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16 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! This was our second year visiting Leeds Farm on Opening Day!

Leeds Farm North Barn

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!

Leeds Farm Straw Barn

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!

Wondering what there is to do at Leeds farm?

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 and The Big Zip, 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

Leeds Farm Hay Rides

leeds farm 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!

leeds farm hayride

2. Pick a Pumpkin

Leeds Farm pumpkins

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!

Leeds Farm pumpkin barn

Leeds Farm pumpkin picking

Leeds Farm pumpkin picking

3. Eat

Leeds Farm apple cider slushy

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!

Leeds Farm food

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

Leeds Farm Kettle Corn

4. Feed Animals

Leeds Farm feeding 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! The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop in the barn!

Leeds Farm animal feed

Leeds Farm donkeys

5. Slide

Leeds Farm Slide

Leeds Farm

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!

Leeds Farm Slides

Leeds Farm Combine Slide

Leeds Farm Slide

6. Jump on a Humongous Pumpkin

Leeds Farm Pumpkin Jump

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

Leeds Farm Big Tubes

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

Leeds Farm Big Tubes

8. Ride in the Holstein Hustle

Leeds Farm Holstein Huddle

Anyone who can fit can ride in the Holstein Hustle for a trip around the farm!

9. Zip Line

Leeds Farm Big Zip

There are two options for zip lining: The Big Zip Line and the Mini Zip Lines. The Mini Zip Lines are perfect for those between 3 and 4 feet tall! The Big Zip is an additional cost and you must be at least 52 inches tall and under 250 lbs.

Leeds Farm Mini Zip Line

10. Play in Corn

Leeds Farm Corn Barn

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!

Leeds Farm Corn Bin

11. Play in a Straw Fort

Leeds Farm Straw Barn

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

Leeds Farm Pig Races

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

Leeds Farm Pedal Carts

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

Leeds Farm Pedal Carts

14. Shoot a Paintball Gun

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

15. Climb the Tire Tower

Leeds Farm Tire Tower

New in 2018 is the Tire Tower! Lots of fun climbing entertainment right here!

16. Ride an Iron Horse

Leeds Farm Horse Corral

Another new addition in 2018 is the Iron Horse Corral! My youngest son LOVES horses so he did not want to leave this area until he had ridden every single horse at least 3 times. 😉

Leeds Farm Horse Corral

How to do it all: Admission to the farm includes all activities except paintball and the Big Zip. When you pay, you get a sticker to wear that allows you access to all of the activity areas.

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 through October.
  • 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
    • Big Zip: $5
    • Paintball on the Porch: $2 for 15 paintballs or $5 for 50
  • 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 4th! I’ll see you there!

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Peach Picking Fun at Branstool Orchards

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This post was written in partnership with Branstool Orchards.

Peaches at the grocery store are hit or miss, am I right? Mostly miss, in my opinion. I’m always afraid to buy them because they usually disappoint. There is nothing like a sweet, juicy peach, but they are just hard to come by at your local grocery store.

Did you know you could pick your own peaches in Central Ohio? I’ll be honest, I did not. I figured peaches had to come on a truck from Georgia, therefore they were picked early with a makeshift calculation for landing on the shelf at peak ripeness. (Can you tell I’m a little bitter about grocery store peaches?)

Little did I know, amazing, juicy, sweet peaches are yours to be had less than an hour down the road from downtown Columbus (Ohio, not Columbus, GA 😉 )! Branstool Orchards is a beautiful spot off Route 62 in Utica, OH where you can pick your own peaches! (And not just peaches! Apples and pears are available, too!)

Picking your own peaches at Branstool Orchards is a relaxing and family-friendly experience. Kids are encouraged to take part, dogs are welcome, and there are picnic tables throughout the orchard where you can stop and have a snack or a picnic! Branstool Orchards wants your family to have a good time when you visit! They want it to be an outing where your whole family is relaxed and enjoying the process, not just the end result!

You can pick up a wagon (for either your kids or your peaches) and stroll through the orchard. I think most kids LOVE this kind of thing! It’s so good for them to make the connection about where their food comes from, and I think they enjoy it more when they know they’ve hand-picked what they’re eating.

I don’t know many kids you have to convince to eat a peach, but mine can be weird about eating a lot of things I personally think are delicious, so you never know. I do know that being able to pick the peaches and eat them out in the orchard made my kids 100% willing to eat them at home – something that is never a given!

You guys, it’s beautiful! It’s relaxing and unpretentious. Are there farms that are pretentious? I don’t know, but that just feels like a good way to describe the orchard!

Peach season is typically July through September. This year things came a little early at the orchard, so they are expecting just 2-3 more weeks of peach availability! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates on what peaches are currently available.

If you don’t have time to pick your own, no worries! Pre-picked peaches are available in the market.

Branstool Orchards handpicks their own peaches at the perfect point of ripeness and then employees hand sort them, picking out “seconds” that don’t meet their quality standards. We got to see this first hand, and you can too, as the workspace is visible from and attached to the market. Don’t worry, the “seconds” don’t go to waste, you can buy them at a reduced price for canning or jam!

Branstool Orchards is partnering with several local businesses: Columbus Brewing Company is using Branstool peaches for a peach beer! If you head down the road to Velvet Ice Cream Factory, you can get a peach sundae made from Branstool peaches!  Urban Spreads uses Branstool peaches in their jam, sold at the market! So many amazing ways to eat (or drink) a peach!

Another great thing about the produce grown at Branstool Orchards is their chemical-free initiatives. Over the past several years they have been reducing their use of chemical pesticides by using mating disruption and companion planting. You can read more about that here. They also polish their apples instead of using the wax you will find on your grocery store apples which is another bonus!

