1. Maker Takeover at The Shops At Worthington Place

When: Now – Sunday, August 5-13, 2017
Time: Mall Hours
Location: 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Made LOCAL Marketplace is taking over The Shops at Worthington Place in a 9 day Maker Takeover!! All of the storefronts in the mall will be OPEN and filled with locally made items. Over the weekend there will be meet and greets with Moana, Sleeping Beauty, Elmo, Anna, Elsa, Micky and Minion! Check the link for details and times!

2. Farm Days at COSI

When: Thursday-Sunday, August 9-13, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

During Farm Days at COSI kids can climb tractors, milk COSI’s fiberglass cow, learn about farming and growing food and try out the pedal tractor course. Included with membership or admission.

3. All Ohio Balloon Fest at Union County Airport

When: Thursday-Saturday, August 10-12, 2017
Time: Thursday 5:00 PM – Saturday 10:00 PM
Location: 760 Clymer Rd., Marysville, OH 43040

The 2017 All Ohio Balloon Fest includes live entertainment, kid’s activities, helicopter rides, sky jumping and lots of hot air balloons! General admission is $10, kids 12 and under are free! Special area for kids, KIDZ City, is $10 for all you can jump! See all the ticket info at the link above!

4. Summer Music Series with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

When: Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, August 10, 12 & 13, 2017
Time: Starting at 7:00 PM each night
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-464-0066

This free Summer Music Series will be held on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for three outdoor live concerts. Pre-concert children’s activities start at 7:00 PM including an Orchestra Scavenger Hunt, crafts, activities and making music! Concerts start at 8:00 PM.

5. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Head down to Columbus Commons for a fun morning that includes free carousel rides, bounce houses, the Imagination Playground, crafts, games and more! This week’s guests include OSU Urban Arts Space, Hashtag Comedy, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Goldfish Swim School, Pretty Princess Parties and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with an animal display starting at 11:00 AM.

6. KidX Club: Aloha! Luau at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

This week’s KidX theme is an Island Beach Party! There will be a visit from the Polynesian Princess, a limbo contest and the opportunity to make your own grass skirt! KidX Summer Series will be at the fountain in the outdoor part of the mall. Rain location will be inside at the play area. Bring a book to donate to Columbus Metropolitan Library and you can pick a prize from the treasure chest!

7. Food Truck Fridays at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 711 E Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205

Food Trucks this week include Rooster’s Wings, Sunnyside Tacos and Graeter’s Ice Cream and there will be a special appearance from Brutus Buckeye! Food trucks will be donating 10% of their proceeds to RMHC!

8. Arts in Uptown in Uptown Westerville

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Uptown Westerville

This family-friendly event includes live performances and music, a scavenger hunt, art displays, an art fair and more!

9. The Jungle Book at Columbus Performing Arts Center

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: Friday and Saturday: 7:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-3715

Tickets are $5 for this performance of The Jungle Book at Columbus Performing Arts Center!

10. DIY Terrarium Night at Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 5140 Cheshire Road, Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-909-4217

Eat ice cream and make an air plant terrarium! Kids and adults are welcome to do this activity! See the link to register online!

11. Movie in the Park: MOANA at Thompson Park

When: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 2020 McCoy Rd., Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Watch the movie Moana at the park, south of the Thompson South Shelter! Bring a chair or blanket and snacks. SNO-OH will be selling snowballs!

12. KidsFest 2017 at Groveport Park

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 7370 Groveport Rd., Groveport, OH 43125

KidsFest includes Touch-A-Truck, Cops & Kids and a Back to School Festival that includes school supplies, activities for kids, animals, food, freebies and more! The Shred-It truck will also be on site to shred your documents! Donations of non-perishable food items or money will be accepted for Groveport Madison Human Needs.

13. Peach Fest 2017 at Lynd Fruit Farm

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Hazelton Etna Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559

The Peach Fest at Lynd Fruit Farm will include watercolor classes, The Bug Lady, therapy dogs, face painting and balloons for kids, free wagon and barrel train rides, live music, food trucks and more!

14. Unchained Block Party at Westgate BusinessWorks

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 11 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

This celebration of local businesses includes live music, Empanadas and More, a gift basket giveaway and the Grand Opening of ME and the MOON, a new children’s resale shop!

15. PBJ & Jazz at Topiary Park with Liz Woolley Band

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-294-5200 x 117

Take in a family friendly jazz concert in the park! This weekend features Liz Woolley Band. Start with a story time inside the Main Library at 11:00 AM, concert is at 12:00 PM and then follow up with a craft from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Bring a picnic and/or blanket for this free event!

16. Festival Latino 2017 in Genoa Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM both days
Location: 303 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

This celebration of Latin American culture includes live music, dancing, free health screenings, artist showcase, and kids activities including a balloon artist, COSI, making Mexican flowers, mascots from Columbus sports teams and a creation station.

17. Superhero Day at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Superhero Day includes games, your favorite characters (including Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and more), activities for kids including face painting, making your own masks, lightsaber demonstrations and live music by Mousetrap!

18. Ice Cream Social at Ohio Wildlife Center

When: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 6131 Cook Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-793-9453

Meet the Ambassador Animals and enjoy an ice cream treat! $5/person, age 5 and under are free! See more about Ohio Wildlife Center here.

19. HAC Presents The Back to School Bash at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026

This free family-friendly concert celebrates Back to School with music by the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, Kids Drama Camp participants and more!

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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!*

Written by Julie Miller