Columbus Parks & Recreation | Free Events

Tuesday Night Trivia
Columbus Indiana Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook Live at 6:30pm
April: 6 & 20
May: 4 & 18
June: 1 & 15
July: 6 & 20
August: 3 & 17
September: 14 & 28

Put your knowledge to the test for fabulous prizes. Join us on Facebook for our live virtual Trivia. Each night’s winner will receive an award. Simply click on the trivia video when it goes live at 6:30pm on trivia nights, enter your answers in the comments and have fun!

Festival of the Young Child | FREE
Ages 8 & under | April 24 | 10am–12pm
Fair Oaks Building
Join Parks and Recreation, Children Inc. & Child Care Answers as we celebrate the 44th annual Festival of the Young Child: Truly wonderful, the
mind of a child is. The day will feature games, activities and prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Elementary School Fitness Run | FREE
Elementary Age | May 8 | 10am
Mill Race Park
Open to all Bartholomew County elementary students & younger. Distances: ¼ mile–1 mile. For more information:
Registration ends: May 4, 5pm

Vintage Baseball | FREE
All Ages | May 15 | 11am–3:30pm
Mill Race Park
Drawing upon baseball’s rich history, hundreds of teams all around the country now play “vintage base ball,” using the very oldest rules, from when the game was being developed over 150 years ago. On Saturday, May 15, beginning at noon, the Indianapolis Blues, Batesville Lumbermen, and Ohio Village Muffins
will play a round robin set of games according to the rules of 1864. The uniforms, equipment, and terms they use all are based on those rules. Come out to Mill Race Park and let us take you back to a time before big money and massive stadiums – even before the players wore gloves! Players will be happy to explain the differences between their game and the modern one, and if you’re interested, you can even take a turn at bat or in the field.

Noon Kids Concert | FREE
All Ages | Thursdays | 12pm
June 10: Comedy Magician Daniel Lusk
The Commons

July 8: Adzooks Puppets Presents: The Tortoise and the Hare
Donner Park Shelter

Donner Park Variety Shows | FREE
All Ages | Saturdays | 7–9pm
Donner Park Shelter
June 19: See website and Columbus, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook for additional dates. Co-sponsored by Kiwanis Club and AM 1010 WCSI!

Fun Days | FREE
All Ages | Fridays | 1:30–3pm | Donner Center
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
June 25: Mad Science with Professor Steve
July 9: A Galaxy Far Far Away Star Wars Day
July 23: Carnival Time

Shakespeare in the Park with Brown Box Theater | FREE
All Ages | July 25 | 8pm | Mill Race Park
Performing: Much Ado About Nothing. “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” Upon their return from war, a group of soldiers are reminded that life and love are not so black and white. Trickery, jealousy, deceit, and masquerade each play a role in challenging Benedict and Beatrice’s scorn for love (and each
other) as well as the seemingly unassailable love of Claudio and Hero. Through witty banter and dastardly deception, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust.

Family Bingo and Make your own Sundae Night | FREE
All Ages | July 21 | 6:30–8:30pm
The Commons
Limit of 5 members per family. Prizes awarded to bingo winners.
Registration: April 5–July 13, 5pm

It’s Showtime! | FREE
All Ages | June 30 | 2–2:45pm
Donner Center
Indiana Wild! All Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Hospice Benefit Concert | FREE
September 4 | 7pm | Mill Race Park

Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree | FREE
All Ages | September 11 | Donner Center
Open Jam Session begins at 4pm
Group performances begin at 5pm
Donations will be accepted.

