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Kid + Family Activities at the Arnold Sports Event

2012 event listing


The Arnold Sports Festival is a big event for athletes of all ages. There are several events that are perfect for families. There are events located around Columbus so be sure to carefully plan your day.

**An important note: NO Babystrollers are allowed. Unless you plan on wearing your little one, I would think twice before I take pre-k kids and younger to this event.

Dates: March 1-4, 2012
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Veterans Memorial, The LC, Nationwide Arena, Arena Grand Movie Theatre, Chiller Ice Rinks and The Ohio State University
Hours: Thursday 7-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
EXPO hours: Friday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $15 EXPO ticket or $10 in advance. An EXPO ticket provides admission to Fitness EXPO and most sport events.

1. Cheerleading and Dance Competition

Cheerleading is huge sport and the competitions are entertaining and dazzling. The Arnold Sports Festival drew over 4,000 competitors last year.

If your kids are fans of the "Bring It On" movie series or are simply ready for a good show, the Sports Festival is a great way to go.

Friday, March 2nd

Cheerleading and Dance
Competitor Registration Noon – 3 p.m.
Competition 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 3rd

Cheerleading and Dance
Competitor Registration 8 a.m. – Noon

 Competition 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Saturday, March 4th

Cheerleading and Dance
Competitor Registration 8 a.m. – Noon
Competition 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

From the Website:More than 4,000 competitors will cheer, dance and display amazing athletic skills in the Arnold Cheerleading and Dance Nationals.

2. Crossfit Kids

From the website: CrossFit will host a series of workouts, challenges and demonstrations. There will also be events and challenges for CrossFit Kids in E150-151 at the GCCC, March 2-4

3. DanceSport

If your family is like mine, we LOVE the TV show Dancing with the Stars. We even go so far to record the show for the kids because it comes on after their bedtime. The Youth DanceSport Challenge is an opportunity to see kids of all ages dancing the day away.

From the website: The Arnold Youth DanceSport Challenge is an experience in elegance featuring the nation's best youth through collegiate dancesport athletes. These elaborately costumed competitors - from ages four and up - glide with grace as they compete for top scholarship prizes.

Under the direction of internationally acclaimed Latin master Sam Sodano, the event features more than 1,200 competitors within the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, adjacent to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The Arnold Senior DanceSport events are held in conjunction with the Arnold Active Living Festival.

Saturday, March 3
8 a.m.
College Competition
American Rhythm
Bronze, Newcomer, Gold, Silver, Novice & Championship

11 a.m.
Juniors and Youth
Open Standard 3 & 5 dance
Arnold Grand Slam Standard
Under 21 Standard

12:30 p.m.
College Competition
American Team Match

1:30 p.m.
Juniors and Youth
USA/Canada International Junior Team Match

2:30 p.m.
Open Latin 3 & 5 dance
Under 21 Latin
Arnold Grand Slam Latin

5:30 p.m.
College Competition
International Standard
Bronze, Newcomer, Gold, Silver, Novice & Championship

Sunday, March 4
8 a.m.
College Competition
American Smooth
Bronze, Newcomer, Gold, Silver, Novice & Championship

11 a.m.
Juniors and Youth
Closed Syllabus Standard - Bronze, Silver & Gold
Closed Syllabus Latin - Bronze, Silver & Gold

12:30 p.m.
College Competition
International Latin
Bronze, Newcomer, Gold, Silver, Novice & Championship

3:30 p.m.
International Team Match

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4. Art at the Arnold

I bet you didn't know the sport of art held an annual competition at the festival. Okay, it's not really a sport, but it's pretty cool. When you think about it with all of the Adonis-like bodies roaming the area its easy to see where the artists get their motivation.

From the website: The 3rd Annual Art at the Arnold competition during the Arnold Sports Festival will again use this unique venue for artists to portray athletes and sports action on March 2-4 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC).

Artists will create their work in the open concourse between the GCCC and the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The exhibit will be March 4 on the second floor of the GCCC.



8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,
4-hour figure drawing and painting session, using athletes as models.

12:30-4  p.m., artists will use their digital cameras and sketchbooks and converge on the many activities throughout the festival to gather references for Saturday’s painting session.

8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.,
All day Open Studio Work Session. Artists will work from photos and sketches taken the previous day.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012 
Jurying of finished framed works. Each artist may choose one piece to submit for judging. Columbus Museum of Art - Kid Activities

5. Demonstrations

Convention Center

Cheerleading and Dance Demonstrations
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

World Jump Rope All-Star Team Demonstrations
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Table Tennis Demonstrations
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Irish Dance (Richens/Timms Dancers)
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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6. Gymnastics

Arnold Gymnastics Challenge
12th Arnold Gymnastics Challenge March 2-4 will be the nation’s largest mixed gymnastics meet with more than 4,000 boys and girls in competition at the GCCC, Halls E and F.
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