What Should We Do This Weekend? June 29-July 1, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening this weekend in Columbus Ohio!


9:00 AM – Free Admission for You & A New Guest at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – bring a first time guest to Tree of Life Play + Cafe and you both get in free. (Admission fee is for children.)

10:00 AM – Water Fun Stroller Strides Class at Highbanks Metro Park – workout with a water theme for you AND the kids! Your first workout with FIT4MOM is free!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – – this week’s event includes kiddie fitness, live music, a magic show by The Great Randini, OSU Urban Arts Space and more! See more about Commons for Kids here.

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Chef Junior and Polaris restaurants will be hosting competitions and kids can meet professional chefs! See more about KidX here.

10:30 AM – Read it, Make it, Eat it – Elephant & Piggie Ice Cream Social at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – read the book and create two crafts and have a snack based on the story! Recommended for ages 2-5, $15 per child.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week’s movie is The Princess Bride and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

11:00 AM – Pop Tab Donation Day at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio – The Ronald McDonald House will be collecting your pop tabs during a fun celebration that includes contests and games, food trucks and Brutus Buckeye!

12:00 PM – International Mud Day at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – celebrate International Mud Day by playing in the mud in the Natural Play Area at Blendon Woods Metro Park! See all there is to do at Blendon Woods Metro Park here.

5:00 PM – Family Friday Night at COSI – on the last Friday of the month COSI stays open until 9:00 PM with reduced admission! Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

7:00 PM – The Little Mermaid Jr. presented by Summer Theater Workshop – watch a free performance of The Little Mermaid Jr.! Performances are 1.5 hours long and take place June 29 at 7:00 PM, June 30 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and July 1 at 2:00 PM. Donations are accepted at the door.

7:00 PM – Popcorn Pops: Super Heroes Soundtrack at Columbus Commons – dress as your favorite super hero as the Columbus Symphony performs super hero theme songs! There will also be a costume concert and a free movie follows afterwards. This is a ticketed event.

8:15 PM – Free Movie Night – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Columbus Commons – watch this movie for free at Columbus Commons. Note: the park will be closed to the public until 8:00 PM for Popcorn Pops, a ticketed event. Movie begins afterwards.

8:30 PM – Family Movie Night: The Lion King in Weinland Park – watch a free movie in the park! Bring your own chairs and blankets!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Beethoven at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – bring a blanket and chair for this free movie that begins at dusk!


7:00 AM – Ridge Runner Ramble – this bike ride to benefit Homeless Family Foundation can be done for 25, 50 or 80 miles or you can do a 3 mile Family Ride! There will be food, music and raffles! Family ride starts at 10:00 AM.

7:00 AM – Ashland BalloonFest – BalloonFest includes live entertainment and shows, music, food and a Kids Fun Zone including pony rides, laser tag, inflatables and more! There will be Disney princesses, bumper bubbles and, of course, lots of hot air balloons! Ashland BalloonFest is going on June 28-30, 2018

9:00 AM – 5th Annual Chloe 5K Run & Stroller Stroll – help support young moms in Franklin County by participating in this 5K and Stroller Stroll! FIT4MOM will host a pre-race workout and ZUMBA will host a post-race workout!

9:00 AM – Grand Opening & Smart Mobility Block Party at the Smart Columbus Experience Center – celebrate the grand opening of the Smart Columbus Experience Center with a block party! There will bell kinds of vehicles on display, music, food, entertainment and more!

9:30 AM – Crafty Independence Day at Grove City Library – drop in between 9:30 AM and 6:00 PM to make a patriotic craft!

10:00 AM – Hilltop Bean Dinner in Westgate Park – celebrate the significance of the Hilltop in the Civil War with live music, a bean dinner, food vendors, craft vendors and an antique car show! The whole neighborhood will also be having yard sales beginning at 8:00 AM! This event is one of my 35 Free Things to do With Your Kids This Summer in Columbus!

10:00 AM – Patriot’s Day at South Columbus Preparatory Academy – meet Olympic medalist Butch Reynolds and former Buckeye wide receiver Dee Miller, enjoy food, snow cones, music, a petting zoo and more!

