What Should We Do This Weekend? October 27-31, 2016 Halloween Edition

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Spooky is the name of the game this weekend! I’ve expanded this weekend’s post to include 5 days leading up to and including Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Fall-O-Ween Party at Marion Franklin Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Costume Carnival at Martin Luther King Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

6:00 PM – Trunk or Treat at Grace Polaris Church

Friday, October 28, 2016

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Preschoolers: Halloween Open House at Sharon Woods Metro Park

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Pumpkin Painting for Kids at Westerville Public Library

10:30 AM – Halloween Party, Crafts and Movie Night at piccadilly modern play cafe

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Halloween Party at Subway and Trick or Treating in the Kroger Marketplace Plaza in Lewis Center

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Trick or Treat at the Shops at Worthington Place

6:00 PM – Night at the Library at Westerville Public Library

6:00 PM – Uptown Madness in Uptown Westerville

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM – BOO! for Books Photo Session at Wes Kroninger Photography

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Halloween Skate Party at Skate Zone 71

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Haunted Farmer’s Market in Old Worthington

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Trick or Tweet at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Hoot Family Film Series: Halloween at Gateway Film Center

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Fall Harvest Days at Hoover YMCA Park

10:00 AM – 9:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

10:30 AM – The Enchanted Tea Party with Princess Beauty!

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Family Storytime at Main Library

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Storytime Bash at Gahanna Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Bash at New Albany Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Trick or Treat at Franklin Park Conservatory

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Halloween Comic Fest at Packrat Comics

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Pumpkin Palooza at Shepard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

4:00 PM – Preschoolers: Costume Party at Blacklick Woods

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Halloween Lantern Hike at Battelle Darby Creek

7:00 PM – Halloween Lantern Hike at Blacklick Woods

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Ruloween at Rule 3

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

10:00 AM – Family Storytime: Pumpkins at Slate Run Farm

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Halloween Family Funday at North Market

10:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – The Great Pumpkin Drop at Marysville Fire Station 271

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Halloween Party at Inniswood Gardens

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Painting in the Park in Goodale Park

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Hilliard Trunk or Treat at Ray Patch Family YMCA

Monday, October 31, 2016

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Boo on Broadway at Grove City  Town Center

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Grandview Heights Howlin’ Halloween

More Halloween Fun

Here is a link to all of the Local Trick or Treat Times across Ohio!

Don’t forget to check this list of Columbus Recreation and Parks Halloween and Fall Harvest Party Times which are happening all weekend!

It’s not too late for 3 Can’t Miss Pumpkin Patches Near Columbus or 9 Things to Do With Your Kids this Fall in Columbus!

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On a personal note . . .

My kids are REALLY into spooky things this year! I mentioned my #momfail concerning Halloween last year in my post last week, but this year I don’t think there’s any way I’m going to get away with waiting until my kids forget about it! Jaden is already asking me how many days until Halloween every day, so he’s going to expect SOMETHING to happen when it rolls around! Now I am NOT a Pinterest mom, and I basically have this blog chronicling the things we go out and do because I am the worst at doing crafty things at home with my kids!

BUT, since the pressure is on, here are a few ideas I am considering for the “big day”:

If you have any easy Halloween games or treats for little kids, send them my way! (And I mean EASY!)

Happy Halloween!

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ICYMI: $2 Tuesdays: Recreations Outlet, Columbus Zoo and Tacos!

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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$2 Tuesdays: Recreations Outlet, Columbus Zoo and Tacos!

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I know, this is crazy, right? Who does two full-fledged outings in one day, let alone one morning? But hear me out, because I think you might want to, too!

You know what else is crazy? I actually arrived at Recreations Outlet around 9:15 AM! Usually, it’s a good day if I’m getting out of the house at 10:15! It’s amazing how much that extra hour adds to your day – enough time that you would actually consider going to the zoo afterwards!

