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93 Things to Do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus

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Looking for things to do in Columbus around Thanksgiving? If you have family in town and/or a few days off of work and are looking for something to do, check out this list of 93 events and things to do Thanksgiving week in Columbus!

93 Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus:

If there’s a chance you’ll need to walk (or skate) off an extra piece of pie (or two) or get bickering family members out of the house….tuck this list away! And have a happy week of thankfulness! (As always, please double check the link for exact details, dates and times!) There will not be an additional What Should We Do This Weekend? post this week. This is the list! 🙂

Things to Do Any Time Thanksgiving Week:

Light Tunnel at Conservatory Aglow

Tunnel of Light at Franklin Park Conservatory.

1. Conservatory Aglow is happening at Franklin Park Conservatory! While you’re there, check out the Gingerbread Competition.

2. Wildlights is in full swing all weekend at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!

3. Visit LEGOLAND Columbus Discovery Center at Easton Town Center. LEGOLAND is open 365 days a year. Thanksgiving Hours are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and the last admission is at 3:00 PM.

Light Tunnel at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio in Hebron, Ohio

Drive Through Tunnel at WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio!

4. Drive through WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio in Hebron, Ohio to see over 1 million synchronized LED lights! Open every night from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

5. Christmas at the Castle, a Kingdom of Lights! at Landoll’s Mohican Castle features over 100,000 lights, a Christmas tree, holiday music and visits from Santa! This event will be $8.00 per car on Friday & Saturday nights, free Sunday-Thursday nights.

Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights, Alum Creek Campground

Drive Through Lights at Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights!

6. Drive through Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights, a holiday light display at Alum Creek Park Campground any night through January 1st, 5:30 PM – 9:30, until 10:30 on Friday and Saturday.

7. Take a road trip to visit the PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

8. Drop a letter in Santa’s Mailbox in Pickerington beginning Wednesday.

9. Check out the Thanksgiving Weekend special at Ten Pin Alley. Each day beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday there are different deals including $3 laser tag, half off arcade games, kids eat free and more! (Check the link for each day’s deals.)

10. For many people this is the week to get their Christmas Tree! Pick a farm or tree lot from this list of Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus and Beyond!

11. Friday through Sunday you can take a Holiday Carriage Ride at Easton Town Center!

12. Sign up for a Family Gingerbread House Decorating class at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna.

13. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is playing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday only at Ohio Theatre!

Holiday Train at Columbus Metropolitan Library

Holiday Train at Main Library, Columbus.

14. Visit the Holiday Train at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Main Library downtown! Or check out one of these 5 Holiday Trains Around Columbus!

15. Clifton Mill Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving! Gates open at 5:00 every night and the display runs through New Year’s Eve!

Think Outside the Brick LEGO Exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art.

Think Outside the Brick LEGO Exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art.

16. Think Outside the Brick is now on display at Columbus Museum of Art! This LEGO set up shouldn’t be missed and would make a great weekend outing! Don’t forget the museum is free on Sundays!

17. Drive through the Fairfield County Festival of Lights at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. This light display goes on opens Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Day!

18. Winterfest opens at Kings Island on November 22 and operates select nights through December 31. . It includes ice skating, holiday characters, millions of lights, holiday shows, carolers, and the park will included 10 winter wonderlands to visit.

boy standing in Mall at Tuttle Crossing looking down on Santa.

Santa at his post at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing.

19. Take photos with Santa at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing. Check the link for times.

20. Take photos with Santa at Easton Town Center. Check the link for times.

21. Take photos with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place. Check the link for times.

22. Drop a letter to Santa in Grandview Heights and get a letter back!

23. Visit Bubbles the Elf at Grandview Heights Public Library for a free activity each day!

24. Play with Purpose at Tree of Life Play + Cafe: bring in a donation of new hats, gloves or scarves for the Good Tidings Winter Wear store at SON Ministries through December 6 and get 50% off regular priced admission to Tree of Life Play + Cafe.


