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Groovy Plants Ranch is A Plant Lover’s Heaven!

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Groovy Plants Ranch in Marengo, Ohio is a plant lovers dream come true! Greenhouses filled with cacti, house plants and succulents and rows of annuals and perennials are a delight!

Like many of you, during 2020 I became more interested in gardening, flowers and houseplants! I had been following Groovy Plants Ranch on Instagram and seen friends post about their visits for a couple of months when we finally seized a free afternoon and drove out to Marengo, Ohio to see this magical place for ourselves!

Groovy Plants Ranch entrance sign

Groovy Plants opened in 2016 in Morrow County, Ohio after owners, Jared and Liz Hughes had years of success selling succulents at farmers markets and online! What started with succulents has now become a two acre property filled with greenhouses, annuals and perennials, cacti, bulbs, container gardens and so much more!

inside the houseplant greenhouse at Groovy Plants Ranch

The trip to this greenhouse heaven is around 30 minutes from downtown Columbus. “The Ranch” bills themselves as offering “Unique and Unusual Plants” and here’s just a taste of what you will find when you visit:

Annuals and Perennials at Groovy Plants Ranch

fall flowers and plants for sale at Groovy Plants Ranch in Marengo Ohio

All kinds of annual and perennial plants are for sale at The Ranch! Of course what you find will vary depending on the season, but I was obsessed with the colorful mums and other fall plants for sale at our September visit!

Pumpkins!

two boys looking at the pumpkins for sale at Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch had a surprising number of pumpkins and gourds available! I wasn’t even expecting pumpkins when we planned our visit! I had been telling my kids I wasn’t going to buy pumpkins until October but now you can guess what was the first thing we picked out!

The Schoolhouse at Groovy Plants Ranch

Cacti Greenhouse

inside the Cactus Nursery at Groovy Plants Ranch

My kids were equal parts scared and fascinated by the catcti. Scared enough to keep their hands off but fascinated enough to want to take a second trip through!

House Plants

two boys inside the house plant greenhouse at Groovy Plants Ranch

The selection of house plants at Groovy Plants Ranch is inspiring and addicting! Houseplants have not been something I have ventured into personally, but I bought one here that promises, on its card, to be “easy”. We shall see.

boy carrying a pumpkin inside the greenhouse

Page Town Schoolhouse

Inside the Page Town School at Groovy Plants Ranch in Marengo, Ohio

At the front of the property you will notice the Page Town School which was built in 1869. The building now houses bulbs, Groovy Plants Ranch gear and clothing and is a spot for classes and special events!

bulbs for sale

Atmosphere of Fun at Groovy Plants Ranch!

Yes, Groovy Plants Ranch has its practical purposes. Buying plants for your home, indoors or outdoors, is the number one reason for visiting! The number two reason is just how cool the place is! (Or should I say “groovy”?) It’s just so fun! Visiting is like entering a fantasy world or being a fairy in a fairy garden! Here are some of the fun aspects you won’t want to miss!

Two boys holding pumpkins in front of the VW Bus at Groovy Plants Ranch

Plants and flowers at the Groovy Plants Ranch

Mercantile Market covered in Spanish moss.\ rusted tractor covered in flowers at Groovy Plants Ranch

VW Bus and other plants at Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants ranch is open year round selling vegetables and flowers in the spring and summer and pumpkins, mums and other fall plants in the fall. They remain open in the winter with reduced hours, continuing to sell house plants, succulents and more!

AND if you can’t visit in person, you can shop their online store and have the plants delivered to your house!

Know Before You Go:

Groovy Plants Ranch
Address: 4140 Co Rd 15, Marengo OH 43334
Phone: 740-675-2681 
Visit their website
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (double check for seasonal hours during the winter!)

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16 Things to Do at Leeds Farm

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Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio is the ultimate Pumpkin Farm experience! With activities for all ages, hayrides, a zip line, pumpkins and tons more, your family will enjoy a day out at Leeds Farm!

