What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, July 5-7, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 30 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

Looking for Independence Day events? Click here: Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks Displays near Columbus, Ohio 

FRIDAY  

9:00 AM – Young’s Family Fun Value Independence Week Wristband Special at Young’s Jersey Dairy – head to Young’s Jersey Dairy this weekend for a special price on wristbands for miniature golf, batting cages, driving range and more! Wristbands is $15 for ages 12 and up, $9 for ages 11 and under and is good all day.

10:30 AM – KidX Club: Animals at Polaris Fashion Place The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be teaching kids about animals and there will be face painting, a balloon artist, giveaways, crafts and more!

11:00 AM – Camp Creativity at Michaels Stores – Camp Creativity happens Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and is $3 per session. There is a different theme every week and different crafts every day. Sign up online. 

11:00 AM – July 4th Weekend Block Party & Engine Extravaganza at Tanger Outlets, Jeffersonville – Thursday through Sunday there will be emergency trucks and vehicles to explore, games, balloons, food trucks, activities, giveaways, free popsicles and more!

12:00 PM – Summer Carnival at Skate Zone 71 – in addition to skating, this carnival will include a bounce house, face painting, balloon twisting and more!

6:00 PM- Friday Night Float at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe out on the lake, all equipment provided! Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket to ride.

6:00 PM – Central Ohio Brass Band at the Gantz Park Gazebo – enjoy a patriotic concert, visit with the Gardens at Gantz Farm volunteers and check out the new park! The concert begins at 7:00 PM.

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

8:30 PM – Uptown Movie Series on the City Hall Lawn – enjoy a movie on the lawn at dusk. This week’s movie is My Fair Lady (rated G).

8:45 PM – Family Film Friday in the Park at Sharon Meadows Park – watch a family-friendly film in the park! Popcorn will be provided. Bring a blanket or chair. 

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe for a ride on the lake. All equipment provided including life jackets!

9:00 AM – Young’s Family Fun Value Independence Week Wristband Special at Young’s Jersey Dairy – head to Young’s Jersey Dairy this weekend for a special price on wristbands for miniature golf, batting cages, driving range and more! Wristbands is $15 for ages 12 and up, $9 for ages 11 and under and is good all day.

10:30 AM – Storytime at the Market at Westgate Farmers Market – head out to the Westgate Farmers Market for a story time with Miss Pam! There will be costumes and props and two stories! Explorers Club Food Truck will be onsite as well as Bottoms Up Coffee along with the regular vendors! (The market begins at 9:00 AM.)

10:00 AM – Birdwatching for Beginners at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – beginning bird watchers can learn tricks to improve their bird watching skills and go on a short hike to bird watch!

10:30 AM – Our Village: Tie Dye Creations! with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – this is a free event with FIT4MOM UA! Bring an item to tie dye after the Stroller Strides Class!

11:00 AM – July 4th Weekend Block Party & Engine Extravaganza at Tanger Outlets, Jeffersonville – Thursday through Sunday there will be emergency trucks and vehicles to explore, games, balloons, food trucks, activities, giveaways, free popsicles and more!

12:00 PM – Family Fun Day with Next Level Trainings at Eastpointe Christian Church – this event includes face painting, bounce house, a D.J., games, an auction food and more! All activities are included with ticket purchase. Proceeds benefit NC4K which supports pediatric cancer families living or being treated in the state of Ohio.

1:00 PM – MAKE a Mini Sand Art Planter at Michaels Stores – buy the jar and Michaels will supply all of the supplies for a succulent jar filled with colorful sand.

2:00 PM – Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe for a ride on the lake. All equipment provided including life jackets!

6:00 PM – 2019 Westerville Jazz Series at Alum Creek Amphitheater – enjoy a free concert in the park along with food trucks!

7:30 PM – Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) at Ohio Theatre – watch the original Disney’s Snow White as part of CAPA’s Summer Movie Series! Tickets are available online. There are 3 showings this weekend.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe for a ride on the lake. All equipment provided including life jackets!

9:00 AM – Young’s Family Fun Value Independence Week Wristband Special at Young’s Jersey Dairy – head to Young’s Jersey Dairy this weekend for a special price on wristbands for miniature golf, batting cages, driving range and more! Wristbands is $15 for ages 12 and up, $9 for ages 11 and under and is good all day.

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm.

11:00 AM – July 4th Weekend Block Party & Engine Extravaganza at Tanger Outlets, Jeffersonville – Thursday through Sunday there will be emergency trucks and vehicles to explore, games, balloons, food trucks, activities, giveaways, free popsicles and more!

11:00 AM – Fairy Garden Super Sunday at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – create your own fairy garden with houses, rocks, accessories and more. Reservations recommended. Ages 3 and up with adult supervision. If you register online and attend you will receive 20% off your creation.

1:00 PM – Live Fire Sundays at Franklin Park Conservatory – watch a free cooking demo and sample foods made on outdoor cooking equipment. Sunday’s theme is Braised Beef and potatoes.

2:00 PM – Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe for a ride on the lake. All equipment provided including life jackets!