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!


Holiday Lights in Bicentennial Park, Columbus, Ohio

Holiday Lights in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Monday, November 25, 2019:

25. Play with Purpose at Tree of Life Play + Cafe!

26. Attend a Turkey Handprint Play Date at The Shops at Worthington Place.

27. Spend a Messy Monday Afternoon at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus.

28. Do Thanksgiving Crafts at Highbanks Metro Park.

29. Attend a second Turkey Handprint Play Date at The Shops at Worthington Place.

Christmas tree made of lights at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio

Lights at WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019:

30. Go to Farm & Forest School at Sunbury Urban Farm.

31. Celebrate Taco Tuesday at The Kitchen!

32. Watch Elf (Free Screening) at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.

33. Play Family Fun and Games at Homestead Metro Park.

hanging holiday decor at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

Holiday Decor at Franklin Park Conservatory.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019: 

34. Go to Farm & Forest School at Sunbury Urban Farm.

35. Skate and Bounce at Skate Zone 71.

36. Play Family Fun and Games at Homestead Metro Park.

37. Take advantage of Cheap Skate Wednesdays at United Skates of America – Refugee Rd.

38. Make Cedar Wood Creations at Creative Art Bar Hilliard.

39. Thanksgiving Eve Glow Skate at Skate Zone 71.

40. Leave the kids at home for Thanksgiving Adult Skates at Skate Zone 71.

Blendon Woods Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

Blendon Woods Metro Park

Thursday, November 28, 2019, THANKSGIVING DAY:

Happy Thanksgiving! Lots of chances to burn off that extra piece of pie (not that you need to …..)

41. Run the Chase Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Upper Arlington – use the code “esff” for $6 off your registration!

42. Turkey Trot! in Blendon Woods Metro Park.

43. Another chance for Thanksgiving Adult Skates at Skate Zone 71.

44. Family Thanksgiving Skate at United Skates of America – Refugee Rd.

Trees at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Friday, November 29, 2019:

Black Friday doesn’t have to mean shopping! Check out these fun things to do!

45. Visit Christmas at the Market at Lynd Fruit Farm.

46. Take a Black Friday Hike at Clear Creek Metro Park (this one is a bit intense).

47. Run around at Toddler Open Gym at Thompson Recreation Center.

48. Go Black Friday Rollerskating at Skate Zone 71. (3 different times today!)

49. Learn about Ohioans in sports at Thanksgiving Family Friday at Ohio History Center.

50. Drop off the kids for Kids Sew, Parents Go! at The Sewing Hive!

51. Opt Outside: Hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

52. Attend Toddler Time with Fine Motor Friday at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus.

53. Enjoy Indoor Amusements at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm!

54. Find your tree at the Annual Christmas Tree Sale at Saint Mary School German Village.

55. Black Friday Rollerskating again at Skate Zone 71.

56. Check out the Dazzling Christmas Lights First Night in Westerville.

57. See the 71st Annual Lighting of The Licking County Courthouse.

58. Pizza Skate with the Trolls at Skate Zone 71.

59. Watch the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena.

60. See the 2nd Annual LDP Lighting Event! at Lucy Depp Park, a drive through light experience!

61. Tired of turkey? How about Friday Nights Unlimited Pizza Skate at Skate Zone 71?

62. Have Hot Cocoa with Queen Elsa! at Susie’s Bistro & Bakery.

Christmas Trees at HTH Farm Market, Columbus, Ohio

HTH Farm Market

Saturday, November 30, 2019:

