What Should We Do This Weekend? August 31 – September 3, 2018 Labor Day Weekend!

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Looking for kid-friendly things to do Labor Day Weekend in Columbus, Ohio? Here are over 30 ideas!

What Should We Do Labor Day Weekend in Columbus, Ohio?

FRIDAY

10:30 AM – Read it, Make it, Eat it – Fly Guy at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – hear a story, make two crafts and a snack with the same theme! This week’s story is Fly Guy! $15/child.

11:00 AM – Columbus Greek Festival – this annual festival offers the chance to experience and learn about Greek dance, music and culture, taste Greek food and shop for cultural arts and crafts! Adults are $5 and children under 12 are free. Your admission ticket is good for the entire weekend!

4:00 PM – Obetz Zucchinifest at Fortress Obetz  – admission to this celebration of zucchini is free! Enjoy rides, concerts, entertainment, food, pageants, a cruise-in, parade, animals from the Columbus Zoo, COSI, Cincinnati Circus Company and more! Ride wristbands are $18.

5:00 PM – Sweet Corn Festival in Millersport – celebrate sweet corn with concerts, amusement rides, games, contests, prizes, concessions and more!

5:00 PM – Family Friday Night at COSI – beginning at 5:00 PM COSI offers reduced admission: $15 for adults and $10 for youth.

5:00 PM – $5 Pony Rides & Free Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – anyone can take a pony ride for $5 and there will also be a free petting zoo!

6:00 PM – Free Concert at Columbus Commons – McGuffey Lane will play a free concert at Columbus Commons!

6:00 PM – Gahanna’s Great Outdoors Parks & Rec Party – this celebration includes live music, kayaking and canoeing, games, inflatables, food trucks, a campfire and a showing of COCO at dusk. This is a free event!

7:00 PM – St. Michael Festival – this festival takes place in Worthington and offers live music from several local bands plus a raffle, games, food, rides and more!

8:00 PM – Movie Under the Stars: The Big Year at Deer Haven Preserve – activities begin at 8:00 PM including live birds from Ohio Nature Education and a sunset hike! The movie begins at 9:00 PM.

8:00 PM – Rhythm on the River: BalletMet at The Scioto Mile – BalletMet dancers will perform excerpts from the 2018/19 season at this free event! Donatos pizza will be available for purchase.


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SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Ohio Cup Vintage Baseball Festival at Ohio History Center – The Ohio Cup is one of the largest vintage base ball festivals in the country! Over 30 teams will play 1860’s style base ball this weekend! There will be activities for kids during the weekend!

9:00 AM – Westgate Farmers Market – enjoy vendors, live music, activities for kids and produce and a food truck!

9:00 AM – The Dublin Market at Bridge Park – shop for produce, fresh flowers, clothing, toys and enjoy food trucks and live music! Read: 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Dublin Market with Your Kids

11:00 AM – Columbus Greek Festival – this annual festival offers the chance to experience and learn about Greek dance, music and culture, taste Greek food and shop for cultural arts and crafts! Adults are $5 and children under 12 are free. Your admission ticket is good for the entire weekend!

11:00 AM – The Bugman at Franklin Park Conservatory – learn about and see insects up close with The Bugman!

11:00 AM – Obetz Zucchinifest at Fortress Obetz  – admission to this celebration of zucchini is free! Enjoy rides, concerts, entertainment, food, pageants, a cruise-in, parade, animals from the Columbus Zoo, COSI, Cincinnati Circus Company and more! Ride wristbands are $18.

11:00 AM – Sweet Corn Festival in Millersport – celebrate sweet corn with concerts, amusement rides, games, contests, prizes, concessions and more!

12:00 PM – Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival in Historic Downtown Canal Winchester – this festival includes canal boat rides, a parade, ice cream social, balloon artists, performers, a cruise in, quilt show, midway games and rides, live music and more!

