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What Should We Do This Weekend? February 16-19, 2018 President’s Day Edition

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33 family-friendly events in Columbus, Ohio this President’s Day weekend!

There were so many events this weekend, including President’s Day, so I shortened the info to be able to offer more – please click the link for all the important details!! Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday:

10:30 AM – Kindermusik with Emily – kids ages 0-7 are welcome to try out their first Kindermusik class for free! Classes include diving into the concept of up and down, having fun with tempo changes, and enjoying bumpy bounces and the challenge of stop-and-go games! Register for a FREE preview at learnsingandgrow.kindermusik.com

5:00 PM – Open Lab at The Simplr STEAM Playground – learn, build and play with the greatest STEAM toys and cadets in a free play environment! Parents can drop their kids off at 5:00 and pick them up at 7:00 PM. Ages 5-14. $15/child. Register online.

5:00 PM – KidsLinked.com’s Worthington KidsFest at Worthington Community Center – browse summer camp options for your kids and enjoy a free KidFest with bounce houses, video games, character appearances, crafts, face painting, swimming and much more!

7:00 PM – Suessical The Musical Jr. at Ecole Kenwood Alternative K-8 School – this is a free performance of the musical put on by the 3rd to 6th graders. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

Saturday:

8:00 AM – DC Superhero Breakfast at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center – have breakfast with your favorite DC Superheroes! There will be a breakfast buffet, meet and greet, a take-home activity and early access to COSI’s exhibits! Purchase tickets online for a specific time slot.

9:00 AM – Powell Book Sale at Powell Library – bargain prices available at this book sale at the Powell Branch!

9:00 AM – Market Sprouts at Worthington Farmers Market – check out seasonal and healthy eating activities for kids at the information table every third Saturday at the Worthington Farmer’s Market!

9:30 AM – Saturday Studio Art: Winter Woods at Art With Anna – Kids 4 and up can be dropped off to make an art project with a winter theme!

10:00 AM – Maple Sugar Tours at Stratford Ecological Center – learn how to tap a maple tree, collect sap and learn about making maple syrup. Each tour is an hour long and you can register for a time slot online. $4/person.

10:00 AM – COSI’s Winter Movie Series: The Lego Batman Movie at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center – watch The LEGO Batman Movie on the big screen at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Saturday AND Sunday!

10:00 AM – 2nd Annual A Breakfast with Characters at Limited Brands D3 Cafe – have breakfast with your favorite characters! This event includes a full breakfast buffet, activities, a silent auction and benefits the Adopt-A-Backpack for Children Project, providing local children with school supplies!

10:00 AM – Super Movers! – Monster Edition at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington – Kids ages 3-5 can enjoy this introduction to dance through stories and acting out characters with props and costumes!

10:00 AM – 2018 Aminah Robinson Family Day at King Arts Complex – celebrate the life of one of Columbus’ well known artists! Her work will be on display and there will be a variety of artistic activities for the whole family.

11:00 AM – Sensory Friendly Films: An American Tail at Gateway Film Center – watch this classic movie at a lower volume and the lights kept up. This is a free event!

11:00 AM – Winter Weekend Survival at High Banks Metro Park – come to the Nature Center for activities that will teach kids how animals survived the cold. These activities will also be available on Sunday!

11:00 AM – Kids on the Move at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington – kids ages 6-9 can learn basic dance steps, play games and learn other skills to exercise their bodies, minds and imaginations!

2:00 PM – Skate with a Cop – Skate with a Fire Fighter at The Chiller, Easton – meet, greet and skate members of the teams preparing for the First Responder Face Off! There will be a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog! Purchase tickets online.

2:00 PM – Maple Sugaring at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – learn how trees are tapped to collect sap and make maple syrup!

3:00 PM – Cozy Storytime at Bexley Public Library – Kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade can practice mindfulness and breathing techniques, read Zen stories and enjoy light snacks.

6:15 PM – Owl Prowl at Rocky Fork Metro Park – all ages are invited to take a 1.5 mile walk and use recorded calls to try to attract barred and screech owls.