63. Take a Fall Bird Walk at Deer Haven Park.

62. Shop Small Business Saturday in Grove City

63. Santa is Coming to Sunny Street Cafe!

64. Run the Columbus Hungry Turkey 5k/10k in Genoa Park.

65. Shop Small Business Saturday at Gramercy Books!

66. Take part in Moonlight Madness at Tanger Outlets.

67. Attend a Sensory Friendly Storytime at Barnes & Noble – Easton.

68. Check out the Annual Christmas Tree Sale at Saint Mary School German Village.

69. Attend Christmas at the Market at Lynd Fruit Farm.

70. Shop Small Business Saturday with Natterdoodle!

71. Attend a Saturday Storytime at Barnes & Noble – Dublin.

72. Get Free MEALS for KIDS! at Hilltop YMCA.

73. Shop the Holiday Bazaar at Vertical Adventures.

74. Do Gingerbread House Decorating with Mrs. Turbo’s Cookies.

75. Enjoy Indoor Amusements at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm

76. Take part in Family Turkey Talk at Blendon Woods Metro Park

77. Watch Ohio Roller Derby’s Halloween vs. Christmas game: The Skatemare Before Christmas in the Lausche Building!

78. Head south for the Ashville Christmas Parade!

The word "Rejoice" in lights at Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights in Columbus, Ohio

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

Sunday, December 1, 2019:

79. Take the kids to Toddler Time! at Get Air Pickerington.

80. Relax with Kids Yoga & Storytime – GoYoga + Cover to Cover at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

81. Another chance for the Annual Christmas Tree Sale at Saint Mary School German Village.

82. Celebrate Christmas in the Gardens at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center.

83. Shop Christmas at the Market at Lynd Fruit Farm.

84. Shop Moonlight Madness at Tanger Outlets.

85. Attend the Holiday Bazaar & Tree Lighting in the Short North Arts District.

86. Create Holiday Stack-ables at Creative Art Bar Hilliard.

87. Visit the 10th-Annual HolidayVille in Clintonville.

88. Shop the Holiday Artisan Market at 3060 ARTWORKS.

89. Attend the Holiday Open House in Old Worthington!

90. Send Letters to Santa in Hilliard!

91. Visit Seldom Seen Glaciers in Battelle Darby Metro Park (ages 13 and up!).

92. Attend a Disney Junior Holiday Party! at the Palace Theatre.

93. Watch the Hilliard Tree Lighting in Hilliard’s Station Park.

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93 Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus, Ohio


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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio October 26-28, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 90 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, Ohio this weekend including all the fall festival weekend activities happening around Central Ohio!

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Fall Fun Friday at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – wear a costume and get half off admission! Bring a friend and get a free cookie!

9:00 AM – The Haunted Maze

 at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this scary maze is free during regular business hours at Hoover Gardens through October 31st. Parents use your best judgement and consider escorting younger children through the maze!

10:00 AM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

10:30 AM – Read it, Make it, Eat it – Room on the Broom at PARTY Like It’s Your Birthday – this event includes a story time and two crafts based on the theme as well as a snack! Recommended for ages 2-5. $15/child.

11:00 AM – Halloween Weekend: Kid Costume at Ten Pin Alley – kids 15 and under who come in costume will receive one free laser tag mission!

11:00 AM – Illumination Film Festival at Marcus Theatres – The Illumination Family Film Festival features four animated films from the recent past for just $5 per ticket, Friday, October 26, through Thursday, November 1. The films include: Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me and The Lorax. All four movies will play each day of the festival.

12:00 PM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be on sale for $5 a book! There will also be food trucks on site!

4:00 PM – Howl-O-Ween at Ohio Wildlife Center – this family friendly event includes a trail walk and visits from “spooky” animals! $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

5:00 PM – $5 Friday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – this event includes $5 pony and horse rides and a free petting zoo! No reservation needed.

5:00 PM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – dress up in costume and trick or treat around various vendors and organizations at the Zoo! There will be special activities, meet and greets and performances!

5:00 PM – Boo at the Shroom! at Mellow Mushroom (Dublin, OH) – this free event at Mellow Mushroom in Dublin includes face painting, balloon twisting, and goodie bags! There will be crafts and the staff will be in costume! Come in costume!

5:30 PM – Trick or Treat at The Shops at Worthington Place – this Halloween event includes a balloon artist, face painting, crafts and candy!