12:00 PM – OSU v Oregon State at Ten Pin Alley – Ten Pin Alley is offering a fun way to watch the OSU games this season! The game will be playing on the screens above the bowling lanes and they are offering a special including discounted laser tag missions, drink specials, a tailgate menu and special prices on bowling! Read Ten Pin Alley Provides Family Friendly Fun in Hilliard

2:00 PM – Right Back at You at Gallant Farm Park – join a boomerang expert to learn how to throw a boomerang, fly a kite and more! Free for all ages!

5:00 PM – St. Michael Festival – this festival takes place in Worthington and offers live music from several local bands plus a raffle, games, food, rides and more!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop at Westgate BusinessWorks – visit the art galleries of the Hilltop including live music at Third Way Cafe, light refreshments and classes at Clay Street Ceramics! Related: 7 Ways to Give Back in Columbus by Doing Things You Already Do

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Ohio Cup Vintage Baseball Festival at Ohio History Center – The Ohio Cup is one of the largest vintage base ball festivals in the country! Over 30 teams will play 1860’s style base ball this weekend! There will be activities for kids during the weekend!

9:00 AM – Splash Pad Weekend at Hocking Hills Adventures – take a road trip to Hocking Hills Adventures to check out their new splash pad and other water activities! There will be squirt gun wars, water balloon relays and more!

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus! You must show a valid ID. Read all about the new Children’s Garden here!

10:30 – Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival in Historic Downtown Canal Winchester – this festival includes canal boat rides, a parade, ice cream social, balloon artists, performers, a cruise in, quilt show, midway games and rides, live music and more.

11:00 AM – Obetz Zucchinifest at Fortress Obetz  – admission to this celebration of zucchini is free! Enjoy rides, concerts, entertainment, food, pageants, a cruise-in, parade, animals from the Columbus Zoo, COSI, Cincinnati Circus Company and more! Ride wristbands are $18. Brett Michaels is in concert at 9:00 PM.

12:00 AM – Columbus Greek Festival – this annual festival offers the chance to experience and learn about Greek dance, music and culture, taste Greek food and shop for cultural arts and crafts! Adults are $5 and children under 12 are free. Your admission ticket is good for the entire weekend!

12:30 PM – BIRD Tunnel PARTY at Glen Echo Ravine – free party in Glen Echo Park featuring DJ’s in the Bird Tunnel!

4:05 PM – Bob Evans Family Day at Columbus Clippers – 2 adults and up to 4 youth can get into Bob Evans Family Day at the Columbus Clippers for $25. Kids can run the bases after the game!

6:30 PM – Ice Cream Sunday! at Mona’s Eats + Treats – Realtor Tasha Braniff is hosting a celebration of back to school and Labor Day with free ice cream at Mona’s Eats + Treats until 8:30 PM! Read more about Mona’s Eats + Treats in 3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Nikki Seeley

MONDAY

10:00 AM – Labor Day Arts Festival at Northam Park – admission is free at this Arts Festival in Upper Arlington! Enjoy food vendors, arts and crafts, kids activities and more!

10:30 – Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival in Historic Downtown Canal Winchester – this festival includes canal boat rides, a parade, ice cream social, balloon artists, performers, a cruise in, quilt show, midway games and rides, live music and more

11:00 AM – Columbus Greek Festival – this annual festival offers the chance to experience and learn about Greek dance, music and culture, taste Greek food and shop for cultural arts and crafts! Adults are $5 and children under 12 are free. Your admission ticket is good for the entire weekend!

12:00 PM – Obetz Zucchinifest at Fortress Obetz  – admission to this celebration of zucchini is free! Enjoy rides, concerts, entertainment, food, pageants, a cruise-in, parade, animals from the Columbus Zoo, COSI, Cincinnati Circus Company and more! Ride wristbands are $18. Monday is Kids Day!

2:05 PM – Dime a Dog Night at Columbus Clippers – enjoy Sugardale hotdogs for $.10 a piece!

5:00 PM – St. Michael Festival – this festival takes place in Worthington and offers live music from several local bands plus a raffle, games, food, rides and more!

