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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. Below is a list of activities, programs and resources taking place this summer. 

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Check out these resources to help keep your student’s mind active this summer. 
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    Helping youth find and prepare for employment prepares them for the future.

    Applications For Purpose, Pride And Success (APPS) Job Readiness Program
    The APPS job readiness program ensures youth are prepared to get, keep and excel at work. Content focuses on work readiness, digital citizenship, financial education, cultural sensitivity and leadership development.

    YMCA Earth Service Corps Program:
    The City and YMCA are partners in the Earth Service Corps program to employ 400 teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 for litter cleanup in city neighborhoods. In addition to offering paid employment June-October, Earth Service Corps provides daily lunch and experiential service learning focused on environmental education and hands-on projects. Participants will develop soft skills and become empowered leaders of environmental stewardship. The hiring process by the YMCA and training will occur in May. For more information, visit or email [email protected].

    City of Columbus Summer Tech Program: The City of Columbus Department of Technology and the Columbus Partnership are partnering via Smart Columbus to advance digital equity through the deployment of fast, affordable internet in opportunity neighborhoods and the expansion of STEM programming for neighborhood youth. The City of Columbus Summer Tech program will be implemented in Summer 2021 to immediately expand summer STEM programming for Columbus City school students, including participation from youth and community stakeholders to plan for future programming. The program will reach an estimated 450 students.

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        Youth need opportunities for fun, engaging enrichment experiences each summer. Those ages 6-14 can be healthy, active, make new friends and create lifelong memories at a Columbus Recreation and Parks Department day camps. There are a variety of camps to meet many interests, including arts, fitness, sports, science/STEM, outdoor exploration and adaptive recreation. To find a camp and to register, click here. 

        Local community centers provide a variety of activities and programs for kids of all ages! The summer session runs June 24-Aug. 20.
        To find a center near you and to register, click here. 

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        Free Meals for Children: There are many locations throughout Columbus and the surrounding suburbs where children can receive free meals. To find a nearby location, text “FOOD" to 877-877. Before visiting, call the meal site to confirm participation and operating hours.

        Free Mobile Produce Markets: Columbus Recreation and Parks Department offers Free Mobile Produce Markets throughout the year. The markets are set up as a drive-thru and staffed by volunteers wearing masks and gloves who load the produce directly into the trunk or car.

        To learn more about free meals for children and Free Mobile Produce Markets, click here.

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        For Zoo hours, additional event information, and to make advance reservations for admission, please visit

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        Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger. This summer, CHA will be sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program to provide free breakfast and/or lunch to approximately 45 summer programs across Franklin County. These locations also have the opportunity to offer CHA’s CATCH nutrition and physical activity education to children enrolled in their programs. Additionally, CHA will be operating two mobile units at 8 different locations throughout Franklin County that are open daily to any child 18 or under to access free breakfast and lunch throughout the summer. For a full list of sites, please visit

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        Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) is excited to offer Columbus City School families free admission this summer through Aug. 31; enter code CCS2021 at checkout. The Museum is free every Sunday. All tickets must be reserved online in advance due to ongoing capacity guidelines. 

        If you prefer to explore the arts from home, CMA is selling Studio-in-a-Box kits to make art in the comfort of your own home. Scholarships boxes are available for families that qualify based on need; download an application here.  Free, online studio workshops facilitated by CMA staff and artists are also offered weekly; view dates and times.

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        Columbus Metropolitan Library has something for everyone over the summer, including our annual Summer Reading Challenge – all virtual from May 29-July 31. Plus, visit our Events page see what’s going on virtually and 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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        Grange Insurance Audubon Center is now open! Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Columbus, this facility offers multiple options for family enjoyment, including a library, gardens and beautiful grounds. Bring your family to explore, learn and play with us! Visit for details on hours, activities and reservations.

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        Join us for Community Day at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for a FREE day of fun on the first Sunday of every month! Community Days include access to the entirety of our gardens and collections and current exhibitions Community Days are part of the Conservatory’s mission to make the gardens more accessible.

        Check out our Educational Programs and Nature Play Activities, including virtual story time. 

        Admission is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus on the first Sunday of each month.

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        Do you need to access public transit to get to our community centers? The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is the regional public transit provider for greater Columbus and Central Ohio. For information on routes, fares and schedules, visit

        2021 School's Out Additional Resources

        J. Jireh Development Corp will offer a Summer Enrichment Program for grade school children living within the 43205 ZIP code. The program offers physical fitness, working in an urban farm to learn health/wellness and diet/nutrition, field trips, tutoring, games, library visits, and arts and crafts. Free breakfast and lunch are included. Complete and submit an application to register.

        Halt Violence Comprehensive Services (Job readiness services and more)