16 Things to Do at Leeds Farm

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Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio is the ultimate Pumpkin Farm experience! With activities for all ages, hayrides, a zip line, pumpkins and tons more, your family will enjoy a day out at Leeds Farm!

A big thanks to Leeds Farm for sponsoring this post!

*In 2019, Leeds Farm is celebrating their 25th anniversary by offering a 25% discount on regular admission and combo passes during opening weekend: September 21st and 22nd!*

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! We look forward to visiting Leeds Farm each year!

16 Things to Do at Leeds Farm:

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 typically visit on opening day, at the same time as the Autism Festival, when there are tons of people there. The fact that the farm is so big and there are so many things to do means that it hasn’t felt jam packed and the lines for activities have not been 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, 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’s tons of fun – I’ve done it myself!

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. Check out the Combo Deal too! General Admission plus 1 Big Zip is $15 for Kids & Adults.

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 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM beginning September 21 through October 27, 2019. They are open one Friday only: October 18th, 2019.
  • Admission to Farm Activities is as follows:
    • Kids 3-18: $12
    • Adults 19-54: $10
    • Kids 2 and under: Free
    • Adults 55+: Complimentary
    • Group Rate ($9) is available for 10 or more General Admissions purchased at the same time or $14/person for 10 Combo Tickets. (Tip: Go together with another family or two to access this group rate!)
    • Parking: No charge
    • Big Zip: $5
    • Combo: General Admission and 1 Big Zip, $15 for Kids & Adults 
    • 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 2nd!

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5 Farms Where You Can Pick Your Own Apples Near Columbus, Ohio

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Going apple picking, a classic fall activity in Central Ohio, is a sure sign of the changing seasons! Even if you live in the city of Columbus, a u-pick apple farm is less than an hour away!

5 Places to Pick Apples in Columbus and Central Ohio:

Our family loves to pick apples. We have traditionally picked our apples at Lynd Fruit Farm since we moved here in 2008, but  we have recently branched out (no pun intended) to try some other local apple farms! Though we haven’t tried every one of these, I wanted to include as many as I could find in the Central Ohio area!

Lynd fruit farm pick your own apples

If you’re planning your fall calendar, you’re going to also want to check out A Complete List of Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in Central Ohio and 3 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Patches near Columbus for more fall fun!

1. Branstool Orchards

apple picking at Branstool Orchard

Location: 5895 Johnstown Utica Rd, NE, Utica, OH 43080
Phone: 740-892-3989
Features: Pick your own apples 7 days a week! 37 Apple varieties are available beginning in July and running through late October! See our trip to Branstool Orchards here.

2. Cherry Hawk Farm

Location: 16220 Springdale Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-6442
Features: Pick your own apples from July to November! Plus a sunflower field! 

3. Lawrence Orchards

Location: 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-389-3019
Features: 26 varieties of apples grown plus other summer vegetables, fruits, pumpkins and more! Apple Cider is available after Labor Day! A farm market is open from June through Christmas with farm-made products!

4. Lynd Fruit Farm

pick your own apples at Lynd Fruit Farm

Location: 9393 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559
Features: Over a dozen apple varieties are available throughout the season! Call the u-pick hotline for updates: 740-927-1333 for a recorded message. There is also a large farm market with homemade goods, fruits, vegetables and more!

5. Orchard and Company

apple picking at Orchard and Company

Location: 7255 US HWY 42 North, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510
Features: U-Pick apples available from August through October. Fall festival season begins in September and runs through October featuring fun activities for families! Read about our Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!

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Mark Your Calendar: Witches Night Out at Leeds Farm!

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I’m partnering with Leeds Farm to tell you about this fun event!

Leeds Farm to host Witches Night Out on October 4, 2018!

Looking for a new adventure for girls’ night out? Then gather up your bewitching friends, hop on your brooms, and fly out to Leeds Farm for a wicked fun evening while supporting a great cause!

Girlfriends-night-out fundraiser to benefit Pink Ribbon Girls!

Leeds Farm is thrilled to announce the fifth annual Leeds Farm Witches Night Out! will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6 to 8:30 pm. Leeds Farm is located at 8738 Marysville Road, Ostrander OH 43061, just 15 minutes north of the Columbus Zoo.

The event is girls-night-out at Leeds Farm with 100% of ticket sales benefiting Pink Ribbon Girls. Attendees are
encouraged to wear witch costumes, hats or other bewitching attire. The October 4 event will kick off at 6:00 pm and while the kids are away, the witches can play!

All of Leeds Farm’s fun activities including the Pumpkin Jumps, zip lines, pedal carts, rolling tubes, combine slide, mountain slides, hayrides, Paintball on the Porch, and much more are open to enjoy.

Related: 15 Things to do at Leeds Farm

Event partner A Catered Event will provide themed food and a special witch’s brew. Local DJ Ryan
Keller, owner of AUDIO-PRO Mobile DJ Entertainment, will provide music.

Other event sponsors include Richwood Bank, Memorial Health, Honda Marysville, Performance Delaware, Westport Homes, Black Wing Shooting Center, Alice’s Piece of Cake, Great Photo Booth, and Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.

Throughout the event, attendees collect raffle tokens at each farm activity they visit. Guests then choose to enter their tokens in the drawing for 30 gift baskets, each with a value of approximately $200. There is also one Grand Basket with a $500 value!

Wondering what to wear? Dress up in your favorite witch hat, fun accessory or full costume! This is an outdoor event at a working farm, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

This year, Leeds Farm is proud to welcome five central Ohio wineries to serve Witches Night Out guests.

Participating wineries serving locally produced wines include Bokes Creek Winery, Buckeye Winery, Camelot Cellars Winery, Soine Vineyards, and Blend of Seven Winery.

Admission tickets include one glass of wine. Additional glasses can be purchased at the event. Unopened bottles of wine can be purchased from the wineries to take home.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://www.leedsfarm.com/witchesnightout.php or Richwood Bank offices in Delaware, Marysville, Richwood and Plain City. In the case of inclement weather, the event rain date is Thursday, October 11.

Donations from the four previous Witches Night Out events totaled $58,724.

In 2018, 100% of ticket sales will be donated to Pink Ribbon Girls, a non-profit organization that provides healthy meals for the entire family, housecleaning, and transportation to medical appointments for breast and reproductive cancer patients during treatment. For more info about Pink Ribbon Girls’ services, visit www.PinkRibbonGirls.org.

Christy Leeds, co-owner of Leeds Farm, says, “I’m personally thankful to be able to do my part to support breast cancer patients and their families during treatment. The entire Leeds Farm staff is looking forward to this special girls’ night out for a cause that’s important to everyone.”

Questions can be directed to event coordinator Sherry Fisher at (740) 225-3256 or sherryfisher99@gmail.com.


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