Commons For Kids

Get ready for days of fun, games, inflatables, face painting & more!

Friday mornings
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
June 7 - August 9 (no event on July 5 or July 26)

NEW this year - every week has a unique theme, with activities for the little ones AND the big kids! Check below for more information on each date. 

Kids of all ages can enjoy unique activities, carousel rides, and inflatables - all with a panoramic view of Downtown’s skyline for FREE. Each Commons for Kids is programmed to be a launching pad for exploration. With six acres of open and inviting space, there’s no shortage of fun on Fridays at the Commons.

Easy and convenient parking is available just south of the park at the Columbus Commons Main Garage, located at 55 East Rich Street.

Pirate Day
Friday, June 7

Ahoy, Columbus! We are so excited to bring back the Commons for Kids series this summer from 10 am to 1 pm. X marks the spot at the Commons so come give the carousel a whirl or jump on the inflatables. We have something for every kid.

Fun for all ages:

  • Buccaneer Bounce House
  • Create Your Own Treasure Map with OSU Urban Arts Space
  • Chalk Art with Hilary F
  • COSI Science Spots
  • Face painting
  • Meet Mr. Pirate with Boost Mobile
  • Wave Slide

Additional activities for kids 6+:

  • Skee Ball
  • Treasure Island Obstacle Course

 

 

 

 

Sports Day
Friday, June 14

Joined by some of Columbus' local sports teams and mascots. Whether you are sporty and athletic or love arts and crafts, we have something for every kid!

Fun for all ages:

  • Columbus Crew SC
  • Crafts with OSU Urban Arts Space
  • Endzone Obstacle Course
  • Face painting
  • Football Bounce House
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Ohio State Athletics
  • Pop-a-shot

Activities for kids 6+:

  • Soccer Kick
  • Speed Pitch

Safety Day
Friday, June 21

We are celebrating those who help keep us safe in our community! 

Fun for all ages:

  • Columbus Division of Fire
  • Columbus Division of Police 
  • Crafts with OSU Urban Arts Space
  • Face painting
  • Fire Truck Slide
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Police Dog Bounce House

Activities for kids 6+:

  • Boot Camp Obstacle Course
  • Bungee Run 

Go Green and Get Outdoors Day
Friday, June 28

Whether it's learning how to plant your favorite fruits and vegetables or see how high you can run on the vertical wall, we have something for every kid!

Fun for all ages:

  • Audobon Center
  • Crafts with OSU Urban Arts Space
  • Face painting
  • Franklin Park Conservatory
  • Local Matters
  • Lowe's Home Improvement
  • Ohio Wildlife Conservation
  • Tree House Slide

Activities for kids 6+:

  • Archery 
  • Axe Throwing
  • Vertical Rush

*Please note there is no event on July 5

Animal Planet Day
Friday, July 12

Come meet all your furry, crawling friends with four (or more) legs.

Fun for all ages:

  • Columbus Zoo (11:30 - 12:30)
  • Chalk Art with Hilary Frambes
  • Face painting
  • Franklin County Adoption Center and Dog Shelter
  • Games of Skill
  • Polar Bear Slide
  • Zoo Playland 

Activities for kids 6+:

  • Hungry Hippo Game
  • Skee Ball

Beach Luau Day
Friday, July 19

Fun for all ages:

  • Bounce House
  • Crafts with OSU Urban Arts Space
  • Crafts with Primrose School of Downtown Columbus
  • Face painting
  • Goldfish Swim School Info Tent
  • Hero USA Info Tent
  • Treasure Island Obstacle Course
  • Water Safety with US Army Corps of Engineering - Alum Creek Lake
  • Water Slide

Activities for kids 6+:

  • Wacky Ball Inflatable

Update: The Commons for Kids event scheduled for Friday, July 26 is canceled due to facility maintenance. We apologize for the change but hope you can join us for one of our other free Friday morning Commons for Kids events.

Mascot Day
Friday, August 2

Fun for all ages:

  • Captain America Frisbee Inflatable
  • Chalk Art with Hilary Frambes
  • Crafts with OSU Urban Arts Space
  • Dragons Castle Obstacle Course
  • Face painting
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • LegoLand
  • Meet & Greet with Krash and Lou Seal of the Columbus Clippers, Bee-thoven of the Columbus Symphony, Princess Ana and Moana
  • Ohio State Athletics 
  • PAW Patrol Bounce House
  • Puppet Show from 11:30am - 12:15pm
  • Putt-Putt with Spiderman and Wonderwoman
  • Slide

 

Circus Day
Friday, August 9

Check back soon for a full list of activities!

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