Summer means family time and there's no better place to explore with the kids than Columbus. Below we've rounded up some of the best activities there are for families, as well as a few pro tips to help you plan your trip this summer to Columbus.

Easton Sunset Series Drive-in Movies

Catch a Drive-in Movie

Movie classics under the stars provide that nostalgic summer experience for your family. Catch a show this summer at Easton Town Center’s Drive-In Movie Series and light up your little one’s world.  Adding in family-friendly stops like Legoland, American Girl, Build-a-Bear and the most incredible ice cream display from Forty Deuce Café and Bar will make for an unforgettable day of fun!

Mother and daughter enjoy celebration at local festival

Festival Season is Back!

Summer 2022 marks the return of Festival Season in Columbus. All summer long, festivals and events in Columbus are ready to welcome you back with everything from art to music to culture and food, be sure to save the date for Columbus' best festivals. See the full list of festivals in Columbus here

Baboon Lagoon Children's Play Area at Zoombezi Bay, part of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Water Fun: Splash Parks and Pads

When you want to beat the heat and seize that summer sizzle, venture to some of our favorite refreshing spots in the city. Plan a day trip to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay and take a trip down the wild slides. Pro Tip: consider renting a Cabana for your tiny travelers. It is a great way to have a little more room for your baby gear and can provide the space for rest time and shade. Or head to the splash pads at Easton Town Center, the Bicentennial Park fountain, or North Bank Park downtown. 

Columbus Museum of Art

Rainy Day Activities

While warm weather is the staple of summer, the Midwest brings those unpredictable weather days…so indoor fun is a must. Create a museum bucket list for your family with stops to some of Columbus’ top museums and attractions like the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum or the Ohio History Center

Farmers Market Easton

Farmer’s Markets

Hitting up your local farmer’s market not only produces fun and fresh flavor, but also introduces your kiddos to local growers, farms, and small businesses right in your backyard. Markets are vibrant with colorful veggies, delicious treats and a whole lot of family fun. Find a list of summer farmer's markets in Columbus here

Summer in Columbus is unforgettable, start planning your summer family trip today!