Friday mornings are all about kids at Columbus Commons, when all activities and games are offered free of charge. Kids can take a spin on the carousel or bounce on inflatables. Their imaginations can run wild with the Imagination Playground, 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 29 - Kick off the Commons for Kids season with a Luau themed day at the park, complete with tropical music and a make-your-own lei station. You can also stop by the Lowe’s planting station to plant your very own plant that you can watch grow throughout the season. There will also be free face painting and of course story times thanks to The Columbus Metropolitan Library. Seed to Serve will also be onsite selling smoothies made by bicycle.
June 12 - The Sierra Club will be on site to lead a special wind turbine activity in celebration of Global Wind Day. Erica Carlson will also be on site twisting up some crazy balloon creations. Kids can also exercise their imagination with Lego fun at the Bricks for Kidz tent.
CANCELED June 19 – UPDATE: Due to forecasted inclement weather, Commons for Kids is canceled. It’s Safety Day at the Commons! Learn about fire safety through the Columbus Fire Department’s Fire Safety House and take action by learning what you can do to keep our water systems safe. Parents will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the services offered by the City of Columbus’ Mobile City Hall. And don’t forget to stop by the Lowe’s planting station where you can start growing your own plant. Face painting will be also be available.
June 26 - Buckeye Mobile will be back and you can also make a special crafts thanks to OSU Urban Arts Space. Be sure to wear your Buckeye gear and show your OSU Spirit! American Girl Columbus will also be onsite.
July 10 – Stop by the Reading Room near Jeni’s for story times at 10:30 am and 10:40 am. Stick around for a special performance by Mr. Puppet at Noon. After the show, head to the OSU Urban Art Space Craft station to make your own paper bag puppet. Buckeye Mobile will also be back one last time.
July 17 – Today the park will be packed with all of your favorite mascots like Mr. Sunny, Chilly Bear, Pepe the Penguin, RATiO and many more! Get a picture with your favorites at the instant photo station and then make your own frame to put it in. Consider it a Columbus Commons keepsake!
July 24 – You don’t have to travel as far as you thought to enjoy the jungle, as the Safari comes to you at the Commons. The Columbus Zoo will be at the park from 12:00pm – 1:00pm with a slew of exotic animals. OSU Urban Arts Space will help you let out your wild side with a free animal mask activity. Try your green thumb at the Lowe’s planting station where you can start growing your own plant. Face Painting will also be available.
July 31- Beat the summer heat with a special water balloon bonanza starting at 11:30 am! Be sure to bring your swim suit or a change of clothes. If you’re interested in a sweet treat, stop by the cookie decorating station to make your own edible creation (500 available, while supplies last). Also check out the Bricks for Kidz Lego play station or get a free balloon creation from Erica Carlson.
Plus, the first 100 kids will get a free popsicle from Tortilla from 10 am -12 pm. be sure to swing by the cafe to get your free icy treat!
August 21- This week kids will have a chance to get creative with bubbles in the new bubble area. Columbus Children’s Theatre will also be on-site helping kids create their own crepe paper flowers. Join The Columbus Metropolitan Library in the Reading Room at 10:30 am and 10:40 am and then stick around for a special story time with Ronald McDonald at Noon.
August 28- The bubbles will be back and so will Ronald McDonald! This time enjoy “The Red Shoe Revue,” a magic and variety show geared toward pre-school aged children. The show will take place in the Bosque by the carousel at noon. Erica Carlson will also be back twisting up some photo-worthy balloon animals. Be sure to stop by the We Joy Sing booth for some music-based play.