What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, October 4-6, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 60 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:

7:00 AM – Alum Creek State Park Fall Fest at Alum Creek State Park – this fest includes fall activities and a Haunted Trail.

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 – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a 30 minute nature activity followed by free play time in the woods. $5 suggested donation.

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!

11:00 AM – National Taco Day at Local Cantina – celebrate National Taco Day with $2 tacos all day and $3 Epic Los Locos drafts at all Local Cantina locations.

11:00 AM – National Taco Day at Condado – celebrate National Taco Day with a free taco with purchase at Condado Tacos. One per person.

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 – Farm Fair and Harvest Festival at Canal Market District – this festival in Newark includes free farm games for kids, pie contests, beer release, live music and more!

6:00 PM – Frozen Fun! A Party for Fans at piccadilly – enjoy a Frozen-themed party with treats, crafts, character visits, games, music and more! Tickets available online.

6:00 PM – Family Friendly First Fridays at The Rambling House – this event features live music, activities for kids and more!

6:00 PM – Fun ZUMBA Kids! at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – check out a free Zumba Kids class! Learn different styles of dance! RSVP by sending a message to reserve your spot!

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.

7:00 PM – Uptown Ghost Story Tour in Uptown Westerville Ohio – take a 1 1/2 hour walking tour of Uptown Westerville to hear local ghost stories! Tickets available online.

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.

7:30 PM – James and The Giant Peach Jr at Star Performance Academy – watch a performance for kids based on the book James and the Giant Peach! 

9:00 PM – Uptown Ghost Story Tour in Uptown Westerville Ohio – take a 1 1/2 hour walking tour of Uptown Westerville to hear local ghost stories! Tickets available online.

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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!

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 – MOPS Fall Children’s Resale at The Naz – shop this sale for gently used baby and kids’ clothing, maternity items, baby gear, toys and more!

8:00 AM – Nostalgic Treat Saturday at Bake Me Happy – celebrate the anniversary of Bake Me Happy with nostalgic treats like King Dongs, Star Crunch, Zebra Cakes and more! 

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

9:00 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.

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! 

9:00 AM – Market Day at Westgate Farmers Market – this weekend’s market includes Explorer’s Club Food Truck, live music, and dogs and puppies from the Franklin County Dog Shelter from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

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

11:00 AM – Butterfly Pursuit at Highbanks Metro Park – take a 2 mile hike to look for butterflies and learn how to identify them.

11:00 AM – 43rd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s biggest festival of the year includes a giant pumpkin, cheese making tours, cow milking, pumpkin bowling, Cowvin’s Corny Maze, donut hole making, pumpkin painting, pumpkin launcher and more!

11:00 AM – Near East Fall Fun Fest at Nationwide Children’s Near East Primary Care – this event features free food, crafts, prizes, character meet and greets, ID’s for kids and more!

12:00 PM – Chalk the Block 8 at Easton Town Center – artists will draw large scale chalk drawings on the pavement for the public to watch. There will be a kids chalking activity, an area celebrating 20 years of Easton Town Center, live music and more! Visit again on Sunday to see the finished artwork!

1:00 PM – Fall Festival at HTH Farm Market – this event features carnival games, a bounce house, face painting, food vendors, apple cider snow cones and more! A teal pumpkin with allergy-friendly treats will also be available!

2:00 PM – James and The Giant Peach Jr at Star Performance Academy – watch a performance for kids based on the book James and the Giant Peach! 

 4:00 PM – Fall Festival at Zion Pickerington – this festival features bounce houses, face painting, food trucks, yard games, music, food trucks, bobbing for apples, hayrides and much more! All activities except for food is free!

7:00 PM – Uptown Ghost Story Tour in Uptown Westerville Ohio – take a 1 1/2 hour walking tour of Uptown Westerville to hear local ghost stories! Tickets available online.

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.

7:30 PM – Pumpkin Walk at Walker Farm – this farm in Logan will have a corn maze lit with carved pumpkins. Food will also be available by donation. 

