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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 the day with any of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Community Centers during winter break! Contact or visit one of your 29 community centers for information about activities and programs being offered.  
Find your local community center here.

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The nine-week job readiness program provides training, mentorship and job placement for 15 to 23-year-old Columbus residents. Every Tuesday, participants will receive training from dynamic youth development professional that focus on digital citizenship, cultural awareness, and financial literacy among other professional development topics. The rest of the week, participants will work in various City of Columbus departments. Participants will work 20 hours per week at a rate of $10.00/hr. In addition, participants who meet established performance standards will be rewarded with trips to Sky Zone Trampoline Park and Kings Island. 

Interested individuals should:
- Click on the link below to complete the application for recreation and park aid (Must create account first)
- Expect a phone call to schedule your interview for Saturday, May 5 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The interview will take place at 1111 East Broad Street
- Complete new-hire paper work on Saturday, May 12, at 1111 East Broad Street between 10 a.m. -2 p.m. (Must have picture ID and S.S card or birth certificate)
- Take a drug test on Monday, May 14

This program runs from June 4 through August 3
APPS Job Readiness Program Online Application 
For more information contact Mr. Martin at 614-645-8430 or Ms. Booker at 614-645-1343


Community Partners

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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 and Girls Clubs of Columbus provides comprehensive, affordable after school and summer programming for close to 6,000 youth ages 6-18.  At just $5.00 per annual membership, kids are welcomed into a positive environment where they have fun, participate in life changing programs, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults.  Club doors will be open during Spring Break (March 30 – April 6) from 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm and will feature a unique theme each day to keep kids entertained and engaged.  

To learn more, visit:

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Enjoy $5 off admission and explore a world of adventure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering a special savings on Zoo admission. During spring break, all guests will receive $5 off general admission. On March 30 and 31, the Zoo is also celebrating the spring season with Eggs, Paws and Claws. This event is free with Zoo admission and will be packed with kid-friendly entertainment, including the Character Ambassador Egg Shell-abration, the Aqua Bunny and the ever-popular Bunny Bonanza featuring famous bunnies like Bugs Bunny and Miffy. For Zoo hours and additional event information, please visit


Columbus Museum of Art is partnering with Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to be a safe place where creativity is nurtured this spring break.

For a complete list of their activities and programs, visit:

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Columbus Metropolitan Library has something for everyone during Spring Break. Visit our Events page at 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.

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Spring into action and visit the Grange Audubon Center! Thier nature center is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Columbus and offers fun (and learning) for all ages. Check out their website and follow them on Facebook for more information.

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The Franklin Park Conservatory will be open during Spring Break! View elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage and twinkling lights enhanced by sleek and bold mid-century modern design elements. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities and special entertainment.


Join us at COSI this spring break and discover a whole new world including the new American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery and Special Exhibition Gallery featuring Traveling the Silk Road – both included with COSI general admission!  COSI will be open daily during spring break (March 19-April 8) with extended hours March 17-31.  Save $2 per person on admission from April 2-8 when you show your Giant Eagle Advantage Card when you purchase admission at COSI’s box office.  Visit for details.

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Looking for something fun to do? Explore Columbus like a tourist! The COTA bus can get you to all the best places in one day – it’s just $4.50 for a DayPass! Tour the beautifully renovated Ohio Statehouse and Ohio Supreme Court buildings, choose one of the vibrant stalls at the North Market for lunch and check out the latest collections at the Columbus Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts! Cap your adventure off with dinner and cocktails in the Short North! Learn more at

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Experience Spring Break Thaw at the Ohio History Center! Celebrate the end of winter with our special Ice-Age-themed programming—see bones from Ice Age mammals, join an Ice Age scavenger hunt and discover what Ohio was like 11,000 years ago. We’re open special spring break hours: Mon., Mar. 19 to Sun., Apr. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day--including Mondays and Tuesdays (closed Sunday, April 1). More information at


From robotics to rap to real world internships, LRNG Columbus offers a diverse mix of programs to help kids and teens develop creative and intellectual skills and begin to see how they can apply their talents in the real world.” Click here for more information and search ‘Columbus’. 


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