Activity Ideas

Go to the Columbus Y – Big & Little Pals get in for free when they go together.

Go skating at the Columbus Hockey and Skate Center – Big & Little Pals get in for free when they go together.

Check out an athletic event at Central Community College – Columbus Campus. Contact the BPLP office for passes to attend a game for free.


Community Events

Columbus Area Sports & Activities Council Event Calendar

City Calendar of Events, including Library & Park Events

Columbus Chamber Community Event Calendar



  • Go for a walk or a bike ride at the Lake North Bike Trail or Pawnee Park Trail
  • Start a scrapbook of your outings together and include things like ticket stubs, pictures & brochures
  • Go golfing or miniature golfing
  • Learn a new card or board game
  • Play at the park
  • Invite your Little Pal over for a family dinner
  • Have a picnic or grill outdoors
  • Work on a puzzle or a model kit
  • Play croquet, badminton, tennis, racquetball, pool or ping-pong
  • Learn how to sew or do needlework
  • Cook a recipe for a food neither of you have tried before
  • Go to the library and hunt for the silliest titled book
  • Learn to identify constellations in the night sky
  • Make homemade Play-Doh or slime
  • Build a log cabin with Popsicle sticks and glue
  • Learn how to do tricks with a yo-yo
  • Make homemade pizza
  • Research career choices or colleges together
  • Start a collection together (Rocks, baseball cards, stickers, coins – anything you both like!)
  • Go to local school concerts, recitals, school plays or athletic events
  • Work on school projects or help with homework
  • Learn first aid skills or CPR
  • Tie-dye shirts
  • Talk about your first job with your Little Pal
  • Teach your Little Pal some household duties like doing laundry, ironing or doing the dishes
  • Give your Little Pal a tour of your workplace
  • Find an old map and look for towns with interesting names or neat landmarks
  • Talk about the movies and music you liked when you were your Little Pal’s age
  • Build a shelf or bench out of wood
  • Learn 10 new words in a foreign language
  • Make foods from around the world
  • Take care of your pets together or walk a dog around the neighborhood
  • Give each other a manicure or pedicure
  • Practice learning how to tell time or count money
  • Teach your Little Pal about the importance of community service and volunteering
    • Help an elderly friend with yard work
    • Make cards for and visit nursing home residents
    • Collect aluminum cans for recycling
    • Make cards or gifts for sick children in the hospital
    • Volunteer to help at a fundraiser
    • Walk the dogs at the animal shelter
    • Pick up trash at a park



  • Go fishing, boating or swimming
  • Go hiking
  • Go on a picnic together
  • Wash the car together
  • Go roller skating
  • Attend a baseball or softball game
  • Attend or participate in the Columbus Days activities
  • Roast marshmallows and make s’mores
  • Watch the 4th of July fireworks display
  • Wait until dusk and catch fireflies
  • Make banana splits
  • Attend the Platte County Fair
  • Go to the stock car races
  • Participate in the Downtown Runaround
  • Make a bug cage and catch bugs together
  • Work in the garden
  • Teach your Little Pal about yard maintenance (Mowing, raking, seeding, fertilizing, etc.)


  • Make a Grandparent Day card (2nd Sunday in September)
  • Attend or watch a football, volleyball or soccer game together
  • Go hunting or fishing together
  • Plant tulips or rake leaves together
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Make caramel apples
  • Visit a haunted house or pumpkin patch
  • Organize a hayrack ride
  • Take your Little Pal Trick or Treating
  • Make Halloween costumes or decorations together
  • Watch a scary movie together
  • Take a photography nature walk
  • Make bird feeders
  • Go for a ride in the country to see the beautiful fall colors
  • Go to a Raiders basketball or volleyball game (BPLP has free passes available for matches!)
  • Check out books at the Library on Thanksgiving
  • Bake a pumpkin pie
  • Participate in the Big Pals-Little Pals Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser


  • Go to a Raiders basketball game (BPLP has free passes available for matches!)
  • Attend a high school basketball game or wrestling match
  • Go hunting or ice fishing together
  • Go sledding or ice-skating
  • Sit and have a cup of hot chocolate
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Share your old photo albums together
  • Start practicing baseball, softball or soccer
  • Make snow angels or build a snowman
  • Write thank you notes for presents you’ve received
  • Make tree ornaments or a wreath for your front door
  • Make your own Christmas cards
  • Search for fun new carols
  • Visit Santa’s castle at Pawnee Park
  • Go holiday shopping together
  • Decorate a Christmas tree
  • Bake cookies or candy
  • Get creative and make paper snowflake decorations
  • Put up outdoor lights
  • Wrap gifts together
  • Make holiday gifts for your family members (Check Pinterest for fun ideas)
  • Drive around town to look at holiday lights
  • Write each other a letter telling them how much you appreciate them
  • Attend the Big Pals- Little Pals holiday party
  • Make a Valentine card for each other or friends


  • Plant a garden or flowerpot
  • Make Easter decorations or dye Easter eggs
  • Go to garage sales
  • Fly a kite (Bonus points if you create the kite!)
  • Play catch or throw a Frisbee
  • Try your luck and go fishing
  • Go on a photo scavenger hunt
  • Create May Day baskets
  • Make a birdhouse
  • Go out in the country on a nature walk
  • Make a card or gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day
  • Check out a book about birds and go bird watching
  • Go to a soccer game, track meet, or baseball or softball game together
  • Go to a dance recital
  • Go in the backyard and practice soccer, baseball or softball
  • Help your Little Pal check for summer jobs in the newspaper or online job boards