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 42nd 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 27, 201910:00 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 11, 201910:00 a.m.Elem. Age & UnderMill Race ParkFree

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

DateTimeAgeLocationFee
Sunday, June 2, 20195:30 - 7:30 p.m.3 - 15 Mill Race Round Lake$5

Free Fun Days
It’s a Pirate Party

Date TimeLocation Fee
Friday, June 21, 20191:30 - 3:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree
Animals, Animals, Animals!
Date TimeLocation Fee
Friday, July 19, 20191:30 - 3:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree
Carnival Time
Date TimeLocation Fee
Friday, July 26, 20191:30 - 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 8, 20197:00 - 9:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree
Saturday, July 20, 20197:00 - 9:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree
Saturday, August 10, 20197:00 - 9:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree
Saturday, September 28, 20197:00 - 9:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree

Noon Kid Concerts
Adzooks Puppets presents: The Tortoise & the Hare

Date Time Location Fee
Thursday, June 20, 201912:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree
Mr. Daniel- Sing, dance, & rock out to some catchy tunes.
Date Time Location Fee
Thursday, June 27, 201912:00 p.m.Donner Park ShelterhouseFree

It’s Showtime!
The Rope Warrior

Date Time Location Fee
Tuesday, June 26, 20192:00 - 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 24, 20196:30 - 8:30 p.m.Donner CenterFree

Hospice Benefit Concert

Date Time Location Fee
Saturday, August 31, 20197:00 p.m.Mill Race ParkFree

Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concerts
Donations will be accepted.

Date Time Location Fee
Saturday, September 14, 20194:00 p.m. Open Jam
5:00 p.m. Concert
Donner CenterFree
Saturday, November 2, 20194:00 p.m. Open Jam
5:00 p.m. Concert
Donner CenterFree
Saturday, January 18, 20204:00 p.m. Open Jam
5:00 p.m. Concert
Donner CenterFree
Saturday, March 21, 20204:00 p.m. Open Jam
5:00 p.m. Concert
Donner CenterFree

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 16 and save $5/person

DateCheck-in TimeCheck-out TimeAgeLocation FeeRegister
Saturday - Sunday, September 7 - 8 Between 2-5pm 10amAll*Mill Race Park$20/person*Online
*Register by August 16 and receive $5 off per person!
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11th 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 18.

Date TimeLocation FeeRegister
Saturday, September 21, 20209:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Mill Race ParkFree to attendOnline

Mill Race Marathon Kids Fun Run
Sponsored by Healthy Communities 

Date Time Location Fee
Friday, September 27, 20196:00 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., German American Bank and Healthy Communities to benefit Columbus wellness initiatives.

Date Time Fee
Saturday, September 28, 20197:30 a.m.Free

15th Annual Let’s Get Ready
Drive In Movie event. Rain location Donner Center.

Date Time Location Fee
Saturday, September 217:00 p.m. Marc Thomas & Max the Moose: A Moosicl
8:00 p.m. Movie Despicable Me 3
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 11, 20196:30 - 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 27, 20192:00 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 DeadlineRegister
Saturday, November 16, 20199:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree to attend November 14Online
Saturday, February 8, 20209:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree to attend February 6, 2019Online
Saturday, March 28, 20209:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree to attend February 27, 2019Online
Saturday, November 21, 20209:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Donner CenterFree to attend November 16, 2019Online

Mom & Me for Tea
Mothers & daughters come join us at Donner Center for the 22nd 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 December 4.

DateTimeAgeLocation FeeRegister
Sunday, December 8, 20191:00 p.m.3 - 8Donner Center$24/pair
$12/ add person
Online

Santa’s Workshop
Hands on Christmas crafts, games, prizes & snacks! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

DateTimeLocation Fee
Friday, December 13, 20196:30 - 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 21, 20206:30 - 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, April 11, 202010:00 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 in our spring garden! We’ll decorate our own teapot planters, discover butterflies, and go on a spring garden treasure hunt!

DateTimeAgeLocation FeeRegister
Sunday, April 5, 20202:00 - 4:00 p.m.3 - 8Donner Center$24/pair
$12/ add person
Online

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 16.

DateTimeAgeLocation FeeRegister
Saturday, April 18, 20209:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.8 - 17Donner Center$6/table
$3/ add table
Online