Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohio–based events and activities!
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- 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
Family-Friendly Things to do this Weekend in Columbus, Ohio:
This art-inspired project from Seeds of Caring lets kids 2-12 connect and exchange works of art with artists of varying abilities in our community! Introduce children to the intellectual and developmental disability community in a positive and age-appropriate way, then create and mail your own piece of art to the Goodwill Art Studio by Aug. 13. Your Goodwill picture pal will send a piece of art back in the weeks that follow!
On July 11-15 watch Minions: Rise of Gru at participating Marcus Theatre. There is also a $3.00 Popcorn & Drink Special. You can see the movie for free with a voucher from American Family Insurance. See link for details!
Every Friday this Summer from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM enjoy activities for kids at Columbus Commons! There will be free carousel rides, inflatables, face painting, balloon twisting and a theme each week. This week’s theme is Animals!
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.
This event takes place on Friday at 10:30 AM and features a story time at the Fairy Village in the South Bexley Community Gardens. Come dressed in your favorite costume! There will be also music and movement activities!
On Friday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Explorer’s Club, Cousins Maine Lobster and Graeter’s Ice Cream will be at Ronald McDonald House and a portion of the sales will be donated to RMHC of Central Ohio. Click the link to order ahead!
This movie series featuring movies based on books is free with your library card! July 14-16 the film will be Curious George and the showings are at 2:00 PM each day.
Head to JFK Park in Reynoldsburg on Friday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM for food trucks in the park!
Author Ellen O’Clover will be at Cover to Cover for a conversation about her YA book Seven Percent of Ro Devereux. This event takes place on Friday at 6:00 PM. Ideal for ages 13 and up.
On Friday from 6:00 PM – 10:00 AM explore the Franklinton Arts District featuring art, performances, food and local businesses staying open late!
Watch Shrek at Columbus Commons for free! There will also be free popcorn while supplies last. Movie begins at 8:00 PM on Friday.
Get up close to big trucks and machines! There will be demonstrations, activities, food trucks and more! It’s free to explore the outdoor area and they are having a special event rate of $7/person to enter the museum. The event begins on Saturday at 9:00 AM.
The Columbus Book Festival takes place on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Main Library and Topiary Park! Meet over 200 authors, shop for books and enjoy family-friendly entertainment. There will be local food and drink, live music and activities for kids!
Grandview Theater and Drafthouse is offering free admission for kids to movies on Saturdays and Wednesdays! This Saturday’s movie is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and it will be shown at 10:30 AM.
Enjoy dinner and a [car] show at local Swensons Drive-In locations! As part of their “Great Meals & Hot Wheels” series, this week’s featured automobile is the Jeep. The first 100 Jeeps to arrive at each Swensons location on Saturday between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM will receive a free Swensons logo duck.
Enjoy a 1 hour jazz concert geared towards kids in Topiary Park! The concert begins at 12:00 PM on Saturday.
This festival connects families and service providers and provide free food, live music, games, activities and entertainment! This event takes place on Saturday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Eakin Elementary School.
Enjoy live music in Historic Dublin on Saturday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
On Saturday at 6:00 PM enjoy an ice cream social in Jefferson Community Park in Blacklick. There will be a touch-a-truck and other activities. This event is free but donations are accepted.
Join Kristin from Out on the Prairie at Olentangy Caverns to turn your gem mining treasures into a wire-wrapped necklace! Your ticket reserves a 30-minute slot to gem mine and then immediately create your jewelry. Time slots are available on Sunday from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM.
Celebrate National Ice Cream day with a BOGO sale on single scoops at Ye Olde Mill! Thee will be horse and carriage rides, live music, and a balloon artist! This event takes place on Sunday from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Enjoy live music in The Gazebo at Goodale Park from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM on Sundays. This Sunday’s band is The Spikedrivers.
On Sunday at 2:00 PM, gather natural materials to make your own paints at Blacklick Woods Nature Center. Materials are provided.
Listen to NACHO Street Band at Edison Brewing Company on Sunday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM! The band is raising money for the Ronald McDonald House expansion!
This free concert takes place at the Alum Creek North Park Amphitheater at 6:30 PM on Sunday. This week’s music is provided by British Invasion.
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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!*