Summer is the best time to get out and explore lots of fun things with the kids! Luckily for us, Columbus is full of lots of FREE things to do this summer! If you need some inspiration, here are 35 things you can do for free around town!
35 Free Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus:
1. Climb aboard the train at Homestead Metro Park.
2. Check out a farmer’s market. See this list from Columbus Moms Blog, listed by day of the week!
3. Watch an outdoor movie. See this list from 614 Mom.
4. Have fun at KidX at Polaris Fashion Place.
5. Play at Commons for Kids every Friday.
6. Climb into the tree house at Inniswood Metro Park.
7. Win prizes in a Summer Reading Club. Register at your local library or take advantage of one of these national programs listed by Mission to Save.
8. Try out one of Columbus’ many festivals. Check out this list of festivals around Columbus from Columbus Underground!
10. Follow the path of the Dublin Irish Fairy Door Trail.
11. Get wet at a local splash pad! See my list of Free Columbus and Central Ohio Splash Pads and Fountains!
12.. Bowl for free with the Kids Bowl Free program! There are 3 locations in the Columbus area!
13. Attend the Hilltop Bean Dinner commemorating the role the Hilltop played in the Civil War! Admission is free and there is a huge car show, food vendors, arts and crafts and more!
14. Shop 100 local vendors at the Powell Street Market.
15. Visit a Little Free Library to borrow or donate books.
16. Attend one of the Cap City Nights Festivals hosted by Columbus Recreation and Parks! (2019 info not yet released.)
17. Learn about nature at one of the Preschool Programs at Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks.
18. Enjoy some music at Polaris Live every Thursday night beginning June 13, 2019. Also see Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week!
19. Hear a story or two at the Storytime at Chic Fil A on Sawmill.
20. Enjoy a free concert at Celebration at the Station at Hilliard’s Station Park – Thursdays at 6:00 PM beginning June 6, 2019.
22. Get artistic at Arts in Uptown on the Second Friday of each month!
23. Watch a free movie at Gateway Film Center! Admission to their Book to Film series is free with your library card!
24. Explore the Blendon Woods Natural Play Area where kids can build forts, swing through the woods on a wooden swing, go creeking and more!
- Related: Exploring Blendon Woods Metro Park
25. Attend Gallery Hop in the Short North on the first Saturday night of each month from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM! Enjoy street performers, special deals and treats and the shops stay open late!
26. Watch a movie and have fun at Bexley Main Event.
27. Visit Franklin Park Conservatory on Community Day – the first Sunday of each month when Columbus and Franklin County residents (with valid ID) get in free! Make sure to play in the Children’s Garden!
28. Stop to smell the roses at Columbus Park of Roses.
29. Explore Columbus Museum of Art when admission is free on Sundays! Don’t miss The Wonder Room, an area just for kids!
30. Explore an ancient burial mound, Shrum Mound.
31. Take a ride on the CBUS. All rides are free and the buses go in a loop around the Short North, downtown, Brewery District and German Village.
32. Take a ride on the Smart Circuit – a self driving shuttle that will take you around the Scioto Mile!
33. Beat the heat with a free indoor play area.
34. Enjoy music, activities and movies at Hoot Family Film Series – free with a non-perishable donation to the Open Shelter.
35. Do a craft, hear a story and listen to jazz music at PBJ & Jazz.
Feel free to share what kind of free activities your family likes to do around Columbus in the comments!
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