What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, August 16-18, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 55 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

10:00 AM – 2019 Safari Pet Expo and Grooming Competition at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair – this pet focused event includes educational speakers, a mermaid meet and greet, pirate escape room, camels, a dog show, grooming competition and more!

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity plus free play in the woods. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Farm Days at COSI – climb on real tractors and farm machines, meet local farmers, learn where your food comes from, milk a fiberglass cow, and more! This event will take place August 14-18, 2019. Also on these days, show your Giant Eagle Advantage Card to receive $3 off admission. 

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

11:00 AM – Creature Feature: Friday Feeding at Highbanks Metro Park – visit with animals and learn how they find food.

11:00 AM – Columbus Duck Race at the Food Truck Festival – the 8th annual Columbus Duck Race supports The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and will take place on Saturday but on Friday AND Saturday kids can take part in activities at The Duck Race Booth at the Columbus Food Truck Festival. Register online to race your own duck!

11:00 AM – Columbus Food Truck Festival 2019 at The Scioto Mile – this festival features over 60 food trucks to choose from, live music, vendors, crafters and more! Entry is free for all ages and the festival runs from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.

12:00 PM – Columbus Zoo Animals at Experience Columbus – get up close to animals from the Columbus Zoo at the Visitor Center on Nationwide Blvd!

1:00 PM – Pataskala Street Fair – this street fair runs Wednesday through Saturday and features live music, a parade, tractor pulls, performances, vendors, food and more!

1:00 PM – Pastimes, puzzles, and play at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – this is your chance to try out games, riddles and activities from the Victorian age! This is a free event.

4:00 PM – S’miles of Sunflowers at Lynd’s New Farm “Lynd’s Patch on 37” – This festival is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Explore 10 acres of sunflowers, enjoy a wagon ride, cut your own flowers, a barrel train, photo ops, live music, concessions, food trucks, backyard games, a kids tent and more! Dogs are welcome on Sunday, August 18th. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

6:00 PM – 19th Hole Family Fun Night at The Bogey – this event benefits the Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation and includes food, face painting, games and more!

6:00 PM – Night Market at North Market – this nighttime market offers a carnival-like atmosphere with independent vendors, family-friendly games and activities, music, and more!

6:00 PM – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Community Festival – this carnival features games, rides, live entertainment, food and more and takes place on Friday and Saturday.

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Lancaster – enjoy a live concert in downtown Lancaster!

7:00 PM – Outdoor Community Movie Night! at Scarlet City Church – this free outdoor movie night includes a movie, free popcorn and yard games. Bring a blanket or chair. Movie begins at 8:00.

7:00 PM – Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland adapted for kids: a fast paced story with updated songs from the Disney movie!

7:00 PM – The Usual Suspects | Summer Sizzle Concert Series at George Edge Music Park – enjoy free live music in Grove City Town Center!

8:30 PM – Uptown Movie Series in Westerville, Ohio – watch a movie on City Hall lawn! This week’s movie is Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13).

8:45 PM – Lights, Cameras, Movies at Polaris Fashion Place – watch a free movie in the Polaris Lifestyle Center, bring a blanket or chairs. This week’s movie is Peter Rabbit.


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Treat your hatchlings to some back-to-school fun this weekend. The Marcus Crosswoods Cinema on Hutchinson Ave. is hosting FREE family parties to celebrate the opening of “The Angry Birds Movie 2!” Head to Crosswoods Cinema between 10 a.m. and noon for crafts, games, snacks, giveaways and more – then stay for the movie! (Film admission sold separately.) Learn more: http://bit.ly/2Ze6P4m

Can’t make the party? Head to the Marcus Crosswoods or Pickerington Cinemas for the ultimate moviegoing experience any day of the week. And make sure to mark your calendars for the Disney Enchanted Tales Film Series. From September 6-29, both theatres are bringing back “Moana,” “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan” and “The Little Mermaid” for just $6 per person! Reserve your spot: http://bit.ly/32fDSXP


SATURDAY

8:00 AM – KidsLinked.com’s 7th Annual Powell KidsFest at Adventure Park – the Kids Fest features lots of opportunities for play, free carnival games, balloon artist, glitter tattoos, food trucks and much more!

