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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 20-22, 2017

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Before you start reading through this week’s list, you should know that in an effort to pare down the list of SO. MANY. EVENTS. happening this weekend, I did not duplicate anything that is already on my Halloween Events Around Columbus post! So make sure to also check out that post if you’re looking for family-friendly Halloween events happening this weekend (there are many)! 🙂

1. Haunted Maze at Hoover Gardens

When: Now through October 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 182 Sunbury Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-0603

The haunted maze at Hoover Gardens is free to walk through and kid-friendly! The maze is open during regular businesses hours and is appropriate for ages 7 and up!

2. Pumpkin Picking and Hayrides at Kuhlweins Farm Market & Deli

When: Now through October 31, 2017 (closed Wednesdays)
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1859 Walker Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-2833

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!

3. Great Pumpkin Fun Center at Pigeon Roost

When: Tuesday-Sunday through October 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4413 National Rd. SW, Hebron, OH 43025
Phone: 740-928-4925

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!

4. Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farms

When: Thursday, September 28-October 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Daily
Location: 9015 London Groveport Rd. Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-878-7980

Fall Fun Days start on September 28 and run through October 31, 2017. 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!

5. The Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek

When: Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Phone: 330-893-4200

For a little bit of a road trip this weekend, check out the last Fall Festival weekend at The Farm at Walnut Creek. These special days include special activities like a corn box, sheep shearing, basket weaving, horseshoeing, a pumpkin slingshot and more! See our visit to The Farm at Walnut Creek here.

6. Corn Maze at Lynd Fruit Farm

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until October 29, 2017
Time: Fri and Sat: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Sun: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 9851 Morse Rd. SW., Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559

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!

7. Fall Farm Fun at Leeds Farm

When: This Friday & Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8738 State Route 36, Ostrander, OH 43061
Phone: 740-666-2020

Leeds Farm is open six weekends only through October 29 plus this Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, with hayrides, farm animals, farm pond, pumpkins and gourds! Back 40 Barn Pass admission includes Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, Big Zip and mini zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, the biggest corn box in Ohio, and more! This weekend is the only Friday they are open during the season!

8. Storytime with Kara at ME and the MOON

When: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 15 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-570-1124

This week’s story time theme is Peek-A-BOO and includes stories, songs and games for the kids and tea and shopping for the parents! There will be a pop-up book shop immediately following the event.

9. Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale

When: Friday & Saturday, October 20 & 21, 2017
Time: Fri: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Sat: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 800-491-0174

This warehouse sale offers the opportunity to buy children’s and young adult literature for just $5. There will be food trucks onsite and free parking ! On Saturday, author, Nancy Roe Pimm will be onsite to sign copies of her book!

10. Fall Fun Festival at Dill’s Greenhouse

When: Weekends beginning September 30 through October 31, 2017
Time: Fridays: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 5800 Rager Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-836-3700

Fall festivals are happening Friday nights and weekends, September 30 – 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! Friday dates are October 7th, 14th and 21st (weather permitting) from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

11. The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

When: Fridays-Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: Fridays: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturdays: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sundays: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 8657 Axe Handle Rd., Milford Center, OH 43045
Phone: 937-349-4781

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! This weekend includes a costume contest!

12. Fall Festival at Freeman’s Farm

When: Saturday and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: Sat: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sun: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-548-7866

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. See our visit to Freeman’s Farm here!

13. Fall Festival at Hidden Creek Farms

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 581 S. Galena Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074
Phone: 740-815-9371

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!

14. Fall Harvest Weekends at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 2920 St. Rt. 203, Radnor, OH 43066
Phone: 740-595-3207

There is a really long list of activities going on throughout all of the weekends now through October at this pumpkin farm in Delaware County! Activities include a corn maze, play barn, barrel rides, pumpkin picking and tons more! Visit the website for pricing and more info! This weekend The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be visiting on Sunday from 3:00 PM -4:00 PM and the Buckeye Valley Alumni Band will perform at 4:00 PM. Click here to get a coupon for $1 off each admission! This week includes trick-or-treat!

