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.

August 2014

August 1 - 22

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

August 2 - 30

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

August 3 - 31

Drop-In Tours ~ Drop in to the Columbus Museum between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a one-hour tour of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with a weekend gallery guide. Cost: free. Info: 706.748.2562 or ColumbusMuseum.com

August 9

The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle ~ All are invited to watch or participate in the largest (and most affordable) single day of whitewater rafting in Columbus history, with a goal of over 1,000 paddlers. Eight hourly time slots, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., only $20 per rafter, and a free after-paddle celebration, open to the public with live music from Sailing to Denver, local Columbus food trucks and ice-cold beverages, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Info: whitewaterexpress.com or 800.676.7238

August 9

Second Saturday ~ Visit the Columbus Museum Art Cart, 10 a.m. - noon, to sketch flowers and experiment with watercolor pencils. After creating a masterpiece, go on a nature scavenger hunt around the museum. Stop in the galleries at 11 a.m. for a special story time reading of Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt. Cost: Free. Info: 706.748.2562 or ColumbusMuseum.com

August 12

Signing for babies ~ Caregivers and babies can use signs to make communication easier. Learn how at the Phenix City Library, 10:30 a.m. Info: PhenixCityLibrary.com or 334.297.1139

August 16

Puppy Tales ~ Get comfortable and read aloud one of your favorite books to one or more sweet, lovable certified therapy dogs at the Columbus Public Library, 2 p.m. Bring your own book or choose one from the children's department to read. Info: 706.243.2679 or cvlga.org

August 16

The Amazing Marriage Chase ~ Married and engaged couples in all stages of life are invited to celebrate the teamwork of marriage. Participate in multiple challenges beginning in the 1000 block of Broadway. Photo scavenger hunt, brainteasers, physical challenges and more. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. The Chase is on at 8:30 a.m. Winners announced at 11 a.m. Preregister at pilink.org. Info: 706.649.6507 or RightFromTheStart@pilink.org

August 16

Nature Navigators: Raptor Release ~ Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts a Raptor Release from 11 a.m. - noon. The program takes a look at raptors native to the area.Cost: $5, infants free. Info: ColumbusState.edu/ExploringNature

August 19

Classic Afternoon Movie ~ Enjoy a screening of family favorite Mary Poppins at the North Columbus Public Library, 3:30 p.m. Info: 706.748.2855 or cvlga.org

August 23

Astronomy Nights ~ Join the staff of 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

August 23

Exploring Nature Day ~ Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts Exploring Nature Day from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Includes a live reptile show, a guided hike through Oxbow's nature trails, a scavenger hunt, and interactive lessons from the center's Bird Identification Station, Mammal Station and Invertebrate Station. Cost: $5, infants free. Info: oxbow.ColumbusState.edu/ExploringNature

August 26

Family Night at the Library ~ At the Mildred L. Terry Public Library, "F- rated" programs provide Fantastic Family Fun, and sometimes even a Favorite snack. Enjoy literary activities, community speakers and connections with your child's school, 6:30 p.m. Info: 706.243.2782 or cvlga.org

August 29 - 31

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival ~ Soar into September beginning with the extraordinary Friday Night Balloon Glow and continuing all weekend long at Callaway Gardens Robin Lake Beach. Watch beautiful balloons in flight or hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Info: CallawayGardens.com or 800.225.5292

August 30 -
Sept. 1

Book Sale ~ Visit the Ledger-Enquirer in Uptown Columbus, 17 W. 12th St., for a Labor Day Weekend Book Sale. Thousands of books on sale, including hardback and paperback fiction, history, cookbooks, biographies and children's books. Sat. & Mon. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. Prices, $1-$4.

August 31

Jazz on the River ~ Bring your lawn chairs and the family to the Civic Center Courtyard for a free evening of open-air music beginning at 6 p.m.

 

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