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.
|Saturday, April 27, 2019||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 11, 2019||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 2, 2019||5:30 - 7:30 p.m.||3 - 15||Mill Race Round Lake||$5|
Free Fun Days
It’s a Pirate Party
|Friday, June 21, 2019||1:30 - 3:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
|Friday, July 19, 2019||1:30 - 3:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
|Friday, July 26, 2019||1:30 - 3:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
Donner Park Variety Shows
Co-sponsored with Kiwanis Club & AM 1010 WCSI
|Saturday, June 8, 2019||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Saturday, July 20, 2019||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Saturday, August 10, 2019||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Saturday, September 28, 2019||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
Noon Kid Concerts
Adzooks Puppets presents: The Tortoise & the Hare
|Thursday, June 20, 2019||12:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
|Thursday, June 27, 2019||12:00 p.m.||Donner Park Shelterhouse||Free|
The Rope Warrior
|Tuesday, June 26, 2019||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 24, 2019||6:30 - 8:30 p.m.||Donner Center||Free|
Hospice Benefit Concert
Date Time Location Fee
Saturday, August 31, 2019 7:00 p.m. Mill Race Park Free
Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concerts
Donations will be accepted.
|Saturday, September 14, 2019||4:00 p.m. Open Jam|
5:00 p.m. Concert
|Saturday, November 2, 2019||4:00 p.m. Open Jam|
5:00 p.m. Concert
|Saturday, January 18, 2020||4:00 p.m. Open Jam|
5:00 p.m. Concert
|Saturday, March 21, 2020||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 16 and save $5/person
|Date||Check-in Time||Check-out Time||Age||Location||Fee|
|Saturday - Sunday, September 7 - 8||Between 2-5pm||10am||All*||Mill Race Park||$20/person|
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.
|Saturday, September 21, 2020||9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.||Mill Race Park||Free to attend|
Mill Race Marathon Kids Fun Run
Sponsored by Healthy Communities
|Friday, September 27, 2019||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 28, 2019||7:30 a.m.||Free|
15th Annual Let’s Get Ready
Drive In Movie event. Rain location Donner Center.
|Saturday, September 21||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 11, 2019||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 27, 2019||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 16, 2019||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||November 14|
|Saturday, February 8, 2020||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||February 6, 2019|
|Saturday, March 28, 2020||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||February 27, 2019|
|Saturday, November 21, 2020||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Donner Center||Free to attend||November 16, 2019|
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.
|Sunday, December 8, 2019||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 13, 2019||6:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Donner Center||$1|
Breakfast with Santa
Get your photo taken with Santa, enjoy a hot breakfast from Blackerby’s Catering, music, and more! Children under 3 years are free, highchairs will not be provided.
You will get a instant polaroid as well as digital image. All the festive fun will take place at The Commons. Cost: $12 per person, limited seats are available! Registration deadline is Dec 11 at 5pm.
|Saturday, December 14, 2019||8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.||Any||The Commons||$12|
Japanese Taiko Drumming
Discover the ancient art of Japanese Taiko drumming. The word taiko literally means big drum and this type of drumming has been played in Japan for over 2000 years. Taiko incorporates body movement, vocalization, various instruments, as well as the large drums into this art form. All drums will be provided and no drumming experience is necessary. All you need is the desire to play, have fun, and a willingness to share the joy of taiko with other people. Athletic clothes recommended for practice. Final performance: Saturday, February 22
Registration Deadline: January 2 at midnight
|Monday, January 6,- February 22, 2020||3:45p.m. - 4:45p.m.||9-12||Southern Indiana Taiko Studio||$70|
|Saturday, January 11 - February 22, 2020||10:00am-11:30am||13 and up||Southern Indiana Taiko Studio||$107|
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 21, 2020||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 11, 2020||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 5, 2020||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 16.
|Saturday, April 18, 2020||9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||8 - 17||Donner Center||$6/table
$3/ add table