3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Erin Wanke

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Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus!

Thanks to Erin for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

1. Pigeon Roost Farm

We love all the fun farms in central Ohio that open their doors to families during one of the best times of the year in the Midwest! One of our favorites, Pigeon Roost is a family farm in Hebron Ohio that features a “Great Pumpkin Fun Center” each fall (Sept 15 – Oct 31). We started going when our oldest was 3 and have been back almost every year since.

When you enter, you’ll see their huge pumpkin patch and concession stands, and the ticket booth for your passes to the family fun area. They’ve got plenty to keep you entertained on a beautiful weekend day: slides, a corn maze, an enchanted forest with obstacle course, a tire play arena, straw barn, pumpkin express train, and lots more. It’s probably best for ages 7ish and younger, but they do have something for everyone – after all, who doesn’t love an adult size corn maze and kettle corn?! (I may or may not have officially gotten lost in that maze once or twice. #truth.)


2. Columbus Children’s Theater

For a kid-friendly cultural experience, The Columbus Children’s Theater has a continual line-up of family focused performances, including sensory friendly offerings. We’ve seen Mr. Scrooge there twice, once as a family and once with friends, and even got to meet some of the actors afterwards (as you can see in the picture of my daughter and friends!).

The small space makes for an intimate venue, and their performances are geared towards a range of ages depending on the specific show. Some upcoming shows include Dracula, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Pete the Cat, and Peter Pan. They also offer acting classes which our kids haven’t done but I can see my middle daughter loving that. Bonus: The theater is located conveniently close to North Market, which makes it easy to stop by before or after for lunch, dinner, or a snack (our favorites are Little Eater and Destination Donuts!)


3. Acre

The Upper Arlington/Grandview location of Acre is a favorite lunch stop, both for convenience and for their healthy kid’s menu offerings. They have smoothies, kid sized versions of their bowls, veggie quesadillas, and grilled chicken skewers with dipping sauce and broccoli. As for me, I love their black bean hummus and their Thai bowl with tofu.

If you haven’t tried the Impossible Burger, a meatless burger that’s somewhat new on the market, Acre features two different varieties of it on their menu (a classic cheeseburger or a vegan umami burger with mushrooms, miso mayo, and house kimchee).


Erin Wanke spent 8 years working in clinical research before leaving to become certified as a Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She now runs a health coaching business, authors a vegetarian food and wellness blog (Feed Me Greens) and provides recipe development and food photography services.

She is receiving her Vegan Nutrition Certification from the Vegetarian Health Institute and specializes in helping others move towards plant-based eating. Erin lives in Columbus, OH with her husband and three young children/sous chefs/mess makers. You can find more information on her website at www.feedmegreens.com, or follow her on Instagram (@feed_me_greens)!


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Halloween Events Around Columbus

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Looking for a kid-friendly Halloween party for your family? This list ranges from silly to scary and there’s a Halloween party in Columbus almost every night of the month!

Halloween Events around Columbus and Central Ohio for families:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Halloween Party at Whetstone Community Center

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Friday, October 12, 2018

Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Jersey Dairy

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Field of Fright at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Saturday Morning Cartoons: All Hallows’ Eve Edition at Gateway Film Center

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Field of Fright at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

Fall Spooktacular Craft Fair at Westerville North High School

October Grown-Up & Me Art: Goofy Pumpkin! at Art with Anna

Boo ‘n Brew at Polaris Fashion Place

Trunk or treat, hayrides, s’mores and more! at The First Church of God Community Worship Center

Pups and Pumpkins at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center

Sunday, October 14, 2018

MUMS & Mummies at Westgate Park

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

October Family Paint: Lil Pumpkin at Art with Anna

Giant Pumpkin Carving 2018 at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Mommy & Me: Fall Ball at Sunny Street Cafe (Sawmill)

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Halloween Party at Douglas Community Center

The Circleville Pumpkin Show

BOO! with the Zoo at Gateway – University District

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Scented Storytime: Halloween Edition at The Candle Lab (Grandview)

The Circleville Pumpkin Show

Pumpkin Painting In the Park at Freedom Park

Mother-Son Halloween Costume Dance at Reynoldsburg Senior Center

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Friday, October 19, 2018

Halloween Party at Tuttle Community Center

Halloween Party at William Adams Community Center

Halloween Party at Indian Mound Community Center

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Field of Fright at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

The Circleville Pumpkin Show

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Field of Fright at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

The Circleville Pumpkin Show

KidsLinked.com’s TreatFest!

