Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohio–based events and activities!
1. Because Everyone Should be Celebrated on their Birthday with Seeds of Caring
No matter how old or young we are, birthdays are special days to pause and be grateful for our lives and to feel loved by those around us. Join Seeds of Caring through June 26 for this Anywhere project in which kids will learn about the power of kindness and will assemble birthday bags so that clients of LifeCare Alliance and Buckeye Food Alliance have all they need to celebrate their special days!!
2. Feast Of The Flowering Moon At Yoctangee Park In Chillicothe
Starting at 11am on Friday May 27th visit Yoctangee Park for The Feast Of The Flowering Moon! This festival includes many family friendly activities and entertainment. Native American music, dancers, crafters and exhibitors will all be in attendance at this annual event. The event runs through all of Memorial Day weekend.
3. Scioto Mile Fountain Opening Day
Friday May 27th at 11am is opening day for the Scioto Mile Fountain! There will also be games on the grass and music to kick off this unofficial start to the summer.
Related: Free Fountains and Splash Pads in Columbus, Ohio!
Thanks to Olentangy Caverns for sponsoring this post.
Looking for family-friendly outdoor adventures to keep the kids learning beyond their screens? Just 20 minutes north of Columbus you’ll find an unexpected destination for young explorers: Olentangy Caverns.
Take a self-guided tour through the cave (perfect for little adventurers who want to wander at their own pace). Mine for gems in the running water sluice. Hunt for treasure in Ohio’s only Treasure Hunt Maze. Play on our REAL fire truck. And visit deer, goats, cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, and bunnies in Columbus’s largest petting zoo. Visit Olentangy Caverns from 9:30am – 5pm every day through October 31.
4. Junie B. Jones The Musical (Sneak Peak) At Westerville Library
Friday May 27th at 5:30pm see a sneak peak of Junie B. Jones The Musical at Westerville Public Library. There will be a preview of songs and readings from the upcoming performance, followed by a fun Junie B. Jones inspired craft.
5. Fourth Friday Festival In Uptown Westerville
Friday May 27th starting at 6pm visit Uptown Westerville for Fourth Friday. There will be food trucks, pop up vendors and entertainment this week from Luke Mossburg Music. Something for everyone in the family!
Related: 5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Westerville
6. Memorial Day 2022 At National Veterans Memorial & Museum
Starting on Saturday May 28th at 10am visit National Veterans Memorial & Museum to honor the brave men and women who lost their lives to protect our freedom. No admission will be charged this Memorial Day weekend (Sat-Mon) donations are accepted online or in person at the museum.
7. Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival
Visit Utica this Memorial Day weekend to enjoy the Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival! Saturday May 28th through Monday May 30th there will be something for everyone! Sack races, ice cream eating contests, COSI on wheels and much more will be there! Also register to meet with author Renee Casteel Cook on her book Ohio Ice Cream: A Scoop Of History from Noon-4pm.
8. Jeni’s Strawberry Jam At Land-Grant
Visit Land Grant Brewing Company at 11am Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th for Jeni’s Strawberry Jam! 2-days of food, music, drinks and plenty of fun for the whole family! See link for line up of entertainment.
Related: How to get Free Jeni’s Ice Cream on Your Birthday
9. Summertime Story Time With Beanbag Books
Saturday May 28th at 10:30am head over to Ciao Cafe with Beanbag Books to enjoy a summertime storytime featuring books about summer. Enjoy your story time with a scoop of gelato! All ages are welcome!
Related: 5 Magical Children’s Bookstores in Central Ohio
10. Story Time With SRD Harris At Easton
Saturday May 28th at 11am head over to The Yard at Easton for a story time with SRD Harris where she will be reading two of her books. This event will benefit CHA Animal Shelter to help pets find loving homes.
11. For Families: Creeking At Highbanks
Saturday May 28th at 2pm visit Highbanks Metro Park for some fun creeking! Buckets will be provided, but you must wear some type of shoes in the water for your safety. Meet in the Big Meadows Picnic Area.
12. Weed ‘Em And Eat At Battelle Darby Creek
Saturday May 28th at 1pm visit Battelle Darby Creek for a fun afternoon of foraging for edible plants. A naturalist will guide you on what “Weeds” are safe for eating, samples of prepared foraged foods will also be available afterwards.
13. Free Movie Night at Columbus Commons
Head to Columbus Commons on Saturday night for a free showing of Encanto! Movie starts at 8:15 PM.
14. Pleasant Valley Paddle
Sunday May 29th at Noon visit Pleasant Valley for a paddle out on the lake. Life jackets must be worn at all times and canoes will be open for use. This event is for ages 10+.
15. Aullwood Audubon Open For Memorial Day
Monday May 30th enjoy the holiday by visiting Aullwood Audubon starting at 9am. The nature center, farm discovery center, trails and all facilities will be open for the Memorial Day holiday.
16. Worthington Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 30th at 10am visit Worthington for their annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade will start on E. Dublin-Granville Rd and will end at Cemetery Dr. A ceremony will take place afterwards at Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Related: 5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Worthington
17. Dublin Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday May 30th at 11am there will be a procession through Historic Dublin and will start at Riverside Crossing Park and will end at Dublin Cemetery. There will be a wreath throwing ceremony with a complimentary picnic to follow.
Related: 5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Dublin, Ohio
18. Memorial Day Festivities At The Wagnalls Memorial Library
Monday May 30th at 10am head over to the Wagnalls Memorial Library for a community parade, followed by fun at the Wagnalls. There will be food, music, lawn games and festivities for the whole family.
19. Canoe And Kayak The Lake At Darby Bend Lakes Park
Monday May 30th at 1pm visit Darby Bend Lakes Park for some fun out on the lake in either a canoe or kayak. Life jackets will be provided and must be worn while in the water. This event is recommended for ages 10+.
20. Concerts On The Green At Bryn Du Mansion
Monday May 30th at 6:30pm visit the green at Bryn Du Mansion for a live performance by The Petty Hearts. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Food trucks will also be on site for dining out.
Related: Summer Nights in Columbus: Movies, Concerts and More!
21. Jazz In The Park At Havenwood Park
Monday May 30th at 5:30pm visit Havenwood Park for Jazz In The Park and a live performance from Yumbambe’. This event will also feature 9 different food trucks lined up to enjoy.
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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!*