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.
Spend the day
with any of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Community Centers and pools this summer! Contact or visit one of your 29 community centers for
information about activities and fun during Summer Break.
Find your local community center here.
Columbus City Schools is a proud partner with the City of Columbus. For events and information, visit:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus offers fun and enriching programs to kids ages 6-18 throughout Summer Break. Members will receive lunch each day and have access to sports programs, creative projects, service opportunities, and field trips. To learn more, visit:
COTA’s Summer Youth Pass is only $62. The pass is valid from June 1-August 31 and is for youth 17 and younger. For information and details on how to purchase a pass visit www.COTA.com/summeryouth.
COTA’s Zoo Bus Service runs seven days a week now through Labor Day. The cost to ride the Zoo Bus is only $2 each way. Every Zoo Bus rider receives a transfer/coupon from the Zoo Bus driver which they present at the Zoo’s admission window to receive these admission rates:
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Admission: Only $3 per person
Zoombezi Bay Admission: Only $10 per person
For more information visit www.COTA.com/ZooBus.
Columbus Metropolitan Library’s 23 locations offer books, programs and services to help families make the most of their Summer Break. Sign up at columbuslibrary.org/summerreadingclub for our NEW online Summer Reading Club. Track reading and activities to earn badges and prizes.
Gather your crew and explore space through the eyes of an astronaut, with three amazing experiences this summer at COSI. Discover this program and so much more at
Celebrate Summer Break with Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden! Discover fairy gardens, see hundreds of butterflies, join in on fun activities and so much more. For details, visit
with nature at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center located within
Scioto-Audubon Metro Park. Explore Columbus’ backyard with adventure backpacks,
storytime, weekly bird hikes, camp, and a summer family fun evening in the
great outdoors! Learn more at: http://grange.audubon.org/programs
Columbus Public Health has many programs and events throughout the summer to help resident get active and healthy. Some events include:
Bikes for All People (CPH partner) Sunday Bike Rides: Sunday, June 4 - North Market, 12-14 miles; most Sundays 2pm, begins at Bikes for All People, 934 Parsons Avenue
Bike Friendly Franklinton Festival: Friday, June 9, 5:30pm-8pm, Dodge Park; 667 Sullivant Avenue; bike safety training, BMX bike competition, COSI activities, smoothie bike, music, food.
Get Active Columbus: One stop online resource for free activities in neighborhoods
Columbus Art Walks & Landmark talks: Art Walks, self-guided walking-audio tour of interesting public art, architecture and Landmark Talks are 1-hour tours guided by expert historians from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation (More info here)
Walk with a Doc: Saturday mornings through November 12th; 8:30am, North, South East, West
Gateway Film Center Presents
From Book to Film:
Now in its sixth year, Gateway Film Center’s beloved summer family film series From Book to Film features a different movie inspired by a great book every week, and admission is free with a library card. Daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from May 26 – August 14.
Sensory Friendly Films:
Designed for families managing spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities – are held in partnership with OSU’s Nisonger Center at 11 a.m. the third Saturday morning of every month. Sensory Friendly Screenings are a “no-shushing” environment where volume is lower,
lights are kept up and guests are free to move around the theater. Sensory Friendly Screenings are always free.
Presented on the last Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. is HOOT – the most unique family event in the city. HOOT programming is G-rated and intended for children ages 1-8
Full details about each program is available at
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. This includes housing the state historic preservation office, the official state archives, local history office and managing more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio. For more information on programs and events, visit
Keep Columbus Beautiful is a volunteer-driven City of Columbus Community Improvement Program focused on recycling, litter abatement, beautification and other grassroots environmental issues in our neighborhoods. High School Students attending Columbus City
Schools can utilize time during summer break to earn their required service credit hours by picking up litter in their neighborhood through a local civic association. Contact us t 614-645-2421 or our website at
www.keepcolumbusbeautiful.org for more information.
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’.
Make this the #BestSummerEver in any of the many programs and classes offered through the YMCA. Their summer will be full with fun-filled activities, like arts & crafts, swimming, outdoor play, and more. To learn more, visit
Bus: Hop on, save some money, and explore a world of adventure at the Columbus
Zoo and Aquarium!
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 and Zoombezi Bay admission for $10 per person. Zoo Bus fares are only $2 each way. Weekday service starts Tuesday,
May 30 and runs through Friday, September 1. Weekend and Holiday Zoo Bus service runs through Monday, September 4, 2017. 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
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 Spring Break, programming will run Tuesday through Saturday from 6-10 p.m. 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.
Beatty Community Center
Douglas Community Center
Glenwood Community Center
Linden Community Center