5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus PART 2

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Last month I shared with you 5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus and this is my second round of “things we’ve actually done”! 😉 I hope you enjoy exploring Columbus with your kids! Here are 5 more things to do together this summer:

1. Attend Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons


Columbus Commons is a great downtown park and on Fridays there are all kinds of special FREE activities for kids like bounce houses, story time, crafts, sports activities and special visitors. One of the weeks we attended there was a show by Ronald McDonald and the Columbus Zoo brought live animals to see and touch. Carrousel rides (normally $1) are free during this time and there is a parking garage right across the street if you can’t snag a meter.


Tortilla is open for lunch at the park and there is also Jeni’s ice cream on site! Commons for kids lasts from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Check their schedule here for what is going on each week.

2. Make Origami Art at the Franklin Park Conservatory


The latest exhibit at the Conservatory is Origami in the Garden. On display are several works of origami art and there are related family activities going on during the exhibit. On Saturdays, kids can learn how to fold an origami crane from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.


In the children’s area there are tables set up with paper and instructional booklets about how to fold different things like cranes, airplanes, boats and more. Throughout the Conservatory, Japenese Garden is the theme! Outdoors, there are origami sculptures as well. During the summer, the Franklin Park Conservatory is open until 9:00 PM on Wednesdays (through August 31st). See the full listing of family activities here.

3. Try Out a New Splash Pad



So far, my kids aren’t big fans of splash pads! We’ve tried out Ballantrae Park/Bunny Fountains in Dublin, the fountains at Easton, FountainSide at Bicentennial Park, and the fountains at Polaris Mall and my kids still are unsure about getting water splashed in their faces at unpredictable times. I feel like I might be reaching the limit of how many times I should try this activity, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! 😉 Here’s a list of 8 Columbus Splash Pads from Columbus Moms Blog!

4. Visit a Brand New Library


I can’t go without mentioning the new Main Library! It’s a must visit this summer! Enjoy the remodeled Children’s Department and then take a walk through the outdoor reading room to Topiary Park. There are PBJ&Jazz concerts in the park on the second Saturday of each month this summer (which happens to be this weekend, July 9!). We were able to catch a little bit of the first one which took place at the Grand Opening Celebration of Main Library in June.


Main Library is not the only new library opened this year! The Parson’s Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library (seen above) opened earlier this summer and it has a open area for story times and a Ready For Kindergarten area that has fun, educational toys. We’re also keeping an eye on the new Grove City Library, slated to open sometime late this summer or early fall! Summer is also a great time to try out a new-to-you library! Here are a few of my recommendations: Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing! Part 1 and Great Libraries for Reading AND Playing! Part 2. Make sure to join the Summer Reading Clubs available at most libraries around the Columbus area and win prizes just for reading!

5. Play on the “Little” Big Machines at COSI

Hopefully you got to see the Big Machines exhibit a few weeks ago, but if not, these “little” big machines are on display for driving and climbing for the rest of the summer! Inside the little kidspace there is a special construction area with pretend tools for lots of fun play!


COSI is open every day during the summer and until 9:00 PM on the last Friday of each month. They do close down for most of September for their yearly cleaning, so make sure you get to see this exhibit before summer ends! Mark your calendars for August 10-14, 2016 for the next outdoor exhibit at COSI, Farm Days! There are plenty of big machines at this one, too (mostly in the form of tractors)!


We’re having a lot of fun this summer and I hope you are, too! Columbus has so many things to do and places to explore! In fact, I’ve already started on a Part 3 to this post, so check back soon! 🙂


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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 17-19, 2016

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Every week I want to start this post with, “there’s so much going on this weekend” – but I could pretty much just copy and paste that sentence for the rest of the summer! This weekend is Father’s Day and Monday is the official first day of summer so there’s lots to celebrate! I hope you enjoy celebrating the fathers and father figures in your life! Thanks, dads, for all you do!

1. Powell Family Time at the Powell Branch of Delaware County Library

When: Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 460 South Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-9160

Recommended for ages 6 and under, this story time includes flannel board stories, songs and activities to help kids develop reading skills in an interactive way!

2. KidX Club at Polaris Mall

When: Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: the fountain at Polaris Lifestyle Center (outside), 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0180

KidX Club is happening every Friday at Polaris Mall through August 12, 2016. Each week has a theme and this week is Summer Read Out! There will be a story time with some of your kids’ favorite characters. Bring a book to donate and you will receive a free treat!

3. COSI Summer Movie Series

When: Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2016
Time: see link for details
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

This weekend is a double feature with Jurassic Park and Godzilla 3D! On Friday before the film, there will be a Jurassic Park trivia time and Saturday’s Science on the Screen will feature a special talk from Dale Gnidovec, a Paleontologist, and animal expert, Harry Peachey, before the movie.

4. Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival

When: Friday-Sunday, June 17-19, 2016
Time: Hours vary each day. See link for details.
Location: 117 Mill St. in Gahanna OH 43230
Phone: 614-418-9114

The weekend is full of music and art at Creekside! Kids 12 and under are free and can participate in crafts, face painting, rides, playing musical instruments and much more! Check out the link for the Family Fun Zone for more specific information for kids. The festival is offering free admission on Sunday between the hours of 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM for each person who brings a non-expired, non-perishable food item to donate.

5. Family Fishing Day at Fryer Park

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Rotary Lake, 3899 Orders Rd, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone: 614-277-3050

Bring the kids for a morning of fishing at Fryer Park! Bait is provided along with a limited amount of fishing equipment for children. Catch and release, no license required!

6. Family Fun on the Farm at Gallant Farm

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6

All ages are welcome to learn about raising chickens, canning, planting and growing food, container gardening and more! There are children’s activities planned as well!

7. Columbus Children’s Festival at Fred Beekman Park

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2200 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 877-543-7801

This free children’s festival put on by offers sports tournaments, a dance competition, a fun zone, bounce park, food trucks, face painting, giveaways and much more! There is also a 5K run/walk. Parking is $5 and some activities may have a charge.

8. T-Shirt Art at Blendon Woods

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Bring a white t-shirt to decorate at this event for all ages!

9. Big Machines at COSI

When: Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Explore how big machines like bulldozers and dump trucks work to do their jobs! Kids can climb on board and learn about the science of construction! This special outdoor exhibit goes on for 9 days!

10. Storybook Village at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Your kids can visit with their favorite book and television characters like Curious George, Peg + Cat, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Daniel Tiger and more! There are lots of fun activities going on that day like a story time and petting zoo! Members are able to get in early at 9:00 AM. See the link for more details. (Also this weekend, the Ohio Village Muffins play “base ball” in Ohio  Village!)

11. Free Admission for Dads at the Columbus Zoo

When: Sunday, June 19, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Free admission to the Columbus Zoo for dads or granddads with the paid admission of a child or grandchild all day, Father’s Day!

*Don’t forget, you can also check out my Friday, Saturday and Sunday pages for more weekend events!


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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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