10:00 AM – HOOT 88: Ice Cream at Gateway Film Center – enjoy activities for kids in the lobby before watching family-friendly short films from around the world and enjoying music by the Shazzbots! This month’s theme is Ice Cream! See more about HOOT activities here!

11:00 AM – The Great Escape Outdoor Inflatable Bounce House Carnival at Delaware County Fair – enjoy a wide array of bounce houses including waterslides and sporting matches taking place in a full length inflatable court! There will be food available for purchase.

11:00 AM – Luau Party at Putt N Play Family Fun Center – enjoy a beach theme with music, games, prizes and more!

11:00 AM- Fenlon Five Year Celebration at Easton Town Center – celebrate 5 years of Fenlon Squre with games, treats and prizes!

11:00 AM – Playdate on the Playground – check out the new playground at Kiddie Academy of Hilliard, play in bounce houses, enjoy face painting, free food, balloon twisting, clowns and more!

12:00 PM – Summer Fest at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets – stop by any of the Central Ohio Fresh Thyme locations for an outdoor market, brats on the grill, live entertainment, samples and more! The link is for Worthington but this event is happening at the Westerville, Worthington and Columbus locations.

12:00 PM – Young Entrepreneur Bake Sale at Smidge and Pinch – come support the young bakers at this bake sale put on by bakers age 8 and up by buying their yummy treats!

2:00 PM – First Responder Appreciation Day at The Point on Main Street – celebrate our first responders with food and drink specials and live music! Process benefit the First Responder Face-Off Foundation and their Hockey Helping Heroes initiative.

2:00 PM – Block Party in the Short North at High St. and 1st Ave. – businesses in the Short North are pretty excited about having their sidewalks back! Celebrate with them with free samples, giveaways, sales, music and more!

3:00 PM – Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Library – watch a G rated Disney movie with free popcorn!

4:00 PM – 2018 Olentangy Summer Bash at Olentangy Braves High School – this celebration includes live music, fireworks, a Family Fun Zone, Teen Zone, food trucks and more!

5:00 PM – Grandview Hop – Grandview’s sidewalk market takes place 4 times a summer and this Saturday is one of them! Enjoy art, food, live music, hand crafted goods, ice sculpture carving, and more!

7:00 PM – E-Flat at Rule 3 – enjoy music by local jazz band E-Flat, games for the kids, food and bowling! No cover charge.

9:00 PM – Saturday Late Night Fishing at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – fish Darby Bend Lakes and Beaver Lake at night!


7:00 AM – Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day on the Hilliard Ice Cream Trail – Destination Hilliard has created the Hilliard Ice Cream Trail with six Hilliard businesses within a mile and a half of each other! Pick up your passport at one of the participating shops and purchase an ice cream treat to receive a stamp. Take your completed passport to Coffee Connections to receive a commemorative draw string bag!

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus get free admission to the Conservatory. Must have a valid ID. See the amazing new Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory here.

10:00 AM – Independence Day at Ohio Village – celebrate an old-fashioned Independence Day with music, dancing, an Ohio Village Muffins base ball game, a pie eating contest and more!

2:05 PM – Bob Evans Family Day at the Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians – Family Day Admission is $15 for two adults and up to 4 youth. Kids can run the bases after the game!

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Easterseals Recommended Accessible Parks, Playgrounds and Trails in Central Ohio and Surrounding Area

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I’m excited to collaborate with Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio to share this list of accessible parks, playgrounds and trails around Central Ohio!

Accessible Playgrounds

Emerald Fields – 4040 Wyandotte Woods Blvd, Dublin, OH 43016

Darree Fields Park – 6259 Cosgray Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

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Windsor Park Dream Field, Photo Credit: Nikki Seeley

Windsor Park Dream Field – 3400 Ventura Boulevard, Grove City, OH 43123

Tanglebrook Park – behind Fire Station 201 off Grove City Road.

accessible park in Westerville, Ohio

Millstone Creek Park

Millstone Creek Park – 745 N Spring Rd., Westerville, OH 43082

Liberty Township Boundless Playground – 2507 Home Rd., Powell, OH 43065

carriage place park

Carriage Place Park

Carriage Place Park – 4900 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

ADA park

Homestead Metro Park

Homestead Metro Park – 4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, OH 43026

