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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 (October 31 – November 4, 2018) 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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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 27-31, 2016 Halloween Edition

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Spooky is the name of the game this weekend! I’ve expanded this weekend’s post to include 5 days leading up to and including Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Fall-O-Ween Party at Marion Franklin Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Costume Carnival at Martin Luther King Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

6:00 PM – Trunk or Treat at Grace Polaris Church

Friday, October 28, 2016

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Preschoolers: Halloween Open House at Sharon Woods Metro Park

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Pumpkin Painting for Kids at Westerville Public Library

10:30 AM – Halloween Party, Crafts and Movie Night at piccadilly modern play cafe

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Halloween Party at Subway and Trick or Treating in the Kroger Marketplace Plaza in Lewis Center

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Trick or Treat at the Shops at Worthington Place

6:00 PM – Night at the Library at Westerville Public Library

6:00 PM – Uptown Madness in Uptown Westerville

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM – BOO! for Books Photo Session at Wes Kroninger Photography

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Halloween Skate Party at Skate Zone 71

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Haunted Farmer’s Market in Old Worthington

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Trick or Tweet at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Hoot Family Film Series: Halloween at Gateway Film Center

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Fall Harvest Days at Hoover YMCA Park

10:00 AM – 9:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

10:30 AM – The Enchanted Tea Party with Princess Beauty!

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Family Storytime at Main Library

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Storytime Bash at Gahanna Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Bash at New Albany Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Trick or Treat at Franklin Park Conservatory

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Halloween Comic Fest at Packrat Comics

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Pumpkin Palooza at Shepard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

4:00 PM – Preschoolers: Costume Party at Blacklick Woods

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Halloween Lantern Hike at Battelle Darby Creek

7:00 PM – Halloween Lantern Hike at Blacklick Woods

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Ruloween at Rule 3

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

10:00 AM – Family Storytime: Pumpkins at Slate Run Farm

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Halloween Family Funday at North Market

10:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – The Great Pumpkin Drop at Marysville Fire Station 271

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Halloween Party at Inniswood Gardens

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Painting in the Park in Goodale Park

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Hilliard Trunk or Treat at Ray Patch Family YMCA

Monday, October 31, 2016

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Boo on Broadway at Grove City  Town Center

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Grandview Heights Howlin’ Halloween

More Halloween Fun

Here is a link to all of the Local Trick or Treat Times across Ohio!

Don’t forget to check this list of Columbus Recreation and Parks Halloween and Fall Harvest Party Times which are happening all weekend!

It’s not too late for 3 Can’t Miss Pumpkin Patches Near Columbus or 9 Things to Do With Your Kids this Fall in Columbus!

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On a personal note . . .

My kids are REALLY into spooky things this year! I mentioned my #momfail concerning Halloween last year in my post last week, but this year I don’t think there’s any way I’m going to get away with waiting until my kids forget about it! Jaden is already asking me how many days until Halloween every day, so he’s going to expect SOMETHING to happen when it rolls around! Now I am NOT a Pinterest mom, and I basically have this blog chronicling the things we go out and do because I am the worst at doing crafty things at home with my kids!

BUT, since the pressure is on, here are a few ideas I am considering for the “big day”:

If you have any easy Halloween games or treats for little kids, send them my way! (And I mean EASY!)

Happy Halloween!

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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 21-23, 2016

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1. Circleville Pumpkin Show

When: Wednesday-Saturday, October 19-22, 2016
Time: click here for the schedule of events
Location: click here for maps and directions

This famous local celebration of pumpkins features lots of live music, story times, parades, pumpkin carving, a baby parade, big wheel races, food and craft vendors, rides and anything pumpkin you can imagine!

2. Halloween and Fall Harvest Parties at Columbus Recreation and Parks

When: Various Dates
Time: Various Times
Location: Your Local Recreation Center

Halloween and Fall Harvest parties start this weekend at your local Columbus Recreation and Parks locations! See the link for the dates and times at each location!

3. Roscoe Village 47th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival

When: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH 43812
Phone: 740-622-7644 or 800-877-1830

If you’re looking for a road trip this weekend, Roscoe Village is about 90 minutes from Columbus and this festival will offer artisan, craft and food vendors, bluegrass music, canal boat rides, a children’s activity area, Living History Tours, Spirit of Roscoe tours and of course, apple butter!

4. Fall Book Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild

When: Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016
Time: Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City, OH 43064

If your kids love books, don’t miss this warehouse sale featuring children’s and young adult books for just $5 each!

5. Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo

When: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: (614) 645-3400

Tour the zoo while trick or treating for goodies, visiting with special characters and more!

6. Haunted Statehouse Tours

When: Friday & Saturday, October 21-22, 2016
Time: Every half hour between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Location: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-728-9234

These tours, recommended for ages 12 and up, involve touring the Statehouse by lantern light, learning about the history and legends of the haunted Ohio Statehouse! There will be art activities prior to the tour! Tickets should be bought in advance online or by calling the number above.

7. The Wizard of Oz at Westgate Community Center

When: Friday – Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday: 7:00 PM, Saturday: 7:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: Auditorium, 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

Tickets are $5 for this presentation of The Wizard of Oz by the Westgate Theater Co. and Carriage Place Players! See the link for information about the Empty Bowls event preceding the Saturday night performance!

8. Ghost Tours with Worthington History Museum

When: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Old Rectory, 50 West New England Ave., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

Take part in this spooky walking tour to learn about reported hauntings in Worthington! These tours are recommended for age 13 and up and tickets can be purchased for $15.00 at Fritzy Jacobs or The Shop at the Old Rectory!

9. Great Pumpkin Run in Grandview Heights

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 8:15 AM and 9:00 AM
Location: 1240 Oakland Ave., Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Phone: 614-488-3111

You can still register for this weekend’s 38th Annual Great Pumpkin Run 5K featuring a Kids Tiny Tot Race!

10. Fall Festival at Freeman’s Farm

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-548-7866

I shared earlier this week about our trip to Freeman’s Farm! This weekend you can take a hayride, cook your own food over a campfire, pick a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, pet animals and shop the market!

11. Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: along Main St. in Old Hilliard

Hilliard’s businesses will be celebrating Halloween with trick or treat, a scavenger hunt, fun activities and a costume contest for kids and dogs!

12. All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Ohio Village will be open for Halloween 1890’s style, including a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

13. Sundays at Ohio Railway Museum

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 990 Proprietors Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-7345

Sundays will feature Halloween themed tours and goodie bags for the kids!

14. Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival at Easton

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Fenlon St., 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Bring your costumed pet for this fun fall event including prizes for the best costumes plus kids activities and carriage rides!

15. Trick or Treat Trail at Deer Haven Park

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4183 Liberty Rd., Delaware OH 43015
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 3

Children are invited to come in costume and collect treats from characters along a spooky trail! There will also be hayrides and pumpkin decorating!

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ICYMI: 3 Can’t Miss Pumpkin Patches Near Columbus

9 Things to Do With Your Kids this Fall in Columbus

*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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