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

4th Annual Halloween Hop! at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

CRC Annual Pumpkin Patch 2018 at The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center

2018 Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt at Hilliard’s Station Park

Sensory Friendly Films: Monster House (2006) at Gateway Film Center

Boo ‘n Brew at Polaris Fashion Place

Powell Community Bonfire

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival at Easton Town Center

Make a Mask at Family Days at Pizzuti Collection

Trick or Treat Trail at Gallant Woods Park

Pumpkin Swim at Prairie Township Community Center

Trick-or-Treat and Costume Contest at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

Kids Monster Painting Class at Aprons and Easels

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Tuesday, October 23, 208

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Halloween Party at Barnett Community Center

Halloween Party at Glenwood Community Center

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

School’s Out Program – Ghosts in the Garden at Sunbury Urban Farm

Stroller Strides Pumpkin Workout and Playdate at Fancyburg Park

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Halloween Party at Barack Community Center

Halloween Party at Blackburn Community Center

Halloween Party at Howard Community Center

Halloween Party at Linden Community Center

Halloween Party at Schiller Community Center

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Costume & Candy Crawl at Kingsdale Shopping Center

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Friday, October 26, 2018

Halloween Party at Brentnell Community Center

Halloween Party at Carriage Place Community Center

Halloween Party at Driving Park Community Center

Halloween Party at Feddersen Community Center

Halloween Party at Milo Grogan Community Center

Halloween Party at Sullivant Gardens Community Center

Halloween Party at Thompson Community Center

Halloween Party at Westgate Community Center

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Field of Fright at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

Howl-O-Ween at Ohio Wildlife Center

Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Trick or Treat at The Shops at Worthington Place

Obetz Halloween Party at Dixon Quarry

Halloween Themed Parents Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus

Wizards & Wands Festival at Westerville Public Library

St. Christopher’s Haunted House with Columbus Ghostbusters

Trick or Treat Trail at Prairie Township Community Center

Movies in the Park and Halloween Fun at Westgate Community Recreation

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Halloween Party at Far East Community Center

Halloween Party at Holton Community Center

Halloween Party at Lazelle Woods Community Center

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Field of Fright at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

Halloween Market at Worthington Farmers Market

Stroller Strides Pumpkin Workout and Playdate at Fancyburg Park

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

Trick or Treat at the Conservatory at Franklin Park Conservatory

Trick or Tweet at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Kids Skull Planter at The Groovy Plants Ranch LLC

Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus

Halloween Hoopla! at Marysville Public Library

Boo ‘n Brew at Polaris Fashion Place

Creepside Festival at Creekside Park & Plaza

Howl-O-Ween at Ohio Wildlife Center

Trick or Treat Village in Genoa Township

Highbanks Harvest Fest at Highbanks Metro Park

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

Candy by the Carload in Powell

A Haunted Night in the Gardens at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center

Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Trick or Treat at the Conservatory at Franklin Park Conservatory

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Halloween Family Sunday at North Market

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

The GREAT Pumpkin Smash! at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

Trunk or Treat & Fall Fest at Grove City UMC

Trunk or Treat at Westerville Christian Church

Hilliard Trunk or Treat 2018 at Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA

BOO NIGHT at Big Bounce

Monday, October 29, 2018

COOK | Kids Cook: Halloween Treats and Spooky Drinks at 1400 Food Lab

Halloween Cookie Decorating Class at Party Like It’s Your Birthday

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween Party at Dodge Community Center

Halloween Party at Woodward Park Community Center

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Haunted Village at Olde Pickerington Village

Free Community Trick or Treat at THE GRAND of Dublin

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Party at Beatty Community Center

Halloween Party at Martin Janis Community Center (Ages 50 and up)

The Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

Stroller Strides Halloween Workout and Costume Party at Fancyburg Park

Our Village: Costume Parade + Treats at Highbanks Metro Park

Tots Trick or Treat at City of Pickerington

Trick or Treat / Block Party at Groveport Town Hall

Trick or Treat 2018 – City of Pataskala

Trick or Treat 2018 – City of Reynoldsburg

Trick or Treat – City of Hilliard

Trick or Treat in Powell – City of Powell

Boo Off Broadway & Trick-or-Treat – Grove City

Trick or Treat on Inah at CW Church

Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre

Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio October 5-7, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 60 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

9:30 AM – Fight Like a Mother with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – this is a special class with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington honoring the breast cancer warriors in our lives! Wear pink for the work out and FIT4MOM UA will donate $10 to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research for each mom who attends.

