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Cool places to take kids in Columbus, Ohio including low-cost and no-cost activities.
Get the biggest bang for your fair buck. Check out Ohio State money saving tips, tricks and coupons on everything from fudge to caricature portraits. Also find out more about discount days and where to buy discount fair tickets and all day ride passes.
The Ohio State Fair is 12 days of fun. Get the complete listing of dates, times, discount days, parking information, fair coupons and more.
Columbus Ohio is a city alive with activity for all of its residents. Some of the best places in Columbus are free including gallery hops, parks, libraries, factory tours and more. Don't miss out of all the great things to do in C-bus!
Columbus is a great place to live and part of the reason is because there are so many romantic spots around the city. What better way to live than with the love of another? And what better way to woo another than to take an outdoorsy route? Show off your OSU engagement tradition knowledge with the Long Walk or take a stroll underneath the stars at one of parks on our list.
School supplies aren't cheap and the costs keep rising. Central Ohio families who need a little extra help are getting it with back-to-school rallies and free supply drives. Check our listing of events.
When temperatures get hot the city goes on the hunt for a little relief and that means heading to any one of the four of waterparks in the Columbus Ohio area. Check out our list!
Free and open to the public, Barnett Recreation Center's Sprayground Playground features brightly colored dumping buckets, spinning and spraying water toys and plenty of room to play on the non-slip surface.
The Ohio State Fair has so much to do, it is best to plan ahead so you don't miss a thing. Some of the attractions and events include, Texas on Tour, LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Masters Tour, Snakes Alive
Kid hands-on activities at the Columbus Museum of Art.
The full 2012 CAPA Summer Movie Series featuring movies of every genre: musical Yankee Doodle Dandy, classic Saturday Morning cartoons, chick flick film Sixteen Candles and classic films The The French Connection, War of the Worlds and Guys and Dolls.
Summer festivals are a Columbus, Ohio staple. Here we celebrate diverse cultures - Hispanic, African American, Serbian, Asian, etc.; diverse music - Jazz, blues, alternative; and diverse foods - ribs, strawberries, tomatoes and anything that can be put on a stick or fried.
Ohio State Fair concert information for 2011 season. Victoria Justice, Isley Brothers, The Band Perry, Boston, Casting Crowns, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Cab Calloway Orchestra
Steak is serious business in Columbus, but discovering the truly great steakhouses can take time and money. Try the six steakhouses listed below.
This free, indoor, space-themed playplace at Tuttle Mall in Columbus Ohio is perfect for children under 42 inches tall. Kids will love climbing on and through planets, sliding down a comet's tail and sitting in a U.S. space shuttle. Free Wi-Fi for parents and coffee shop nearby.
Columbus may be land-locked, but that doesn't mean water isn't plentiful. When Columbus families look to cool off they head to local splashparks that are long on fun and short on cost. Check out our full listing!
Neighborhood entertainment and demographic information for the Short North District in Columbus Ohio.
There is one day during the Ohio State Fair that every parent looks forward to - the deep discount day when kids 12 and under get in free. This same day when you buy one ride wristband you get the second rider free.
Free Concerts in Columbus Ohio and Central Ohio
Columbus is the epicenter for great leaders in the arts. With dozens of galleries and hundreds of exhibitions yearly, Columbusites care about having a strong arts presence in the community. Often those centers for the arts offer classes to the public. You may never become Monet, but you can reach their height of your own artistic potential!
This weekend is the Greek Festival, Rhythm on the River with Ballet Met, Short North Gallery Hop or the Labor Day Arts Festival. Spend the last weekend of summer knee-deep in Columbus fun!
Columbus is a green city in more ways than one. We have plenty of public green spaces -- Metro Parks, community parks and nearby state parks. They're filled with trails, ponds, activities, and oodles of wildlife. You set the pace and choose the actvities, so a day at one of these Columbus parks is as relaxed or envigorating as you want it to be. To make the experience even better -- most park activities are free.
There is music for everyone at The Ohio State Fair. While the headliner concerts get all of the attention, there are daily free concerts including Jackson Delaney, Gas Pump Jockies, Ivory West and Silver Creek. Check our listing for times and locations.
Tours of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Ohio
The Ohio State Fair is known for a few great things: butter sculptures, fried foods, big crowds and great music. Take a look at the big names hitting our state for the Ohio State Fair Concert and Event Series.
There are some tried and true traditions that must be upheld when attending the Ohio State Fair. These 5 Must-Do's are essential to any fair visit.
Columbus is incredibly resilient when it comes to economic shake-ups. If they happen to reach the city, it bounces back fairly quickly. Whether you are entering the workforce for the first time or interested in new opportunities, this list will help you find the services you need.
