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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 15-17, 2017 Holiday Edition!

Tons of holiday events continue this weekend! Happy Weekend and Happy Holidays!

Ongoing:

Wildlights – see fantastic light displays, special visitors and performances from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM each night through January 1, 2018.

Twelve Elves of Dublin – this is the last week for the 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt! Pick up your 12 Elves Card and hunt for an elf at each of the participating locations. This is a free activity and at each stop your kids will receive a prize when they find it!

Gardens Aglow – Gardens Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and special events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated for the holidays. From December 1-31 (except for the 24th and 25th) they are open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities happening all through the season!

Christmas Corner at State Auto Insurance – walk through a life-sized nativity following the Christmas story! Choirs are scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings through December 23rd and free hot chocolate (donations accepted!) will be available on those evenings!

Think Outside the Brick – visit the Columbus Museum of Art for a huge LEGO display, special LEGO open build hours on Saturdays and LEGO Holiday decorations!

Downtown Lights – visit Columbus Commons and Bicentennial Park for festive light displays!

Holiday Parties at Columbus Recreation and Parks – check the link for all the dates for the Holiday Parties at each Columbus Recreation Center!

Friday:

10:00 AM – Storytime with Kara at Me and the Moon – enjoy a Welcome Winter! Storytime with tea and a pop up book sale afterwards!

10:30 AM – 614 Holiday Card Project at peapod play cafe – help make Christmas Cards for the 614 Holiday Card Project and learn how Christmas activities can promote the development of fine motor skills!

11:00 AM – Sounds of the Season at Polaris Fashion Place – there will be several performances from local musicians and choirs throughout the day!

5:30 – Columbus Historical Society Holiday Party & Open House – celebrate Columbus holidays throughout history, enjoy refreshments and learn about the Columbus Historical Society!

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a carriage ride through the Town Center, $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult! Happening all weekend – check the link for times.

7:00 PM – Christmas in Columbus: A Holiday Adventure hosted by Short North Stage – celebrate the holidays in Columbus with an original performance by some of Columbus’ favorite performers. This is a family friendly performances filled with songs and dancing. Several performance times are available throughout the weekend.

7:30 PM – Polar Express Weekends at COSI – watch Polar Express on the big screen at COSI. Several times available throughout the weekend.

8:00 PM – Matchgirl 2017 at Lincoln Theatre – Columbus Dance Theatre presents Matchgirl featuring a full orchestra and choir. 3 performances throughout the weekend.

Saturday:

9:00 AM – Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – enjoy hot apple cider and cookies and enjoy the gardens while you pick out your Christmas Tree. Happening on Sunday, too!

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – $5/person gets you a waffle with unlimited trimmings, juice and drip coffee!

9:00 AM – Visit with Santa at the Herb Center! – meet with Santa at the Ohio Herb Education Center, write a letter to Santa and get your photo taken with him, make a gift with Mrs. Claus.

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at the Worthington Farmers Market – kids under the age of 12 can stop by the information table at the Worthington Farmers Market for a kid-friendly activity.

9:30 AM – Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit Rhoads at Rhoads Garden Center – free photos with Santa (you take them), pick out a Christmas Tree and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

9:30 AM – Family Improv Class at Hilltop YMCA – the whole family can enjoy improv and acting games with CATCO is Kids.

10:00 AM – All Natural Cookie Decorating at Stratford Ecological Center – anyone age 6 and up can learn how to make natural food coloring for decorating cookies! Decorate cookies to bring home! Registration required.

10:00 AM – Kid’s Holiday Art Camp at Rhoads Garden Center – kids age 6-12 can paint a reindeer canvas. Register in advance.

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz Family Concert – Tony Monaco Trio: “Songs of the Season” at Lincoln Theatre – $5/person ($20/family) includes a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie for the kids and a 1 hour long jazz concert. Two show times are available: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM.

10:00 AM – Elf – Holiday Film Series at Drexel Theatre – watch the movie ELF in your PJ’s. There will also be a showing at 2:00 PM on Sunday.

11:00 AM – JCPenney Kids Zone Christmas party! at Indian Mound Mall – this event includes games, crafts, face painting, snacks and the live “Elf on the Shelf”

12:00 PM – Christmas Time Open House at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club – visit the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club to see model railroad train layouts including a Thomas the Train display!

11:00 AM – Hot Chocolate Bar at Lucky’s Market Columbus – shop for artisan gifts and hot chocolate to support Columbus North International School.

11:00 AM – Paint with Santa! at Flutterby Ceramics – paint a ceramic piece with Santa! Photos welcome!

11:30 AM – Santa & the Symphony (sensory friendly) at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts – this event is a sensory-friendly symphony performance for the whole family. Tickets are $8 at the door.

