What Should We Do This Weekend? August 3-5, 2018

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Over 30 family-friendly events happening this weekend in Columbus, Ohio including Ohio’s Tax Free Weekend!


12:00 AM – Ohio Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday – select Back to School items are tax free this weekend through Sunday at 11:59 PM including, an item of clothing priced at $75 or less; an item of school supplies priced at $20 or less; and an item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less.

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! Make sure to read 15 Activities Kids Can Do for Free at the Ohio State Fair before you go!

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

10:15 AM – Our Village event: Meet the Therapist with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – join FIT4MOM UA for a special visit from a physical therapist who will teach exercises and answer questions about rebuilding core muscles following pregnancy. You first class is free!

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

11:00 AM – Back to School Shopping Break at Sweet Carrot Polaris – in celebration of tax free back to school shopping, the first 50 guests at Sweet Carrot Polaris will receive a free Specialty Entrée when they mention “Tax Free Day.” Everyone else who comes to Sweet Carrot on August 3rd will receive a coupon for $5 off their purchase of $20 or more for their next visit.

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 Where the Wild Things Are and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day! See this and more in:  35 Free Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus!

2:00 PM – Extended $5 Friday UNICORN/Pony Rides! at Horse -N- Round Fun – all ages are welcome to ride a horse for $5. Hours are extended this week, beginning at 2:00 PM! No reservations needed.

6:00 PM – First Friday Arts in the Alley in Gahanna – enjoy food trucks, live music and over 60 street vendors at this free event!

4:00 PM – Dublin Irish Festival –  This festival features live performances, sports, food vendors, a market place and much more! Tickets are $10 each (but go up to $15 after August 2) or $25 for 3 days. Kids 12 and under are free. There is a Pot O’Gold Playland that requires tickets but also includes a free small play area for toddlers. The festival runs through Sunday at 9:00 PM.

7:30 PM – Rhythm on the River Presents Coco Montoya at The Scioto Mile – Rhythm on the River presents Coco Montoya for a free, family-friendly concert! Donatos pizza will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 PM.

9:00 PM – Summer Movie Series – Rogue One at Highbanks Metro Park – watch Rogue One on the big screen (rated PG 13), pre-movie activities begin at 8:00 PM and the movie begins at approximately 9:15 PM. There will be popcorn provided while supplies last! Recommended for ages 8 and up.


8:00 AM – The Hartford Independent Fair – this fair in Croton, OH runs Saturday, August 4 – Saturday August 11th and features animals, arts and crafts exhibits, drag racing, rides, a rodeo, monster trucks and a whole lot more! Kids 7 and under are free!

8:00 AM – Mom 2 Mom Consignment Sale at Westerville MOPS – shop this sale for baby and kids clothes, toys, maternity clothes and more! Half price sale begins at 12:00 PM>

10:00 AM – Bugstravaganza at Walnut Woods Metro Park – celebrate insects with activities and displays about bugs! Catch and release bugs, explore the creek, enjoy crafts, games and more!

10:00 AM – FCCS and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s FamJam at Columbus Commons – enjoy this free festival at Columbus Commons that includes family enrichment activities, community resources, vendors, entertainment and more!

10:00 AM – Berlin Township Touch a Truck – explore law enforcement, fire and rescue vehicles up close plus learn about service animals and the work that first responders do every day!

11:00 AM – The Turtle Lady at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit with reptile friends and The Turtle Lady in The Children’s Garden! She will be there until 2:00 PM. Read all about the new Children’s Garden here: Franklin Park Conservatory’s Children’s Garden is Unlike Anything Else in Columbus

11:00 AM – Garden Art Family Event at Sunbury Urban Farm – turn produce into stamps for printmaking at this event for kids ages 2 and up. Cost is $10. Register in advance.

11:00 AM – BUG DAY at Kingwood Center Gardens – this event in Mansfield features live bugs, cockroach races, bug olympics, showings of A Bugs Life, crafts, Buggy Bingo and more! Admission is free for for children under 12 plus one accompanying adult!

