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Five on Friday: Fall Farms

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A few weeks ago I published a huge list of Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals around Central Ohio, but for this month’s Five on Friday I’m featuring 5 farms we’ve actually been to! 😉 These 5 farms offer a variety of activities and experiences and we had a great time at all of them!

1. Leeds Farm

  • 8738 Marysville Rd., Ostrander OH 43061, 740-666-2020

Leeds Farm is the ultimate pumpkin farm experience! Corn bins, straw mazes, zip line, hay rides, petting zoo, pedal carts, paint guns, pumpkin jump, everything you could imagine or want is there! Besides the activities, they have a full menu in their cafe including sandwiches, desserts, donuts and apple cider slushies! Don’t miss the kettle corn popping on the back porch!

2. Lynd Fruit Farm

  • 9399 Morse Rd. SW, Pataskala, OH 43062, 740-927-8559

Lynd Fruit Farm has been one of our go-to spots for picking apples since we moved to Columbus almost 10 years ago! Most of my memories there are of being freezing cold! This year we got smart and went apple picking in September to get the Autumn Crisp apples. Warm weather and sweet apples made for a perfect trip! Lynd Fruit Farm also has a corn maze and other farm activities such as barrel train rides, a fun zone, bounce house and wagons rides. Don’t miss the large farm market and huge selection of pumpkins!

3. Orchard & Company

  • 7255 US HWY 42 N., Plain City, OH 43064, 614-873-0510

Orchard and Company offers a picturesque location for apple picking during August and September and weekends in September and October offer Fall Festival activities like wagon rides, a corn pit, hay barn, animals, pedal car track, tire climb, slides, zip lines and more! There is also a cafe and bakery.

4. Freeman’s Farm

  • 6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021, 740-548-7866

Freeman’s Farm offers a more low-key Fall Festival experience. Activities include hayrides, scarecrow making, petting zoo, kettle corn and a campfire with hotdogs for you to roast yourself. Near the campfire area, you can also purchase chili, chips and beverages for a perfect outdoor lunch! There is no entrance fee to Freeman’s Farm so you can pick and choose the activities you would like to do with individual fees for things like the hayride, feed for the animals and scarecrow making.

5. Branstool Orchards

  • 5895 Johnstown Utica Rd, NE, Utica, Ohio 43080, 740-892-3989

We went to Branstool Orchards for peach picking, but you can also pick your own apples and pumpkins there at the farm, too! Pick a wagon and take the kids out to the pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin and have a picnic at one of the picnic tables throughout the orchard! Don’t miss the market which is full of local produce and Ohio made foods!

What’s your can’t-miss fall farm?

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What Should We Do This Weekend? September 29-October 1, 2017

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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 Gardnes 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. 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!

3. 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!

4. 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 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! Pick your own pumpkins starts Sept. 29.

5. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

On the last Friday of each month, COSI offers extended hours (open until 9PM!) and price reduced admission to families so you can visit, learn, and play late! General admission is only $11 after 5pm and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions plus a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater! (Free for members.)

6. 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.

7. Sunset Cinema at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Each Friday night in September, Polaris Fashion Place will be showing a family friendly film with free activities beforehand! This week is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the outdoor area. Activities begin at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 7:45 PM. California Pizza Kitchen will be there this week to show your kids show to toss pizza dough!

8. Expo and Family Fun Day at Grove City YMCA

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 3600 Discovery Dr., Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-871-9622

This expo includes a lot of local agencies and small business owners and the family fun day features touch-a-truck, bounce house and giant slide, animals from Columbus Zoo, crafts, activities and food trucks! Cost is $5/person and $15/family.

9. 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!

10. 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!

11. Applefest at Lawrence Orchards

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-389-3019

Applefest features horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides, a petting farm, corn bin play area, train rides, hay maze, music and lots more! Admission is $5/person.

12. 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!

13. Horse Drawn Hay Rides 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! This weekend only they will offer horse drawn hayrides from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. On Sunday  you can observe the Gus ‘Squashcarver’ Smithhisler Giant Pumpkin Carving!

