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72 Things to Do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus

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Looking for things to do in Columbus around Thanksgiving? If you have family in town and/or a few days off of work and are looking for something to do, check out this list of 72 events and things to do around Thanksgiving in Columbus!

72 Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus:

If there’s a chance you’ll need to walk off an extra piece of pie (or two) or get bickering family members out of the house….tuck this list away! And have a happy week of thankfulness! (As always, please double check the link for exact details, dates and times!) There will not be an additional What Should We Do This Weekend? post this week. This is the list! 🙂

holiday train and Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Any Time:

1. Conservatory Aglow is happening at Franklin Park Conservatory! While you’re there, check out the Gingerbread Competition.

2. Wildlights is in full swing all weekend at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!

3. Visit LEGOLAND Columbus Discovery Center at Easton Town Center. LEGOLAND is open 365 days a year. Thanksgiving Hours are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and the last admission is at 3:00 PM.

4. Get your kid’s photo with Santa at Easton Town Center

5. Christmas at the Castle, a Kingdom of Lights! at Landoll’s Mohican Castle features over 100,000 lights, a Christmas tree, holiday music and visits from Santa! This is a free event! This event happens every night starting Friday!

6. Drive through Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights any night through January 1st!

7. Visit the PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

8. Drop a letter in Santa’s Mailbox in Pickerington beginning Wednesday.

9. Check out the Thanksgiving Weekend special at Ten Pin Alley. It includes $3 laser tag missions, a family fun pack special, and more. They are open on Thanksgiving and have specials running the rest of the week!

10. For many people this is the week to get their Christmas Tree! You can Choose & Cut Christmas Trees at Young’s Jersey Dairy or pick another farm or tree lot from this list of Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus and Beyond!

11. Friday through Sunday you can take a Holiday Carriage Ride at Easton Town Center!

12. Sign up for a Family Gingerbread House Decorating class at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna.

13, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is playing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday only at Ohio Theatre!

14. Clifton Mill Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving! Gates open at 5:00 every night and the display runs through New Year’s Eve!

15. See the amazing lanterns, watch cultural performances, shop and eat Chinese and traditional fair food at Dragon Lights Columbus at Ohio Expo Center from November 23-January 6, 2019. Nightly from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

16. Ohio History Center is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with special activities with a Space theme including building your own model parachute, special visitors, rockets and more!

17. Think Outside the Brick is now on display at Columbus Museum of Art! This LEGO set up shouldn’t be missed and would make a great weekend outing! Don’t forget the museum is free on Sundays!

18. Drive through the Fairfield County Festival of Lights. This light display goes on Thanksgiving through Christmas!

19. Winterfest opens at Kings Island on November 23 and operates select nights through December 31. . It includes ice skating, holiday characters, millions of lights, holiday shows, carolers, and the park will included 10 winter wonderlands to visit.


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Monday, November 19, 2018:

20. Story Time in the Park is happening at Deer Haven Park.

21. Participate in a Thanksgiving Art Project and Stuff the Turkey Game! at Olde Gahanna Sanctuary

Franklin Park Conservatory and Columbus Museum of Art

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

22. Have a Mommy & Me breakfast at Sunny Street Café (Polaris) it’s a Thanksgiving Gathering!

23. Have a Pajama Dance Party! at Bexley Public Library

Wednesday, November 21, 2018:

24. Sign your kids up for the Educational Day Camp at Horse-N-Round Fun. This camp takes place on Wednesday and Friday for ages 6 and up and will go over horse care and riding. Lunch will be provided. Register in advance for this one! There’s also a preschool version.

25. No school on Wednesday? Send your kids ages 5-12 to the School’s Out Program at Sunbury Urban Farm. The theme is Give Thanks. Register in advance.

26. Another option for the kids is the Day Before Thanksgiving Camp at Picassos where lots of Thanksgiving Crafts will be made! Register in advance.

27. Take the kids to SuperGames Winter Open Play! at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Arrive early because the play space is first come, first served! Cost is $10 per child.