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What Should We Do this Weekend? August 24-26, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening this weekend in Columbus, Ohio!

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Gala U-Pick, Feel the Love! at Lynd Fruit Farm – kick off the fall harvest season with Gala apples at Lynd Fruit Farm! U-Pick is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend!

10:00 AM – Summer Book Sale at Upper Arlington Public Library – shop thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and more for $.25 to $2 each! The sale goes on through August 26th!

11:00 AM – Apple Picking – Gala Apples at Cherry Hawk Farm – Gala apples are ready for picking at Cherry Hawk Farm! August 24, 25 and 26!

11:00 AM – Food Truck Fridays Extended Edition at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio – check out the food trucks in front of the main entrance at Ronald McDonald House. 10% of all sales are donated to RMHC. This week’s trucks include The Angry Wiener, Mixing Bowl Asian Grill & Kona Ice Little Buckeye!

5:00 PM – $5 Friday Pony Rides & Free Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – ride a horse for $5 and enjoy a free petting zoo!

5:00 PM – Grand Reopening at City Folks Farm Shop – meet the new owners of City Folk’s Farm Shop, sample local foods, play City Farm Bingo for prizes, meet community partners and more!

6:00 PM – St. Joan of Arc Festival – this three day festival begins on Thursday night and runs through Saturday night. There will be rides, games, food music and more! There is no admission fee to the festival.

6:00 PM – Creekside Live: Soul Kitch’n w/ The Andy Shaw Band – Creekside Live is a free, outdoor concert! This week will feature Soul Kitch’n with The Andy Shaw Band.

6:00 PM – 4th Friday in Uptown Westerville – Westerville’s 4th Friday is all about Dogs this month! There will be pet-focused vendors, a Fox Hunt scavenger hunt, pet photos, treats, and more fun activities!

Related: Playdate in Uptown Westerville

6:00 PM – 4th Fridays on the Lawn at Westerville Public Library – enjoy a family-friendly event on the front lawn of the library during 4th Friday in Uptown Westerville! This month’s activity is a Dog Wash! Bring your dog for a bath!

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – The Dublin Market at Bridge Park- shop local farmers, artisans, vendors and more while enjoying live entertainment! Read 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Dublin Market with Your Kids.

10:00 AM – Hulk Size School Supply Drive at Charity Newsies – Feld Entertainment is giving away one ticket voucher  to Marvel Universe Live! to the first 100 people who donate four of the requested school supply items! (See link for list.) Families can receive up to two vouchers in exchange for at least 8 items donated.

10:00 AM – Gala U-Pick at The Orchard and Company – pick apples at the farm from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday! Read about our visit to The Orchard and Co. in Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!

10:00 AM – Fire Safety Storytime at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – an Upper Arlington fire fighter and paramedic will read and talk about fire safety! Kids can also get up close to a fire engine and medic truck!

10:00 AM – HOOT 90: Aliens at Gateway Film Center – watch family-friendly short films, enjoy activities in the lobby and music by the Shazzbots! This month’s theme is Aliens!

10:00 AM – Mud & Madness at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – navigate a muddy obstacle course for the whole family! The course is 1.5 miles long and you’ll want to bring your own towels!

Related: Read about the kid-friendly Nature Center at Blacklick Woods Metro Park!

10:00 AM – Little Adventurers: Flying Science at Gallant Woods Park – kids can explore nature with hands on activities and arts and crafts! This is a free program for ages 0-5 accompanied by an adult!

10:30 AM – Our Village Special Event: Mini Striders Class with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – bring your own push toy to this “Mini Strides” workout! This is a free event with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington.

11:00 AM – Back 2 School Bash! at Briggs Road Baptist Church – enjoy back to school fun including free school supplies, corn hole, kick ball, food, snow cones, first responders, music and more! Supplies will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

12:00 PM – Metro Parks Climbing Festival at Scioto Audubon Metro Park – the two-day Climbing Festival includes climbing clinics, competitions, vendors, food vendors and more! The day ends with a showing of the movie The Goonies and there is the option to camp overnight!

