Happy May! The daffodils are up and it’s finally starting to warm up! With a new season, comes new activities and many outdoor ones! Farmer’s Markets are starting up and Touch-A-Truck Events are rolling in! The end of the year is a busy time, but we hope you can squeeze in some of these great activities. Be sure to check back as activities are always being added. Check out our posts below on these great spring events too!
- Touch-a-Truck Events
- Columbus Farmers’ Market
- Guide to Vacation Bible
- Get Outside Spring Metro Park Edition
- Best Places Around Columbus and Ohio to See Animals
A special thanks to our partners at Credit Union of Ohio for making this guide possible. Be sure to check out their upcoming Carnival this June: Come one, come all, to Credit Union of Ohio’s Carnival! This family-friendly event will be held Friday, June 7, and is open to the public and will offer free activities for kids of all ages, including games, prizes, live music, face painting, balloon twisting, a bounce house, ice cream, water, and a free food item from one of the following food trucks: Empanadas and More, Angry Wiener, or Holy Taco. Be sure to take advantage of a special offer for families who open a Youth Account at the carnival. Click here for more details.
May 1-May 7
April 29-May 5: Screen-Free Week: It’s a time to unplug from phones, tablets and television (unless it is for work or school assignments) and do other activities instead. We’ve gathered up some suggestions on fun ways to keep your kiddos busy! Check out our blog post: Screen-Free Week
May 1- May 12: Nutt and Bolt: Wednesday-Friday at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. at Park Street Theater | Recommended for Ages 2-6. Nutt is a robot made of parts and pieces from everything, banging and clanging around the junkyard. On the other hand, an electronic bot, Bolt, likes to glide around creating patterns and sounds in sleek ways. These two robots go head-to-head by showing off their skills with a dance-off and tower building contest! 1 Act Play, 30 Minutes.
May 1: Wild Story Time: 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at the Ohio Wildlife Center | Listen to a wildlife book with the theme of nature or animals. Visit with animal ambassadors, walk around the grounds and make a craft related to the story. $5 for adults and children 5 and under are free.
May 1: Worthington First Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Old Worthington | Visit Old Worthington for entertainment, food, drinks, and community. Shops are open until 8:00 p.m. The theme this month will be STEM. STEM Fun will (partner with COSI & Little Hercules Foundation) and have activities with science and STEM focus.
May 2, 9, 16, 23,30: Nature Storytime at Franklin Park Conservatory: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory | Enjoy stories that celebrate gardens, plants and nature. For ages 3–5 years old who are accompanied by a caregiver on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. This is a drop-in program; no registration required. Beginning in April, Nature Storytime will be in the Children’s Garden.
May 3: Touch-a-Truck in Powell: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Dozens of vehicles will fill the area in the City’s Municipal Building Parking Lot. This event also does double duty by educating youngsters about various aspects of the vehicles, such as their size, function and more! Event parking is available in the south lawn of Village Green Park or in downtown public parking spaces.
May 3: Worthington Color Run: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Worthingway Middle School | Let’s Get Colorful with the Evening Street Elementary School Color Run. The run is an untimed event that celebrates fitness, fun and community. With no winners or official times, the Color Run caters to everyone— first-time runners to seasoned athletes but most importantly our Worthington Community. It’s a color party with a purpose!
May 3-5: Haroun and the Sea of Stories: 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday | In this captivating work of fantasy peopled by magicians and fantastical talking animals, Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore the poisoned source of the Sea of Stories. Also showing May 10-12.
May 3-5: The Addams Family Presented by Bradley Theater: 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2:00 p.m. on Sunday | It will be frightfully fun to watch high school students in this live play. Tickets are $12.
May 4,11,18,25: Worthington Farmer’s Market: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Come out and celebrate the 32nd anniversary of this wonderful farmer’s market! Back outside!
May 4: Green on the Green: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Come to Worthington for the 8th annual Green on the Green Event that highlights green and healthy alternatives to everyday living.
May 4: Home Depot Kids Workshop: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. | Make Mom’s day with a handmade blooming art piece. In this hands-on workshop, you and your child can discuss the art of patience as you build a blooming work of art to gift or put on display. Once it is built, your child can decorate it with paint!
