Guide to the Month of April

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Spring is here!

It’s the month of April! We are excited to see the daffodils popping up from the ground and more consistent warm days. Things are starting to feel back to normal and many more April events are popping up. We hope this month brings continued warmth and sunshine and fun filled family activities. Be sure to check back often, as events are added each week!

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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: Family Day at all 5.Life facilities: 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 1-2: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: 8:00 p.m. at The Palace Theater | See Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert presented in HD on a giant screen and accompanied by a live symphony orchestra.

April 1-3: Head Over Heels: Get your tickets today at The Riffe Center! CATCO presents this show-The result is a musical comedy that challenges the boundaries of gender, class, and social institutions. Follow the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their kingdom, only to discover “the beat” lies within each of them.

April 1-3: Pretty Woman: Various times at The Ohio Theater | One of Hollywood’s most beloved stories of all time is now coming to Columbus!

April 2: Worthington Farmers Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Come support local farmers- back outside starting this month!

April 2: Egg Hunt at Marysville Library: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Bring a basket for an outdoor event of crafts, treats and egg hunt. This event is weather permitting.

April 2: Gahanna’s Eggs-hilerrating Egg Hunt: 11:00 a.m. – 1:15 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 2: 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 2: $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 2: Kristin Chenoweth: 8:00 p.m. at The McCoy Center: Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor and singer Kristin Chenoweth brings her unique and powerful voice to the McCoy for a one-night-only performance of some of the most unforgettable songs from Broadway, country, pop and the Great American Songbook.

April 2-3: Monster Jam: various times at the Schottenstein Center | Watch the massive trucks in action as they put on an entertaining show.

April 3: 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: Franklin Park Conservatory Community Day: Free admission for Franklin County residents.

April 4: Worthington Story Hour Returns: Many libraries have opened back for story hour and Worthington joins in the fun this month too!

April 7: Let’s Have a Blast Magic Show: 10:00 a.m. at Coffee Connections in Hilliard| Come for a magically fun day!

April 8-15

April 8-10: Cinderella: Various times at the Ohio Theater: Come see the family-friendly performance! A stunning ballet from start to finish!

April 8: Encanto Celebration: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Paulette’s Princess in Worthington | Enjoy an evening with Maribelle and Isabella!

April 8: Egg Scramble in Worthington: Join in for the annual Egg Scramble at McCord Park on Friday, April 8 at 6:30 sharp. Children will be divided into age groups. In the event of inclement weather, children will be given a goodie bag with eggs inside the Community Center starting at 6:30. HOP ON OVER AND JOIN THE FUN!

April 9: Spring Blossom 5k Trail Run: 8:00 a.m. at Branstool Orchards | Join them on Saturday, April 9, 2022, for the 2nd 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 9: All Ohio Reptile Show: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Come see your favorite reptiles at The Franklin County Fairgrounds.

April 9: Brunch with the Bunny: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m at We Rock the Spectrum | Call to reserve your spot!

April 9: Eggstravaganza Free Community Easter Egg Hunt: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 20,000 eggs to find at C3 Church in Canal Winchester!

April 9: Olentangy Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.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 9-10: Messiah: 4:00 p.m. at the McCoy Center for the Arts | New Albany Symphony Chorus and guest soloists. Hear the famous Hallelujah Chorus sensory-friendly style! Join for a sampling of the Messiah, Handel’s most famous work.

April 9-10: 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 15-17.

April 9: 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 10: 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 REQUIRED.

April 10: Goat Yoga: 4:00 p.m -5:00 p.m. at Hidden Acres Legacy Farm |During the event goat babies will join you as are led in your yoga practice by certified yoga instructors!

April 12: Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt at Westerville Community Center: from 5:30-7 p.m. This glow-in-the-dark egg hunt is geared towards ages 11-15. Special surprises and opportunities to win prizes will be hidden throughout the egg hunt. Glow sticks, drinks and snacks provided. Registration is required and is $15.

April 13-15: Cute as a Bunny Crafts: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Polaris Mall | Join them for their KidX Club® Cute as a Bunny Crafts Events! Kids will enjoy making a different Easter/Spring craft each day that they can use to decorate at home or give as a gift!

April 14: Baby Shark Live: 6:00 p.m. at The Palace Theater | Splash along with Baby Shark and Pinkfong as they journey into the sea to sing and dance through some of your favorite songs in Baby Shark Live.

