What Should We Do This Weekend? July 20-22, 2018

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Over 30 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!


6:00 AM – Dino-Mite Kids Week at Sunny Street Cafe – July 16-20, 2018 get one free dinosaur shaped pancake with the purchase of each adult entree for kids 10 and under! There will also be dinosaur themed activities and giveaways! Read about our visit to Dino-Mite Kids Week here!

9:00 AM – Lancaster Festival – this festival goes on from July 19-28, 2018 and includes kid-friendly performances, many are free! This Saturday is Festival Fair Day with visits from The Turtle Lady and COSI, inflatables, animals, sand sculpting, train rides and more!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons –  as always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities like Ohio Fit Club, Columbus Folk Music Society, Pretty as a Princess and more!

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a 30 minute nature activity plus free play time in the woods. Ideal for ages 2-5. Free, but donations are accepted.

10:00 AM – Westerville’s Touch A Truck at Westerville Sports Complex – get up close to fire trucks, police cars, construction vehicles and more!

10:00 AM – Hilliard Library Concert at Hilliard Library – join Miss Marlene in a special concert to celebrate the Summer Reading Program. There will also be a concert at 11:00 AM. This event is free.

10:00 AM – Summertime Sweets! with FIT4MOM at Highbanks Metro Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus North for a workout and playdate. Your first workout is free. After this class there will be popsicles!

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Animals and Nature! See more about KidX here.

11:00 AM – Jazz and Rib Fest – the annual Jazz and Rib Fest takes place in Genoa and Bicentennial Parks on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM. There are live jazz performances, food, activities and vendors!

12:00 PM – Columbus Zoo Animals at Experience Columbus – come visit with animals from the Columbus Zoo at the Experience Columbus location in the Arena District. This is a free event.

5:00 PM – $5 Friday Pony Rides at Horse -N- Round Fun – from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM children and adults can ride a horse for $5.

6:00 PM – St. Matthew Parish Festival – this festival is happening Thursday through Saturday and features rides, live music, food and games!

6:00 PM – Sprouts Night Out at Hilliard’s Station Park – enjoy food trucks, live music, animals from Bring the Farm to You and a Dr. Awesome Bubble Show in downtown Hilliard!

7:00 PM – Folk Songs around the Fire at Gallant Farm Park – bring an instrument or your voice to sing around the fire. All ages welcome. Free.

8:30 PM – Save the Bats at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – drop into the Nature Center to learn about bats and learn about bat conservation.

8:30 PM – Movie in the Park: Despicable Me 3 at Westgate Park – watch Despicable Me 3 in Westgate Park. In case of rain the movie will be held in Westgate Rec Center.

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: Cars 3 at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – watch the movie Cars 3 beginning at dusk.


7:00 AM – Delaware Classic Car Show in Delaware, Ohio – check out the 2018 Performance Classic Car Show in downtown Delaware. (Check out the Cruise Friday night at 6:00 PM as well!)

9:00 AM – Westgate Farmers Market at the West Gate Masonic Lodge – enjoy local vendors, produce, live music and fun for kids. This weekend there will be a small petting zoo and The Little Kitchen food truck.

9:00 AM – Lynd Handcrafted Affair ’18 at at the Market on Morse – free admission and parking is available for this event featuring local artisans, food trucks and locally grown produce. There will also be live music.

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmers Market – kids can enjoy a seasonally focused activity at the information table at the Worthington Farmers Market on the 3rd Saturdays of each month. Appropriate for ages 12 and under.

9:00 AM – Cops and Kids Day at the Franklin County Fair – check out police vehicles and equipment plus there will be door prizes and a raffle for two kids bicycles.

10:00 AM – Not A Comic Con at Packrat Comics – enjoy this free, local version of Comic Con featuring Nicholas Brendon of Buffy and the Vampire a free graphic novel for the first 50 people in line and the first 100 people get swag bags!

10:00 AM – Engine Extravaganza at Tanger Outlets, Columbus – kids can get up close to emergency vehicles and trucks! Plus enjoy shopping savings from Tanger Outlets.

1:00 PM – Garden Seek & Snack Family Event at Sunbury Urban Farm- search for items using your 5 senses and then taste items grown in the garden! $10/kid ages 2 and older. Register online.

1:00 PM – Musical Canvas Art at Michaels Stores – kids ages 3 and up can paint a music-inspired canvas. Purchase of the canvas is required. Paining supplies are provided.

7:00 PM – Demo Derby by Smash It! at Franklin County Fair-Hilliard, Ohio – watch a live demolition derby at the Franklin County Fair.

9:00 PM – Movie Series – COCO at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – watch the movie Coco outside at the park!


11:00 AM – Sunday Family Fun Day at The Draft Room – enjoy crafts for the kids and drink specials for the grown ups! Broke Johnny Food Truck will be on site as well!

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – Sundays from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM admission is $5 for all and kids 4 and under are free! Skate rental is $3 for those over 4. All locations.

2:00 PM – Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys, and Games – join Scholastic on its reading road trip stop at Fundamentals! There will be authors, costume characters, prizes and more! Read more about Fundamentals in Exploring Delaware with Your Kids!


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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.  Enjoy what you do today!*

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