With the exception of just a few items, everything in the farm market is from Ohio. The produce that is not peaches, apples or pears is from local Amish farms, provided for your one-stop convenience, and (just so you know) there are also two options for cobbler topping available for purchase! 😉

If you can’t make it out for peaches, Apples will be available to pick until November! You can see the approximate ripening dates here and make a plan for this fall!

I hope you and your kids can carve out a day for peach picking before the season ends!

Know Before You Go:

Website: Branstool Orchards
Address: 5895 Johnstown-Utica Rd NE, Utica, OH 43080
Phone: 740-892-3989
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM-6:00PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

  • It is recommended that you allow at least 1 hour for U-Pick.
  • U-Pick peaches are $1.50/lb.
  • There is a $10 minimum for peach-picking.
  • Boxes are provided for picking.

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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 19-21, 2017

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1. Touch a Truck at Worthington Community Center

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-436-2743

There will be over 40 vehicles for kids to touch and explore! Kids can meet the drivers and participate in other children’s activities! Columbus Public Health will be doing car seat checks and the Ohio Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics will be handing out free bike helmets while they last! The whole event will be “no horn” and you can bring a canned or non-perishable food item to donate to Worthington Food Pantry!

2. Easton Food Fest at Easton Town Center

When: Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2017
Time: See link for times for each day.
Location: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Easton’s 3rd Annual Food Fest is this weekend! There will be Food Truck Friday, Sippin’ Saturday and Sweet Sunday! Sunday might be particularly kid-friendly with samples of sweet treats and live music!

3. Der Dutchman Heritage Days at Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery

When: Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20, 2017
Time: Friday at 6:30 PM and Saturday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Location:445 S. Jefferson St., Rt 42, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-3414

Celebrate Plain City’s Amish heritage with a hog roast and concert on Friday night and celebration on Saturday! Saturday’s activities are free and include a horse parade, vintage baseball game, horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo and lots more!

4. Above the Noise at Westgate Community Recreation Center

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave. Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

The Olentangy Orange High School a cappella pop group, Above the Noise, will be performing an outdoor concert in front of the Rec Center! This is a free concert – bring a chair!

5. Market Sprouts at Worthington Farmer’s Market

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 646 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Check out the information tent at the Worthington Farmer’s Market every 3rd Saturday for activities for kids inspired by the farmer’s market!

6. Babies and Bumps 2017 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 100 Green Meadows Dr. S., Lewis Center, OH 43035

This convention is for new and soon-to-be parents! Meant to be a source of support and resources, there will be seminars and demonstrations, activities and organizations who will cater to you and baby!

7. Busy Bees Garden Club at Dutch Mill Greenhouse

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 18443 State Route 4, Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-0511 Ext 13

This free activity takes place on the third Saturday of each month and is ideal for ages 3 and up! This month’s theme will be DIY seed bombs!

8. Touch a Truck at Grove City UMC

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2684 Columbus St., Grove City, OH 43123

Check out big rigs, construction vehicles and more! There will be a quiet break from 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM for children with sensitivity to sound.

9. First Annual Book Bash at Maryland Avenue Elementary School

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2754 Maryland Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

This family-friendly event includes face painting, book-themed crafts, food trucks, author talks and a silent auction!

10. New Albany Founders Day at New Albany Elementary 2-8

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 177 N. High St., New Albany, OH 43054

This free community event includes a parade, carnival rides, vendors and food trucks! The parade begins at 11:00 AM!

11. Wild Wonders at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The new topiary exhibit, Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders, opens this weekend at FPC! To celebrate the grand opening and Endangered Species Day, animal ambassadors from Ohio Wildlife Center will be visiting at 11:00 AM! You can also learn about the endangered species of Ohio from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM!

12. Spring Fling at Sunny 95 Park

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.
Phone: 614-583-5000

The UA Parks and Recreation department hosts this fun event which includes a fishing derby, touch-a-truck, The Turtle Lady, arts and crafts, inflatables, live music and more!

13. Open House at Burnt Toast Farms

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM both days.
Location: 18230 Raymond Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 614-547-3276

Help Burnt Toast Farms kick off the season with this open house event which includes farm tours, games, flower picking, sunflower seed planting, photo booth, lawn games and more!

14. Water Safety Awareness Day at Goldfish Swim School

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Westerville and Dublin locations
Phone: Westerville: 614-407-3474 Dublin: 614-407-3474

This free event is open to the public and will include Water Safety Presentations, family entertainment, family swim, refreshments and visits from community helpers (including fire trucks!)! Drowning is the leading cause of accidental-injury death in kids age 1-4. Come learn about ways to say safe in and around water taught by Goldfish and safety professionals! Each child will receive a Water Safety Badge from Bubbles! Click the links for the details at each location!

15. EMS & Safety Day at COSI

When: Sunday May 21, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Check out a police cruiser, learn about what police officers, firefighters and other first responders do and watch the Columbus Fire Department use the Jaws of Life during a mock crash! Free with COSI admission or membership.

16. Natural Play Area Grand Reopening at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-891-0700

Celebrate the re-opening of the newly designed natural play area at Blendon Woods Metro Park! Kids can build forts, climb trees, dig in the dirt and more! There will also be free ice cream!


Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for sponsoring this post!

Goldfish Swim School offers perpetual, year-round swim lessons for kids ages 4 months to 12 years old. Our pools are warm and inviting (90 degrees) and our class sizes are small (4:1) so kids receive the personalized attention from our Ellis-trained swim instructors. Our curriculum focuses on water safety so we teach kids at all levels how to be safe in and around water. Goldfish Swim School has two Central Ohio locations, in Dublin and Westerville, and for more information, visit http://westerville.goldfishswimschool.comand http://dublin.goldfishswimschool.com.

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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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