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!

March 2014

March 21 - 30

James and the Giant Peach ~ Follow the fantastical adventures of James and an entourage of outlandish characters with stilt walking, tumbling, magic, square dancing and a snowball fight with the audience. At Springer Opera House. Rated: G. Info: 706.327.3688 or SpringerOperaHouse.org

March 27 - 29

Spring Celebration ~ Westville celebrates the beginning of Spring with fun activities and crafts all through the village in Lumpkin, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Gardening, basket weaving, candle and soap making, blacksmithing, woodworking, shoemaking, plus goodies cooking over the hearth in the farmhouse. Cost: $8 - $10, pre-K free. Info: Westville.org or 888.733.1850

March 29

March MadScience ~ Coca-Cola Space Science Center holds its final March MadScience activities noon-7 p.m. Astro Cam the Space Man, live science shows highlighting rocketry and robotics, and build and take home a science project. Hands-on science activities: straw rockets recommended for ages 8 and older at 1 p.m., robotic straw hand, recommended ages 8 and older at 2 p.m. and competition build: “EGG”stronaut, recommended ages 10 and older at 3 p.m. SCI-FI Movie Night for the whole family at 7 p.m. Admission: $3 - $6, under 4 free. Info: 706.649.1470 or CCSSC.org

April 2014

April 1 & 2

Spring Kids Film Series ~ Looking for something to do with the kids during spring break? The IMAX Theatre at Patriot Park hosts movies free to the public, twice each day at 9 and 11 a.m. See Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Tues. and the sequel on Wed. First come, first seated. Concessions specials available, including a $4 Snack Pack (popcorn, fruit snack and drink). See the full IMAX schedule at NationalInfantryMuseum.com/imax.

April 4

Gala of the Royal Horses ~ Some of the most celebrated horses in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters. Along with the magnificent stallions, Spanish flamenco dancers will feature in authentic vibrant costumes accompanied by the mellow notes of a guitar to conjure the sights and sounds of Spain. Cost: $22.50 – $57.50 Info: ColumbusCivicCenter.org

April 4 - 13

Spring Fling ~ Celebrate the beginning of spring with rides, concessions, games and more in the Columbus Civic Center Parking Lot. Cost: free admission. Info: ColumbusCivicCenter.org

April 4 - 25

Uptown Concert Series ~ Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and your family to the 1000 Block of Broadway for live music every Friday at 7 p.m. This month hear DSOS, Million Dollar Quartet and Big Woody and the Splinters. Info: UptownColumbusGA.com

April 5

Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band ~ Concert presented by MWR at Fort Benning's Wetherby Field. This event is free and open to all active duty and retired soldiers, their family members, and DoD civilian employees. The gate opens at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

April 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 in the 1000 block of Broadway. Info: 706.596.0111 or elee@uptowncolumbusga.com

April 6

Easter Egg Hunt ~ The Wynn House hosts a hunt beginning at 4 p.m.  Meet the Easter bunny, get your face painted, enter a basket contest and more. Ages: toddler - 9.  Cost: $7. Info: TheWynnHouse.com or 706.323.1895

April 9 - 12

Clothing Sale ~ Columbus Kids Market holds its spring and summer sale at Central Baptist Church, 8303 Whitesville Road. Info: ColumbusKidsMarket.com

April 11 - 12

Frogtown Hollow Jam ~ Two-day music festival with fun for the whole family at Woodruff Park. Nonstop live music of all genres, tons of food, arts and crafts vendors, inflatables for the kids, face painters, stilt walkers and hot air balloon rides. Costs: $20 a day, kids 6 and under free. Info: FrogtownHollowJam.com

April 11 - 25

Movies Under the Stars ~ Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to Wetherby Field for a free family movie, open to the public. MWR provides free popcorn while it lasts, concessions available. Gates open early, but the movie starts at dark, between 8 and 8:30 p.m. April 11: Despicable Me, April 18: Turbo and April 25: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian at least 21-years old and no pets allowed. Custer Road Bridge is being repaired, so you may need an alternate route. For more information, visit BenningMWR.com.

