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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, October 4-6, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 60 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

October is a fun month for family-friendly activities! In the middle of this post I have a listing of the Fall Festival Weekends that happen around Columbus. You can also get a jump start by checking out my list of Family-Friendly Halloween Events in Columbus!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

7:00 AM – Alum Creek State Park Fall Fest at Alum Creek State Park – this fest includes fall activities and a Haunted Trail.

8:00 AM – Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse – enjoy an indoor straw maze, games, bouncy houses, a haunted house, corn bin and much more! Each kid gets a treat bag, pumpkin, juice and popcorn! $8.95 for kids and $2.50 for adults.

8:00 AM – Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens – the haunted maze is open during the all business hours at Hoover Gardens!

9:00 AM – Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows in Fairfield County – visit over 180 scarecrows from October 1 – October 31 on the Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows! 

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a 30 minute nature activity followed by free play time in the woods. $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Harvest Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – view thousands of pumpkins and other autumnal decorations in the Conservatory’s largest fall display yet!

11:00 AM – National Taco Day at Local Cantina – celebrate National Taco Day with $2 tacos all day and $3 Epic Los Locos drafts at all Local Cantina locations.

11:00 AM – National Taco Day at Condado – celebrate National Taco Day with a free taco with purchase at Condado Tacos. One per person.

3:30 PM – Open Gaming at Bexley Public Library – kids ages 8-18 can play video games on the big screen, board games, PC games, card games and more! No registration required.

4:00 PM – Farm Fair and Harvest Festival at Canal Market District – this festival in Newark includes free farm games for kids, pie contests, beer release, live music and more!

6:00 PM – Frozen Fun! A Party for Fans at piccadilly – enjoy a Frozen-themed party with treats, crafts, character visits, games, music and more! Tickets available online.

6:00 PM – Family Friendly First Fridays at The Rambling House – this event features live music, activities for kids and more!

6:00 PM – Fun ZUMBA Kids! at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – check out a free Zumba Kids class! Learn different styles of dance! RSVP by sending a message to reserve your spot!

7:00 PM – Ghosts of Gahanna Walking Tours with Ohio Herb Center – take a walk through Olde Gahanna to learn about the spooky history of the town! $7/person or $20/family.

7:00 PM – Uptown Ghost Story Tour in Uptown Westerville Ohio – take a 1 1/2 hour walking tour of Uptown Westerville to hear local ghost stories! Tickets available online.

7:30 PM – Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Dairy – this is a family-friendly, but scary, wagon ride with scary stories, monsters and gobblins. $13 for ages 5 and up. 4 and under are $5.

7:30 PM – James and The Giant Peach Jr at Star Performance Academy – watch a performance for kids based on the book James and the Giant Peach! 

9:00 PM – Uptown Ghost Story Tour in Uptown Westerville Ohio – take a 1 1/2 hour walking tour of Uptown Westerville to hear local ghost stories! Tickets available online.

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Fall Festivals Happening On the Weekends in Columbus and Central Ohio

I will be including this information each weekend through Fall Festival Season. More will be added as they open in October.  Please click each link for exact times and details!

Pumpkin Picking and Hayrides at Kuhlweins Farm Market & Deli – Fall Fun at Kuhlweins Market and Deli includes a hayride, animal zoo, corn maze and pumpkin picking! Inflatables, pony rides, balloon twisting and face painting on the weekends!

Great Pumpkin Fun Center at Pigeon Roost – Pigeon Roost features a pumpkin patch, farm animals and The Great Pumpkin Fun Center with giant slides, mazes, a fort, play areas, and tons more! Weekends include wagon rides, face painting, crafters and concessions!

Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farms – This farm is one of the few open during the week! Fall Fun Days feature hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm market, petting zoo, corn and sunflower mazes, bale cave and more!

Corn Maze at Lynd Fruit Farm – At Lynd Fruit Farm you can pick your own apples and pumpkins and enjoy the farm market on its own or also head over to the giant corn maze where there is also a barrel train, fun zone, bounce house, wagons rides and more!

The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek features a huge corn maze plus a cow train, barnyard bouncer, petting zoo, kiddie maze, ball zone, slides, laser tag, pedal carts, kids fun barn, tether ball and more! Hayrides are also available!

Fall Farm Fun at Leeds Farm – Leeds Farm is open six weekends only through October 28 with hayrides, farm animals, farm pond, pumpkins and gourds! Back 40 Barn Pass admission includes Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, and mini zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, the biggest corn box in Ohio, and more! Read: 16 Things to do at Leeds Farm!

