What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, October 19-21, 2018

Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 65 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend including all the fall festival weekend activities happening around Central Ohio!

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – The Circleville Pumpkin Show – celebrate all things pumpkin with this huge show including parades, live entertainment, contests, rides, arts and crafts and pumpkin everything! (The Circleville Pumpkin Show runs October 17 – 20, 2018).

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 – SuperGames Open Play! at SuperGames – availability is first come, first served for this Open Play time and cost is $10/child.

10:00 AM – Columbus Pop Up Shop of Clothing, Toys & More at Franklin County Fairgrounds – shop for toys, kids’ clothing, maternity clothes, baby items and more at this large consignment sale!

10:00 AM – COTA Day at Leeds Farm! – Leeds Farm is open for one Friday only during the fall season and this is it! Read about all there is to do here: 16 Things to do at Leeds Farm

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!

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!

5:30 PM – Kids Jump/Adults Craft at Blue Monkey Parties & Events – kids can play while the adults paint a project with AR Workshop Pickerington. Preregister online!

5:30 PM – All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio History Connection (Ohio Village) – explore Ohio Village with a family-friendly, 1890’s style halloween celebration including a bonfire, pumpkin carving, story telling, mask making, Victorian parlor games, the Headless Horseman and more!

6:00 PM – Parents Night Out at Fun in the Jungle – drop your kid off for a night of bowling, arcade and play! Pizza and drinks will be provided. Preregistration required.

6:30 PM – Trick or Treat Street at Hilltop YMCA – wear your costume for spooky stories, a haunted bus, door prizes, haunted hallway, pumpkin patch in the pool and more! All ages welcome. $10/family for members, $15/family for non-members.

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 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Westgate Community Center – this performance, put on by Westgate Theatre Company and Carriage Place Players is also a partnership with Empty Bowls, a local project to fight hunger. See all the details at the link! $5/person.

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 – Bluegrass on the Patio at Ten Pin Alley – enjoy live music on the patio! This week’s band is The Goldsberrys.


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

8:30 AM – 2018 TreatFest Trot: Family Who-Dun-it? Mystery Walk & Fun Run – walk or run through a course that includes activities, characters, clues, bounce houses, crafts and more! This is not a timed event!

9:00 AM – Westgate Farmers Market – this event includes local vendors, produce, food trucks, kids activities and live music!

9:00 AM – The Circleville Pumpkin Show – celebrate all things pumpkin with this huge show including parades, live entertainment, contests, rides, arts and crafts and pumpkin everything! (The Circleville Pumpkin Show runs October 17 – 20, 2018).

9:00 AM – KidsLinked.com’s TreatFest! – this free family festival includes a treat village, costume contests, scavenger hunt, face painting and balloon twisting, character appearances and more!

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 – Market Sprouts at Worthington Farmers Market – this week at the information table there will be special, season-based activities for kids 12 and under!

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 – Day of the Dead Community Event 2018 “El Dia de los Muertos” at Green Lawn Cemetery – this is a family friendly celebration to remember family and friends who have passed away. There will be a movie, art exhibition, kids activities, face painting, food trucks, vendors, live music and more.

10:00 AM – National Paint Your Own Pottery Day at Clay Street Ceramics – studio fees will be waived all day from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM plus everyone gets a free Christmas ornament to paint with pottery purchase.

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 – 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 – Great GeekFest at Delaware County District Library – this is a free event celebrating all things “geek”! There will be an area just for kids!

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 Raymond B. Martens Nature Playscape Grand Opening at AHA! A Hands-On Adventure, A Children’s Museum – AHA Children’s Museum is opening an outdoor playscape and its grand opening is Saturday! Admission is included in the daily admission rate.

10:00 AM – Blacklick Woods’ Birthday Bash! at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – celebrate 70 years of Blacklick Woods Metro Park! There will be activities for kids, face painting, local businesses, cake and lots more!

10:00 AM – 4th Annual Halloween Hop! at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center – this ia “not-too-spooky” event for kids of all abilities! There will be no scary decorations, lights or sounds. Every kid can trick or treat at their own pace, there will be a magic show, pet therapy dogs, crafts and live music!

10:00 AM – CRC Annual Pumpkin Patch 2018 at The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center – this is a kid-friendly Halloween event with games, prizes, food and an apple cider press. Bring 3 canned goods to donate to the food pantry and receive a pumpkin!

10:00 AM – Columbus Pop Up Shop of Clothing, Toys & More at Franklin County Fairgrounds- shop for toys, kids’ clothing, maternity clothes, baby items and more at this large consignment sale!

10:00 AM – All Aboard for Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail – attend this model railroad open house to watch model trains and meet the club model railroaders!

10:00 AM – 2018 Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt at Hilliard’s Station Park – this community event includes trick or treating, a scavenger hunt, family-friendly activities, a costume contest and more!

10:30 AM – Princess Party at Grove City Library – make a crown, meet a special guest and wear your ball gown to this princess story time. Geared towards ages 2-8.

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 – Sensory Friendly Films: Monster House (2006) at Gateway Film Center – this is a free sensory friendly showing of Monster House with lower volume, lights up and relaxed atmosphere.