2:00 PM – Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) at Ohio Theatre – watch the original Disney’s Snow White as part of CAPA’s Summer Movie Series! Tickets are available online. There are 3 showings this weekend.

2:00 PM – Tanabata Festival 七夕祭り at Coffman Pavillion – this free festival celebrates the Japan-American relationship in Central Ohio and features musical performances, food, games, japanese sporting events and more. 

2:00 PM – For Kids: Scavenger Hunt at Highbanks Metro Park – pick up a scavenger hunt at the Nature Center and complete it for a prize!

7:30 PM – Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) at Ohio Theatre – watch the original Disney’s Snow White as part of CAPA’s Summer Movie Series! Tickets are available online. There are 3 showings this weekend.

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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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Affordable (and Free!) Summer Fun at Local Marcus Theatres 

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Want to beat the heat or get out of the rain? Keep the kids entertained this summer with one of these fun, affordable family-friendly movie options at Marcus Theatres!

Thanks to Marcus Theatres for sponsoring this post!

Affordable (and Free!) Summer Fun at Local Marcus Theatres

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Ah summer…no school, warm days and long nights. Although the list of potential activities seems never ending, it’s always a good idea to have a fool-proof plan in your back pocket for those days when the kids say “I’m bored,” the rain ruins your outing or you just want to kick up your feet and RELAX!

That’s where Marcus Theatres comes to the rescue.  With two local theatres, the Marcus Crosswoods Cinema in Columbus and the Marcus Pickerington Cinema in Pickerington, there is plenty of affordable (and free!) family fun on tap all summer long. Both theatres also feature comfortable DreamLounger recliners, premium large format screens and two great dining options — the Take Five Lounge and Zaffiro’s Express — for a convenient outing all under one roof.

Kids Dream Summer Film Series (Crosswoods and Pickerington Cinemas)

The Kids Dream Summer Film Series presented by American Family Insurance brings recent family favorites back to the big screen for an admission price of just $3 per person. Better yet, popcorn and fountain drinks are only $2.75 each! All films will play now through August 14 on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. 

You can save even more by visiting an American Family Insurance agency owner or the Kids Dream website to receive two FREE tickets courtesy of American Family Insurance. Visit www.AmFam.com/KidsDream to get yours! 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Kids Dream films:

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Free Family Parties (Crosswoods Cinema)

Heads to the Crosswoods Cinema for free family parties to celebrate the opening of this summer’s biggest films. Pro tip: they are come as you please and a great way to burn off extra energy before or after the movie! 

Mark your calendar for these upcoming parties:

  • July 20 and 21: “The Lion King” Free Family Parties from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Get your picture taken in the photo booth; make-your-own paper plate lion mask, lion origami and animal scratch art; and enjoy free snacks! 
    • Stay for the movie! Film admission sold separately. Click here for showtimes.
  • August 17 and 18: “The Angry Birds Movie 2” Free Family Parties from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Partygoers will enjoy a variety of crafts, snacks and more — more details and showtimes will be available soon at www.MarcusTheatres.com.
    • Stay for the movie! Film admission sold separately.The Lion King movie shown at Marcus Theatres Columbus Ohio

Value Days (Select Locations)

From “Toy Story 4” to “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (opening August 9), it’s no secret that this summer’s line-up is packed with plenty of amazing movies for families — and with value days at Marcus Theatres a trip to the theatre doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out these great offerings:

  • $5 Movie Tuesday (both theatres): Every movie is just $5, plus Magical Movie Rewards (MMR) loyalty members receive free complimentary-size popcorn! (Not a MMR member? You can sign-up for free online or in theatre.)
  • Student Thursday* (Crosswoods Cinema): Every Thursday, students and faculty can enjoy a movie for $6, plus receive free complimentary-size popcorn. Simply show your student or faculty ID to receive this great deal!
*Ticket prices are subject to tax where applicable. An additional charge applies for 3D, SuperScreen DLX and UltraScreen DLX showings.

The next time you’re in the market for a fun and affordable summer activity, make sure to head to your nearest Marcus Theatre!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, OH, May 31 – June 2, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 39 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this 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!

10:00 AM – For Families: Go Creeking at Highbanks Metro Park Look for water animals in the Olentangy River. Ages 3-15.

10:00 AM – Tots on the Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a slow paced, half-mile walk with your 1-4 year old!

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.

1:00 PM – For Families: Go Creeking at Highbanks Metro Park Look for water animals in the Olentangy River. Ages 3-15.

3:30 PM – Family Movie Matinee – Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse at Bexley Public Library – Bexley Public Library is celebrating the launch of their Summer Community Read program with a screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Popcorn and drinks provided!

5:00 PM – Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Chick-fil-A Sawmill Road – bring your kid’s favorite stuffed animal for a story time and tuck-in at Chick-fil-A Sawmill! Pick up is Saturday morning between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM where you can learn about their wild and crazy night!

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.

6:30 PM – Story Trail Opening & Ribbon Cutting at Friendship Park – celebrate the kick off of the summer reading program with a ribbon cutting of the newest story at the Gahanna Story Trail in Friendship Park! This year’s story is titled “The Big Walnut Country Club” and has been written by students from Gahanna. There will be live music and free activities!

