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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 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.

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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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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 

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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.

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.  

To learn more, visit:

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COTA Zoo Bus: Hop on, save some money, and explore a world of adventure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!
The Central 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 or call (614) 228-1776. For Zoo and Zoombezi Bay hours, visit


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, 

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Columbus Metropolitan Library has something for everyone this summer, including our Summer Reading Challenge, June 2 through Aug. 4. Visit 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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This summer visit the Grange Audubon Center! Their 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 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 for details.

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This summer, 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. 

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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


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