What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, July 12-14, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 50 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:45 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in to this music class with WeJoySing for $5/child, $3 for siblings. 1-23 months old.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity plus free play in the woods. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – Commons for Kids offers activities for all ages including carousel rides, inflatables, activities and more! This week’s theme is Animal Planet Day!

10:30 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in to this music class with WeJoySing for $5/child, $3 for siblings. 2-4 years old.

11:00 AM – Camp Creativity at Michaels Stores – Camp Creativity happens Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and is $3 per session. There is a different theme every week and different crafts every day. Sign up online. 

3:30 PM – Open Gaming for Kids and Teens at Bexley Public Library – youth ages 8-18 can play video games on a big screen, minecraft, board games, card games and more! 

6:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays at 400 West Rich – head to Franklinton when the galleries and art studios stay open late for exploring!

6:30 PM – Kids Night Out at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – drop the kids off for a hands-on cooking lesson! This week’s theme is BBQ recipes. Register online.

6:30 PM – Family Night Hike | Sense the Night at Ohio Wildlife Center – hike around the Ohio Wildlife Center in the dark searching for animals, enjoy a camp fire  and create an animal enrichment item for the wildlife. $7/person. Not recommended for kids under age 5. 

7:00 PM – Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts – CATCO is Kids offers this musical rendition of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory featuring classic songs as well as new ones, too! 

7:00 PM – Folk Songs Around the Fire at Gallant Farm Park – bring an instrument or sing along to songs around the campfire. All ages welcome.

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Lancaster – enjoy a live concert in downtown Lancaster!

8:00 PM – Hilliard Arts Council Presents: Shrek the Musical at Hilliard Darby High School – watch the musical Shrek performed by local actors, dancers and singers! This is a family-friendly performances with several times throughout the weekend.


A BIG thanks to Olentangy Indian Caverns for sponsoring this post!

Looking for more adventures on your summer bucket list? Just 20 minutes north of Columbus you’ll find an unexpected destination for explorers young and old: Olentangy Indian Caverns

Take a tour through the cave where Native Americans once lived. Mine for gems in the running water sluice. Hunt for treasure in Ohio’s only Treasure Hunt Maze. And visit deer, goats, cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, and bunnies in Columbus’s largest petting zoo. Visit Olentangy Indian Caverns from 9:30am – 5pm all summer long.


SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Grand Opening Weekend at Lynd Fruit Farm – celebrate the first market opening of the year with samples, food trucks, music, balloons and a bigger and better market! 

9:00 AM – Franklin County Fair at the Franklin County Fairgrounds – the fair features rides, concerts, performances, vendors, food, and lots more! The fair runs from July 13-20, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday.

9:30 AM – Pancakes & Play at St. Francis DeSales High School, Columbus, OH – this fundraiser will include all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast, bingo, a silent auction, bounce house, face painting, putt putt and more! $10/person, $25/family.

9:30 AM – A Walking Storytime at Westerville Public Library – listen to a story while walking through the library and Hanby Park followed by a craft and a treat. Ages 2-5 years and their siblings.

9:30 AM – Our Village: Tie Dye Creations! with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – this is a free event with FIT4MOM UA! Bring an item to tie dye after the Stroller Strides Class!

10:00 AM – Birdwatching for Beginners at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – beginning bird watchers can learn tricks to improve their bird watching skills and go on a short hike to bird watch!

10:00 AM – Westerville Music & Arts Festival at Everal Barn At Heritage Park – this two day festival includes live music, food trucks, craft beers and more! $1 to attend, kids 10 and under are free.

10:00 AM – Children’s Book Sale 2019 at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Hilliard Branch – children’s books will be on sale at the Hilliard Branch of the CML. Clearance sale is Sunday!

10:00 AM – Community Day 2019 at Pleasant Township Fire Department – this family-friendly event features touch-a-truck, games, balloon animals, free face painting, food trucks, vendors and more!

10:00 AM – 10 TV & Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure at Highbanks Metro Park – this is a free event featuring creeking, rock wall climbing, face painting, archery, live animals and more outdoor activities!

10:00 AM – Storytime LIVE! Hang Out with Curious George and Pinkalicious at Kiddie Academy of Gahanna – enjoy a story time with visits from Curious George and Pinkalicious. This is a free event but you can RSVP online to reserve your spot.