28. Do a Sweet Turkeys Craft at Franklin Park Conservatory This class involves a cookie craft and does require preregistration and admission to the Conservatory. Cost is $4/cookie.

29. If the adults need a little time to unwind before the big day, head over to the Thanksgiving Eve Beer Tasting at House Wine in Worthington!

30. Visit the 400 West Rich and Chromedge Studios for Welcome Wednesdays! from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM to get a sneak peek at the work of their resident artists! There will be live demos, tours an more!

31. See everyone’s favorite puddle jumper in Peppa Pig Live! at Palace Theatre.

Ten Pin Alley and Trees at Franklin Park Conservatory

Thursday, November 22, 2018:

Lots of opportunities for exercise on Thanksgiving Day! Try out one of these:

35. Take a trip to Cleveland for Thanksgiving at the Zoo at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

36. Skate your heart out at the 99 Cents Thanksgiving Skate at Skate Zone 71

37. Have the Easiest Thanksgiving Meal ever at Bob Evans.

Friday, November 23, 2018:

Black Friday offers lots of shopping options such as:

  • 38. Ohio Made Market: Black Friday Edition at Grove City Brewing Company – the Black Friday Market features local makers with gift items for everyone on your list! Free parking and admission.
  • 39. Zassy’s Black Friday Shopping Event! – check out the newly renovated Zassy’s Tap Room and shop from over 30 vendors. There will be raffles, food and drink, and more! (No children after 8:00 PM.)
  • 40. The Holiday Market at Canal Market District takes place on Friday and will local vendors, food trucks, holiday treats, and more. Afterwards stick around for the lighting of the Licking County Courthouse!
  • 41. Black Friday at Ivory Barn – shop from Ohio vendors for holiday decor, gifts and more! This market goes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
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42. At the Black Friday Open Gym at Gym Skills kids can get their energy out at this open gym time that includes lots of opportunities for jumping, swinging, balancing and more!

43. Head to Newark for Holiday Homecoming 2017 at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology on Friday to learn about the heritage of the community! Design your own holiday card, build an ornament and more!

44. Drop your kids off at the Board Game Youth Camp at Creative Art Bar Hilliard and they can play games and do crafts including creating their own checker board set! Ages 7 and up. RSVP required.

45. Take a trip to Urbana for the Holiday Horse Parade, a lighted horse parade! Santa will arrive, there will be street carolers, a tree lighting ceremony and more!

46. Take the kids to SuperGames Winter Open Play! at 6:00 PM. Arrive early because the play space is first come, first served! Cost is $10 per child.

47. Drop the kids off at Creative Art Bar Hilliard for an evening of crafting, pizza and other activities while you go shopping or have a date night! RSVP required.

48. Glass Axis is hosting a School’s Out Open House from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM where there will be glass art projects for kids of all ages! There will be free glassblowing demos and 3 art projects for kids to choose from based on age!

49. You can drop your kids off at Young Chefs Academy Gahanna for Kids Night Out! There will be hands on cooking workshops and Chef Wars!

Christmas Trees and Franklin Park Conservatory Train

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Small Business Saturday is a great way to shop local this year! Several special events are going on including:

60. Anyone ages 7 and up can take a Fall Bird Walk at Shale Hollow Park to watch for birds. Binoculars will be available.

61. At the Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center on Saturday and Sunday, you can pick out your Christmas tree while you enjoy refreshments, a visit from The Grinch, hot cider and a festive atmosphere!

62. Play classic board games at Gallant Farm Park!

63. Game Days at HOMAGE Easton Town Center and HOMAGE Short North includes free donuts from Buckeye Donuts, coffee and special deals on Saturday mornings for each Buckeye game this season!

64. Work off that extra piece of pumpkin pie at Squats & Tots Saturday Classes! at piccadilly

65. Take your preschoolers to a Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

66. The Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center includes hot apple cider, cookies and the Grinch! You can pick out a Christmas tree here, too!

