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 summer 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 summer break.
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.
Go, Lunch! -- Columbus Recreation and Parks' Summer Food Program offers free, nutritionally balanced meals during the Summer months at our community centers along with other various locations. (Dates and times can vary.)
Last Summer, over 500,000 meals were served at over 230 locations in the Columbus area. These meals are served to anyone between the ages of 1–18. Meals are also available for anyone ages 18-21 who have been determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and involved in an independent education program. To learn more, visit www.GoLunch.Club
The summer festivals are a prevention strategy that aims to foster safe and healthy community relationships by bringing together neighborhood residents, worshipers, service providers, and business owners. Click here for more.
Columbus City Schools is a proud partner with the City of Columbus. For events and information, visit:
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
To learn more, visit:
COTA Zoo Bus: Hop on, save some money, and explore a world of
adventure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!
Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are offering
Zoo Bus riders special savings on Zoo admission this summer. Zoo Bus riders
will receive Columbus Zoo admission for $3 per person and $10 off Zoombezi Bay
admission per person. Zoo Bus fares are only $2 each way. Weekday service
starts Tuesday, May 29 and runs through Friday, August 31. Weekend and Holiday
Zoo Bus service runs through Monday, September 3, 2018. The Zoo Bus operates
Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. For more information about COTA
Zoo Bus service and how to receive the discounts, visit COTA.com/ZooBus or call (614) 228-1776. For Zoo and
Zoombezi Bay hours, visit columbuszoo.org.
Visit Columbus Museum of Art all summer long to explore, imagine, and discover new
adventures. Admission to Teen Open Studio for visitors 13-19 is free. General
admission is free for all every Sunday.
For a list of activities and programs,
Columbus Metropolitan Library has something for
everyone this summer, including our Summer Reading Challenge, June 2 through
Aug. 4. Visit columbuslibrary.org 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
The Franklin Park Conservatory will be open
all summer! 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 summer 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 cosi.org for details.
the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is pleased to offer unlimited rides
to local youth for only $62 through the Summer Youth Pass program – a savings
of more than $120! Summer Youth Passes go on sale Tuesday, May 15. The COTA Summer
Youth Pass allows unlimited rides for youth 17 years old or younger on all COTA
lines (excluding Mainstream service) from June 1 through August 31, 2018.
Explore the Victorian era at Ohio Village! Our recreated 19th-century
community is located at the Ohio History Center at I-71 and 17th
Avenue near the Ohio State fairgrounds. You can meet and interact with
townspeople and business owners and get to know what life was like in 1890s
Ohio. Learn about an era that represents a fascinating time in history, one in
which technology, politics and everyday life was changing at a rapid pace.
Visit the bicycle shop and discover cycling, the latest craze. Borrow our 1890s
attire and use our props to take an old-fashioned selfie in the photographer’s
studio. Watch a vintage baseball game and play traditional sports like croquet
on the village green.
Ohio Village and the Ohio History Center are open
Weds.–Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Parking is free. Get more info and see a full list
of summer activities at www.ohiohistory.org/village
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.”
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