10:00 AM – Storytime LIVE! and Grand Opening Event at Kiddie Academy of Dublin – enjoy a story time with visits from Curious George and Pinkalicious. This is a free event but you can RSVP online to reserve your spot.

10:30 AM – July Grown-Up & Me Art // Up, Up and Away! at Art with Anna – this event is for kids ages 3 and up with an adult. $15/couple, $5 for additional artists. Make an art project together!

10:30 AM – A Walking Storytime at Westerville Public Library – listen to a story while walking through the library and Hanby Park followed by a craft and a treat. Ages 2-5 years and their siblings.

10:30 AM – Our Village: Tie Dye Creations! with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – this is a free event with FIT4MOM UA! Bring an item to tie dye after the Stroller Strides Class!

11:00 AM – Will Hillenbrand, Children’s Author Book Launch at Bexley Public Library – Will Hillenbrand will be launching his new book, Mighty Reader and the Big Freeze. Books will be available for sale and for signing. 

11:00 AM – Family Fun Day at The Shops at Worthington Place – this is a free event including a bounce house, balloon twisting, fire truck, child ID kits and more.

11:00 AM – Summer Jam West at Westgate Park – this free festival features art and live music. There will be local bands, food trucks, craft vendors, a free Children’s Art Zone, $1 snow cones, professional chalk artists and more!

11:00 AM – Delaware Family Festival at Andrews House – this block party will include music, face painting, lawn games, free lunch from 12-1, craft stations and more!

12:00 PM – PBJ & Jazz: Bobby Floyd Trio feat. Dwight Adams at Topiary Park – this event features a free, kid-friendly jazz concert in the park. There is a story time at the library at 11:00 AM, the concert at 12:00 PM and an art activity at 1:00 PM!

12:00 PM – Weiland’s Annual Party in the Parking Lot at Weiland’s Market – celebrate 58 years at Weiland’s market with picnic foods, birthday cake and ice cream, snow cones, giveaways, live music and more! $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12.

1:00 PM – Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts – CATCO is Kids offers this musical rendition of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory featuring classic songs as well as new ones, too!

2:00 PM – Let’s Flamingle for a Cure! at The Bogey – this free, family-friendly event supports the Rett Syndrome Research Trust and features kids’ activities, silent auction, raffle prizes, live music, face painting, photo booth, yard games and more!

2:30 PM – Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts – CATCO is Kids offers this musical rendition of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory featuring classic songs as well as new ones, too!

5:30 PM – 2019 Westerville Jazz Series at Alum Creek Amphitheater – enjoy a free concert in the park along with food trucks!

8:00 PM – MTRL Monster Truck Thrill Show at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio – watch monster trucks at the Franklin County Fair with a pre-show pit party from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

8:00 PM – Hilliard Arts Council Presents: Shrek the Musical at Hilliard Darby High School – watch the musical Shrek performed by local actors, dancers and singers! This is a family-friendly performances with several times throughout the weekend.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Grand Opening Weekend at Lynd Fruit Farm – celebrate the first market opening of the year with samples, food trucks, music, balloons and a bigger and better market! 

9:30 AM – KidsFest 2019 at Covenant Church – this free festival includes a juggler, balloon artist, petting zoo, inflatables, touch-a-truck and more!

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – visit the Ohio Wildlife Center and its inhabitants! An animal enrichment activity will take place at 1:00 PM. $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

1:00 PM – Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts – CATCO is Kids offers this musical rendition of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory featuring classic songs as well as new ones, too!

1:00 PM – Children’s Book Sale 2019 at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Hilliard Branch – children’s books will be on sale at the Hilliard Branch of the CML. Clearance sale is Sunday!

2:00 PM – Columbus Zoo at the Franklin Park Conservatory – the Columbus Zoo will visit the Conservatory with some ambassador animals. Free with admission or membership.

2:30 PM – Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts – CATCO is Kids offers this musical rendition of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory featuring classic songs as well as new ones, too! 

3:00 PM – Hilliard Arts Council Presents: Shrek the Musical at Hilliard Darby High School – watch the musical Shrek performed by local actors, dancers and singers! This is a family-friendly performances with several times throughout the weekend.

4:30 PM – Families in the Kitchen at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – this is an interactive cooking class for all ages. $25/person.

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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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