Fall Fun Festival at Dill’s Greenhouse – Fall festivals are happening on the weekends, September 28 – October 27. Hayrides, corn maze, fire pit and hotdogs and s’mores for roasting (bring your own or purchase there), straw maze, sand box, pumpkins, games and activities!

Fall Festival at Hidden Creek Farms – Festival weekends offer hayrides, pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting, fall decorations, food, pony rides, slide, kids play barn, corn pit, farm animals, straw maze, and more!

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 at Freeman’s Farm – The Fall Festival weekends at Freeman’s Farm include hayrides, kettle corn, campfire foods, scarecrow making, a petting zoo and apple butter making! Admission is free, but there is a charge for some activities. Read: 3 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Patches near Columbus including our visit to Freeman’s Farm!

Fall Festival Weekends at Orchard and Company – Fall Festival weekends include apple picking, fishing, hay rides, corn pit, farm animals, barrel train rides, pedal car track, tire climb, zip line, gem mining and more! Read about our Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!

Fall Festival at the Farm at Wanut Creek – the farm is open Monday through Saturday. Weekend activities include apple butter cooking, candle carving, basket weaving, spinning and weaving and more in addition to these activities going on all week: corn box, pumpkin slingshot, straw castle, kids maze, scavenger hunt and more! Read about our visit to The Farm at Walnut Creek!

Fall Fun at Lehner’s at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm – fall fun at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm begins this weekend and includes over 30 rides and attractions including a corn maze, giant LEGOS, a play barn, mini golf, pumpkins and more!

Pumpkin Picking at Sharp Farm – This farm includes a petting zoo, corn maze, and a U-Pick pumpkin patch!

Family Fun at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s Dairy offers pumpkin picking, Cowvin’s Corny Playground, a hayride to pick your own pumpkin, haunted wagon rides, kiddie corral, fast slide, batting cages, mini golf and more!


SATURDAY

8:00 AM – MOPS Fall Children’s Resale at The Naz – shop this sale for gently used baby and kids’ clothing, maternity items, baby gear, toys and more!

8:00 AM – Nostalgic Treat Saturday at Bake Me Happy – celebrate the anniversary of Bake Me Happy with nostalgic treats like King Dongs, Star Crunch, Zebra Cakes and more! 

8:00 AM – Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens – the haunted maze is open during the all business hours at Hoover Gardens!

9:00 AM – Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse – enjoy an indoor straw maze, games, bouncy houses, a haunted house, corn bin and much more! Each kid gets a treat bag, pumpkin, juice and popcorn! $8.95 for kids and $2.50 for adults.

9:00 AM – Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows in Fairfield County – visit over 180 scarecrows from October 1 – October 31 on the Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows! 

9:00 AM – Market Day at Westgate Farmers Market – this weekend’s market includes Explorer’s Club Food Truck, live music, and dogs and puppies from the Franklin County Dog Shelter from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

10:00 AM – Pumpkin Painting Saturdays & Sundays at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – for $3 kids can paint a pumpkin masterpiece at the pumpkin painting station!

10:00 AM – Harvest Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – view thousands of pumpkins and other autumnal decorations in the Conservatory’s largest fall display yet!

11:00 AM – Butterfly Pursuit at Highbanks Metro Park – take a 2 mile hike to look for butterflies and learn how to identify them.

11:00 AM – 43rd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s biggest festival of the year includes a giant pumpkin, cheese making tours, cow milking, pumpkin bowling, Cowvin’s Corny Maze, donut hole making, pumpkin painting, pumpkin launcher and more!

11:00 AM – Near East Fall Fun Fest at Nationwide Children’s Near East Primary Care – this event features free food, crafts, prizes, character meet and greets, ID’s for kids and more!

12:00 PM – Chalk the Block 8 at Easton Town Center – artists will draw large scale chalk drawings on the pavement for the public to watch. There will be a kids chalking activity, an area celebrating 20 years of Easton Town Center, live music and more! Visit again on Sunday to see the finished artwork!

1:00 PM – Fall Festival at HTH Farm Market – this event features carnival games, a bounce house, face painting, food vendors, apple cider snow cones and more! A teal pumpkin with allergy-friendly treats will also be available!

2:00 PM – James and The Giant Peach Jr at Star Performance Academy – watch a performance for kids based on the book James and the Giant Peach! 

 4:00 PM – Fall Festival at Zion Pickerington – this festival features bounce houses, face painting, food trucks, yard games, music, food trucks, bobbing for apples, hayrides and much more! All activities except for food is free!