Sunday: 

10:00 AM – COSI’s Winter Movie Series: The Lego Batman Movie at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center – watch The LEGO Batman Movie on the big screen at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Saturday AND Sunday!

11:00 AM – Winter Weekend Survival at High Banks Metro Park – come to the Nature Center for activities that will teach kids how animals survived the cold.

4:00 PM – Local Artist Sunday at Picassos – kids can meet a local artist and learn about their techniques through a unique project. All supplies included. Ages 8-14. This week’s artist is Bryan Moss.

Monday:

10:00 AM –President’s Day Art Camp at Art With Anna – kids ages 4 and up can be dropped off for a 3-hour mini art camp! Pack a lunch and register online.

10:00 AM – Library Day at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair – it’s library day at the Home and Garden Show! There will be two appearances by Eric Litwin, author of the Pete the Cat series and a local author spotlight. K-12 teachers get free admission and library card holders get two-for-one pricing! There will be several authors available to meet and buy their books!

10:00 AM – Happy Family Presidents Day Play date at Olde Gahanna Sanctuary – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for a President’s Day playdate! The playgroup is free!

10:00 AM – President’s Day at Ohio History Center – Ohio History Center has special hours and activities for President’s Day including making your own campaign ribbon, presidential trivia, an interactive photo booth and more!

10:00 AM – Free Admission at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – admission to the Zoo is free on President’s Day from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

10:00 AM – Special Hours at COSI – COSI is open on President’s Day 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM!

10:30 AM – Kindermusik with Emily – kids ages 0-7 are welcome to try out their first Kindermusik class for free! Classes include diving into the concept of up and down, having fun with tempo changes, and enjoying bumpy bounces and the challenge of stop-and-go games! Register for a FREE preview at learnsingandgrow.kindermusik.com

11:00 AM and 2:00 PM – Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory  – Columbus Children’s Theater presents The Snow Queen, a fairytale about true friendship!

11:30 AM – February Kids Art Afternoon-Starry Night, Friday Lights! at Ol’ 42 Grub House  – Kids can paint a Starry Night canvas while enjoying pizza, soft drinks and cookies! Recommended for ages Kindergarten and up! Register online.

1:00 PM – Frosty Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – kids ages 3-10 can enjoy a winter scavenger hunt! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the nature center and turn it in for a prize!


A BIG Thank You to Kindermusik with Emily for sponsoring this post!

Experience a Kindermusik music class with your child and see why we’re the leading music-and-movement program for your child in early childhood. Each class provides research-based activities that stimulate your child’s growing mind and body.

Your child will love singing, dancing, and playing instruments with you and new friends and you’ll love helping them practice a wide variety of abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, turn-taking, social skills, and active listening. And the learning will continue after you leave the classroom! We’ll provide practical tools, tips and ideas to continue supporting your child’s development through singing and playing once class is over.

Visit the website at: learnsingandgrow.kindermusik.com and follow Kindermusik with Emily on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LearnSingAndGrow/ to keep up to date on all her classes!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 1-3, 2017: Holiday Edition

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This weekend includes so many Christmas and Holiday related events! In order to include as many as I could, I had to shorten the information provided, so please check the link for all the important details! 🙂

Friday:

10:00 AM – Storytime with Kara at Me and the Moon – this week’s story time theme is Imagination!

10:30 AM – KidX Wake Up Santa! at Indian Mound Mall – this preschool story time includes music, snacks and a craft. After the story, the kids can go on a scavenger hunt to find Santa and wake him up!

5:00 PM – Olde Village Holiday Gathering in Olde Pickerington Village – includes tree lighting ceremony, shopping, games for kids, carriage rides, carolers, Santa and more!

6:00 PM – Winter Festival on the Mallway Park, Upper Arlington – includes caroling, carriage rides, bonfire, visits with Santa, ice sculpting and more!