April 11 - 26

Down the Dirt Path ~ The Family Theatre presents a modern telling of the “Prodigal Son,” a story of grace and redemption set in the present-day South.  Info: 706.536.8052 or FamilyTheatre.org

April 12

Junior Golf Tournaments ~ for boys and girls up to age 15 at Godwin Creek. Check-in at 9:30 a.m., tournament at 10 a.m. Rainouts played following Saturday. Cost: $10 - $20, includes lunch. Info: 706. 324.0583 or ForeKidsColumbus.com

April 12

Furry 5K ~ A unique run/walk to urge owners, with their dogs, to unite with fellow runners and walkers to benefit the homeless animals of PAWS Humane. Children welcome, 2- and 4-legged. Info: pawshumane.org or 706.570.5775

April 12

Second Saturday ~ Drop by the Columbus Museum for a special outdoor event to get inspired by nature, 10 a.m. to noon. Create your own landscape at the Art Cart using chalk pastels. Inside, participate in a scavenger hunt exploring landscapes in the museum’s Permanent Collection and complete a landscape inspired word search. Special story time with Sky Tree by Thomas Locker at 11 a.m. Cost: free. Info: 706.748.2562 or ColumbusMuseum.com.

April 12

Astronomy Nights ~ Join the staff at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center for an awe inspiring evening of star gazing and planet viewing. Planetarium time: 8 p.m. Observing time: 9 p.m. Cost: free. Info: 706.649.1477 or ccssc.org

April 12

12 Easter Eggstravaganza ~  Visit The Rock Ranch for story time at the log cabin, 11 a.m. with local Christian writer Harvey Wilson. Age-specific egg hunts at staggered times beginning at 12:45 p.m. at different locations across the ranch, bring your basket or buy one in the gift shop. Also bring a camera for a photo with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Story at 12:30 p.m. by pastor PJ Flores. Cost: free. Info: TheRockRanch.com

April 13

Easter Egg Hunt ~ Seach for colorful eggs hidden across the beautiful Columbus Botanical Garden, 2 - 4 p.m., and enjoy refreshments and craft projects, too. Cost: $3 per child over 3. Info: contactus@ColumbusBotanicalGarden.org

April 18

Light Up Columbus ~ For Autism Awareness Month, Columbus businesses and landmarks will be illuminated with blue lights. A 1k/5k/10k blue glow run begins at 8 p.m. to benefit Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization. Info: LightUpColumbus.org

April 19

Superhero Run ~ Every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes. 1K Fun Run/Walk and 5K Run to benefit Chattahoochee CASA. In front of the RiverCenter, costumes encouraged, 7:30 a.m. Info: TwinCedears.org or 706.327.9612

April 19

Easter Egg Hunts ~ Grab your basket and head to Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy an epic hunt for candy and prize eggs, organized by age group, and then pose with the Easter Bunny for photos. Info: CallawayGardens.com

April 19

1850's Easter Celebration ~ Historic Westville presents hands-on holiday activities all through the village. Dye eggs naturally, make Easter crafts and play games for an enjoyable and fun Easter holiday, 10 a.m. – 5p.m. Info: Westville.org

April 19

Festival by the Lake ~ Spend a day by the lake at Florence Marina State Park in Omaha, GA, with crafts, food, games, entertainment and boat rides. Children can bring their baskets and hunt for eggs and prizes from 1 – 2 p.m., and the giant Easter Bunny will visit. Cost: $5 plus $5 parking. Info: 229.838.4706 or GeorgiaStateParks.org

April 24 - 26

Old Time Music Festival ~ Visit Pioneer Park in Loachapoka for the Lee County Gathering, three action-packed days of musical instruction, performances and jam sessions for musicians of all ages and skill levels. Classes offered include Sacred Harp Singing, Bowed Psaltry, Hammered Dulcimer, Penny Whistle, Ukulele, Mandolin, Mountain Dulcimer, Old Time A Cappella Spirituals, Autoharp, Native American Flute, Story Telling and more. Registration and info: LeeCountyHistoricalSociety.org

April 26

Family Expo ~ Learn about modern cloth diapers and participate in the worldwide Great Cloth Diaper Change to break the Guinness World Record, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Lake Bottom Park Band Shell. Info: Facebook.com/Columbus.fortbenning.gcdc

April 26

Cashore Marionettes ~ Life in Motion, a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland.Engineering marvels with an extraordinary quality of movement, the marionettes explore a range of emotions with precise action and endearing nuance. At RiverCenter, 2 p.m. Info: RiverCenter.org

April 26

Reptile Fest ~ Perfect for children of all ages, Oxbow Meadows will delight, intrigue, and educate even the most snake-scared humans, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A live reptile show, the Hiss America Costume Contest (don’t bring your reptile this year, dress up like one), and a behind-the-scenes look at all of Oxbow’s resident reptiles. Cost: $5 per person, 3 & under free. Info: 706.687.4090 or oxbow.columbusstate.edu

April 29

Youth Orchestra ~ Hear the talented young musicians of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus and see the Maestro for a Moment conduct the finale, 7 p.m. at RiverCenter. Vote early and vote often for your favorite candidate, $1 per vote. Concert admission free. Info: yogc.org

 

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