May 4: Polaris Touch-a-Truck: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Join Sunny 95, Mr. Sunny and all of your favorite BIG Military Vehicles will be at Polaris Fashion Place on Saturday, May 4th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.! There will be trucks and vehicles of all sizes from the National Guard, Air Force, US Army and Marines – EOD vehicles, Hum-Vs, Air-Flight Simulators and more will be there! Bring the whole family for cool military vehicles and programs, cold treats from the Sunny 95 Treat Truck, prizes and fun!
May 4: Free Comic Book Day: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Packrats Comics | There are 50 different free comic books this year!
May 4: Ohio Made Spring Shoppe: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Get unique shopping done at Brewmasters Gate.
May 4: May the 4th Be With You: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at The Old Worthington Library | Princesses and scruffy-looking nerf herders are invited to celebrate this unofficial Star Wars Day with games and more! For ages 6-11.
May 4-May 5: Central Ohio Music Festival: 5:00 p.m. at High Banks Metro Park | Numerous concerts both days! This is a showcase of Young Musicians, dance instruction, and participation. Free daytime tickets and activities for kids but check website for evening tickets.
May 4: Kentucky Derby Gala: 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in New Albany | Wear your big derby hat and enjoy a mint julep as they celebrate at the breathtaking Equestrian Estate. Only 200 tickets available, so reserve your spot now.
May 4: “A Magical Night Out”: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Dublin Toy Emporium | Drop the kids off to play, experience magic and get kreative. $30 for the first child and discounted pricing for siblings. Dinner from Harvest Pizza and dessert from Our Cupcakery are included in the price.
May 4: Cinco de Mayo Glow Run: 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Gahanna Creekside | Enjoy Creekside Park with Gahanna Parks & Recreation for the Cinco De Mayo Glow Run for an evening of fun, exercise, music, and laughs.
May 5: Powell Street Market: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.| Various vendors and food trucks line the streets of Downtown Powell.
May 5: Urban Living Tour 2019: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Columbus Underground is hosting the Urban Living Tour, to give you a glimpse of housing opportunities in Columbus. With something for everyone, whether you are new to Columbus, looking to move to Columbus, considering a change of scenery, or are simply interested in the rapid urban development happening in our city, you’ll enjoy this fun day of open houses in Columbus!
May 5: Taste of Fitness: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at VUE Columbus: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | The Spring Taste of Fitness Sampler!
May 5: Parent and Child Cake Decorating: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Our Cupcakery | Just in time for Mothers Day. Spend one-on-one time with a youngster (min. 6 years old) for this cake decorating event. Cost includes one cake for one adult and one child. An additional person or cake is available for $25. Please call the store to specify if you want to reserve an additional cake or person. You’ll level, frost and decorate a summer themed cake to take home.
May 5: Paulettes Palace & Productions Grande Opening Celebration at The Shops at Worthington Place: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | We are so excited to see that Paulettes Princess Parties is expanding and opening up a brand new location. All are invited to this FREE event. Come see the New Palace and Meet & Greet princesses, superheroes, fairies, and Descendants. Lots of surprises await!
May 8- May 15
May 8: Sweets and Suds: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Porch Growler in Worthington | Porch Growler is partnering with Mrs. Goodman’s to offer 5 different dessert and beer pairings.
May 9-12: All American Youth Horse Show: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Ohio Expo Center | The 50th Annual All American Youth Horse Show will feature riding styles including Western, contest, reining, trail, hunters and jumpers.
May 9: Mommy and Me Play Day: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Shops at Worthington Place | Enjoy a FREE special play day for Mommy and child on the second Thursday of every month, in the playland area near Lilylimes. Dads are welcome, too! • Face Painting • Balloon Twisting • Storytime • Music • Fun.
May 9: Music Therapy Music Group: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Rock the Spectrum | Ms. Sarah with Central Ohio Music Therapy will be hosting a small group music therapy class. Music therapy addresses a variety of areas- including speech/communication, physical/motor, cognitive/memory, behavior, social, emotional and sensory, through the medium of music that is structured in research-supported interventions.
