Special/Family Events


The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, along with many community partners, provides a wide variety of performances, shows, events and activities for the whole family. Some are FREE too! Hope to see you soon.

Elementary School Fitness Run
Open to all Bartholomew County elementary age students & younger. Distances range from 1.4 mile to 1 mile. For more information visit runcolumbus.org.

  • Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Mill Race Park
  • Fee: FREE

Mill Race Live Concert- Battle of the Bands
Concert sponsored by Teen Council, Columbus Parks and Recreation Dept., Columbus Area Arts Council and Foundation for Youth. Rain location Foundation for Youth.

  • Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mill Race Park
  • Fee: FREE

Noon Kids Concerts
Co-sponsored with Columbus Area Arts Council
The Cowboy Show- Paul Odenwelder sings the songs and tells the tales of the American cowboy.

  • Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Park Shelterhouse
  • Fee: FREE

AND
Adzooks Puppets- Mr. Punch the Babysitter

  • Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Park Shelterhouse
  • Fee: FREE

It's Showtime
Indiana Jim's Reptile Experience (all children must be accompanied by an adult)

  • Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • Time: 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Center
  • Fee: FREE

Donner Park Variety Show
Co-sponsored with Kiwanis Club & AM 1010 WCSI

  • Date: Saturdays: June 25, July 16, August 13 & September 24
  • Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Park Shelterhouse
  • Fee: FREE

Family Bingo/ Make Your Own Sundae Night
Must pre-register. Limited to the first 30 families/max 5 per family. Please tell us how many will be attending when registering. Prizes awarded to bingo winners.

  • Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Center
  • Fee: FREE

End of Summer Doggie Swim 
Bring your favorite canine companion to the popular Doggie Swim! Each dog must be accompanied by an owner or adult handler. No pre-registration required.

  • Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Aquatic Center
  • Fee: $5/dog

Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concerts
Open jam sessions begin at 4:00 p.m., Group performances begin at 5:00 p.m. (Donations will be accepted)

  • Date: Sunday, September 10 & November 5, 2016
  • Time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Center
  • Fee: FREE

12th Annual "Let's Get Ready"
Drive In movie event. 7:00 p.m.- Ruditoonz. Unique & imaginative songs/storytelling & lots of audience participation!

  • Date: Sunday, September 24, 2016
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. Movie starts at 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mill Race Park
  • Fee: FREE

Community Cast-A-Ways Garage Sale
Get rid of stuff you don't use anymore!  You provide the goodies to sell, we provide the building, 3 six foot tables, chairs & ads in The Republic.  Pre-registration required.  Admission is FREE to the public.  Set up time will be 7:00 - 8:45 a.m. on the day of the sale.  

  • Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Center
  • Fee: $27/space (register by Wednesday, November 16)

Mad Scientists!
Hands on science fun for the whole family!  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Flyer (PDF)

  • Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
  • Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Center
  • Fee: $1/person

Easter Egg Hunt
Please bring a basket or bag for your eggs.  There will be areas for ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8.  If raining, candy & eggs will be distributed in Donner Center.  Co-sponsored with radio WCSI.

  • Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Donner Park
  • Fee: FREE

Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt
Lots of eggs & lots of prizes await you at this unique activity for teens only! Co-sponsored with the Foundation For Youth & Teen Council.

  • Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Donner Park
  • Fee: FREE

Kids/Teens ONLY Garage Sale (ages 8-18)
Clean out your closets, get rid of some stuff and make some money!  All items for this sale must be kids/teen oriented.  We provide the building, tables, chairs and advertising.  You provide the stuff to sell!  Pre-registration is required.  Admission is FREE to the public.  Set-up is 7:00-8:45 a.m. the day of the sale.  Registration Deadline - Wednesday, April 5.  Flyer (PDF)

  • Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Center
  • Fee: $6/first table, $3/each additional table

Donner Center
739 22nd Street
Columbus IN 47201
(812)376-2680

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