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Commons for Kids, Fridays, 9am-1pm (May 30-August 29)

Update: Today's Commons for Kids is canceled due to foreasted inclement weather.

Friday mornings are all about kids at Columbus Commons, when all activities and games are offered free of charge, thanks to Molina Healthcare. Kids can take a spin on the carousel or bounce on inflatables. Their imaginations can run wild with the Imagination Playground, Snugg Play System, the Art Box, a lifesize Chess game, and more! If Mother Nature cooperates (temperature is 80 degrees or above), we will feature an inflatable water slide and kid's swimsuits are welcome.

Park at the Columbus Commons Garages (55 E. Rich Street, 191 S. Third Street) for convenient, affordable parking just steps away from the park!

Looking for more family friendly events to attend at Columbus Commons? Check out this page of family-friendly options at the Commons.

Below is a list of special activities for each of the 11 Commons for Kids this summer. These activities are subject to change based on weather and partner availability.

May 30 - Kick of the Commons for Kids season with The Columbus Metropolitan Library Bookmobile, the COSI Street Team, and cookie decorating at 10:30 am. 

June 6 - The Buckeye Mobile, OSU Urban Arts Space, and The Columbus Metropolitan Library Bookmobile will join the fun, with the library hosting engaging ten minute storytimes in the Reading Room at 10 am and 10:30 am. 

June 13 - Highlights for Children,  Molina Healthcare and Sierra Club will be on site to lead special craft activities. The Columbus Metropolitan Library Bookmobile will also join the fun and host engaging ten minute storytimes in the Reading Room at 10 am and 10:30 am. 

June 20 - Stop by the PNC Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure, check out Molina Healthcare's booth, and visit The Columbus Metropolitan Library Bookmobile, and enjoy a storytime with the Library in the Reading Room at 10 am. 

June 27 - Beginming at 9 am, we will have a cupcake decorating station while supplies last. Kids can also interact with characters from their favorite books and visit Molina Healthcare's booth. The Columbus Metropolitan Library Bookmobile will join the fun and host engaging ten minute storytimes in the Reading Room at 10 am and 10:30 am. Beginning at 11 am, the COSI Street Team will join in on the fun, and also at 11 am, Max & Erma's will be giving away free Maple Oatmeal Raisin cookies while supplies last. The new cookie just made its debut at Max & Erma's restaurants this week! 

July 11 - Beginning at 9 am, visit the free facepainting booth and the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland tent to participate in an array of crafts. The Columbus Metropolitan Library Bookmobile will join the fun and host an engaging storytime in the Reading Room at 10 am and be sure to stop by Molina Healthcare's booth throughot the morning for fun activities. The Columbus Savvy Shopper, Laurie Dixon, will also make an appearance - parents, this is your opportunity to learn easy money-saving strategies for home goods purchases.

July 18 - Learn about recycling with Recycle Columbus and participate in a fun craft with Highlights for Children. Check out Molina Healthcare's booth. The Columbus Metropolitan Library will host engaging ten minute storytimes in the Reading Room at 10 am and 10:30 am. Visit with the COSI Street Team from 11 am to 1 pm.

July 25 - The Buckeye MobileOSU Urban Arts Space, and Molina Healthcare will be a part of the action, along with The Columbus Metropolitan Library's engaging storytimes in the Reading Room at 10 am and 10:30 am. Stick around for a reading by Representative Michael Stinziano of his favorite childhood book at 11 am, and visit with the COSI Street Team at 11am. New addition beginning at 11am: Kids can stop by the Columbus Dispatch booth to get their photo taken with renowned Columbus Dispatch Sports Reporter Tim May.

August 1 - Decorate paper masks and enjoy engaging storytimes with The Columbus Metropolitan Library in the Reading Room at 10 am and 10:30 am. Check out Molina Healthcare's booth, and visit with the COSI Street Team at 11am.

[CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER] August 22 - Complete a fun and creative craft with Highlights for Children. Check out Molina Healthcare's booth, and visit with the COSI Street Team at 11am.

August 29 - Check out Molina Healthcare's booth, and visit with the COSI Street Team at 11am. Visit with characters and animals from the Columbus Zoo from 11:30am to 12:30pm.