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

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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!*


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Free Columbus and Central Ohio Splash Pads and Fountains

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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, May 24-27, 2019 – Memorial Day Weekend

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend and Memorial Day? Here are over 55 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio over Memorial Day Weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – May’s Summer Special at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – receive half of admission every Friday in May when your kid wears his or her favorite jammies!

9:30 AM – Our Village: Muffins with Mom! at Thompson Park – this is a free event with FIT4MOM UA following their Stroller Strides class beginning at 9:30 AM. Click the link for a free class!

9:30 AM – Toddler Play Time – Art Explorers at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – kids can enjoy several sensory stations and 2 crafting and art tables. Free coffee for the adults! Register online.

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! at Hannah Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for a Bear Hunt playdate! The playdate is free and takes place after the Stroller Strides workout.

6:00 PM – 4th Fridays on the Lawn at Westerville Public Library – head to Uptown Westerville’s 4th Friday celebration and hang out on the library lawn. This month’s theme is farm animals!

6:30 PM – Building Tasty Creations Workshop Event at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – this is a special workshop celebrating the release of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part! Register online.

6:30 PM – Kids Night Out! at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – drop the kids off for a hands-on cooking experience with a theme. Register online.

6:30 PM – Family Night Out at Goldfish Swim School – members and non-members are welcome for an open swim at all local Goldfish Swim School locations! $5/person or $15/family. First come, first served.

SATURDAY

8:30 AM – Where Does Your Food Come From Event at The Farm at Walnut Creek – at this event you can learn from the Amish staff about planting crops, milking cows, making butter, baking and more! there will be a corn box for the kids, a scavenger hunt and a cornhole slingshot!

9:00 AM – Barking and Breakfast at Three Creeks Metro Park – enjoy breakfast snacks and a 3 mile walk with your dog!

9:30 AM – Family Stroller Strides at Fancyburg Park – this workout is for the whole family! Register online.

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art: Patterned Fox at Art with Anna – drop in to make a patterned fox project! $20/student. Ages 4 and up. Register online.

10:00 AM – BrickUniverse Columbus LEGO Fan Expo at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair – LEGO lovers can enjoy building zones, vendors, hands on activities, LEGO displays and more!

10:00 AM – Kids Club Patriotic Cookie Decorations at Michaels Stores – $3 per project for kids ages 3 and up. Register online.

10:00 AM – Opening Day – “Jim Henson: Imagination Unlimited” at COSI – celebrate the new COSI exhibit featuring the work of Jim Henson! There will be performances, a puppet parade, and more!

10:00 AM – Grandview Heights Memorial Day Parade – this neighborhood parade begins at 10:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – Asian Festival at Franklin Park – this celebration of Asian culture includes food, games, a dragon boat, culture exhibits, martial arts, a market place, live performances and a children’s area with games, crafts and activities.

10:00 AM – Opening Day at Ohio Village – explore the 1890’s at Ohio Village, interact with its citizens, visit the shops and business and take part in what life was like during that time!

11:00 AM – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream – the Sertoma Ice Cream festival is $5 per car and includes live music, events for kids like egg toss, sack race, kiddie tractor pull, presentations from COSI and Columbus Zoo and more! Oh yeah, and ice cream!

2:00 PM – MAKE A Patriotic Pom-Pom Wreath at Michaels Stores – buy the wreath base and Michaels will provide the supplies to make a Pom Pom Wreath!

4:00 PM – Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons – kick off the summer with bounce houses, crafts, face painting, carousel rides and more! This event is free to attend and $5 for a hand stamp for inflatables. At 8:15 Ralph Breaks the Internet will be shown!

7:00 PM – Family Fun Night at Highbanks Metro Park – make s’mores around the campfire and enjoy crafts and activities.

8:00 PM – Movie in the Park: Lego Batman at Sharon Woods Metro Park – watch The Lego Batman Movie on the big screen in the park. There will be bat-themed activities starting at 8:00 PM and the movie starts at dark.

8:00 PM – Free Movie Night: Ralph Breaks the Internet at Columbus Commons – head to Columbus Commons for Family Fun Day including a showing of Ralph Breaks the Internet at 8:15 PM.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM  – BrickUniverse Columbus LEGO Fan Expo at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair – LEGO lovers can enjoy building zones, vendors, hands on activities, LEGO displays and more!

10:00 AM – Asian Festival at Franklin Park – this celebration of Asian culture includes food, games, a dragon boat, culture exhibits, martial arts, a market place, live performances and a children’s area with games, crafts and activities.

11:00 AM – Fairy Garden Sunday at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – create a Fairy Garden starting at $15. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Register online.

12:00 PM – Jeni’s Strawberry Jam at Land-Grant Brewing Company – celebrate strawberry season and the release of Jeni’s Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream with fresh strawberries, ice cream and special collaborations! There will be live music, food trucks, merchants and more!

1:00 PM – Toy Boat Building at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – build a wooden boat to sail!

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings with a special code – book online!

1:00 PM – Sunday in the Swamp at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – look for critters in the swamp!

2:00 PM – Fishing with the Rangers at Highbanks Metro Park – go fishing in the pond! Poles and bait provided. Recommended for ages 6-17.

3:00 PM – Nature Hike at Homestead Metro Park – take a one mile hike to learn about animals in the park.

6:00 PM – Music in the Garden: Summer ’19 at Olde Towne East Community Gardens – enjoy a free concert in the garden!

MONDAY – Memorial Day


Memorial Day Parades in Central Ohio:

9:00 AM – Marysville

10:15 AM – Worthington

10:00 AM – Powell

10:30 AM – Granville

11:00 AM – Dublin

11:00 AM – Grove City


6:30 AM – Summer Reading Challenge at Chick-fil-A Sawmill Road – the Summer Reading Challenge kicks off today at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill Rd. Record 4 books your child has read on the back of the bookmark and receive a reward!

8:30 AM – Where Does Your Food Come From Event at The Farm at Walnut Creek – at this event you can learn from the Amish staff about planting crops, milking cows, making butter, baking and more! there will be a corn box for the kids, a scavenger hunt and a cornhole slingshot!

9:30 AM – Our Village: Family Stroller Strides and Patriotic Popsicles at Amelita Mirolo Barn – join FIT4MOM UA for a family workout with patriotic popsicles afterwards! Your first class is free!

10:00 AM – Patriotic Popsicles & Splash Pad Picnic with FIT4MOM Columbus East – play at the splash pad and enjoy popsicles with FIT4MOM Columbus East following the Stroller Strides workout.

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – Story Time at Duck Donuts Dublin – take part in a story time, crafts and a behind the scenes look at donut making! Recommended for ages 3-6.

11:00 AM – Memorial Day Celebration at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – cook hot dogs, play yard games and splash in the creek or take a hike!

12:00 PM – Memorial Day Tram Tour at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a tram tour of the park! Learn about all there is to do in Sharon Woods!

12:00 PM – Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – stop by the Nature Center to pick up a scavenger hunt and return it for a prize!

1:00 PM – Toy Boat Building at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – build a wooden boat to sail!

1:00 PM – Canoe the Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – take a canoe ride in the park! All equipment provided.

2:00 PM – Creature Feature at Highbanks Metro Park – visit turtles and snakes in the Nature Center! Recommended for ages 3-10.

4:00 PM – Food Truck Festival & Jazz in the Park at Havenwood Park – enjoy food trucks and jazz in the park! Bring a chair or blanket!

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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!*


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