7:00 PM – Uptown Ghost Story Tour in Uptown Westerville Ohio – take a 1 1/2 hour walking tour of Uptown Westerville to hear local ghost stories! Tickets available online.

7:30 PM – Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Dairy – this is a family-friendly, but scary, wagon ride with scary stories, monsters and gobblins. $13 for ages 5 and up. 4 and under are $5.

7:30 PM – Pumpkin Walk at Walker Farm – this farm in Logan will have a corn maze lit with carved pumpkins. Food will also be available by donation. 

7:30 PM – James and The Giant Peach Jr at Star Performance Academy – watch a performance for kids based on the book James and the Giant Peach! 

9:00 PM – Uptown Ghost Story Tour in Uptown Westerville Ohio – take a 1 1/2 hour walking tour of Uptown Westerville to hear local ghost stories! Tickets available online.

SUNDAY

(Don’t forget to check the above section of Fall Festivals that happen on Sundays, too!)

8:00 AM – Fairfield County Fair – the first day of the Fairfield County Fair features free admission! Activities include exhibits, rides, animals, contest, demolition derbies, bull riding, tractor pull and more!

9:00 AM – Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse – enjoy an indoor straw maze, games, bouncy houses, a haunted house, corn bin and much more! Each kid gets a treat bag, pumpkin, juice and popcorn! $8.95 for kids and $2.50 for adults.

9:00 AM – Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows in Fairfield County – visit over 180 scarecrows from October 1 – October 31 on the Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows! 

9:00 AM – Kids Yoga & Storytime at Cover to Cover Bookstore – join GoYoga for games, storytelling and physical activities. $10/child, ages 5-8.

10:00 AM – Harvest Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – view thousands of pumpkins and other autumnal decorations in the Conservatory’s largest fall display yet! Today ONLY the Franklin Park Conservatory is free for all residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus with a valid ID for Community Days (the first Sunday of each month).

10:00 AM – Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens – the haunted maze is open during the all business hours at Hoover Gardens!

10:00 AM – Pumpkin Painting Saturdays & Sundays at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – for $3 kids can paint a pumpkin masterpiece at the pumpkin painting station!

11:00 AM – Worthington Fire and Police Open House – this event features simulations and training exercises from the fire and police departments, games, contests, characters, food, prizes and more!

11:00 AM – 43rd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s biggest festival of the year includes a giant pumpkin, cheese making tours, cow milking, pumpkin bowling, Cowvin’s Corny Maze, donut hole making, pumpkin painting, pumpkin launcher and more!

12:00 PM – For Kids: Nature Scavenger Hunt at Highbanks Metro Park – stop by the Nature Center to pick up a scavenger hunt form and return it for a prize!

12:00 PM – First Moonwalk Day at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk with hands on education programs from The Armstrong Air and Space Museum, balloon sculptures, face painting and a space-themed corn maze!

12:00 PM – Pies in the Park at Friendship Park – Sample a variety of local pizzas and vote for your favorite! Tickets are available for purchase to trade for pizza slices. There will be a pie eating contest, desert and drinks available, live music, face painting, inflatables, and much more.

12:00 PM – $5 Pony Rides at Kuhlwein’s Farm Market & Deli – if you head to Kuhlweins Farm Market this weekend there will be $5 pony rides for all ages from Horse-N-Round Fun.

12:30 PM – Enchanted Princess Ball & Belles Royal Wedding at The New Valley Dale Ballroom – Belle and Adam are getting married at this fairytale wedding featuring your favorite characters, cupcakes, dancing, performances and more! Tickets available through October 4.

1:00 PM – Darby Creek Day at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – celebrate the 35th anniversary of Darby Creek becoming a National Scenic River. There will be canoeing, fishing, live animals, crafts and more!

1:00 PM – Old-Time Harvest Day at Century Village – head to Fryer Park for a celebration of harvest time in the 1800’s. There will be wagon rides, reenactments, music, historical buildings, demonstrations and more! This is a free event but they will be accepting non-perishable food donations for the Grove City Food Pantry.

1:00 PM – Fall Fest at Fancyburg Park – this festival includes pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, inflatables, live music, hay rides, a corn pit, petting zoo, apple cider pressing and more!

6:00 PM – Fall Fest! at Grove City UMC – this event features games, a balloon artist, photo booth, face painting, pumpkin craft, treat bags and more!

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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? July 27-29, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening around Columbus this weekend!