14. Fall Festival at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 646 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville, OH 43082
Phone:800-443-8124

This free event includes a free gift for the first 50 customers, a special visit from Columbus Zoo (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM), a hay maze, pumpkin bowling, corn hole balloon animals, Westerville Police and Fire depts., special deals and more! The festival supports Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

15. Pumpkinpalooza at Emswiler Farms

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 13329 Morse Rd., SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 614-355-5432

Pumpkinpalooza includes hayrides, live entertainment, bounce houses, face painting, a pumpkin patch, music, crafts, food and more!  All proceeds benefit the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

16. HOOT 79: Pirates at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, September 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Pirates! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter! Recommended for ages 1-8.

17. Chalk the Block 6 at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, OH 43219

40 artists will draw large scale chalk drawings on the pavement at Easton Town Center this weekend! There will also be food, music, a kids’ drawing area and an art exhibition! Watch the artists in action on Saturday and/or come back on Sunday to view the creations!

18. KidX Club Carnival at Polaris Fashion Place

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

This KidX Club Carnival includes fun, games, prizes in a carnival atmosphere! Bring a book to donate to the Columbus Metropolitan Library to receive a prize!

19. Fall Festival Weekend 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!

20. Fall Harvest Jamboree at Smith Farm

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 3491 Watkins Rd., Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-645-3300

Hosted by Columbus Recreation and Parks’,  this event will feature farm-themed games, free pumpkins, arts and crafts, horseback rides, a climbing wall and more! There is a $5 charge for parking.

21. Harvest Fair at Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Celebrate fall with pedicab “hay rides” games, a pumpkin patch, entertainment, crafts and other activities like face painting, putt-putt, carousel rides, square dancing, pumpkin carving and more! Many of the activities are free and you can purchase a $5 wristband for unlimited inflatable jumping!

22. Floating Pumpkin Patch at Worthington Pools

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 400 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1619

Pick your pumpkin in the pool! This is a family-friendly event and lifejackets will be available! $5/person. Register online.

23. Columbus Baby Expo at The Westin Columbus

When: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 310 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215

This expo is for all things baby! You can find out about the latest baby products and attend seminars. Competitions, refreshments and a play area for children are included! General admission is $10 and kids are free. Gently used donations are also be accepted.

24. CBJ Day at the The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

When: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 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! Sunday is CBJ Day with a Blue Jackets locker room display, slap shot game, video games, prizes and balloon sculptures by Erica Carlson!

25. Old-Time Harvest Day in Fryer Park

When: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4185 Orders Rd, Grove City, OH 43123

Head to Century Village in Fryer Park for a celebration of fall and agriculture! There will be storytelling, demonstrations, hands on activities like leather tooling, rope weaving, churning butter and pumping water. Visit the historical buildings in the village, take a wagon ride and watch traditional cooking demonstrations! This event is free but donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for the Grove City Food Pantry.


Thanks to Dill’s Greenhouse for sponsoring this post!

Dill’s Greenhouse is hosting our annual Fall Fun Festival. It is a favorite with both kids and adults alike. Admission is $8 per person and includes 5 acre corn maze, indoor straw maze, corn box, fire pit, scenic tractor pulled hayride, pumpkin ($1 value) and many games and activities. We are open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from September 30th- October 29th from 10-7 pm. We are also open Fridays October 7th, 14th and 21st (weather permitting) from 5pm- 9pm. Weekday or evening groups can schedule by calling 614-836-3700 or emailing csapp@dillsgreenhouse.net.


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15 Things to Do at Leeds Farm

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A big thanks to Leeds Farm for sponsoring this post!

Leeds Farm is HUGE. If you’re looking for a do-it-all and then some pumpkin farm experience, this is it! On our first visit, I was completely in awe! We knew they offered a lot of activities, but the size of the farm still took us by surprise!

But don’t let the size and scope of the farm intimidate you though, because the size actually makes the experience better! We were there on opening day, at the same time as the Autism Festival and though there were tons of people there, the fact that the farm is so big and there are so many things to do meant that it didn’t feel jam packed and the lines for activities were not super long. There are literally acres of space to spread out!

One of the great things about Leeds Farm is that there is truly something for everyone. If you have toddlers, there’s the corn bin, an easy corn maze, animals to feed, pumpkins to pick, and a hayride. If you have active elementary school kids, there are pedal carts, a mini zip line, the pumpkin jump (a big orange trampoline), big slides and more! If you have middle schoolers (or kids 52+ inches tall) and up, there’s The Big Zip Line in addition to all the other activities! A full food menu is also available meaning you don’t have to leave the farm at meal time! And don’t forget to visit The Back Porch for kettle corn!

