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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, July 3-5, 2020: 4th of July Weekend

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Need something to do with the kids over Independence Day Weekend? Try out one of these 12 Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your family this weekend!

Happy 4th of July! Please stay safe and healthy this weekend as you celebrate! Check out this list of events for the upcoming weekend and if you need even more ideas make sure to check out:

12 Family Friendly Things to Do 4th of July Weekend in Columbus, Ohio:

1. Lights of Liberty Light Show

Celebrate the 4th of July with a drive through light show! Enjoy a patriotic, synchronized light show from the comfort of your own car! This show will be available July 1-5, 2020 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM and the cost is $10/vehicle. The show is presented by the City of Westerville and the Rotary Club of Westerville, in partnership with Butch Bando’s Fanstasy of Lights and proceeds after costs of staging the attraction will be shared with Honor Flight Westerville and SEALKIDS. Buy your tickets in advance here!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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2. KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place

This kid-friendly event takes place outside at the Lifestyle Center Fountain from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM on Fridays. This year the event will be a completely DRIVE-THRU event that includes music, crafts, characters and free ice cream! This week’s theme is Witches & Wizards

3. Visit the Paul Busse Garden Railway at Franklin Park Conservatory 

Opening July 1, 2020, this outdoor railroad will be on display in the Grand Mallway! The display is made from items found in nature, miniature garden, waterfalls and magical scenes! Also this Sunday is Community Days when Franklin County and City of Columbus residents get in free. You must purchase your ticket in advance to visit the Conservatory!

4. Independence Day Family Value Week at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Young’s Jersey Dairy is offering a Family Value Wristband for unlimited fun at the attractions at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Cost is $15 for ages 12 up and $9 for 11 and under. This year the special has been extend for 10 full days: June 26-July 5, 2020. 

 5. Drive-in Zoovies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 

Watch a movie in the parking lot at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Movies will be played on Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 PM and 9:30 PM. A different movie will be played each night. Movies are currently scheduled into mid July. Cost is $30 per vehicle for non-zoo members and $25 per vehicle for Zoo members (includes one free bag of popcorn for members). Add on a Zooper Snack Pack for $20 which includes 4 bottled beverages and 2 bags of popcorn. 

6. Outdoor Movie Night in Downtown Bellefontaine

Watch A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood outdoors in Downtown Bellefontaine on Friday night! Purchase your tickets by July 3! 

7. Obetz Fireworks

Obetz Fireworks will take place on July 4th with the goal of people being able to watch them from their homes, so if you live in the area, check the skies as they have ordered only high flying fire works this year and the show starts at 9:50 PM.

8. Hilliard Fourth of July Celebration

Hilliard’s 4th of July celebration takes place June 29-July 2 with neighborhood parades, an art competition, front yard parties and more!

9. Independence Day Neighborhood Parade in New Albany 

If you live in New Albany, check the link for the map of the Independence Neighborhood Parade! The parade begins at 10:00 AM!

10. Independence Day Neighborhood Jams in Gahanna

Check out one of 4 neighborhood parks for a country music concert! The first concert begins at 12:00 PM and the last one takes place at 4:30 PM. 

11. FREE FREEDOM RINGS! at Dublin Toy Emporium 

Sign up for a play time that includes a craft time, star hunt, prizes and a freedom ring toss on Saturday, July 4! (One family at a time.) Curbside pick up of the craft is also available! Make your reservations ahead of time! Animation Workshop

12. 2020 Reopening at the Ohio Railway Museum

Celebrate the reopening of the museum with free admission and $1 train rides! This special is only available on Sunday, July 5, 2020 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 

–>> Need more to do this summer? Try 5 Cool Outdoor Activities for Kids in the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks or one of these 12 Columbus Parks to Try this Summer <<–

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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. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, June 26-28, 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!

Its officially SUMMER and while it’s not what we’re used to, there are still plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy Columbus this weekend! Check out this list of events for the upcoming weekend and if you need even more ideas make sure to check out:

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

1. Independence Day Family Value Week at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Young’s Jersey Dairy is offering a Family Value Wristband for unlimited fun at the attractions at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Cost is $15 for ages 12 up and $9 for 11 and under. This year the special has been extend for 10 full days: June 26-July 5, 2020. 

2. Virtual Comfest

Virtual Comfest will include performances, workshops, vendors, community organizations and more! It will begin on noon on Friday and you can follow along on their website and social media. 

 

3. KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place

This kid-friendly event takes place outside at the Lifestyle Center Fountain from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM on Fridays. This year the event will be a completely DRIVE-THRU event that includes music, crafts, characters and free ice cream! This week’s theme is Pineapples Under the Sea

4. Easton Sunset Series Drive-In at Easton Town Center

 

Drive in movies will be shown in the newest Easton development east of Nordstrom’s parking lot. They will take place every night and you must purchase your ticket in advance! Cost is $10 per car. Movies are announced on a weekly basis.