If there was ever a week to try new places to eat in Columbus, it is during Dine Originals week.
Columbus is not only a hot spot for sports and gourmet cuisine, it also has a thriving arts scene. Sure everyone knows about the Columbus Museum of Art, but there are other museums that are not as well known. Let's explore them!
Review of the top 5 restaurants at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio.
It's no secret that Columbus' weather is fickle, flaky and down right funky sometimes. You could have rain, sleet, snow, sun and wind all in the same week or the same day! On those days when you and the meteorologist aren't quite sure what is going on outside, these cool spots are fun year-round.
There is nothing more satisfying than reaching up to pick a fresh apple from a tree on a crisp fall day. Apple picking is a timeless tradition and the Columbus Ohio area has a variety of farms where visitors can tour the farm, pick produce and learn more about how the popular fruit is grown.
"Resale Row" on west 5th Avenue has some of the best thrift stores in Columbus. There's furniture, wedding
In September the fair and festival season in Columbus Ohio shifts into high gear with fall fun. There is something for everyone this month with Oktoberfest, the Labor Day Festival, the India Festival, tech focused viaColumbus, down home Country Living Fair, animal friendly Jack Hanna Fall Festival, soul stirring GospelFest and more.
Outdoor activities for beautiful sunny days in Columbus.
There are so many activities and events scheduled for the Fourth of July! Free concerts of every genre of music, including the Central Ohio Symphony and Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Nostalgia reigns at Ohio Historical Village with pie eating contests in the recreated 19th Century Village. Don't forget all of the parades including the wacky Doo Dah parade in the Short North. Fireworks accompany many of the events in the evening. Be sure to check out our separate listing.
September brings remembering the tragedy of September 11th through several memorials, the New Albany Classic and Grand Prix, food truck tours, Home School Days, Katy Perry, Diana Ross and PB and Jazz. Variety is not only the spice of life, it is something the Greater Columbus area does well and reflects the interests and diversity of its residents.
Columbus Labor Day Weekend is packed with festivals, horse shows, sports (including cricket matches), art shows and more.
Halloween celebration lasts all month long in Columbus with pumpkin patches, haunted houses and ghost ships and trick or treating alternatives. Don't miss the Fall Harvest Jamboree, Boo and the Zoo, 19th Century Halloween celebration at Ohio Village and Halloween-themed Kids Cooking at the Franklin Park Conservatory.
Miniature horses, galloping goats and llamas in fancy costumes fill the Ohio Expo and State Fair arenas in Columbus, Ohio during the week before the Fair starts. The events below are FREE, but there is a $5 parking charge. The Ohio State Fair rides and concessions are not open.
There are too many Columbus Holiday activities to list them all, but here are my picks for 2012's best events. Holiday tree lighting, free events, chorus engagements craft bazaars, Kwanzaa events and more.
Holiday lights are a great (and cheap) activity for Columbus area residents. Be sure to check out these top displays and don't forget the cocoa!
Things to Do During Columbus Car Shows
Turning over a new leaf or continuing a healthy lifestyle? Check out these events to keep you going all year long.
Take your Halloween haunting on the road and visit some of the most popular haunted houses in the Columbus area. Watch history and ghostly legends collide during the Statehouse tours, take the kids on a spooky pirate ship downtown at the Santa Maria or try not to faint during a Haunted Hoochie visit. Find a spooky spot near you!
Columbus plays host to a variety of experiences this and every year. Choosing one from each month was hard, but this round up show the diverse opportunities for fun, entertainment and more in our great city.
Dust off the carving tools and get your costume ready! It's time for pumpkin patches and trick or treating! Beggar's Night falls on Halloween this year which makes it easier to remember, but school teachers may not have an easy go of it on November 1st.
The 2011 Picnic with the Pops schedule with the Columbus Symphony.
Columbus is a shopping draw for people outside of Central Ohio and it's not just for the well known shopping malls and high end retail shops. There are many popular shopping events throughout the year for every shopper's interest.
Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and more are on tap for many 2014 events with an African American focus. Check out the diversity of the city!
Are your ready for more fall festival fun? October brings via Columbus, which focuses on art and innovation in Columbus and Mamapalooza - fun for the whole family. Celebrate Italian Heritage with the Columbus Italian Festival, focus on tunes and flicks at the Ohio Film and Music Festival, stir it up at the Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival, make hay or salad at the Cabbage and Greens Festival and chunk some punkin' at the Circleville Pumpkin Festival.
The 12th largest school district in Ohio - Westerville City Schools complete school calendar including early release and grade card distribution dates.
