What Should We Do This Weekend? July 27-29, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening around Columbus this weekend!

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Lancaster Festival – this festival goes on from July 19-28, 2018 and includes kid-friendly performances, many are free! Saturday is the last day of this event!

9:00 AM – The Ohio State Fair – gates open on Wednesday for the 2018 Ohio State Fair! See all your favorite exhibits, eat fried food on a stick, ride rides and watch shows! Click here to see all the attractions!

9:00 AM – First day for U-Pick Peaches at Branstool Orchards – Friday is the first day you can pick delicious peaches at Branstool Orchards! Read all about our visit to Branstool Orchards!

10:00 AM – Children’s Book Club! with FIT4MOM at Hannah Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for a book swap and bookmark making!

10:00 AM – Kids Film Series at Drexel Theatre – watch The Secret World of Arrietty, rated G, all weekend! Friday and Saturday at 10:00 AM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Kids up to age 12 are $1 and 13 and over are $3. Tupelo donuts will be on site on Saturday morning!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – this week’s theme is Ohio State Day! As always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities!

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Circus! See more about KidX here.

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 Hunger Games and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

5:00 PM – Family Friday Night at COSI – COSI stays open late with special pricing until 9:00 PM!

6:00 PM – Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday in Uptown Westerville – this month’s 4th Friday celebration is World Bazaar and will feature customs, cultures and cuisines from around the world!

6:00 PM – Creekside Live: Willie Phoenix Band w/ Eric Jerardi Trio at Creekside Gahanna – enjoy live music beginning at 6:00 PM with the Eric Jerardi Trio and The Willie Phoenix Band at 7:30 PM.

6:00 PM – MusicBASH: The Muleskinners at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – enjoy a bluegrass concert at the park! Bring a chair!

6:00 PM – Grove City Homecoming Celebration in Grove City Town Center – celebrate Grove City’s 29th Homecoming Celebration with live entertainment, food trucks, concessions and watch a corn hole tournament from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

7:00 PM – Disney’s Tarzan at Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre – watch performances of Disney’s Tarzan on Thursday and Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM at Westerville Central High School!

8:00 PM – Movie Under the Stars: The Birds at Deer Haven Preserve – watch The Birds outside on the big screen. This movie is rated PG13 but there will be kid-friendly activities beforehand beginning at 8:00 PM. Movie starts at 9:00 PM.

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: The Incredibles at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – this week’s movie is The Incredibles and it will be shown at dusk! Bring a blanket and/or chairs.

9:00 PM – Movie in the Park – Monsters Inc. at Thompson Park – McCoy Road – this week’s movie is Monster’s Inc! Bring your own blanket and/or chairs.

9:00 PM – Full Moon Canoe Float at Scioto Grove Metro Park – float down the Scioto River in the moonlight! Ages 8 and up.

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Summer Bird Walk at Blues Creek Park – take a bird walk to look for birds in the park! This is free and binoculars will be provided. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

9:00 AM – All Disabilities Fest at Genoa Park – this festival is open to the whole family and includes activities from COSI, live music and food trucks!

9:30 AM – Youth Fishing Derby at Sycamore Creek Park Pond – register by Thursday for this annual fishing derby including prizes in various age categories. This is free but you must bring your own equipment.

10:00 AM – HOOT 89: Bugs at Gateway Film Center – enjoy family friendly short films, lobby activities and live music from the Shazzbots! Films are rated G and geared toward ages 1-8. Entrance is free with a canned good donation to the Open Shelter.

10:00 AM – Grove City Grand Re-Opening at Once Upon A Child Grove City – check out what’s new at Once Upon a Child in Grove City! They are celebrating with sales, face painting, a balloon artist, and the first 50 guests in line get a $10 gift card to OUAC. There will also be raffle prizes including bikes, tickets to Kings Island, the Zoo and more!

11:00 AM- Guest Storytime with Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn at Westerville Public Library – this free story time features a story read by the owner of Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn, a craft or activity and refreshments! 

11:00 AM – Grand Opening Celebration at The Learning Experience (New Albany) – this is a free event including a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, treats and more! There will also be a self-care class from FIT4MOM!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Carnival at Marysville Public Library – celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with a carnival including games and prizes!

1:00 PM – 2nd Anniversary Open House at Fresh Start Cafe And Bakery – celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Fresh Start Cafe between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM with a free mini cupcake and $2 drink specials! There will be a pie eating contest for employees and raffle prizes too! Read about our trip to Fresh Start Bakery and other things to do while you’re in Delaware here!

1:00 PM – Art on West Park on West Park Ave – the Franklinton Arts District is hosting an art-themed block party that features art by Franklinton artists, activities for children, a sprinkler and snacks!

