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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, July 7-9, 2023

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 this Weekend in Columbus, Ohio:

1. Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theatres

On July 4-8 watch The Amazing Maurice 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!

2. Share Love with Kids Entering Foster Care with Seeds of Caring

In this Anywhere Project from Seeds of Caring and Alicia’s Closet, kids 4-12 will pack one or more Goodnight Gear bags – including much-needed items like socks, body wash, and lotion – and write messages of caring to help ease the transition for kids entering foster care. Families and groups can participate any time through July 30. 

3. Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons

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 Health and Safety!

4. EcoKids at The Works

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.

5. Book to Film Series at Gateway Film Center

This movie series featuring movies based on books is free with your library card! July 7-9 the film will be Shrek and the showings are at 2:00 PM each day.

6. Creekside Live at Creekside Park & Plaza

On Friday at 5:00 PM enjoy free live music at Creekside Plaza. Chaz & Nicki begin at 5:00 PM and Sean Carney and the Sydney Experience begins at 7:30 PM.

7. Unicorn World at Columbus Convention Center

Unicorn World takes place on Saturday and Sunday and features life-sized unicorns, unicorn activities and rides. Tickets are available online.

8. Westerville Area Chamber Music & Arts Festival

On Saturday from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM there will be 130 fine art/craft vendors, live music, food trucks, a youth art exhibit and more! $1 entry fee.

Related: 5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Westerville

9. July Hilltop Hop at Broad and Westmoor

The Hilltop Hop includes handmade vendors at The Design Refinery and Koko, baked goods from Slice of Heaven Bakery, Holy Crepes Food Truck and painting activities at Clay Street Ceramics. This event takes place on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

10. Second Saturdays at Main Library: Aviation & Science

Second Saturday takes place from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Main Library with activities with an aviation theme. COSI will be there from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM with science demonstrations! And there will be an Airplane Crafting Contest at 2:00 PM.

11. Kids Series at Grandview Theater & Drafthouse

Grandview Theater and Drafthouse is offering free admission for kids to movies on Saturdays and Wednesdays! This Saturday’s movie is Puss In Boots: Last Wish and it will be shown at 10:30 AM.

Related: 17 of the Best Restaurants in Grandview

12. Summer Jam West in Westgate Park

This annual arts festival takes place on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM in Westgate Park and includes artisan vendors, chalk art, an art car corral, live music, community partners, activities for kids, food and drink and more!

13. Barbie Roller Skate Party at Skate Zone 71

Meet and Greet Barbie and Ken from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday at Skate Zone 71. There will be photo ops, games and performances.

14. Music Together Class – Music Matters at CML Whetstone Branch

Kids can learn about music through play, experimentation and exploration. The class takes place on Saturday at 2:30 PM. Ideal for ages 6 and under.

15. Conservatory Explore Nights: Red, White & Bloom

These special engagement nights at Franklin Park Conservatory feature a lively festival experience including live entertainment, food trucks, discovery stations, signature cocktails & mocktails, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. This month’s theme is: Red, White & Bloom. The event takes place on Saturday from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Tickets are available online.

16. Summer Music Series in Historic Dublin

Enjoy live music in Historic Dublin on Saturday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Related: 27 of the Best Things to do in Dublin

17. OTE Art Walk

On Sunday from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM enjoy this neighborhood event featuring food and drink, live music, live art, performances, vendors and more!

18. Goodale Park Music Series

Enjoy live music in The Gazebo at Goodale Park from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM on Sundays. This Sunday’s band is The Goldsberrys.

19. Sundays in the Park at Topiary Park

Sundays in Topiary Park and Kaufman Plaza include food trucks, live music and games! This event starts at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

20. Sounds of Summer Concert Series in Westerville

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 the Westerville Symphony.

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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!*