5. Drive-in Zoovies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 

Watch a movie in the parking lot at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Movies will be played on Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 PM and 9:30 PM. A different movie will be played each night. Movies are currently scheduled into mid July. Cost is $30 per vehicle for non-zoo members and $25 per vehicle for Zoo members (includes one free bag of popcorn for members). Add on a Zooper Snack Pack for $20 which includes 4 bottled beverages and 2 bags of popcorn. 

6. Westgate Block Sale

This annual block sale is happening! From 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, shop the Westgate neighborhood for a deal!

7. Virtual Storytime with Grandview Heights Public Library

Tune into the Grandview Heights Public Library Youth Services Facebook page at 11:00 AM for a virtual story time or check out their YouTube channel to watch later!

8. From Book to Film Outdoor Movie Series: Film #1 (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

You’ll need to register in advance for this outdoor movie in the parking lot of the future home of Bridgeway Academy. You will be able to park in the lot and get out of your car to watch the movie in a socially distanced layout. They are asking for a suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family. The movie begins shortly after 8:00 PM on Saturday.

9. Take part in the Virtual Pollinator Carnival with Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

This week the Cincinnati Zoo is celebrating National Pollinators week with daily activities, videos and crafts! Each day has a different theme and activity. You can access all of the activities on their website.

 

10. Reserve your ticket for Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory

Tickets for Community Days are free for Franklin County and Columbus residents on the first Sunday of the month. You can reserve your tickets ahead of time for the July and August dates!

 

–>> Need more to do this summer? Try 5 Cool Outdoor Activities for Kids in the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks or one of these 12 Columbus Parks to Try this Summer <<–

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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. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, June 12-14, 2020

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Need something to do with the kids this weekend? Try out one of these 12 Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your family this weekend!

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! 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! And don’t for get to sign up for a local Summer Reading Club!

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

1. The Turtle Lady Visits Athens County Public Libraries

As part of this year’s Summer Reading Club, the Athens County Public Libraries system has featured The Turtle Lady for one of their events and you can watch the video on FB Live!

 

2. Cinema Under the Stars at Polaris Fashion Place

Drive in movies will take place this weekend at Polaris Fashion Place in the JCPenney parking lot. The movies are free but you can reserve your ticket online. Different movies will be shown each night June 10-13th. Click the link for the line up.

3. Easton Sunset Series Drive-In at Easton Town Center

Drive in movies will be shown in the newest easton development east of Nordstrom’s parking lot. They will take place every night and you must purchase your ticket in advance! Cost is $10 per car. Movies for this weekend will be announced soon.

4. Parking Lot Cinema at the Marcus Pickerington Cinema

For seven days a week, Marcus Cinema Pickerington will be offering drive-in movies on the north side of their building. You can listen to the audio through your radio. Tickets and concessions are available in advance online. The food will be in a designated pick up area. Cash purchases will not be an option on site. There will be two movies night, the first one starting at 9:15 PM. Friday June 12 will begin The Goonies and Twister. Movies will change each Friday for the coming week. Cost is $25 per car during the week and $30 per car Friday through Sunday. 

5. Columbus Arts Fest in Place

Arts Fest in Place will take place online (June 12-14) this year since the traditional Columbus Arts Festival has been cancelled. You can shop online, listen to music, create chalk art and watch interviews and performances live throughout the weekend.

6. Food Truck Fridays at the House at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

Food Truck Fridays are back and this year you will be able to order online ahead of time and pick up your food at the trucks. A portion of the proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. This Friday will feature Pitabilities, Tortilla Street and J-Pops and you can pick up your food between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

7. Zoom! June Grown-Up & Me // Pop, You’re the Best at Art with Anna

Art with Anna is offering at home Zoom art classes! You will receive an ID and Password with registration. The one takes place on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Check her Facebook page for even more upcoming classes!

8. Kayaking and Ice Cream at Alum Creek Lake

This Saturday from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM learn the basics of kayaking and then stop off at Sticky Fingers for a free double scoop of ice cream (with ticket purchase). Anyone under 12 needs to be accompanied by an adult. 

9. Read with the Horses (Virtual Event) with Stockhands Horses For Healing

This is a virtual event where kids can read with horses at 1:00 PM on Saturday. Check the Facebook page and the YouTube channel to watch the video! 

10. Open Barn Days 2020 at Sunrise Sanctuary

Each month Sunrise Sanctuary opens for visitors to meet the resident animals. They will be open this Saturday at 1:00 PM. They are asking visitors to purchase tickets in advance in order to ensure a safe experience. Children under 3 are free.

11. Pride of Ohio Drive-In Movie at Ohio History Center

This Saturday, 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. There are two movie times for each date, 4:30 PM and 8:30 PM. Snack packs are also available for purchase. This Saturday’s movie is Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

12. Drive-Thru Food Truck Rally at MAPFRE Stadium

On Sunday from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM celebrate 614 Day with a drive-thru food truck and brew rally. Pre-order online and pick your food at a preset time. 

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