What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, November 2-4, 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, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – visit COSI to see model railroad displays, meet the model railroaders that construct them and play with trains!

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids ages 2-5 are invited for a 30 minute nature activity and free play time in the woods! $5 donation. No registration required.

10:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn – this weekend there will be special promotions, giveaways and more! Bring your tin in for a refill and get a free small bag of any flavor!

11:00 AM – 2018 Uptown Marysville Holiday Open House – shops in Uptown Marysville will have specials and snacks to kick off the holiday season!

3:00 PM – Jurassic Quest at I-X Center – take a road trip to Cleveland for all kinds of dinosaur fun! There are rides, movies, science stations, crafts, face painting, a dinosaur exhibit and more!

5:30 PM – Pizza & Pajamas: Racecars at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – this program is for ages 2-5 and includes pizza, open exploration at COSI featuring the new Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit and a dance party! You must register in advance.

7:30 PM – High Water Drifters – Live at Ten Pin Alley – live music this Friday night at Ten Pin Alley features High Water Drifters!

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


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Holiday Sip ‘n’ Shop

When: Saturday: Nov. 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

Register at: http://combustionsipshop.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.

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


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SATURDAY

9:00 AM – GRAND RE-OPENING at Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co. – celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co. with free samples, giveaways, face painting and door prizes!

9:00 AM – HOMAGE Gamedays

 at HOMAGE Easton Town Center and HOMAGE Short North – enjoy free donuts from Buckeye Donuts, coffee and special deals on Saturday mornings for each Buckeye game this season!

9:00 AM – Buckeye Book Fair at Fisher Auditorium – take a trip to Wooster for the Buckeye Book Fair held at the OSU ATI Campus. This event features the opportunity to meet and greet Ohio authors, buy their books and have them signed. There will be speakers, and activities for kids including crafts, draw alongs, hands-on science activities, book readings and more!

9:00 AM – Jurassic Quest at I-X Center – take a road trip to Cleveland for all kinds of dinosaur fun! There are rides, movies, science stations, crafts, face painting, a dinosaur exhibit and more!

9:30 AM – $5 Saturday at piccadilly – Open play from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM is just $5/kid on Saturdays!

10:00 AM – Holiday Sip ‘n’ Shop at Combustion Brewery & Taproom – 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 kids are welcome! Bring a canned good (or $3 donation) for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for free entry, swag bag and complimentary gift wrapping.

10:00 AM – 2018 Uptown Marysville Holiday Open House – shops in Uptown Marysville will have specials and snacks to kick off the holiday season!

10:00 AM – Nature Playdates at Sunbury Urban Farm – this activity is for kids ages 5-8 and includes a 30 minute nature activity and free play in the woods! $5 donation. Registration not required.

10:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn – this weekend there will be special promotions, giveaways and more! Bring your tin in for a refill and get a free small bag of any flavor!

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – visit COSI to see model railroad displays, meet the model railroaders that construct them and play with trains!

11:00 AM – Celebrate Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead! at Gateway Film Center – this celebration includes a family celebration including face painting, free taco vouchers, a screening of the movie Coco, a Dia de los Muertos procession, an exhibit an more!

11:00 AM – Holiday Open House at Never Grow Up Boutique – visit Never Grow Up Boutique for their Holiday Open House featuring specials on toys, snacks and more!

1:00 PM – Decorate a Mini Tree at Michaels Stores – decorate a mini Christmas tree – you buy the tree and Michaels will supply the decorations. No registration required.

1:00 PM – Wolves and Bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – learn about prairie habitats, wolves and bison!

2:00 PM – Native Animals in Urdu / Hindi at Homestead Metro Park – learn about our native animals at the Nature Center at Homestead Metro Park. This will be in English, Urdu and Hindi.

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

4:00 PM – Random Fandom: Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts – at Hilliard Library, CML – this event is for teens ages 12-17 and includes a celebration of Gryffindors and Slytherins!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop at 3060 ARTWORKS – the Hilltop Art Hop features live music, art, holiday shopping, snacks and more!

7:00 PM – Artisan Ballet Company Presents, “Cinderella” at Northland Performing Arts Center – watch a performance of Cinderella by local actors and dancers!

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

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Jurassic Quest at I-X Center – take a road trip to Cleveland for all kinds of dinosaur fun! There are rides, movies, science stations, crafts, face painting, a dinosaur exhibit and more!

