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School's Out Programs Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and all of the departments within the City of Columbus want you and your family to have a happy, healthy and safe time whenever school is out. In order to help, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will host a variety of programs and events during winter break with safety as its top priority. There are also many opportunities for activities that are being offered by organizations throughout Central Ohio. Below are just some of the programs and resources offered during the winter break.

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Spend winter break at one of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Community Centers.

Local community centers provide a variety of activities and programs for kids of all ages!
To find a center near you and to register, click here. 

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Columbus City Schools is a proud partner with the City of Columbus. For events and information, visit:

Boys and Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus gives young people the support, guidance, tools, and skills to succeed in life. We provide comprehensive, affordable afterschool and winter programming for youth ages 6 through 18. Membership costs just $10 per child per year and entitles youth to unlimited Club access. It is a place where great futures are started each and every day. 

To learn more, visit:


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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering a special savings on Zoo admission. During winter break, guests can buy one, get one free (of equal or lesser value) general admission ticket. From November 15, 2019 through January 5, 2020, the Zoo is also celebrating the holiday season with Wildlights, efficiently powered by AEP Ohio. This event, featuring over three million LED lights, is free with Zoo admission and will be packed with kid-friendly entertainment, including meet and greet opportunities with Rudolph and Friends, animated light shows, the Holiday Dreams Seek-n-Find, a visit with Santa, and of course, the opportunity to see the Zoo’s amazing animals. For Zoo hours, Wildlights hours and additional event information, please visit


Visit Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) or Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art and discover new adventures. CMA General admission, including admission to Wonder Room and exhibitions in the JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity, is free for all every Sunday. 

For a list of activities and programs, visit:

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Columbus Metropolitan Library has something for everyone. Visit to see what’s going on at the library location nearest you. You can also check out great books and eBooks, as well as CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more. Plus, this winter, track your reading to earn prizes as part of our Winter Reading Challenge. Pick up a game board at any CML location between Dec. 2 - Jan. 31 to get started.

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Visit the Grange Audubon Center which is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Columbus to  experience our play rooms, library, gardens, and beautiful grounds. Just in time for winter Break our hours will be extending until 8 pm, unless otherwise listed, to help you and your families explore, learn, and play. Join us every Saturday morning at 10 am for a free beginner's bird hike and enjoy our free pre-school story time on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 am. Please see our website for more information.  

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View elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage and twinkling lights enhanced by sleek and bold mid-century modern design elements. Check out the all-new Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden. This new 2-acre garden is the largest horticulture project ever undertaken by the Conservatory. Featuring numerous unique, interactive experiences celebrating the Ohio landscape, The Children’s Garden will focus on introducing and connecting children to the natural world, as well as renewing that connection for their parents and caregivers.


When school is out, COSI is in! COSI’s School’s Out Camps provide the perfect opportunity for campers to stay scientific outside of school. Single day camps offered, Each camp includes 2 daily snacks and all supplies. Parents and caregivers, please pack a lunch for your camper. Visit for details.

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The Central Ohio Transit Authority is the regional public transit provider for greater Columbus and Central Ohio. With a service area of 1.2 million residents, COTA provides nearly 19 million passenger trips annually.

Learn more at

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The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. Get more info and see a full list of activities at 


Discover many programs and classes offered through the YMCA. To learn more, visit