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What Should We Do This Weekend? October 21-23, 2016

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1. Circleville Pumpkin Show

When: Wednesday-Saturday, October 19-22, 2016
Time: click here for the schedule of events
Location: click here for maps and directions

This famous local celebration of pumpkins features lots of live music, story times, parades, pumpkin carving, a baby parade, big wheel races, food and craft vendors, rides and anything pumpkin you can imagine!

2. Halloween and Fall Harvest Parties at Columbus Recreation and Parks

When: Various Dates
Time: Various Times
Location: Your Local Recreation Center

Halloween and Fall Harvest parties start this weekend at your local Columbus Recreation and Parks locations! See the link for the dates and times at each location!

3. Roscoe Village 47th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival

When: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH 43812
Phone: 740-622-7644 or 800-877-1830

If you’re looking for a road trip this weekend, Roscoe Village is about 90 minutes from Columbus and this festival will offer artisan, craft and food vendors, bluegrass music, canal boat rides, a children’s activity area, Living History Tours, Spirit of Roscoe tours and of course, apple butter!

4. Fall Book Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild

When: Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016
Time: Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City, OH 43064

If your kids love books, don’t miss this warehouse sale featuring children’s and young adult books for just $5 each!

5. Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo

When: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: (614) 645-3400

Tour the zoo while trick or treating for goodies, visiting with special characters and more!

6. Haunted Statehouse Tours

When: Friday & Saturday, October 21-22, 2016
Time: Every half hour between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Location: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-728-9234

These tours, recommended for ages 12 and up, involve touring the Statehouse by lantern light, learning about the history and legends of the haunted Ohio Statehouse! There will be art activities prior to the tour! Tickets should be bought in advance online or by calling the number above.

7. The Wizard of Oz at Westgate Community Center

When: Friday – Sunday, October 21-23, 2016
Time: Friday: 7:00 PM, Saturday: 7:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: Auditorium, 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-645-3264

Tickets are $5 for this presentation of The Wizard of Oz by the Westgate Theater Co. and Carriage Place Players! See the link for information about the Empty Bowls event preceding the Saturday night performance!

8. Ghost Tours with Worthington History Museum

When: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Old Rectory, 50 West New England Ave., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

Take part in this spooky walking tour to learn about reported hauntings in Worthington! These tours are recommended for age 13 and up and tickets can be purchased for $15.00 at Fritzy Jacobs or The Shop at the Old Rectory!

9. Great Pumpkin Run in Grandview Heights

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 8:15 AM and 9:00 AM
Location: 1240 Oakland Ave., Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Phone: 614-488-3111

You can still register for this weekend’s 38th Annual Great Pumpkin Run 5K featuring a Kids Tiny Tot Race!

10. Fall Festival at Freeman’s Farm

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 2016
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-548-7866

I shared earlier this week about our trip to Freeman’s Farm! This weekend you can take a hayride, cook your own food over a campfire, pick a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, pet animals and shop the market!

11. Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: along Main St. in Old Hilliard

Hilliard’s businesses will be celebrating Halloween with trick or treat, a scavenger hunt, fun activities and a costume contest for kids and dogs!

12. All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Ohio Village will be open for Halloween 1890’s style, including a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

13. Sundays at Ohio Railway Museum

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 990 Proprietors Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-7345

Sundays will feature Halloween themed tours and goodie bags for the kids!

14. Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival at Easton

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Fenlon St., 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Bring your costumed pet for this fun fall event including prizes for the best costumes plus kids activities and carriage rides!

15. Trick or Treat Trail at Deer Haven Park

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4183 Liberty Rd., Delaware OH 43015
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 3

Children are invited to come in costume and collect treats from characters along a spooky trail! There will also be hayrides and pumpkin decorating!

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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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12 Columbus Parks to Try This Summer

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These 12 Columbus Parks and Playgrounds will keep your kids from being bored this summer in Columbus!

Change up your playground routine by picking one of these fun parks and playgrounds around the Columbus area! Most of these playgrounds have areas for various ages and stages. We have enjoyed exploring all of these playgrounds! Feel free to share any of your favorites in the comments below!

12 Columbus Parks to Try this Summer:

1. Friendship Park, Gahanna

  • 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

This park has a play area for younger kids and older kids, and the Gahanna Story Trail, where a story is on display for reading as you follow a path through the woods. Restrooms are available on site.

Playground at Friendship Park in Gahanna, Ohio

Friendship Park, Gahanna

Playground area at Friendship Park outside Columbus, Ohio

Friendship Park, Gahanna

2. Carriage Place Park, Columbus

  • 4900 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

This park is part of the Carriage Place Community Recreation Center and has a play area for older kids and younger kids. There is also a path around the park for walking, jogging, etc. Restrooms are available inside the Rec Center.

