includes all supplies! Ages 3 and up. Click the link for details.

5:30 PM – Celebrate “Aladdin” Dance & Theatre Camp at The Shops at Worthington Place – enjoy an Aladdin themed n night with crafts, stories, dress up and a meal at Aladdins Eatery! Call to register.

5:30 PM – Credit Union of Ohio Carnival at Credit Union of Ohio – this event includes free activities for kids of all ages, including games, prizes, live music, face painting, balloon twisting, a bounce house, ice cream, water, and a free food item from one of the food trucks! (See more below!)

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Lancaster – enjoy a free outdoor concert in downtown Lancaster!

9:00 PM – Drive in Movie Night featuring The Grinch in Upper Arlington – watch The Grinch outside in the park! Bring a chair or blanket!


A BIG Thanks to Credit Union of Ohio for sponsoring this post!

The Credit Union of Ohio Carnival is this Friday, June 7, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Hilliard Branch!

This family-friendly event is open to the public and will offer free activities for kids of all ages, including games, prizes, live music, face painting, balloon twisting, a bounce house, ice cream, water, and a free food item from one of the following food trucks: Angry Wiener, Empanadas & More, and Holy Taco. Be sure to take advantage of a special offer for families who open a Youth Account at the carnival.

Carnival attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Credit Union of Ohio’s event page.

Free parking will be available in the branch parking lot as well as at BMW Financial, just past the branch.


SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Yellow Springs Street Fair – the yellow Spring Street Fair features 250 vendors, shops and eateries, and live music!

10:00 AM – The debut of “Chihuly: Celebrating Nature” at Franklin Park Conservatory – for the first time in almost 10 years you can view the entire Chihuly collection at Franklin Park Conservatory! The exhibit will run through March 29, 2020!

10:00 AM – The Columbus Arts Festival at The Scioto Mile – this 3 day festival includes over 250 artists, interactive activities, and 5 stages for music, poetry and dance! There will be food vendors, a Virtual Reality tent and a Hands-On Art Activities Village on the Dorrian Green featuring arts and crafts activities for kids. On Saturday and Sunday kids can visit The Children’s Gallery at the Columbus Arts Festival where kids can buy a piece of art work for $5 or less.

10:00 AM – We’re Having Potty Party and You’re Invited! at All buybuy BABY store locations – learn potty training tips from the experts! There will be prizes, fun and games! RSVP online.

10:00 AM – Storybook Village at Ohio Village – meet your favorite PBS Kids characters, do a fairytale obstacle course, enjoy music from The Shazzbots, do activities and more! Included with general admission to Ohio History Center/Ohio Village.

11:00 AM – Scholastic Read-A-Palooza at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys, and Games – this celebration includes visits from Dog Man and Clifford the Big Red Dog, crafts and activities! Bring books to donate to a local charity!

11:00 AM – Father’s Day Designs at A&R Workshop Grove City – drop in between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to create a make and take project for Father’s Day. Projects starting at $10.

11:00 AM – StoryTrail™ Opening and Founders Day Celebration at The Dawes Arboretum – admission is free all day June 8th as they celebrate the opening of the 2019 StoryTrail. There will be a book giveaway, visitors from Ohio Nature Education , an art installation and tours!

12:00 PM – PBJ & Jazz: Such Sweet Thunder at Topiary Park – this event includes a story time inside the library, a jazz concert and an art activity from Columbus Museum of Art. This week’s performance is by Such Sweet Thunder.

12:00 PM – Marion, Ohio Touch A Truck at Marion Harding High School – take a trip to Marion to see big trucks up close! There will be food, first response vehicles, construction trucks, service providers and more.

2:00 PM – Monster Truck Summer Heat Tour — head to Chillicothe for giant monster trucks, a pit party with a Kid’s Fun Zone, a bounce house and more!

4:00 PM – Second Saturdays at Creekside Gahanna – this event includes Arts in the Alley, live music, food trucks, Meet the Maker and more!

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – The debut of “Chihuly: Celebrating Nature” at Franklin Park Conservatory – for the first time in almost 10 years you can view the entire Chihuly collection at Franklin Park Conservatory! The exhibit will run through March 29, 2020!

10:00 AM – The Columbus Arts Festival at The Scioto Mile – this 3 day festival includes over 250 artists, interactive activities, and 5 stages for music, poetry and dance! There will be food vendors, a Virtual Reality tent and a Hands-On Art Activities Village on the Dorrian Green featuring arts and crafts activities for kids. On Saturday and Sunday kids can visit The Children’s Gallery at the Columbus Arts Festival where kids can buy a piece of art work for $5 or less.

10:00 AM – TALK AND PLAY WITH CASA SPEECH! at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – learn about speech and language therapy for your child. There will be community resources, snacks and special giveaways!

10:00 AM – June Baby + Art: Pop, You’re the Coolest! at Art with Anna – do a messy art project with your babe for Father’s Day. For ages 6 months to 3 years old.

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – visit the Ohio Wildlife Center and their 59 resident animals. Cost is $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

12:00 PM – Dad’s Day Out at New Uses Dublin and Reynoldsburg – New Uses is offering 25% off the entire store plus giveaways, raffles and free hot dogs!

2:00 PM – Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – meet special animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo. Included with admission or membership.

3:00 PM – JuniorChefs Weekend Workshop at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – kids ages 6 and up can learn kitchen safety, flavor profiles and culinary techniques. $50/class.

3:30 PM – June Family Paint: Father’s Day Abstract Gift at Art with Anna – families can paint a group of pieces to hang together or separately. $15/artist. Register online.

4:00 PM – Sprouts Night Out at Hilliard’s Station Park – this event includes live music by Endless Recess, kids’ activities, food trucks and more!

6:30 PM – The Reaganomics at Sounds of Summer! – enjoy a free, family-friendly concert at Alum Creek Park North Amphitheater! 

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

Free Columbus and Central Ohio Splash Pads and Fountains

These Central Ohio and Columbus splash pads are easy ways to cool off in the summer and a safer alternative for young kids who don’t yet know how to swim!

All of these splash pads are free to enter and most are open Memorial Day through Labor Day. It’s always a good idea to check the link for dates and hours of operation! You may want to read: 25 Things to Pack for a Successful Trip to the Splash Pad before you go!

Free Columbus and Central Ohio Splash Pads and Fountains:

1. Bicentennial Park

233 S. Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

fountain at Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile

2. North Bank Park

311 W. Long St., Columbus, OH 43215

  • The splash pad is behind the pavilion at the end of Neil Ave.

3. Hilliard’s Station Park

4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Splash pad at Hilliard's Station Park

Hilliard’s Station Park

4. Easton Town Center Fountains

160 Easton Square Pl, Columbus, OH 43219

Fountain at Easton Town Center

Easton Town Center

5. Grove City Splash Pad

3600 Discovery Dr., Grove City, OH 43123

6. Ballantrae Community Park Spray Fountains

6350 Woerner Temple Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

Fountains at Ballantrae Park in Dublin, Ohio

Ballantrae Park

7. Powell Splash Pad

47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065

Splash Pad in Powell, Ohio

Powell Splash Pad

8. Hanby Park

115 E Park St., Westerville, OH 43081

9. Fountain at Polaris Fashion Place

1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

fountain at Polaris Fashion Place

Polaris Fashion Place

10. Partners Park

125 E 6th St., Marysville, OH 43040here

11. Spray and Play at Veterans Park

1121 South Houk Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

Spray and Play at Veteran's Park in Delaware

Veteran’s Park

12. Fountain Plaza at Dorrian Green

50 South Belle St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

 

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