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Lancaster Festival – this festival goes on from July 19-28, 2018 and includes kid-friendly performances, many are free! Saturday is the last day of this event!

9:00 AM – The Ohio State Fair – gates open on Wednesday for the 2018 Ohio State Fair! See all your favorite exhibits, eat fried food on a stick, ride rides and watch shows! Click here to see all the attractions!

9:00 AM – First day for U-Pick Peaches at Branstool Orchards – Friday is the first day you can pick delicious peaches at Branstool Orchards! Read all about our visit to Branstool Orchards!

10:00 AM – Children’s Book Club! with FIT4MOM at Hannah Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for a book swap and bookmark making!

10:00 AM – Kids Film Series at Drexel Theatre – watch The Secret World of Arrietty, rated G, all weekend! Friday and Saturday at 10:00 AM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Kids up to age 12 are $1 and 13 and over are $3. Tupelo donuts will be on site on Saturday morning!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – this week’s theme is Ohio State Day! As always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities!

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Circus! See more about KidX here.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week’s movie is The Hunger Games and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

5:00 PM – Family Friday Night at COSI – COSI stays open late with special pricing until 9:00 PM!

6:00 PM – Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday in Uptown Westerville – this month’s 4th Friday celebration is World Bazaar and will feature customs, cultures and cuisines from around the world!

6:00 PM – Creekside Live: Willie Phoenix Band w/ Eric Jerardi Trio at Creekside Gahanna – enjoy live music beginning at 6:00 PM with the Eric Jerardi Trio and The Willie Phoenix Band at 7:30 PM.

6:00 PM – MusicBASH: The Muleskinners at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – enjoy a bluegrass concert at the park! Bring a chair!

6:00 PM – Grove City Homecoming Celebration in Grove City Town Center – celebrate Grove City’s 29th Homecoming Celebration with live entertainment, food trucks, concessions and watch a corn hole tournament from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

7:00 PM – Disney’s Tarzan at Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre – watch performances of Disney’s Tarzan on Thursday and Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM at Westerville Central High School!

8:00 PM – Movie Under the Stars: The Birds at Deer Haven Preserve – watch The Birds outside on the big screen. This movie is rated PG13 but there will be kid-friendly activities beforehand beginning at 8:00 PM. Movie starts at 9:00 PM.

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: The Incredibles at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – this week’s movie is The Incredibles and it will be shown at dusk! Bring a blanket and/or chairs.

9:00 PM – Movie in the Park – Monsters Inc. at Thompson Park – McCoy Road – this week’s movie is Monster’s Inc! Bring your own blanket and/or chairs.

9:00 PM – Full Moon Canoe Float at Scioto Grove Metro Park – float down the Scioto River in the moonlight! Ages 8 and up.

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Summer Bird Walk at Blues Creek Park – take a bird walk to look for birds in the park! This is free and binoculars will be provided. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

9:00 AM – All Disabilities Fest at Genoa Park – this festival is open to the whole family and includes activities from COSI, live music and food trucks!

9:30 AM – Youth Fishing Derby at Sycamore Creek Park Pond – register by Thursday for this annual fishing derby including prizes in various age categories. This is free but you must bring your own equipment.

10:00 AM – HOOT 89: Bugs at Gateway Film Center – enjoy family friendly short films, lobby activities and live music from the Shazzbots! Films are rated G and geared toward ages 1-8. Entrance is free with a canned good donation to the Open Shelter.

10:00 AM – Grove City Grand Re-Opening at Once Upon A Child Grove City – check out what’s new at Once Upon a Child in Grove City! They are celebrating with sales, face painting, a balloon artist, and the first 50 guests in line get a $10 gift card to OUAC. There will also be raffle prizes including bikes, tickets to Kings Island, the Zoo and more!

11:00 AM- Guest Storytime with Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn at Westerville Public Library – this free story time features a story read by the owner of Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn, a craft or activity and refreshments! 

11:00 AM – Grand Opening Celebration at The Learning Experience (New Albany) – this is a free event including a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, treats and more! There will also be a self-care class from FIT4MOM!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Carnival at Marysville Public Library – celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with a carnival including games and prizes!

1:00 PM – 2nd Anniversary Open House at Fresh Start Cafe And Bakery – celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Fresh Start Cafe between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM with a free mini cupcake and $2 drink specials! There will be a pie eating contest for employees and raffle prizes too! Read about our trip to Fresh Start Bakery and other things to do while you’re in Delaware here!

1:00 PM – Art on West Park on West Park Ave – the Franklinton Arts District is hosting an art-themed block party that features art by Franklinton artists, activities for children, a sprinkler and snacks!