67. Olde Worthington Holiday Open House is on Sunday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM and it includes an iceless ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, live music and a visit from Santa! The evening ends with the tree lighting ceremony on the Village Green!

68. Head to Pizzuti Collection Family Day from 12:00 AM – 5:00 PM for free admission, art inspired activity books, crafts and family tours!

69. Have a fun experience with the whole family at Family Fun Day – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings at The Escape Room USA in Columbus!

70. For a $25 donation to Stop the Suffering you can have your picture taken with Santa at HTH Farm Market! Families and pets are welcome. There will also be a Bake Sale for $10 for a box of baked goods!

71. There’s another chance for Pet Pics with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place today from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on the lower level.

72. The Kids Christmas Party at Clay Street Ceramics will include painting ornaments, decorating cookies and working on Christmas crafts. There will be a special visit from Santa between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. $15/child.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio October 26-28, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 90 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend including all the fall festival weekend activities happening around Central Ohio!

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Fall Fun Friday at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – wear a costume and get half off admission! Bring a friend and get a free cookie!

9:00 AM – The Haunted Maze

 at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this scary maze is free during regular business hours at Hoover Gardens through October 31st. Parents use your best judgement and consider escorting younger children through the maze!

10:00 AM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

10:30 AM – Read it, Make it, Eat it – Room on the Broom at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – this event includes a story time and two crafts based on the theme as well as a snack! Recommended for ages 2-5. $15/child.

11:00 AM – Halloween Weekend: Kid Costume at Ten Pin Alley – kids 15 and under who come in costume will receive one free laser tag mission!

11:00 AM – Illumination Film Festival at Marcus Theatres – The Illumination Family Film Festival features four animated films from the recent past for just $5 per ticket, Friday, October 26, through Thursday, November 1. The films include: Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me and The Lorax. All four movies will play each day of the festival.

12:00 PM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be on sale for $5 a book! There will also be food trucks on site!

4:00 PM – Howl-O-Ween at Ohio Wildlife Center – this family friendly event includes a trail walk and visits from “spooky” animals! $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

5:00 PM – $5 Friday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – this event includes $5 pony and horse rides and a free petting zoo! No reservation needed.

5:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – dress up in costume and trick or treat around various vendors and organizations at the Zoo! There will be special activities, meet and greets and performances!

5:00 PM – Boo at the Shroom! at Mellow Mushroom (Dublin, OH) – this free event at Mellow Mushroom in Dublin includes face painting, balloon twisting, and goodie bags! There will be crafts and the staff will be in costume! Come in costume!

5:30 PM – Trick or Treat at The Shops at Worthington Place – this Halloween event includes a balloon artist, face painting, crafts and candy!

6:00 PM – SuperGames Open Play! at SuperGames – open play is available on a first come first served basis! Cost is $10/child.

6:00 PM – Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville – stores in Uptown Westerville will be open late and decorated for Halloween! There will be horse drawn carriage rides, spooky activities, a Haunted Garden, Wands and Wizards at the Westerville Library, candy and more!

6:00 PM – Obetz Halloween Party at Dixon Quarry – this free event includes trunk or treat, games, prizes, a haunted hay ride, costume contest and more!

6:00 PM – Halloween Themed Parents Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – kids can be dropped off for this Halloween themed evening including games, crafts and snacks! Call the gym to register.

6:00 PM – Wizards & Wands Festival at Westerville Public Library – Enjoy a walk-through experience of activities as the library is transformed into a wizarding wonderland with spirited storefronts, puzzling platforms, bizarre buses & much more. This is a free event and no registration is required! Costumes are encouraged!

6:00 PM – Trick or Treat Trail at Prairie Township Community Center – come dressed in costume to walk through the trick or treat trail and collect candy! This is a free event!

6:30 PM – Free Family Halloween Party at Vineyard Community Church – take part in a trunk or treat, enjoy inflatables, Halloween movies, games and activities. Come in costume!

