June 2010 Columbus family event calendar

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Grandview Heights Public Library Concert Series

Bring the entire family to enjoy a free concert on the lawn by Billy Zenn & The Ringers. The concert is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 486-2951.

Columbus Arts Festival

Come to the discovery district to appreciate the different artists from all over the country. Whether you enjoy painting, woodworking or blown glass, this festival is sure to have pieces that you will love. The three-day evcent is held in the areas surrounding the Columbus Museum of Art and CCAD. For more information and festival hours call (614) 224-2606 or visit www.columbusartsfestival.org.

Baby Bargain Boutique

Be prepared to find great bargains at the Baby Bargain Boutique sponsored by Westerville Parks & Recreation. This event provides endless opportunities to purchase gently used maternity clothes, children's clothes, toys and furniture for children ages 6 and younger. The event is from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Bring a non-perishable food item for entry. The boutique will be held in the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Columbus Arts Festival

See June 4.

Family Fishing Day

Come join Grove City Parks and Recreation's Family Fishing Day to experience outdoor family fun for all ages. Bait will be provided, and a limited amount of fishing equipment will be available for loan on site. This fun family event is held from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rotary Lake in Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Rd. in Grove City. For more information call (614) 277-3060 or visit www.grovecityohio.gov.

Columbus Arts Festival

See June 4.

Kick-Off Concert

Come celebrate the first day of Summer Reading Club with outdoor activities and kids music by Tom Sieling. This free concert will be held from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Grandview Heights Public Library at 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

Grandview Heights Public Library Concert Series

Bring the entire family to enjoy a free concert on the lawn by Arnett Howard's Band. The concert will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Grandview Heights Public Library at 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 486-2951.

Zoo Night with the Columbus Clippers

Come join the Clippers as they take on the Rochester Red Wings with your favorite animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Huntington Park, 330 W. Nationwide Blvd. Fun for the entire family. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase at the gate. For more information call (800)745-3000 or visit www.columbuszoo.org.

Open Gym Nights at Integrity Gym

Integrity Gymnastics and Cheerleading is inviting all children to tumble, jump and laugh with friends at open gym night. Experience and play on all the gymnastics equipment from 7:30-9 p.m. for $8. Integrity Gymnastics and Cheerleading is located on 8185 Business Way in Plain City. For more information call (614) 733-0818.

Pre-Service Foster Parent Training

Sponsored by Starr Commonwealth, this training class will give all the necessary information to become a foster parent. Ranging from support in-house to out-of-home care, this session will allow you to gain knowledge to help a child in need. This free training session is located at 301 Obetz Rd. from 6-9 p.m. For more information call (614) 491-5784.

Kids Fair 2010 at the Park Street Festival

Come enjoy this free family activity on June 12 from 11 a.m. -- 5 p.m. in the Park Street area of the Arena District. There will be children's book reading and autograph signing with Mike Vrabel, bounce houses, face painting, a magician and a petting zoo. Have fun while learning at the COSI Science Spots, visit the Columbus Parent Magazine booth and spin the prize wheel, plus enjoy food, music and prizes. For more information visit www.parkstreetfest.com.

Art Explorations

Join OSU Urban Arts Space for an afternoon filled with hands-on, family-friendly art making for children ages 5-12. Featuring artist Jenny Fine who explores the power of art to preserve family stories and memories, this event is held from 1-3 p.m. at 50 W. Town St. RSVP by e-mailing uas@osu.edu or call (614) 292-8861.

Barnes & Noble Storytime

This free event invites all children to join in a storytime circle with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Beginning at 11 a.m., this children's story is a favorite that is guaranteed to be a hit with your child. Barnes & Noble is located at 4005 Townsfair Way in Easton Town Center.

Introduction to Infant Massage

Caregivers are invited to bring their infants, (pre-crawling) to learn full-body massage techniques to help alleviate discomfort associated with gas, teething and other issues. Due to a small class size, registration and pre-payment are necessary and cancellations are appreciated. Priced at $20 for one adult and one infant, and $25 for two adults and one infant, this class is destined to help your baby. This session is located at 4310 N. High St. from 12:30-1:30 p.m. For more information contact Melissa Weaver at Melissa@melissaweaverlmt.com or call (614) 581-5893.

