What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, November 1-3, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 30 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

As we head into November and the upcoming holidays, take a look at our 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions to start marking your calendar for holiday fun!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn in Westerville – November 1-3 is Customer Appreciation Weekend and customers will receive a $5 gift card and a Shirley’s 2020 calendar with the purchase of $10 or more.  

10:00 AM – 1st Anniversary Celebration! at Beanbag Books – celebrate the first year of new ownership at Beanbag Books! There will be special deals, cupcakes and fun activities!

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a playtime in the woods and a 30 minute nature activity. $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome.

10:00 AM – First Friday Storytime at Blendon Woods Metro Park – kids ages 2-6 can enjoy stories about animals and nature!

10:00 AM – Toddler Open Gym at Thompson Recreation Center – drop in for a free Open Gym time at the rec center!

10:15 AM – Miss Marlene at Hoot Studio – enjoy musical instruments, singing and dancing! $15 includes playtime at Hoot Studio until noon. $10 for additional children.

3:00 PM – Friday Fun – STEAM Club at CML Hilliard Branch – kids in grades K-12 can participate in a STEAM-themed activity!

5:30 PM – Carnival Night at Indian Mound Mall – this event at the mall will feature carnival games, arcade games, a magic show, face painting, a DJ, bounce house and more! $8 for a wristband for all activities. Or preregister online to save $1.

6:00 PM – Family Friendly First Fridays at The Rambling House – enjoy kid-friendly music at a lower volume!

6:00 PM – Night at the Air Force Museum at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force – head to Dayton for this special night at the Air Force Museum! There is free admission and parking! There will be military reenacts, Star Wars characters, zoo animals, movies and lots of free activities for kids! 

6:30 PM – Kids Night Out! Fall Favorites at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – drop your kids off for a hands-on cooking experience! Ages 6 and up. $35.


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Holiday Sip ‘n’ Shop

When: Saturday: Nov. 2, 10am-5pm

Where: Combustion Brewery Loft 80 W Church St. Pickerington, OH 43147

Register at: www.nov2sipshop.eventbrite.com

Shop for everyone on your “nice list” as you browse some of the best local businesses, boutiques and makers while sipping Combustion Brewery’s finest brews or wines. Head downstairs to the Taproom afterwards where there’s even more fun (and food!) on tap! It’s a kid-friendly brewery, so bring the kiddos! Bring a canned good (or $3 donation) for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for free entry, swag bag and complimentary gift wrapping. Plus, bring the little ones for a visit from princesses and superheroes from 1:00-2:00 pm.

Pop-Up Shops Include: La Petite Penderie Inc, J. Belle & Co Handcrafts, Acoustic Living Boutique, Jennifer’s Custom Designs, Kind Style Shop, HelloFresh, Jamison & Bexley, Arden Stones, The Boutique Truck, Mercy Bracelets, DeGroot Handbags, Keller Williams Realty with Bree Martin, Beautycounter with April Hayes, Color Street w/ Jeremi Jarosz, Alex Clark, LulaRoe with Danielle R, Magnolia Dental, Knit Whits and more!

Brought to you by Combustion Brewery and Cbus Chic, an online lifestyle publication for women in Central Ohio.


SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn in Westerville – November 1-3 is Customer Appreciation Weekend and customers will receive a $5 gift card and a Shirley’s 2020 calendar with the purchase of $10 or more.  

10:00 AM – Holiday Sip ‘n’ Shop at Combustion Brewery & Taproom – browse local businesses, boutiques and makers while sipping Combustion Brewery’s finest brews or wines. Head downstairs to the Taproom afterwards where there’s even more fun (and food!) on tap! Bring a canned good (or $3 donation) for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for free entry, swag bag and complimentary gift wrapping. Plus, bring the little ones for a visit from princesses and superheroes from 1:00-2:00 pm.

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz with Soul Revival at Lincoln Theatre – enjoy a kid-friendly jazz concert plus kids get a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie! $5/person. Family max of $20.