8:30 AM – Morning Tram Ride at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – take a peaceful ride through the park. Refreshments will be provided.

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – for $5/person you can get a waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee!

9:00 AM – Market Day at Westgate Farmers Market – this week’s market will feature Short North Bagel Deli and Cream and Sugar Food Trucks, Fort Hayes Strings, exotic birds, and (in celebration of National Honey Bee Day) an observation bee hive!

9:30 AM – Our Village: DIY Teething Necklace Craft at Fancyburg Park – this free playdate will offer the chance to make a teething necklace! This playdate takes place at 10:30 AM after the 9:30 AM Stroller Strides Class.

10:00 AM – Farm Days at COSI – climb on real tractors and farm machines, meet local farmers, learn where your food comes from, milk a fiberglass cow, and more! This event will take place August 14-18, 2019. Also on these days, show your Giant Eagle Advantage Card to receive $3 off admission. 

10:00 AM – Free Family Party at Crosswoods Cinema – this free family party has an Angry Birds theme! Kids can make their own party hats, build a popcorn box, enjoy free snacks, pin the tail on the Angry Bird, enjoy giveaways and prizes and more! Stay afterward for the movie (tickets sold separately).

10:00 AM – Ranger Bike Ride at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a 6 mile bike ride through the park with a ranger.

10:00 AM – Outdoor Exploration Expo at Camp Lazarus – explore the outdoors with free events like fishing, archery, a ninja obstacle course, martial arts, cooking classes and more! 

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

10:00 AM – Try-It Together: You Become a Zoologist at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – this event is for kids ages 2-6 accompanied by an adult and will feature hands-on STEM activities with an animal theme!  $10/person. Register online.

10:00 AM – Mud & Madness at Sharon Woods Metro Park – the whole family can take part in a 1.5 muddy obstacle course! Bring a towel!

10:00 AM – Fire Safety Storytime at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – an Upper Arlington firefighter and paramedic will read a book about fire safety and show kids around a real fire engine and medic truck.

11:00 AM – Columbus Food Truck Festival 2019 at The Scioto Mile – this festival features over 60 food trucks to choose from, live music, vendors, crafters and more! Entry is free for all ages and the festival runs from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.

11:00 AM – Columbus Duck Race at the Food Truck Festival – the 8th annual Columbus Duck Race supports The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and will take place on Saturday but on Friday AND Saturday kids can take part in activities at The Duck Race Booth at the Columbus Food Truck Festival. Register online to race your own duck!

11:00 AM – S’miles of Sunflowers at Lynd’s New Farm “Lynd’s Patch on 37” – This festival is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Explore 10 acres of sunflowers, enjoy a wagon ride, cut your own flowers, a barrel train, photo ops, live music, concessions, food trucks, backyard games, a kids tent and more! Dogs are welcome on Sunday, August 18th. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

12:00 PM – Back to School Open House at Musicologie Lewis Center – check out the newest location of Musicologie, meet the teachers, take a mini-lesson and enjoy refreshments and entertainment provided by the local teachers! New students can receive a discount on lessons if they register at this event.

12:00 PM – Pataskala Street Fair – this street fair runs Wednesday through Saturday and features live music, a parade, tractor pulls, performances, vendors, food and more!

12:00 PM – CrestFest 2019 in Clintonville – this annual event is a street party in south Clintonville that features a kid art activity area, inflatables, a youth stage, skateboard area, face painting, free popcorn and snow cones, a raffle, live music, vendors and more!

12:00 PM – Weinland Park Festival – this festival will include live music, free food, a bounce house, hamster balls, children’s games, face painting, a basketball tourney and more! 

