What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, November 2-4, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – visit COSI to see model railroad displays, meet the model railroaders that construct them and play with trains!

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids ages 2-5 are invited for a 30 minute nature activity and free play time in the woods! $5 donation. No registration required.

10:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn – this weekend there will be special promotions, giveaways and more! Bring your tin in for a refill and get a free small bag of any flavor!

11:00 AM – 2018 Uptown Marysville Holiday Open House – shops in Uptown Marysville will have specials and snacks to kick off the holiday season!

3:00 PM – Jurassic Quest at I-X Center – take a road trip to Cleveland for all kinds of dinosaur fun! There are rides, movies, science stations, crafts, face painting, a dinosaur exhibit and more!

5:30 PM – Pizza & Pajamas: Racecars at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – this program is for ages 2-5 and includes pizza, open exploration at COSI featuring the new Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit and a dance party! You must register in advance.

7:30 PM – High Water Drifters – Live at Ten Pin Alley – live music this Friday night at Ten Pin Alley features High Water Drifters!

8:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!


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Holiday Sip ‘n’ Shop

When: Saturday: Nov. 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Combustion Brewery Loft 80 W. Church St. Pickerington, OH 43147

Register at: http://combustionsipshop.eventbrite.com 

Shop for everyone on your “nice list” as you browse some of the best local businesses, boutiques and makers while sipping Combustion Brewery’s finest brews or wines. Head downstairs to the Taproom afterwards where there’s even more fun (and food!) on tap! It’s a kid-friendly brewery, so bring the kiddos! Bring a canned good (or $3 donation) for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for free entry, swag bag and complimentary gift wrapping.

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SATURDAY

9:00 AM – GRAND RE-OPENING at Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co. – celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co. with free samples, giveaways, face painting and door prizes!

9:00 AM – HOMAGE Gamedays

 at HOMAGE Easton Town Center and HOMAGE Short North – enjoy free donuts from Buckeye Donuts, coffee and special deals on Saturday mornings for each Buckeye game this season!

9:00 AM – Buckeye Book Fair at Fisher Auditorium – take a trip to Wooster for the Buckeye Book Fair held at the OSU ATI Campus. This event features the opportunity to meet and greet Ohio authors, buy their books and have them signed. There will be speakers, and activities for kids including crafts, draw alongs, hands-on science activities, book readings and more!

9:00 AM – Jurassic Quest at I-X Center – take a road trip to Cleveland for all kinds of dinosaur fun! There are rides, movies, science stations, crafts, face painting, a dinosaur exhibit and more!

9:30 AM – $5 Saturday at piccadilly – Open play from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM is just $5/kid on Saturdays!

10:00 AM – Holiday Sip ‘n’ Shop at Combustion Brewery & Taproom – browse some of the best local businesses, boutiques and makers while sipping Combustion Brewery’s finest brews or wines. Head downstairs to the Taproom afterwards where there’s even more fun (and food!) on tap! It’s a kid-friendly brewery, so kids are welcome! Bring a canned good (or $3 donation) for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for free entry, swag bag and complimentary gift wrapping.

10:00 AM – 2018 Uptown Marysville Holiday Open House – shops in Uptown Marysville will have specials and snacks to kick off the holiday season!

10:00 AM – Nature Playdates at Sunbury Urban Farm – this activity is for kids ages 5-8 and includes a 30 minute nature activity and free play in the woods! $5 donation. Registration not required.

10:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn – this weekend there will be special promotions, giveaways and more! Bring your tin in for a refill and get a free small bag of any flavor!

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – visit COSI to see model railroad displays, meet the model railroaders that construct them and play with trains!

11:00 AM – Celebrate Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead! at Gateway Film Center – this celebration includes a family celebration including face painting, free taco vouchers, a screening of the movie Coco, a Dia de los Muertos procession, an exhibit an more!

11:00 AM – Holiday Open House at Never Grow Up Boutique – visit Never Grow Up Boutique for their Holiday Open House featuring specials on toys, snacks and more!

1:00 PM – Decorate a Mini Tree at Michaels Stores – decorate a mini Christmas tree – you buy the tree and Michaels will supply the decorations. No registration required.

1:00 PM – Wolves and Bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – learn about prairie habitats, wolves and bison!