Biking is a popular mode of transportation and recreation for Columbusites. Whether riding for charity through the annual Peletonia event or just getting to work, Columbus has fast become one of the most bike friendly cities in the United States. You can even find Mayor Michael B. Coleman taking to the streets on his two wheels.
Discover more about the Greek culture through food, song and desserts!
If you're a foodie, you don't just like to eat good food, you like to make it yourself. Columbus area's farmer's markets are a great place to start. One on every side of town makes it easier to connect with the folks who make your food.
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Celebrating it's 14th year, the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day features a concert with Big Time Rush headlining, an internationally-sanctioned Olympic equestrian event and lots of family activities. Kids will be able to practice archery, ride carnival rides, watch pig races and explore the hands-on activities.
North Market is chocked full of food and fun. Located in the Short North District it has 35 different vendors all gathered in one very cool place to shop, eat and explore Columbus' culinary side.
Four coffee vendors in Columbus and Central Ohio roast their own coffee beans.
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A review of Weiland's Gourmet Market in Columbus, Ohio
Outside of Columbus farmer's markets are plentiful. You never know what you're going to find at the market and it's a great place to experiment and get to know your food - and farmer - better.
6 family-friendly activities, including theater, sports, history, science, movies and music.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to be a pivotal figure on national and world stage. Each year Americans celebrate his life and legacy through community events aimed at keeping alive King's message of equality, justice and care for all mankind. Columbus offers a variety of events including a march from City Hall to Veterans Hall, MLK Breakfast and community-wide service projects.
Do the Time Warp again with the Shadowbox Live's Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is just one of the many Halloween events Columbus has to offer those looking for a mature night of haunting. Check out the intellectual - yet still spooky - side of paranormal events at X-Fest. There are seminars on everything from aliens and ghosts to exercising demons. Haunting tales, 5k runs and romantic Halloween canoeing round out the area's Halloween offerings.
For the price of admission, Ohio State fairgoers have their pick of free events and activities within the fairgrounds. Most events are great for the young and young at heart including the model train exhibit, interactive science booths and monster mural. This year there are two new daily events: camel rides and sea lion show!
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The 2010 Lancaster Old Car Club’s spring festival and car show rolls out June 5-6. Look for antique and muscle cars, military vehicles and a 1930s reproduction filling station museum.
August starts the downhill slide toward Autumn. Parents look to back-to-school sales and kids begin to look at that summer reading list a little closer. Before this summer is recorded in scrapbooks there are a few really cool things you must do before the month ends.
Around the world people are taking a moment to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. In Columbus Ohio there are memorial concerts - Gospel Fest at Genoa Park , Kevin McGuire at the Columbus Museum of Art and Mozarts Requiem at Broad Street Presbyterian Church. There are also several volunteer and in-service opportunities as well as a couple of 9/11 memorials in the area.
Columbus Ohio loves its beer and this year there are all sorts of events dedicated to beer whether craft, homebrew and more!
Columbus is rich in the arts, no where is that more apparent than in the Short North District, a neighborhood known for its eclectic and electric vibe. This is part one of two articles looking at the galleries of the area.
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A review of Lotus Grill Restaurant in Columbus Ohio.
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Columbus is rich in the arts, no where is that more apparent than in the Short North District, a neighborhood known for its eclectic and electric vibe. This is part two of two articles looking at the galleries of the area.
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Columbus has a thriving arts scene and the best thing about it is residents can participate too! Check out these hands on events and activities.
Getting Ready for Halloween is Half the Fun! And local shops are ready to fulfill your Halloween fantasies! Don't forget area thrift stores as well, we've got tips for thrift shopping and where you can get costume rentals as well as vintage clothing.
Columbus has a variety of educational options including Montessori. Check out our listing of Montessori method education locations.
Black History Month is celebrated throughout Columbus with a variety of events and activities for everyone. Check out my list of events that are both fun and educational for the whole family.
The monthly Short North Gallery Hop is one of the most popular events in Columbus. Free music, late night access to the Short North Galleries and restaurant specials make it an event not to be missed.
Free things to do in Columbus Ohio with kids.
This famous little German Village restaurant is a hot spot for a big reason. Psst, it's a sandwich.
A complete listing of Easter Egg hunts and activities for Central Ohio.
Want to be entertained, inspired, provoked? Check out CATCO's 26th season of live theatre filled with drama, suspense and comedy.
Between camp and the beginning of school is the sweet spot - that time in the summer where you can pack up the family and check out great events and activities. No pressure, no plan, just long summer days. Here are even more kid and family events in Columbus.
