Volunteer Events and Activities

Activities for Mentors and Youth

Activities in and Around Columbus 

      1. Alum Creek State Park: Visit here to go fishing, go on a picnic, go swimming, or take a walk.

        Location: 3615 S. Old State Road Delaware, Ohio 43015

        Phone: (740)-548-4631

        Website: www.alum-creek-state-park.org


      2. American Whistle Corporation: This is the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the U.S.! You must call ahead and schedule a tour for $4 a person.

        Location: 6540 Huntley Road Columbus, Ohio 43229

        Phone: (800)-876-2918 ext 4, or (614)- 846-2918 ext 4

        Website: www.americanwhistle.com


      3. Anthony Thomas Candy Company: Go on an hour-long tour of the factory and watch them make candy and learn about each step in the chocolate-making process. Walk in for a tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the time frame of 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Expect to spend up to $2 on yourself and your mentee.

        Location: 1777 Arlington Lane Columbus, Ohio 43228

        Phone: (614)-274-8405

        Website: www.anthony-thomas.com


      4. Al’s Delicious Popcorn: Schedule a tour and sample some of Al’s Delicious Popcorn. Call to schedule tour, price unknown.

        Location: 1500 Bethel Road Columbus, Ohio 43220

        Phone: (614)-451-7677

        Website: www.alspopcorn.com


      5. Black Art Plus: An African American Art Gallery open to the public; “moving forward with a view of the past”

        Location: 43 Parsons Ave Columbus, Ohio 43215

        Phone: (614)-469-9980

        Website: www.blackartplus.com


      6. Buckeye Lake State Park: Go fishing, picnicking, or swimming at this state park.

        Location: 2905 Liebs Island Road Millersport, Ohio 43046

        Phone: (740)-467-2690

        Website: http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/buckeyelake


      7. Chiller Ice Rinks: Ice skating open to the public for $4-10 per person.

        Location: 3600 Chiller Lane Columbus, Ohio 43219

        Phone: (614)-475-7575

        Website: www.thechiller.com


      8. Chuck E Cheese’s: Great place “where a kid can be a kid”.

        Location: 4284 Macsway Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43232

        Phone: (614)-863-6482

        Location: 3631 Soldano Blvd. Columbus, Ohio 43228

        Phone: (614)-351-8884

        Store hours: Sun-Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

        Fri-Sat 11 a.m. -10 p.m.

         Website: https://www.chuckecheese.com/


      9. COSI: Kid-friendly science center. General admission $14-19, plus parking.

        Location: 333 W. Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43215

        Phone: (614)-228-COSI

        Website: www.cosi.org


      10. Columbus Children’s Theatre: Theatre performances geared toward young children. Purchase tickets ahead of time from $12-30 per person.

        Location: 512 Park Street Columbus, Ohio 43215

        Phone: (614)-224-6672

        Website: www.columbuschildrenstheatre.org


      11. Columbus Museum of Art: Check out their exhibitions, collections and center for creativity for an educational outing. Admission $5-12, free on Sundays. Free walk-in tours with admission (check website for times).

        Location: 480 East Broad Street Columbus, Ohio

        Phone: (614)-629-0359

        Website: www.columbusmuseum.org


      12. Central Ohio Fire Museum: Learn about the history of fire fighting and see antique fire engines at this museum and learning center. Admission $4-6, open Tues-Sat 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

        Location: 260 N. Fourth Street Columbus, Ohio 43215

        Phone: (614)-464-4099

        Website: www.centralohiofiremuseum.com


      13. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Enjoy critters, crawlers and swimmers at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Admission varies from $9.99-17.99, plus $8 parking (check website for admission specifications).

        Location: 4850 Powell Rd. Powell, Ohio 43065

        Phone: (614)-645-3400

        Website: www.columbuszoo.org


      14. Creekside Park: This is a great place to go walking and window shopping.

        Location: 123 Mill Street Gahanna, Ohio 43230


      15. Cultural Arts Center: Explore the main art gallery with changing featured artists and collections.

        Location: 139 W. Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43215

        Phone: (614)-645-7047

        Website: www.culturalartscenteronline.com


      16. Davis Discovery Center: Children’s plays and games. Price unknown.

        Location: 549 Franklin Ave Columbus, Ohio 43215

        Phone: (614)-645-7469


      17. Deer Creek State Park: Go fishing, hiking, swimming, golfing, picnicking, hunting; play volleyball or basketball; or play on the playground at this park.