6:30 PM – Movies in the Park and Halloween Fun at Westgate Community Recreation – enjoy Halloween activities inside the Rec Center and then enjoy the movie Monster House outside in the park. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

7:00 PM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

7:00 PM – Family Pumpkin Night at Picassos – families can paint, carve and decorate pumpkins! This event is $45/family and includes supplies, snacks and 3 pumpkins.

7:30 PM – Haunted Wagon Rides

 at Young’s Jersey Dairy – take a scary wagon ride around Young’s Jersey Dairy! This is for families, but it will be scary!

8:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!


A BIG Thank You to Westerville Public Library for sponsoring this post!

Don’t miss the Wizards & Wands Festival this Friday night at 6:00 PM! Experience the spellbinding magic of your library with a celebration of all things fantastical during Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville on Friday, October 26, 2018. Enjoy a walk-through experience of activities as the library is transformed into a wizarding wonderland with spirited storefronts, puzzling platforms, bizarre buses & much more.

This is a free event and no registration is required! Costumes are encouraged!

Hosted by the Westerville Public Library. Learn more: http://www.westervillelibrary.org/wizards


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Fall Festivals Happening On the Weekends in Columbus and Central Ohio

Please click each link for exact times and details! Also check: Central Ohio Fall Farms and Festivals for more apple and pumpkin farms!

Pumpkin Picking and Hayrides at Kuhlweins Farm Market & Deli – 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!

Great Pumpkin Fun Center at Pigeon Roost – 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!

Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farms – 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!

Corn Maze at Lynd Fruit Farm – 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!

The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – 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!

Fall Farm Fun at Leeds Farm – Leeds Farm is open six weekends only through October 28 with hayrides, farm animals, farm pond, pumpkins and gourds! Back 40 Barn Pass admission includes Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, and mini zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, the biggest corn box in Ohio, and more! Read: 16 Things to do at Leeds Farm!

Fall Fun Festival at Dill’s Greenhouse – Fall festivals are happening on the weekends, September 29 – 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!

Fall Festival at Hidden Creek Farms – 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!

Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival

 at Freeman’s Farm – 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. Read: 3 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Patches near Columbus including our visit to Freeman’s Farm!

Fall Festival Weekends at Orchard and Company – 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!

Fall Fun at Lehner’s at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm – fall fun at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm begins this weekend and includes over 30 rides and attractions including a corn maze, giant LEGOS, a play barn, mini golf, pumpkins and more!

Fall Festival at the Farm at Wanut Creek – the farm is open Monday through Saturday. Weekend activities include apple butter cooking, candle carving, basket weaving, spinning and weaving and more in addition to these activities going on all week: corn box, pumpkin slingshot, straw castle, kids maze, scavenger hunt and more! Read about our visit to The Farm at Walnut Creek!

Fall Family Fun at Miller’s Country Gardens – Saturdays and Sundays there will be hayrides, barrel rides for kids, a play area, straw tunnel, corn maze and animal barn! Take a hayride to pick your own pumpkin!


ICYMI: Halloween Events Around Columbus

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Halloween Market at Worthington Farmers Market – the Farmer’s Market gets a little spooky this week with witches brew and scary snacks! Wear a costume – there will be contests!

8:00 AM – Nostalgic Treat Saturday at Bake Me Happy – celebrate Bake Me Happy’s anniversary with nostalgic treats made gluten free! There will also be coffee drinks available!

9:00 AM – Applebutter & Horseradish Day at Lawrence Orchards – stir apple butter and taste fresh horseradish! There will be hayrides and a hay maze and corn pit.

9:00 AM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be on sale for $5 a book! There will also be food trucks on site!

9:00 AM – Miss Em’s Jewelry Pop-Up! at The Shops at Worthington Place – Miss Em’s is having a pop up sale at The Shops at Worthington Place. Mention What Should We Do Today? Columbus for 10% off!

9:00 AM – Read with the Deputy at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – hear a story read by the deputy! Books will also be given away at this event.