10:00 AM – Make a Hiking Stick at Three Creeks Metro Park – make your own hiking stick. All materials provided!

10:00 AM – Kids Skate Free at Skate Zone 71 – click this link and message Skate Zone 71 on FB to receive one of the limited free admission tickets for Saturday! Ages 14 and under. 

10:00 AM – Author Visit at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – come meet author Aiko Ikegami as she presents her new picture book Hello, a story of an intergalactic explorer’s first visit to earth!

10:45 AM – Kid-Fun-Club at Worthington Farmers Market – drop your child off at Paulettes Palace and Production during the Worthington Indoor Farmer’s Market for an hour of singing, dancing, crafts, story time and more! There will be visits from your favorite characters. You must register in advance. 

11:00 AM – Halloween with the Dorks at Car Dorks Mobile Wash and Detail – this is a family friendly Halloween Event that will feature a not-so-haunted house, a costume contest, trunk or treat and a sensory hour from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

11:30 AM – Free MEALS for KIDS! at Hilltop YMCA – free meals will be available for kids until 12:30 PM.

11:30 AM – PBJ & Jazz with Soul Revival at Lincoln Theatre – enjoy a kid-friendly jazz concert plus kids get a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie! $5/person. Family max of $20.

1:00 PM – National Bison Day at Battelle Darby Nature Center – this National Bison Day Celebration will include crafts, games, snacks and a short walk!

2:00 PM – Hike Around the Lake at Blendon Woods Metro Park – explore the meadows on this 2 mile, off-trail hike.

5:30 PM – Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration at Columbus Museum of Art – this event will include dancing and live music, art-making and more! $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members.

6:00 PM – November Hilltop Art Hop at Westgate Business Works – visit the businesses at West Broad at Westmoor and Westgate Avenues for artwork on display, special treats and a holiday market!

SUNDAY:

9:00 AM – Kids Yoga & Storytime at Cover to Cover Bookstore – join GoYoga for games, storytelling and physical activities. $10/child, ages 5-8.

9:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn in Westerville – November 1-3 is Customer Appreciation Weekend and customers will receive a $5 gift card and a Shirley’s 2020 calendar with the purchase of $10 or more.  

10:00 AM – Free Admission at Columbus Museum of Art – admission is free on Sundays at the Columbus Museum of Art! Be sure to visit the Wonder Room for kids’ activities! 

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 (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm.

1:00 PM – The Great Pumpkin Drop in Marysville – firefighters will drop pumpkins from a 100-foot ladder truck! Bring your own pumpkin or purchase one at the event. Your name will be called when the pumpkin is dropped. There will also be fire trucks on display, bounce house and treats!

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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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10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions

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These are 10 Holiday and Christmas events we make sure not to miss every year! If you’re looking to start some family-friendly Christmas traditions around Columbus, start here!

Every year I feel slightly overwhelmed by all of the Holiday events I really don’t want to miss. A few years ago, I sat down and wrote them out on a calendar. And THAT is pretty much where the idea for this blog began! 😉

Now we’ve come full circle and, though there are probably hundreds of holiday events going on around Columbus, today I am sharing 10 things my family loves doing at Christmastime in Columbus!

Here are 10 of our favorite family-friendly Christmas Events in Columbus!

1. Village Lights

Village Lights, German Village, Columbus, Ohio

Hands down, this is my favorite Columbus tradition of the entire year. Wow, did I really just say that? I did. I look forward to this probably more than anything else. I honestly don’t know how much my kids like it, but there are free cookies and hot chocolate, so I haven’t heard any complaints!

The streets of German Village are lit with luminaries and restaurants, shops, and even a few private homes along the route are open late with special deals, free goodies and live music! Designated parking areas and shuttles are available.

