Labor Day Weekend Columbus Staycation 2017

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If you’re looking for some fun activities to do with your family over the long weekend, I’ve rounded up a list of events going on over Labor Day Weekend! Don’t worry, I’ll still have my full list of kid-friendly activities to publish later this week, but these are a few fun ideas to whet your appetite in the meantime! 😉 (See 18 things to do Labor Day Weekend 2017 right here!)


Columbus Greek Festival at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The Columbus Greek Festival is going on Friday-Monday, so you make this a part of any day this weekend! However, you should stop in on Friday because your ticket ($5 for adults, kids 12 and under are free) is good for the entire weekend! That way, any time you don’t feel like cooking this weekend, you can head down to the festival for yummy greek food instead! 😉 Besides food, the festival also includes educational activities, shops, music and dancing, exhibits and a kids activity center! See the link for all the times and details!

McGuffey Lane in Concert at Columbus Commons

Kick off the weekend with a free concert at Columbus Commons! Drinks and food trucks begin at 5:30 PM and the opening act starts at 7:00, so even if the kiddos can’t stay up for a late concert (which starts at 8:00 PM), you can have dinner and enjoy some music before bedtime!


Grand Opening of Donatos Powell

Dontatos Powell celebrates it’s reopening of the new store and the new school year with a block party from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM! There will be face painting, guests from the Columbus Zoo, balloon animals and virtual reality games! The first 100 people will get Free 4D movie passes from The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and a Pepsi 2-Liter! There will also be free pizza!

44 Pages Screening Event at Gateway Film Center

Who remembers reading Highlights at the doctors’s office? I do! I do! Headquartered in Columbus, Highlights is celebrating it’s 70th Anniversary Issue with a new documentary called 44 PAGES. The Columbus screening takes place at Gateway Film Center and on Saturday, a special family-friendly event is being held that includes free giveaways, a book reading, games, crafts and more! Activities start at 2:00 PM and the movie will be shown at 3:00 PM, followed by a Q&A.

Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons

Head down to Columbus Commons for a free Family Fun Day, Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM! Activities include inflatables, face painting, balloon twisters, putt-putt, crafts, a photo booth and more! A $5 wristband is available for unlimited access to all activities. (Not all activities require a wristband.) Food trucks will be on site and the movie The Jungle Book will be shown at 4:00 PM.


Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival at Ohio History Center

The Ohio Cup features over 30 teams from all over the US who come to Ohio Village for one of the largest vintage base ball festivals in the nation! This is 1860’s style base ball (yes, it was two words back then)! There will also be fun games for the kids, dancing, a barbershop quartet, food trucks, rides in a Ford Model A, blacksmith demonstrations and the chance to try out base ball for yourself! This event is going on Saturday AND Sunday, so you can take your pick! Included with general admission or membership.

Shakespeare in the Park at Schiller Park

Thursday through Sunday you can see the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Schiller Park. The performances are “pay what you will” and donations are gladly accepted. You can reserve a seat ahead of time for $20 or reserve a blanket space for $20 which includes an ATC logo blanket!


UA Labor Day Arts Festival in Northam Park

The Upper Arlington Arts festival is held in Northam Park and features around 200 local, regional and national artists. There is also live entertainment, vendors, art activities and food available for purchase! Admission is free!

Dime a Dog Night at Columbus Clippers

Sugardale Hot Dogs are only $.10 each all night (or afternoon) long! The Clippers play the Louisville Bats at 2:05 PM!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 9-11, 2017

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1. Fun Fridays: Pirate and Princess Day at Everal Barn and Homestead

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville , OH 43082
Phone: 614-901-6400

Pirates and princesses are welcome to search for treasure, play games and create notes in a bottle on an island of fun! $5, for ages 6 and under.


Commons for Kids – Safety Day

 at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 
1:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This week’s Commons for Kids’ theme is Safety and in addition to the regular faceprinting, inflatables and carousel rides, there will be representatives from the Columbus Police and Fire Departments, a craft time making safety whistles and planting with Lowe’s! See more info about the activities at Columbus Commons here!

3. The 2017 Columbus Arts Festival

 at the Scioto Mile

When: Friday – Sunday, June 9-11, 2017
Time: Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Scioto Mile

The Columbus Arts Festival is a huge celebration of art including live music, local artists, a 5K, food trucks, art activities and more! Specifically for kids and families, look for hands-on activities and crafts, a Children’s Gallery with art for $5 and under,  the Art Shark, and Children’s Theater. Don’t miss The Shazzbots at the Arts Festival!?! for a kid-friendly performance, and the Art Makes Columbus Activity Village

 where you can screen print your own t-shirt, design video games, play instruments and more!

4. The Great Dean-O 

at Tree of Life Play + Cafe

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 3708 Fishinger Blvd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Phone: 614-363-4041

The Great Dean-O will put on a comedy-magic show for preschoolers!

