The BIG Cbus Kids Fall List

Wow! My Summer list was shared over 2,000 times! I hope you got out there and tried something with your kids that was exciting.

Now, I am not ready to think about Fall at all. We know that Columbus stays pretty warm through September, but the pools close and apples are ready for picking!  I hope you find this list useful and enjoy some new adventures with your families.


Farmers markets (list courtesy of Experience Columbus)
The produce and the feel of the markets changes in September, but farmers markets are always a hit and a good way to source dinner for the night while supporting local growers and makers. Our favorite is Worthington, but it is also convenient to stop at the weekday afternoon markets, such as Dublin's.

Franklin Park Conservatory
(Downtown) I'll tell you what-- I am so pumped that we have a membership for this fall, because the calendar of events (linked above) looks amazing! Zoo visits, apple prints, pumpkin experiments, Trick or Treating, multiple Bugman visits, crafting...how will we do anything else?! Also, there are many hands-on classes that involve cooking and art (you must register for those).  Don't forget, their cafe has delicious food and the lighting for pictures is perfect.

Metro Parks
The link above will take you to the Parkscope, listing their scheduled activities this fall. Darby Creek Day (10/4) sounds amazing for little nature-lovers! Many parks do butterfly programs in September when the monarchs hatch, I see Bison Day on 11/7, Pumpkin Harvesting on 10/24, campfires, dog hikes, and so much more. Of course, any day is the perfect day to go play, hike, and picnic on your own in our Metro Parks.

Stratford Ecological Center
(Delaware)  There are many opportunities this fall to go visit Stratford, including farm chores, story times, campfires, The Harvest Festival, and just visiting on your own for a self-guided tour. This is the best time of year to see the colorful farm and hike the easy trails!


Whetstone Park of Roses 
(Clintonville) Surprise! Roses peak again in September. The park is gorgeous through the fall months for family photos, and the playground and pond are a fun bonus.

Special Events, in order by date


Greek Festival 9/4-9/6
(Downtown)  I have never been, but have always wanted to go simply because the Cathedral is GORGEOUS!  During the festival, you can take a Cathedral tour, see live music and dancing, learn how to cook Greek food during cooking demonstrations, and visits many street vendors. There is a kids' area as well.

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival  9/5-9/7
(Canal Winchester)  This festival has a kids parade, rides, festival food of course, and a focus on music performances. There is a car show and canal boat races during this 3-day event.

UA Labor Day Arts Festival 9/7
(Northam Park, UA) This is one of my family favorites, as the artisans are of the highest quality. You will see some beautiful items, and I suggest bringing a second adult who isn't interested so they can take the kids to the kids' area while you have time to browse the artist booths. For the kids, there are arts and crafts, demonstrations, hands-on areas, and food galore!

Great American Camp out  9/11
(Heritage Park)  This family overnight activity is a great introduction to camping in a non-intimidating setting. Bring all your camping gear for a night of s'mores, singalongs, and more! Registration is required.

Old Hilliardfest  9/12
(Hilliard)  My mom took the kids last year and they had a ball with their first festival. There is a children's area (with games, inflatables, arts and crafts) in addition to a car show, music, and food trucks. I am thinking the sunflower display would be great for photos!

Hotel Transylvania cupcake class at Smidge and Pinch  9/21
(Powell)  The ladies at Smidge and Pinch are so sweet and have such a good eye for party planning. While your kids take the cupcake class, you can plan their next birthday party or your own girls night while browsing their selection of party supplies.

Jack Hanna's Fall Fest  9/23
(Powell)  Meet Jack Hanna, watch the animals bob for apples, see Superman visit, and many more special activities and exhibits on this special day at the zoo.

Columbus Oktoberfest  9/25-27
(Ohio Expo Center, Fairgrounds)  Whether you are German or not, this is a great excuse to enjoy some of the best of Columbus' food scene all in one place (Schmidt's, Mozart's, Juergen's and DK Diner to name a few). Watch the stone throw, visit the merchant market, and check out the kids area (Kinderplatz). Did you know admission is free? (parking is not)

Stratford Ecological Center Harvest Fair  9/26
(Delaware)  I LOVE Stratford and visit there each Fall, but have never been to the Harvest Fair. This will actually be our first Little Adventures Await Family Meet-up!  We hope to meet up with you to see the animals, hike the trails, make cider, take wagon rides, and all sorts of other farm activities geared toward children.

Apple Butter Day  10/10
(Groveport)  Right now, there isn't current information available, but looking at previous years, it sounds like a unique way to spend the morning. There is a focus on heritage, with handmade crafters, blacksmithing demonstrations, and of course apple butter! Check back soon for more details on their fb page.

Oakland Nurseries Fall Festival 10/10 and 10/11
(all locations) If driving out to a farm does not fit your schedule, drive to your nearest Oakland's Nursery for some fun. I don't know how you will pick which location, though! Each store has different features, like a pancake breakfast, fairy forest, hay rides, the OSU Marching Band, the Turtle Lady, live music, and many sale items. Grab your mums and pumpkins and stay for the fun.