When: December 8, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: throughout German Village

2. Wildlights

wild lights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

You have to see Wildlights! The light shows are spectacular and the zoo becomes an (even more) magical place for about 6 weeks leading up to New Year’s Day! The first time we ever attempted to go to Wildlights, there was so much traffic that by the time we got there it was too late for my 1 yr old and we just drove right on by the entrance and back on home!

Weekends are very busy, so if you can, I suggest trying a week day evening and arriving before 5:00 PM! If you’re a member, you can also avoid the crowds by catching the Member Preview held in mid November.

When: November 16 , 2018 – January 6, 2019 (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) (Wildlights begins at 5:00 PM)
Where: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

3. Conservatory Aglow (Formerly Merry and Bright)

conservatory aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

Conservatory Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and special events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated beautifully (that goes without saying)!

There are lights throughout inside and outside and it’s breathtaking! During this season, Franklin Park Conservatory is open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities happening all through the season!

lights at Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

New in 2019, decorations will expand into the Grand Mallway. This year there will be a Special Engagement Admission Rate for this event and members will receive half off these rates. See the link for details.

When: November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Where: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

Rotating railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory

4. Bicentennial Park

christmas lights on the scioto mile, bicentennial park, columbus, Ohio

Throughout the holiday season, the Scioto Mile is awash in light – Christmas lights, that is! Taking place on Saturday, December 7, 2019, is WinterFest. it will include live performances and food trucks, as well as seasonal ales and cocktails. The park will be full of lights beginning November 21st!

When: November 21, 2019 through Early January 2020
Where: 233 S. Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

Christmas lights at Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile

5. Columbus Commons and the Lazarus Windows

Christmas Lights at Columbus Commons

When you’re at Bicentennial Park, make plans to walk a few blocks to Columbus Commons where the park will be filled with holiday displays and lights! Just across the street (at the corner of High and Town) in the old Lazarus building, the windows will be filled with scenes from the 12 Days of Christmas! On December 7, 2019 there will be a free Santa’s Workshop at the Lazarus Building!

When: Late November through early January from dusk until to 11:00 PM
Where: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

6. Huntington Holiday Train

Huntington Train at Main Library, Columbus, Ohio

Main Library is home to the Huntington Holiday Train and every year this amazing display is set up during the holiday season! The library typically begins set up of the train in mid November and it is usually up through New Years!

When: Mid November, 2019 – Early January, 2020
Where: 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

Holiday Train at Main Library in Columbus, Ohio

7. Holiday Train at Ohio History Center

holiday train at Ohio History Center

If you happen to have kids that like trains, there is a also holiday train set up at the Ohio History Center. Granted, it’s not quite as elaborate as the Huntington Train, but since we’re members at Ohio History Center, this one is still a no-brainer for me and two boys who love trains! We don’t miss it! F

or two weekends in December, Ohio Village will host Dickens of a Christmas where you can celebrate Christmas in the 19th century with Victorian crafts, snacks, caroling and more!

When: Late November – Early January
Where: 800 E. 17th. Ave., Columbus OH 43211

Holiday Train at Ohio History Center

8. Think Outside the Brick

Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

This exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art isn’t necessarily holiday themed, but it is definitely a holiday tradition in Columbus! If you have kids on Christmas break, this would be a great reason to take them to the Art Museum!

The LEGO replica of Columbus is awesome and we love to visit at this time! There are usually blocks for free building in the Big Idea Gallery, too!

Admission is free on Sundays and on Thursday nights you “pay what you want” from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM!

When: November 23, 2019 – January 17, 2020
Where: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Think Outside the Brick LEGO exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art

9. Easton

Christmas Tree at Easton Town Center

We always enjoy going to Easton at Christmastime – and not just to do our Christmas shopping! There is a life-sized nativity and a humongous Christmas tree (an all-new, 56 ft tree covered in 28, 680 RGB LED’s arrived in 2017!)!

There are carriage rides, live music performances and the lighting ceremony takes place on November 22, 2019 beginning at 6:30 PM and includes a parade, a fireworks show, a visit from Santa and more!

