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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, August 2-4, 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:

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

9:00 AM – Mini Camp- Intro/ to LEGO Boost Robotics at The SIMPLR STEAM Playground – build a robot made of LEGO blocks and electronic components while learning programming language and competing in an obstacle course! Register online.

10:00 AM – For Kids: Explore Natural Play Area at Highbanks Metro Park – go off trail to look for wildlife. Ages 6-12.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity plus free play in the woods. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – Commons for Kids offers activities for all ages including carousel rides, inflatables, activities and more! This week’s theme is Character Day!

10:00 AM – Back To School Kick Off at Once Upon A Child – Columbus, OH – tax free weekend includes shopping at Once Upon A Child! They are offering 50% off clearance plus the chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet. All locations.

10:00 AM – Wands and Wizards Weekend in Lancaster and Beyond  – locations throughout Lancaster and beyond will be offering wizard themed treats, art, contests, crafts and more! Check the link for the schedule of what’s going on where, August 1-3!

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission! 

10:30 AM – KidX: Game Time at Polaris Fashion Place – KidX is a free event featuring games, crafts, face painting, balloon artists and more! This week’s theme is all about sports, health and fitness safety!

3:30 PM – Open Gaming for Kids and Teens at Bexley Public Library – kids ages 8-18 can drop in to play Minecraft, board games, card games, video games and more in the auditorium!

4:00 PM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

4:00 PM  – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

5:30 PM – First Fridays at Reeb Avenue Center – COSI will be at this monthly event for families!

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Lancaster – enjoy a live concert in downtown Lancaster!

7:00 PM – Story Time at Night Under the Stars at Wyman Woods Park – kids of all ages can enjoy a camping story time hosted by Grandview Library and Grandview Heights Parks and Rec. There is a free camp out overnight – see link to register for the campout.

7:00 PM – Russell Blue Band | Summer Sizzle Concert Series in Grove City Town Center – this free concert takes place at the George Edge Music Park in Grove City Town Center. 

8:30 PM – Uptown Movie Series in Westerville – this is a free movie on the City Lawn Hall. This week’s movie is Jurassic Park (PG-13).

8:45 PM – Lights, Cameras, Movies at Polaris Fashion Place – watch a free movie int he Polaris Lifestyle Center, bring a blanket or chairs. This week’s movie is Dumbo.

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Westerville Mom2Mom Sale at Westerville Christian Church – shop for bargains at this consignment sale featuring baby, kids and maternity items.

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

9:00 AM – Market Day at Westgate Farmer’s Market – YMCA Hilltop Educare will be at this week’s market to do story times and offer sensory activities! There will be live music, vendors and Explorer’s Club food truck.

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 – FIT4MOM Columbus North’s Free Family Anniversary Party at Highbanks Metro Park – this is a free family event with FIT4MOM Columbus North! This celebration includes a family workout, a playdate and giveaways! RSVP online.

10:00 AM – Author Visit: Lindsay Bonilla at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – Lindsay Bonilla will read and sign copies of her book Polar Bear Island!

10:00 AM – Kingwood Kids Day – “Arts in the Garden” at Kingwood Center Gardens – take a road trip to Mansfield for this event that includes activities from local partners, art projects, demonstrations, music and activities! Food and ice cream will be available for purchase and admission is free for all.

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Wands and Wizards Weekend in Lancaster and Beyond  – locations throughout Lancaster and beyond will be offering wizard themed treats, art, contests, crafts and more! Check the link for the schedule of what’s going on where, August 1-3!

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

11:00 AM – Riddles me these, please at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – pick up a list of riddles at the farmhouse and explore the farm to find the answers!

11:00 AM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

11:00 AM – Back-To-School with Easton Town Center – take advantage of Tax Free Weekend at Easton where there will be live entertainment, a fashion preview, giveaways and more!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Carnival at Marysville Public Library – celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with games, prizes, treats and more!