2:00 PM – Whitehall Food Truck Festival and Fun Fest in Whitehall – the Whitehall Food Truck and Fun Fest takes place from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM and includes live music throughout the day and other fun activities!

4:00 PM – Delaware Pacer Bands Food Truck Festival at the Delaware County Fairgrounds – this food truck festival includes live music, face painting, and several food trucks!

4:00 PM – Lewis Center Grand Opening at Goldfish Swim School – celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest location of Goldfish Swim School! There will be an open family swim, giveaways, snacks, activities, an appearance from Ariel and more! This is a free event!

5:00 PM – The Grandview Hop – July 2018 on Grandview Avenue – enjoy a sidewalk market with live music, shopping, art, food trucks, a pop up beer garden and activities for all ages! This week enjoy kid friendly music from Musicologie and the Cousins Maine Lobster truck, among others!

5:30 PM – Creeking and Campfire at Three Creeks Metro Park – take a half mile hike to the creek, search for critters in the creek and then roast hot dogs and marshmallows around the fire.

8:00 PM – Picnic With The Pops – OSU Marching Band at Columbus Commons – OSU Marching Band fans will enjoy the “biggest tailgate party of the year” with TBDBITL and fireworks!

9:00 PM – Summer Stargazing at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – use telescopes and binoculars to look at stars and planets.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – FIT4MOM Friends & Family Day at FrontRunner at FrontRunner – join FIT4MOM Central Ohio for a special shopping and fitting event. Save 20%!

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – Sundays from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM admission is $5 for all and kids 4 and under are free! Skate rental is $3 for those over 4. All locations.

7:00 PM – Concerts on the Green at the Worthington Village Green – concerts begin at 7:00 PM. This week’s band is The Floorwalkers!

Don’t forget to check out: Summer Nights in Columbus: Movies, Concerts and More for Every Night of the Week for activities throughout the week!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 20-22, 2018

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Over 30 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

6:00 AM – Dino-Mite Kids Week at Sunny Street Cafe – July 16-20, 2018 get one free dinosaur shaped pancake with the purchase of each adult entree for kids 10 and under! There will also be dinosaur themed activities and giveaways! Read about our visit to Dino-Mite Kids Week here!

9:00 AM – Lancaster Festival – this festival goes on from July 19-28, 2018 and includes kid-friendly performances, many are free! This Saturday is Festival Fair Day with visits from The Turtle Lady and COSI, inflatables, animals, sand sculpting, train rides and more!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons –  as always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities like Ohio Fit Club, Columbus Folk Music Society, Pretty as a Princess and more!

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a 30 minute nature activity plus free play time in the woods. Ideal for ages 2-5. Free, but donations are accepted.

10:00 AM – Westerville’s Touch A Truck at Westerville Sports Complex – get up close to fire trucks, police cars, construction vehicles and more!

10:00 AM – Hilliard Library Concert at Hilliard Library – join Miss Marlene in a special concert to celebrate the Summer Reading Program. There will also be a concert at 11:00 AM. This event is free.

10:00 AM – Summertime Sweets! with FIT4MOM at Highbanks Metro Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus North for a workout and playdate. Your first workout is free. After this class there will be popsicles!

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Animals and Nature! See more about KidX here.

11:00 AM – Jazz and Rib Fest – the annual Jazz and Rib Fest takes place in Genoa and Bicentennial Parks on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM. There are live jazz performances, food, activities and vendors!

12:00 PM – Columbus Zoo Animals at Experience Columbus – come visit with animals from the Columbus Zoo at the Experience Columbus location in the Arena District. This is a free event.

5:00 PM – $5 Friday Pony Rides at Horse -N- Round Fun – from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM children and adults can ride a horse for $5.

6:00 PM – St. Matthew Parish Festival – this festival is happening Thursday through Saturday and features rides, live music, food and games!

6:00 PM – Sprouts Night Out at Hilliard’s Station Park – enjoy food trucks, live music, animals from Bring the Farm to You and a Dr. Awesome Bubble Show in downtown Hilliard!

7:00 PM – Folk Songs around the Fire at Gallant Farm Park – bring an instrument or your voice to sing around the fire. All ages welcome. Free.

8:30 PM – Save the Bats at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – drop into the Nature Center to learn about bats and learn about bat conservation.

8:30 PM – Movie in the Park: Despicable Me 3 at Westgate Park – watch Despicable Me 3 in Westgate Park. In case of rain the movie will be held in Westgate Rec Center.

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Cars 3 at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – watch the movie Cars 3 beginning at dusk.

SATURDAY

7:00 AM – Delaware Classic Car Show in Delaware, Ohio – check out the 2018 Performance Classic Car Show in downtown Delaware. (Check out the Cruise Friday night at 6:00 PM as well!)