2:00 PM – Native Animals in Urdu / Hindi at Homestead Metro Park – learn about our native animals at the Nature Center at Homestead Metro Park. This will be in English, Urdu and Hindi.

2:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

4:00 PM – Random Fandom: Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts – at Hilliard Library, CML – this event is for teens ages 12-17 and includes a celebration of Gryffindors and Slytherins!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop at 3060 ARTWORKS – the Hilltop Art Hop features live music, art, holiday shopping, snacks and more!

7:00 PM – Artisan Ballet Company Presents, “Cinderella” at Northland Performing Arts Center – watch a performance of Cinderella by local actors and dancers!

8:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Jurassic Quest at I-X Center – take a road trip to Cleveland for all kinds of dinosaur fun! There are rides, movies, science stations, crafts, face painting, a dinosaur exhibit and more!

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – visit COSI to see model railroad displays, meet the model railroaders that construct them and play with trains!

10:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn – this weekend there will be special promotions, giveaways and more! Bring your tin in for a refill and get a free small bag of any flavor!

11:00 AM – Princess Brunch at Skate Zone 71 – meet Princess Poppy and other princess characters, take part in a breakfast buffet and skate from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Reservations recommended.

12:00 PM – Kid Paint Free Day! at Clay Cafe Clintonville – painting fee is waved for kids this Sunday!

1:00 PM – The Great Pumpkin Drop in Marysville – watch pumpkins get dropped from a 100 foot ladder truck! There will also be tours of the fire station, fire trucks, bounce houses and treats!

1:00 PM – Hop-O-Ween Bash & Fall Festival at DogTap Columbus – this event includes live music, face painting, a pumpkin carving competition, costume contests, plus a showing of the movie Rudy.

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings through November 25th! See the link for the discount code and book online.

1:00 PM – Centennial Cycle at Sunny 95 Park – register by Friday at noon for this bike ride through Upper Arlington, beginning and ending at Amelita Mirolo Barn! There will be rest stops along the way with drinks and snacks, food at the finish line and live music by Agent 99.

1:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

2:00 PM – Artisan Ballet Company Presents, “Cinderella” at Northland Performing Arts Center – watch a performance of Cinderella by local actors and dancers!

3:00 PM – Christmas Doodle Slime at Michaels Stores – all supplies are included for this holiday slime class! Recommended for ages 3 and up. First come, first served.

6:30 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!


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ICYMI: Tried and True Gift Ideas for Young Boys


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Looking for a gift idea for a boy in your life that won’t just be tossed to the side after his birthday or the holidays? These are toys and books that have stood the test of time in our house!

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My boys have a lot of toys! Too many toys, really! But there are some toys that were really worth it! This is a list of toys, books, games and arts and crafts supplies that my boys have played with consistently over time. Yes, girls can play with and use these things, too, but I have two boys, three nephews and just one niece, so my adult life has pretty much been spent thinking about what gifts I should buy for boys! 😉

My experience in this area has thus far been limited to boys who are 8 and under and I want to make sure I give you an accurate idea of the ages for which these gifts are most appropriate. I hope this list of gift ideas for young boys gives you some ideas of presents that will stand the test of time!

Toy Gift Ideas for Boys:

1. Bruder Toys CAT Excavator

These trucks have not only kept my boys attention for years, they are sturdy and built to last for years, too! My boys have loved the construction vehicles in particular and the take them inside and outside to dig, whether it be dirt, sand or picking up LEGO Bricks! You can see a whole list of Bruder Trucks here! Also popular with my boys are the trash truck and fire truck!

2. LEGO Building Set

 

My boys are obsessed with LEGO® bricks! In particular, they love the LEGO CITY line: police, fire, construction, etc. The Mobile Command Center pictured above has been particularly popular with my boys!

The great thing about LEGOs is that they can be used over and over again in millions of different combinations. Some kids like to build sets and keep them together and other kids love to take them apart and build their own creations. Whatever your gift-recipient’s personality it’s hard to go wrong with LEGO bricks! Another great thing about LEGO toys is that there is something for every price range!

4. Magna-Tiles

 

Magna-Tiles are another toy that my boys can play with for long spans of time. These toys are an investment, but they continue to be popular at home and at local play cafes and indoor play areas! We have a slightly cheaper version called Dreambuilder Toy Magnetic Tiles that work pretty well but are a little bit smaller.

