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 41st annual Festival of the Young Child. The day will feature games, activities, entertainment, prizes and treats for children up to age 8.
|Saturday, April 28||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 12||10:00 a.m.||Elem. Age & Under||Mill Race Park||Free|
Youth Fishing Derby
Must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes awarded to all winners.
|Sunday, June 3||5:30 - 7:30 p.m.||3 - 15||Mill Race Round Lake||$5|
Free Fun Days
|Friday, June 22||1:30 - 3:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
|Friday, July 6||1:30 - 3:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
|Friday, July 20||1:30 - 3:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
Donner Park Variety Shows
Co-sponsored with Kiwanis Club & AM 1010 WCSI
|Saturday, June 9||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Saturday, July 21||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Saturday, August 18||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Saturday, September 23||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
Noon Kid Concerts
Silly Safari Animal Show: An Owl? An Alligator? A Opossum? What animals will you meet?
|Thursday, June 14||12:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Thursday, June 21||12:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
Professor Steve’s Amazing World of Science. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
|Tuesday, July 3||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 25||6:30 - 8:30 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
Hospice Benefit Concert
Date Time Location Fee
Saturday, September 1 7:00 p.m. Mill Race Park Free
Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concerts
Donations will be accepted.
|Saturday, September 8||4:00 p.m. Open Jam|
5:00 p.m. Concert
|Saturday, November 3||4:00 p.m. Open Jam|
5:00 p.m. Concert
|Saturday, January 19, 2019||4:00 p.m. Open Jam|
5:00 p.m. Concert
|Saturday, March 16, 2019||4:00 p.m. Open Jam|
5:00 p.m. Concert
Great Columbus Campout
We invite you and your family to our first annual family campout event at Mill Race Park! Join us for an overnight camping trip intended to provide your family with a chance to participate in a number of different activities, experience nature, unplug, and create lifelong memories! Price per person includes a t-shirt, dinner and breakfast (children 2 & under free)! Check-in Sat between 2-5pm and check-out by Sun at 10am. Register by Aug 17 and save $5/person
|Date||Check-in Time||Check-out Time||Age||Location||Fee||Register|
|Saturday - Sunday, September 8 - 9||Between 2-5pm||10am||All*||Mill Race Park||$15/person**||Online|
|*All those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a registered adult.|
|**All participants must be registered and paid.|
10th Annual Mill Race Rummage Sale
$18 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 12.
|Saturday, September 15||9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.||Mill Race Park||Free to attend||Online|
Mill Race Marathon Kids Fun Run
Sponsored by Healthy Communities
|Friday, September 21||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., German American Bank and Healthy Communities to benefit Columbus wellness initiatives.
|Saturday, September 21||7:30 a.m.||Free|
14th Annual Let’s Get Ready
Drive In Movie event. Rain location Donner Center.
|Saturday, September 22||7:00 p.m. Marc Thomas & Max the Moose: A Moosicl |
8:00 p.m. Movie Despicable Me 3
|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 12||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 28||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 17||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||November 14||Online|
|Saturday, February 9, 2019||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||February 6, 2019||Online|
|Saturday, March 2, 2019||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||February 27, 2019||Online|
|Saturday, November 16, 2019||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||November 16, 2019||Online|
Mom & Me for Tea
Mothers & daughters come join us at Donner Center for the 21st 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 28.
|Sunday, December 2||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 7||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 15, 2019||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, April 20, 2019||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 in our spring garden! We’ll decorate our own teapot planters, discover butterflies, and go on a spring garden treasure hunt!
|Sunday, April 7, 2019||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 10.
|Saturday, April 13, 2019||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||8 - 17||Donner Center||$6/table |
$3/ add table