9:00 AM – Westgate Farmers Market at the West Gate Masonic Lodge – enjoy local vendors, produce, live music and fun for kids. This weekend there will be a small petting zoo and The Little Kitchen food truck.

9:00 AM – Lynd Handcrafted Affair ’18 at at the Market on Morse – free admission and parking is available for this event featuring local artisans, food trucks and locally grown produce. There will also be live music.

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmers Market – kids can enjoy a seasonally focused activity at the information table at the Worthington Farmers Market on the 3rd Saturdays of each month. Appropriate for ages 12 and under.

9:00 AM – Cops and Kids Day at the Franklin County Fair – check out police vehicles and equipment plus there will be door prizes and a raffle for two kids bicycles.

10:00 AM – Not A Comic Con at Packrat Comics – enjoy this free, local version of Comic Con featuring Nicholas Brendon of Buffy and the Vampire a free graphic novel for the first 50 people in line and the first 100 people get swag bags!

10:00 AM – Engine Extravaganza at Tanger Outlets, Columbus – kids can get up close to emergency vehicles and trucks! Plus enjoy shopping savings from Tanger Outlets.

1:00 PM – Garden Seek & Snack Family Event at Sunbury Urban Farm- search for items using your 5 senses and then taste items grown in the garden! $10/kid ages 2 and older. Register online.

1:00 PM – Musical Canvas Art at Michaels Stores – kids ages 3 and up can paint a music-inspired canvas. Purchase of the canvas is required. Paining supplies are provided.

7:00 PM – Demo Derby by Smash It! at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio – watch a live demolition derby at the Franklin County Fair.

9:00 PM – Movie Series – COCO at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – watch the movie Coco outside at the park!

SUNDAY

11:00 AM – Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room – enjoy crafts for the kids and drink specials for the grown ups! Broke Johnny Food Truck will be on site as well!

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – Sundays from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM admission is $5 for all and kids 4 and under are free! Skate rental is $3 for those over 4. All locations.

2:00 PM – Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys, and Games – join Scholastic on its reading road trip stop at Fundamentals! There will be authors, costume characters, prizes and more! Read more about Fundamentals in Exploring Delaware with Your Kids!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 13-15, 2018

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

FRIDAY

9:45 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – enjoy a drop in class with WeJoySing. There are two class times for different ages. See the link for details.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons –  this week’s theme is Animal Day featuring special guests. As always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities!

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Star Wars! See more about KidX here.

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 Jumanji and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

7:00 PM – Adventures of Robin Hood at Abbey Theater – enjoy a one hour, family friendly performance of The Adventures of Robin Hood. Tickets are $5/person. Performances take place July 9-13th at 7:00 PM.

7:00 PM – The Main Event in Bexley – this week the Main Event will take place at the Bexley pool! There will be a cookout, concessions, ice cream, water related activities and a showing of the Lion King around 9:00 PM.

7:00 PM – Family Movie Night at The Barn at Blystone Farm – enjoy a movie in the barn! This week’s movie will be Ratatouille. $3/ticket. Concessions will be available.

8:00 PM – Free Move Night: Coco at Columbus Commons – the movie begins around 8:15 PM. The park will be closed for a ticketed event prior to the movie. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Coco at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – bring a blanket or chairs to watch a movie in the park!

8:30 PM – Family Movie Night: Coco in Weinland Park – enjoy a free movie in the park!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Family Costume Breakfast for Force of Fandom at Columbus Museum of Art – come dressed as your favorite character, meet R2D2, and enjoy early access to the new Force of Fandom exhibit! Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children. $5 for kids 5 and under and members receive $5 off per ticket. Tickets can be purchased online.

10:00 AM – Westerville Music & Arts Festival in Heritage Park – The festival takes place July 14th from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and July 15th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and features art, live music and food! A special Anniversary Concert is taking place on Saturday at 7:30 PM on the Main Stage.

10:00 AM – Community Day 2018 at Pleasant Township Fire Department – this event features vendors and crafters, Kona Shaved Ice, balloon animals, face painting, bounce house, food trucks, Touch-A-Truck, dunk tank, games and more!

10:00 AM – TchotchkePalooza at the Hartman Rock Garden – enjoy a free Summer Garden Open House at the Hartman Rock Garden featuring a live indie-folk-rock band and short tours of the garden! The Rock Garden is 45 minutes from Columbus and you can read about the Hartman Rock Garden plus 5 other family friendly things to do in Springfield, Ohio here.

10:00 AM – Metro Parks and 10TV Outdoor Adventure at Highbanks Metro Park – celebrate summer with rock climbing, sack races, face painting, live animals and more!

