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

$45 per person, includes Sunday Dinner!

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
Sunday, 5:15–6:45pm
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.

A buffet of homestyle comfort food favorites, a cash bar, and entertainment by TBDBITL—the OSU Marching Band Alumni— make an evening all ages will enjoy!

$45 adults (includes Sunday education sessions), $31 children ages 12 and under.


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.

Family Activities
All ages enjoy a visit from the Bug Man and his insect friends. Children can decorate flower pots to take home. Free with MGIX tradeshow badge

Picnic Lunch
Monday, January 15, 12:15 pm
Gather with colleagues and send off your family with a casual lunch.
$32 adults, $26 children ages 12 and under.


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