9 Things to Do with Your Kids This Fall in Columbus

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Fall is such a fun time in Central Ohio! Here are 9 things you can only do during the Fall in Columbus and Central Ohio!

What Are Some of the Best Things to do with Kids During the Fall in Columbus?

Here are 9 things we enjoy doing as a family during the fall!

1. Attend a Skull Session at St. John Arena

My kids love instruments and any kind of band, so we were excited, though a little nervous, about taking them to a Skull Session at OSU! It’s a great way to get caught up in the football spirit, even if you don’t have tickets to the game!

A Skull Session is basically a pep rally where the marching band plays, the players come out and the coach gives a little speech . . . it’s very high energy and really a lot of fun!

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I’d recommend either parking on West Campus (parking is $20!) and taking a shuttle or parking in a neighborhood along the Olentangy bike path and walking up the path to St. John Arena.

The Skull session happens 2 hours and 20 minutes before each game and lasts an hour. When it’s over, you can mull around amongst the tailgaters, pick up some free samples (1/4 of a Sugardale hot dog, anyone?) and enjoy the energy of game day.

We were nervous because we weren’t sure what would happen to our strollers when we got there! We were able to take our strollers (yes, we had two) into the arena, but we left them outside the gymnasium, along the outer wall. It was a risk, but no one decided to walk off with a stroller on game day. Phew! I don’t know where else you could put your stroller, as the seating in the gymnasium is very tight. It worked out for us and we were really glad we did it!

You can see the schedule of OSU games here! Friends recommended arriving 20-25 minutes early to get good seats, and I will pass that advice on to you. We got there around 9:20 AM for the 9:40 AM Skull Session and were able to get good seats facing the band.

2. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

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There are so many pumpkin patch options, it’s kind of amazing! Every weekend in October is filled with Fall Festivals – honestly, I had no idea before I started this blog how many there are! Make sure to visit my post, Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals for a complete list!

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We recently visited Jaquemin Farms on a Monday! This one is great, in my opinion, because it is open during the week and for only $2 kids ages 3-10 can play in the corn box and run through the straw maze! Kids 2 and under are free! During the weekends, they have bouncy houses and the price is a bit higher. So if you have preschoolers at home during the week, this is a great way to spend an inexpensive morning at a pumpkin patch! Other weekday options include Circle S Farms, evenings at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm.

If you want the BIG pumpkin farm experience complete with kettle corn, a zip line, a huge pumpkin trampoline, mazes, corn bins, pedal carts and more, make sure to check out 15 Things to Do at Leeds Farm!

Another place we love to go is Smith’s Farm Market! The picture below is a few years old, but they always have a large selection of pumpkins and picturesque settings for fun pictures with pumpkins!

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3. Go Apple Picking

I’ve shared about our visit to Orchard and Company, and Branstool Orchards, and here’s a list of more apple picking ideas from Columbus Moms Blog! It’s getting late in the season, but there are still apples to be picked at many farms and a lot of them have farm festival weekends as well! If you’re looking for some options during the week (as opposed to the weekend), a few farms are open on select Fridays: Lynd Fruit Farm, and Cherry Hawk Farm, to name a few.

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4. Attend Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo happens for two weekends in October, the 19th – 21st, and the 26th – 28th, 2018. Dress your kids (or yourself!) in costume and visit a lot of vendors in different areas of the zoo who want to fill your kid’s basket with candy! It’s also totally acceptable to take your baby in a cute pumpkin costume in a stroller and accept candy on his or her behalf! 😉

5. Take a Road Trip

I shared 6 Ohio Road Trips to Take This Fall here, one of them being the Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek. Even if you can’t make it for the festival, a drive to Amish Country will be beautiful when the leaves (finally!) start to change!

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More fun road trip ideas include:

Fall is my favorite time of year for a road trip!

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6. Visit a Metro Park

Once the leaves start to change, there are some great options for leaf viewing in our local Metro Parks! A great one is Battelle Darby! There are walking paths through the woods and also bison viewing! While you’re there, check out the living stream in the Nature Center!

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Inniswood Metro Park is also beautiful in the fall. Seriously, check out this picture I took during the fall (below)! It felt like a fairy tale! It was amazing!

7. Visit a City Park

Don’t underestimate your local city park for fall beauty. Here is a list of all the Columbus City ParksFranklin Park is particularly beautiful in the fall! Keep an eye out for the Harvest Parties at Columbus Rec Centers. You don’t have to go far to celebrate! 🙂

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8. See Model Railroads at COSI

Mark your calendars for Model Railroad Days at COSI (2018 dates yet to be announced!) My kids LOVE this special couple of days when several model railroad clubs take over a few galleries at COSI. There are a lot of model trains to see and also trains to play with! It only comes once a year, but it’s one of those things my oldest son always asks about!