Nativity at Easton Town Center

When: beginning November 16, 2018
Where: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

10. State Auto Christmas Corner

State Auto Christmas Corner Nativity Display, Downtown Columbus, Ohio

Christmas Corner is something we love to do close to Christmas Eve! You can walk through a life-sized nativity following the Christmas story! The Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5:30 PM.

There are choirs scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings through December 23rd and free hot chocolate (donations accepted!) will be available on those evenings!  There are ample parking lots designated for viewing this display!

wiseman at State Auto Christmas Corner in Downtown Columbus

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 through Christmas Day when baby Jesus is placed in the manger.
Where: 518 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, October 25-27, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 100 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

October is a fun month for family-friendly activities! In the middle of this post I have a listing of the Fall Festival Weekends that happen around Columbus. You can also get a jump start by checking out my list of Family-Friendly Halloween Events in Columbus!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

8:00 AM – Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse – enjoy an indoor straw maze, games, bouncy houses, a haunted house, corn bin and much more! Each kid gets a treat bag, pumpkin, juice and popcorn! $8.95 for kids and $2.50 for adults.

8:00 AM – Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens – the haunted maze is open during the all business hours at Hoover Gardens!

9:00 AM – Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows in Fairfield County – visit over 180 scarecrows from October 1 – October 31 on the Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows! 

10:00 AM – Brick or Treat at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – this event will feature a LEGO pumpkin patch, giveaways and seasonal decorations throughout the center! All activities are included with admission.

10:00 AM – Harvest Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – view thousands of pumpkins and other autumnal decorations in the Conservatory’s largest fall display yet!

10:00 AM – Toddler Open Gym at Thompson Recreation Center – drop in for a free Open Gym time at the rec center!

10:00 AM – Jennifer Ellis Halloween Sing-a-long and Costume Parade at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets (Dublin) – this free event includes a costume parade through the store plus singing, dancing, instruments, games, free snacks and more!

11:00 AM – Halloween Weekend Costume Fun at Ten Pin Alley – kids 15 and under who come in costume will receive a free $5 game card! 

12:00 PM – JLG Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – children’s and young adult books will be on sale for $5 each!

1:00 PM – iSPY a Monster! (FREE Monster Hunt) at Dublin Toy Emporium – take part in a monster hunt in the toy store! Call to reserve your hunt time.

3:30 PM – Open Gaming at Bexley Public Library – kids ages 8-18 can play video games on the big screen, board games, PC games, card games and more! No registration required.

4:00 PM – Ghost Trolley at The Ohio Railway Museum – this event features the opportunity to walk through decorated cars and hear Halloween stories! There will be a train ride featuring the store of the Ghost Trolley. Kids will receive a goodie bag. Tours occur every half hour. Pre-sale tickets are available online. This event is family-friendly but parental judgment is encouraged on the scare level for your children.

5:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – come in costume to meet your favorite characters, visit different, decorated regions of the zoo and collect candy along the way!

5:00 PM – Great Pumpkin Celebration! at Cabela’s – this free event includes a photo in the pumpkin patch with the Peanuts gang, free crafts, games and prizes! There will be a costume parade and contest!

5:00 PM – Wizards & Wands Festival 2019 at Westerville Public Library – the library will be transformed into a wizarding wonderland at this free event that includes science experiments, live animals, demonstrations, magicians, wand making, live performances and much more!

5:00 PM – Pumpkin Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory – walk through the Harvest Blooms display at night, featuring glowing pumpkins, jack-o-lantern displays, pumpkin houses and more! There will be carving demos and live performances. Admission includes access to the Chihuly: Celebrating Nature after dark exhibit. Members receive 50% off admission.

6:00 PM – Halloween Parents Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – drop your kids off for Halloween games, crafts and treats! For kids 3 and up. $30 for the first child, $20 for siblings. Call to register!

6:00 PM – Kids Halloween Party! at Magic Mountain Fun Center – Polaris – kids 10 and under can participate in crafts and activities, trick or treat stations, plus 2 attractions of their choice, one round of spooky miniature golf, 20 tokens for the arcade and a slice of pizza and drink. $12.99/person.