1:00 PM – Open Barn Days 2019 at Sunrise Sanctuary – visit the animals at the sanctuary at their monthly open house. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available in advance.

1:00 PM – 8th Annual Back To School Community Day at King Arts Complex – this is a free event including school supply giveaways (while supplies last), live performances, line dancing, face painting and more!

1:00 PM – Family Creeking Adventure at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – catch fish, bugs and crawdads in the creek!

1:00 PM – Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland adapted for kids: a fast paced story with updated songs from the Disney movie!

2:00 PM – Discovery Day at Hanna Andersson Retail Stores – enjoy snacks, coloring, story time and the chance to build your own fruit mobile! The closest Hanna Andersson store is at Easton Town Center.

2:00 PM – Back to School Blast at Beechwold Christian Church – this free event features inflatables, face painting, a balloon artist, carnival games and more! Kids can also win school supplies as prizes!

2:30 PM – Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland adapted for kids: a fast paced story with updated songs from the Disney movie!

6:00 PM – Evening Fishing & Campfire with Rangers at Highbanks Metro Park – fish in the pond and then roast s’mores over the campfire. Limited supplies will be provided.

6:00 PM – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Community Festival – this carnival features games, rides, live entertainment, food and more and takes place on Friday and Saturday.

6:30 PM – Music Under the Paper Moon at Gallant Farm – channel the 1930’s by taking your pic under the paper moon! There will also be live music, refreshments and carnival games!

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

10:00 AM – Free Family Party at Crosswoods Cinema – this free family party has an Angry Birds theme! Kids can make their own party hats, build a popcorn box, enjoy free snacks, pin the tail on the Angry Bird, enjoy giveaways and prizes and more! Stay afterward for the movie (tickets sold separately).

10:00 AM – Farm Days at COSI – climb on real tractors and farm machines, meet local farmers, learn where your food comes from, milk a fiberglass cow, and more! This event will take place August 14-18, 2019. Also on these days, show your Giant Eagle Advantage Card to receive $3 off admission. 

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

10:00 AM – Sing Along with Joanie at Homestead Metro Park – enjoy an interactive performance for kids 5 and under at the Nature Center.

11:00 AM – S’miles of Sunflowers at Lynd’s New Farm “Lynd’s Patch on 37” – This festival is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Explore 10 acres of sunflowers, enjoy a wagon ride, cut your own flowers, a barrel train, photo ops, live music, concessions, food trucks, backyard games, a kids tent and more! Dogs are welcome on Sunday, August 18th. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

1:00 PM – Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland adapted for kids: a fast paced story with updated songs from the Disney movie!

1:00 PM – Feed the Stream at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – feed the fish in the stream at the Nature Center.

2:00 PM – Family Creeking at Blendon Woods Metro Park – look for salamanders and other creatures in the creek!

2:00 PM – For Kids: Monarch at Highbanks Metro Park – kids 6-12 can learn about Monarch butterflies and look for caterpillars.

2:30 PM – Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland adapted for kids: a fast paced story with updated songs from the Disney movie!

4:00 PM – Sprouts Night Out at Hilliard’s Station Park – this free event features live music, activities for kids, food trucks and more! Mousetrap is the featured band.

6:00 PM – End of Summer Bash at Northwest Bible Church – celebrate the end of summer with inflatables, a dunk tank, food and ice cream trucks and carnival games. This is a free event.

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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!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, August 9-11, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 45 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM – Franklin County Engineer’s Office Touch A Truck at the Dublin Road location – kids can get up close to and learn about service vehicles including fire and police! 

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – Commons for Kids offers activities for all ages including carousel rides, inflatables, activities and more! This week’s theme is Circus Day!

10:30 AM – Back to School Party at Polaris Fashion Place – this party takes place outside and includes crafting, outdoor play, photo ops with superheroes and villains, face painting and more! Bring a donation for Stuff the Bus and get to pick from the treasure chest.