11:30 AM – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

1:00 PM – 2019 Pickerington KidsFest at Pickerington Mount Carmel Sports Complex – this event features a foam run, a free family festival with contests, performances, food trucks, scavenger hunt, $5 bounce park and more.

2:00 PM – Storytime LIVE! Hang Out with Curious George and Pinkalicious at Kiddie Academy of Reynoldsburg, OH – RSVP online for this free story time and character meet and greet!

6:00 PM – Free Concert featuring The Navigators at Columbus Commons – enjoy a free concert at Columbus Commons! Food trucks and bar open at 6:00 PM, concert starts at 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Game Night! at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – hang out in the Nature Center or play various outdoor yard games!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop at 3060 Artworks – this monthly Art Hop features live music, featured artists, snacks, games and various activities at the surrounding businesses at the Westgate BusinessWorks.

9:00 PM – Movie In The Park: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – watch a free movie in the park! Bring a blanket or chairs.

SUNDAY

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 – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm.

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

11:00 AM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

11:30 AM – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

3:00 PM – Family Tram Rides at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a guided tour of the park on the tram! Hop on at one of the “tram stop” signs throughout the park.

6:00 PM – Climbing for Clouds at Vertical Adventures – support research for Clouded Leopards by participating gin an indoor obstacle course, visiting with animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo, enjoying outdoor games and more! $19/person includes a donation to the research. ($7 for members) Register online. 

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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 May 10-12, 2019: Mother’s Day Weekend

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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 Mother’s Day weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Free Stroller Strides Class and FIT4MOM Birthday Celebration at Thompson Park – celebrate one year of FIT4MOM Upper Arlington with a free Stroller Strides workout and a birthday party in the park with activities, giveaways, crafts and deals for new members!

9:00 AM – May’s Summer Special at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – receive half of admission every Friday in May when your kid wears his or her favorite jimmies!

9:30 AM – Preschoolers at Highbanks Metro Park – stop in to the Nature Center to learn about flowers through stories and crafts. Afterwards they will take a walk to look for flowers in the park.

10:00 AM – Operation Kidsafe Event at Kid’s Gym – Polaris – come to Toddler Time to get your kids finger printed and a get a free photo ID card and learn about kid safety. There will be coloring books and other fun activities.

10:00 AM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

10:00 AM – Friends of the Upper Arlington Library Book Sale – thousands of books, videos and other items are on sale through May 19th in the atrium of the UA Main Library!

10:30 AM – Sound the Alarms! at Pickerington Main Library – meet a local firefighter, hear stories and learn about fire safety!

11:00 AM – Preschoolers at Highbanks Metro Park – stop in to the Nature Center to learn about flowers through stories and crafts. Afterwards they will take a walk to look for flowers in the park.

11:00 AM – Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration at Get Air Columbus – all weekend long, mothers jump for free with their kids! There will be other activities on Sunday for the family!

11:30 AM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

3:00 PM – Turtles & Turtle Sundaes at Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor – Preservation Parks of Delaware County will be on site with live turtles to meet!

4:00 PM – Lancaster Community Days Festival at Lancaster Ohio Community Days Festival – this community festival includes rides, food, and a live performance by a Bon Jovi tribute band on Saturday! Admission is $2 for adults and kids 17 and under are free. 

6:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays at 400 West Rich – head to Franklinton where the galleries stay open late with local vendors, food trucks and more!

6:30 PM – Kids Night Out! at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – drop your kids off to learn how to cook! This weekend’s theme is Mother’s Day. For ages 5 and up. Register online.

7:00 PM – Haroun and the Sea of Stories at Columbus School for Girls by CATCO for Kids – – this play is the story of Haroun, who sets off on an adventure filled with talking animals and magicians!

7:00 PM – Bishop Hartley High School presents “James and the Giant Peach” at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Bishop Hartley High School perform James and the Giant Peach!

SATURDAY

8:30 AM – Moms Get In Free for Mother’s Day at The Farm at Walnut Creek – all mothers will get free admission on Saturday only.

