Family Activities » Columbus, OH

Family Activities in Columbus, OH

Looking to spend some time as a family? Columbus is the place to do it. There’s enough in this bustling city to keep your whole crew entertained, and that’s no easy feat!
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Columbus Metropolitan Library

Teach your kids a love of reading. The Columbus Metropolitan Library offers a free Family Storytime every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. This isn’t your average storytime – most of the storytelling comes from the audience. Sing songs, tell tales and have a good time together. Don’t let downtown parking intimidate you; the parking garage at the library has ample parking and is free for the first hour. Rates range from 50 cents to $1 per hour after that, so take time to check out some books while you’re there!

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Spend some time in the wild at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Set aside an entire day for this trip, and wear your walking shoes; it will take several hours to see all the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has to offer. Pack your own picnic lunch and plenty of drinks for the day. The food and refreshments available at the zoo are pricey and strollers are not permitted in the food court area.


Family Friday Nights at COSI give the whole family a chance to experience Ohio’s premier science and learning museum at a discount rate. The last Friday of each month, COSI stays open late, from 5-9 p.m., just for families. For $8 each, your family gains access to all of the museum’s regular exhibits, plus admission to the Extreme Screen theatre. Kids get messy in the Little Kidspace -- COSI provides dryers and extra clothing while you wait, but bring plastic bags and extra clothes to get more out of your trip. Lockers are available for 50 cents each.

The Little Gym of Polaris

Sometimes it’s alright to take a tumble, especially at The Little Gym of Polaris. As music fills the background, your child and you explore the gym. Climb mats, make new friends, try a somersault and see how high you can jump. Classes are divided into age groups and overseen by an instructor. Make sure to try out the free introductory class before you sign up for an entire semester.

Wee Joy Sing

Let your children stretch their vocal chords at Wee Joy Sing. Your children and you sing songs and play instruments as a part of group. Children learn to sing, dance and interact with the music. After several classes, your child’s creativity will soar, as well as their musical ability. Children aren’t the only ones who have something to gain from the class. Parents learn valuable lessons on how to incorporate music into the everyday lives of their children.