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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 this Summer in Columbus


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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!

FRIDAY

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.

SATURDAY

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.

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! 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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