5. Playmobil

My boys have been fans of Playmobil across all ages. This is another toy that has spanned several years of playing! Again, my boys are particularly drawn to the Fire and Police lines of this toy, but they pretty much enjoy any vehicle or building. The Playmobile Fire Station was a hit a few years ago for Christmas and it continues to be played with on a regular basis! My boys love the police car and fire trucks.

6. Road Rug

Do boys come out of the womb obsessed with Matchbox cars? I think mine did! One of the best places to drive your toy cars is on a “road rug”! A rug like this one and a pack of Matchbox cars will provide hours of entertainment! My boys have used their road rugs as an action scene for LEGO vehicles, dinosaurs, Playmobil cities and more! These rugs provide the setting for imaginations to run wild!

7. Matchbox or Hotwheels Cars and Transporter

As mentioned in #6, Matchbox or Hotwheels cars are super popular with all ages of boys! My kids started playing with them at age 2 and they’re still playing with them! It’s easy to collect these cars in mass numbers and one of the things we have used to store them is this Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier

8. Wooden Train Tracks

Wooden train tracks have been played with at my house in some form for many years! Both of my boys have gone through their train phases and these tracks stand the test of time! There are a lot of related brands of train products that fit together. The Thomas the Train line is probably the most popular train toy, but my boys have played with all kinds of trains! And no matter how many tracks you have you can always add more to make your scene bigger!

Check here for the wooden Thomas the Tank Engine train.

9. Kid Galaxy White House

This gift is a surprising one on the list, but recently my boys got really into learning about the US Presidents! When I shared about this in my Instagram stories, I got a lot of interest in this toy that friends of ours found for my boys, so I figured my boys are not the only ones into US history!

This set comes with a plastic White House that opens up and has 4 play rooms. There is a figurine for each president of the US and a set of cards with info about each president. It was amazing how much my boys played with this one!

Book Gift Ideas for Boys:

1. My Truck is Stuck

This is a funny, rhyming book my boys have read over and over! A great picture book for young boys!

2. Alphabet Trucks


 

If your boys love trucks, they will love learning the alphabet with this book that features a truck that starts with every letter of the alphabet!

3. Cars Galore

Cars, cars and still more cars! This is another great car book for vehicle lovers!

4. Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

A classic by Richard Scarry here! This book has scenes from all over featuring, you guessed it: vehicles!

5. Sticker Books

 

Books like these sticker books have kept my boys busy for hours! They love these books that have stickers to put on all the pages in the book. They especially love the Trucks and Cars themed sticker books! Friends of our family have given my boys these books as gifts and they even regularly look at them even though all the stickers are in place! 


Board Game Gift Ideas for Boys:

1. UNO Attack

My kids love playing UNO Attack – even if they’re making up their own rules most of the time! 😉 UNO is a great game for kids because it involves matching colors and recognizing numbers and it’s pretty easy to learn at a young age! Adding in the Attack feature is extra fun for kids! They love the suspense of wondering if and how many cards are going to come flying out!

2. Payday

Payday is a classic game that is pretty easy for young kids to pick up! My kids have loved this game and love learning about the concept of money! There is a surprising amount of life lessons to be learned when playing this game! 😉 Introducing the concept of bills, insurance, jobs and the responsibilities of adulthood is never a bad idea!

3. Connect 4

This is a really simple game for young kids to play! Even a 3 year old can play Connect Four! My youngest son recently made up his own version of Connect 4 where we took turns making a pattern. Maybe it’s not in the rule book, but I thought it was a great learning exercise that was fun for him at the same time! (As a side note, check out this awesome life sized, yard games version of Connect 4!)

4. Sorry

Sorry is another great game for younger kids! I am not a fan of this game because it always made me cry as a kid! LOL! But my kids love it so I will swallow my pride and play it with them. It’s a great way to learn counting!


Arts and Crafts Gift Ideas for Boys:

1. Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Pad: Vehicles

My kids have this sticker pad and love using the stickers over and over again to make different scenes! The price on this pad is very reasonable (usually less than $5) which is pretty good considering that the stickers are reusable!  There are several themes available for these pads including My Town and Adventure!