12:00 PM – Santa Visit at Smith Farm Market and Bakery – Santa is coming to the Market! For $5 kids can visit with Santa, make a craft and decorate a cookie.

12:00 PM – The columbus holiday pop-up shop at The Hart Room – 4 local businesses are coming together for your holiday shopping needs including kids clothes by mrly.

12:00 PM – Scarlet and Grey Meet at St. John Arena – this is a free opportunity to watch the OSU Women’s Gymnastics Team!

3:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Visit with Santa! at Ohio Herb Education Center – visit Santa in a relaxed, accessible environment. Visit includes a photo. Register in advance.

12:00 PM – Sensory-Friendly Visits with Santa at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – visit with Santa in a quiet, low light environment. Sign up online.

12:00 PM – Letters To Santa 2017 – Day 3 at Ohio Railway Museum – Kids can write a letter to Santa and mail it in the Railway Post Office Car, visit with Mrs. Claus, make christmas crafts and ornaments and take a train ride!

12:30 PM – Uptown Scrooge in Uptown Westerville – this walking tour of Uptown Westerville takes place on Saturday and Sunday and includes a performance of Dicken’s The Christmas Carol.

2:30 PM – Black Nativity at King Arts Complex – there are 2 performance times for this live nativity performance based not he Langston Hughes classic. A Holiday Marketplace opens one hour before and after each performance. Tickets required.

3:00 PM – Winter Wildlife at Sunbury Urban Farm – this program is geared toward ages 2-5 and includes a story time and hands-on activities related to Winter Wildlife. Kids will make a bird feeder to take home. $5/child.
Sat Dec 16 · Sunbury Urban Farm

5:00 PM – Holiday Lights Trolley Tour at Rickenbacker Woods Learning Center – take a trolley ride to tour the holiday lights in surrounding communities. From 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM there will be a Holiday Bazaar inside the Center. Both events are free.

Sunday:

8:00 AM – Das Kaffeehaus Pancake Breakfast  at Das KaffeeHaus von Frau Burkhart – all you can eat pancake breakfast plus coffee is $9.99 and benefits CD102.5 for the Kids. Other food will be available as well.

10:00 AM – Doc McStuffins Toy PARTY – Holiday Toy Drive at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate and receive free admission. Doc McStuffins will be collecting the toys! There will be crafts, snacks and a visit from Santa.

11:00 AM – Sensory Friendly Films: The Secret of NIMH (1982) at Gateway Film Center – watch The Secret of Nimh in a sensory friendly environment with lower volume and lights up. This is a free event.
Sun Dec 17 · Gateway Film Center

11:00 AM – Family Gluten Free Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Bake Me Happy – decorate a gluten free Gingerbread House. A pre-assembled house and all decorations will be provided. Tickets available online.

2:00 PM – Christmas Open House at Orange Johnson House – Enjoy “An Old Time Christmas” at the Orange Johnson House which includes a musical ensemble and light refreshments.

2:00 PM – German Village Holiday Pet Parade at German Village Society – bring your pet all decked out for the holidays. There will be judges and awards for pets in costume!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 17-19, 2017

1. Wildlights Stuff The Truck at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3485

The Stuff The Truck food drive is a partnership between Columbus Zoo and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank! You can receive one free admission ticket for every 5 non-perishable food items that you bring to donate all day on Friday. You can get free parking by showing at least one canned good at the parking booth. The offer of free admission is good all day, but Wildlights activities begin at 5:00 PM. They expect it to be very busy, so you may want to arrive early!

2. The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3700

Support RMHC of Central Ohio by buying lots of yummy baked goods! Also on site will be craft vendors, a book sale, gift baskets and more!

3. Storytime with Kara at ME and the MOON

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 15 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-570-1124

This week’s story time theme is Thankfulness and includes stories, songs and games for the kids and tea and shopping for the parents! There will be a pop-up book shop immediately following the event.

4. Deck the District Tree Lighting 2017 in the Short North Arts District

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Short North Arts District
Phone: 614-299-8050

This holiday tree lighting event includes live music performances, photos with Santa, hot cocoa and the official tree lighting at 6:30 PM!

5. Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival 2017 at Ohio State Fairgrounds

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2017
Time: Nightly: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 888-484-2698

This festival runs through January 7th and will be lit nightly! There will be floating lanterns, handmade crafts, cultural performances and food!

6. Open Exploration with MinecraftEdu! at peapod play cafe

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 4874 Thompson Rd., Columbus, OH 43230
Phone: 614-656-8048

Kids ages 7-14 are welcome to catch, train and battle Pokemon! Dinner is provided for this kids night out!

7. Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-337-2200

Easton’s Christmas tree and light display will be lit on Friday night! Santa will visit and there will be Holiday Carriage Rides and special offers!

8. Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 182 Sunbury Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-0603

This Holiday Open House includes hot apple cider and cookies and a festive atmosphere! Pick out your Christmas tree while you’re at it!

9. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Celebrate the weekend with waffles! $5 gets you one Belgium waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee! See more about Coffee Connections here.

10. Poetry Day at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Poetry Day features kid-friendly writing activities and the opportunity to create your own magnetic  poetry!

11. PBJ & Jazz Family Concert: Rachel Sepulveda at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: Performances at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203, Ballroom
Phone: 614-294-5200

Enjoy a kid-friendly introduction to jazz!  Concerts are $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.  Children receive a lunch that includes a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie.

12. Gardens Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Gardens Aglow opens on this Friday for the holiday season! There will be special performances and activities as well as holiday light displays and decorations! On Saturday, kids can make a Paper Poinsettia Craft  at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The Goodwill Handbell Choir performs at 2:00 PM.

13. Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 168 S. Vernon St. Sunbury OH 43074
Phone: 740-524-8600

Check out a model train display and learn the history of railroading in America!

14. Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301

Kids 12 and under can watch a Disney movie and eat popcorn!

15. KidX Club: Cookies with Claus at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Decorate your own cookie with Santa, write letters to Santa and enjoy a story time with the sugar plum fairy!

16. Sensory Friendly Films: The Muppets Take Manhattan at Gateway Film Center

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

These free, sensory-friendly films, presented in conjunction with OSU’s Nisonger Center, offer a lower volume and lights up in a “no-shushing” atmosphere for families and individuals with autism of developmental disabilities. This month’s movie is The Muppets Take Manhattan!

17. Give Thanks at Sunbury Urban Farm

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 2140 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH
Phone: 614-285-5172

Kids ages 2-5 can enjoy this story time that also includes hands-on activities related to Thankfulness! Recommended donation is $5/child.

18. 2017 Holiday Lights Celebration at the Creekside District

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 117 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-418-9114

Gahanna’s holiday celebration includes over 100 activities including a puppet show, strolling carolers, ice sculpture demonstrations, live entertainment, train rides, pony rides, a live reindeer petting zoo, the arrival of Santa, lighting of the Community Tree and lots more!

19. Pet Photo Night at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016-1537
Phone: 614-798-3023

Pet Photo Night at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing will be on November 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 6-8, 2017

1. Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

When: Now through October 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 182 Sunbury Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-0603

The haunted maze at Hoover Gardens is free to walk through and kid-friendly! The maze is open during regular businesses hours and is appropriate for ages 7 and up!

2. Pumpkin Picking and Hayrides at Kuhlweins Farm Market & Deli

When: Now through October 31, 2017 (closed Wednesdays)
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1859 Walker Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-2833

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!

3. Great Pumpkin Fun Center at Pigeon Roost

When: Tuesday-Sunday through October 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4413 National Rd. SW, Hebron, OH 43025
Phone: 740-928-4925

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!

4. Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farms

When: Thursday, September 28-October 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Daily
Location: 9015 London Groveport Rd. Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-878-7980

Fall Fun Days start on September 28 and run through October 31, 2017. 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!

5. The Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek

When: Friday, Saturday & Monday, October 6-7 & 9, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Phone: 330-893-4200

For a little bit of a road trip this weekend, check out the Fall Festival weekends at The Farm at Walnut Creek. These special days include special activities like a corn box, sheep shearing, basket weaving, horseshoeing, a pumpkin slingshot and more! This event will also happen on Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14. See our visit to The Farm at Walnut Creek here.

6. GRAND Opening Celebration at PARTY Llike It’s Your Birthday

When: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: The Shops at Worthington Place, 7227 N. High St, Worthington, OH 43085

There’s a new party space in town and the grand opening is this Friday! To celebrate there will be face painting, balloons and character appearances!

7. Corn Maze at Lynd Fruit Farm

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until October 29, 2017
Time: Fri and Sat: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Sun: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 9851 Morse Rd. SW., Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559

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!

8. Caving For Kids at Bexley Public Library

When: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: 2411 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614-231-2793

Kids can meet a real life caver and learn about the equipment, tools and techniques he uses to explore caves! He will bring a cave to the library for kids to explore!

9. First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Center

When: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124.

Ohio History Center stays open late on the First Friday of the month for special activities and a movie! This weekend’s movie is Hocus Pocus, which will start at 7:30 PM. At 7:00 PM there will be a magic show by Erica Carlson and her hedgehog, Sedgwick! Museum admission is reduced to $6 after 5:00 PM. Ages 6-12 will be $3 and Members and kids ages 5 and under are free. Make sure to “like” my Facebook Page because I’ll be doing a giveaway for this event on Thursday!