A big thanks to Leeds Farm for sponsoring this post!

*In 2019, Leeds Farm is celebrating their 25th anniversary by offering a 25% discount on regular admission and combo passes during opening weekend: September 21st and 22nd!*

Leeds Farm is HUGE. If you’re looking for a do-it-all and then some pumpkin farm experience, this is it! On our first visit, I was completely in awe! We knew they offered a lot of activities, but the size of the farm still took us by surprise! We look forward to visiting Leeds Farm each year!

16 Things to Do at Leeds Farm:

Leeds Farm North Barn

Don’t let the size and scope of the farm intimidate you though, because the size actually makes the experience better! We typically visit on opening day, at the same time as the Autism Festival, when there are tons of people there. The fact that the farm is so big and there are so many things to do means that it hasn’t felt jam packed and the lines for activities have not been super long. There are literally acres of space to spread out!

Leeds Farm Straw Barn

One of the great things about Leeds Farm is that there is truly something for everyone. If you have toddlers, there’s the corn bin, animals to feed, pumpkins to pick, and a hayride. If you have active elementary school kids, there are pedal carts, a mini zip line, the pumpkin jump (a big orange trampoline), big slides and more! If you have middle schoolers (or kids 52+ inches tall) and up, there’s The Big Zip Line in addition to all the other activities!

A full food menu is also available meaning you don’t have to leave the farm at meal time! And don’t forget to visit The Back Porch for kettle corn!

Wondering what there is to do at Leeds farm?

Here’s a break down of all the things there are to do at Leeds farm! Your admission allows you access to all of these activities except paintball and The Big Zip, so you can feel free to pick and choose the activities that are best suited for your kids without having to tack on additional costs.

If you have babies and toddlers, keep reading because I will also tell you how to experience the farm without paying for activities your little kids might not be able to do!

1. Take a Hay Ride

Leeds Farm Hay Rides

leeds farm hay ride

There are three Hayrides going at a time and the hayride lasts 10-15 minutes so the process operates like a well oiled machine! Throughout the ride, keep your eyes peeled for “animals” in the woods!

leeds farm hayride

2. Pick a Pumpkin

Leeds Farm pumpkins

There are lots of pumpkins to choose from and carts available to carry your treasures to your car! The pumpkins are outside the Farm Shop and inside are lots of other gourds, pumpkins and squash to choose from!

Leeds Farm pumpkin barn

Leeds Farm pumpkin picking

Leeds Farm pumpkin picking

3. Eat

Leeds Farm apple cider slushy

Inside the North Barn is a cafe with lots of food to choose from, from main courses like shredded chicken sandwiches, sausage, hot dogs and chili, to snacks and desserts such as nachos, soft pretzels, donuts, pie and my favorite, apple cider slushies!

Leeds Farm food

Don’t miss the Back Porch where the kettle corn is made and sold!

Leeds Farm Kettle Corn

4. Feed Animals

Leeds Farm feeding animals

Kids can feed the animals at the farm and cups of feed are $1/piece. (Cash only here.) My kids loved sending the food down the tubes to feed the donkeys! The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop in the barn!

Leeds Farm animal feed

Leeds Farm donkeys

5. Slide

Leeds Farm Slide

Leeds Farm

If sliding is your thing, you’ve got lots of options at Leeds Farm! There are at least 4 areas where there are slides and they are of varying heights and fear factors, including one slide coming from a combine!

Leeds Farm Slides

Leeds Farm Combine Slide

Leeds Farm Slide

6. Jump on a Humongous Pumpkin

Leeds Farm Pumpkin Jump

This big huge orange thing is a trampoline of sorts! It’s called the Pumpkin Jump and it’s tons of fun – I’ve done it myself!

7. Roll in a Tube

Leeds Farm Big Tubes

Want to roll around in a tube? You can do that too!

