School's out and summer is in full swing, so we've got some activities for you and your family.
School's out and summer is in full swing, so we've got some activities for you and your family in and around Columbus during the month of June.
Columbus Arts Festival
This annual festival is back, June 7-9, at the Downtown Columbus riverfront, and there is plenty to keep the kids occupied while Mom and Dad are browsing through the art. Hands On Arts Activities will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Options include making an adventure journal, glazing pottery and face painting. Best of all, these activities are free! And if your son or daughter is a budding art collector, there's a special gallery where they can purchase pieces of art for less than $5.
Downtown Columbus Riverfront, 614-224-2606, columbusartsfestival.org
Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Party
Summer is here, so that means there's plenty of time to pick up a book and get lost in the world of reading. The Columbus Metropolitan Library is making it fun with the 2013 Summer Reading Club, called Rock Out! Read. The Main Branch is hosting a kick-off party on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. They'll have live entertainment, activities and the chance to sign up for the program. Rock Out! Read lasts until Aug. 3.
Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Ave. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-645-2275, columbuslibrary.org
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition
Ever wonder why certain things happen the way that they do? Using science and different experiments, MythBusters is coming to COSI and will help explain these myths and sensations. Based on the Discovery Channel series, the new exhibition starts on June 8 and runs through Sept. 7. The cost (which includes both regular COSI admission and the new exhibition) is $25.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors and $20.95 for kids. Cost for COSI members is $6. COSI is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
COSI, 333 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-228-2674, cosi.org
Sesame Street Live
Elmo, Big Bird, Grover and the gang are making their way to the Palace Theatre June 15-16 for Sesame Street Live's "Elmo Makes Music." Little ones will enjoy the story of a music teacher who teaches the characters new ways to make music. You've got four opportunities to catch the show: Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $23-$33.
Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-469-0939, sesamestreetlive.com
American Girl Opening
It's the moment you've been waiting for since it was announced last year: The American Girl store is coming to Easton! With other locations around the country including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, the popular destination for girls is setting up shop in Columbus. You can shop for American Girl dolls (and their clothing and accessories!), eat at the American Girl Bistro and even have your doll's hair done at the Doll Hair Salon. Opening weekend is June 22-23.
American Girl Columbus, 4040 The Strand East (Easton), Columbus 43219, 877-247-5223, americangirl.com