6:00 PM – Trick or Treat Trail at Prairie Township Community Center – visit over 25 treat stations!

6:30 PM – Family Night Out at Goldfish Swim School – enjoy an open swim with themed activities! This week is Member Appreciation Week so all members will be free at this event! First come, first served.

6:30 PM – 2019 Trunk or Treat at Primrose School of Hilliard West – come in costume for fun and candy!

6:30 PM – Family Halloween Party at Vineyard Community Church – this free party will include a trick or treat, inflatables, games, activities, a dance party and more!

6:30 PM – Trick or Treat Street at Hilltop YMCA – this event offers Halloween themed fun for the whole family!
Free for members, $15/family for non-members.

6:30 PM – The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow at Heritage Park – visit a fall wonderland with a quarter mile trail lit with thousands of carved pumpkins! There will be gourd painting, crafts, games, music and entertainment, a straw maze, food trucks and more! $12 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are available online or in person.

7:00 PM – Spooky Lantern Hike at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – walk through the first and learn about critters who roam around in the darkness! Ages 8 and up.

7:00 PM – Ghosts of Gahanna Walking Tours with Ohio Herb Center – take a walk through Olde Gahanna to learn about the spooky history of the town! $7/person or $20/family.

7:30 PM – Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Dairy – this is a family-friendly, but scary, wagon ride with scary stories, monsters and gobblins. $13 for ages 5 and up. 4 and under are $5.

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Fall Festivals Happening On the Weekends in Columbus and Central Ohio

I will be including this information each weekend through Fall Festival Season. More will be added as they open in October.  Please click each link for exact times and details!

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!

Family Fun at Miller’s Country Gardens – Saturdays and Sundays include hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, barrel rides, play area, straw tunnel and animals!

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 28 – October 27. 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 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 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!

Pumpkin Picking at Sharp Farm – This farm includes a petting zoo, corn maze, and a U-Pick pumpkin patch!

Family Fun at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s Dairy offers pumpkin picking, Cowvin’s Corny Playground, a hayride to pick your own pumpkin, haunted wagon rides, kiddie corral, fast slide, batting cages, mini golf and more!


SATURDAY:

8:00 AM – Haunted Greenhouse at DeMonye’s Greenhouse – enjoy an indoor straw maze, games, bouncy houses, a haunted house, corn bin and much more! Each kid gets a treat bag, pumpkin, juice and popcorn! $8.95 for kids and $2.50 for adults.

8:00 AM – Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens – the haunted maze is open during the all business hours at Hoover Gardens!

9:00 AM – Westerville Central Arts & Crafts Market at Westerville Central High School – shop 125 craft vendors for hand crafted items!

9:00 AM – JLG Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – children’s and young adult books will be on sale for $5 each!

9:00 AM – Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows in Fairfield County – visit over 180 scarecrows from October 1 – October 31 on the Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows! 

10:00 AM – Brick or Treat at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – this event will feature a LEGO pumpkin patch, giveaways and seasonal decorations throughout the center! All activities are included with admission.

10:00 AM – Harvest Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – view thousands of pumpkins and other autumnal decorations in the Conservatory’s largest fall display yet!

10:00 AM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – come in costume to meet your favorite characters, visit different, decorated regions of the zoo and collect candy along the way!

10:00 AM – Pumpkin Painting Saturdays & Sundays at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – for $3 kids can paint a pumpkin masterpiece at the pumpkin painting station!

10:00 AM – Halloween Weekend Costume Fun at Ten Pin Alley – kids 15 and under who come in costume will receive a free $5 game card! 

10:00 AM – Trick or Treat at the Boo-tanical Gardens at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit treat stations throughout the conservatory and the Children’s Garden! Family-friendly costumes only. Included in general admission or membership.

