1. Commons for Kids

When: Friday, August 18, 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, WeJoySing, Columbus Folk Music Society, Grange Insurance Audubon Center and Ronald McDonald Adventures!

2. KidX Club: Touch-A-Truck Preview at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, August 18, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Preview the Polaris Fashion Place’s Touch-A-Truck event a day early by attending the KidX Club program! There will be trucks, treats, prizes and more! 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!

3. The 2017 Columbus Food Truck Festival at Bicentennial Park

When: Friday & Saturday, August 18 & 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: 233 S. Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

The 7th Annual Food Truck Festival has a new location this year: Bicentennial Park & Scioto Mile. The event includes over 50 food trucks, live performances, and a crafter and merchant area! Admission is free!

4. Movies in the Park – featuring SING at Westgate Park

When: Friday, August 18, 2017
Time:  8:30 PM – 10:35 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Bring a blanket or chair to watch Sing in the park! Refreshments are available for purchase. In case of rain, the movie will moved inside the Westgate Recreaion Center.

5. Classic Movie Series at Everal Barn

When: Friday, August 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

Watch the movie Cars at Everal Barn starting at dusk! Bring blankets and chairs to this free event!

6. WAG! Dog Festival at Prairie Oaks Metro Park

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2755 Amity Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026

The region’s largest dog festival is a free, family-friendly event that includes live entertainment, contests, and a marketplace!

7. MMA Insurance Family Fun Day in Victory Park

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 100 Lockville Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147

This free family fun day includes free food, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, prizes, and much more!

8. KidX: Touch-A-Truck at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Big trucks will be on display in the outdoor area at Polaris Fashion Place including a school bus, The Chiller Zamboni, sheriff’s vehicles, fire trucks, dump truck and more!

9. U-Pick Zestar at The Orchard & Co.

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 7255 US HWY 42 S., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510

The first weekend of U-Pick opens on Saturday at The Orchard & Co! This weekend will be Zestar apples! While supplies last! See our trip to Orchard & Co. here.

10. End of Summer Luau at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1125 N. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230

Columbus Moms Blog is hosting this End of Summer Luau with Fresh Thyme! Join this family-friendly event which includes a scavenger hunt, snacks, freshly squeezed juice giveaways and a visit from the Polynesian Princess! A Fresh Thyme dietitian will also be on site to discuss healthy meal ideas! The event is free but you must register online.

11. Grove City Eco Fest in Grove City Town Center

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Grove City Town Center, Park Street & Arbutus Ave.
Phone: 614-277-3050

This celebration of healthy and green living includes a Kids Zone which features soccer challenges, face painting, DIY workshops, COSI science stations and animals from the Columbus Zoo! Other activities include interactive family activities, food and merchandise vendors and more!

12. Books & Breakfast at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1377 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

Enjoy a story in the garden and pick fresh food!

13. Scratch Art Animal Masks at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone:  614-715-8000

Kids can make a scratch-away animal mask at this event! Free with admission or membership.

14. Sunbury Sizzle and Sounds at Sunbury Square

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: Sunbury Town Square

Sunbury’s 7th annual food and music festival includes live entertainment, food vendors, craft vendors, and a huge Kids Zone including a petting zoo, giant slide, bounce houses, small carnival rides, bull riding and more! All activities are free! (The Kids Zone is open from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.)

15. Sensory Friendly Films at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center and Gateway Film Center host a sensory friendly showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 with lower volume and lights kept up. Tickets are free!

16. Mill Run Free Summer Concert at Mill Run Amphiteather

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 3500 Mill Run Dr., Hilliard, OH 43026

This free, family-friendly concert features The British Invasion!

17. Family Fun Night at Rule 3

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 650 Windmiller Dr., Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-864-7853

Family Fun Night includes face painting, bounce houses, corn hole, live music, bocce ball and photo ops with characters!

18. Book to Film Summer Movie Series in The Topiary Park

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: Movie starts at 8:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

This month’s movie is The Devil Wears Prada. The evening includes free popcorn and a food truck!

Need more? Make sure to check out Summer Nights in Columbus: Something to do Every Night of 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!*

Written by Julie Miller