Family Fun Calendar

Here are some of the area's family-friendly events to attend. If you would like to add your event, contact us today! A great way to publicize school events and fundraisers!

See our 2014 Summer Camp Guide for more great activities for your children.

June 2014

June 27

Fantastic Fridays ~ Visit the Columbus Museum for Rob Cleveland: Trickster Tales from Around the World, a journey around the world telling tales of the trickster, a character found in every culture, 10:30 a.m. Learn about Anansi from Africa, Raven of the Pacific Northwest, the leprechaun of Ireland, and many others. After the show, participate in a craft project and a gallery activity. Cost: free. Info: 706.748.2562 or ColumbusMuseum.com

June 28

Great American Backyard Campout ~ presented by Georgia State Parks to promote the benefits of camping as a way to connect people with nature and support National Wildlife Federation’s efforts to get kids outdoors. Whether a first-time camper or an experienced backpacker, Georgia State Parks have a campsite for every taste and interest. Info: GeorgiaStateParks.org/campsites

June 28

Independence Day Celebration ~ Fort Benning’s annual celebration on York Field. Free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy games, bounce houses, a chance to jump from the 34-foot airborne training tower and a great variety of food options. Performances by Natalie Stovall and the MCoE Band, a SPIES & FRIES exhibition, and the Silver Wings Parachute Exhibition Team. Info: 706.687.8021 or BenningMWR.com

June 28

Celebrate America ~ Annual patriotic event at the Rock Ranch featuring arguably the brightest fireworks show in the state, as there is little to no light pollution on the ranch, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Entry fee : $25 per family vehicle, includes access to attractions and entertainment. All attractions close at 8:30 p.m. to begin the concert and program before the fireworks. Info: 706.647.6374 or TheRockRanch.com

July 2014
July 1 - 30

Free Family Film Fest ~ Every Tuesday and Wednesday visit the IMAX theater at the National Infantry Museum for some favorite family movies on the biggest screen in town. Showings at 9 & 11 a.m., seating limited. Movies include E.T., The Lego Movie, The Goonies, Frozen and more. Info: NationalInfantryMuseum.org or 706.685.5800

July 4

Freedom Fest ~ The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center hosts its community-wide Independence Day celebration on July 4, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Combining American history and family fun, the event will be filled with music, kids' activities, historical reenactments, food and plenty of fun. Info: NationalInfantryMuseum.org

July 4 

Patriotic Concert ~ Celebrate our nation’s freedom with a patriotic show followed by a fireworks display over the Chattahoochee, 7 – 9:30 p.m. Cost: free. Info: Phenix City Parks and Recreation 334.291.4719

July 4

Star Spangled Beach Party  ~ The celebration begins early and lasts well into the night at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake Beach. Highlights include beach activities, live music headlined by the Swingin' Medallions, the FSU Flying High Circus and the annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Pack plenty of red, white and blue for this all-American weekend. Info: CallawayGardens.com or 800.225.5292

July 4

1850’s Independence Day ~ Celebrate the holiday with old fashioned fun at Westville, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Three legged races, sack races, greased pole climb, hobby horse races, apple bobbing, tug of war, live music and a watermelon eating and seed spitting contest. No, firecrackers, but the anvil will blow every hour. Cost: $8 -$10, pr-K & under free, military members with ID free. Info: 888.733.1850 or westville.org

July 5

Free River Boat Tours ~ Discover the history of the Chattahoochee River during a free guided river tour on Port Columbus’ pontoon boat. Tours disembark at the Columbus Trade Center ramp and are first come, first serve 1 - 2 p.m. and 3 - 4 p.m. Info: 706.327.9798 or PortColumbus.org

July 5 - 26

Market Days ~ Locally grown produce, home-baked goods, fresh flowers, art and handcrafted items from local venders, 9 a.m. - noon every Saturday along the sidewalk of Broadway. Info: 706.596.0111 or elee@uptowncolumbusga.com

July 7 - 28

Astronomy Nights ~ Join the staff of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center for an awe inspiring evening of star gazing and planet viewing each Monday at Callaway Gardens, 9 p.m. Cost: free. Info: 706.649.1477 or ccssc.org

July 10

Magician Arthur Atsma ~ Magical Mayhem is always afoot when this acclaimed sleight-of-hand artist extraordinaire comes to town. See him at the Columbus Public Library, 2:30 p.m. Contact your local branch for additional dates and times. Ages: all. Info: 706.243.2679 or cvlga.org

