Special and Family Events

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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.

Date Time Age Location Fee
Saturday, April 29 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.8 & UnderDonner CenterFree

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.

Date Time Age Location Fee
Saturday, May 1310:00 a.m.Elem. Age & UnderRichards Elem School Free

Youth Fishing Derby
Must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes awarded to all winners.

DateTimeAgeLocationFee
Sunday, June 45:30 - 7:30 p.m.3 - 15 Mill Race Round Lake$5

Free Fun Days
Princess & Pirate Party

Date TimeLocation Fee
Friday, June 91:30 - 3:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree
Tribute to Dr. Seuss
Date TimeLocation Fee
Friday, June 231:30 - 3:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree
Carnival Time
Date TimeLocation Fee
Friday, July 211:30 - 3:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Donner Park Variety Shows
Co-sponsored with Kiwanis Club & AM 1010 WCSI

Date Time Location Fee
Saturday, June 107:00 - 9:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree
Saturday, July 227:00 - 9:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree
Saturday, August 127:00 - 9:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree
Saturday, September 237:00 - 9:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree

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 107:00 p.m.Mill Race ParkFree

Noon Kid Concerts
Co-sponsored with Columbus Area Arts Council.
Pirate Show Great grand show for learning about pirates

Date Time Location Fee
Thursday, June 1512:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree
Jerry Maulin Hoosier author, musician & teacher.
Date Time Location Fee
Thursday, June 2212:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree

It’s Showtime!
Adzooks Puppets- Circus of Imagination. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date Time Location Fee
Wednesday, June 212:00 - 2:45 p.m.Donner CenterFree

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.

Date Time Location Fee
Wednesday, July 266:30 - 8:30 p.m.Donner CenterFree

Hospice Benefit Concert

Date Time Location Fee
Saturday, September 27:00 p.m.Mill Race ParkFree

Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concerts
Donations will be accepted.

Date Time Location Fee
Saturday, September 94:00 p.m. Open Jam
5:00 p.m. Concert
Donner CenterFree
Saturday, November 44:00 p.m. Open Jam
5:00 p.m. Concert
Donner CenterFree

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.

Date TimeLocation Fee
Saturday, September 169:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Mill Race ParkFree to attend

Mill Race Marathon Kids Fun Run

Date Time Location Fee
Friday, September 226:00 p.m.Mill Race ParkFree

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.

Date Time Fee
Saturday, September 227:30 a.m.Free

13th Annual Let’s Get Ready
Drive In Movie event. Rain location Donner Center.

Date Time Location Fee
Saturday, September 237:00 p.m. Dave Jave Magician/ Comedy
8:00 p.m. Movie Secret Life of Pets
Mill Race ParkFree

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.

DateTimeLocation Fee
Friday, October 136:30 - 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.

DateTimeAgeLocation Fee
Sunday, October 292:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
5+
6 - 12
Donner CenterFree

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.

DateTimeLocationFeeRegistration Deadline
Saturday, November 189:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree to attend November 15
Saturday, February 10, 20189:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree to attend February 7, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 20189:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree to attend February 28, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 20189:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree 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.

DateTimeAgeLocation FeeRegister
Sunday, December 31:00 p.m.3 - 8Donner Center$24/pair
$12/ add person
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Santa’s Workshop
Hands on Christmas crafts, games, prizes & snacks! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

DateTimeLocation Fee
Friday, December 86:30 - 8:00 p.m.Donner Center$1

Mad Scientists!
Mix, stir and create whacky science experiments. Hands on science fun for the whole family! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

DateTimeLocation Fee
Friday, February 16, 20186:30 - 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.

DateTimeAgeLocation Fee
Saturday, March 31, 201810:00 a.m.1-8Donner ParkFree

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!

DateTimeAgeLocation FeeRegister
Sunday, April 8,20182:00 - 4:00 p.m.3 - 8Donner Center$24/pair
$12/ add person
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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.

DateTimeAgeLocation FeeRegister
Saturday, April 14, 20189:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.8 - 17Donner Center$6/table
$3/ add table
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