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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, November 8-11, 2019

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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 AND Veterans Day!

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

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend and Veterans Day:

FRIDAY:

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

12:00 PM – Central Ohio Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Columbus – this parade will feature school bands, local military units, military vehicles, community groups, floats, Santa and more! The Marines will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

6:00 PM – Youth Paint Night at Creative Clinic Center – all ages can paint a 12×12 canvas! $20/painter. Tickets are available online!

6:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays at 400 West Rich – visit artist studios and local vendors as they stay open late on the 2nd Friday of each month! 

6:30 PM – Dinosaurs After Hou-ROARS at Delaware County District Library – COSI will be on site presenting a program where kids can dig for dinosaur bones, create fossils and take a picture with a dinosaur!

7:00 PM – Christmas Extravaganza! A Pop Up Shop in Pickerington at THE GROVE – shop this large consignment sale combined with craft and boutique vendors! Santa will make an appearance on Saturday! Check the link for times and admission fees.

7:00 PM – Disney’s Frozen JR. at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a regional premier of Disney’s Frozen Jr featuring the songs your kids love plus new songs! This is a 1 act musical that lasts 1 hour with no intermission. Appropriate for all ages.


A BIG thank you to WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio for sponsoring this post!

Santa’s not the only one coming to town!! “WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, will be coming to National Trail Raceway in Hebron this holiday season!

This family-friendly event will feature a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! Giant Christmas trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, dancing candy canes, and (a favorite of children of all ages) three enchanting tunnels of light will illuminate the night! Guests will be able to watch the lights dance around them to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music from the warmth of their own vehicle.

This dazzling Christmas display will be offered rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 15 to January 5! The cost of admission is affordable at $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! You can also purchase a “Carload Pass” for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30!

Learn more at www.christmasinohio.com!


SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – It’s a Wonderful Window Contest in Old Worthington – visit the retailers of Old Worthington to view the holiday-themed store windows that will be on display through the new year!

9:00 AM – Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange at Old Worthington Library – bring up to 5 jigsaw puzzles (for any age) to exchange for a new (to you) puzzle!

9:00 AM – Inclusion Saturdays! at Get Air Pickerington – private hours are available on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month for children with special needs to play!

9:00 AM – Christmas Extravaganza! A Pop Up Shop in Pickerington at THE GROVE – shop this large consignment sale combined with craft and boutique vendors! Santa will make an appearance on Saturday! Check the link for times and admission fees.

9:00 AM – Grove City High School Band Fall Bazaar at Grove City High School – this large vendor event will feature over 175 vendors! Lunch and dinner are available each day. Adults are $3 to enter, Kids are $2.

10:00 AM – Veterans Day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is offering free admission to all veterans and active duty personnel this weekend and Monday! Friends and family of military personnel can receive reduced admission at $10 per guest. Tickets must be purchased at the door with a valid military ID.

10:00 AM – Cheshire Holiday Market at Cheshire Elementary School – this holiday market will feature over 50 handcrafted vendors, a choir performance, food trucks, and a Scholastic Book Fair! Admission is a free-will donation to the Cheshire Elementary School PTO. 

10:00 AM – Princess Party With Elsa at peapod play cafe – enjoy a Princess Party with Elsa that includes art, playtime, lunch and more! Tickets available online.

10:00 AM – Bringing Baby Home: Setting You and Your Family Up for Success at Smoky Row Children’s Center – this is a free 1-hour presentation highlighting an upcoming workshop: Bringing Baby Home: Setting You and Your Family Up for Success. Ideal for individuals who are pregnant or have children 0-5 years old.

10:00 AM – Preschool Storytime! at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature themed story time at the Nature Center!

10:00 AM – Disney’s Frozen JR. at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a regional premier of Disney’s Frozen Jr featuring the songs your kids love plus new songs! This is a 1 act musical that lasts 1 hour with no intermission. Appropriate for all ages.

10:00 AM – Cheap Skate – $0.99 Cents Admission at Skate Zone 71 – admission to Skate Zone 71 is $.99 on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. They will feature Radio Disney and Top 40. Skate Rental not included. Fisher Price Skates are available.

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

11:00 AM – Wild Saturday at Green Haven Living – join Ohio Wildlife Center in the shop with some of their resident animals! A portion of the sales will be donated to Ohio Wildlife Center.

11:00 AM – Annie KIDS with CATCO is Kids – watch a kid-friendly production of Annie based on the comic strip and musical at Shedd Theatre.

