Guide to the Month of April


Spring is here!

It’s the month of April! We are excited to see the daffodils popping up from the ground and more consistent sunny days. We hope this month brings continued warmth and sunshine and fun-filled family activities. Be sure to check back often to the guide to the month of April, as events are added each week! With many of our readers having spring break, we hope this guide gives you lots to do!

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Things to Do In Columbus in Aprril

April Events

April 1-7

April 1: Blooms and Butterflies: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Patrons can visit at any time to see a diverse array of butterflies soaring overhead or basking on nearby plant life! Ongoing until the end of May.

April 1: Worthington Farmers Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Come support local farmers- back outside starting this month!

April 1: Hop Movie: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 at Marcus Pickerington Cinema | An Easter event with a visit from the Easter Bunny before the movie showing.

April 1: Olentangy Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Olentangy Berlin High School. 30,000 eggs for kids 12 and under. Carnival games, inflatables, gaga pits, concessions, and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

April 1: Gahanna’s Eggs-hilerratng Egg Hunt: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Hannah Park | Bring your family to Hannah Park to hunt for eggs, take photos with Mr. Cottontail, and enjoy many other kid-friendly activities!

April 1: Sand Art: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory | Mix and match sand to create a unique masterpiece in a butterfly or flower vessel. There is a $3 fee for sand art but advance registration is not required.

April 1: Bunny Hop in Worthington: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. |  HOP ON OVER AND JOIN THE FUN with this egg scramble in downtown Worthington!

April 1-2: Easter on the Farm: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Mt. Sterling | Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter bunny! Put on by Horse N Around. Come see, touch, ride, learn, and pet their many animals. 

April 1: $20 for 10 for wine tasting at Hills Market: 6:00 p.m. | Choose 10 samples from 30 wines, or beers from our growler station, to sip while you socialize and peruse our store.

April 1-2: Easter Bunny Express: Enjoy a train ride to go meet the Easter Bunny, then participate in an Easter egg hunt. This year’s egg hunt will be at the Lebanon Sports Complex. Don’t worry, the Easter Bunny and her helpers will make sure every child receives eggs. Additional dates on April 7-9.

April 1-2: Monster Jam: various times at the Schottenstein Center | Watch the massive trucks in action as they put on an entertaining show.

April 1-8: But you Could Have Held My Hand…: Various times at Riffe Center | This new play starts with four ten-year-olds who meet at a wedding. Little do they know this chance encounter will change their lives for decades to come.

April 2: Franklin Park Conservatory Community Day: Free admission for Franklin County residents.

April 2: Cherry Blossom Festival: 10:00 a.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory| Hosted by JASCO, check out multiple Japanese cultural displays at Franklin Park Conservatory inside, while the cherry blossoms start to bloom outside! Residents of Franklin County receive free general admission on the first Sunday of every month.

April 2: Underwater Egg Hunt: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Westerville Community Center | The Community Center leisure pool is filled with hundreds of eggs, some of which float, some sink. Kids collect eggs and then exchange them for candy and toys. Includes open swim from 1-5 p.m. Parents are free. Bring a basket or net to collect eggs in the water. No nets larger than 12″ in diameter. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

April 2: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Skate Zone: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m .| Come early for an Easter Buffet with the Easter Bunny!

April 2: Easter Egg Hunt with Jerome Church: from 3-4 pm at Jerome Township Fire Department. 9685 New California Dr, Plain City, OH 43064-9492.

April 3: Worthington Waddlers and Toddlers: Check out the variety of story hours happening in Worthington this month and check out the chicks on display too!

April 7: Family Day at Vertical Adventures: The first Friday of the month is Family Day which includes discounted day passes ($9) with rental gear included. This is a great way to try out climbing and reach new heights!

April 7-8: EGGS, PAWS AND CLAWS at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Take pictures with some “V.I.B.s (Very Important Bunnies), listen to bunny tales, see your favorite characters, and watch the animals search for eggs and much more! Reservations are recommended for pictures but walk up are also available this year!

April 7: Bring the Farm to You: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The Franklin Park Conservatory | A real-life farm is coming right to the Conservatory! Interact with chicks & chickens, ducks, rabbits, sheep, goats, a turkey and even a pig during this petting zoo experience.

April 7-9: Easter Bunny Express: Enjoy a train ride to go meet the Easter Bunny, then participate in an Easter egg hunt. This year’s egg hunt will be at the Lebanon Sports Complex. Don’t worry, the Easter Bunny and her helpers will make sure every child receives eggs.

