Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…5/31-6/2

Rain, rain go away!  So much to plan today(for the weekend!).  Outdoor movies, touch a truck, library reading program kickoffs, a horse named Rocky, tram ride, music festival and more! 

Click here for the details…

🚒Touch a Truck @ Mill Valley Park Central

5/31, 10 AM-1 PM

703 Millwood Blvd, Marysville

Touch a Truck offers children of all ages the opportunity to explore, touch, and climb aboard police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances, tractors, backhoes and more! 

Admission is free, but we ask visitors to bring a non-perishable food item to help Stuff a Truck.  Items will be donated to Marysville Food Pantry.

🐸For Families: Go Creeking @ Highbanks Metro Park

5/31, 10 AM and 1 PM

9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center

Explore the Olentangy River looking for water animals. Ages 3-15. Meet at Big Meadows Picnic Area 

🌳Tots on the Trails @ Blacklick Metro Park

5/31,  10-11 AM

6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg

Share a slow-paced half-mile walk with your toddler and discover nature together. Ages 1-4 Meet at Nature Center

🎳Kids Bowl Free! @ Plain City Lanes

5/31 and other select dates, 10:30 AM-6 PM

325 S Jefferson Ave, Plain City,

During the summer months Plain City Lanes will be offering our Kids Bowl Free Program! When you sign up, you will receive weekly coupons for 2 free games of bowling  during our designated bowling times. Reservations can always be made and are recommended. 

🎥Family Movie Matinee – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse@ Bexley Library

5/31, 3:30-5:30 PM

Kick-off Summer Community Read with a fun family movie.

🌳Story Trail Opening & Ribbon Cutting

5/31, 6:30-8:30 PM

150 Oklahoma Ave, Columbus

Gahanna Parks & Recreation has collaborated with the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Gahanna school students to present the Gahanna Story Trail. This years story titled “The Big Walnut Country Club” remembers the history of the Big Walnut Country Club, which was an African-American Country Club that owned the land and operated as a social gathering place during the early to mid 1900’s at the current Friendship Park property. Join us as we kick-off a brand new story with a ribbon cutting, live music, and free family activities. The event will also kick off the start of the library’s summer reading program.

📚Summer Reading Launch Party @ Delaware Library

5/31, 6:30-8:30 PM

7171 Gooding Blvd, Delaware

We will be serving ice cream at Delaware County District Library’s Summer Reading Launch Party! 

Other reasons to attend? 

– Learn about the Summer Reading Program

– Enjoy live Music by Zak Morgan

– Watch Magician Erica Carlson perform

– COSI will be there! 

We hope to see you there! 

🎬Sunset Cinemas at The Daily Growler: Remember the Titans @ Daily Growler

5/31, 9-11 PM

1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus

Enjoy a FREE movie under the stars on the patio of The Daily Growler, located outside the Food Hall. Seats are limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets, as well as your family and friends and enjoy this classic throwback! 

🎥Sunbury Movie Nights on the Square: Ralph Breaks the Internet

5/31, starts at dusk

51 E. Cherry Street, Sunbury

Enjoy a movie outside on the square! Tonight’s movie is Ralph Breaks the Internet. Bring blankets or chairs and something to snack on (if you want). 

📚Read & Blast Off! @ Westerville Library

6/1, 10 AM-4 PM

126 S State St, Westerville

Kick off a summer of reading with activities and entertainment for all ages! No registration required. 

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

10AM-4PM — Drop in for a variety of activities. Make an alien or constellation from everyday materials, complete an astronaut agility course, launch a stomp rocket, play space-themed Bingo, and more.

10AM-12PM — Gear up for outer space! Get into shape for an out-of-this-world summer with instructors from JumpBunch of Central Ohio. Drop in for fun fitness activities and games. For ages 3-11. 

1-2PM —  Destination Moon! Ignite your imagination with moon exploration, the principles of flight, and astronaut training at this interactive event presented by Mad Science of Northeast Ohio. For ages 6+. 

3-4PM — Spin, Boom, Pop! Be amazed by chemistry with gravity-defying tricks performed by a Mad Scientist from Mad Science of Northeast Ohio. For ages 6+. 

While you’re here, challenge yourself to a summer of reading. Register in person or online. Then log your progress through August 3 to be eligible for rewards. 

Learn more @ http://www.westervillelibrary.org/read

🐸Sawmill Saturday

6/1, 10 AM-12 PM

2638-2674 Sawmill Place Blvd, Columbus

Join us again for a celebration of spring and the water in the wetlands.  There will be archery, crafts, boardwalk talks, critters from the deep, guitar music, tree twig giveaways, library books and ways to get involved.  The Wetlands are open from dawn to dusk

🚜Tractor Show @ Gallant Farm

6/1, 10 AM-4 PM

2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd, Delaware

Discover the machines that transformed farming forever. Activities throughout the day for the whole family including a fun kiddie pedal tractor pull from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you have an antique tractor, bring it starting at 8 a.m. For information call 740-595-3020. Free, all ages.

🚀Rocket Into Storytime @ Upper Arlington Library

6/1, 10:30-11:30 AM

You may walk, bike or drive to storytime, but have you ever taken a rocket? Create and decorate your own cardboard rocket to zoom into stories and songs! For ages 4-7. Registration required.

🎼Rhythm on the River Music Festival @ Bicentennial Park

6/1, 11 AM-11 PM

178 W Main St, Columbus

Columbus Recreation and Parks and CAPA have partnered to kick off summer on the Scioto Mile with the first-ever Rhythm on the River Music Festival. Admission is FREE! 