11:00 AM – November Grown-Up & Me // Cornucopia at Art with Anna – kids ages 3 and up can create messy art with an adult. $15/couple, $5 for additional artists. This week’s theme is Cornucopia.

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

1:00 PM – Read with the Horses at Stockhands Horses For Healing – this is a free event that will feature reading with horses!

1:00 PM – Disney’s Frozen JR. at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a regional premier of Disney’s Frozen Jr featuring the songs your kids love plus new songs! This is a 1 act musical that lasts 1 hour with no intermission. Appropriate for all ages.

1:00 PM – Firewood Warms You Twice at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – learn about varieties of wood and try out a two-man saw or a shingle splitter on the farm.

2:00 PM – Native American Soup at Blendon Woods Metro Park – learn about ingredients that Native Americans used info preparation and try some hot soup.

2:00 PM – Nature School: Trees at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – learn how to identify common trees from Ohio.

2:30 PM – Annie KIDS with CATCO is Kids – watch a kid-friendly production of Annie based on the comic strip and musical at Shedd Theatre.

4:00 PM – Disney’s Frozen JR. at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a regional premier of Disney’s Frozen Jr featuring the songs your kids love plus new songs! This is a 1 act musical that lasts 1 hour with no intermission. Appropriate for all ages.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Toddler Time! at Get Air Pickerington – kids under 46 inches are welcome to jump during these special hours (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM).

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 – Veterans Day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is offering free admission to all veterans and active duty personnel this weekend and Monday! Friends and family of military personnel can receive reduced admission at $10 per guest. Tickets must be purchased at the door with a valid military ID.

10:00 AM – Grove City High School Band Fall Bazaar at Grove City High School – this large vendor event will feature over 175 vendors! Lunch and dinner are available each day. Adults are $3 to enter, Kids are $2.

11:00 AM – Eleventh Candle Co. World Record Event at Polaris, Ohio – Eleventh Candle Company will be pouring candles to break the world record for most candles hand-poured in a 24 hour period! You can be a part of this record breaking day at the Polaris location or select a virtual ticket and have your candled delivered! Use the code “whatshouldwedotoday” to get $5 off your ticket!

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – – Ohio Wildlife Center is only open to the public on a few select days each month. You can visit the center and the animal ambassadors and take part in an animal enrichment activity at 1:00 PM. $5/person, kids 5 and under are free.

1:00 PM – Annie KIDS with CATCO is Kids – watch a kid-friendly production of Annie based on the comic strip and musical at Shedd Theatre.

2:00 PM – Woodpecker Wonders at Blendon Woods Metro Park – take a 1.5 mile hike to look for woodpeckers!

2:00 PM – Columbus Zoo at the Franklin Park Conservatory – animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo will visit the Conservatory this Sunday! Free with admission or membership.

2:30 PM – Annie KIDS with CATCO is Kids – watch a kid-friendly production of Annie based on the comic strip and musical at Shedd Theatre.

2:30 PM – Disney’s Frozen JR. at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a regional premier of Disney’s Frozen Jr featuring the songs your kids love plus new songs! This is a 1 act musical that lasts 1 hour with no intermission. Appropriate for all ages.

MONDAY, VETERAN’S DAY:

Free Admission for Military Personnel at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – military personnel, past and present, and their immediate family members can receive free admission to the Zoo today. Present your military ID or other proof of service. Everyone who comes to the zoo on Monday will receive one free ticket to come back for Wildlights between November 15th and January 5th!

10:00 AM – Veterans Day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is offering free admission to all veterans and active duty personnel this weekend and Monday! Friends and family of military personnel can receive reduced admission at $10 per guest. Tickets must be purchased at the door with a valid military ID.

Veterans Day BOGO at Piada Italian Street Food – – all Piada locations are offering a BOGO free entree on November 11th to veterans and active duty service members.

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions

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

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

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

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

1. Village Lights

Village Lights, German Village, Columbus, Ohio

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

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

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

2. Wildlights

wild lights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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

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

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

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

3. Conservatory Aglow (Formerly Merry and Bright)

conservatory aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

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

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

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

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

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

Rotating railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory

4. Bicentennial Park

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

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

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

Christmas lights at Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile

5. Columbus Commons and the Lazarus Windows

Christmas Lights at Columbus Commons

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

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

6. Huntington Holiday Train

Huntington Train at Main Library, Columbus, Ohio

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

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

Holiday Train at Main Library in Columbus, Ohio

7. Holiday Train at Ohio History Center

holiday train at Ohio History Center

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

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

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

Holiday Train at Ohio History Center

8. Think Outside the Brick

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

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

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

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

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

Think Outside the Brick LEGO exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art

9. Easton

Christmas Tree at Easton Town Center

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

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

Nativity at Easton Town Center

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

10. State Auto Christmas Corner

State Auto Christmas Corner Nativity Display, Downtown Columbus, Ohio

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

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

wiseman at State Auto Christmas Corner in Downtown Columbus

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

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, October 18-20, 2019

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

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

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

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

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

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

10:00 AM – Fall Fun at Leeds Farm – Leeds Farm is open one Friday out of the whole season and this is it! If your kids are off school, head out to enjoy all of the fall-festival fun that is typically only available on the weekends!

