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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 spring 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 spring break.

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Spend spring break at one of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Community Centers.

Local community centers will host a week-long structured program during spring break with safety as its top priority. The spring break program will run from 7:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 19 - 26, 2019. The program is free but registration is required. Eligible ages 6-12.Meals are not provided for this program. Registration is required. 
To find a center near you and to register, click here

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APPS Job Readiness Program 2019

The APPS nine-week job readiness program provides training, mentorship and job placement for 14-23-year-old Columbus residents. Every Monday participants will receive training from dynamic youth development professionals that focus on digital citizenship, cultural awareness, and financial literacy among many other youth development and job readiness topics. The rest of the week, participants will work in various City of Columbus departments. 

We are now accepting applications for The APPS Job Readiness Program 2019 that will run from June 3rd-August 5th. The week of  June 3rd will be their training week. We will be hiring a diverse group of 125 young people. 
Interviews for new hires the week of April 22 (CCS spring break). 

Tips and information for interviews:
- Wear your best for your interview but most importantly be clean and neat. 
- Must have parent consent form filled out, social security card and current picture ID to complete new hire paper work.
- New Hire paper work be completed on April 27. New hires will be scheduled for a specific time between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 
- Applicants should be prepared to pass there drug test on April 29. 
- Those hired will need to purchase plain khaki shorts or pants as part of their uniform. We will provide shirts. 

To apply, click here

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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 gives young people the support, guidance, tools, and skills to succeed in life. We provide comprehensive, affordable afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 6 through 18. Membership costs just $10 per child per year and entitles youth to unlimited Club access. It is a place where great futures are started each and every day.
    To learn more, visit: 

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    Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
    The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has a variety of programs. For Zoo hours, visit

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    Visit Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) or Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art and discover new adventures. CMA General admission, including admission to Wonder Room and exhibitions in the JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity, is free for all every Sunday. 

    For a list of activities and programs,  

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    Columbus Metropolitan Library has something for everyone during Spring Break. Visit our Events page at 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. 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, gardens, and beautiful grounds. Just in time for Spring Break our hours will be extending until 8 pm, unless otherwise listed, to help you and your families explore, learn, and play. Join us every Saturday morning at 10 am for a free beginner's bird hike and enjoy our free pre-school story time on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 am. 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.

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    When school is out, COSI is in! COSI’s School’s Out Camps provide the perfect opportunity for campers to stay scientific outside of school. Single day camps offered, Each camp includes 2 daily snacks and all supplies. Parents and caregivers, please pack a lunch for your camper. 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 

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    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’. 

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    Discover many programs and classes offered through the YMCA. To learn more, visit