15. Fall Fun Day at Dutch Mill Greenhouse

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 18443 State Route 4, Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-0511 Ext 13

This family-friendly event includes free pumpkin decorating for kids, a tour of the Leo Berbee Bulb Warehouse, a food truck and more!

16. Puppy Adoption PARTY at Party Like it’s Your Birthday

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: ​614-468-1159

This party includes the opportunity to adopt a plush pup, paint it a house and make it a collar! While you’re there, cuddle with real adoptable puppies!

17. Fall Festival Weekends at Orchard and Company

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 7255 US HWY 42 North, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510

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!

18. Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4740 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301

Enjoy a free Disney movie + popcorn! For ages 12 and under.

19. LEGO Club at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-875-6716

Kids can work individually or in teams to complete a LEGO challenge! All ages are welcome.

20. Flashlight Cave Tour at Olentangy Indian Caverns

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Location: 1779 Home Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-548-7917

Tour the caverns with just a flashlight! Flashlights will be provided for these special tours and children must be at least 8 years old to participate.

21. Fall Fun Day Tram Rides at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Bring the family for a tram ride to see the fall colors, jump in a leaf pile, roast marshmallows and make a craft!

22. Mother & Daughter Jewelry Stamping at Picassos

When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1974 N. Mallway Dr., Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-354-1930

Local artist, Leah Doyle, will teach you how to make a cord necklace and charm with a stamped bar pendant. Moms and daughters can make these together at this event! All supplies included for $25. Add a sibling for $10. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

23. Harvest Festival: Family Day at the Orange Johnson House

When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 956 High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

This family-friendly day includes pressing your own cider, tours of the Orange Johnson House, a hands-on area for kids, pioneer games and more!

24. Halloween Events in Columbus

There are several Halloween related events going on this weekend that I’ve left off this list because they are also listed by day on my last post: Halloween Events Around Columbus! So make sure to check that out, too! If you still need more ideas, check out Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals and Columbus Tip Sheet: October.


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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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2 Columbus Christmas Tree Farms + Family Photos

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I think people fall into two categories: those who decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving and those who are adamant about waiting until after. *Someone* in my household is adamant about waiting until after Thanksgiving before the tree goes up and Christmas music is played. So we usually get our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. BUT we did get our family photos taken by HB Photography at a Christmas tree farm in mid November, so I kind of feel like I got to cheat a little!

If you haven’t got your tree yet, I’ve got two great options for you with slightly different experiences! AND I’m going to share some of our family photos! 🙂 It’s not to late to book your own holiday session with Helen – send her a message through her website or Facebook page using the links here! These are going to make great Christmas presents! (I hope my mom isn’t reading my blog!) 😉

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I can’t give you a personal rundown about a ton of Christmas tree farms, but here’s two I’ve been to and at the end of this post, I have a link to the longest list I’ve found to date! 🙂

1. Cackler Family Farms

4971 Cackler Rd.
Delaware, OH 43015
740-524-5311

After we got our pictures taken, we explored a little bit of Cackler Farms. There was a play area for kids:

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And a lamb and miniature donkey for petting!

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You can choose and cut down your own tree! Everything you need to do so is provided by the farm!

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2. HTH Farm Market

2340 W. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235
614-266-9377

For the past couple of years, we have picked out a tree at HTH Farm Market. The Market is open April through December and sells a variety of fresh produce, cheese and meats and other local products like honey, maple syrup and even some local crafts. 100% of the proceeds from the market benefit Hope Thru Housing, which is a residential substance abuse treatment center.

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There are some fun photo ops at HTH Farm Market:

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And plenty of trees to choose from!

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Really, what my kids care the most about is that they get to pick a candy cane off the tree inside the market!

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The market is right next to train tracks, so that is a plus for my train-loving kids! (Though we were advised to wait inside while it passed due to the loud whistle!)

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The first two years after Mayson was born, we ended up getting our tree in the evening and decorating it the next morning. The first year was by default. Trying to decorate that first night with a fussy baby and a 3 year old was proving wildly unsuccessful. We learned our lesson, and the next year we did it on purpose! Since the kids are up ridiculously early most days, it just made sense.