7:30 PM – James and The Giant Peach Jr at Star Performance Academy – watch a performance for kids based on the book James and the Giant Peach! 

9:00 PM – Uptown Ghost Story Tour in Uptown Westerville Ohio – take a 1 1/2 hour walking tour of Uptown Westerville to hear local ghost stories! Tickets available online.

SUNDAY

(Don’t forget to check the above section of Fall Festivals that happen on Sundays, too!)

8:00 AM – Fairfield County Fair – the first day of the Fairfield County Fair features free admission! Activities include exhibits, rides, animals, contest, demolition derbies, bull riding, tractor pull and more!

9:00 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.

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! 

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 – Harvest Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory – view thousands of pumpkins and other autumnal decorations in the Conservatory’s largest fall display yet! Today ONLY the Franklin Park Conservatory is free for all residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus with a valid ID for Community Days (the first Sunday of each month).

10:00 AM – Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens – the haunted maze is open during the all business hours at Hoover Gardens!

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!

11:00 AM – Worthington Fire and Police Open House – this event features simulations and training exercises from the fire and police departments, games, contests, characters, food, prizes and more!

11:00 AM – 43rd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy – Young’s biggest festival of the year includes a giant pumpkin, cheese making tours, cow milking, pumpkin bowling, Cowvin’s Corny Maze, donut hole making, pumpkin painting, pumpkin launcher and more!

12:00 PM – For Kids: Nature Scavenger Hunt at Highbanks Metro Park – stop by the Nature Center to pick up a scavenger hunt form and return it for a prize!

12:00 PM – First Moonwalk Day at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk with hands on education programs from The Armstrong Air and Space Museum, balloon sculptures, face painting and a space-themed corn maze!

12:00 PM – Pies in the Park at Friendship Park – Sample a variety of local pizzas and vote for your favorite! Tickets are available for purchase to trade for pizza slices. There will be a pie eating contest, desert and drinks available, live music, face painting, inflatables, and much more.

12:00 PM – $5 Pony Rides at Kuhlwein’s Farm Market & Deli – if you head to Kuhlweins Farm Market this weekend there will be $5 pony rides for all ages from Horse-N-Round Fun.

12:30 PM – Enchanted Princess Ball & Belles Royal Wedding at The New Valley Dale Ballroom – Belle and Adam are getting married at this fairytale wedding featuring your favorite characters, cupcakes, dancing, performances and more! Tickets available through October 4.

1:00 PM – Darby Creek Day at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – celebrate the 35th anniversary of Darby Creek becoming a National Scenic River. There will be canoeing, fishing, live animals, crafts and more!

1:00 PM – Old-Time Harvest Day at Century Village – head to Fryer Park for a celebration of harvest time in the 1800’s. There will be wagon rides, reenactments, music, historical buildings, demonstrations and more! This is a free event but they will be accepting non-perishable food donations for the Grove City Food Pantry.

1:00 PM – Fall Fest at Fancyburg Park – this festival includes pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, inflatables, live music, hay rides, a corn pit, petting zoo, apple cider pressing and more!

6:00 PM – Fall Fest! at Grove City UMC – this event features games, a balloon artist, photo booth, face painting, pumpkin craft, treat bags 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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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, September 27-29, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 70 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:30 AM – Toddler Play Time – Art Explorers at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – this is a 2 hour craft and sensory play time with sensory stations set up around the room and other crafting tables. Walkers through 5 years old. Register online.

10:00 AM – Chips, Queso & Salsa at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with arts and crafts, music, chips, quest and salsa and more! 

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 – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres (Crosswoods and Pickerington) – each weekend throughout September you can see a classic Disney movie for $6. There are 4 show times each day (click the link for details). This weekend’s movie is The Little Mermaid.

10:00 AM – 1st Birthday Celebration at Legoland Discovery Center – celebrate the first birthday of LEGOLAND with special builds, character appearances and more! Check the link for the schedule.

