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Free Kids Activities in May

2011 Free Activities and Events


Free Kids Activities in May
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Civil War Encampment

Friday, May 6 – Saturday, May 7

Friday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Ohio Statehouse

Broad St.& High St., Columbus, 43215



From the Ohio Statehouse: The year-long Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial celebration continues with a two-day Civil War encampment on the Statehouse lawn the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A Civil War re-enacting group will offer living history lessons during an 1860s-era encampment of Union Army Troops on the West lawn of the Ohio Statehouse.

Games and activities for children will be demonstrated. Everyone is invited to join in and play “Hoops and Graces,” tug-of-war and croquet, among other pastimes.

Medical practices of the Civil War will be showcased. Medicines and instruments will be on display.

Various historical persons (played by very talented re-enactors) will be on hand throughout the weekend including: General Rosecrans (Tom Paul), Governor Dennison (Bob Davis), Secretary of the Treasury Chase (Richard Schuricht) and President Lincoln (Robert Brugler). The African-American experience will be portrayed at various times by living historians from We've Known Rivers, including Sojurner Truth (Annette Jefferson) and 5th USCT soldier John Parker (Anthony Gibbs).

HOOT Family Film Series

Saturday, May 28

Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Free with a suggested donation of a canned good

Gateway Film Center

1554 N. High St.



From Gateway Film Center: The mission of HOOT is to present a monthly festival of films, music, and activities designed for Central Ohio families and children. Beginning at 10:00 AM on the final Saturday of each month, the film center provides stimulating activities for families, including games, story readings, and more. At 11:00 AM, enjoy live music by the Shazzbots and short films from around the world. All presentations in HOOT are "G" rated and admission to the series is free with a suggested donation of a canned good to benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank. HOOT is sponsored by Columbus Parent and Little Dreamers Big Believers.

Family Adventures

Sunday, May 8; Sunday, May 22

2 p.m.


Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St.

(614) 221-4848


From the Columbus Metropolitan Library: Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docent-guided experience. Your family team may embark on a scavenger hunt, imagine yourselves inside a painting, or discover a work of art that tells a family story. Family Adventures are a great way to share quality time and make new memories together. Check the calendar for dates.

Wex Lab: Improv Theater for Teens

Saturday May 21

Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Wexner Center for the Arts

1871 N. High St., Columbus, 43210

(614) 292-3535


From the Wexner Center for the Arts: Bring out your best performance and explore new material in the drama games of this improv theater workshop.

Robin Post will lead the workshop. Post received her MFA in acting from Ohio State in 2006 and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. While in New York, she joined The King’s County Shakespeare Company’s acting ensemble and developed deep appreciation for the complexity and brilliance that is Shakespeare’s text.

Theatre on the Lawn: Much Ado About Nothing

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Grandview Heights Public Library

1685 W. First Ave.

(614) 486-2951


From Grandview Heights Public Library: The Carriage Place Players, from Carriage Place Recreation Center in northwest Columbus, perform this popular play on our outdoor stage. Bring a blanket or chair, and enjoy theatre on our lawn!

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