Looking for something fun to do with the kids 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
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Right now, there are families arriving in Columbus who have traveled long and far to find a new home. We think everyone deserves to feel welcome where they live and you can help! Through 8/29, join us for this Anywhere project benefiting those served by Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) and pack Welcome Kits while learning about empathy and creating a more inclusive community. Group-friendly = a great neighborhood service project!
Friday July 22nd through Sunday July 24th head over to Bicentennial Park for the 2022 Jazz & Rib Fest! Each day will feature different artists playing music and everyday you can count on great food! See link for details on the lineup of artists and vendors.
Visit the Franklin County Fairgrounds for the final weekend of the Franklin County Fair Friday July 22nd through Sunday July 24th! This county fair features all of your favorite rides, attractions and fair food! See link for details on ticket prices and list of daily events.
Friday July 22nd at 9:30am visit Pierce Field in Grandview for a morning of crafts, storytime and picnic in the park! This event is free, but registration is required. See the link for details.
Friday July 22nd starting at 10:30am visit the main library in downtown Columbus for a morning of meeting farm animals.
Friday July 22nd at 10:30am bring your beach towel and visit Miller park library for a morning of BINGO to earn prizes!
Friday July 22nd starting at 5pm visit Zoombezi Bay for an evening of fun character ambassadors visiting and a great family movie starting at 8pm. The movie being featured will be The Santa Clause 2.
Friday July 22nd at 7pm visit the Columbus Commons as you dance and celebrate America and many other countries that are celebrating their birthday this month! Events leading up to this include balloon artists, hands on activities and a photo booth! Doors open at 5:30pm.
Friday July 22nd at 8pm visit the big screen at Columbus Commons to see Sing 2! Pack your blankets, chairs and snacks for a movie under the stars.
Friday July 22nd at 9pm visit Taft Reserve in Newark for an evening of hiking in the dark and some sweet s’mores at the conclusion of your hike.
Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th visit Sharon Woods for a relaxing trip around the lake in the canoe. This event is available at different times each day, so be sure to check the link to find the best time for you and your family!
Starting Saturday July 23rd at 9am you can visit Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park for National Moth Week! This week will include displays in the nature center featuring all of the interesting and beautiful moths that call our parks home.
Saturday July 23rd starting at 9:30am visit the Fairfield County Fairgrounds for a day filled with music, pop up entertainment, activities, food trucks and operators for a day fun!
Saturday July 23rd at 10am kicks off Community Day of Caring at Canal Market District! This family friendly event supports local charities and is filled with fun for all ages! There will be music, raffles, balloon twisters, food and more all to help support the charities around us that impact so many!
Saturday July 23rd starting at 10am visit Blendon Woods Metro Park for a fun Pokemon themed event where you will learn all about bugs!
Saturday July 23rd at 10am visit Alum Creek where you can fish with a ranger. Get some fishing tips from the ranger and learn about the different fish that call Alum Creek their home. Fishing license is required for this event.
Saturday July 23rd visit Miller Park library anytime between 10am and 5pm to drop off your favorite stuffed animal for a camp in. The next day Sunday July 24th come pick up your stuffed animal anytime between 1pm and 5pm and receive a report of all the fun things they did overnight at the library.
Saturday July 23rd at 10:30am visit the Northwest Worthington library backyard for a fun dance party. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite beach or party attire for this event filled with music and dancing.
Saturday July 23rd at 10:30am Christmas In July kicks off at Zoombezi Bay! This event will feature two days of giveaways, fun characters in costume and plenty of festive activities to make you feel merry and bright! See link for list of events and ticket prices.
Saturday July 23rd at 10:30am visit Deer Haven Park Nature Center for a morning filled with outdoor themed stories and visiting the trails.
Saturday July 23rd starting at 11am visit PYAA Sports Complex for Pickerington Back to School Summer Bash! This event features a petting zoo, inflatables, school supply giveaways, balloon artists and much more! See the link for a complete list of events, details and ticket prices.
Saturday July 23rd at 11am visit the main library downtown for Rain Fish. This event will feature science, art and books to help young learners understand why it is so important that only rain water go down storm drains.
Saturday July 23rd at 11am meet author Carmella Van Vleet as she shares her latest book Nothing is Little. Visit Cover to Cover in Upper Arlington for this special event!
Saturday July 23rd at 1pm visit Infirmary Mound Park as you and your family build your kite flying skills. Bring a kite, borrow a kite or make a kite at this great family friendly event. You must register ahead of time for the kite building kit. See the link for details.
Saturday July 23rd at 2pm visit Blendon Woods to learn about what our metro parks looked like 200 million years ago. This event is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Saturday July 23rd at 9pm visit Battelle Darby Creek and use a blacklight to see what creatures look like in the night under a UV light! A limited amount of UV lights will be available so be sure to arrive on time to have one for the hike.
Sunday July 24th at 1pm visit Infirmary Mound Park for an afternoon with The Works and Licking Park District as you work through fun STEM activities and experiments that the whole family will enjoy. Please register ahead of time, see link for details and registration.
Sunday July 24th at 2pm visit the Tremont Library for an afternoon filled with a family favorite movie. This Sunday features the movie Zootopia to be screened in the friends theater.
Sunday July 24th starting at 3pm visit the nature center at Homestead Park and learn about the critters that call Homestead their home. There will be hands-on encounters with some of these animals so come prepared to make a few new friends!
Sunday July 24th at 6:30pm visit Alum Creek Amphitheater for some great tunes outdoors! This week the band being featured will be Swagg. Be sure to pack your blankets and chairs!
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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!*