Outside the Lines First Anniversary Celebration

Come celebrate the first anniversary of Outside the Lines from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be food, projects, giveaways, fun and much more. There is no cost to attend and will be held at the studio at 5236 Cemetery Rd. in Hilliard. For more information call (614) 527-7752.

PBJ & Jazz at Topiary Park

The Jazz and Arts Group of Columbus is returning to Topiary Park to perform a one-hour interactive outdoor Jazz concert for children. The concert is designed to introduce your child to the wide array of jazz and American music. The concert is free of charge and begins at 12 p.m. Topiary Park is located at 480 E. Town St For more information call (614) 294-5200.

Mission Squad

North Broadway United Methodist Church is inviting all 5th, 6th and 7th grade students to join in on fellowship and fun. This group will work on community service projects throughout Clintonville, to better the community. This free event provides dinner and is held from 5:30-8 p.m. at 48 E. North Broadway. For more information call (614) 268-8626.

Vacation Bible School

North Broadway United Methodist Church is hosting a free vacation bible school class for children in grades 3 and 4. There will be bible stories, crafts, recreation, dinner, music and much more. This exciting opportunity is held from 5:30-8 p.m. at 48 E. North Broadway. For more information call (614) 268-8626.

Grandview Heights Public Library Concert Series

Bring the entire family to enjoy a free concert on the lawn by The Randys. The concert is held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 486-2951.

Kids Cook Day Camp: Breakfast

Kids Cook Breakfast will inspire your child to become a chef by allowing them to taste and cook with local seasonal ingredients in a fun exploratory environment. This is a two-hour day camp from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., for 3-6 year olds. The price is $75 and is located at Sprout Soup at 4310 N. High St. For more information call (614) 267-7768, e-mail Rachel Tayse at Rachel@houndsinthekitchen.com, or visit www.houndsinthekitchen.com/events/summer-2010-special-events.

Movie Day

Bring your child age 5 and older to enjoy a free movie at the Grandview Heights Public Library. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and laugh along with the movie. 2-4 p.m. at 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

Summer Stories on the Lawn

Come bring your child to enjoy a free fun and relaxing morning of children's stories on the lawn at the Grandview Heights Public Library beginning at 10 a.m. The Grandview Heights Public Library is located at 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

Baby Games

Come enjoy storytime with your 6-17-month-old at the Grandview Heights Public Library. The stories are from 10:15-10:45 a.m. and are free. The library is located at 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

CAPA: Nickelodeon's Storytime Live

Watch the characters from Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, The Wonder Pets!, and Ni Hao, Kai-lan come to life for a fun theatrical event. Hosted by Nick Jr.'s Moose A. Moose and Zee, this event will be a hit with your child. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com and start at $15. The event will take place at the Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. at 4 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday. For more information call (800) 745-3000, (614) 469-0939, or visit www.capa.com.

Family Concert Series Endless Recess

Providing entertainment for the whole family, this free event includes a magician, a storyteller, puppet show and local youth acts. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Everal Barn at Heritage Park in Westerville will house this event located at 60 N. Cleveland Ave. This concert is part of a series that will be held every Wednesday evening in June, July and August. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Family Story Time on the Lawn

Bring your blanket to the Grandview Heights Public Library for a relaxing and enjoyable evening of adventurous stories on the lawn with your 2-5-year old. The stories are from 7- 7:30 p.m. and are free. The library is located at 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

Kids Cook Day Camp: Breakfast

See June 15.

GreekFest

This three-day festival will include film, performances, parties, games, visual arts and more dedicated to everything Greek. There will be events for the whole family for $5 and will take place at Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St. For more information and festival hours visit www.wildgoosecreative.com

Kids Cook Day Camp: Breakfast

See June 15.

