3 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Patches near Columbus

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These 3 Pumpkin Farms in Central Ohio were winners for us! So much fun for fall!

First of all, let’s just talk about last year. (Edit: this post was written in 2016. Please double check the links for updates and current pricing.)

Our only “pumpkin patch” experience involved waiting way too long in line at a location that will remain nameless (because I honestly can’t remember which one it was). We waited so long in fact, that the price we would have to pay became too much to spend for the time we had left! My friends and I had to bribe our kids with ice cream to get them out of line and give up on pumpkins.

Then, despite the fact that my son talked non stop about what he wanted to be for Halloween, it was too cold and/or rainy on trick-or-treat night and we were out of town for both weekends of Boo at the Zoo. So I just never told him when Halloween was and he managed to eventually forget about it. Major #momfail! Honestly, neither of our kids noticed or suffered any irreparable damage, as best I can tell, but I do still feel a little bit guilty that there will be no costume pictures from ages 1 and 4 of our kids’ lives.

Are you looking for pumpkin farms near Columbus that are a great value AND a ton of fun?

But this year? I actually feel like we hit the lottery! First of all, October has been beautiful! And, secondly, we’ve already done 3 “pumpkin patch” experiences that will definitely stay on the rotation for next year! I did my own cost-benefit analysis 😉 and I feel like somehow I managed to make the right choices! So let me save you the effort and tell you why these 3 experiences are a great deal!

1. Jacquemin Farms

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I chose Jacquemin Farms for 2 reasons: it’s open during the week and it’s very inexpensive! Where most of the pumpkin patches have “Fall Festival Weekends” – they’re just that, only open on the weekends! I totally understand why, but I was definitely in the market for some places to take my kids during the week when there would be smaller crowds!

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Before 3:00 PM on the weekdays, kids ages 3-10 can play in the straw maze and corn box for $2 each (ages 2 and under are free)! During the weekends and after 3:00 PM on weekdays, the farm has bouncy houses (which my kids aren’t huge fans of anyway) and the cost is $6 per kid.

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If you arrive early enough, there are pumpkin donuts for sale in the market! (Alas, we did not!) But we did enjoy apple cider slushies!

You can also go out into the field to pick your own pumpkin! When we visited, the pumpkin fields were very wet and muddy. They recommended that we not go out into the field (though we were welcome to if we chose to)! We picked out a couple of pumpkins to take home from inside the market.

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Know Before You Go:
7437 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City, OH 43064, 614-873-5725
October Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 6:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Related: Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals

2. DeMonye’s Haunted Greenhouse

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For years, I could see this green house from 670 and could not figure out where it was or how to get to it! I didn’t know the name of it, so there was no way to find out! When researching about different pumpkin patch options, I was able to connect the dots! There are two reasons the experience at deMonye’s is great, in my opinion! The cost is $8, but only per child (adults are free!) (UPDATE 2018: kids are still $8 but adults are now $2) and what you get for $8 is a LOT!

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When the kids walk through the door, they get a goody bag with candy, pumpkin stickers and little Halloween trinkets. They each get to pick a pumpkin and can decorate it at one of the many tables they have within the greenhouse. There is unlimited popcorn and the kids each get a bottle of juice!

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Also included in the cost is…

Straw maze:

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Corn box:

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Basketball play area:

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Bean bag toss:

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Bouncy house:

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Planting a flower to take home:

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Dodge ball area:

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Petting zoo (well, more of a looking zoo):

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and the Haunted House:

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The haunted house was a bit scary for my kids. They made it through about 3/4 of the way and then got freaked out in a room full of spiders and it was kind of downhill from there. The truth is, you could do everything else and not even know this “haunted” area was there! We almost didn’t do it because, at first, I didn’t realize where it was (the back corner)!

My kids had a blast here! I felt like it was well worth $16 for both of them because there were so many things to do and the price included food AND a pumpkin!

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There are lots of Halloween decorations and other pumpkins and gourds for sale within the shop!

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Know Before You Go:
2500 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219, 614-252-6046
October Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

3. Freeman’s Farm

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As I mentioned earlier, my experience with pumpkin patches is pretty limited, but our experience at Freeman’s Farm was darn near idyllic.

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In my cost-benefit analysis, I noticed that most of the Fall Festival events were around $8 per person, not per child, and my kids are pretty young for some of the activities offered. The prices are not listed on the website for Freeman’s Farm, but I tracked them down in the comments of their Facebook page. I was serious about my research! 😉

Hay rides are $2 per person, the petting zoo is free (though you can buy feed for $.25 a handful) and the food prices are extremely reasonable!