9:30 AM – Toddler Play Time – Art Explorers at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – this is a 2 hour toddler play time that includes sensory stations, arts and carts and more! Best for kids up to age 5.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids ages 2-5 can enjoy a forest play time and a nature activity! $5 suggested donation.

11:00 AM – Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s Dairy is offering pick your own pumpkins this weekend! Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin!

2:15 PM – Big Bounce America | Columbus, OH at LVL UP Sports Paintball Park – the world’s biggest bounce house will be in grove city Friday, Saturday and Sunday and includes different themed zones and activities!

4:00 PM – Unicorn/Pony Rides at Horse-N-Round Fun – $5 Unicorn and pony rides plus a free petting zoo!

4:00 PM – The 3rd Annual Columbus Mac and Cheese Festival at Easton Town Center – this is a family-friendly event that supports adolescent and young adult cancer research. Try mac and cheese from some of Columbus’ best restaurants.

5:00 PM – Second Annual PugtoberFest (First Friday) at Champion City Guide & Supply – learn about the mission of Ohio Pug Rescue and participate in a pug party! 

5:00 PM – The 39th Annual Columbus Italian Festival in Italian Village – the Italian Festival features a parade, Italian cultural events, rides and activities for kids, food, a bocce ball competition and more! Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free with adult admission.

5:30 PM – The Spectacular Fall Family Concert at North Broadway Children’s Center – this is a free event featuring food trucks, games, inflatables and a kid-friendly concert by Red Grammar!

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!

7:30 PM – LIVE: Fox n Hounds at  Ten Pin Alley – enjoy live bluegrass music on the patio at Ten Pin Alley.

8:00 PM – Alum Creek State Park Fall Fest at Alum Creek State Park – this fall fest includes a scavenger hunt, night hikes, movies, a Haunted Trail, wagon rides, fishing and more!


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!


SATURDAY

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Pumpkin Painting Workshop at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – kids can paint their own pumpkin for $2/pumpkin! No registration required.

8:00 AM – Kiddie Consignment Sale at MOPS at Grace Polaris Church – shop for gently used kids’ clothing, maternity clothes, toys, baby items and more! Half off sale begins at 1:00 PM.

9:00 AM – Westgate Farmers Market – enjoy venders, a food truck, kids activities and live music!

9:00 AM – Alum Creek State Park Fall Fest at Alum Creek State Park – this fall fest includes a scavenger hunt, night hikes, movies, a Haunted Trail, wagon rides, fishing and more!

9:00 AM – Never Grow Up Boutique Turns TWO at Never Grow Up Boutique – celebrate two years of Never Grow Up Boutique with giveaways, discounts, new products and more!

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!

9:00 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!

9:15 AM – Big Bounce America | Columbus, OH at LVL UP Sports Paintball Park – the world’s biggest bounce house will be in grove city Friday, Saturday and Sunday and includes different themed zones and activities!

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 – Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Easton Town Center – visit The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck in Town Square for treats and merchandise!

10:00 AM – Archaeology Day at Ohio History Connection – learn about Ohio’s archeological wonders, participate in a “mock dig”, meet archaeologists and more!

10:00 AM – Nature Playdates at Sunbury Urban Farm – join a naturalist for a forest playtime including a nature activity and play time in the woods. Recommend for ages 5-8. $5 donation suggested. No need to register in advance.

11:00 AM – Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s Dairy is offering pick your own pumpkins this weekend! Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin!

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 –  42nd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy  – this festival includes cow milking demonstrations, donut hole making, pumpkin painting, a pumpkin launcher, cheese samples and more!

12:00 PM – Fall Festival at HTH Farm Market – this fall festival includes a chili cook off, face painting, pumping bowling, carnival games and live music.

12:00 PM – The 39th Annual Columbus Italian Festival in Italian Village – the Italian Festival features a parade, Italian cultural events, rides and activities for kids, food, a bocce ball competition and more! Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free with adult admission.