10:00 AM – Columbus Pop Up Shop of Clothing, Toys & More at Franklin County Fairgrounds – shop for gently used baby, kids and maternity clothes, toys, baby gear and more! Check the link for the specific times throughout the weekend. 

10:00 AM – The Circleville Pumpkin Show – celebrate all things pumpkins with contests, displays, 1000+ lb pumpkins, vendors, amusement rides, pumpkin treats, parades and more!

10:00 AM – Tots on the Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a slow paced half mile hike with your toddler to discover nature. Ages 1-4.

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 – Apple Butter Stirrin’ at Historic Roscoe Village – this annual festival features the making of homemade apple butter over wood fires. There will be handmade crafts for sale, exhibits and demonstrations, live entertainment and more!

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

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

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

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

6:00 PM – October Kids Night Out! at Color Me Mine (Dublin) – drop off your kids (ages 6 and up) for a fun night of painting a Jack-o-Lantern. There will be prizes and games. Pre-registration required.

6:00 PM – Halloween-themed Family Fun Night at Highbanks Metro Park – come in costume to play Halloween games and make s’mores over the campfire. Ages 3 and up.

6:00 PM – Fall Fest: Trick-or-Treat & Pumpkin Hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – take a 1 mile hike along a jack-o-lantern lit trick or treat trail. All ages welcome.

6:00 PM – Bexley Harvest Festival at Jeffery Mansion and Park – this event features a corn maze, hayrides, live music, a magic show, face painting, bonfire and more!  

6:30 PM – Kids Night Out! – Candy Chemistry at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – drop the kids off for fun in the kitchen featuring candy chemistry! $35/child. Ages 9 and up. Register in advance.

7:00 PM – Annie at Westgate Community Center – watch a presentation of Annie by the Westgate Theatre Company and the Carriage Place Players! Tickets are $5 at the door. On Saturday you can participate in the Empty Bowls event to fight hunger in our community. For a $10 donation, get a handmade bowl and a serving of soup and bread.

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.

8:00 PM – Fall Stargazing at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – meet at the Wind Turbine to look at planets and constellations using telescopes and binoculars.

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Fall Festivals Happening On the Weekends in Columbus and Central Ohio

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

Pumpkin Picking and Hayrides at Kuhlweins Farm Market & Deli – Fall Fun at Kuhlweins Market and Deli includes a hayride, animal zoo, corn maze and pumpkin picking! Inflatables, pony rides, balloon twisting and face painting on the weekends!

Great Pumpkin Fun Center at Pigeon Roost – Pigeon Roost features a pumpkin patch, farm animals and The Great Pumpkin Fun Center with giant slides, mazes, a fort, play areas, and tons more! Weekends include wagon rides, face painting, crafters and concessions!

Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farms – This farm is one of the few open during the week! Fall Fun Days feature hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm market, petting zoo, corn and sunflower mazes, bale cave and more!

Corn Maze at Lynd Fruit Farm – At Lynd Fruit Farm you can pick your own apples and pumpkins and enjoy the farm market on its own or also head over to the giant corn maze where there is also a barrel train, fun zone, bounce house, wagons rides and more!

The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek features a huge corn maze plus a cow train, barnyard bouncer, petting zoo, kiddie maze, ball zone, slides, laser tag, pedal carts, kids fun barn, tether ball and more! Hayrides are also available!

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

Fall Farm Fun at Leeds Farm – Leeds Farm is open six weekends only through October 28 with hayrides, farm animals, farm pond, pumpkins and gourds! Back 40 Barn Pass admission includes Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, and mini zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, the biggest corn box in Ohio, and more! Read: 16 Things to do at Leeds Farm!

Fall Fun Festival at Dill’s Greenhouse – Fall festivals are happening on the weekends, September 28 – October 27. Hayrides, corn maze, fire pit and hotdogs and s’mores for roasting (bring your own or purchase there), straw maze, sand box, pumpkins, games and activities!