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9. Visit the Huntington Holiday Train at Main Library

This is something I consider a Christmas tradition for our family, but it does arrive before Thanksgiving, so technically, it’s a fall activity, right? 😉  In mid November, the train will be installed at the New Main Library! It’s really beautiful, and if you have train lovers, like I do, it’s something you have to see!

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What else would you add to the list of “can’t miss” fall activities in Columbus?

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Columbus Area 4th of July Celebrations, Fireworks and Parades

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Find your local fireworks display or parade on this list of Columbus area 4th of July Celebrations!

MONDAY:

10:30 AM – Kids Patriotic Themed Cupcake Decorating Class at Smidge and Pinch – kids 5 and up can learn how to make 5 patriotic themed cupcakes!

5:00 PM – July 4th Streetfest in West Jefferson – the Streetfest is open 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Wednesday. Fireworks are at 10:00 PM Wednesday!

6:00 PM – Old-Fashioned Fireworks at Clark County Fair – gates open at 6:00 PM, live music starts at 7:00 and fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

TUESDAY:

9:30 AM – Independence Day themed Stroller Strides at Fancyburg Park – work out with your kids at an Independence Day themed Stroller Strides class!

10:00 AM – Handprint Firework Craft at Highbanks Metro Park – work out with your kids and afterwards kids can do a handprint fireworks craft!

12:00 PM – Red, White & BOOM! in Downtown Columbus – The Children’s Park is open 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM and features activities for kids of all ages, the Ford Oval of Honor Red, White & BOOM! Parade begins at 5:30 at the Main St. Bridge and heads north down Front St., Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM. There will be live music, vendors, food and more!

5:00 PM – July 4th Streetfest in West Jefferson – the Streetfest is open 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Wednesday. Fireworks are at 10:00 PM Wednesday!

5:30 PM – Ballpark “Boom”! at Huntington Park – activities include inflatables, concessions, live music and a great view of the fireworks. Activities require a wristband and admission is $5 at the gate.

6:00 PM – Reynoldsburg Independence Day Festivities – includes carnival games, food vendors and inflatables. Fireworks begin at 9:45 PM.

7:00 PM – Johnstown Fireworks – festivities begin at 7:00 PM including entertainment and food vendors. Fireworks begin at dusk.

WEDNESDAY:

8:00 AM – Dublin Independence Day Celebration – includes a fishing derby, Inflation Celebration, parade at 11:00 AM, an Evening Celebration featuring Sheryl Crow and fireworks at 9:50 PM.

8:00 AM – Clintonville July Fourth – begins with a 4 mile run/walk, flag raising, pet and bike parade, a fishing derby, activities in the park and fireworks at 10:00 PM.

8:00 AM –Upper Arlington Independence Day Parade – the parade begins at Northwest and Zollinger and ends at Northstar.

9:00 AM – 2018 4th of July Parade in Marysville – parade steps of at 10:00 AM at American Legion park and continues through Marysville.

9:00 AM – Lancaster 4th of July Celebration – the parade begins at 10:00 AM from the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM there will be activities at the fairgrounds including live music, a donut eating contest, amusement rides, arts and crafts and more! The fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

9:30 AM – Bexley 4th of July Celebrations – parade begins at 9:30 AM, the Community Celebration begins at 6:00 PM on the front lawn at Capital. Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

10:00 AM — Reynoldsburg Independence Day Parade – parade begins at 10:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Doo Dah Parade and Block Party – a block party happens from 10:00 AM – 7:300 PM at High and Buttles. Entry is free. Doo Dah Parade steps off at 1:00 PM.

10:30 AM – Gahanna Independence Day Celebration – parade begins at 10:30 AM at Clark Hall and Community Family Day will take place from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Creekside Park and Plaza. There will be live music, vendors, activities and more. Fireworks launch at 10:00 PM at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course. The viewing area open at 6:00 PM.

10:00 AM – Olentangy Community 4th of July Parade – parade begins at Olentangy Orange High School at 10:00 AM.

10:00 AM – Lancaster’s 4th of July Parade – begins at the County Fairgrounds at 10:00 AM.

11:00 AM – Northland Community Fourth of July Parade – parade kicks off at 11:00 AM at Morse and Karl Rds.

11:00 AM – New Albany Foruth of July Celebration – parade begins at 11:00 AM, Festival begins at 6:30 PM including family activities, food trucks and live music, fireworks begin at dusk.

11:00 AM – Groveport 4th of July Celebration – parade begins at 11:00 AM, children activities are from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, there will be live music and fireworks begin at dusk.

12:00 PM – July 4th Streetfest in West Jefferson – the Streetfest is open 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Wednesday. Fireworks are at 10:00 PM Wednesday!