May 9: COSI after Dark: 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. | It’s COSI without kids! Geek out with grown-ups and explore COSI, enjoy special themed activities, and a cash bar. Calling all pilots, Jedis, and Wookiees: Explore the planets of the Star Wars universe, check out the Star Wars cosplayers, and even dress up yourself!
May 9: Bloom! A Celebration of Motherhood: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at NOAH’s Event Center in New Albany | This mom-centered event will feature businesses, speakers, and food that all aim to make moms’ lives easier and better. This mama-only event will be a fun evening to spend with your sisters, moms, and friends simply focusing on YOU, because you, dear mama, deserve it! Tickets are limited in number and only cost $15. The swag bag items alone far exceed the ticket price, so it makes perfect sense to get yours today!! We hope to see you there.
May 9: Garden Bros Circus: 7:30 p.m. at The Burke Building at Franklin County Fairgrounds | Elephants, clowns, jugglers, and much more in this fast-paced 100-minute performance. There will also be a kids zone with bounce houses, a chance to ride on an elephant, face painting and lots of food! Get your tickets today!
May 10: Celebrating YOU: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The Spa at River Ridge | Join in for the 3rd Annual Celebrating You, where they will celebrate motherhood with moms from all over Columbus. This year we will have FREE mini spa services (must sign up ahead of time), vision board workshops, swag bags, shopping, and SO much more.
May 11: Family Farm Chores: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Stratford Ecological Center | Family Farm Chores expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores. Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs, and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! $15 per family, limit 6 families per month.
May 11: YMCA Healthy Kids Day 2019: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Scioto Audobon Park | The YMCA of Central Ohio is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families. Healthy Kids Day will include fun active play and educational activities to keep kids moving and learning, in order to maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve goals and reach their full potential.
May 11: Columbus Children’s Theater at Hilliard Station Park: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Hilliard | Columbus Children’s Theater will be performing at Hilliard’s Station Park (corner of Center and Main Streets in Old Hilliard). The performance is interactive and perfect for families with young children.
May 11: Pickerington Touch-A-Truck: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Bring your kids to enjoy a variety of big trucks, cars, engines and more. You will be able to get up close to check out the big tires, ask questions about what each vehicle does, test the driver’s seat and even get your own driver’s license.
May 11: T-Rex T Party: 10:30 a.m. at Grandview Heights Public Library | Ages 3-8 and their caregivers! Time for tea at this T-Riffic Tea Party! Enjoy “dinomite” stories, crafts, and activities followed by tea and treats. Registration required and will begin Saturday, April 27.
May 11: Celebrate Mom at Franklin Park Conservatory: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at FPC | Come and decorate a personalized planter for mom at this family-friendly event. Cost is $3 with supplies and is in addition to the entry fee.
May 11: Columbus Margarita Fest: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Food Trucks, Live Music, and margaritas! Get your tickets soon! Choose your time slot!
May 11: Open Barn Days at Sunrise Sanctuary: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | This is a self-guided tour through the sanctuary to visit and interact with a variety of animals that call Sunrise Sanctuary home. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 4-17 and free for three and under.
May 11: Moon Light Market: 6:00 p.m. on Gay Street | The Moonlight Market is a monthly outdoor street festival/marketplace on Gay Street in Downtown Columbus. It takes place every Second Saturday from April through October. Street musicians add musical ambiance and sidewalk patios come alive with al fresco diners. Mark your calendar and join us at the next Moonlight Market on Gay Street while the shops are open late!
May 11: Wine For Wildlife at Columbus Zoo: 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m | A festive night with dinner, live auction, wine pairings, animal ambassadors, and silent auction. Proceeds benefit wildlife conservation across the planet.
May 12: Mother’s Day Celebration at the Zoo: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Columbus Zoo | Looking for the perfect gift for mom? Bring her to the zoo! All moms and grandmothers get in free with a paid child’s admission.
May 12: Moments with Mom: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at Emily Traphagen Park in Powell | Bring the family to enjoy activities that celebrate all Moms! Take a walk along the memory lane nature trail, create a Mother’s Day gift, plant a tree, and enjoy a picnic snack with Mom.
May 12: Columbus Zoo with The Franklin Park Conservatory: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Come see some of your favorite animals. Free with admission!
