4, 11, 18, 25 Market Days ~ Locally grown produce, home-baked goods, fresh flowers, art and handcrafted items from local vendors, 9 a.m. – noon every Saturday on Broadway. Info: 706.596.0111
11, 25 Uno, Dos, Tres, Craft! ~ Introduce Spanish to children in a hands-on form. Through crafts and stories, concepts as numbers, colors, animals and family are used to explore a new culture. 3 p.m. at the Mildred L. Terry Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: 706-243-2782
13, 20, 27 Read & Play Story Time ~ Listen to stories, sing songs and repeat rhymes – all while you and your little ones learn. Interactive crafts and playtime immediately follow the program. Adult caregivers and children age 0-5 are invited to attend. 10:30 a.m. at South Columbus Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: www.cvlga.org
18 Lakebottom 5K ~ Join the Junior League of Columbus for a fun event for the whole family. In addition to 5K and 1 mile races, there will be bounce houses, face painting and a baby rest stop, complete with diaper change and breast feeding areas. Cost: $20 for Columbus Road Race members and $25 for non-members; it will be $30 on race day. All proceeds to benefit the JLC’s Healthy Child Initiatives in Columbus and the Valley region. Info: ColumbusRoadRunners.com
25 Teen Yarn Sculpture Workshop ~ Participants will draw inspiration from the knitted sculpture artist Nathan Vincent to create their own large-scale yarn sculptures in the studio. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Columbus Museum. Register by Aug. 17. Cost: $10 per person. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 Columbus Toy and Comic Book Show ~ Stop by Coca Cola Space and Science Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a special Sunday full of comics, toys, movies, costume characters, and more. Cost: $4 includes all the normal exhibits and simulators plus all the fun Comic and Toy Show vendors. Info: CCSSC.org
31 – September 2 Hot Air Balloon Festival ~ See hot air balloons soar or take a tethered ride yourself in a picture-perfect farewell to Summer. The magic begins with the extraordinary Friday Night Balloon Glow, where dozens of balloons illuminate the night and continue all weekend long. There will be a variety of family-friendly events including live music, beach activities, and a Kids Zone. Visit CallawayGardens.com for more info and costs.
18 Dance Auditions ~ Academy Dance Center is excited to announce open auditions for its upcoming holiday dance production, The Polar Express. Auditions will take place at 4300 Warm Springs Road in Columbus for dancers age 6 and up. All local area dancers and students interested in dance, performing and acting are invited to attend and participate. No experience is necessary. Info: 706.561.8085 or www.AcademyDanceCenter.com
10/7 Autism Speaks Walk Event – The Georgia chapter of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading Autism science and advocacy organization, will hold its 2018 Columbus Autism Speaks Walk event on Saturday, October 6th at Woodruff Riverfront Park. Proceeds from the Columbus 2nd annual walk will support Autism Speaks’ mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.