2:00 PM – All Ohio Balloon Fest at the Union County Airport – this 3 day festival features live music, a flight simulator, animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo, a Kidz City ($10), plus balloon launches and rides! Tickets available at the gate.

4:00 PM – Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival at Huber Park – this annual festival includes live entertainment, food, vendors, tomato wars, carnival rides, a kid’s corner, chill cook off, salsa challenge and more!

5:00 PM – Festival 2019 – Friday Night at Saint Cecilia Festival – this family-friendly festival features rides, raffles, food, live entertainment and children’s events.

5:00 PM – Creekside Live: The Fabulous Johnson Brothers at Creekside Park & Plaza – enjoy a free concert in the park featuring The Fabulous Johnson Brothers. There will be acoustic performers throughout Creekside from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Campfire Cookout at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – learn basic campfire cooking skills!

6:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays at 400 West Rich – head to Franklinton when the galleries and art studios stay open late for exploring!

7:00 PM – Danny & the Linders | Grove City Summer Sizzle Concert Series in Grove City Town Center – enjoy a free concert in Grove City Town Center!

7:00 PM – Folk Songs Around the Fire at Gallant Farm Park – take part in or listen to songs around a campfire!

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Lancaster – enjoy a live concert in downtown Lancaster!

8:00 PM – Movie in the Park: How to Train Your Dragon- The Hidden World at Sharon Woods Metro Park

8:45 PM – Lights, Cameras, Movies at Polaris Fashion Place – watch a free movie int he Polaris Lifestyle Center, bring a blanket or chairs. This week’s movie is The Lego Movie 2.


Don’t Miss Out on Summer Fun:


SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Farmers’ Festival at North Market – this annual festival celebrates North Market and showcases local farms and vendors. There will be kid’s craft and coloring, a pie baking contest and more!

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

9:00 AM – KidsFest 2019 at Groveport Recreation Department – this festival features a touch-a-truck, Cops N’ Kids, and back to school themed activities.

9:30 AM – Author Storytime: Chin Up Chinchilla at Cub Shrub – join author Beth Stafford as she reads her book, Chin Up, Chinchilla. there will be a related craft afterwards.

10:00 AM – Crime and Corruption Day at Ohio Village – spend the day at Ohio Village learning about crime and corruption in the 1890’s! There will be mock trials, crime solving, the True Crime Garage podcast and more!

10:00 AM – Storytime sing-along with Brian Griffin at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – enjoy a reading and singing of Lennon and McCArtney’s “All You Need is Love’ and more during this musical story time!

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

10:00 AM – Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival at Huber Park – this annual festival includes live entertainment, food, vendors, tomato wars, carnival rides, a kid’s corner, chill cook off, salsa challenge and more!

11:00 AM – Festival Latino 2019 at Genoa Park – This two day festival features live music, dancing, community organizations, artists, a marketplace, food vendors and a free children’s area with a balloon artist, COSI, Mexican flowers, book giveaways, product sampling and more.

11:00 AM – Superhero Day at Easton Town Center – meet your favorite super heroes, enjoy superhero-themed activities and more!

11:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz: Jazz Daddies feat. Maggie Green at Topiary Park – enjoy a story time inside the Main Library, a kid friendly jazz concert in the park at 12:00 PM and art activities from Columbus Museum of Art afterwards.

11:00 AM – All Ohio Balloon Fest at the Union County Airport – this 3 day festival features live music, a flight simulator, animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo, a Kidz City ($10), plus balloon launches and rides! Tickets available at the gate.

4:00 PM – Summer in the 614 Festival at Worthington Village Green – enjoy this family celebration of summer with live music, activities and games, food vendors and more!

4:00 PM Second Saturday | Arts in the Alley in Gahanna – this block party includes artists, vendors, food, larger than life balloon animals and more!

6:00 PM – 28th Annual Opa Opa Event at King Gyros – celebrate 28 years of Greek food with an eating contest, live music, belly dancing and dance lessons!

7:00 PM – National S’mores Day Campfire at Highbanks Metro Park – enjoy s’mores around the campfire.

