Columbus Parks & Recreation Special and Family Events

Noon Kid Concerts
All Ages | Thursdays | 12:00 p.m. | Donner Park Shelter | FREE
June 11: David Fisher “The Rope Warrior” – This event will be held virtually!
July 9: Adzooks Puppets

Donner Park Variety Shows
All Ages | Saturdays | 7:00 -9:00 p.m. | Donner Park Shelter | FREE
July 25 | August 22 | September 12
Co-sponsored with Kiwanis Club & AM 1010 WCSI.

Fun days
All Ages | Fridays | 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Donner Center | FREE
All children must be accompanied by an adult
June 19: Mad Science with Proffessor Steve – This event will be held virtually!
July 24: Carnival Time

Family Bingo and Make Your Own Sundae Night
All Ages | July 15 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Donner Center | FREE
Limit of 5 members per family. Prizes awarded to bingo winners.
Registration: May 11 – July 13, 5:00 p.m.

Family Olympics
All Ages | July 21-23 | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Donner Center & Columbus Gymnastics Center | $45 per family
Does your family have what it takes to compete on the world’s stage? In celebration of the 2020 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 quick torch ceremony. Over the course of the evenings, families will compete for honor, glory, and medals in various track and field, gymnastics and swimming events. July 23 will be our day in the pool, so don’t forget a towel and swimsuit. Camp will meet at Donner on July 21 and 23, and we will all meet at the Columbus Gymnastics center on July 22.
Registration: May 11 – July 14, 5:00 p.m.

It’s Showtime!
All ages | July, 22 | 2-2:45 p.m. | Donner Center | FREE
Adzooks Puppets will be performing. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Feast
All Ages | August 14 | 5:30–8:00 p.m. | Donner Center | $30 per family (max 5 per family)
We invite you and your family to join us for a night of entertainment and good food. We will be hosting Family Feast, an instructional family dinner night with activities and stations designed to teach your family new and nutritious recipes. Families will learn how to make a healthy and delicious stir fry dish. Every family will get their own wok to take home. Families will pick from a buffet line of ingredients to add to their wok, and as families cook and eat the stir fry meals they prepared together, we will be showing Disney’s Mulan (1998). Join us for a night of fun, food and education!
Registration: May 11 – August 7, 5:00 p.m.

Hospice Benefit Concert
September 5 | 7:00 p.m. | Mill Race Park | FREE

Great Columbus Campout
All Ages | September 12-13 | 3:00 p.m. | 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 lifetime memories! Fee includes a t-shirt, dinner by Freddy’s Steakburgers and breakfast. Children 2 and under are free! Saturday check in from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and Sunday check out at 10:00 a.m. Severe weather make-up date is September 19-20. Visit our website for more information.
Registration: May 11 – September 4
Register by August 21 to save $5/person

Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree
All Ages | Saturdays | Donner Center | FREE
Open Jam Sessions begin at 4:00 p.m.
Group performances begin at 5:00 p.m.
Donations will be accepted.
2020: September 19 and November 14
2021: January 9 and March 13

Mill Race Marathon
Mill Race Park
Kids Fun Run: Sept 26 | 6:00 p.m.
Full/Half Marathon/5K: Sept 27 | 7:30 a.m.
More information at

16th Annual Drive In Movie
All Ages | September 26 | 8:00 p.m. | Mill Race Park | FREE
Lion King (2019), Rain Date: October 10

Zombie Run
All Ages | October 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Mill Race Park | $5
Outrun the living dead! On October 17th Mill Race Park will be overrun with zombies. Do you have what it takes to escape the shambling hordes? Runners will embark on their evening dash through the park at 7:30 p.m.
Registration: September 21 – Day of Registration starts at 6:45 p.m.

Family Folk Dancing
All Ages | November 22 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. | Donner Center | FREE
Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a night of fun and dancing! Participants will learn and perform folk dances from the United States and around the world. Wear comfortable shoes and come ready to move.

Christmas Village
All Ages | December 5 | 2:00-5:00 p.m. | The Commons | FREE
Join us for the 6th annual Christmas Village. There will be children’s activities, all afternoon leading up to the Festival of Lights parade.

Breakfast with Santa
All Ages | December 12 | 8:00-10:00 a.m. | The Commons | $15
Get your photo taken with Santa, enjoy a hot breakfast, music, and more!
Registration: September 16 – December 4, 5:00 p.m.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 | April 3, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Donner Park | FREE
We will have areas for each age group. If raining,candy and eggs will be distributed in Donner Center. Co-sponsored with radio 1010 WCSI. Please bring a bag or basket for your eggs.

Egg-Ceptional Egg Hunt
All Ages | April 3, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. | Donner Park | FREE
Sensory friendly/quiet egg hunt for individuals with sensory and special needs. Lots of eggs and prize to win! See cars and trucks from local law enforcement and fire department.