Playground at Carriage Park in Columbus, Ohio

Carriage Place Park, Columbus

 

playground area at Carriage Place Park in Columbus

Carriage Place Park, Columbus

3. Fancyburg Park, Upper Arlington

  • 3375 Kioka Avenue, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

This park has play areas for all ages, including toddlers. There is a shelter house with restrooms close to the playground. This park is also shady, which is nice! This is the site of several festivals in Upper Arlington throughout the year!

Fancyburg Park in Upper Arlington Ohio

Fancyburg Park, Upper Arlington

 

Kids playing on playground equipment at Fancyburg Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio

Fancyburg Park, Upper Arlington

4. Planet Westerville Playground, Westerville

  • 362 Huber Village Blvd., Westerville, OH 43081

This playground is part of the larger Huber Village Park and has a lot of opportunity for climbing and sliding for all ages! This park is fenced in, which is really nice. There is a restroom nearby and a shelter with picnic tables.

playground area at Planet Westerville Park

Planet Westerville Playground

toddler play structure at Planet Westerville Park, columbus Ohio

Planet Westerville Playground

5. Whetstone Park, Clintonville

  • 3923 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

The park pictured here is not the park next to the Whetstone Community Recreation Center, though there is a playground there as well! This play area is further into the park, past the Park of Roses. There is a super high slide here for your daredevils and a metal fire engine for climbing on. 

Fire Truck Play Structure at Whetstone Park, Columbus, Ohio

Whetstone Park, Columbus

There are port-a-potties near the park, but to get to an indoor restroom you’ll need to go back to the Rec Center or Library which is close by, but not within walking distance. There are picnic tables here and a pond nearby.

play structure at Whetstone Park in Columbus, Ohio

Whetstone Park, Columbus

6. Wyman Woods, Grandview Heights

  • 1016 Grandview Ave., Grandview Heights, OH 43212

This park just opened a few years ago and offers a lot of space for rock climbing! This park isn’t the best for toddlers (it’s recommended for ages 5-12), but there are some toddler swings and a small tunnel slide. 

Wyman Woods Park in Columbus, Ohio

Wyman Woods Park, Grandview

Seasonal restrooms are available at the shelter house and there are sand volleyball courts on site. Several picnic tables are also available. Another bonus here: free Wifi!

slide and swings at Wyman Woods Park in Grandview Heights, Ohio

Wyman Woods Park, Grandview

7. Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus

  • 400 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215

This playground is part of the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. There is a play area for older and younger kids and a mister for really hot days! There are several picnic tables with umbrellas overhead. The closest restrooms are at the nature center, which is a bit of a walk from the playground. 

playground area at Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus

There is a rock climbing wall and an obstacle course nearby, not to mention the gorgeous views of downtown from the park!

Rock Climbing structure at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus

8. Rocky Fork Metro Park, Westerville

  • 7180 Walnut St, Westerville, OH 43081

This metro park opened in 2015 and the playground here is simple, but unique. It’s mainly a slide and a wooden bridge, but it was fun for my kids to run around on. There is also a rope climbing area.

slide at Rocky Fork Metro Park playground near columbus, Ohio

Rocky Fork Metro Park, Westerville

If you visit this park, make sure to check out the large shelter area nearby where there are big wooden chairs for sitting and watching for wildlife! Restrooms are right by the playground.

boy running on playground area at Rocky Fork Metro Park

Rocky Fork Metro Park, Westerville

9. Henceroth Park, Grove City

  • 2075 Mallow Lane, Grove City, OH 43123

This park is a great park for younger kids, though there is a play structure for older kids as well. There is a train, boat, and jeep for climbing and driving. There’s also a butterfly garden and a wooded path for walking. 

train play structure at Henceroth Park in Grove City, Ohio

Henceroth Park, Grove City

No restrooms on site. (Someone please visit this one just to make it worth all the times I had to stop auto correct from making this Henceforth Park!) 😉

playground area at Henceroth Park, Grove City, Ohio

Henceroth Park, Grove City

10. Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

  • 2405 Wickliffe Rd, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221

Here’s a unique park to check out this summer! This park is the playground for Wickliffe Progressive School and is only available during non-school hours. 

Playground at Wycliffe Elementary, Upper Arlington, Ohio

Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

This park made up of a large, wooden structure also known as the Castle Park, and my kids love running around in here! There are also swings and, on the other side of the school, another play area set up like a little town. Restrooms are not available.

Castle Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio

Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

play structure at the Castle Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio

Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

11. Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville

  • 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road Westerville, OH 43081

This playground at Blendon Woods Metro Park is on the west side of the park near the Natural Play Area. My kids loved the tunnels to climb through. While you’re at the park, be sure to check out the Nature Center, too! 

