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3 Fun Things to do with Kids in Yellow Springs, Ohio

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Just 45 minutes from Columbus, Yellow Springs, Ohio makes the perfect day trip with your family! There’s a little bit of something for everyone in the family: from food and shopping to animals and nature!

Yellow Springs gets a lot of attention every fall – and for good reason! In early September, the Tecumseh Land Trust blooms with sunflowers and our Instagram feeds bloom with pics! Pumpkins become available at Young’s Jersey Dairy and cooler weather brings hikers out of the woodwork to the local parks.

downtown Yellow Springs

It’s easy to spend a day or two with your family in Yellow Springs. My family spent nearly an entire day at Young’s Jersey Dairy alone! So pick one or all of these things and plan your time accordingly! You’ll get a breath of fresh air in Yellow Springs!

3 Fun Things to do with Your Kids in Yellow Springs, Ohio:

1. Young’s Jersey Dairy

  • 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH 45387

boy feeding goats at Young's Jersey Dairy

We were invited to visit Young’s Jersey Dairy this year and had a blast doing All. The. Activities! It would be easy to spend an entire day at Young’s Jersey Dairy but the great thing is that you can pick and choose your activities based on the time you have available! At the very least, stop in for an ice cream cone!

Ice cream at Young's Dairy

A lot of farm-related activities are only available during the fall, but Young’s Jersey Dairy is open in some shape or form throughout the whole year. Check the listing of hours for outdoor activities. Special events are scheduled throughout the year!

activities at Young's Jersey Dairy

Activities available include batting cages, a fast slide, Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral, Moovers and Shakers barrel ride, two beautiful mini golf courses, a petting zoo, and pick your own pumpkins (in September and October).

boys playing mini golf at Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs Ohio

Young’s is a working dairy farm and the ice cream and cheese are made at the farm. There are two restaurants at the farm, The Golden Jersey Inn and The Dairy Store. The Golden Jersey Inn features home-style country meals with full table service. The Dairy Store offers sandwiches, bakery items and ice cream! Don’t miss the famous fried cheese curds! We loved the Italian-seasoned curds!

fried cheese curds at Young's Jersey Dairy

Activities can be purchased separately or you can purchase a Family Fun Pass with either 3 or 5 tabs allowing each member of your family to choose which activities they would like to do!

2. Downtown Yellow Springs

downtown Yellow Springs, Ohio

Yellow Springs is Ohio’s own “hippy town” – I don’t know if that’s official or if I’m just making up that designation, but you’ll find a lot of alternative and off-the-beaten path shopping and dining. When we visited recently, the downtown was overtaken by a protesters speaking out for animal rights.

boy standing against mural in Yellow Springs, Ohio

The age of your kids will probably determine how much exploring of the downtown area you are able to do! Yellow Springs has a small downtown area so it’s easy to walk the whole thing, even with kids or a stroller. Parking can be tricky so don’t be afraid to explore some of the side streets for parking.

Here are some of the highlights of our day in downtown Yellow Springs:

Super Fly Comics and Games

comic book store in Yellow Springs, Ohio

This was a fun shop for my boys! Lots to look at in terms of books, comic books, games, characters and toys!

Little Fairy Garden

little fairy garden shop in Yellow Springs, Ohio

This was a really cool store dedicated totally to building your own fairy garden. There is a super sweet room for parties and events!

Yellow Springs Toy Company

Yellow Springs Toy Company

Two rooms packed full of toys, games and books kept my kids entertained! Lots of unique toy and gift items here!

Urban Handmade

Yellow Springs Ohio

My husband and I enjoyed this store full of unique items made by local artists. 

The Corner Cone

The Cone Corner in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Is this even my blog if I don’t include somewhere we ate ice cream? The Corner Cone is a great walk up spot for ice cream and treats. One of the great things about it is the large patio/courtyard they have for seating! There is no indoor seating but the outdoor seating is plentiful!

Peach’s Grill

I offer this spot for meals with a little hesitation. It’s kid-friendly in terms of the atmosphere – it’s large inside, loud, and full of TV’s. But it’s more of a bar, so if that’s not your scene, then please read this as my disclaimer!

Sandwich from Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs, Ohio

There are just a few restaurants downtown. Haha Pizza next door smelled amazing but had a super long wait (even though it was 2:00 PM) so we went with Peach’s. We’ve also had brunch at Sunrise Cafe with a baby in tow several years ago. That is a nice option, too. Be prepared for a wait at most restaurants here on the weekends!

3. Glen Helen Nature Preserve

  • 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387

boy hiking in Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs, Ohio

Glen Helen Nature Preserve is a nonprofit organization associated with Antioch College. There are several things to do and see within the preserve and there a few main trails to hike! We happened to visit on a relatively cool day and had a good time hiking in the park! Glen Helen is not a state park, therefore there is a $5 charge to park at the Corry St. entrance if you are planning to hike.

Things to do within Glen Helen Nature Preserve:

Raptor Center

birds at Glen Helen Raptor Center

The Raptor Center was our first stop within the park! The center rehabilitates raptors (birds of prey not dinosaurs 😉 ) with the goal of releasing them into the wild. The center offers educational programs throughout the year and you can park at the center and walk the grounds to visit the birds that are housed there.

One note: you cannot park at the Raptor Center and proceed to hike in the park. To hike, you’ll need to park at the main entrance at 405 Corry St.

Trailside Museum

boy at the Trailside Museum at Glen Helen in Yellow Springs

The Trailside Museum has hands-on activities, displays and exhibits to help kids learn about nature and what to expect within the Nature Preserve. Public programs are offered there and you can pick up a map for the park! The museum is accessible through the main entrance on Corry St.