9:00 AM – The Haunted Maze

 at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this scary maze is free during regular business hours at Hoover Gardens through October 31st. Parents use your best judgement and consider escorting younger children through the maze!

9:30 AM – Stroller Strides Pumpkin Workout and Playdate at Fancyburg Park – bring a medium sized pumpkin to this workout and decorate it afterwards with your kids! Your first workout with FIT4MOM is free! The play date is also free to attend.

10:00 AM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

10:00 AM – Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – during regular business hours there will be a Halloween celebration including prizes, a seasonal scavenger hunt in MAINLAND, family-friendly activities and Halloween-themed builds. Costumes welcome!

10:00 AM – Trick or Treat at the Conservatory at Franklin Park Conservatory – come in costume to trick or treat through the Conservatory and Children’s Garden! Stations are inside and outside! Included with admission.

10:00 AM – CCT Costume Parking Lot Bonanza at Columbus Children’s Theatre – find your Halloween (or just because) costume when Columbus Children’s Theatre cleans out their collection! Most pieces will be $1!

10:00 AM – Halloween Weekend: Kid Costume at Ten Pin Alley – kids 15 and under who come in costume will receive one free laser tag mission!

10:00 AM – Fall Fun Day at Dutch Mill Greenhouse – this even includes free pumpkins for kids to decorate, popcorn and cider, a food trucks, sales and discounts!

10:00 AM – Trick or Tweet at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – this Halloween event for preschoolers includes a not so scary story time and goodie bags! Come in costume! See info in link for registration info.

10:00 AM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – dress up in costume and trick or treat around various vendors and organizations at the Zoo! There will be special activities, meet and greets and performances!

10:00 AM – Halloween Hoot at Gateway Film Center – enjoy lobby activities, family friendly films and music between the films by The Shazzbots! Free with a canned good donation to the Open Shelter.

10:00 AM – Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – this open play time will include Halloween activities! There will be crafts, snacks, a Halloween Music Class and more. $12 for the first child, $10 for siblings.

10:00 AM – Halloween Hoopla! at Marysville Public Library – this Halloween party includes treats, crafts, pumpkin painting and more!

10:00 AM – Halloween ComicFest at The Laughing Ogre – this event includes free comics, and candy, a light sabre demonstration, and music by The Shazzbots! They will also be collecting food for The South Side Community Ministries Food Pantry.

11:00 AM – Boo ‘n Brew at Polaris Fashion Place – every Saturday in October there will be a Halloween celebration including trick or treating, craft zone, food trucks, princess, costume parade, live music and more!

11:00 AM – Skylarks Toys & Comic Annual Halloween ComicFest at Skylarks Toys & Comics – this festival includes games, candy, costume contests, free comics and more!

11:00 AM – Creepside Festival at Creekside Park & Plaza – this free “not so scary” event includes live music, games, activities, trick or treat, escape rooms, inflatables and more!

11:00 AM – Pony Rides, Pumpkins & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – get a pony ride and a pumpkin for $8! There will be free hay rides, free petting zoo and other farm activities.

11:00 AM – Heritage Day at Weaver Park – this event includes family friendly, historical activities including a hay ride, make your own bookmark, and demonstrations from a blacksmith, broom maker and more!

12:00 PM – Howl-O-Ween at Ohio Wildlife Center – this family friendly event includes a trail walk and visits from “spooky” animals! $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

1:00 PM – Highbanks Harvest Fest at Highbanks Metro Park – come in costume for a hayride, halloween crafts, games, campfire and more!

1:00 PM – Floating Pumpkin Patch at Worthington Pools – jump in the pool and pick a pumpkin, dry it off and decorate it! You can preregister online to insure your spot. $5/person.

2:00 PM – Trunk or Treat at Barnett Recreation Center – come in costume to trick or treat in a safe environment.

2:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

3:00 PM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

4:00 PM – Halloween Sing-a-long Costume Parade at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church – this is a free music show for families that includes a costume parade! There will be audience participation, instruments, bubbles and games!

