1. Franklin County Fair

When: Saturday-Sunday, July 15-22, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM Friday & Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday – Thursday
Location: 5043 Northwest Pkwy., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-7235

This is the 100th Anniversary of the Franklin County Fair. Visit the kids tent for activities for games, crafts and other activities!

2. Cheryl’s Summer 2017 Bake Sale at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies

When: Thursday & Friday, July 20-21, 2017
Time: Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 646 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 800-443-8124

This huge 2-day sale at Cheryl’s Cookies includes up to 75% off, a free gift for the first 50 customers at the Flagship Store, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital tent with crafts, face painting, snacks and more! Each day there will be visits from your kids’ favorite characters like Anna, Snow White, Iron Man and more! Check the link for character appearance times!

3. Westerville’s Touch A Truck at the Westerville Sports Complex

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 325 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-901-6500

Kids can get up close to fire and police vehicles, construction equipment, the Westerville Public Library delivery van  and more!

4. KidX Club: To the Moon & Back at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

The KidX Club takes place at the outdoor fountain area. This week there’s a space theme and kids can explore space with Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Rey and make slime! In addition, Charleys Philly Steaks will be on site with free lemonade and a prize wheel! If you mention this event at the Charleys Philly Steaks at Polaris mall you can get a free kids meal with the purchase of any combo.

**ALSO – if you post a photo at this event and tag Charleys Philly Steaks AND my blog (What Should We Do Today Columbus? or @whatshouldwedotoday_cbus) you will be entered into a drawing to win $50 in Charleys Cash! Be sure to use the hashtag #mycharleys ! Your post will need to be public to be seen and entered into the drawing!

5. ArtWalk in Downtown Lancaster

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Downtown Lancaster
Phone: 740-277-6607

This is the 30th annual ArtWalk in downtown Lancaster! Event includes a juried art show, live music, street performers, food trucks, and local vendors! Specifically for kids, Aha! A Hands-On Adventure will be making hosting an art activity for kids and there will be face painting, tattoos and hair painting!

6. Summer Family Night at Hilltop YMCA

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 2879 Valleyview Dr., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-276-8224

This activity at the outdoor pool includes family-friendly activities! It’s free for members or $15 per family.

7. Gahanna’s Great Outdoors Annual Summer Park & Rec Party

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 150 Oklahoma Ave, Columbus, OH 43230
Phone: 614-342-4250

Gahanna Department of Parks and Recreation is celebrating National Parks and Recreation month with karaoke, kayaking and canoeing, games, inflatables, food trucks, live music and a showing of the movie SING at 9:30 PM!

8. The Main Event at the Bexley Community Pool

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 2100 Clifton Ave., Bexley, OH 43209

Bexley Main Event is happening at the Bexley Pool this month! There will be food for sale, Johnson’s Ice Cream truck and the opportunity to watch Zootopia from the pool! No rafts allowed! The movie will start at dusk.

9. Popcorn Pops We’ve Got Rhythm at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This is a special kid-friendly concert with the Columbus Symphony that also includes free popcorn, activities like face painting, art projects and trying out musical instruments! There will also be the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities. Gates open at 5:30 PM for the activities and the concert begins at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10/piece. Children under 2 are free. Afterwards, stay for the . . .

10. Free Movie at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 8:15 PM
Location: 160 S High St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you come for the Popcorn Pops, you can continue your fun evening by watching The LEGO Batman Movie! Or come down to the park after the ticketed event and watch the movie for free!

11. Movies at Mingo

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 500 E. Lincoln Ave., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This month’s movie is Moana! Activities like hula dancing and hula hooping start at 7:45 and the movie begins at 8:15 PM! Kona Ice will be sold! Bring blankets or chairs and snacks!

12. Eastside Movie Night – “Pete’s Dragon” at Veritas East

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: 2866 Noe Bixby Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-297-8442

The free movie this week will be Pete’s Dragon! Bring a chair or blanket!

13. Movies in the Park at Westgate Recreation Center

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

Celebrate Christmas in July by watching A Christmas Story in Westgate Park. There will be Christmas cookies for sale to benefit the Westgate Recreation Center.

14. Dressing Victorian at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Try on Victorian fashions, make crafts from the 1890’s, see demonstrations from the Victorian era and more at Ohio Village! Included with general admission or membership.

15. A Day in the Park at American Legion Park

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 500 Park Ave, Marysville, Ohio 43040
Phone: 937-645-7350

This celebration of the City of Marysville’s Park system includes free admission to the Municipal Pool from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, a mechanical shark, live music, free hot dogs and refreshments and activities for all ages!

16. Movie Night in Huber Park

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 1520 Davidson Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-322-6800

Family-friendly activities begin at 6:00 PM and the movie, The Good Dinosaur, starts at dusk!

17. Sundays Farmdays at Burnt Toast Farms

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 18230 Raymond Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 614-547-3276

Sundays on the farm include the opportunity to meet the alpaca, stroll through meadows, play games or volleyball and have a picnic. There will be complimentary refreshments and impromptu barn tours, lessons and garden walks!

18. WOSU Kids at Columbus Museum of Art

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Broad St.., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-4848

WOSU Kids is a new 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and they are providing a fun day of art exploration at CMA! Peg + Cat will be there and the art museum is free on Sundays! (Parking is $5 for non-members).

19. 2017 Chadwick Arboretum Open House

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-3479

This annual open house event includes canoeing, fishing, entertainment from Sock Hop Soda Shop, a display of local bees, tours, educational displays, a tree scavenger hunt, and free root beer floats for the first 300 guests! Make sure to check the link for the exact location of the Arboretum and parking info!

20. Zoo Animals at the Library at Bexley Public Library

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2411 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

The Columbus Zoo will be visiting the library to teach kids about the animals that travel with Jack Hanna. They will be bringing some animal friends with them for an up-close encounter!

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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