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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, February 2-4, 2024

Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Family-Friendly Things to do in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

1. The Worries of Wesley at The Riffe Center

This show is specially geared toward kids who are aged 8-14 and features Wesley, a kid who has anxiety and goes on a journey of self-discovery. The play is 45 minutes long with a talkback session following the show. Showtimes begin on Thursday at 7:00 PM and continue throughout this weekend and next weekend as well. (For more info, see our Instagram post about the show!)

2. Disney On Ice presents Into the Magic at Nationwide Arena

Your favorite Disney characters celebrate the magic of courage, love and adventure at Disney On Ice taking place this weekend at Nationwide Arena. There are 9 shows available this weekend. Showtimes begin Thursday night and take place through Sunday, February 4th.

3. Peter and the Starcatcher at Westerville South Auditorium

Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). Presented by Westerville South High School, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Show times are February 1-3 at 7:00 PM and February 4 at 2:00 PM. The Feb 4 show will have ASL interpretation.

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4. For Kids: Groundhog Day at Blendon Woods Nature Center

Read a story and learn about groundhogs on Friday at 10:00 AM at Blendon Woods Metro Park. Meet at the Nature Center.

5. Sunset and S’mores at Quarry Trails Metro Park

On Friday from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at Quarry Trails, enjoy watching the sunset while eating a s’more! There will be a campfire and all s’more-making equipment will be provided!

6. Riverside Crossing Park Ice Rink

This temporary ice rink is right near the Dublin Link pedestrian bridge and will be open for skating on Friday nights and on Saturday and Sunday! This rink will be up through mid-March.

Related: 28 Fun Things to do in Dublin, Ohio

7. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day Celebration at Jeni’s Scoop Shops

Saturday is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day and Jeni’s is celebrating with Banana French Toast ice cream, a French Toast Buttercrisp Waffle Cone and Banoffee L’affogato. There will be a special breakfast-themed menu in shops and activity shetts for kids! Hours are 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturday.

8. (Not So) Early Bird Hike at Sharon Woods Metro Park

Take a short hike to look for birds at Sharon Woods Metro Park. Meet near the Schrock Lake Restrooms at 10:00 AM on Saturday.

9. Winter Insects at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Take a short hike and participate in a science experiment to learn about bugs in the winter! This event takes place on Saturday at 11:00 AM at Darby Creek Cedar Ridge. Meet at the Ranger Station.

10. Let’s Throw Stories – Lyn Ford at Main Library

On Saturday at 1:30 PM head to the Main Library for interactive tales rooted in African and African-American folk-tale tradition.

11. Sweet Fire: Author Visit with J.P. Mitchell at Westerville Public Library

This event on Saturday from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM includes a reading and craft by local author J.P. Mitchell featuring her book Sweet Fire. This event takes place at the Westerville Public Library and a Q&A and book signing will follow. Ideal for ages 2-8.

12. Singing, Drumming and Dancing with BabaaRitah at Gahanna Library

Participate in song, dance and drumming from West African at this call and response program celebrating African history, unity and culture at the Gahanna Branch of CML on Saturday from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

13. Create Like Aminah at Main Library

On Saturday from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, enjoy a hands-on craft in the style of Columbus artist, Aminah Robinson. Geared toward ages 7-11 but all are welcome.

14. Community Day at Franklin Park Conservatory

Residents of Columbus and Franklin County receive free General Admission to Franklin Park Conservatory on the first Sunday of every month. Identification is required. This Sunday’s theme is Black History Month and there will be a dance performance at 1:00 PM in the Palm House by Thiossane Institute. Community Day hours are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sunday.

15. Hip Hop at 50: A Hands-on Experience with J. Rawls & Friends at Main Library

Celebrate Black History by making your own rhymes or trying out some break dance moves during this hip hop experience at Main Library on Sunday from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

16. YUM! Warm Hearts with Healthy Meals All Month Long with Seeds of Caring

Help Seeds of Caring show love to our hungry neighbors with everything they need to make a delicious, healthy tuna noodle casserole. Kids ages 2-12 will learn about food insecurity, then decorate and pack a high-protein meal kit for clients of the Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Families and groups can participate at home, school, or wherever you are through Feb. 26.

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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!*