Lunch Bunch

Join the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., for an exciting afternoon with your 2-5-year-old. This free event is held from 12-1 p.m. and will include a multitude of stories, activities and fun for your child. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

Come listen to the notes of the best blues and jazz music in all of Ohio. For the small price of $3, the entire family can enjoy the 60 hours of entertainment, Jog for Jazz, Sunday Jazz Brunch, Musical Discovery Zone, amusement rides, vendors and great food. Located in Olde Gahanna and Creekside Plaza, visit www.creeksidebluesandjazz.com for more details and festival times.

GreekFest

See June 17.

Juneteeth Ohio Festival

Join in on the longest-running, fastest-growing event in the central Ohio African American community. Commemorating the signature of the Emancipation Proclamation, this festival includes a wide variety of activities such as a cultural marketplace, soul food, as well as jazz and gospel music. The festival is in Franklin Park. For more information and festival times visit www.juneteenthohio.net.

Movie in the Park

This free event will showcase the family-friendly film, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, in Thomson Park. The movie will begin at dusk and will be displayed on a 24-foot screen. Thomson Park is located on McCoy Rd. For more information call (614) 583-5300 or visit www.uaoh.net.

Play Safe Day

Washington Township Parks and Recreation and Giant Eagle are sponsoring this free event that will teach your family about health and safety. Entertainment is assured for the entire family by playing games, jumping in the moon bounce, taking a tour of Sparky's Safety House, watch the dive team do a demonstration, and even visit with the EMS bike patrol. You can also ensure safety while riding your bike this summer by bringing your helmet to get it fitted. Play Safe Day is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information visit www.wtwp.com.

Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

See June 18.

Follow Me! 5K & Fun Fit Family Day

Embrace the summer season at Easton Town Center for a day dedicated to having fun outdoors. The day will kickoff with a 5K walk/run/roll and will be followed with entertainment, inflatables, vender booths, Buckeye Championship Sports Tour, face painting and COSI on Wheels. This day of outdoor fun is from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and is free. For more information call (614) 416-7000 or visit www.eastontowncenter.com.

GreekFest

See June 17.

Juneteeth Ohio Festival

See June 18.

Math Monkey: Games-a-Palooza

All families are welcome to join Math Monkey in their second annual Family Games-a-Palooza from 3-6 p.m. There will be challenging games and puzzles that your kids are guaranteed to enjoy. Free. Math Monkey is located at 9681 Sawmill Rd. in Powell. For more information call (614) 792-MATH (6284) or visit www.mathmonkey.com/powell.

Sparks are Flying

Reserve a spot for your kids to unleash their creative side at Outside the Lines Creative Studio. This fun camp will allow your child to create their very own Fourth of July plate that can be displayed for the entire family. The creativity is from 2-4:30 p.m. and is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd. in Hilliard. The camp is for children ages 6 and older and is $30 to attend with snacks and drinks included! For more information call (614) 527-7752.

Worthington Art Festival

Come to the Historic Downtown Olde Worthington Business District, at the intersection of Routes 23 and 161, for a wide array of artistic talent. The art ranges from clay, watercolor and oil to jewelry, photography and media. This event is for the whole family and is held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call (614) 891-6293 or visit www.owba.net.

Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

See June 18.

Father's Day Carriage Rides

Spoil your dad on Father's Day and take him for a luxurious horse drawn carriage ride at Easton Town Center. Pickup will be in the North District from 3-7 p.m. costs $10. For more information call (614) 416-7000 or visit www.eastontowncenter.com.

Juneteeth Ohio Festival

See June 18.

Worthington Art Festival

See June 19.

Grandview Heights Public Library Concert Series

Bring the entire family to enjoy a free concert on the lawn by the Sean Carney Band. The concert is held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Grandview Heights Public Library at 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 486-2951.

Summer Stories on the Lawn

See June 15.

Baby Games

See June 16.

Captain Max & Splash Magic

Your child is guaranteed to enjoy this free magic show at the Grandview Heights Public Library from 2-2:45 p.m. There will be tricks that will leave you and your 3-12-year-old child amazed. The library is located at 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

Family Concert Series The Columbus Zoo

Providing entertainment for the whole family, this free event includes a magician, a storyteller, puppet show and local youth acts. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Everal Barn at Heritage Park in Westerville will house this event located at 60 N. Cleveland Ave. This concert is part of a series that will be every Wednesday evening in June, July and August. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Family Story Time on the Lawn

See June 16.