We changed things up a little bit this year. We got our tree on the day of the “incident” at OSU – though I kind of felt like delaying our plans, it turned out to be a nice way to spend the afternoon and early evening of that crazy day.

If you haven’t got your tree yet and are looking for more options, the biggest list of tree farms I have found is on This Week Community News! Through some personal contacts, I also know that Trees of Hope is donating their proceeds to an orphanage in Haiti this year.

One last thing . . . please take a minute to tell me about some of your Columbus Favorites! Click the link here to tell me and you will be entered into a GIVEAWAY for a family play pass to Recreations Outlet! Thank you so much!! 🙂

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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 27-31, 2016 Halloween Edition

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Spooky is the name of the game this weekend! I’ve expanded this weekend’s post to include 5 days leading up to and including Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Fall-O-Ween Party at Marion Franklin Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Costume Carnival at Martin Luther King Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

6:00 PM – Trunk or Treat at Grace Polaris Church

Friday, October 28, 2016

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Preschoolers: Halloween Open House at Sharon Woods Metro Park

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Pumpkin Painting for Kids at Westerville Public Library

10:30 AM – Halloween Party, Crafts and Movie Night at piccadilly modern play cafe

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Halloween Party at Subway and Trick or Treating in the Kroger Marketplace Plaza in Lewis Center

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Trick or Treat at the Shops at Worthington Place

6:00 PM – Night at the Library at Westerville Public Library

6:00 PM – Uptown Madness in Uptown Westerville

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM – BOO! for Books Photo Session at Wes Kroninger Photography

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Halloween Skate Party at Skate Zone 71

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Haunted Farmer’s Market in Old Worthington

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Trick or Tweet at Grange Insurance Audubon Center

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Hoot Family Film Series: Halloween at Gateway Film Center

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Fall Harvest Days at Hoover YMCA Park

10:00 AM – 9:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

10:30 AM – The Enchanted Tea Party with Princess Beauty!

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Family Storytime at Main Library

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Storytime Bash at Gahanna Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Halloween Bash at New Albany Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Trick or Treat at Franklin Park Conservatory

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Halloween Comic Fest at Packrat Comics

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Pumpkin Palooza at Shepard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

4:00 PM – Preschoolers: Costume Party at Blacklick Woods

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Halloween Lantern Hike at Battelle Darby Creek

7:00 PM – Halloween Lantern Hike at Blacklick Woods

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Ruloween at Rule 3

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

10:00 AM – Family Storytime: Pumpkins at Slate Run Farm

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Halloween Family Funday at North Market

10:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – The Great Pumpkin Drop at Marysville Fire Station 271

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Halloween Party at Inniswood Gardens

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Painting in the Park in Goodale Park

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Hilliard Trunk or Treat at Ray Patch Family YMCA

Monday, October 31, 2016

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Boo on Broadway at Grove City  Town Center

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Grandview Heights Howlin’ Halloween

More Halloween Fun

Here is a link to all of the Local Trick or Treat Times across Ohio!

Don’t forget to check this list of Columbus Recreation and Parks Halloween and Fall Harvest Party Times which are happening all weekend!

It’s not too late for 3 Can’t Miss Pumpkin Patches Near Columbus or 9 Things to Do With Your Kids this Fall in Columbus!

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On a personal note . . .

My kids are REALLY into spooky things this year! I mentioned my #momfail concerning Halloween last year in my post last week, but this year I don’t think there’s any way I’m going to get away with waiting until my kids forget about it! Jaden is already asking me how many days until Halloween every day, so he’s going to expect SOMETHING to happen when it rolls around! Now I am NOT a Pinterest mom, and I basically have this blog chronicling the things we go out and do because I am the worst at doing crafty things at home with my kids!

BUT, since the pressure is on, here are a few ideas I am considering for the “big day”:

If you have any easy Halloween games or treats for little kids, send them my way! (And I mean EASY!)

Happy Halloween!

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