4:00 PM – Candy by the Carload in the City of Powell Local Government – trick or treat in the parking lot of the municipal Building!

5:00 PM – A Haunted Night in the Gardens at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this event includes games, a haunted maze, face painting, costume contest, pumpkin painting and more!

6:00 PM – Rule (3)’s Annual Halloween Party at Rule 3 – this Halloween party includes face painting, costume contest, spooky games, an appearance from Minnie and Micky Mouse, a Haunted House and more!

7:30 PM – Haunted Wagon Rides

 at Young’s Jersey Dairy – take a scary wagon ride around Young’s Jersey Dairy! This is for families, but it will be scary!

8:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Miss Em’s Jewelry Pop-Up! at The Shops at Worthington Place – Miss Em’s is having a pop up sale at The Shops at Worthington Place. Mention What Should We Do Today? Columbus for 10% off!

10:00 AM – Trick or Treat at the Conservatory at Franklin Park Conservatory – come in costume to trick or treat through the Conservatory and Children’s Garden! Stations are inside and outside! Included with admission.

10:00 AM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – dress up in costume and trick or treat around various vendors and organizations at the Zoo! There will be special activities, meet and greets and performances!

10:00 AM – The Haunted Maze

 at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this scary maze is free during regular business hours at Hoover Gardens through October 31st. Parents use your best judgement and consider escorting younger children through the maze!

10:00 AM – Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – during regular business hours there will be a Halloween celebration including prizes, a seasonal scavenger hunt in MAINLAND, family-friendly activities and Halloween-themed builds. Costumes welcome!

11:00 AM – Halloween Family Funday at North Market – this Halloween event includes games, crafts, live animals, trick or treating, face painting and more!

11:00 AM – Pony Rides, Pumpkins & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – get a pony ride and a pumpkin for $8! There will be free hay rides, free petting zoo and other farm activities.

12:00 PM – Pins Pumpkin Patch at Pins Mechanical Co. (downtown Columbus) – enjoy free pumpkin picking, carving and painting until 4:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Monster Mash Glow Bash at Skate Zone 71 – meet and greet some of your favorite characters while skating! Trolls, Surfs and more will be in attendance!

12:00 PM – Kid Paint Free Day! at Clay Cafe Clintonville – painting fee is waved for kids this Sunday!

1:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

2:00 PM – Pet Parade in Schiller Park – bring your pet dressed in it’s best costume to enter a costume contest and participate in a pet parade! (Or just come and watch!)

2:00 PM – Trick or Treat & Shopping Too! at Reynoldsburg VFW 9473 – kids can trick or treat at each vendor’s table! Come in costume!

3:00 PM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

4:00 PM – Trunk or Treat at Westerville Christian Church – this free event includes games inflatables, popcorn, cotton candy and more! Food trucks will be on site as well!

5:00 PM – Trunk or Treat & Fall Fest at Grove City UMC – this event includes trunk or treat, food trucks, games, face painting, balloon animals, inflatables, giveaways and more!

5:00 PM – Hilliard Trunk or Treat at Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA – this event includes trunk or treating, food trucks, music, fire and police vehicles, a Photo Booth, bounce houses and more!

6:00 PM – Halloween Bouncing Party at Blue Monkey Parties & Events – get an hour of play and a goody bag for $10 at this Halloween Party with lots of bouncing! Wear a costume! RSVP on the FB event page!

6:00 PM – BOO NIGHT at Big Bounce – Boo Night includes games, a costume contest with prizes and pizza! $12/person.

6:30 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, September 7-9, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – recommended for ages 2-5, enjoy a forest play time and a nature activity!

11:00 AM – Dispatch Fall Home and Garden Show – the Dispatch Home and Garden Show goes on all weekend and features lots of home improvement ideas and exhibitors! Kids may enjoy Sunday’s activities which include animals from Columbus Zoo, Legoland and live bugs with Dr. Insecta!

2:15 PM – Big Bounce America at LVL UP Sports Paintball Park – the World Biggest Bounce House is coming to Central Ohio with 10,000 square feet of jumping and games! See the link for age restrictions and cost!