11:00 AM – Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Young’s Dairy – take a wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin from the field! $9/pumpkin or 3 for $24 and that includes the wagon ride. Pre-picked pumpkins are also available at the farm for varying prices.

11:00 AM – Preschoolers: Turtles in the Fast Lane at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – learn all about turtles and watch turtle races. Ages 3-5 in the Nature Center.

1:00 PM – Preschoolers: Turtles in the Fast Lane at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – learn all about turtles and watch turtle races. Ages 3-5 in the Nature Center.

3:30 PM – Oktoberfest in New Albany – this is a free event that includes live music, food vendors, a pumpkin patch, climbing wall and bounce houses.

5:00 PM – Children’s Day at COSI – children and families who are involved with Franklin County Children’s Services will receive free admission to COSI. There will be local musicians, mascots and more! Everyone else can receive reduced admission that night as COSI stays open late for Family Friday Night!

5:00 PM – Let’s Ride Party at A.D. Farrow Co. – this party benefits A Kid Again and features a concert, stunt riders, pit-bike races, food trucks and more! Tickets available online.

6:00 PM – 4th Friday in Uptown Westerville – stroll the streets for special activities, music and businesses that stay open late! This month’s theme is Farm in the City.

6:00 PM – 4th Fridays on the Lawn at Westerville Public Library  – enjoy a family-friendly activity on the front lawn of the library during Uptown Westerville’s 4th Friday!

6:00 PM – Fun ZUMBA Kids! at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – check out a free Zumba Kids class! Learn different styles of dance! RSVP by sending a message to reserve your spot!

7:00 PM – Jurassic World Live Tour at The Schottenstein Center  – watch the amazing dinosaurs from the movie come to life in the first performance of their tour! This is a new story line with the addition of some new characters and dinosaurs! There are 6 performances this weekend!

7:00 PM – Disney’s Cinderella Kids at Schottenstein Theater – watch an adaption of Cinderella performed by Bexley Theatre Arts. There are 3 performances of the show this weekend.

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.

7:30 PM – For Families: Night Hike at Highbanks Metro Park – look for nocturnal animals on a one mile hike. Bring a flashlight and bug spray.


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! Also check: Central Ohio Fall Farms and Festivals for more apple and pumpkin farms!

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!

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 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 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

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres (Crosswoods and Pickerington) – each weekend throughout September you can see a classic Disney movie for $6. There are 4 show times each day (click the link for details). This weekend’s movie is The Little Mermaid.

8:00 AM – POP UP! Fall Clothing and Equipment Sale at Resolute Athletic Complex – shop this huge consignment sale for gently used baby and kids clothing, equipment, toys, maternity items and more!

10:00 AM – Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival at Freeman’s Farm – enjoy a hayride, farm animals, kettle corn, scarecrow making, pumpkins and more!

10:00 AM – FUNTEMBER FEST!! at the Corn Maze at Lynd Fruit Farm – enjoy a festival at the Corn Maze with bounce houses, snacks and much more! Tickets support the work of the Salvation Army of Licking Franklin and Fairfield Counties.

10:00 AM – Old Navy Kids Safety Fair at Old Navy Stores Nationwide – in participating Old Navy stores, you can get a free child ID, free safety tips and participate in safety activities. 

10:00 AM – Harvest Fair at Stratford Ecological Center – at this event you can climb on a tractor, get your face painted, feed chickens, take a wagon ride and more! $5/person.

10:00 AM – Pumpkinpalooza 2019 at Emswiler Farms – This festival benefits the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Nationwide Childrens. There will be food, a pumpkin patch, hayride, bounce house, carousel ride and more! Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

10:00 AM – Cheryl’s 2019 Fall Festival at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies – this free annual festival includes family activities like a hay slide, pumpkin bowling, corn hole an more! There will be tastings, cooking frosting, a story time, visits from characters and more! The first 50 customers get a free gift.

