What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, June 5-7, 2020

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Need something to do with the kids this weekend? Try out one of these 10 Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your family this weekend!

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This week I am continuing to offer mostly at-home activities with some other things that are happening out and about around town sprinkled in! *Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions. Read my disclaimer here.

If you’re interested in updated Farmers Market info for this weekend, check out my post on Farmer’s Markets in Columbus and Central Ohio!

10 Family Friendly Things to do this Weekend in Columbus, Ohio:

1. Sign up for a local Summer Reading Club!

Summer reading clubs have gone virtual this summer (no surprise there) and most if not all of them have begun! So read books and fill out your progress to win prizes! (Adults can play, too!)

2. Sign up for Virtual Preschool at North Broadway Children’s Center

North Broadway Children’s Center is offering Virtual Preschool Camps! The cost includes materials and virtual field trips!


3. Color this Artwork from Westgate Farmers Market

Celebrate summer farmer’s markets by downloading and coloring this coloring page for kids from Westgate Farmers Market!


4. Attend Storybook Village Virtually

An event we have attended many times, Storybook Village traditionally takes place at Ohio Village and on Saturday at 12:00 PM you can meet characters like the Snow Queen, Rumpelstiltskin, and Prince Charming. There will be activities to take part in like a Draw-a-long, coloring sheets, funny fill-in fairy tales and more! 


5. Collect worms for Ohio Wildlife Center

Yes, you read that right! Dig up worms from pesticide and fertilizer free yards and bring them to the Ohio Wildlife Center! The worms will be used to feed birds in the hospital! See the post for all the instructions! 


6. Color the Carousel from Columbus Commons

Print out a drawing of the Commons Carousel to color!


7. Register for the Pride of Ohio Drive-In Movie Series!

Next weekend, Ohio History Center will begin their summer series of Stephen Spielberg movies. (Spielberg was born in Ohio!). There will be 3 movies this summer and they will be held in a drive-in style in the parking lot! The movies are free, but you must register in advance (registration is not available yet as of 6/3). There are two movie times for each date, 4:30 PM and 8:30 PM. Snack packs are also available for purchase. 

8. Watch The Fantastical Hedgehog Virtual Magic Show with Erica Carlson

Delaware County District Library is hosting this virtual show as part of their Summer Reading Program! The link is to the video on Vimeo and will be available through June 9, 2020.


9. Take a walk on the Fairy Trail

Walk the Fairy Trail looking for fairies and their houses in Infirmary Mound Park in Licking County! 

10. Do At Home Science Experiments with Franklin Park Conservatory

If you head over to the Virtual Education Page on the Franklin Park Conservatory website, there are lots of activities including Science and Art projects that can be done at home! The videos are also on their YouTube page!


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35 FREE Things to do with Your Kids This Summer in Columbus

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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:

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1. Climb aboard the train at Homestead Metro Park.

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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.

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4. Have fun at KidX at Polaris Fashion Place.

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5. Play at Commons for Kids every Friday.

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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!

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9. Try out a new park. I have some ideas here and here!

10. Follow the path of the Dublin Irish Fairy Door Trail.

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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!

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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.

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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.)

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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!

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19. Hear a story or two at the Storytime at Chic Fil A on Sawmill.

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20. Enjoy a free concert at Celebration at the Station at Hilliard’s Station Park – Thursdays at 6:00 PM beginning June 6, 2019.

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21. Explore IKEA and get free childcare and free coffee for IKEA Family Members (rewards card holders).

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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33. Beat the heat with a free indoor play area.

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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.

Need more ideas? Try 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio

Feel free to share what kind of free activities your family likes to do around Columbus in the comments!


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