Guide to the Month of June
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Hello, sunshine and summer! This year many events and outings are canceled but we’ve still gathered up some seasonal ideas to keep your family busy this month.
Please note that this will be an ever-changing resource. While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and details, we always encourage you to do the same. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them. Check back often to see what has been added.
Calendar of Events and Activities
Weekly Events in June
Easton Sunset Drive-In
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
Boredom Buster Bags
The city of Hilliard is putting together weekly themed bags. Registration closes 7 days before the pick-up day so be sure to check out the schedule and plan accordingly. Here’s where you can find more information: Boredom Buster Bags
KidX Summer Series 2020
On Fridays, June 26 – August 14 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm head to Polaris Fashion Place for fun for the kiddos. Each Friday will have a different theme such as pineapples under the sea, heroes and villains or beat the heat. These events are free.
Day to Day Events in June
June 1 -7
It’s Columbus Donut Week!
National Donut Day is celebrated today. Find a list of some tasty donut shops around Columbus and some deals.
June 5 – June 6
The city of Hilliard is hosting an Under the Stars Backyard Campout from 5 pm on June 5 to 9 am on June 6. Head to their Facebook page for details that will be shared such as digital tips on how to build a fire, making campfire snacks, campfire games and songs.
Storybook Village will be virtual this year. Hop online to meet classical fairy tale characters and popular favorites. More information can be found here: Storybook Village
The playgrounds in Worthington will be open.
June 12 – June 14
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be open for zoo members. There are several changes including needing a dated, timed ticket to enter. Read more here about the reopening plan.
The Drive-Thru Food Truck Rally is happening at MAPFRE Stadium from 11 am – 8 pm.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be open for all guests including zoo members. There are several changes including needing a dated, timed ticket to enter. Read more here about the reopening plan.
Off the Hook Fishing Derby is a virtual fishing event. From dusk until dawn, head to one of the designated ponds in Hilliard, snap a photo and follow the steps to see if you win a trophy.
Ohio residents can enjoy Free Fishing Days without purchasing a license.
June 25 – June 28
Enjoy the last few days of the Open House at Schnormeier Gardens. The event is from 10 am – 4 pm. It’s free and no reservations are needed.
From 8:00-9 pm, participate in the Ghosts of Gahanna Walking Tour.
June 26 – June 28
Virtual ComFest 2020 will feature performers, workshops and street fair vendors.
Participate in The Chase. This year the 5 mile run/walk will be virtual. The Chase was started in honor of Chase Gage and to promote the motto to Chase Life. The race shirts are a favorite of many!
Yoga by the Pool at River and Rich is from 9:00-10 am and is $5.
See the movie “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” from your car in the parking lot of the future Bridgeway Academy. Here are the details and information about registering: From Book to Film Outdoor Movie Series.
June 27 – June 28
Powell has created a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA!) that will be held from noon-9 pm on June 27 & 28. See the rules and participating bars/restaurants here: Powell DORA
June 27 – June 28
Round Barn Vintage & Made Markets will take place on the grounds of Fairfield Co. Fairgrounds in Lancaster. It’s an open air & barn sale vendor market bringing together 100+ vendors of vintage + made, gathered together inside the historic Round Barn.
Fossil Hunt in Ohio will be a virtual webinar where you can learn more and ask questions to Paleontologist Mark and Geologist Brittany.
Some camps have shifted virtually but some are still holding in-person camps with some social distancing changes. Check out our camp guide for a list: Summer Camp Guide
Columbus Farmers’ Markets
More and more farmers’ markets are opening back up. Here’s a list: Farmers’ Markets
Not all of the places on these lists are open yet, but it will give you some ideas.
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- A Day Trip to Yellow Springs
Many of these food trucks are making stops in various neighborhoods. Be sure to check out where they’ll be by checking out their social media accounts.
- Glazed Churro Bar
- Little Ladies Soft Serve
- Kona Ice Little Buckeye (They also take requests for neighborhood visits.)
- Enter your location or zip code into Street Food Finder to see a list of food trucks near you.
Summer and ice cream just go together! Cool off with a sweet treat from one of these spots.
- The Best of Columbus Ice Cream
- 3 Places in Columbus to Eat a Paleta (aka Mexican Popsicle)
- Make your own nice cream. Find the recipe here: How to Make Nice Cream
- This is a fun activity to do with ice cream.
Although not all of the options are available at the Metro Parks (ex. no playground use) here’s an overview of some Central Ohio Metro Parks to visit.
Kids will have fun with these Natual Play Spaces for Your Backyard.
Build a Fairy Garden.
Find electronic content free of charge (with a library card) from Columbus Metropolitan Library
These chapter books for kids will encourage a love for reading.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite books for moms in a variety of genres- Mom Reading List.
Columbus Podcast Directory
Momcast– a local podcast featuring topics related to mothers and parenting.
Activities for Younger Kids
Here’s a list of 20 Things to Do with Young Kids When You’re Stuck Inside.
Activities for Older Kids
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.
We hope you have a fun start to summer!
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.