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 – 2019 Health & Safety Fair and Touch a Truck Experience at Ohio University Chillicothe – this event features free health screenings, local agencies, plus a touch-a-truck, live entertainment, and animals!

10:00 AM – Fall Festival Weekends at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm – fall fun includes over 30 rides and attractions including a corn maze, giant LEGOS, a play barn, mini golf, pumpkins and more!

10:00 AM – Military Families Salute at Leeds Farm – active duty and retired military personnel and their children and grandchildren can receive a 50% discount on Barn Pass admissions on Saturday and Sunday!

10:30 AM – Expo & Family Fun Day at Grove City YMCA – this event includes food trucks, bounce house, animals from the Columbus Zoo, crafts, canoeing and kayaking, touch-a-truck, demonstrations and more! Free for members. Non members are $5/person or $20/family.

11:00 AM – Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Young’s Dairy  – take a wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin from the field! $9/pumpkin or 3 for $24 and that includes the wagon ride. Pre-picked pumpkins are also available at the farm for varying prices.

11:00 AM – Jurassic World Live Tour at The Schottenstein Center  – watch the amazing dinosaurs from the movie come to life in the first performance of their tour! This is a new story line with the addition of some new characters and dinosaurs! There are 6 performances this weekend!

11:00 AM – Frontier Spirit at Alley Park – learn about the first settlers in the Ohio Territory and what life was like for them. There is an outdoor theater, a tent village, demonstrations of what life was like, games, activities, snacks, a church service on Sunday and more! This is a free event.

11:00 AM – 25th Birthday Party for Field of Corn at Field Of Concrete Corn in Dublin, Ohio – celebrate the 25th birthday of the Field of Corn with games, a “corn maze”, food and beverages, games, yoga and lot more! This is a free event for all ages.

11:00 AM – Anniversary Weekend! at Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory – celebrate the anniversary of Dulce Vida with a free scoop of ice cream with the purchase of one more and a free popsicle with the purchase of one more! Face painting will be taking place from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Saturday at the North location and Sunday at the West location.

12:00 PM – Horse Drawn Hayrides at Leeds farm – this weekend only, Leeds Farm is offering hayrides drawn by horses until 5:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Family Fun Day at Sharp Farms – celebrate 100 years of the Ohio Farm Bureau with a petting zoo, corn maze, homemade ice cream, play area and pumpkins! There will be a special price of $5 for admission.

12:00 PM – Oktoberfest in New Albany – this is a free event that includes live music, food vendors, a pumpkin patch, climbing wall and bounce houses.

12:00 PM – Harvest Fair at Columbus Commons – this free event includes inflatables, face painting, balloon twisting, craft, folk music, pumpkins for $2, yard games and much more! No wristband is required for activities!

1:00 PM – Crazy for Crayfish at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – look for crayfish in the creek!

2:00 PM – Hilltop Community Festival at Hillcrest Baptist Church – enjoy a party that includes free Skyline Chili, a bounce house, games, music from 104.9 The River and more!

2:00 PM – Disney’s Cinderella Kids at Schottenstein Theater – watch an adaption of Cinderella performed by Bexley Theatre Arts. There are 3 performances of the show this weekend.

2:00 PM – For Families: Tree ID at Highbanks Metro Park – learn to identify trees and leaves on a 1 mile hike.

3:00 PM – Money Movie Saturdays at Westland Area Library – this movie series is for kids and teens and they will be able to engage with an interactive exhibit about money and then watch a movie with a money theme. Kids can earn “Book Bucks” for attendance to use in the Thinking Money for Kids Library Store.

3:00 PM – Jurassic World Live Tour at The Schottenstein Center  – watch the amazing dinosaurs from the movie come to life in the first performance of their tour! This is a new story line with the addition of some new characters and dinosaurs! There are 6 performances this weekend!

4:00 PM – Dinner on the Farm, Pizza by Raging Bull! at Women That Farm, LLC – meet the animals on the farm and learn about how the farm works. Wood-fired pizza will be available from The Raging Bull. 