8:00 PM – Summer Music Series at Franklin Park Conservatory – the Summer Movie Series features 3 free concerts on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory. One hour before the concert (starting at 7:00 PM) there will be music and garden inspired activities for kids. Check the link for the list of performances. This is a free outdoor concert. Admission to the Conservatory is not required. 

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

10:00 AM – Sunday Sunday in German Village – stroll through German Village enjoying the shops and restaurants. At 1:00 PM there is a tour of German Village and the Actor’s Theatre presents As You Like It in Schiller Park. 

10:30 AM – Summer Fest Family Fitness at Gahanna Sports Factory – visit the new Gahanna Sports Factory to try out free sample classes including Hip Hop Dance, Yoga and Stroller Strides! There will be volleyball and basketball camps, food, sweet treats and jungle gyms. 

11:00 AM – Festival Latino 2019 at Genoa Park – This two day festival features live music, dancing, community organizations, artists, a marketplace, food vendors and a free children’s area with a balloon artist, COSI, Mexican flowers, book giveaways, product sampling and more.

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – visit the Ohio Wildlife Center and its inhabitants! An animal enrichment activity will take place at 1:00 PM. $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

1:00 PM – Family Creeking Adventure at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – catch fish, bugs and crawdads in the creek!

1:00 PM – Fairy Garden Blowout Sunday at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – – register online and attend this workshop to receive 30% off your creation! Create your own fairy garden or terrarium using rocks, fairy houses and accessories, succulents and more. Ages 3 and up. Register online.

2:00 PM – Columbus Zoo at the Conservatory at Franklin Park Conservatory – meet animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo every second Sunday of the month! Free with admission or membership.

2:00 PM – Summer Community Read Splashdown at Bexley Public Library – celebrate the end of Summer Community Read with food trucks, tie-dying and special appearances from Star Wars characters! at 3:00 there will be a presentation about snakes, turtles, fogs and salamanders.

3:30 PM – August Family Paint // Little Palm Island at Art with Anna – kids ages 6 and up can create and paint a picture with their family and friends. $15/artist. This month’s theme is Little Palm Island. Register online.

5:00 PM – Tram and Campfire at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – take a tram ride around the park and make s’mores at the campfire.

8:00 PM – Summer Music Series at Franklin Park Conservatory – the Summer Movie Series features 3 free concerts on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory. One hour before the concert (starting at 7:00 PM) there will be music and garden inspired activities for kids. Check the link for the list of performances. This is a free outdoor concert. Admission to the Conservatory is not required. 

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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!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, August 2-4, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 45 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

9:00 AM – Mini Camp- Intro/ to LEGO Boost Robotics at The SIMPLR STEAM Playground – build a robot made of LEGO blocks and electronic components while learning programming language and competing in an obstacle course! Register online.

10:00 AM – For Kids: Explore Natural Play Area at Highbanks Metro Park – go off trail to look for wildlife. Ages 6-12.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity plus free play in the woods. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – Commons for Kids offers activities for all ages including carousel rides, inflatables, activities and more! This week’s theme is Character Day!

10:00 AM – Back To School Kick Off at Once Upon A Child – Columbus, OH – tax free weekend includes shopping at Once Upon A Child! They are offering 50% off clearance plus the chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet. All locations.

10:00 AM – Wands and Wizards Weekend in Lancaster and Beyond  – locations throughout Lancaster and beyond will be offering wizard themed treats, art, contests, crafts and more! Check the link for the schedule of what’s going on where, August 1-3!

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission! 

10:30 AM – KidX: Game Time at Polaris Fashion Place – KidX is a free event featuring games, crafts, face painting, balloon artists and more! This week’s theme is all about sports, health and fitness safety!

3:30 PM – Open Gaming for Kids and Teens at Bexley Public Library – kids ages 8-18 can drop in to play Minecraft, board games, card games, video games and more in the auditorium!

