1. Ohio State Fair

When: July 26 – August 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: 717 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Head out to the Ohio State Fair for rides, exhibits, food, concerts, animals and so much more!

2. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 28, 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!

3. KidX Club: Up, Up, & Away at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Parkway , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

The KidX Club takes place at the outdoor fountain area. This week’s theme is Superheroes and Villains! Come dressed in costume! 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!

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

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205

Have lunch  at Mya’s Fried Chicken, The Cheesy Truck and Kona Ice of Lancaster and Buckeye and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to RMHC. There will also be a live band!

5. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of the night, COSI stays open late and offers reduced admission! General admission is $11 after 5:00 PM and includes a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

6. Flicks on the Bricks Toy Story at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

This fun evening at Hilliard’s Station Park includes the movie Toy Story! There will also be live music, Toy Story Characters, COSI on Wheels and more!

7. Night Under the Stars at Wyman Woods Park

When: Friday – Saturday, July 28-29, 2017
Time: Starts Friday at 7:00 PM
Location: 1450 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH 43212

Grandview Parks & Recreation and Grandview Library are hosting a free family-friendly campout! Bring your tent and sleeping bag, enjoy camp stories and songs, a campfire, snacks and a walk in the woods! Must register on line. See the link for details.

8. Pancake Breakfast at Grandview Middle School

When: Saturday July 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Location: 1240 Oakland Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

The Tri-Village Lions are hosting a Pancake Breakfast that includes sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. There will be a fully functioning model train display and a supervised craft table for the kids. This year’s craft is a firefly that can be decorated and will light-up for hours when finished. There will also be themed raffle baskets and a silent auction which includes Cleveland Browns tickets and Ohio State University items. Tickets are $7, buy 4 get 1 free. Children under 6 are free!

9. Pancake Breakfast at Goldfish Swim School Dublin

When: Saturday July 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 6175 Shamrock Ct., Ste G, Dublin, Ohio, OH 43016
Phone: 614-407-3474

Goldfish Swim School is partnering with Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to grant wishes to a few special children! Stop by the Dublin location of GSS for all you can eat pancakes from Chris Cakes! $6/per person. All proceeds go directly to Make-A-Wish!

10. DINO Weekend at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Meet the Flintstones, Rubbles and Buddy the Dinosaur, learn all about dinosaurs at the Paleontology Station and check out an animal enrichment activity at many of the animal habitats! There will also be a special guide on the Dinosaur Island ride!

11. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Celebrate the weekend with waffles! $5 gets you one Belgium waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee!

12. HOOT 77: The Ocean at Gateway Film Center·

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Ocean! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter! Recommended for ages 1-8.

13. Super Hero Day at Blue Monkey Parties & Events

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 591 Hill Rd. N, Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-828-8236

Come jump, slide and meet some of your favorite Super Heroes including Spiderman, Wonder Woman and Blue Monkey! $10/child.

14. Food Truck & Fun Fest in Whitehall

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: Yearling Road, between Etna and Langley, Whitehall, OH 43213

This Food Truck and Fun Fest includes free family fun, vendors, bands and of course, food trucks!

15. Powell Street Market

When: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: downtown Powell

This is the 2nd of 3 Street Markets of the year! There will be over 100 vendors, food trucks and pony rides!

16. Harry Potter Birthday Bash at Gateway Film Center·

When: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

Celebrate Harry’s 37th birthday with a special screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! For $37 you get a collectible lanyard, t-shirt, pre-show party with butterbeer cake, early seating, trivia, and the movie! There will also be a Harry Potter costume parade!

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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