6:00 PM – Sideways Saturday Hooligan Ride at AIM Expo – visit the AIM Expo for a flat track race and more!

7:00 PM – Disney’s Cinderella Kids at Schottenstein Theater – watch an adaption of Cinderella performed by Bexley Theatre Arts. There are 3 performances of the show this weekend.

7:00 PM – Jurassic World Live Tour at The Schottenstein Center  – watch the amazing dinosaurs from the movie come to life in the first performance of their tour! This is a new story line with the addition of some new characters and dinosaurs! There are 6 performances this weekend!

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

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres (Crosswoods and Pickerington) – each weekend throughout September you can see a classic Disney movie for $6. There are 4 show times each day (click the link for details). This weekend’s movie is The Little Mermaid.

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 – 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 – Fall Festival Weekends at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm – fall fun includes over 30 rides and attractions including a corn maze, giant LEGOS, a play barn, mini golf, pumpkins and more!

10:00 AM – Military Families Salute at Leeds Farm – active duty and retired military personnel and their children and grandchildren can receive a 50% discount on Barn Pass admissions on Saturday and Sunday!

11:00 AM – Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival at Freeman’s Farm – enjoy a hayride, farm animals, kettle corn, scarecrow making, pumpkins and more!

11:00 AM – Grill & Chill At Ye Olde Mill at Velvet Ice Cream – this event includes a kids fishing derby, a balloon artist, yard games, bounce houses, and much more!

11:00 AM – Frontier Spirit at Alley Park – learn about the first settlers in the Ohio Territory and what life was like for them. There is an outdoor theater, a tent village, demonstrations of what life was like, games, activities, snacks, a church service on Sunday and more! This is a free event.

11:00 AM – Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Young’s Dairy  – take a wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin from the field! $9/pumpkin or 3 for $24 and that includes the wagon ride. Pre-picked pumpkins are also available at the farm for varying prices.

11:00 AM – Fall Foraging at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – learn about edible trees, shrubs and roots on a 1 mile hike!

12:00 PM – Horse Drawn Hayrides at Leeds farm – this weekend only, Leeds Farm is offering hayrides drawn by horses until 5:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Service Superhero Day at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – on Service Superhero Day Military, Police, Fire and First Responders and their families can get BOGO admission!

1:00 PM – Jurassic World Live Tour at The Schottenstein Center  – watch the amazing dinosaurs from the movie come to life in the first performance of their tour! This is a new story line with the addition of some new characters and dinosaurs! There are 6 performances this weekend!

1:00 PM – Ropes, knots, and splices at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – use the rope-making machine to make a jump rope!

1:00 PM – Welcome to Fall Fest at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – this festival includes hayrides, crafts, games, face painting, animals, archery and more! Food trucks will be available but all other activities are free. 

1:00 PM – Community Culture Celebration at Westerville Central High School – this free event celebrates diversity in Westerville and the surrounding area. There will be games, cultural dress presentations, music, panel discussions, food trucks and more!

3:00 PM – Bugs & Blooms at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a 2 mile walk to look for fall flowers and insects! All ages.

5:00 PM – Jurassic World Live Tour at The Schottenstein Center  – watch the amazing dinosaurs from the movie come to life in the first performance of their tour! This is a new story line with the addition of some new characters and dinosaurs! There are 6 performances this weekend!

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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, September 20-22, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 45 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

10:00 AM – Tots on the Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a slow-paced walk with your toddler or preschooler to discover nature.

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres (Crosswoods and Pickerington) – each weekend throughout September you can see a classic Disney movie for $6. There are 4 show times each day (click the link for details). This weekend’s movie is Peter Pan.

10:00 AM – Storytime: Monarchs at Highbanks Metro Park – learn about monarch butterflies through stories and songs. Recommended for ages 5 and under.

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.

6:00 PM – Night Market at North Market! – the North Market stays open late with outdoor vendors, live music and more!