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!

12:00 PM – 2nd Annual Fall Festival at Lakota Park – this fall festival includes games, crafts, a bounce house, a costume contest, food and giveaways!

12:00 PM – 5 Year Anniversary Party at Lucky’s Market Columbus – celebrate 5 years of Lucky’s with a vendor fair, kids’ activities, food, live music, fresh cider, giveaways and more!

12:00 PM – Fall Festival and Art Fair at Worthington Christian Schools – pony rides, petting zoo, facepainting, games for kids, lots of food, and a unique art fair can all be found at this free festival! There is a charge for some games, food, and art and funds raised will support the senior class ministry trip to the Dominican Republic.

12:00 PM – Story time with Rapunzel! at Barnes and Noble Pickerington – meet and greet Rapunzel and hear a story!

1:00 PM – Open Barn Days 2018 at Sunrise Sanctuary – meet the resident animals and learn about Sunrise Sanctuary! Tickets can be purchased in advance to ensure your spot.

3:00 PM – LEGO Club at Grove City Library – build your own LEGO creation at the library!

5:00 PM – Halloween Family Dance at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA – $15/family includes music, pizza, inflatables, games and more! Come in costume and register in advance!

6:00 PM – Spooktacular Halloween Party at Jefferson Community Park – this annual Halloween party includes a spooky forest and haunted trail, a hayride, scary stories, face painting, games and food for purchase!

6:00 PM – Powell Community Bonfire – this event includes free hot dogs, apple cider, donut holes and marshmallows for roasting! There will be music and the opportunity to meet your local first responders!

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 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Westgate Community Center – this performance, put on by Westgate Theatre Company and Carriage Place Players is also a partnership with Empty Bowls, a local project to fight hunger. See all the details at the link! $5/person.

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

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 – Kids Eat Free! at City Barbecue – Sunday only get a free kids meal with each adult purchase of $7 or more. There will be activities for kids, too!

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 – Pony Rides & Pumpkin Event at Horse -N- Round Fun – for $8 kids can ride a pony and get a pumpkin! There will be hay rides, a free petting zoo and other farm activities. Pumpkins can be purchased separately.

12:00 PM – 5 Year Anniversary Party at Lucky’s Market Columbus – celebrate 5 years of Lucky’s with a vendor fair, kids’ activities, food, live music, fresh cider, giveaways and more!

12:00 PM – Halloween Pet Parade at Easton Town Center – dress your pet for this costume contest, parade and fall festival! There will be kids activities in Fenlon Square!

12:00 PM – Pizzuti Collection Family Day at Pizzuti Collection – admission is free for Family Day and it includes crafts, a guided tour and the opportunity to make your own mask! There will also be the opportunity to make a tie dyed t-shirt.

12:00 PM – All Aboard for Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail – attend this model railroad open house to watch model trains and meet the club model railroaders!

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

1:00 PM – Fall on the Farm at Gallant Farm Park – do some work on the farm including seeing how corn was picked, pressing apples and more!

1:00 PM – Trick or Treat Trail at Gallant Woods Park – trick or treat along a spooky trail, take a hayride, decorate pumpkins and more! This is a free event.

1:00 PM – Halloween Kids Party at The Big Bang! at Big Bang Columbus – this kid-friendly event includes live music, crafts, games, face painting, spooky refreshments and more!

1:30 PM – Pumpkin Swim at Prairie Township Community Center – pick a floating pumpkin and then decorate it! Register in advance!

2:00 PM – Trick-or-Treat and Costume Contest 2018 at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – wear your costume to trick or treat around The MAiZE and participate in a costume contest afterwards!

2:00 PM  – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Westgate Community Center – this performance, put on by Westgate Theatre Company and Carriage Place Players is also a partnership with Empty Bowls, a local project to fight hunger. See all the details at the link! $5/person.

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.

5:00 PM – Fall Fest at Bethel Presbyterian – this free fall festival includes games, prizes, food and more!

6:00 PM – Movie Night at The Pocket Park at Ohio Avenue Pocket Park – watch a family friendly Halloween movie with hot chocolate!


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ICYMI: Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals

What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio: October 12-14, 2018

Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 65 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

8:30 AM – Grove City Minion Hunt in Grove City Town Center – pick up a Town Center Minion Hunt entry card or download it online and hunt for 7 Minions around Grove City Town Center. Drop off your completed card to receive a prize! The hunt ends at 4:30 PM on November 2.

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 – Fall 2018 Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library – thousands of books, DVDs and CDs will be on sale starting at $1!

10:30 AM – Leaf People Craft at Avery Park – join FIT4MOM Dublin for a workout and fall scavenger hunt! There will be a free craft time afterwards.

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 – Fall Food Truck Friday at Easton Town Center – there will be over 20 food trucks at this event including live music!

7:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays – support local artists at this event in Franklinton!

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!


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!


SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Fall Spooktacular Craft Fair at Westerville North High School – this fall craft fair also includes a costume contest for all ages!

9:00 AM – Family Breakfast with Coco – this event includes a breakfast and the showing of the movie Coco! Tickets can be purchased online.