        Location: 20635 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling, Ohio 43143

        Phone: (740)-869-3124

        Website: http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/deercreek


      18. Experience Columbus: Directory of things to do in the area

        Phone: (614)-221-6623

        Website: https://www.experiencecolumbus.com/things-to-do/


      19. Franklin Park Conservatory: Enjoy the exhibitions, glass art, gardens, biomes and more. Also, dine at the Garden Café.

        Location: 1777 E. Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43203

        Phone: (614)-715-8000

        Website: www.fpconservatory.org 


      20. Groveport Aquatic Center: Outdoor water park with slides, in-water playground, lazy river and more.

        Location: 7330 Groveport Road Groveport, Ohio 43125

        Phone: (614)-836-1000

        Website: https://www.groveportrec.com/235/Aquatic-Center-Outdoor-Water-Park


      21. Hale Black Cultural Center: One of the top cultural centers in the country. Experience black culture through nationally recognized art in the two art galleries located here.

        Location: 153 W. 12th Ave (OSU campus) Columbus, Ohio 43210

        Phone: (614)-292-0074

        Website: https://odi.osu.edu/hale-black-cultural-center/


      22. Hocking Hills State Park: Go on a hike, mountain bike, or check out the caves and scenery at this beautiful state park.

        Location: 20160 SR 664 Logan, Ohio 43124

        Phone: (614)-265-6561

        Website: www.thehockinghills.org


      23. Lynd Fruit Farm: Come here to enjoy the orchards and hand-pick your own apples. Visit website or call for picking dates and directions.

        Location: 9090 Morse Road SW Pataskala, Ohio 43062

        Phone: (740)-927-8559 (market phone), (740)-927-1333 (recording for weekend updates in late summer and fall),  (740)-927-7013 (sometimes live, often a recording)

        Website: www.lyndfruitfarm.com


      24. Magic Mountain: Enjoy miniature golf, go-karts, interactive arcade and redemption games, batting cages, bumper boats, bumper cars and more.

        Location: 8350 Lyra Drive Columbus, Ohio

        Phone: (614)-840-9600

        Location: 5890 Scarborough Blvd Columbus, Ohio 43232

        Phone: (614)-892-3335

        Website: www.magicmountainfuncenter.com


      25. Olentangy Indian Caverns: Enjoy mini golf, gem mining, cavern tours, walking trails, a playground, volleyball and a petting zoo! Prices vary under $10 for activities.

        Location: 1779 Home Road Delaware, Ohio 43015

        Phone: (740)-548-7917

        Website: www.olentangyindiancaverns.com


      26. Pigeon Roost Farm: Pick pumpkins, play in Fort Pigeon Roost, travel through a corn maze and more at this fun pumpkin farm!

        Locations: 4413 National Road SW Hebron, Ohio 43025

        Phone: (740)-928-4925

        Website: www.pigeonroostfarm.com


      27. Skate Zone 71: Come skate, play laser tag, play in the arcade and have fun! $8 admission.

        Location: 4900 Evanswood Drive Columbus, Ohio 43229

        Phone: (614)-846-5627

        Website: http://www.unitedskates.com/public/skate-zone-71/index.cfm


      28. Slate Run Metroparks: Go fishing, play around, have a picnic or take a walk at this central Ohio metropark.

        Location: 1375 SR 674 N, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43103

        Phone: (614)-329-1392

        Website: http://www.metroparks.net/parks-and-trails/slate-run/


Fun Things to Do

Airplane watching

Arts and crafts

Baking (cake, cookies, brownies, cupcakes)

Build a snowman during winter

Carve pumpkins for Halloween

Cook meals together

Decorate a Christmas tree

Dye Easter eggs

Explore different communities (Uptown Westerville, old Downtown Dublin, German Village)

Finger paint

Game night (play a board game)

Go to church together

Go to a museum

Go to Easton (window shop, play in fountains)

Go bowling

Go get ice cream

Go on a bike ride

Go on a drive

Go on a picnic

Go on a scavenger hunt

Go on a walk

Go to a cultural festival

Go to a playground

Go to state parks, local parks, or recreation centers

Go to the Dollar Movie Theater

Go to the YMCA

Go swimming

Let them help you wash your car, paint your house, or do other fun chores

Make jewelry

Make sundaes

Make pizzas

Movie night

Plant flowers

Play catch

Read books together

Roller skate/blade

Take the dog for a walk

Write stories together

Visit a college campus

Visit the local pet store

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