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – visit COSI to see model railroad displays, meet the model railroaders that construct them and play with trains!

10:00 AM – Customer Appreciation Weekend at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn – this weekend there will be special promotions, giveaways and more! Bring your tin in for a refill and get a free small bag of any flavor!

11:00 AM – Princess Brunch at Skate Zone 71 – meet Princess Poppy and other princess characters, take part in a breakfast buffet and skate from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Reservations recommended.

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

1:00 PM – The Great Pumpkin Drop in Marysville – watch pumpkins get dropped from a 100 foot ladder truck! There will also be tours of the fire station, fire trucks, bounce houses and treats!

1:00 PM – Hop-O-Ween Bash & Fall Festival at DogTap Columbus – this event includes live music, face painting, a pumpkin carving competition, costume contests, plus a showing of the movie Rudy.

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings through November 25th! See the link for the discount code and book online.

1:00 PM – Centennial Cycle at Sunny 95 Park – register by Friday at noon for this bike ride through Upper Arlington, beginning and ending at Amelita Mirolo Barn! There will be rest stops along the way with drinks and snacks, food at the finish line and live music by Agent 99.

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

2:00 PM – Artisan Ballet Company Presents, “Cinderella” at Northland Performing Arts Center – watch a performance of Cinderella by local actors and dancers!

3:00 PM – Christmas Doodle Slime at Michaels Stores – all supplies are included for this holiday slime class! Recommended for ages 3 and up. First come, first served.

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 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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ICYMI: Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio: October 12-14, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 65 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend!

FRIDAY

8:30 AM – Grove City Minion Hunt in Grove City Town Center – pick up a Town Center Minion Hunt entry card or download it online and hunt for 7 Minions around Grove City Town Center. Drop off your completed card to receive a prize! The hunt ends at 4:30 PM on November 2.

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 – Fall 2018 Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library – thousands of books, DVDs and CDs will be on sale starting at $1!

10:30 AM – Leaf People Craft at Avery Park – join FIT4MOM Dublin for a workout and fall scavenger hunt! There will be a free craft time afterwards.

11:00 AM – Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s Dairy is offering pick your own pumpkins this weekend! Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin!

11:00 AM – Fall Food Truck Friday at Easton Town Center – there will be over 20 food trucks at this event including live music!

7:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays – support local artists at this event in Franklinton!

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!


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!


SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Fall Spooktacular Craft Fair at Westerville North High School – this fall craft fair also includes a costume contest for all ages!

9:00 AM – Family Breakfast with Coco – this event includes a breakfast and the showing of the movie Coco! Tickets can be purchased online.

9:00 AM – HOMAGE Gamedays

 at HOMAGE Easton Town Center and HOMAGE Short North – enjoy free donuts from Buckeye Donuts, coffee and special deals on Saturday mornings for each Buckeye game this season!

9:00 AM – Yellow Springs Street Fair in Yellow Springs – this annual event in Yellow Springs includes vendors, live music, arts and crafts, a beer garden, street performers and more!

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!

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Pumpkin Painting Workshop at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – kids can paint their own pumpkin for $2/pumpkin! No registration required.

9:30 AM – $5 Saturday at piccadilly – Open play from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM is just $5/kid on Saturdays!

10:00 AM – Try-It Together: Engineering at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – this activity is for kids ages 3-5 and an accompanying adult and offers the chance to learn about engineering with age appropriate hands on activities! Cost is $10 per person in addition to admission to COSI.

10:00 AM – Open House – Fire Prevention Week at Monroe Township Fire Department – this event features games, activities and educational presentations on fire prevention. There will be antique and modern fire trucks on display and food is available for purchase!

10:00 AM – Fall Fest at Snyder Park – just 45 minutes from Columbus, this event includes arts and crafts, food, vendors, a Kid’s Zone with games and prizes and free hay rides! Admission is free.

10:00 AM – Groveport Apple Butter Day at Heritage Park Groveport Ohio – Groveport Apple Butter Day includes pioneer activities, crafts, entertainment and kettles of homemade apple butter!

10:00 AM – Fall 2018 Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library – thousands of books, DVDs and CDs will be on sale starting at $1!

10:00 AM – Fall Family Festival at Ohio Bird Sanctuary – take a trip to Mansfield to see animals and enjoy games, crafts, an adventure trail, food and s’mores! Admission is $10/car.