4:00 PM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

4:00 PM  – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

5:30 PM – First Fridays at Reeb Avenue Center – COSI will be at this monthly event for families!

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Lancaster – enjoy a live concert in downtown Lancaster!

7:00 PM – Story Time at Night Under the Stars at Wyman Woods Park – kids of all ages can enjoy a camping story time hosted by Grandview Library and Grandview Heights Parks and Rec. There is a free camp out overnight – see link to register for the campout.

7:00 PM – Russell Blue Band | Summer Sizzle Concert Series in Grove City Town Center – this free concert takes place at the George Edge Music Park in Grove City Town Center. 

8:30 PM – Uptown Movie Series in Westerville – this is a free movie on the City Lawn Hall. This week’s movie is Jurassic Park (PG-13).

8:45 PM – Lights, Cameras, Movies at Polaris Fashion Place – watch a free movie int he Polaris Lifestyle Center, bring a blanket or chairs. This week’s movie is Dumbo.

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Westerville Mom2Mom Sale at Westerville Christian Church – shop for bargains at this consignment sale featuring baby, kids and maternity items.

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

9:00 AM – Market Day at Westgate Farmer’s Market – YMCA Hilltop Educare will be at this week’s market to do story times and offer sensory activities! There will be live music, vendors and Explorer’s Club food truck.

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

9:00 AM – FIT4MOM Columbus North’s Free Family Anniversary Party at Highbanks Metro Park – this is a free family event with FIT4MOM Columbus North! This celebration includes a family workout, a playdate and giveaways! RSVP online.

10:00 AM – Author Visit: Lindsay Bonilla at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – Lindsay Bonilla will read and sign copies of her book Polar Bear Island!

10:00 AM – Kingwood Kids Day – “Arts in the Garden” at Kingwood Center Gardens – take a road trip to Mansfield for this event that includes activities from local partners, art projects, demonstrations, music and activities! Food and ice cream will be available for purchase and admission is free for all.

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Wands and Wizards Weekend in Lancaster and Beyond  – locations throughout Lancaster and beyond will be offering wizard themed treats, art, contests, crafts and more! Check the link for the schedule of what’s going on where, August 1-3!

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

11:00 AM – Riddles me these, please at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – pick up a list of riddles at the farmhouse and explore the farm to find the answers!

11:00 AM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

11:00 AM – Back-To-School with Easton Town Center – take advantage of Tax Free Weekend at Easton where there will be live entertainment, a fashion preview, giveaways and more!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Carnival at Marysville Public Library – celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with games, prizes, treats and more!

11:30 AM – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

1:00 PM – 2019 Pickerington KidsFest at Pickerington Mount Carmel Sports Complex – this event features a foam run, a free family festival with contests, performances, food trucks, scavenger hunt, $5 bounce park and more.

2:00 PM – Storytime LIVE! Hang Out with Curious George and Pinkalicious at Kiddie Academy of Reynoldsburg, OH – RSVP online for this free story time and character meet and greet!

6:00 PM – Free Concert featuring The Navigators at Columbus Commons – enjoy a free concert at Columbus Commons! Food trucks and bar open at 6:00 PM, concert starts at 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Game Night! at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – hang out in the Nature Center or play various outdoor yard games!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop at 3060 Artworks – this monthly Art Hop features live music, featured artists, snacks, games and various activities at the surrounding businesses at the Westgate BusinessWorks.

9:00 PM – Movie In The Park: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – watch a free movie in the park! Bring a blanket or chairs.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm.

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

11:00 AM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

11:30 AM – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

3:00 PM – Family Tram Rides at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a guided tour of the park on the tram! Hop on at one of the “tram stop” signs throughout the park.

6:00 PM – Climbing for Clouds at Vertical Adventures – support research for Clouded Leopards by participating gin an indoor obstacle course, visiting with animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo, enjoying outdoor games and more! $19/person includes a donation to the research. ($7 for members) Register online. 

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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!*


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