Guide to the Month of May

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It’s the month of May! Let’s hope those April (SNOW) showers will truly bring May flowers and that the warmer temps are here to stay! We are ready for a true spring now!

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Calendar of May Events and Activities

May 1-8

May 1: Worthington Farmers Market: Returns to Old Worthington for the first time in over a year! Plenty of space between vendors and masks are required.

May 1: Arbor Day in Bexley: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Help them celebrate Arbor Day the Schneider Park pavilion near the South Community Gardens. Join them for crafting stations, storytelling, and fun!

May 1: Mother’s Day Tea with Elsa and Anna: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Glass Slipper | Visit with Anna and Elsa and enjoy a craft and tea!

May 1-2: Columbus Sports Card Show: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Franklin County Fairgrounds | The Columbus Sports Card Show is the largest and oldest sports card show in Ohio. With dealers from 8 states, you’re sure to find something! From vintage, new cards, autographs, memorabilia, non sport, racing, & supplies, dealers are ready to buy & sell.

May 2: Free Community Day the Franklin Park Conservatory: Just show your proof of Franklin County!

May 4: Star Wars Drive Thru Experience: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  at Highbanks Aquatic Center | A fun re-creation of the scene in Star Wars where Luke’s Landspeeder is stopped by Stormtroopers looking for R2-D2 and C-3PO. Rebels will drive through a checkpoint and answer questions from Stormtroopers. Please bring a non-perishable food item or donation for WARM.

May 5: It’s Cinco de Mayo! If you want to order takeout and need some suggestions on our favorite taco shops, here’s a list: taco shops.

May 5: Pancake Breakfast in Westerville: 7:30 a.m. | Drive thru event! Stop by the monthly breakfast for pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. All orders will be take-out only.

May 6: Hot Shop Studio Class: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at The Franklin Park Conservatory| Take a class with the master gaffers of the Conservatory’s Hot Shop to get hands-on experience blowing glass. Create a glass terrarium for growing plants.Terrarium classes are every Thursday in May, June and July from 6-9 p.m. All experience levels are welcome.

May 7: Fitness Yoga on the Square: 8:30 a.m. at Easton | Fitness Yoga on the Square is back – and physically distant! Start your Friday morning on the Town Square, just south of Brio, with this introductory yoga class focusing on strength, conditioning and flexibility. It’s free and open to the public, ages 13 and older, first come, first serve due to physical distancing, and conducted by instructors from Life Time Fitness – Easton. So bring your mat and join us for fitness and fun in the sun!

May 8: Girls Day Out Vendor Craft Show: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Franklin County Fairgrounds | Come see your favorite local vendors and crafters! They will have LuLaRoe,, Lipsense, Thirty-One Gifts, Pampered Chef, Perfectly Posh, Color Street, Norwex, Touchstone Crystal Jewelry, Custom Earrings by Shannon, Costco Wholesale, Scentsy and Paparazzi just to name some of the variety this month for you!

May 8: All Ohio Reptile Show: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Franklin Country Fairgrounds | Come see your favorite reptiles today!

May 8: Create a Pink Paper Magnolia: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory | Students will learn the art of curling and folding Italian crepe papers, as well as hombre color effects, to create realistic-looking flowers and buds. The paper artwork will be attached to a real branch, which students will select themselves prior to class.

May 8: Wheels and Waffles: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Hilliard | Hop on the Heritage Rail Trail and roll over to Hilliard’s Station Park for a detour. Enjoy to-go waffles from Coffee Connections, live music, candy, and take a craft home. They’ll even have some of Hilliard’s First Responders available for a meet and greet.

May 8: 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. Special Engagement pricing for this event.

May 9-16

May 9: Complimentary Mothers’s Day Photos: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. |Receive a complimentary professional photo of your family at the Central Park Fountain. Photos will be added to Facebook for guests to download the following week.

May 9: Mother’s Day Carriage Rides: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. |Horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered through the North District, with pick up located across from Eddie Bauer. Cost is $10 per person. Children under 15 ride free with paying adult.

May 9: Mother’s Day at the Zoo: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Moms get in free to the zoo!

May 15: The Sustainable Kitchen: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 at The Franklin Park Conservatory | This is a cooking class taught in person and on Zoom by the Conservatory’s Sustainability Educator, Heather Bell. As with all of the classes in The Sustainable Kitchen series, Heather will talk about sustainability in the kitchen and the small steps you can take to help the planet.

May 15: Bicycle Rodeo: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The Westerville Community Center | Join them for a fun-filled day of bike education. This event will include free bike checks, obstacle courses and bike safety demonstrations. Free bicycle helmets while supplies last! Ages 7-14. Registration is required.

May 16: Sunday Paddle: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m at Alum Creek | Join us on Alum Creek for a fun day of canoeing/kayaking. This event is fun for the whole family!

May 20: Bexley Farmers Market: Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | It’s back!The season kicks off on Thursday, May 20th, and runs weekly on Thursdays through October 28th. They are working with local partners and health agencies to finalize plans and COVID-19 safety protocols, and will update the community as soon as we have that information!

Be sure to check out other Farmers’s Market this season too!

May 28 – May 31 : Each year Westerville honors military heroes by putting up an impressive display of 3,500 American Flags on the grounds of the Westerville Community Center. Find out more details here: Field of Heroes

May 22-23: Zoombezi Bay Sneak Peak Weekend: 700 military families will get a sneak peak and also additional ways to win tickets too!

May 22 – May 29: Hop in the car and head to Easton for one of their newly added Drive-In Movies. A limited number of tickets are being sold and some dates are already sold out. Head here for more details: Easton Sunset Drive-In

May 25: Hilliard Farmers Market Returns: Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m at the Hilliard United Methodist Church | Shop fresh and local!

May 27-29: Family Skate Night7:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. | Bring the family out for a night of fun as you skate under the lights at Thomas James Knox Memorial Rink. Music and food trucks will be on site.Visit www.westerville.org/registration to purchase your $8 ticket.

Columbus Clippers will be opening up to fans! Get your tickets here!

Outside Activities

Here’s an overview of some Central Ohio Metro Parks to visit.

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

Build a Fairy Garden.

Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here is a helpful resource- Mental Health

St. Vincent Family Center is providing free mental-health support conversations with a health professional Monday-Friday from 9 am – 9 pm. Additional emotional-support resources can be found on their website.

Activities for Younger Kids

Busy Bag Ideas for Indoor Play

Here’s a list of 20 Things to Do with Young Kids When You’re Stuck Inside.

Playdough and More Homemade Fun

fun with playdough

Please Remain Seated: Entertaining Littles from the Couch

Activities for Older Kids

10 Big Kid Activities for Days at Home

This tech animation project will keep the kids occupied for a long time.

Have a family game night!

Download this free COVID-19 journal created by Jason from Wonderville Studios.

Date Night

It’s not as easy to find some alone time and actually get away from the kids, but here are some at-home ideas for connecting with your partner.


We update this list all month long, so check back often. If we missed something, please comment below. We hope May provides lots of opportunities to get outside and build memories with your family.

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Amy Onifer
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!