For those of you wanting to get a jump start on fall family activities in Columbus check out some of my favorites below. As excited as I am for apple picking, football season, the smell of burning leaves and Halloween décor I’m still in summer mode. I’ll be updating this list often as I hear about more fun opportunities around town and businesses publish their calendar of events.
Click on the Calendar of Events to see a wide variety of family fun happening in Columbus.
The Orchard & Co (Plain City, Oh)
This is a hidden beauty nestled in a country setting not too far from Dublin. My kids and I have gone here the last few years and have enjoyed apple picking, rides such as the Moo Moo Express, corn pit, fishing, jumping on a gravity pillow, mini zip line and more. It is a great spot for pictures too so remember to bring your camera.
Website: The Orchard & Co Hours: Saturdays & Sundays in Sept & Oct 11 am-6pm
Pigeon Roost Farm (Hebron, Oh)
This place is so worth the drive! It’s a beautiful farm with TONS of kid fun. There are large slides, corn maze, obstacle course through the woods, giant gerbil wheels and more. We will definitely be hitting up this spot again this year!
Website: Pigeon Roost Farm Hours: Open Daily Sep 12- Nov 1 2015 (This would be a great weekday spot)
Jacquemin Farms (Plain City, Oh but edge of Dublin)
Super place to pick your own pumpkins and other activities. During weekdays there is a cheap admission to play in the corn box and a few other activities. During the weekends by kids have enjoyed the inflatables and hay ride. You must try the pumpkin doughnuts!
Website: Jacquemin Farms
Lynd Fruit Farm (Pataskala, Oh)
Pick your own apples, pumpkins and corn maze.
Website: Lynd Fruit Farm – check for hours Pumpkinpalooza: Sept 19 (10 am – 4 pm)
Boo at the Zoo (Columbus Zoo & Aquarium)
On select weekends in October the zoo stays open later for special activities. Kids (and adults) come dressed in costume to collect candy, observe animals and participate in activities. You can purchase tickets for lunch with Avengers characters.
Website for Calendar of Events: Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Dublin Halloween Spooktacular (Dublin Rec Center)
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Lots of trunk or treating opportunities, characters to take photos with, Turtle Lady, bug man, games, crafts, maze through the woods. Kids dress in costumes and it gets busy! Food trucks onsite to purchase food but most other things are free.
Leeds Farm (Ostrander, Oh)
A very popular spot for fall fun. Pumpkins to pick, farm animals to pet and fun activities.
Website: Leeds Farm Hours: Weekends only September 19- October 31 (Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 11am – 5pm)
The Maize at Little Darby Creek
Known for the HUGE corn maze design to manuveaur through with a haunted maze at night. Last year the maze was designed to honor the OSU Football National Championship. They also have a smaller one for younger kids. There are many other things to keep your family busy such as cow train, corn cannons, petting zoo, pedal carts, laser tag, tube slide, pumpkin blaster and more!
Website: The Maize at Little Darby Creek Hours: September 19- November 1 (Fri-Sun)
Young’s Jersey Dairy (Yellow Springs, Oh)
A bit of a drive from Columbus but you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find lots of fun family activities such as homemade ice cream, corn maze, hay ride, pick your own pumpkin, pedal carts and more. Haunted Wagon Rides are on Friday and Saturday nights in October.
Website: Young’s Jersey Dairy
Slate Run Historical Farm (Canal Winchester, Oh)
Slate Run Historical Farm is part of the Metro Parks and it is AMAZING! They offer a TON of F-R-E-E activities about farming and life in the past. Programs are offered throughout the year but in the fall there are things such as preparing for fall harvest, family story time (apples), Thanksgiving traditions and a whole lot of other interesting topics. Check out their event calendar because there is a wide variety! It’s a great photo spot too so remember your camera!
Website: Slate Run Historical Fun
Kuhlweins Farm Market & Deli (Hilliard, Oh)
Pick your own pumpkin, corn maze, petting zoo, bounce castle, crafts and more.
Website: Kuhlweins Farm Market & Deli Hours: Opens Sept 28th- weekends 10 am – 6 pm
Circleville Pumpkin Show (Circleville, Oh)
Expect all things pumpkin at this HUGE event. It is often very crowded.
Website: Circleville Pumpkin Show Hours: October 21- October 24
Oakland Nurseries Fall Fest (All locations)
Website: Oakland Nurseries Dates: October 10 & 11
Hidden Creek Farms (Sunbury)
Fall Festival including hayride to the pumpkin patch, games, straw maze, farm animals, corn pit and slide, kids play barn and great pumpkin slide. Tickets are $6.00. Pony rides on select dates are an extra fee of $3.00.
Website: Hidden Creek Farms Hours: September 19 – October 25 10 am – 6 pm
Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm (Radnor- near Delaware, Oh)
Lots of activities and great pricing! Free admission and you can buy a wristband for $7 or pay for rides and activities individually. Free Hay Rides on Sat & Sun (12-5pm), jump house, 8 acre corn maze, petting zoo, play barn, barnyard mini golf, Angry Bird sling shots (not included in wristband price) and more.
Website: Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm Hours: Sept. 19- Oct 31: weekends 11 am- dark, weekdays 5 pm- dark, Open on Oct 16 11am – dark
Freeman’s Farm (Galena)
Petting area, country market, kettle corn popping, hayrides through the woods, apple butter making demos
Website: Freeman’s Farm Hours: 5 weekends beginning September 27th
LM & M Railroad (Lebanon, Oh)
Take a ride on the Pumpkin Express to LM & M Junction where kids can do arts and crafts, go in a hay maze, take a short hay ride and other fall fun. Advanced tickets are recommended because they often sell out.
Website: LM & M Railroad
Kids ages 3-14 will enjoy the haunted greenhouse, bounce house, straw maze, games and farm animals. $8.00 per child and this includes a small pumpkin, juice box, popcorn and treat bag.
Website: deMonye’s Greenhouse
Jacquemin Farms, Kuhlwein’s Farm (Hilliard), Hidden Creek Farms (Sunbury), Lehner’s (Radnor)
Trunk or Treating
My kids and I were in awe of all the creatively decorated car trunks we saw at these events. It was a super for kiddos because they didn’t have to walk far to get candy, they got to scope out other costumes and have a lot of fun. I’ll keep my eye for dates and times so check back! List of TRUNK or TREAT Events
Fire Prevention Week
In the past Washington Township and other local fire departments have had special events to educate the community about Fire Prevention Week in October. I’ll let you know when I find out the dates and times.
Library Story Times and Dress Up
The last few years my kiddos have visited local libraries in their costumes to listen to Halloween stories and trick or treat in the library. It’s nice for them to not have to be all bundled up and actually get to see all of the cute costumes.
Fall is one of my favorite times to capture family memories. Check out my recommended photo locations in the Columbus area by clicking HERE.
Playing in the leaves
I’ll be updating this list as I know of more fall family activities in Columbus. Make sure to follow Local Busy Bees on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or subscribe to get email updates so you can stay up to date on what is happening! Let me know if your family has a favorite fall activity that isn’t on the list!