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What Should We Do This Weekend? August 10-12, 2018

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

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Touch a Truck at Franklin County Engineer’s Office – get up close with community vehicles and equipment!

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! This is the last one of the summer and it promises to be big!

10:00 AM – Farm Days at COSI – Farm Days at COSI offers the chance to get up close to tractors, learn where food comes from, milk a fiberglass cow and more! Farm Days are August 8-12, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

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

11:00 AM – Graeter’s Hilliard Grand Opening – a new Graeter’s opens in Hilliard on Friday and there will be free single dip sugar cones from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM on a first come, first serve basis!

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 How to Train Your Dragon 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!

5:00 PM – 2018 St. Cecilia Festival at St. Cecilia Catholic Church – the festival takes place Friday 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM and Saturday 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM. There will be rides, food, live entertainment, children games and more!

6:00 PM – Family Game Night at Cheryl’s Cookies – this free family event includes games like ring toss, corn hole, Jenga and more plus food, snacks and drinks! Proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

7:00 PM – The Main Event in Bexley – this week the Main Event features activities and the movie Trolls!

7:00 PM – Summer Sizzle Concert in Grove City Town Center – enjoy a free concert from The Moonbats!

8:30 PM – Preschoolers: Not So Scary Night Hike at Rocky Fork Metro Park – take a walk through the park as the sun sets!

9:00 PM – Movie in the Park at Stradley Park – watch the movie Wonder in the park!

9:00 PM – Movie in the Park – Paddington 2 at Thompson Park – watch a movie in the park to celebrate UA’s Centennial! Movie begins at dusk.

SATURDAY

 8:00 AM – National Bowling Day at Ten Pin Alley – to celebrate National Bowling Day, Ten Pin Alley is offering a free game + shoes per person from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Up to 6 people per lane. There will also be a special breakfast menu! No reservations will be taken.

9:00 AM – Groveport KidsFest 2018 in Groveport Park – this free event includes a Touch-a-Truck, Cops N’ Kids and a back to school festival! Bring a non-perishable food donation for Groveport Madison Human Needs.
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10:00 AM – Saturday Morning Cartoons: Toys Edition at Gateway Film Center – watch classic cartoons on the big screen while eating a bowl of cereal! The theme is Toys!

10:00 AM – For Families: Ravine Rambling at Highbanks Nature Center – explore the ravine and look for wildlife!

10:00 AM – School Supply Giveaway & Community Day at Urban Oasis Community Events Center – this school supply giveaway includes free food and activities!

10:00 AM – Family Fun Day & Puppy Pool Party at Bentley’s Pet Stuff – enjoy good bags, face painting, carnival games, refreshments for pets and people, photo opps, door prizes and more! Fun for pups and families!

10:30 AM – August Grown-Up & Me Art: The Sea is Calling! at Art with Anna – make a sea-themed painting with your child! Ages 3 and up. $15/couple. $5 for an additional artist.

11:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz in Topiary Park – Enjoy a kid-friendly jazz concert in Topiary Park! Story time begins at 11:00 in the Main Library, the concert starts at 12:00 PM and there will be an art activity afterwards at 1:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Superhero Day at Easton Town Center – meet and greet your favorite super heroes, make your own mask and cape, enjoy live music, lightsaber demonstrations and more!

11:00 AM – Family Fun Day! at Vineyard Community Church – this is a free family event that includes face painting, water activities, bounce house, food and drinks and more!

4:00 PM – Summer in the 614 Festival – enjoy live music, family activities, games, food vendors and more! Music acts include The Shazzbots, Arch City Lights and John Schwab Part Band.

4:00 PM – 2018 St. Cecilia Festival at St. Cecilia Catholic Church – the festival takes place Friday 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM and Saturday 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM. There will be rides, food, live entertainment, children games and more!

6:00 PM – Flicks after Dark in Municipal Park – watch Little Giants in the park beginning at 9:00 PM! Before that there w ill be games, music, food trucks, animals and more!

7:00 PM – Summer Music Series at Franklin Park Conservatory – there are 3 concerts in this series, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday! This is a free concert that begins at 8:00 PM, but garden-inspired children’s activities will begin one hour before the concert!

8:30 PM – DDL Saturday Cinema-August in Downtown Lancaster – watch the movie Cars 3 in downtown Lancaster! Concessions will be available and there will be activities beginning 1 hour before the movie starts. This is a free event!

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – August Baby + Art: Buzzing Bumblebees at Art with Anna – make an art project with your baby or toddler! Prepare to get messy! Ages 6 months to 3 years old.

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day! at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Family Fun Day includes ice cream, mini golf, a driving range, crafts and more! Tickets available online.

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 – The Right Stuff at Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse – watch the space movie The Right Stuff, get your photo taken at an astronaut photo booth, take in a gallery show of Small Steps Are Giant Leaps and help raise money to send Columbus’ own Astronaut Harrison to Kennedy Space Center!

3:00 PM – Back to School Kickoff at Mt Hermon Baptist Church – enjoy bouncy houses, free haircuts for boys, a community water balloon fight, school supplies and more!

3:30 PM – August Family Paint Class: Sunset + Palms at Art with Anna – create a painting with your family! Perfect for ages 6 and up. $15/artist.