2:00 PM – Whitehall Food Truck Festival and Fun Fest in Whitehall – the Whitehall Food Truck and Fun Fest takes place from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM and includes live music throughout the day and other fun activities!

4:00 PM – Delaware Pacer Bands Food Truck Festival at the Delaware County Fairgrounds – this food truck festival includes live music, face painting, and several food trucks!

4:00 PM – Lewis Center Grand Opening at Goldfish Swim School – celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest location of Goldfish Swim School! There will be an open family swim, giveaways, snacks, activities, an appearance from Ariel and more! This is a free event!

5:00 PM – The Grandview Hop – July 2018 on Grandview Avenue – enjoy a sidewalk market with live music, shopping, art, food trucks, a pop up beer garden and activities for all ages! This week enjoy kid friendly music from Musicologie and the Cousins Maine Lobster truck, among others!

5:30 PM – Creeking and Campfire at Three Creeks Metro Park – take a half mile hike to the creek, search for critters in the creek and then roast hot dogs and marshmallows around the fire.

8:00 PM – Picnic With The Pops – OSU Marching Band at Columbus Commons – OSU Marching Band fans will enjoy the “biggest tailgate party of the year” with TBDBITL and fireworks!

9:00 PM – Summer Stargazing at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – use telescopes and binoculars to look at stars and planets.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – FIT4MOM Friends & Family Day at FrontRunner at FrontRunner – join FIT4MOM Central Ohio for a special shopping and fitting event. Save 20%!

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – Sundays from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM admission is $5 for all and kids 4 and under are free! Skate rental is $3 for those over 4. All locations.

7:00 PM – Concerts on the Green at the Worthington Village Green – concerts begin at 7:00 PM. This week’s band is The Floorwalkers!

Don’t forget to check out: Summer Nights in Columbus: Movies, Concerts and More for Every Night of the Week for activities throughout the week!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 13-15, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

9:45 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – enjoy a drop in class with WeJoySing. There are two class times for different ages. See the link for details.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons –  this week’s theme is Animal Day featuring special guests. As always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities!

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Star Wars! See more about KidX here.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week’s movie is Jumanji and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

7:00 PM – Adventures of Robin Hood at Abbey Theater – enjoy a one hour, family friendly performance of The Adventures of Robin Hood. Tickets are $5/person. Performances take place July 9-13th at 7:00 PM.

7:00 PM – The Main Event in Bexley – this week the Main Event will take place at the Bexley pool! There will be a cookout, concessions, ice cream, water related activities and a showing of the Lion King around 9:00 PM.

7:00 PM – Family Movie Night at The Barn at Blystone Farm – enjoy a movie in the barn! This week’s movie will be Ratatouille. $3/ticket. Concessions will be available.

8:00 PM – Free Move Night: Coco at Columbus Commons – the movie begins around 8:15 PM. The park will be closed for a ticketed event prior to the movie. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Coco at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – bring a blanket or chairs to watch a movie in the park!

8:30 PM – Family Movie Night: Coco in Weinland Park – enjoy a free movie in the park!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Family Costume Breakfast for Force of Fandom at Columbus Museum of Art – come dressed as your favorite character, meet R2D2, and enjoy early access to the new Force of Fandom exhibit! Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children. $5 for kids 5 and under and members receive $5 off per ticket. Tickets can be purchased online.

10:00 AM – Westerville Music & Arts Festival in Heritage Park – The festival takes place July 14th from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and July 15th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and features art, live music and food! A special Anniversary Concert is taking place on Saturday at 7:30 PM on the Main Stage.

10:00 AM – Community Day 2018 at Pleasant Township Fire Department – this event features vendors and crafters, Kona Shaved Ice, balloon animals, face painting, bounce house, food trucks, Touch-A-Truck, dunk tank, games and more!

10:00 AM – TchotchkePalooza at the Hartman Rock Garden – enjoy a free Summer Garden Open House at the Hartman Rock Garden featuring a live indie-folk-rock band and short tours of the garden! The Rock Garden is 45 minutes from Columbus and you can read about the Hartman Rock Garden plus 5 other family friendly things to do in Springfield, Ohio here.

10:00 AM – Metro Parks and 10TV Outdoor Adventure at Highbanks Metro Park – celebrate summer with rock climbing, sack races, face painting, live animals and more!

10:00 AM – Storytime LIVE! Pet Play Date w/ Curious George & Pinkalicious at Kiddie Academy of Powell – you can bring your pet to this LIVE story time with Curious George and Pinkalicious! Reserve your free spot online.