Leeds Farm Big Tubes

8. Ride in the Holstein Hustle

Leeds Farm Holstein Huddle

Anyone who can fit can ride in the Holstein Hustle for a trip around the farm!

9. Zip Line

Leeds Farm Big Zip

There are two options for zip lining: The Big Zip Line and the Mini Zip Lines. The Mini Zip Lines are perfect for those between 3 and 4 feet tall! The Big Zip is an additional cost and you must be at least 52 inches tall and under 250 lbs.

Leeds Farm Mini Zip Line

10. Play in Corn

Leeds Farm Corn Barn

You know this is where my kids spent the biggest chunk of their time – digging, scooping and dumping corn with vehicles! Warning: your kids will be covered in corn dust (is that a thing?) when they are done!

Leeds Farm Corn Bin

11. Play in a Straw Fort

Leeds Farm Straw Barn

This is a great play area for the younger kids. Parents can see in, nobody gets lost and it’s a fun space for the little ones to run around!

12. Watch Pigs Race

Leeds Farm Pig Races

We didn’t get to see a pig race firsthand, but several times a day, pigs are raced around this arena! I’m bummed we missed it because it sounds like a hoot!

13. Drive a Pedal Cart

Leeds Farm Pedal Carts

Pedal carts are fun for the kids and your little ones can get pushed if they can’t reach the pedals!

Leeds Farm Pedal Carts

14. Shoot a Paintball Gun

This activity is one of the few things that is not included in your admission but it is just $2 for a bucket of 15 paintballs or $5 for 50.

15. Climb the Tire Tower

Leeds Farm Tire Tower

New in 2018 is the Tire Tower! Lots of fun climbing entertainment right here!

16. Ride an Iron Horse

Leeds Farm Horse Corral

Another new addition in 2018 is the Iron Horse Corral! My youngest son LOVES horses so he did not want to leave this area until he had ridden every single horse at least 3 times. 😉

Leeds Farm Horse Corral

How to do it all: Admission to the farm includes all activities except paintball and the Big Zip. When you pay, you get a sticker to wear that allows you access to all of the activity areas. Check out the Combo Deal too! General Admission plus 1 Big Zip is $15 for Kids & Adults.

How to do some of it: A lot of the activities at Leeds Farm are geared toward ages 3 and up, but that doesn’t have to stop parents of babies from having fun! Or maybe you’re looking for a scaled down farm experience. If so, it is free to visit the animals in the barn (and a cup of feed is only $1). You can also shop for pumpkins, squash, and gourds with no admission fee. Pumpkins range from $2.50 for pie pumpkins up to $15 for the biggest pumpkins. You can also tack on a hayride a la cart for $5/person.

Know Before You Go:

  • Leeds Farm is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM beginning September 21 through October 27, 2019. They are open one Friday only: October 18th, 2019.
  • Admission to Farm Activities is as follows:
    • Kids 3-18: $12
    • Adults 19-54: $10
    • Kids 2 and under: Free
    • Adults 55+: Complimentary
    • Group Rate ($9) is available for 10 or more General Admissions purchased at the same time or $14/person for 10 Combo Tickets. (Tip: Go together with another family or two to access this group rate!)
    • Parking: No charge
    • Big Zip: $5
    • Combo: General Admission and 1 Big Zip, $15 for Kids & Adults 
    • Paintball on the Porch: $2 for 15 paintballs or $5 for 50
  • Guests are welcome to visit the animals in the barnyard and shop for pumpkins, squash, gourds with no admission fee.
  • Check out the Farm Map to get your bearings before you go!

Hey Moms, does all of this look fun but you secretly wish you could do it without your kids? Then make sure you get tickets for Witches Night Out on October 2nd!

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

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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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

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

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

Friday, October 28, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:00 PM – Uptown Madness in Uptown Westerville

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

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

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00 PM – Halloween Lantern Hike at Blacklick Woods

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

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 31, 2016

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

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

More Halloween Fun

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

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

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

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On a personal note . . .

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

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

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

Happy Halloween!

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