May 13: Splash Pad Opening: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Hilliard’s Station Park | This splash pad opens in May and is a great spot for the kids to cool off. Here’s a list of Splash Pads in Columbus you’ll want to check out. The Worthington Lagoon opens at the beginning of May (weather dependent) as well from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is free for 2019 members and $1 for everyone else through May 23, 2019! After that, it is a regular daily rate. The Lagoon splash pad reopens for the reduced rate after the pool season is over from September 3, 2019 – Mid-October and is weather dependent.
May 16-May 23
May 15: KidX: Military Appreciation Day: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Polaris Fashion Place | Meet at the Lifestyle Center Fountain near The Cheesecake Factory (rain location is the play area) for crafts, games, entertainment and more. There will be opportunities for kids to write letters and send to Operation Gratitude which will deliver them directly to military personnel. They will also be collecting “Wish List” items for troops. Kids who choose to donate an item from the Operation Gratitude Wish List can pick a treasure from the treasure chest. Click here for the list.
May 17: Touch-a-Truck Worthington: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at The Worthington Community Center | The 7th Annual Touch-a-Truck is a unique and interactive event that allows children to see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as to meet the personnel who protect, serve, and build the Worthington community. Bring a non-perishable item to help stuff the truck for the Worthington Food Pantry!
May 17: Mini Touch-a-Truck Hilliard: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Hilliard Station Park | A fun event that allows interaction with big trucks, cars, machines, police cars and more!
May 17-19: Peter Pan: Various showtimes at The Southern Theater | Put on by The Columbus Children’s Theater. Get your tickets today!
May 17: Canal Winchester Touch-a-Truck: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Bring the kids out to TOUCH-A-TRUCK! There will be trucks and cars from police & fire! **The May Music in the Park concert (formerly held as part of the Music & Art in the Park Summer Concert Series) has been replaced with this exciting new event! Touch-A-Truck will feature vehicles from Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Township Police Department, and Madison Township Fire Department and music with emcee Mike Walker.
May 17: Paddleboard Yoga: 7:30- 8:30 p.m. at The Worthington Pool | Come try a new kind of workout!
May 18: Komen Columbus Race for the Cure: 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Be a part of the sea of pink as they celebrate 26 years!
May 18: Sunrise Yoga and Berries: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at Mitchell’s Berries | Grab your yoga mat and enjoy sunrise yoga on the farm. Brenda Rock will lead a relaxing 45 minutes of mind, body and spirit. They will begin promptly at 7:30.
May 18: Uptown Westerville Farmer’s Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Westerville | Now on Saturday this year! This is opening day!
May 18: 24th Annual Gigantic Garage Sale in Hilliard: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Burke Building at The Franklin County Fairgrounds | Ready to shop? Items include furniture, clothing, books, lawn equipment, jewelry, antiques, plants, tools, bicycles, toys, luggage, sporting goods, electronics, artwork, decorations, linens, fabric, etc. Refreshments are available. Parking is free.
May 18: Experience Public Works Day (Dublin Touch-a-Truck): 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Dublin Service Complex | They take the “Touch-a-Truck” concept to the next level with a combination of family fun, food and convenient services.
May 18-19: All Aboard for Railroad Fun: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at Trailhouse at Sandel Legacy Trail in Sunbury | Visitors can watch the trains while they learn about railroading and the development of the railroad industry in America. The Display, which is in HO scale, includes the trains and a miniature landscaped village and surrounding countryside.
May 18: Grove City Touch-a-Truck: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Grove City UMC | A variety of vehicles to learn about and explore. Don’t miss this fun event!
May 18: Upper Arlington Spring Fling/Touch-a-Truck: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Sunny 95 Park | Touch-A-Truck is better than ever – kids and adults alike can explore a variety of City service and safety vehicles, and meet the people who bring outstanding services to the community!
May 18-19: Delaware Arts Festival: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Sunday | This two-day event features over 180 booths! The event includes food, entertainment, and many children’s activities!
May 18: Canal Winchester Art Stroll: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Canal Winchester Art Guild | Stroll around Historic Canal Winchester to artist’s studios and display areas, enjoy music and entertainment, vote for new murals at the Art Competition, view student art, dine in local restaurants and purchase original art!