Fall Festival at Hidden Creek Farms – Festival weekends offer hayrides, pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting, fall decorations, food, pony rides, slide, kids play barn, corn pit, farm animals, straw maze, and more!

Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival

 at Freeman’s Farm – The Fall Festival weekends at Freeman’s Farm include hayrides, kettle corn, campfire foods, scarecrow making, a petting zoo and apple butter making! Admission is free, but there is a charge for some activities. Read: 3 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Patches near Columbus including our visit to Freeman’s Farm!

Fall Festival Weekends at Orchard and Company – Fall Festival weekends include apple picking, fishing, hay rides, corn pit, farm animals, barrel train rides, pedal car track, tire climb, zip line, gem mining and more! Read about our Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!

Fall Festival at the Farm at Wanut Creek – the farm is open Monday through Saturday. Weekend activities include apple butter cooking, candle carving, basket weaving, spinning and weaving and more in addition to these activities going on all week: corn box, pumpkin slingshot, straw castle, kids maze, scavenger hunt and more! Read about our visit to The Farm at Walnut Creek!

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

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

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


SATURDAY:

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

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

9:00 AM – 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 – Country Crossroads Education of Yesterday 15th Annual Farm Show – see displays of tractors, trucks, fire trucks, cars and equipment! Learn about farm life in Dresden, Ohio!

9:00 AM – Closing Market at Westgate Farmer’s Market – head out to the final market of the season! Food trucks will be Broke Johnny and Westside Weenies. Pigeon Roost Farms will be at the market with pumpkins for kids to paint. $2/pumpkin.

10:00 AM – Try-It Together: You Become a Meteorologist at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – kids ages 2-6 and their favorite adult can enjoy STEM activities together. This month’s theme is meteorology! Kids can bring a storm to life and take part in other hands on activities! $10/person.

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

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

10:00 AM – 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 – Columbus Pop Up Shop of Clothing, Toys & More at Franklin County Fairgrounds – shop for gently used baby, kids and maternity clothes, toys, baby gear and more! Check the link for the specific times throughout the weekend. 

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

10:00 AM – The Circleville Pumpkin Show – celebrate all things pumpkins with contests, displays, 1000+ lb pumpkins, vendors, amusement rides, pumpkin treats, parades and more!

10:00 AM – Halloween Hop! at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center – this is a free event for kids of all abilities! There will be trick or treating with non-food options, magic, music, art, therapy pups, face painting, popcorn and more! There will be resources available and a sensory friendly room for families who need a break!

10:00 AM – 2019 Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt at Hilliard’s Station Park – visit the local businesses for trick-or-treat, a scavenger hunt, family friendly activities, a costume contest and more!

10:00 AM – Day of the Dead at Green Lawn Cemetery – celebrate the Day of the Dead with art exhibitions, live music, dance performances, interactive activities for kids, art vendors, a tour of the cemetery, Mexican food and more!

10:00 AM – The Great GeekFest 2019 at Delaware County District Library – celebrate all things “geek” at this free event for all ages! from video games to cosplaying there’s something for everyone!

10:00 AM – Apple Butter Stirrin’ at Historic Roscoe Village – this annual festival features the making of homemade apple butter over wood fires. There will be handmade crafts for sale, exhibits and demonstrations, live entertainment and more!

10:00 AM – Opening Day: Unseen Oceans at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – opening day of this new exhibit will include chalk art, a dance performance and a steel drum band! This exhibit is a $5 add on to general admission.

11:00 AM – Creepside Festival at Creekside Park & Plaza – this free event features live music, games, a not-so-scary trail, trick or treat, inflatables an more! Appropriate for all ages.

11:00 AM – Día De Los Muertos at The Ohio State University – this even includes a family celebration at Gateway Film Center, Junior’s Food Truck, a showing of the movie Coco, a Día De Los Metros procession and more!

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

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

12:00 PM – FALL FEST at The Fort, Columbus – this free event features food trucks, beer and wine, a pumpkin patch and restored Seagrave fire trucks.

1:00 PM – Halloween in the Park at Carl Frye Park – come in costume for treats and goodies!

1:00 PM – Open Barn Days 2019 at Sunrise Sanctuary – visit the Sanctuary to see the animals that are cared for there. Funds raised go towards caring for the animals. Tickets can be purchased in advance.

1:00 PM – Fall Farmaplooza at The Barn at Blystone Farm – this festival will feature music, food, contests, animal encounters, face painting, raffles, sack races and more! Admission is free but donations are accepted.

1:00 PM – Feed the Stream at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – visit the nature center to learn about and feed the fish in the steam. 