Playground at Blendon Woods Metro Park, Ohio

Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville

There are restrooms at several locations in the Metro Park. You can also read about more things to do in the park in Exploring Blendon Woods Metro Park!

boy at playground at Blendon Woods Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville

12. Westgate Park, Columbus

  • 455 S. Westgate Ave. Columbus, OH 43204

This fun playground is part of the Westgate Community Recreation Center. There are two playgrounds here, a pond, two murals and a small shelter with picnic tables. Restrooms are available in the Rec Center. 

playground at Westgate Park, Columbus Ohio

Westgate Park, Columbus

This is also the location for the large letters A, B, C that were moved to the park from Westland Mall.

Columbus Bluejackets Playground at Westgate Park in Columbus, Ohio

Westgate Park, Columbus

If that’s not enough for you, I’ve also got more parks listed in these posts: 6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers and Coffee + Park: 3 Parks Within Walking Distance of a Coffee Shop. Happy park hopping! 🙂

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Coffee + Park: 3 Parks Within Walking Distance of a Coffee Shop

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Spring is in the air and park season is upon us.  All of us parents, weary from passing endless hours indoors, break out of our shells, stretch and yawn, opening our eyes to the bright sunshine.  It’s time to head outside.  And I know what you need:  coffee.  If I had a nickel for every parent I see at the park holding a cup of coffee, I would at least be drinking a Venti right now.

What am I giving you in this post?  Three coffee/park combinations.  And my promise to you is that these will be easy to do.  I have chosen three places where you can, with the least amount of effort, pick up your coffee and head to the park.  Sure, you could go through the drive through . . . but I’m all about making this an “outing” that’s fun for the child AND the parent.  Stop by the coffee shop and then head to the park . . . that’s what spring’s all about, isn’t it?

1. Luck Bros’ Coffee House + Pierce Field

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You can literally see the coffee shop from the park. Easy Peasy.

You can literally see the coffee shop from the park. Easy Peasy.

It doesn’t get much easier than this when it comes to coffee and park proximity!  I stopped in for coffee and got tempted by the yummy chocolate chip cookies.  We stayed here to share a cookie and then headed across the street to the park.  Pierce Field has two play areas, one for older kids and one for younger.  There is also a smaller slide and a lady bug to ride on for the toddler set.  The park is fenced in and restrooms are available.  This park also has free wi-fi!

Coffee:  Luck Bros’ Coffee House, 1101 W 1st Ave, Grandview Heights, OH, 43212

Park:  Pierce Field, 1st Ave, between Oxley and Northwest Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH, 43212

Where to Park: I recommend parking on 1st Ave, which separates the park from the coffee shop.  You can park in the parking lot in front of the shops or on the road along the park.

2. Caffe Apropos + Harrison Park

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Coffee to park is a mere 4 block walk in this case.  Caffe Apropos serves a large selection of coffee drinks and features a hopping happy hour if you’re arriving after nap time!  My favorites here are the Italian sodas, lattes and cookies from Pattycake Bakery.  Harrison Park (which is a different park from Harrison West Park if you happen to be Googling) is a newer park with a great play area for toddlers (and one for older kids, too!).  The park is along the Olentangy River and the bike path.  There’s a lot of green space here for running around, too.  There are no restrooms available (so you might want to limit your caffeine intake! 😉 ).

Coffee:  Caffe Apropos, 443 W. 3rd Ave., Columbus OH, 43201 (on the corner of 3rd Ave. and Michigan Ave.)

Park:  Harrison Park, on Harrison Park Place between W. 1st and W. 2nd avenues.

Where to Park:  There is only street parking available here but it is free and without a time limit.  I recommend parking on Harrison Park Place, right along the park and then walking to the coffee shop.  If parking is unavailable there, one of the parallel streets will work just fine – Michigan tends to be busy so try Perry, or Oregon between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue.

3. Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees + Schiller Park

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Be forewarned that your kids will want chocolate when you get to Winans to order your coffee.  Who wouldn’t?!  The coffee is good and perusing the beautifully made chocolates is worth the stop on its own!  When we visited, the friendly staff gave my kids a free treat – which was awesome!  The walk to the playground will set you back about a half a mile through the park, but walking through the park is, well, a walk in the park.  Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!  You could add in a detour around the pond to feed the ducks or through Huntington Garden, around the Statue of Schiller, which is beautiful in the springtime!  The playground area is great for all ages.  My kids have loved playing on the train.  The playground is pretty well fenced in and shady!  Restrooms are available.

Coffee: Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees, 897 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206,  Hours: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Park:  Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St., Columbus, OH 43206

Where to Park:  My first suggestion would be to park on Reinhard, along the park.  Winans is about 2 blocks from the park entrance on Reinhard.  The playground is on the other side of the park, and there is also a parking lot inside the park, closer to the playground area, if you want to start there.  (Enter at the corner of Jaeger and Deshler).

I hope you have as much fun trying out these combinations as we did!

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