In Columbus Ohio, we celebrate the Fourth of July for days on end. Kicking off July 3rd with Red, White and Boom - the Midwest's Largest Fireworks Display - and filling in the weekend with local festivals, family-friendly events, free concerts and local fireworks display for the cities that make up Central Ohio. This jam-packed weekend can only be described and fun and exciting! The best thing is many of the Fourth of July events are FREE!
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This is the 51st year for the only parade held in the city of Columbus on the 4th of July. The Northland Community Parade is the largest civically organized parade in the state of Ohio. This year the council expects over 100 participants and the parade Grand Marshal is Frederick C. Peerenboom. The parade is followed by the Columbus Square Vintage Car Show with proceeds benefiting the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization.
The start of school doesn't mean the end of fun. September in Columbus is always a great month to enjoy both outdoor and indoor events geared toward families with kids of all ages. Sing, Dance and Play Columbus!
The Ohio Historical Society sounds like a fuddy-duddy place where field trip fun goes to die. In fact, the exact opposite is true. The center, founded in 1990 by a group of passionate Ohio historians, provides tons of free public programs, off-site exhibits, print materials, and more.
The Black Creek Bistro’s quirky, creative combinations of fresh-off-the-farm ingredients quickly earned it a place on the “Top Columbus Restaurants” lists. And the food and service just keep getting better. The best time to enjoy Black Creek Bistro if you’re on a budget? Monday-Fridays, 4-7 p.m.
Columbus is jumping on New Year's Eve! Parties and events around the city for every taste and budget and we've got a great listing right here. Masquerade parties, symphony events and more! Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve!
Royal Shakespearean Company stops in for a Columbus visit and it's free! Also free the month of June - movies, concerts, yoga, baseball games and more!
Ohio Idol is atatewide singing competition for Ohio residents 12 years of age or older. June 9, 2013 kicks off the live auditions.
The Phoenix Theatre – Columbus’ award-winning live theater for children has been entertaining families and classrooms since 1993. Here's the 2009-2010 season line-up.
Columbus often surprises visitors don't expect to find a vibrant art community right in the middle of Ohio. Our symphonies, renown museums, indie art scene and dance companies are all putting on performances and events to celebrate Columbus.
The long gray Ohio winters can drive people crazy. I've gathered a few events and activities that will get residents out of the house for 10 bucks or less.
Getting a fresh Christmas tree is key to some holiday traditions, you don't have to go far in Columbus to find a Christmas tree farm. Don't forget to check out our safety tips and ideas on how to keep your holiday tree fresh and happy.
Each month, I comb through organization's calendars, sort through press releases and keep my ear to the ground for interesting events for Columbusites. I have to say that this month has some awesome events that I have to put on my calendar. The events this month range in price, venue and focus and there is something for every kid. The trick? Finding time to fit in all the fun!
It's time to rock and roll, dance and sing for this holiday season. In part 2 of the holiday arts listing we have comedy with Vaud-Vilities and crooning from the Irish Tenors.
There are traditional fall events in Columbus - tailgating, festivals, farmer's markets, etc., but there is also a wide variety of events that are a bit more...unusual. Try something different with theses events.
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The Ohio State Fair is jam-packed withe events and activities from sun up to sun down. Of course, the main attractions continue to be the rides and music. Check out my list of both!
Tiny Marble Cliff is a charming suburb of Columbus, Ohio. Here's info on the village's history, schools, city services, recreation, bus lines and more.
Highball Masquerade on High is one of the most popular Halloween events in Columbus. Now in its sixth year, the event acts as a major fundraiser for the Short North Arts District, a showcase of local talent and a bang up party. Activities include professional and children's costume contests, giant runway show, huge tailgate party and kids' day with bounce houses, face painting, Trick or Treat stations and more.
Fresh. Locally sourced. Homemade. Real food. Tyler’s Pizzeria and Bakery, located at 7516 East Main Street in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, is a haven for all who wish for a taste of what’s missing in the diets of many people. Actual food.
Spice up your weekend with Latin-American music, food, dance, crafts and more at the Festical Latino, August 15-16, in Genoa Park, on the downtown Columbus riverfront.
The Ohio State Fair is not just fried foods and rides, there are a variety educational opportunities that are fun and engaging for all members of the family.
Holiday movies on the big screen! Check out your favorites and experience some new ones including Elf, White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, Gremlins, Home Alone and the Muppet Christmas Carol. With low-cost (or free admission) you can't beat this holiday experience.
Columbus is rich in history, community, buckeyes, food and golf courses. No matter where you are in the city, you are never too far away for green grass, sand traps and 18 holes. Here's a nice round up of some of the more popular courses.