10:00 AM – Scarysville 2019! in Uptown Marysville Historic District – the streets of Uptown Marysville will be filled with Halloween Fun including trick or treating at Uptown merchants! Come in costume!

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

11:00 AM – Walk Ins at A&R Workshop Grove City – drop in to make a mini Halloween sign. $5/project.

11:30 AM – Free MEALS for KIDS! at Hilltop YMCA – free meals will be available for kids until 12:30 PM.

12:00 PM – Great Pumpkin Celebration! at Cabela’s – this free event includes a photo in the pumpkin patch with the Peanuts gang, free crafts, games and prizes! There will be a costume parade and contest!

12:00 PM – Halloween Bash at Star Lanes Polaris – this event includes a trick or treat, halloween tattoos, coloring station, jumbo games and more! Kids also get a $5 game card. $10/child. Children 3 and under are free.

12:00 PM – Halloween Crafts at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – kids ages 4-12 can drop into the Nature Center to make Halloween-themed crafts.

12:00 PM – Kids Halloween Party at Adobe Gilas Easton – this event will include balloon twisting, face painting, and cookie and pumpkin decorating. Bring an old costume to donate and receive 25% off an entree.

12:00 PM – For Kids: Harvest Crafts at Highbanks Metro Park – kids ages 3-12 can make fall crafts in the Nature Center.

1:00 PM – Fall Fun Tram Rides at Blendon Woods Metro Park – take a tram ride to see the Autumn colors!

4:00 PM – Candy by the Carload in Powell – trick or treat in the parking lot of the Municipal Building! Bring a canned food item to donate to People In Need, Inc.

4:00 PM – Halloween Party at Mingo Park – this event includes a trunk or treat, inflatables, live music, a costume contest, food and one free pumpkin per child for the first 500 participants.

4:00 PM – Graveyard Hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – all ages can take a 4 mile hike to a prehistoric Native American and pioneer burial grounds.

4:00 PM – Ghost Trolley at The Ohio Railway Museum – this event features the opportunity to walk through decorated cars and hear Halloween stories! There will be a train ride featuring the store of the Ghost Trolley. Kids will receive a goodie bag. Tours occur every half hour. Pre-sale tickets are available online. This event is family-friendly but parental judgment is encouraged on the scare level for your children.

5:00 PM – A Haunted Night in the Gardens at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this event will include carnival games, pumpkin painting, a haunted maze, popcorn and more! Most activities are free.

5:00 PM – Pumpkin Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory – walk through the Harvest Blooms display at night, featuring glowing pumpkins, jack-o-lantern displays, pumpkin houses and more! There will be carving demos and live performances. Admission includes access to the Chihuly: Celebrating Nature after dark exhibit. Members receive 50% off admission.

6:00 PM – Spooktacular Wildlife Fun at Shale Hollow Park – learn about animals that we are normal considered creepy!

6:00 PM – Rule-O-Ween Halloween Party! at Rule 3 – this free event will include face painting, balloon animals, a costume contest, bowling games, trick or treating, photo booth, Halloween games and more!

6:30 PM – Campfire Singalong & S’mores at Sharon Woods Metro Park – enjoy a sing-a-long around the campfire with marshmallows and s’mores!

6:30 PM – The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow at Heritage Park – visit a fall wonderland with a quarter mile trail lit with thousands of carved pumpkins! There will be gourd painting, crafts, games, music and entertainment, a straw maze, food trucks and more! $12 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are available online or in person.

7:15 PM – Halloween Movie Night in Sycamore Park – watch Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion” on the white barn! There will be free popcorn and drinks. Come in costume!

7:30 PM – Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Dairy – this is a family-friendly, but scary, wagon ride with scary stories, monsters and gobblins. $13 for ages 5 and up. 4 and under are $5.

SUNDAY

8:00 AM – Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows in Fairfield County – visit over 180 scarecrows from October 1 – October 31 on the Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows!  

9:00 AM – Kids Yoga & Storytime at Cover to Cover Bookstore – join GoYoga for games, storytelling and physical activities. $10/child, ages 5-8.