11:00 AM – Back to School Expo at Easton Town Center – this event features giveaways, live entertainment, exhibitors and more! Plus enjoy tax free shopping!

11:00 AM – Westgate BusinessWorks Block Party at Westgate BusinessWorks – this party includes side walk sales, free hot dogs and drinks plus a giveaway and more!

12:00 PM – Dinosaur Family Day at Rhinegeist – head to Cincinnati for this fun event hosted by Rhinegeist and Cincinnati Museum Center! There will be lots of dinosaur-themed activities for kids including creating dinosaur skin impressions, matching dinosaur prints, and other hands on activities! Recommended for ages 3-12.

1:00 PM – Pickerington KidsFest at Pickerington Mount Carmel Sports Complex – this festival includes a Fun Zone, balloon artist, glitter tattoos, live performances and demonstrations, food trucks, a marketplace and more!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop – hop between 4 locations in the Hilltop to find refreshments, art displays and featured artists!

6:00 PM – Balloons Over Wadsworth at Wadsworth Municipal Airport – if you’re up for a short road trip, Balloons over Wadsworth features food trucks, a balloon launch and an After Glow.

8:30 PM – Movie in the Park at Marysville Municipal Pool – watch Finding Dory at the pool! Movie begins at dusk, bring a blanket or stadium chair. Rated PG.


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! You must show a valid ID.

11:00 AM – Summer Flea at Seventh Son Brewing – shop the Summer Flea featuring ceramics, textiles, jewelry and more plus food and beverages available!

2:00 PM – Author Visit: Cheryl Bardoe at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – award winning author Cherly Bardoe will read her new picture book Nothing Stopped Sophie about the true story of Sophie Germain.

8:30 PM – Sunset Lake Watch Campfire at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – watch the sunset and enjoy s’mores around the campfire!

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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*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


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Columbus Ohio

What Should We Do This Weekend? May 18-20, 2018

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29 family friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!


9:30 AM –Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center – kids can explore big trucks and vehicles and meet the people who protect and serve in the Worthington Community! There will be over 40 vehicles on display along with other activities for kids. There will also be car seat checks, a food drive and the whole event will be “no horn”!

11:00 AM – Food Truck Friday at Easton Town Center – part of the 4th Annual Easton Food Fest, there will be over 20 food trucks on site plus live music!

10:00 AM – Sing-a-long and Dance Party Thyme with Jennifer Ellis at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets (Dublin) – this free Kids Music Show includes singing, dancing, instruments bubble and free snacks! This event will also happen at 11:30 at the Gahanna location.

6:30 PM – Music & Art in the Park at Stradley Park – this free summer concert includes live music, art demonstrations and family friendly activities! This week’s theme is Tribute to First Responders and music is by The Usual Suspects and the Repeat Offenders.


8:00 AM – 2018 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure – Race for the Cure includes a 1 mile family fun walk and this year there will be activities for kids including a pink fire truck and brick pits from Legoland adjacent to the EXPO!

9:00 AM – The Children’s Garden Grand Opening at Franklin Park Conservatory – celebrate the grand opening of the Scotts Miracle Gro Foundation Children’s Garden! Remarks will begin at 9:30 AM and the gates will open shortly thereafter. See our Sneak Peek of the Children’s Garden!

9:00 AM – Cinderella and Friends Royal Princess Ball at PARTY Like it’s Your Birthday – Cinderella and her princess friends will host a royal ball with singing, dancing, performances, crafts, games and more! There are two time slots to choose from! Register online.

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmers Market – perfect for kids ages 12 and under, check out a kid-friendly activity happening on the third Saturday of the month at the information table at the Worthington Farmers Market!

10:00 AM Historian in Training at Ohio History Center – Kids ages 7-11 can learn historical thinking skills as through hands on activities. This week’s theme is World War I. Register online.

10:00 AM – Touch a Truck at Grove City UMC – get up close and personal with big trucks! There will be a quiet break for kids with sensitivity to sounds at 11:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Kids and Cops Day – at Ohio University Lancaster/Pickerington – enjoy hands on fun for kids with a safety theme.