2. Water Wow! Reusable Coloring Books

We recently discovered these books as they were gifted to my kids by one of their grandparents! This is another mess free coloring option that’s great for travel or keeping kids busy in restaurants or doctor’s offices and the like! You fill the pen with water and then you can paint the scenes and they turn colors! The great thing about this pad is that as it dries, the picture turns white again and it is reusable!

3. Imagine Ink Magic Ink Picture Books


These mess free coloring books are great for car rides and pretty much any time you need to keep a kid busy! My kids have had tons of these books and they love them! This is a great idea for when you’re traveling with kids or want them to be able to color without worrying about making a mess. The ink is clear unless used on the special paper within the book!

4. Crayola Washable Water Paints

 

You can’t go wrong with these classic water paints! Kids love to play and paint with water. We have huge rolls of paper that we just roll out on the table and let the kids paint on!  Don’t forget paint brushes!


If you’re looking for a great gift idea for young boys, I hope this list gives you a starting point! These gifts are classic and have stood the test of time in my house! If you’re looking for a gift for a boy that won’t get tossed to the side the day after opening it, pick one of these gifts that can be used again and again, even in different ways, as kids grow and change!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio October 26-28, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 90 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend including all the fall festival weekend activities happening around Central Ohio!

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Fall Fun Friday at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – wear a costume and get half off admission! Bring a friend and get a free cookie!

9:00 AM – The Haunted Maze

 at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this scary maze is free during regular business hours at Hoover Gardens through October 31st. Parents use your best judgement and consider escorting younger children through the maze!

10:00 AM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

10:30 AM – Read it, Make it, Eat it – Room on the Broom at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – this event includes a story time and two crafts based on the theme as well as a snack! Recommended for ages 2-5. $15/child.

11:00 AM – Halloween Weekend: Kid Costume at Ten Pin Alley – kids 15 and under who come in costume will receive one free laser tag mission!

11:00 AM – Illumination Film Festival at Marcus Theatres – The Illumination Family Film Festival features four animated films from the recent past for just $5 per ticket, Friday, October 26, through Thursday, November 1. The films include: Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me and The Lorax. All four movies will play each day of the festival.

12:00 PM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be on sale for $5 a book! There will also be food trucks on site!

4:00 PM – Howl-O-Ween at Ohio Wildlife Center – this family friendly event includes a trail walk and visits from “spooky” animals! $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

5:00 PM – $5 Friday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – this event includes $5 pony and horse rides and a free petting zoo! No reservation needed.

5:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – dress up in costume and trick or treat around various vendors and organizations at the Zoo! There will be special activities, meet and greets and performances!

5:00 PM – Boo at the Shroom! at Mellow Mushroom (Dublin, OH) – this free event at Mellow Mushroom in Dublin includes face painting, balloon twisting, and goodie bags! There will be crafts and the staff will be in costume! Come in costume!

5:30 PM – Trick or Treat at The Shops at Worthington Place – this Halloween event includes a balloon artist, face painting, crafts and candy!

6:00 PM – SuperGames Open Play! at SuperGames – open play is available on a first come first served basis! Cost is $10/child.

6:00 PM – Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville – stores in Uptown Westerville will be open late and decorated for Halloween! There will be horse drawn carriage rides, spooky activities, a Haunted Garden, Wands and Wizards at the Westerville Library, candy and more!

6:00 PM – Obetz Halloween Party at Dixon Quarry – this free event includes trunk or treat, games, prizes, a haunted hay ride, costume contest and more!

6:00 PM – Halloween Themed Parents Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – kids can be dropped off for this Halloween themed evening including games, crafts and snacks! Call the gym to register.

6:00 PM – Wizards & Wands Festival at Westerville Public Library – Enjoy a walk-through experience of activities as the library is transformed into a wizarding wonderland with spirited storefronts, puzzling platforms, bizarre buses & much more. This is a free event and no registration is required! Costumes are encouraged!

6:00 PM – Trick or Treat Trail at Prairie Township Community Center – come dressed in costume to walk through the trick or treat trail and collect candy! This is a free event!

6:30 PM – Free Family Halloween Party at Vineyard Community Church – take part in a trunk or treat, enjoy inflatables, Halloween movies, games and activities. Come in costume!