7:00 PM – Summer Concert Series at Hilliard’s Station Park – enjoy a free, family friendly concert featuring Back to School Bash!

7:00 PM – Summer Music Series at Franklin Park Conservatory – there are 3 concerts in this series, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday! This is a free concert that begins at 8:00 PM, but garden-inspired children’s activities will begin one hour before the concert!

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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35 free things to do with your kids in Columbus

35 Free Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus


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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 6-8, 2018

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Over 25 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY:

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity followed by a forest playtime in the woods! Suitable for ages 2-5. This is a free event but donations are welcome.

10:00 AM – Hilliard Library Concert  – check out the new Hilliard Library and see Miss Marlene perform new and favorite songs! There will be two shows: 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Super Heroes and Villains! 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 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

6:00 PM – Summer Sizzle at Gantz Park – this week’s concert series will move to Gantz Park to kick of National Parks and Recreation Month. You can explore the farmhouse, gardens, barn and scenic walking path and enjoy a special concert beginning at 7:00 PM featuring the Central Ohio Brass Band in the gazebo.

6:00 PM – First Friday Arts in the Alley in Gahanna – this makers market and street festival features street vendors, food carts and live entertainment!

7:00 PM – Friday Night Float at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a canoe out on the lake, all equipment provided! Kids must be abel to fit into a life jacket.

7:00 PM – MoMM Foundation Christmas in July at Westerville Pool – this family fun night includes swimming, water games, inflatables, face painting, balloon artist, food, drinks and more! Celebrating Christmas in July, kids can also get their picture taken with Santa and decorate a holiday cookie. Proceeds benefit the Holiday Blessings program which helps to provide Christmas gifts to local families in need.

7:00 PM – Music in the Park: Concert On The Green at Kingsdale – celebrate Upper Arlington’s Centennial with 100 minutes of music each week! This week features the Charlie Foxtrot Quintet

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Kids Workshop at Home Depot Stores – kids can build a fishing game and decorate it with paint and stickers. Kids get a certificate, apron and commemorative pin for completing their project. Recommended for ages 5-12.

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art at Art with Anna – Kids 4 and up can be dropped off to make an art project. This week’s class is a Sailboat Collage. $20/artist.

10:00 AM – Discovery Stations in The Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory – from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM kids can drop by the Discovery Station in The Children’s Garden to participate in hands on activities. This weekend’s theme is Red, White and Bloom. Included in admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Preschool Story Time at Scioto Audubon, Grange Insurance Audubon Center – hear nature inspired stories for preschoolers! Check out my list of 9 Things to do with Your Kids at Scioto Audubon for before or after!

10:00 AM – Storytime, music and fun! at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – Brian Griffin, award winning artist and musician, will read and perform stories and songs. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

10:30 AM – Family Storytime at Slate Run Farm – enjoy The Little Red Hen and activities where kids can learn how grain becomes bread.

11:00 AM – Ready for Kindergarten Family Story Time at Main Library – the whole family can join in on this story time at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library.

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – on Saturday and Sunday kids can enjoy caricature artist, face painters and balloon artists on Fenlon Squre!

11:00 AM – Pete the Cat Party at Upper Arlington Public Library (Main Library)  – Pete the Cat will make a guest appearance at this party that includes stories, crafts and games!

12:00 PM – Wheat Threshing at Gallant Farm Park – learn how to thresh and winnow wheat by hand and watch demonstrations of wheat being ground into flour. This event is free.

8:00 PM – Campfire & S’mores at Homestead Metro Park – enjoy s’mores around the campfire. S’mores ingredients and roasting sticks provided.

SUNDAY:

10:00 AM – Discovery Stations in The Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory – from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM kids can drop by the Discovery Station in The Children’s Garden to participate in hands on activities. This weekend’s theme is Red, White and Bloom. Included in admission or membership.

12:00 PM – $1 Cone Day at Handel’s Columbus – single scoop regular or sugar cones are $1 this Sunday only!

12:00 PM – Ray Ray’s Westerville First Anniversary Party at Ray Ray’s Maxtown – celebrate Ray Ray’s 1st anniversary of their Westerville location with a hog roast, live chalk murals, kids activities, music and more!

1:00 PM – Ice Cream Social at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – enjoy a free ice cream social with 614 Mom. Read more about the free play area at Coffee Connections here!

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – on Sundays until 3:30 PM through August, admission will be $5 for all ages, skate rental will be $3 and kids 4 and under are free!

2:00 PM – Fun at the Frog Fountain at Easton Town Center – on Saturday and Sunday kids can enjoy caricature artist, face painters and balloon artists on Fenlon Squre!

2:00 PM – Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit with animals from the zoo! Included with membership or admission.

2:00 PM – Base Ball – Adena Worthington’s vs Ohio Village Muffins at Adena Mansion & Garden Society – take a trip to Chillicothe to watch 1860’s style “base ball”. The Adena Worthingtons play the Ohio Village Muffins!

3:30 PM – July Family Paint: Ice Cream Sundae at Art with Anna – kids ages 6 and up can paint a ice cream themed painting with the whole family! $15/artist.


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

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

FRIDAY

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.

SATURDAY

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.

SUNDAY

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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