I heard about Recreations Outlet last year, but I just felt that my newly one year old was not a good fit for large playground equipment. Then summer rolled around and we spent a lot of time exploring outdoor parks. When the temperatures dropped, and my now 2 year old was a steady-enough climber, I put it back on my list of places to visit. In full disclosure, my family received a pass to visit for free, but it was 100% coincidence that I already had the playdate on the calendar with a friend for the coming week! Serendipity!

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So what makes this a $2 Tuesday? On Tuesdays (AND Wednesdays and Thursdays) from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Recreations Outlet has charitable play, where admission is $2 per family (that includes up to 3 children). Additional children are $1 per child. Not only are you getting a major discount, but 50% of the price you pay gets donated to a charity chosen by Recreations Outlet! All other play times are $6 per child during the week, and $8 per child on the weekends.

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My kids LOVED it here!  My 5 yr old has asked to go back multiple times! It is a really great place for kids to run around and get out all of that extra energy! Besides the many sets of playground equipment, there are basketball hoops, soccer goals, trampolines and a log cabin!

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My kids are really into sports this year, so they especially liked playing in these areas!

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I’m pretty sure if kids dream of heaven, this is what it looks like!

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While our kids were playing, my friend Katie casually mentioned that it was $2 Tuesday at the Zoo. “Whaaatt is that?” I asked. When she listed off the food deals, my wheels started turning. I might have been out the door before 9:00 AM, but don’t trick yourself into thinking I had managed to have lunches packed (or the dishwasher emptied, or a load of laundry in the wash or dinner in the crock pot)! I was on time, but not SuperMom! 😉 Okay, actually, I was late for a 9:00 meet up. But I digress . . .

On to the zoo . . . Okay, $2 Tuesday only counts if you’re a member. But you’re a member, right? If you live in Columbus, the Zoo membership is a must have amiright? Also, the Zoo is 3.1 miles away from Recreations Outlet. (Actually, a lot closer than I realized, considering that I haven’t spent much too much time in downtown Powell, and I usually come to the Zoo from Sawmill Rd!) Oh! Wow, there it is!

What will $2 get you at the Zoo on Tuesday? A hot dog, or a bratwurst or a bag of popcorn (butter or kettle) or a pretzel! The three of us ate for $8! Yay! This deal is going on until December 13, 2016!

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What’s new at the Zoo this fall? Mums. Pumpkins. Boo at the Zoo. Christmas lights. I recently read on Facebook that it takes them 10 weeks to put up the lights for Wildlights! Normally I’m not a fan of Christmas decorations before Halloween, but I guess we’ll let it slide . . . 😉 It turned out that the lights were my 5 yr old’s favorite thing about the zoo that day! Maybe because Mighty Machines were involved in putting them up. (“Working for you doing mighty things . . ” (anyone, anyone?))

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Another thing we’ve been enjoying lately is taking the shuttle from the entrance to the Polar Frontier. Seriously, why has it taken me 5  years to do this? If you’re kids love the petting zoo and you don’t, this is a great way to avoid it. (cough, cough)

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You know what else is new at the zoo? Starbucks! (No, they don’t take the Starbucks Card. 🙁 I asked so you don’t have to.)

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A few more pics from our day:

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Yes, I do make my child wear a shirt that says, “My Mom’s the Bomb” – the years of picking out their clothes are short, we might as well make the most of them! 😉

Seriously, you can do this! The charitable play at Recreations Outlet ends at 11:00 AM, so you have to leave anyway. You might as well drive 3.1 miles to the zoo and have a hot dog!

Now I could just end this post right now, but there is one more way to spend $2 on Tuesday! TACOS!! Here’s a non-official short-list of places that have $2 Tacos on Tuesdays!

Local Cantina – $2 Tacos all day

Condados Tacos – Tacos are $1 off from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, which makes most of them $2

Whole Foods – Easton and Dublin locations

Dos Hermanos – in the North Market

Balboa – Half off all Tacos

Hadley’s Bar and Kitchen – $2 Tacos

If you’re looking for more daily deals, you might enjoy my post Cheap Family Outings in Columbus for Every Day of the Week!