6:00 PM – Christmas in the Village 2017 in the City of Canal Winchester -includes tons of activities all throughout downtown including the tree lighting, visits with Santa, cookies and card making, games, train rides, crafts and more! (Also happening Saturday night at 5:00 PM.)

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

6:00 PM – First Friday “Home for the Holidays” in Downtown Delaware – includes live reindeer, carolers, carriage rides, ice skating, tree lighting, visit from Santa and more!

7:00 PM – The Preschool Poets: An Animated Film Series – local artists have created a movie depicting kids’ poems. The film debut includes an onstage conversation with the directors and poets and a free public reception.

7:00 PM – Westerville Tree Lighting Ceremony at Westerville City Hall – live music, candle lighting, hot chocolate and the annual tree lighting.

8:00 PM – Holiday Pops with the Columbus Symphony – the Columbus Symphony and Chorus will perform your favorite holiday songs and Santa stops by! Several performances are happening throughout the weekend.

Saturday:

7:00 AM – Holiday All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at Aladdin Shrine – this all you can eat meal includes pancakes, sausage juice, milk and coffee.

9:00 AM – The Santa Race 5k and Little Reindeer Dash at Creekside Gahanna – this festive 5K event also includes a Little Reindeer Dash for the kids! Register by 12/2.

9:00 AM – Christmas Prelude at The GRAND of Dublin – event includes craft vendors, musical performances, silent auction, children’s crafts and games and breakfast with Santa!

9:00 AM – Kitty Adoption Party at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – adopt a plush kitten, paint it’s home, make a collar and take it home with you! The party includes cat themed snacks!

9:30 AM – Family Improv Class at Hilltop YMCA – this free event, presented by CATCO is Kids, includes improv and acting games for the whole family!

10:00 AM – Maker Mania – Gift Edition at PAST Innovation Lab: Kids can choose from one of the gift making options like Recycled Robot Art, Seed Bombs, Thumbprint Lights and more! This event is open house style and parents can join their kids in the process! Admission is $10 if you purchase it online, $12 at the door.

10:00 AM – National Lionel Train Day at Moody Street Trains – discounts will be available on train sets and accessories and kids can operate Lion Chief Trains in the store!

10:00 AM – Free Pictures With Santa at Saxton Real Estate – bring a toy donation for Firefighters for Kids and get a free picture with Santa!

10:00 AM – Sensitive Santa at Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities – – free pictures with Santa are done in a sensitive environment. Register online and consider a donation of a new hat or pair of gloves for the Common Grounds Free Store.

10:00 AM 2017 Grove City Christmas Celebration in Grove City Town Center – a full day of events includes visits with Santa, live entertainment, a parade, Mistletoe Market and more!

10:00 AM – Cheryl’s 2017 Annual Holiday Party at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies – event includes a visit with Santa, visitors from the Columbus Zoo, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, Secret Santa shop and more!

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – free nature-themed story time!

10:00 AM – Christmas Fairy Garden Workshop at Dutch Mill Greenhouse – make a winter-themed fairy garden! Register online.

10:00 AM – HOOT 81: Holiday HOOT at Gateway Film Center – kid-friendly short films with a holiday theme, music from The Shazzbots and crafts and kids activities!

10:00 AM – Holiday Open House at Main Street Delaware, Inc. – see Santa, shop local and enjoy community events for all ages!

10:45 AM – Family Yoga Class with Youth Yoga – School aged kids and their parents are invited to attend a family yoga class hosted by the Youth Yoga Project. Stay for The Shop for the Cause shopping party after class!

11:00 AM – WinterFest at Bicentennial Park Scioto Mile – the first annual WinterFest includes live music, food trucks, seasonal ales and the Empty Bowls project!

11:00 AM – Dash for Dasher at Main Street Delaware, Inc. – explore downtown Delaware in search of Dasher the reindeer! Visit the Santa House when your search is complete!

12:00 PM – Winter Fest in Downtown Lancaster – event includes free carriage rides, music, elf scavenger hunt, pictures with Santa, local shopping and the Tour of Trees!