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The hayride through the farm was about 20-25 minutes long and the property was beautiful!

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After the hayride, we were hungry, so we headed over to the campfire where you could buy and roast hotdogs ($2)!

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And buy your chili in a bag ($2.50)!

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I loved the communal campfire and roasting your own hot dogs! It felt like the real deal!

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The kids enjoyed feeding the miniature horses, donkeys and goats. There was a large pig too, but he was taking a nap!

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We also got kettle corn and met up with some scarecrows! You can stuff your own scarecrow for $20 – straw and all the necessary clothing were provided!

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Pumpkins were $.39/lb and were sold in the yard outside the market. There were tons of options! At this point in our pumpkin patch journey, we already have 6 pumpkins, so I vetoed taking any more home, despite the begging by my children!

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Know Before You Go:
6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021, 740-548-7866
Farm Market is open Monday – Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Market is open and Fall Festival Activities are Saturday : 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

*Only cash is accepted at all of the activity stands, but you can use your credit card inside the market to purchase vouchers for food and hayrides.

*When I typed “Freeman’s Farm” into Google Maps, it landed us on a dead end cul-de-sac on the other side of the farm. However, when I manually typed in the (same) address, it got us there – I don’t know if it would happen to you, but I just thought I’d mention it in case! 😉

Need more ideas for fall? Check out 9 Things to Do with Your Kids This Fall in Columbus or Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals! Happy Pumpkin Season!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 14-16, 2016

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This is another busy fall weekend with a lot of fun options! Don’t forget to refer back to this post if you’re looking for a fall festival weekend at a local pumpkin patch! Most are still going on throughout the whole month of October!

1. Farm Festival at Bob Evans Farm

When: Friday – Sunday, October 14-16, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 791 Farmview Road, Bidwell, OH 45614
Phone: 1-800-994-3276

This festival includes food, give aways, live music and children’s activities like a hay bale maze, game tent, corn pile, horseback rides, wagon rides, a pedal tractor pull and more!

2. Fall Farm Fun at Leeds Farm

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8738 Marysville Rd., Ostrander, OH 43061.

Leeds Farm and pumpkin patch is open one Friday only this season and this week is it! They’re also open one evening of the season, and that’s Saturday for the Harvest Moon Festival!

3. Big Top Halloween at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 6:30- 8:30 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085

This annual Halloween party is free and features carnival games, a trick or treat trail and live music!

4. PBR Rodeo at Ohio Expo Center

When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Some of the nation’s top bull riders will be competing in Columbus this weekend as part of the All American Quarter Horse Congress!

5. Touch a Truck Story Time at Northwest Library

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-807-2626

Touch a truck at the library and enjoy a story time about vehicles!

6. Jackson Team Pumpkin Giveaway at COVA

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 3770 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43214

Bring a canned good to donate to Neighborhood Services and get a free pumpkin!

7. BREAD! Community and Arts Festival in Dublin

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Downtown Dublin
Phone: 614-889-7444

This free festival will feature food, music, dancing and art as well as a focus on traditional breads!

8. Trick or Treat Trail at Oakland Nursery

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Location: 1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-268-3511

Kids ages 10 and under are invited to participate in a trick or treat trail including goodie bags and a costume contest!

9. Scare at the Square at Georgesville Community Center

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 8020 Rush St, Grove City, OH 43123

This community event includes hayrides, a costume contest, games, food and a “Trail of Terror”! Admission is one non-perishable food item per person.

10. Powell Community Bonfire and Tailgate at Village Green Park

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065

Tailgate before the OSU game with free hot dogs, apple cider, donut holes and marshmallows! The game will be shown on the Technicare Amphitheater Stage starting at 8 p.m.

11. Kids Eat Free at City Barbeque

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: all day
Location: all area locations

On Sunday, get a free kid’s meal with an adult meal purchase of $7 or more! Mention that you’re there for “family time” to receive this offer!

12. Grand Opening at Grove City Library

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 3359 Park St., Grove City, OH 43123

Join the Grove City library for the dedication and grand opening celebration of the new Grove City Library! The day includes a flag raising, ribbon cutting ceremony, dedication of the early literacy area, Harper’s Grove, instillation of a time capsule and more! Take a last look at the old library here!

