Through August 5 Summer Fun Pass ~ Stop by Columbus Ice Rink, Columbus Aquatic Center, Columbus Parks & Recreation Main Office, METRA or any Recreation Center to pick up a Summer Fun Pass granting children under 18 (with paying adult) free admission to Double Churches and Rigdon pools, outdoor pool prices at the Columbus Aquatic Center, free METRA transportation and free ice skating all summer long. Open to Muscogee County residents only. Info: ColumbusGA.gov.
6 – 22 Jungle Book ~ Nestled in the jungle of India, Mowgli is a boy who has been raised by wolves. Banished by the ferocious tiger, Sherakhan, Mowgli learns the laws of the jungle from his panther friend, Bagheera, and discovers his place among the animals. He discovers that real friends are not determined by the pack you are born into, but the pack you choose. Mowgli must choose whether to defy the law of the jungle or leave his home forever. July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:00PM & July 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 2:00PM in the Springer Opera House McClure Theatre. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children, $8 for Springer Academy students
7, 14, 21, 28 Market Days ~ Locally grown produce, home-baked goods, fresh flowers, art and handcrafted items from local vendors, 9 a.m. – noon every Saturday in the 1000 block of Broadway. Info: 706.596.0111
10 Cow Appreciation Day ~ Cow Appreciation Day is the one day of the year when it’s okay to dress udderly crazy in exchange for free food. Make or buy your cow costume (or any sort of cow apparel), wear it to your favorite Chick-fil-A between opening and 7 p.m. and receive a free entrée.
10 – 21 NIM Kids Film Fest ~ Enjoy free family-friendly movies on the region’s largest screen. Sensory-friendly screenings will be offered on Wednesdays, allowing kids bothered by loud noises and darkness to also enjoy a big screen outing. Admission is free to both children and adults. You’ll want to arrive early before the theater fills up. The concession stand will have snacks and light lunches for sale. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the National Infantry Museum. Info: NationalInfantryMuseum.org
13 Fantastic Fridays – Many Ways We Count ~ Parent’s Choice Award-winning “Mr. Greg” encourages the audience to dance, jump, clap and laugh as they learn to count through creative, innovative sing-a-longs and audience participation. 10:30 a.m. at the Columbus Museum. Cost: Free. Info: 706.748.2562
14 Honey Harvest ~ Learn about beekeeping and the process of extracting and bottling honey. Activities include honey extraction with the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers, pollinator crafts, honey sampling and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oxbow Meadows. Cost: $5. Info and schedule: Oxbow.ColumbusState.edu/Insectival
19 Rock Painting Party ~ Help spread positive messages of kindness and encouragement with an afternoon of rock painting. Paint them, hide them and spread some cheer. All supplies will be provided. 4 p.m. at North Columbus Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: 706.748.2855
20 Fantastic Fridays – Celtic Fire ~ Experience a bit of the history, culture and character of Ireland through song and dance with the band Celtic Fire. Audience participants will be able to join the band onstage as the program comes to a conclusion. 10:30 a.m. at the Columbus Museum. Cost: Free. Info: 706.748.2562
24 Kids’ Open Mic ~ Is your child a poet, dancer, singer, rapper, actor or comedian? Sign them up to perform at The Mic Drop, an open mic especially for kids. Even if you don’t perform, come for the snacks and to show support. Arrive on time to sign-up. Seven minute max per routine. Options for lighting and music are available. 4:30 p.m. at Columbus Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: 706.243.2669
27 Fantastic Fridays – Creek and Cherokee in Georgia ~ Storyteller Natalie Jones regales the audience with factual stories about life in Georgia, the Trail of Tears and Native folktales from each tribe. 10:30 a.m. at the Columbus Museum. Cost: Free. Info: 706.748.2562