6:30 PM – Movies in the Park and Halloween Fun at Westgate Community Recreation – enjoy Halloween activities inside the Rec Center and then enjoy the movie Monster House outside in the park. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

7:00 PM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

7:00 PM – Family Pumpkin Night at Picassos – families can paint, carve and decorate pumpkins! This event is $45/family and includes supplies, snacks and 3 pumpkins.

7:30 PM – Haunted Wagon Rides

 at Young’s Jersey Dairy – take a scary wagon ride around Young’s Jersey Dairy! This is for families, but it will be scary!

8:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!


A BIG Thank You to Westerville Public Library for sponsoring this post!

Don’t miss the Wizards & Wands Festival this Friday night at 6:00 PM! Experience the spellbinding magic of your library with a celebration of all things fantastical during Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville on Friday, October 26, 2018. Enjoy a walk-through experience of activities as the library is transformed into a wizarding wonderland with spirited storefronts, puzzling platforms, bizarre buses & much more.

This is a free event and no registration is required! Costumes are encouraged!

Hosted by the Westerville Public Library. Learn more: http://www.westervillelibrary.org/wizards


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Fall Festivals Happening On the Weekends in Columbus and Central Ohio

Please click each link for exact times and details! Also check: Central Ohio Fall Farms and Festivals for more apple and pumpkin farms!

Pumpkin Picking and Hayrides at Kuhlweins Farm Market & Deli – Fall Fun at Kuhlweins Market and Deli includes a hayride, animal zoo, corn maze and pumpkin picking! Inflatables, pony rides, balloon twisting and face painting on the weekends!

Great Pumpkin Fun Center at Pigeon Roost – Pigeon Roost features a pumpkin patch, farm animals and The Great Pumpkin Fun Center with giant slides, mazes, a fort, play areas, and tons more! Weekends include wagon rides, face painting, crafters and concessions!

Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farms – This farm is one of the few open during the week! Fall Fun Days feature hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm market, petting zoo, corn and sunflower mazes, bale cave and more!

Corn Maze at Lynd Fruit Farm – At Lynd Fruit Farm you can pick your own apples and pumpkins and enjoy the farm market on its own or also head over to the giant corn maze where there is also a barrel train, fun zone, bounce house, wagons rides and more!

The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek features a huge corn maze plus a cow train, barnyard bouncer, petting zoo, kiddie maze, ball zone, slides, laser tag, pedal carts, kids fun barn, tether ball and more! Hayrides are also available!

Fall Farm Fun at Leeds Farm – Leeds Farm is open six weekends only through October 28 with hayrides, farm animals, farm pond, pumpkins and gourds! Back 40 Barn Pass admission includes Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, and mini zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, the biggest corn box in Ohio, and more! Read: 16 Things to do at Leeds Farm!

Fall Fun Festival at Dill’s Greenhouse – Fall festivals are happening on the weekends, September 29 – October 31, 2017. Hayrides, corn maze, fire pit and hotdogs and s’mores for roasting (bring your own or purchase there), straw maze, sand box, pumpkins, games and activities!

Fall Festival at Hidden Creek Farms – Festival weekends offer hayrides, pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting, fall decorations, food, pony rides, slide, kids play barn, corn pit, farm animals, straw maze, and more!

Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival

 at Freeman’s Farm – The Fall Festival weekends at Freeman’s Farm include hayrides, kettle corn, campfire foods, scarecrow making, a petting zoo and apple butter making! Admission is free, but there is a charge for some activities. Read: 3 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Patches near Columbus including our visit to Freeman’s Farm!

Fall Festival Weekends at Orchard and Company – Fall Festival weekends include apple picking, fishing, hay rides, corn pit, farm animals, barrel train rides, pedal car track, tire climb, zip line, gem mining and more! Read about our Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!

Fall Fun at Lehner’s at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm – fall fun at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm begins this weekend and includes over 30 rides and attractions including a corn maze, giant LEGOS, a play barn, mini golf, pumpkins and more!

Fall Festival at the Farm at Wanut Creek – the farm is open Monday through Saturday. Weekend activities include apple butter cooking, candle carving, basket weaving, spinning and weaving and more in addition to these activities going on all week: corn box, pumpkin slingshot, straw castle, kids maze, scavenger hunt and more! Read about our visit to The Farm at Walnut Creek!

Fall Family Fun at Miller’s Country Gardens – Saturdays and Sundays there will be hayrides, barrel rides for kids, a play area, straw tunnel, corn maze and animal barn! Take a hayride to pick your own pumpkin!