July 12

Insectival ~ Visit Oxbow Meadows for the annual insect festival. Touch tarantulas, befriend bumblebees and eat cookies with crickets on top. Creepy crawly activities include: mad science with Doc Atoms, cricket spitting contest, carnivorous plant encounters, honey extraction demonstration, hands-on insect inspections, sweet buggy treats, inflatables and more, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: $5, 3 & under free. Info: 706.687.4090 or oxbow.columbusstate.edu

July 10

Go Birding ~ Ever wonder what type of bird was in your backyard? Join a member of the Columbus Audubon Society at Oxbow Meadows and learn about native bird species, migrating birds and tips for birding in the area, 10 - 11 a.m. Cost: $5, infants free. Info: 706.687.4090 or oxbow.columbusstate.edu

July 12

Second Saturday ~ Get three dimensional at the Art Cart at the Columbus Museum and, create a paper sculpture. Once you’ve created your work of art, go on a scavenger hunt around the museum to find sculptures in the Permanent Collection. Special story time at 11 a.m. in the galleries featuring Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and Linda K. Friedlaender. Cost: free. Info: 706.748.2562 or ColumbusMuseum.com

July 12 - 26

Reading Time ~ Visit the Oxbow Meadows reading rug each Saturday for a nature-themed story read aloud, 11-11:30 a.m. Cost: free. Info: 706.687.4090 or oxbow.columbusstate.edu

July 11

Fantastic Fridays  ~ Visit the Columbus Museum for “Peace Pipes and Talking Leaves.” Storyteller Barry Stewart Mann presents the customs and lore of the Cherokee through costumes, props, puppets and plenty of audience participation. After the show, participate in a craft project and a gallery activity. Cost: free. Info: 706.748.2562 or ColumbusMuseum.com

July 11

The Wizard of Oz ~ The Crowley Classic Film Series presents this well loved musical following Dorothy’s journey along the yellow brick road. Rated: PG. See it on the big screen at the Springer Opera House, 7:30 p.m. Saloon opens at 6:30 p.m. Info: 706.327.3688 or SpringerOperaHouse.org

July 11 - 19

Charlotte’s Web ~ See this classic tale with Wilbur the pig and his heroine Charlotte the spider brought to life on stage at the Springer Opera House. Info: 706.327.3688 or SpringerOperaHouse.org

July 11 - 25

Fabulous Fridays ~ Kick off your weekends with festivities including the Callaway Gardens Farmers Market, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and continuing into the evening with great food, drink specials, beach activities and the Florida State University Flying High Circus at 8 p.m. Info: CallawayGardens.com or 800.225.5292

July 16 - 19

Backpacks 4 Kids ~ Bring a new backpack filled with school supplies to Jill Welch Photography and receive a free mini photo session. Benefits Muscogee County school children. 706.587.7976 or JillWelchPhotography.com

July 17 - 19

Peter Pan Live ~ Wendy, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell all take the stage along with the boy who never grew up in this high-flying arena version of Piers Chater Robinson’s book. At Columbus Civic Center. Info: 706.653.4460 or ColumbusCivicCenter.org

July 18

Fantastic Fridays  ~ Visit the Columbus Museum for “Seven Continents; Seven Stories.” Take a journey around the globe through traditional folktales from Mama Koku. After the show, participate in a craft project and a gallery activity. Cost: free. Info: 706.748.2562 or ColumbusMuseum.com

July 18 & 25

No Shame Jr. ~ A variety show of family friendly, original works by young local talent, 7:30 p.m. Open to all ages. Performers (ages 12 – 17 or Academy students) must arrive by 7 p.m. Cost: $5. Proceeds benefit the Springer Scholarship Fund. Info: 706.327.3688 or SpringerOperaHouse.org

July 21 - 25

Summer Golf Camp ~ Fore Kids Columbus invites your children to Godwin Creek for a week of learning or enhancing their golf game. Learn the fundamentals from accomplished golfers and local certified golf coaches and volunteers, 8:30 a.m. -  noon. Register early, space limited. Ages: 6-15. Cost: $110. Info: Stephanie@abmcol.com or 706.315.8444

July 25

Fantastic Fridays  ~ Visit the Columbus Museum for Sean Driscoll’s presentation of  “Wand of Dreams.” The wand has been stolen from Happily Ever After, and everything is falling apart. The audience will help round up the suspects and solve mathematical problems as the mystery unfolds, featuring hilarious puppets, magical props, animation, and more. After the show, participate in a craft project and a gallery activity. Cost: free. Info: 706.748.2562 or ColumbusMuseum.com

July 26

Astronomy Nights ~ Join the staff of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center for an awe inspiring evening of star gazing and planet viewing at Providence Canyon, 9 p.m. Cost: free. Info: 706.649.1477 or ccssc.org

 

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