Lunch Bunch

See June 17.

Color My World

Preschoolers and parents are invited to a morning of color fun. Enjoy games and activities as well as learn and play with the colors around us. The price is $3 and is from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. This event is held at 60 N. Cleveland Ave. in the Everal Barn at Heritage Park in Westerville. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Popcorn Pops: Rain, Rain Go Away

Come enjoy three fun family concerts by the Columbus Symphony at 8 p. m. Popcorn, face painting, art projects and playing with musical instruments are all included with your $12 admission. The concerts are held on the lawn of Chemical Abstracts Service located at 2540 Olentangy River Rd. For more information call (614) 228-8600 or visit www.PicnicWithThePops.com.

Powell Festival

This outdoor event will showcase live music, local merchants, arts/crafts, educational stations and visits from animals and mascots. This family-friendly festival is held from 5-11 p.m. on Friday, and 12-11 p.m. on Saturday at Village Green Park, 47 Hall St., in Powell. For more information call (614) 396-3336 or visit www.visitpowell.com.

Dublin Kiwanis Annual Frog Jump

Come to Dublin's oldest summertime event. There will be a multitude of athletic frogs waiting for your child to become their jockey and race them to the winner's circle. Whether you bring your own frog or rent one, spectators will be cheering from the stands. This one-of-a-kind event is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Pkwy. For more information call (614) 889-2211, 1-800-245-8387 or visit www.dublinkiwanis.org.

Eric Carle-Style Art Program

Alongside artist and Columbus School of Art and Design professor Carrie Bowman, your child is assured to create a masterpiece. There are only two sessions to attend, both with 15 participants, so register fast! The first session will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. and the second session is scheduled for 11:30-12 p.m. Both sessions are located at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. Sign up in youth services or call (614) 481-3778.

Powell Festival

See June 25.

Family Day Workshop

Children of ages 6-17 will thoroughly enjoy this opportunity to work with local artist Talia Shabtay. This free workshop will allow your child to express their creativity by writing their own original poetry. Held from 2-4 p.m. at Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. For more information call (614) 644-9624 or visit www.riffegallery.org.

Sparks are Flying

Reserve a spot for your kids to unleash their creative side at Outside the Lines Creative Studio. This fun camp will allow your child to create their very own Fourth of July plate that can be displayed for the entire family. The creativity is from 1-3:30 p.m. and is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd in Hilliard. The camp is for children ages 6 and older and is $30 to attend, with snacks and drinks included! For more information call (614) 527-7752.

Arts & Crafts

Preschoolers and parents are invited to share creative time together doing arts and crafts. For a small price of $3, your child will be able to express their creativity using all of the supplies provided. This event is from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Westerville Community Center located, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Grandview Heights Public Library Concert Series

Bring the entire family to enjoy a free concert on the lawn by The Conspiracy Band. The concert is held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Grandview Heights Public Library at 1685 W. First Ave. For more information call (614) 486-2951.

Summer Stories on the Lawn

See June 15.

T-Shirt Reconstruction

Allow your child in grades 5 and up to unleash their creative sides and create a new fashion. Bring an old shirt to the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., to transform into a cool new fashion trend. This event is from 3-4:30 p.m. and space is limited. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

Baby Games

See June 16.

Family Concert Series Juggler Matt Jergens

Providing entertainment for the whole family, this free event includes Matt Jergens and his juggling acts for your entertainment. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Everal Barn at Heritage Park in Westerville will house this event located at 60 N. Cleveland Ave. This concert is part of a series that will be every Wednesday evening in June, July and August. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

Family Story Time on the Lawn

See June 16.