May 18: Columbus Taco Fest: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Genoa Park | Admission is free and some favorite food trucks will be returning! Live music all day and vendors to check out!
May 18: Praire Township Touch-a-Truck: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Praire Township Community Center | Come out to the Prairie Township Community Center and climb around in some of the vehicles that help keep the Township safe and running smooth.
May 18: Water Safety Event: 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Goldfish Swim School- Dublin and Goldfish Swim School-Westerville | This is a FREE Event open to the public! They will have water safety clinics, entertainment, refreshments and visits from community helpers. There will be water safety centers set up in the swimming pool for children to participate in, so please be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel if your child would like to practice new water safety skills!
May 19: Girls on the Run: 8:00 a.m. at the Columbus Commons | Join in the fun for a run that celebrates girls! There is also a kiddie fun run for kids 7 and younger. Pre-activities start at 8, and the race starts at 9:30 a.m.
May 19: EMS Day at COSI: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at COSI | Get a first-hand look at the operations of local police officers, firefighters, and other first responders. Take a seat inside a cruiser, or watch while the Columbus Fire Department uses the Jaws of Life during a mock crash.
May 19: Strawberry Fairy Tea Party: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Mitchell’s Berries | Join the “Berry Fairy” for a garden tea party on the farm. This event is designed for little girls & their favorite “big” girl. You’ll enjoy a manners lesson, a tale with Miss Spider and treats from the farm. (This event also takes place on June 2.)
May 19: Concerts on the Green: 7:00 p.m. | These family-friendly concerts are FREE for everyone. All performances are held on the Northwest Quadrant of the Village Green in Worthington.
May 21: Storytime on the Farm : 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Stratford Ecological Center | Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm. Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required – $5 per family.
May 24-May 31
May 24: First Friday in Westerville: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Uptown Westerville | The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau is proud to sponsor Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays on the fourth Friday of each month, April through September, in Uptown Westerville! Enjoy street vendors, food carts, live entertainment, kids’ activities, extended hours in the Uptown shops and much more!
May 25: Peonies! Farm Pick Up Season Opener: 8:00 a.m at Red Twig Farm | It’s a fest this year! Make your own peony bouquet and meet the Red Twig Farms team. A variety of colors are available. Food trucks on site and kids are welcome. No pets please!
May 25: All Ohio Reptile Show: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Franklin County Fairgrounds | Come out and see all your reptile friends!
May 25-27: Utica Ice Cream Festival: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.| Join Velvet Ice Cream each day over Memorial Day weekend in Utica, Ohio. There’s fun for the whole family, including contests for kids, ice cream eating contests, over 90 local artisans, pony rides, classic car show along with live entertainment. You won’t want to miss this! $5 per car.
May 25: Family Fun Day at The Columbus Commons: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | 2019 kicks off with one of our favorites – Family Fun Day! The whole family will be able to bounce and play, make crafts, get your face painted, ride the carousel and so much more. The event is free to attend; a $5 hand stamp will grant you access to all of the inflatables. Stick around for a free movie afterward for a showing of Ralph Breaks the Internet starting around 8:15 p.m.
May 27: City of Powell Memorial Day Parade: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.| The parade features more than 60 units!
May 27: City of Worthington Memorial Day Parade: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | The parade begins on East Dublin-Granville Road.
May 27: Columbus Zoo Day at Huntington Park with the Columbus Clippers: 2:05 p.m. | Celebrate Memorial Day with the Clippers and the Columbus Zoo with an appearance by Jack Hanna at Huntington Park! Also Dime a Dog!
May 27-June 2: Memorial Tournament: The tournament is a major PGA Tour event that features the best golfers in the world. Get your tickets and enjoy!
May 28: PJ Masks Tour: 6:00 p.m. at The Ohio Theater | Get your tickets today!
May 30: Grandview Chocolate Walk: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Grandview Heights Public Library | Enjoy a walking tour of Grandview Heights with chocolate stops at participating businesses, to benefit the GHPL Foundation’s Endowment Fund. Tickets are limited and $25.
May 31: Floating Flick: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Worthington Pools | Come out and see a flick by the pool! Check their website for times and movie selection.
We hope you get to spend some quality time with your family this spring! These activities around our great city of Columbus are sure to help make those memories!