12:00 PM – Urban Scrawl 12 at 400 West Rich – attend this festival to watch murals being created in the Franklinton Arts District! There will be food trucks and beverages, DJ’s and local artists!

12:00 PM – Story time with Cinderella! at Barnes and Noble Pickerington Ohio – enjoy a magical story time with Cinderella at Barnes and Noble in Pickerington.

12:00 PM – Summer Fest at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets – celebrate summer at all Fresh Thyme Markets locations. There will be an outdoor market, live entertainment, food and sampling!

2:00 PM – Project SKD – The Amazing Learning Race at Columbus State Delaware Campus – this event is a scavenger hunt for the whole family that involves completing a service project together! The event is free but registration is required.

3:00 PM – Back to School Bash at Dublin Village Center – support Dublin Bridges with a Back to School Bash! There will be food, music, giveaways and more!

5:00 PM – Grandview Hop – enjoy live music, food trucks, local shopping, art, fun activities in more on Grandview Avenue!

6:00 PM – Blank & Brush Block Party III at Blank Slate Coffee – enjoy food trucks, live music, art vendors and more at the final Block Party of the summer!

7:00 PM – Summer’s End Campfire Adventure at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – make s’mores around the fire and play in the Natural Play Area. Meet at the Nature Center.

7:15 PM – Summer Movie Series at The Topiary Park – the final movie of the summer in Topiary Park is Arrival. The movie begins at dusk and the food truck Tortilla will be on site.

9:00 PM – Movie Series – The Goonies at Scioto Audubon Metro Park – watch the movie The Goonies as part of the Metro Parks Climbing Festival! Meet at the climbing wall.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – National Dog Day at Rocky Fork Metro Park – take your dog for a 1.5 mile walk to celebrate National Dog Day! There will be training opportunities as well!

11:00 AM – German Village Makers Mart – this is a family-friendly and pet friendly event! Enjoy an outdoor artisan market featuring local artists, designers and growers!

2:00 PM – Monarch Butterfly Release Party at Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor – join Preservation Parks at Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor as live Monarch Butterflies are released into the wild! Learn about the lifecycle of monarchs! This is a free event!

2:00 PM – 2018 Bexley Local Author Festival! at Bexley Public Library – meet local authors, discover new books and get your books signed by the author!

Related: Two Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids featuring Bexley Public Library

4:00 PM – Birdshack – Live Jazz in the Park at Havenwood Park – enjoy a free jazz concert in the park including a food truck!


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ICYMI: 9 Things to do with Your Kids this Fall in Columbus, Ohio


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Fall is such a fun time in Central Ohio! Here are 9 things you can only do during the Fall in Columbus and Central Ohio!

What Are Some of the Best Things to do with Kids During the Fall in Columbus?

There are so many things that can only be done during the fall season and we love to take advantage of as many as we can! From pumpkin farms, to marching bands to model trains, here are 9 things we enjoy doing as a family during the fall!

1. Attend a Skull Session at St. John Arena

My kids love instruments and any kind of band, so we were excited, though a little nervous, about taking them to a Skull Session at OSU! It’s a great way to get caught up in the football spirit, even if you don’t have tickets to the game!

A Skull Session is basically a pep rally where the marching band plays, the players come out and the coach gives a little speech . . . it’s very high energy and really a lot of fun!

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I’d recommend either parking on West Campus (parking is $20!) and taking a shuttle or parking in a neighborhood along the Olentangy bike path and walking up the path to St. John Arena.

The Skull session happens 2 hours and 20 minutes before each game and lasts an hour. When it’s over, you can mull around amongst the tailgaters, pick up some free samples (1/4 of a Sugardale hot dog, anyone?) and enjoy the energy of game day.

We were nervous because we weren’t sure what would happen to our strollers when we got there! We were able to take our strollers (yes, we had two) into the arena, but we left them outside the gymnasium, along the outer wall. It was a risk, but no one decided to walk off with a stroller on game day. Phew! I don’t know where else you could put your stroller, as the seating in the gymnasium is very tight. It worked out for us and we were really glad we did it!