Beginning at 11am on Saturday, June 1, the Bicentennial Park stage will host a spectacular, day-long roster of local, regional, and national music artists from a wide variety of genres, including funk, soul, blues, jazz, rock, R&B, and gospel, culminating in a headlining performance by world-renowned American rock/blues band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Previously a summer evening concert series, Rhythm on the River has transformed into a free, day-long, downtown music festival that will also offer a variety of food truck and beverage options for event-goers to enjoy.

BICENTENNIAL PARK STAGE SCHEDULE

11:00 am, Mojoflo, Funk, Soul

1:00 pm, Theo’s Loose Hinges, R&B

3:00 pm, Sean Carney Band, Blues

5:00 pm, Ruthie Foster, Blues, Soul, Gospel

7:00 pm, The Ides of March, Funk, Rock, Jazz, Fusion

9:00 pm, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, American Blues Rock

ON-SITE FOOD TRUCKS

Betty’s Taste of Flavor

Burrito Bus

Cazuelas

Good and Tasty

Momma Can Cook

Nazca Peruvian Eats

OH! Burgers

Philly Buster

The Pit BBQ Grille

Tupelo Donuts

Wrapworthy

Beverages from Pepsi, Brew Dog, and Miller Light will also be available for purchase on site throughout the day.

ABOUT RHYTHM ON THE RIVER’S NATIONAL ACTS:

RUTHIE FOSTER

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Ruthie Foster has performed with Bonnie Raitt and the Allman Brothers. Her talents have earned her three consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Blues Album as well as numerous honors that include seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros (France), a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year, and the title of an “inspiring American Artist” as a United States Artists 2018 Fellow.

THE IDES OF MARCH

Since 1964, Chicago’s The Ides Of March has thrilled audiences throughout the US and Canada with their mix of rocking guitars, brilliant brass, and heartfelt vocals. Powered by the unforgettable songs of Grammy winner Jim Peterik, their music has become an evergreen feature on radio stations everywhere, in movie soundtracks, and national advertising campaigns. Their live shows are legendary for their energy and sheer enjoyment.

THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS

For more than 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.” Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, spearheads the current lineup of Johnny Moeller (guitar), Steve Gomes (bass), Kevin Anker (keyboards), and Wes Watkins (drums).

🎈Summer Kick Off Block Party @ The Design Refinery

6/1, 11 AM-2 PM

11 N. Westmoor Ave, Columbus

Celebrate Summer in Westgate/Hilltop!

After you stroll through the Westgate Farmers Market, head over to The Design Refinery for a free craft for the kids hosted by What Should We Do Today Columbus?! Popsicles will be available for purchase from Too Good Eats!

Next door, at Clay Street Ceramics you can paint an ice cream cone or dish and make an ice cream cone magnet for $15. 

Visit our neighbors Third Way Cafe and 3060 ARTWORKS!

Hours at The Design Refinery will be 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. (Crafts available while supplies last.)

Hours at Clay Street Ceramics will be 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

📚Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff @ Columbus Metro Library

6/1, 11 AM-2 PM

96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus

Join us to kick off Summer Reading Challenge at Main Library with a family event with fun reading activities, indoor/outdoor games, food and costumed characters. 

Enjoy two concerts from popular storyteller and musician Jim Gill at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and meet animals from Bring the Farm to You.

Children who read over the summer keep their reading skills strong. Earn prizes by reading and even more prizes by completing literacy activities during Summer Reading Challenge, June 1-August 3.

🐴Rocky’s Family Fun Day @ Hilltop Senior Village

6/1, 11 AM-2 PM

300 Overstreet Way, Columbus

All families are welcome to join us for this FREE event featuring:  

A Meet and Greet with Rocky the Therapy Horse

Live Music

Healthy Snacks

Games and Activities 

Supporting A Local Charity!

Help us raise funds for older adults to receive mental health services. Be an event sponsor!

Rocky Fan Sponsor – $25

Family Sponsor – $100

Presenting Sponsor – $500 

Donate Here – http://www.pbjconnections.org/campaigns/rockys-family-fun-day/

PBJ Connections provides professional behavioral health therapy to children, adults and families through horses, counseling and nature. 

🚎Family Tram Rides @ Sharon Woods

6/1 and 6/2, 3-6 PM

6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville

Hop aboard the tram at any of the “tram stop” signs and enjoy a guided tour of the park. Last tour departs at 5:45pm.

🍴You Can Eat That @ Blacklick Woods

6/2, 2-3 PM

6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg

Take a 1-mile walk to discover what wild edible plants are available in the summer. Try some samples. Meet at the Nature Center

🎼Family Concert: The Muppet Mayhem Band @ Bexley Library

6/2, 3-4 PM

2411 East Main St. Bexley

Wrap up Summer Community Read Launch Weekend with all your favorite Muppet Movie and Muppet Show songs.

🍎Gahanna Farmers Market @ Gahanna Veterans Memorial

6/2, 4-7 PM

75 W Johnstown Rd, Gahanna

Whether you’re starting a new diet or continuing good habits, the Gahanna Farmers Market has all the locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and dairy products you’ll need to stay healthy this summer. The market will also feature beautiful cut flowers, honey, jams/jellies, homemade biscotti, knife sharpening, and handmade artisan merchandise alongside a host of friendly faces, so mark your Sundays as Gahanna Farmers Market days!

Don’t forget to celebrate the peak of the growing season at the Cream of the Crop celebration on Sunday, August 11. This special event concludes National Farmers Market Week and will feature expanded activities, demonstrations, and samples of tasty produce!

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