9:00 AM – West Gate Masonic Lodge Community Breakfast at West Gate Lodge No.623 F&AM – enjoy a large breakfast for a cause – $6 for adults and $3 for children and the proceeds benefit Special Olympics.

9:00 AM – Mother’s Day Stroller Strides Class at Highbanks Metro Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus North for a workout, snacks and a Mommy and Me photo session. Your first workout with FIT4MOM is free.

9:30 AM – Mommy and Me Picnic at Highbanks Metro Park – enjoy coffee and treats plus Mommy and Me photos. There will also be a chance to win prizes from Shred415.

10:00 AM – Mother’s Day Weekend at Franklin Park Conservatory – enjoy several activities throughout the weekend including releasing a butterfly, decorating a planter for mom, meeting animals from the Columbus Zoo and shopping the Mother’s Day Patio Sale!

10:00 AM – Mother’s Day Workshop at Columbus Printed Arts – learn how to carve styrofoam blocks to make relief prints and play with other printmaking techniques to create gifts for mom! Recommended for ages 3 and up. Snacks will be provided. Ticket sales end Thursday at 11:59 PM.

10:00 AM – Friends of the Upper Arlington Library Book Sale – thousands of books, videos and other items are on sale through May 19th in the atrium of the UA Main Library!

10:00 AM – Touch-A-Truck at Pickerington Community Pool – get up close to big trucks, engines and more!

10:00 AM – Healthy Kids Day 2019 at Scioto Audubon Metro Park – this free community event will encourage keeping your mind and body active during the summer. There will be games, obstacle courses, volleyball, entertainment, arts and crafts and more.

10:00 AM – Mommy and Me Mini Sessions at Franklin Park Community Gardens – $50 includes a 20 minute photo session and online gallery of 8 images. email to RSVP.

10:00 AM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

10:00 AM – Princess Tea Party at Amish Door – head to Holmes County for a Princess Tea Party which includes horse-drawn wagon rides, nail painting, crafts a story time and dancing!

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.]

10:00 AM – Columbus Children’s Theatre Presents Balloonacy at Hilliard’s Station Park – enjoy a free, live performance of “Balloonacy” by CCT in Hilliard’s Station Park.

10:00 AM – Kids Club Potted Paper Flower for Mom at Michaels Stores – for $3 kids can make a potted paper flower for mom. Sign up online.

10:15 AM – Oh là là, It’s French Storytime! at Upper Arlington Public Library – enjoy stories and songs in french! There will be two story times: ages 2-3 at 10:15 and ages 4-7 at 11:15.

10:30 AM – Mommy & Me at Never Grow Up Boutique – celebrate Mother’s Day by making an herb planter! Supplies will be provided. Tickets available online.

11:00 AM – Downtown Newark Food Truck and Soda Festival – head to Newark to try a large selection of food trucks and craft sodas!

11:00 AM – Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration at Get Air Columbus – all weekend long, mothers jump for free with their kids! There will be other activities on Sunday for the family!

11:00 AM – Charlie Tractor Storytime with Carrie Weyler at Prologue Bookshop – author Carrie Weyler will read from her Charlie Tractor Series inspired by growing up in Ohio! All ages welcome.

11:30 AM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

12:00 PM – Lancaster Community Days Festival at Lancaster Ohio Community Days Festival – this community festival includes rides, food, and a live performance by a Bon Jovi tribute band on Saturday! Admission is $2 for adults and kids 17 and under are free.

12:30 PM – Lancaster Princess Ball at The Mill Event Center – this event includes singing, dancing, music, meet and greets with the Princesses, and more! Tickets available online.

12:00 PM – Silhouette Artist Chris Casey at Pottery Barn Kids Columbus – – get a hand-cut classic silhouette of your little one! Schedule an appointment online.

1:00 PM – Monthly STEM Workshop Grades 3-5 at STEM U – drop in for STEM activities like coding, building and tinkering! Register online.

1:00 PM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

1:00 PM – Open Barn Days 2019 at Sunrise Sanctuary – visit Sunrise Sanctuary to meet the animals they care for. Purchase ticket online or day of if not sold out.