You can see the schedule of OSU games here! Friends recommended arriving 20-25 minutes early to get good seats, and I will pass that advice on to you. We got there around 9:20 AM for the 9:40 AM Skull Session and were able to get good seats facing the band.

2. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

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There are so many pumpkin patch options, it’s kind of amazing! Every weekend in October is filled with Fall Festivals – honestly, I had no idea before I started this blog how many there are! Make sure to visit my post, Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals for a complete list!

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We recently visited Jaquemin Farms on a Monday! This one is great, in my opinion, because it is open during the week and for only $2 kids ages 3-10 can play in the corn box and run through the straw maze! Kids 2 and under are free! During the weekends, they have bouncy houses and the price is a bit higher. So if you have preschoolers at home during the week, this is a great way to spend an inexpensive morning at a pumpkin patch! Other weekday options include Circle S Farms, evenings at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm.

If you want the BIG pumpkin farm experience complete with kettle corn, a zip line, a huge pumpkin trampoline, mazes, corn bins, pedal carts and more, make sure to check out 15 Things to Do at Leeds Farm!

Another place we love to go is Smith’s Farm Market! The picture below is a few years old, but they always have a large selection of pumpkins and picturesque settings for fun pictures with pumpkins!

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3. Go Apple Picking

I’ve shared about our visit to Orchard and Company, and Branstool Orchards, and here’s a list of more apple picking ideas from Columbus Moms Blog! It’s getting late in the season, but there are still apples to be picked at many farms and a lot of them have farm festival weekends as well! If you’re looking for some options during the week (as opposed to the weekend), a few farms are open on select Fridays: Lynd Fruit Farm, and Cherry Hawk Farm, to name a few.

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4. Attend Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo happens for THREE weekends in October this year! The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has added an additional weekend for 2019! The weekends in October are the 11-13th, 18th – 20th, and the 25th – 27th. Dress your kids (or yourself!) in costume and visit a lot of vendors in different areas of the zoo who want to fill your kid’s basket with candy! It’s also totally acceptable to take your baby in a cute pumpkin costume in a stroller and accept candy on his or her behalf! 😉

5. Take a Road Trip

I shared 6 Ohio Road Trips to Take This Fall here, one of them being the Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek. Even if you can’t make it for the festival, a drive to Amish Country will be beautiful when the leaves (finally!) start to change!

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More fun road trip ideas include:

Fall is my favorite time of year for a road trip!

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6. Visit a Metro Park

Once the leaves start to change, there are some great options for leaf viewing in our local Metro Parks! A great one is Battelle Darby! There are walking paths through the woods and also bison viewing! While you’re there, check out the living stream in the Nature Center!

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Inniswood Metro Park is also beautiful in the fall. Seriously, check out this picture I took during the fall (below)! It felt like a fairy tale! It was amazing!

7. Visit a City Park

Don’t underestimate your local city park for fall beauty. Here is a list of all the Columbus City ParksFranklin Park is particularly beautiful in the fall! Keep an eye out for the Harvest Parties at Columbus Rec Centers. You don’t have to go far to celebrate! 🙂

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8. See Model Railroads at COSI

Mark your calendars for Model Railroad Days at COSI (Dates are not yet published for 2019.) My kids LOVE this special couple of days when several model railroad clubs take over a few galleries at COSI. There are a lot of model trains to see and also trains to play with! It only comes once a year, but it’s one of those things my oldest son always asks about!

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9. Visit the Huntington Holiday Train at Main Library

This is something I consider a Christmas tradition for our family, but it does arrive before Thanksgiving, so technically, it’s a fall activity, right? 😉  In mid November, the train will be installed at the New Main Library! It’s really beautiful, and if you have train lovers, like I do, it’s something you have to see!

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What else would you add to the list of “can’t miss” fall activities in Columbus?

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