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 – Yellow Springs Street Fair in Yellow Springs – this annual event in Yellow Springs includes vendors, live music, arts and crafts, a beer garden, street performers 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!

9:30 AM – 





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

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 – Try-It Together: Engineering at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – this activity is for kids ages 3-5 and an accompanying adult and offers the chance to learn about engineering with age appropriate hands on activities! Cost is $10 per person in addition to admission to COSI.

10:00 AM – Open House – Fire Prevention Week at Monroe Township Fire Department – this event features games, activities and educational presentations on fire prevention. There will be antique and modern fire trucks on display and food is available for purchase!

10:00 AM – Fall Fest at Snyder Park – just 45 minutes from Columbus, this event includes arts and crafts, food, vendors, a Kid’s Zone with games and prizes and free hay rides! Admission is free.

10:00 AM – Groveport Apple Butter Day at Heritage Park Groveport Ohio – Groveport Apple Butter Day includes pioneer activities, crafts, entertainment and kettles of homemade apple butter!

10:00 AM – Fall 2018 Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library – thousands of books, DVDs and CDs will be on sale starting at $1!

10:00 AM – Fall Family Festival at Ohio Bird Sanctuary – take a trip to Mansfield to see animals and enjoy games, crafts, an adventure trail, food and s’mores! Admission is $10/car.

10:30 AM – October Grown-Up & Me Art: Goofy Pumpkin! at Art with Anna – kids ages 3 and up with an adult can make art together! This month’s theme is Goofy Pumpkin. $15/couple, $5/additional artist.

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 – Star Wars Spectacular at Barnes & Noble Easton – this family-friendly Star Wars-themed event includes a story time, craft, trivia, cosplaying and more!

12:00 PM – Festival For Good in Franklinton – this family-friendly festival includes more than 25 local social enterprises, food trucks, and live music! Learn about the best ways to do good by supporting local companies here in Columbus!

12:00 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!

1:00 PM – Monthly Card Making Class at Third Way Cafe – make a Halloween card! $5 for the first card, $3 for each additional card you make.

1:00 PM – Historic Dublin Family Fall Festival in Historic Dublin – this free festival includes trick or treating, crafts, activities, games, a magician, music, vendors and special activities at each participating business.

2:00 PM – Second Saturdays at CML – Hilliard Branch – this month’s theme is Awesome Autumn and there will be stories, crafts and activities with a fall theme!

3:00 PM – Fall Festival at Obetz Church of the Nazarene – this free festival includes free food, games, bounce houses, trunk or treat and more!

3:00 PM – LEGO Club at Westland Area Library – work in a group or individually to make LEGO creations!

5:30 PM – Trunk or treat, hayrides, s’mores and more! at The First Church of God Community Worship Center – enjoy a hayride, trunk or treat, food and s’mores!

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

10:00 AM – Pups and Pumpkins at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – kids can paint their own pumpkins and visit with puppies from Cause for Canines. Adoptable pups will be on site from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. No RSVP required.

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!

10:30 AM – 





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

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 – German Village Makers Market – the last market of the year includes over 50 local vendors, food trucks, boutique trucks, live music and more!

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – 2nd Sundays include access to the grounds of Ohio Wildlife Center, an animal enrichment activity and educational opportunities. $5/person. 5 and under are free.

12:00 PM – Multicultural B • R • E • A • D! Festival of Arts and Community at Coffman Park – this annual festival includes community booths, music and dance, hands on art projects, international cuisine, food trucks, a global marketplace, bread vendors and more! There will be a sand painting project taking place during the festival.

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

1:00 PM – Little Sprouts: Fall Festival at Wilson’s Garden Center – kids 12 and under can register to attend this fall festival in Newark! There will be games, scarecrow making, trick or treat and a goody bag. $5/kid.

1:00 PM – Fall Fest at Fancyburg Park – UA’s Fall Fest includes pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, cider making, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, a donut eating contest, hay ride and more! Admission is free but some activities have a small cost.

1:00 PM – Stone Soup at Gallant Farm Park – hear the story of Stone Soup and try out some Stone Soup for yourself!

1:00 PM – Fall 2018 Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library – thousands of books, DVDs and CDs will be on sale starting at $1!

2:00 PM – Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium brings various animals each month to Franklin Park Conservatory!

2:00 PM – 6th Annual MUMS & Mummies at Westgate Park – this free event includes a raffle, costume contest for kids AND pets, games and activities, food, fireside stories and Trunk or Treat!

3:30 PM – October Family Paint: Lil Pumpkin at Art with Anna – the whole family can paint a Lil Pumpkin painting to hang together or separately! Recommended for kids ages 6 and up. $15/artist.

5:00 PM – Giant Pumpkin Carving 2018 at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – head out to The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek to see a giant pumpkin being carved!

6:00 PM – Broadway Princess Party at Columbus Funny Bone – dress up in your best royal attire for a musical princess party with original princess stars!

6:00 PM – LBC Fall Festival! at Linworth Baptist Church – this fall festival includes food, games, trunk or treat, a magic show, crafts, photo booth and more!


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

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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