1:00 PM  – Mother’s Day Workshop at Columbus Printed Arts – learn how to carve styrofoam blocks to make relief prints and play with other printmaking techniques to create gifts for mom! Recommended for ages 3 and up. Snacks will be provided. Ticket sales end Thursday at 11:59 PM.

1:00 PM – Fire Truck & Ice Cream Social at Inspire Elementary School – meet local firemen and see their trucks! There will be family friendly activities and an ice cream social.

2:00 PM – Eagle Walk at Highbanks Metro Park – take a 3 mile hike to look for eagles. Ages 8 and up.

2:00 PM – MAKE A Mother’s Day Jewelry Holder at Michaels Stores – buy the wood frame and Michaels will supply the materials to decorate it.

2:30 PM – Haroun and the Sea of Stories at Columbus School for Girls by CATCO for Kids – – this play is the story of Haroun, who sets off on an adventure filled with talking animals and magicians!

6:00 PM – Creekside Art Walk at Creekside, Gahanna – visit Creekside businesses to see local artists and make sure to visit the Small steps pop-up gallery show at The Mug & Brush Barber Shop Creekside.

7:00 PM – Bishop Hartley High School presents “James and the Giant Peach” at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Bishop Hartley High School perform James and the Giant Peach!

SUNDAY 

9:00 AM – Mother’s Day at Columbus Zoo – enjoy free admission to mothers and grandmothers who are accompanied by at least one of their children/grandchildren, regardless of age.

9:00 AM – Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration at Get Air Columbus – all weekend long, mothers jump for free with their kids! There will be other activities on Sunday for the family!

10:00 AM – Mother’s Day Weekend at Franklin Park Conservatory – enjoy several activities throughout the weekend including releasing a butterfly, decorating a planter for mom, meeting animals from the Columbus Zoo and shopping the Mother’s Day Patio Sale!

10:00 AM – Zoo Babies presented by First Financial Bank at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – like baby animals? Take a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo to search out six-foot-tall stork statues that will be leading visitors to all of the the baby animals that have been born at the zoo recently! Included in admission.

11:00 AM – Lancaster Community Days Festival at Lancaster Ohio Community Days Festival – this community festival includes rides, food, and a live performance by a Bon Jovi tribute band on Saturday! Admission is $2 for adults and kids 17 and under are free. 

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – learn how to co-exist with your wild neighbors at this monthly open house! There will be an animal enrichment activity at 1:00 PM. $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

12:00 PM – Mother’s Day in the Park  at Homestead Metro Park – make crafts with mom and take part in a scavenger hunt!

12:30 PM – Mother’s Day Garden Adventure at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – help plant the vegetable and pollinator garden!

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings with a special code – book online!

1:00 PM – Friends of the Upper Arlington Library Book Sale – thousands of books, videos and other items are on sale through May 19th in the atrium of the UA Main Library!

1:00 PM – Mother’s Day Photos at Easton Town Center – celebrate Mother’s Day with free photos at the Central Park Fountain!

1:00 PM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

1:30 PM – Mother’s Day – Kids Cook Dinner at 1400 Food Lab – Food For Thought Kitchen will host this cooking class where kids will learn how to make a Mother’s Day dinner! Each ticket includes a seat at the table for one child and one mother or accompanying adult. Space is limited.

2:00 PM – Bishop Hartley High School presents “James and the Giant Peach” at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch Bishop Hartley High School perform James and the Giant Peach!

2:30 PM – Haroun and the Sea of Stories at Columbus School for Girls by CATCO for Kids – – this play is the story of Haroun, who sets off on an adventure filled with talking animals and magicians!

2:30 PM – Nutt and Bolt – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this 30 minute play is perfect for kids ages 2-6! Nutt and Bolt are two robots who like to dance, build towers and create new machines together!

3:00 PM – Mother’s Day Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – enjoy horse drawn carriage rides for $10/person, kids under 15 ride free. 

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