10:00 AM – Teddy Bear Picnic at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – two times are available (10:00 AM and 12:00 PM) for this Teddy Bear Picnic featuring a story, bear themed crafts, games and snacks! Kids can make honey slime and there will be face painting and professional portraits.

10:30 AM – July Grown-Up & Me Art: My Sunshine at Art with Anna – kids ages 3 and up can join with an adult to make an art project! $15/couple, $5 for each additional artist.

11:00 AM – Summer Jam West at Westgate Park – enjoy a grassroots arts and music festival in Westgate Park featuring live bands, food trucks, art and crafts for sale plus free kids activities! The festival ends at 7:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Story time at Franklin Park Conservatory – local author Carlotta Penn will read her book, Dream A Rainbow. This story time will take place at the Learning Pavilion in the new Children’s Garden. Story times will take place at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. In between story times kids can create a bookmark. Read all about the Children’s Garden here.

11:00 – PBJ & Jazz Family Concert in Topiary Park – begin with a story time inside the library at 11:00 AM, continue with a family-friendly jazz concert at 12:00 PM and a craft time at 1:00 PM with CMA. This event is free.

11:00 AM – Delaware Family Festival at Andrews House – this block party features a bounce house, face painting, lawn games, crafts and free lunch from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM!

12:00 PM – Grand Opening Summer Party at Hoot Studio – celebrate the grand opening of this new inclusive play cafe! Drop in from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM for face painting, a balloon artist and crafts!

12:00 PM – See the BUGS! on Bird Day at Oakland Nursery – see bugs, birds and plants at Bird Day at Oakland Nursery!

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

6:00 PM – Blank and Brush Block Party #2 at Blank Slate Coffee – enjoy live music, artists, food trucks and more in Gahanna!

6:30 PM – Monster Trucks and Thrill Show at Franklin County Fair – watch a monster truck show featuring Pro Quad Wars, Monster Truck Rides and more! Gates open at 6:30 for the Pit Party and the show starts at 8:00 PM

8:30 PM – DDL Saturday Cinema-July with Destination Downtown Lancaster – enjoy the movie Coco and pre-movie activities beginning 1 hour before the movie.

SUNDAY

It’s National Ice Cream Day! You may want to read: The Unofficial West Side Ice Cream Trail or 5 on Friday: Unique Ice Cream Spots for some inspiration to try something new!

9:00 AM – Powell Street Market in Downtown Powell – this event features over 100 local vendors, food trucks and family friendly activities! Read about things to do in Powell with your kids.

10:00 AM – Westerville Music & Arts Festival in Heritage Park – The festival takes place July 14th from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and July 15th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and features art, live music and food! A special Anniversary Concert is taking place on Saturday at 7:30 PM on the Main Stage.

10:00 AM – National Ice Cream Day at Raspados y Nieves La Laguna – celebrate National Ice Cream day at Raspados y Nieves La Laguna! Buy 1 get one half off on all ice cream!

10:00 AM – Buckeye Comic Con at Courtyard Columbus West – this comic book show features special guests, prizes, and free parking. Kids ages 6 and under are free. Admissions $4.

12:00 PM – National Ice Cream Day at Diamonds Ice Cream Hilliard – celebrate National Ice Cream day at Diamonds Hilliard! Buy 2 gourmet popsicles and get the 3rd one free!

12:00 PM – Pizzuti Collection Family Day at Pizzuti Collection – this is a family-friendly day at Pizzuti Collection featuring activity books, crafts and a story time at 1:30 PM. Read about our visit to Pizzuti Collection Family Day here.

12:00 PM – CAC 40th Anniversary Community Celebration at Columbus Cultural Arts Center – celebrate 40 years at The Columbus Cultural Arts Center with food, artwork, demonstrations and special performances. This is a free event!

1:00 PM – Sunny Glen Garden Educational Tour & Children’s Garden Craft Day at Sunny Glen Garden – this event features a children’s garden craft, an open garden tour, garden munchies, door prizes and an optional educational program about organic pest control for $10.

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – Sundays from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM admission is $5 for all and kids 4 and under are free! Skate rental is $3 for those over 4. All locations.

7:30 PM – Family Movie in the Grandstand: Disney Pixar’s Coco at Franklin County Fair – watch the movie Coco in the Grandstand during Franklin County Fair’s Family Day! The pre-party starts at 8:00 PM, the movie starts at dusk. Free with admission.


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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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