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Fun for big kids and little ones alike

Dorrian Days
Commons for Kids
Fountainside Fun

School's out and summer is here!

Looking for free family fun all summer long? We’ve got you covered. There’s no shortage of things to do and Downtown parks to cool off at this season. 

FREE Dorrian Days

The hit Dorrian Days is back at Dorrian Green! With giant inflatables, games, the COSI curbside van, a themed activity station, and a food truck, bring your kids to the park for an afternoon of FREE fun. Plus, cool off in the Dorrian Green water feature. Make a day of it by heading to COSI before or after, or heading across the river to Bicentennial Park for double the free fun! 


Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | June 11 – August 20. No event July 2.

Dorrian Green, 50 S Belle St 

June 11 – Big Machines 

June 18 – Ecology

June 25 – Music 

July 9 – Magic 

July 16 – Water

July 23 – Ecology

July 30 – Music

August 6 – Light & Space

August 13 – Farm Days

August 20 – Magic 

FREE Commons for Kids

Kids of all ages can enjoy unique activities, carousel rides, and inflatables* – all with a panoramic view of Downtown’s skyline. Each Commons for Kids is programmed to be a launching pad for exploration. With six acres of open and inviting space, there’s plenty of fun on Fridays at the Commons.

Every week has a unique theme, with activities for the little ones AND the big kids! Check the Columbus Commons website for all the activities: 

*Inflatables will ONLY be at select dates.


Fridays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | June 7 – August 9

Columbus Commons, 160 S High St 


June 7 – Going Green
June 14 – Animals
June 21 – Celebrate Summer*
June 28 – Games*
July 5- Health + Safety*
July 12 – Carnival*
July 19 – Sports + Fitness*
July 26 – STEM
August 2 – Arts + Crafts
August 9 – Music

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

FREE Fountainside Fun

Join us for Fountainside Fun this summer at Bicentennial Park! All summer long you can enjoy live music and performances, tabletop games, food trucks, and more. The whole family can splash at the fountain (for free!) so come on out to the Scioto Mile for a splash-tastic time.

Select Mondays and Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | June 3 – August 12 

Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr

Mondays: June 3, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 29, Aug 5, Aug 12

Thursdays: June 13, June 20, June 27, July 25, Aug 1

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