We are now almost midway into summer and, like many of us on the Ryan Reynolds Team, you are probably scrambling for things to keep the kids (and yourself!) occupied while enjoying the dog days.
Columbus is full of many wonderful resources that you may never have thought of, especially concerning the arts!
We are home to the Columbus Museum of Art, which offers free admission on Sundays year-round. They have an excellent Children’s Area, with plenty of hands-on activities for kids (and adults) of all ages, as well as summer art workshops and a program called “School’s Out CBUS”, in partnership with Mayor Ginther and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to provide a safe place to nurture creativity over the summer months.
Are you a Star Wars fan and perhaps looking for a mini-road trip? The Cincinnati Museum Center is hosting an exhibition now through October 1, featuring more than 60 costumes form the iconic films! In conjunction with The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and the Smithsonian Institute, visitors can enjoy a behind the scenes look at the creative process, and enjoy revisiting the fantastical world of that galaxy far far away. While you are there, enjoy the other museums on the campus, as well as the Newport Aquarium across the Ohio River.
Wanting to relax and take in a family film? Did you know that Columbus is home to one of the few remaining drive-in theaters? Grab some pizza, pack the kids in the car, and visit the South Drive-In on South 23/High St. They have a variety of family films playing all summer long.
The Short North district is a great resource, as well – every month, on the first Saturday, families can enjoy strolling down High Street for the Gallery Hop. It officially runs from 4pm- 10pm, with restaurants and galleries opening their doors to welcome visitors to experience exhibitions, street performers, food, and drinks in the district.
The Columbus Commons is another fun and unique place to hang out with the family on summer evenings…they have many different family-friendly music events, featuring the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, as well as a Summer Movie Series, featuring THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE on July 21st! Admission is free and the kids can grab Jeni’s Ice Cream and take a ride on the carousel.
Franklinton Arts District is home to a growing number of artists and studio spaces with happenings all year round. On July 14, there is The Amazing Dog Show! at 400 West Rich studios; Columbus artists have joined together to raise money for the fur babies at PetPromise, donating artwork for sale of our favorite furry friends, with proceeds going to help take care of the housing and adoption of homeless dogs. Check out 400 West Rich on Facebook for more information.
I hope that this has given you some fun, inexpensive, out-of-the box ideas for filling up the long summer days and nights! There are so many things to do in this great city of ours, and I think we forget to take advantage of the culture and art in our city. Hopefully this will help!
Daidria Eckels, Buyer’s Agent, Ryan Reynolds Team, LLC
Note: The information here was correct at time of publishing, but weather and other issues can impact even the best laid plans. Call the venue directly or visit the links provided for up-to-date information before you make your plans!