April 14: COSI after Dark: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Adults 21 and over can attend this fun event at COSI!

April 16-23

April 15-16: 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 is also available this year!

April 15-17: 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 16: Breakfast with the Bunny at Scene 75: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Register in advance for breakfast with the bunny!

April 16: 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 website for more information.

April 16: Easter at Kuhlwein’s Farm Market and Deli: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Hilliard | Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter bunny! Put on by Horse N Around. 

April 16: New Albany Spring Fest Egg Hunt: 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | This free family event includes a helicopter egg drop at 5:00pm followed by an egg hunt by age group (bring your own basket). Kid’s activities include photo selfie stations, face painters, balloon twisters, caricature artists, bubble station, petting zoo and more! Food and beverages available for purchase from food trucks.

April 15: Glow Skate with the Easter Bunny: 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 16: Donuts with the Easter Bunny at Skate Zone: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m .| Come early for a Donut Date with the Easter Bunny!

April 17: Easter Skate at Skate Zone: 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. | Come skate with the Easter Bunny!

April 21: Chris Stapleton: 7:00 at Schottenstein Center | All American Road show!

April 22: Carousel at the Columbus Commons: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Carousel, Jeni’s and Tortilla Street Food all open back up for the season!

April 22: Earth Day Service Day: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at High Banks | Pre-registration is required. Celebrate Earth Day by helping plant trees, pull garlic mustard, and clean up litter at the park. Please bring gardening gloves if you have them. Take home a free shrub after the program. Ages 8+

April 23: Llama and Sheep Shearing Day: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 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 23: PBJ and J Jazz Concert10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. |This event has been rescheduled from January 15th. It’s the coziest PBJ & Jazz concert we’ve ever hosted! Kids and parents alike are invited to join the Crossbop Collective for a pajama party at the Lincoln Theatre. Led by sensational saxophonist Robert Dove, their mix of fun and energetic jazz tunes make this a PJ party unlike any you’ve ever seen.

April 23: Tree Planting Palooza: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Drop by anytime to plant a tree! Celebrate Earth Day and help us plant baby trees in the Natural Play Area. You can even decorate a small flag to mark your tree so you can find and visit it each time you come to the park.

April 23: Fairy House Building at Miller Park: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 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.

April 23: Earth Day Puppet Show: 11:00 a.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory | Naturalist Chris Rowlands combines music and puppetry in this sing-a-long event celebrating Earth Day. There are two performances, the first at 11 am and the second at 2pm. Guests may also select a free tree sapling to take with them.

April 23: Celebrate Earth Day with Seeds of Caring: 11:00 a.m.  at The Ohio History Center | Join Seeds of Caring on Saturday, April 23 at the Ohio History Center anytime between 11am and 3pm to celebrate the planet that gives us so much! Learn how to be kind to the Earth and create environmentally-friendly things like PLARN and BIRD FEEDERS. Includes FREE admission to OHC for families!

April 23: 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 23: 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 23-24: Earth Day Celebration Weekend at Columbus Zoo: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Celebrate mother Earth with conservation stations, celebration stage with DJ games and prizes!

April 24-30

April 24: STEM @The Park At Infirmary Mound Park: Begins at Noon: Head on over to Shelter 5 at Infirmary Mound Park for some hands-on fun with STEM activities and experiments. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

April 24: Firestarters + Smores At Blacklick Woods:at 2:00 pm : Visit Blacklick Woods to create your own firestarter made of recycled materials to take with you. Afterwards there will be a fire built to make smores. This event will be held at the snack bar in the ProShop facility.

April 29- May 1: Mary Poppins Jr: Jeanne B. McCoy Center | Presented by the New Albany Middle School!

April 29: Prima Donna: Direct from CATCO’s New Works Festival comes a thrilling play by Columbus playwright Chris Leyva. Opera star Irene Adler adventures across the grand cities of Europe, leaving intrigue and scandal in her wake. How did a girl from New Jersey become the woman who outsmarted the brilliant Sherlock Holmes?

Ongoing

Highbanks StoryBook Trail: Start at the nature center parking lot. Follow the Dripping Rock trail (woodpecker symbol on trail) to the start of the storybook. Storybook Trail includes stairs and hills. This storybook will run from March-May. Reminder dogs are not allowed on this trail.

Weekends Only: South High Drive In Movie Theater | Come catch a movie on the big screen! 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. They plan to open early April in 2022 check website for a specific opening date as it becomes available.

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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