April 7-9: Paw Patrol Live!: 8:00 p.m. at The Ohio Theater | The PAW Patrol is on the lookout for Adventure Bay’s Top Heroes in the brand-new live show! The PAW Patrol is yelping for help as they face their greatest challenge yet. Mayor Humdinger has dognapped Robo Dog and cloned him, causing chaos all over the world. It’s up to the pups to catch those clones!

April 8-15

April 8: All Ohio Reptile Show: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Come see your favorite reptiles at The Franklin County Fairgrounds.

April 8: Breakfast with the Bunny at Scene 75: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Register in advance for breakfast with the bunny!

April 8: Canal Winchester Community Easter Egg Hunt at McGill Park at 10:00 a.m. – Children 10 years old and under are invited to participate. See the website for more information.

April 8: Spring Extravaganza at Hoff Woods Park in Westerville: from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Enjoy inflatable games, a photo area for the bunny and an egg hunt for ages 10 and under. Don’t forget your basket! The event will also feature breakfast-themed food trucks.

April 8: School Bus Visit: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Come by the Upper Arlington Library to see a school bus up close and personal!

April 8: Train Observation Station: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Come see the historic train at the Worthington Community Center today!

April 9: Easter Skate at Skate Zone: 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. | Come skate with the Easter Bunny!

April 12: Indoor Carnival Games: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Come play a number of games at the Upper Arlington Library!

April 12: Bored Teachers Comedy Tour: 7:00 p.m. at The Southern Theater |The biggest entertainment platform for teachers in the world, Bored Teachers, presents the funniest teacher-comedians in the world all on one stage.

April 13: Spring Break Glow Skate: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Skate Zone | Wear your Bright Colors and Glow on our rink floor under the Black Lights!

April 13: COSI after Dark: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Adults 21 and over can attend this fun event at COSI! Prom the Sequel is the theme this month!

April 14-16: Frozen Jr. at New Albany High School | Come see this amazing performance!

April 15: Spring Blossom 5k Trail Run: 8:00 a.m. at Branstool Orchards | Join them on Saturday, April 15, 2023, for the 3rd Annual Branstool Orchards Spring Blossom Trail Run 5K! This race will take place at Branstool Orchards in the beautiful rolling hills of Utica, Ohio.

April 15: Hope for Hospitalized Kids: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Join Seeds of Caring as we provide hope to hospitalized children by creating and assembling activity kits for kids at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to bring smiles and cheer!

April 15: Addressing Hunger Through Community Gardens: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Gahanna Community Congregational Church | Children will get hands-on experience working in a community garden and learn creative ways to help with hunger in our community.

April 15: Easter Adventure at The Farm at Walnut Creek | This is a working farm with over 500 animals. More details on the event coming soon!

April 15: Chihuly Nights: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory | All 19 installations will be professionally lit to create a breathtaking view within the backdrop of the interior Conservatory biomes.

April 16-23

April 16: Symphony Storytime: 3:00 p.m. at The Ohio Theater | Dress up as your favorite storybook character and join Associate Conductor, Andrés Lopera, and the musicians of the Columbus Symphony as they play the greatest hits from Tchaikovsky and other storybook heroes. Pre-Concert activities begin at 2pm and will include create your own crown, magic wand, and story time bookmarks. Families will also be treated to three floors of activities, games, and can even have a picture taken with our lovable mascot, Bee-thoven!

April 18: Earth Day Tree Planting: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Smith Park in Delaware | Put on by Seeds of Caring!

April 19: Kids Yoga: 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Come to the Upper Arlington library for Kids Yoga!

April 20-29: Clue: Various Dates and Times at The McCoy Center: Presented by the New Albany High School Theater.

April 21: Family STEM Night: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at The Westerville Community Center | Experience an evening of hands-on science, math, and engineering games and activities to complete together! Drinks and snacks provided.

April 22: Llama and Sheep Shearing Day: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Stratford Ecological Farm | Bring the whole family to Stratford for a wooly experience! Stratford will provide visitors with an engaging experience while the resident sheep and llamas receive their annual shearing.

April 22: Fairy House Building at Miller Park: 10:00 a.m. | Use your imagination to build a house fit for a fairy in the little woods of Miller Park. Materials will be provided. You may bring natural materials from home. Registration as a family is required. There are five start times this year!

April 22: Celebrate Earth Day with Seeds of Caring: 10:00 a.m. | In partnership with the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, they will have multiple projects to help kids take action in protecting our environment and investing in our planet’s future. Activities will include: nature-themed art exhibits, wildflower seed balls, bird seed feeders for Ohio Wildlife Center, tree planting,* learning about composting and renewable energy, upcycling activities, a scavenger hunt, window clings to prevent bird strikes, and more!

