If you have sports fans in the family, taking in a game or match with the family is a fun thing to do. Kids can learn things about sports while creating great family bonding. Columbus is home to only a few major league sports teams along with minor league and college teams. Most of the sporting events around town are affordable and often include fun activities or events to keep the kids' attention.

Check out the list below of kid-friendly sporting events around Columbus, get some tickets and have some fun!

    Columbus Crew Soccer Club

     (377.8 mi)

    Season runs February - October

    Katie G.:  Soccer has become a very popular sport in the United States. Many little boys and girls throughout Columbus play soccer each year. Soccer loving families can enjoy watching the Columbus Crew play a professional soccer match at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus. The Crew hosts many promotions throughout the season including half-price concessions, Dispatch family 4-packs and post-match penalty kicks for kids 14 and under.

    Cost: tickets start at $27

    Ohio Machine Lacrosse

     (382.4 mi)

    Season runs May - July

    Katie G.:  The Ohio Machine is Columbus' Major League Lacrosse team. Experience the fast paced action of lacrosse at Fortress Obetz field, which is located about 15 minutes from downtown Columbus. Season tickets, fan 4-pack or single game tickets can be purchased.

    Cost: tickets start at $25

    Otterbein University Football

     (384.8 mi)

    Season runs September - November

    Katie G.:  The Otterbein University Cardinals bring you Division 3 football located right here in Westerville. Families can experience college football without the huge crowds in the renovated Memorial Field.

    Cost: general admission tickets are $8

    Columbus Clippers Baseball at Huntington Park

     (387.8 mi)

    Katie G.:  The Columbus Clippers are the AAA affiliate for the Cleveland Indians. Games are played at the beautiful Huntington Park in downtown Columbus. There are a variety of inflatables for the kids to play on, delicious and healthy kids meal options and lots of entertainment from mascots Krash and Lou Seal.

    Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship Golf Tournament

     (388.4 mi)

    See website for full schedule


    Katie G.:  The Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship is a golf tournament that is part of the Web.com tour featuring the next generation of golfers. This tournament, held at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State Univeristy, benefits Nationwide Children's Hospital and is free to the general public. Daily activities include a putting challenge and a free pancake breakfast on Sunday.

    The Ohio State University Football Spring Game

     (388.7 mi)

    Every April

    Katie G.:  We all know Columbus is crazy about The Ohio State University Buckeye Football team. Regular season fall games are popular, expensive and crowded, and not the best for families with little kids. However, each spring, the Buckeyes host a spring game where the Buckeyes are divided into two teams to play a scrimmage game. Over the year this game has become a big draw for fans and families. This provides a great opportunity for parents to bring their kids and enjoy the live action of Buckeye football and Ohio Stadium.

    Cost: tickets start at $5

    The Ohio State University Baseball

     (389.2 mi)

    Season Runs March - May

    Katie G.:  Take in a baseball game with the family at The Ohio State University watching the Buckeyes play. Sundays are Youth Day at the stadium where kids can jump on inflatables before the game and run the bases after the game. Brutus will be around to entertain the crowd throughout the game. Family ticket packs are available to purchase at a discounted price.

    Cost: tickets start at $8 for adults, $5 for kids, and kids under 6 are free in general admission bleacher seats.

    The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide

     (398.7 mi)

    End of May/Beginning of June

    Katie G.:  The Memorial Tournament is a week-long PGA golf event founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. This event draws some of the best golfers in the world. The practice rounds offer a great opportunity to take the kids, enjoy some sun and learn a little about golf. Wednesdays are Junior Golf Day with a Junior Golf Clinic, golf course scavenger hunt, and a chance to get autographs.

    Cost: Free for kids under 18 with paying adult ($35+)

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