6:00 PM – For Kids: Nature Scavenger Hunt at Highbanks Metro Park – pick up a scavenger hunt sheet in the nature center and return it to win a small prize!

6:30 PM – Walk and Woof at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – the whole family can take their dog on a 2.5 mile hike.


A BIG thanks to Leeds Farm for sponsoring this post!

Leeds Farm has enough farm and fun activities to keep your family moving all day! Barnyard activities include hayrides, farm animals, farm pond, Big Zip, Paintball on the Porch, and thousands of pumpkins and gourds grown on the farm. Back 40 admission includes Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, mini zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, the biggest corn box in Ohio, Tractor Tire Tower, Iron Horse Corral, Holstein Hustle Barrel Train—and more!

In 2019, Leeds Farm is celebrating 25 years of fall family fun and will be open six weekends only Sept. 21 – Oct. 27 plus Friday, Oct. 18. Visit www.LeedsFarm.com for details and special event info. Follow Leeds Farm on Facebook to stay up to date! Leeds Farm is located at 8738 State Route 36 in Ostrander.


SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Jack Hanna Weekend at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – celebrate Jack Hanna’s anniversary at the zoo with activity stations, Jack Hanna Live on stage, character meet and greet, live music, animal enrichment and more! 

9:00 AM – Fallapalooza at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – celebrate fall with a haunted maze, pumpkin painting, bounce houses, a visit from Cause for Canines and more!

9:00 AM – Apple Festival at Branstool Orchards – this festival celebrates apples with free food and samples, hayrides, pony rides, bobbing for apples, face painting, contests and demonstrations, and much more! 

9:00 AM – Market Day at Westgate Farmers Market – this week’s market features Tacomania and Cream and Sugar food trucks plus vendors selling produce and hand made goods! This week kids can get a free toothbrush by stopping by the Murray Hill Dental tent!

9:00 AM – Fall Family Fun Day & Schoolhouse Birthday Party at Groovy Plants Ranch – this event celebrates the 150th birthday of the historic Fargo Schoolhouse with crafts, pumpkin painting, kids activities, live music, apple cider and more!

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

9:00 AM – Leeds Farm Autism Harvest Festival at Leeds Farm – Leeds Farm hosts a special time on the farm for children and adults with autism and their families at no charge from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. There will be autism provider booths and special activities. See link for RSVP information.

9:30 AM – Grove City Arts in the Alley in Grove City Town Center – Arts in the Alley includes over 100 exhibitors, a parade, musical entertainment, food vendors and entertainment for kids! 

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres (Crosswoods and Pickerington) – each weekend throughout September you can see a classic Disney movie for $6. There are 4 show times each day (click the link for details). This weekend’s movie is Peter Pan.

10:00 AM – Opening Weekend at Leeds Farm – Leeds Farm is celebrating 25 years of fall family fun and to celebrate, they are offering 25% off general admission and combo passes on opening weekend, September 21 & 22! Activities include hayrides, farm animals, pumpkins, slides, rolling tubes, straw forts, tire tower and much more!

10:00 AM – 1st Birthday Celebration at Legoland Discovery Center – celebrate the first birthday of LEGOLAND with special builds, character appearances and more! Check the link for the schedule.

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 – Annual Wool Gathering at Young’s Dairy – this large festival will feature sheep, llamas, alpacas and more animals! There will be shearing demonstrations, wool spinning, weaving, over 100 vendors and more! Admission is free.

10:00 AM – Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival – Opening Weekend! at Freeman’s Farm – Freeman’s Farm opens for the season with hayrides, campfire with concessions, kettle corn, scarecrow making an more! 

10:00 AM – Opening Day: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – Meet Leonardo and Donatello in person from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM and experience the TMNT exhibit first hand featuring puzzles, mazes, problem solving and more!

11:00 AM – Harvest Celebration at Smeck Park – this event includes a family play area with pumpkin painting, toys, games and more. There will be candle making, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, live music, farming demonstrations and more!