10:30 AM – October Grown-Up & Me Art: Goofy Pumpkin! at Art with Anna – kids ages 3 and up with an adult can make art together! This month’s theme is Goofy Pumpkin. $15/couple, $5/additional artist.

11:00 AM – Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s Dairy is offering pick your own pumpkins this weekend! Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin!

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 – Star Wars Spectacular at Barnes & Noble Easton – this family-friendly Star Wars-themed event includes a story time, craft, trivia, cosplaying and more!

12:00 PM – Festival For Good in Franklinton – this family-friendly festival includes more than 25 local social enterprises, food trucks, and live music! Learn about the best ways to do good by supporting local companies here in Columbus!

12:00 PM – Lane for the Game at Ten Pin Alley – game day specials include bowling during the entire game plus a $30 gift card, discounted laser tag, drink specials and a special tailgate menu!

1:00 PM – Monthly Card Making Class at Third Way Cafe – make a Halloween card! $5 for the first card, $3 for each additional card you make.

1:00 PM – Historic Dublin Family Fall Festival in Historic Dublin – this free festival includes trick or treating, crafts, activities, games, a magician, music, vendors and special activities at each participating business.

2:00 PM – Second Saturdays at CML – Hilliard Branch – this month’s theme is Awesome Autumn and there will be stories, crafts and activities with a fall theme!

3:00 PM – Fall Festival at Obetz Church of the Nazarene – this free festival includes free food, games, bounce houses, trunk or treat and more!

3:00 PM – LEGO Club at Westland Area Library – work in a group or individually to make LEGO creations!

5:30 PM – Trunk or treat, hayrides, s’mores and more! at The First Church of God Community Worship Center – enjoy a hayride, trunk or treat, food and s’mores!

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!

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Pups and Pumpkins at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – kids can paint their own pumpkins and visit with puppies from Cause for Canines. Adoptable pups will be on site from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. No RSVP required.

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!

10:30 AM – 





Pumpkin Painting Workshop at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – kids can paint their own pumpkin for $2/pumpkin! No registration required.

11:00 AM – Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s Dairy is offering pick your own pumpkins this weekend! Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin!

11:00 AM – German Village Makers Market – the last market of the year includes over 50 local vendors, food trucks, boutique trucks, live music and more!

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – 2nd Sundays include access to the grounds of Ohio Wildlife Center, an animal enrichment activity and educational opportunities. $5/person. 5 and under are free.

12:00 PM – Multicultural B • R • E • A • D! Festival of Arts and Community at Coffman Park – this annual festival includes community booths, music and dance, hands on art projects, international cuisine, food trucks, a global marketplace, bread vendors and more! There will be a sand painting project taking place during the festival.

12:00 PM – Kids Paint Free Day at Clay Cafe Clintonville – no painting fee for kids on Sundays through November 11th!

1:00 PM – Little Sprouts: Fall Festival at Wilson’s Garden Center – kids 12 and under can register to attend this fall festival in Newark! There will be games, scarecrow making, trick or treat and a goody bag. $5/kid.

1:00 PM – Fall Fest at Fancyburg Park – UA’s Fall Fest includes pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, cider making, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, a donut eating contest, hay ride and more! Admission is free but some activities have a small cost.

1:00 PM – Stone Soup at Gallant Farm Park – hear the story of Stone Soup and try out some Stone Soup for yourself!

1:00 PM – Fall 2018 Big Book Sale at Columbus Metropolitan Library – thousands of books, DVDs and CDs will be on sale starting at $1!

2:00 PM – Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium brings various animals each month to Franklin Park Conservatory!

2:00 PM – 6th Annual MUMS & Mummies at Westgate Park – this free event includes a raffle, costume contest for kids AND pets, games and activities, food, fireside stories and Trunk or Treat!

3:30 PM – October Family Paint: Lil Pumpkin at Art with Anna – the whole family can paint a Lil Pumpkin painting to hang together or separately! Recommended for kids ages 6 and up. $15/artist.

5:00 PM – Giant Pumpkin Carving 2018 at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – head out to The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek to see a giant pumpkin being carved!

6:00 PM – Broadway Princess Party at Columbus Funny Bone – dress up in your best royal attire for a musical princess party with original princess stars!

6:00 PM – LBC Fall Festival! at Linworth Baptist Church – this fall festival includes food, games, trunk or treat, a magic show, crafts, photo booth and more!


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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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