Summer Resources & Activities

Summer 2022

Family Resource Fair

Back-to-School Free Family Resource Fair

The Back-to-School Free Family Resource Fair will be held on Saturday, August 20, on the Fort Hayes campus from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All CCS families will be invited to join us. Imagine the Fort Hayes campus filled with tents and booths from all our community partners who want to share resources with our students and families to get them ready for a successful school year. Key district departments will also be on hand to address last-minute needs.

Library and Reading Corner

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Tips for Encouraging Kids to Read

As we are about to finish our school year and are looking for the summer vacation, we must pay attention to reading and encourage our kids to read every day at least for 20 minutes so that they will not forget what they learned during the school year.

So that we have many resources to help you and your kids to keep reading every day:

Different ways to make a book:

2022 Summer Reading Challenge

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Columbus Metropolitan Library 2022 Summer Reading Challenge is June 1 - July 31. Anyone can participate virtually or in-person. See more details here or watch the Virtual Family Engagement Session here (45 min).

CML Whetstone Branch's Calendar of Events

3909 North High Street, Columbus

Apply for Columbus Metropolitan Library Card

Click here or visit your nearest branch

Family Day! Celebrating Sparky: Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts

Listen to a story

Enjoy recorded stories for read-aloud fun with your kids.

Listen below or call the library’s Dial-A-Story number. It’s free –call any time of the day.

Children can hear new stories to sharpen their listening and comprehension skills. New stories will be updated monthly!

Dial-A-Story: 614-924-1800

Storytime and Shortcakes

Storytime by local author dance party by local performer, Arts & crafts, and Shortcake making with pastry chef on July 31st Zoo Animals!!

Storybook Village

Meet characters from Fairy Tales and children's books like Pete the Cat.

Scholastic Summer Reading

The Scholastic Summer Reading program offers kids an exciting, free, and safe summer reading experience, while helping to provide books to kids with limited or no access over the summer, keeping every child reading.

FREE Summer Sports and Activities

Register here: First come, first serve, must pre-register. Campers will receive camp t-shirt at check-in and food at the conclusion. Campers will be divided into teams and rotate through fundamental soccer drill stations. Instruction led by coaches.

  • Who: Boys & Girls ages 6-14
  • What: Youth Soccer Camp
  • When: June 7th - 10th; 4-7pm
  • Where: Worthington Kilbourne High School, 1499 Hard Rd, Columbus, OH 43235

Free Golf for CCS 5-17 years old

What makes First Tee - Learning golf, getting to know their peers, and enhancing life skills like resilience and self confidence are just the beginning. Our trained coaches empower and inspire kids and teens while teaching them about managing emotions, setting goals, resolving conflicts, and more


City of Columbus Swimming Pools.

Call or visit your local pool to sign up for FREE SWIMMING lessons or for SWIM/DIVE TEAM!

Free Bowling Everyday

Children whose age does not exceed a limit by participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games each day of the KBF program, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

More Sports Resources

Scouting Event

**Not affiliated with Columbus City Schools.**

Cub Scout Pack 3128 is in Northwest Columbus. We serve boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade with the Columbus City Schools who attend Cranbrook, Gables, and Winterset Elementary Schools, and students from these schools who attend the Columbus Gifted Academy. The Cub Scout program is part of the Boy Scouts of America. We are a group of volunteers who are invested in the lives of our community's children. Cub Scout programming meets children where they are developmentally, while introducing them to leadership, citizenship, duty to God, and outdoor adventures. Please visit our pack's website at for more information.

Where: 4776 Winterset Dr, Columbus, OH 43220, USA

When: On Saturday 06/04/2022 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Art & Crafts Corner

Free Summer Celebration Kickoff Saturday (COMA)

Join Columbus Museum of Art for a free Summer Celebration kickoff on Saturday, June 4 from 11 AM-2 PM Booking online? Use code “WonderPass” at checkout! Hours Tues-Sun: 10 AM – 5 PM Thurs: 10 AM – 9 PM 480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215


All this summer, Columbus City Schools students and families are invited to come to the Columbus Museum of Art for FREE. The “WONDERPASS” is back. CMA is thrilled to have received funding from Battelle to offer free admission to CCS students and their families this summer, June 1 - September 5. Just visit the CMA website to order your tickets and use the code “WonderPass” at checkout!

Also join us for our free Summer Celebration kickoff Saturday, June 4 from 11 AM-2 PM. Booking online? Use code “WonderPass” at checkout! Hours Tues-Sun: 10 AM – 5 PM Thurs: 10 AM – 9 PM 480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

Columbus Arts Festival

The festival features five

performing art stages, a Hands-On Activities Village. More than150 live acts include jazz, R&B,

rock, choral music, comedy, modern dance, poetry, and storytelling.

Activities for At Home

Adapted from some of our best books on early childhood development and education, these fun and inexpensive activities will keep kids learning and give you easy ways to connect with them during this unexpected break in routine.

Comics and Cartoon Lovers

The world’s largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics, including original art, books, magazines, journals, comic books, archival materials, and newspaper comic strip pages and clippings.

Phoenix Theaters (Lennox 20)

Phoenix Theaters (Lennox 20): Doors open at 9am for 10am showing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays (6/7/22-8/11/22). Free admission, limited to theater capacity.

Seating is limited to auditorium capacity. Admission is totally FREE, and they are offering a special kiddie meal.

No purchase is necessary, and all ages are welcome.

Trampoline Park

*trampolines, dodgeball, ninja, Kiddie Court, foam pit, slamball, slackline, massage chairs, & Fidget Ladder.

Check out special days for great coupons.