12:00 PM – 4th Annual Shepherds Fest at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center – explore the gardens, take a hayride, enjoy games and activities, rock painting, corn hole and more! Feed the animals, eat from Moody Trudy food truck, check out a fire truck up close and more! Cost is $5/vehicle, cash only.

12:00 PM – Pickerington Oktoberfest 2019 at Combustion Brewery & Taproom – this is a free event featuring live music, food trucks, traditional games and more!

12:00 PM – MustardFEST 2019 at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co – this free event features kids activities, a weiner dog race, live music and more!

1:00 PM – Feed the Stream at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park  – feed the fish in the stream at the Nature Center.

1:00 PM – Open Barn Days 2019 at Sunrise Sanctuary – visit the animals at the sanctuary at their monthly open house. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available in advance.

3:00 PM – Money Movie Saturdays at Westland Area Library – this movie series is for kids and teens and they will be able to engage with an interactive exhibit about money and then watch a movie with a money theme. Kids can earn “Book Bucks” for attendance to use in the Thinking Money for Kids Library Store.

6:00 PM – Family Movie Night at Pataskala Public Library – watch The Secret Life of Pets 2 with free popcorn and a soft drink! Kids must be accompanied by an adult. 

7:00 PM – Campfire & Smores at Highbanks Metro Park – make s’mores around the campfire and enjoy crafts for kids.

7:00 PM – Diamond Eyes at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – all ages can go hunting for spiders. Bring a flashlight or headlamp.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Jack Hanna Weekend at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – celebrate Jack Hanna’s anniversary at the zoo with activity stations, Jack Hanna Live on stage, character meet and greet, live music, animal enrichment and more! 

9:00 AM – Fallapalooza at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – celebrate fall with a haunted maze, pumpkin painting, bounce houses, a visit from Cause for Canines and more!

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

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

9:30 AM – Grove City Arts in the Alley in Grove City Town Center – Arts in the Alley includes over 100 exhibitors, a parade, musical entertainment, food vendors and entertainment for kids!

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres (Crosswoods and Pickerington) – each weekend throughout September you can see a classic Disney movie for $6. There are 4 show times each day (click the link for details). This weekend’s movie is Peter Pan.

10:00 AM – 1st Birthday Celebration at Legoland Discovery Center – celebrate the first birthday of LEGOLAND with special builds, character appearances and more! Check the link for the schedule.

10:00 AM – Opening Weekend at Leeds Farm – Leeds Farm is celebrating 25 years of fall family fun and to celebrate, they are offering 25% off general admission and combo passes on opening weekend, September 21 & 22! Activities include hayrides, farm animals, pumpkins, slides, rolling tubes, straw forts, tire tower and much more!

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 – Annual Wool Gathering at Young’s Dairy – this large festival will feature sheep, llamas, alpacas and more animals! There will be shearing demonstrations, wool spinning, weaving, over 100 vendors and more! Admission is free.

11:00 AM – Harvest Celebration at Smeck Park – this event includes a family play area with pumpkin painting, toys, games and more. There will be candle making, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, live music, farming demonstrations and more!

11:00 AM – Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival – Opening Weekend! at Freeman’s Farm – Freeman’s Farm opens for the season with hayrides, campfire with concessions, kettle corn, scarecrow making an more! 

1:00 PM – Harrison West Jazz Stage – Brasileirinha/Kelly Crum-Delaveris at Harrison Park Gazebo – watch a live jazz concert in the park with a playground attached! Food trucks available will be Dos Hermanos Taco Truck and J-Pops.

1:00 PM – Hilliard Fall Festival at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park – this festival features axe throwing, chalk art, corn box, hay rides, live music, petting zoo, food tucks and more!

2:00 PM – Fairy Houses at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – build fairy houses with materials from the natural play area.

5:00 PM – Music in the Garden: Summer ’19 in Olde Towne East Community Gardens – this free concert in the garden features Meredith Evans and Full Count Band.

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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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