What Should We Do This Weekend? June 24-26, 2016

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This weekend I want to be about 5 different places at once! Luckily, a lot of these events are  happening either all weekend or at multiple times! So get out your calendar and plan away! Have a great weekend!

1. Half Price Books Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center

When: Friday – Sunday, June 24-26, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43211

Hundreds of thousands of books, movies and music are on clearance at this huge sale! Everything is $2 or less!

2. Tanger Family Festival at Tanger Outlets

When: Friday – Sunday, June 24-26, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 400 S. Wilson Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074
Phone: 740-965-2927

The new outlet mall opens this weekend with special events happening all weekend! There will be games, crafts, entertainment and even a ferris wheel! Saturday is Superhero Saturday!

3. Fun Fridays: Playdough Play at Everal Barn

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

Children 6 years and under (accompanied by a parent or caregiver) are invited to play with dough! Experiment with different kinds of dough and make new colors! Cost is $5.

4. Family Storytime at Slate Run Farm

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Kids of all ages can take part in a story time, help with chores around the garden and taste vegetables grown at the farm! This is also happening on Saturday at 10:30 as well!

5. Powell Festival at Village Green Park

When: Friday – Saturday, June 24 & 25, 2016
Time: Begins at 5:00 PM on Friday and 12:00 PM on Saturday (see link for schedule)
Location: 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065

This festival features live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, fireworks and plenty of kids activities in the Mount Carmel Kid’s Zone! There’s even something called “Endless Recess” – how could that not be fun?

6. Music Bash: Bluegrass at Slate Run Metro Park

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

The Slate Ridge Bluegrass Band is featured at the first of three summer concerts sponsored by Friends of Metro Parks! This event is free and family friendly.

7. Honey I Shrunk the Kids at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

It’s free to watch Honey I Shrunk the Kids (Rated PG) at Columbus Commons!

8. Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone:  614-715-8000

Did you know there is such a thing as National Pollinators Week? The Franklin Park Conservatory wants to help you celebrate by making bee and butterfly crafts, talking with beekeepers, watching cooking demonstrations, listening to live music and more! See the link for a detailed schedule of the day!

9. Honey Bee Festival at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Another chance to celebrate the honey bee this weekend with kids crafts, hay rides, beeswax demonstrations, live music and Dan’s Deli Food Truck. Event is $5 per person or $15 per family. If you come in a bee-themed costume, you can get in for free!

10. Grand Opening Celebration at Main Library

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275

After 16 months of renovation, Main Library opens with a dedication and ribbon cutting, concert in the park, an outdoor movie and more! See my sneak peek here!

11. Hilltop Bean Dinner Festival in Westgate Park

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 455 S. Westgate Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43204

Westgate park was a Civil War prison camp where the prisoners survived on a serving of beans, twice a day. This family-friendly festival commemorates that history and celebrates unity with music, food (including beans!) arts and craft vendors and an antique car show!

12. International Mud Day at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Confluence Trails Bulletin Board, 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

Your kids can get as muddy as they want in the giant mud pit in the Natural Play Area at the park. Can’t make it this weekend?  It’s also happening at Blendon Woods on Wednesday, June 29.

13. Family Fun Day at Strand Theatre

When: Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 28 E. Winter St., Delaware, Ohio 43015

The Strand Theater in Delaware is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a day of family fun including a free showing of E.T.!IMG_8735

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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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DayTrip: The Farm at Walnut Creek

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The Farm at Walnut Creek is a fun experience for kids! Take a wagon ride to get up close and feed exotic animals, and learn a little bit about the Amish way of life in Sugarcreek, Ohio!

family walking across a bridge

How to Spend a Day at The Farm at Walnut Creek:

This week I’m sharing with you a day trip we took this past Labor Day weekend.  I’m gonna be real honest here . . . I grew up around Amish Country so it became this place my parents would drag me to as a begrudging middle-schooler and a place I opted out of when I was old enough to stay at home by myself.  I wanted to live in the “big city” and I had very little appreciation for the simple life.  (Cut me some slack, I was 13.)

Well, fast forward so many odd years (no one needs to know exactly how many) . . . I spent my single years in a big city (Yo Philly!) and when I moved back to Ohio, I had a new found appreciation for a simpler life, green grass and WIDE open spaces!

Why am I telling you this?  I’m setting the stage to tell you that my expectations for The Farm at Walnut Creek were pretty low.  I’m not sure what I expected – a few animals behind a picket fence, I guess – but what we discovered far exceeded my expectations and I came away totally impressed and having had a really fun day with my family!

boy petting a donkey at the Farm at Walnut Creek

Feeding Animals!

