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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.

Schools Out Centers

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.  
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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 to youth ages 6-18.  At just $10.00 per child for the academic school year and $100 per child for summer 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.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus will be closed during the winter break from December 22nd – January 2nd and will reopen to Club members on January 3rd, 2019.

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has a variety of programs during the winter season including the annual Wildlights. For Zoo hours, visit


Visit Columbus Museum of Art and discover new adventures. Admission to Teen Open Studio for visitors 13-19 is free. General admission, including admission to our Think Outside the Brick LEGO exhibition & scavenger hunt, is free for all every Sunday.

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Columbus Metropolitan Library invites K-12 students to take part in our Winter Reading Challenge through Feb. 28. Track your reading to earn prizes. Pick up a game board at any of our Homework Help Centers to get started. Plus, you can always check out great books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more. Visit to learn more.

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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, and beautiful grounds. Join us for Winter Warm Up on 12/27-12/28 and 1/3-1/4 during our open hours to enjoy winter themed movies, games, crafts, and face painting by the fire. 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.


Join us at COSI this winter 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!  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.

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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 


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