6:00 PM – SuperGames Open Play! at SuperGames – open play is available on a first come first served basis! Cost is $10/child.

6:00 PM – Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville – stores in Uptown Westerville will be open late and decorated for Halloween! There will be horse drawn carriage rides, spooky activities, a Haunted Garden, Wands and Wizards at the Westerville Library, candy and more!

6:00 PM – Obetz Halloween Party at Dixon Quarry – this free event includes trunk or treat, games, prizes, a haunted hay ride, costume contest and more!

6:00 PM – Halloween Themed Parents Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – kids can be dropped off for this Halloween themed evening including games, crafts and snacks! Call the gym to register.

6:00 PM – Wizards & Wands Festival at Westerville Public Library – Enjoy a walk-through experience of activities as the library is transformed into a wizarding wonderland with spirited storefronts, puzzling platforms, bizarre buses & much more. This is a free event and no registration is required! Costumes are encouraged!

6:00 PM – Trick or Treat Trail at Prairie Township Community Center – come dressed in costume to walk through the trick or treat trail and collect candy! This is a free event!

6:30 PM – Free Family Halloween Party at Vineyard Community Church – take part in a trunk or treat, enjoy inflatables, Halloween movies, games and activities. Come in costume!

6:30 PM – Movies in the Park and Halloween Fun at Westgate Community Recreation – enjoy Halloween activities inside the Rec Center and then enjoy the movie Monster House outside in the park. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

7:00 PM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

7:00 PM – Family Pumpkin Night at Picassos – families can paint, carve and decorate pumpkins! This event is $45/family and includes supplies, snacks and 3 pumpkins.

7:30 PM – Haunted Wagon Rides

 at Young’s Jersey Dairy – take a scary wagon ride around Young’s Jersey Dairy! This is for families, but it will be scary!

8:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!


A BIG Thank You to Westerville Public Library for sponsoring this post!

Don’t miss the Wizards & Wands Festival this Friday night at 6:00 PM! Experience the spellbinding magic of your library with a celebration of all things fantastical during Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville on Friday, October 26, 2018. Enjoy a walk-through experience of activities as the library is transformed into a wizarding wonderland with spirited storefronts, puzzling platforms, bizarre buses & much more.

This is a free event and no registration is required! Costumes are encouraged!

Hosted by the Westerville Public Library. Learn more: http://www.westervillelibrary.org/wizards


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Fall Festivals Happening On the Weekends in Columbus and Central Ohio

Please click each link for exact times and details! Also check: Central Ohio Fall Farms and Festivals for more apple and pumpkin farms!

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!

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 29 – October 31, 2017. Hayrides, corn maze, fire pit and hotdogs and s’mores for roasting (bring your own or purchase there), straw maze, sand box, pumpkins, games and activities!

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 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!

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 Family Fun at Miller’s Country Gardens – Saturdays and Sundays there will be hayrides, barrel rides for kids, a play area, straw tunnel, corn maze and animal barn! Take a hayride to pick your own pumpkin!


ICYMI: Halloween Events Around Columbus

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Halloween Market at Worthington Farmers Market – the Farmer’s Market gets a little spooky this week with witches brew and scary snacks! Wear a costume – there will be contests!

8:00 AM – Nostalgic Treat Saturday at Bake Me Happy – celebrate Bake Me Happy’s anniversary with nostalgic treats made gluten free! There will also be coffee drinks available!

9:00 AM – Applebutter & Horseradish Day at Lawrence Orchards – stir apple butter and taste fresh horseradish! There will be hayrides and a hay maze and corn pit.

9:00 AM – Junior Library Guild Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild – hundreds of children’s and young adult books will be on sale for $5 a book! There will also be food trucks on site!

9:00 AM – Miss Em’s Jewelry Pop-Up! at The Shops at Worthington Place – Miss Em’s is having a pop up sale at The Shops at Worthington Place. Mention What Should We Do Today? Columbus for 10% off!