Mill Race Marathon
Kids Fun Run: Sept 24 | 6pm | FREE
Full/Half Marathon/5K: Sept 25 | 7:30am
More information at

Halloween Fall Fest | FREE
October 23 | 4–6pm | Donner Park
Are you ready for an evening of fun fall festivities in the park? Join Columbus Parks and Recreation at Donner Park on October 23 for a family fun
and take a trip down the Donner Trick-Or-Treat Trail. Think your costume is the best? Stick around for our annual costume contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes! Register at the Parks and Rec Booth!
Ages 0–5 Judging begins at 5pm
6–12 Judging begins at 5:30pm
12+ (adults welcome) Judging begins at 6pm

Columbus Parks & Recreation | Free Events

Columbus Parks & Recreation | Movies in the Park

All Ages | Mill Race Park | 8pm
May 29: The Incredibles
June 26: Guardians of the Galaxy
July 24: Onward
August 28: Spiderman Into the Spiderverse
September 25: Sonic the Hedgehog Cancel
October 16: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Columbus Parks & Recreation | Family Events

Great Columbus Campout
All Ages | July 31–August 1 | 3pm
Mill Race Park | $20
You’re invited to attend our annual family campout event in Mill Race Park! Join us for an overnight camping experience intended to provide your family with a chance to participate in a number of different activities, enjoy nature, unplug and create lifelong memories. Fee includes a t-shirt, dinner, breakfast, a morning
coffee class and much more. Children 2 and under are free! Saturday check in from 3–5pm and Sunday check out at 10am. Severe weather makeup date is August 7–8.

Saturday, July 31–Sunday, August 1
Check-In: 3:00pm–5:00pm | Check–out: 10am
Registration: April 5–July 23
Register by July 3 to save $5/person
More info can be found here.

Family Olympics
All Ages | July 26–28 | 7–8:30pm
Donner Center & Columbus Gymnastics Center
$46/Family (max 5 per family)
Does your family have what it takes to compete on the world’s stage? In celebration of the 2021 Summer Olympics, Parks and Recreation is offering the first Columbus Family Olympics. We will begin our 3-night camp with opening ceremonies. Each family will design a family flag and we will have a torch ceremony. Over the course of the evenings, families will compete for honor, glory, and medals in various Olympic events. Camp will meet at Donner on July 26 and 27, and we will all meet at the Columbus Gymnastics center on July 28.
Registration: April 5–July 20, 5pm

Family Feasts
Join us on a culinary journey around the world. Every installment of Family Feast will highlight a different country, their culture and most deliciously, their food. As we learn about cultures through food, we will also learn new recipes and skills in the kitchen. Grab the whole family and join us for a culinary adventure into foods from around the world. We will be joined by educators from Purdue Extension. Max 5 per family.

All Ages | June 16 | 6:30–7:45pm | Donner Center | $33/ family
In this installment of Family Feast, we will be visiting Russia. We will scratch the surface of Russian culture and we will learn how they use vegetables. Our meal for this evening will include traditional Russian fare and we will feature potato latkes!
Registration: April 5–June 8, 5pm

All Ages | July 14 | 6:30–7:45pm | Donner Center | $33/ family
In this installment of Family Feast, we will be visiting Greece. We will scratch the surface of Greek culture and we will learn how they use dairy products. Our meal for this evening will include traditional Greek fare and we will feature Greek yogurt dishes and gyros!
Registration: April 5–July 6, 5pm

All Ages | August 11 | 6:30–7:45pm | Donner Center | $33/ family
In this installment of Family Feast, we will be visiting Mexico. We will scratch the surface of Mexican culture and we will learn how they use grains in their cooking. Our meal for this evening will include traditional Mexican fare. We will learn to make our own tortillas and use them in a recipe!
Registration: April 5–August 3, 5pm

All Ages | October 19 | 6:30–7:45pm | Donner Center | $33/ family
As we celebrate Halloween, at this Family Feast, we are tracing this spooky holiday back to its origins in Ireland. We will learn about Irish culture and the history of the ancient people of Ireland, the Celts and the earliest Halloweens. We will explore some exciting uses for cabbage in the kitchen. We will also feature the turnip, the original jack-o-lantern!
Registration: August 5–October 11, 5pm