Know Before  You Go:

Recreations Outlet, 484 W. Olentangy/Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065, 614-792-3700
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
(Charitable Play: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065, 614-645-3400
Fall/Winter Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (special hours for Boo at the Zoo and Wildlights)

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ICYMI: 3 Can’t Miss Pumpkin Patches Near Columbus

9 Things to Do With Your Kids this Fall in Columbus

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 21-23, 2016

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1. Circleville Pumpkin Show

When: Wednesday-Saturday, October 19-22, 2016
Time: click here for the schedule of events
Location: click here for maps and directions

This famous local celebration of pumpkins features lots of live music, story times, parades, pumpkin carving, a baby parade, big wheel races, food and craft vendors, rides and anything pumpkin you can imagine!

2. Halloween and Fall Harvest Parties at Columbus Recreation and Parks

When: Various Dates
Time: Various Times
Location: Your Local Recreation Center

Halloween and Fall Harvest parties start this weekend at your local Columbus Recreation and Parks locations! See the link for the dates and times at each location!

3. Roscoe Village 47th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival

When: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH 43812
Phone: 740-622-7644 or 800-877-1830

If you’re looking for a road trip this weekend, Roscoe Village is about 90 minutes from Columbus and this festival will offer artisan, craft and food vendors, bluegrass music, canal boat rides, a children’s activity area, Living History Tours, Spirit of Roscoe tours and of course, apple butter!

4. Fall Book Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild

When: Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016
Time: Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City, OH 43064

If your kids love books, don’t miss this warehouse sale featuring children’s and young adult books for just $5 each!

5. Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo

When: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: (614) 645-3400

Tour the zoo while trick or treating for goodies, visiting with special characters and more!

6. Haunted Statehouse Tours

When: Friday & Saturday, October 21-22, 2016
Time: Every half hour between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Location: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-728-9234

These tours, recommended for ages 12 and up, involve touring the Statehouse by lantern light, learning about the history and legends of the haunted Ohio Statehouse! There will be art activities prior to the tour! Tickets should be bought in advance online or by calling the number above.

7. The Wizard of Oz at Westgate Community Center

When: Friday – Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday: 7:00 PM, Saturday: 7:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: Auditorium, 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

Tickets are $5 for this presentation of The Wizard of Oz by the Westgate Theater Co. and Carriage Place Players! See the link for information about the Empty Bowls event preceding the Saturday night performance!

8. Ghost Tours with Worthington History Museum

When: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Old Rectory, 50 West New England Ave., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

Take part in this spooky walking tour to learn about reported hauntings in Worthington! These tours are recommended for age 13 and up and tickets can be purchased for $15.00 at Fritzy Jacobs or The Shop at the Old Rectory!

9. Great Pumpkin Run in Grandview Heights

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 8:15 AM and 9:00 AM
Location: 1240 Oakland Ave., Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Phone: 614-488-3111

You can still register for this weekend’s 38th Annual Great Pumpkin Run 5K featuring a Kids Tiny Tot Race!

10. Fall Festival at Freeman’s Farm

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-548-7866

I shared earlier this week about our trip to Freeman’s Farm! This weekend you can take a hayride, cook your own food over a campfire, pick a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, pet animals and shop the market!

11. Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: along Main St. in Old Hilliard

Hilliard’s businesses will be celebrating Halloween with trick or treat, a scavenger hunt, fun activities and a costume contest for kids and dogs!

12. All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Ohio Village will be open for Halloween 1890’s style, including a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

13. Sundays at Ohio Railway Museum

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 990 Proprietors Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-7345

Sundays will feature Halloween themed tours and goodie bags for the kids!

14. Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival at Easton

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Fenlon St., 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Bring your costumed pet for this fun fall event including prizes for the best costumes plus kids activities and carriage rides!

15. Trick or Treat Trail at Deer Haven Park

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4183 Liberty Rd., Delaware OH 43015
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 3

Children are invited to come in costume and collect treats from characters along a spooky trail! There will also be hayrides and pumpkin decorating!

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ICYMI: 3 Can’t Miss Pumpkin Patches Near Columbus

9 Things to Do With Your Kids this Fall in Columbus

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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