Slate Run Park – 1375 SR 674 N. Canal Winchester, OH 43103

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Fryer Park

Fryer Park – 3899 Orders Rd., Grove City, OH, 43123

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Parks with ADA swings:

  • Flint Road Park – 8008 Flint Rd., 43235
  • Milo Grogan Park and Community Center – 862 E. 2nd Ave. 43201
  • Cremeans Park – 3146 Maize Rd., 43224
  • Franklin Park – 1755 E Broad St., 43203
  • Marion Franklin Park and Community Center – 2801 Lockbourne Rd., 43207
  • Fairwood Park – 1372 Fairwood Ave., 43206
  • Sycamore Fields Park at Three Creeks – 2748 Spangler Rd., 43207
  • Alumcrest Park – 2575 S. Cassady Ave., 43207

Additionally, ADA swings will be available soon at the following locations:

  • Saunders Park – 1380 Acheson St., 43203
  • Harrison Smith Park – 2646 Gatgewood Rd., 43219
  • Freedom Park – 5757 Westdale Park, 43119
  • Goodale Park – 120 W. Goodale St., 43215
  • Wynstone Park – 9280 S. Old State Rd., 43035

See a complete list of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Parks here.

Wheelchair Accessible Trails

Foor Leisure Path
Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail
Ohio to Erie Trail
Camp Chase Trail
Heritage Rail Trail
Canal Winchester Trail System
Scioto Greenway Trail
Alum Creek Greenway Trail
Westerville B & W
Genoa Trail
Olentangy Trail

Wheelchair Accessible Trails at Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Big Meadows Path and Scenic River at Highbanks Metro Park
Darby Creek Greenway at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
All six trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park
Marsh Hawk and Ironweed Trails at Glacier Ridge Metro Park
Edward S. Thomas and Multipurpose Trails at Sharon Woods Metro Park

Helpful Links

Accessible Ohio State Park Facilities
Ohio Wheelchair Accessible Trails and Maps
Ohio Accessible Playground Directory
Accessible Nature

Thanks to Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio for collaborating on this post!

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources. Please call ahead or check links to confirm the best fit for your child.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 22-24, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

Don’t forget to check out: 35 Free Things to Do with Your Kids in Columbus This Summer and Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week for more ideas of things to do!


9:00 AM – Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center – shop the Half Price Books Clearance sale on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Everything is $2 or less! Parking is $5.

9:00 AM – Cake Ball with Admission at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – get a free cake ball with the purchase of admission today only from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – this week at the Commons features Ohio State Athletics, Pretty as a Princess, Columbus Folk Music Society, free kiddie fitness classes and Lowe’s Home Improvement! As always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities!

10:00 AM – Big Machines at COSI – kids can climb up and even operate some BIG machines outside of COSI through June 24th! Learn about the science and technology of construction! (This event is going on now through Sunday!)

10:30 AM – KidX at Polaris Fashion Place – this free event happens outside at the fountain and includes fun activities every week. This week’s theme is Teddy Bear Tidy Up. Bring your teddy bear for a check up from the Teddy Bear Doctor.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – join a nature counselor for a forest playtime! There will be a 30 minute nature activity plus free play time outside in the woods. Ideal for ages 2-5. This is a free event but donations are accepted.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week you can watch The Neverending Story any day (of the week!) at 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Kids Concert on the Green at Worthington Village Green – enjoy a kid-friendly concert with the band Endless Recess!

1:00 PM – Summer Parenting Workshop at Little Arrows Play Cafe – let the kids play at the play area while you learn about positive discipline from local experts!

2:00 PM – Harry Potter Escape Room at Grove City Library – solve puzzles and escape the Harry Potter themed escape room! Grades 5 and up.

4:00 PM – 19th Annual Easton Art Affair at Easton Town Center – the Easton Art Affair happens Friday from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and features a juried fine art show, street fair and art made by kids too!

6:00 PM – Sprouts Night Out at Hilliard’s Station Park – enjoy live music, food trucks and activities including body art, stilt walkers and pop up art with the Arts Council!

