Family Programs

New this year! 

Many MGIX attendee and exhibitors own or work for family business, so MGIX is inviting the whole family to experience Columbus on Sunday and Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Family Business Education Sessions

Participate in sessions focused on the unique challenges of running a family business. 

Sunday, January 14*
*Sunday sessions require separate registration.

  • Bringing Millennials into Leadership Roles
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T  How Do You Gain it as a New Family Business Leader?
  • Ricart Family Panel Discussion

Monday, January 15
Sessions are included in MGIX education pass

  • Bringing the Next Generation into the Family Business: Are You Ready? Are They?
  • Conquering Communication Challenges in a Family Business
  • Wealth Transfer in Family Businesses


Family Activities: Sunday, January 14

While you’re attending pre-conference sessions or setting up your exhibit booth, your family can explore several of Columbus’ nearby attractions:

OhioHealth Ice Haus
Ice skate at the practice home of the Columbus Blue Jackets 

Columbus Museum of Art
Free admission on Sundays

COSI – the Center of Science and Industry

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

And more! Visit to find more family-friendly activities.

MGIX Sunday Dinner
Whether you’ve just completed a day of pre-conference workshops, are just getting into town, or have put the finishing touches on your exhibit, gather with family and friends for a traditional Sunday dinner. Family-friendly entertainment makes it an evening all ages can enjoy!


Family Activities: Monday, January 15

Bring the family to the Midwest Green Industry Experience! While you’re busy attending education sessions or staffing your exhibit booth, family and children of all ages can participate in the following activities:

A Visit from the Columbus Zoo
The award-winning Columbus Zoo showcases several animals on the MGIX Feature Stage. Free with MGIX tradeshow badge.

Ohio Farm Bureau AgVenture LIVE
Learn more about what it takes to be a grower! The Ohio Farm Bureau facilitates a Q&A session on the MGIX Feature Stage that will inspire and educate our future green industry professionals. Free with MGIX tradeshow badge.

Family Activities
All ages can explore the green industry with horticultural activities, crafts and fun! More details coming soon. Free with MGIX tradeshow badge

Picnic Lunch
Gather with family and friends for a casual lunch at MGIX!