6:30 PM – Summer Reading Launch Party at Delaware County District Library – Delaware County District Library is kicking off their Summer Reading Club with music from Zak Morgan and magic from Erica Carlson! There will also be a visit from COSI and ice cream from Sticky Fingers! 

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Downtown Lancaster – enjoy a live performance from Bad Influence Ohio!

7:00 PM – Shazzbots | Summer Sizzle Concert Series at George Edge Music Park – celebrate the kick off of the Summer Reading Club with music from The Shazzbots, crafts and activities!

7:00 PM – Flicks in the Heights at Buck Park – the movie Angels in the Outfield starts at sunset. Free popcorn will be served!

9:00 PM – Sunset Cinemas at The Daily Growler: Remember the Titans at The Daily Growler – Polaris – watch a free screening of Remember the Titans on the patio! Bring a chair or blanket!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – 2019 Opening Market in Westgate – in addition to the usual food, produce and arts vendors, the first market of the season will also include the opportunity for kids to plant seeds in a pot and take them home with them!

9:00 AM – Healthy Community Day at OSU Outpatient Care East – this event includes free health screenings and consultations, giveaways, entertainment and activities!

9:00 AM – Dairy Day at Berry Farm – learn about dairy farming at Mitchell’s Berry Farm, milk a cow, meet a calf and enjoy milk and donuts!

9:00 AM – Short North Yard Sale – scour the neighborhoods of the Short North for treasure!

9:00 AM – Hike all the Trails in Blacklick Woods Metro Park – this event includes a fast-paced hike of 6 miles of trails!

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! This weekend marks the opening of the exhibit which will run through March 29, 2020!

10:00 AM – Read & Blast Off! at Westerville Public Library – celebrate the kick off of the Summer Reading Club with all kinds of space-themed activities! There will be games, science activities, astronaut training, space-themed BINGO and more! 

10:00 AM – Heritage Celebration in Grove City – explore an 1800’s farm community with hands-on experiences, carriage rides, historical demonstrations and a vintage base ball game at 1:00 PM. Donations to the Grove City Food Pantry will be accepted.

10:00 AM – Family Archery Day: Morning Session at Stratford Ecological Center – this activity is for kids 8 and up and an accompanying adult! Learn the fundamentals of archery! $10/child. Call to register.

10:00 AM – Tractor Show at Gallant Farm Park – learn about tractors during the family-fun day that includes a kiddie pedal tractor pull!

10:00 AM – 2019 Troy Strawberry Festival – just around an hour from Columbus, this festival includes live entertainment, over 100 arts and crafts vendors, and strawberries!

11:00 AM – Summer Kick Off Block Party at Westgate BusinessWorks – celebrate Summer in Westgate/Hilltop! After you stroll through the Westgate Farmers Market, head over to The Design Refinery for a free craft for the kids hosted by What Should We Do Today Columbus?! Popsicles will be available for purchase from Too Good Eats! Next door, at Clay Street Ceramics you can paint an ice cream cone or dish and make an ice cream cone magnet for $15.  

11:00 AM – Rhythm on the River Music Festival in Bicentennial Park – this is an all-day music festival featuring 6 bands and food trucks!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff at Columbus Metropolitan Library – celebrate the kick off of the Summer Reading Challenge with two concerts from Jim Gill and animals from Bring the Farm to You! There will be indoor and outdoor games, food and costumed characters!

11:00 AM – Kick Off to Summer at Pro-Football Hall of Fame – take a trip to Canton for this free event that includes a touch-a-truck display, football activities, food trucks, inflatables and more! One child can get in free to the museum with each adult admission purchase. 

1:00 PM – Family Archery Day: Afternoon Session at Stratford Ecological Center – this activity is for kids 8 and up and an accompanying adult! Learn the fundamentals of archery! $10/child. Call to register.

3:00 PM – Family Tram Rides at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a guided tour of the park aboard one of the park trams. Last tour departs at 5:45 PM.

4:00 PM – 10 Year Anniversary Party! at Art with Anna – celebrate 10 years of Art With Anna with food, drinks, games and, of course, art! This event is free!

5:30 PM – “FORE!!!!” Parent’s Night Out at Dublin Toy Emporium – drop your kids off for a golf-themed night at Kreation’s Play Kafe! The night includes putt putt golf, cupcake decorating and dinner! Call to reserve your spot. 

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm.

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! This weekend marks the opening of the exhibit which will run through March 29, 2020!

10:00 AM – 2019 Troy Strawberry Festival – just around an hour from Columbus, this festival includes live entertainment, over 100 arts and crafts vendors, and strawberries!

2:00 PM – StrawBerry Fairy Tea Party at Mitchell’s Berries LLC – enjoy a garden tea party with the “Berry Fairy”. Reservations are for one adult and one child. Purchase tickets online.

3:00 PM – Family Tram Rides at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a guided tour of the park aboard one of the park trams. Last tour departs at 5:45 PM.

3:00 PM – Family Concert: Muppet Mayhem Band at Bexley Public Library – celebrate the launch of Bexley Library’s Summer Community Read with a concert from the Muppet Mayhem Band!

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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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