Columbus is all about food. Well, it's all about football, then food depending on who you ask. The thing that surprises most people? The fabulous variety and depth of culinary delights the city offers. Check out my roundup of May foodie events.
For a film lover, nothing is more frustrating than to see the previews for great films only to hear the words "opening in select theaters..." and knowing those theaters are no where near Columbus. The Gateway Film Center is trying to change that all with its focus on bring talked about films whether foreign, indie or other to the center of the city. Check out what they have to offer this August.
Having fun this December doesn't have to max out your bank account. There are plenty of free activities for Central Ohio residents including Messiah 101, craftshows and the Grand Illumination.
Bexley City Schools are some of the highest ranked schools in the state. Located in the city within the city of Columbus Bexley Schools have a student teacher ratio of 16:1 with the average graduation rate of 99.5 percent.
Don't miss this month's line up of 'must do' events!
Congratulations! You're getting ready to have a baby! This is an exciting and maybe a little scary time for your family as you get ready to welcome a new little person into your world. Taking a childbirth class can help prepare a new mother with the rigors of labor and delivery. Check out what the city has to offer:<
Gateway Film Center kicks off the 2013 Columbus Documentary Week with great films that covers a variety of topics including Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, the pharmaceutical industry, the Rolling Stones and a fascinating look at bees.
Things for families to do in Columbus in April. Don't let spring break get you stumped. Make your staycation in Columbus grand!
The Arnold Sports Festival is a big event in Columbus drawing sports enthusiasts from around the world. While most people only know it for the super muscles on display or the billions of vitamin supplement bags attendees lung through the downtown area, the event has several fun family and kid appropriate events.
Ohio State faithful and the world will get a chance to look at what new head coach Urban Meyer has assembled from the ashes of a long and painful chapter in The Ohio State University's history. The annual spring game is coming up and guest writer David J. Clarke is offering his insights.
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Nothing says holiday cheer like the arts! Music, exhibitions and more brings the sights and sounds of the season to Central Ohio. Don't miss part 1 and 3 of our listing.
Check out these great Columbus craft activities and events for February.
Celebrate Black History Month in Columbus with the variety of events and activities.
If you like food, you'll love this month's look at different ways to get involved with your food. From hands-on activities to eye opening films, this month is a wonderful time for any foodie.
The Ohio State Fair has a host of activities and events designed especially for teens. Check out our round up.
A listing for May events in Columbus Ohio.
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Nothing says holiday cheer like the arts! Music, exhibitions and more brings the sights and sounds of the season to Central Ohio. Don't miss part two of our listing.
Breastfeeding is a great opportunity to bond with your baby while giving them their first foods. Studies have shown that breastfeeding gives babies the best start off in life. How parents nourish their child in those first months is a very personal decision and must be something that works with their family dynamic. For mothers who chose to breastfeed, it can be difficult road without encouragement and support.
TAT Ristoranted di Famiglia, located at the corner of Livingston Avenue and James Road, is a restaurant unlike any other in its immediate vicinity. This long time family - owned restaurant, nestled on the city's east side, boasts homemade Italian comfort food - something no other restaurant in the neighborhood does and does so well.
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Mixed-used building on East side of Columbus Ohio with urban green space and retail space.
Having fun in Columbus doesn't have to cost a lot of money. The Asian Festival serves up fun and excitement for little to no cost.
Don't let cabin fever drive you mad, check out some of the fantastic arts offerings throughout Columbus this month. January is a great time to explore area museums and more!
Between camp and the beginning of school is the sweet spot - that time in the summer where you can pack up the family and check out great events and activities. No pressure, no plan, just long summer days.
Don't hibernate this winter! Columbus has so much to see and do, wintertime is a wonderful time to see the winter side to familiar venues.
There are fantastic musical theater events all year long, here are the ones that will carry you through the winter months.
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Stumped on what to do for the most important woman in your life? I've got a good list of Mother's Day activities and events that should help you out. A note of caution, don't wait until the last minute or you'll find yourself scrapping together a gift from the nearby gas station.
The spring brings flowers and the arts and music scene in Columbus continues to bloom for our city's bicentennial celebration.
As Spring begins, family and kid activities take flight. Here's a good collection of pay and free activities for kids and families around Columbus this month.
The Arnold Sports Festival is a huge event in the sporting world. Athletes from around the world come to Columbus to compete in a variety of sports including weight lifting, fitness, martial arts, gymnastics and more! Check out my full review of the event.
A Review of The Twisted Vine -- Wine and Cigars in Columbus
The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Report on Sustainable Living Practices urges Ohioans to buy locally, use mass transit, bike, walk, and plan for environmentally responsible buildings and development.
A full review of Columbus Commons.