12:00 PM – 4th of July in Hilliard at Roger A Reynolds Municipal Park – the annual 4th of July Parade begins at 10:00 AM and a full day of fun continues at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park including a digital scavenger hunt, food trucks and live music. The fireworks begin at dusk.

12:00 PM – 2018 Worthington Hills Fourth of July – parade begins at 12:00 PM and fireworks begin at dusk.

1:00 PM – Westerville 4th of July Celebrations – 1:00 PM – parade begins in Uptown Westerville, enjoy activities, live music and food trucks at Westerville South H.S. from 2:00 PM – 10:00PM. Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

3:00 PM – Delaware City 4th of July Celebration – Parade begins at 3:00 PM, The Central Ohio Symphony performs at 7:30 PM and fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

3:00 PM – Plain City 4th of July Celebration – parade begins at 3:00 PM and fireworks begin at 9:45 PM.

4:00 PM – The Worthington Family Picnic and Fireworks – includes food, live entertainment, Supergames and fireworks at 10:00 PM. Also enjoy activities at McConnel Arts Center.

4:00 PM – July 4th Celebration in Pickerington – enjoy a parade at 6:00 PM, opening ceremonies at 7:30 PM, live music and fireworks at 10:00 PM.

5:30 PM – Party in the Park in Northam Park – Celebrate UA’s Centennial with a festival in the park! Fireworks begin at 10:00 PM.

6:00 PM – The Famous Fortress Fireworks at Fortress Obetz – gates open at 6:00 PM for food vendors, inflatables and games. Fireworks begin at 9:50 PM.

6:00 PM – Grove City Independence Day Celebration – gates open at 5:30 PM for free children’s activities, fireworks begin at 9:50 PM.

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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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35 FREE Things to do with Your Kids This Summer in Columbus

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Summer is the best time to get out and explore lots of fun things with the kids! Luckily for us, Columbus is full of lots of FREE things to do this summer! If you need some inspiration, here are 35 things you can do for free around town!

1. Climb aboard the train at Homestead Metro Park.

2. Check out a farmer’s market. See this list from Columbus Moms Blog, listed by day of the week!

3. Watch an outdoor movie. See this list from 614 Mom.

4. Have fun at KidX at Polaris Fashion Place.

5. Play at Commons for Kids every Friday.

6. Climb into the tree house at Inniswood Metro Park.

7. Win prizes in a Summer Reading Club. Register at your local library or take advantage of one of these national programs listed by Mission to Save.

8. Try out one of Columbus’ many festivals. Check out this list of free summer events from Columbus Moms Blog!

9. Try out a new park. I have some ideas here and here!

10. Follow the path of the Dublin Irish Fairy Door Trail.

11. Get wet at a local Splash Pad.

12.. Bowl for free with the Kids Bowl Free program! There are 3 locations in the Columbus area!

13. Attend the Hilltop Bean Dinner commemorating the role the Hilltop played in the Civil War! Admission is free and there is a huge car show, food vendors, arts and crafts and more!

14. Shop 100 local vendors at the Powell Street Market.

15. Visit a Little Free Library to borrow or donate books.

16. Attend one of the Cap City Nights Festivals hosted by Columbus Recreation and Parks!

17. Learn about nature at one of the Preschool Programs at Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks.

18. Enjoy some music at Polaris Live every Thursday night.

19. Hear a story or two at the Storytime at Chic Fil A on Sawmill.

20. Enjoy a free concert at Celebration at the Station at Hilliard’s Station Park – Thursdays from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

21. Explore IKEA and get free childcare and free coffee for IKEA Family Members (rewards card holders).

22. Get artistic at Arts in Uptown on the Second Friday of each month!

23. Watch a free movie at Gateway Film Center! Admission to their Book to Film series is free with your library card!

24. Explore the new Blendon Woods Natural Play Area.

25. Attend Gallery Hop in the Short North on the first Saturday night of each month from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM! Enjoy street performers, special deals and treats and the shops stay open late!

26. Watch a movie and have fun at Bexley Main Event.

27. Get cultured at Pizzuti Family Days – you can enter for free on the 3rd Sunday of the month and there are special activities for kids!

28. Stop to smell the roses at Columbus Park of Roses.

29. Explore Columbus Museum of Art for free on Sundays.

30. Explore an ancient burial mound, Shrum Mound.

31. Take a ride on the CBUS. All rides are free and the buses go in a loop around the Short North, downtown, Brewery District and German Village.

32. Explore the new Children’s Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory for free on the 1st Sunday of each month! Residents of Columbus and Franklin County can enter for free with a valid ID from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM!

33. Beat the heat with a free indoor play area.

34. Enjoy music, activities and movies at Hoot Family Film Series – free with a non-perishable donation to the Open Shelter.

35. Do a craft, hear a story and listen to jazz music at PBJ & Jazz.

Feel free to share what kind of free activities your family likes to do around Columbus in the comments!

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