13. Fall Fun Day at Blendon Woods

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville, OH 43081
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This fun day will include tram rides, roasting marshmallows, jumping in leaves and making crafts! Read about our day at Blendon Woods here!

14. Harvest Festival at Orange Johnson House

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 50 W New England Ave., Worthington, OH 43085

This festival will feature a hands-on area for kids, Lincoln Logs building, pioneer games, cider pressing, and more! This event is free for members.

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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 7-9, 2016

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Various Fall Festivals are going on during the weekends throughout the whole month of October!. Check out my post from last weekend to see what farms are hosting them!

1. Skidsteer Rodeo at Franklin Equipment

When: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4141 Hamilton Square Blvd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 844-401-RENT

Come watch a competition between construction vehicles (and their drivers)!  The initial rounds go on all day and the finals begin at 6:30 PM. There is live music, free food and a mechanical bull from 3:00 – 7:00 PM.

2. Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek

When: Friday, Saturday and Monday, October 7, 8 & 10
Time: Opens at 8:30 AM, last ride at 6:00 PM
Location: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Phone: 330-893-4200

Even though it’s a bit of a drive, I’m sharing this one because I’ve told you about The Farm at Walnut Creek before, so if you’ve thought of visiting, this event might be fun! This weekend (and next!) in addition to the horse drawn wagon rides, there will be special activities like a corn box, sheep shearing, basket weaving, horseshoeing, a pumpkin slingshot and more!

3. Fall Foliage on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

When: Friday – Sunday, October 7-9, 2016
Time: 1:00 on Fridays, 12:00 and 2:30 on Saturdays and Sundays
Location: 33 West Canal St., Nelsonville, OH 45764
Phone: 740-249-1452

For the month of  October, the Railway adds Friday trips to their weekend scenic tours! The round trip ride is about 2 hours.

4. Columbus Italian Festival

When: Friday – Sunday, October 7-9, 2016
Time: Friday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Saturday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 720 Hamlet St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-294-8259

This celebration of Italian heritage features live performances, food, kiddie rides, a parade and even a bocce ball tournament!

5. Pumpkinpalooza at Emswiler Farms

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 13329 Morse Rd., SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 614-355-5432

This festival is presented by TWIG of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and benefits Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Nationwide Children’s. The festival includes hayrides, live entertainment, bounce houses, face painting, a pumpkin patch, the Shazzbots, crafts, food and more!  Tickets are are $13 for adults and $10 for kids, but you can buy them online (see link) in advance through THURSDAY, October 6th for $10 and $7. Children under 2 are free.

6. Touch a Tractor at Buehler’s Fresh Foods

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: various locations

Another road trip idea for this weekend is at Buehler’s Fresh Foods. The closest store is in Ashland, OH. Touch a tractor, enjoy free samples from Hartzler’s Family Dairy and Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken, participate in activities for the kids and buy Ruggles ice cream for $1 a scoop!

7. Too Much Stuff Sale at Big Fun Columbus

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: 672 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-8697

Big Fun says, “we have too much stuff, help us make room” and everything is 25% off if you say the secret word: “Fun”! I wrote about taking your kids to Big Fun for Columbus Moms Blog here!

8. Royals Project Fall Festival at Amazing Grace Christian Church

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2255 Quail Creek Blvd, Grove City, OH 43123

Princesses, Princes, Superheroes and more will be in attendance at this fall festival which also features crafts, games, face painting, and more! There will also be a fire truck and fire fighters on site from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM! Donations of unused toys will also be accepted for the Royals Project!

9. Fall Festival at Oakland Nurseries

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: various locations locally

Each location of Oakland Nurseries is having it’s own set of events, check the link for information specific to each store! The Columbus location will feature hay rides, pumpkin painting, pig racing, a kid-friendly haunted forest, concessions and live music!

10. Farm Festival at Miller’s Country Gardens

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2488 St. Rt. 37 West, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-5021

This fall festival features hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, barrel rides, a kids’ play area, face painting, straw tunnel and food by Sock Hop Soda Shop! Admission is free but some activities have a charge.

11. Fall Fest at Fancyburg Park

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 3375 Kioka Avenue, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

This fall festival includes hay rides, a corn box , pumpkin carving, making apple cider, a petting zoo and more! Admission is free but some activities require $1 tokens.

12. Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Different animals are featured in this family program at the Conservatory on the 2nd Sunday of each month!

13. Peppa Pig Live at Palace Theatre

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: 34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

See Peppa Live! What else is there to say? 😉

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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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