5. KidX Dino Dig day with “The Works” at Indian Mound Mall

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 771 S. 30th St., Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-522-6620

If your kids are really into dinosaurs, you may want to take a little road trip on Friday! At this free event, kids can dig in the sand for their own dinosaur and do experiments, play games, win prizes and more – all with a dinosaur theme! The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology will have a hands-on show about the “Pleistocene Dentist”, kids can learn all about fossils and meet a real dinosaur at the photo station!

6. Credit Union of Ohio Carnival in Hilliard

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 5500 Britton Pkwy., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-487-6650

The family-friendly event is open to the public and will offer free activities for kids of all ages, including carnival game stations; prizes; live music entertainment; face painting; balloon twisting; a bounce house; popcorn; ice cream; water; and free food from The Angry Wiener and Empanadas and More food trucks. Check out their newly remodeled workshop space and take advantage of a special offer for families who open a Youth Account at the carnival. Carnival attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Credit Union of Ohio’s event page (link above).

7. Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Chic-fil-A on Sawmill

When: Friday – Saturday, June 9-10, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM on Friday – 10:00 AM Saturday
Location: 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH
Phone: 614-717-9404

Chick-fil-A on Sawmill is hosting a sleep over for your stuffed animals! Join Cow for dinner, story time and tuck in, then pick them back up on Saturday to hear see pictures and hear all about their overnight adventure! “Tuck-in” will be at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

8. Flicks on the Bricks: Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026

Flicks on the Bricks includes an outdoor movie, on-stage entertainment, a dunk tank, body art, art projects, stilt walkers, food trucks and more!

9. Father’s Day Craft with Ms. Mary! at TREEHIVE play + cafe

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 337 W. Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-681-1456

Little Van Gogh Art School is hosting a craft time to help kids create a fun Father’s Day gift! Make a ‘Love You to Pieces” picture frame out of puzzle pieces! $14.50 a ticket (price includes photo and DIY frame). Register at the link.

10. Grown Up & Me Art: Dad’s Day Gift

 at Art With Anna

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: 420 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

On the second Saturday of each month you can bring your child to do an art project together! $15/couple, $5 for each additional child!

11. Unchained at Westgate BusinessWorks

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 11 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Break away from chain stores and check out the businesses of Westgate BusinessWorks including the brand new Clay Street Ceramics where you and your kids can paint your own pottery items! This event take place on the second Saturday of each month through September and will feature local artisan goods, sidewalk sales, a raffle and a kid zone with face painting and crafts! For $2.50 you can get a hotdog, chips and a drink! Also happening in the neighborhood is the Westgate Home & Garden Tour


12. Family Fun Day
 at The Shops at Worthington Place

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 7227 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-841-1110

This free Family Fun Day includes a bounce house, face painting, games, prizes, music, activities and more!

13. PBJ & Jazz with Byron Stripling & The Bobby Floyd Trio

 at The Topiary Park

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E Town St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

This event includes a family story time at Main Library, a free, kid-friendly jazz concert in Topiary Park and a craft time afterwards!

14. Wonka Day

 at Lulu’s Sweet Shop and Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 14 W. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-394-8193

Join LuLu’s Sweet Shop and Naturally Curious Kids for an afternoon of games, crafts, and treats!

15. For Kids: Nature Crafts at Homestead Metro Park

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: The Barn, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-971-5211

Drop in between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to do a craft made out of supplies found in nature! Ideal for ages 3-10. The craft station will be outside.

16. DIY Car Games Workshop

 at World Market

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3770 Easton Market, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-471-5042

Come to this craft time to make your own family road trip game! With the purchase of any polypropylene cutting board, you can learn how to create custom car games for your summer road trip! Other materials will be provided. Loriann Cargill Bustos of will be hosting at the Easton location!

17. Bling Out Your Spinners at Michaels Stores

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Buy a spinner and use Michaels’ supplies to bling them out! Can’t make it on Saturday? On Sunday there’s Free Slime Sunday from 1:00 PM -3:00 PM!

18. Movie in the Park: Moana 

 at Mill Valley Park South

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 1067 Creekview Dr., Marysville, OH 43040

The movie Moana will be shown at Mill Valley Park South beginning at dusk! Bring blankets or low stadium chairs!

19. Baby + Art

 at Art with Anna

When: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

Another opportunity this weekend for Art with Anna! Bring your baby (suggested 9 mo-2.5 yrs) to a messy and casual morning making art together! Washable and edible paint is used and it is a time for baby to explore new things while moms hang out! $10/family. Register in advance.

20. Hunting for Bees in Bexley

 at Jeffrey Mansion

When: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 165 N. Parkview Ave., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

Learn about bees, their life and migration and go on a hunt for honeybees in the area!

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