Vernet Ecological Center

Nature Shop at Glen Helen Nature Preserve

The Trailside Museum has a Nature Shop, restrooms and an auditorium. Nature-themed books, gifts and toys are available within the shop. This Center is accessible through the main entrance on Corry St.

Hiking

Hiking Path at Glen Helen Nature Reserve

We entered our hike at the main entrance and took the Inman Trail (which is pink on the map). Your hike here begins as a descent into the preserve. In this case, what goes down must eventually come up. Our goal was to hike to The Cascades and we made it without issue or complaint from the kids.

Pay close attention to the subtle turns and corners on the map. My only complaint is that there are no trail markers on the path. Even though the trails are named and intersections are numbered on the map, there are no signs or numbers within the park so you have to pay close attention to where you are on the map!

Boys at The Cascades at Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs

The Cascades made a nice turn around point for us, though there are many other points of interest within Glen Helen if you want to spend more time hiking!

Bonus: Tecumseh Land Trust

  • 4633 US-68, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Sunflowers at Tecumseh Land Trust

I’m not including the Tecumseh Land Trust as a full blown item on the list because the sunflowers only bloom for about 2 weeks out of the year! The sunflowers typically bloom around the first week of September!

Boys in sunflowers at Tecumseh Land Trust

We visited Young’s Dairy and drove 1 mile down the road to check the field and there were no flowers in bloom. Exactly 3 weeks later we drove down to spend the day in Yellow Springs and the flowers were already dying. So we missed the peak but still managed a few fun photos!

What are your favorite things to do in Yellow Springs? Do you have a favorite restaurant that’s kid friendly?

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Sept 30-Oct 2, 2016

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If last weekend was the weekend of the fall festival, then this weekend officially begins pumpkin season! I got so excited just typing up this list! I love these fall activities and wish we could visit every pumpkin farm! So many hay rides, so little time! 😉 Happy Weekend!

1. Westgate Farmer’s Market

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: West Gate Masonic Lodge, 2925 West Broad Street, Columbus OH 43024

This Saturday’s market will feature one-day-only, fun flavors from Impossible Jams and Alice’s Aebelskabel’s and Pitabilities are the food trucks that will be featured! Also, Scott Brooks and his Trio of One will provide live music!

2. Ghost Story Writing Workshop at Whetstone Library

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3909 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-645-2275

This event is specifically for kids in grades 4-6! The Thurber House will be hosting this writing workshop encouraging young writers to write spooky tales! They will also be telling the Thurber ghost story and helping young writers hone their craft! You must register by THURSDAY (9/29/16)!

3. Archaeology Day at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

This day is host to several educational sessions and events about archaeology, history, and art as well as hands on activities like creating a mural, making replicas of American Indian pottery, hands-on archaeology Fascination Stations, spear throwing demonstrations and more! See what else there is to do at the Ohio History Center here!

4. Hands on Heritage at Rocky River Nature Center

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted, OH 44070
Phone: 440-734-6660

If you’re looking for a road trip this weekend, the Cleveland Metroparks is hosting this free festival celebrating traditional handicrafts! Free activities include rug braiding, butter churning, cider pressing, pioneer toys, candle making and more! There will be a live folk music performance and other activities are scheduled throughout the day, see the website for more details!

5. Haunted Greenhouse Maze at deMonye’s Greenhouse, Inc.

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2016
Time: Saturday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 2500 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-252-6046

This is a kid-friendly haunted maze recommended for ages 3-14 and is actually open the whole month of October! Kids get to pick a pumpkin, plant a pansy and make a witch’s hand with popcorn! Cost is $8 per child. See more details here or click on the link under the event on this page to see pictures of what to expect!

6. Fall Festival at Freeman’s Farm

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 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

This weekend, and all the weekends in October, there will be 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.

7. Fall Festival at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Location: 2920 St. Rt. 203, Radnor, Ohio 43066
Phone: 740-595.3207

There is a really long list of activities going on throughout all of the weekends in October at this pumpkin farm in Delaware County! There will also be food, free hayrides from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM and pumpkin picking! Admission is free but some activities have a cost. An all day activity band is $9.

8. Fall Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Phone: 937-325-0629

This year is the 40th Annual Fall Festival! Enjoy activities like making pumpkin holes and caramel apples, cow milking demonstrations, Cowvin’s Corny Maze and more!

9. Pumpkin Festival at the MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2016
Time: Saturday: 12:00 PM – Movie begins at 8:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8657 Axehandle Rd., Milford Center, OH 43045

Besides the corn maze, this weekend there will be pony rides, balloon sculptures, face painting and the movie It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown will be shown on Saturday night!

10. Giant Pumpkin Carving at Leeds Farm

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8738 Marysville Rd., Ostrander, OH 43061
Phone: 740-666-2020

Leeds Farm offers fall fun every weekend throughout October, but this Sunday only there is a giant pumpkin carving! Visit the farm all weekend to see animals, pick pumpkins, zip line, take a hayride, go down mountain slides, ride pedal tractors and so much more!

11. Canta Brasil at the Harrison West Jazz Stage

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 575 W 1st Ave, Columbus, OH 43201

This is the final jazz concert of the season featuring a Brazilian jazz band! The Aromaku food truck will be onsite as well as J-Pops popsicles! This concert takes place in Harrison West Park where the playground is great for toddlers!

12. Old Time Harvest Day at Century Village

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Rd., Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-277-3050

Take part in mid-19th-century traditions like churning butter, leather tooling, rope weaving and blacksmithing! Visit the one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, general store and more on the property! There will also be actors in costume, demonstrating traditional music and cooking! This is a free event (also at another great park for toddlers)!

*Looking for more fall fun? You may want to check out these posts from Columbus Moms Blog: Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in Columbus, Columbus U-Pick Apple Orchards and Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches!

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