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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.

APPS Program Applications for Purpose, Pride and Success (APPS) programming is focused in the 43207, 43203, 43223, and 43211 zones. Center based programming is year-round at four community centers (listed below) from Thursday through Saturday nights. During Winter Break, programming will run throughout the week. Each community center offers educational, arts, and recreation activities for its youth and young adult participants. The Neighborhood Violence Intervention team also works in these targeted zones, to help build relationships and mediate violent encounters. Stay tuned for the complete calendar! 

Beatty Community Center 
Douglas Community Center 
Glenwood Community Center 
Linden Community Center

APPS Winter Schools Out 2017

CM Lee Holiday Camp

The CM Lee Holiday Camp is a two week program for youth ages 5-14, with parents who work outside of the home and meet the required income guidelines. Participants will take part in a variety of activities which include activities such as roller skating, movies, seeing the Harlem Globetrotters and more!

Registration begins on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Dodge Recreation Center, from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Those who were enrolled in the 2017 summer program, submit the completed application (found here) and a $40 registration fee.

For those who were not enrolled in the 2017 summer program, please submit a photocopy of 2016 Federal 1040 Tax Form (if married, also submit copy of spouses form), a photocopy of child’s birth certificate, $40 money order per child and the completed application (found here)

Dates and Locations
December 26, 27, 28, 29
January 2, 3, 4, 5

Blackburn: 263 Carpenter St. (43205)
Dodge: 667 Sullivant Ave. (43215)
Howard: 2505 N. Cassady Ave. (43219)

7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Drop off: Between 7-9 a.m.
Participants must arrive by 9 a.m.
Pick up: Between 4-6 p.m. Participants must depart by 6 p.m.

Income Eligibility
This program is open to Columbus residents who meet the following income guidelines. Over-income applicants will be accepted up to 25% of total enrollment.

Family Size  Income
3-Person $53,550
7-person $73,800 


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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 offers fun and enriching programs to kids ages 6-18. To learn more, visit:

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The Franklin Park Conservatory will be open from 10am- 9pm in December! 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.


The Columbus Museum of Art has Free and Free with Admission programs that nurture creativity at

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Columbus Metropolitan Library’s 23 locations offer books, programs and services. Sign up at


Discover programs and so much 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. History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. During the break there will be special Hours at the Ohio History Center: Open seven days a week from Dec. 26-Jan. 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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