10:00 AM – Storytime LIVE! Pet Play Date w/ Curious George & Pinkalicious at Kiddie Academy of Powell – you can bring your pet to this LIVE story time with Curious George and Pinkalicious! Reserve your free spot online.

10:00 AM – Teddy Bear Picnic at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – two times are available (10:00 AM and 12:00 PM) for this Teddy Bear Picnic featuring a story, bear themed crafts, games and snacks! Kids can make honey slime and there will be face painting and professional portraits.

10:30 AM – July Grown-Up & Me Art: My Sunshine at Art with Anna – kids ages 3 and up can join with an adult to make an art project! $15/couple, $5 for each additional artist.

11:00 AM – Summer Jam West at Westgate Park – enjoy a grassroots arts and music festival in Westgate Park featuring live bands, food trucks, art and crafts for sale plus free kids activities! The festival ends at 7:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Story time at Franklin Park Conservatory – local author Carlotta Penn will read her book, Dream A Rainbow. This story time will take place at the Learning Pavilion in the new Children’s Garden. Story times will take place at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. In between story times kids can create a bookmark. Read all about the Children’s Garden here.

11:00 – PBJ & Jazz Family Concert in Topiary Park – begin with a story time inside the library at 11:00 AM, continue with a family-friendly jazz concert at 12:00 PM and a craft time at 1:00 PM with CMA. This event is free.

11:00 AM – Delaware Family Festival at Andrews House – this block party features a bounce house, face painting, lawn games, crafts and free lunch from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM!

12:00 PM – Grand Opening Summer Party at Hoot Studio – celebrate the grand opening of this new inclusive play cafe! Drop in from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM for face painting, a balloon artist and crafts!

12:00 PM – See the BUGS! on Bird Day at Oakland Nursery – see bugs, birds and plants at Bird Day at Oakland Nursery!

1:00 PM – Family Creeking Adventure at Battelle Darby Creek – catch fish, bugs and crawdads while playing in the creek!

6:00 PM – Blank and Brush Block Party #2 at Blank Slate Coffee – enjoy live music, artists, food trucks and more in Gahanna!

6:30 PM – Monster Trucks and Thrill Show at Franklin County Fair – watch a monster truck show featuring Pro Quad Wars, Monster Truck Rides and more! Gates open at 6:30 for the Pit Party and the show starts at 8:00 PM

8:30 PM – DDL Saturday Cinema-July with Destination Downtown Lancaster – enjoy the movie Coco and pre-movie activities beginning 1 hour before the movie.

SUNDAY

It’s National Ice Cream Day! You may want to read: The Unofficial West Side Ice Cream Trail or 5 on Friday: Unique Ice Cream Spots for some inspiration to try something new!

9:00 AM – Powell Street Market in Downtown Powell – this event features over 100 local vendors, food trucks and family friendly activities! Read about things to do in Powell with your kids.

10:00 AM – Westerville Music & Arts Festival in Heritage Park – The festival takes place July 14th from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and July 15th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and features art, live music and food! A special Anniversary Concert is taking place on Saturday at 7:30 PM on the Main Stage.

10:00 AM – National Ice Cream Day at Raspados y Nieves La Laguna – celebrate National Ice Cream day at Raspados y Nieves La Laguna! Buy 1 get one half off on all ice cream!

10:00 AM – Buckeye Comic Con at Courtyard Columbus West – this comic book show features special guests, prizes, and free parking. Kids ages 6 and under are free. Admissions $4.

12:00 PM – National Ice Cream Day at Diamonds Ice Cream Hilliard – celebrate National Ice Cream day at Diamonds Hilliard! Buy 2 gourmet popsicles and get the 3rd one free!

12:00 PM – Pizzuti Collection Family Day at Pizzuti Collection – this is a family-friendly day at Pizzuti Collection featuring activity books, crafts and a story time at 1:30 PM. Read about our visit to Pizzuti Collection Family Day here.

12:00 PM – CAC 40th Anniversary Community Celebration at Columbus Cultural Arts Center – celebrate 40 years at The Columbus Cultural Arts Center with food, artwork, demonstrations and special performances. This is a free event!

1:00 PM – Sunny Glen Garden Educational Tour & Children’s Garden Craft Day at Sunny Glen Garden – this event features a children’s garden craft, an open garden tour, garden munchies, door prizes and an optional educational program about organic pest control for $10.

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – Sundays from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM admission is $5 for all and kids 4 and under are free! Skate rental is $3 for those over 4. All locations.

7:30 PM – Family Movie in the Grandstand: Disney Pixar’s Coco at Franklin County Fair – watch the movie Coco in the Grandstand during Franklin County Fair’s Family Day! The pre-party starts at 8:00 PM, the movie starts at dusk. Free with admission.


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