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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, May 12-14, 2023

Looking for things to do this weekend in Columbus? This list of family-friendly events will keep you busy this weekend and it includes a few Mother’s Day events in Columbus, too!

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

1. Friends of Bexley Public Library Booksale

This book sale is taking place at Bexley Public Library on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday hours are 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM and Sunday hours are 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

2. Froggy Fun at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Learn about the lifecycle of frogs at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park on Friday at 2:00 PM.

3. Night @ The Museum – Fairy Tale Adventure! at The Works

From 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Friday night at The Works in Newark, kids can explore the Jolly Roger, Sherwood Forest and an Enchanted Castle. They can meet their favorite characters and enjoy magical treats!

4. Franklinton Friday

Explore Franklinton with local art, performances and more! This event takes place from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Friday night around the Franklinton neighborhood.

5. Saint Mary’s Food Truck Festival 2023

Enjoy food trucks, beer vendors, live music and more at the food truck festival on Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at St. Mary School in German Village.

6. May Hilltop Hop

The monthly Hilltop Hop at the Broad and Westmoor businesses will feature handmade vendors, a glass suncatcher class, crafts for kids and more! The event takes place on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

7. Ohio Village Weekends

Ohio Village at Ohio History Center is now open on the weekends! Visit this historical village on Saturdays and Sundays through May 21st from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Included in regular admission or membership.

8. Wildflower Hike at Clear Creek Metro Park

On Saturday at 10:00 AM, you can search for blooming wildflowers on a 1.5 mile hike (there will be a steep climb). Meet at the Creekside Meadows Parking Lot.

9. A Visit from Bring the Farm to You at Tremont Road Library

Visit with animals from Bring the Farm to You at Tremont Road Library on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

10. Flowers for Mom at Sharon Woods Metro Park

Plant a seed to take home, make a flower craft, and then enjoy a self-guided wildflower walk on Saturday between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

11. Open Studio at Columbus Museum of Art

Open Studio takes place every Saturday from 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM and kids can drop in to work with art supplies and learn new techniques! May’s theme is Myths and Legends.

12. Open Play at Blue Monkey Parties & Events

Open play at Blue Monkey will be available on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Cost is $10/child.

13. An Afternoon with Author Katherine Higgs-Coulthard at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

Celebrate Katherine Higgs-Coulthard’s debut young adult novel (ages 14+), Junkyard Dogs at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers on Saturday at 1:00 PM.

14. Fast Paced 3 Mile Hike at Prairie Oaks Metro Park

Take a fast-paced 3 mile hike at Prairie Oaks Metro Park on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Meet at Prairie View Picnic Area at the Main Entrance.

15. Mother’s Day Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center

Take a carriage ride with mom at Easton Town Center. Cost is $10/person. Kids under 15 ride for free with a paying adult. Rides will be available on Saturday from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

16. Mother’s Day Craft at Highbanks Metro Park

Make a handmade craft for Mom at the Nature Center at Highbanks Metro Park! Stop in anytime on Sunday between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

17. Mother’s Day Craft and Plant at Inniswood Metro Gardens

Stop by Inniswood Metro Gardens to make a gift for a special person in your life on Sunday at 12:00 PM.

18. Natural Play Area Adventure: Animal Investigator at Blendon Woods Metro Park

Solve riddle and help a naturalist find missing animals in the Natural Play Area at Blendon Woods on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

19. Family Concert with ProMusica Columbus at Bexley Public Library

This family-friendly concert with the ProMusica Columbus String Quartet takes place on Sunday beginning at 3:00 PM at the Bexley Public Library.

20. DIY Terrariums for Mother’s Day at Homestead Metro Park

Make DIY mini terrariums for mom at Homestead Metro Park! All materials will be provided, but you can bring your own terrarium you’d like. This event starts on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

21. Mother’s Day Skate Party at Skate Zone 71

Moms skate for half price with a child’s full paid admission at Skate Zone 71 on Sunday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. There will also be $1 cookies and cotton candy.

22. Thank a Veteran with a Homemade Card with Seeds of Caring

Kind kids ages 2-12 can honor Ohio’s service men and women with this Seeds of Caring Anywhere Project that can be done at home, school, or wherever you are! Salute those who served by creating as many messages as you’d like through May 22, when our partners from the National Veterans Memorial & Museum will distribute them to Ohio veterans.

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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!*