Throughout the summer, bring the kids downtown for FountainSide, presented by Sunny 95 and AEP in Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile, on select Wednesdays throughout the summer to enjoy free children’s activities! From 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., the 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain will be bubbling with fun activities for kids, along with games, arts, and crafts. There will also be free ice cream from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck. Bring a picnic and hang out by the fountains for the day.
June 11: Learn and Live Local
Show your love for Columbus at FountainSide! Fly over to Ohio History Connection for a paper airplane workshop, stop by to plant some seeds with Lowe’s Plant & Grow station, craft away with St. Vincent Family Center, and taste Columbus’ local flavors with Local Matters and Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Test your sport skills with OSU Sports Marketing, discover the wonders of science with the COSI Street Team, then wade back to the fountains to hop around with the Fountain Frog.
June 18: Plant with a Purpose
Every day is Earth Day at FountainSide! Learn how to protect our natural environment with RecyColumbus, grab an instrument and play along with the Recycle Band, then learn how plants keep their roots strong with Local Matters. Join Lowe’s for their weekly Plant & Grow workshop, discover the water cycle with Ohio League of Conservation Voters, and test your math and science skills with the COSI Street Team. Visit turtle friends with The Turtle Lady, see who’s making sweet honey at Central Ohio Beekeepers Association.
June 25: Fountain Wishes and Butterfly Kisses
Put on your creative hats and get inspired at FountainSide! Learn how to be an expert artist with OSU Urban Arts Space, flutter over to celebrate Franklin Park Conservatory’s 20th anniversary of Blooms & Butterflies with a butterfly craft, and see what’s buzzing around the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Visit Local Matters for planting lessons, and discover the world of technology and science with Indian Village Outdoor Education Center and COSI. Join the fun with the Lowe’s Plant & Grow station.
July 2: No Fountainside
July 9: Get Active, Get Green
It’s time to make a splash, get moving and learn how to “go green!” at FountainSide! Warm-up, show your buckeye spirit and get active with OSU Sports Marketing. Create jewelry out of recyclable water bottles with Eric Marlow, learn how to juggle with Matt Jergens, leap around the fountains with the Fountain Frog, and dive into shaving cream art with The Works. Explore the nature of honey bees with Central Ohio Beekeepers Association, live green with the COSI Street Team, learn how to plant with a friend at Local Matters, and start your own green garden with Lowe’s Plant & Grow station.
July 16: No Fountainside
July 23: Nature and Native Ohio
Birds of prey are flying into FountainSide! Learn about Ohio’s native species and its beautiful natural environment with the Ohio Wildlife Center. Venture over to Franklin Park Conservatory and St. Vincent Family Center for all things crafts. Enjoy tasty native food with Local Matters, discover Ohio science with COSI, and taste yummy honey from Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Take a view of the underground world with Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and Lowe’s Plant & Grow workshop
July 30: Creepy Crawly Crafts
Get ready for things that creep, sneak, slither and crawl at FountainSide! Explore and learn about the world of bugs with the Bugman, and soar over to Indian Village Outdoor Education Center for fossils, snakes, furs and more. Make sure to wiggle over and brush up on your art skills with OSU Urban Arts Space, create comic strips with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and plant some fun with Lowe’s Plant & Grow workshop. Experience the world of science with the COSI Street Team, explore the world of homegrown food with Local Matters, and stop by Central Ohio Beekeepers Association for the sweetest honey around.
August 6: Big City, Little Farm
It’s time for a barnyard bash at FountainSide! Join Bring the Farm to You to visit the world of chickens, rabbits, sheep and more. Discover the senses of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids with P.T. Reptiles, learn how to keep veggies fresh with Local Matters, and see what the bees are up to with Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Hop around the fountains with your favorite Fountain Frog, grab your lab coats for science fun with the COSI Street Team, play with OSU Sports Marketing, and stop by Lowe’s Plant & Grow station.
August 13: Salute to Summer
It’s time to say farewell to FountainSide for now, but let’s celebrate with fountain friends! Test your slap shot skills with Columbus Blue Jackets, get moving with OSU Sports Marketing, and learn about everything turtles with The Turtle Lady. Play in the dirt one last time with Lowe’s Plant & Grow workshop and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, and get some good eats with Local Matters and Central Ohio Beekeeper’s Association. Stop by the Thurber House for exciting literature and flip books, and discover creations and innovations with the COSI Street Team.