12:00 PM – Toys For Tots DRIVE THRU Toy Drive at Mikey’s Late Night Slice – drive thru with your donation for Toys for Tots and receive a coupon!

12:30 PM – Uptown Scrooge in Uptown Westerville – take a walking tour of Uptown Westerville in this walking theater performance featuring a local version of Dickens’ The Christmas Carol. Several times available this weekend.

1:00 PM – Nutcracker Celebration at Licking County Library – this celebration includes a performance of The Nutcracker by Central Ohio Youth Ballet, a hand bell choir, visit from Santa, hot chocolate, a holiday train and more!

1:00 PM – Historic Dublin Holly Days in Historic Dublin – kick off the season with tons of activities going on around Historic Dublin including craft activities, tours of fire trucks (bring a donation for Firefighters for Kids), letters to Santa, carolers and more!

1:00 PM – 12 Elves of Dublin – during the month of December you can go on the 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt! Pick up your 12 Elves Card and hunt for an elf at each of the participating locations. At each stop you will receive a treat when  you find it!

2:00 PM – Holidays in Powell in the City of Powell – event includes free children’s activities and crafts, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more!

2:00 PM – Lazarus Santa’s Workshop at the Lazarus Building– see Santa at the iconic Lazarus Building! There will also be crafts for kids, refreshments, free carousel rides at Columbus Commons and more!

3:00 PM – Columbus Police vs Fire Basketball Challenge to Benefit RMHC at Columbus Fire Training Academy  – watch the Police take on the Fire Department in this game that benefits Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio! Kids 12 and under are free!

3:30 PM – 2017 Main Street Christmas Cookie Walk & Lighted Parade in Downtown Pataskala – walk downtown Pataskala for the annual Cookie Walk! Other activities include kids crafts, letters to Santa, hot chocolate, face painting, a lighted Christmas Parade and more!

4:00 PM – Short North Arts District Holiday Hop 2017 in the Short North Arts District – this special Gallery Hop includes street performers, holiday window displays, photos with Santa and more!

4:00 PM – Free Family Portrait Day at Jerry L. Garver YMCA – all families are welcome to have their family pictures taken for free! See link for info on RSVPing.

6:00 PM – GRAND OPENING EVENT at AR Workshop Grove City – celebrate the grand opening of AR Workshop in Grove City with live music, food, drinks, desserts, Santa and goodie bags for the kids! There will also be swag bags, raffles and more giveaways!

Sunday:

12:00 PM – HolidayVille 2017 in Clintonville – this neighborhood-wide event includes hoping, carolers, cookies, sales and activities like a make and take ornament station, free s’mores, samples, cookie decorating, a visit from Santa and more!

2:00 PM – Christmas Open House at Orange Johnson House – enjoy “An Old Time Christmas” with live music performances and refreshments!

2:00 PM – Rudolph Run/Walk 5k (kid-encouraged!) on State Street in Westerville – this family friendly run/walk kicks off the Westerville Children’s Parade!

5:00 PM – Hilliard Holiday Hop & Tree Lighting in Old Hilliard – event includes balloon twisting, face painting, food trucks, hot chocolate, live reindeer, petting zoo, Santa, the Empty Bowls Project and more!

5:00 PM – Village Lights in German Village – stroll through a candlelit German Village enjoying treats, specials, live music, story time with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more!


A big thank you to the Historic Dublin Businesses Association for sponsoring this post!

Historic Dublin is kicking off the holiday season in a Merry way beginning December 2nd. It’s the start to the popular 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt. Stop by one of the following locations December 2 through December 16 to pick up your 12 elves card: La Chatelaine, Boho 72, Dean Insurance Group, Chelsea Borough Home, Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland, Winan’s, Our CupCakery, Donatos, or the Dublin Library.

Pick up your card and search through the shops of Historic Dublin to find the 12 Elves. Each time you find an elf you will be rewarded with a special treat from each shop!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 6-8, 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 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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ICYMI: Columbus Tip Sheet: October

*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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