I would wholeheartedly make plans for a day trip to Amish country if I were you!  First of all, the grounds of the farm are beautiful . . . and huge!  I was a bad blogger and didn’t photograph every square inch of the place (scratch that, I wasn’t a blogger then, so my family thanks you for the fact that I didn’t push us to heat exhaustion to get every picture!)  

Seriously, though, there are a lot of places on the property we didn’t make it to because 1. It was really hot that day and 2. There is just so much!  There is a produce stand, a playground, house tours, and a gift barn that we didn’t see!

What did we do?  We did participate in the main attraction which is a one-hour horse-drawn wagon ride to view many of the 500+ animals that live on the property.  You can also choose to drive your own car around the 2.3 mile loop to view the animals.  There are animals with large horns, so you do so at your own risk!

longhorn cattle with a long tongue

When you first arrive, you will need to pay at the drive up window or the person standing at the gate.  They do not take credit or debit cards.  You will drive further back into the property to park and then follow signs to the wagon ride.  Make note that the restrooms are in the basement of the main farmhouse, which is close to the parking lot.

Visit the Amish House

When we used the restrooms, that was the most we saw of the house, but there was an amazing store room of canned goods!  Wow!  I was in awe!  A woman was working in the basement kitchen workspace, kneading bread.  This is a fully functioning house and farm and every day they are working to maintain the daily activities of the household and farm.

shelves of canned goods made by the amish family

Rows and Rows of Canned Goods!

Pet Animals on the Farm

Before getting on the wagon ride, there were plenty of animals to see, pet and feed around the farm.  Feed is for sale at dispensers around the grounds.

boy standing in front of a camel

boy feeding farm animals through a fence

Feeding the Animals!

We went to the farm on Labor Day so it was pretty busy.  There was a wait for the wagon ride, but considering how many people were there, it wasn’t too bad!  There are a lot of horses and wagons in operation.  I believe between 10-15.  As I mentioned, the day we went was pretty hot and they did have bottles of water for sale as we waited.

Take a Horse Drawn Wagon Ride

family on the wagon ride at The Farm at Walnut Creek

On the wagon ride, they provide buckets of pellets to feed the animals as you go.  Some of the animals will come right up to the wagon to eat from your hand and the rest you can toss the food to on the ground.  Some of the animals you will see include kangaroos, zebras, giraffes, elk, deer, pot-bellied pigs, llamas, camels, and many more.

man feeding an animal on the wagon ride

Feed Animals from the Wagon

boy feeding the longhorn cattle

The day we went, I posted a picture on Facebook and my cousin commented with a tip that I didn’t see in time – but she was absolutely right.  You’re lucky because I am graciously going to pass this tip on to you: as you enter the wagon and are facing the back of the horse, sit on the left side of the wagon.  There were more animals on that side, including the giraffes.  (Now don’t go pushing anyone out of the way or anything.  We sat on the right side and still had a great time!)

wagon riders up close with a llama

Giraffe at The Farm at Walnut Creek

If You’re Lucky You Can Feed the Giraffe!

My youngest son was 14 months old when we went on the wagon ride.  He did get a little restless.  Of course this depends on the kid, but I would imagine kids over age 2 might be better suited for the wagon ride.  When you enter the grounds, you can choose whether or not you want to pay for the wagon ride.  (It’s an additional $3-5 depending on your age, but kids under 2 are free.)  There is a lot to see and do even if you don’t do the wagon ride.

Visit the Gardens and Grounds

After the wagon ride, we walked through the grounds and gardens, which were beautiful.

grounds at the Farm at Walnut Creek

The Beautiful Grounds and Gardens

gardens at the farm at walnut creek

lemurs at the farm


covered bridge

Covered Bridge

After our our day at the farm, we had lunch at Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek, where again, there was a decent line to wait in to be seated, but my kids were entertained by the rocking chairs on the porch!

boy sitting on a rocking chair outside Der Dutchman

The Farm at Walnut Creek has a web page dedicated to area attractions so you can choose from a variety of ways to spend the rest of your day.  The farm is about and hour and 45 minute drive from downtown Columbus.  It could be done in a day or made into a nice weekend trip.  I hope you find time to give this trip a try and enjoy the wide open spaces and beautiful scenery of Amish Country!

Know Before You Go:

The Farm at Walnut Creek
4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Phone: 330-893-4200
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 8:30 AM – 1 hour before sunset.
Last wagon ride starts at 5:00 PM
Closed Sunday


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