Columbus Parks & Recreation | Free Events

Tuesday Night Trivia
Columbus Indiana Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook Live at 6:30pm

April: 5 & 19
May: 3 & 17
June: 14 & 28
July: 12 & 26

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! Sponsored by digital Aim Media.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt | FREE
Ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 | April 16 | 10am | Donner Park
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 | FREE
All Ages | April 16| 11am | Donner Park
Sensory friendly/quiet egg hunt for individuals with sensory and special needs. Lots of eggs and prizes to win! See cars and trucks from local law enforcement and the fire department.

Festival of the Young Child | FREE
Ages 8 & under | April 23 | 10am-12pm | Donner Center
Join Parks and Recreation, Children Inc. & Child Care Answers as we celebrate the 51st annual Festival of the Young Child. This year’s theme is Pure Imagination. The day will feature Willy Wonka inspired games, activities, entertainment, and prizes.

Fun Days | FREE
All Ages | Fridays | 1:30–3pm | Donner Center
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
June 10: Mad Science with Professor Steve
July 22: Carnival Time

Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree | FREE
All Ages | September 10, November 12 | Donner Center
Open Jam Session begins at 4pm
Group performances begin at 5pm
Donations will be accepted.

Halloween Fall Fest | FREE
October 22 | 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 22 for 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 Recreation booth the day of!
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 Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park | Free | All Ages | Movies start at Darkfall
Families, blankets and snacks are all welcome to enjoy movies under the stars once a month this summer! Don’t forget the bug spray! Movies start at darkfall so sit back and enjoy the feature!

June 3 | Avengers | Mill Race
June 17 | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Mill Race
July 30 | Captain America Civil War | Mill Race
August 20 | Avengers: Infinity War | Mill Race
September 17 | Field of Dreams | Lincoln Ball Diamonds
October 8 | Avengers: End Game | Mill Race

Columbus Parks & Recreation
Family Events

Columbus Youth Fishing Series
Ages 3–15 | June 5 and July 24 | 5:30–7:30pm | Mill Race Park Round Lake | $5
Enjoy a relaxing evening of fishing with your family. All skill levels of young fisherwomen and fishermen are invited. Prizes will be awarded each night. Pay and sign-in begins at 5:15pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration Ends: Drop in by 5:45pm

Summer Showcase | FREE
All Ages | June 15, 12pm | The Commons
World record setting performer: The Rope Warrior

All Ages | July 20, 1pm | Donner Center
Adzooks Puppets Presents: The Tortoise and the Hare

All Ages | July 21, 12p | The Commons
Comedy Magician Daniel Lusk

Family Feasts
Join us on a culinary journey around the world. Every installment of Family Feast will highlight a different culture, their uniquenesses and most deliously 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.

Mexico | All Ages | June 22 | 6:30–7:45pm | Donner Center | $35/ family
Registration: April 4–June 14, 5pm | 436200–1A

India | All Ages | July 20 | 6:30–7:45pm | Donner Center | $35/ family
Registration: April 4–July 12, 5pm | 436200–2A

New York | All Ages | August 24 | 6:30–7:45pm | Donner Center | $35/ family
Registration: April 4–August 16, 5pm | 436200–3A

Family Bingo and Make Your Own Sundae Night! | FREE
All Ages | July 13 | 6:30–8:30pm | The Commons
Limit of 5 members per family. Prizes awarded to bingo winners.
Registration: April 4–July 13, 5pm | 436250–1A

Family Olympics
All Ages | July 27 – 29| 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? 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. Families will compete in a multitude of olympic challenges including track and field, gymnastics and swimming.
Registration: April 4–July 19, 5pm | 436100–1A

Park of the Living Dead
All Ages | October 29 | 7pm, 7:10pm, 7:20pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm Mill Race Park | $15/individual
Do you have what it takes to survive an evening in the Park of the Living Dead? On October 29, Mill Race Park will be overrun with zombies. As survivors, it is your job to secure shelter, find food, train with a weapon, gain access to medical supplies and ultimately create the cure. Starting at 7pm, every 10 minutes, a
group of humans will embark on their evening run to different stations to accomplish these essentials of survival and to find the cure. You will receive a map, and you may visit the stations in any order you choose, but the last station you visit must be “the cure”. Sign up for your time slot and prepare yourself for Park of the Living Dead! Children 14 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Interested in acting as a volunteer zombie? Contact event organizer for more details!
Registration: September 6–October 25, 5pm | 446300

Columbus Parks & Recreation
Community Events

Elementary School Fitness Run  | FREE
Elementary Age | May 7 | 10am | Mill Race Park
Open to all Bartholomew County elementary students & younger.
Distances: ¼ mile–1 mile.
For more information:
Registration ends: May 5, 5pm | 424500–1A

Columbus Farmer’s Market – 15th Anniversary
All Ages | May 7 – September 17 | 9am–12:30pm | 123 Washington Street, Columbus, IN
Join us down at the Columbus Farmer’s Market and shop all your favorite produce vendors and check our our ready to vendors as well! Customers may be eligible to use Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) or Senior Farm Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers.
For more information visit our website

13th Annual Rummage Sales
Ages 18+ | April 30 & October 1 | 9am–2pm | Mill Race Park | $21/space
Fee includes a 12x12ft booth space. Set up the day of the sale starts at 7am and you must be ready by 8:45am, be sure to bring your own table(s). Admission to the sale is FREE to the public.

April: April 4 – April 22, 5pm | 425060–1A
October: August 20 – September 23, 5pm | 445060-1A