10. Fall Fun Festival at Dill’s Greenhouse

When: Weekends beginning September 30 through October 31, 2017
Time: Fridays: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 5800 Rager Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-836-3700

Fall festivals are happening Friday nights and weekends, September 30 – 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! Friday dates are October 7th, 14th and 21st (weather permitting) from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

11. The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

When: Fridays-Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: Fridays: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturdays: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sundays: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 8657 Axe Handle Rd., Milford Center, OH 43045
Phone: 937-349-4781

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!

12. Fire Prevention First Friday in Downtown Delaware

When: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Downtown Delaware
Phone: 740-362-6050

First Friday in Downtown Delaware has a Fire Prevention theme this month! There will be fire trucks throughout downtown plus live demonstrations. There will also be pumpkins for kids at the tent at the corner of N. Sandusky and E. Winter Streets!

13. Fall Festival at Freeman’s Farm

When: Saturday and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: Sat: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sun: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-548-7866

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. See our visit to Freeman’s Farm here!

14. Fall Festival at Hidden Creek Farms

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 581 S. Galena Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074
Phone: 740-815-9371

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!

15. Fall Harvest Weekends at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 2920 St. Rt. 203, Radnor, OH 43066
Phone: 740-595-3207

There is a really long list of activities going on throughout all of the weekends now through October at this pumpkin farm in Delaware County! Activities include a corn maze, play barn, barrel rides, pumpkin picking and tons more! Visit the website for pricing and more info! This weekend The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be visiting on Sunday from 3:00 PM -4:00 PM and the Buckeye Valley Alumni Band will perform at 4:00 PM. Click here to get a coupon for $1 off each admission!

16. Fall Farm Fun at Leeds Farm

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8738 State Route 36, Ostrander, OH 43061
Phone: 740-666-2020

Leeds Farm is open six weekends only through October 29 plus Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 with hayrides, farm animals, farm pond, pumpkins and gourds! Back 40 Barn Pass admission includes Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, Big Zip and mini zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, the biggest corn box in Ohio, and more!

17. Fall Festival Weekends at Orchard and Company

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 7255 US HWY 42 North, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510

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!

18. Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Phone: 937-325-0629

Young’s Dairy’s biggest festival of the year includes donut hole making, pumpkin painting, cow milking demonstrations, Cowvin’s Corny Maze, cheese samples and production tour, pumpkin launching, pumpkin bowling and more! Check the link for the specific times for each event.

19. Family Fishing at Scioto Grove Metro Park

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Hickory Picnic Area, 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-949-1078

Kids 5 and older can fish at the pond, bait and equipment will be provided!

20. Oakland’s Fall Festival at Oakland Nursery

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: all Columbus area locations
Phone: 614-268-3511

Oakland’s Fall Festival is free and includes specials, games, treats, and activities like hayrides, only rides, music, special guests, pumpkins and more! Activities differ at each location so check the link for details!

21. Wild About Fall at Ohio Wildlife Center

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 6131 Cook Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-793-9453

Ohio Wildlife Center is open to the public one Sunday per month and this month the focus is on Fall! Families can learn how wildlife prepare for winter and meet an animal ambassador up close! $5/person, children 5 and under free. See more about Ohio Wildlife Center here.

22. Fall Festival at Miller’s Country Gardens

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2488 State Route 37 W, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-5021

This Fall Festival includes hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a play area for kids, corn maze, live music, face painting, barrel die, straw tunnel, food by Sock Hop Soda Shop and more! No admission fee!

23. Buddy Bag Packing with Family Mentor Foundation at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, Ohio 43240

Volunteers will be packing bags of food to be given to families on weekends throughout the first half of the school year. Children are welcome to help out! There will be food truck and music at this event and you can attend for just a portion of the time as your schedule allows. See the link for more details!

24. Fall Fest at Fancyburg Park

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 3375 Kioka Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

The UA Fall Fest includes pumpkin carving, making apple cider, hay rides, inflatables, contests, a chili-cook off and more! Event is free but some activities have a fee to participate. Cash only.

Need more ideas? Check out Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals and Columbus Tip Sheet: October.


Thanks to Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm for sponsoring this post!

With over 30 activities, Lehner’s is the perfect place to bring the entire family, company or school group! Enjoy a day in the country and make memories winding your way through an 8+ acre corn maze, taking a hayride, picking your own pumpkins from the patch, zipping down a 100ft swing line, racing your kids on peddle go carts, bouncing along in the child or adult sized barrel rides, making friends with some barnyard critters, jumping on the 35+ person Jump Pad, playing in one of the 2 indoor play barns, eating some delicious fall foods and SO MUCH MORE! The newest activities this year include Giant Legos, Tire Pyramid, Little Farmers Racetrack, a Pioneer Homesteading area and Native American camp to honor the farm’s heritage.

Admission ($9 ages 3-17/$6 ages 18-59/Free: under 3 and over 59) includes all activities, all day (with the exception of the giant sling shot and new Arrowhead hunting area).


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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!*