10:00 AM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – come in costume to meet your favorite characters, visit different, decorated regions of the zoo and collect candy along the way!

10:00 AM – Harvest Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – view thousands of pumpkins and other autumnal decorations in the Conservatory’s largest fall display yet!

10:00 AM – Pumpkin Painting Saturdays & Sundays at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – for $3 kids can paint a pumpkin masterpiece at the pumpkin painting station!

10:00 AM – Brick or Treat at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – this event will feature a LEGO pumpkin patch, giveaways and seasonal decorations throughout the center! All activities are included with admission.

10:00 AM – Trick or Treat at the Boo-tanical Gardens at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit treat stations throughout the conservatory and the Children’s Garden! Family-friendly costumes only. Included in general admission or membership.

11:00 AM – Halloween Family Sunday at North Market – this event includes trick or treating, animals from the Columbus Zoo, yard games, face painting, crafts and more!

12:00 PM – Great Pumpkin Celebration! at Cabela’s – this free event includes a photo in the pumpkin patch with the Peanuts gang, free crafts, games and prizes! There will be a costume parade and contest!

12:00 PM – Ghost Trolley at The Ohio Railway Museum – this event features the opportunity to walk through decorated cars and hear Halloween stories! There will be a train ride featuring the store of the Ghost Trolley. Kids will receive a goodie bag. Tours occur every half hour. Pre-sale tickets are available online. This event is family-friendly but parental judgment is encouraged on the scare level for your children.

12:00 PM – Urban Pumpkin Patch at Pins Mechanical Co. (Columbus) – at this free event there will be pumpkins, carving stations and painting areas! (downtown location only.)

1:00 PM – Feed the Stream at Battelle Darby Nature Center – feed the fish worms crickets and other foods!

2:00 PM – Gymboween! at Gymboree Play & Music Gahanna – decorate pumpkins, enjoy activities and participate in a costume parade. $15 for members, $20 for non members. Call to reserve your spot.

2:00 PM – German Village Pet Parade at Schiller Park – register your pet for the parade and costume contest or just come to watch the fun!

3:00 PM – Family Fall Festival 2019 at Peace United Methodist Church – this free event will include a trunk or treat, free food, photo booth, games, food, hayrides, crafts and more!

3:00 PM – The Great Pumpkin Smash at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – on the final day of the season pumpkins will be destroyed with a giant pumpkin!

4:00 PM – Gymboween! at Gymboree Play & Music Gahanna – decorate pumpkins, enjoy activities and participate in a costume parade. $15 for members, $20 for non members. Call to reserve your spot.

4:30 PM – Families in the Kitchen at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – create a tasty meal with your family members. $25/person. All ages.

5:00 PM – Hilliard Trunk or Treat 2019 at Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA – participate in a safe trunk-or-treat including a food truck, music from 104.9 The River, the Hilliard Police, a Photo Booth and more.

5:00 PM – Pumpkin Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory – walk through the Harvest Blooms display at night, featuring glowing pumpkins, jack-o-lantern displays, pumpkin houses and more! There will be carving demos and live performances. Admission includes access to the Chihuly: Celebrating Nature after dark exhibit. Members receive 50% off admission.

6:00 PM – Young Explorers: Trick-or-Treat Hike at Homestead Metro Park – come in costume and take a 1 mile hike to earn treats! Ages 2-14.

6:00 PM – Boo Night at The Bounce Club – this event will include 2 hours of activities and open bounce. There will be dodgeball, a costume contest, pizza and more!

6:00 PM – BOO NIGHT at Big Bounce – this event will include 2 hours of activities and open bounce. There games, prizes and pizza!

6:30 PM – The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow at Heritage Park – visit a fall wonderland with a quarter mile trail lit with thousands of carved pumpkins! There will be gourd painting, crafts, games, music and entertainment, a straw maze, food trucks and more! $12 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are available online or in person.

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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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