Here’s a break down of all the things there are to do at Leeds farm! Your admission allows you access to all of these activities except paintball, so you can feel free to pick and choose the activities that are best suited for your kids without having to tack on additional costs. If you have babies and toddlers, keep reading because I will also tell you how to experience the farm without paying for activities your little kids might not be able to do!

1. Take a Hay Ride

There are three Hayrides going at a time and the hayride lasts 10-15 minutes so the process operates like a well oiled machine! Throughout the ride, keep your eyes peeled for “animals” in the woods!

2. Pick a Pumpkin

There are lots of pumpkins to choose from and carts available to carry your treasures to your car! The pumpkins are outside the Farm Shop and inside are lots of other gourds, pumpkins and squash to choose from!

3. Eat

Inside the North Barn is a cafe with lots of food to choose from, from main courses like shredded chicken sandwiches, sausage, hot dogs and chili, to snacks and desserts such as nachos, soft pretzels, donuts, pie and my favorite, apple cider slushies!

Don’t miss the Back Porch where the kettle corn is made and sold!

4. Feed Animals

Kids can feed the animals at the farm and cups of feed are $1/piece. (Cash only here.) My kids loved sending the food down the tubes to feed the donkeys and we got to see the piglets born just the day before! The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop in the barn! On the Pond Bridge you can stop to feed the fish in the pond – bring some quarters to purchase!

5. Slide

If sliding is your thing, you’ve got lots of options at Leeds Farm! There are at least 4 areas where there are slides and they are of varying heights and fear factors, including one slide coming from a combine!

6. Jump on a Humongous Pumpkin

This big huge orange thing is a trampoline of sorts! It’s called the Pumpkin Jump and it looked like tons of fun!

7. Roll in a Tube

Want to roll around in a tube? You can do that too!

8. Ride in a Banana Bus

Anyone who can fit can ride in the Banana Bus for a trip around the farm!

9. Zip Line

There are two options for zip lining: The Big Zip Line and the Mini Zip Lines. Two Big Zips are included in your admission and you must be at least 52 inches tall and under 250 lbs. The Mini Zip Lines are perfect for those between 3 and 4 feet tall!

10. Play in Corn

You know this is where my kids spent the biggest chunk of their time – digging, scooping and dumping corn with vehicles! Warning: your kids will be covered in corn dust (is that a thing?) when they are done!

11. Wind through a Maze

This is a great play area for the younger kids. Parents can see in, nobody gets lost and it’s a fun space for the little ones to run around!

12. Watch Pigs Race

We didn’t get to see a pig race firsthand, but several times a day, pigs are raced around this arena! I’m bummed we missed it because it sounds like a hoot!

13. Drive a Pedal Cart

Pedal carts are fun for the kids and your little guys can get pushed if they can’t reach the pedals!

14. Shoot a Paintball Gun

This activity is the one thing that is not included in your admission but it is just $2 for a bucket of 15 paintballs or $5 for 50.

15. Climb

Whether its on a straw fort or a climbing wall, or up a huge grass hill, there are plenty of opportunities to climb at Leeds Farm!

How to do it all: Admission to the farm includes all activities except paintball. When you pay, you get a sticker to wear that allows you access to all of the activity areas. Your admission also includes a hayride and up to 2 Big Zips!

How to do some of it: A lot of the activities at Leeds Farm are geared toward ages 3 and up, but that doesn’t have to stop parents of babies from having fun! Or maybe you’re looking for a scaled down farm experience. If so, it is free to visit the animals in the barn (and a cup of feed is only $1). You can also shop for pumpkins, squash, and gourds with no admission fee. Pumpkins range from $2.50 for pie pumpkins up to $15 for the biggest pumpkins. You can also tack on a hayride a la cart for $5/person.

Know Before You Go:

  • Leeds Farm is only open on Saturdays and Sundays, September 23 through October 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Leeds Farm is open ONE FRIDAY ONLY: October 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM!
  • Admission to Farm Activities is as follows:
    • Kids 3-18: $12
    • Adults 19-54: $10
    • Kids 2 and under: Free
    • Adults 55+: Complimentary
    • Parking: No charge
  • Guests are welcome to visit the animals in the barnyard and shop for pumpkins, squash, gourds with no admission fee.
  • Check out the Farm Map to get your bearings before you go!

Hey Moms, does all of this look fun but you secretly wish you could do it without your kids? Then make sure you get tickets for Witches Night Out on October 5! I’ll see you there!

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