3:00 PM – Lithopolis Honeyfest 2018 – learn about all things honey bee including educational demonstrations, honey, samples, and beekeepers! There will be live music, arts and crafts, crafts for kids and more!

5:00 PM – Columbus Oktoberfest 2018 – This 3 day event includes live music, food, shopping, strolling musicians, food tasting, plus Kinderplatz, a free kids area that includes arts and crafts, inflatables, a juggler, plus a children’s parade on Sunday at 4:00 PM.

5:00 PM – Hot Times Community Arts & Music Festival – this 3 day festival features live music, artists, food, a display of art cars, vendors and more!

6:00 PM – Family Bingo Night at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – every Friday in September is Family Bingo Night!

6:00 PM – First Friday in Gahanna – First Friday includes food trucks, a maker market, live music and more!

6:30 PM – Uptown Westerville Cruise Nite – Casual Cruise-In in Uptown Westerville – watch a cruise-in on State St. in Uptown Westerville! There will be food and music.

7:30 PM – Sunset Cinema – Top Gun at Polaris Fashion Place – watch the movie Top Gun at 8:00 PM. Free activities begin at 7:30 PM. Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket.

7:30 PM – Bluegrass on the Patio at Ten Pin Alley – enjoy live bluegrass music on the patio at Ten Pin Alley featuring the Sandy Tar Brothers.

8:15 PM – Movie Series – Black Panther at Highbanks Metro Park – watch Black Panther in the park! Popcorn will be provided. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – The Dublin Market at Bridge Park – enjoy a farmers market that includes vendors, food trucks, live music and more!

9:15 AM – Big Bounce America | Columbus, OH at LVL UP Sports Paintball Park – the World Biggest Bounce House is coming to Central Ohio with 10,000 square feet of jumping and games! See the link for age restrictions and cost!

9:30 AM – Football Themed Family Stroller Strides at Fancyburg Park – join FIT4MOM UA for a football themed workout plus a special presentation on healthy snack and tailgate options! Your first class is free!

10:00 AM – Beavercreek Popcorn Festival – this festival includes vendors, food, crafts and lots of popcorn! There’s also a 5K run on Saturday and a car show on Sunday.

10:00 AM – 25th Annual Columbus Children’s Parade – join in or watch a one mile parade through the Near East Side including mascots, floats, marching bands and more! Stay afterwards for the Hot Times Festival!

10:00 AM – Lithopolis Honeyfest 2018 – learn about all things honey bee including educational demonstrations, honey, samples, and beekeepers! There will be live music, arts and crafts, crafts for kids and more!

10:00 AM – BrickUniverse Cleveland LEGO Fan Expo at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland – head up to Cleveland this weekend for a huge LEGO exhibit with building zones, vendors, displays and more!

10:00 AM – Nature Playdates at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids ages 5-8 can enjoy a forest play time in the woods and a 30 minute nature activity! $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Old Hilliardfest Art and Street Fair – this free event features live music, vendors, food, inflatables, games for kids, arts and crafts, touch a truck and more!

10:30 AM – Yankee Peddler Festival at Clay’s Park Resort – step back into pioneer America to enjoy a family friendly festival featuring crafters and artists, vendors, samples of colonial food, demonstrations and more!

11:00 AM – Dispatch Fall Home and Garden Show – the Dispatch Home and Garden Show features lots of home improvement ideas and exhibitors! Kids may enjoy Sunday’s activities which include animals from Columbus Zoo, Legoland and live bugs with Dr. Insecta!

11:00 AM – U-Pick Honeycrisp at The Orchard and Company – pick Honeycrisp apples while they last!

11:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz Family Concerts at The Topiary Park – enjoy a kid-friendly jazz concert in the park! Story time begins at the Main Library at 11:00 AM, the concert is at 12:00 PM and arts and crafts begin at 1:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Columbus Oktoberfest 2018 – This 3 day event includes live music, food, shopping, strolling musicians, food tasting, plus Kinderplatz, a free kids area that includes arts and crafts, inflatables, a juggler, plus a children’s parade on Sunday at 4:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Hot Times Community Arts & Music Festival – this 3 day festival features live music, artists, food, a display of art cars, vendors and more!

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Powell Street Market – enjoy the last street market of the year featuring vendors, food trucks, artisans and more!

9:15 AM – Big Bounce America at LVL UP Sports Paintball Park – the World Biggest Bounce House is coming to Central Ohio with 10,000 square feet of jumping and games! See the link for age restrictions and cost!

10:00 AM – September Baby + Art: Dino-Mite! at Art with Anna – this is a messy and casual art time for kids up to 3 years old! Make a dino-themed craft together! $10/family

10:00 AM – BrickUniverse Cleveland LEGO Fan Expo at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland – head up to Cleveland this weekend for a huge LEGO exhibit with building zones, vendors, displays and more!

10:30 AM – Yankee Peddler Festival at Clay’s Park Resort – step back into pioneer America to enjoy a family friendly festival featuring crafters and artists, vendors, samples of colonial food, demonstrations and more!

11:00 PM – Hot Times Community Arts & Music Festival – this 3 day festival features live music, artists, food, a display of art cars, vendors and more! Sunday features a traditional drum circle.

11:00 AM – Beavercreek Popcorn Festival – this festival includes vendors, food, crafts and lots of popcorn! There’s also a 5K run on Saturday and a car show on Sunday.

11:00 AM – Dispatch Fall Home and Garden Show – the Dispatch Home and Garden Show features lots of home improvement ideas and exhibitors! Kids may enjoy Sunday’s activities which include animals from Columbus Zoo, Legoland and live bugs with Dr. Insecta!

11:00 AM – Outdoor Inclusive Adventures 2018 – get active with a day of fun including kids of all abilities! The day includes kayaking, fishing, therapy horses and dogs, creeping, hiking, live animals, crafts, a family yoga class, character meet and greet and much more!

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – visit Ohio Wildlife Center at their monthly open house, meet the resident animals and take part in an animal enrichment activity at 1:00 PM. $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

12:00 PM – Columbus Oktoberfest 2018 – This 3 day event includes live music, food, shopping, strolling musicians, food tasting, plus Kinderplatz, a free kids area that includes arts and crafts, inflatables, a juggler, plus a children’s parade on Sunday at 4:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Cops & Kids Day 2018 in Westerville – Cops and Kids Day features all kind of rescue vehicles and law enforcement equipment! You can “dunk-a-cop” and take part in other kids activities! The first 1500 children get a goodie bag.

12:00 PM – Goldfish Grab at Reed Road Water Park – catch a goldfish to take home as your pet! You must register in advance.

12:00 PM – 2018 Merion Village Festival in Moeler Park – this festival in Moeller Park will feature arts and crafts vendors, live music, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, kids activities, local businesses and more!

12:00 PM – 6th Annual Great Westerville Food Truck Fest at Nationwide Children’s Close to Home – this food truck festival benefits Westerville Area Resource Ministry and will feature 32 food trucks plus a climbing wall, face painting, games, live bands and more!

3:00 PM – Open Play Sunday at Blue Monkey Parties and Events – open play will be from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM and each cild will be $8.

3:00 PM – Delaware All Horse Parade – this parade includes horses, ponies, wagons and carriages, cowgirls and marching bands! The parade route is 3 miles long.

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3:30 PM – September Family Paint: Ohio Love at Art with Anna – the whole family can paint an Ohio-themed piece of artwork! $15/artist. Recommended for age 6 and up!

4:00 PM – Fall Festival 2018 at Linworth United Methodist Church – this festival features music from The Shazzbots, Super Games, a touch-a-truck event, free food and activities for the whole family!

7:00 PM – The Legacy Continues at Coffman High School – watch this annual drumming performance featuring students from Dublin City Schools.


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