Featured Events

Columbus Arts Festival

The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by Time Warner Cable, will be held on June 4, 5 and 6. Check out the hands-on arts activities for kids and parents: have fun throwing a clay pot, making a print, glass beads, wooden boats and more. The Greater Columbus Arts Council will showcase the Children's Gallery on Saturday and Sunday. The Horizon Science Academy Elementary, COSI, the Columbus Museum of Art, artists from Glass Axis, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are just some of the organizations on hand with fun arts and crafts. Festival hours are 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5. Hours on Sunday, June 6, are 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call (614) 224-2606 or visit http://www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org.

Kids Fair 2010 at the Park Street Festival

Come enjoy this free family activity on June 12 from 11 a.m. -- 5 p.m. in the Park Street area of the Arena District. There will be children's book reading and autograph signing with Mike Vrabel, bounce houses, face painting, a magician and a petting zoo. Have fun while learning at the COSI Science Spots, visit the Columbus Parent Magazine booth and spin the prize wheel, plus enjoy food, music and prizes. For more information visit www.parkstreetfest.com.

Skate for Hope

Skate for Hope is an annual figure skating show held each summer at the Nationwide Arena. Skate for Hope is a unique breast cancer fundraising event that has raised over $233,000 to help find a cure, while uniting generations of women. Saturday, June 19, at the Nationwide Arena. Show begins at 5 p.m., doors open at 4:15 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Visit www.skateforhope.org for more information.

Big Machines returns to COSI

From June 12-20, bulldozers, dump truck, and backhoes converge in downtown Columbus again this year for COSI's annual Science of Big Machines. Get behind the wheel and operate equipment that builds roads and buildings! For more information, log on to www.cosi.org.

Summer Ongoing

Be a Volunteen!

Teens can volunteer to join the Youth Services staff at the Grandview Heights Public Library to help with the Kids' Summer Reading Club, for grades 7 and up. For more information call (614) 486-2951. Farm and Nature Guides

Volunteer weekdays at the Stratford Ecological Center to help children and adults understand the relationships between living things and their environment. The Stratford Ecological Center is located at 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For more information visit wwwStratfordEcologicalCenter.org. Farmer's Helper

Come volunteer at the Stratford Ecological Center and become a farmer's helper! Farmer's helpers will assist with an abundance of activities such as animal chores, carpentry, fence building, preparing and maintaining the fields. The Stratford Ecological Center is located at 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For more information visit wwwStratfordEcologicalCenter.org. Gardeners

If you enjoy cultivating your green thumb then this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Join the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in gardening and maintaining the vegetable gardens including the children's garden, field gardens, giving garden, as well as greenhouses and landscape gardens. Get Involved

Share your unique volunteer perspective at the Stratford Ecological Center by joining the get involved group of volunteers that meet bi- monthly. This group meets to build community, share expertise and work as a team to ensure the future of Stratford. Also, be sure to save time for a nature walk after the meeting. The Stratford Ecological Center is located at 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For more information visit wwwStratfordEcologicalCenter.org. Kids' Summer Reading Club

Encourage your child to read over the summer by joining the Kids' Summer Reading Club at the Grandview Heights Public Library. This program will encourage your child to read over the summer by earning fun and exciting prizes. Registration begin on Monday June 7. For more information call (614) 486-2951. Volunteer Receptionist Weekdays and Saturdays

Volunteer your time at the Stratford Ecological Center by answering the phone, directing visitors to activities, assisting with trails and u-pick areas, as well as selling farm products. Volunteers are welcome Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Stratford Ecological Center is located at 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For more information visit wwwStratfordEcologicalCenter.org. Saturday Farm and Nature Guides

Volunteer at the Stratford Ecological Center on the third Saturday of the month to give tours of the beautiful farm to families. The Stratford Ecological Center is located at 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For more information visit wwwStratfordEcologicalCenter.org. Teen Summer Reading Club

Join the Grandview Heights Public Library for the teen summer reading club to win prizes for reading. The club is designed to encourage those in grades 6-12 to further their education in the summer. Sign-up starts Monday, June 7, and continues through August 7. For more information call (614) 486-2951. Trail Maintenance

Come join other volunteers at to help maintain the enchanting trails of the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. For more information visit wwwStratfordEcologicalCenter.org.