ICYMI: Halloween Events Around Columbus

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Halloween Market at Worthington Farmers Market – the Farmer’s Market gets a little spooky this week with witches brew and scary snacks! Wear a costume – there will be contests!

8:00 AM – Nostalgic Treat Saturday at Bake Me Happy – celebrate Bake Me Happy’s anniversary with nostalgic treats made gluten free! There will also be coffee drinks available!

9:00 AM – Applebutter & Horseradish Day at Lawrence Orchards – stir apple butter and taste fresh horseradish! There will be hayrides and a hay maze and corn pit.

9:00 AM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be on sale for $5 a book! There will also be food trucks on site!

9:00 AM – Miss Em’s Jewelry Pop-Up! at The Shops at Worthington Place – Miss Em’s is having a pop up sale at The Shops at Worthington Place. Mention What Should We Do Today? Columbus for 10% off!

9:00 AM – Read with the Deputy at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – hear a story read by the deputy! Books will also be given away at this event.

9:00 AM – The Haunted Maze

 at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this scary maze is free during regular business hours at Hoover Gardens through October 31st. Parents use your best judgement and consider escorting younger children through the maze!

9:30 AM – Stroller Strides Pumpkin Workout and Playdate at Fancyburg Park – bring a medium sized pumpkin to this workout and decorate it afterwards with your kids! Your first workout with FIT4MOM is free! The play date is also free to attend.

10:00 AM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

10:00 AM – Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – during regular business hours there will be a Halloween celebration including prizes, a seasonal scavenger hunt in MAINLAND, family-friendly activities and Halloween-themed builds. Costumes welcome!

10:00 AM – Trick or Treat at the Conservatory at Franklin Park Conservatory – come in costume to trick or treat through the Conservatory and Children’s Garden! Stations are inside and outside! Included with admission.

10:00 AM – CCT Costume Parking Lot Bonanza at Columbus Children’s Theatre – find your Halloween (or just because) costume when Columbus Children’s Theatre cleans out their collection! Most pieces will be $1!

10:00 AM – Halloween Weekend: Kid Costume at Ten Pin Alley – kids 15 and under who come in costume will receive one free laser tag mission!

10:00 AM – Fall Fun Day at Dutch Mill Greenhouse – this even includes free pumpkins for kids to decorate, popcorn and cider, a food trucks, sales and discounts!

10:00 AM – Trick or Tweet at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – this Halloween event for preschoolers includes a not so scary story time and goodie bags! Come in costume! See info in link for registration info.

10:00 AM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – dress up in costume and trick or treat around various vendors and organizations at the Zoo! There will be special activities, meet and greets and performances!

10:00 AM – Halloween Hoot at Gateway Film Center – enjoy lobby activities, family friendly films and music between the films by The Shazzbots! Free with a canned good donation to the Open Shelter.

10:00 AM – Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – this open play time will include Halloween activities! There will be crafts, snacks, a Halloween Music Class and more. $12 for the first child, $10 for siblings.

10:00 AM – Halloween Hoopla! at Marysville Public Library – this Halloween party includes treats, crafts, pumpkin painting and more!

10:00 AM – Halloween ComicFest at The Laughing Ogre – this event includes free comics, and candy, a light sabre demonstration, and music by The Shazzbots! They will also be collecting food for The South Side Community Ministries Food Pantry.

11:00 AM – Boo ‘n Brew at Polaris Fashion Place – every Saturday in October there will be a Halloween celebration including trick or treating, craft zone, food trucks, princess, costume parade, live music and more!

11:00 AM – Skylarks Toys & Comic Annual Halloween ComicFest at Skylarks Toys & Comics – this festival includes games, candy, costume contests, free comics and more!

11:00 AM – Creepside Festival at Creekside Park & Plaza – this free “not so scary” event includes live music, games, activities, trick or treat, escape rooms, inflatables and more!

11:00 AM – Pony Rides, Pumpkins & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – get a pony ride and a pumpkin for $8! There will be free hay rides, free petting zoo and other farm activities.

11:00 AM – Heritage Day at Weaver Park – this event includes family friendly, historical activities including a hay ride, make your own bookmark, and demonstrations from a blacksmith, broom maker and more!