11:00 AM – Children’s Fishing at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kids can fish in Schrock Lake!

11:00 AM – UA Spring Fling at Sunny 95 Park – the Upper Arlington Spring Fling includes live music, a kids workshop, touch a truck activities, a fishing derby, inflatables, carnival games, arts and crafts and more!

11:00 AM – Sensory Friendly Films: The Wizard of Oz at Gateway Film Center – this is a free, sensory friendly screening of The Wizard of Oz for families and individuals with autism or developmental disabilities with lights kept up and a lower volume.

11:00 AM – New Albany Founders Day Parade & Festival in New Albany, OH – celebrate the founding of New Albany with rides, games and food! This is a free event that also includes a parade, concession booths, face painting, pony rides, meet and greet with Paw Patrol characters and more! The parade starts at 11:00 AM.

12:00 PM – Touch a Truck at Prairie Township Community Center – climb on big vehicles and trucks that keep Prairie Township safe!

12:00 PM – Community Fun Fest! at Bible Baptist Church of Grove City  – this free festival includes carnival games, hot dogs, cotton candy, inflatables, giveaways and more!

12:00 PM – Grove City Splash Pad Grand Opening at Grove City YMCA – celebrate the opening of the new Grove City Splash Pad at Fryer Park! Ribbon cutting is at noon! Park will be open for free use on weekdays from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM through Labor Day.

4:00 PM – Water Safety Day at Goldfish Swim School – this free event is being held at both the Dublin and the Westerville locations of Goldfish Swim School. There will be water safety clinics, a free family swim, entertainment for kids, refreshments and more!

5:30 – Father-Daughter Fairies and Pirates Night at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA – come in costume to this magical night filled with fairies, princesses and pirates! Make fairy dust, walk the plank, dance and more fun activities! Brothers are welcome, too! Recommended for ages 3-11. Register online.


8:00 AM – Zoo Run 5K & Kids’ Ele-FUN-Run

 at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – participate in a 3.1 mile run/walk or the kids 1/4 mile “Ele-FUN-Run” taking place at Columbus Zoo. Participating in this race includes a free pass to the zoo! Register online.

10:00 AM – Kicking Cancer Soccer Camp and Walk-a-thon – the Kicking Cancer youth soccer camp is a nonprofit camp dedicated to teaching kids the game of soccer! Kids will be provided with coaching from the Otterbein Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams and other local soccer organizations. Proceeds from the camp are donated to the James Cancer Hospital and Solve Research Institute! There will also be special visitors from the Columbus Zoo! Register online.

11:00 AM – EMS and Safety Day at COSI – get up close to police officers, fire fighters and other first responders! Check out their vehicles and the Jaws of Life! Free with COSI admission or membership!

11:00 AM – Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room – Family Funday features free crafts for kids, beer and drink specials and chicken and waffles!

12:00 PM – KidX Club: Butterflies & Balloons at Polaris Fashion Place – this month’s KidX Club theme is butterflies and balloons! There will be colorful decorations and activities for kids!

12:00 PM – 3rd Westside Community Baby Shower!! at Hilltop YMCA – this event is for moms on the west side of Columbus who are pregnant! There will be prizes, giveaways, free diapers, resources and more! RSVP online! They are also accepting donations of baby items or diapers for this event!

1:00 PM – Sweet Sunday at Easton Town Center – sample sweets from Easton restaurants for $1 each with proceeds going to the Easton Community Foundation! There will be live music too!

1:00 PM – CANCELLED – April Showers Bring May Flowers at Clay Street Ceramics – this craft event is for kids and adults ages 12 and up. Learn the art of paper flower making! Cost is $20. Register in advance.

2:00 PM – Kid’s Bike Rodeo at Reynoldsburg City Hall – this event focuses on bike safety and police will be on site to teach about hand signals, wearing a helmet and more! Register in advance for this free event.

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