9:00 AM – Read with the Deputy at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – hear a story read by the deputy! Books will also be given away at this event.

9:00 AM – The Haunted Maze

 at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this scary maze is free during regular business hours at Hoover Gardens through October 31st. Parents use your best judgement and consider escorting younger children through the maze!

9:30 AM – Stroller Strides Pumpkin Workout and Playdate at Fancyburg Park – bring a medium sized pumpkin to this workout and decorate it afterwards with your kids! Your first workout with FIT4MOM is free! The play date is also free to attend.

10:00 AM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

10:00 AM – Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – during regular business hours there will be a Halloween celebration including prizes, a seasonal scavenger hunt in MAINLAND, family-friendly activities and Halloween-themed builds. Costumes welcome!

10:00 AM – Trick or Treat at the Conservatory at Franklin Park Conservatory – come in costume to trick or treat through the Conservatory and Children’s Garden! Stations are inside and outside! Included with admission.

10:00 AM – CCT Costume Parking Lot Bonanza at Columbus Children’s Theatre – find your Halloween (or just because) costume when Columbus Children’s Theatre cleans out their collection! Most pieces will be $1!

10:00 AM – Halloween Weekend: Kid Costume at Ten Pin Alley – kids 15 and under who come in costume will receive one free laser tag mission!

10:00 AM – Fall Fun Day at Dutch Mill Greenhouse – this even includes free pumpkins for kids to decorate, popcorn and cider, a food trucks, sales and discounts!

10:00 AM – Trick or Tweet at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – this Halloween event for preschoolers includes a not so scary story time and goodie bags! Come in costume! See info in link for registration info.

10:00 AM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – dress up in costume and trick or treat around various vendors and organizations at the Zoo! There will be special activities, meet and greets and performances!

10:00 AM – Halloween Hoot at Gateway Film Center – enjoy lobby activities, family friendly films and music between the films by The Shazzbots! Free with a canned good donation to the Open Shelter.

10:00 AM – Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – this open play time will include Halloween activities! There will be crafts, snacks, a Halloween Music Class and more. $12 for the first child, $10 for siblings.

10:00 AM – Halloween Hoopla! at Marysville Public Library – this Halloween party includes treats, crafts, pumpkin painting and more!

10:00 AM – Halloween ComicFest at The Laughing Ogre – this event includes free comics, and candy, a light sabre demonstration, and music by The Shazzbots! They will also be collecting food for The South Side Community Ministries Food Pantry.

11:00 AM – Boo ‘n Brew at Polaris Fashion Place – every Saturday in October there will be a Halloween celebration including trick or treating, craft zone, food trucks, princess, costume parade, live music and more!

11:00 AM – Skylarks Toys & Comic Annual Halloween ComicFest at Skylarks Toys & Comics – this festival includes games, candy, costume contests, free comics and more!

11:00 AM – Creepside Festival at Creekside Park & Plaza – this free “not so scary” event includes live music, games, activities, trick or treat, escape rooms, inflatables and more!

11:00 AM – Pony Rides, Pumpkins & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – get a pony ride and a pumpkin for $8! There will be free hay rides, free petting zoo and other farm activities.

11:00 AM – Heritage Day at Weaver Park – this event includes family friendly, historical activities including a hay ride, make your own bookmark, and demonstrations from a blacksmith, broom maker and more!

12:00 PM – Howl-O-Ween at Ohio Wildlife Center – this family friendly event includes a trail walk and visits from “spooky” animals! $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

1:00 PM – Highbanks Harvest Fest at Highbanks Metro Park – come in costume for a hayride, halloween crafts, games, campfire and more!

1:00 PM – Floating Pumpkin Patch at Worthington Pools – jump in the pool and pick a pumpkin, dry it off and decorate it! You can preregister online to insure your spot. $5/person.

2:00 PM – Trunk or Treat at Barnett Recreation Center – come in costume to trick or treat in a safe environment.

2:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

3:00 PM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

4:00 PM – Halloween Sing-a-long Costume Parade at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church – this is a free music show for families that includes a costume parade! There will be audience participation, instruments, bubbles and games!

4:00 PM – Candy by the Carload in the City of Powell Local Government – trick or treat in the parking lot of the municipal Building!

5:00 PM – A Haunted Night in the Gardens at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this event includes games, a haunted maze, face painting, costume contest, pumpkin painting and more!

6:00 PM – Rule (3)’s Annual Halloween Party at Rule 3 – this Halloween party includes face painting, costume contest, spooky games, an appearance from Minnie and Micky Mouse, a Haunted House and more!

7:30 PM – Haunted Wagon Rides

 at Young’s Jersey Dairy – take a scary wagon ride around Young’s Jersey Dairy! This is for families, but it will be scary!

8:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Miss Em’s Jewelry Pop-Up! at The Shops at Worthington Place – Miss Em’s is having a pop up sale at The Shops at Worthington Place. Mention What Should We Do Today? Columbus for 10% off!

10:00 AM – Trick or Treat at the Conservatory at Franklin Park Conservatory – come in costume to trick or treat through the Conservatory and Children’s Garden! Stations are inside and outside! Included with admission.

10:00 AM – Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – dress up in costume and trick or treat around various vendors and organizations at the Zoo! There will be special activities, meet and greets and performances!

10:00 AM – The Haunted Maze

 at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this scary maze is free during regular business hours at Hoover Gardens through October 31st. Parents use your best judgement and consider escorting younger children through the maze!

10:00 AM – Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – during regular business hours there will be a Halloween celebration including prizes, a seasonal scavenger hunt in MAINLAND, family-friendly activities and Halloween-themed builds. Costumes welcome!

11:00 AM – Halloween Family Funday at North Market – this Halloween event includes games, crafts, live animals, trick or treating, face painting and more!

11:00 AM – Pony Rides, Pumpkins & Petting Zoo at Horse -N- Round Fun – get a pony ride and a pumpkin for $8! There will be free hay rides, free petting zoo and other farm activities.

12:00 PM – Pins Pumpkin Patch at Pins Mechanical Co. (downtown Columbus) – enjoy free pumpkin picking, carving and painting until 4:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Monster Mash Glow Bash at Skate Zone 71 – meet and greet some of your favorite characters while skating! Trolls, Surfs and more will be in attendance!

12:00 PM – Kid Paint Free Day! at Clay Cafe Clintonville – painting fee is waved for kids this Sunday!

1:00 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!

2:00 PM – Pet Parade in Schiller Park – bring your pet dressed in it’s best costume to enter a costume contest and participate in a pet parade! (Or just come and watch!)

2:00 PM – Trick or Treat & Shopping Too! at Reynoldsburg VFW 9473 – kids can trick or treat at each vendor’s table! Come in costume!

3:00 PM – Dracula at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a 2 act play with intermission featuring the scary and funny story of Dracula! This show is performed at park Street Theatre.

4:00 PM – Trunk or Treat at Westerville Christian Church – this free event includes games inflatables, popcorn, cotton candy and more! Food trucks will be on site as well!

5:00 PM – Trunk or Treat & Fall Fest at Grove City UMC – this event includes trunk or treat, food trucks, games, face painting, balloon animals, inflatables, giveaways and more!

5:00 PM – Hilliard Trunk or Treat at Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA – this event includes trunk or treating, food trucks, music, fire and police vehicles, a Photo Booth, bounce houses and more!

6:00 PM – Halloween Bouncing Party at Blue Monkey Parties & Events – get an hour of play and a goody bag for $10 at this Halloween Party with lots of bouncing! Wear a costume! RSVP on the FB event page!

6:00 PM – BOO NIGHT at Big Bounce – Boo Night includes games, a costume contest with prizes and pizza! $12/person.

6:30 PM – Disney’s Aladdin at Ohio Theatre – see the story of Disney’s Aladdin performed at Ohio Theatre!


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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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