12:00 PM – Howl-O-Ween at Ohio Wildlife Center – this family friendly event includes a trail walk and visits from “spooky” animals! $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

1:00 PM – Highbanks Harvest Fest at Highbanks Metro Park – come in costume for a hayride, halloween crafts, games, campfire and more!

1:00 PM – Floating Pumpkin Patch at Worthington Pools – jump in the pool and pick a pumpkin, dry it off and decorate it! You can preregister online to insure your spot. $5/person.

2:00 PM – Trunk or Treat at Barnett Recreation Center – come in costume to trick or treat in a safe environment.

2:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

3:00 PM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

4:00 PM – Halloween Sing-a-long Costume Parade at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church – this is a free music show for families that includes a costume parade! There will be audience participation, instruments, bubbles and games!

4:00 PM – Candy by the Carload in the City of Powell Local Government – trick or treat in the parking lot of the municipal Building!

5:00 PM – A Haunted Night in the Gardens at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this event includes games, a haunted maze, face painting, costume contest, pumpkin painting and more!

6:00 PM – Rule (3)’s Annual Halloween Party at Rule 3 – this Halloween party includes face painting, costume contest, spooky games, an appearance from Minnie and Micky Mouse, a Haunted House and more!

7:30 PM – Haunted Wagon Rides

 at Young’s Jersey Dairy – take a scary wagon ride around Young’s Jersey Dairy! This is for families, but it will be scary!

8:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Miss Em’s Jewelry Pop-Up! at The Shops at Worthington Place – Miss Em’s is having a pop up sale at The Shops at Worthington Place. Mention What Should We Do Today? Columbus for 10% off!

10:00 AM – Trick or Treat at the Conservatory at Franklin Park Conservatory – come in costume to trick or treat through the Conservatory and Children’s Garden! Stations are inside and outside! Included with admission.

10:00 AM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – dress up in costume and trick or treat around various vendors and organizations at the Zoo! There will be special activities, meet and greets and performances!

10:00 AM – The Haunted Maze

 at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this scary maze is free during regular business hours at Hoover Gardens through October 31st. Parents use your best judgement and consider escorting younger children through the maze!

10:00 AM – Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – during regular business hours there will be a Halloween celebration including prizes, a seasonal scavenger hunt in MAINLAND, family-friendly activities and Halloween-themed builds. Costumes welcome!

11:00 AM – Halloween Family Funday at North Market – this Halloween event includes games, crafts, live animals, trick or treating, face painting and more!

11:00 AM – Pony Rides, Pumpkins & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – get a pony ride and a pumpkin for $8! There will be free hay rides, free petting zoo and other farm activities.

12:00 PM – Pins Pumpkin Patch at Pins Mechanical Co. (downtown Columbus) – enjoy free pumpkin picking, carving and painting until 4:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Monster Mash Glow Bash at Skate Zone 71 – meet and greet some of your favorite characters while skating! Trolls, Surfs and more will be in attendance!

12:00 PM – Kid Paint Free Day! at Clay Cafe Clintonville – painting fee is waved for kids this Sunday!

1:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

2:00 PM – Pet Parade in Schiller Park – bring your pet dressed in it’s best costume to enter a costume contest and participate in a pet parade! (Or just come and watch!)

2:00 PM – Trick or Treat & Shopping Too! at Reynoldsburg VFW 9473 – kids can trick or treat at each vendor’s table! Come in costume!

3:00 PM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

4:00 PM – Trunk or Treat at Westerville Christian Church – this free event includes games inflatables, popcorn, cotton candy and more! Food trucks will be on site as well!

5:00 PM – Trunk or Treat & Fall Fest at Grove City UMC – this event includes trunk or treat, food trucks, games, face painting, balloon animals, inflatables, giveaways and more!

5:00 PM – Hilliard Trunk or Treat at Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA – this event includes trunk or treating, food trucks, music, fire and police vehicles, a Photo Booth, bounce houses and more!

6:00 PM – Halloween Bouncing Party at Blue Monkey Parties & Events – get an hour of play and a goody bag for $10 at this Halloween Party with lots of bouncing! Wear a costume! RSVP on the FB event page!

6:00 PM – BOO NIGHT at Big Bounce – Boo Night includes games, a costume contest with prizes and pizza! $12/person.

6:30 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!


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*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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