Columbus Recreation and Parks Main page

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department offers a variety nature, wellness and creativity programming for residents of all ages and interests.

Quick links for art activities, free in-store projects, work hops,...etc

Macaroni Kids

Macaroni Kids Guides/Articles/Events/Discounts/Art activities This site updates activities every week.

Home Depot Activities/Works hops

Every Saturday Every Month from 9-noon. Plus directions for many projects with materials you have at home.

Michael's FREE In-Store Projects

Free in-store projects on certain dates

Ideas for Summer Activities at Home

Cool summer activities to help children stay healthy and have fun.

Nature Centers

Search for activity by topic, age,location, etc.

For example:

Sunflowers - 30811825

Creature Feature - 30252229

Meet some of our ambassador animals in the Nature Center.

Amish Farm/Wagon Ride to feed the Animals Come explore a working farm, a horse drawn wagon ride, and tour our barns and houses. Check out the animals you can feed.

More Fieldtrips

A mom's commentary about the trips she took with her kids plus tips on how to get there.

Candy Tours

Anthony Thomas Factory:

Ages 12 and under- $1, Ages 13 and older- $2.


How are Whistles Made?

American Whistle Factory in Columbus: A 1 hour tour is $6 per person. Visit this link.

Statehouse Tours

The Capitol Square complex includes the Ohio Statehouse, Senate Building and Atrium.

The buildings are not only working government offices but a magnificent monument to the

people and the period during which Ohio's democracy was founded and formed.

Science Lovers Corner

COSI Center of Science and Industry

Science Experiments

75 Easy Science Experiments for Kids to do at Home (2022) Do you have a budding scientist living in the house with you? You’re probably looking for ways to foster their love of science and all things STEM. Luckily, even simple

science experiments done at home can be super educational and fun for kids of all ages.

Science Rocks

Orton Geological Museum: FREE tours. Located on The Ohio State University Campus. Dinostore has science based books, rocks, fossils etc for sale.

Ohio Historical Center

Showcases Ohio's history from the ice age to today. These exhibits feature a variety of topics and interactive children activities.

Bubble Fun

Blow bubbles into paint and not get in trouble!! Choose your favorite colors to blow bubbles onto wood or your favorite ceramic!! This is a fun and interesting new experience in paint!

Columbus Visitors' Guide Free Copy

Insights on What to See and Doin Columbus, Plus a Seasonal Calendar of Events Get a Free Visitors Guide.

Things to do in Columbus

Activities, Events, and Experiences Itineraries For Every Interest

The Ohio Historical Marker Program

More than 1,700 markers that share our state’s history, help tell the unique stories of the people, places, things, or events that helped shape individual communities as well as Ohio and the nation. There's one on Main Street.

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Jobs & Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunity by Columbus City Schools

Are you looking for a rewarding position that will make a great impact in our community? If so, our Award-Winning School District may have a perfect opportunity for you.

Interested applicants must apply online to receive an invite to a CAREER FAIR.

Please read the attached flyer to know what are the required positions.

Please read the attached pdf flyer below.

Click here to serve as a Family Ambassador in CCS

Columbus City Schools is looking for caring adults who want to serve as Family Ambassadors. To learn more about the Family Ambassador Program or if you are interested in this position and want to submit your application, click here.

MBK offers Summer Youth Employment Opportunities


MBK has 200 Earn to Learn summer positions in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, fashion, film and content creation. All positions pay $15/hr. Please encourage students to apply early as space is limited. Feel free to share.

Email questions to

Link to application and program descriptions are below:


Columbus Fashion Alliance

Introduction to Fashion. Students learn from entrepreneurs and industry professionals with an opportunity to gain real world experience of what it means to be in the fashion industry. Topics includes design, technical design, sourcing, materials, suppliers, styling, merchandising, marketing/branding, innovation, and more.

Columbus Urban League

Youth will participate in an online and in-person learning experience called VLOG 2021. VLOG 2021 will help youth polish critical digital skills using YouTube as a primary platform, creating and developing digital content. Participants will create their own VLOGs (Video Blog) to share reflections on COVID-19, racism and more. Each youth will also develop a marketing strategy to attract “viewers” to watch their final videos on YouTube.

Heart of JOB Foundation

This new state-of-the-art Music Production workshop prepares adolescents for future careers in the music industry through hands-on experience and professional development. MP 100 teaches participants that creative arts like music are not only a hobby but a skillset that can lead to rewarding careers in entertainment. Modules are divided into four disciplines: 1) Executive Media Production, 2) Music Business Intelligence, 3) Innovation Engineering & Entrepreneurship, 4) Digital Audio Technologies.

The Ohio State University

One week pre-college summer business residential program. Students receive an introduction to college life and experience business education from finance to leadership to professional image, topics are wide-ranging. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end.


Lead youth in a 8-week masterclass on the various aspects of brand campaign and content creation led by influential mentor experts and presenters.

Students will research and explore an issue that matters to youth in their age group, neighborhoods, and/or popular culture and how they might disrupt that issue with a positive summer youth campaign.

Free Printable Calendar Templates

Printable calendar templates to make your own summer calendar and keep track of everything you want to do.

About Gables Elementary School

Attendance Email:

Attendance Phone Number: 1-380-997-6025

PTA email:

FACTline Email:

FACTline Phone Number: 614-221-FACT (614-221-3228)

Customer Relations Email:

Customer Relations Phone Number: (614) 365-8888

Gables Family Ambassador

Israa Elnwawy.

I am here to help families become informed with Gables and to answer any questions about the school and our community or guide them to the right direction.

You can find me on Bloomz or email me at,

You may also contact me by calling or texting my Google Voice Phone Number at 614-653-8847.