Columbus Parks & Recreation Special and Family Events
Festival of the Young Child
Join the Columbus Parks and Recreation Dept., Children Inc. & Child Care Answers as we celebrate the 40th annual Festival of the Young Child. The day will feature games, activities, entertainment, prizes and treats for children up to age 8.
|Saturday, April 29||10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||8 & Under||Donner Center||Free|
Elementary School Fitness Run
Open to all Bartholomew County elementary age students & younger. Distances range from ¼ mile to 1 mile. For more information: www.runcolumbus.org.
|Saturday, May 13||10:00 a.m.||Elem. Age & Under||Richards Elem School||Free|
Youth Fishing Derby
Must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes awarded to all winners.
|Sunday, June 4||5:30 - 7:30 p.m.||3 - 15||Mill Race Round Lake||$5|
Free Fun Days
Princess & Pirate Party
|Friday, June 9||1:30 - 3:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
|Friday, June 23||1:30 - 3:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
|Friday, July 21||1:30 - 3:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
Donner Park Variety Shows
Co-sponsored with Kiwanis Club & AM 1010 WCSI
|Saturday, June 10||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Saturday, July 22||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Saturday, August 12||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Saturday, September 23||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
Mill Race Live Concert • Battle of the Bands
Concert sponsored by the Teen Council, Columbus Parks and Recreation Dept., Columbus Area Arts Council and Foundation for Youth. Rain location Foundation for Youth.
Date Time Location Fee
Saturday, June 10 7:00 p.m. Mill Race Park Free
Noon Kid Concerts
Co-sponsored with Columbus Area Arts Council.
Pirate Show Great grand show for learning about pirates
|Thursday, June 15||12:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Thursday, June 22||12:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
Adzooks Puppets- Circus of Imagination. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
|Wednesday, June 21||2:00 - 2:45 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
Family Bingo/ Make Your Own Sundae Night
MUST pre-register. Limited to the first 30 families/max 5 per family. Please tell us how many will be attending when registering. Prizes awarded to bingo winners.
|Wednesday, July 26||6:30 - 8:30 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
Hospice Benefit Concert
|Saturday, September 2||7:00 p.m.||Mill Race Park||Free|
Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concerts
Donations will be accepted.
|Saturday, September 9||4:00 p.m. Open Jam|
5:00 p.m. Concert
|Saturday, November 4||4:00 p.m. Open Jam|
5:00 p.m. Concert
8th Annual Mill Race Rummage Sale
$15 per 12×12 booth space $5 per table (or bring your own!) Proceeds from booth & table rentals benefit the Columbus Park Foundation for future free children’s & family programming. Set up 7-8:45am on day of sale. Register by Sept 13.
|Saturday, September 16||9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.||Mill Race Park||Free to attend|
Mill Race Marathon Kids Fun Run
|Friday, September 22||6:00 p.m.||Mill Race Park||Free|
Mill Race Park Marathon/Half Marathon/5K
Premier event to showcase the City of Columbus, People Trails & architecture. More information at www.millracemarathon.com. Event sponsored by Cummins Inc., MainSource Bank & Columbus Regional Health to benefit Columbus wellness initiatives.
|Saturday, September 22||7:30 a.m.||Free|
13th Annual Let’s Get Ready
Drive In Movie event. Rain location Donner Center.
|Saturday, September 23||7:00 p.m. Dave Jave Magician/ Comedy|
8:00 p.m. Movie Secret Life of Pets
|Mill Race Park||Free|
Trick or Treat Tales
Join us for an evening of not so scary Halloween tales & songs. We’ll then make a craft or two & play games. Snacks will be served. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
|Friday, October 13||6:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Donner Center||$1|
Halloween Costume Contest
1st-3rd place prizes will be awarded in the following categories: scariest, prettiest, funniest, most adorable, most original & best animated. Numbers for judging will be available at 1:30pm. All participants will receive a ribbon & treat bag. Crafts will be available from 2-3:30pm.
|Sunday, October 29||2:00 p.m.|
6 - 12
Community Cast-A-Ways Garage Sales
Get rid of stuff you don’t use anymore! You provide the goodies to sell, we provide the building, 3 six foot tables, chairs & ads in The Republic. $27/ per space. Pre-registration required. Set up time will be 7-8:45am on day of each sale.
|Saturday, November 18||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||November 15|
|Saturday, February 10, 2018||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||February 7, 2018|
|Saturday, March 3, 2018||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||February 28, 2018|
|Saturday, November 17, 2018||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||November 17, 2018|
Mom & Me for Tea
Mothers & daughters come join us at Donner Center for the 20th annual Mom & Me for Tea. This holiday party will include tea, punch, sandwiches, sweets, crafts, games & surprises! All children should wear their holiday best for the fashion show! Moms please bring a written description of your daughter’s outfit for our master of ceremonies to read. Registration deadline November 29.
|Sunday, December 3||1:00 p.m.||3 - 8||Donner Center||$24/pair |
$12/ add person
Hands on Christmas crafts, games, prizes & snacks! All children must be accompanied by an adult.
|Friday, December 8||6:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Donner Center||$1|
Mix, stir and create whacky science experiments. Hands on science fun for the whole family! All children must be accompanied by an adult.
|Friday, February 16, 2018||6:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Donner Center||$1|
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Areas for ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 & 7-8. If raining, candy & eggs will be distributed in Donner Center. Co-sponsored with radio1010/WCSI. Please bring a bag or basket for your eggs.
|Saturday, March 31, 2018||10:00 a.m.||1-8||Donner Park||Free|
Spring Tea for Two!
Mothers and daughters please join us for our Spring Tea for Two! Wear your spring finery & enjoy an afternoon of magic! We’ll make our own tea party hats, magic wands, flowers & more!
|Sunday, April 8,2018||2:00 - 4:00 p.m.||3 - 8||Donner Center||$24/pair |
$12/ add person
Kids/Teens Only Garage Sale
Clean out your closets, get rid of some stuff & make some money! All items for this sale must be kids/teen oriented. We provide the building, tables, chairs & advertising. You provide the stuff to sell! Admission to the sale is FREE to the public. Registration deadline April 11.
|Saturday, April 14, 2018||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||8 - 17||Donner Center||$6/table |
$3/ add table