2:00 PM – Halloween Cooking Class at 1400 Food Lab – learn to make some spooky dishes for Halloween including witches’ brew, veggie skeletons and more! Purchase tickets online.

2:00 PM – Middle Grade Book Club at Beanbag Books – kids in grades 5-8 can gather to discuss “Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell” by Chris Colfer. Snacks will be provided. Dress as your favorite character.

3:00 PM – Boo ‘n Brew at Polaris Fashion Place – this free event features live music, family-friendly activities, food trucks, beer, and a costume contest. Kids can participate in KidX: Boo Bash (see below).

3:00 PM – KidX: Boo Bash at Polaris Fashion Place – this free event includes trick-or-treating, airbrush tattoos, balloon twisting, entertainers, activities from COSI an more! There will be a costume parade and contest.

3:00 PM – Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library – kids 12 and under can watch a classic Disney movie.

4:00 PM – Halloween Fun Fest at Life Time Fitness – Easton – this event is for kids ages 5-12 and includes a costume contest, crafts and more! 

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

4:00 PM – Fall Festival at Destination Downtown Lancaster – this event includes live music, family-friendly activities, food vendors, a beer garden and more!

5:00 PM – Halloween Family Fun Night at Three Creeks Metro Park – this event includes not-too-scary stores, s’mores round the campfire, trunk or treating and more!

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

5:30 PM – All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village – this annual event features 1890’s style fun, a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, entertainment, fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

6:00 PM – Family Movie Night at Pataskala Public Library – free popcorn and drink will be included at this screening of Toy Story 4. All ages welcome.

6:00 PM – Community Bonfire at Village Green Park – this annual event will offer free hot dogs and marshmallows to roast over the fire plus other treats!

6:00 PM – Halloween Party at the Park at Jefferson Community Park – this event features hayrides, nocturnal animals, a bonfire, games, story telling, a trick-or-treat trail and more! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

6:30 PM – Pumpkin Hike at Alley Park – take a walk along a trail of carved pumpkins! You can join in the carving at 8:00 AM that morning! The trail its open from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

7:00 PM – Autumn Lantern Stroll at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a 1 mile walk through the park with a lantern.

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

SUNDAY:

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

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

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

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

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

10:00 AM – Country Crossroads Education of Yesterday 15th Annual Farm Show – see displays of tractors, trucks, fire trucks, cars and equipment! Learn about farm life in Dresden, Ohio!

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

10:00 AM – Trick or Treat on the Farm at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm

10:00 AM – Apple Butter Stirrin’ at Historic Roscoe Village – this annual festival features the making of homemade apple butter over wood fires. There will be handmade crafts for sale, exhibits and demonstrations, live entertainment and more!

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

12:00 PM – 20th Annual Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival at Easton Town Center – bring your pet in costume for the annual pet parade and fall festival! (Or just come to watch!) Parade signs up at 2:00 PM! Registration for pets is available online. 

1:00 PM – Trick or Treat Trail at Gallant Woods Park – collect candy and treats from characters along the spooky trail. Decorate pumpkins, take a hayride and more!

1:00 PM – Ghost Trolley at The Ohio Railway Museum – this event features the opportunity to walk through decorated cars and hear Halloween stories! There will be a train ride featuring the store of the Ghost Trolley. Kids will receive a goodie bag. Tours occur every half hour. Pre-sale tickets are available online. This event is family-friendly but parental judgment is encouraged on the scare level for your children.

2:00 PM – For Kids: Make Wizard Wands at Highbanks Metro Park – take a hike through the first to discover magical trees, decorate a wand and dress as your favorite Harry Potter character! Ages 5-12.

2:00 PM – Forest Fungi Frenzy at Blendon Woods Metro Park – search for mushrooms in the park!

2:00 PM – 7th Annual MUMS & Mummies at Westgate Park – this event includes costume contests for kids, families and pets! There will be games and activities, hot dogs and apple cider, fireside stories and a (tree) trunk or treat! (Come see me – I’ll be handing out treats at this event!)

2:00 PM – Trick or Treat & Costume Contest at The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek – trick or treat around the maze in your costume! A Costume Contest will begin at 3:00 PM.

3:00 PM – Sunday Stories at Homestead Metro Park – enjoy a story about animals that live in Ohio (and maybe meet some of them!). Ages 6 and under.

3:00 PM – Spook Out Movie Magic: HOCUS POCUS at Ohio Theatre – watch a screening of Hocus Pocus with pre-show and intermission entertainment and a costume contest! Tickets are available online.

5:00 PM – Bison Bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – learn about the bison on a 1 mile hike!

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

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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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