April 22: Open Barn Days at Sunrise Sanctuary: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Farm | This is a self-guided tour through the Sanctuary with volunteers located throughout the Sanctuary and available for questions. This often sells out so get your tickets now!

April 22-23: Earth Day Celebration Weekend at Columbus Zoo: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Celebrate mother Earth with conservation stations, a celebration stage with DJ games, and prizes!

April 24-30

April 26: Birthday Bags with Broad Street Food Pantry: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Children will learn about gratitude, and community needs, and assemble birthday bags for families that utilize the Broad Street Food Pantry.

April 28-30: Swan Lake: Various times at the Ohio Theater: Come see the family-friendly performance! A stunning ballet from start to finish!

April 28: Arbor Day Tree Planting: Up on Village Green in Worthington!

April 28: Tots on Trails at Blacklick Woods Nature Center: 10:00 a.m. | Enjoy a slow-paced walk with your toddler to discover nature.

April 28: Very Hungry Caterpillar Scavenger Hunt: Open anytime this month at the Lane Road Library! Search for the hungry caterpillar and the food he eats!

April 28-30: Swan Lake by BalletMET: Family-friendly performance on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

April 28: You Know Who Paint and Sip Event: 4:00 p.m .at Pinot’s Palette Short North | Perfect for ages 7 and up!

April 28: Cinderella: 7:00 p.m. at the Palace Theater: A part of the World Ballet Series, Cinderella is performed live by a multinational cast of 40 professional ballet dancers gathered to bring the most celebrated fairy tale to life.

April 29: Healthy Kids Day®: various times depending on location at YMCAs: Y’s across the country host community-facing events that teach healthy habits, encourage active play and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. FREE! Learn more here: Blog Post

April 29: Arbor Day Festival at Franklin Park Conservatory: 10:00 a.m. | Includes tree climbing, touch a truck, sapling giveaways, hikes, puppet shows and much more! Incldes with admission and membership!

April 29: New York International Children’s Film Festival: Kid Flicks: 10:00 a.m. at McConnell Arts Center and 1:00 p.m. at Drexel Theatre: Fun, artful, inspired, and thought-provoking film programs from the curated collections of NYICFF award-winning and audience favorite short films from the 2022 Festival.

April 29: New York International Children’s Film Festival: Celebrating Black Stories: 10:00 a.m. at Columbus College of Art & Design, 12:00 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre and 4:00 p.m. at Drexel Theatre: Lively collections of short animation, live action, and documentary films reflect NYICFF’s commitment to storytelling and diversity and are sure to spark meaningful conversations. Tickets for 13 and under are $5 and 14+ are $10.

April 29: 36th Annual Duckling Day at Whetstone Branch: 10:30 a.m. | Live ducks, live music, a puppet, and many other activities!

April 29: New York International Children’s Film Festival: ¡Hola Cine!: 12:00 p.m. at Columbus College of Art & Design: Extraordinary Latinx shorts for ages 9+.

April 29-30: Ohio Village Weekends: Ohio Village is open on the weekends!

April 30: New York International Children’s Film Festival: ¡Hola Cine!: 10:00 a.m. at Drexel Theatre: Extraordinary Latinx shorts for ages 9+.

April 30: Columbus Museum of Art: 10:00 a.m. | Open for Free on Sundays!

April 30: Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Hands on activities for kids, tree climbing, plant experts, live music seedlings and food trucks! Admission is free on this day.

April 30:Home Opener of the German Village 9 Ball Club | 1:00 p.m. at Schiller Park | Watch an 1860’s match!

Outside Activities

Get outside and explore our awesome park system! Visit Central Ohio Metro Parks to plan your next April outing.

Kids will have fun with these Natural Play Spaces for Your Backyard.

April Holidays

Need a theme or idea for every single day in April? These wacky, fun and unique holidays for the month of April will be fun to celebrate. The list even includes some activity suggestions for certain days. We can’t wait to see your creative ideas!

We update this list all month long, so check back often. If we missed something, please comment below. We hope April is full of sunshine for you and your family!

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Amy is an "on the go momma" to two spunky and fun loving kids (ages 9 & 8). She came to Columbus to pursue a career in elementary education and decided this was home. She’s an avid traveler, yet can’t master the art of packing. Her philosophy is bring it all because you don’t know if you’re going to need it. If you ever decide to take a trip with her, don’t worry about bringing a camera because she’ll take enough photos of the experience that it will likely crash your hard drive. Before kids, you could find everything neatly organized and straight vacuum lines in her carpet, but these days she's not bothered with worrying about the small stuff. You can catch her belting out her favorite song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and using her two left feet to bust a move with her family during their frequent impromptu dance parties. She loves living in such a family-friendly city!


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