Friday Freebies: 10 free, kid-friendly things to do in Columbus this weekend


School’s out for summer, so it’s time to celebrate!

If you don’t want your kids just lounging around the house this weekend, don’t worry — there are a ton of free things to do this weekend that are fun for the whole family.

All weekend:

Columbus Arts Festival

Art, music, performances, food trucks … what more could you ask for? The Columbus Arts Festival takes over the Scioto Mile this weekend and there’s a ton of fun stuff for kids to do, including hands-on art activities, the Children’s Gallery, the Grass Patch Theatre, COSI Art Camp, and meeting the Art Shark. Click or tap here for more information.  

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus presents Macbeth

If you have older kids that are into theater, be sure to check out the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus’ performance of Macbeth. The show starts at 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Watch the talented actors from right here in central Ohio bring one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays to life in Schiller Park.

From Book to Film

Now in its eighth year, the Gateway Film Center’s summer family film series will be showing Little Women all weekend long. Admission is free with a library card. Click or tap here for show times.


Commons for Kids

There’s all sorts of fun going on Friday from 10am to 1pm at the Columbus Commons. Bring your kids to take a ride on the carousel or try out the bounce houses completely free of charge. There will be performances, the Imagination Playground, crats and games. Plus, if the weather cooperates, there will be an inflatable water slide!

Franklinton Fridays Music Series

Check out free live music at the Franklinton Fridays Concert Series. Counterfeit Madison and Montezuma will be performing beginning at 7pm.


PBJ and Jazz Concert Series

Head over to the Topiary Park downtown to hear the musical stylings of the Caribbean Jazz Quintet on Saturday! This one-hour free concert is designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children in their families and feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles. Want to make an entire morning out of it? Stop by family story time at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library before the concert. Click or tap here for more details.

SciDome Planetarium Grand Opening at The Works

If you’re in the Newark area or are up for a day trip, stop by the grand opening of the SciDome Planetarium at The Works! The grand opening will have a members-only reception from 9am to noon and the general public can join in the celebration from noon until 5pm. This event is free with admission to The Works.


Free Sundays at Columbus Museum of Art

If the Arts Festival has you excited about art, make sure to visit the Columbus Museum of Art on Sunday. Admission is free every Sunday and there are a ton of fun things for kids to do, including playing in the Wonder Room, building a puzzle together in a gallery and checking out the Walter Wing. Tap or click here for more information.

Sundays at Scioto Concert Series

Introduce your kids to classic rock with the musical stylings of Popgun at the Scioto Park Amphitheater in Dublin. The band will be covering songs from David Bowie, Steely Dan, Queen and many more. The show starts at 7pm. For more information, click or tap here.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Enjoy a free musical performance by Swings the Thing at the Alum Creek Park North Amphitheater in Westerville Sunday night. The show starts at 6:30pm. Don’t forget to bring your blankets, chairs and snacks so you can kick back and relax for the evening.  

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