Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohio–based events and activities!
Family-Friendly Things to do This Weekend in Columbus, Ohio:
Through Sept. 17, kids ages 6-12 can explore kindness and self-care in this Anywhere Project from Seeds of Caring. Helping hands will then share that kindness by packing 5+ snack kits and making cheer cards for kids staying at CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence.
Learn about habitats and the natural world in the outdoor habitat exhibit at The Works! This event takes place every Friday from 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM and is included with admission. Perfect for ages 3-6.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM take a free wagon ride to apple cannons, kids zone and sunflowers at the Pataskala Farm. Cost is $10/person. 5 and under free.
Emily Smith with Cutler Real Estate is raffling off TWO tickets to the Ohio State football game vs. Penn State on Saturday, October 21st. Emily is a local Realtor ® here in Columbus that has helped so many clients buy and sell their homes. She has amazing reviews online and I love following her Instagram page for home renovations, real estate trends, and to learn more about the Central Ohio housing market. Make sure you enter her raffle today. I hope you’re a winner!
This movie series featuring movies based on books is free with your library card! August 25-27 the film will be Ready Player One and the showings are at 2:00 PM each day. This movie is recommended for ages 11-17.
On Friday at 6:00 PM, take a 1 mile hike through a field to learn about what blooms in August at Blacklick Woods Metro Park.
Watch the movie Happy Gilmore at Blacklick Woods Golf Course. Bring a chair! This free movie begins on Friday night at dusk.
Take a night hike using a blacklight to see hidden colors at Blendon Woods Metro Park on Friday at 8:00 PM.
See Elephant and Piggy at Kiddie Academy of Westerville on Saturday at 10:00 AM. There will be activities for all ages.
The Barbie Truck will be popping up at Easton Town Center on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM featuring exclusive merch! The truck will be parked near Crate & Barrel in the South District.
10. WAG Fest
Wag Fest takes place on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Prairie Oaks Metro Park and includes activities for dogs and their people! There will be trails to hike, lakes to swim in, dog-related vendors and service providers on site!
Learn about animals that use bioluminescence and make glow-in-the dark crafts at Blendon Woods Nature Center on Saturday at 10:00 AM.
Celebrate your furry friend by getting them a treat off the special Doggie Menu at Swensons Drive-In on Saturday! Choices include a Doggie Boy, Doggie Burger and a Peanut Butter Pup Cup.
On Saturday at 1:00 PM, local author Erik Jon Slangerup will be at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers featuring his middle reader novel Molly and the Mutants. Ideal for ages 8-12.
On Saturday from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM you can tour Century Village in Grove City including the Orders Road Schoolhouse, log cabins, the train depot and other historic buildings.
Enjoy live music in Historic Dublin on Saturday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
This Sunday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Resolute Athletic Complex, shop a large consignment sale for fall and winter clothing, equipment, maternity items and more! Shop early for a cause by donating $2 beginning at 7:00 AM.
This free festival includes vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, live music, interactive art, activities for kids, a silent auction, and more! The festival takes place in Moeller Park on Sunday from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
This Sunday in Topiary Park and Kaufman Plaza enjoy food trucks, live music, games. Event begins at 1:00 PM. Food Trucks this week will be: Graeters and Galaxy Coffee.
On Sunday at 1:00 PM, take a 2-mile round trip hike to Blacklick Creek to wade in the water and discover crayfish, insects and fish.
Celebrate over 60 countries in our Central Ohio community! This family-friendly festival highlights food, fashion, music, dance and art! The festival takes place on Sunday from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Tickets are available online.
Enjoy a free concert by Hosea’s State of Mind in Olde Town East Community Gardens on Sunday at 6:00 PM.
Check out these blog posts to plan your Summer Fun in Columbus!
- Your Essential Guide to Summer in Columbus, Ohio
- Free Fountains and Splash Pads in Columbus, Ohio
- Farmers Markets in Columbus and Central Ohio
- Summer Nights: Movies, Concerts and More for Every Night of the Week
- Outdoor and Drive-In Movie Experiences in Columbus
- 35 Free Things to do with Your Kids in Columbus 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!*