4:00 PM – Lane for the Game at Ten Pin Alley – game day specials include bowling during the entire game plus a $30 gift card, discounted laser tag, drink specials and a special tailgate menu!

5:00 PM – Fall Festival at Golf Club of Dublin – this fall festival includes activities for kids, live music, pumpkin carving and painting, bounce house, corn hole and more!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop at Westgate BusinessWorks – enjoy live music, snacks and art at the Hilltop Art Hop!

6:00 PM – Parents Night Out at Code Ninjas (Hilliard, OH) – drop-off your kids for a fun time building robots and playing Code Ninja Games. There will be a Halloween theme and pizza and drinks will be provided. Purchase tickets online!

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!

SUNDAY

8:00 AM
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Pumpkin Painting Workshop at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – kids can paint their own pumpkin for $2/pumpkin! No registration required.

9:15 AM – Big Bounce America | Columbus, OH at LVL UP Sports Paintball Park – the world’s biggest bounce house will be in grove city Friday, Saturday and Sunday and includes different themed zones and activities!

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus get in free on the first Sunday of each month. Must have a valid ID.

11:00 AM – Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s Dairy is offering pick your own pumpkins this weekend! Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin!

11:00 AM –  42nd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy  – this festival includes cow milking demonstrations, donut hole making, pumpkin painting, a pumpkin launcher, cheese samples and more!

12:00 PM – Look. Listen. Learn – Fire Prevention Week Open House at Newark Township Fire Department – there will be an afternoon of activities for children and adults to kick of Fire Prevention Week!

12:00 PM – The 39th Annual Columbus Italian Festival in Italian Village – the Italian Festival features a parade, Italian cultural events, rides and activities for kids, food, a bocce ball competition and more! Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free with adult admission.

12:00 PM – Kids Paint Free Day at Clay Cafe Clintonville – no painting fee for kids on Sundays through November 11th!

1:00 PM – Grove City Old Time Harvest Day at Century Village – this celebration of Ohio history includes hands on activities, old-time games, crafts and the opportunity to try out daily chores from the past. There is a historical village where demonstrations will take place. Attendance is free and donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted for Grove City Food Pantry.

1:00 PM – Pies in the Park at Friendship Park – if you love pizza, check out this celebration of all things pizza in Friendship Park! Gahanna’s best pizza vendors will be selling samples, there will be a corn hole tournament and opportunities to take an herb walk in the park.

1:00 PM – Superhero Day at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – meet Superheroes at The MAiZE! There will be free balloon sculptures and face painting with admission.

1:00 PM – Darby Creek Day at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – this day includes fun outdoor activities, live animals and the opportunity to learn about protecting the Darby Watershed.

2:00 PM – Dinosaur Day at Orton Hall – check out the new dinosaur on campus: Cryolophosaurus ellioti! He was discovered by one of OSU’s geology professors in Antarctica! The open house includes coloring books and dinosaur cookies, a meet and greet with the man who discovered the dinosaurs and more! This is a free event.

2:30 PM – Teddy Bear Concert: Aesop’s Fables at Renaissance Theatre – take a road trip to Mansfield to see three of Aesop’s fables brought to life in a musical adaptation which includes audience participation!

3:00 PM – PTFD Food Truck & Fire Prevention Festival! at Prairie Township Fire Department – this festival includes food trucks and the opportunity to learn about Fire Safety!

4:00 PM – Around the Bonfire at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – this event includes a bonfire, a hot dog bar and s’mores bar! A donation of $5 will get you 2 hotdogs, s’mores and a drink. Proceeds benefit Emerson’s House of Refuge in El Salvador.

4:00 PM – Harvest Festival at Buckeye Christian Church – this festival includes inflatables, food trucks, games and more! This is a free event.

4:30 PM – Glow & Give: Family Dance Party at Coffman Park Pavilion, Dublin Ohio – this family-friendly dance party includes food trucks, inflatables, music, games, a photo booth and more! Admission is free but supporting the vendors, buying an activity wristband and participating in the raffle help support Feel Better Foundation.

5:00 PM – Self Care Sunday at Hoot Studio – reserve a spot for date night! Drop your kids (age 2 and up) off for two hours of supervised play and activities. All proceeds will benefit Africa Yoga Project. Limited spots available.

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