Upper Arlington Fall Fest  10/11
(Fancyburg Park, UA)  I miss walking to this free festival for families. We love the corn box area, there are inflatables, ride-on toys, face-painting, arts and crafts, and just running around in a safe grassy area to let off steam.  Also, a chili cook off and fantastic kettle corn. Insider tip: If you know someone in the neighborhood, park at their place and walk together...parking can be tricky!






Haunted Statehouse tours 10/16-17 and 10/23-24
(Downtown)  The description reads that the tour is appropriate for all ages, but I think that older kids would LOVE this! Be guided through the hallways by a lantern light as you learn about the Statehouse history through its halls and chambers.

Boo at the Zoo 10/16-18 and 10/23-25
(Powell)  Another great excuse to put on the costume and head to the zoo for some Halloween fun. My kids love seeing the pumpkins hanging all around the zoo, the creepy fog machine around the train ride, and the candy stops here and there along the way. Please check the website for hours of the activities, as they are different times on different days.  Also, check out the Super Hero Brunch (you have to purchase tickets) several times throughout the two weekends.

All Hallows Eve at Ohio Village  10/17 and 10/24
Bonfires, storytelling, characters, and pumpkin carving are all a part of these fun visits to Ohio Village at night (5:30-9:30)

Easton Town Center Pet Parade and Fall Festival   10/18
(Easton) Dress up the pooch for a costume contest and parade. More details to be announced soon, but family activities including carriage rides are offered.

Circleville Pumpkin Show  10/21-24
(Circleville)  I have never made the drive down for the famous festival but have wanted to every year!  There are performers, demonstrations, a Little Miss Pumpkin pageant, and food GALORE.

Ohio Wildlife Center Howl-O-Ween Hike  10/30
(Powell)  Come see "creepy" animal friends like bats, owls, and snakes. Snacks, stories and crafts are all part of the event for this organization who does such good things for our wildlife. Costumes and flashlights are welcome!

Ongoing Farm Activities


Apple Picking at Lynd Fruit Farm  weekends in September/October

(Pataskala)  We love going here each year to get apples we use for many weeks. Pay attention to the picking schedule on the link and note that traffic to get to the orchards can be very heavy if you go on Honeycrisp weekend. We pick whatever varieties are available in the orchards and buy Honeycrisp in the market:)


Pumpkin Picking at Lynd Fruit Farm  weekends "Late September-October"
(Pataskala)

Corn Maze at Lynd Fruit Farm  weekends 9/4-11/1
(Pataskala)

Lynd Fruit Farm Pumpkinpalooza  9/19
(Pataskala)  This is a benefit for Nationwide Children's Hospital and includes wagon rides, barrel train, corn maze, bounce houses,

The MAiZE at Little Darby weekends 9/19-11/1
(Milford Center)  Check out the aerial shot of that maze-whoa! Little Darby boasts a 9-acre maze, petting zoo, inflatables, corn cannons, hayrides, laser tag, and too many other attractions to list. They also have fall home decor items and mums for sale.

Hidden Creek Farm Fall Festival  Saturdays/Sundays 9/19-10/25

(Galena)  We absolutely love this event every year!  The farm is easily accessed from 71 in Galena, and there is plenty of grass parking. For $6, activities include a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch, playground, farm animals, corn pit (my kids are obsessed), and a hay maze. They have a delicious BBQ food truck that comes as well as their own market for specialty food items.


Leeds Farm    Saturday/Sunday 9/19-10/31
(Ostrander)  Come to feed the animals, pick out a pumpkin, examine exotic pumpkins, enjoy a barrel train and inflatables. This sounds like an active place, with a zipline and hayride!  Leeds has plenty of lunch options and features pies, kettle corn, and baked goods.

Kuhlwein's Saturday/Sunday 9/28-10/31
(Hilliard)  This farm also has a deli, so you will be set for lunch on your day of fall fun. Kuhlwein's Fall Fest includes hayrides to a corn maze, pumpkin picking, a petting zoo, bounce castle and crafts.  

Fall Field Days at Jacquemin Farms   Daily in October
(Plain City)  We have been to the farm for strawberry picking, and love its convenience right outside of Dublin. There is a pumpkin patch, hay rides, a market, inflatables, grain boxes, and even raspberry picking!

Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farm Daily in October
(Canal Winchester) If you grew up in Columbus, you went to Circle S. And it was awesome. Come relive those days with the big slide, goats, hayrides, the pumpkin patch, and fall decor items. Stop in the bakery for treats to take home.

Trick or Treating Events

I am all about the traditional neighborhood trick or treating. However, nothing is worse than having it rained out all 4 years of your child's life. So...I like to get in an indoor or non-traditional session to make sure we get good use of that "high quality" costume we wanted so badly.

Creepy Crawly Halloween Party  10/15
(Worthington Community Center)

Spooktacular at Dublin Rec Center  10/15
(Dublin)

Halloween Hop (For all ages and abilities) 10/17
(Columbus Speech and Hearing)

Spooktacular at The Depot (10/18) Meet us there for our LAA Meet-up:)
(Upper Arlington)

(Gahanna)  

(Downtown)

(Downtown)

(Grove City)






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