6:00 PM – Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Safety Fest in Uptown Westerville – this month’s theme is Safety! There will be fun activities for all ages, street vendors, food trucks, live entertainment and more!

6:00 PM – Creekside Live at Creekside Gahanna – enjoy live music by Will Freed and the Reaganomics!

7:00 PM – Summer Sizzle Concert Series at Grove City Town Center – enjoy a live concert by Agent 99 who plays 70’s and 80’s music!

7:00 PM – Folk Songs Around the Fire at Gallant Farm Park – all ages are welcome to sing, play or listen to music around the campfire! Bring your own instrument!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Beauty and the Beast at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – this free movie begins at dusk! Bring a chair and/or blanket.

8:30 PM – Family Movie Night: The Lion King at Weinland Park, Columbus – watch a free movie in the park! Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

9:00 PM – Movie in the Park – Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Sunny 95 Park – watch a free movie in the park! Movie begins at dusk. Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket!


9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – enjoy a waffle with unlimited toppings, coffee and juice for $5/person.

9:30 AM – National Day of Play! at Gymboree Play and Music of Gahanna – enjoy a free day of play and activities for kids ages 0-5!

10:00 AM – Dressing Victorian at Ohio Village – learn what it means to dress like a Victorian, enjoy crafts from the 1890’s and learn more about fashion in the 1890’s! Included with admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Dublin Kiwanis 51st Annual Frog Jump Festival at Coffman Park – kids 12 and under can participate in the frog jump! Come and cheer on the competitors!

10:00 AM – Author and Illustrator Daniel Kirk at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers  – enjoy a story time and book signing with award winning author and illustrator, Daniel C. Kirk.

10:00 AM – Playdates at the Park w/ 614Mom– at Hilliard’s Station Park – moms and kids are welcome to join Eryn from 614Mom and Coffee Connections for a playdate in the park.

11:00 AM – Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory – celebrate National Pollinator Week with food trucks, food demonstrations, live music, The Bugman, Stinger from the Columbus Blue Jackets, a walk through the garden to observe bees in action and lots of other educational information and activities!

11:00 AM – Tanger Food Truck Festival at Tanger Outlets, Columbus – this food truck festival includes activities for kids like face painting, caricatures, arts and crafts and a DJ!

1:00 PM – Family Fun with the Bison at Battelle Darby Nature Center – learn about the bison of Ohio with games, crafts and snacks! Take a walk out to view the bison with a naturalist.

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – hang out by the frog fountains outside American Girl for caricature artists, face painting and balloon artists! This happens on Saturdays AND Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Pelotonia: Movie Night in The Shoe – Ohio State Buckeyes – watch Coco in The Shoe! $5 donation per person supports Pelotonia!

6:30 PM – Exotics on Scioto Mile 2018 at The Scioto Mile – enjoy a display of over 100 exotic cars! There will also be food trucks on site!

7:00 PM – Summer Nights Series at Miller Pool – “Dive-In” Movie at Miller Pool – watch the movie Early Man from the pool! Free popcorn! Kids under two are admitted free. Advance tickets are recommended.


11:00 AM – German Village Makers Market in German Village – enjoy an outdoor artisan market at the corner of City Park & Thurman Ave featuring local artists, designers and growers. There will also be food trucks and live music. This event is pet and family friendly!

11:00 AM – Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room – kids can enjoy free crafts provided by Arts in Uptown and there will be drink specials for the adults!

2:00 PM – For Families: Wildlife Hike at Highbanks Metro Park – take a one mile hike along the Scenic River Trail with a naturalist!

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – hang out by the frog fountains outside American Girl for caricature artists, face painting and balloon artists! This happens on Saturdays AND Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

6:30 PM – Summer Solstice Celebration at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – welcome summer with snacks, stories, crafts and a hike! RSVP by 5:00 on Thursday!

A BIG Thanks to German Village Makers Mart for sponsoring this post!

June 24 ▪August 26 ▪ October 14


Join us at the corner of City Park & Thurman Ave in historic German Village for an outdoor artisan market promoting local artists, designers and growers. Food trucks, live music, pet and family friendly!


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