1. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This week at Commons for Kids there will be cookie decorating, a free puppet show, a free craft and more! Every week at Commons for Kids there are free carousel rides, bounce houses, Imagination Playground and more! If the temperature is above 80 degrees, there will also be a water slide!

2. KidX Club: Game Time at Polaris Fashion Place

When: When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

KidX series takes place at the fountain outside Polaris Fashion Place! This week’s theme is Game Time! Learn about sports, health and fitness while playing games! Bring a book to donate for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and kids can pick out a treat from the treasure chest!

3. From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday-Thursday, July 7-13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

GFC has partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to bring your family these great films inspired by books! This week’s film is Shrek. Daytime admission is free with your library card!

4. Summer Carnival at Skate Zone 71

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Enjoy a summer carnival including a bounce house, balloon twisting, face painting, games and giveaways!

5. Sprouting Melodies at Hilltop Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Friday July 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 511 S. Hague Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-2275

A music therapist will be at this Summer Reading Club event to help promote early development through songs, play, movement and music! Recommended for kids ages 2-6.

6. First Friday at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

I’m doing a giveaway for this event on my Facebook page! After 5:00 PM you can enter the museum for a reduced price of $6 ($3 for children ages 6-12)! You can explore all of the exhibits until 9:00 with special activities and the movie Mary Poppins will be shown at 7:00 PM! Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Movie tickets are first come, first served. This event is free for members.

7. Weinland Park Movie Night

When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 1280 Summit St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-297-8442

Watch a free movie in Weinland Park! This week’s movie is Storks! Free movie, free popcorn! Bring a chair or blanket.

8. Family Farm Chores at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

**This program is now full!** This happens on the second Saturday of each month so you can plan ahead for the future! Join Stratford’s farmer for morning chores! You and your family can feed the goats and sheep, collect eggs, feed hogs and more! $15/family. This is a limited event and advanced registration is required. Call to check availability and register! See more about Stratford here.

9. Canoe the Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Take a canoe out on the lake, all equipment provided! Parents must be in the canoe with their child and children must fit into a life jacket to ride. There will be activities for families too!

10. Saturday Morning Cartoons at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch Saturday morning cartoons on the big screen for $5 which includes a bowl of cereal with milk!

11. Summer Jam West at Westgate Park

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave, Columbus, OH 43204

Summer Jam West is a grassroots, free arts and music festival that features live bands, local food trucks, and local arts and craft vendors! There will be many kids activities including police and fire trucks, Artists Wrestling League, sidewalk chalking, free face painting and more in the Children’s Art Zone!

12. PBJ & Jazz at Topiary Park

When: Saturday, July 8, 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 Bright Moments Quintet. 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!

13. Unchained at Westgate BusinessWorks

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 11 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Gypsy Soul, Clay Street Ceramics and The Moon and Me will be hosting a fun local shopping experience. There will be sidewalk sales and a gift basket giveaway! For $2.50 you can get a hotdog, chips and a drink!

14. Open to the Public at Ohio Wildlife Center

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 9000 Dublin Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-734-9453

Ohio Wildlife Center is open to the public on the second Sunday of the month! Learn how to identify birds, investigate the Milkweed and Monarch area, meet some of the wildlife ambassadors and more! $5/person, children 5 and under are free.

15. Little Free Library Storytime with Bexley Library

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 875 Pleasant Ridge, Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

The Bexley Public Library hosts a story time at a Little Free Library!

16. Mommy and Me Painting Class with Colorful Columbus

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Goodale Park, 120 West Goodale St., Columbus, OH 43215

This is a mom and child painting event – both paintings combine to create one piece! The theme is foxes! Cost is $35/pair which includes all supplies.

17. Bob Evans Family Day at the Columbus Clippers

When: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 2:05 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln., Columbus, OH 43215
Ticket Line: 614-462-2757

Family Day admission is $15 and includes 2 adults and up to 4 children for General Admission seating. The kids can run the bases at the end of the game in the 10TV Commit to be Fit Fun Run!


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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