1. Kid Fest 2017 – Summer Film Series Kickoff at Drexel Theatre

When: Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: Friday: 10:00 AM, Saturday: 10:00 AM, Sunday: 1:00 PM
Location: 2254 E. Main St, Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-1050

This weekend’s movie is The Lego Movie! Kids age 14 and under and Drexel members are free, 15 and older are $3/piece.

2. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 16, 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 activities also include a Kiddie Fitness Class, a magic show from The Great Randini, improv for kids with #HastagComedy, and music from Columbus Folk Music Society!

3. KidX Club: Pirates & Princesses

 at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

The summer KidX program at Polaris Fashion Place takes place at the fountain in the outdoor area. The first one of the summer has a Pirates and Princesses theme and includes a treasure hunt, visit with princesses and pirates and more! If it rains, this free event will take place at the play area inside.

4. Looney Tunes Rewind at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

For one week only you can watch Looney Tunes cartoons on the big screen! See the link for the line up of cartoons that will be shown!

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

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3700

On Food Truck Fridays, you can eat from some of your favorite food trucks AND 10% of the proceeds will be donated to RMHC! This week there will be live music and the food trucks Tortilla Street Food, Fork in the Road and Graeter’s Ice Cream!

6. Movies at Mingo at Mingo Park

When: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 7:45 PM
Location:  500 E. Lincoln Ave., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-203-3051

This month’s movie at Mingo Park is Sing! Activities in the park start at 7:45 PM and the movie starts at 8:15 PM. Bring a blanket or chair and snacks!

7. Touch-A-Truck

 at Pleasant Township Fire Department

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 2925 Lancaster Thornville Rd. NE, Lancaster, OH 43130

This free event includes a tour of the fire department, a Pancake Breakfast (donations accepted) and the opportunity to check out a helicopter, fire trucks, fire safety info and a fire demo! There will also be Junior Firefighter Activities for the kids!

8. Westgate Farmer’s Market the West Gate Masonic Lodge

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2925 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

The Westgate Farmers Market happens on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month and includes local vendors, fresh produce, food trucks, kids activities and music! This week there will be cooking demos every hour by Local Matters and music by Scott Brooks. Food trucks are Alice’s Abelskabels and Cream & Sugar!

9. Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmer’s Market

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 646 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Kids can take part in Market Sprouts activities at the information tent each third Saturday at the Worthington Farmers Market! Examples of monthly activities are scavenger hunts, vegetable painting, cookie decorating and more!

10. Storybook Village at Ohio History Center

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

Storybook Village is a special day at Ohio Village where your kids’ favorite storybook characters come to life! Meet Peg + Cat, Super Why, Curious George and more! Explore the village to meet the characters and take part in special story times and activities! This year’s theme is storytelling from around the world! The Shazzbots will be there as well as a petting zoo, library card sign-ups and the opportunity to donate children’s books to Books for Bedtime. Members can take advantage of early entrance at 9:00 AM. (Do it, it’s worth it! 😉 ) (P.S. I’m doing a giveaway for 4 tickets on my Facebook page! Click here!)

11. Donuts with Dad at Grandview Library

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-481-3778

Bring dad to the library for DK Diner donuts, games gifts and photo ops! There will be a story time and a visit from Arnie the Doughnut!

12. KidsLinked’s Columbus Children’s Festival at Westerville North High School

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 950 County Line Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 877-543-7801

KidsLinked’s Annual Columbus Children’s Festival is a sports and fitness extravaganza! New location this year is at Westerville North High School. Admission and parking are free and the event features a bounce park and fun zone, ice cream eating contest, a fashion contest, food truck fest, trampolines, live entertainment and much more!

13. Busy Bees Garden Club at Dutch Mill Greenhouse

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 18443 State Route 4, Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-0511 Ext 13

On the third Saturday of each month kids can enjoy a garden-themed activity. This month’s workshop will be making mini terrariums! Recommended for kids age 3 and up.

14. Daddy Donut Superhero Day! at Indian Mound Mall

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 771 S 30th St., Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-522-6620

Kids can make superhero capes and shields, play superhero games, win prizes and more while dads enjoy donuts and beverages! Come dressed in costume or make your own at the event for a daddy and me photo shoot! Outside the mall, enjoy the Land Of Legend Antique Tractors from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM!

15. Father’s Day Ice Cream Social

 at Lehman’s Hardware

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4779 Kidron Rd, Dalton, OH 44618
Phone: 800-438-5346

If a road trip to Amish Country sounds like a fun Father’s Day adventure, the whole family can celebrate dad at a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar for $1! Lehman’s Hardware is a store in Amish Country dedicated to a simpler way of life! Lots of unique gifts available too!

16. Topiary Park Summer Movies at The Topiary Park

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

Topiary Park hosts a Book-to-Film classic this weekend in the park! This weekend is Jurassic Park! Bring a blanket and enjoy free popcorn! There will be a food truck on site as well.

17. Canoe the Lake (Father’s Day Special)

 at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Dads can canoe with their child for a special Father’s Day event! Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket. If there is a wait for canoes, you can enjoy the playground and a fun activity in the meantime! Canoes and all equipment provided!

18. Father’s Day Ohio POUS Party at Ohio Statehouse

When: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1 Capitol Square. Columbus, OH 43215

Ohio has the most presidents of any state! On Sunday you can celebrate dads AND the Fathers of the US! There will be free tours, a selfie booth and activity tables featuring each of the presidents from Ohio!


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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